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November 19, 2018

Belleville, Ontario, November 19, 2018 – When it comes to Ontario college graduates getting jobs, Loyalist is the top College in the province, according to Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results, released today by Colleges Ontario. The research shows that 90.8 percent of 2016-17 Loyalist graduates were employed within six months after graduation, compared to the provincial average of 85.7 percent for Ontario’s 24 colleges. Loyalist placed above the provincial average for all five annual KPIs, including graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction, student satisfaction, and graduation rate.

“A Loyalist College education provides a direct pathway to employment through engaging, experiential and work-integrated learning, centred around emerging industry clusters,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO. “These excellent KPI results reflect our graduates’ job readiness. I am very impressed with the immediate impact they are making in the workplace, and proud of our caring faculty and staff who effectively prepared them through a well-rounded, reflective and real-world approach.”  

Loyalist’s graduate satisfaction rate was 82.3 percent compared to the provincial average of 79.5 percent. KPIs enable college graduates and students to influence their learning environment through regular feedback, and provide prospective students with information to make informed choices as to where they may wish to study. KPIs also help to inform employers with systematic input regarding current and future workplace needs. Loyalist’s employer satisfaction rate was 96.5 percent, compared to the provincial average of 92.5 percent.

The Ontario colleges’ KPI results can be viewed at

About Ontario colleges’ Key Performance Indicators
The Ontario colleges’ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) allow colleges to gauge their success and determine ways to improve. The figures also provide parents and students with details that help them make informed choices about college education. The Ontario colleges’ KPIs were developed collaboratively by the ministry, Colleges Ontario and student associations in response to the Ontario Provincial Auditor’s 1996 recommendations for outcomes-based accountability measures for public investment in college education. In 1998, the ministry introduced performance measurement of the colleges using the following key performance indicators: graduate outcomes (employment), graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction, student satisfaction and graduation rate. Since 1998, the provincial KPI data have been gathered annually by two independent research firms for the colleges and for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, a deliberate choice of students and community for quality programs and student engagement, enabled by a creative, innovative and supportive organizational and learning culture. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist prepares students for rewarding careers through more than 70 full-time diploma, advanced diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media studies, skills and technology. Through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements, many Loyalist diploma graduates earn a degree in as little as one additional year. Continuing education options are also available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses. The College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $465 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2018 report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (Emsi). Loyalist collaborates with industry partners in various fields on applied research projects, creating amazing learning experiences for students and faculty. The College’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) was Canada’s first College laboratory approved to conduct research with cannabis under the Narcotic Control Regulations. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913 ext. 2536