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Headcount Enrolment within the Alberta Post-Secondary Education System


This statistic describes Headcounts (unique learners) by institution and academic year within Alberta's Publicly Funded Post-Secondary Education System. Headcounts represent the number of students enrolled, and are unique to each level reported, therefore summing up multiple values to "combine" values may lead to double counting, as students can be counted in multiple rows. The data tables presented are related to enrolments in approved programs at publicly funded post-secondary institutions within Alberta. Separate data files exist focusing on the system level, or for subsets that focus on either International or self-identified Indigenous learners.

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Publicly Funded Post-secondary Enrolments - Unique Learners

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Advanced Education

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• See the Dictionary tab within the file for definitions and additional context related to the data. • Values in the data tables presented represent the number of Unique Students at a particular level, and therefore summing up corresponding rows/columns may lead to an over-inflated value. • All data in this document has been sourced from Alberta Advanced Education's Learner and Enrolment Reporting System (LERS). • The enrolment data presented relates to ministerially approved programming only. • The Banff Centre does not offer standardized approved programming and therefore enrolments at The Banff Centre are NOT included in these datasets. • All rows with no corresponding data have been suppressed. • Enrolments are reported by Academic Year, which for most institutions is May 1 - April 30 or July 1 - June 30. • Lakeland College and Portage College both had significant drops in headcount enrolments in 2013-14 due to reporting changes. This reporting cleanup resulted in artificial headcount drops being shown for each institution, as well as the sector and system totals. • The values in each file focus on enrolments in provincially-approved programming at publicly-funded post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Separate data files exist focusing on the system level, or for subsets that focus on either International or self-identified Indigenous learners. • All values for Indigenous learners are related to those that self-identify at time of application, and are a subset of the total system. These values are anecdotally lower than actual Indigenous learners. • All values related to international learners are a subset of the total system. International learners are related to foreign learners that are granted permission by the federal government (i.e. through a visitor visa, study permit or other status) to study at a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in Alberta. Given Athabasca University's distance learning delivery, all visas listed as attending Athabasca University are excluded, as they are not necessarily physically attending within the province.


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Operational Data and Information branch, Advanced Education

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