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Program completions within the Alberta post-secondary education system


This statistic describes the record count of completions by each institution and academic year within Alberta's publicly-funded post-secondary education system. Completions represent the status of the learner, at the program level, at the end of a given session. The data tables presented are related to program completions in approved credential 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.


February 13, 2023

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Publicly funded post-secondary enrolments - program completions

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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.

  • 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.

  • Program completions include completions in certificate, degree and diploma programs only.

  • Students completing their final instructional portion in their apprenticeship program are included, as the Journeyman Program Type is a Certificate credential.

  • Enrolments are reported by academic year, which for most institutions is May 1 to April 30 or July 1 to June 30.

  • The University of Alberta had a significant reporting change related to their thesis level graduate FLE enrolments. This change resulted in artificial FLE decreases to thesis enrolments in 2017-18.  

  • 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.

  • In the summer of 2019, Alberta adopted a new Alberta Credential Framework (ACF) as related to program attributes. All values in this file reflect the ACF values for the Credential Type, Program Type, and Level of Study attributes. As such, some values/attributes in this file may not align with previous versions of this file. For more information on the ACF, see this link: In 2018, following a review of the Roles and Mandates Policy Framework, the names of some of the six sectors were updated. As a result of these changes, the data in the above table may not align to previous data pulls. Additional information can be found online here:

  • As of 2019, Athabasca University visa students are now included in International learner counts. For longitudinal reporting purposes, all years now include Athabasca University visas and therefore historic values may not align with previous versions of this file.

  • In July 2021, Red Deer College was renamed Red Deer Polytechnic and moved from the CCC sector to the Poly Sector. For longitudinal reporting purposes, all historical data was restated using the new name and sector allocations. As such, totals from previous pulls for Comprehensive Community Colleges (CCC) and Polytechnic Institutions (Poly) will not align.

  • Mount Royal University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology updated their LERS Academic Year to align with Fiscal Reporting for 2021-22 forward. To ensure consistent reporting, the 2021 spring session has been reported in both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.


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Advanced Education. System Data and Analytics Unit

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