Mainstreet Research Survey

Survey says…we need BramptonU

We know Brampton residents want a university – but we needed some hard data to prove it.

From December 5-11, 2019, Mainstreet Research conducted a telephone survey of a random sample of 1066 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Peel Region. The survey was delivered using automated telephone interviews on landlines and cellular phones. While respondents were in Mississauga, Caledon and Brampton, the survey was designed so that Brampton-specific results can still be considered statistically significant.

People were asked about their opinions around how universities in Ontario deliver value and help prepare students for careers. Then came the big questions: How important is it to have a university close to home? How important is flexible program delivery, and the availability of a mix of in-class and online learning options? What kind of degrees are most important for future employability? Do you think universities should charge less tuition?

You can see some of the high level results below. There’s also a more comprehensive report from Mainstreet.

Peel Region residents have significant concerns about the current state of Ontario university education. Respondents gave fairly average ratings for the quality, accessibility, and value for money of current university education options. There is clearly a strong desire to have a new university built in Peel Region. Respondents placed greater importance on having a university closer to home than having a university with lower tuition rates, more online options, or one that offers more flexibility to study part-time around work commitments.

There is a clear preference that any new university built in Peel Region be focused on granting technology degrees and professional degrees such as engineering, business, or medical-related degrees such as nursing and pharmacology.

If you’re at all a statistician, you should know that the margin of error for the poll is +/- 3% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample.

 

Here's what residents say...

78%

of Peel Region residents
say a university should

be close to home

8O%

of Brampton residents
want more

online learning options

8O%

of Brampton residents
want more

online learning options

82%

of Brampton residents
want more

flexible university programs

82%

of Brampton residents
want more

flexible university programs

Types of Degrees Ranked Most Important in Brampton

Professional Degrees - 38.6%

engineering
business
nursing
pharmacology

Science Degrees - 12.1%

biology
chemistry
physics
math

Professional Degrees - 38.6%

engineering
business
nursing
pharmacology

Technology Based Degrees - 37.7%

IT
software engineering
digital tech
environmental tech 

Science Degrees - 12.1%

biology
chemistry
physics
math

General Arts Degrees - 11.5%