Secondary school is basically high school and the word “post” means “after”, so post-secondary education is basically the education you get after high school.

Learning never ends so people learn until they are very old. All this is post-secondary education. Formally post-secondary education refers to colleges and universities that students attend straight after completing high school.

With this definition it clear that post-secondary education refers to those whose highest level of educational attainment is an apprenticeship, trades certificate, university/non-university certificate or diploma below bachelor level; or a university degree (bachelor’s degree; university certificate or diploma above bachelor level; degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry; master’s degree; earned doctorate).

It is important for every student to have access to some form of post-secondary education. According to the Brookings Institute, postsecondary education worldwide faces a conundrum: Can we preserve access, help students learn more and finish their degrees sooner and more often, and keep college affordable for families, all at the same time? And can the higher education reforms currently most in vogue—expanding the use of technology and making colleges more accountable—help us do these things?