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Ontario universities worry over high enrolment

Applications rise 46% in a decade


 

With an expected 50,000 boost to enrolment over the next five years, Ontario universities are worried about how they are going to pay for it all. According to recent numbers out of the Council of Ontario Universities, university applications in the province have jumped 2.7 per cent since last year, and 46 per cent over the past decade.

The figures suggest the government is well on its way to meeting the goal of having 70 per cent of Ontarians earn a post-secondary credential. But universities are warning that without extra funding, education quality could be negatively impacted. In an interview with Canadian University Press, McMaster University president Patrick Deane asked, “It’s good for Ontario that we have a higher level of participation, but is it good for Ontario that what the students are actually getting when they enrol in university is not as good as it might be?”

A similar sentiment was made by COU president, Bonnie Patterson who says an “infusion of capital” is necessary if universities are going to meet the goals set by the government.


 
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Ontario universities worry over high enrolment

  1. I know this topic has been beaten to death already, but I can’t imagine that 70% of all high school students would ever be prepared to take on the rigorous academic work required at university.

    Either enrollment requirements will slip, or the quality of the education provided (the thus the perceived worth of a university degree) will drop.

    Regardless, we’re losing 4 more years of our young lives and at least $20,000 to be at the baseline which a high school education provided in past decades. Something’s gotta give.

  2. “Ontario universities are worried about how they are going to pay for it all.”

    It’s absolutely mindblowing that NOW, after years of dumbing-down standards in order to boost enrolments, that univerisites are all of a sudden concerned over how they’re going to handle the growing numbers.

    “the government is well on its way to meeting the goal of having 70 per cent of Ontarians earn a post-secondary credential”

    And that’s the very problem. We’re encouraging young people who through a lack of necessary skills (of course, the province’s feel-good aim of boosting high school graduation rates has also resulted in a dumbing-down of the curriculum at the secondary level), intellect or maturity–individuals who have no business engaging in university studies–that in order to be successful they MUST have a university degree.

    In all, it’s rather shocking that Ontario’s Ministry of Education and universities have displayed such a lack of simple foresight.

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