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Universities must boost enrolment

AUCC report says Canada runs the risk of shortage in knowledge workers


If university enrolment does not increase by 1.3 per cent a year, Canada will see a labour shortage in “knowledge-intensive occupations,” according to a new report by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. In a statement released along with their Enrolment Trends 2011 study, the university advocacy group claims “there could be jobs available without qualified workers to fill them” if provincial governments reduce spending on post-secondary education in reaction to slow economic growth. The federal government estimates that 1.4 million jobs will be created in the decade between 2008 and 2017, the bulk of which will require a university degree. The government also estimates that 4.1 million jobs will become available due to retiring baby boomers.

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Universities must boost enrolment

  1. I find that hard to believe, considering that there are plenty of people with university degrees who are either unemployed or underemployed. Also, there are plenty of students who are currently in university who really should not be there – when I was a TA, I saw plenty of them.

    I’d prefer to see more funding to support academically promising students who otherwise would not have the means to attend university, as opposed to just increasing enrolment. I’d also like to see programs designed to help those who are currently underemployed – so many people with degrees, and a number with advanced degrees – are working in jobs that don’t fully utilize their skills and knowledge, but these people work in order to pay their bills.