Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Huge boost to new research

Council debate turns down fee cut

Report predicts application increase of 35,000

Summer jobs boosted

New director crowned


Teaching excellence

Caught on camera

Caught on camera too

Here they come

Report predicts application increase of 35,000

By Mark Brown
Gazette Staff

By 2002 Ontario universities can expect a 35,000 student application increase, according to a report from the Council of Ontario Universities.

The influx of students, commonly called the double cohort, is expected to follow the elimination of the Ontario Academic Credit year from high schools.

The comprehensive report was recently released by the COU and it contains their recommendations to the province on how to deal with the double cohort.

Ian Clark, president and chief executive officer of the COU, said the province needs to inject between $1.2 to $1.8 billion into university spending in order to accommodate the students. "The government has a huge responsibility to deal with the double cohort."

He added the COU is working closely with the government to ensure Ontario is ready for the double cohort.

Even without the double cohort, the number of individuals which will qualify for university is expected to increase over the next 10 years, said Nick Iozzo, VP-education for Western's University Students' Council. What the double cohort does is introduce an artificial increase, he added.

University students in 2002 will may even have to adjust to an extended schedule. "We may start seeing classes on the weekend and more evening classes. That's not going to help the quality of education," Iozzo said.

Rob Savage, spokesperson for David Johnson, minister of education and training, said the government will ensure all qualified students will be able to go to university, although the specifics of how the Ministry of Education and Training plans to deal with the issue have not been decided on.

Western expects student enrolment might increase by as much as 20 per cent, said Western's VP-academic Greg Moran. "We've got a real challenge ahead of us."

To meet the needs of increased enrolment the university will need a substantial investment in infrastructure, Moran said, but added Western also needs more full-time faculty.

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