Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, December 8, 1999


$10 million bid at final stage

Huron to increase enrollment to combat cohort

Engineering committee extending office hours

USC looking at internet business

Millenium money to be announced

Waiting for the ball to drop

Caught on campus


Huron to increase enrollment to combat cohort

By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

The administration at Huron College decided last week to do their share in handling the expected double cohort enrollment boom.

Over the next five years, the college will increase enrollment if the appropriate funding is received, said Huron principal David Bevan, adding the college may take up to 30 more students in the first year of this five year plan.

Currently, Huron has 840 students, Bevan said, adding enrollment may jump to 960 by the end of the five years.

Bevan said money would be required for capital and operating expenses.

"There is a logic in saying, 'if you're expecting us to take a certain number of students, then you need to provide the appropriate funding,'" Bevan said, adding Huron is part of Western's Super Build Growth Fund proposal. "I would not like to see the funding coming out of student fees."

Trish Fulton, dean of the faculty of arts and social sciences at Huron, said the college does not want to change the faculty-to-student ratio, so hiring faculty and staff would be necessary. She added the overall size of the college may increase, but individual students would not feel any serious changes. "One of the elements Huron College prides itself on is the smaller atmosphere."

Sheila Brygadyr, registrar at Huron, said there has been a notable increase in enrollment at the college this year.

The decision to increase enrollment even further was presented and approved late last week by the Huron College Corporation, Brygadyr said.

Greg Moran, Western's VP-academic, said any money Western receives from the government's $742 million Super Build Growth Fund would be distributed according to a formula, based on the increased number of student enrollments. "The government must send the signal very quickly," he said, adding enrollment decisions will be made in January.

Kerry Delaney, spokesperson for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the wait for a word on funding would come by the end of March.

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