Volume 92, Issue 93

Wednesday, March 24, 1999


Second election possible

Liberals claim tuition decrease

Waterloo announces hike

Western to give high school students early admissions

"VP-fun" Cousineau says so long

Celebrity suicides raise bigger issue


Campus crime catches fire

Caught on campus

Western to give high school students early admissions

By Lindsay Isaac
Gazette Staff

High school students could find out this week if they have been accepted to Ontario universities For the 1999/2000 school year.

Changes to the enrolment process which include sending out offers of admission in March have been implemented this year. Students now have until June 1 to make their decision, as opposed to past offers which were made in June and accepted within two weeks.

These changes have been made at all universities province wide. Western's VP-education Greg Moran said the enrolment changes allow universities to provide more information to prospective students. "We believe this is the most important decision students have to make. This process allows them a lot of time to decide.

"Approximately two-thirds of the offers are made now and the rest are held off until May," Moran added.

He added students must maintain a minimum average of 72 per cent in June in order to keep their offers. "We hope to raise the standard of admission – 72 per cent is higher than in previous years."

Rob Tiffin, deputy registrar at Western, said the new enrolment procedures will help Ontario universities compete with out-of-province and American schools for the brightest students. "Schools outside of Ontario offer acceptances in March – this allows us to effectively compete for the top students," Tiffin explained.

He added the early offers allow students to sort out any questions they may have. "We want to provide students with ample opportunities to see everything the school has to offer."

Carolyn McDonald, an academic counsellor at John Paul II Secondary School, said he did not think the new enrolment process is in the best interest of the students. "The universities are only doing this to access the top students – the students who do not get accepted in the first round can suffer from anxiety and discouragement."

McDonald said he feels the benefits are outweighed by the complications and it is unfair to accept students without looking at their second semester marks. "Students don't need that long to decide. In my experience they already have an idea of where they want to go."

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