Volume 93, Issue 59

Friday, January 14, 2000


Bus pass to face new referendum

Enrollment stats to see increase

McMasters TAs reach settlement

New Year's prison party raises concern

Small amounts of praise for small towns

Hospitals stuffed up with vaccinations

Bass Ackwards

Enrollment stats to see increase

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

First-year students at Western can pat themselves on the back for not only picking a highly desirable university, but for also being smarter – and statistics can prove it.

According to Roma Harris, Western's registrar, enrollment increased significantly this year, as did the admission average.

"It says two things. One of them is we continue to draw students at Western. And there is really an increase in the number of people trying to make use of the university system."

In addition, Harris said this year's admission average jumped from 75 per cent to 76 per cent. She added this figure demonstrated the quality of the applicants at Western was steadily increasing.

Harris added the enrollment figures were recently sent out to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for statistical purposes.

Kerry Delaney, spokesperson for the Ministry, said Western's numbers have yet to be reviewed. She added the Ministry is still waiting for some post-secondary institutions to submit their numbers, but so far, enrollment has increased everywhere.

"As of Nov. 1, the total full time enrollment in universities has increased by 3.1 per cent." Delaney said this is good news for the province's 17 universities and 25 colleges. "It shows that the university system, university and colleges are still accessible to students."

The participation rate, which is the percentage of people aged 18 to 24 who are attending a post-secondary institution, is 35 per cent this year. "And that's the highest it's ever been," she said.

Mark Kissel, VP-education for the University Students' Council, said the figures have been posted on Western's web site and the highlightis the 6.4 per cent increase of first-year students on main campus.

He added there is an overall 8.8 per cent first-year enrollment increase when including the affiliated colleges. "That's quite a number of people. There's a general increase – period."

Kissel said he hoped the government would see these numbers as a reason to increase post-secondary funding as well.

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