Volume 94, Issue 95

Wednesday, March 21, 2001


Student Code may see major changes

Saugeen residents on notice

Gap between rich and poor increasing

SSSC paychecks go through the ringer

Northern universities looking for students

City council troubled by welfare testing


Northern universities looking for students

By Tait Simpson
Gazette Staff

The Great White North is looking for a few adventurous students to fill up its hallways during the next few years.

Cambrian College, Laurentian University and College Boreal are looking to ease the perceived overcrowding at Southern Ontario schools by expanding their collective student base by 500 students next year and 2,000 over the next few years, said Cambrian College director of marketing, Linda Wilson.

Lakehead University is also expressing the sentiments of many Northern post-secondary schools by trying to attract more students, said Nancy Angus, communications director for Lakehead.

She said the university contends the unique environment of Northern Ontario, often deemed to hinder student recruitment, is actually its most valuable asset. "Eighty-five per cent of our students come from outside the city," Angus said.

"They appreciate the opportunity to be away from home. The lifestyle available here, with outdoor opportunities and good field partnerships with companies attracts many of our students."

Schools in Sudbury are now going one step further to advertise the advantages of Northern Ontario to potential students, said Jean McKechnie, executive assistant to Sudbury mayor, Jim Gordon.

Every student who applies to a post-secondary school in Sudbury will receive a letter from the mayor and a package touting the virtues of Sudbury, she added.

"We're very excited to be working with schools. Everyone involved would like to see more students in the city," she said.

To accommodate this increased number of students in Sudbury, Cambrian College is also adding 121,000 square feet to its campus, Wilson said.

"At the end of the day, good programs that offer good job opportunities will sell," she said. "Sudbury is a metropolitan centre in which the community really comes together with the students."

Despite the stereotypical disruptive nature of students that many towns fear, Sudbury sees the benefits of having more students in monetary terms, McKechnie said. Two jobs are expected to be created for every five students, contributing to an estimated influx of $20 million to the Sudbury economy.

Vice-Provost and Registrar at Western Roma Harris, said the number of post-secondary school applications will rise, but disagreed that there is already overcrowding in Ontario universities.

"Overcrowding is not a problem at Western," Harris said. "I'm glad to see Northern schools trying hard to attract students. All schools have different benefits and it's important that students find the school that best fits them."

To date, Western has made room for the influx of students in the next few years, due to the double cohort of 2003-2004, with its Super Build Growth Fund initiative, which has allotted funds for increased campus infrastructure.

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