Volume 96, Issue 3

Thursday, June 6, 2002
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Double cohort applications process unclear

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

The university admissions process went smoothly this year despite an increase in applications, but plans for next year's double cohort remain unclear.

Gregory Marcotte, executive director of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, said OUAC had examined every aspect of operations in preparing for the year. "We had predicted a 15 per cent increase and it [ended up being] 16.3 per cent," he said.

The increased enrollment this year was largely a result of students fast-tracking to avoid the double cohort, Marcotte explained.

Western vice-provost and registrar Roma Harris, said the university followed a similar procedure last year. "We have had a plan in place for some time to [respond to an increase]," she said.

"We were trying to offer a few extra spaces," Harris stated, adding the focus was put on Ontario high school graduates.

Harris said the admissions process for 2003 is undetermined. "The question that hasn't been addressed is whether we'll be doing early admission," she said.

Danna Barak, an OAC student at Westmount Collegiate Institute in Thornhill said she received her early acceptance in April.

Barak said her high school academic counsellors told students the double cohort was not going to significantly affect students applying this year. "They said [acceptance dates] vary," Barak explained. "Some people still haven't gotten theirs yet."

According to OAC student Alisha Panjwani, who attends Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute in Toronto, the high school counsellors did not even mention the double cohort to this year's OAC class.

Panjwani said no one knows what to expect next year. "My sister is in the double cohort [year], so she's worried," she said.

This year, students were told they should receive acceptances by the end of May, Panjwani added.

The OUAC has undergone extensive preparations over the last few years for the double cohort, Marcotte said. Changes included moving the centre to a larger office building, expanding staff and introducing on-line services, he explained.

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