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¿Donde esta los profesores?
With the enrollment rate at Canadian graduate schools rising, Canadian universities will be faced with the challenge of replacing and hiring new professors before the situation spins out of control.

According to a report released by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, it is estimated that by 2016 Canadian universities will need to replace 21,000 faculty members while requiring another 3,600 to 13,600 professors to keep up with enrolment rates.

Enrolment growth is estimated at 37 per cent, while faculty members have increased by only 21 per cent over the last eight years.

According to Jos Lennards, retired professor of education and sociology at York University, this issue has been years in the making.

“When the universities in Canada expanded very rapidly decades ago, there were a lot of new professors coming in and now that they are all retiring there is a shortage,” Lennards explained.

According to Lennards, Canadian universities did not address the issue in time.

“In order to address a problem like that you need long-term planning, and for long-term planning you need long-term financing, but the Canadian universities don’t know in advance how much money they will get each year.”
"Jared Lindzen

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