TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
welcomes a new report that confirms that Ontario universities are the
most productive in Canada.
According to The Productivity of the Ontario Public Postsecondary System by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), the
province's universities are teaching and graduating more students with
less money than all other provinces, and leading the country in
research output. The report indicates that the universities are
adaptive institutions, able to do more with less.
"During this period of fiscal restraint, Ontario universities continue
to meet the needs of the growing number of students making their way to
our campuses, while maintaining the same high level of education and
groundbreaking research that have made our sector renowned," says
Alastair Summerlee, Chair of COU and President and Vice-Chancellor of
the University of Guelph.
The report points out that Ontario universities receive the least
operating dollars per full-time student in Canada, and confirms that
funding has not kept pace with the increases in enrolments: from
2002-2003 to 2008-2009, enrolment increased almost seven times faster
than the funding per student, in constant dollars. By comparison, the
report indicates that colleges received substantially greater increases
in operating dollars per student, while experiencing smaller enrolment
"Ontario universities are committed to continuing to find efficiencies
and make gains in productivity, so they can maximize public dollars for
the teaching, research and services that benefit students," says Bonnie
Patterson, COU President and CEO.
The HEQCO report confirms the research COU has conducted, outlined in
the report Interprovincial Comparison of University Revenue.
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SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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