University Revenues Have Not Kept Pace with Enrolment
OTTAWA, June 25, 2008 — In spite of welcome government investments in postsecondary education in recent years, revenues per student in the general operating budgets at Canadian universities are much lower than at American public universities.The latest volume of Trends in higher education, released today by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada shows overall revenues to support teaching and research per student at Canadian universities have fallen significantly since the 1980s and have remained virtually unchanged since 2000. Canadian universities had $2,000 per student more than their U.S. public peers in 1980-81 and now have $8,000 less per student to fund teaching and research. Canadian universities also have less per student than U.K universities.
“This funding disadvantage is a potential quality disadvantage for Canadian university students,” says Claire Morris, President and CEO of AUCC. “It also has implications for the competitiveness of Canada’s universities and their ability to attract and retain faculty and to produce graduates capable of competing in a global knowledge economy.”
Increases in both operating and research funding to Canada since 2000 have failed to produce any change in the level of funding per student largely because of rapid growth in student enrollment. The number of students enrolled in Canadian universities has increased by 56 per cent since 1980 and by 31 percent since 2000.
University student enrolment in Canada has grown at almost triple the rate of faculty growth while in the U.S., faculty growth has matched student enrollment growth.
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