Enrolment up at universities, mostly because of part-timers

Despite fears that students would baulk at courses held primarily online, enrolment at Canadian universities rose slightly in the fall term, driven mainly by an increase in part-time students, writes Joe Friesen for The Globe and Mail.

But the national data gloss over smaller, significant trends. First-year enrolment appears to be down and the number of graduate students and international students fell after years of steady growth, which could have an impact that extends over several years. Part-time enrolments had a big jump, as people took advantage of the flexibility of online learning, but there were fewer international students, which has a disproportionate impact on post-secondary funding in Canada.

Data from nearly 100 Canadian universities show total enrolments rose by a little more than 1.5% across the country, from 1.38 million students in the fall of 2019 to 1.4 million in the fall of 2020, according to a preliminary survey from Universities Canada, a national umbrella group. The figures are based on data supplied by its members in their annual fall enrolment survey.
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