Student Enrolment and Faculty Recruitment in Ontario: The Double Cohort, the Baby Boom Echo, and the Aging of University Faculty
The recent restructuring of the Ontario secondary school system means that two graduating classes the so-called "double cohort" will compete for admission to the universities in the fall of 2003. Unless admission standards are raised to restrict enrolment, the sheer numbers involved will place extraordinary demands on the system for half a decade. The demands will be difficult to accommodate, not least because more than half of current faculty are over the age of 50, and most will retire in this decade. Working with the latest available numbers, this paper provides projections to show the impact that the double cohort will have on student numbers, faculty requirements, and the need to recruit new faculty.
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