Registrations Point to 20 per cent Enrolment Increase
confirm return to previous enrolment high
over the weekend for Trent University students indicate an approximate
20 per cent increase in full time registrations for 2002-03. This includes
a jump in new full time registrations of approximately 30 per cent, and
an increase of over 13 per cent in returning students. The figures confirm
that Trents enrolment picture has improved since the low enrolment
"This healthy growth suggests that Trents reputation is changing,
that our small class sizes are attracting students and that our recruitment
messages about our quality programs and faculty are having an effect,"
says Susan Salusbury, Registrar for Trent University. Salusbury acknowledges
that some of the increase in new full time registrations may be a result
of students fast tracking through their high school curriculum
to finish prior to the double cohort year of 2003/04, but adds that the
number of students accepting an offer of admission to Trent University
is about double that of the provincial average.
Salusbury notes, "The enrolment figures confirm that our dedicated
faculty, quality programs, and liaison and recruitment strategies are
attracting more students." She emphasizes that the registration numbers
are preliminary, subject to change and that official numbers will be forwarded
to the Ministry by the official November 1 count date.
Introductory Seminar Week
The enrolment information follows the successful Introductory Seminar
Week (ISW) activities, which introduced first year students to sample
lectures, programs and college life at the university.
"Hundreds of first year students participated in ISW activities which
concluded with the successful Shinerama campaign organized by the Trent
Central Students Association in support of Cystic Fibrosis,"
says Bonnie Patterson, President of Trent University. The President commended
students for organizing the community-driven fundraising campaign, and
thanked faculty and staff for their extensive support of students and
the student advising system during ISW week.
More New School Year News from Trent
A number of key activities and accomplishments led up to the start of
the new academic year including:
The recruitment of 31 new faculty to the universitys social
sciences, humanities and science departments
Changes to the College Don system including more training for Dons
and preparations to receive younger students
New initiatives for Special Needs students and a continuation of
pilot project supports for Learning Disabled students
Continued progress on the Build 2000 Science Facility addition
and Integrated College projects which are on track for a September, 2003
Creation of a new Trent University Fundraising Council
Creation of 23 additional bursaries, scholarships and awards from
the previous fiscal year, including the GE Fund Ontario Undergraduate
Awards and the Peter Gzowski Northern Scholarship
Introduction of professional and management development programs
as part of Trents Continuing Education program series
Expansion of parking areas, construction of new pathways, and improvements
to security to accommodate growth from the double cohort
Completion of renovations to the Bata Library Podium area
"All of our faculty and staff are to be commended for their hard
work during the summer months to prepare for a successful school opening,"
says President Patterson. "They have worked in an environment of
limited resources and continued funding challenges, and have once again
focused their efforts on our students."
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