This month's successful school opening
signifies the beginning of another academic year for thousands
of new and returning Trent University students attending classes
in Peterborough and Oshawa.
Trent University President Bonnie Patterson
notes that unofficial enrollment projections to date forecast
an increase in student enrollment. "The new and innovative
Trent-Fleming Nursing Program is very popular and enhances our
range of course offerings."
Patterson adds that approximately 100 students
have enrolled in the program and that the province is praising
the Trent-Fleming Nursing initiative as one of the leading models
for other university-college partnerships. Final enrollment
figures for all undergraduate and graduate programs will be available
in early November. This year, 52 new graduate students have
chosen Trent, bringing the total number of students pursuing
Masters and PhD's to 208.
In addition to the nursing program, Trent
will launch new Continuing Education non-credit courses to build
stronger links with the community. President Patterson notes,
"This plan will see the introduction of distinct university-inspired
courses, taught by Trent faculty and members of the community,
here on the Symons campus." The courses will be marketed
as a unique university experience to those seeking a higher level
of general interest learning. "Whether its archaeology
or classic literature, we hope to offer cover a broad spectrum
of interests to deliver Continuing Education with a difference,"
Award-winning research continues to be
a cornerstone of Trent's activities. National media continue
to express interest in Trent's Water Quality Research Centre
and groundbreaking research being done here on pharmaceutical
products in wastewater. Trent will continue to distinguish itself
by providing a research-intensive environment for students at
all levels. Efforts will be directed toward promoting this expertise
in the media locally, regionally and nationally. A local ad
campaign entitled "Look Who Chose Trent" is underway,
profiling some of the 25 new faculty joining the university this
Trent University continues to offer popular
degree programs at its Oshawa campus, the University Centre in
Durham, having cultivated a loyal following of students during
its 30-year presence in the Durham community. Working in concert
with government and Durham College officials, Trent staff are
participating in discussions about Trent's relationships with
Durham College and the new Ontario Institute of Technology, announced
in this year's provincial budget. A significant number of students
residing in Durham also attend classes in Peterborough.
Trent Fast Facts
Using 1999-00 dollars, Trent University
contributes $126.2M to Peterborough and the surrounding areas
in manufacturing, retail, primary, and knowledge intensive sectors.
Each off campus student contributes an
average of $7,000 to the Peterborough economy during an eight-month
academic year. In 1999-00 this amounted to an injection of approximately
$27.6-milion into the Peterborough City and County economy.
Enrollment growth will raise contributions to approximately $36-million.
Trent currently spends about $7-million
each year in Peterborough City and County this will grow
to $9-million under the university's expansion plans.
An expansion valued at over $29-million
on the Symons Campus will allow Trent to take an additional 1,295
students over the next five academic years. This represents
a 31 per cent increase in enrollment over 1999-00 levels and
will mean an additional $39.1-million to the Peterborough City
and County economy, bringing our contribution up to $165.4 million.
In 1999-00 Trent University had 882 on-campus
students at Symons Campus and 313 at the town colleges; 3,939
students lived off campus. Due to growth in student enrollment,
off-campus students will number over 4,600 by 2003-04.
The university will celebrate this
September as it marks the touch down for its "Beyond the
Walls" capital campaign. Among the $17-million campaign's
accomplishments are the creation of 60 new scholarships and bursaries
for students. A special celebratory event is being planned.
Trent alumni continue to provide strong support to their alma
mater and are active in the life of the university. The annual
Head of the Trent Regatta is set for September 29-30. All community
members are invited.
Capital development plans for the university
continue to evolve including fund raising for the First Peoples
House of Learning. "Trent University is committed to constructing
a First Peoples House of Learning, distinctive in appearance
and programming," emphasizes President Patterson. "Since
the establishment of Native Studies at Trent in 1969, the program
has continued to evolve. Trent was the first in Canada to offer
a Native Studies honours program in 1979 and a PhD program in
Native Studies in 1999." Patterson adds that Trent will
build the best possible teaching and learning environment for
the program and that a tremendous collaborative effort is unfolding
to secure required funding and support.
Planning for Build 2000 projects continued
throughout the summer months. While staff have been finalizing
requirements and plans for Humanities and residence facilities,
a summer sod turning ceremony marked the first steps to renovate
and create new Science facilities. In 1999, the provincial government
announced an investment of $26.23-million in funding under their
President Patterson notes that the 2001-02
academic year represents an exciting time in the university's
history. "I wish our new and returning students the best
academic success," says Patterson. "With the support
of our caring faculty and staff, and partners in the local community,
I am confident that Trent University is moving forward and capitalizing
on our reputation as Canada's outstanding small university."