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Board Receives Key Performance Indicators


From the Board of Governors' Meeting – December 2, 2005 - Peterborough

At today's Board of Governors' meeting, background information was presented on the University's Key Performance Indicators.

As part of its accountability process, the University presents a set of numerical measures to the Board and Senate each year that reflects the University's statement of mission, goals and institutional objectives. President and Vice Chancellor Bonnie Patterson said "the report provides the University with an annual study that enables the institution to monitor areas of student attainment, teaching and faculty research, enrolment, the supporting environment, financial indicators, and the Maclean's survey."

Some of the Key Highlights of the Report Include:

Employment Rates:  The annual survey of University graduates conducted by MTCU and COU indicates that Trent University graduates are excelling in the labour market. Four out of every five survey respondents indicated that they had found a job related to their field of study. Trent graduates have an overall employment rate of 95% six months after graduation. This has improved from 1999's employment rate of 91%. Programs with full employment rates include Physical Sciences such as Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics and Humanities, as well as Biology. Moreover, two years after graduation, Trent graduates have an employment rate of approximately 95% with full employment rates for Biology, Computer Science and Physical Sciences.

Tenured faculty teaching first-year classes: More than 8 out of every 10 first year students will be taught by the University's tenured faculty. Trent ranks third in the nation in this category when compared against 47 other universities according to the Maclean's annual survey of University rankings. Maclean's uses this indicator as one of its measures to evaluate the quality of a student's educational experience while attending university. In 2004-05, 258 tenured professors taught first-year classes, up from the 2003-04 level of 238. This represents an increase of 8% year over year.

Class Sizes 1st and 2nd-Year: In 2004-05, the University offered a total of 708 classes to first and second-year students. This is up by 6% over 2003-04 course offerings. Approximately 9 out of 10 classes offered at Trent have fewer than 50 students, while 8 out of every 10 classes have 25 or fewer students.

Class Size 3rd and 4th-Year: Despite an increase of 6% in undergraduate enrolment, approximately 96% of upper-year classes at Trent are taught in a group environment of 50 or fewer students. Only 80% of 542 upper-classes, however, were taught in a group of 25 or fewer students. This is a decrease from 2003-04 when 82% of upper-year students had a class size in the 1-25 range. Classes in the 51-100 range account for 3% of all upper-year classes.

Federal Grants per Faculty Awards: In 2004-05 Trent University increased the amount of cash awards received from the three federal government granting councils (SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC) by 37% over 2001-02 levels. Overall, the University was awarded approximately $2.7 million and this figure is up from 2001-02 allocation of $2.2 million. The average award in the Science disciplines was $36,669 and in Social Sciences it was $22,232.

Student Financial Assistance (OSAP): An increasing number of Trent students relied on OSAP loans to finance the cost of their higher education in 2004-05. The loans accounted for approximately $25M and are up 38% from 2003-04 levels of $18M.

The average loan was $8,144 in 2005-06, up from $6,572 in 2004-05. Given these figures, one can calculate that a typical Trent student, who is dependent upon OSAP to finance his or her education, could leave the University with debt amounting to approximately $32,000.

Expenditures as Percentage of the Total Budget: As with any knowledge-intensive industry, salaries and benefits represent the largest proportion of expenditures. In 2004-05 they account for 62% of the budget. Supplies and overhead expenses account for 18% of the budget and scholarships and bursaries now account for more than 7% of the budget. The fastest growing expenditure line item in the budget continues to be scholarships and bursaries for students. In 2004-05, the University spent $7.7 million on scholarships and bursaries, an increase from 2001-02, when the University spent $4.5 million.

Revenues as a Percentage of the Total Budget: In 2004-05, a new trend has emerged in University's budget. Grants represent 45% of operating revenue and tuition accounts for 32%. Since 1998-99, the University has become increasingly dependent on tuition fees and ancillary revenues. Additionally, government policy requires that 30% of tuition increases be set aside for student aid. This leaves only 70 cents for every dollar of tuition increase available to cover ongoing operating expenses.

Research and Endowment Income: With excellence in research, Trent has seen its externally funded research (federal, provincial, municipal and private research grants) increase from $3M in 1996-97 to $8.8M in 2004-05. At the same time, the University's endowment fund has more than doubled from $8.7M to $24.0M. Endowments at Trent are used to fund investments in student assistance, library, academic research, colleges, academic departments and programs, and other specific funds.

Click here for full document: Key Perfomance Indicators 2005 (Acrobat Reader required)

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For further information, please contact:

Christopher Michael, Coordinator, Institutional Research and Planning, (705) 748-1011, ext. 1028


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