(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – November 29, 2018): Applications to Algoma University for January are extremely strong with over 200 new students anticipated to arrive at the institution’s Sault Ste. Marie and Brampton campuses for the start of the winter term. Based on current data, final 2018-19 enrolment levels are projected to exceed original forecasts from April 2018 by approximately 20%, almost double the adjusted projection of 11% announced in early October.
This important update was delivered during this evening’s meeting of Algoma University’s Board of Governors. Those present were also apprised of progress being made on key institutional priorities, including an overview of plans for expanding the university’s Brampton campus. The university continues to advance targeted strategies aimed at continued enrolment growth in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton and Timmins.
“We are very pleased at the outcome of our enhanced strategic enrolment management efforts,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Asima Vezina. “Our fall term registrations far exceeded initial projections and there has been a significant interest in winter term intake allowing the university to move from a period of enrolment decline two years ahead of initial forecast. The entire Algoma University community, led by our Board and Senate, are actively exploring new strategic initiatives to support our aspirational goal of growing annual enrolment to 3000 students by the year 2025. It is an exciting period of transformation for the university”.
Expanded program offerings in Brampton, including post-graduate certificates provided through the newly-established Algoma University School of Business and Economics, have proven to be attractive to both international and domestic applicants. The University is currently moving forward with plans to expand classroom and student support facilities in Brampton to accommodate the growing student population. Officials from the City of Brampton were on hand to present an overview of the City’s long-term vision to support growth and economic prosperity. The City’s plan, entitled Vision 2040 – Living the Mosaic, highlights postsecondary access as a key priority for the community. In 2010, Algoma University became the first Ontario university to provide undergraduate programming in downtown Brampton.
An update on progress will next be presented to the Board of Governors during the first regular meeting of the new year scheduled for Thursday, January 24th.