As we welcome a record intake of students for our Winter term, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all faculty and staff for their extra effort and support in welcoming our new and returning students.
Our record enrolment for Winter 2017 reflects additional marketing and recruitment efforts domestically and internationally, and our growing reputation as a leading College at a time when all colleges and universities are struggling with a decline in traditional demographics. However, I recognize that this situation has impacted all areas of the college, and I am grateful for the hard work and flexibility of all faculty and staff as we work to ensure as smooth a start as possible to the Winter term. From managing the impacts on classes, student services, parking and transit, we have all worked together in support of our students’ satisfaction and success, and we continue to do so.
Our 2017 Winter enrolment was larger than expected, as domestic demand exceeded provincial and regional demographic trends, and international demand greatly exceeded forecast models for several countries. This was combined with very strong confirmation rates from all student groups for many program areas.
As I wrote at the start of our budget process this fall, all colleges – including Niagara – are facing a new financial reality that is driven primarily by shifts in our traditional demographics. It’s important to note that even with this strong intake for the winter term, our budget challenges remain. Our flexibility and willingness to accommodate a larger than expected intake for this term is a shining example of why I am so confident in the collective ability of our faculty and staff to rise to the challenges that lie ahead. Once again, thank you for your extra effort and hard work.