Applications at the Algoma University in January are extremely strong with over 200 new students expected to arrive at the Sault Ste. Marie and Brampton campuses for the start of the winter mandate. Based on current data, projected enrollment levels in 2018-19 are expected to exceed the initial forecasts of April 2018 by about 20 percent, almost double the adjusted 11 percent projection posted in early October.
This important update was delivered during a meeting this evening at the Board of Governors at Algoma University. The attendees were also presented with progress in key institutional priorities, including an overview of the expansion plans at the university campus Brampton. The University continues to advance targeted strategies aimed at continuous growth in enrollment in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton and Timmins.
"We are very pleased with the outcome of our reinforced efforts to manage the enrollment," said president and vice-chancellor Asima Vežina. "The registrations of our autumn mandate far outstrip the initial projections and have a considerable interest in the winter mandate, allowing the university to move from a write-down period two years before the initial forecast. The whole community of the Algoma University, led by our board and the Senate, actively is exploring new strategic initiatives to support our aspirational goal to increase the annual enrollment of 3,000 students by 2025. It is an exciting period of transformation at the university. "
Expanded Brampton program offers, including post-graduate certificates provided through the newly established University School of Business and Economics at Algoma, have proven attractive to international and domestic applicants. The University is currently moving forward with plans to expand the classroom and student support at Britton to accommodate a growing student population. Officials from the city of Brampton were able to present an overview of the city's long-term vision to support development and economic prosperity. The city plan, entitled Vision 2040 – Living the Mosaic, emphasizes the post-secondary approach as a key priority for the community. In 2010, Algoma University became the first University of Ontario to provide undergraduate programming in downtown Brampton.
The next progress report will be presented to the Board of Governors during the first regular meeting of the new year scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019.
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Algoma University was founded in 1965 and is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Algoma University is a small, undergraduate, educational focused university that puts emphasis on serving the needs of North Ontario. Algoma University offers a wide range of degrees covering liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and the Shingwauk Alumni Association of Children, Algoma University has a special mission to foster intercultural learning between indigenous populations and other communities. Algoma University also offers satellite programming in Brampton and Timmins. For more information, visit here.