The OECD put out its annual Education at a Glance publication yesterday. No huge surprises except for the fact that they appear to have killed one of the most-used tables in the whole book (A.1.2, which compared tertiary attainment rates for 25-34 year olds by type of tertiary program – i.e. college v. university) which is an enormous bummer. The finance data says what it pretty much always says: Canada is the #2 spender overall on higher education at 2.6% of GDP … [ Read More ]
I made a little remark last week to the effect that on present trends, student fees would pass provincial funding as a source of revenue for universities by 2020-2021 and combined fed-prov government funding by 2025. Based on my twitter feed, that seems to have got people quite excited. But I should have been a little clearer about what I was saying.
First of all, by “on present trends”, I literally meant do the simple/stupid thing and take the annual change from … [ Read More ]
Earlier this year, I raged a bit at a project that the Ontario government had launched: namely, an attempt to survey every single student in Ontario about sexual assault in a way that – it seemed to me – likely to be (mis)used for constructing a league table on which institutions had the highest rates of sexual assault. While getting more information about sexual assault seemed like a good idea, the possibility of a league table – based as it would be … [ Read More ]
So, yesterday was the annual tuition fee data dump from Statscan. Probably worth it to go over the data just a bit to see what the story is.
The data everyone likes to focus on is the “average undergraduate tuition fee by province”. This year, it looks like this (note that “fees” here do not include ancillary fees, only tuition proper):
Figure 1: Average Domestic Undergraduate Tuition Fees by Province, 2017-18
The other number that people always look out … [ Read More ]
The 2015-16 version of Financial Information of Universities and Colleges Survey (which, confusingly, doesn’t include community colleges) was released over the summer. As in previous years I’m going to do a little summary of what it tells us about how income and expenditure has change over one year and five years. Just so we’re all clear, all figures here are in real (i.e. inflation-adjusted) dollars. And – caveat – comparisons with 2010-11 are a little weird because Quebec universities changed their fiscal … [ Read More ]