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e-dition - Sept. 29, 2006

UWinnipeg Sets Enrolment Record:
5th Year in a Row


By Ilana Simon

The University of Winnipeg set an enrolment record for the fifth straight year with more than 9,200 full- and part-time registered students, up nearly 3.5 per cent from a year ago.

The biggest jump, 6.25 per cent, came in the number of first year students registered at The University of Winnipeg. Among those first years, the number of sequential students—those coming directly to university after high school—increased by 13 per cent over last year.

"Our student enrolment projections were very accurate this year and we surpassed projections in several areas," said President and Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy. "Enrolment in our Bachelor of Education program has soared 30 per cent this year over last. As well, we’ve seen increases in the percentage of International students, up slightly, with 167 International students from approximately 50 countries studying at The University of Winnipeg."

Faculty, Flexibility Credited

Dr. Axworthy credits a number of factors for UWinnipeg’s increases in student population: faculty and staff support of new and expanded course offering, flexible timetables for courses including Saturdays and evenings, and participation in Summer Institutes.

"We are aware of the shifting demographics and the projected downturn in the number of high school students," Dr. Axworthy said. "As a result, our recruitment efforts have remained focused and steady on Aboriginal students, International students, rural students, adult learners, as well as sequential high school students."

UWinnipeg Responds to Needs

Enrolment Services recruiters have visited more than 187 Manitoba high schools, 34 First Nations high schools, and 47 out of province high schools in the past year. Colin Russell, UWinnipeg Registrar, said the University is addressing the needs of these targeted groups on many different fronts.

"In addition to more flexible programming to meet the needs of adult learners, UWinnipeg offers services for Aboriginal students—through our Aboriginal Student Services Centre—to ease their transition to university," he said. "As well, we are looking into expanding our housing program to attract more rural and International students."

"It’s a solid start to the academic year," Dr. Axworthy said, noting more than half of all first year UWinnipeg students receive an entrance scholarship or bursary. "Our increased numbers demonstrate that students welcome our small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and opportunity for faculty-student interactions."

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