Gary Mason has an interesting column on University enrollment in todays Globe and Mail.
The A, B, and now, C’s of attracting university students: “It was only a few years ago you needed straight A’s and a reference letter from Mensa International to get into a British Columbia university.B.C. had the smallest number of postsecondary seats of any province in the country on a per capita basis. Parents who only needed C’s to get into university in their day were outraged. Their kids were stressed-out zombies who did nothing but study. (Globe Insider subscribers only)
(Via Gary Mason.)
He notes that the BC government listened a few years back and increased university seats. I believe UBC increased engineering seats by 50%. I’m not sure about other departments. The government can never win 😉 thus a great economy coupled with a dwindling university age population has drastically lowered entrance requirements.
💡 I don’t think anyone knows if this is a “good thing or bad thing”. I wrote a bit about this before when Bill Gates went to Ottawa a few weeks ago. I still don’t know. It is very interesting.