We’ve been following the Wolfville C@pcasts. The latest, listed as #7 but described in the audio as week 6, “compares universities and their effects on the community” and also promotes a C@pcast “launch” sometime tomorrow.
They use a MacLeans “study” to list universities in order of “overall quality”. The order may surprise some. Acadia places 3rd. St. Fx. 4rth, Mt. Allison 1st.
They asked some people’s [all students? all female?] opinion of Acadia’s impact on the community. Again – the responses might be surprising to some. One was – “It forces the Town to keep up its appearance.” We think if the mayor – who we think would have been overjoyed to be asked – or some of the business owners had been polled, the answers might have been different. It is the town’s largest employer.
They invite any “non profit groups” interested in “participating” in C@pcast to come out to their launch tomorrow at the “C@pcast Lab”.
Time?? We do presume the location of the C@pcast Lab is at the Wolfville Library so if interested we suggest you phone there for a time. [We remind Bailey and Douglas of the 4 Ws. We have only 2 ourselves tho’ – LOL]
We offer in addition a link to a related story:
With Atlantic provinces looking at a plunge in the number of high school graduates in the next decade, universities in the region are casting a wider recruitment net and becoming more competitive as they fight to attract students from a dwindling pool of applications.
After 10 years of growth across the country, fewer students are enrolling in undergraduate programs, according to information released by Statistics Canada in July.
The Atlantic region is being hit the hardest. The number of full-time students declined in all four Atlantic provinces in 2007-2008 — from less than one per cent in New Brunswick to more than 4 per cent in Prince Edward Island.
An aging population means this trend may continue as fewer young people are going through the school system in Atlantic Canada. [emph ours]
If we had a microphone on the street here’s a question we would be asking. Is it time for University rationalisation and University funding reform?
In June, Acadia’s Twitter account, Acadia4U, announced they sent out “Good luck on exams” cards and a bag of tea to potential students. The Acadia class of 2013 Facebook page, run by a recruiter, already has more than 500 members.
John MacFarlane, Acadia’s vice-president of advancement, said the pinch for students is a new issue that universities didn’t find themselves grappling with in the past.
“Nobody had to be concerned with fancy marketing and recruitment plans. Everyone is adjusting knowing that the market is shrinking,” said MacFarlane.
He said his undergraduate school in Wolfville, N.S., has hired full-time recruiters in Ontario and Alberta so interested students in those regions can speak directly to people about the school.
And there are signs the more personal approach is working. Last year, Acadia’s enrolment went up by nine per cent after several years of decline.