Northern Ontario postsecondary institutions require a revitalised funding model: Opinion

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In an article for The Conversation, Nipissing University Researcher Avery Beall and Professor David Zarifa highlight the challenges Northern Ontario’s youth face when accessing postsecondary education. The authors underline that many students from the North must decide between staying in their home communities and uprooting to the South to pursue education; the latter creates a “brain drain,” as few students return to the North post-graduation. They conclude that Northern Ontario needs more local postsecondary options and that the provincial funding model should be rethought, since institutions in the North rely heavily on funding and tuition to fund their operations. “Providing educational and employment opportunities for those living throughout Canada’s Provincial North is vital to retaining strong communities and a healthy economy,” write Beall and Zarifa.

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