Some institutions navigate pandemic without strong impacts on enrolment, achievement

In a recent article in The Globe and Mail, Joe Friesen discusses how some Canadian postsecondary institutions have managed to navigate the pandemic without a strong negative impact on their enrolment or achievement. Citing Statistics Canada data from 2020-21, Friesen states that university participation was higher for students between 18 and 25 years of age. Retention has also been high, Friesen writes, as seen at Queen’s University where enrolment was up about 16% compared to pre-pandemic levels without a notable increase in students dropping out or taking leave. A Canadian University Survey Consortium poll in 2021 showed that around 2/3 of students were satisfied with the online instruction they received. While some students have struggled with online learning, MCAT and GRE scores have stayed consistent. The Globe and Mail Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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