Enrolment Update #4

Dear members of the UPEI community,

Below is the most current update on UPEI’s enrollment situation for Fall 2013 and follows earlier messages sent on August 7, August 20, and September 6. The final update will be sent after the Atlantic Association of Universities releases its official 2013 enrollment statistics from all universities in the Atlantic Provinces.

These numbers were shared with Senate on Friday, September 13, and even since that time, there have been some slight positive changes, so I remind everyone that these numbers are still in flux. For example, five more international students have registered since last Thursday, with the headcount currently at 616 students (51 more than last year).

Day-to-day changes are important to note, but our regular updates still reflect the expected trend of an overall slight decrease in numbers, both in headcount and course registrations.

Despite these slight and expected registration declines, we are at an exciting crossroads in time—our UPEI strategic plan is being presented for adoption in the coming weeks to provide the focus for collaboration around future curriculum planning and renewal. Once again, I would like to express my great appreciation to all our faculty and staff for all their efforts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Alaa Abd-El-Aziz
President and Vice-Chancellor
abdelaziz@upei.ca
 

Enrollment update as of as of September 12, 2013 as compared to September 14, 2012:

 
Total registrants for all programs, new and returning students

·      Total # registrants (headcount): 4,383 (-4.3%, 195 fewer students)
·      International registrants: 611 (+7.0%, or 40 more students)
·      Full-time registrants: 3,902 (-1.9%, 74 fewer students); part-time students: 481 (-20.1%, 121 fewer students)
·      Full-time undergraduates (excluding DVM and BEd): 3,233 (-2.2%, 74 fewer students). Arts: 1003 (-10.8%, 121 fewer students); Business: 633 (-1.3%, 8 fewer students); Nursing: 269 (+3.9%, 10 more students); Science: 1230 (+2.5%, 30 more students).
·      DVM: 251 (+1.2%, 3 more student)
·      BEd: 154 (-43.6%, 119 fewer students, 88 of which are part-time)
·      Graduate students: 316 (+7.8%, 23 more students)
Programs with increases—MEd: 96 (+52.4%, 33 more students), PhD Education: 12 (+100%, 6 more students), PhD Science: 9 (+80%, 4 more students), Master of Nursing: 12 (+33.3%, 3 more students), MSc: 43 (+13.6%, 3 more students)
Programs with decreases—PhD at AVC: 35 (-28.6%, 14 fewer students), MBA: 76 (-10.6%, 9 fewer students), Master of Veterinary Science: 9 (-10%, 1 fewer student), Master of Arts (MAIS): 23 (-4.2%, 1 fewer student), Master of Applied Health Services Research: 1 (-50%, 1 fewer student)

Total course registrations

·      17,602 (-4.2%, 766 fewer registrations)
·      Arts: -5.1%; Business: -1.7%; Education: -36.4%; Nursing: -0.7%; Science: +3.0%; Veterinary Medicine: -0.7%
The curriculum change from Global Issues (under Education) to UPEI 102 (under Arts) affected course registrations for both Education and Arts. After adjusting for the curriculum change, the decline in Education would have been -26.3% and in Arts would have been -6.5%. 

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