I have noticed that there is misinformation circulating in social media and elsewhere with respect to application figures to our campuses at Ridgetown, Kemptville and Alfred. I think it important to set the record straight. Fall 2014 application figures for the associate diploma program on the three campuses are as follows:
Ridgetown - 1117
Kemptville - 272
Alfred – 50
As I have said, despite all of our efforts over the past several years to introduce new revenue-generating educational programs and attract new students to the associate diploma programs, enrolment at Kemptville and Alfred campuses remains stagnant while operating costs have increased. Costs per full-time equivalent student are substantially higher at these campuses compared to the Ridgetown and Guelph campuses.
Hence our decision to consolidate the academic and research programs delivered at the Kemptville and Alfred campuses in order to improve efficiency, ensure quality and reinvest in strategic areas that best serve the agri-food sector.