COU paper makes interprovincial comparison of university revenue

June 27, 2012

The Council of Ontario Universities has published a working paper about a project whose purpose is to compare the amount of funding per student that universities in Ontario and other provinces receive and to create a sustainable and reliable method for making such comparisons. The revenue measures were divided by various measures of enrolment: unweighted FTEs, weighted FTEs (Basic Income Units), and "relative grant weights," the later based on the "grant-only" portion of Ontario's Basic Operating Income. The analysis found that irrespective of the per-student funding measure, Ontario's relative position is the lowest or second lowest among the 10 provinces. In comparisons of provincial grants only, Ontario always ranks last, and when tuition revenue is added to the grants, the province ranks either ninth or tenth. Working Paper