The End of Ontario's Double Cohort

October 12, 2006

Impacting Ontario universities since 2001, the double cohort will graduate next spring. The University of Western Ontario has examined the academic performance of the two cohorts, and found no significant difference in their grade averages. Most of the double cohort had "an almost blinkered focus on schoolwork." The biggest challenge facing most universities was the influx of first-year students under the legal drinking age. So-called "helicopter parents" may also have found it hard to let go of 17-year-old kids. (See the Western News story at http://communications.uwo.ca/western_news/story.html?stories::listing_id=21983 )