Lakehead looks to recruit beyond Northern Ontario as local student-aged populations decline

January 4, 2019

Officials at Lakehead University tell CBC that regional declines in student-aged populations mean that the university will have to focus its recruitment initiatives on areas like the GTA and farther abroad. According to a 2017 report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Toronto will experience a short-term dip in 18-20 year-olds before a projected recovery, but “the student pool in northern Ontario will not recover.” James Aldridge, a Vice-Provost at Lakehead, stated that the university bolstered its international recruiting efforts in 2010. CBC adds that the uptick in international students will also require universities to increase supports for academics, housing, and employment. CBC (ON)