Trent sets enrolment increase target to make up for funding increase cap

March 29, 2012

Trent University president Steven Franklin says the 1.9% university funding increase, as outlined in Ontario's latest budget, does not match the rising costs at his institution. If Trent is not able to grow at a rate of 2% a year, it will have to cut expenditures in other ways. Franklin says an enrolment growth of 2% is the institution's goal, but it has not met that target in the last couple of years. "Growth is the primary goal," he says. "And we intend to do that in Peterborough and Oshawa." Franklin says there is growth potential at both campuses, with new programs at the Peterborough campus and the population growth in the Oshawa region, where Trent opened a new campus in 2010. Peterborough Examiner