UPEI arts enrolment drops 22%

August 20, 2013

CBC reports that enrolment in Arts programs at the University of Prince Edward Island has dropped by 22% this September over last year, and enrolment in the UPEI Education faculty has declined a whopping 39% (from 182 to 112 students). UPEI's international enrolment has increased by 13%, however, bringing the net decline in enrolment for the institution overall to 1.8%. Kathy Kielly, UPEI’s registrar, says the arts decline is part of a nationwide trend. “I believe there's the onus on the university to better articulate for the students what the advantages of doing a program in the arts are and how that relates to an opportunity for employment,” she says. Kielly also observes that the decline in B.Ed. registrations could stem from recent news about teacher education graduates struggling to find jobs.  CBC