WLU provost responds to National Post editorial on admissions, research practices

February 27, 2017

“It was disappointing to read Dr. Michael Carroll’s characterization of enrolment and research strategies at Wilfrid Laurier University,” writes Deborah MacLatchy, WLU Provost and Vice-President: Academic. MacLatchy’s response to the former dean’s critical editorial in the National Post notes that WLU maintains high admissions standards, with an entering grade average of 83.4% and a student retention rate of 88.7%. The response also highlights WLU’s high employment rate for graduates, as well as the school’s number-one ranking in Maclean’s magazine for student satisfaction in Autumn 2016. The response concludes with a defense of WLU programming that provides additional support and consideration for students with lower grades. On this issue, MacLatchy states, “My colleagues and I are happy to work at a university that is willing to err on the side of student needs and not turn away students who are capable.” WLU