Influx of students expected for 2003

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By Adam Eisner

The university isn’t ready to handle the increase of students expected in the double cohort years, says Michael Doucet, president of Ryerson’s Faculty Association.

“We had hoped that the university would be looking at this quite seriously before now,” he said. “We are going to need a plan of action to deal with the situation.”

The number of applicants vying for university spots is expected to double for the 2003-2004 school year when the province’s high schools graduate two classes — students starting Grade 9 next September will complete school in four years instead of five.

Ryerson, which currently has more than 12,000 full-time students, is looking to accept an extra 1,000 applicants that year.

Doucet is disappointed that Ryerson has not yet made any concrete plans.

“The figure that sticks in my head is that Ryerson may face a 10-per-cent increase in enrolment,” Doucet said.

Linda Grayson, Ryerson’s v.p. administration and student affairs, says the school is still in the “evaluation stages.”

The university has struck two committees that will assess the impact 1,000 more students will have on the school.

Grayson, who is heading one of the committees, says they are evaluating everything from space to security.

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