Enrolment up at Fleming College
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | March 1, 2018
Fleming College recently announced it’s experiencing “unprecedent growth in new students this semester” across its four campuses.
At the Haliburton School of Art and Design (HSAD), the campus welcomed 41 new students this winter and 26 returning diploma students.
“We experienced and met expected growth targets,” said Sandra Dupret, principal and dean of the campus. A total of 6,855 are enrolled at all of the campuses, up from a previous record of 6,275 students in the fall, according to a news release. The other campuses are located in Peterborough, Lindsay and Cobourg. About half of Fleming’s 100-plus programs have a winter intake.
The news comes after 38 students at Haliburton’s Fleming College campus withdrew from their programs after the province-wide faculty strike. At the time, Drew Van Parys, executive director of marketing and advancement told The Highlander, “although we do not know how many of those students will return, we will continue to reach out to them and offer assistance if they would like to resume their studies in upcoming program start dates.”
In the fall, the provincial government passed back-to-work legislation to end a five-week long strike—the longest in Ontario’s history. Students were given until Dec. 5, two weeks after classes resumed, to decide if they wanted to withdraw and get a full refund. The government established a $500 “hardship” aid to help full-time domestic and international students who incurred unexpected costs.
A total of 104 student who pulled out were enrolled in the fall semester. According to media reports, 743 full-time students withdrew from campuses in Cobourg, Haliburton, Lindsay and Peterborough. Semester end dates were extended in Haliburton and certificate program students were offered the option to return in May to make up missed courses.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.