ERIC Number: ED450674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Comparing Ontario and American Public Universities.
Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
Universities in Ontario, Canada, and the United States were compared using data from the U.S. 1995 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and a database based on Statistics Canada information. On average, universities in Ontario would have to hire 35.9% more full-time faculty in order to achieve the student-faculty ratio of U.S. peers. Data on part-time faculty were too incomplete to allow comparison, but the numbers of part-time faculty members are thought to be similar in both countries. On average, Ontario lags behind the United States in funding per student, and institutions in the United States receive 46.8% more state funding per full-time equivalent enrollment and 37.8% more revenue in total than Ontario institutions. U.S. institutions also outspend their Ontario counterparts, especially in the areas of student services, academic support, and institutional support. In many cases, comparisons were also drawn with peer institutions in the Great Lakes area of the Untied States. Among Great Lakes peers, the differences in spending are even more marked. The evidence is clear that states in the United States are investing in higher education. Out of 60 jurisdictions in North American, Ontario ranked 58th in terms of percentage change in funding support, although for the period from 1996-1997 to 1999-2000, Ontario ranked 50th in finding increases. The Ontario government has started to reinvest in universities, but efforts must continue at an accelerated pace to ensure a strong and competitive public higher education environment. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States