Student Enrolment and Education Staffing in New Brunswick (Updated 2014)

[Note: The Chartboot plugin used to create charts and graphs is no longer maintained; new charts were prepared using interactive Google Sheets in October 2015. These differ somewhat from the previous charts, but the same datasets are used]

[Note: Data and commentary updated April 2015, to reflect data added up to Sept 30, 2014 (i.e. 2014/2015 school year]

Demographic trends in New Brunswick show an aging population, with a decline in school-age population over time. This has a number of implications, including school closings and consolidations, reduced employment opportunities for teachers, and education budgets. Data from Statistics Canada Cansim Table 477-0025 and GNB Education Department statistical summaries show a troubling pattern. Between 2002 and 2012, student populations (elementary and high schools) declined by 16% in New Brunswick compared to 7% for Canada as a whole. The decline in student populations from 2002 to 2014 in New Brunswick was 18%.

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New Brunswick Universities – are some changes needed?

As a follow-up to a previous post, I’d like to provide some more of my views on a possible re-alignment of universities in New Brunswick. Recent statements by politicians, newspaper editorials, and others have underlined the importance of research and development (R&D) to the future of the province. R&D is a source of innovative goods and services that can be exported globally and create high-wage jobs – something the province desperately needs. But how do we get more R&D investment in a province that is hard-pressed financially? In my opinion, we can get start down that road by re-designing the university system. But before we get to that, let’s look at some background information.

The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (mphec.ca) provides data on student populations for all Maritime universities. Over the past decade, there has been a general downward trend in total (undergraduate and graduate) enrolment at New Brunswick universities. This trend can be seen in the chart below, where data for Université de Moncton (UDM – campuses at Moncton, Shippegan, and Edmundston combined), Mount Allison University (MTA), Saint Thomas University (STU), and the University of New Brunswick (UNB – Fredericton and Saint John campuses combined) are shown.
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