I have to say, I’m relieved to find out the general feeling that everything is crumbling around me isn’t just my university’s fault. It’s a systemic shortcoming. According to a research paper from the OCUFA Ontario’s universities will need in excess of an additional billion dollars over the next three years to patch things up.
It’s not just infrastructure that is in decline. The faculty to student ratio is on the rise and per-student funding had declined by $2600 over the last 15 years.
This paper should be a call to action for the government. I’ve noticed some improvements over the last two years but it is apparent there is much more work to be done. The benefits of post-secondary education to this province aren’t just a matter of quantity. While everyone willing to continue their education should be given the opportunity, the degree has to mean something to the rest of the world.