If you’re walking on campus this year you will find yourself surrounded by a much larger number of flustered, confused, and lost first-year students. And this is not because you've started losing your mind already. Rather, it's due to UofT's decision to accept more students. Some colleges have accepted around THREE TIMES more students than normal.
Higher acceptance rates may sound awesome to some high schoolers but there's a major downside. It affects the quality of your learning experience by cutting down on one-to-one time with profs and teaching assistants. Classes also become more competitive, and the sheer volume of people can become overwhelming.
And even if you think you’re okay with that, you should think twice. As second year comes along, the weeding process begins. Some universities are infamous for this. They take your money for first year and then inform you in second year that your marks were not up to par. You are either expelled from the institution, or forced to change programs and stay an extra year to figure it out.
It’s not what you paid for.
On the subject of getting what you pad for: you’ll also notice an increase in your tuition fees. As if we weren’t broke enough already. Another thing you will notice is some of your previous professors are missing. Where did they go? Well, they were let off.
Summer abroad programs, bursaries, and part-time on campus jobs? Slash, slash, slash.
This is all in an effort to make more money as the university claims fiscal loses.
Who's the real loser here?
It's me and you.
The university chalks the problem up to some bad investments and harsh economic times. Some students at the university blame the current administration, and the current president, David Naylor. For some admittedly left-wing ideas about the big fiscal mess at U of T, talk to anybody working at the University of Toronto Students' Union. Or, check out the Drop Fees website. Believe you and me, they will have a lot to say on this subject; having fought against university privatization and the rise of tuition fees for many years.