In 2014, the provincial government announced its intention to review the formula through which public funding is distributed to Ontario’s 20 public universities. With the typical university and college-aged population predicted to plateau for the next decade, the government was concerned that a focus on enrolment growth would not give institutions, government or students value for their money. The Federation, alongside many other stakeholders, expressed skepticism that the current enrolment-based model fostered unsustainable enrolment growth and instead pointed to inadequate public funding as the culprit for declining quality. The Federation participated in the University Funding Formula Consultations and made a formal submission to the review committee, titled Getting it Right for Good: Student priorities to strengthen & improve Ontario’s University Funding Formula.

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