Georgian College blames faculty strike for withdrawal of 700 students

Tuesday was the last day for students to withdraw from their college programs.
Almost 1200 students at Conestoga withdrew from the college from Oct.16 to Tuesday

Tuesday was the last day for students to withdraw from their college programs. Almost 1200 students at Conestoga withdrew from the college from Oct.16 to Tuesday

"The withdrawal is temporary for those ones, and normally in a regular fall semester without a strike or disruption to the extent we have had, we would expect between 40 and 60 students to withdraw from the college on a normal semester due to finding work, starting a family, or changing their career plans".

He says he knows some of the students will start fresh in January and that will bring some relief to the college's annual budget.

"Of course, each year some students withdraw from class for a variety of reasons, and the strike-related withdrawal rate must be evaluated within that context to determine the impact of the strike on overall withdrawals".

The deadline to withdraw from college and receive a full refund was midnight on December 5.

The college believes the increase is a result of the five-week long faculty strike that flared up in mid-October.

The Ontario government has said those students who withdrew from the semester would get a full tuition refund.

Canadore College President George Burton speaks to students only a few days before the strike ended.

Georgian College's communications department says about 1,100 students have withdrawn from the fall 2017 semester, up about 700 from 400 past year.

"That would be the attributed revenue to those students if they remained enrolled for the fall and winter semester". But some colleges have said they will hold back some fees.

Georgian College has about 11,500 full-time students.

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