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The Rise of Part-time and Commuter Students

Ken pulls together the evidence for a growing majority of college and university students who are “invisible” part-time students — registered full-time, for financial aid or other practical reasons, but in fact working as many as 34 hours a week. Now that the average Canadian’s work week has declined to about 33 hours a week, these students are essentially working full-time, while registered as full-time students too. Whether because they need the income to survive financially, or they value work experience above all else, these students are inevitably cutting corners, cutting short their sleep and spending half the time on their studies that most universities claim to require. As more and more institutions use the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) to measure student engagement on campus, it is clear that Canada’s big urban universities are already at a significant disadvantage, perhaps in part because of broader participation and larger class sizes. Students who spend less time on their studies are, by NSSE’s definition, less engaged students.

Finally, just #ICYMI, we share clips from a recent video on Durham College’s YouTube channel, about a cat named Odey who decides to enrol at Durham College to improve his life.

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