Engaging the Future

Draft Report of the Task Force on Strategic Planning

June 22, 2006

Appendix 2 - Sources of Graphs and Data


Engaging the Future, the draft Report of the Strategic Planning Task Force, contains 28 graphs compiled by the Office of Institutional Planning and Budgeting under the direction of Associate Vice-President Ruban Chelladurai, who may be contacted for further information on the statistical data which underpin the graphs.

In section 2, Graph One shows the increase in entering grades of new first year students from Ontario high schools since 1993-94, with Western compared to the average for all Ontario universities; the Ontario average is not yet available in the last year.

Graph Two shows the retention rate from first year to second year of new full-time first year students at Western; its increase reflects in part the increase in our entering grades.

Graph Three shows Western's full-time first year enrolment since 1990-91. In 2003-04, first-year enrolment peaked at 4,830 in response to the Double Cohort. Western's planned first-year class from 2006-07 onwards is 4,350.

Graph Four illustrates the substantial growth in the number of undergraduate residences spaces at Western. In 2005, there were 5,100 residence spaces available to our undergraduate students.

Graph Five and Graph Six in section 3 show PhD and Masters degrees granted each year since 1980. The graphs on page 11 are based on data compiled by the G10 Data Exchange Group. The G10 is a group of ten Canadian research-intensive universities; the group was recently expanded to include three more Canadian universities.

Graph Seven shows completion rates of PhD degrees for students who entered the program in 1992-1995, nine years after entry.

Graph Eight summarizes the average time it takes to complete PhD degrees for those who do complete.

Graph Nine shows graduate enrolments as a proportion of total enrolments at the G10 universities - the dark bar reflects Masters enrolments and the light bar reflects PhD enrolments.

Graph Ten contains data from the Graduate and Professional Student Survey (Western participates in this student satisfaction survey coordinated by the Massachusetts Institution of Technology), and summarizes PhD students' assessment of their educational experience at Western.

Graph Eleven and Graph Twelve in section 4 show research funding per faculty member from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Graph Thirteen shows total funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Because of the number of affiliated institutions and the variety of faculty affiliations in the health area, it is difficult to attain consistent measures of the number of faculty in this area at the various universities, and the CIHR figures are thus shown in total, rather than per faculty member.

Graph Fourteen shows the relatively stable contract research revenue at Western.

In section 5 , the Graph Fifteen shows international undergraduate enrolments at Western and Graph Sixteen shows international graduate enrolments, with the dark bars showing Masters enrolments and the light bars showing PhD enrolments.

The graphs in section 6 show information on number of faculty, student-faculty ratios, and faculty recruitment. Graph Eighteen shows that the student-faculty ratio increased by over 30% between 1990-91 and 2003-04 as a result of enrolment growth which exceeded the increase in the number of faculty during that time frame. The declines in 2004-05 and 2005-06 reflect the stabilization of Western's overall enrolment and continued growth in the number of faculty (Graph Seventeen) made possible by the recent investment in Ontario's universities by the Provincial Government. Graph Nineteen shows that the proportion of women faculty at Western is below that of other G10 universities and Graph Twenty shows the impact of our efforts in recent years to recruitment women faculty.

Graph Twenty-One and Graph Twenty-Two show data on the number of full-time staff and student-staff ratios. The patterns are the same as with faculty, where the student-staff ratio increased significantly during the 1990's and then declined slightly in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

In Section 8, Graph Twenty-Three and Graph Twenty-Four show the growth on Western alumni since 1985 and current geographic distribution of our alumni, with data collected by the Office of Advancement Services.

In Section 9 , Graph Twenty-Five shows the new private gifts and pledges received by year, excluding government funds and government matching. The light bars show funds that are expendable and the dark bars show funds that are endowed. Graph Twenty-Six shows that Western's total endowment on a per-student basis is well below that of other large well-established Canadian universities.

Graph Twenty-Seven in Section 10 is based on data compiled by the Council of Ontario Universities, and compares Western's actual space inventory (excluding student residential space) to the amount of "calculated" space derived using the COU formula - which is based on the number of faculty, staff, students, the types of programs offered, and the areas of research activity. In 2004-05, Western's actual space inventory was 113,800 square metres less the amount calculated using the COU formula.

Graph Twenty-Eight shows Western's annual expenditures for nonresidential facilities maintenance, modernization, and infrastructure (MMI expenditures) as a percent of the estimated building replacement value - excluding the value of student residences. The MMI expenditures renew our existing buildings and infrastructure, keeping the campus safe, attractive, and supportive of advanced teaching and research. In 2005-06, the estimated replacement value of Western's non-residential buildings was $1.13 billion and the MMI expenditure was $26.9 million.

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