Volume 12, Number 8 December 3, 2004

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Study shows Sask. grads have high job rate

A new study by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation shows that the full-time employment rate among graduates of Saskatchewan universities is, at 78.4 per cent, well above the national rate of 73 per cent.

The study, entitled the Price of Knowledge 2004: Access and Student Finance in Canada, shows that full-time employment climbed 6.4 per cent since 1995. It also indicated that the experience of college graduates was similar to that of university grads, with a provincial employment rate of 79.7 per cent compared to a national rate of 77 per cent.

Between 1999-2000 and 2003-04, the study found that university enrolment in this province fell two per cent, the only province that recorded a decline. Nationally, enrolments over the same period increased 20 per cent despite higher academic entrance requirements and climbing tuition. Enrolment in Saskatchewan colleges also declined by 26.3 per cent compared with a national increase of 3.5 per cent.

The study also looked at university participation rates among 18- to 21-year-olds. In Saskatchewan, the rate was 20.5 per cent, slightly ahead of the corresponding Canadian rate of 19.7 per cent.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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