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Appendix IV: Sources of Graphs and Statistical Data

Making Choices, 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 underpins the graphs. 

The graphs on page 8 of the print version of the report, illustrate the growth of research funding in recent years.  The graph on the left (top fro web) shows $114 million received at Western from 1997-98 to 2000-01 from new federal and provincial programs: the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, the Ontario Investment Trust, the Premier’s Research Excellence Awards, the private matching funds associated with these programs, and internal funds provided by the University.  The graph on the right (bottom for web) shows new awards, with the entirety of a multi-year granted counted in the year in which it is awarded.  The surge in new awards since 1998 is evident.

The graphs on page 10 of the print version of the report, show data on student-faculty ratios and faculty recruitment.  The graph on the left (top for web) shows the 25% increase in the student-faculty ratio at Western from 1990-91 to 2000-01, using full-time faculty and full-time equivalent students.  There are two simulations after 2000-01: the lower graph (“Goal”) shows an 11.5% reduction in the student-faculty ratio over the next five years, requiring significant Provincial funding beyond that provided in the May 9, 2001 budget.   The upper graph shows the result of no new Provincial funding beyond the May 9 budget: the student-faculty ratio rises as inflation cuts into the real value of the grant per student.  We assume a 2% inflation rate. The graph on the right (bottom for web) shows full-time faculty at Western, with two simulations after 2000-01: the lower one illustrates a constant student-faculty ratio, while the upper on shows the additional faculty needed to lower the ratio by 11.5%. Future enrolments are those in Appendix III.

On page 11 of the print version of the report, the graphon the left (top for web) shows the 117 regular retirements we expect over the next five years at Western, while the graph on the right illustrates that to lower the student-faculty ratio by 11.5% by 2005-06 we would need to make 350 new faculty appointments, to replace retirements, to accommodate increased enrolments at the current student-faculty ratio, and to lower the ratio.

The graphs on page 14 of the print version of the report, which are based on the same assumptions as the graphs on page 10, show the growth in the student-staff ratio, and the increase in staff numbers over the next five years required either to keep the ratio constant or reduce it by 11.5%.

On page 16 of the print version of the report, the graphon the left (top for web) shows average entering grades on new full-time first year OAC students at Western as compared to the average for all Ontario universities from 1985-86 to 2000-01; the Ontario average is not yet available for the last year.  For the same category of students, the graph on the right (bottom for web) shows the change in first-choice applications for two periods: 1993-94 to 1996-97, and 1996-97 to 2000-01. For the latter period, first-choice applications increased by 18% at Western and 2% in Ontario universities as a group.

On page 17of the print version of the report, the graphsshow the proportion of new full-time first-year students at Western from other Canadian provinces and from other countries, with Western compared to all Ontario universities.  On page 20, the graphs show Masters and Ph.D. degrees granted from 1980 to 2000, with forecasts to 2005 based on current enrolments and the enrolment projections in Appendix III.

On page 23 of the print version of the report, the graphs show the growth of Western alumni since 1985 and the current geographic distribution of our alumni, with data collected by the Office of Advancement Services.

On page 25 of the print version of the report are graphson first-year enrolment, as shown in Appendix III; the geographic distribution of first-year students, based on their home address when they apply; and the number of undergraduate residence spaces since the construction of the Medway Hall residence in 1959 and including the new residence to be opened in 2003 near Althouse College on Western Road; the distribution of operating revenues at Western in 2000-01 among government grants, tuition, salary recoverable from other institutions or other sources, the net contribution of ancillaries, and all other sources.

On page 26 of the print version of the report, the graphon the left (top for web) illustrates the data in Appendix III, while the graph on the right (bottom for web) shows that while over the last decade the number for full-time employees at Western fell by 20%, undergraduate enrolment increased by 7%, graduate enrolment by 41%, and research funding by 59%.  Research funding in this case is the actual receipt of funds, so that funds from a multi-year grant are counted in each of the years in which the funds are received at Western, with the sum equal to the total multi-year grant.

On page 27 of the print version of the report, the graphon the student-faculty ratio is from data compiled by the Council of Ontario Universities, using full-time faculty and full-time equivalent students.  The student-faculty ratio is 20% higher in the other 9 provinces, and 35% higher in Ontario, than in the average of US state universities.  The graph on real per-student funding since 1980 in Canada and the United States is from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, based on operating funding in US state universities and Canadian public universities.  The operating funding in current prices is corrected with the Consumer Price Index in each country.  Private universities are not included in the data in either of these graphs.  The graph on deferred maintenance shows funding for that purpose at Western since 1992-93 divided into three parts: base budget transfers from the operating budget, which grow by $750,000 a year; one-time transfers from the operating budget; and all other sources, including Provincial capital grants and various Federal and Provincial programs.  The fourth graph shows projected capital debt at Western over the next decade, prepared by the Associate Vice-President (Finance), Enrico Del Maestro.  The increases in debt over the next three years include borrowing for five major projects: the new residence which opens in 2003; the three major SuperBuild buildings, which open in 2003 and 2004; and a major renovation of the Medical Sciences Building, involving some entirely new space.  

On page 37 of the print version of the report, the graphon the left (top for web) shows the actual receipt of private funds (not pledges) by year, excluding all government funds and government matching.   The graph on the right (bottom for web) shows the cumulative total by year of new gifts and pledges to Campaign Western.  The light bars show the Campaign shows the initial targets by year, with an initial  Campaign goal of $270 million reached in 2004. At September 30, 2001, cumulative gifts and pledges stood at nearly $208 million, about one year ahead of the original schedule.