The strike is over and Humber students are now scrambling to finish assignments for the semester. But for 2,201 students their school term is over, deciding to opt for a tuition refund.
Humber’s Director of Communications Andrew Leopold told HumberNews.ca the withdrawals make up 8.3 per cent of the school’s enrolment.
“We certainly did encourage our students to consider staying in school and with their programs,” Leopold said. “I know our faculty and our students and schools overall are working hard together to try to make sure that students who have withdrawn will come back in January or September.”
Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews said 10.3 per cent of students across the province dropped out of school after the strike. In all, just less than 25,700 full-time students withdrew from their programs at 24 colleges across the province.
Humber’s Dean of Students Jen McMillen said everyone is working very hard to get things back on track.Students are trying to find what works for them in terms of them moving forward with their courses and head towards the end of this semester, she said.
“We took the situation that was before us and try to balance the semester equally so as to give faculty and students the best opportunities to work together and make sure the material in the course are covered,” McMillen said. During the interview, she said she understands that while this approach has worked for many students it has not worked for all.
“We hope that as students break for the two week holiday to be with families and have a bit of downtime that this will help them feel the schedule is manageable,” the Dean of Students said.
“I do not have numbers for students who might have dropped this semester the ministry will be in charge of releasing that kind of statistics, “she said.
Robert Rose, 26, a final year paralegal student, said many of his colleagues have dropped the semester to come back in January while some dropped completely.
“In my case, the books were there so I (hung) on, but for other students in different courses that were more tutorial based it’s been harder,” Rose said.
There is not enough time for answering questions and everything seems a bit rushed, he said. Rose said he’s a bit disappointed.
Tasha Brown, 35, a second-year creative photography student, said “the strike definitely had a negative effect on students, I feel like everything is due all at once.”
She said she has seen some students who were excited about classes and their work at the start of the school year who are now just going through the motions because they are frustrated.
Five weeks of not getting instructions could kill one’s drive, but Brown said she is glad to be back and wants to thank the college for saving the semester.