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Unique Student Enrolment in Alberta's Publicly Funded Post-Secondary System by Sector and Institution


This Alberta Official Statistic describes the Unique Student measure in relation to the number of students attending an approved program at a publicly funded post-secondary institution. The values in each row are related to the unique students at that level, and adding multiple values may lead to double counting students in multiple rows. This dataset will show the Unique Student measure by each institution and sector by Academic Year. Sectors are broken down into six categories of publicly funded post-secondary institutions in Alberta as defined in legislation: (1) Comprehensive Academic and Research Institutions, (2) Baccalaureate and Applied Studies Institutions, (3) Comprehensive Community Institutions, (4) Polytechnical Institutions, (5) Independent Academic Institutions, and (6) Specialized Arts and Culture Institutions.


August 11, 2015

AOS Alberta Official Statistics education and training enrolment headcount institution learner post-secondary education post-secondary system sector system unique students

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This dataset includes The Banff Centre. Values listed in the above table represent the number of Unique Students at the level you are looking at, and therefore summing up corresponding rows may lead to an over-inflated value. For example, a student attending both Athabasca University and the University of Alberta will be counted once in each corresponding row, but will also only be counted once when looking at the Comprehensive Academic and Research sector total. Academic years are related to each individual institution, and generally run from May through April or July through June. The data is submitted at the end of each academic year, and then requires a rigorous review and sign off, meaning there is a time lag of approximately one year before data is updated. For example, the 2013-14 academic year enrolments are first submitted in July/August of 2014, and the system data would not be released until all submissions are finalized. Institutional Related Notes:

The University of Alberta assumed responsibility for Augustana University College on July 1, 2004. For comparison purposes, all values in this data set have been included in the university count. In September 2009 the Lieutenant Governor in Council changed the name of Grant MacEwan College and Mount Royal College to Grant MacEwan University and Mount Royal University. For comparison purposes, all values in this data set have been listed with the current name. On May 3, 2007, Alliance University College and Canadian Nazarene University College merged to become Ambrose University College. For comparison purposes, all values in this data set have been listed with the current name. As of June 30, 2009, Taylor University College and Seminary became Taylor College and Seminary and ceased offering undergraduate academic baccalaureate programs, meaning no enrolments will be reported as of 2009-10.


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