This Indicator assesses various types of student support provided through the Student Services function; its scope is defined in the most recent version of the CAUBO reporting guidelines HERE (page 21).
The Indicator separates out the two main components – student services, and scholarships & bursaries. One of the rankings factors involves an expanded version of scholarships & bursaries that incorporates funds disbursed through each university’s “Special Purpose & Trust Fund”. This fund (see page 8 of the Guidelines) is entirely separate from the General Operating Fund, and it covers funding used for defined purposes and specified activities – i.e., not (generally) at the university’s own discretion. For example, some provinces provide special scholarship & bursary funding intended to go particular groups. The Special Purpose & Trust Fund Some is a significant feature at some universities (and in some provinces), not so much at others.
7 A) SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS – EFFICIENCY RANKINGS7A
The Summary Rankings are derived from the detailed rankings in the first four of the tables below. Additional analyses are included but do not form part of the Summary Ranking.
These tables show the 2001 and latest spending levels, the latest expenditure, and the dollar impact of spending level variances (the amount by which the university is over-spending or under-spending, compared with past levels or current peer group levels).
The Student Services area exhibits widely varying commitment levels, many of which are related to local factors and even provincial philosophies (as is the case for the Québec schools).
One of the more influential local factors is the degree to which the student association is itself a student service provider; some student associations are very active in this area, and that removes some of the financial burden from their institution,
While expenditures in the Student Services area have increased substantially since 2001, it is important to note that much of this additional cost has been funded by compulsory non-academic fees (CNAFs) levied on all students.