Investigation into Smith School of Business enrollment remains elusive

ComSoc explores reasons why students are rejecting their offers to commerce

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The student-run Commerce Society is heading the investigation.

More students may be saying no to Queen’s commerce.

Jacob Kranjac, presidential intern for the Commerce Society (ComSoc), is investigating why high school graduates rejected their offers to the undergraduate commerce program at the Smith School of Business. Kranjac is collaborating with Chris Copeland, director of admissions, on the project, which was discussed during ComSoc Assembly on Nov. 5.

Kranjac is surveying first-year commerce students and unspecified grade twelve students to better understand the underlying reasons for applicants’ decisions against accepting their offers into the program, according to an assembly report. The report claims Kranjac was meeting with Chris Copeland, executive director (undergraduate admission and recruitment), to review admissions data.

ComSoc and Kranjac didn’t respond to The Journal’s request for comment. The University told The Journal they’re unaware of any investigation.

While it’s unclear what motivated ComSoc’s investigation, the investigation is part of the Smith Transparency Project (STP), according to the meeting notes.  The STP’s purpose is to enhance transparency by uncovering and addressing disparities in enrollment and success among students at the Smith School of Business. The project was founded by Comm ‘21 students, Brian Colbert, Alice He, Langni Zeng, and Lucy Ji.

The University exceeded their anticipated intake for the commerce program for the 2022-23 school year, enrolling 515 students instead of the expected 500 students.

Meanwhile, Smith Business graduate programs experienced a downturn in enrollment for the 2022-23 school year. The downturn in enrollment contributed a $13.7 million negative variance to the University’s operating budget deficit.


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