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Dyanne Gibson

Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1990. 274pp, paper, $14.95
ISBN 0-8020-6759-X. CIP

Grades 10 and up/Ages 15 and up
Reviewed by Jo Anna Burns Patton.

Volume 19 Number 1
1991 January

The text begins with a short introduc­tion comparing planning a college education with taking a trip, an interest­ing yet to-the point comparison. The book is then divided into four major chapters. In chapter one, the reader is encouraged to take a hard look at work choices, values, school interests and other points to help determine both the area of college/university study and adaptability to the college/university environment. The focus really seems to be on determining what skills the reader enjoys and is good at, then somehow translating these skills into a career. The author does mention that some very interesting careers can result from two to three years at community college or from apprenticeship training, a very practical alternative for some.

In chapter two, the reader is encour­aged to study Ontario universities; Gibson includes questions to ask and how to apply. Chapter three is an in-depth description of the "University Profiles," based on a questionnaire completed by the staff of each university for the 1988-89 academic year. Each profile includes basic information such as enrolment size, admissions contact, number of teaching faculty (male and female), faculty/student ratio, largest first-year class, number of graduate programs, and number of undergradu­ates per year, in addition to scholarship information, programs of study and student services available.

Once these profiles are defined and the reader is made aware of what information each section of the ques­tionnaire presents, chapter four presents the profiles on the seventeen degree-granting post-secondary institutions in Ontario, arranged alphabetically from Brock University to York University-Glendon College. Gibson then con­cludes with a glossary of relevant terms like internship, LSAT, Master's degree and prerequisite.

As college guides go, this one was quite readable and even included some humorous comments throughout. Dyanne Gibson is certainly well quali­fied to write such a text, being a teacher at York University and also having served as associate director of Admis­sions/Liaison at York.

A recommended purchase for any secondary school library with a collec­tion of similar texts, since this is limited to Ontario schools only. This text might possibly be more useful in high school guidance departments.

Jo Anna Burns Patton, Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramps School for Girls, Westmount, Que.
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