About Top Ten

Our mission is to keep you informed about the latest stories and trends affecting postsecondary education in Canada.

Our team of researchers scours thousands of news sources every day—college and university media releases, wire services, government announcements, new statistics and research reports, national and international media, blogs, and more—and hand-picks the ten most relevant, interesting, and important stories affecting professionals working in higher ed.

You'll receive an email first thing each weekday morning that contains bite-sized digests of the Top Ten stories, with links to original sources.

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Our Focus

The Academica Top Ten reflects our company philosophies: we do our best to keep it intelligent, informative, and useful to our readers. This publication is an aggregation of the daily news in higher education that prioritizes major news of national interest. We also try to provide our readers with a diverse, regionally representative set of news stories each day (See What We Cover, below).

Since we’re confined to ten stories per day, busy news days may see similar or eligible stories omitted from the Top Ten.  We make every effort to fit them in later in the week if possible. However, due to the nature of the Academica Top Ten and the number of emails we receive on any given day, please note that we do not discuss the selection process or inclusion/exclusion rationale for individual stories.

***If you want to submit a story for consideration to the Top Ten, please note that we will only consider stories that are accompanied by a link to an online source.***

Our Responsibility

It is important to note that the Academica Top Ten is a news aggregation service and not a source of independent journalism. As such, we are only responsible for accurately reporting what other sources have already reported.

We will often weight stories more heavily if they have been covered by a major news source as opposed to only appearing in an institution's press release or campus newspaper. If you or your institution publishes an official response to one of our sources after it has been published in the Academica Top Ten, we will consider your response as a Postscript at the bottom of our Academica Top Ten.

If you believe that we have misrepresented the message of an article or other source we have covered, please notify us so that we can review our coverage. If you are disputing the accuracy of the original source we are covering, you will need to contact the source about your concerns.

What We Cover

We prefer to publish strong, nationally-relevant stories from a variety of topics, regions, and sources each day. Stories from the below areas and themes are generally considered for the Academica Top Ten.

  • Aboriginal education
  • Accreditation
  • Admissions/Enrolment/Graduation Trends
  • Closures/Mergers
  • Competitive Rankings pertaining to more than one Canadian Institution
  • Donations, Capital Projects, and New Facilities
  • Financial Issues
  • Fundraising Campaigns
  • Government Funding Announcements
  • Government Higher Education Policy
  • International Education
  • Lawsuits/Legal Cases
  • New Designations
  • Online/Open Education
  • Program/Department Additions, Cuts, and Changes
  • Research and Statistics related to Higher Ed
  • ROI/Outcomes
  • Skills/Labour Shortages
  • Student Services/Engagement

We frequently cover editorials relating to postsecondary education. As with all news stories included in the Top Ten, editorials are expected to use respectful language and not use a tone intended to explicitly belittle specific individuals or groups and their points of view.  

What We Ignore

Unless they draw significant media attention or otherwise reach national interest, the Academica Top Ten generally ignores news that falls into the following topics:  

  • Academic studies, publications, fellowships, or research not related to higher ed
  • Athletics
  • Commencements and similar events
  • Contests
  • International news that is not relevant or applicable to Canadian higher ed
  • Institutional honours (e.g. Best employer)
  • Scholarships
  • Speakers and campus visitors
  • Student competitions
  • Student/faculty/staff/alumni awards and accolades
  • Student fundraisers
  • Upcoming events
  • Volunteerism

Generally, we also strive to avoid repeating stories unless something truly significant makes it news again. That can mean that the successful resolution to a strike doesn't actually get coverage, even though the strike did.

Our Sources

Academica Group's editorial team monitors newswires, regional national and international news media, education blogs, institutional media releases, campus newspapers, and student newspapers.

While we attempt to use the most reliable sources available and corroborate stories where possible, Academica Group assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of stories written by other journalists. We attempt to provide balanced coverage when stories involve multiple parties or viewpoints. We make every effort to attribute quotes accurately, and include links to source stories.

News releases that are only emailed to us with no publicly available permalink are not used as sources in our material due to the inability to link back to these releases. 

Submitting News and Feedback

Canadian colleges, universities, and education-related agencies are encouraged to include the Academica Top Ten on their media distribution lists. Please email us at today [at] academica.ca.

Submitted stories must include a permalink to the publicly available story and match the topic criteria listed above to be considered for the Academica Top Ten. Out of fairness to all, please note that we do not discuss our decision-making process or rationale related to the stories that are published in or omitted from the Academica Top Ten.

The Academica Top Ten is, among other things, intended to foster dialogue in the Canadian PSE community. We encourage feedback to our stories, and will respond personally if you email us at today [at] academica.ca.

Careers

Every edition of the Academica Top Ten features career positings from our Academica Careers portal. If you would like to post a career ad or browse our available career ads, please visit www.academicacareers.com.

Our Style Guide

The Academica Top Ten style guide is primarily based on the punctuation and reference style of the Modern Languages Association (MLA), as well as drawing on Canadian Press (CP).

We tend to avoid using unfamiliar abbreviations, although we find it invaluable to use "PSE" to abbreviate "Post-Secondary Education." We also find that institutional abbreviations are invaluable to keep the Top Ten readable, and generally use the institutional web domains as the accepted short form unless otherwise advised, thus "UBC," "uAlberta," and "MUN," for example.

Outdated Links

Over the lifespan of the Top Ten, we have linked our stories to over 50,000 external releases and publications! Since our editorial team is kept busy full-time keeping abreast of current news, we are unfortunately unable to review, update, or delete links that have changed, been removed, or moved behind a paywall. Older stories in the Archive may contain expired links — we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, but this situation is beyond our control.