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Saskatchewan Polytechnic has announced that it has opened its new Polytechnic Digital Integration Centre of Excellence (DICE) office. The office, which is located at Innovation Place, provides a space for DICE to work on its data-driven digital applied research. “We are excited for DICE to join the Innovation Place community,” said Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. “DICE has an important role to play in advancing Saskatchewan’s growing tech sector and continues to position Saskatchewan Polytechnic at the forefront of data and digital applied research in Canada.” Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech opens new DICE office Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), the Fédération Québecoise des Professeures et Professeurs d’Université (FQPPU), and the Syndicat des professeurs et professeures de l’Université Laval (SPUL) are denouncing proposed changes to statutes that would undermine the principle of collegial governance at Université Laval. Changes would limit the ability of academic staff to participate in academic governance, and would limit the Conseil universitaire’s power. “It has been well established and widely accepted that academic staff, through their participation in Senate and other academic governance bodies, exercise the primary responsibility for decision-making on all academic matters,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “This must be maintained by all institutions to ensure the quality and integrity of the academic mission.” CAUT (National) CAUT, FQPPU, SPUL denounce proposed changes to ULaval governance Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph has announced that it is launching a Bachelor of One Health (BOH) degree program. The program will examine health problems from a holistic perspective, considering interactions between animal, human, and ecological systems. Students in the program will learn about socio-cultural and scientific perspectives, interdisciplinary problem solving, and mitigation of issues such as transmission of zoonotic diseases and anti-microbial resistance. “This program helps to meet the needs of students who have interests in both science and social sciences, and those who are looking to make connections with real-world complex health issues and challenges facing society,” said Heather Pollock, UoGuelph’s CBS manager of academic programs. The program is reportedly the first four-year undergraduate One Health program in Canada. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph launches Bachelor of One Health degree program Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
In a recent CBC article University of Toronto students Grace Cameron and Rui Liu, former University of Calgary President Harvey Weingarten, historian Erin Bartram, and author Oz Almog discuss how postsecondary institutions are not preparing students to meet the basic expectations of the job market, saying that a decline in higher education was occurring previous to COVID-19. The article details a variety of challenges that the sector faces, including rising domestic and international tuition, stagnant or decreasing public funding, more use of adjunct instructors, and a difficult job market for graduates. Weingarten said that potentially one in four or one in five graduates do not have basic literacy and numeracy levels, and some may not have adequate critical thinking skills. Almog described how education could be reimagined to provide students with more personalized support, while Weingarten noted that reimagining education in terms of personalization and small, boutique public universities could potentially help solve these problems. CBC (Editorial) Postsecondary institutions are not preparing students adequately for job market: Editorial Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
Mohawk College’s mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) has received a renewed $1.75M federal grant to support its Technology Access Centre in Digital Health. The funding, which comes from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, will support innovation at the centre as well as adoption and commercialization of digital technology in the healthcare field. “This renewal allows the talented MEDIC team to continue providing the digital health sector with world-class applied research support,” said Mohawk VPA Alison Horton. “At the same time, it offers dozens of student researchers the opportunity to apply their keen, innovative perspectives to pressing digital challenges and to gain hands-on experience in the field.” Mohawk (ON) Mohawk Technology Access Centre in Digital Health receives $1.75M renewal grant Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be investing over $400K in training and hands-on opportunities to strengthen ON’s bilingual health care workforce. The funds will allow the University of Ottawa, La Cité, and Montfort Hospital to enhance French-language tools and clinical experiences. Francophone students will have patient care and simulation exercises paired, which will help them develop their clinical competency skills while respecting health and safety regulations. UOttawa and La Cité will also be partnering to develop virtual modules in French to provide Francophone students with training in areas such as ethics, infections, and immunity. “We … recognize the importance of offering French-language training for nurses to prepare for work in Francophone and bilingual health settings,” said Jill Dunlop, ON’s Minister of Colleges and Universities. ON (ON) ON invests over $400K to strengthen training for Francophone students at UOttawa, organizations Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
Concordia University has received a $1M gift from the RBC Foundation that will strengthen the institution’s Beat the Odds internships. The internships provide students who are from historically underrepresented backgrounds with experiential learning opportunities. “The Beat the Odds internships funded by RBC will help level the playing field,” said Concordia’s vice-provost of partnerships and experiential learning Nadia Bhuiyan. “RBC’s support will promote inclusiveness and address challenges often encountered by international, Black and Indigenous students, refugees, peoples of colour, students with significant financial challenges, students who are parents and students with disabilities.” Concordia (QC) Concordia receives $1M for Beat the Odds internship program Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
As the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) moves toward a strike vote, the association is saying that the University of Manitoba’s low salaries are contributing to a “brain drain” and making it difficult to hire new faculty. UMFA says that the Government of Manitoba has imposed restrictions which have resulted in salaries that are too low to attract and retain faculty and are leading to talent choosing to join other institutions. UManitoba faculty are saying that this has led to a staffing shortage, with students unable to get into the classes they need to progress in their programs and staff facing unsustainable workloads. “When we don’t properly fund our universities, students go elsewhere — so does research and innovation,” said UMFA president Orvie Dingwall. Winnipeg Free Press | CBC (MB) UMFA says low wages at UManitoba lead to brain drain, hiring challenges Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
In a recent Chronicle of Higher Ed article, Beth McMurtrie discusses a variety of teaching tips compiled from instructors around the world that faculty can use as they navigate another semester of pandemic teaching. Tips include making more detailed slides and documenting class discussions to make it easier for students who must miss class time, fostering online discussions, offering students flexibility in assignments and due dates, and giving students the option of pre-recording their presentations. Ontario Tech University professor Sharon Lauricella explained how allowing students to be creative with their final projects resulted in unique projects that played to students’ strengths and were also fun to grade. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) Tips for another semester of pandemic teaching: Editorial Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
Lethbridge College has announced that its students will now have the opportunity to competitively compete in Esports. Lethbridge gamers can now join the Canadian Collegiate Esports League (CCEL), and will have the opportunity to play a variety of games including Rocket League, League of Legends, and Super Smash Bros. Students will be able to participate in both tournaments and intramural leagues. “It is exciting that we can add more student-athletes to our Kodiaks family,” says Todd Caughlin, manager of Lethbridge’s Kodiaks Athletics. “We saw the passion our inaugural Kodiaks esports student-athletes brought to their competitions last year, and we feel like we can build something really special with a dedicated coach and resources. Lethbridge News Now (AB) Lethbridge announces launch of Esports Top Ten 10/15/2021 - 05:59 10/15/2021 - 04:30
Queen’s University has announced that its Art Conservation Program and the National Gallery of Canada have partnered to launch the Internship Program in Art Conservation. Students in the internship program will gain hands-on experience in art conservation and will be paired with mentors at the National Gallery. The program is focused on students from diverse cultural backgrounds. “The program aims to increase awareness and knowledge about [art conservation] and help students throughout their academic and career pursuits,” said Patricia Smithen, the Director of the Art Conservation Program. “This specifically will provide an opportunity for students from diverse cultural backgrounds to learn and excel in the field of conservation.” YGK News (ON) Queen’s, National Gallery partner to launch Internship Program in Art Conservation Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) has announced that it has joined the Réseau québécois de recherche en économie circulaire (RQREC), a research network that aims to help shape Quebec’s leadership role in the circular economy. UQAC professor Myriam Ertz will be working with HEC Montréal Professor Benoît-Emmanuel Raufflet to investigate aspects of change and transition and examine the processes of transitioning to a circular economy. The researchers will also focus on mobilizing all sectors of society toward a circular economy and examining the roles that education and research play in supporting this transition. UQuébec (QC) UQAC joins Réseau québécois de recherche en économie circulaire Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
Cambrian College has announced that it is launching a new program that will train mining mechanics with the skills needed to work on electric vehicles. The Battery Electric Vehicle Training Program will provide students with equipment and training to upgrade their skills so they can fill the skills gap as diesel vehicles are phased out in favour of electric ones. The course takes eight days to complete and will be available for heavy equipment mechanics working in the industry. Cambrian students will have access to training on the equipment in an underground test mine through a partnership with MacLean Engineering. CBC (ON) Cambrian launches Battery Electric Vehicle Training Program Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic has announced that it has joined the international network of postsecondary institutions striving to further the United Nation (UN)’s Sustainable Development Goals by signing the SDG Accord. SDG Accord signatories are required to report annually on their progress and to aim to inspire and celebrate the SDG Accord’s goals and value. “Saskatchewan Polytechnic is honoured to add our voice to this important agreement,” said Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. “Increasingly, the work we advance as part of our institutional strategy, Leading the Rise, supports the goals outlined by the United Nations. In signing the SDG Accord, we formally recognize the important role Saskatchewan Polytechnic can play in furthering these objectives as an educational leader. Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech signs SDG Accord Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal’s Centre des livres rares et collections spéciales du Service des bibliothèques has announced that it has received a collection of almost 700 rare books from the Franciscan community. The books, which were published between the 15th and 18th centuries, include manuscripts and texts in Latin, Italian, French, and Spanish. UQAM will conserve the texts, ensuring that Quebec’s religious documentary heritage is safeguarded. The donation will be used to enrich UQAM’s courses, contribute to future advanced seminars and internships, and provide research opportunities for students and researchers from around the globe. UQAM (QC) UQAM receives gift of almost 700 rare books from the Franciscan community Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has launched a Master of Engineering in Smart Grid Systems and Technologies. Students in the program will develop a foundational understanding of smart grid technologies and their applications, and will learn a variety of skills relating to electrical power systems, computer science, and information and communications technology. The program will be offered part-time, and will give students hands-on experience in the industry. “The BCIT Master of Engineering in Smart Grid Systems and Technologies demonstrates the strength of this Institute in providing an applied education to upskill industry professionals for careers that support the evolving workforce,” said BCIT’s SMART Department Director Dr Hassan Farhangi. “Smart grids foster innovation, facilitate renewable energy generation, and create new job opportunities – critical to the future of electricity demand and the economic prosperity of BC and Canada.” BCIT (BC) BCIT launches Master of Engineering in Smart Grid Systems and Technologies Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
IBM, Nova Scotia Community College, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, and Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office have partnered on a new program that will allow Indigenous high school students in Cape Breton to graduate from high school with a two-year college diploma in software engineering. The Unama’ki Pathways in Technology, Early College High School (P-TECH) has been launched at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, and will provide a tuition-free path for students to earn a diploma conferred by NSCC as they gain work experience. Students will benefit from paid internships, industry mentorship, and interviews with IBM after graduation. “This is not just lighting or igniting that spark with our youth, but having a program like this that links into that and keeps that spark alive shows them the pathway,” said Alex Paul of the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office. CBC | Saltwire (NS) IBM, NSCC, organizations partner on software engineering program for Indigenous high school students Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta has announced that it has streamlined the approval process for postsecondary institutions. The new process will allow institutions to develop innovative programming with a shortened approval time and to undertake independent reviews. The information required for a review has been decreased by 70%, and the approval time has been shortened to 20 working days for new certificates or diplomas and 40 working days for new degree programs. “Post-secondary institutions have raised concerns that the program approval process can be burdensome and time-consuming,” said AB Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides. “These changes will allow post-secondary institutions the ability to more readily develop and deliver new programming that will prepare Albertans for a constantly evolving job market.” Govt Monitor | AB (AB ) AB announces streamlined postsecondary institution approval process Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers should take advantage of opportunities to build a peer network, write Shoba Subramanian, Maggie Gardner, and Beth Bodiya. Subramanian, Gardner, and Bodiya argue that peer networks can be developed in a variety of different situations, including in the classroom, between colleagues and research group members, and within peer mentorship programs. The authors explain that virtual networks, professional societies and national organizations, and affinity groups can also be excellent ways to make peer connections. The authors say that peer-cohort training models are becoming a growing trend because they normalize shared experiences, foster ideas, and provide a space for individuals from marginalized communities to push for equity. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers should push to build peer networks: Opinion Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
Memorial University has announced that its Faculty of Business Administration will be launching two new degrees: a bachelor of commerce (B.Comm.) and a bachelor of commerce (co-operative) (B.Comm.(Co-op.)). The new curriculum includes courses in business analytics, computer applications, and business professionalism, and will provide career-focused professional development seminars to students through a partnership with Gardiner Centre. Students in the programs will also be able to pursue joint degrees with the School of Music and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. “We’re confident that these changes will help us stay relevant and produce graduates who are innovative thinkers and communicators,” said MUN Dean Dr Isabelle Dostaler. The new degrees replace MUN’s bachelor of business administration and international bachelor of business administration. MUN (NL) MUN launches two new bachelor of commerce degrees Top Ten 10/14/2021 - 05:58 10/14/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Ontario are honouring Indigenous traditions, contributions, and identity through a variety of initiatives. Nipissing University’s Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU) has announced that it has named its boardroom after Dr Muriel Sawyer, Nipissing First Nation Deputy Chief, who had assisted with translating the Student Centre’s signage into Nishnaabemwin. Canadore College has installed a tipi on its West Parry Sound Campus in an effort to create a culturally relevant space. King’s University College held a ceremony to dedicate the Reflection Centre, which provides a location for Indigenous ceremonies and sacred gatherings. The University of Guelph has launched an Indigenous-created “sound-walk,” a recording that guides participants in reflecting on the land they are on. Nation Talk (Nipissing) | Nation Talk (Canadore) | King’s | UoGuelph (ON) ON postsecondary institutions honour Indigenous contributions, traditions through initiatives Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue has launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Les mines et les changements climatiques. The MOOC, which is available on the plateforme du Service de la formation continue, is comprised of an introduction and five courses which have been made in partnership with Polytechnique Montreal. The courses will integrate basic knowledge on climate change to teach students about the mining sector, mine waste storage area management, and surface management. Students will be able to learn about the mining sector and the environment at their own pace and can choose to take one or all of the five courses. UQuebec (QC) UQAT launches MOOC on mining and climate change Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
Members of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) have requested that UMFA conduct a strike vote, which will be happening from October 16-18 reports CTV News. Collective negotiations have reportedly stalled, with UMFA members calling for salaries comparable to other similar Canadian institutions. The current wage offer has reportedly been mandated by the Government of Manitoba. “We want the University of Manitoba to continue being a great university,” said UMFA president Orvie Dingwall. “That means attracting great instructors, professors and librarians, and keeping the talent we have. It’s hard to attract new staff and keep existing staff when they can work elsewhere for fewer hours and more money.” Winnipeg Free Press (Paywall) | CTV News (MB) UMFA requests strike vote as collective negotiations stall Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
Students at the University of Saskatchewan are rallying against sexual violence after a woman was sexually assaulted on campus and threatened with a weapon. Students, faculty, staff, and supporters rallied to support survivors and call for changes that will ensure that students are safe on campus. Speakers at the rally addressed Indigenous student and international student concerns about safety, discussing how Indigenous students feel additional fears about their safety and how international students may experience barriers to navigating the systems to get help after a sexual assault. “Everyone’s safety on this campus is a right, not a privilege,” said USask student Aubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias. USask has temporarily increased safety measures, and administrators are considering how they can best ensure student safety on campus. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (SK) USask students rally against sexual violence after woman assaulted Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
The Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation (MAPAQ) have announced the creation of the Réseau québécois de recherche en agriculture durable (RQRAD). The network is coordinated Paul Thomassin of McGill University, Jacques Brodeur of the Université de Montréal, Jean Caron of Université Laval, and Alain N Rousseau of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique and is funded through $2.5M from the Government of Quebec. The RQRAD will focus on sustainable and environmentally responsible agriculture that will produce high quality food. Programming is focused on a variety of areas, including accelerating knowledge about soil health, conservation, and pesticide reduction. McGill (QC) RQRAD agricultural research network created through $2.5M grant Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
Royal Roads University has announced that it has transformed an old swimming pool building into the Dogwood Auditorium. The building, which had housed a swimming pool used by the former Royal Roads Military College, has been transformed through a $15.2M renovation into an auditorium that seats 500 people. The renovation took two and a half years to complete, and was created with environmental sustainability in mind while also prioritizing the preservation of the building’s heritage façade. The building now includes an auditorium, a multi-purpose room, a media services room, and a meeting room. It will be used for convocations and will also be available for public event bookings. Times Colonist | BC (BC ) RRU completes renovation of pool building into Dogwood Auditorium Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
Academics can reverse “defeatist” habits through imagining their writing as a gift they will give the world, writes Robin Bernstein. Bernstein argues that using this technique can reorient writers’ understanding of themselves, their readers, and their writing process. The author describes three benefits of reframing writing as a gift to the world: reframing emphasizes the value the author has to contribute to the field, highlights the humanity of the readers, and ensures that the writing is generous. It also provides a way to deal with rejection, as writing can be “repackaged” and “regifted” to someone else, and the original recipient can be gifted a different present. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) Reversing defeatist habits through reframing writing as a gift: Opinion Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
The University of Prince Edward Island has announced that it is expanding its Faculty of Nursing, expanding the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre, and creating a new Faculty of Medicine. The expansion of the nursing faculty aims to meet the need for entry-level nurses to work in PEI’s health care system by expanding seat capacity by 23%. The new Faculty of Medicine, which has been created through partnership with Memorial University, will offer students a Doctor of Medicine “co-degree.” UPEI will gain immediate access to MUN’s medical curriculum through the partnership, and the program will be funded through $129M from the province and UPEI. The program is reportedly the first co-degree in medicine of its kind in Canada. MUN | CBC | UPEI (PEI) UPEI announces new nursing program, faculty of medicine, health centre expansion Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
Mount Allison University has announced that it is introducing a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Interdisciplinary Health Studies. Students in the program will learn to use multiple critical lenses to examine health as they prepare for careers in health care, policy work, advocacy, and government. “Individuals … need to understand the social, cultural, economic, and political contexts in which our conception of health is formed,” said MtA President Dr Jean-Paul Boudreau. “The new Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health Studies will use an interdisciplinary approach, one Mount Allison is already well-known for, to respond to important needs in a rapidly changing area.” The program is anticipated to start in Fall 2022 with space for 40-50 students. MtA (NB) MtA to introduce Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Interdisciplinary Health Studies Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
University of Alberta researchers have received a $481K grant for the development of the “Armchair rancher” app that could help ranchers manage their herds. The tool will predict trends in a wide variety of areas, such as weather and beef prices, and ranchers can use this information to make the best business choices for their situation. The app uses historical data gathered from a variety of sources, including ranchers, to predict future trends using artificial intelligence. “As everyone contributes their information, the data deepens,” said UAlberta researcher Graham Plastow. “The more data they contribute, the more valuable the overall armchair app becomes. They’ll have the benefit of both visualizing their information and melding it with general information to come up with a solution that works for their scenario.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta researchers receive $481K grant for “Armchair rancher” app Top Ten 10/13/2021 - 05:57 10/13/2021 - 04:30
A new article from ApplyBoard discusses how postsecondary institutions can use labour market trends to inform the promotion of programs in areas of shortage to international students. The article explains that Canada is experiencing an increase in job vacancies in healthcare and social assistance industries, as well as in the skilled trades. These industries are projected to continue to have a high demand for the next ten years, and Canada will need immigrant employees in order to prevent critical labour shortages. ApplyBoard says that Canadian institutions that are looking to recruit international students in these areas should consider providing Express Entry PR program information to potential students, include information on labour shortages in marketing materials, and create or increase scholarships for international students who want to study in healthcare or the skilled trades. ApplyBoard (Study) Using labour market information to promote healthcare, trades to international students Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
Simon Fraser University’s Student Society and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have announced that they have ratified a five-year collective agreement for Student Society staff. The new agreement includes a 2% wage increase over five years and improved access to benefits, and eliminates a two-tier wage structure. “Two-tier wages have no place in the workplace. I want to congratulate our members and thank the Student Society for working with us in addressing this inequity,” said CUPE 3338 president Fiona Brady Lenfesty. “This agreement is a prime example of what collaborative bargaining can yield – concrete improvements for workers.” Business Wire (BC) SFU, CUPE ratify collective agreement for Student Society staff Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
Algoma University’s School of Business and Economics and Brampton’s newly launched Altitude Accelerator have signed a MOU that will create new experiential learning opportunities for students. Fourth-year students and Altitude Accelerator company founders will be able to come together and develop innovative products for the future. “We aim to foster and facilitate the growth and development of relationships with our partners while providing our students with real-life learning experiences that will yield innovative business solutions contributing to the region's economic development,” said Algoma President Asima Vezina, “and this is another step forward in supporting these efforts in the Brampton region.” Algoma (ON) Algoma, Altitude sign MOU establishing new opportunities for students Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
Success in academia is about what an individual accomplishes, write Athabasca University dean of health disciplines Alexander Clark and Baily Sousa, who discuss the complexity of happiness in higher education. The authors argue that those who are doing academic work “should seek to be effective, successful and happy” even though these concepts can be difficult to define. Clark and Sousa say that more work is not always better, and that effectiveness is about using knowledge to generate knowledge. The authors say that success can be narrowly defined, and that those in academia should have explicit ideas of what success looks like for them. Finally, Clark and Sousa note that happiness is a “deep fulfilment and fit, despite the struggles,” and that it is what helps academics continue their work. University Affairs (Editorial) Defining effectiveness, successfulness, and happiness in academia: Opinion Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic has announced that it has launched the Agriculture and Food Production diploma. Students in the program will be prepared with knowledge and skills in a variety of areas, including farm management, agriculture machinery, agricultural technology, crop production, and livestock production. The program will take three years to complete, and students will complete three cooperative education placements. “Our new Agriculture and Food Production program will produce cross-disciplined graduates, with the skills required to work in Saskatchewan’s diverse agriculture sector,” says Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. “Agriculture is an important industry in Saskatchewan and directly supports seven per cent of all employment in the province... Sask Polytech is building a curriculum to meet this sector’s continuously evolving educational and training needs.” Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech launches Agriculture and Food Production diploma Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
Concordia University has received a $2M gift from the Doggone Foundation in support of internships for Fine Arts students. The funds will be used to create an additional 40 annual Elspeth McConnell Fine Arts Awards valued at $5K each, and will provide an additional $10K per year to fund the Bill McLennan Northwest Coast Travel Award to support a full-time graduate student who travels to British Columbia to learn about Northwest Coast art-making and Indigenous cultures. “Doggone is a key partner for Concordia in providing paid internships for our students who, in turn, help a variety of arts and cultural organizations thrive,” said Concordia President Graham Carr. The Montreal-based charity provided the gift through the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now.. Business Wire (QC) Concordia receives $2M toward internships, opportunities for Fine Arts students Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
Georgian College has launched a new stand-alone four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The new program stems from the Government of Ontario’s recent policy change to allow publicly funded colleges and universities to offer baccalaureate degrees in nursing and increase access to nursing education. “Georgian College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program gives students the option of studying and staying closer to home here in Barrie,” said Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “With the demand for nurses at an all-time high, the internationally renowned postsecondary training students get in Ontario is critical to our communities, the economy, and the future of our province.” Georgian | ON (ON ) Georgian launches stand-alone four-year nursing degree Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of Waterloo-Wellington to launch the Integrated Mobile Police and Crisis Team (IMPACT). IMPACT will see a CMHA mental health worker spending four days a week on campus supporting campus safety officers in responding to student calls for help. The mental health worker will be trained to assess people and refer them to the appropriate resources for support. “There is concern and evidence that people may be struggling with their mental health during the pandemic,” said UoGuelph director of student wellness services Alison Burnett. “We want to increase the resources available.” UoGuelph | CBC (ON) UoGuelph, CMHA partner to launch IMPACT program to assist students in distress Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary students are increasingly participating in sex work and need their institutions to provide relevant supports, write University of Toronto PhD student Aaron Brown and U of T professor Elizabeth Buckner. Brown and Buckner say that between approximately 2% and 7% of students participate in sex work; international students may be more drawn to it because of high tuition fees and limits on off-campus work, and 2SLGBTQ+ and Indigenous people are over-represented in sex worker communities. The authors say that sex work should be of concern to higher education because students who do sex work are at risk and are more likely to seek support such as counselling. Brown and Buckner encourage student wellness centres to take student sex workers into account when they design and implement services to ensure that supports are relevant and appropriate. The Conversation (Editorial) Student sex workers need institutions to provide relevant, appropriate supports: Editorial Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
The University of Sudbury and Kenjgewin Teg have signed an agreement to support Kenjgewin in providing high-quality education in Indigenous Studies that is managed by and for Indigenous peoples. Under the agreement, USudbury will transfer the intellectual property of certain Indigenous Studies online courses from USudbury to Kenjgewin; and Kenjgewin will open a campus at USudbury and develop further Indigenous studies programming. “This agreement is a gesture of reconciliation by the University of Sudbury with Indigenous peoples,” said Kenjgewin President Stephanie Roy. “It is a concrete, constructive and bold action that goes beyond symbolic gestures and words and recognizes the legitimacy of our communities to manage our education.” Kenjgewin Teg | CBC (ON) USudbury, Kenjgewin announce agreement to ensure provision of Indigenous Studies education Top Ten 10/12/2021 - 05:56 10/12/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions in Ontario and British Columbia have unveiled new logos, art pieces, and other projects to recognize Indigenous contributions and Truth and Reconciliation. At George Brown College, a new logo for Indigenous Education and Services featuring a star blanket design has been unveiled. The College of New Caledonia has unveiled a new ?Esdilagh logo, which has been placed alongside the logos of other First Nations on CNC’s atrium wall. Canadore College has installed the “Every Child Matters – Tree of Life” created by the General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Women in the Commerce Court Campus atrium. Ryerson University has unveiled a steel Ring art installation at the intersection of Gould Street and the Nelson Mandela Walk, which was designed by Indigenous architecture firm Two Row Architect. Nation Talk (1) | Nation Talk (2) | Nation Talk (3) | Nation Talk (4) (National) Postsecondary institutions unveil new Indigenous logos, projects Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
Wilfrid Laurier University and Fleming College have announced that they have renewed their 2+2 pathway that allows graduates from Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences to earn both a diploma and degree in four years. The program allows graduates from six Fleming programs to enter the third year of WLU’s Honours Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. “We are pleased to extend this pathway opportunity with Laurier for another two years,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. “Our changing climate has created an urgency and put an increased focus on the protection of our environment and natural resources through sustainable growth. With the renewal of our agreement, we will continue to train future leaders in the field whose knowledge and expertise will be in high demand.” Fleming (ON) WLU, Fleming renew pathway program for Environmental Studies students Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
10 CUPE locals in New Brunswick, which include workers from the New Brunswick Community College and Collèges communautaires du New Brunswick, have voted overwhelmingly to strike. Communication reportedly broke down between the CUPE members and the Government of New Brunswick on Sept 3. CBC says that NB wanted CUPE to agree to a variety of concessions, and argued that wage restraint was necessary due to the pandemic’s impact on the province. In Manitoba, members of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association have voted to authorize the union to hold a strike vote. “It’s hard to attract new staff and keep existing staff when they can work elsewhere for fewer hours and more money,” said UMFA president Orvie Dingwall in a release. The UMFA has also accused the Government of Manitoba of interfering in negotiations, noting that the similarity of the latest wage offer from the university to wage freeze restrictions imposed by the government in 2016. CBC (NB) | CBC (MB) | Global News (NB | MB) NB CUPE locals vote to strike, UMFA authorizes strike vote Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
Students from Queen’s University’s Alma Mater Society have called on the university to open up opportunities for more local and sustainable products by ending an exclusivity agreement with Coke Canada Bottling. “We’re really home to like a lot of great local vendors who produce on a small scale and sustainably,” says AMS Environmental Sustainability Commissioner Jessica Wile. “Especially if you’ve been to the Memorial Centre farmers market, I always see some great vendors there, as well as some more local general stores.” Queen’s states that it has formed a stakeholder group to review the future of exclusivity contracts, and Wile says that Queen’s administration has been supportive in giving her a seat at the table for further discussions. Global News (ON) Queen’s AMS call for end to relationship with Coke Canada Bottling Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
When it comes to broad institutional issues, deans are often an underutilized resource, writes Marie Chisholm-Burns. Chisholm-Burns described how completing a survey of deans led to the discovery of several key issues of importance across departments. Deans were concerned with a variety of issues, including budget and resources, student enrolment, diversity and social justice, and politics and relevance. They also identified potential opportunities to address questions about higher education’s relevance, and suggested changes and innovations that could positively affect enrolment. “[The further inclusion of deans] would not only give deans insight into broad institutional issues but also allow opportunities for exchanging ideas among deans and other constituents,” wrote Chisholm-Burns. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Deans should be invited to discussions about broad institutional issues: Opinion Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
Loyalist College has announced that it has signed a MOU with GreenCentre Canada. The partnership will establish an integrated services model which will support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in innovation in sustainable chemistry and advanced materials. The partnership will focus on accelerating technology development as well as reducing commercialization timelines. Loyalist students will benefit from the partnership’s enhancement of the institution’s bio economy; agritech; and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics clusters. Quinte News | (ON) Loyalist, GreenCentre Canada sign MOU to support SMEs Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
A new publication from the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) called How Can Quebec Become a Leader in Distance Learning? describes how Quebec university’s responses to pandemic-related public health measures could give them an edge in online learning. Creating a permanent distance learning model could benefit universities financially, since a larger number of students could be attracted to universities without an increase in physical class sizes. It could also help train students in rural areas and decrease migration to cities and benefit taxpayers. “This gives us the opportunity to position ourselves as a leader in distance learning,” said Miguel Ouellette, co-author of the report. “The introduction of a permanent distance learning model in Quebec universities will require increased collaboration between universities and the companies that are already leaders in this field.” The Suburban (QC) MEI report describes how QC can become a leader in online learning Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has launched a new program called the MD+ program. The program provides medical students with time, as well as financial and academic supports to pursue additional professional and graduate training in their interests as they complete their medical degrees. Students can pursue graduate training in a wide variety of areas through four pathways: thesis-based, course-based, concurrent, or international. “I know how difficult it is to pursue graduate training during and after residency,” said Dr John Yoo, dean of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. “We wanted to create a construct that reduces those challenges, while broadening new possibilities for our students.” Western (ON) Western launches MD+ program Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
Maclean’s has released its 2022 University Rankings. The rankings sort institutions into one of three categories–Comprehensive, Medical Doctoral, or Primarily Undergraduate–and evaluate them according to performance indicators such as scholarships and bursaries, student/faculty ratio, and student services. The Top Comprehensive Schools of 2022 were Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria (tied for 1st) followed by the University of Waterloo (3rd). The top Medical Doctoral schools of 2022 were McGill University (1st), the University of Toronto (2nd), and the University of British Columbia (3rd). The top Primarily Undergraduate Schools of 2022 were the University of Northern British Columbia (1st), Mount Allison University (2nd) and Trent University (3rd). Maclean’s | Maclean's (Comp.) | Maclean's (MD) | Maclean's (Under) (National) Maclean’s releases 2022 University Rankings Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
People around the world are mourning the death of Concordia University neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri, who passed away on Tuesday after battling ovarian cancer for over a year. Chaudhri used her Twitter account, which was an “online diary” with over 143,000 followers, to encourage strangers from around the world and raise funds for marginalized students until the end of her life. As part of Concordia’s annual Shuffle fundraiser, Chaudhri raised over $625K for her Wingspan Award in support of neuroscience students from minority and historically marginalized students. “Nadia was a force of nature,” said Concordia President Graham Carr. “She was an incredibly talented researcher with a passion for teaching and student success matched only by her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. She enriched us.” Concordia | CBC | CTV News | The Star (QC) Concordia neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri passes away from ovarian cancer Top Ten 10/08/2021 - 05:49 10/08/2021 - 04:30
Lakeland College has announced that it will be expanding its programming with the pre-employment automotive service technician program. Students in the program will complete 12 weeks of classroom work alongside students in the apprenticeship program as well as a four-week practicum. The program will cover topics such as basic maintenance, brake, and electrical systems; steering and suspension; and safety. Program graduates will be eligible to write the 1st year apprenticeship exam upon completion. The program is expected to launch in 2022 at Lakeland’s Vermilion campus. Lakeland (AB) Lakeland launches pre-employment automotive service technician program Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
Statistics Canada has released a new report on youth and education in Canada that shows that younger Canadians are more likely to have earned postsecondary credentials than previous generations, with 73% of youth ages 25-34 having gained a postsecondary qualification in 2019. StatCan found that young women are more likely than young men to have received a postsecondary credential. The highest education levels were found to vary across population groups. StatCan also found that employment rates have continued to be higher for individuals who hold a postsecondary credential compared to those with high school or trade education, and that those with postsecondary credentials have higher average annual income. The study found that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education for students, which may affect the earnings of those graduating during the pandemic. StatCan (National) StatCan releases findings on youth, education in Canada Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre has launched a PhD in Sustainability Science. The program, which Brock calls the first of its kind in Canada, will provide students from a variety of different fields with the knowledge they need to address issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and inequality. “[T]his program will train the next generation of researchers in a discipline that is extremely relevant to the issues our planet is facing today,” said Suzanne Curtin, Brock’s Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “Our students will be able to the break the boundaries of traditional disciplines and make valued contributions to both academic and industry challenges.” Brock (ON) Brock launches PhD in Sustainability Science Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has announced an investment of over $2.2B over seven years into Canada’s biomanufacturing and life sciences sector through its Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy. Funding will be allocated to institutions through the Canada Biomedical Research Fund (CBRF) and the Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (BRIF). The CBRF will support academic collaboration with industry, skills and training needed to facilitate growth in the biomanufacturing industry, as well as support projects that are on a scale that is usually too large to be viable. The BRIF will be used to strengthen postsecondary research infrastructure in order to support pandemic preparedness. Canada (National) Canada invests $2.2B in biomanufacturing, life sciences sector Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
York University has launched the Securing Black Futures: A National Partnership to Advance Youth Academic & Career Success program to support high school students who are transitioning into postsecondary education or the workforce. The program, which is funded through a $1.2M donation from RBC Future Launch, is a national three-year initiative that will focus on addressing systemic barriers for Black youth. It will focus on providing support in key areas, which include hosting an inaugural National Conference for Black youth in Canada; supporting student pipeline initiatives, establishing a Research & Data Hub; and creating new opportunities, supports, and training. YorkU anticipates that the program could serve up to 900 high school and postsecondary students. YorkU (Release) | YorkU (ON) YorkU launches Securing Black Futures partnership to support students transitioning to postsecondary Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
The Michener Institute has announced that it is launching a Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion (CVP) program. The program, which will start in September 2022, will train students with the aim of addressing Canada’s shortage of cardiovascular perfusionists. “A Master’s Degree Program is an investment in the future of the Cardiovascular Perfusion profession. Having research embedded in our programming equates to better clinical practices through ongoing development of evidence that will constantly improve patient care, and perfusion leadership presence interprofessionally and institutionally,” said Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion President Maggie Savelberg. Michener says that this is the only CVP program in Ontario and the only Master of Science in CVP in Canada. Michener (ON) Michener launches Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion program Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
Western University has announced that it has bought the $7.3M Greene-Swift Building in downtown London after a three-year search. The building, which will become a part of the community off-campus, may be used to host a variety of events such as public lectures, concerts, poster sessions, and courses, and could house galleries and public-facing clinics. By developing a downtown presence, Western hopes to “break the bubble” and encourage students to experience life off-campus, while London benefits from having Western’s research and culture in its downtown. “We look forward to consulting both our internal stakeholders and local leaders to explore the potential of this space,” said Western President Alan Shepard. CBC | MSN (Global News) (ON) Western buys building in downtown London, ON to increase off-campus presence Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
As the larger discussion of Quebec’s language laws continues, a debate around the use of French in Quebec’s cégeps has erupted, with some calling for further protection of French in cégeps while others argue that cégeps are not causing Anglicization. A brief signed by over a hundred cégep professors and members of the Pour le cégep français argues that the education system has made French an optional language that students do not need to thoroughly understand in order to participate in Quebec’s society. The Fédération des CEGEPs has stated that “CEGEPs are not the cause of anglicization in Quebec,” but has called for a review of language testing given that French test scores have been low. Journal de Montréal (1) | Journal de Montréal (2) | CTV News | CBC (QC) Discussions continue about use of French in cégep Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions need to play a role in raising awareness about drug overdoses, writes Mark Cardwell. Cardwell explains how, at Thompson Rivers University, overdoses are an issue that must be addressed by the institution since many overdose deaths occur among populations that are represented on campus. Though TRU and the University of Calgary have implemented harm-reduction strategies and most Canadian universities have implemented measures such as training and stocking naloxone kits, harm reduction expert Mark Tyndall says more needs to be done around awareness. “Universities can help bring it out of the shadows by making students aware it is happening and recognizing that people are using these drugs for self-medication and coping,” said Tyndall. University Affairs (National) The role of postsecondary institutions in drug overdose awareness: Editorial Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and Alberta Health Services have partnered to launch the OWN.CANCER Campaign. The campaign seeks to raise $250M for the Calgary Cancer Centre. Funds will be used to support the campaign’s five main pillars: reducing cancer in the population, improving cancer treatment, improving the patient experience, improving outcomes, and empowering the “best and brightest.” Donations to the campaign will be used to acquire cutting-edge equipment, fund research, and provide supports for patients and their families. The centre is located next to UCalgary’s Foothills Campus, which will allow it to access UCalgary’s research. “Working together, we can break down barriers to ensure we have more cancer survivors than ever before,” said UCalgary President Dr Ed McCauley. UCalgary | CTV News (AB) UCalgary partners with campaign to raise funds for Calgary Cancer Centre Top Ten 10/07/2021 - 05:48 10/07/2021 - 04:30
Lethbridge College and Langara College have both forged partnerships and announced investments that will support agricultural research. Lethbridge and Sunterra Greenhouse will be using a $783K investment from Results Driven Agriculture Research to help grow fresh greenhouse produce in Alberta. The investment will support greenhouse production technology evolution in order to decrease reliance on imported produce. Langara has partnered with Pure Sunfarms to support the Applied Science for the Canadian Cannabis Industry (ASCCI) research project through $3.3M from NSERC and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. The five-year research project will see the ASCCI research team using Pure Sunfarms’ expertise to advance Pure Sunfarms’ product development strategy and provide Langara students with research opportunities. Lethbridge | Globe Newswire (AB | BC) Lethbridge, Langara forge partnerships, announce investments in agricultural research Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
Yukon University has partnered with Wykes’ Your Independent Grocer to support students who are experiencing food insecurity. As Wykes’ customers check out, they will be invited to buy a Together We Thrive YukonU tote bag. The proceeds will be used to provide students with emergency grocery cards and to restock the Ayamdigut campus student food bank. “Donating just $2 for a reusable YukonU tote bag helps the environment, helps you get your groceries home and helps students who face food insecurity,” said YukonU President Dr Lesley Brown. “I’m grateful to Mark Wykes and his team for collaborating with us to support YukonU students.” YukonU (YK) YukonU, Wykes’ partner to support students experiencing food insecurity Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that 11 Mount Royal University students were deregistered after refusing to declare if they had received a vaccination for COVID-19 or not. In September, 22 students were deregistered for not declaring their vaccine status, but half of this group were able to reclaim their registration after being given a second chance to declare it. One student who is enrolled in online classes was also reportedly threatened with deregistration for not declaring her vaccination status, even though students are allowed to opt out of the rapid testing requirement by completing a form agreeing not to come to campus in person. CBC (AB) 11 MRU students deregistered after refusing to declare vaccine status Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
Red River College Polytechnic has officially announced its new identity, which will see the institution embracing the role of “Manitoba’s polytechnic.” The evolution will allow the polytechnic to continue to modernize its apprenticeship training and expand offerings such as work-integrate learning and applied research. “The polytechnic model best describes not only who we are, but where we are going. Aligning our new identity and strategic direction lays a strong foundation to be bold, to continue to take important leaps, and it allows us to play the larger role we need to in Manitoba’s postsecondary ecosystem,” said RRC Polytech President Fred Meier. “It puts us in the right place, at the right time, to stay in front of what’s ahead.” RRC (MB) RRC Polytech embraces new identity and role Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
The University of Toronto, Athabasca University, and Vancouver Island University have announced new courses. The U of T has launched a new course that explores Black mental health from a public health perspective, as well as the impact that COVID-19 has had on Black people in Canada. AU has launched a micro-course that will teach graduate students how to present their research findings in academia and society. Students in the course will learn how to mobilize their knowledge through course content and first-hand experiences of experts and scholars. VIU has launched a Literacy Circle for Indigenous Elders and Residential and Day School Survivors who want to learn how to read and write. The education provided will be self-paced and specifically tailored to student needs. U of T | AU | VIU (National) U of T, AU, VIU launch new courses on mental health, research communication, literacy Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
Western University has announced its newly renamed Western Alumni Stadium in honour of a $1.4M donation from Western’s Alumni Association. The stadium embarked on $5M in renovations over the summer and features a new playing surface, eight-lane running track, and modern facilities. $1M of the Alumni Association’s donation will be used for maintaining the stadium grounds over the next decade. The newly renamed Alumni Lounge is receiving upgrades such as window improvements, new flooring, increased seating capacity, and updates to the audio-visual equipment. “The Alumni Association’s generous gift ensures [the stadium] will continue to be an important landmark for the entire community for generations to come,” said Western President Alan Shepard. Western | CTV News (ON) Western renames stadium, lounge in honour of Western Alumni Association contribution Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
Academics facing free-speech crises need to know how to appropriately respond to accusations, write Donald A Downs, Robert P George, and Keith E Whittington. Downs, George, and Whittington argue that professors need a “first-aid kit” to help them minimize damage if they experience a free-speech crisis. The authors provide a variety of tips for instructors, including encouraging them to not rush to apologize if there is nothing to apologize for, to refrain from responding to public attacks until they receive advice, and to understand that their institution may abandon them. “Mistakes made in the initial stage can have catastrophic consequences,” write the authors. “Proceed deliberately, apply first aid, and seek assistance.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) Tips for facing free-speech crises in academia: Opinion Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
In a recent article from Maclean’s, Emily Baron Cadloff discusses the way that sexual assault is dealt with at Canadian university. Cadloff says that a 2020 Statistics Canada study found that three-quarters of students “witnessed or experienced unwanted sexualized behaviours,” but institutions often prohibit sharing information about perpetrators and are unclear about what happens after a victim files a report. The author says there is inconsistency in the data collected by postsecondary institutions across Canada, which raises questions about transparency and how schools can evaluate their progress. While some institutions, such as Mount Allison University and Western University collect data on sexual violence, some students may still be uncomfortable reporting incidents. Cadloff says that many schools are reviewing their sexual violence policies and streamlining procedures, but “few have committed to aggregating data and publicizing it.” Maclean’s (National) Issues with sexual assault reporting at Canadian universities: Editorial Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
Lakeland College has announced that the Leading. Learning. The Lakeland Campaign has officially concluded. The campaign raised over $13M, surpassing its original goal of $11M. The campaign started in 2016 with the aim of expanding student success, agricultural leadership, and results-oriented research. Some of the funds have already been used to strengthen student services, modernize and expand facilities, and purchase more crop and pasture land. “My heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a leading role during this exciting time of transformation for Lakeland College,” said Lakeland President Dr Alice Wainwright-Stewart. “Despite the challenges brought forth by COVID-19, the support of donors, our campaign leadership team and our employees never wavered, ensuring Leading. Learning. The Lakeland Campaign was a resounding success.” Lakeland (AB) Lakeland raises over $13M, surpassing fundraising campaign goal as campaign closes Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
Quest University has announced that it will be adjusting tuition fees for Canadian students and permanent residents starting in Fall 2022. Tuition will be reduced from $35K to $21K, with those receiving Quest Financial Aid having their support proportionally adjusted. “We looked at a number of factors as we examined our tuition rates: affordability, the Sea-to-Sky community that we live and work in, and of course financial impacts of the pandemic,” said QuestU President George Iwama. “We want to make a Quest education more accessible to Canada’s next generation of leaders, and we are pleased to unveil this new tuition structure.” QuestU (BC) QuestU announces tuition drop for Canadian, permanent resident students Top Ten 10/06/2021 - 05:47 10/06/2021 - 04:30
The First Nations University of Canada has launched a new journalism and communications program that is designed with remote learners in mind. The Indigenous Journalism and Communication program takes one year to complete, and prepares students to enter entry-level jobs in the industry. Students will be able to move from the program into the pre-journalism Indigenous Communication Arts diploma before continuing their education at the University of Regina if desired. “This gives students who … aren’t going to come away from their community to come to Regina … a taste of the university,” said FNU Assistant professor Shannon Avison. CBC (SK) FNU launches Indigenous Journalism and Communication program Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
In a recent article from CTV News, McGill University PhD student John Robert Silliboy and supervisor Dr Janine Metallic shared their experience discussing research in the Mi’kmaq language. Silliboy shared how, when searching for a supervisor, he had hoped to find an Indigenous supervisor. However, when he found Metallic, he did not realize that she spoke Mi’kmaq until they met in Fall 2018. Silliboy and Metallic recently conducted an hour-long meeting about Silliboy’s research in Mi’kmaq, which allowed them to discuss concepts that could not be translated easily into English. “Getting off of our online meeting yesterday… I thought, ‘I wish all interactions could be like this,’” said Metallic. “I wish they could all be so easy.” CTV News (QC) At McGill, a PhD student and supervisor discuss research in Mi’kmaq Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
New Brunswick Community College has signed a MOU with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC). The partnership will see NBCC and EMC partnering on joint training and certification initiatives that will provide new learning opportunities while meeting the manufacturing sector’s skill and labour market needs. The MOU references courses related to the manufacturing sector, a referral system from NBCC to EMC, and the establishment of work-integrated learning opportunities. “[S]trategic partnerships with industry are important to ensuring NBCC provides training that is relevant to the needs of employees and employers,” said Ann Drennan, NBCC’s Vice President Academic and Research. “The broad nature of this MOU presents lots of opportunities for us to work with the manufacturing sector.” NBCC (NB) NBCC, EMC sign MOU on training, certification initiatives Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
A large gathering in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood after the University of Ottawa’s Gee-Gees defeated Carleton University’s Ravens at the annual Panda Game has been condemned by the universities, officials, and police. On Saturday evening, large crowds gathered on Russell Avenue. During the ensuing riot, a vehicle was flipped and damaged, seven people were reportedly taken to the hospital with injuries, and public property was damaged. Journal de Montréal says that police will be working with UOttawa and Carleton staff to identify students involved in incidents occurring during the party. “If you were part of the crowds that were responsible for the damage and disrespect last night, then you must do better,” said UOttawa President Jacques Frémont. Journal de Montréal | CBC (ON) Riot after Gee-Gees, Ravens football game leads to flipped vehicle, damage to public property Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina has received over $2M from alumnus Nevan Krogan and his colleagues and collaborators to support 10 students affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Selected students from the Children of Haiti Project school will have their tuition, housing, immigration, and living expenses covered by the scholarship. “We are honoured that our University and its students will have this tremendous support from such a distinguished alumnus,” said URegina President Dr Jeff Keshen. “The gift Dr. Krogan and his partners are providing will be transformational, and we are fully prepared to assume the responsibility of helping these 10 students achieve their dreams.” CBC | URegina (SK) URegina receives over $2M to support students affected by 2010 Haiti earthquake Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan has announced that it will be designing and constructing the USask Insect Research Facility (USIRF). The USIRF, which will be led by USask entomologist Dr Sean Prager, will focus on research on arthropod plant pests and beneficial insects as well as new, sustainable pest management strategies for crops in Western Canada. The facility will be located in USask’s Agriculture Building and will be funded by over $1M in contributions from a variety of sources. “This new facility will add substantial research capacity to the University of Saskatchewan,” said Prager. “It will allow us to work with … plant breeders to identify problematic resistance traits to pests that are yet to be established.” USask (SK) USask announces it will design, construct new insect research facility Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
Okanagan College has opened a new state-of-the-art Health Sciences Centre to train health-care workers at its Kelowna campus. The new facility includes student-centred labs, classrooms, and office spaces, as well as learning environments equipped with cutting-edge education technology. The design of the facility is aligned with CleanBC’s goals for energy-efficient buildings. The building will be able to support 591 students who are studying for jobs such as certified dental assistant, health-care assistant, and pharmacy technician. “This new facility will provide Okanagan College students with a world-class learning environment that will only further enhance the already outstanding education and training they are receiving at the college,” said Okanagan President Neil Fassina. BC | The Daily Courier | Kelowna Now (BC) Okanagan opens Health Sciences Centre Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
St Lawrence College has launched a new visual identity for its continuing education and corporate training offerings called SLC+. The visual identity will provide information to the community about SLC’s continuing educational offerings, which now include micro-credentials and corporate training opportunities. The new platform will emphasize that the programs are flexible, improve the user experience, and improve the organization and search functionality of the website. “We’re so pleased to launch SLC+, which will reinforce to our communities that SLC is here for them, whether their goal is to upskill, reskill, pursue a new interest, or drive business innovation,” said SLC’s Senior VPA Eileen De Courcy. SLC (ON) SLC launches new visual identity for continuing education, corporate training offerings Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
Canadian academic Stephen Toope, who was named the first non-Briton vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 2017, has announced his retirement from the role two years before the end of his expected tenure citing personal reasons. Adrian Humphreys of the National Post reports that Toope arrived at the university during the beginning of a period “of profound unease” with the mission to bring the 800-year-old university into the modern era. Humphreys describes how Toope’s decisions and initiatives were often met by criticism from faculty, students, and the British press. Humphreys concludes by nodding to the difficulty of steering an “orthodox institution through emotionally taut times.” National Post | Varsity News | MSN (WalesOnline) (National) Toope announces early retirement as UCambridge vice-chancellor Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
Memorial University’s Indigenous Student Resource Centre (ISRC) has opened a new Indigenous student services and programming centre called Juniper House. Juniper House contains multifunctional gathering and study spaces, a computer lab, kitchen, Elders’ space, multimedia room, and office space. Students, Elders, and knowledge keepers provided input on the design. “The ISRC is a crucial space where Indigenous students, especially those from rural areas, can connect, build upon their sense of identity and find a place where they are represented and belong,” said MUN alumnus Lindsay Batt, who helped in the visioning of the centre. “The numbers of students and services have grown, and finally so has our ‘home away from home.’” MUN | NTV (NL) MUN opens Juniper House to provide Indigenous student support Top Ten 10/05/2021 - 05:46 10/05/2021 - 04:30
Going online during the pandemic has revealed the challenges that faculty members who are women of colour encounter in the academy, write Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Patti Duncan and Marie Lo. However, during this time, many essays and articles have been written about how we can reimagine the spatial organization of institutional power to change the relationship between faculty and the institution. The authors collect and reflect on articles that have discussed faculty members’ embodied responses to institutional spaces – including hostile work environments, as well as efforts to create a seat at the proverbial table for people who have been previously marginalized or underrepresented. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Reimagining the spatial organization of institutional power (opinion) Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
The University of Manitoba Faculty Association intends to call for a strike vote during a special general meeting this week. UMFA members have reportedly been without a contract since April, and the union is looking to secure higher salaries as well as “more equitable hiring, tenure and promotion processes, and the continued freedom to use their free time to offer their expertise to Manitobans.” The Manitoba Post the UMFA feels that contract talks with administration at the University of Manitoba have reached a standstill. UManitoba public affairs executive director told CBC that the university and UMFA bargaining teams continue to meet “with the view to conclude a collective agreement.” UMFA | CBC | Manitoba Post (MB) UManitoba faculty union calls for strike vote Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
A project that would see the Université Laval’s statutes and charter revised has received strong opposition from the Syndicat des professors de l'Université Laval (SPUL). The reformations would reportedly shift power from the university council to the board of directors, which SPUL President Louis-Philippe Lampron asserted constituted an attack on the principle of collegial governance. Journal de Montréal reports that Lampron felt changes would have an impact on the transparency of the university’s decision-making processes. Laval stated that it has taken note of SPUL’s comments as part of its ongoing consultations, which will conclude on October 15th. Journal de Montréal (QC) Project to reform statutes, charter at Laval faces strong opposition from faculty union Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
Assiniboine Community College and Algonquin College have partnered to deliver a new, tuition-free, heavy-duty technician program. The eight-month program, which is primarily aimed at Indigenous youth, consists of hands-on, in-school training and a 280-hour work placement. ACC Mechanical Trades Chairperson Lloyd Carey noted that students will also gain credit for Level 1 common core apprenticeship accreditation: “(This) would allow them to branch out even further into heavy-duty equipment, agricultural equipment or truck and transport specializations.” Tuition, textbooks, PPE, supplies, and tools will all be provided free of charge to 12 students. Brandon Sun | ACC (MB | ON) ACC, Algonquin team up to deliver heavy-duty technician program for Indigenous youth Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) has received $3.2M from the Government of Saskatchewan to support a new engineering biology centre. GIFS’s new engineering biology centre will focus on attracting investments and companies to SK’s agriculture and food sectors. “We are grateful for the Province’s support, as with all these funds, we will be able to harness the power of biology to potentially transform the foods that we eat, all while generating economic activity for the province,” said GIFS Executive Director and CEO Dr Steven Webb. The funding has been provided through Innovation Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Agriculture. SK (SK) USask receives $3.2M for Global Institute for Food Security Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
Red Deer Polytechnic has unveiled its new brand. The brand was developed in consultation with central Alberta’s population and includes a new logo and visual identity for the institution. The new logo consists of the letter R within a larger D, and the institutions’ new colour palette builds on the familiar green of the institution’s college brand, but has been “refined and modern[ized],” according to the Red Deer Advocate. “Our new brand defines our reason for being and what we promise to offer as an institution,” RDP Interim President Jim Brinkhurst stated. “It will help people to understand what we do, how we will act and what they can expect from us at Red Deer Polytechnic.” The Red Deer Advocate reports that new banners will be installed in the coming week, while major items such as building signage will be changed over the coming years. RDP (Release) | RDP (Brand) | Red Deer Advocate (AB) RDP unveils new brand Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
At the beginning of September, the Government of Quebec released its action plan for student mental health in postsecondary education, which came with a budget of $60M over five years. University Affairs reports that the plan has since received “mixed reactions” from organizations such as Union étudiante du Québec. UÉQ President Samuel Poitras praised the initiative for reflecting a demand in the sector, but expressed concerns related to the amount of funding and the lack of a restrictive scope for how institutions would use the funding. Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) echoed the concerns about funding in an op-ed for AMEQ, arguing that the $60M budget was too small to have a meaningful impact, since the funds would be shared across a total of 87 institutions. University Affairs | AMEQ (CSQ) (QC) QC’s student mental health plan met with concerns about funding amount, plan guidelines Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
Academics Without Borders has announced the launch of new research projects as part of its engineering research training project in Uganda. The first phase of the project saw 20 experts from Canada, Australia, Nigeria, the United States, and Uganda work as instructors or research advisors for an instructional workshop series on the topic of research. In the second phase, trainees worked in teams guided by expert research mentors to develop research proposals. Seven projects have been selected for funding and will be implemented over the next year. Several of these projects will involve research mentors from Canadian postsecondary institutions, including McMaster University Professors Sarah Dickson and Thomas Marlin, Western University Professor Ian Cunningham, University of Calgary Professor David Wood, and York University Professor Marina Freire Gormaly. AWB (International) AWB announces engineering research training projects in Uganda Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
Carleton University and the Child Welfare Political Action Committee (Child Welfare PAC) have partnered to launch a new tuition program that will address the challenge of equitable access to postsecondary education for youth in care. The program will have no age limits and will provide funds for tuition, compulsory fees, books and supplies for up to 20 undergraduate students. “The new bursary signals Carleton’s ongoing work at inclusivity and illuminates some of the injustice faced by kids in care by taking concrete action to reduce educational barriers,” said Carleton Master’s student Charlotte Smith. Carleton (ON) Carleton, Child Welfare PAC partner to launch new tuition program to increase access Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
Western University has received a $1M gift from the Sabourin Family Foundation to support the mission of the Morrisette Institute for Entrepreneurship. The Morrisette Institute, which is powered by the Ivey Business School, will use the funding to create a new undergraduate student award program, design innovative programming, and support the construction of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Building. The new building will feature a maker lab, an incubator space, a collision space, classrooms, and an accelerator. “I know the power that entrepreneurs can harness to build businesses, and ultimately create enduring jobs for like-minded Canadians,” said Paul Sabourin, who is also a Western alumnus. “This gift is a small part of my family giving back to the school that helped nurture and encourage my entrepreneurial spirit.” Western (ON) Western receives $1M gift to support entrepreneurial initiatives and students Top Ten 10/04/2021 - 05:45 10/04/2021 - 04:30
U Sports has announced that it will be ending the university women’s hockey pilot project. The project was created in 2014 to test whether enhancing financial scholarships for women’s hockey could keep athletes from joining NCAA. It was extended in 2019 due to “a lack of rigour in reporting data,” and the USports membership voted to end the program after the 2022-23 season. “In RSEQ, it did work,” said University of Montreal head coach Isabelle LeClaire. “The first thing it did was attract more attention to our program. It gave us credibility. It put us on the same level to have discussions with those athletes.” Times Colonist (National) U Sports ends women’s hockey pilot project Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 05:42 10/01/2021 - 04:30
The Université de Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke have collaborated to offer a pathway for nursing students to accelerate their education and graduation. The pathway will give students from other university disciplines who have the required prerequisites the ability to complete nursing training in 24 months rather than the usual 36. The program is said to be the first of its kind in the province, and the Government of Quebec will be investing nearly $500K in it. The program is slated to start in summer 2023. Journal de Montréal (QC) UMontréal, USherbrooke to offer pathway to accelerate nursing training Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 05:42 10/01/2021 - 04:30
In a recent Chronicle of Higher Ed article, Tom Bartlett discusses the publication of hundreds of “nonsense” papers in scientific journals. Bartlett explains that hundreds of “bizarre or suspicious” papers, some of which switch back and forth between technical descriptions of topics such as geology to discussions of dance, sports, or other topics, have recently appeared in scientific journals. The author questions what this indicates about academic publishing, as no one has taken credit for the papers, and editors of the journals suggest that they may have been hacked, “deliberately compromised,” or that papers were snuck in using sophisticated technology. Bartlett concludes by noting that these articles raise questions about the usefulness of peer review and whether people actually read the journals. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) The case of suspicious “nonsense” papers in scientific journals: Editorial Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 05:42 10/01/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina and Cambrian College have both received funds from RBC Future Launch to support student initiatives. At URegina, RBC will be providing $500K for two programs that support Indigenous students: the Neekaneewak (“they are leading”) Leadership Initiative (NLI) and the Full Circle Internship Program (FCSI). Funding will support programming at the NLI centre as well as the NLI awards ceremony. At Cambrian, RBC will be providing $330K over three years to develop new student opportunities, such as an expanded work-integrated learning education program, creating the Cambrian Leadership Academy, developing a stackable credential course, and integrating digital competency badges. The Sudbury Star | URegina (ON | SK) URegina, Cambrian to receive funding for student initiatives through RBC Future Launch Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 05:42 10/01/2021 - 04:30
Loyalist College has launched two new Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning (HRAC) programs to fill the skilled trades labour gap. Loyalist’s two-year HRAC Technician diploma program will prepare students to work with furnaces, air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and other appliances. Students will gain hands-on experience in Loyalist’s labs. The HRAC Techniques certificate program will take one-year to complete, after which graduates can choose to continue into the HRAC Technician program. Graduates of both programs will be ready to complete the exams to become certified Gas Technicians or pursue a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic apprenticeship. Loyalist (ON) Loyalist launches two Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning programs Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 05:42 10/01/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has partnered with groups such as Mitacs and the Information and Communications Technology Council to deliver the Innovator Skills Initiative program, which will support underrepresented students and companies facing talent shortages. The partners will provide students with increased access to work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities. A total of $29M has been invested in the program, including $15M from the Government of British Columbia. The funds will be used to support 1,750 Innovator Skills Initiative placements, as well as 1,250 placements through the Work-Integrated Learning Subsidy top-up. Students from underrepresented groups such as Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, women, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community will be given priority access to the internships. “This program will help clear pathways for skilled, underrepresented people who deserve meaningful, long-term employment that helps them support their families,” said BC Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery, and Innovation Ravi Kahlon. Nation Talk BC (BC) Mitacs, BC partner to increase access to WIL for underrepresented students Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 16:30 10/01/2021 - 04:30
Viewing scholarship as participating in politics comes with the loss of something crucial, writes Justin Sider, who argues in favour of attaining disinterested knowledge during one’s postsecondary studies. Sider says that a lot of today’s scholarship engages with current political issues, but that those that do not do so are not necessarily “propping up an unjust social order.” Sider argues that focusing on politically pressing topics of the time removes students’ freedom, makes it difficult for students to justify a different kind of work, and supports austerity. “In a world that would either instrumentalize or obliterate us, defending the disinterested work of the university might itself be a radical act,” writes Sider. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) Defending disinterested work at universities: Opinion Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 05:42 10/01/2021 - 04:30
McGill University has announced that it has launched the McGill Innovation Fund, a program that will support technologies and spinoff companies that emerge from the institution. McGill members who have declared a Report of Invention will receive funds to support their prospective spinoff companies and help with the development of technologies. “As a public institution, we have a commitment to bring the benefits of our research to all society,” said McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier. “This new initiative will help us enable our research community to make a real difference in our communities, and to the world, by facilitating the transition between discovery and implementation.” McGill (QC) McGill launches innovation fund to support tech, companies emerging from universities Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 05:42 10/01/2021 - 04:30
Students at Queen’s University walked out of class on Monday in support of Western University students who say they have been victims of sexual violence. Many Queen’s students who attended the rally carried posters, boards, and flyers to raise awareness about sexual violence and to call for action. “It’s happening here,” Queen’s student Samantha Lin said. “We all know it. We all talk about it, and we’re aware of it. But what we need more of is the action piece.” Barb Lotan, Queen’s sexual violence prevention and response co-ordinator, said that Queen’s can continue to improve relevant programming, messaging, and policies. YGK News | Global News (ON) Queen’s students stage walk-out in support of victims of sexual violence Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 05:42 10/01/2021 - 04:30
The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) has issued a statement about nursing education as Canada seeks to resolve a nursing shortage. In the statement, CASN explains that nursing training should not be sped up, as exchanging or accelerating nursing training will lead to serious consequences. “Nursing education programs delivered by an inadequate supply of faculty and insufficient clinical learning experiences will aggravate rather than address the current problem,” states CASN. The association further notes that, in addition to education, nursing students need clinical placement experiences that provide mentorship and coaching. CASN calls for stakeholders to address the working conditions that have led to the nursing shortage and for all new nursing graduates to receive entry-to-practice support. CASN (National) CASN issues statement regarding nursing shortages in Canada Top Ten 10/01/2021 - 05:42 10/01/2021 - 04:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the International Minerals Innovation Institute have partnered to develop virtual resource and training opportunity hubs for teachers and Indigenous learners. The two partners have developed an Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) hub and a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) hub. Sask Polytech will also be providing a digital mining bootcamp for Indigenous youth from grades 7 and 8. “The goal of these innovative and collaborative programs is to encourage Indigenous students to engage in an education, and eventually a career, in the ICT or STEM sectors,” said Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. “Our team plans to engage with a minimum of 200 teachers through the resource hub and 200 students through the digital bootcamps this academic year.” Sask Polytech () Sask Polytech, IMII develop resources, training for teachers and Indigenous learners Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
College of the Rockies, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Lakeland College will be partnering on a project called the Youth Employability Through Technical and Vocation Education and Training (Young Africa Works in Kenya-TVET) program. The $1.8M project will help increase employment opportunities for young people in Kenya with a focus on supporting young women. The Canadian institutions will be strengthening technical and vocational education and training at institutions in Kenya’s Northern Rift Valley region, such as Eldoret National Polytechnic, Kitale National Polytechnic, Lodwar Vocational Training Centre, and Baringo Technical College. They will introduce 24 training programs which will expand industry engagement, strengthen gender equality and diversity, and facilitate trainer exchanges. COTR (BC | AB) COTR, BCIT, Lakeland partner on Young Africa Works in Kenya-TVET program Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
The University of Sudbury’s board of regents has voted to formalize USudbury’s secular status and to officially make it a French-language institution. USudbury’s new independent and non-denominational status will help it meet the requirements to receive public funding. “The adoption of this new regulatory framework is one more step in fulfilling the commitment of our board and the Franco-Ontarian community to have a French-language university as soon as possible,” said USudbury President Serge Miville. “The University of Sudbury continues to work with governments and the community to make this long-standing dream a reality.” The Sudbury Star | The Catholic Register (ON) USudbury formalizes secular, Francophone status Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
Bishop’s University has announced plans to plant 10,500 trees on campus as part of its 2020-2024 Sustainable Development Plan. The initiative will see the Sustainable Development Advisor, student volunteers, and people from the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program start the process by planting trees near Peter Curry Marsh. Bishop’s has chosen six native species which will be planted in nine plantation zones. The reforested areas will provide a variety of benefits, including ensuring sustainability, sequestering carbon, helping with water retention and absorption, and restoring forest cover for wildlife. “The 10,500 trees that will be planted will help us ensure that our campus will remain a home for wildlife and a haven for recreation while contributing to the sustainability of our planet,” said Bishop’s Principal Michael Goldbloom. Bishop’s | The Sherbrooke Record (QC) Bishop’s announces plans to plant 10,500 trees on campus Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
Dalhousie University and the Université du Québec à Montréal have launched certificate programs in health-related areas. Dal’s Faculty of Health and the Nursing Homes of Nova Scotia Association have collaborated to create the Leadership in Continuing Care Administration certificate program. The six-day program aims to give new health leaders the knowledge and networks they need to enhance their leadership capabilities. UQAM will be offering the certificat en gestion intégrée de la santé et sécurité du travail. The program will prepare students for positions as consultants or coordinators in occupational health and safety. The 10-course program can be combined with a major or two other certificates to make a bachelor’s degree. Dal | UQAM (NS | QC) Dal, UQAM launch certificate programs in health areas Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
Large unsanctioned gatherings continue to be an issue in university neighbourhoods. In Guelph, extra officers were deployed to address a large street party on Chancellor’s Way. UoGuelph interim vice-provost of student affairs Irene Thompson expressed disappointment in the students who attended the gatherings, calling the choice to gather and the behaviours seen at the gathering “upsetting.” Police officers and emergency personnel responded to a wild nighttime gathering of around 2,000 people near Western on Saturday during a “Fake Homecoming” celebration. 30 people were reportedly taken to hospital, and one person was arrested for assaulting a police officer. LFPress (1) | LFPress (2) | UoGuelph | CBC (ON) Large gatherings in student neighbourhoods continue to cause issues in Guelph, London Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
Athabasca University has partnered with Bigstone Cree Nation to monitor changes in aquatic and moose health in northern Alberta communities. AU microbiologist Dr Shauna Zenteno and anthropology professor Dr Janelle Baker will collaborate with Bigstone Cree Nation to bridge Indigenous ways of knowing with traditional science research. Bigstone Cree Nation members will be trained in sampling water, organizing moose kits, and interviewing elders and community members. The qualitative observations will be combined with quantitative analysis of the water to make observations. “The traditional knowledge and community members themselves help guide the research,” said Zenteno. “Their understanding of the environment and observations over time can help us interpret the data we obtain on water quality and how this relates to our findings in moose.” AU (AB) AU, Bigstone Cree Nation partner to monitor aquatic, moose health Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
The education system needs to provide teachers with education and resources to help them adequately teach about residential schools and reconciliation, write Lisa Korteweg (Associate Professor, Lakehead University), Pauline Tennent (Manager, Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Manitoba), and Tesa Fiddler (Coordinator of Indigenous Education at Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board). While many settler teachers hope for change, write the authors, they may not be receiving direction from their ministries or school boards, and may be hesitant to directly engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities. The authors call for the Canadian education system as a whole to ensure that teachers receive appropriate education about Indigenous issues, and to raise awareness of anti-Indigenous racism throughout the school system. “When ministries are not mandating this work of reckoning, repairing and healing by the whole education system, the momentum for teacher accountability in education-as-reconciliation risks being lost, buried and forgotten,” write the authors. The Conversation (National) Education systems need to act to ensure change, reconciliation: Opinion Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
Colleges Ontario is requesting that the Government of Ontario approve policy changes which would allow colleges to broaden their career-specific degree programs. The request is supported by a poll showing that Ontarians overwhelmingly support the expansion of career-focused degree programs at colleges. Nearly 70% of respondents indicated that they would support the creation of new three-year diploma programs. If implemented, the policy changes would include the creation of new three-year degree programs, an increase in the number of four-year degree programs, and the creation of master’s degree programs in technical areas. “There is clearly strong support for more degree programs at colleges,” said Colleges Ontario President Linda Franklin. “Expanding our degree programs will open up more opportunities for graduates when they enter the workforce.” NewsWire (ON) Colleges Ontario requests policy changes to broaden degree program offerings at colleges Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
Durham College has announced that it has launched The Barrett Centre of Innovation in Sustainable Urban Agriculture. The centre, which received a $5M donation from The Barrett Family Foundation, will focus on solving challenges related to food and farming in Canada, such as labour and skills gaps and opportunities to use sustainable and regenerative practices. One of the centre’s main focuses will be on building a new urban farm that will work as a community-inspired living lab. It will also be involved in a variety of initiatives, such as enhancing Durham’s existing farm, creating educational programs and materials, creating opportunities for students to work on urban farms, and supporting traditionally underserved communities in urban agricultural initiatives. Durham (ON) Durham launches The Barrett Centre of Innovation in Sustainable Urban Agriculture Top Ten 09/29/2021 - 05:39 09/29/2021 - 04:30
Dalhousie University has issued a message to its community condemning a street party that drew thousands of individuals to Jennings Street. CBC says that police broke up an afternoon party that was spilling into the street from student properties, and that a “flash mob party” happened later that evening. Ten people were arrested for public intoxication and numerous open liquor tickets were issued. Dal has requested that students who attended the parties get tested for COVID-19 and refrain from coming to campus for a week. Dal said that it will be sanctioning students for violations under the Code of Student Conduct, and has reaffirmed its commitment to being a good neighbour. Dal | CBC | News 1130 (NS) Dal concerned after thousands attend large street parties Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
The University of New Brunswick has officially opened the new Barry and Flora Beckett Residence. The residence will be able to accommodate 100 students. It includes two large lounges, a study lounge, and two laundry rooms, and uses geo-thermal technology, which allows students to control their bedroom’s temperature. “This building marks the next phase for the community of UNB Saint John and our students,” said UNB VP Saint John Dr Petra Hauf. “We are committed to making this campus a more inclusive and comfortable place to live and study and this new residence is one way for this to happen.” UNB (NB) UNB opens Barry and Flora Beckett Residence Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
Several institutions have announced that they will be closing their doors and/or hosting live virtual events and on-site memorials in honour of survivors and to share stories. Algoma University will be hosting a day of online and in-person events, including the lighting of a sacred fire, talks from survivors and elders, and a walk from Shingwauk Hall to the water at Bellevue Park. Algonquin College has announced a podcast, interviews and videos, a Sunrise Smudge, and numerous events in partnership with organizations across the City of Ottawa. The University of Fraser Valley will be hosting several talks and events, including a panel discussion on renaming and destatuing that will involve scholars from across Canada and the US. Portage College will be hosting a virtual Sunrise Ceremony and has released a list of resources that can be accessed on and off campus. The Justice Institute of British Columbia will be hosting an online observation on September 29th with Elder Caroline Buckshot and Lorelei Boyce. Though the day is not a provincial holiday in Ontario, Centennial College has announced that it will be closing for the day in order to give employees the opportunity to attend events and reflect. Algonquin | Centennial | JIBC | Portage | UFV | UWinnipeg (National) Institutions host public talks, share resources to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
Using passive networking can be beneficial to doctoral students who are looking to expand their networks and prepare for career success, writes Andrew Crain. The author describes how passively networking, which may consist of joining and engaging with the LinkedIn community for a few minutes each week, helps people build their network and create a professional brand. Crain says that this can help prepare doctoral students to engage in active networking and leverage their network during job search activities. “[P]assive approaches to networking offer a convenient starting point for further developing your relationship-building skills and for setting the stage for more defined networking outcomes in the future,” writes Crain. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Passively networking for career success: Opinion Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
In a recent Inside Higher Ed article, Scott Jaschik discusses the issues with using algorithms to lead admissions. Jaschik explains that some postsecondary institutions use algorithms to determine the minimum scholarship a student must be offered to influence their decision to study at the institution, which does not necessarily lead to student persistence and graduation. Jaschik highlights the perspectives of others who advocate for reforms for algorithm use to ensure that students are receiving the support they need for success and that they are treated fairly by institutions. The author explains that other perspectives include the idea that algorithms can be used appropriately to help those making decisions about groups of students. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Algorithm use in student success comes with key issues: Opinion Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
Nipissing University and Canadore College have partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Auxiliary to provide students with direct entry into the OPP Auxiliary Program. Students in the program will be able to gain hands-on policing experience that will enable them to see what a law enforcement career might be like. “This new pathway opens up a wealth of opportunities for our students, especially those in our criminal justice program who may have an interest in pursuing a career in policing after graduation,” said Nipissing President Dr Kevin Wamsley. “Partnerships like this provide our students with invaluable experiential learning and create pathways to connect the classroom to the workplace - where theory meets practice.” Nipissing | Canadore | My West Nipissing Now (ON) Nipissing, Canadore partner with OPP Auxiliary to provide pathway for students Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
Two students from the University of British Columbia passed away after being hit by a car that veered onto the sidewalk near the Totem Park student residence building, reports CTV News. The two 18-year-old students who had been on the sidewalk were pronounced dead at the scene. The 21-year-old vehicle driver was arrested and taken to a local hospital. “It is difficult to comprehend and express the enormity of the loss of these two bright and promising young adults,” said UBC President Santa Ono. “On behalf of the university, I wish to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to their families, friends and loved ones. Our community mourns with you.” CBC | Times Colonist | CTV News (BC) Two UBC students dead after incident on campus Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
Lakehead University and OpenText have partnered on a program that will see 25 Indigenous students participating in internships through the OpenText Indigenous Internship Program. Students completing the four-month, virtual internships will work in OpenText’s software engineering, marketing, finance, information technology, or human resources departments. The program will enable students to gain soft and technical skills that will prepare them to enter the workforce. “We understand the barriers that Indigenous students face when looking for ways to start and nurture careers,” said Lakehead President Dr Moira McPherson. “Partnerships like this one with OpenText will contribute greatly to our students’ futures by providing experiences to work hand-in-hand with professionals in their field, apply skills and knowledge they gained at Lakehead University, and share their culture and history with others.” Lakehead | CBC (ON) Lakehead, OpenText partner on internship program for Indigenous students Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal, Concordia University, and their partners have officially celebrated the launch of the Campus de la transition écologique. The campus will serve as a hub focused on ecological transitions. In alignment with the UN’s sustainable development goals, it will reflect six themes of intervention: Agriculture and biodiversity; water cycle and wetlands; forestry; citizenship and climate justice; culture and heritage; and energy and mobility. At the launch, the partners shared that the event had received over $500K in funding from the Government of Quebec and City of Montreal. Journal de Montréal | UQAM (QC) UQAM, Concordia, partners celebrate launch of Campus de la transition écologique Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
Community leaders and the leaders of postsecondary institutions across Canada are reflecting on how to commemorate and honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In the Globe and Mail, residential-school survivor Geraldine Shingoose emphasized the importance of listening to the stories survivors tell: “I ask Canada to see us, to hear us and to believe us.” St Jerome’s University President Peter Meehan described how as a Catholic institution, SJU has a “deeper sense of responsibility in the Truth and Reconciliation process” and needs to advance its commitment with action. Vancouver Community College President Ajay Patel issued a message encouraging community members to continue to listen, learn, and work towards societal healing. The Globe and Mail | SJU | VCC (National) Institutional leaders reflect on how to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Top Ten 09/28/2021 - 05:36 09/28/2021 - 04:30
Lacrosse players at McGill University and Laurentian University are calling for lacrosse programs to be protected at their institutions. The Montréal Gazette reports that McGill has cancelled nine of its sports this season, including its Level 2 lacrosse team. Indigenous students such as Isaiah Cree from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation in upstate New York have expressed shock at the decision, noting that the lacrosse team has a very high number of Indigenous players on it. The Sudbury Star reports that Laurentian’s lacrosse team has lost its varsity designation as part of Laurentian’s restructuring. Laurentian lacrosse athletes and coaches are reportedly “determined” to see the club keep going and are collaborating to ensure that the team can continue. Montreal Gazette | The Sudbury Star (QC | ON) Students call for protection of lacrosse programs at McGill, Laurentian Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
York University’s Schulich School of Business has officially launched the Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership. The centre was made possible by a $5M donation from the Krembil Foundation and Robert Krembil. York states that the Krembil Centre will become a leading global hub at Schulich that will feature executive training and degree programs, offer significant scholarship supports, and engage in collaborative research activities with industry and health care organizations. The Centre will also establish the Krembil Chair in Health Management and Leadership, which will be held by Krembil Centre Director Joseph Mapa. York (ON) York launches Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
Western University has announced that it will invite an external investigator to examine the events on and around September 10th. “It would be good to not be defensive about what we got right and what we got wrong,” said Western President Alan Shepard, “and I think it will be easier to see that if we have an external person or team.” Western Senate member and professor James Compton told the London Free Press that faculty at the university are unhappy with the way that the “party culture” at Western escalated to “tragic” results this year, and expressed interest in having an external and independent person investigating the events. Western has also launched mandatory sexual violence awareness and prevention training for its students as part of a new student safety action plan. London Free Press | Western (Training) (ON) Western announces external investigation, mandatory training for students Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor, Fleming College, and Portage College have announced new courses that will help students to prepare for the workplace. UWindsor has launched a Project Management Professional exam preparation course that will review topics related to the PMP Certification Exam, as well as a Certified Agile Project Manager course that will prepare students to write the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, the Scrum Master Certification, and the Certified Agile Project Manager exams. Fleming is offering a free six-week construction program that will teach students fundamental construction skills and provide them with a two-week paid placement. Portage’s Community Adult Learning Program has partnered with Community Learning Network to create the Foundational Learning Instructor Micro-Certifications, which CALP staff and volunteers can take to develop their literacy and numeracy instructional skills. Portage | UWindsor | Fleming (AB | ON) Portage, Fleming, UWindsor announce new courses for industry preparation Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology and Concordia University have recently announced partnerships or donations that will allow their students to develop their skills with cutting edge technology. Concordia has received a donation of ARGUS software licenses worth over $1M from Toronto’s Altus Group that will allows students at the Jonathan Wener Centre for Real Estate to get a jump start on the industry. BCIT has become an Adobe Creative Campus, which will enable students, staff, and faculty to use the Adobe Creative Cloud’s suite of tools on their laptops or other devices both on and off campus. BCIT | Concordia (BC | QC) BCIT, Concordia acquire cutting-edge software for students Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
Academic tenure is receiving a variety of complaints at the moment, writes Steven Mintz, with criticisms coming from both the left and the right. The author discusses a variety of perspectives on tenure, including arguments that it has created a “caste system” and that it emphasizes publications over service and other kinds of work. Mintz argues that serious discussions of tenure should focus on ensuring that diverse candidates have an equal chance to gain tenure, and that an institution has appropriate standards and expectations. The author also argues that accountability should be strengthened, and that those who are not tenured faculty should be able to access job security, rights to due process, and professional development and advancement opportunities. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Discussing critiques of the tenure system: Opinion Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
The University of Lethbridge has announced the creation of the Evelyn Hamilton Chair in Liberal Education, thanks to a $2M donation from Art and Mary Jane Crooks. The position will be based in ULethbridge’s School of Liberal Education and will focus on instilling the liberal education goals of rigorous inquiry, the pursuit of knowledge, and critical thought grounded in evidence-based reasoning. “This Chair is a great fit for the vision we have for the School of Liberal Education and we are absolutely thrilled to have this happening,” said Dr Shelly Wismath, dean of the School of Liberal Education. The investment for the new chair was provided as part of the university’s SHINE campaign. ULethbridge (AB) ULethbridge establishes Evelyn Hamilton Chair in Liberal Education with $2M donation Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
Quacquarelli Symonds has released the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, which examine the pathways into employment that postsecondary institutions around the world create for their graduates. The top five institutions in the world were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Sydney, and Harvard University. Several Canadian universities placed within the top 100 institutions, including the University of Toronto (#21), University of Waterloo (#24), Western University (#43), McMaster University (#81), and the University of Alberta (#99). Newswire | QS (Rankings) (International) QS releases QS Graduate Employability Rankings Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
The University of Manitoba has announced that construction has begun on a $24M concert hall at the Fort Garry campus. The concert hall will have 409 seats, state-of-the-art acoustics, and a stage that can accommodate both a full choir and an orchestra. The hall will host a variety of different performances, including orchestral, choir, opera, and theatre performances. “To have a real bona fide concert hall in the south part of the city is something very new, and very exciting to think what that could mean for Winnipeg,” said UManitoba faculty of music dean Edward Jurkowski. The hall will be the only concert hall venue in south Winnipeg, and construction is scheduled to be completed in fall 2023. CBC (MB) UManitoba breaks ground on concert hall Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
A new editorial by Dr Heather Short, former professor at John Abbott College, describes the issues she encountered with teaching students about climate and ecological crises without giving them a framework for prevention. Short argues that teaching students about how science predicts the future is unfair if they are not given the tools with which to address it. It is also unjust of a generation that has benefitted from resource extraction, she writes, to give students the responsibility of addressing the ecological and climate crisis. Short says that students need honesty and transparency, and need to hear that older generations are willing to sacrifice to work on ecological issues. CBC (Editorial) Teaching about climate change without addressing the issues: Opinion Top Ten 09/27/2021 - 05:34 09/27/2021 - 04:30
Students with disabilities are expressing concern about a loss of online learning options and changes to learning supports. At the University of Alberta, students are concerned about changes made for financial reasons that will end note-taking services and see professors supervising students who need accommodations. University of Alberta Students' Union Vice-President Academic Abner Monteiro explained that the sudden changes would increase professor workloads and may lead to neurodiverse students incorrectly being flagged for academic violations. At the University of Victoria, Access4All members are campaigning for students with disabilities to be able to continue online learning options since they are more accessible and have been proven possible through the pandemic. CBC (UAlberta) | Times Colonist (UVic) (AB | BC) Students with disabilities concerned over loss of online learning, learning support changes Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
Statistics Canada has released a new report on overqualification among bachelor’s degree graduates from 2012-2013. The report found that 16.7% of bachelor degree graduates under the age of 35 held jobs that required a high school diploma, a percentage that has stayed stable. However, men tended to have a higher overqualification rate than women (17.7% vs 15.2%), demonstrating a reversal of the qualification gap since 2001. The study also found that for men, fields such as architecture, engineering, mathematics had lower overqualification rates, while for women, health fields and education had lower overqualification. Women of a visible minority were at higher risk of overqualification than non-minority Canadian-born women. StatCan | StatCan (Report) (National) StatCan releases report on overqualification among bachelor’s degree graduates Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
Art students at postsecondary institutions across Canada are getting a chance to display and promote their artwork, thanks to collaborations with local organizations and communities. Emily Carr University of Art + Design and WALRUS boutique collaborated as part of a course called Design + Make to allow students to create products that fit the WALRUS aesthetic. Students designed a variety of projects including a candleholder, decorative lighting element, a transformable lunch bag, and coasters. In Toronto, the BigArtTO initiative has resumed, and OCAD University students will have their art projected on local buildings during the event. OCAD U is also presenting additional activations during the fall, with art projected on different areas of the city. Meanwhile, in Saskatoon, Shared Spaces – a project of the University of Saskatchewan’s Art Galleries and Collection – is helping to host the Nuit Blanche Eve event. The event will feature 16 augmented reality artworks that have been created by USask students. ECUAD | OCAD U | CTV News (USask) (BC | SK | ON) Collaborations between PSE art students and communities results in artwork displays, products Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
Leaders of several postsecondary institutions in Ontario and their respective communities are calling on students to avoid large, unsafe gatherings over what is typically the homecoming weekend. Western University, the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University are among hte institutions that have partnered with their local city council, public health units, or emergency services to ensure a coordinated response to student gatherings over the weekend. The institutions shared that students may face hefty fines, charges, and/or consequences under institutional codes of conduct such as expulsion if they participate in large, unsanctioned gatherings. Some universities have indicated that they will be hosting virtual celebrations for homecoming over the weekend instead of in-person festivities. UoGuelph (Guelph) | Western (London) | CBC (Waterloo) (ON) Leaders at ON institutions urge collective effort to avoid dangerous homecoming parties Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
Okanagan College is launching a new program that will provide Licensed Practical Nurses with advanced orthopaedic knowledge. The LPN Orthopaedic Certificate program will cover topics such as anatomy and physiology, orthopaedic pathology, and casting skills, and will prepare nurses to work alongside physicians and nurse practitioners to care for patients who have musculoskeletal system conditions or injuries. Students will cover theory online and complete their practicum at an approved location in their local health authority or community. The certificate is reportedly the first of its kind in British Columbia. Okanagan (BC) Okanagan to offer hybrid LPN Orthopaedic Certificate Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
In a new article about BIPOC student support professionals Ken Chatoor and Victoria Barclay of HEQCO call for institutions to provide these professionals with similar supports and resources to the ones they provide students. Chatoor and Barclay cite the work of institutions such as the University of Waterloo, Fleming College, and Humber College, which have task forces or similar groups that respond to racism; Western University, which has invested in EDI initiatives; and the University of Ottawa, which mandates racial biases training. The authors recommend that institutions ensure that BIPOC student support professionals are actively involved in funding and program development decisions, and that mental health services are made available to staff. They further encourage institutions to ally with BIPOC communities and collect standardized data on race. HEQCO (ON) Supporting BIPOC student support professionals: HEQCO Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
Conestoga College’s School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology has announced that it is launching two graduate certificate programs in IT. The Reporting Systems and Database Development program will prepare students to use database technologies and data warehouses to find trends, risks, and opportunities. The Virtualization and Cloud Computing program will teach students how to modernize information technology strategies. Both programs take two semesters to complete, and include hands-on and experiential learning. Conestoga (ON) Conestoga launches two graduate certificates in IT Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
Camosun College and MacEwan University are celebrating their 50-year anniversaries this month. Camosun celebrated its anniversary by unveiling the Cycle of Knowledge House Post. The house post, which was created by alumnus and W̱SÁNEĆ artist Douglas (Bear) Horne, will welcome those coming to campus and reflect Camosun’s connection to Indigenous communities. MacEwan is preparing for a year of celebration to celebrate its 50-year anniversary. On a dedicated website, MacEwan is launching a digital timeline that will highlight stories, events, and initiatives. MacEwan will also be opening and sealing time capsules, building photo mosaics, hosting events, and launching a 10-year strategic vision. Times Colonist (Camosun) | Nation Talk (Camosun) | MacEwan (AB | BC) Camosun, MacEwan celebrate 50-year anniversaries Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
Briercrest College and St Clair College have both reported COVID-19 outbreaks. Briercrest, which had eight students test positive on September 7th and was confirmed as an outbreak site on September 13th, has confirmed 71 COVID-19 cases as of the time of writing. 62 cases are active. All faculty, students, and staff were required to receive a COVID-19 test, and masks are now mandatory in indoor public spaces on campus. St Clair is also experiencing an outbreak in one program. Those identified as close contacts have been notified and instructed to self-monitor or self-isolate. CTV News (Briercrest) | St Clair (SK | ON) Briercrest, St Clair report COVID-19 outbreaks Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
Over 30,000 students in Québec have announced that they will be on strike today as part of a demonstration against climate change and the “troisième lien” project in the capital. The march is part of an international protest, in which thousands of K-12 and postsecondary students will demand concrete actions to fight climate change. Journal de Montréal reports that student associations from institutions such as Université Laval, Cégep Garneau, Cégep Limoilou, and Cégep de Sainte-Foy will be on strike. Students at Sainte-Foy were granted a course waiver. Journal de Montréal | New in 24 (QC) QC students on strike against climate change Top Ten 09/24/2021 - 05:30 09/24/2021 - 04:30
Selkirk College has opened its new Indigenous classroom. A smudging ceremony was held outside the classroom before students, faculty, staff, and Elders entered the room, which is designed to inspire openness and interconnected learning. A large moon mask rug is in the centre of the room, surrounded in a circular fashion by wood furnishings created specifically for the room. “This classroom is a collective vision that is meant to inspire students and faculty by sharing the knowledge of our Indigenous Elders, artists, scientists and storytellers, acknowledging the right to practice and articulate the wisdom of our ancestors,” said Indigenous Studies Instructor Elizabeth Ferguson. “We invite all to share this knowledge with us.” Selkirk (BC) Selkirk opens new Indigenous classroom Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 05:29 09/23/2021 - 04:30
The University of British Columbia has officially opened the Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), a bioenergy research facility where researchers and industry partners will work toward reducing fossil fuel reliance. The Centre will work toward developing clean energy alternatives, and will embark on a variety of projects related to biofuel technologies, bio-oil and biochar products, and wood pellets. “There is enormous potential for biomass like BC forest waste to help meet both local and global renewable energy needs,” says BRIC director Dr Xiaotao Bi. “BRIC offers a unique opportunity not only to transform organic materials into low-carbon, high-value fuels and other bioproducts, but to do so at a demonstration scale in a virtually risk-free environment.” Bioenergy Insight | Energy Global (BC) UBC opens Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 05:29 09/23/2021 - 04:30
PhD students should be taught how to be good mentors during their education, writes Maria LaMonaca Wisdom. The author describes using exercises, readings, and activities in a course designed to help students to reflect on their “mentee” experiences and develop their skills as future mentors. Wisdom says that the course offered students a safe space to discuss their mentorship relationships, clarified the roles of mentors and PhD program advisers, and provided students with an understanding of what mentorship is. “[W]hen I see the growth and change possible among individual doctoral students — just from a two-week immersion in mentorship training — I feel renewed hope for the future of academe and the new generation of young PhDs,” writes Wisdom. The Chronicle of Higher Ed | (Editorial) Teaching PhD students how to be good mentors: Opinion Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 05:29 09/23/2021 - 04:30
U Sports and CBC have signed an agreement that will see every U Sports national championship broadcasted on CBC Sports for the next four years. The Vanier Cup’s English-language broadcast will only be live on CBC-TV, and annual national championships will have an even split of men’s and women’s sports. “Today, is the first step towards reshaping coverage of university sport in Canada,” said John Bower, U Sports’ director of marketing and communications. “U SPORTS look forward to growing our audience with CBC so that the performances and stories of our student-athletes reach the widest possible audience.” CBC (National) CBC Sports announces agreement to broadcast U Sports national championships Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 05:29 09/23/2021 - 04:30
York University has announced the launch of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages (CIKL). The new organized research unit, which will be led by York professor Deborah McGregor, will focus on Indigenous knowledges, languages, practices, and ways of being. It will support research based on traditional and contemporary knowledges. “CIKL will foster collaborations and partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and others that create ethical space for dialogue on how research relationships can be envisioned, negotiated, practised in support of Indigenous futurities,” said McGregor. “Creating this ethical space in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples and our colleagues across the University also creates opportunities for critical dialogue, reflection and change to take place in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges.” YorkU (ON) YorkU launches Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 05:29 09/23/2021 - 04:30
Niagara College has announced that it will be receiving a continued investment of $1.75M from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The investment will provide $350K per year over five years to support food and beverage innovations through the Niagara’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre. “This is exciting news, as it allows us to further our delivery of high-quality services to local and domestic food and beverage SMEs, in order to enhance their global competitiveness,” said Niagara VP Research & External Relations Marc Nantel. “We are able to better serve the innovation needs of these food and beverage companies who may have had difficulty developing new products and services for lack of affordable research expertise, equipment and facilities.” Food in Canada | Niagara (ON) Niagara receives $1.75M to continue food, beverage innovations Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 08:10 09/23/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta has launched a new certificate program that will help prepare energy professionals for work in Alberta’s renewable energy sector. The Renewable Energy Technologies (RET) Certificate provides online, part-time classes with no admission barriers to students who are interested in renewable energy. Participants will gain foundational and mid-level expertise, and will be prepared for careers in a variety of areas, including as policy analysts, and environmental sector workers. “Renewable energy sources and efficient technologies are at the forefront of finding solutions to climate change, and industries and organizations are undergoing an energy transition,” said course instructor Gabriel John Malashi. “They need professionals who can provide the understanding and strategic solutions around the challenges and opportunities in the renewable energy space.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta launches Renewable Energy Technologies Certificate program Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 05:29 09/23/2021 - 04:30
The University of Toronto has opened a new Queer and Trans Research Lab (QTRL) at its Mark S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. The QTRL will aim to provide a space for queer and trans researchers to collaborate and strengthen ties with the wider community, and for students to learn and participate in projects and meetings. “The lab wants to break down … divisions by creating a space where community leaders and artists and others can work and create together with faculty and student researchers,” said Dana Seitler, director of the Bonham Centre. “The reality is that those of us doing this kind of work are also active members of the queer, trans, and BIPOC communities working for change.” U of T (ON) U of T opens Queer and Trans Research Lab Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 05:29 09/23/2021 - 04:30
Queen’s University has signed an agreement with the Government of Egypt that will see Queen’s providing artificial intelligence and data science training to Egyptian students. The program will provide remote training through Queen’s School of Computing’s Master of Data Science and Machine Learning to up to 100 Egyptian students as part of the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s Digital Egypt Builders Initiative. The partnership will help address Egypt’s need for those with data science and machine learning backgrounds to build capacity in modern technologies. “Queen’s is pleased to support this new partnership with Egypt, supporting postsecondary education and preparing students to be leaders in their communities,” says Queen’s Principal Patrick Deane. The program is set to start in January 2022. Queen’s (ON) Queen’s signs agreement to provide AI, data science training to Egyptian students Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 05:29 09/23/2021 - 04:30
Mount Royal University Psychology Professor Dr Tony Chaston has developed a new psychology course that will teach students using virtual reality (VR). The course, which is called The Digital Frontier: Perception, AI and Virtual Reality in Psychology, uses VR to teach students about VR and how it can be used to lower stress levels. Students will access the course through headsets, and will participate in Google Meet learning to take breaks from the headsets. “Immersion in media is a topic that’s been around for a long time, but it takes on a whole different level when you talk about it in VR,” said course creator Dr Tony Chaston. MRU says that this is the first class of its kind in Canada. MRU (AB) MRU professor teaches psychology in virtual reality Top Ten 09/23/2021 - 05:29 09/23/2021 - 04:30
The Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) has received a $1M grant from the Molson Foundation to use for technological improvements. The funds will support the development of a Veterinary Simulation and Virtual Reality Centre, as well as funding material acquisitions such as virtual reality equipment and an enhanced fleet inventory. “Thanks to this tremendous philanthropic initiative, we will soon have access to the most advanced teaching facilities for training Quebec’s future veterinarians, while respecting the highest ethical standards in animal care,” said UMontréal FMV Dean Christine Theoret. UMontréal (QC) UMontréal Faculty of Veterinary Medicine receives $1M for technological improvements Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
King’s University College’s Student Affairs department has rolled out several new programs and partnerships to serve and support its students. “Heading into a new term or especially a first term can be exciting, but there can also be challenges that come with that,” said Joe Henry, Dean of Students at King’s. “Student Affairs has collaborated with many other departments and teams at King’s to develop programming and services that will assist our students as we transition back to campus.” The programs cover topics such as mental health, enhancing diversity supports, career and employment programming, and academic supports. Among these, King’s has entered into a partnership with Academica’s Devant in order to better support international students on their post-university career transition. King’sUC (ON) King’s launches new student supports, career programming Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
A football player for the University of Ottawa’s Gee-Gees passed away after a game on Saturday, reports CBC. Francis Perron, a mechanical engineering student at UOttawa and a graduate of Cégep de Sherbrooke, died shortly after the season opener against the University of Toronto Blues. “Our hearts are broken,” said head coach Marcel Bellefeuille in a tweet. “We’ve lost an outstanding person, teammate, player and veteran leader that made us better in every way possible.” No cause of death has been released. CBC | Times Colonist | National Post (ON) UOttawa Gee-Gees player dies shortly after season opener Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
Brighton College’s Civil Infrastructure Design Technology program has been accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). The audit included an evaluation of policies, curriculum, labs, and student support services; as well as interviews with employers and campus community members. “Brighton College is honoured to have received TAC accreditation for the Civil Infrastructure Design Technology diploma program,” said Brighton President Carol Pollock. “We are indebted to the innovation and hard work of all educators, staff and students who contribute to the success of our programs and we look forward to continuing our commitment to provide high quality, accredited programs for our students.” TAC (BC) Brighton Civil Infrastructure Design Technology program receives TAC accreditation Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
Université du Québec à Montréal Professor Ali Jenabian has received over $2.85M in combined funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for studies focusing on the health needs of HIV patients. One study will examine the role of the expanded endocannabinoid system and gut microbiome in chronic inflammation and co-morbidities in those living with HIV, while another is focused on the same objectives but with a control group of people who do not have HIV. The other two projects will study the effects of COVID-19 vaccinations on patients who are living in HIV. UQAM (QC) UQAM research chair receives over $2.85M for research on HIV patient health needs Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
In a recent article from The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Thomas J Tobin discusses techniques academics can use to make the most of academic conferences. The author provides advice to help academics make the most of their time at a conference. Tobin recommends that academics prepare for a conference by taking steps such as clearing their schedules, deciding on a flexible schedule, and doing pre-networking. Conference attendees are also encouraged to participate appropriately in Q&A, take notes, and know how to gracefully speak up when a colleague says something offensive. Tobin also provides tips on self-care, connecting with others, and what not to do at a conference. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) How to make the most of conferences: Opinion Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
Academics who are interested in reaching more people through their writing should look beyond the typical academic peer-reviewed journal and consider other avenues, writes Diana Brazzell. Academics who are interested in sharing the lessons learned from research could consider writing an op-ed for a mainstream media outlet, explains Brazzel. The author explains that blog posts offer a less daunting way to start writing for a non-academic audience, while policy briefs and white papers provide academics with an opportunity to provide longer, more technical details. Finally, Brazzell points to social media as a way to engage with a broader audience. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Expanding reach through writing for non-academic audiences: Opinion Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) has filed a Directors & Officers claim under Laurentian University’s current insurance. The claim will attempt to access funds that cover past and present senior officers from lawsuits in order to provide a greater level of compensation for faculty than would be given through the existing claims process. “We’re trying to make, you know, both our current and terminated members as whole as possible,” said LUFA president Fabrice Colin. “We realize this won’t be possible but this is the mechanism or the process at our disposal at this time.” CBC (ON) LUFA files Directors & Officers claim under Laurentian’s current insurance Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
A faculty working group at Thompson Rivers University has created a Statement on Academic Freedom. The committee was struck in spring 2019, and though its work was delayed due to the pandemic, it has now finalized a four-page statement on academic freedom. TRU President Brett Fairbairn said that the statement “reflects our university’s vision and values and acknowledges Indigenous perspectives on academic freedom.” The process was faculty-led and faculty-driven, and Indigenous perspectives were prioritized through Indigenous scholar involvement. “[The statement] reflects TRU’s values which are built on respectful relations, including respect toward one another and respect for knowledge,” said Fairbairn. TRU (1) | Castanet | TRU (2) (BC) TRU faculty working group creates Statement on Academic Freedom Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
Internationalization’s future lies in the integration of international students and the creation of exceptional student experiences, write Jen Gonzales (executive director of student affairs, Ryerson University and Chad Nuttall (director of student housing and residence life, University of Toronto Mississauga). The authors describe the ways that this has been done through Ryerson and UTM. At Ryerson, integrated supports offered to international students were found to benefit non-international students as well. At UTM, pairing international students with domestic Canadian roommates was found to increase their GPAs and their likelihood of graduation. The authors advise institutions to keep the "whole student in mind" when developing internationalization efforts and recommend sharing data across functions, building relationships with and between students, and actively collaborating between faculty affairs and student affairs. "Collectively, across Canada, we can deliver on our promise to propel the dreams and vision of a successful future for international students choosing to study here," conclude Gonzales and Nuttall. University Affairs (Editorial) Internationalization lies in student integration, experiences: Opinion Top Ten 09/22/2021 - 05:27 09/22/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor has announced that its Master of Social Work for Working Professionals program will be offered in an online format starting in Fall 2022. The program, which is designed to allow students to continue to work while completing their education, includes classes students must attend online, as well as one or two field placements in Ontario. “In the past, we’ve had students that travelled for several hours — in all sorts of weather — to attend classes on campus,” said Tracy Beemer, program administrator for recruitment with the MSWwp program. “With this new format, we can expand our program to include students in remote communities across the province, while at the same time removing some of the stress of having to commute to campus.” UWindsor (ON) UWindsor to offer online MSWwp program Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta’s Golden Bears and Pandas cross-country running teams, Ever Active Schools, and Kitaskinaw Education Authority have partnered to create the maskêkosihk Hub for Sport and Well-being. The hub will provide Indigenous youth with culture camps, coaching and sport opportunities, and mentoring opportunities from UAlberta athletes. The partnership aims to give Indigenous youth the opportunity to imagine their futures differently, earn high school credits, and participate in sports and wellness. “We’re trying to create partnerships to think about movement and physical wellness and mental wellness in such different ways,” said Sean Lessard, UAlberta professor and advocate for Enoch Cree Nation youth. “And what better way than to partner with somebody like the University of Alberta so our kids could see themselves eventually in other places, too.” CBC (AB) UAlberta athletics teams, organizations partner to create maskêkosihk Hub for Sport and Well-being Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
Registrations in certain education programs at Université Laval have been trending downward while schools are experiencing a shortage of teachers, reports Journal de Montréal. While there is a need for primary English and music teachers and secondary math and French teachers, registrations in these programs are at the lowest they have been in six years. ULaval educational sciences faculty dean Fernand Gervais explained that attracting students to these paths is a longstanding issue. To address the problem, ULaval will be creating new master’s degree programs that will qualify those with a bachelor’s degree in select programs to teach secondary or primary school. Gervais said that the earliest the program could be implemented would be the beginning of the 2023 school year. Journal de Montréal (QC) With registrations in education programs declining, ULaval announces master’s program to train teachers Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
Montreal public health has asked postsecondary administrations in the city to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing as a temporary measure while Montreal public health hires and trains contact tracers. Montreal public health spokesperson Eric Forest explained that they will be hiring more investigators “in order to be more efficient in responding to the demands of educational settings.” In the meantime, postsecondary administrators will be identifying low-risk contacts and asking them to monitor their symptoms for 14 days. “We are confident that the expertise jointly developed by our two networks will again be able to make a difference to control transmission in educational settings while allowing students to experience a face-to-face school year,” said Montreal Public Health Director Dr Mylène Drouin in a letter. CBC (QC) Montreal public health asks postsecondary administrations to temporarily assist with contact tracing Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions in Alberta have adjusted to new public health measures with new rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that students can return to in-person classes. The Calgary Herald reports that Mount Royal University, SAIT, and Medicine Hat College will be participating in the restrictions exemption program (REP), while the University of Calgary has announced that it will only allow vaccinated people on campus starting in 2022. Red Deer Polytechnic has announced that it will be implementing a vaccine requirement program for students and employees. Calgary Herald | Chat News Today | rdnewsNOW (AB) AB postsecondary institutions adjust to public health measures to continue in-person classes Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
Those in postsecondary leadership often could benefit from leadership training, writes Rob Jenkins, who describes three ways that leaders can acquire the training. Jenkins says that off-site training provides high-quality training for attendees, but institutions may be unwilling to invest in this high-cost option. A second option is hiring experts to provide in-house training, which would allow for all leadership members to be trained together, allow administrators to benefit from each other’s experiences, and enable the inclusion of those looking to move to administrative positions. The third option Jenkins outlines is to have experts from your own institution give training. Alternatively, institutions can offer a combination of the three to ensure training needs are met. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) Providing training to postsecondary leadership: Opinion Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
Fanshawe College’s Sexual Violence Prevention team and Student Union hosted a “Take Back Our Campus” event on Monday to rally against threatening and sexually violent posts made anonymously online. Staff and students were invited to participate in the rally, which included sign-making, a campus march, speakers, and pizza and drinks. “We know this is short notice,” said Fanshawe in a Facebook post, “but it is important to come together during a time like this to show that we are stronger together, we won’t tolerate any form of sexual violence, and that we believe and support survivors.” Global News | CTV News (ON) Fanshawe’s Sexual Violence Prevention team, Student Union host “Take Back Our Campus” event Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
Lakehead University and Keewatin-Patricia District School Board have signed a MOU that will help students from Sioux Mountain Public School to work towards university education. The collaboration will allow students facing barriers to postsecondary education to enroll in Lakehead’s Achievement Program from Grade 4 to Grade 12. Students in the program earn financial support for future education at Lakehead through completing on-campus programming and meeting certain criteria. Lakehead will provide students with opportunities such as campus and career exploration days, visits from Lakehead staff, and mentorship. “The Achievement Program gives young people who normally face barriers to postsecondary education the opportunity to realize their dreams,” said Lakehead President Dr Moira McPherson. “This program encourages students to see themselves as Lakehead University graduates at an early age by removing those barriers.” Lakehead (ON) Lakehead, KPDSB sign MOU to help students facing barriers to postsecondary education Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
The College of New Caledonia has opened the new Nahoonai-a student housing facility at its Prince George campus. The building is fully furnished, and includes 12 units as well as a suite for an elder who can provide mentorship and act as an advisor to students. Students will have access to a shared kitchen, living area, washrooms, and laundry facility. The name, which was chosen by Lheidli T'enneh Chief Dolleen Logan, means “to find” or “to rediscover.” “Our Nation is also honoured to have been part of the design and naming process for the new complex,” said Logan. “CNC recognizes the value in working with its First Nations partners and we salute CNC for taking this approach.” Prince George Citizen (BC) CNC opens Nahoonai-a student housing facility Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph and the Guelph Police have issued safety warnings after at least four students reported having their drinks contaminated with an unknown substance. The complaints were related to a house party in September and a small on-campus gathering in August. Police said that there were no reports of assaults or physical injuries, but reminded students to be “cautious and aware of their surroundings” and provided safety tips to help students keep safe. The incidents are still under investigation. UoGuelph | CBC (ON) UoGuelph, Guelph Police issue safety warning after students report contaminated drinks Top Ten 09/21/2021 - 05:24 09/21/2021 - 04:30
Niagara College has announced that its Commercial Cannabis Production program has secured a license from Health Canada to grow industrial hemp. The license will allow students to participate in learning and academic research opportunities with Cannabis sativa L. plants, including studying plant genetics, seeding and germination, flower identification, and harvesting and drying hemp. Students will also be able to learn about growing cannabis in agricultural environments, greenhouses, and outdoors. “This is a natural progression for us,” said Niagara’s Dean of Business, Tourism and Environment Alan Unwin. “The crops we’re hoping to grow in the future will provide opportunities for students to participate in all growing sectors.” Niagara (ON) Niagara secures license to grow industrial hemp Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
Bloomberg Businessweek has announced its 2021-22 Best B-Schools Rankings. The rankings focused on 119 MBA programs from across four regions – US, Europe, Canada, and Asia Pacific – and evaluated them according to factors such as compensation, networking, entrepreneurship, and diversity. Internationally, the top-ranking institutions were Stanford University, IMD, and Dartmouth University. In Canada, the top three schools were Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business, HEC Montréal, and Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Business. Bloomberg (Overall) | Bloomberg (Canada) (International) Bloomberg releases business school rankings Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
University of Winnipeg Art Historian Dr Julie Nagam has secured a $2.5M SSHRC Partnership Grant for a project called The Space Between Us. The project aims to create a diverse mentorship network through which racialized or marginalized students, faculty, and cultural workers can find support. The network connects the world’s historical colonial spaces, and has received around $6M in funding and in-kind contributions from over 40 research collaborators and 31 partner institutions around the world. “Working together, we can create new models for universities and art institutions to engage underserved members of marginalized communities, leading to the creation of new knowledges, advanced training opportunities, capacity building, higher enrolment in education, and BIPOC cultural resurgence,” said Nagam. UWinnipeg (MB) UWinnipeg Art Historian secures $2.5M for The Space Between Us project Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that University of Prince Edward Island graduate Mehdi Belhadj will be released after he was detained after seeking mental health care. Belhadj sought mental health care and was diagnosed with mental health conditions after his student status lapsed. He reportedly could not afford the cost of the care and was detained by Canada Border Services Agency for “excessive demand on the health-care system.” CBSA detained Balhadj at a provincial jail after he spent time in a psychiatric hospital in July, and determined he should be removed from Canada. After friends, supporters, and lawyers advocated for Belhadj, he was released on several conditions, including that he have a fixed address, regular therapy, and around-the-clock care. CBC | The Star (PE) UPEI graduate released after being detained when seeking mental health care Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
In London, Ontario, Western University and Fanshawe College have both taken steps to respond to the sexual violence allegations and threats made in the last week. Western has introduced a new student safety action plan, which includes hiring new special constables, implementing mandatory in-person sexual violence awareness and prevention training for students living in residence, and enhancing security patrols. Western will also create a Task Force on Sexual Violence and Student Safety. At Fanshawe, the college is investigating threatening posts made on Discord about tampering with drinks at the student bar and cafeteria. The college issued a statement indicating that it would not tolerate gender-based and sexual violence and is reportedly offering support sessions and extra security at campus bars. Western | Global News | CTV News | CBC (ON) Western introduces new supports for students, Fanshawe addresses threats against students Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
A recent article from The Chronicle of Higher Ed examines how a college in the United States used personal questions to provide relevant supports to students and boost retention and completion rates. Each semester, Amarillo College sends out an email asking students about their access to essentials such as food, housing, childcare, and transportation. Based on the responses, the college offers students supports from sources such as the campus food pantry, library, mental health services, and more. Students who were receiving supports had a 4% higher retention rate. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) How asking personal questions can enhance student support: Editorial Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
Mount Allison University has officially opened the Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts. The new name recognizes a $5M donation from Pierre Lassonde to support MtA’s arts education. The donation will be used to fund new academic awards, internships, and an Artist-in-Residence program that will begin in January. “The Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts allows and encourages innovation in education and training for the next generation of professional artists and arts professionals,” says MtA President Dr Jean-Paul Boudreau. “Building on Mount Allison’s long-standing program and the talent and dedication of our faculty members, this investment will attract students from across the country and beyond.” MtA (NB) MtA opens Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
A women’s soccer coach from Brandon University is on leave after allegedly acting inappropriately towards female student athletes, writes Maggie Macintosh of the Winnipeg Free Press. During the 2020-21 academic year, several students alleged that Roziere had made sexual advances on them. BrandonU concluded that Roziere had acted inappropriately and would be monitored rather than removed from his position. Students were upset with the decision, explains the Winnipeg Free Press, and BrandonU has announced that it would conduct an external review because of new allegations. Winnipeg Free Press (Paywall) | Winnipeg Free Press (MB) BrandonU soccer coach on leave, investigation reopened after student complaints Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
In the face of labour shortages and exam failure rates, Quebec is examining ways to improve its nursing sector and talent pipeline. Nurses are reportedly leaving the public sector for the private sector due to poor working conditions. États généraux de la profession infirmière has produced a report on ways the province can improve working conditions, including a key recommendation to raise the educational requirement for nurses to a baccalaureate degree. The sector is also facing a dearth of nursing assistants due to a high rate of failure of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers auxiliaires du Québec exams, according to the Journal de Montréal. The exam is a required step for nursing assistants after they obtain their professional studies diploma, but one in two candidates have failed the exam since 2020. The Journal adds that students have been having a difficult time with work-study balance due to the work they have taken on during the pandemic. Journal de Montréal (1) | Montreal Gazette | Journal de Montréal (2) (QC) QC nursing sector examines working conditions, educational requirements, training in face of shortages Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
The Canadian Association of University Teachers has announced a pause on the censure against the University of Toronto. The move comes in response to the U of T’s decision to re-offer Dr Valentina Azarova the position of Director of the International Human Rights Program in the Faculty of Law. CAUT states that it understands that the U of T has met the criteria for lifting the censure, which was re-offering the position to Azarova. Full censure will not be lifted until the U of T resolves all issues in the case, including extending “academic freedom protections to academic managerial positions such as the IHRP Director, and developing policy that prohibits the University’s Advancement office and donors from interfering in internal academic affairs, including personnel decisions.” CAUT (National) CAUT pauses censure against U of T Top Ten 09/20/2021 - 05:22 09/20/2021 - 04:30
BCCAT has released a new report produced by Academica Group: Exploring students’ motivations for credit accumulation. The report builds on previous quantitative BCCAT research with new qualitative research in order to better understand why students collect more credits than necessary for their credentials. The research found that student generally accumulated extra credits for individual-level motivations, such as curiosity and skills development, or for systemic issues such as transfer inefficiencies or course scheduling. 80% of students who accumulated extra credits anticipated that the competencies gained in the courses would help them in their careers. BCCAT (BC) BCCAT releases new report on students’ motivations for credit accumulation Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
The University of Northern British Columbia has announced that it is launching a Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program to provide people living in the North with local health care. The two-year bachelor of science program will be housed at UNBC’s space at Northern Lights College’s campus. It will be delivered in five consecutive semesters, and will include in-person instruction, online components, and clinical practicums in a variety of settings. “In the North, people deserve access to the high-quality, local care that the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program will provide in its graduates,” said BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix. “When students receive the best training on how to deliver care in northeastern communities, the people living in them will benefit from having access to health-care workers who understand their specific needs.” BC (BC ) UNBC launches Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
The Joyce Family Foundation has provided a $2.5M endowment to provide supports for Indigenous students at Carleton University. Carleton will be matching the funds with $2.5M to provide support for Indigenous initiatives. The funding will support Indigenous students through bursaries, mentorship, Indigenous programming, student recruitment, and the creation of an environment that supports Indigenous student success. “Indigenous students deserve learning opportunities steeped in Indigenous cultural and philosophical traditions, while being wrapped in a blanket of community support,” said Benny Michaud, director of Carleton’s Centre for Indigenous Initiatives. “This is what the Indigenous Enriched Support Program provides and why this endowment is so significant.” Carleton (ON) Carleton receives $2.5M endowment for Indigenous support Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that it is making changes to strengthen sexual assault reporting policies at postsecondary institutions. Institutions must make their amendments by March 2022, which will include the improvement of reporting policies and procedures so that students who come forward will not be asked irrelevant questions and will not be disciplined for violations of institutional policies related to drug and alcohol use at the time of the assault. “[W]e know that too often women wrestle with the decision to report a sexual assault, that the investigative and legal processes can prove to be as traumatic as the assault itself,” said ON Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop. “We will keep the investigative focus on the assault ... not on irrelevant aspects.” The Star | ON (ON) ON strengthens sexual assault reporting policies at postsecondary institutions Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that it has redesigned its baccalaureate in psychology program. The program will offer students more hands-on lessons as well as a more flexible and personalized path. Students will be able to choose from a regular thesis path or a path that leads toward applied psychology. The redesign features 16 new courses, including courses on positive psychology, end-of-life and bereavement psychology, and human-animal relationships. Students in the program will be able to specialize in one of nine fields of specialization: including cognitive behavioral approach; community psychology; developmental psychology; and educational psychology. UQAM (QC) UQAM announces redesign of baccalaureate in psychology program Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
CFJC Today reports that Thompson Rivers University is hoping to build modular student housing to address the need for housing for international students. TRU and the City of Kamloops have been working together to fast-track a building permit that would allow TRU to build a $2.5M temporary student housing “village” in a university parking lot that would accommodate 152 students. The village would have four separate buildings, and students could move in within two weeks of its construction. The new residences would provide a space for those who are currently living in temporary locations such as motels. CFJC Today (BC) TRU hopes to build modular student housing to address student need Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
Students at Western University are planning a walkout today to protest what they are calling a “culture of misogyny.” The walkout will see students leaving their classes at noon to walk around the campus and hear from survivors of sexual assault. Hayden Van Neck, a Western student and event organizer, said that Western has a “culture of misogyny, and homophobia, that are the underlying issues on campus that allow events like [the recent violence] to happen.” The walkout organizers are making demands of Western to implement mandatory sexual violence education and training, create a clearer sexual assault reporting mechanism, and provide supports for students going through the process. The Star | Daily Hive | The Sudbury Star (ON) Students at Western plan walkout to protest “culture of misogyny,” call for change Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
While STEM subjects seem objective in nature, faculty members should be aware of structural racism that may make their pedagogy less inclusive, writes José Antonio Bowen. Bowen notes that some instructors’ teaching methods can lead to some groups of students experiencing higher failure rates. Instructors are encouraged to evaluate their teaching to ensure that they include genuine care for students, provide clarity on what constitutes “good” work, ensure textbook affordability, and engage students in their feedback and real-world examples. “We need to look harder at the results and how our systems -- placement tests and pedagogy -- are contributing to unequal outcomes,” writes Bowen. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Instructors in STEM subjects should ensure their teaching is inclusive: Opinion Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University, and Campus Manitoba have collaborated to launch an Indigenization foundation guide called the Pulling Together Foundations Manitoba Foundations Guide (Brandon Edition). The guide, which was originally created in British Columbia, is regionally specific and will give those living in the prairie more information to help them understand Canada’s colonial legacy. “This guide is an excellent resource for educators and for anyone who wants an introduction to the Indigenous Peoples in our area, as well as the history and effects of colonialism and steps that we can take to decolonize,” said Chris Lagimodiere, Director, Indigenous Peoples’ Centre and Aboriginal Initiatives at BrandonU. BrandonU | ACC (MB) ACC, BrandonU, Campus Manitoba collaborate to launch Indigenization foundation guide Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
Some postsecondary institutions in Alberta have cancelled classes for the remainder of the week in response to the Government of Alberta’s declaration of a state of emergency and new COVID-19 restrictions. The University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, the University of Alberta, and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, are cancelling in-person classes for the rest of the week, while online classes will continue. SAITis closing its campuses for the remainder of the week, and Medicine Hat College has cancelled both online and in-person classes. The institutions will be assessing how the new safety measures can be implemented in postsecondary environments. CBC | MHC | NAIT (AB) AB postsecondary institutions cancel classes in response to new COVID-19 restrictions Top Ten 09/17/2021 - 05:17 09/17/2021 - 04:30
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada has awarded $2.5M to researchers at institutions across Canada who are investigating bowel disease. The grants, which are provided by the Grants-in-Aid of Research Competition, will fund eight projects focused on cures for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis or improving quality of life for patients. Postsecondary institutions receiving funding include the University of British Columbia, McMaster University, University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, and the Université Laval. “These eight projects will lead us to new scientific insights about the triggers of these complex diseases and how to evolve treatments and patient care, which is critical as every person living with Crohn’s or colitis has their own unique needs,” said President of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Lori Radke. Globe Newswire (National) Crohn’s and Colitis Canada invests $2.5M in eight bowel disease research projects Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
Nunavut Arctic College and the Government of Nunavut have partnered with the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation (MITC) to strengthen Inuktut teacher training. The $12.4M partnership will provide additional investments in around 170 students and expand the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) into more Nunavut communities. It will also support NTEP Bachelor of Education curriculum development, including the Uqariuqsatittijiit Language Specialist Diploma, and enhance recruitment and retention of students through wrap-around supports. “The Government of Nunavut is committed to working towards a bilingual education system in Nunavut,” said NV Minister and Makigiaqta Board Member David Joanasie. “This is a milestone that is a direct result of the various levels of representation taking action on their commitment to strengthen learning in Inuktut.” Nation Talk (NV) Nunavut Arctic College, NV, MITC partner to strengthen Inuktut teacher training Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
HEC Montréal has announced that it has signed new international partnerships to offer its Essentials of MBA program to clientele based abroad. Partners include Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Compagnie de bauxites de Guinée, Fondation Africaine pour l'Éducation, MDI-Algiers Business School, Mediterranean School of Business (MSB), and Société Nationale de Distribution des Pétroles – AGIL. The course is designed to accommodate the needs of students who are already employed. Students can choose to complete the program through the online format, which offers a condensed training program over 90 course hours, or the regular in-person format offered in each HEC partner’s country, which consists of 150 course hours completed over 8 to 10 months. HEC (QC) HEC signs international partnerships to offer Essentials of MBA program abroad Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
The lack of full-time, tenure-track jobs for humanities PhD is difficult to fix, writes Steven Mintz, who says that most of the burden of finding academic or alt-ac jobs falls on the student. The author encourages departments to address the issue by familiarizing students with job options both inside and outside of the academy, encouraging students to take internships, and integrating professional development throughout the graduate school experience. Mintz also encourages departments to allow students to prepare for a broader range of jobs by introducing more flexible program requirements and building bridges with potential employers. Finally, the author encourages faculty to push back against increased student-faculty ratios, as this increase has led to fewer faculty positions for PhD graduates. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Addressing the broken job track for humanities PhDs: Opinion Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
Lakeland College has officially opened its new Agriculture Technology Centre. The 743-square-metre facility is located at Lakeland’s Vermilion Campus, and features a technology hub, combined lab and classroom space, and an area that can be used for demonstrations and training with large farm equipment. The new space will be used for Lakeland’s new bachelor of agriculture technology program as well as research activities. “Opening this facility represents a new milestone for Lakeland as we continue our work to provide students with opportunities to learn in real-life scenarios using transformative technologies,” said Lakeland dean of agriculture technology and applied research Josie Van Lent. “This space will be a catalyst for learning and research that will help support our province’s economy while enhancing regional productivity and sustainability.” Lakeland | My Lloydminster Now (AB) Lakeland opens new Agriculture Technology Centre Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
St Lawrence College has announced the renaming and rebranding of the Indigenous Student Centres at its Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall campuses. The centres have been renamed the Waasaabiidaasamose (Whah-sah Bid–eh–so–may) Indigenous Centre in honour of Knowledge Keeper Helena Neveu, who has become a full-time Knowledge Keeper In-Residence at SLC. Neveu will promote health and well-being at the centre, as well as work on increasing awareness of Indigenous history, traditions, and culture. “I have an inexhaustible desire to help students strive for their personal excellence through Indigenous education and land-based training,” said Neveu. “Chi Miigwitch, St Lawrence College, for this incredible gift.” The Whig | SLC (ON) SLC announces renaming, rebranding of Indigenous Student Centres Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
Northlands College has announced that it will be establishing an Elders advisory council with the aim of reinforcing Northlands’ vision, missions, and outcomes. The council will consist of four members who will represent the Far North, northwest, northeast, and central locations and will provide guidance on understanding the people Northlands serves. Another aim of the council is to contribute to Indigenous initiatives and understandings of Indigenous culture, traditions, language, and protocols. “As part of our commitment to reconciliation, today we are honoured to unveil another action that reaffirms that commitment,” said Northlands CEO Guy Penney. La Ronge Now (SK) Northlands to establish Elders advisory council Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis Institute and Boast.AI have partnered to help growth-stage technology companies grow and scale their operations faster. Through the partnership, the Lazaridis Institute’s annual cohort of growth-stage companies will gain access to Boast.AI’s tax incentive technology and non-profit community connections. “Our program agenda and expert mentorship, combined with Boast.AI’s expertise in tax incentives and their Traction community, bring terrific benefits to ScaleUp companies and alumni, helping them grow faster and operate more effectively,” said Kim Morouney, managing director of the Lazaridis Institute. WLU | Yahoo (ON) WLU, Boast.AI partner to help growth-stage technology companies scale, grow operations faster Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
The academic job market has changed over the last year, write Brian J Rybarczyk and Meredith Jeffers, and those who are looking for jobs should prepare for the job search process as if it is a research endeavor. The authors provide key insights on today’s job search environment, including that experience with online teaching is a lower priority for employers, while diversity is a higher priority. Rybarczyk and Jeffers advise applicants to prepare a thoughtful CV and cover letter, to create research statements that highlight their future vision, and to write teaching statements that demonstrate how they will interact with students. “The goal is to communicate your value, expertise and skills that will make you the ideal candidate,” conclude the authors. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Preparing to find an academic job in a changing job market: Opinion Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
The “Covid Generation” needs special looking out for as they begin to participate in life on campus for the first time, writes George Bass. Bass, who works as a security guard at a UK university, offers tips for academics who may act as an “early warning system” for the staff caring for students during the night. Bass says that academics should not jump to conclusions, but encourages them to report missing students if they suspect foul play and to be considerate in addressing suspected issues relating to alcohol, boundaries, social difficulties, and other troubles. Finally, Bass encourages academics to be good examples of COVID-19 safety. Times Higher Ed (Editorial) Students need special support as they begin participating in campus life: Opinion Top Ten 09/16/2021 - 05:16 09/16/2021 - 04:30
Simon Fraser University has announced that it has attained Fair Trade Gold Campus status for the second year in a row. SFU says that Fairtrade Canada and the Canadian Fair Trade Network have recognized it as meeting the Fair Trade Gold Campus criteria, and that the designation was achieved due to the efforts of SFU Ancillary Services and the student Fair Trade Ambassadors. “We know our actions are having an impact not only in the global south but also on other campuses across the country,” said Mark McLaughlin, Chief Commercial Services Officer, SFU Ancillary Services. “The choices we make more than ever can have a meaningful and wide-reaching impact on producers and local businesses.” SFU states that it is Canada’s only Fair Trade Gold Campus. SFU (BC) SFU attains Fair Trade Gold Campus status for second year in a row Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
McGill University and Georgian College’s Barrie campus had heavy police presences on Tuesday morning due to threats. McGill evacuated three buildings at its downtown campus as Montreal police responded to a suspicious package that was found on campus. Montreal police said that the suspicious package was determined to be an empty box, and gave an all clear by 10:45AM. Georgian was under lockdown on Tuesday morning as Barrie Police conducted an investigation on campus. Georgian asked staff and students not to come to campus until further notice, and sent their lockdown procedure out to students. An all-clear was given shortly after 10:00AM. Global News (McGill) | CTV News (Georgian) | Collingwood Today (Georgian) (ON|QC) McGill, Georgian experience evacuation, lockdown Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
Administrators who have recently made midcareer moves can use a variety of techniques to better adjust to their new institution and location, writes Cynthia Wu. The author argues that institutions hiring people from midcareer backgrounds often plan for them to fill a leadership position in the future. Wu encourages staff who have moved to commit to listening and learning in their first year, be a supportive ally to colleagues, and recognize that they will make mistakes. The author also emphasizes the importance of keeping in touch with former colleagues while adjusting to their new institution and home. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Tips for adjusting to midcareer moves: Opinion Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
The Dawson College community, survivors, and families of the victims marked the 15th anniversary of the Dawson shooting earlier this week. While there was no formal memorial because of COVID-19, Global News reports that people were invited to visit the Peace Garden at the college, which was created to honour the life of Anastasia De Sousa and those affected by the shooting in 2006. “It’s still very sad,” said Meaghan Hennegan, who survived being shot that day, “but at the same time, you know, every year I get to look at where I am right now and be really proud of it.” CTV News states that survivors of the Dawson shooting and École Polytechnique massacre in 1989 have urged the federal parties to take a stance on gun control for this election The Suburban | Global News | CTV News (1) | CTV News (2) (QC) Survivors, Dawson community reflect 15 years after campus shooting Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
The University of British Columbia Okanagan has launched a Bachelor of Sustainability degree. Students in the program will focus on sustainability as they learn about addressing environmental challenges through hands-on, community-based learning. The four-year program combines an interdisciplinary approach with four focused concentrations: environmental analytics, environmental conservation and management, environmental humanities, and green chemistry. “This is the type of learning opportunity that prepares students to become the innovators and leaders needed to meet the environmental challenges that we face now, and in the future,” says the program’s inaugural director Dr Kevin Hanna. UBCO says that the program is the first of its kind in Canada. UBCO (BC) UBCO launches Bachelor of Sustainability degree Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering and Scotiabank have announced that they have partnered on initiatives to support computer security research and advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM fields. Scotiabank has invested $980K in a variety of initiatives, including YorkU’s Global Financial Crimes Research Fund, Computer Security Program Fund, Kindergarten to Industry Academy, and Helen Carswell STEAM Program for Women. “This contribution reflects the shared commitment of York and Scotiabank to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields and to advancing the ground-breaking work of our researchers in the field of financial crime prevention,” said YorkU President Rhonda Lenton. In recognition of Scotiabank’s gift, YorkU announced the newly renamed Scotiabank Lassonde Financial Crimes Research Initiative, which supports research on global financial crimes. YorkU (ON) YorkU, Scotiabank partner on initiatives to support research, EDI Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has launched new training materials that faculty and staff can use to better support students who are experiencing mental health crises. BCcampus’ Let’s Talk about Suicide: Raising Awareness and Supporting Students is a digital anti-stigma resource that raises awareness about how to support students. The tool provides case scenarios that participants can use to practice providing support to students in crisis, and that can be used in training sessions or as individual study. “Now more than ever, post-secondary students, faculty and staff need access to mental health supports,” said Sheila Malcolmson, BC Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “This new suicide prevention resource will help faculty and staff start courageous conversations with students, so that people who are struggling know someone cares, and that there is help and hope.” BC | BCcampus | Kamloops BC Now (BC) BC launches Let’s Talk about Suicide resource Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
Nine postsecondary institutions across Alberta have announced plans to require COVID-19 vaccines for those on campus, and will no longer be accepting rapid testing as an alternative to vaccination. The University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, Medicine Hat College, MacEwan University, NorQuest College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Mount Royal University will be adopting the enhanced safety measures. Students, staff, and visitors who will be on campus will also be required to prove their vaccination status. See vaccination mandates made to date on the Academica Forum. CBC | Edmonton Journal | Lethbridge Herald (AB) AB postsecondary institutions to no longer accept rapid testing as alternative to vaccines Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
Ryerson University President Mohamed Lachemi has announced the advisory committee that will guide Ryerson’s renaming. The committee’s representatives include individuals from the Senate and Board of Governors as well as undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni. “If you look at the diversity of the committee, it’s a reflection of the diversity of our entire community,” said Lachemi. “So we have representation from Indigenous people, representation from our Black community and representation from everybody.” Ryerson plans to announce a new name by the end of the 2021-22 academic year. Ryerson | The Eye Opener (ON) Ryerson announces advisory committee that will guide renaming Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
Conestoga College has partnered with Intact Public Entities to launch the Municipal Risk Management micro-credential. Students taking the micro-credential will learn about municipal liabilities and risk management strategies. The micro-credential will be delivered online with courses held in the evenings in order to be accessible to working students. “As one of more than 60 unique micro-credentials offered college-wide, the Municipal Risk Management micro-credential is an excellent example of how the college works directly with industry to tailor learning opportunities to meet the needs of students and the current labour market,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. Conestoga (ON) Conestoga, Intact Public Entities launch Municipal Risk management micro-credential Top Ten 09/15/2021 - 05:12 09/15/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph is investigating a party that resulted in damage to the exterior of a student residence building. CTV News spoke to students who described seeing shopping cart races and someone climbing one of the residence’s eavestroughs. UoGuelph is investigating the situation. “The University condemns the behaviour that resulted in minor damage to the exterior of one of our residence buildings,” said UoGuelph in a statement. “The actions that led to this damage are inconsistent with the values of the University and the vast majority of our students. If U of G students were involved, we will enforce the University’s Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct.” CTV News (ON) UoGuelph investigates party that led to damage to exterior of residence building Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
The University of New Brunswick’s campuses were evacuated and closed on Friday due to a ‘possible bomb threat to campus.’ Police reportedly began searching UNB’s Fredericton campus at 12:30PM, and UNB evacuated buildings “based on their policies and procedures” around 20 minutes later. People were blocked from entering the campus and those living in residence were told to shelter in place. CBC reports that most officers had left by 5PM, and that the campus was closed until midnight. St Thomas University and New Brunswick Community College were also evacuated. All institutions have since reopened. CBC | CTV News (NB) UNB, STU, NBCC evacuated Friday due to threat Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Quebec has announced the creation of a working group that will focus on improving cégep students’ results on the French exam. The test is required for students to obtain a diploma, and the Journal de Montréal reports that 27.1% of cégep students fail the spelling and grammar section of the test. Some people, including Fédération des cégeps President Bernard Tremblay, have debated the use of correction software in class and evaluations, while others are questioning the relevance of the French test. Journal de Montréal (QC) QC creates working group as cégep students fail French test Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
Fanshawe College has announced that it has created a new scholarship program and offered supports for eligible Afghan refugees looking to pursue postsecondary education. The scholarship will provide five students with full tuition, funds for textbooks and supplies, and supports through Fanshawe’s Student Services program. Students can also choose to complete English for Academic Purposes. “A number of refugees from Afghanistan have arrived in London and are now looking to build a new life in Canada,” said Fanshawe dean of students Janice Lamoureux. “We know that access to post-secondary education can open up opportunities, and we look forward to welcoming these students to Fanshawe.” Fanshawe | CBC | London Free Press (ON) Fanshawe announces new scholarship, supports for Afghan refugees Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
University education should not remain “neutral” in the face of racial injustice, write Jennifer S Simpson (Provost and VP, Ryerson University), Sulaimon Giwa (Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Memorial University), and Verna St Denis (Professor, University of Saskatchewan). The authors argue that universities should see education as a way to ensure graduates are prepared to contribute to an equitable society, and that the material presented to students and the way it is presented will inevitably influence the student’s understanding. “Knowledge acts in the world and has consequences for how people live,” write the authors, who argue that keeping a “neutral” classroom leads to missed opportunities for students. The Conversation (National) Postsecondary education should not be “neutral”: Opinion Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta’s Alberta Cell Therapy Manufacturing (ACTM) facility, The Ottawa Hospital’s Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre, and BioCanRx have signed a MOU that will expand Canada’s capacity for manufacturing vaccines, gene therapies, and cell therapies. The collaboration will provide vaccine makers, medical researchers, and pharmaceutical companies with the opportunity to have their products manufactured in Canada. “For Canada to play a key role in new breakthrough therapies and vaccines, we must invest in multiple facilities across the country and foster collaboration,” said ACTM scientific director Greg Korbutt. “This agreement sets the stage for a Canadian biomanufacturing ecosystem.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta ACTM signs MOU to expand capacity for treatment, vaccine production Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
Western University has launched an investigation into reports of drugging and sexual violence at its Sydenham Hall residence after students. The allegations reportedly began to circulate over the weekend on social media, mainly through Tik Tok. Western officials and the London Police Service have opened investigations, although both stated that they have not received formal complaints related to the allegations. Formal complaints related to separate sexual violence incidents were received over the past week, reports CBC, and resulted in arrests. “We are actively investigating reports from this weekend and have taken some immediate steps to ensure student safety, including an increased presence of special constables on campus and an increased presence of staff and security in the residences,” said Western AVP of Housing and Ancillary Services Chris Alleyne. The London Free Press also reports that a London man has been charged with manslaughter following the death of first-year student Gabriel Niel. Niel was assaulted near campus at approximately 2 AM Saturday morning. (ON) CBC (1) | CBC (2) | CTV News | City News (CP) | London Free Press (1) | London Free Press (2) | MSN | London Police First-year student death, student allegations of drugging and sexual violence at Western Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
In a new article, Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Ed examines the plans and future of academic conferences. Some conferences are continuing to plan for in-person conferences, as participants have missed the in-person experiences. Flaherty describes the responses of various associations, which have had to plan and schedule conferences during COVID-19, and the reasons behind their planning process. Flaherty also discusses the challenges of hybrid models, which are often cost prohibitive and can become impossible from a logistics point of view. However, she notes that these models are welcomed by many scholars due to the flexibility and lower cost of attendance. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Academic conferences pivot, continue plans for conferences as COVID-19 situation develops Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
Physiotherapy graduates and professionals are questioning the validity of the Canada Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) licensing exam after half of the candidates writing the latest set of exams experienced technical difficulties that prevented them from completing the exam. Problems with the clinical exam have been ongoing since the COVID-19 pandemic began, which has resulted in a backlog of students waiting to complete the exam before they can start their careers as licensed physiotherapists. Researchers from Western University recently published an analysis of the exams that concluded that they are unnecessary, while members of the professional community such as Toronto physiotherapist Bahram Jam have publicly questioned the exam’s efficacy. CBC (National) Physiotherapy graduates, professionals questioning validity of CAPR licensing exam Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
Langara College has partnered with AFOA Canada and AFOA British Columbia on a program that will support a cohort of AFOA Canada’s Indigenous Financial Management Certificate. The goal of the pilot program is to provide students with a certificate program that will enable them to support their communities and Indigenous governments in self-determination. The program will see students from Indigenous communities or working in Indigenous governments completing both accredited postsecondary accounting courses and AFOA Canada’s Indigenous content courses. “At Langara College we are committed to supporting Indigenous students,” said Langara President Dr Lane Trotter. “We are honoured to participate in this unique initiative supporting Indigenous students throughout BC in obtaining critical financial management education.” Nation Talk (BC) Langara, AFOA Canada, AFOA British Columbia partner to deliver Indigenous Financial Management certificate Top Ten 09/14/2021 - 05:10 09/14/2021 - 04:30
Medicine Hat College has celebrated the official opening of a new solar classroom on its Brooks Campus. The classroom, which is located adjacent to the main library, provides the MHC community with an outdoor teaching and learning space. Solar technology is integrated into the environment, which students from MHC’s Built Environment and Engineering Technology program helped to design. “The library is a hub of student activity at the Brooks campus, and MHC’s Library Services envisioned an outdoor teaching and learning space adjacent to the main library that was built harmoniously with the natural environment,” explains Jason Openo, director of teaching and learning at MHC. “Student learning was built into the entire process.” MHC (AB) MHC opens new solar classroom on Brooks Campus Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
Higher education is about more than just the transfer of information to students, writes Nick Hillman. The author argues that at many points in history, such as the invention of moving pictures, compact cassettes, and videotapes, people have argued there would be a “revolution” in the traditional model of education. However, this revolution has never come. Even though some have predicted a revolution related to online learning, Hillman says that students are expressing an even stronger demand for in-person education. The author says that in the UK, students have submitted record applications for traditional courses, and seem to be more interested in studying in in-person settings. “[D]on’t bet your house just yet on the claims of all those educational futurologists,” writes Hillman. Times Higher Ed (Editorial) Higher education won’t be “revolutionized” by online learning: Opinion Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that the Government of Alberta is still reviewing at least 1,500 Alberta Student Aid applications from 2020-21. AB has completed reviewing most of the applications it received, but approximately 1,500 applications are still waiting, potentially due to incomplete data, ineligibility, or contradictory data. “There’s no issues, and funding has been or will be delivered, if it hasn’t been, very shortly,” said AB Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides. CBC says that some students have already completed their programs without the funding that had been promised to them or the institutions they were enrolled at. CBC (AB) AB still reviewing at least 1,500 Alberta Student Aid applications from 2020-21 Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
The College of the North Atlantic and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have collaborated to secure agricultural land to support hands-on learning for students. As part of the pilot project, the parties secured a five-year lease for 40 years on agricultural land. Agriculture Technician (Co-op) students will be able to develop, farm, and sell crops from the land, and Forest Resources Technician students may also benefit by learning how to plan, harvest, and manage timber. “This is how our industry grows:” said NL Premier Andrew Furey, “by providing opportunities for new farmers […] and enabling seasoned farmers to explore innovative ways to expand their operations.” CNA (NL) CNA, NL secure lease on agricultural land for hands-on learning opportunities Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology and Canadian Tire have partnered on an automotive apprenticeship training program that will train students to work at Canadian Tire Service Centers. The BCIT Canadian Tire Apprenticeship Training program is a four-year program that will provide apprentices with 32 weeks of training in eight-week intervals. As an incentive, Canadian Tire will cover student tuition, books, and other program costs. Graduates will receive a Diploma of Trades Training from BCIT and become Red Seal-certified automotive service technicians. BCIT states that the program is the first of its kind in BC. BCIT (BC) BCIT, Canadian Tire partner on automotive apprenticeship training program Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
The Canadian Institute of Forestry and the Centre for Social Intelligence have received over $500K in federal funding to bring more women and under-represented groups into the forestry sector. The funds will allow for the continuation of the Free to Grow project, which was launched in 2018, and enable the initiative to have a greater impact. "We were just over the moon and very excited about this," said CIF Director Mark Pearson. Pearson added that, while it is difficult to track the impact thus far given the short timeframe, “what we have noticed is a significant level of awareness that's happening. Companies are getting engaged in the issue." CBC (National) Free to Grow campaign receives new support to bring underrepresented groups into forestry Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina’s Centre for Continuing Education has partnered with the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (SCC) to deliver non-credit training to SCC members. The training will focus on providing members with in-demand skills training through professional micro-credentials, badges, prep courses, and customized corporate training. “Partnering with the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is a perfect way to reach out and serve the professional development needs of businesses across the province,” said Dr Christie Schultz, Director for URegina’s Centre for Continuing Education. URegina (SK) URegina, SCC partner on in-demand skills training Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
Faced with ongoing street parties in the university area, the City of Kingston has issued a new emergency order and introduced new penalties and controls for unsanctioned parties. The Kingston Whig Standard and CBC report that Kingston Police will be increasing their presence in the university area and immediately issuing fines of $2K for anyone who attends a gathering over the provincial limit of 25 persons indoors or 100 outdoors. Those charged will be publicly identified. “The large street parties that have been occurring in the University District are appalling and downright dangerous in the midst of a pandemic,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Our community is fed up with this disrespectful behaviour that is putting everyone at risk.” CBC | Kingston Whig Standard (ON) Kingston issues emergency order, new penalties to address student partying Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that a joint investigation conducted by the Alberta Public Interest Commissioner and Keyano College Board of Governors has found that former Keyano President Trent Keough grossly mismanaged senior-level employees, public funds, and the delivery of a public service. CBC says that several Keyano employees made complaints to the board and APIC about Keough’s conduct, which included repeated incidents of bullying or intimidation, creating an “adversarial” relationship with the Government of Alberta, disclosing confidential information, and making financial decisions without appropriate consultation or planning. Keough resigned in May 2020 and the report makes general recommendations for the college to improve its reporting process and conduct through more regular, thorough reviews of senior executives’ performance. “On behalf of the Board of Governors of Keyano College, I would like to thank the Public Interest Commissioner for her thorough and thoughtful investigation,” said Keyano Board Shelley Powell. “We also commend the Keyano College employees who brought these serious allegations forward to both the Board and the Public Interest Commissioner.” APIC Report | CBC | CTV News (AB) APIC, Keyano board report finds former president grossly mismanaged funds, employees Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
Anderson College of Health, Business and Technology and St George’s University in Grenada have announced a partnership that will enable students from Anderson’s Pre-Medical program to study at St George’s Medical School. Anderson students must meet a GPA requirement and complete an interview for provisional acceptance. Once admitted, they are eligible for a $5K scholarship and additional financial aid. “We’re thrilled to partner with St George’s and provide an educational fast-track – our one-year Pre-Medical program paves the way for graduates to access medical school faster,” said Anderson CEO Heather Yang. “Developing strategic partnerships that allow students to access advanced learning and expanded career options is the future of education.” News Wire (ON) Anderson, St George’s partner on medical training Top Ten 09/13/2021 - 05:08 09/13/2021 - 04:30
Thompson Rivers University has announced that it is establishing a fund that will help students facing hardship due to climate-related disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund was inspired by TRU Distinguished Alumnus Kevin Loring and TRU honorary doctorate holder Lori Marchand, who were concerned about Lytton students who had been displaced by the wildfire. The fund will provide students who have been displaced with safe housing and tuition help. This year, the initiative is supporting Alexis Aleck-Brown, who is a Lytton evacuee and a first-year TRU mechanical trades student. CFJC Today (BC) TRU establishes Disaster Relief Fund for students Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
Statistics Canada has released a new report on changes in tuition fees across Canada. StatCan says that Canadian students saw undergraduate tuition increased by 1.7% in 2021/2022, while graduate tuition increased by 1.5%. Undergraduate students in professional degree programs paid the highest average tuition, but also had the highest median employment two years post-graduation. StatCan says that international student tuition fees increased by 4.9% in 2021/2022, and that very few international students enrolled in professional degree programs, which have the highest average tuition fees for international students. The study also found that compulsory fees increased, with the national average for compulsory fees rising 8% from the previous year for both undergraduate and graduate students. StatCan (National) StatCan releases report on changes in tuition, fees for 2021/2022 school year Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
The University of Fredericton has launched an Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety (AOHS). The program will introduce students to multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, and will cover a variety of topics, such as management systems, risk assessment, industrial hygiene, and environmental factors. The program is fully accredited and is offered fully online to provide students with the flexibility to work while they attend school. “When we applied for an Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety, it was because we knew that there was a significant need for more degree-level OHS education,” said Dr Sheri McKillop, VP of Academics at UFred. “We are so pleased to now have this credential available for OHS practitioners across Canada and around the world.” UFred (NB) UFred launches Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
Study permit processing times are decreasing for international students hoping to study in Canada, according to a new article from Meti Basiri of ApplyBoard. An examination of the processing times from Iran, Philippines, Mexico, India, and South Korea found an increase in processing times for new study permits in 2020. The processing times then subsequently decreased in 2021, nearly to pre-pandemic levels. The number of source countries that are experienced wait times lower than 50 days also grew to 64 countries in spring 2021. Basiri expects processing times to continue to trend downward and to return to 2019 durations by the end of the year, and warns that this will be critical for Canada to remain competitive as other countries reopen. ApplyBoard | India Times (International) Study permit processing times decrease for international students: Study Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has launched the “…Is Not Yes” campaign, which aims to increase awareness about sexual violence prevention and supports that are available for students. The campaign builds on the 2019-20 “…Is Not Yes” campaign, and will include running ads in multiple languages on social media platforms, in student restaurants and bars, and in print. BC will distribute shareable campaign materials to all of BC’s public postsecondary institutions. “The messages about sex, consent and sexual violence in this campaign are direct because students have told us loud and clear that we need to meet them in a thought-provoking and direct way,” said Anne Kang, BC’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. BC | Castlegar News (BC) BC launches campaign to increase awareness of sexual violence prevention, supports among students Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
Huron University College ethics instructor Julie Ponesse recently posted a video on YouTube in which she criticized the institution’s vaccine mandate and stated that she fears for her employment. According to The Star, Ponesse stated that she was told by Huron to “be vaccinated immediately or not report for work” and that she argued that this mandate was at odds with her role at the institution. The Star and CBC report that the video concludes by stating that Ponesse was dismissed on September 7th, while the National Post reports that Ponesse was placed on paid leave and Huron UC spokesperson Drew Davidson commented that “at this time, no one at Huron has been dismissed as a result of this policy” and . The Star | CBC | CTV News | National Post (ON) Instructor claims she was dismissed for refusing vaccine, Huron says no one dismissed due to policy Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
A recent US study found that men have fallen behind women in postsecondary enrolment numbers by “record levels,” writes Maria Carrasco. Carrasco reports that men only made up 40.5% of students in 2020/21 and similarly had lower application rates than their women counterparts. Data also showed that white men from poor or working-class backgrounds enrolled at lower rates than Black, Latino, or Asian men from the same backgrounds. The Wall Street Journal reports the enrolment gap has been getting progressively worse in the last 40 years, and that if the trend continues, women will out-graduate men two-to-one in the next few years. Wall Street Journal (Paywall) | Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Men fall behind women in postsecondary enrolment: Editorial Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
All postsecondary institutions need to have policies in place that provide guidance for supporting faculty and staff who are targeted by internet trolls, writes Michael Bérubé. The author offers tips for both faculty members who are being targeted and the administrators supporting these faculty members. Bérubé suggests that faculty members disengage from messages and show caution in responding, but also encourages preserving messages and taking screenshots of inappropriate social media posts. The author advises administrators to help faculty or staff by addressing their safety, advising staff about the issue on a need-to-know basis, ensuring a coordinated response, and facilitating changes such as the removal of a faculty member’s contact information from online pages if requested by the faculty member. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) Tips for implementing policies to address online harassment from trolls: Opinion Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has received an $8M gift from George and Sylvia Melville to create opportunities for students. The funds, which KPU will receive over four years, will be put towards a variety of funds and initiatives at KPU, including the establishment of endowed scholarships and bursaries, as well as funds for technology, a case competition, and an incubator. In recognition of the gift, KPU has renamed its business school the Melville School of Business. “This very generous gift will create tremendous opportunities for students and faculty, and will significantly enhance the reputation of both the business school and KPU,” said KPU President Dr Alan Davis. KPU (BC) KPU receives $8M gift to create student opportunities, renames business school Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
University of Calgary scientists and researchers from Japan and Uzbekistan have discovered a new dinosaur species which they have named the Ulughbegsaurus. Bone fragments and teeth of the species were discovered by a Russian paleontologist in the 1980s and stored in Uzbekistan’s state geological museum. Kohei Tanaka, a University of Tsukba paleontologist, found the upper jaw and recognized it as belonging to a kind of predator that was not previously found in the area. U of C associate professor of paleontology Darla Zelenitsky says that the Ulughbegsaurus may have preyed on the T-rex. “The apex predator was missing from the species and now here it is,” said Zelenitsky. “I was surprised it took so long to identify such a large predator, so this is very exciting.” Calgary Herald | CBC | Smithsonian (AB) UCalgary scientists help discover new dinosaur species that preyed on T-rex Top Ten 09/10/2021 - 05:03 09/10/2021 - 04:30
Paramedics and police unions are expressing frustration as increasingly large and wild student parties present hazards to those responding. At St Francis Xavier University, two individuals climbed on top of an ambulance that was there in response to a call. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 727 said that the incident was a “slap in the face” to paramedics. In Kingston, officers and paramedics responding to parties of up to 5,000 people in the University District areas said that they feel unsafe and ill-trained to deal with the situation. The Kingston Whig Standard reports that officers have been assaulted and that paramedics are struggling to help patients without someone there to establish a perimeter. In Waterloo, students at Wilfrid Laurier University are facing criminal charges and possible expulsion after an illegal gathering of around 1,000 people and vandalism occurred over the weekend. StFX | CBC | The Kingston Whig Standard | CBC (National) Paramedics, police frustrated at behaviour of students involved in large gatherings Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
Students across Canada are facing issues securing affordable and safe housing. CBC reports that at Memorial University, the demand for residence is up 15%; many students are waitlisted for residence at MUN and others are unable to find housing that is up to their standards. In Halifax, many international students are struggling to find accommodation in a tight housing market where domestic references are required by landlords. In Ontario, Sheridan College has teamed up with Canada Homestay Network (CHN) and to help international students who are having a hard time finding houses connect with Canadian families and help landlords connect with students who need housing. In Edmonton, Concordia University of Edmonton is also using Places4Students to provide students with more housing options. CBC (MUN) | The Star (Halifax) | Insauga (Sheridan) | CTV News (Concordia Edmonton) (National) Students across Canada face issues finding housing, institutions respond by partnering with online housing platforms Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
Instructors with hearing loss are facing a new challenge when teaching students in-person in a masked environment, writes David Galef. When teaching in-person, understanding what students are saying becomes particularly difficult when students are soft-spoken, at a distance, or wearing masks that hide their mouths. Galef notes that the problem is made worse when HVAC systems have been reinforced. The author says that accommodations usually focus on helping students learn, not helping instructors hear students, and that most solutions are either prohibitively expensive or not safe due to COVID-19. Galef suggests that instructors tell students on the first day of class that they need to speak slowly, loudly, and clearly so that their instructor can understand them. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Addressing hearing issues and masking in the in-person classroom: Opinion Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
York University’s School of Continuing Studies is launching a Certificate in Clinical Research for internationally trained professionals and new graduates interested in entering the healthcare field. Students in the program will gain the knowledge and skills to help plan, manage, and monitor clinical research and trials, adhere to good clinical practice, and abide by regulations and legislation to ensure ethical and scientific trials. The certificate is offered in a part-time, blended format, and includes an experiential capstone course in which students will integrate all knowledge they have learned throughout the course into an applied clinical research management simulation. News Wire (ON) York launches Certificate in Clinical Research Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
Manitoba’s trucking industry is “roaring” back after COVID-19, with a strong industry demand for new truck drivers to address the growing economy and needs for service. The Brandon Sun says that while previous concerns revolved around the pandemic, concerns now are focused on making sure there are enough drivers available. Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association, said that approximately 600 new drivers will be needed each year for the next seven years, and that the Manitoba Trucking Association is promoting industry opportunities as much as possible. “It’s not just truck drivers,” said Shaw. “We need technicians and HR professionals, IT professionals, sales professionals, but truck driver is the most pressing need clearly.” Another article in the Brandon Sun highlights how the Professional Transport Driving Training School is addressing industry demand by training truckers through an entry-level training program. Brandon Sun (1) | Brandon Sun (2) (MB) MB trucking industry “roars” back with strong demand for new truck drivers Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
The University of Toronto has announced that it has received a green light to proceed with the development of a new Centre for Civilizations, Cultures & Cities on its St George campus. The building will house several academic departments and spaces such as a music recital hall with a view of downtown Toronto. The construction will conserve the existing 19th-century Falconer Hall building. Construction on the project is expected to take three years and will start in 2023. U of T (ON) U of T to develop rezoned location into Centre for Civilizations, Cultures & Cities Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
The Université de l’Ontario français is starting its very first classes this semester at UOF’s new campus located in downtown Toronto. “This is a special day because the arrival of our initial cohort marks the fulfilment of a long-held dream of the Franco-Ontarian community,” said OUF President Pierre Ouellette. “As the weeks, semesters and years pass, each of us will be able to watch UOF develop and thrive, eventually claiming its rightful place on the provincial, national and international scenes.” Classes at UOF will focus on problem solving, collaborative research, and hands-on experimentation, and will include a variety of course delivery modes to meet the diverse needs of students and professionals. Newswire (ON) UOF begins its first semester Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
In a new article from Maclean’s, Liza Agrba discusses the way that Indigenous institutes are reclaiming education. Erin Monture, CEO of the Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre, explained that Indigenous institutes are integral to Indigenous students reclaiming their identity. “Our founding vision was delivering education in the community while staying rooted in Indigenous culture, knowledge and ways of being,” said Monture. In 2017, the Government of Ontario passed an act that formally recognized the province’s Indigenous institutes as a “third pillar” and made it possible for them to receive core funding and independently confer degrees, diplomas, and certificates. The Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) in British Columbia and the First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium (FNAHEC) in Alberta are pushing for similar recognition so that they can receive core funding, develop and deliver their own programming, and plan for the future and for growth. “The act supports Indigenous control over Indigenous education,” said Six Nations Polytechnic President Rebecca Jamieson. Maclean’s (Editorial) How being recognized as a central pillar supports Indigenous institutions in reclaiming education: Editorial Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
The Royal Society of Canada has announced its new Fellows and Members of the incoming RSC College class. 89 new Fellows have been elected by their peers for their scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievements; and 51 new Members have been welcomed to the RSC College. The ceremonies will be held this November in a way that ensures all new members can participate from wherever they are. “This year, the Royal Society of Canada welcomes an outstanding cohort of artists, scholars and scientists, all of whom have excelled in their respective disciplines and are a real credit to Canada,” says RSC President Jeremy McNeil. RSC | RSC (New Members) (National) RSC announces new Fellows, Members of incoming RSC College class Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
The University of New Brunswick has received a $5M investment from former Government of New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna. The funds will be used to establish the McKenna Institute, which aims to support economic growth and social progress while making NB and Canada “digital trailblazers.” McKenna will also lead a campaign to raise $50M to support the institute’s mission. “In 2021, more than ever, digital technologies offer a path to global relevance, prosperity and growth,” said UNB President Dr Paul J Mazerolle. “UNB will be a crucial player in feeding the emerging technology ecosystem. There is significant opportunity in front of us and, through the McKenna Institute, we can achieve this transformation.” UNB (NB) UNB receives $5M from former premier McKenna Top Ten 09/09/2021 - 05:02 09/09/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta has been left “stabbed and bleeding” by the provincial government’s budget cuts, write former chair of UAlberta’s board of governors Michael Phair and executive director of Public Interest Alberta Bradley Lafortune, who say that the response to this must be policy-based and political. The authors argue that the budget cuts make education less accessible, “demolish” the jobs of over 1,000 university staff, and undermine UAlberta’s “claim to greatness.” The article says that Public Interest Alberta will be walking alongside institutions and their allies to protect UAlberta and other Alberta postsecondary institutions. “[T]he university has been an Edmonton treasure and its excellence has brought nationwide recognition and acclaim to the city and the province; under the UCP and Minister Nicolaides the university is bleeding,” write the authors. Edmonton Journal (AB) UAlberta left “bleeding” from UCP budget cuts: Phair and Lafortune Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
Interdisciplinarity is not about avoiding, emulating, or imitating the “hard sciences,” but is about creating knowledgeable interchanges between humanities and science, writes Harvey J Graff. Some in the humanities attempt to imitate science by mixing terms and information in seemingly “scientific” ways, but the author argues that this can create confusion and misses the opportunity to explore the subject in new ways Graff instead encourages those engaging in interdisciplinary research and interpretation to use relevant scholarly research and literary criticism to create an interchange between the humanities and sciences. “[S]cience can be a false and misleading goal/god,” writes Graff. “This is particularly true when academics imitate an image of ‘science’ uncritically and outside its historical and intellectual context.” Times Higher Ed (Editorial) Interdisciplinary research, interpretation should not strive to imitate the sciences: Opinion Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
The University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia are asking students to stop partying after photos and videos of large gatherings in university neighbourhoods were shared. The footage showed large gatherings of individuals who were not wearing masks or distancing. While the gatherings were technically allowed under British Columbia’s reopening plan, UVic and UBC have asked students not to gather in large groups for parties in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. UVic’s AVP of student affairs Jim Dudson explained that the parties could “jeopardize” the return to campus. “We have worked hard for a healthy, safe and successful fall term,” Dunsdon said. “We know that our students want the same.” Global News | CBC | City News (BC) UVic, UBC ask students to stop partying to limit spread of COVID-19 Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
A petition calling on Elections Canada to bring back its Vote on Campus program has been signed by over 20,000 students, reports CBC. The program was cancelled this year because of the short timeline and uncertainty of whether students would be on campus. Second-year University of British Columbia student Esmé Decker organized the petition out of concern about potentially decreased voter turnout, especially if students are unaware of the cancellation or haven’t made other voting arrangements. “It should have been a priority, because this is a really important demographic,” said Decker. “I think Elections Canada must have known to some extent that there was [talk] about having an election this year and that it would probably be a snap election.” CBC (National) Student petition to bring back Vote on Campus program gets over 20,000 signatures Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
Universities in Ontario have bolstered their mental health supports, writes Nadine Yousif of The Star, but students who need them are still experiencing barriers. The author says that several postsecondary institutions–including the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, McMaster University, and Queen’s University–have made changes to improve their mental health services. However, students are often unaware of the services and may still experience long wait times for psychotherapy or psychiatry services. Additionally, students have difficulty explaining their need for accommodations to educators, and international students may not be able to access services due to their locations. The Star (ON) ON universities bolster mental health supports, students still experience barriers Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
Conestoga College’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies has launched a Technical Communication graduate certificate program. Students in the program will gain practical experience in researching, documenting, and presenting technical processes or products to ensure material they create is accessible for all audiences. The program takes one year to complete, and will include an optional co-op work term. “Technical communicators are key players at companies in almost every industry, including IT, manufacturing, medical science and marketing,” said program coordinator Suzanne Rintoul. “They transform complicated technical content into clear and concise formats to address the needs of a specified audience and purpose, whether it’s internal or external, expert or non-expert.” Conestoga (ON) Conestoga launches Technical Communication graduate certificate program Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan, Lakehead University, and Western University have each recently taken steps to make a positive impact on the climate. Lakehead has declared the upcoming school year to be the Year of Climate Action (YOCA). YOCA will include research awards, a webinar series, a Sustainability City Workshop, a Youth Sustainability Summit, and more. USask has signed a joint pledge with the City of Saskatoon that will expedite the transition to a green economy. The partners have pledged to improve and accelerate equitable climate performance in areas such as equity, diversity, and inclusion; sustainable transportation; and leadership. Western has made changes to its residence food services in order to serve locally and ethically sourced food, provide more options for special dietary needs, and use packaging and cutlery that is environmentally friendly. Seneca College has launched its first sustainability plan, Our Path Forward, which charts its cross-institutional approach to improving sustainability over the next five years. Lakehead | USask | Western | Seneca (ON | SK) USask, Lakehead, Western, Seneca commit to a better climate, sustainable futures Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
Colleges and Institutes Canada has announced that it will lead the development of a national occupational standard (NOS) for personal care providers. The NOS, which is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program, will aim to address challenges such as labour shortages and skills gaps. CICan will work with members, personal care providers, employers, provinces and territories, educators, workers’ organizations, and sector representatives to create the standard. The NOS will define what it means to work as a personal care provider; identify the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed for success in the industry; and help employers, job seekers, workers, students, and educators make hiring, training, and career decisions. CICan (National) CICan to lead development of occupational standard for personal care providers Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
HEC Montréal and the American University of the Middle East (AUM) in Kuwait have partnered to launch a new graduate program. Through the program, AUM students will be able to gain both an MBA from AUM and a Specialized Graduate Diploma (DESS) in Business Administration from HEC. The program takes two years to complete, and students will receive training in multidisciplinary management and issues such as globalization, competitiveness, innovation, and technology. “For students at AUM, this pathway is an opportunity to add an international dimension to their training, and also to benefit from the expertise of both institutions while obtaining 2 diplomas,” said Hassan N Taghvaï, HEC executive director of international partnerships. HEC (QC) HEC, American University of the Middle East partner to launch graduate program Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
Back-to-campus messaging should be compassionate towards those who are experiencing anxiety and grief, writes Marcelle Christian Hayashida. The author argues that anxiety is normal, and that institutions should prepare people to be compassionate about the feelings of others rather than simply laying out policies and procedures. “The goal is to recognize that this is, in many ways, an exciting as well as a scary new chapter for us all – that both things can be true at the same time,” writes Hayashida. “It is to acknowledge our shared humanity, the presence of negative feelings right alongside the positive ones and how hope can buoy us as we engage science, empathy, compassion and wisdom.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Compassion is needed in back-to-campus messaging: Opinion Top Ten 09/08/2021 - 05:01 09/08/2021 - 04:30
10 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals, including the union representing staff at New Brunswick Community College and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, are expecting to hold strike votes next week. Workers in the unions have been without contracts since between 2016 and 2019, and CUPE New Brunswick president Steve Drost says the workers “feel they’ve been backed into a corner.” CUPE NB states that the provincial government walked away from the bargaining table, and CBC reports that the strike vote will likely go ahead even if a wage package is agreed upon. “The members feel it’s necessary to have a very strong message to government that they are expected to resolve these contracts,” said Drost. CBC | CUPE NB (NB) NBCC, CCNB among 10 CUPE locals expected to hold strike votes next week Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
A founding donor of the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health has pledged to donate an additional $1M to support the centre if matched by others. The funding would be used to continue the Centre’s growth through expanding programs, creating new programs, and increasing Indigenous enrolment in health career paths. “Donors to the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health at UBC have been absolutely monumental,” said Centre co-director Dr Nadine Caron. “Through their generosity, donors demonstrate there is passion and compassion outside the walls of UBC, so more students, faculty and staff can come to the Centre to bridge the gap between where Indigenous people are now and where we can be.” UBC (BC) Donor pledges $1M to UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health if matched by others Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
Concordia University of Edmonton has officially opened the McNeil Centre for Applied Renewable Energy. The new centre, which is named after alumnus Cam McNeil, aims to advance Canada’s adoption of renewable energy technologies and will focus primarily on communities in Alberta. The McNeil Centre will raise awareness about renewable energy technology-related opportunities, conduct workshops to support the adoption of technology, develop programs based on industry needs, and help with renewable energy planning. “Alberta is Canada’s energy leader, and this centre will be a hub to learn, explore, and discover, so that we can create a future that is cleaner and more sustainable,” said Concordia Edmonton President Dr Tim Loreman. Concordia Edmonton (AB) Concordia Edmonton opens McNeil Centre for Applied Renewable Energy Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions are reporting enrolment stabilization and growth. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix says that the University of Saskatchewan’s overall enrolment has risen one percent compared to last year with international undergraduate and graduate student enrolment increasing by 30% and 34%, respectively. Yukon University says that its registrations have increased by 9% compared to this time last year, and that their campus housing is at full capacity again. The Red Deer Advocate reports that Red Deer Polytechnic’s enrolment has stabilized. “We’ve certainly maintained where we were at this time last year and I think we are well-positioned for growth,” said Kylie Thomas, RDP VP academic and research. USask | Yukon | RDP (AB | SK | YK) USask, Yukon, RDP report stabilization, growth in enrolment Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions should require students to learn quantitative skills, writes Ryan Craig. The author argues that students must gain quantitative fluency–the ability to evaluate claims through using quantitative evidence–so that they can make sense of scientific information. Craig says that institutions should ensure that students are not allowed to avoid taking rigorous STEM coursework in non-STEM programs. “As fluency requires being able to assess quantitative relationships across different contexts, it’s more effective if students can build quantitative muscles in history, literature, political science and psychology,” writes Craig. “Moreover, developing quantitative fluency isn’t best accomplished via lectures or discussion groups, but by doing.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Students should be required to learn quantitative skills in postsecondary: Opinion Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
Lethbridge College has launched a new alumni benefits program called LC Alumni Perks. All Lethbridge alumni will be eligible to use the LC Alumni Perks pass, which will give them exclusive access to offers, discounts, news, events, contests from partner businesses, and more. Participating businesses include Budget car rentals, Lethbridge College bookstore, Olympus Energy, and SISU Hair Studio. “LC Alumni Perks [is] a great way … for the college to stay in touch with our alumni and give them a little something extra just for being part of the Kodiaks community,” explains Lethbridge College Alumni Engagement manager Stephanie Savage. “Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to use.” Lethbridge (AB) Lethbridge launches LC Alumni Perks program Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
Several postsecondary institutions in Ontario have announced new programs this Fall. Saint Paul University is offering a Graduate Microprogram in the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Persons. The microprogram will be offered in English for the first year and in French in the subsequent academic year. Fleming College has launched three part-time Geographic Information Systems programs: Application Specialist, Application Specialist (Online), and Cartographic Specialist. Fleming has also launched a full-time Aquaculture Foundation certificate program. The University of Windsor’s Continuing Education will once again be offering its International Trade and Border Management Program, which will be delivered in partnership with the Cross-Border Institute (CBI). UWindsor | Fleming | SPU (ON) SPU, Fleming, UWindsor announce new programs for Fall semester Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
Saint Mary’s University has recently announced new financial supports that will reduce barriers to education for students. The Saint Mary’s University Post-Care Tuition Waiver Program provides a bursary that will cover up to 100% of the tuition and course fees for students who previously spent at least one year in Nova Scotia’s child welfare system and associated services. Applications to the program will be retroactive to the start of the Fall 2021 semester. SMU is also introducing the Scott McCain and Leslie McLean Diversity Excellence Award, which will provide Black and Indigenous students who have financial need with renewable scholarships. Eight students each year who are from any faculty or program will receive the award, with preference given to students from Atlantic Canada. SMU (1) | SMU (2) (NS) SMU announces new financial support to reduce barriers to education Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
Alberta University of the Arts has announced that it will be starting most classes online to accommodate the implementation of a rapid testing program. AU Arts is planning to start in-person classes on September 22 after the rapid testing program is in place, though specific studio classes will start in-person due to their low numbers of students. AU Arts President Daniel Doz explained that the university only learned about the possibility of implementing a rapid testing program a few weeks ago, and that the set-up and background work to put the program in place requires more time. AU Arts | CBC (AB) AU Arts to start most classes online to accommodate rapid testing program implementation Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
As students return to postsecondary institutions across Canada, bylaw officers and RCMP are responding to an increase in partying. A party near Queen’s University with about 2000 attendees was broken up early Thursday morning. The Whig reports that bylaw officers arrested four individuals for public intoxication and issued 16 court summonses and three administrative monetary penalties. The University of British Columbia is asking students to follow public health orders after RCMP officers issued $5K in fines for a non-compliant event at the frat village. Most people at the party were reportedly not wearing masks, and physical distancing was impossible due to the small space. London police are calling for Western University and Fanshawe College students to follow public health rules, and told CTV News that they will ensure that officers are patrolling student-oriented neighbourhoods. The Whig (Queen’s) | CTV News (UBC) | CBC (UBC) | CTV News (Western) (BC | ON) Postsecondary institutions, officers respond to increase in partying Top Ten 09/07/2021 - 04:59 09/07/2021 - 04:30
York University’s School of Continuing Studies has announced the launch of a Certificate in Product Management. Through part-time courses and an experiential capstone experience, the program will teach professionals knowledge and skills that will prepare them for careers in product management. “The [certificate] has been meticulously designed by product leaders from the industry to enable learners with the right tools, frameworks and knowledge to effectively launch, manage and scale products in this marketplace,” said Adarsha Datta, program advisory council member. The certificate program is reportedly the first in its field to be offered in Canada. News Wire (ON) YorkU to launch Certificate in Product Management Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
Université Sainte-Anne has announced the establishment of a research office, called the Bureau de la research. The creation of the Bureau was a key objective in USainte-Anne's Strategic Research Plan. The office has been set up to provide structured research services, and will support funding applications, the development of research partnerships, and various outreach initiatives. Vice-recteur à l'enseignement et à la recherche Valérie Lalande will work with university researchers, governments, community organizations, and industry to offer support for research activities at the Bureau de la research. USainte-Anne (NS) USainte-Anne establishes Bureau de la research Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
Algoma University and the University of Windsor have both announced that they have made their campuses smoke-free. AlgomaU will not allow smoking or vaping, but CBC reports that the university will make an exception for pre-approved ceremonial smudging. UWindsor has made its campus smoke-free to ensure that the environment is healthy and safe for those on campus. “We know the health implications associated with smoking and second-hand smoke, so today’s move to an entirely smoke-free campus environment is a vital step forward in the University of Windsor’s efforts to provide an environment that better protects the health of our entire campus community,” said UWindsor VP, Human Resources Rita LaCivita. UWindsor | AlgomaU (ON) AlgomaU, UWindsor announce smoke-free campuses Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
Times Higher Education has released its World University Rankings 2022. The University of Oxford, California Institute of Technology, and Harvard University were the top three in the world. In Canada, three universities ranked among the top fifty: The University of Toronto (18), University of British Columbia (37), and McGill University (44). Times Higher Education reports that there has been an increase in the rankings of some institutions in mainland China, as well as one in Taiwan and one in Hong Kong due to a rise in citation impact score that was influenced by medical papers relating to COVID-19. This is reportedly the first evidence that research related to COVID-19 is having an impact on rankings. Times Higher Education | Times Higher Education (Rankings) (Editorial) Times Higher Education releases World University Rankings 2022 Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
The HEC Montréal Library and the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office have launched the Réflexion Institutional Repository. The new platform will allow the general public to access HEC’s scientific publications for free, with the goal of supporting broader distribution of research results and knowledge transfer. The repository will ensure that federally funded research is available online at no cost, and will house a wide array of publications such as journal articles, edited books, book chapters, research papers, and theses and dissertations. The platform already contains a variety of journal articles, master’s theses, and PhD dissertations, and more will be added as they are released. HEC (QC) HEC Montréal Library, Research and Knowledge Transfer Office launch Réflexion to provide free access to publications Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada has released new resources that will help employers and community partners to better support and work with the university and college students that complete placements with them. The resources, which were created in partnership with Magnet, describe nine forms of work-integrated learning opportunities that CEWIL recognizes. They are written to clarify expectations, articulate deliverables, frame timelines for opportunities, and provide examples and best practices. “These resources are meant to act as a starting point — an internal brainstorming session — of what can be possible through student talent,” said Dan Lonergan, CEWIL’s Associate Director of Partnerships. “They are tools to begin the conversation internally, and then reach out to institutions to ask about opportunities and possibilities.” CEWIL (National) CEWIL Canada releases new resources on work-integrated learning opportunities Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
University of British Columbia professor Bernie Garrett, who has recently published a book on health scams, has found himself at the centre of a scam in which counterfeit versions of his book are being sold through Amazon. The fake books are distinguishable by a fake author name that has been photoshopped over Garrett’s name and an ISBN that is different from the original. Garrett and his publisher have requested that Amazon address the issue, but Amazon has reportedly not resolved it. “What surprised me the most is how easy it is to do this, to basically sell someone else’s product as your own,” said Garrett, who questioned whether the subject material may have motivated the fraudster. CBC (BC) UBC professor’s book on scams falls victim to scam on Amazon Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
Concordia University Psychology Associate Professor Dr Nadia Chaudhri has pledged to “Shuffle” down the hallway of the palliative care unit at McGill University Health Centre every day in order to raise money for students who face systemic barriers. Chaudhri, who has publicly shared her journey with metastatic ovarian cancer since her diagnosis in 2020, created the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award to support students grappling with the systemic barriers that she faced during her career. “Despite all the challenges of her diagnosis and treatment, Nadia has continued to be an inspiration to so many,” said Psychology Professor Krista Byers-Heinlein, who co-launched PsycHacks with Chaudri. The fundraiser met its original goal and has since raised its goal to $300K. Montréal Gazette | Concordia | Global News | Concordia (Fundraiser) (QC) Concordia neuroscientist raises funds while undergoing palliative care Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that postsecondary capacity and distancing requirements in indoor classrooms will be lifted. ON will be amending current legislation which caps capacity at 50% or 1,000 students on September 7th. No changes will be made to the requirements for outdoor instructional spaces. Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) has expressed concern over the move, saying that lifting capacity and distancing requirements will create riskier circumstances for students and instructors. “As cases of the Delta variant continue to rise, mandating vaccination policies is only one of many safeguards needed to ensure a safer return to campus,” OCUFA said in a statement. The Star | CBC (ON) ON to lift capacity, distancing requirements for indoor postsecondary classrooms Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Northwest Territories has launched an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Program. NWT residents who hold a Journeyperson Certificate or a recognized trade certificate and would like to develop their business skills can apply for the program. The program includes 150 hours of business education, and students can choose from 18 approved business subject areas. “The launch of the Blue Seal Program will increase opportunities for Northwest Territories residents to advance in their careers in the trades,” said RJ Simpson, NWT Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. “This certification will recognize the professionalism and transferable business skills of our tradespeople.” NWT (NWT) NWT launches Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Program Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 04:55 09/03/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that it is making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all postsecondary institutions starting September 7. Each institution “must establish, implement, and ensure compliance with a COVID-19 vaccination policy (for) its employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, and students.” Every person physically attending campus at a postsecondary institution must be vaccinated, with some exemptions, and institutions must follow monthly reporting protocols. Institutions can choose to require those who are not fully vaccinated or do not wish to disclose their vaccination status to attend an education session on vaccination and to be tested on a weekly basis. The Sudbury Star reports that Indigenous institutes are currently not affected by the guidelines. The Sudbury Star (ON) ON implements mandatory vaccines for postsecondary institutions Top Ten 09/02/2021 - 04:54 09/02/2021 - 04:30
Dalhousie University, the University of St Michael’s College, and the St Albert Public Library are introducing new courses. Dal’s School of Planning has launched a course that will teach students about housing policy and strategic planning. The course will cover a variety of topics, including planning, theoretical models, and the role of housing in household growth and development. St Mike’s is launching Christianity, Truth and Reconciliation, a course that will cover the legacy of residential schools in Canada and teach students about how European Christianity participated in cultural genocide. The St Albert Public Library has adapted the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada MOOC into “the Indigenous Canada Learning Circle”, which will introduce community members to Indigenous history and contemporary issues. Dal | St Mike’s | St Albert Today (National) Dal, St Mike’s, St Albert Public Library introduce new courses Top Ten 09/02/2021 - 04:54 09/02/2021 - 04:30
Students in the Human Kinetics program at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus are frustrated after their program was moved online due to COVID-19 case rates, reports Global News. Students expressed concerns about having to suddenly switch to taking their class online, and Global News reports that some students have already signed leases and paid for parking passes so they could attend school. “Parents and students are struggling as now they have to pay [for housing] and they don’t know when, or if, the classes are going to be back on,” said Renee Jardine, whose son was to return to in-person learning at UBCO. UBCO explained that some course components have moved online to “ensure an effective, inclusive learning environment.” Global News | UBCO (BC) Students at UBCO frustrated after program moves online due to COVID-19 case rates Top Ten 09/02/2021 - 04:54 09/02/2021 - 04:30
Assiniboine Community College has received a $500K gift from Mazergroup Ltd for the development of the Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture on ACC’s North Hill campus. The new facility will expand ACC’s agriculture-related programming from 300 seats to over 800, enable students to access more unique work-integrated learning opportunities, and support applied research projects and industry innovation. “Our college has a critical role in ensuring there are people trained and ready to step into careers in the growing agriculture sector,” said ACC President Mark Frison. “The Prairie Innovation Centre will answer the call, arming agriculture in Manitoba with a skilled labour force.” ACC | Brandon Sun (MB) ACC receives gift toward Prairie Innovation Centre Top Ten 09/02/2021 - 04:54 09/02/2021 - 04:30
The City of Kingston has reportedly implemented its University District safety initiative to limit street parties as Queen’s University students move back to the city. The initiative allows law enforcement officials to lay nuisance, party, and noise bylaw infractions for large gatherings in the downtown core until September 19. Police and bylaw officers in Kingston were called to deal “with multiple noise complaints and large gatherings blocking roadways” over the weekend. Officers issued several fines and tickets for parties within the University District as well as four administrative monetary penalties. Global News (1) | Global News (2) (ON) Kingston implements University District safety initiative to limit street parties Top Ten 09/02/2021 - 04:54 09/02/2021 - 04:30
The University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management has partnered with Keypath Education Canada to launch the Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) program. The program can be completed through a hybrid of online learning and a one-week residency, allowing health-care professionals to keep working within their own communities as they complete the program. “As the health care system continues to grow, Canadians need quality education to provide leaders with the tools and knowledge to address increasingly complex issues affecting the sector,” said Stéphane Brutus, Dean of the Telfer School of Management at UOttawa. “The Telfer EMHA underscores our dedication to supporting the health and well-being of Canadian communities.” The program is reportedly the first of its kind in Canada. Newswire (ON) UOttawa, Keypath Education launch Executive Master of Health Administration program Top Ten 09/02/2021 - 04:54 09/02/2021 - 04:30
Anderson College of Health, Business and Technology has announced that it is launching a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS) program. Students in the two-year program will learn from senior instructors and have access to a state-of-the-art scan lab. The program includes two 16-week practicums, and graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to meet Sonography Canada’s examination requirements. “For the last several years, the healthcare sector has seen persistent growth across North America and diagnostic medical sonographers are in high demand; as the sonography field continues to evolve and technology continues to improve, medical specialties will rely on it more and more,” said John Lai, Program Chair. Nation Talk (ON) Anderson College introduces Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program Top Ten 09/02/2021 - 04:54 09/02/2021 - 04:30
Different stakeholder groups in postsecondary education often have difficulties agreeing on the definition of a research university, writes Jody Greene, and would benefit from bringing together their perspectives. Greene explains that stakeholders carry different beliefs about an institution’s purpose, priorities and responsibilities. Greene encourages coordination and cooperation between stakeholder groups to help facilitate collaboration. “[T]he first best step in addressing our collective challenges would be to sit down and talk with each other,” writes Greene. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Definition of a research institution can be found in collaboration between stakeholders: Opinion Top Ten 09/03/2021 - 08:31 09/02/2021 - 04:30
In a new article from University Affairs, Tayo Bero discusses the changes that postsecondary institutions in Canada have implemented in response to anti-Black racism and additional measures taken this year to address anti-Black racism. This year, Dalhousie University has established the Sankofa scholarship, UBC’s broader Taskforce on Anti-racism and inclusive excellence began its work, Concordia’s Black Perspectives Office has grown to have four members, and Ryerson is exploring strategies to hire more Black faculty. “This is an everybody issue,” said Angelique Willkie, co-chair of Concordia’s President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism, who emphasized the importance of community involvement in the initiatives. University Affairs (Editorial) How institutions have developed their responses to anti-Black racism: Editorial Top Ten 09/02/2021 - 04:54 09/02/2021 - 04:30
The University of Winnipeg has reversed the decision to discipline a student who attended an anti-mask protest while on a work placement in April 2021. UWinnipeg reportedly put the Faculty of Education student under review and suspended her with no notice of a hearing and with insufficient reasons given. Winnipeg Free Press said that her practicum school’s principal, vice-principal, and a teacher contacted the faculty supporting the student and asking for the suspension to be reversed. The decision was reversed after the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms requested that the student be reinstated. “Expelling a student for exercising her constitutional freedoms of expression and assembly is an egregious violation of the [Charter of Rights and Freedoms],” said Lawyer Allison Pejovic. Winnipeg Free Press (Paywall) | CBC (MB) Suspension of UWinnipeg education student who attended anti-mask rally reversed Top Ten 09/02/2021 - 04:54 09/02/2021 - 04:30
McGill University must live up to its reputation as a world class institution and mandate vaccinations against COVID-19, writes author and former McGill employee Saleema Nawaz. The author points to the vaccine mandates introduced at Harvard University and other universities across Canada and the United States. She explains that McGill faculty members and the McGill Association of University Teachers have requested that McGill require vaccination as a way to protect itself from liability, but that McGill has responded that it is a “medical procedure” that people have a right to refuse. Referencing a recent article in the Lawyer’s Daily, Nawaz argues that McGill can do more and calls on the university to advocate for science-based action rather than “coddling [students] or pandering to their imagined selfishness.” Montreal Gazette | The Lawyer’s Daily (QC) McGill should lead by mandating COVID-19 vaccinations: Opinion Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
Brandon University has received a gift from Government of Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, an alumnus of the university. The gift will be used for the endowment of two new scholarships: One scholarship will be for male student-athletes, while the other will be for students who have come to BrandonU to finish joint programs with Assiniboine Community College. The funds will also increase the value of entrance scholarships that were previously established by Pallister. “There’s no better feeling than knowing you have changed the life of a student,” said BrandonU President Dr David Docherty. “It’s a reason so many people love being teachers and academics, and also why so many of our alumni and donors give so generously to support the Brandon University mission.” BrandonU | Brandon Sun (MB) BrandonU receives gift from outgoing premier for student awards Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
The push for open access articles may lead to a less inclusive world for research as researchers face steep publication fees, write Alicia Kowaltowski, Marcus Oliveira, and Ariel Silber Hernan Chaimovich. Kowaltowski, Oliveira, and Chaimovich argue that the fee for open access publication is an economic barrier to international researchers whose grants are capped, and that even though there is a waiver system in place for those from struggling economies, it is not always accessible to residents of countries with upper-middle-income economies. The authors call for the push for open access to be replaced by a push for inclusiveness, for fair practice and pricing in academic publishing, and for prioritization of journals that give back to the scientific community. Times Higher Ed (Editorial) Addressing inclusivity issues in open access publications: Opinion Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
The University of Manitoba has received a pledge of $3.5M from three wheat research groups to support its wheat breeding programs. UManitoba will use the funds to continue to evaluate breeding lines, provide information to the network of western Canadian breeding efforts, and develop Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistant wheat varieties. The funds will also be used for research on winter wheat that will support the delivery of field ready cultivars and improve winter wheat quality. “This foundational funding of UM’s wheat breeding program ensures the continued evaluation of FHB resistance of breeding lines from across the Prairies,” says Dr Curt McCartney, who will be assuming the role of wheat breeder at UManitoba. UManitoba (MB) UManitoba to receive $3.5M to support wheat breeding programs Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
The Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning will be offering an on-the-land program for high school students from Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, in the Mackenzie Delta region. The program, which is known for being a “bush university,” will use land-based programming to teach students university-accredited courses. Participants will receive class credit while completing three weeks of land-based learning and discussing topics such as climate change, Inuvialuit history, and more from visitors. Noel Cockney, Dechinta’s regional programmer for the Mackenzie Delta region, explained that the program is intended to teach youth that skills for their futures can be learned outside of the classroom, and that “education isn’t either all hard or bad as people make it seem.” CBC (NWT) Dechinta Centre launches on-the-land program for high school students Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
An international collaborative research endeavour studying a cure for HIV has received a $26.5M USD grant over five years from the National Institute of Health (NIH). The HIV Obstruction by Programmed Epigenetics (HOPE) Collaboratory, which involves research organizations and postsecondary institutions from around the world, will use knowledge about virus inactivation to attempt to remove HIV from the body. Dr Pauline Sameshima of Lakehead University will play a lead role in developing the Community Arts Integrated Research (CAIR) plan, which will develop an HIV cure curriculum that will resonate with people from different countries and under-represented backgrounds. “The arts are a unique and powerful vehicle for knowledge dissemination, one that will help to increase HIV cure literacy,” said Sameshima. Lakehead | Gladstone (International) International initiative to cure HIV receives $26.5M USD grant Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
Ontario postsecondary institutions are helping international students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after arriving in Canada so that they can begin their studies with as little interruption as possible. Conestoga College is maintaining contact with students after they arrive, and helping them access vaccination options on campus or in a local pharmacy as soon as they are finished self-isolating. The University of Waterloo is helping international students who have not received a Health Canada authorized vaccine to access one at their on-campus vaccine centres or nearest clinic. Amelia Burton, international student experience manager, said that students who have not received a Health Canada authorized vaccine will be offered a dose “soon upon arrival in Canada.” CBC (ON) ON institutions help international students get vaccinated against COVID-19 Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
CIBT Education Group is currently building four new facilities in Vancouver, which will include spaces for student housing, educational facilities, retail spaces, and more. A new, 49-storey-tall education campus centre for CEG Cybercity will include residences for students from any school, five to 12 schools of various disciplines, and various amenities. Another facility, CEG Mega Education Centre, will amalgamate public and private schools, student housing, offices, and retail to create a one-stop academic centre in Surrey. A similar facility will be developed in Richmond. GEC will also be building a residency-only tower at Oakridge Centre. The article says the new buildings will add a total of 2,200 beds to the area, which will help meet the high demand for student housing. Globe and Mail (BC) CIBT Education Group to build four new facilities Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta has announced that it is launching a micro-credential pilot program to reskill or upgrade skills for workers. AB will invest $5.6M into the program, which will focus on careers in priority sectors and high-demand or emerging industries, including machine learning, artificial intelligence, solar energy, animation, and data privacy and security. Athabasca University has received over $1M through the program to support the development of three online, on-demand micro-credentials. “We must do everything we can to ensure Albertans have access to a wide range of learning options that meet them where they are and lead to great careers when they graduate,” said Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides. AB | CBC | Calgary Herald | AU (AB) AB launches micro-credential pilot program Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
University of Guelph professor Dr Thomas Graham is leading a fundraising campaign at McMaster University in memory of his wife Cindy Graham, who passed away due to an aggressive brain cancer called glioblastoma. Throughout her illness, Cindy donated tissue samples to the lab at McMaster, and donated her brain and brain stem to research. “This was the first time I had a patient request to donate their organs for research,” said Dr Fred Lam, a clinical scholar working at McMaster’s Sheila Singh Lab and treating patients. “I was lost for words.” Thomas has established an endowment fund that will provide annual grants and scholarships to graduate students who are studying glioblastoma at the Sheila Singh Lab. UoGuelph | Globe and Mail (ON) UoGuelph prof leads McMaster fundraising campaign to support glioblastoma research Top Ten 09/01/2021 - 04:54 09/01/2021 - 04:30
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is calling for support to evacuate over 600 individuals from Afghanistan, reports Brendan O’Malley of University World News. O’Malley discusses how scholars in Afghanistan are facing a range of threats from the Taliban due to their fields of study or global connections. SAR is calling for practical steps to be taken to help academics who need to escape, and is calling on postsecondary institutions in Europe and North America to provide placements for them so that they do not get stuck in asylum-seeking processes. “The eroding situation in Afghanistan poses a threat, not only to the lives of our colleagues still in Afghanistan, but to the future of that country,” said Scholars at Risk Executive Director Robert Quinn. Scholars at Risk Canada Section has called on the Canadian government, universities, and colleges to take action on behalf of Afghanistan's scholars, students, and civil society actors through the creation of placements on Canadian campuses. University World News | Scholars at Risk (International) SAR calls for more support for Afghani scholars: Editorial Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
Some postsecondary institutions in Ontario that have mandated COVID-19 vaccines are facing opposition from members of their communities. Two students are reportedly preparing to sue Seneca College over its vaccine policy, saying that they will be unable to complete their programs online. They argue that the policy will delay the completion of their programs, which in turn impacts their student loans. A group of protesters also gathered outside Lambton College earlier this month to rally against mandatory COVID-19 vaccines. At the University of Waterloo, 32 members of the community – including faculty, staff, students, and parents – have signed an open letter opposing UWaterloo’s vaccine mandate. Narcity (Seneca) | Blackburn News (Lambton) | CBC (UWaterloo) (ON) ON institutions face opposition over COVID-19 vaccine mandates Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
The New Democratic Party and the Conservative Party have made pledges in support of Laurentian University and the University of Sudbury. In a visit to both institutions, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said that an NDP government would act to “save” Laurentian, and announced plans to support students through efforts such as student debt forgiveness, the removal of interest from federal loans, and increased federal student grants. The Conservatives spoke about USudbury, pledging that they would support USudbury in its bid to become a French-language school as well as the transition of French-language programs from Laurentian to USudbury. CBC | The Sudbury Star (NDP) | The Sudbury Star (Conservatives) (ON) NDP, Conservative parties make promises to support Sudbury postsecondary institutions Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
International students from India are feeling the impacts of Canada’s recently extended ban on direct flights from India. Global News reports that students are struggling to find flights that connect through other countries in order to get to Canada for their studies. Sachin Dev, an international student who plans to travel from Delhi to Canada, explained that flights with connections through other countries are both more expensive and associated with a higher infection risk. “I’ve faced financial issues because I am not able to access my (university) stipend, which requires a Canadian bank account and study permit, which I will receive only at the airport,” said Dev. Student Gaurav Kamath added that students from India have already paid their fees and are so desperate to get to Canada that they will take any route. Global News (International) Students from India feel impact of extension of ban on direct flights from India Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
Students may not inherently know how to use a syllabi and would benefit from being taught how to read one, writes Loleen Berdahl, executive director of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Berdahl encourages instructors to use a variety of techniques to help students engage with the syllabus, including making the syllabus available prior to their first class; requiring students to bring a copy to the first class; and teaching students to use the syllabus as a source of information through activities such as learning outcome mapping, syllabus quizzes, and jargon searches. Finally, Berdahl says instructors can use their email signature to guide students to the syllabus for answers to their questions in addition to referring to the syllabus continuously during class. University Affairs (Editorial) Teaching students to effectively use syllabi: Opinion Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
Portage College and CodeCore College have announced a new public-private partnership that will provide Portage with an official campus outside of Alberta and provide CodeCore students with access to new business programming. Through the partnership, CodeCore will deliver Portage’s specialized diploma programs in accounting or management on its New Westminster, BC campus. “We are really excited about this new collaboration with CodeCore,” said Bev Lockett, Dean of Hospitality at Portage. “Portage is a destination for students looking for quality programs that help make them job-ready. We look forward to future collaborations with CodeCore so that more international students can access quality programs and help strengthen communities across our two provinces.” Portage (AB | BC) Portage, CodeCore College announce partnership to provide business programs in BC Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan has signed a three-year agreement renewing a partnership with the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority (Wanuskewin). The MOU will see USask and Wanuskewin collaborating on cultural resources, outreach programming, and facility usage as they support Indigenous education and find mutual growth and development opportunities. “Indigenization is a pillar of our university plan, and our close relationship with Wanuskewin supports our commitment to transformative decolonization, leading to reconciliation,” said USask President Peter Stoicheff. “This memorandum of understanding is the embodiment of that commitment to collaborate, and a testament to the strong partnership between USask and Wanuskewin.” Nation Talk (SK) USask, Wanuskewin renew MOU to support Indigenous education, growth and development Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
Two pieces from The Star discuss the decision to change Ryerson University’s name. Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi explains that the name change and the decision to adopt all of the Standing Strong Task Force’s recommendations is a step forward. “A name change is more than symbolism; it is an opportunity to take real action that will, in even a small way, help to address a national wrong,” says Lachemi. Indigenous historian Grandmother Renee Thomas-Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River writes that the name change brought relief. “It feels like a prophecy: we were told this day would come,” said Thomas-Hill. “The truth will be known. And with the truth being known, the people will become awake and will make changes.” The Star (Lachemi) | The Star (Thomas-Hill) (ON) Ryerson president, Indigenous historian share reactions to Ryerson’s name change Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
Fanshawe College has announced that it is launching a Customer Relationship Marketing and Sales Management program. The one-year graduate certificate program will prepare students for careers in business-to-business sales and marketing and analytics. Through the program, students will develop an in-depth knowledge of customer relationship technology such as Salesforce Social Studio. “There are very few post-secondary programs out there that produce industry-ready sales talent for businesses that need it,” says Nick Hollinger, a member of the program advisory committee. “Fanshawe’s new program will give students the skills and experience they need to hit the ground running.” Fanshawe (ON) Fanshawe launches Customer Relationship Marketing and Sales Management program Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary’s student union has received an “unprecedented” number of complaints after around 10% of its classes were moved online. CBC reports that UCalgary professors were recently allowed to make decisions about moving their courses online, and the number of online courses is continuing to increase. Students who travelled to Calgary to attend school are upset that they will be missing out on the in-person aspects of their schooling while they pay for travel and housing. “I already bought my parking pass,” explained UCalgary student Orianne Aviv. “I already went back-to-school shopping. ... [W]hen I found out it was online, I cried all day about it.” The student union has said that it was not consulted before the decision was made. UCalgary SU | CTV News | CBC | Calgary Herald (AB) UCalgary SU receives complaints over courses moved online Top Ten 08/31/2021 - 04:53 08/31/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions can use a variety of techniques to support IT staff during COVID-19, writes David Raths. The author explains that IT staff are particularly susceptible to burnout as they provide support through institutional changes, budget cuts, and staffing shortages. Raths describes strategies his institution has used throughout the pandemic to mitigate burnout with staff, such as enhancing communication through check-ins, updates, and walk-in hours; offering support to those personally impacted by racial incidents and COVID-19; providing flexibility in employee workplaces and schedules; and seeing the pandemic as an opportunity to gain influence and thrive. Raths further encourages supervisors to set healthy boundaries to promote work-life balance and to support career advancement. Campus Technology (Editorial) Supporting IT staff during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is working with Dakota artist Chantel Yuzicappi to add to its Indigenous visual identity. Yuzicappi has created three designs for Sask Polytech, which will be used to celebrate and share Indigenous culture. “The concept for each piece is developed with the idea of learning and fulfilling a dream of one’s chosen career path,” explained Yuzicappi. “They represent success and hope for future generations.” The designs include a brown buffalo, which represents success and the beauty and educational services of Sask Polytech; a geometric star, which signifies the path of hope and depicts teaching and learning between instructors and students; and a Dakota floral design, signifying the growth and evolution of Sask Polytech students. Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech adds to Indigenous visual identity through three designs Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
Several Ontario universities have announced that they are strengthening their COVID-19 vaccination policies in preparation for the start of class. The University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Western University, King’s University College, and Carleton University have updated their policies and will no longer allow those coming on campus to opt out of COVID-19 vaccination through regularCOVID-19 testing. Those arriving on-campus will be required to be fully vaccinated or have an accommodation for a valid exemption, and those who have an exemption will be required to take additional health measures such as frequent testing to come on campus. A Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health letter to postsecondary presidents encouraged strengthening the measures. “Rapid testing protocols are not preventive and are not a replacement for immunization and should be used only in instances where vaccination is not possible,” read the letter. The Star (U of T, Queen’s, Carleton) | King’s | London Free Press (Western, Fanshawe) (ON) ON universities strengthen COVID-19 vaccination policies Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
Student unions are expressing concern over Elections Canada’s suspension of the Vote on Campus program, which allowed students to vote from campus. Student union representatives are concerned that the change could affect voter turnout among students and are calling for Elections Canada to commit to ensuring students have equitable access to voting. “In a pandemic during which civic engagement has reached all-time lows across the nation, now is not the time to scrap the only measure in recent history which has markedly improved voter turnout,” wrote Western University economics student Ethan Gilhula. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | CBC (3) (National) Student unions concerned over suspension of Vote on Campus program Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
Higher education is often distrusted by the non-academic population, writes Leonard Cassuto, but the public humanities provide an opportunity to address this issue. While some scholars do not like public attention, public writing and outreach can be a way to garner public support and help the general public understand what academics do. Cassuto describes the work of philosophers who would work at a public “Ask a Philosopher” booth answering questions and encouraging discussion. The work was fun for students engaged in it, and led to engagement from a wide range of people. “[H]aving fun in public is a possibility that academic philosophers lose sight of too often,” writes Cassuto. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) How public scholarship can lead to non-academic engagement: Opinion Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
Cégep dropout rates seem to be increasing after a year of virtual classes, reports the Journal de Montréal . The number of students at cégeps has reportedly only increased 0.3% this fall, as opposed to 3% last year. Fédération des cégeps President Bernard Tremblay explained that this change likely means students have decided to take time off from their studies and/or have opted not to register due to pandemic uncertainty. The Journal adds that some programs may be threatened by the lack of international students who have not received their study permits yet. The Fédération des cégeps expects to know the impact of this within a few weeks. Journal de Montréal (QC) Cégep dropout rates likely increasing after virtual classes Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan has received a $1M donation toward the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization’s (VIDO) facility. Malcolm and Marilyn Leggett donated the funds with the intention of supporting VIDO’s research in areas such as COVID-19, vaccines for farm animals, and more. “We greatly appreciate this extraordinary donation from Marilyn and Malcolm,” said USask VIDO director Dr Volker Gerdts. “Knowing we have this level of support from leaders in our community is critical to our organization and our vision for the future.” USask (SK) USask receives $1M for VIDO facility Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
The College of New Caledonia is celebrating the official opening of its new Vanderhoof campus. The campus will expand CNC’s capacity to provide trades training, applied business technology, and university studies programs in the region; and will also provide supports to Health Career Access Program students. The campus will include spaces for classrooms, libraries, and Digital Delivery Instruction, which will make it possible for students to virtually join the classrooms in Prince George. “The opening of a new campus in Vanderhoof strikes at the core of CNC’s new strategic plan, lhulh whuts’odutel’eh – Learning Together,” said CNC President Dennis Johnson. “This campus reflects the responsive approach CNC takes to the diverse needs of the communities in our region.” BC (BC) CNC opens new Vanderhoof campus Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
International students are increasingly vulnerable to exploitation by agents who profit from their enrolment at Canadian postsecondary institutions, writes Nicholas Hune-Brown of The Walrus. Hune-Brown reports that international student demographics have changed, with many students now coming from poorer families that are struggling to support their children’s education and future permanent residency. Hune-Brown says that agents often take advantage of the students, charging fees to the students in addition to being paid by postsecondary institutions and enrolling them in any program that will get them to Canada, even if it will not help them attain their goals. The article discusses the effect this has on student mental health, as well as the complexities faced by those looking to address the situation. OCUFA | The Walrus (Editorial) Agents prey on increasingly vulnerable international students: Editorial Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
Vancouver Community College has launched a new Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation program. The program combines material from two formerly distinct programs: automotive collision repair and automotive refinishing prep. The overlap between the former programs has been eliminated, and students will be introduced to both fields before they choose their specializations. The new program will be recognized across provinces to enable students to complete apprenticeships in different locations. “These students will have a better understanding of both sides of the trade and be more successful on any path they take,” said VCC Automotive Collision and Refinishing department head Keith Mew. VCC (BC) VCC launches Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation program Top Ten 08/30/2021 - 04:52 08/30/2021 - 04:30
Centennial College has released an updated Open Educational Resource (OER) titled Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action. The 10-chapter OER is designed to provide students with information about global consciousness and how they can work toward social change. It includes interactive features such as Youtube videos and concept pieces, and considers the principles of Universal Design for Learning to accommodate learning differences. “The team thought critical thinking practice was just as important as updating the content, so that’s a strong element in this online textbook,” said Centennial professor Paula Anderton. “These are skills that will be useful to students well beyond this course.” The resource was created through collaboration between Centennial faculty, staff, and students, and is free for students. Centennial (ON) Centennial releases OER textbook on global citizenship Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 04:50 08/27/2021 - 04:30
Those who oppose Memorial University’s vaccine mandate are unlikely to have the legal grounds to succeed, says constitutional law expert Emmett MacFarlane. MacFarlane says that institutions have an obligation to ensure people are vaccinated to keep them safe in indoor environments, and that accommodations can be made through remote learning in some classes. MacFarlane argues that “a vaccine mandate is crucial,” and argues that certain exemptions may not be relevant in all circumstances. “[N]o one is saying that a vaccine mandate means that the state comes and injects you,” said MacFarlane. “You have a choice.” The Hamilton Spectator (NL) MUN vaccine mandate opponents unlikely to succeed in challenge: Opinion Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 11:14 08/27/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Quebec has launched a special commission that is tasked with developing guidelines that will affect the freedom of university professors to discuss sensitive issues or use controversial words. The Cloutier Commission will lay out the roles and obligations of students, teachers, universities, and government. It will also decide if elected officials should be asked to adopt a law providing a better framework for contentious issues. The commission has begun public consultations and has sent a questionnaire to 33,000 professors and lecturers. “There's no doubt,” said Alexandre Cloutier, vice-rector of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, “that concern has spread to the classrooms of our universities, whether it's the prevailing chill around the words used, the topics addressed or the choices of guest speakers. The risk of giving in to self-censorship seems to be very present.” CTV News (QC) QC launches Cloutier Commission to develop guidelines affecting academic freedom Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 04:50 08/27/2021 - 04:30
The Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force’s final report has been presented to Ryerson University’s Board of Governors, and the Board has approved a motion to accept all 22 recommendations. These recommendations include renaming the university, sharing materials that recognize Egerton Ryerson’s legacy, increasing supports for Indigenous and Black scholarship, and providing more opportunities to learn about Indigenous history. “My sincere thanks to our community members and stakeholders for contributing to and participating in this valuable initiative,” wrote President Mohammed Lachemi. “Our next steps will reflect and support our institutional values and our diverse community.” The university will be announcing its next steps in the days to come, and has committed to developing an action plan by January 2022. Ryerson | Ryerson (Report) (ON) Ryerson Board accepts all Standing Strong Task Force Recommendations, including renaming Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 04:50 08/27/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada have recently announced their plans to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. The date of the new statutory holiday coincides with Orange Shirt Day and is also the time of year that Indigenous children were taken from their families to attend residential schools. Several institutions – such as Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Athabasca University, and Simon Fraser University – have shared that they will be encouraging the community to wear orange or hosting events for Orange Shirt Day that week. The University of British Columbia is encouraging community members to honour the day through actions such as personal reflection, education and awareness activities, or participation in other events. Nation Talk (Sask Polytech) | AU | UBC | SFU (National) Institutions across Canada announce plans to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 04:50 08/27/2021 - 04:30
Vancouver Community College’s music department has announced the creation of a new Indigenous Vocal Ensemble that will provide an introduction to Indigenous music and Salish music forms. The singing group, which is under the direction of Russell Wallace from the Lil’wat Nation, will rehearse and perform Indigenous songs using percussion and voice. The group will focus on traditional songs, but will also include collective improvisation and student arrangements and harmonies in its repertoire. Indigenous students and staff are invited to participate in the group, which is open to all levels. VCC (BC) VCC music department introduces Indigenous Vocal Ensemble Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 04:50 08/27/2021 - 04:30
In a new editorial for the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Arthur Levine and Scott Van Pelt argue that education will not go back to its pre-pandemic state, but instead will change in a number of ways that must be anticipated by institutions in the future. The authors outline a number of trends that they expect to see, such as increased consumer power, changing expectations around program cost and accessibility, increased competition from entities such as Coursera, and reduced preference for degree programs over non-degree programs. Levine and Van Pelt recommend that institutions address these issues by embracing long-term thinking and avoiding complacency. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) Postsecondary institutions face significant post-pandemic change: Opinion Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 04:50 08/27/2021 - 04:30
International students will need additional support as campuses reopen, writes Ezgi Ozyonum, as they have faced physical, financial, and emotional challenges to studying in Canada during the pandemic. Ozyonum says her research has shown that international students face more isolation and anxiety than domestic students, and that postsecondary institutions should promote support for students in anticipation of this. The author also highlights unique barriers for international students, such as needing to self-isolate on arrival, having unrecognized vaccinations, and not having access to health insurance. Finally, Ozyonum encourages governments and institutions to work together to remove financial barriers for international students. Montreal Gazette (National) As campuses reopen, international students need support: Opinion Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 04:50 08/27/2021 - 04:30
With rising rates of mental health issues, existing trauma, and the use of multimedia in the classroom, trigger warnings are needed now more than ever, writes Michael Bugeja. Bugeja argues that instructors should respect students by warning them before showing content that will evoke a strong emotional response, and that past arguments against the use of warnings tend to affirm the instructor’s viewpoint instead of the student’s. The author describes the way that he compiled a list of potential trigger topics through discussion with students to determine where trigger warnings in the class are needed, and explains his use of an alternative study guide for students who do not wish to attend class. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Why trigger warnings are needed in the postsecondary classroom: Opinion Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 04:50 08/27/2021 - 04:30
Collège Montmorency and the City of Laval have signed an agreement to work together on a cultural infrastructure project. Montmorency and the Laval will collaborate on feasibility studies for a new building that will combine cultural organizations such as a professional artistic creation centre and a central library with modern study spaces for students at the college. “Alliances between these sectors have existed for quite some time in Laval, and this approach with Collège Montmorency will facilitate the creation of dynamic and innovative partnerships,” said Laval deputy mayor and executive-committee VP Stéphane Boyer. Laval News | L'Écho de Laval (QC) Collège Montmorency, Laval sign agreement on cultural infrastructure project Top Ten 08/27/2021 - 04:50 08/27/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta’s Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) has raised concerns over the University of Alberta’s request for university community members to help administer rapid tests for COVID-19 at its Augustana Campus, North Campus, and Enterprise Square. Global News reports that a copy of the request said that volunteers might work “collecting patient information, observing swabs, or analyzing and recording results,” and that they should plan to complete five hours a week for the fall semester. NASA president Jillian Pratt argued that these staff members are not necessarily trained in these tasks and are already overwhelmed and overburdened. “Our ultimate outcome would be folks who have the knowledge, expertise, education, experience that they need to be doing the testing, doing the testing,” said Pratt. Global News (AB) UAlberta NASA concerned over request for members to volunteer to complete COVID-19 testing Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
Several Atlantic postsecondary institutions have announced COVID-19 vaccine requirements for their campus community members. Nova Scotia Community College, Mount Saint Vincent University, and the University of Prince Edward Island have announced that they are making vaccines mandatory, and that they expect students, staff, and faculty to be fully vaccinated before their October deadlines. Unvaccinated people at MSVU and UPEI will be allowed on campus, but will be required to undergo COVID-19 tests. New Brunswick Community College will require its students to either be vaccinated or wear masks and participate in a testing program. “Several aspects of how we implement this will rely on protocols being developed by the Government of New Brunswick and Public Health,” explained NBCC President Mary Butler, “so I ask for your patience as we await further guidance.” CBC (NSCC) | Global News (NBCC) | CBC (UPEI) | CBC (MSVU) (Atlantic) Atlantic postsecondary institutions announce COVID-19 vaccine mandates Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
BCcampus has released the final installment of its BCcampus Indigenization guide project. The project has been designed for Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, postsecondary research departments, teaching faculty, and those working in community partnership roles. It provides guidance on incorporating Indigenous methodologies and the respectful and ethical collection of data. “This guide is meant to help find the ethical space between Indigenous knowledge and institutional research,” said Gabrielle Lamontagne, coordinator for Indigenization and Collaborative Projects at BCcampus. “Historically, much of the research into North America’s Indigenous communities has been done by outsiders, and there have been a lot of issues with ethical practices.” The guide is available online and will be distributed physically to 25 postsecondary institutions in BC. BCcampus (BC) BCcampus releases final installment of BCcampus Indigenization guide project Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
Red River College and Frontiers North Adventures have unveiled the new electric Tundra Buggy that was created through their partnership. The Tundra Buggy will replace Frontiers North Adventures’ diesel-powered tundra buggy, lowering the company’s greenhouse gas emissions and giving guests a silent touring experience. The Tundra Buggy uses a recycled e-bus battery and will be charged with local hydroelectric power. “The EV Tundra Buggy project is a quintessential made-in-Manitoba story — it has links to conservation, tourism, and environmental stewardship, highlighting the ability of industry partnerships to create positive impact in Manitoba, for Manitobans, through reducing environmental impact and benefitting our local economy,” said RRC President Fred Meier. Winnipeg Sun | Winnipeg Free Press (MB) RRC, Frontiers North Adventures unveil new electric Tundra Buggy Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
The shift to online learning highlighted the importance of values such as clarity, engagement, support, and flexibility, writes Steven Mintz, and these lessons can be applied to classes this Fall to meet student needs. The author provides 10 ideas instructors can use, such as frequently checking in with students on class and other issues; having students participate in presenting course materials and facilitating discussions; and encouraging participation through a round robin approach. Mintz encourages instructors to use low-stakes quizzing to monitor learning, have students present their projects, work on a grading rubric collectively, and embed inquiry and problem solving into classes. “[I]t’s up to us to transform negative experiences into positive lessons,” writes Mintz. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Applying lessons from online learning to the classroom: Opinion Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
Colleges and Institutes Canada has announced that it is launching a national initiative called Virtu-WIL to provide healthcare students with access to virtual work-integrated learning opportunities. The initiative will provide students in nursing, medical laboratory sciences, and paramedicine with 120 virtual simulations in English and French. The goal of the initiative is to provide opportunities to 4,000 students between September and March. “Thanks to the Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative, our Virtu-WIL project will help expand healthcare education resources and create new innovative work-integrated learning opportunities and platform,” said CICan president Denise Amyot. “This will go a long way towards supporting our future healthcare professionals in developing practical, job-ready skills before entering the labour market.” CICan (National) CICan launches national Virtu-WIL initiative Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
Laurentian University has requested an extension of its loan agreement until January 31, 2022. CBC reports that Laurentian needs to refinance its debtor-in-possession loans in order to exit the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings, and that it needs additional time in order to negotiate those terms. President Robert Haché filed an affidavit outlining factors such as the cuts and budget reductions made thus far, the anticipated reduced enrolment, and the provincial Auditor General’s investigation. Laurentian has negotiated a $350K fee with the lenders to extend the loan agreement. In order for Laurentian’s extended loan agreement to be approved, a judge must pass the motion, which will go before the court on August 27. CBC | Northern Ontario Business (ON) Laurentian requests judge to extend its loan agreement Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
Seneca College is not offering COVID-19 testing as an alternative to vaccination because vaccination is the “foundation of every public health strategy to defeat a virus,” writes Seneca President David Agnew. Agnew argues that other measures are temporary measures that are “cumbersome” and only meant to buy time before people can be vaccinated. The author says that many diseases are no longer a concern because of vaccination, and argues that testing should not be taken to “absurd extremes” to control sicknesses that can be stopped by vaccination. “Vaccinations are the way we will beat this virus,” concludes Agnew. “Vaccinations — in every arm, in every country — are the way we will save lives.” The Star (ON) Why Seneca will not offer an alternative to vaccination: Agnew Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
Student mental health has been steadily worsening during COVID-19, and data shows that students are experiencing heightened levels of academic stress and burnout, writes Sarah Brown. According to the Healthy Minds Study, 2015-2021, student response to COVID-19 has been complex and has seen a continuing trend of anxiety and depression. In 2020, most students did not seek help because of pandemic-related reasons, but heightened academic distress was found in those who did. By spring 2021, the study found that 27% of students reported “emotional and mental difficulties” affecting their studies six or more days a month. Brown says that the students who are entering the Fall semester are already burned out and wary, and discusses the ways various institutions in the US are preparing their counseling centres to manage the influx of students once campuses are fully open. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) Student mental health worsening during COVID-19: Study Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) has announced $3.88M in new funding for Skills Training, Employment, and Post-Secondary (STEPS) programs. Over $1M will provide additional supports such as community-based programming for the MNBC training institute; $2M will go to MNBC Chartered Communities to support STEPS programming; and $425K will go to programming and support for Métis businesses and employers, Métis women, youth, and persons with disabilities. MNBC has also voted to increase the cap for student funding from $25K to $50K. “The pandemic has a severe impact on our Métis youth, students, and Chartered Communities,” says Susie Hooper, MNBC Minister of Post-Secondary Education. “Providing more supports directly to our communities and students is vital to ensure our Nation has a successful recovery from the pandemic.” Nation Talk (BC) MNBC announces $3.88M in STEPS programs support Top Ten 08/26/2021 - 04:48 08/26/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it will be implementing a COVID-19 vaccine card for certain events, settings, and activities that will impact certain activities at postsecondary institutions in the province. The University of British Columbia has clarified that activities including varsity and intramural sports and student clubs are included in the order, and that students living in student housing will be required to show proof of vaccination. “UBC and other post-secondary institutions are participating in ongoing dialogue with the provincial government on additional health and safety topics of concern for students, faculty and staff,” wrote UBC President Santa J Ono. UBC | BC (BC) BC implements COVID-19 vaccine card, postsecondary institutions affected by order Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina’s Hill and Levene School of Business have signed a new MOU with Economic Development Regina focused on supporting entrepreneurs. The agreement commits the partners to accomplishing several objectives over the next two years, such as exploring paths to create work-integrated learning opportunities, developing mentorship opportunities, and supporting entrepreneurship in Regina. “Entrepreneurship is both a form of business ownership and a mindset,” said Dr Gina Grandy, Dean of Hill and Levene Schools of Business, “and with EDR we will play a role in creating opportunities on both sides of that.” URegina (SK) URegina, EDR partner to support entrepreneurs Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
Staff and students at Memorial University are raising concerns about COVID-19 vaccine mandates and their implementation. Kat McLaughlin, chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students Newfoundland and Labrador, said that students are concerned about vaccine requirements limiting their access to education, and that there are still outstanding questions around exemptions and international students’ circumstances. CUPE Local 1615, the union representing 800 administrative, technical, and instructional support staff at Memorial said that it supports vaccination programs, but is considering the possibility of a human or Charter rights challenge in response to the vaccination mandate. “I want to make sure that all members feel that their rights [are] being protected, and we do have to defend everybody in regards to their choices that they make,” said CUPE Local 1615 President Theresa Antle. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (NL) Students, staff at MUN raise concerns over COVID-19 mandate Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Manitoba has announced that it will not be implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for postsecondary institutions. MB’s Advanced Education Minister Wayne Ewasko said that the decision was made out of respect for institutional autonomy and for the differences between institutional sizes, operation, population, reopening approach, and wants and needs. “A lot of concerns that were out there was that the government was going to be telling the post-secondaries what to do and they wanted to (retain) their autonomy and so that’s what we’re respecting, said Ewasko. Winnipeg Free Press (MB) MB announces institutions have autonomy with COVID-19 vaccination mandates Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
Academe is a game of Chutes and Ladders rather than a leaky pipeline, write Leah Cathryn Windsor and Kerry F Crawford, and more must be done to support academics who are likely to land on “chutes” rather than “ladders.” The authors argue that many of those who “make it” have “manhole covers for the chutes and extensions for the ladders,” such as supportive partners, family money, and a well-connected adviser, while those who leave academia may not have these safety nets. The authors argue that the system should be reformed, with institutions and departments offering equitable and transparent family-leave policies, providing clear communication about these policies, establishing parent-friendly hiring practices, and prioritizing mentoring for early-career professionals. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) How institutions can help academics to not fall through “chutes”: Opinion Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
As many cégeps in QC re-opened on Monday for in-person classes, students expressed their excitement about going back to classes in person. Students at Dawson College said highlights included seeing friends, being less distracted while attending classes, and seeing people rather than looking at a screen. “Today I met a lot of new people and made some friends, so I think I’m pretty lucky to be in on the first day, compared to last year’s students,” said first-year student JJ Vanderzon. Global News says that faculty are also enjoying the transition back to in-person classes. Dawson instructor Jonathon Sumner described how he “could feel the excitement in the classroom, it was really palpable.” Montreal Gazette | Global News (QC) As cégeps re-open for in-person classes, students share excitement Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary has announced that it is launching a new Embedded Certificate in Pluralism and Global Citizenship. All UCalgary students who can complete the course requirements “as a complement to their program of study” will be able to take the certificate. “We are operating in an increasingly complex society and employers are looking for people who can work in diverse settings and understand why people have diverse experiences,” said Dr Gavin Cameron, academic coordinator for the program. “Students will learn to recognize their own assumptions and values, appreciate different sets of values shaped by other cultures and identities, develop a disposition toward openness and an active engagement with people from diverse backgrounds who have their own perspectives and interests.” UCalgary (AB) UCalgary launches Embedded Certificate in Pluralism and Global Citizenship Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
Brandon University, Red Deer Polytechnic, and Georgian College have announced on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinics. BrandonU is partnering with Prairie Mountain Health to provide first and second doses to students and staff for three days in September. Employees will be able to get vaccinated using paid time and will be able to use sick time if they experience side effects. RDP will be hosting a drop-in clinic for students, faculty, staff, and guests on September 8th and 9th. Georgian partnered with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for an on campus COVID-19 clinic on August 24th. Georgian’s practical nursing and paramedic students helped with the clinic. BrandonU | Brandon Sun | Barrie 360 | RDP (MB | ON) BrandonU, SaskPolytech, Georgian to host on-campus vaccination clinics Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Service Hospitality have signed a MOU that will lead to more skills training, educational opportunities, and future educational initiatives for Service Hospitality members. Through the collaboration, Service Hospitality members will be able to pursue kitchen safety training through Sask Polytech’s School of Continuing Education and School of Hospitality & Tourism. “This agreement capitalizes on our unique strengths and offers a fantastic opportunity to promote training for Service Hospitality members,” said Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech, Service Hospitality sign MOU to increase training, education Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
A shortage of vets across Canada is causing strain and overwork for veterinarians, who say that the demand is greater than the number of graduates from postsecondary institutions can address. CBC reports that PEI vet clinics are having a difficult time attracting graduates from the Atlantic Veterinary College, as they have more opportunities to practice in other places. In Ontario, Dr Sherri Dennett, who runs a veterinary practice in Riverside South, says a 2015 workforce survey did not anticipate an increase in the demand for vets. The Ottawa Citizen says that though there are plans to increase spaces at the Ontario Veterinary College, the increase will only be “modest.” In British Columbia, vet and vet tech graduates cannot meet the current demand for care. The Society of BC Veterinarians has requested that BC fund 20 additional student seats at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. CBC | Alberni Valley News | Ottawa Citizen (National) Vets face pressure from labour shortage, increase calls for graduates Top Ten 08/25/2021 - 04:47 08/25/2021 - 04:30
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has announced its Advisory Committee to Address Anti-Black Racism, which will advise SSHRC's vice-president on ways to break down barriers, ensure equitable access, and amplify Black scholars’ voices and visibility in SSHRC programs. The committee is comprised of 11 members of the Canadian community of Black researchers. The meetings will be co-chaired by McGill University Assistant Professor Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey and University of Ottawa Doctoral Candidate Karine Coen-Sanchez. SSHRC (National) SSHRC announces Advisory Committee to Address Anti-Black Racism Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
As the current pandemic upends how we live, learn, work, and connect with one another, Annelise Riles writes that institutions have the opportunity to engage in long-term, intergenerational solutions to global challenges. “The university’s greatest distinguishing factor is its ability to anticipate and care for the long term, beyond business or political cycles,” writes Riles. “They’re also sites of important generational struggle, [… such as] immigration debates, climate change activism, calls for racial justice, the Me Too movement, and more.” Riles notes that universities can go beyond knowledge accumulation to focus on imparting wisdom and judgment, and reflects on how this may require a rethinking of the learning experiences provided by the institution. “If a sustainable future is what we want to create,” concludes Riles, “intergenerational wisdom must be the goal of the university of the future.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Universities should focus on imparting intergenerational wisdom to drive long-term solutions: Opinion Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
Academia’s progress on gender parity in research has been set back by “at least a year,” during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study out of Spain. The study examined over 500,000 research articles from across five major repositories deposited between 2017 and 2020. Up until the pandemic, the researchers say that the proportion of women authors steadily increased year over year; but that lockdowns reversed this progress. “Previous articles looking at work and family life were already pointing in that direction,” explained study co-author and University Carlos III of Madrid Associate Professor Margarita Torre. “However, quantifying the magnitude of the effect is important to show the extent of the problem.” Times Higher Education (Editorial) Gender parity in research set back by "at least a year" by pandemic Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
Concordia University of Edmonton, University of Lethbridge, NorQuest College, and MacEwan University have announced a joint initiative called VacciNATION to promote confidence in the COVID-19 vaccinations. The initiative uses a peer-to-peer approach to share information, dispel myths, and promote immunization among youth across the province. VacciNATION ambassadors who create informative content for Gen Z can win cash prizes. “To date, the focus of the conversation has been on protecting vulnerable populations, which is accurate and extremely important;” explained Dr Cecilia Bukuto of Concordia University of Edmonton, “however, new variants of concern have emerged that are affecting younger populations and leading to severe illness, hospitalizations, and long-lasting health conditions.” Concordia Edmonton (AB) Concordia Edmonton, ULethbridge, NorQuest, MacEwan co-launch VacciNATION to promote vaccine confidence Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
McMaster University and Sartorius Stedim Biotech have partnered to improve the manufacturing processes of antibody and virus-based treatment for diseases such as COVID-19, cancers, and genetic disorders. McMaster will use a state-of-the-art, multi-column chromatography system provided by Sartorius to perfect the process for purifying therapeutic viruses, which will create the opportunity for new, affordable treatments for patients. "Teaming up with Sartorius Stedim Biotech is an exciting opportunity for McMaster Engineering,” said John Preston, associate dean, research, innovation and external relations in the Faculty of Engineering. “This research will push the envelope in leading advanced, cutting-edge research in bio-manufacturing," Newswire (ON) McMaster, Sartorius embark on antibody, virus-based treatment research Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
Selecting a postdoctoral position that is a good fit can set a graduate student up for success. Tina Solvik outlines five practical steps for graduate students considering pursuing a postdoc. The first steps focus on understanding what postdocs are and determining whether one is a good fit for the student’s career aspirations. If a postdoc would be beneficial, Solvik explains how to search for postdoc opportunities, apply and inquire about opportunities in a tailored fashion, and identify through interviews whether an opportunity would be a good fit. “Postdocs can be an incredibly valuable experience in your professional development,” concludes Solvik. “Choosing to do a postdoc for specific career goals, applying to opportunities that support those career goals, and assessing how the postdoc environment can promote your success will help make sure you get the most out of the experience.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Five tips for finding a well-suited postdoc: Editorial Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
The University of Toronto and University of Guelph have announced that staff and students will need to display proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. CBC reports that U of T previously required proof from certain students, such as those living on-site, while others would declare their status using a screening app. The university updated its policy after a recent announcement from Ontario’s chief medical officer. UoGuelph has announced that, beginning September 7th, staff and students accessing university buildings and facilities at either the Guelph or Ridgetown campuses would need to register their proof of vaccination. The university will be providing details on how proof of vaccination will be collected soon. CBC | UoGuelph (ON) U of T, UoGuelph to require proof of vaccination Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
Several postsecondary institutions recently announced vaccine mandates. On the east coast, universities such as the University of New Brunswick, Université de Moncton, Saint Mary’s University, and Memorial University have announced vaccination requirements for those on campus. New Brunswick Community College told CBC that it did not plan to make vaccines mandatory. In the prairies, Providence University College, NorQuest College, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have recently announced new measures for the fall. The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Booth University College will not be holding in-person classes in the Fall. CBC (NB) | CBC (SMU) | CBC (MUN) | WFP (MB) (National) Canadian PSE institutions announce mandatory vaccines, Fall classroom expectations Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
The Canadian federal election is scheduled to take place after the beginning of the school year, but Elections Canada is reportedly not offering special polling stations on campus. Elections Canada offered polling stations on 39 campuses in 2015 and 109 campuses in 2019 through the Vote on Campus program. However, the organization cited the ongoing pandemic and planning difficulties given the uncertain election timing as reasons for not continuing the program this year. Global News reports that there are concerns that the youth turnout rate for the election may decrease this year, particularly without campus voting options. Spokesperson Matthew McKenna explained that the organization has been working with student organizations and has vowed to re-implement the program for future elections. CTV News | Globe and Mail (Paywall) | Global News (National) Elections Canada to not offer special polling stations on campus Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
Former Progressive Conservative MLA Donna Kennedy-Glans is reportedly “bewildered” after being removed from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Board of Governors. CBC reports that Kennedy-Glans's appointment was rescinded by the Government of Alberta at the request of the Banff Centre’s leadership, who cited her “continuing and varied failure to adhere to Banff Centre’s code of ethics.” Kennedy-Glans said that she participated in an interview with CBC in May in which she commented on the UCP, which in turn generated an “incredible outburst” from the Banff Centre CEO and the board chair. “I was admonished and really browbeaten for a conversation that had nothing to do with the Banff Centre, had nothing to do with post-secondary education,” Kennedy-Glans said. “There is nothing I have done that is wrong. I have violated nothing.” CBC | Globe and Mail (AB) Vice-chair “bewildered” after being removed from Banff Centre board Top Ten 08/24/2021 - 04:47 08/24/2021 - 04:30
With the return to campus quickly approaching, Montréal’s CEGEP community is experiencing mixed emotions. Dawson College Director General Diane Gauvin applauded the provincial government’s decision to allow the return to campus, stating that the in-person classes are “the best environment for (learning).” Gauvin described the efforts Dawson was taking to ensure a safe return, and the Gazette reports that all public CEGEPs in Montréal are encouraging students to get vaccinated and that most are offering vaccination clinics. However, some students told the Montréal Gazette that they are concerned about the return to the campus. “I took the two vaccines, but I’m still kind of worried because I know some of my friends didn’t take the vaccine,” said Vanier College Commerce Student Raymond Villapando. “I’m still happy about it because I don’t like online classes. [… But] I’m more worried about having COVID than passing my class at this point.” The Journal de Montréal adds that several CEGEPs have implemented new mental health supports over the past year to contend with growing needs, but that the institutions do not intend to reduce their expectations or requirements for students as they return to campus. Montréal Gazette | Journal de Montréal (QC) Administrators, students share mixed feelings about return to CEGEP campuses Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
Reflecting on a recent eruption on social media around the University of North Carolina, Teresa Valerio Parrot calls for institutions to take stronger action to address the online vitriol aimed at communications staff over institutional decisions. “Before and especially during the pandemic, I’ve seen an unhealthy cycle experienced by my colleagues across institutions,” writes Parrot. “Decisions are made by leaders at institutions, they are communicated, people disagree with them and their disagreement is aimed at the communicators.” Parrot encourages institutions to avoid using communications departments to collect feedback from the public, and instead suggests actively encouraging the community to direct constructive feedback to the offices in charge of the announced decisions. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Communications personnel must be taken out of the crosshairs of public feedback: Opinion Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
Faculty associations at the University of Prince Edward Island and Dalhousie University have called for vaccine mandates as the campus community returns for the Fall semester. At UPEI, the faculty association has sent a letter to the UPEI president calling for COVID-19 measures on campus, such as mandatory vaccination. UPEIFA Association president Michael Arfken told CBC that faculty have the right under the collective agreement to refuse to deliver their course on campus. UPEI’s administration has indicated that it will consider the letter. At Dal, the DFA has called on the university to introduce mandatory vaccinations, masking, and physical distancing, as well as adequate ventilation. “People are concerned about going back into the classroom,” said DFA President Tara Perrot. “We've got classes of up to 500 students. What's going to happen when some of those students say, 'I'm not going to wear a mask'?” CBC (1) | CBC (2) (NS | PEI) UPEI, Dal, faculty associations call for vaccine mandates Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
Several universities and colleges in Manitoba have announced that they will require students to be fully vaccinated in order to attend classes. The Winnipeg Free Press reports that University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Red River College, Canadian Mennonite University, and University College of the North have announced new COVID-19 requirements, such as expecting students, staff, and academics on campus to be fully vaccinated. Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College have reportedly not announced a vaccine mandate for the Fall term, but are exploring this option further. Winnipeg Free Press (Paywall) | CBC | Brandon Sun (MB) MB PSE announce vaccination mandates, proof to attend campus Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
Brennan Barnard has penned a new article for Forbes magazine about how prospective students can navigate a “double standard” as they explore institutions. “Colleges expect high school students … to identify what they want and how they are unique,” writes Barnard. “Meanwhile armed with a team of marketing professionals and consultants, colleges and universities seem ill-equipped to hone in on what sets them apart.” Barnard discusses how institutional brands that cast their nets too wide tend to become more generic, losing their unique identity in a bid for broader appeal. He concludes by explaining how students can better research postsecondary institutions and sift through the marketing materials to understand their offerings. “Do what [colleges] say,” Barnard concludes, “not what they do.” Forbes (Editorial) Teaching high school students how to manage the communications double standard of applications: Barnard Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
Increased access to work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities could play a critical part in Ontario’s post-pandemic recovery, writes Natalie Pilla, a researcher with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Pilla highlights the impact that WIL has on graduate employment and earnings, and discusses how the loss of WIL opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the futures of students and graduates across Canada. The author points to strategies that government bodies and organizations can undertake to improve access to quality WIL experiences and, in turn, create a stronger future workforce for ON. HEQCO (ON) Increase access to WIL to strengthen ON’s future workforce: Pilla Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal has received $816K from the Programme de recherche en littératie provincial research fund to conduct research on literacy. The goals of the fund include increasing knowledge about the development and maintenance of literacy skills in Quebec, creating partnerships between communities, and promoting the application of research findings in school and community settings. The funding will support UQAM projects such as a study of an interactive reading program for 6-to-8-year-old children, the co-development of a professional development program for teachers, and a study on the relationship between the physical learning environment and student language and writing development. UQAM (QC) UQAM faculty receive $816K for literacy research Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
Researchers from McGill University, Université de Montréal, Inserm, and Université de Bordeaux recently published the findings of a project that used artificial intelligence (AI) to predict suicidal behaviours in students. The study involved the use of surveys and machine learning to analyze the factors associated with suicidal risk and their importance in predicting suicidal behaviour. “Many known factors can contribute to the increased risk in university students, such as the transition from high school to college, psychosocial stress, academic pressures, and adapting to a new environment,” explained McGill Postdoctoral Fellow and study co-author Massimiliano Orri. The four factors that were found to have the highest predictive power were 12-month suicidal thoughts, trait anxiety, depression symptoms, and self-esteem. McGill | Nature (QC) McGill, UMontreal, Inserm, UBordeaux use AI to identify predictive factors in suicidal risk among students Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
In the face of COVID-19, Jenny Pickerill describes how many academics have experienced exhaustion, escalating care responsibilities, and other restrictions on their work during the pandemic. Pickerill says that PhD researchers and early career academics in particular have received little support, while those with care duties have faced “impossible” demands. The author argues that academics should prioritize supporting the work of more precarious colleagues, push back against growing teaching responsibilities in order to reclaim time for research, and avoid becoming habituated to higher levels of stress. Times Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) Addressing the research crisis in the face of precarious circumstances for academics: Opinion Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
The Sudbury Star reports that the University of Sudbury is waiting to hear whether the Government of Ontario will commit the funds necessary for the university to gain access to part of the $121M federal investment announced two weeks ago. “We want part of that money to flow through the community,” said USudbury president Serge Miville. “If we don’t act on this, Sudbury is going to miss out on millions of dollars that would be put towards Francophone post-secondary education.” Miville described the investment as an almost risk-free opportunity for the province to secure significant funding for the French-language university. The university is also awaiting recognition from the ministry for its programs before it begins accepting transfer requests from students. The Sudbury Star (ON) USudbury “worried” by ON silence as federal funding sits on table Top Ten 08/23/2021 - 04:46 08/23/2021 - 04:30
Setting up class discussions well rather than “lurching” into them is key to successful engagement, writes John J Silvestro. To make discussions more engaging, Silvestro encourages instructors to situate the discussion by explaining how the topic relates to larger course themes or student skills. The author explains that presenting students with the value of the work they are doing in the discussion also increases engagement by demonstrating the significance of a discussion. “[W]e need to both develop a situation and value for each discussion we hold and clearly explain both to students before each discussion,” writes Silvestro. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Tips for setting up class discussions for student engagement: Opinion Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina Student Union is pleased with URegina’s recent vaccine mandate announcement, but has raised concerns about the privacy and process related to handling students’ health information. URSU President Hannah Tait explained that “our issue is not the actual collection of the private health information, but it's about how we're collecting it, how we are using it, how long we're going to keep it.” Tait pointed to concerns with cybersecurity and ensuring staff are adequately trained to handle private information. She added that the union has been dealing with misinformation and confusion among students, such as whether the vaccine contents are compatible with religious beliefs. CBC (SK) URegina student union raises concerns about privacy, cybersecurity with vaccine policy Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
Alberta is facing a shortage of veterinarians across the province, which is creating burnout and stress in the industry and increased wait times for pet owners. Alberta Veterinary Medical Association President Pat Burrage said that there are currently 1,800 practicing veterinarians in the province and 370 vacancies. “The pandemic has created extra work for the veterinary profession, as it has for the human medical profession,” said Burrage. “On top of the workplace shortage, it is wearing people out.” Burrage noted that only 50 people graduate from the University of Calgary’s veterinary program each year, and that the number of graduating veterinarians in the province has not changed to meet the increased demand for services. CBC (AB) Shortage of veterinarians across AB causing burnout, stress on industry Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Manitoba has announced that it will be partnering with the Manitoba Construction Sector Council and investing over $600K to provide a skilled-trades training initiative for Indigenous women in four communities. The targeted initiative will support women from Pinaymootang First Nation, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, Dakota Tipi First Nation, and York Landing. Training will include a three-week job readiness course and a workshop on women in the trades. “It is important to provide Indigenous women the tools, training and support they need to build a career in a field with good-paying jobs, employee benefits and job security, which is often hard to acquire in northern and remote communities,” said Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister Alan Lagimodiere. MB (MB) MB invests in multi-faceted, skilled-trades training for Indigenous women Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
Opportunities NB has announced that it will be piloting a new immigration stream in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. Starting in April 2022, the stream will be available to international students who graduate from certain programs from Atlantic Business College, Eastern College, McKenzie College, and Oulton College. “Newcomers are key to addressing the challenges of our labour market,” said NB Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder, “and by providing this additional immigration stream we are empowering more of our post-secondary institutions to develop the skilled workers that New Brunswick needs.” NB (NB) NB pilots new immigration stream for graduates of private career colleges Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
Mount Allison University and St Thomas University have implemented mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. The decision comes shortly after the provincial government announced mandatory vaccinations for public sector employees. “As we have consistently for the past 17 months, we will continue to adapt to what is happening with the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to keep our campus and community as safe as possible,” said MtA President Dr Jean-Paul Boudreau. STU will reportedly be keeping its mandatory mask policy and will be offering vaccinations through its campus pharmacy. (NB) MtA | CBC (MtA) | STU | 91.9 The BendSTU MtA, STU introduces new mandatory vaccinations Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
The CMA Foundation will be providing a $1M grant to the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) to support the development of a national mentorship program for Indigenous medical learners and physicians. The program will connect Indigenous medical learners to mentors who can provide guidance, training, advice, and growth opportunities. “As Indigenous Peoples, learning from our Elders and Knowledge Keepers is part of our culture. Mentorship encourages mutual respect and strengthens Indigenous ways,” explained Syexwalia, Knowledge Keeper and Elder from Squamish Nation. “I look forward to working with IPAC as they develop their nation-wide mentorship program in support of Indigenous medical learners and early career physicians.” Nation Talk (National) CMA Foundation provides $1M to IPAC for mentorship program Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
Several colleges across Ontario have announced new vaccine mandates and introduced proof of vaccination requirements in the wake of the provincial government’s announcement. Algonquin College has announced that vaccination is mandated for all three of its campuses. Visitors to Lambton College, including staff, students, faculty, and guests, will be expected to be vaccinated beginning August 31st. Loyalist College has similarly announced expectations that students and employees have at least one vaccine by September 7th and both by the start of November, and has stated that visitors will not be permitted on-campus without pre-approval. Centennial College will require proof of vaccination from students, employees, contractors, and visitors to campus, or expect these persons to participate in regular testing. CTV News (Algonquin) | Global News (Lambton) | The Intelligencer (Loyalist) | Centennial (ON) ON colleges mandate vaccination for employees, students, guests Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
Several Ontario postsecondary institutions have shared that they intend to include second-year students in orientation week activities, reports The Star. The institutions decided to expand their frosh activities to second-year students since these students were unable to participate in traditional frosh week activities last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Star reports that some institutions, such as Ryerson University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University and York University intend to host in-person activities; while others, such as Centennial College, George Brown College, Seneca College, and Algonquin College, will be planning solely virtual frosh activities. The Star (ON) ON postsecondary institutions to include second-year students in orientation week activities Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
Concordia University of Edmonton has acquired the historic Magrath Mansion with the support of a $1.4M donation from the mansion’s previous owners. The building was built in 1912 and 1913 and features six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and ample green space. Concordia Edmonton President Tim Loreman said that the university will be able to use the building for hosting events, guest lecturers, classes, and more. “The Magrath Mansion has been an important part of so many lives,” said former owner Nellie Braaksma. “We’ve been fortunate to welcome visitors from around the world to the property to admire and appreciate it, and I am very happy that it will continue to have a presence and make an impact as part of CUE.” CBC | Edmonton Journal (AB) Concordia Edmonton acquires historic mansion Top Ten 08/20/2021 - 04:41 08/20/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal's Sports Center has unveiled a new visual identity for the Citadins. The Citadins’ new logo is made up of four buildings, which represent the teams’ core attributes of cosmopolitan, commitment, daring, and competitiveness. The logo is in the shape of an open book to represent athletic and academic success. Communications and merchandise related to the teams will include slogans such as “À nous la victoire,” “À nous la ville,” or “À nous la coupe” to represent the unified commitment of student-athletes to the sport, their studies, and their city. UQAM (QC) UQAM's sports teams unveil new visual identity Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
Academic advisers should seek to collaborate more with faculty members in order to support student success, writes Jennifer Arin, as instructors’ perspectives can be key to a full understanding of student issues. Arin argues that discussing student issues with the instructor can lead to productive conversations about changes students can make to see success. “If we are serious about student success — and about advising as a key way to achieve it — then academic counselors and faculty members must engage with one another about our students early and often,” writes Arin. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) Collaboration between advisers, instructors holds key to student success: Opinion Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
Faced with rising case counts and hospitalizations, the Government of Quebec has announced new rules for several sectors, including postsecondary education. Cegep and university students will be required to wear masks while they are seated in class as well as when they are in common areas. “Even if it’s warm, even if it’s summer, the situation is worrying and we have to take measures,” said QC premier François Legault, who explained that there are still concerns about the spread of the Delta variant as the weather becomes cooler. “[W]e’re seeing a fourth wave and Quebec will not be spared,” said Legault. Global News | CBC (QC) QC announces mandatory masking in classrooms for postsecondary students Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
Brock University has signed a MOU with DHA Suffa University (DSU) in Karachi, Pakistan, which will create new international pathways for students. The 2+2 agreement will allow graduates to earn the equivalent of up to two years’ worth of coursework toward their degrees. The MOU is Brock’s first agreement with a Pakistani university and DSU’s first with a Canadian university, and promotes friendship, international and intercultural understanding, research, and exchanges between the institutions. “On the global stage, Brock is known as a Canadian partner offering high-quality academic programming that is attractive to international students,” said Brock President Lynn Wells. “We also enjoy a well-deserved reputation as a comprehensive institution with excellent scholarship in many fields.” Brock (ON) Brock, DHA Suffa sign MOU creating new international pathways Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
Algoma University has announced that it has become a member institution in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a network of postsecondary and research institutions that address complex global issues. AlgomaU’s membership will allow students, staff, and faculty to connect with SDSN members for work on sustainable development solutions and access SDSN’s online communication platform. “This membership will provide Algoma University faculty and students an opportunity to collaborate with other universities, colleges, research and other knowledge institutions around the world, and help their research efforts on solving some of the complex issues facing around the world,” said Eunjung Riauka, AlgomaU’s Coordinator, Global Engagement & Mobility; Internationalization Lead. AlgomaU (ON) AlgomaU becomes member of Sustainable Development Solutions Network Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta has received $2.85M from Brain Canada to create a platform to support ALS research. The platform – titled Comprehensive Analysis Platform to Understand, Remedy, and Eliminate ALS (CAPTURE ALS) – will gather patients’ biological data such as blood and cerebrospinal fluids, which can be used by researchers to guide more personalized treatment. CAPTURE ALS will also expand work being done by the Canadian ALS Neuroimaging Consortium (CALSNIC) to develop and validate biomarkers to use in the tracking and treatment of ALS. “The harmonization of standard operating procedures across all sites is important, so there can be uniformly high-quality data and materials,” said UAlberta team lead Sanjay Kalra. “Then, all of this will be available to researchers globally.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta receives $2.85M to create ALS research platform Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
Mount Royal University has announced that it will be requiring masking in classrooms, labs, and other indoor gathering spaces with over 20 people as its community returns to campus. People will also be “strongly encouraged” to wear masks in meeting areas and hallways, and MRU will implement protocols to reduce congestion. Though MRU has not said that it will make the COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory, CBC says the university has hinted that its vaccination policy may be updated in the future. “There are many signs of change when it comes to requirements for people to disclose and/or be vaccinated,” read a statement from MRU. CBC | Calgary Herald (AB) MRU to require those in classrooms, labs, gatherings to wear masks Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
Western University has received a $3.3M research grant to fund research on the safe storage of nuclear fuel waste. The project will involve researchers from the university, as well as national and international partner nuclear management organizations, as they explore the creation of steel canisters to hold the waste. Research will be conducted on making the canisters corrosion-proof, existing corrosion-proof analogs, and validating the efficacy of the copper coating. The grant includes $2M from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and $1.3M from Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization. “There’s a very good incentive for collaboration among countries because everyone wants this done in the safest and best way possible,” said Western researcher Des Moser. Western (ON) Western receives $3.3M for research on safe storage of nuclear fuel waste Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has reportedly announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for those working in public education and several high-risk health-care settings. Postsecondary institutions have been deemed a high-risk setting, according to CBC, and will be expected to have a vaccination policy for staff. The Whig says that ON is currently finalizing a policy that will require regular COVID-19 tests for those at postsecondary institutions who are not vaccinated. ON chief medical officer of health Dr Kieran Moore reportedly does not believe the measures are sufficient and has “made it clear that institutions that wish to implement stricter vaccination policies have the authority to do so.” The Whig | CBC (ON) ON announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for postsecondary institutions Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
Statistics Canada has released a new research paper on the projected financial impact of COVID-19 on Canadian universities. The paper draws on several data sets to create projection scenarios for postsecondary institutions by province that are based on factors such as lowered international student enrolment, domestic student enrolment variations, and government funding. StatCan estimates that Canadian universities could lose between $2.5B and $438M of their projected revenues for the 2020/21 academic year. "Universities may continue to adapt and find new ways to better position themselves as an attraction for both international and domestic students," concludes the report, "and by the end of the 2021 academic year, there should be more clear measures of the impact the pandemic has had on these institutions." StatCan | StatCan (Report) (National) StatCan releases paper on financial impacts of pandemic on Canadian universities Top Ten 08/19/2021 - 04:39 08/19/2021 - 04:30
Brandon University’s faculty union has passed a motion calling for BrandonU to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus. BUFA president Gautam Srivastava explained that mandating vaccines would help ensure student, staff, and faculty health and safety, and that BUFA is willing to work with the administration, even if it means the deadline for community members to receive vaccination will be later in the year. “We believe that this is a reasonable step we can take to ensure as normal a return to campus life as we can expect during the fall term,” said Srivastava, who clarified that BUFA would make exceptions for students with medical exemptions and give international students a grace period so that they could receive their shots. CBC | Brandon Sun | Global News (MB) BUFA passes motion to support mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations at BrandonU Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
Conestoga College, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre will receive almost $3M to support the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR) in launching and running the LiftOff incubator. The LiftOff incubator will aim to boost the number of Black entrepreneurs by pairing entrepreneurs with coaches who can help them plan their goals and through connecting entrepreneurs with resources and networks. The LiftOff incubator will be based out of UWaterloo’s Velocity space and will employ 6 full-time staff as well as part-time coaches and mentors. WLU’s Entrepreneurship Centre and Conestoga will help deliver LiftOff’s programming, with programming based on Conestoga’s Venture Lab’s “universal business incubator.” The program has no age restrictions, and women are encouraged to apply. Conestoga | CBC (ON) Conestoga, UWaterloo, WLU receive $3M to launch, run LiftOff incubator Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
Carleton University and the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA) have ratified a new collective agreement which is retroactive to May 1, 2021. The agreement includes a salary increase of one percent per annum across-the-board, as well as highlights such as three additional research days for librarians, an extension of modifications to teaching evaluation administrations during COVID-19, and travel and conference grants for second and subsequent sabbaticals. The agreement will be in place until April 30, 2024. Carleton (ON) Carleton, CUASA ratify new collective agreement Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
Kevin O’Neill, Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, has penned a new article for The Conversation on how students will select their preferred course delivery format. In a recent study that examined student behaviour prior to the pandemic, O’Neill found that students chose the courses they would complete online strategically, and preferred to study in person for courses they needed more assistance in. The study also found that students who had taken more courses online in the past were more likely to prefer online courses, but that 30% of the time students chose online courses because they did not get into the in-person version. O’Neill says students have not significantly changed their priorities when choosing how to take a class, and argues that this challenges the assumption that the limiting factor on expanding online learning is reluctant professors. The Conversation (National) Students might be ready to embrace in-person post-pandemic learning: Report Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
Shanghai Ranking Consultancy has released its 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities. The ranking reviewed 2000 postsecondary institutions around the world and ranked the 1000 best universities. The top three institutions overall were Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Cambridge. Four Canadian universities appeared in the top 100 universities: The University of Toronto (22), the University of British Columbia (42), McGill University (67), and McMaster University (92). ShanghaiRanking | ShanghaiRanking (Release) (International) 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities released Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
Several Université Laval students expressed their disappointed to the Journal de Montréal after learning that they will be studying via distance learning for the Fall semester. The university is expected to offer a higher percentage of online courses than prior to the pandemic, even though the Government of Quebec is allowing postsecondary students to return to campus. Confédération des Associations d’étudiants et étudiantes de l’Université Laval (CADEUL) president Cyndelle Gagnon expressed the group’s disappointment with the high rate of online classes, but encouraged students to be understanding. ULaval reportedly made the decision to not change course delivery modes after June 15 to avoid causing students stress and to enable students to plan ahead for the Fall semester. Priority for in-person courses has been given to students in practical courses and first-year students. Journal de Montréal (QC) Increased online courses frustrate ULaval students Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
Three universities in Alberta and more institutions in Ontario are announcing COVID-19 mandates for vaccines on campus. McMaster University, Mohawk College, and Fleming College have announced that they will be requiring any students, staff, faculty, or visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before coming on campus. In Northern Ontario, Collège Boréal, Cambrian College, and Laurentian University will be making vaccinations mandatory for all people accessing campus. Those who do not show proof of vaccination must follow testing and screening requirements. Redeemer University has said that it will not require vaccinations due to its small student body, but that those who are vaccinated might “enjoy fewer barriers.” In AB, the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, and University of Lethbridge issued a joint announcement indicating that those coming to campus would require either a vaccine or rapid testing. CBC (McMaster, Mohawk, Redeemer) | Fleming | CBC (Boréal, Cambrian, Laurentian) | UAlberta (AB) (ON | AB) AB, ON postsecondary institutions announce mandatory COVID-19 vaccines Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
As students in British Columbia return to campus, they may be at an increased risk from drug overdoses, writes Moira Wyton of The Tyee, and postsecondary institutions must address the issue through harm reduction. The drug trade has reportedly become more unpredictable, and drug testing has revealed an increase in toxic substances in the drugs at a time when students may have a reduced tolerance to drugs. University of British Columbia PhD student Samara Mayer argues that students need low-barrier, peer-delivered harm reduction services, including resources at parties and peer-led response teams. Mayer states that institutions should incorporate compulsory harm reduction education. UBC’s student union has been holding naloxone training and peer support training, but some say that the issue must be addressed by the province as well. “The university, and we as students, can’t control the drug supply. There definitely should be a safe supply on campuses across BC so we can focus on prevention and harm reduction,” said Saad Shoaib, UBC’s AMS VP of external affairs. The Tyee (BC) Increased risk for drug overdoses amidst return to campus: Wyton Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
The University of Manitoba held a Land Blessing Ceremony guided by Elders and Survivors to prepare the new permanent home of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). The future site is located on the Red River and is part of UManitoba’s Fort Garry campus. The new building will support the NCTR’s work, provide a safe space for Survivors, and support NCTR research on residential school records. “We are humbled to be the host of the NCTR and to put plans in place to continue to support the NCTR, and Truth and Reconciliation in our country,” said UManitoba President Dr Michael Benarroch. “The new home for the NCTR will open up many opportunities for education and learning on residential schools for students, staff, and faculty as well as the rest of the country.” UManitoba (MB) UManitoba holds Land Blessing Ceremony for future site of NCTR Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta will be tearing down the $26M Soaring mansion to prepare the property for sale, reports the Edmonton Journal. The mansion, which was donated to UAlberta in 2010 by Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart, had been rented out for conferences and events. It was closed in 2018 as part of UAlberta’s attempts to cut its budget, and the Journal states that the demolition is expected to be finished by late October. “The decision to decommission, clear the site and eventually sell the property was made after careful assessment, with advice from our agent, and aligns with the integrated asset management strategy,” said UAlberta spokesperson Shelby Soke in an email. “This brings the greatest benefit to the university and community in support of our core mission.” Edmonton Journal (AB) UAlberta to tear down Soaring mansion, sell property Top Ten 08/18/2021 - 04:37 08/18/2021 - 04:30
Laurentian University has released a draft framework for members of the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) and the Laurentian University Staff Union (LUSU) whose employment was altered or terminated. The framework covers the terms and conditions for severance pay, health benefits, and compensation. LUSU President Tom Fenske explained that the method includes an equation that claimants can use to calculate what Laurentian owes them, but that claimants likely will only get a percentage of the sum. “Our members are in the same pool as banks that are owed substantially more money,” said Fenske. “And so they’re all going to be treated the same. It’s going to be owed collectively.” Negotiations are ongoing and the framework has yet to be finalized. CBC (ON) Laurentian releases draft framework for members whose employment was altered, terminated Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
Those applying for jobs using a one-way video interview can use a variety of techniques to make their response videos more attractive, writes Joseph Barber. The author suggests that applicants figure out how many retakes are allowed and how long they have to answer each question. Barber explains that the applicant’s sound, lighting, background, and ambiance is part of their first impression, and suggests that applicants make any necessary changes to their environment. The author encourages applicants to visualize the hiring team to make up for the lack of human feedback, and to bring positive energy and excitement to the interview. Finally, Barber suggests that applicants take the time to thoroughly prepare in order to be able to provide answers to questions within the time limit. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Strategies for applying for jobs using one-way video interviews: Opinion Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
Cambrian College has announced that it will be launching a cybersecurity graduate certificate program next January. The two-semester program will prepare students to protect computers, applications, and networks through training in areas such as infrastructure configuration, information systems security, risk management and policy, and ethics and law. “The COVID-19 global pandemic has made it very clear how much we all rely on computers and digital technology, in our schools, workplaces, communities and homes,” said Cambrian VP Academic Dr Paula Gouveia. “Now more than ever, the world needs highly skilled experts in cybersecurity.” Cambrian (ON) Cambrian to launch cybersecurity program Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
Several postsecondary institutions have announced plans to strongly recommend COVID-19 vaccinations rather than outright mandating them. The University of New Brunswick, St Thomas University, and Mount Allison University will not be mandating vaccines. UNB and STU will be focusing on education to encourage vaccination, and UNB and MtA will have vaccination clinics on or near campus. Quebec postsecondary institutions have not made announcements that vaccines will be required, and McGill University issued a statement to its community stating that the province’s “vaccine passport will not impact your ability to engage in teaching and research activities at McGill” since education is considered an essential service. Fanshawe College has also announced that it will not be mandating vaccines for those who come on campus, but will strongly encourage it. CBC (Fanshawe) | CBC (QC) | CBC (UNB, MtA, STU) (National) Fanshawe, Atlantic institutions plan to focus on education rather than mandatory vaccination Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
After several years of dropping enrolment in history courses, recent social movements and events have driven postsecondary students across Canada to express a renewed interest in history courses, particularly those focused on marginalized perspectives. President of the University of Toronto History Students’ Association Fiona McCrow explained that students are more interested in learning where issues in society came from, and that history students at U of T are challenging “the traditional narrative of stories being told from a very particular and very limited perspective.” At the University of Victoria, students are “filled up with passion” and coming to class with skepticism for the history they’ve learned in the past, said history professor John Lutz. The University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada MOOC has also had significant enrolment increases, and its academic lead, Paul Gareau, hopes that the information students learn will inspire them to pursue further related studies at their postsecondary institutions. CBC (National) Students express increasing interest in history courses, diverse perspectives Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
Simon Fraser University’s biology department has announced that it is mandating masks in all classrooms and lecture halls, and that vaccines will be required for entrance to faculty offices and labs. An email from SFU Chair of Biological Sciences Dr Isabelle Côté states that staff can refuse unvaccinated people entrance to biology offices and labs. “It’s absolutely essential that, very quickly, we mandate masks regardless of vaccination status and we mandate compulsory vaccination for everyone who can get vaccinated,” said Côté. These measures, which are effective immediately, exceed SFU’s current COVID-19 safety measures. CTV News says that Côté has been praised by students and staff, but has also heard “grumblings from school administration.” CTV News (BC) SFU biology department announces mandatory masks, vaccines Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
Bishop’s University will be receiving $5.3M from the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada to fund the renovation of the indoor pool located on campus at the John H Price Sports and Recreation Centre. The renovations include re-tiling the area, removing the tower diving board, adding slides and stairs, and improving accessibility in the family and gender-neutral locker room. “Our ambition with this project is to transform our swimming pool into an open and welcoming space with transparent connections to the campus,” said Bishop’s Principal Michael Goldbloom. Bishop’s (QC) Bishop’s to receive $5.3M from QC, Canada for pool renovation Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
Several British Columbia universities have announced that they are joining together to form the BC Universities Sport Alliance (BCUSA). The new alliance will push for the Government of British Columbia to consider their athletes as high-performance competitors with the same level of COVID-19 restrictions as Olympic-calibre athletes. The BCUSA will also advocate for the Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) and sport host funding, contribute to safe sport movements, and issue recommendations on policy and coaching development as well as potentially foster intra-provincial sport collaboration. Institutions involved include the University of British Columbia (Vancouver and Okanagan), University of Victoria, University of the Fraser Valley, the University of Northern British Columbia, Thompson Rivers University, and Trinity Western University. The Province (BC) BC universities join forces to form BCUSA Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
As Ryerson University’s task force considers how it will address Egerton Ryerson’s legacy, James Dunne from the CBC has detailed some of the ways that Ryerson might benefit from rebranding itself. The author explains that many community members do not feel that the institution is well represented by its namesake, and that students and staff are calling for change to align the name with the institution’s work. Dunne identifies four key ways that Ryerson may benefit: reputation, donations, marketing, and new partnerships. Dunne argues that a name change would be a step toward reconciliation, would protect Ryerson’s reputation and relevance, and could have financial benefits since donors want to see institutions exemplifying equity, diversity, and inclusion. CBC (ON) Ryerson could benefit in four key ways from rebranding itself: Opinion Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
Several more postsecondary institutions announced their mandatory vaccine policies recently. In Ontario, Georgian College, St Clair College, and Brock University have joined the growing number of postsecondary institutions mandating vaccines for those who will be on campus. In Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina have announced that staff and students who will be on campus must be vaccinated, or take COVID-19 tests or rapid antigen tests. The Times Colonist reports that other postsecondary institutions across Canada are continuing to discuss implementing mandatory vaccinations, with the president of the University of Victoria and the president of University of British Columbia voicing support for it, and some University of Winnipeg faculty members requesting that administrators implement mandatory vaccinations. Georgian | Times Colonist | St. Clair | Saskatoon StarPhoenix (National) Postsecondary institutions implement mandatory vaccinations, continue discussion Top Ten 08/17/2021 - 04:36 08/17/2021 - 04:30
Academic leaders should strive to be healers, writes Annmarie Caño, who describes a variety of ways that postsecondary leaders can be healers in their institutions. Caño explains that leaders must observe and assess the feelings of those they work with, validate the experiences of others, and make time to conduct wellness checks. The author also encourages leaders to prioritize their own healing to combat fatigue. “[I]f part of our job is to develop and sustain the vitality of our units, then we also need to care about the health and wellness of our people as they work to create a healthy future for themselves and for others,” writes Caño. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Becoming a healing leader: Opinion Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 04:34 08/16/2021 - 04:30
The University of Winnipeg is introducing an online toolkit and six webinars to support Indigenous data management. The resources were developed with support from the Manitoba Network Environment for Indigenous Research (NEIRH). They will provide community members with basic information on research data management, Indigenization and decolonization of data management, data organization, data management of technologies, and management of access to data. “There has been a fair amount of research promoting the importance of Indigenous data sovereignty and governance, but not on the practicalities and technical details of Indigenous data management,” said Dr Jaime Cidro, UWinnipeg AVP, Research and Innovation. “Our hope is that these tools will support Indigenous organizations, communities, and researchers on their journeys to Indigenous data sovereignty and self-determination in research.” Nation Talk (MB) UWinnipeg introduces toolkit, webinars to support Indigenous data management Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 04:34 08/16/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has unveiled its new cutting-edge surgery and anesthesia facilities. The facilities were supported by $23M from the Government of Ontario and $9M from an OVC Pet Trust fundraising campaign. The facilities will allow OVC to expand its care for patients with serious illnesses, and will expand its capacity to perform complex surgeries and treatments. “The newly opened, modernized facilities allow pets and their owners to benefit from medical advancements, innovative treatments and research, and permit students to receive an exceptional medical education,” said OVC dean Dr Jeff Wichtel. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph’s OVC unveils new facilities for surgery, anesthesia Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 04:34 08/16/2021 - 04:30
Trent University’s International Development Studies program has announced the launch of a new Global Migration & Refugee Studies specialization. The specialization will prepare students to understand issues such as displacement and forced migration, cross-border movement, migrant experiences, settlement, and citizenship. Students will participate in community-based research, projects, and international field courses to gain hands-on experience. “Migration studies is of critical and increasing importance across the globe,” said Dr Chris Beyers, chair of Trent’s International Development Studies Department. “Trent is well-positioned to offer rigorous programming on the topics of immigration and forced migration, with several faculty members conducting cutting-edge research in this field.” Trent (ON) Trent launches Global Migration & Refugee Studies specialization Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 04:34 08/16/2021 - 04:30
The University of New Brunswick has collaborated with Stepscan Technologies and CyberNB to create pressure-sensitive, modular flooring that can analyze footsteps. Through the partnership, UNB research on topics such as machine learning and biometrics is being used to develop a flooring that can differentiate between people by their gait and foot-floor interactions. “This first-of-its-kind project is an exciting opportunity to apply our expertise in the real world to validate and improve Stepscan’s novel, touchless biometric solution,” said Dr Erik Scheme, director of the Health Technologies Lab at UNB. The project has received funding from organizations such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Alliance Grants program, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, CyberNB, and Stepscan and Knowledge Park. UNB (NB) UNB, Stepscan, CyberNB partner to create pressure-sensitive flooring for security applications Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 04:34 08/16/2021 - 04:30
The University of British Columbia’s BioProducts Institute has received over $3.5M from the Government of Canada to support the development, scale-up, and production of bioproducts. UBC’s BioProducts Institute will develop ways to sustainably produce items such as filters, adhesives, lightweight materials, and personal protective equipment. “Innovative research at the BioProducts Institute and other areas at UBC is driving the growth of sustainable technologies and products that can mitigate climate change impacts and address other social and economic challenges,” said UBC President Santa Ono. “This investment from the federal government will leverage UBC’s research strength to accelerate the creation of sustainable bioproducts and support the forest industry and clean technology sector right here in BC, and across Canada.” Newswire (BC) UBC BioProducts Institute receives $3.5M for bioproduct development Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 04:34 08/16/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has announced a $25M investment into 34 postsecondary research projects that will help create jobs, protect biodiversity, and keep British Columbians healthy and safe. The BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) will be used for projects being undertaken at Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia (Vancouver and Okanagan), and the University of Victoria. “By investing in technologically advanced equipment and buildings, BC institutions will be well-positioned to develop successful collaborations with industry and other partners,” said Anne Kang, BC Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. BC (BC) BC invests $25M through knowledge development fund Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 13:58 08/16/2021 - 04:30
The online course sharing company Coursera has announced that it will increase the percentage of revenue it shares with university partners for credit-bearing degrees and credentials. Under the new fee structure, universities that reach $10M USD in revenue will see Coursera only take 35% of tuition revenue (down from 40%), and higher revenue tiers such as $25M USD and $50M USD will see Coursera’s share drop further. Inside Higher Ed reports that the announcement comes amidst increased competition between course sharing platforms. One such competitor, Noodle, recently announced that it would be launching a new lifelong learning platform for non-degree courses. The platform will cost universities 15-35% of tuition revenue and is scheduled to launch in early 2022. Inside Higher Ed (Coursera) | Campus Technology (Noodle) (International) Online course sharing platforms develop offerings, strike partnerships, in the face of increased competition Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 04:34 08/16/2021 - 04:30
Memorial University will be receiving $3.6M from the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to pursue a pilot project that will accelerate precision medicine in Atlantic Canada. MUN’s Atlantic Cancer Consortium (ACC) will use the funding for five projects. Projects will focus on the creation of provincial tumour biobanks, the development of a bioinformatics core, enrichment and expansion Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute’s trainee program, and two projects on lung cancer and colorectal cancer. “This exciting initiative further enhances Memorial’s global reputation for leading-edge precision medicine and health-related studies,” said Dr Neil Bose, VP (research) at MUN. MUN (NL) MUN receives funding to accelerate cancer-related precision medicine Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 04:34 08/16/2021 - 04:30
Narrative CVs are becoming more common, and those applying for academic jobs should learn how to write one that connects with readers, writes Jack Grove. The author explains that a narrative CV highlights not only an academic’s publications, but also their contributions to research and institutional life. Grove offers a variety of approaches on writing a narrative CV, including reversing the narrative form so that a CV establishes how a researcher’s findings have informed their practical approaches and by taking a storytelling approach. The author encourages writers to find an authentic voice through discussing CV content and then transcribing it and by using vocabulary that will connect with the audience. Times Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) Writing a narrative CV that connects with readers: Opinion Top Ten 08/16/2021 - 04:34 08/16/2021 - 04:30
After participating in online classes due to the pandemic, students studying at the University of Leicester’s Canadian Law program are concerned that their education will not be recognized by the Canadian National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). The NCA has reportedly said that ULeicester’s use of online classes does not meet NCA’s in-class requirements, and remains adamant that law students must receive one full year of in-person learning to have their degrees accredited. Students who are about to enter the second year of the two-year program will not have their degrees recognized in Canada. “We really can’t do anything,” said law student Lorene Richardson. “We have to either defer, or pretty much drop out of the program and try to figure out if we’re going to different university.” CBC (International) ULeicester Canadian Law students face challenges with degree accreditation Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 07:30 08/13/2021 - 04:30
Students in Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI are experiencing difficulties securing housing for the Fall semester. Saltwire reports that students in NL are unable to find accommodations, since Memorial residences and other apartment buildings within the city are full. Postsecondary students in PEI are also struggling to find housing. Laura O’Laney, the assistant manager of residence life at the University of Prince Edward Island, said that fewer residence beds were available this year due to the pandemic and that the residence wait list was “pretty substantial” with hundreds of names on it. CBC says that Holland College is in a similar position with a long wait list for on-campus accommodations. Saltwire | CBC (NL | PEI) Students in NL, PEI struggle to find housing before the Fall semester starts Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 07:30 08/13/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business has partnered with Chitkara University in India to provide a new pathway for Indian students who plan to study at UWindsor. The program will allow students studying in areas such as accounting, human resources, finance, and supply chain and business analytics to complete their first two years at Chitkara University and transition into UWindsor for their last two years of study. Students will graduate with a UWindsor Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and will be able to apply for a Canadian work permit. “International education brings important benefits that lead to a successful and secure future for all involved,” said UWindsor AVP of Enrolment Chris Busch. UWindsor (ON) UWindsor, Chitkara University partner on program for students who plan to transition to UWindsor Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 07:30 08/13/2021 - 04:30
Vancouver Community College has committed to the 50-30 Challenge, which prioritizes diversity within VCC’s leadership and Board of Directors. The 50-30 Challenge asks participants to voluntarily take actions towards gender parity and significant representation (30%) of underrepresented groups on Canadian boards and senior management. “Initiatives like the 50-30 Challenge are a way for organizations, like VCC, to evaluate their position and be intentional around creating diverse representation in leadership,” said Jane Shin, VCC VP Students & Community Development. “It is a point of pride for us that our leadership reflects our community.” VCC (BC) VCC commits to 50-30 Challenge to prioritize diversity within leadership, Board Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 07:30 08/13/2021 - 04:30
Carleton University is launching the Kinàmàgawin Indigenous Learning Certificate program, which will teach Carleton community members about allyship and Indigenous educational experiences. The program will include two annual workshops and will cover four topics: Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canada, Institutional Anti-Indigenous Racism and Education, Indigenous Student Experiences and the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives, and Practicing Allyship and Righting Relations. “These workshops will allow non-Indigenous allies to become equipped with proper tools to help Indigenous Peoples,” said Lane Bourbonniere, Carleton Indigenous Curriculum Learning Specialist. “[T]hey will also help Carleton address critical issues in a good way.” Carleton (ON) Carleton launches Kinàmàgawin Indigenous Learning Certificate program Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 07:30 08/13/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph has announced that it will be permanently establishing the Nokom’s House research laboratory in its Arboretum. Nokom’s house, named after the Ojibway word that means “my grandmother,” will be a space in which people will learn, gather, create, and participate in ceremony. It will be led by three UoGuelph professors alongside the guidance of Indigenous community members and Elders, and will be a shared research lab for student, community, and individual use. “It is such an important time for us to be doing this, given the political climate and increasing social awareness around the atrocities of Indian residential schools,” said Dr Sheri Longboat, Haudenosaunee Mohawk and UoGuelph Professor. “An Indigenous research lab led by Indigenous women to make or reclaim space in the academy, is truly powerful.” UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph to permanently establish Nokom’s House research laboratory in Arboretum Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 07:30 08/13/2021 - 04:30
The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada will receive $8.7M in funding from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The funding will support Ocean Networks Canada in collecting data to share with Canadian and international scientists and governments. The data – which can be accessed by anyone in the world – provides insight on topics such as whale and organism health, earthquake and tsunami mitigation, and temperature and water level trends. “Ocean intelligence is a bridge to action and change,” said Oceans Network Canada President Kate Moran. “As sea levels rise, this puts the technology in the hands of communities in their own front yards.” Times Colonist (BC) UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada receives $8.7M to support data collection Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 07:30 08/13/2021 - 04:30
The University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Queen’s University, and St Lawrence College have each announced that they will require those who attend campus to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students, staff, and faculty will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – in part or in full depending on the institution. At U of T and Queen’s, those who are not vaccinated or who prefer not to provide their status will be expected to undergo regular COVID-19 testing. Most institutions pointed out that those who are unable to be vaccinated under grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code will be able to request accommodations. “The public health evidence is clear: Vaccination provides the best protection from COVID-19,” said Salvatore Spadafora, special adviser to U of T’s president on COVID-19. UToronto | Global News (Queen’s, SLC) | CBC (UoGuelph) (ON) U of T, UGuelph, Queen’s, SLC to require vaccines for those on campus Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 10:01 08/13/2021 - 04:30
Through a fund for minority language postsecondary education, the Government of Canada’s Ministry of Official Languages has reportedly offered to pay 95% of the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean’s costs for the next year. The Ministry would provide 75% in the following year and 50% for the third year. The Government of Alberta would be required to apply for the funding, reports the Edmonton Journal, but AB did not “immediately commit” to it on Wednesday. Taylor Hides, press secretary to the Minister of Advanced Education, said that AB will review the funding program and “make a decision in the best interest of Albertans.” “The premier has a decision to make. He either accepts this generous funding agreement or he reveals his intention to dismantle Campus Saint-Jean,” said federal NDP MP for Edmonton-Strathcona Heather McPherson. Edmonton Journal | Radio Canada (AB) Canada offers funds for French education, could support 95% of UAlberta’s CSJ through funding Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 07:30 08/13/2021 - 04:30
As COVID-19 continues to cause uncertainty about the Fall semester, Matthew R Johnson encourages instructors to review their syllabi and consider how they could be changed to make the school year easier for students. Johnson encourages instructors to be flexible in their handling of attendance, group work, late assignments, student workload, and camera and grading policies. The author explains that instructors should consider designing their syllabi with a welcoming tone and include information on where students can find support. “A little flexibility will go a long way in relieving both students’ stress and your own, and may provide significant boosts to their confidence and learning,” writes Johnson. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) Tips for rethinking syllabi for the Fall semester: Opinion Top Ten 08/13/2021 - 07:30 08/13/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has invested over $77M through the John R Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) in over 332 research infrastructure projects across the country. The funds will support projects covering a wide range of topics from climate change to healthcare at 50 universities across Canada. Projects include the University of British Columbia’s work on the prevention and treatment of infections, the University of Guelph’s work on Indigenous research methods, the University of Saskatchewan’s development of real-time testbeds for energy management systems, OCAD University’s work on “shadow pandemics,” and the University of Calgary’s work on eco-friendly concrete. “These investments will not only support our ground-breaking contributions to science and research but also improve our economy, environment and quality of life,” said Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Globe Newswire (National) Canada invests over $77M in over 332 research infrastructure projects across Canada Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
Medicine Hat College and National Advanced Placement & Prior Learning (N-APPL) have signed a MOU that will give postsecondary credits to current or former Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members for the training and experience they have acquired. Eligible individuals will be able to enter the second year of MHC’s Business Administration diploma with up to 25 prior learning credits. “We are proud to work alongside N-APPL to provide local educational pathways to those who are currently or have formerly served our country,” said Miranda Davies, MHC business administration coordinator. “We recognize that the skills and experience they attain provides great value in the world of business, and we are eager to support these students through their post-secondary journey.” MHC (AB) MHC, N-APPL sign MOU to give CAF members prior learning credits Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
Though remote work offers a variety of benefits, Allison M Vaillancourt argues that institutions should make thoughtful decisions about their remote work policies as it can also cause complications for administrators. Vaillancourt says that administrators should consider what their organizational values are, consider how issues of trust are affecting decisions, and consider fairness in who is allowed to work from home. The author encourages administrators to consider if they have the necessary infrastructure to support remote work and to question if they are missing anything by focusing on work-from-home policies. “Talented people have options,” concludes Vaillancourt, “and they will choose organizations that make it possible for them to have both meaningful jobs and meaningful lives.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) Developing a remote-work policy in academia: Opinion Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
Global News reports that fans of Dan Levy raised over $50K on Levy’s birthday for the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies. In 2020, Levy signed up for UAlberta’s Indigenous Canada MOOC and invited his social media followers to join him, which resulted in over 50,000 learners enrolling in the course alongside Levy. Funds will be used to support programming for students, community research-based initiatives, and programming for public engagement. “For us, this is a really big boost and a really big surprise too,” said Paul Gareau, academic lead for the Indigenous Canada course. Global News | Pink News (AB) Dan Levy fans raise over $50K for UAlberta Faculty of Native Studies Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
The University of Winnipeg’s Faculty Association (UWFA) is calling for the University of Winnipeg to mandate the use of masks indoors and COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff who are participating in on-campus activities. The association voted overwhelmingly in favour of mask use and mandatory vaccines during a recent special meeting, said UWFA President Peter Miller, who added that vaccines are necessary to ensure that the return to campus is safe and uninterrupted. “[I]t is also an opportunity to be a leader,” said Miller. “We have members who have children under 12 who are concerned about COVID-19 transmission. We have members who are concerned about bringing this many people back to the downtown community, which we all know was labelled a hot spot.” CBC reports that all institutions in Manitoba have said that fully vaccination would be “highly encouraged” but not mandatory. Global News | CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (Paywall) (MB) UWFA calls for mandatory masking, vaccines Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
Former medical student Rafael Zaki, who was expelled from the University of Manitoba, has been granted a new consideration of his expulsion after winning a court ruling against UManitoba. Zaki had posted “pro-gun and pro-life” Facebook posts in February 2019 and was expelled in August 2019. Zaki appealed the decision through UManitoba’s internal processes, but the University Discipline Committee found the posts to be misogynistic and negative for the learning environment. Provincial Judge Ken Champagne evaluated the decisions and found a perception of bias and that Zaki’s Charter rights to freedom of expression were not considered, as Zaki held “conscientious and religious beliefs that abortion is harmful.” National Post | Northern News (MB) Former medical student wins court ruling against UManitoba Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
McGill University and Université de Montréal have announced that they will be requiring students to wear masks in class, which is reportedly a stricter stance than the provincial government’s requirements. The Government of Quebec currently requires students to wear masks while unseated or walking around. McGill will also limit class sizes to 150 people and will expect students to maintain physical distancing while seated. UdeM will allow masks to be removed if a person is alone in an enclosed office, individual workroom, meeting room, or sitting two metres from others in a dining area. CTV News (QC) McGill, UdeM announce mask requirements Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
The University of Ottawa, Niagara University, Western University, Huron University College, King's University College, and Brescia University College have each announced that they will be requiring those on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. UOttawa will require anyone accessing the campus to have received at least one shot by September 7th and a second by October 15th. Students who are not vaccinated will be required to follow protocols such as frequent testing and personal protective equipment requirements. Western and the affiliate university colleges have introduced a new policy requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for students, staff, and faculty. NiagaraU has announced that it will be requiring vaccination for students attending any of its campuses, including its Vaughan campus in Ontario. The universities are also offering online options for students who choose not to get vaccinated. (ON) CBC | NiagaraU | Western | Ottawa Citizen | The Star UOttawa, NiagaraU, Western, Huron, Brescia, KingsUC announce campus vaccine requirements Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
Two recently published opinion pieces from Maria Qadri and Jill Stoner discuss the challenges with using acronyms and vague language to discuss diversity in academia. Qadri argues that educators should take time to consider the true meanings of words such as “equity,” “diversity,” “inclusion, “equality,” and “representation.” Shortening these words to acronyms is problematic, Qadri writes, because it obscures their meanings. Stoner discusses the military and corporate history of acronyms, and explains that they were typically used in cultures of secrecy or irreverence. Stoner argues that acronyms diminish the significance of the words and link them together in instances when they may not all be relevant. “To effectively do the work of dismantling systemic racism, we cannot afford to take shortcuts, linguistic or otherwise,” writes Stoner. Inside Higher Ed (Qadri) | Inside Higher Ed (Stoner) (Editorial) Encouraging diversity through the mindful use of diversity-related language: Opinion Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has announced that it is launching a new College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants to regulate the profession across Canada. The college will aim to protect those looking to immigrate to Canada as it works to prevent immigration fraud. John Shields, a political science professor at Ryerson university’s public policy department, said that fraud committed by “ghost consultants” has been an issue “for a long time,” and that “there is mounting evidence that the regulation of immigration consultants remains inadequate.” The College Act will make it a crime to provide services without a license, which will help prevent unauthorized practitioners from taking advantage of immigrants. New Canadian Media says that more education is needed to teach people about resettlement and the dangers of ghost consultants. Newswire | Vancouver Sun | New Canadian Media (National) Canada launches regulatory college for immigration and citizenship consultants Top Ten 08/12/2021 - 07:28 08/12/2021 - 04:30
Universities in Atlantic Canada are leaders in COVID-19 readiness, writes St Thomas University President Dawn Russell in an article for New Canadian Media. Russell argues that the Atlantic’s successful limitation of the spread of COVID-19 combined with its top-tier postsecondary institutions has made the Atlantic a go-to location for both domestic and international postsecondary students. “Atlantic Canadian universities are in a position to safely welcome students to our campuses, where they can enjoy a sense of normal university life and where the surrounding communities can be confident that we are respecting their well-being,” writes Russell. New Canadian Media (Editorial) Atlantic universities are a “go-to location” for students due to their COVID-19 readiness: Russell Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
St Francis Xavier University has completed a number of renovations on its main student dining room that will increase energy efficiency while adding modern technology to the building. The front windows were replaced with more energy-efficient windows which will improve insulation without the use of curtains. The new windows maintain the traditional look of the old ones, but have “fritted” thermal glazing. A variable refrigerant flow cooling and heating system has been incorporated for climate control. The project also includes other improvements such as the replacement of the main dishwasher and dish tabling system. StFX will also be replacing the waste disposal/composting system, doubling the My Kitchen size, and relocating the salad bar and dessert stations. StFX (NS) StFX completes renovations on historic Morrison Hall dining room Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
In a recent University Affairs article, Brian Owens examines the research funding provided for COVID-19 over the past 18 months by the federal and provincial funding bodies and discusses the programs' effectiveness using the perspectives of several academics. Paola Marignani, a molecular biologist at Dalhousie University, noted that the funds may have been more effectively spent by adding them to regular open competitions to fund projects in related areas, while Jim Woodgett, a cell biologist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute explained that political pressure would have made it difficult to invest in a long-term strategy. Shirin Kalyan, an immunologist at the University of British Columbia, noted that the broad criteria for funding made it difficult for peer reviewers to gain clarity on what kinds of applications were desired. University Affairs (Editorial) A look at how COVID-19 research funding was spent: Owens Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
University of Calgary Associate Professor Karen Bourrier shares the findings of a recent project that examined the presence of women writers on syllabi and their popularity among online platform Goodreads readers. University professors include women writers on their syllabi less often than male writers, explains Bourrier, while Goodreads readers are more willing to read books written by either men or women. The author describes how she used Open Syllabus Project data and scraped data from Goodreads to understand reading practices. The study found that Goodreads users read books assigned on syllabi around as often as they were taught by university professors, but that these users also read writing by women with strong female protagonists more often than it was assigned in university classes. Bourrier argues that this research shows that professors should assign writing by women more often. The Conversation (Editorial) Comparing Goodreads data to university syllabuses: Study of women writers Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
Medicine Hat College and JBS Better Futures are partnering to provide JBS Brooks team members and their dependents to access free MHC tuition. The program aims to remove barriers to postsecondary education while improving lives and building rural economies. “We applaud JBS for their vision and commitment to their community,” said MHC president Kevin Shufflebotham. “Medicine Hat College is proud to partner with and support JBS in their efforts of increasing access to education of their employees’ families through the Better Futures program.” The program’s first class will be eligible to begin studies in the Fall semester. Medicine Hat News (AB) MHC, JBS Better Futures to provide free college tuition to team members, dependents Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
Assiniboine Community College has moved its Adult Collegiate program to the Victoria Avenue East campus, reports the Brandon Sun. The “Centre for Adult Learning,” which is currently under renovation, will open in September at the new location, which will provide mature students with better access to ACC’s main campus facilities and resources. The new location was chosen based on the information that more mature students lived near ACC’s Victoria East campus. “I think it will be easier for them to see themselves as a college student and feel part of that (culture), and will encourage more to transition to post-secondary,” said Kate Pelletier, ACC director of access programs. Brandon Sun (MB) ACC moves Adult Collegiate program to Victoria East campus Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
Journal de Montréal reports that some students from France, who were planning to study at Cégep de Jonquière in the Fall semester, are experiencing delays receiving their study permits. Students were forced to submit incomplete applications due to shutdowns in France and submitted additional documents as soon as possible. Though the deadline for issuing study permits was Friday, students are still waiting to hear back about the status of their permits. One student told the Journal that he had to cancel his flight to Montreal, and others are worried that they will not be able to enter Canada to start their program in the Fall semester. Journal de Montréal (QC) French cégep students experience delays receiving study permits Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Ontario are announcing new COVID-19 vaccine requirements for students. Canadore College will require students living in residence to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15th, and will hold a residence move-in vaccination clinic. Carleton University will require vaccinations for students living in residence, as well as those participating in activities such as music instruction and athletics. Students living in residence who are not vaccinated will face eviction. Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College, and Fanshawe College will all be requiring student athletes to be fully vaccinated in order to fully participate in sports in order to ensure a safer sports experience. CBC (Carleton) | Nugget News (Canadore) | Global News (Laurier, Conestoga) | Fanshawe (ON) ON postsecondary institutions announce vaccine requirements for residence, sports, music Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
The University of Waterloo is implementing new COVID-19 measures for those on campus. UWaterloo students and staff will be required to self-declare their vaccination status before coming to campus, and attendance will be automatically reported through UWaterloo’s wireless network. Starting September 1st, those who have not been vaccinated or who do not indicate their status will be given information about public health measures and vaccination and will be directed to a rapid antigen testing screening program. Unvaccinated students will be expected to undergo COVID-19 antigen screenings twice a week, and those who have positive test results must take an on-campus COVID-19 test and self-isolate. CTV News | CBC (ON) UWaterloo implements new COVID-19 measures for students, staff Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
The tenure and promotion systems at postsecondary institutions must be reimagined to make space for new modes of scholarship, write Amanda Coolidge, Director of Open Education at BCcampus, and City University Open Education Coordinator Andrew McKinney. The authors explain that many tenure candidates are evaluated on their research, teaching, and service, and that the type of work is often not taken into account. Coolidge and McKinney say that the University of British Columbia is the only institution in North America to explicitly mention OER in its tenure and promotion policies, and argue that other institutions should also recognize OER-related activities. “[I]t’s time that we ensure that innovative approaches like open education are provided with the same space and security to flourish and have positive impacts on institutions, educators and students,” write the authors. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Tenure, promotion systems must change to allow for new modes of scholarship: Opinion Top Ten 08/11/2021 - 07:27 08/11/2021 - 04:30
As institutions across Canada develop and update their back-to-school plans, some students and faculty are responding to a perceived need to do more to halt the spread of COVID-19 on campuses. University of Winnipeg faculty are discussing mandatory vaccines and masking in order to make a decision to submit to university administration. Students and faculty at the University of Alberta have signed an open letter asking for required vaccines and masking, as well as transparency on air quality to ensure a safe return to campus. Students, staff, and faculty from several BC postsecondary institutions have signed an open letter which argues that the Government of British Columbia’s public health measures must be strengthened in order to keep the return to in-person classes safe. In Quebec, postsecondary students will be able to attend class without masks or physical distancing, although Journal de Montréal reports that students at institutions that have not met the requirements for vaccine coverage will be required to wear face coverings. Edmonton Journal (Paywall) | Winnipeg Free Press (Paywall) | CTV News (BC) | Journal de Montréal (National) Postsecondary institutions, community members debate vaccines, masking for return to campus Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
Doug Lankford and Gregory P Crawford have penned an article discussing how they worked together through the process of retiring an athletics mascot with a racist name. The process enabled the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University to forge an open and trusting partnership that has led to collaboration on language and cultural revitalization efforts. Lankford and Crawford encourage institutions to get rid of mascots which are “damaging relics” and to embrace friendship and learning from each other. “We are equal partners in a project where both sides benefit, never one at the expense of the other,” write the authors. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Reflecting on retiring native mascots to support relationships with Indigenous tribes: Opinion Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
The University of Manitoba’s Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) has launched “At the Forks,” an online platform that will engage people in dialogue about Indigenous rights and human rights on the prairies and northwestern Ontario. The platform, which was created in collaboration with Mamawipawin, will contain open-access writing that will engage with social justice and human rights questions. It will feature work written by a variety of people such as community members, students, and scholars that is accessible and short enough to be read quickly. “At the Forks will grapple with the pressing issues and difficult histories that Canada is currently compelled to come to terms with and seek ways to move forward,” says Adele Perry, director of CHRR. UManitoba | At the Forks (MB) UManitoba CHRR launches “At the Forks” Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
Higher education’s interest in economic advancement has created a situation in which it is entrenching limited thinking about issues such as climate change, argues Peter Sutoris. The author argues that, since universities focus on training workers for the economy and students focus on training to get a job, universities are not thinking about solving the difficult issues that society is facing due to its own actions. Sutoris argues that rather than “tinkering around the edges,” postsecondary institutions should support students in fields in which they are reimagining the world and engage in “de-schooling” to teach students that they can change society. “The job of universities on a dying planet is to foster, not cripple, our ability to imagine a different future,” writes Sutoris. Times Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial) Postsecondary institutions should foster deep thinking on climate change: Opinion Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
The QS World University Rankings for best student cities in 2022 has been released. Montreal was ranked as one of the top ten cities in the world and placed first in Canada. Other cities that ranked within the top 100 in the world include Toronto (13), Vancouver (18), and Ottawa (53). The rankings evaluate cities for factors such as affordability, desirability, and current students’ options. Matthew Stiegemeyer, Concordia’s director of student recruitment, explained that Montreal offers students a rich social life and has a strong reputation, and that interest has remained high throughout the pandemic. “When you have an established reputation, that interest carries forward even when mobility is reduced,” said Stiegemeyer. QS Top Universities | Concordia (International) Montreal ranked as best student city in the world, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa rank in top 100 Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
First generation graduate students often need special support to navigate their graduate training, write Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez and Natalie Lundsteen. The authors argue that these students often face unique challenges, and recommend that those working with first generation graduate students share best practices and related experiences with their colleagues. The authors also encourage those working with first generation students to avoid making assumptions or generalizing about them, recognize that some students who seem to be doing well still need additional support, and identify resources that they can point them towards. Vazquez and Lundsteen describe the benefits of “re-orientation” programming, and encourage leaders to consider if their campus offers supportive communities or spaces for first-generation students. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Supporting first generation graduate students: Opinion Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
“Exceptional” tuition hikes in Alberta should be halted because of the impact they will have on students who are pursuing education, writes Rowan Ley, president of the University of Alberta Students’ Union. Ley argues that students and their families save for years to be able to afford postsecondary education, and that a sudden increase in tuition will cause young Albertans to lose the opportunity to pursue education. The author says that exceptional tuition hikes must be carefully considered to ensure that students will still be able to access the education they hope for, because barriers to education will have an economic impact on AB. “If young Albertans can’t afford a post-secondary education, we won’t have the professionals we need for recovery and diversification,” writes Ley. “Every Albertan has a stake in keeping tuition affordable and predictable.” Edmonton Journal (Paywall) (AB) AB’s exceptional tuition hikes should be halted: UASU President Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
The Government of the Northwest Territories is investing $1.7M through the Northwest Territories Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program in 28 monitoring and research projects. Universities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and territorial and federal government departments are among the recipients of the funding. Funding will support a variety of projects that will focus on addressing “key cumulative impact monitoring priorities for caribou, water and fish,” including three projects focused on Indigenous knowledge, 24 science-focused projects, and two which will combine Indigenous knowledge and science. “The cumulative impacts monitoring and research projects funded this year cover a wide range of topics and will help decision-makers at all levels make informed decisions for the territory and for residents,” said Shane Thompson, NWT Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. NWT (NWT) NWT invests $1.7M in monitoring and research projects Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
The Government of New Brunswick has announced that it has changed its guidelines to allow WorkingNB clients to pursue programs as personal support workers (PSW) or human services counsellors (HSC) at no cost. The changes come as part of NB’s effort to reduce the shortage of PSWs and HSCs in the province. WorkingNB clients will be eligible to have their tuition fully covered, as well as to potentially receive support to cover transportation, childcare, and living allowances. “We need to do everything we can to provide care for our most vulnerable residents,” said NB Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder. “By making these changes, we are confident more New Brunswickers will be encouraged to choose a career in these occupations, while also addressing one of the province’s most critical labour needs.” NB | CBC (NB) NB announces it will cover full tuition for those studying to be PSWs, HSCs Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
Conestoga College has announced that it will be launching the Successful and Sustainable Freelancing micro-credential for the Fall 2021 semester. Students in the micro-credential will complete courses in strategic foundations, operational frameworks, and demand generation. The micro-credential will also include concept instruction and one-on-one coaching. “Successful and Sustainable Freelancing recognizes the increase in remote work and a shift in students’ career goals,” said Rose Mastnak, director, Conestoga Entrepreneurship Collective. “We have seen a growing acceptance of gig work for employers and workers, with more people taking advantage of the flexibility outside the traditional 9-to-5 job.” Conestoga (ON) Conestoga launches freelancing micro-credential Top Ten 08/10/2021 - 07:26 08/10/2021 - 04:30
Canada Immigration News reports that, over the past 20 years, international students have increasingly been drawn to Ontario. ON has been a “magnet” for international students during this time, and has gone from attracting 37% of Canada’s international students in the early 2000s to 49% during 2015 to 2019. British Columbia reportedly lost ground in its share of international students, with its international student numbers falling from 31% in 2001-2004 to 23% in 2015-2019. The article says that in the two decades before the pandemic, the number of first-time study permit holders increased annually from 70,000 to 250,000. Canada Immigration News (ON) ON attracts increasing numbers of international students Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
The University of Winnipeg’s Axworthy Health & RecPlex has been set up as a last-resort shelter for wildfire evacuees in case the number of evacuees exceed the space available in Winnipeg and Brandon hotels. The shelter, which is currently non-operational, contains 280 cots, and will be able to hold 500-600 people. If the shelter is used, families would be grouped together with adequate physical distancing from other groups, and would be able to access UWinnipeg’s shower and bathroom facilities. “We’ve not actually used … this facility before,” said Jason Small, the Canadian Red Cross’s senior communications manager for Manitoba and Nunavut. “We had set up once [for the 2019 snowstorm]. We didn't need it then, and I’m really hoping [for] the same at this time.” CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (MB) UWinnipeg Axworthy Health & RecPlex set up as last-resort shelter for wildfire evacuees Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
Ontario Tech University and the CFLPA Academy have formed a partnership that will allow CFLPA members to access education from Ontario Tech and transition to life after football. CFLPA members will have access to Ontario Tech’s degree programs, graduate diplomas, and certificates with a focus on ensuring that CFLPA members can pursue training in in-demand fields of interest. “Ontario Tech University is excited to partner with the CFLPA Academy in providing graduate education opportunities to players and their families,” said Ontario Tech Dean, Faculty of Education Dr Robin Kay. “We are confident that our flexible, synchronous engaging programs in Education … will be the ideal match for CFLPA professionals who have busy, demanding lives and schedules.” Ontario Tech (ON) Ontario Tech, CFLPA Academy partner to provide past athletes new access to education Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
“Followers” have a responsibility to give leaders feedback, write Steve Titus and Patrick Sanaghan. The authors explain that people should be interested in becoming good followers in order to strengthen their institution’s leaders. Titus and Sanaghan describe some of the reasons followers may not give feedback to leaders, including fear of losing their voice due to being seen as “negative,” fear of losing support, and fear of retribution. The authors encourage followers to practice “courageous followership” to speak truth to leaders respectfully and clearly, and explain that wise leaders appreciate this “intelligent disobedience.” When followers appropriately, without rancor or meanness, ask the tough questions or provide a contrary opinion or perspective, leaders must recognize and reward this behavior,” write Titus and Sanaghan. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) How being a good follower can strengthen institutional leadership: Opinion Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
Dalhousie University has launched a tuition waiver program for people who spent time in foster care and introduced new wraparound supports to ensure they can succeed in higher ed. Through the program, 10 individuals who have spent at least one year in care will be able to access undergraduate level postsecondary education at no cost. The program, which has no age cap, will provide potential students with support throughout the application process. It will also provide accepted students with wraparound supports such as counselling, advising, accommodations, and social connections. “University can be intimidating to those unfamiliar with it, so we want to make sure all tuition waiver recipients feel like they have the support they need,” said Kristen Sutherland, associate registrar and director, recruitment and admissions at Dal. “It might sound cliché, but there really are no stupid questions. We are here to help.” Dal (NS) Dal launches tuition waiver program, wraparound supports for former youth in care Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
Horizon College & Seminar and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have signed a MOU that will provide access to bi-vocational programming and new pathways to the institutions’ students. The partnership will see Sask Polytech training incorporated into Horizon programs so that students can graduate with both a diploma from Horizon and vocational training from Sask Polytech. “Collaboration is key to the future of theological higher education,” said Horizon President Jeromey Martini. “Through this agreement we will see students graduate with practical skills, solid character, and leadership competency, ready to serve in the church and the world.” Sask Polytech | Horizon (SK) Horizon, Sask Polytech sign MOU to enhance access to vocational training, pathways Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources has launched a program that will support graduate students who become new parents. Students whose funding has been disrupted due to a parental leave will now be able to access $1.5K per month for four months through the graduate parental leave program. The program aims to acknowledge the challenges of becoming a new parent while completing graduate studies, as students are usually not eligible to receive financial support from their programs when taking parental leave. “With a new baby, expenses increase and the graduate parental leave program provides financial support while caring for the baby,” said Bruna Franco, a PhD candidate who was the first student to access the program. “This allows our family to obtain all the benefits of parental leave.” USask (SK) USask College of Agriculture and Bioresources launches graduate parental leave program Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions in Quebec are updating their back-to-school plans in the wake of the Government of Quebec’s plan to use vaccine passports for those who wish to access non-essential services. The Montreal Gazette says that most postsecondary institutions are waiting for further instructions from QC. Several institutions shared their interim plans, including Dawson College, which is equipped for students to return and waiting for further instructions; McGill University, which has narrowed its five back-to-school scenarios down to two; and Concordia University, which is planning both remote learning opportunities as well as in-person ones. Montreal Gazette (1) | Montreal Gazette (2) (QC) QC postsecondary institutions respond to vaccine passport announcement Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
A new article from Athabasca University explores the ways that using e-texts can remove barriers to learning. Dr Jason Ponto, AU’s director of Academic Services, explains that e-texts can be particularly useful because of their versatility and ability to be used anywhere the student is. Ponto notes that e-texts are often interactive: They can be searched if a student is unable to find a passage or quote, and can be customized to the reader with spacing, font, colour, highlighting, memory aids. E-texts also allow students to access accessible functions like text-to-speech to enhance student learning. AU (Editorial) How e-texts can remove barriers to learning: Opinion Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
Faculty at Western University are continuing to push for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for Fall 2021. Western has launched a confidential survey in an attempt to guide decisions about campus safety, but the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) and the King’s University College Faculty Association (KUCFA) are saying that the information gathered will not be revelatory. The Star reports that Western instructors, some of whom move between work with vulnerable patients and the classroom, are also hesitant to teach in person. Some instructors are making plans to move classes online or make decisions based on the number of COVID-19 cases. CBC reports that Western cannot implement a mandatory COVID-19 policy because such a policy would be outside of the contract it has with employees and students. Global News | The Star | CBC (ON) Western faculty push for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations Top Ten 08/09/2021 - 07:23 08/09/2021 - 04:30
Ontario’s Court of Appeal has unanimously dismissed the Government of Ontario’s attempt to overturn a decision by Ontario’s Divisional Court to quash the Student Choice Initiative (SCI). The SCI, which was intended to give students the ability to opt out of fees that were considered “non-essential,” was struck down by a court challenge in 2019 from the Canadian Federation of Students and the York Federation of Students. “[G]iven the role played by student associations in university governance, the framework is a profound interference in university autonomy — not a mere fettering of the universities’ discretion, as the Minister submits,” wrote Justice Grant Huscroft. ON has been ordered to pay $20K to the CFS and YFS. CBC | Queen’s Journal | The Varsity (ON) ON Court of Appeal quashes ON appeal over SCI Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
COVID-19 vaccination requirements have been extended to those who participate in athletics and other extracurriculars at the University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, and University of Toronto. UofGuelph announced that it would require all varsity athletes to be fully vaccinated for the 2021-2022 season. UOttawa has announced that Gee-Gees athletes will need to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of a vaccine by this upcoming Sunday. U of T has announced that students will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to study music or participate in activities such as varsity sports and academic placements. UoGuelph | Ottawa Citizen (uOttawa) | The Star (UofT) (ON) UoGuelph, UOttawa, U of T announce vaccine requirement for athletics, extracurriculars Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
At several Canadian postsecondary institutions, preliminary figures indicate that international student numbers may be about to increase from their pandemic low. The University of Saskatchewan saw the numbers of applicants to undergraduate direct-entry programs increase around 40% in early July compared to the year before, with confirmed admission offers up two-thirds. York University has seen a “modest increase” in international student enrolment compared to the same time last year, while the Université du Québec à Montréal expects to welcome 4% more international students in regular programs. Saint Mary’s University’s VP, academic and research Malcolm Butler said that their dip in international enrollments may also be over. University Affairs (National) International enrolments recovering at Canadian institutions Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
A new study from the Journal of Educational Psychology has found that women, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows who are working in fields that are understood to value genius or “brilliance” over training are more likely to experience imposter feelings. Since imposter feelings can be linked to a lower sense of belonging within a field, the study’s authors recommended that imposter syndrome should be viewed as a workplace problem. “Rather than placing the responsibility on the individual, the focus should be, ‘What in the field or workplace can be changed so that people don’t question their ability and success?’” said lead author Melis Muradoglu. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Imposter feelings more common in fields that value “brilliance” over training: Study Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
The University of New Brunswick has received $366K from the Government of Canada to work with Clinic 554 on research on the challenges women face in accessing surgical abortions in New Brunswick. The research will involve UNB Adjunct Professor and Lakehead University Dean of Law Dr Jula Hughes and Ryerson Assistant Professor Dr Tobin Haley. “Getting a clearer picture of the abortion services needs in the Province of New Brunswick will allow governments, health authorities and health care providers to make better, more evidence-based decisions that are responsive to the constitutional and legislative mandates for accessible and equitable health care,” said Hughes. Global News reports that the federal government recently accused NB of violating the Canada Health Act by not providing out-of-hospital abortions, and that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has filed a lawsuit against NB. Canada | CBC | Global News | Country 94.1 (NB) UNB receives $336K from Canada for research project with Clinic 554 Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
The Arc, a new residence located across from the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus, has been completed and has opened its doors. The student residence had its timeline for opening pushed back due to a fire in December 2019 as it was being constructed. The residence will serve students from UManitoba and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. It includes 368 student-oriented, furnished rental units, and a variety of amenities in the building including a gym and commercial spaces that will house a dentist office and restaurant. Winnipeg Free Press (Paywall) (MB) Residence near UManitoba, MITT opens to provide safe housing for students Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
In a recent article for The Conversation, University of Toronto professor Peter A Newman and University of Windsor Associate Professor Adrian Guta discuss institutional stances on vaccination. The authors discuss the health and social concerns about two common stances–mandatory vaccination and vaccine promotion–and discuss how they could be used in postsecondary institutions. The authors argue that institutions implementing mandatory vaccination would need to provide flexible alternatives for the unvaccinated and address issues around privacy and shaming. Newman and Guta say that vaccine promotion would make vaccinations available for students while allowing them to return to campus. “Universities have a short window to be proactive about the fall and winter semesters,” write the authors. “They need to consider what a gentler return home for students might look like this time compared to 2020.” The Conversation (Editorial) Institutions must choose between mandatory vaccination and vaccine promotion: Opinion Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
Laurentian University professor Dr Elizabeth Turner’s new discovery, recently published in Nature, has caused a stir in the scientific community, reports CTV News. Turner found a specimen while doing research on microbial rocks in the Northwest Territories that did not fit the pattern of her research, and set it aside for research at a later time. After further research, Turner found that the fossils were 890 million years old, which may be the oldest fossil record of animal life. Turner subsequently published “Possible poriferan body fossils in early Neoproterozoic microbial reefs,” an article that uses the find as proof that life on earth could have existed 350 million years earlier than it was previously believed to exist. “My purpose here was to present this novel kind of information, and give what I think to be the most parsimonious explanation, logical interpretation that is minimalist, and then just put it out there for the scientific community to evaluate,” said Turner. CTV News | | Chicago Sun Times | Nature (ON) Laurentian professor discovers what may be the oldest fossil record of animal life Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has invested $7.9M in seven projects through the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) which will support sustainable salmon research and aquaculture science. The projects are led by industry and First Nations organizations, and involve partners such as the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, Excel Career College, and government bodies. The funded projects include work on developing a set of Climate Action Priorities for Salmon, as well as six other projects on sockeye harvested by sport fishers, water intake system repair, new shellfish processing and handling methods, energy-efficient methods of producing feed algae, a fish habitat survey, and an aquaculture survey. Canada | Canada (Projects List) (National) Canada invests $7.9M in sustainable salmon research, aquaculture science Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
Faculty and staff at the University of Prince Edward Island are calling for improvements to ventilation for some campus buildings to improve the air quality on campus. Members of the UPEI Faculty Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1870 have requested a “robust” ventilation strategy, cleaner air, and transparency about the university’s improvements to air quality. Association president Michael Arfken said that buildings such as the Main Building have not had upgrades to their ventilation system since the 1980s. “Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions,” said Arfken. UPEI responded to the concerns by saying there are a variety of ways they are meeting health and safety standards for air quality, including mechanical and natural ventilation. CBC (PEI) UPEI faculty, staff call for improvements to campus building ventilation Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 07:16 08/06/2021 - 04:30
The vaccination clinics at Loyalist College and the University of Guelph have announced their plans to wind down operations and close their doors as vaccination rates improve in their respective regions. UoGuelph states that the clinic will have given over 81,000 vaccinations between its opening in March and its closure on August 6th. The Ottawa Citizen announced that a new pop-up clinic opened at the University of Ottawa’s Minto Sports complex on August 3rd and will remain open through to September 6th. The clinic will serve students and staff of any adult high school, college, or university, and will have a nurse on site to support international students in determining which vaccination they require. 91x FM (Loyalist) | UoGuelph | Ottawa Citizen (UOttawa) (ON) Vaccination clinics close at Loyalist and UoGuelph, open at UOttawa Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions should take steps to improve their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts, writes Kendall D Isaac. DEI is a topic that many institutions have engaged in, writes Isaac, but substantive, sustained progress is rarely made. The author notes that progress can be made through three key areas of engagement: The campus, executives, and board. The author says that engaging campus constituents can lead to a discussion of issues, proposals for solutions, sharing of best practices, and collaboration. Isaac adds that engaging executives and board members can help ensure that they are personally invested in DEI plans and held accountable to meeting DEI goals. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Taking steps to move diversity, equity, inclusion forward at institutions: Opinion Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
Mount Allison University has released the Canadian Centre for Legal Innovation in Sexual Assault Response’s final report and recommendations for improving the university’s policies and procedures related to sexual violence. CCLISAR was engaged in late 2020 to conduct an independent review and provide recommendations, and the final report includes recommendations related to restructuring the designated office, improving access to sexual violence counselling services, improving policies and procedures, and more. Former student and committee member Michelle Roy has spoken out against the report and policies, telling Global News that she felt dismissed throughout the process and that the new policies are vague. “We know there is still work to do,” said MtA Vice President Anne Comfort. “We are reviewing all these reports and making concrete action plans to ensure our students have access to supports in addition to improved education and awareness.” MtA (Report) | MtA (Update) | Global News (NB) MtA releases CCLISAR report, recommendations following review of sexual violence policies Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
The University of New Brunswick has launched a new technology that will allow students, faculty, and staff to carry their IDs on their mobile device. The new technology will allow the institution to issue UCards remotely and enable students to enter campus buildings; make purchases; and borrow library books in a safer, more cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly process. The IDs are protected by multi-factor authentication and can be added through phone apps such as Apple Wallet or Google Pay. In a recent news release, Apple announced that it had expanded student ID functionality on the iPhone and Apple Watch into Canada, with UNB and Sheridan College as the first Canadian institutions. UNB | Apple (NB) UNB launches Transact Mobile Credential for students, faculty, staff Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
The University of British Columbia has announced that it has set aside 160 units on campus for international students to self-isolate in. The university will offer a Self-Isolation Package for $79 per day that includes three meals, Wi-Fi, a private washroom, and space with an unequipped kitchen; and the university will be providing personal and health supports to those isolating. International students who have received their second dose of a vaccine accepted by Canada at least two weeks before arriving will not be required to quarantine. The Vancouver Sun reports that housing is in high demand at UBC, and that the university is also partnering with local hotels to secure rooms for students to quarantine in. Vancouver Sun | College News (BC) UBC creates quarantine accommodations for international students Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
Dental Assisting students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic will have access to an enhance dental training space featuring new equipment this Fall. The institution received a $1.8M investment from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education for renovations and a $150K donation from the Saskatchewan Dental Assistants’ Association into the purchase of new equipment to ensure students can learn with the latest digital technology. Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia expressed his gratitude towards the ministry and SDAA, and described the funding as “just the beginning” of the improvements needed to meet the province’s needs for oral health care. Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech dental students get enhanced training space with support from SK, SDAA Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
Northern Lakes College has welcomed the Kapewe’no First Nation K-12 School to its Grouard Campus. The college relocated its classrooms to the western part of the campus in order to accommodate the K-12 school in the eastern wing. “Transitioning from high school to college can be a challenge for many students, but students from Kapawe’no First Nation K-12 School will just need to walk down the hall,” saidd NLC President Dr Glenn Mitchell. “We are always looking for collaborative ways to increase student participation in post-secondary education.” NLC (BC) NLC welcomes K-12 school to campus Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
Canadian students who plan to study in the United States are facing mixed messages and confusion around pandemic restrictions from border officials, reports CBC. While school is considered essential, students and parents in Canada told CBC that there is confusion around who is eligible to cross the border and under what circumstances. "It would be a little too speculative for us to post very specific guidance,” said US Customs and Border Protection Spokesperson Aaron Bowker, adding that admissibility is specific to each individual’s situation. On the global scale, Chronicle of Higher Ed reporters Karin Fischer and Sasha Aslanian write that the US has lost ground as a destination for international education and may never regain its dominance as a host country. Fischer and Aslanian highlight the many factors that have influenced the US’s role in international education and write that the US’s diplomacy, economy, and higher ed sector will be heavily impacted if America cedes its place. CBC | Chronicle of Higher Ed (Paywall) (International) US sending mixed messages to incoming Canadian students, losing “dominance” as international study location Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has received a new investment into its development of the region’s first Center for Social Accountability. Supported by a recent $300K investment from the McConnell Foundation, the center is focused on linking health to the well-being of a community. "The Centre will address the unique social challenges and barriers to equitable health care that communities face in Northern Ontario," said NOSM President Dr Sarita Verma. Verma explained that the Center will ask important questions and seek solutions related to community health, such as why it is “easier to get a cappuccino than it is to get milk” in some regions. CBC | NOSM (ON) NOSM Centre for Social Accountability receives investment from McConnell Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
A new partnership, called the Oẏateki Partnership, has been developed to transform the education and employment systems for Indigenous youth in Saskatchewan. The partnership has been co-implemented by the Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, the University of Saskatchewan, and several First Nations and Métis communities and community members. The partnership’s anticipated outcomes and goals are focused on improving Indigenous youth as they transition into, through, and out of postsecondary education and into the workforce. “There is no more important time than now for our province and communities to ensure meaningful Indigenous inclusion in the labour force and the economy,” said SIIT President Riel Bellegarde. Nation Talk | Global News (SK) GDI, SIIT, USask collaborate with community to create Oẏateki Partnership Top Ten 08/05/2021 - 06:22 08/05/2021 - 04:30
The Université de Montréal and Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery have partnered to reduce their ecological footprint and contribute to the biodiversity of Mount Royal. The partners originally signalled their interest to collaborate after a meeting of stakeholders in the Mount Royal region in December 2020, and have since embarked on a plan to create ecological restoration zones. Alexandre Beaudoin of UdeMontréal, who is the scientific supervisor for the project, told the Journal de Montréal that biodiversity does not stop at the border of a property, and so efforts to support and manage it must be done in collaboration with regional neighbours. Journal de Montréal (QC) UdeMontréal, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery join forces to support biodiversity of Mount Royal Top Ten 08/04/2021 - 06:20 08/04/2021 - 04:30
A $9.5M addition to Humber College’s Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology will allow more students to get hands-on training as they seek careers in the trades. The 16,620 square foot expansion will allow the college to expand its trades training portfolio and accommodate an additional 500 students each year, reports Daily Commercial News. “There is a trades shortage in particular areas of the province and with a generation of tradespeople getting ready to retire, I think the province is focused on helping fill the gap on those,” said Michael Auchincloss, associate dean of Humber’s Faculty of Applied Sciences and technology. The expansion project is expected to take three years and has received support from the province’s Apprenticeship Capital Grant. Daily Commercial News (ON) Returning to “normal” post-pandemic would be an injustice: Opinion Top Ten 08/04/2021 - 06:20 08/04/2021 - 04:30
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Access Copyright collective does not have the legal power to force York University to pay fees for the use of published works in the classroom after bowing out of a formal arrangement with the collective. Access Copyright and York had a license agreement until 2010, after which license renewal negotiations between the two parties “hit a stalemate” and York withdrew from the agreement. When York later introduced its own fair dealing guidelines, Access Copyright took legal action against the university to enforce an interim tariff. In this most recent ruling, Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella reportedly made the conclusion that tariffs are not mandatory for users who choose not to be licensed on the approved terms. York has issued a statement indicating that it is “pleased that the Court affirmed the voluntary nature of the tariff and the ability of educational institutions to obtain license rights from other sources.” Times Colonist | iPolitics | York (ON) Access Copyright cannot force tariffs on York, says Supreme Court Top Ten 08/04/2021 - 06:20 08/04/2021 - 04:30
Three people have been arrested and charged with attempted murder after a man was found unconscious on Laurentian University’s property late last week. Greater Sudbury Police officers responded to an assault complaint and found a 27-year-old unconscious in a wooded area. Police say that the involved individuals were known to each other and that the incident was isolated. Two of the individuals face additional charges, including breaching probation. The victim has been transported to hospital and is expected to recover. CBC | The Sudbury Star (ON) Charges of attempted murder laid after victim assaulted on Laurentian campus Top Ten 08/04/2021 - 06:20 08/04/2021 - 04:30
Thanks to a new investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada, researchers at the University of Alberta have access to a laser microfabrication suite. The $1.5M equipment will be housed at Smart Technology Innovations, the non-profit business arm of UAlberta’s SMART Network. The suite, which UAlberta says is the only one of its kind in western Canada, can be used to design and test health technology prototypes. “This new equipment allows us to expand our capabilities and the services that we provide,” said UAlberta Professor Vivian Mushahwar, “not only to university entrepreneurs but to local industry in Alberta and across Western Canada to build the health technology sector of our country.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta secures new laser equipment to support medical technology developers Top Ten 08/04/2021 - 06:20 08/04/2021 - 04:30
Old Sun Community College and the University of Lethbridge have established a research agreement that will see the two institutions work together for the next two years on opportunities related to science, technology, and sustainable food production. The partnership will include the development of a greenhouse research project, the creation of learning opportunities for OSCC students and Siksika Nation members learning more about science and technology applications, and the potential assessment of renewable energy options for Siksika Nation. “Dr. Byrne and I met with the elders of Siksika and they wholeheartedly endorsed it, and are very happy we are moving forward with the initiative,” said OSCC President Dr Maurice Manyfingers. “This is a true collaboration and Siksika Nation has tremendous confidence in the University of Lethbridge. ULethbridge (AB) OSCC, ULethbridge partner on greenhouse project, sustainable technology Top Ten 08/04/2021 - 06:20 08/04/2021 - 04:30
Faculty and faculty associations in several provinces have recently penned letters and articles calling for stronger mandates around COVID-19 for students and staff returning to campus. In a letter to the editor of the Edmonton Journal, University of Alberta professor Dr J Nelson Amaral called for a mask mandate on campus, as “simple measures … could reduce the risk of a critical public health situation before the end of fall.” CBC reports that the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations and the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association have called for mandatory vaccination requirements for postsecondary institutions. In a new Maclean’s article, University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran and Western University professor Jacob Shelley argue that Ontario-based institutions have the legal grounds to require vaccines and assert that those without a vaccine requirement are taking an “anti-scientific” stance that is “palpably inferior to the world’s best.” University of British Columbia Professor Debra Parkes and UOttawa Professor Carissma Mathen penned a letter for the Vancouver Sun also asserting that “there is a sound constitutional basis on which universities can require proof of vaccination status, during a pandemic, as a condition of enrolment." CBC | Edmonton Journal | Maclean’s | Vancouver Sun (National) Faculty call on institutions, provinces to implement mandatory vaccines, masks Top Ten 08/06/2021 - 11:21 08/04/2021 - 04:30
Lambton College students working to achieve their Operating Engineer status will now be able to qualify for steam time hours while on campus. Lambton recently received permission from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to utilize its onsite boiler system to provide steam time hours. Lambton’s Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology and Power Engineering Technology programs currently offer steam time toward graduates’ certifications. “Lambton is fortunate to have one of the best closed looped boiler systems in the province,” said Lambton Dean of Technology & Trades Dave Machacek, “and because we have the facilities, we can offer students what is normally industrial steam time by running our onsite boiler system.” Lambton (ON) Lambton technology students get access to industrial steam time with onsite boiler, TSSA approval Top Ten 08/04/2021 - 06:20 08/04/2021 - 04:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic has partnered with the Canadian Football League Alumni Association (CFLAA) to give CFLAA members and spouses access to education through Sask Polytech’s School of Continuing Education. Through the partnership, Canadian Football League alumni and their spouses will be able to access courses and programs such as diplomas, certificates, degrees, and micro-credentials through a tuition benefit program. Eligible individuals will also have access to career counselling and preparedness. “We are ready to assist CFLAA members in moving the chains towards careers beyond the football field,” says Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. “Our exceptional faculty support and look forward to working with the CFLAA members and their spouses to reach their educational and career goals at Sask Polytech.” Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech, CFLAA partner to allow members, spouses access to continuing education Top Ten 08/04/2021 - 06:20 08/04/2021 - 04:30
A $9.5M addition to Humber College’s Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology will allow more students to get hands-on training as they seek careers in the trades. The 16,620 square foot expansion will allow the college to expand its trades training portfolio and accommodate an additional 500 students each year, reports Daily Commercial News. “There is a trades shortage in particular areas of the province and with a generation of tradespeople getting ready to retire, I think the province is focused on helping fill the gap on those,” said Michael Auchincloss, associate dean of Humber’s Faculty of Applied Sciences and technology. The expansion project is expected to take three years and has received support from the province’s Apprenticeship Capital Grant. Daily Commercial News (ON) Humber builds addition to accommodate more hands-on training for skilled trades students Top Ten 08/04/2021 - 06:20 08/04/2021 - 04:30
Online classes can be intensely rigorous, demanding, and active, writes former college president Roger Martin, and there are opportunities for them to be improved. Martin reflects on his experience taking an online course for the first time in 2020 and discusses the challenges and limitations faced by instructor and students alike in the course. The author argues that instead of going back to a pre-pandemic “normal,” postsecondary institutions should consider having hybrid courses, using flipped classroom, linking in-person courses with distance technologies, and offering virtual office hours and libraries. Additionally, Martin says institutions might consider hiring a tech staff member to support online pedagogy by incorporating demos into faculty meetings and orienting faculty with the available online and hybrid techniques. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Ways to improve the use of technology in post-pandemic courses: Opinion Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
Sault College and Trent University have signed four new articulation agreements that will allow students to deepen their understanding of the environment. Graduates of select Sault College programs will be able to complete a degree at Trent in just two or three years. Students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the institutions’ broad range of courses, on-campus nature areas, and globally recognized experts, as well as fieldwork and research projects through Trent. “This partnership builds on our commitment to creating pathways for students between college and university and draws on the strengths of both our institutions in providing environmental science programming that prepares students to address some of the biggest global challenges of our time,” said Trent Dean of Science Dr Holger Hintelmann. Sault | SooToday (ON) Sault, Trent establish Environmental Sciences pathways Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
The Canadian Association of University Teachers has released a database of postsecondary back-to-school plans for the Fall 2021 semester. The database includes information about course delivery modes, institutional health and safety plans, and any available hybrid teaching and vaccination requirement information. The database shows that 43% of institutions plan to deliver courses primarily in-person with some online and hybrid courses, while 31% plan to use a blended learning approach. 12% will require students in residence to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. CAUT has also released the COVID-19 Guidance for Assessing Campus Re-opening Plans checklist, which can be used to assess the reopening plans of institutions. CAUT (National) CAUT releases database of postsecondary back-to-school plans, reopening assessment checklist Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
Memorial University has unveiled a 6-metre blue whale skull, part of the whale skeleton that will be installed in the Blue Whale atrium of MUN’s new core science building. The skull and 356-bone skeleton will be the centerpiece of the science building. The skeleton was taken from a blue whale that washed up in Rocky Harbour in 2014 and was flown to Ontario to be naturally decomposed. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey described the new building as “a cornerstone to the rest of the world to attract students and professors alike.” Costs associated with transporting, preparing, and putting up the skeleton were covered by a private donation. CBC | VOCM (NL) MUN unveils blue whale skull to be installed in new core science building Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
North Island College has announced that a new program that will provide a bridge for those working as health care assistants to enter NIC’s Practical Nursing program in their second year. The Access to Practical Nursing program will teach students content that is not covered in the health care assistant course, creating a pathway for working Health Care Assistants to enter level three of NIC’s Practical Nursing Diploma program. “The Access to Practical Nursing program acknowledges and honours the experience and knowledge that working Health Care Assistants bring with them to the classroom,” said Laurie Michaud, associate dean, health and human services at NIC. NIC (BC) NIC introduces Access to Practical Nursing program Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
Algoma University’s School of Business and Economics will be introducing two new aviation programs in the Fall semester at its Brampton campus. Students who complete the four-year Aviation Management Professional Program (AMP) program will earn a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Aviation Specialization. Those participating in the one-year Aviation Management Certificate (AMC) program will learn the skills they will need to work at a management level, and will be able to transfer into the AMP program if desired. AlgomaU says that it is one of only three universities in ON that offers aviation programming. AlgomaU (ON) AlgomaU to offer aviation programming at Brampton campus Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
Canada’s international students are becoming less diverse, which could be problematic for Canada, reports The Star. International students are reportedly being drawn to programs that are shorter in length; lower cost; located in Ontario; and focused on fields such as business, management, and public administration are rising. The report also indicates that Canada is receiving an increasing number of students from the top 10 countries, with 66.8% of college students and 21.3% of university students coming from India. The Star states that these trends go against Ottawa’s International Education Strategy, which emphasizes the importance of diversification to ensure that students pursue education at a variety of regions and schools in Canada; come from a variety of international markets, reducing the impact if a country goes into an economic downturn; and develop diverse skillsets. The Star (National) International students in Canada are becoming less diverse: Report Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has announced that it will be investing over $2.2B over seven years into Canada’s biomanufacturing and life sciences sector. The funding will create the Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy, which will aim to grow the domestic life sciences sector while creating jobs. The strategy is also intended to prepare Canada for future health emergencies through investments in the sector. The five pillars include a focus on strengthening research systems and the talent pipeline, which will ensure that people will receive postsecondary training that qualifies them to work on state-of-the-art projects. Canada (National) Canada announces $2.2B for biomanufacturing and life sciences sector Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
A new article from BCcampus describes how instructors can use trauma-informed pedagogy to prepare for the uncertainty of returning to the classroom and reduce student stress. Stress can impede a student’s ability to process information, make choices, and focus. The article encourages instructors to use incorporate a variety of qualities to reduce stress for students, such as predictability of announcements and schedule, flexibility with assignments and how meetings are carried out, and connection and warmth with a focus on compassion. The author also encourages instructors to build relationships with their students and empower them through engaging learning and alternative assessments to high-stakes exams. BCcampus (BC) Using trauma-informed pedagogy to reduce student stress: Opinion Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Quebec’s Conseil supérieur de la langue française (CSLF) has completed released a report following a survey of over 2,700 university programs offered by the 15 French-language universities in the province. The report found that, while 88.5% of programs allow training entirely in French, the remainder contain at least some English. The study authors noted that English appears in education in a myriad of ways, including testimonies and surveys; required readings, examinations, and lesson plans; and university research and scientific publications. The Montréal Gazette reports that the study recommended that the presence of English within French-language university training be “monitored constantly.” QC (Report) | Montreal Gazette (CP) | Journal de Montréal (QC) CSLF study finds training in English in French programs, encourages monitoring language Top Ten 08/03/2021 - 06:19 08/03/2021 - 04:30
Times Colonist reports that first year University of Victoria students are struggling to find housing due to a shortage of on-campus housing. UVic is not guaranteeing first-year students on-campus housing due to factors such as increased admissions, previous commitments made to deferring students, and renovations which have resulted in fewer beds being available. First-year students told Times Colonist that they are facing challenges securing alternative rentals given that they have no credit rating or rental references, and that students and parents are considering options such as buying a condo after being waitlisted. UVic says it is supporting students through offering tools and tips for finding accommodations. Times Colonist (BC) UVic students struggle to find housing Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 06:15 07/30/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta has requested that the University of Alberta revise its tuition hike proposals and conduct more student consultation before resubmitting them by October 29th. The students’ union had stated that the consultations had been conducted during the winter final exam period. Christian Fotang, the union’s external vice-president explained that “[i]t didn’t feel like a consultation — it just felt like we were being informed, so what we’re asking is to actually work with students to ensure that their concerns and aspirations are reflected in the proposals.” UAlberta provost and VP academic Steven Dew thanked AB for providing more time for the consultations, and said that students would be supported through increased financial assistance in the event of an “exceptional” tuition increase. The Edmonton Journal (Paywall) (AB) AB asks UAlberta to revise tuition hike proposals, conduct more student consultation Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 06:15 07/30/2021 - 04:30
Seven of Alberta’s Colleges and Polytechnics have signed a declaration to advance agriculture and food research in the province collaboratively. Each of the seven institutions – Grande Prairie Regional College, Lakeland College, Lethbridge College, Medicine Hat College, NAIT, Olds College, and SAIT – will bring their unique applied research specialties to the table. Under the agreement, will share data, research, and expertise, and support the evolution of policy and advocacy for the industry. “There is much we can learn from each other as we continue to find new and innovative ways to serve our students, our communities, and our global society,” said MHC president Kevin Shufflebotham. AB (AB) AB colleges, polytechnics create Agriculture and Food Research Collaborative Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 06:15 07/30/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada and Government of Prince Edward Island are partnering to increase access to early childcare education and provide $10-a-day regulated childcare spaces by 2024. To meet the increased demand, the Early Childhood Development Association of PEI’s (ECDA) has scaled up recruitment and retention efforts of early childcare educators in the province, and is working with Holland College and College de l’Isle to develop programming. “[C]ommitment to the workforce and competitive wages, education opportunities — all of that while parent fees are cut in half — it’s a dream,” said ECDA interim executive director Jennifer Nangreaves. CBC | PM (Canada) (PEI) $10 regulated childcare spaces drives early childcare educator recruitment, retention in PEI Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 06:15 07/30/2021 - 04:30
Doctors across Canada are calling for the implementation of a national curriculum standard that would support the health care needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ patients. Doctors such as Miranda Schreiber, a researcher at the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine, and Dr Elise Jackson emphasized the necessity of changes that would support the integration of queer and trans health skills into student assessments. Jackson explains that simple shifts such as explaining gender-inclusive language and raising awareness of queer- and trans-specific health needs are important to ensure that 2SLGBTQIA+ patients can access health care. Jackson explains that a national standard would ensure that education is not left up to those who are passionate about the subject. A petition on the topic that Shreiber helped launch has already received over 3,700 signatures. The Star (National) Doctors call for national curriculum standard to address health needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ patients Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 06:15 07/30/2021 - 04:30
Sources from the Government of Quebec suggest that the province will announce that postsecondary students will be returning to campus in person, even if the population does not meet the COVID-19 vaccination target. Journal de Montréal reports that QC will likely not meet the 75% vaccination among the 16- to 29-year-old population, but 78.6% of college students and 83% of academics are expected to be fully vaccinated this fall. Campus vaccination campaigns will target those who have not yet been vaccinated. Discussions are ongoing about if masks will be required, though Université de Montreal associate professor Roxane Borgès Da Silva, expressed concerns to the Journal about the spread of the Delta variant as students attend class in large lecture halls. Journal de Montréal (QC) QC postsecondary anticipates return in person even if vaccination target is unmet Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 08:21 07/30/2021 - 04:30
Wilfrid Laurier University has announced that it will be exploring its namesake’s history through the Laurier Legacy Project, which will examine Laurier’s life and legacy from a scholarly perspective. The project will examine Laurier’s policy decisions and legacy, and the way the past contributes to the present. Two postdoctoral fellows and one Indigenous visiting professor will help complete the research on Laurier’s legacy, the university, and indigeneity or decolonization. “As an institution of higher learning we have a responsibility to research and reflect upon our namesake,” said WLU President Deborah MacLatchy. “The combination of scholarly studies and public education will best position us to appreciate the meaning of Laurier’s legacy for our institution and our country.” Nation Talk (ON) WLU to explore namesake through Laurier Legacy Project Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 06:15 07/30/2021 - 04:30
As postsecondary institutions recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, they should recognize that “returning to normal” may be difficult or impossible for some people, write Brandy L Simula and Kate Willink. The authors explain that faculty are facing psychological issues, including trauma, grief, and exhaustion as a result of the pandemic, and that conversations about transitioning back to “normal” can cause stress and erase the reality of the situation. Simula and Willink describe a variety of ways that leadership can support faculty, including naming and normalizing pandemic-related psychological issues, creating spaces for sharing positive emotions, recognizing long-term COVID-19-related effects while planning, and providing opportunities for reflection. The authors also encourage reviewing the benefits of remote and hybrid work and allowing people to choose their own timeline for returning. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Navigating the return to “normal”: Opinion Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 06:15 07/30/2021 - 04:30
QS Top Universities has released its 2022 global rankings, which includes over 1,300 universities around the world. The rankings took into account factors such as the ratio of faculty to students, the number of research citations from faculty, and reputation with employers. 28 Canadian universities were included in the rankings, with the University of Toronto (#26), McGill University (tied for #27), and the University of British Columbia (#46) ranking highest. Other institutions that ranked within the top 250 institutions included Université de Montréal (#111), the University of Alberta (#126), McMaster University (#140), University of Waterloo (tied for #149), Western University (#170), University of Ottawa (#230), University of Calgary (#235), and Queen’s University (tied for #240). QS (Release) | QS (Rankings) (International) QS releases global rankings for 2022 Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 06:15 07/30/2021 - 04:30
Sault College has announced that it will require those working or living in residence and those involved with its varsity athletics program to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those in residence will need to prove that they are fully vaccinated by September 20 or face eviction; while staff, students, and coaches associated with Sault varsity athletics programs must complete their vaccination on a prescribed schedule. Sault will also have fewer international students this year, and will oversee students to ensure that they follow regulations. “The health and safety of our campus community is an important priority and these mandatory vaccination policies will complement this,” said Sault President Dr Ron Common. “The College will continue to follow all public health guidelines and protocols this fall to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff.” Sault | CBC (ON) Sault announces mandatory vaccines for those in residence, varsity athletics program Top Ten 07/30/2021 - 06:15 07/30/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph’s Gordon S Lang School of Business and Economics is launching the Institute for Sustainable Commerce at Guelph (ISCG). The institute will focus on increasing research collaboration, inspiring and developing leaders, enhancing outreach initiatives, and promoting new business sustainability research. “The Lang School is committed to inspiring and developing leaders to use business as a force for good,” said Dr Lysa Porth, dean of the Gordon S Lang School of Business and Economics. “As a champion of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education, Lang aims to better understand what corporate social responsibility and sustainability mean within the context of business and what students can do to become leaders who inspire change and contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.” UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph launches Institute for Sustainable Commerce at Guelph Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina has updated its COVID-19 guidelines in preparation for the Fall semester. As of August 1, masks will only be required in designated areas such as classrooms, labs, studios, and the library, and will be recommended in elevators and stairwells. Physical distancing will be implemented in classrooms and study rooms. CTV News says that the Fall semester will be considered a transitional term, with a full return to normal expected in the Winter semester. URegina (SK) URegina updates COVID-19 guidelines in preparation for Fall semester Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
CTV News reports that a man is facing charges after reportedly carjacking a Hydro Ottawa van and driving it into concrete road barriers at the University of Ottawa. Footage shows the driver attempting to steal a bicycle before fleeing on foot after the collision, and the Ottawa Citizen says that the police located the driver and had them taken to the hospital with injuries. The man has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, failing to stop after an accident, and failure to comply with an undertaking. One of UOttawa’s concrete barriers was damaged by the crash. Global News | Ottawa Citizen | CTV News (ON) Stolen Hydro Ottawa van rammed into UOttawa concrete road barriers Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
Mount Allison University has partnered with the New Brunswick Aviation Museum to preserve New Brunswick’s aviation history. The partnership will provide MtA’s students with access to increased experiential learning experiences, and MtA Dean of Business and Social Sciences Dr Nauman Farooqi will be established as an honorary patron of the museum. “We believe that this partnership will provide an ideal benefit to our students in the form of experiential learning experiences, particularly for our aviation students but also for those studying museum and curatorial studies through future internship opportunities at the facility,” said Farooqi. MtA (NB) MtA, New Brunswick Aviation Museum partner to offer new experiential learning opportunities Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
During the COVID-19 pandemic, female academics were hit particularly hard, says Liz McMillen. McMillen interviews five people who speak about how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted female academics and their academic work. The interviewees detail a variety of issues, such as a loss of research time as women were expected to act as a “social net,” and in the increased stress of caregiving duties. The interviewees explain that women in academia need a variety of supports to address these issues in the short term, but that the impacts of COVID-19 on research and publishing must be recognized so that those looking at their CVs will understand why there are gaps in publications. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) Female academics will need supports, recognition of COVID-19’s impacts on professional history Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
Brock University has launched the Yosif Al-Hasnawi Memorial Bursary in honour of the memory of Yosif Al-Hasnawi, a Brock student who died after being shot trying to help a stranger. The bursary will be awarded to students in financial need, with the goal of having it be permanently endowed. Brock director of human rights and equity Leela MadhavaRau said that Brock has also created a lecture series in honour of Al-Hasnawi, intends to award him a post-humous certificate of courage that will be displayed on campus, and is attempting to have a bench on campus named in his honour. “He should not have died and we want to remember him and ensure that his name continues to be spoken,” said Brock sociology professor Margot Francis. CBC | The Hamilton Spectator (ON) Brock launches bursary, lecture series, memorial in honour of memory of Yosif Al-Hasnawi Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has invested almost $17M into 16 research infrastructure projects at 15 colleges from across Canada. Funding will support colleges in acquiring the labs and equipment necessary for projects focused on areas such as clean technology, mining, and agriculture. Projects receiving funding include Cégep de Trois-Rivière’s research on paper and cardboard products, Nova Scotia Community College’s development of hybrid electric and fuel cell systems, and Lethbridge College’s Advanced Post-Harvest Technology Centre. “Bringing industry partners together with researchers and students in spaces equipped with technology’s latest tools is a recipe for innovation and economic growth,” said Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President, Canada Foundation for Innovation. “This investment will enable bright ideas to be tested, applied and developed into new businesses in labs that have collaboration and partnerships at their core.” Globe Newswire (Canada) (National) Canada invests almost $17M into projects at 15 colleges Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
McGill University medicine students will have the opportunity to register for an Inuit-focused health course which will be offered for the first time in January 2022. The course, Inuit Health in the Inuit Context, was created by McGill Associate Professor Richard Budgell, who is from Nunatsiavut. Budgell explained he intends to focus on Inuit understanding of health and how Inuit understand themselves in the course. “What started as a module is now a fully-accredited course,” said Budgell. “From what I understand it may be the first university course in health of its kind in Canada. I’m pleased to have been able to make this kind of progress.” The course is the second Indigenous-focused course offered through McGill’s Department of Family Medicine. Nunatsiaq Online (QC) McGill to offer Inuit-focused health course Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
Laurentian University is asking for more time to develop a claims handling process for former staff members. CTV News reports that Laurentian had been given until July 30 to develop the process, but is requesting that the deadline be moved to August 20th with a court date set for August 17th. Moving the deadline would give Laurentian time to receive feedback and resolve any issues on the draft process, which has been received by the Laurentian University Faculty Association and the Laurentian University Staff Union. CTV News (ON) Laurentian requests more time to develop claims handling process for former staff Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
Statistics Canada has released a new study which examines how the sociodemographic characteristics of international students have changed from 2000 to 2019. The annual number of students with first-time study permits increased from 70,000 to 250,000 over the period, and students at the college and master’s degree levels increased more than others. India led as a source of international students at universities from 2015-2019. The report says that the COVID-19 pandemic decreased the number of students whose study permits became effective in 2020 by 36%, and that the pandemic’s varied impact on the students’ home countries may have influenced the sociodemographic composition of those studying in Canada. StatCan (National) StatCan releases new study on sociodemographic characteristics of international students Top Ten 07/29/2021 - 06:13 07/29/2021 - 04:30
Camosun College has announced that it will be partnering with Blockchain Guru to provide training in areas such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. Camosun will be offering new blockchain courses in Fall 2021, including Foundations in Blockchain, Digital Transformation in Shipping & Logistics and Blockchain Architecture. “With the direction that business around the world is going, in the very near future almost anybody in business or in a leadership role is going to need to have, at the very least, an understanding of the capabilities of blockchain technology,” says Geoff Wilmshurst, VP, Partnerships at Camosun. “We’re very excited to provide this cutting edge knowledge to our community with our valued partner, Blockchain Guru.” Camosun (BC) Camosun, Blockchain Guru partner to provide blockchain training, AI, machine learning Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
Nova Scotia Community College will be suspending its Marconi campus’ power engineering technology program. NSCC reportedly gave no reasons for the suspension, but has said that it will still be offering the same program at its Akerley and Strait Area campuses. David Pearson, VP of faculty for the college’s academic union, has questioned the speed of the decision. Program graduate Alex Gallant said the program offered a variety of advantages, such as its realistic lab, and that the program’s suspension is a loss to those in the area who want to pursue careers as power engineering technologists. CBC (NS) NSCC suspends power engineering technology program at Marconi campus Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
An investigation is underway following the discovery of a deceased person by a Lakehead University campus entrance earlier this week. A passerby discovered the body on Saturday evening, and the campus entrance was closed for investigation on Saturday night and part of Sunday. Thunder Bay police have not specified if the death was suspicious, and a police spokesperson said that more information will not be released until the post-mortem has been completed. CBC | TB News Watch (ON) Discovery of deceased male by Lakehead campus entrance under investigation Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta has delayed the University of Calgary’s proposed tuition hike because of insufficient student consultation. AB Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides asked UCalgary to conduct consultation with students and resubmit its proposal for the tuition increase by October 29th. University of Calgary Students’ Union is praising the move, saying that the student consultation that had been conducted was insufficient. “[W]e firmly believe going forward that there must be a minimum standard set for the university to adhere to when it comes to consultation and student feedback,” said union president Nicole Schmidt. Calgary Herald (AB) AB delays UCalgary’s proposed hike due to insufficient student consultation Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
Brock University has announced that it will require students living in its residences to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students will be expected to have at least one dose prior to moving into residence, and will be required to receive their second dose within 14 days of their move-in date. Brock has also been launching campaigns to encourage all students to get fully vaccinated before the beginning of the school year. “Reducing the spread of COVID-19 through vaccination is critical because of the close living arrangements in student residences,” said Brock VP, Administration Ken Chan. “As such, and after engaging with regional and provincial public health officials, we are taking this step to require that students living on campus are fully vaccinated.” Brock (ON) Brock mandates COVID-19 vaccines for students living in residence Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
Hair stylists in Ontario are concerned over the lack of training stylists receive for working with textured hair. The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), which sets educational standards for Ontario hairstylists, reportedly began work to incorporate Black and ethnic hairstyling techniques into the standards in 2017, but never finished the revisions. CBC reports that hair schools do not provide mandatory training on working with textured hair, and Algonquin College hairstyling program co-ordinator Deanna Douglas explained that the OCOT standards are ambiguous. “It’s time for the curriculum to be updated and to be really laid out,” said Douglas. OCOT has said that it is reviewing the current standards and plans to finalize the process for developing new standards by the end of the year. CBC (ON) Ontario hair stylists call for updates to OCOT educational standards Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary education should focus more on promoting holistic student growth, writes Steven Mintz. Though “developmental” education is often seen as having negative undertones, the author explains that all education should strive to cultivate psycho-social developmental traits. Mintz describes six ways institutions can make the postsecondary experience more developmental, including devoting the first year of postsecondary studies to developing study skills, mind-sets, and academic success strategies; implanting writing, public speaking, and numeracy in a broad range of classes; and integrating career development across the curriculum. Mintz also recommends organizing more courses on essential topics, encouraging arts appreciation, and increasing access to physical activities. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Postsecondary education should promote holistic student growth: Opinion Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
Students Nova Scotia has launched the Get Out the Vote campaign to encourage student voting in the upcoming provincial election. Students Nova Scotia will be holding online student information sessions with Elections Nova Scotia to help students learn about eligibility, registration, working at a returning office, and options for casting their ballot. The group will also be holding debates and Q&As with candidates, as well as encouraging students to pledge to vote. Lydia Houck, the executive director of Students Nova Scotia, explained that it is important for students to make their voices heard. “By showing up to the polls and showing decision-makers and politicians that students are paying attention, they're engaged, and these are the issues that matter to them, it really, really helps in ensuring those issues can be prioritized by government moving forward,” said Houck. CBC (NS) Students Nova Scotia launches Get Out the Vote campaign Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellows holding awards within Canada will now be paid through their Canadian host institutions. The payment method will harmonize payment processes, formalize relationships between host institutions and fellows, and promote inclusion of award holders within Canada’s research landscape. The new payment approach will apply to postdoctoral fellows starting their work on or after April 1, 2022. Those holding awards outside of Canada will continue to receive pay directly from NSERC or SSHRC. NSERC (National) NSERC, SSHRC to use new payment method for postdoctoral fellows Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
The Quantum Algorithms Institute, which will be hosted on Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus, has received $2.21M from the Government of Canada. The institute is co-led by SFU, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria. It will be a collaborative centre that brings academics, industry, and business experts together to create technological solutions, grow a world-leading talent pool, and develop the adoption of quantum technologies. “This funding will further contribute to the mission of the Institute in bringing academia, industry and government together, and raise awareness of the province’s flourishing reputation as a leader in quantum computing,” said Dugan O’Neil, VP, Research and International at SFU. SFU | Canada (BC) Quantum Algorithms Institute receives $2.21M to accelerate innovation, commercialization Top Ten 07/28/2021 - 06:12 07/28/2021 - 04:30
Memorial University and Saskatchewan Polytechnic are helping local Indigenous communities to find and investigate unmarked graves. MUN community members have formed a working group to discuss how they can use their wide range of skillsets to benefit the Indigenous communities of Newfoundland and Labrador. MUN archeology professor Lisa Rankin explained that the research and skills needs differ by area, and that their research could be applied to other parts of Canada and other situations. Sask Polytech has partnered with Cowessess First Nation on the Remote Sensing of Residential School Cemeteries applied research project. The project will use ground penetrating radar (GPR) to locate grave sites and unmanned aerial vehicles to capture aerial observations. CBC (MUN) | Nation Talk (Sask Polytech) (NL | SK) MUN, Sask Polytech aid Indigenous communities in finding unmarked graves Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
Nurses in Quebec are calling for paid internships, saying that they could help to attract people to the profession and retain nurses. Students are reportedly required to complete unpaid nursing internships as part of their education, which results in some having to take on additional part-time work to pay their bills. “It doesn’t pay bills, it doesn’t pay your rent, it doesn’t pay anything,” said Katia Maksoud, a second-year nursing student at CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal. “We only want adequate pay and good working conditions.” Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux President Jeff Begley and Quebec Nurses' Association President Natalie Stake-Doucet both indicated that the nursing profession, which is mostly comprised of women, faces issues of discrimination and poor working conditions. Begley explains that improving pay enables people to pursue training without living in poverty. CBC (QC) Paid internships would help with attraction, retention of nurses in QC Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
LaSalle College Vancouver has announced that it will be moving to a new educational centre which will be opening in Summer 2023. The seven-storey centre, which will be over 108,000 square feet, will be located next to LaSalle’s current campus. It will have makerspaces, a gaming lounge, a suspended theatre, kitchens, physical activity rooms, and access to outdoor spaces. “With a mix of flexible, high tech and high touch spaces, open gather places, natural light, access to outdoor spaces, a meditation garden and fresh and healthy culinary delights, this is a great space to learn, work and grow,” said LaSalle President Dr Jason Dewling. LaSalle (BC) LaSalle announces plans for new educational centre Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions would benefit from using a student-centric approach rather than focusing on business models, writes Steve K Stoute. The author argues that postsecondary institutions have been under stress for some time, but that focusing on meeting the needs of students will have greater benefits. Stoute says that institutions should recruit the students that are best fitted to the institution using data and predictive analytics, and work to provide additional supports to student groups such as adult learners and historically underrepresented populations. Additionally, the author argues that institutions should empower students to own their academic experience and provide co- and extra-curricular experiences to enable holistic development. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Using a student-centric approach rather than a business-centric one could benefit institutions: Opinion Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
York University and CUPE 3903 Units 1, 2, and 3 have renegotiated and renewed their collective agreements for the 2020-2023 period. The agreements were negotiated in a remote environment. They include advancements in language and terms and conditions regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion that will support YorkU’s diverse workforce. YorkU and CUPE 3903 will also be collaborating on a new joint committee that will be provide recommendations for a new, comprehensive job stability program for CUPE 3903 unit 2. YorkU (ON) YorkU, CUPE 3903 successfully renegotiate collective agreements Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
Conestoga College is launching a Business Supply Chain and Operations for Commercial Trucking program to address a driver shortage in Canada’s commercial trucking industry. The diploma program, which will start in Winter 2022, will take 16 months to complete through accelerated delivery. Students will study areas such as transportation communication, customer service, freight calculations, e-logging legislation, and logistics business practices. Graduates will receive $1K towards pursuing AZ licensing at Challenger Transportation Training Academy. “Conestoga is ... providing a foundational pathway to this type of career, providing students with career flexibility and job security,” said Dr Amanda Feeser, chair of Conestoga’s School of Workforce Development, Continuing Education & Online Learning. Conestoga (ON) Conestoga launches Commercial Trucking program Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
The American Council on Education (ACE) and the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) have released a new brief titled Women’s Representation in Higher Education Leadership Around the World. The brief examines women’s leadership in higher education from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Ghana, South Africa, Mexico, Australia and Finland, and argues that women’s access to higher education is neither uniform nor paralleled in the highest level of leadership roles. The brief also argues that the context of education matters, that a variety of barriers limit equality in leadership, and that any supports need to address these barriers in order to be effective. The authors conclude that “the most significant barrier to women’s equality in higher education is a tenacious complacency within our academic communities.” University World News (Editorial) Postsecondary institutions must make moves to enhance women’s equality: Report Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
The University of Manitoba will be upgrading its Fort Garry Campus’ Central Energy Plant and its Max Bell Centre building. The projects will improve the energy efficiency of the 41 major buildings on the campus while reducing the university’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The projects are part of a recent $22M investment made by the Government of Canada and Government of Manitoba through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream and the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. “We thank the governments of Canada and Manitoba for their support of UM’s sustainability goals,” said UManitoba President Dr Michael Benarroch. “This investment in upgrades to our Central Energy Plant and Max Bell Centre support the efficiency and resiliency of our infrastructure, and deliver social and environmental benefits to our community.” UManitoba (MB) UManitoba receives funding for Fort Garry Campus upgrades Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
OCAD University and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law have partnered to create an online course geared towards creative entrepreneurs on intellectual property (IP) literacy. The course will cover topics such as copyright, trademarks, industrial designs, and Indigenous entrepreneurship and IP. The course was designed to foster collaboration between arts and law students, who will work together on projects. “Providing IP education and training to creative entrepreneurs is key to enabling the knowledge and awareness of the steps that can be taken to protect their artistic creations,” said Heather Pratt, UWindsor executive director of research and innovation. UWindsor (ON) OCADU, UWindsor partner to create online IP literacy course Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
Seneca College’s choice to mandate vaccines for those on campus was an easy decision, explains Seneca President David Agnew in an editorial for The Star. The health and safety of students has been a top priority for Seneca, which has introduced enhanced sanitization, ensured only a minimal number of people are on campus, and encouraged vaccination over the summer. Agnew explains that mandatory vaccines have been used successfully to beat a variety of viruses safely and argues that this is the only way to beat COVID-19. Agnew says that being vaccinated is a way to protect the community and keep the campus environment safe and healthy. “[COVID-19] will not go away until we defeat it through vaccinations,” writes Agnew. “Seneca is proud to be doing its part.” The Star (ON) Why Seneca is choosing to require vaccines for those on campus: Agnew Top Ten 07/27/2021 - 06:11 07/27/2021 - 04:30
While at first blush, a campus seems to simply be the physical space a postsecondary institution occupies, writes Elizabeth A Lehfeldt, "it also embodies a host of aspirations that lie at the very heart of higher education." As institutional communities return to campus, Lehfeldt encourages leaders to think further about the role and meaning of a campus and the campus experience. The author describes the campus's attributes as a physical space, an intangible good, a place of community, and a creator of nostalgia; as well as how its role was impacted by the pandemic. "Many people are calling for our emergence from the pandemic to be a reckoning," concludes Lehfeldt. "For those of us in higher education, it should start with the very spaces and sites that house our aspirations for, and commitment to, all our students and their well-being." Inside Higher Education (Editorial) A look at the campus as more than a physical space: Editorial Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
King’s University College has announced that its experiential learning trips will potentially be returning in the next two years after being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. King’s is planning a variety of experiential learning trips in 2022, including trips to Rome and Italy, the Dominican Republic, and Belgium and France which will be dependent on public health regulations. “Experiential Learning (EL) deepens the learning experience and is invaluable in the development of career-related competencies and skills,” said Jenny Richmond-Bravo, King’s Promise Developer and Experiential Learning Coordinator. “EL connects learners with practical experiences, encourages self-reflection, and promotes community collaboration.” King’s UC (ON) King’s UC experiential learning trips to return in 2022 Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
The Save Our Sudbury group and the Sudbury Workers, Education and Advocacy Centre (SWEAC) are calling on the Government of Ontario’s new Minister of Colleges and Universities, Jill Dunlop, to intervene in Laurentian University’s restructuring. The Save Our Sudbury group has outlined 12 actions that it would like Dunlop to take, including speaking out against the CCAA proceedings and making a commitment to disallow public institutions to use the CCAA. SWEAC is asking that Dunlop end Laurentian’s insolvency, remove Laurentian’s president and board of governors, and reverse job cuts. Dunlop stated that impacted students would have their pathways to graduation protected and that the government would continue to monitor Laurentian’s situation. The Sudbury Star | CBC (ON) Save Our Sudbury, SWEAC call for intervention in Laurentian’s restructuring Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
Students at the University of Saskatchewan’s college of medicine will no longer see the Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre (SPOC) on the list of second-year “Medicine in Society” placement options. CBC reports that though SPOC has been on the list for ten years, students raised issues with its appropriateness last year, as the centre does not have trained medical professionals, includes discredited information on its website, and encourages clients to “choose the gift of life.” USask previously stated that SPOC was a “suitable” placement option, but after backlash on social media Dr Meredith McKague said that the college will complete an “in-depth review.” Preston Smith, dean of the college of medicine, has said that USask will review its partnerships for the placements regularly to “to ensure our students are able to achieve their learning objectives.” CBC (Reversal) | Global News | CBC (Backlash) (SK) Medical school at USask ends pregnancy centre placement option Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta must make meaningful moves to support its objective of having open educational resources (OER) available for students in AB, write Chaten D Jessel from the University of Calgary Students’ Union, Erik Christiansen from Mount Royal University, and Michael McNally from the University of Alberta. The authors argue that AB documents lack details on how to make OER resources more accessible, but that students need OER access to save money as tuition rises. Jessel, Christiansen, and McNally encourage AB to reinstate the AB OER initiative by providing funding, recruiting educators to volunteer with the OER initiative, and developing partnerships with provinces with OER initiatives. The authors explain that an OER coordinating and funding body would be transformative, and that instructors must also be encouraged to create OER content. The Edmonton Journal (Subscription req) (Editorial) AB should support OER resources to help students: Opinion Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph, and McMaster University have announced that they are mandating COVID-19 vaccines for students living in residence. UWaterloo and WLU students will be required to have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and to have plans to get their second shot by November first. UoGuelph and McMaster will require students to be fully vaccinated before moving into residence. While neither the University of Windsor nor St Clair College plan to require students on campus to be vaccinated, UWindsor is launching the “Knock Out COVID” vaccination campaign to encourage vaccination among its community. The Record | Journal de Montréal | UWindsor | CBC (ON) ON institutions make decisions on mandating vaccines for students Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
Lakeland College and New Holland Agriculture have renewed a partnership through a 10-year commitment that will see New Holland continuing to maintain Lakeland’s Student-managed Farm. Students will have access to agricultural facilities and equipment through the partnership, and will be able to use crop and pastureland to experience agricultural scenarios before they graduate. New Holland also will contribute $450K to further Lakeland’s agriculture technology programs. $150K will go to Lakeland’s Agriculture Technology Centre and support the development of curriculum for a new bachelor of agriculture technology program, research projects, agriculture technology initiatives, and lab materials. My Lloydminster Now (AB) Lakeland, New Holland Agriculture renew partnership Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
University of Alberta professors Kim TallBear and Jessica Kolopenuk have created a new online course that will teach students about how science can be used as a tool to promote Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty. The course covers a variety of topics, such as federal regulations and intersections between science and Indigenous peoples’ livelihoods. “One of the main kinds of assumptions is that science is neutral and objective, that it’s this pursuit of truth and unveiling of truth rather than actually constructing truths in particular ways,” said Kolopenuk. TallBear and Kolopenuk will also be leading the Summer internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics Canada, which will teach participants how to work scientifically and ethically within Indigenous communities. UAlberta (AB) UAlberta professors create new online course on Indigenous governance, lead summer internship Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
Almost $60M has been invested in eight genomics projects across Canada that aim to strengthen environmental sustainability. Funding includes $24.4M from the Government of Canada, $1.5M from Genome Canada and Natural Resources Canada, and $35.4M from universities, industry, and international partners. Projects include research on supporting the North Atlantic Right Wale co-led by Timothy R Frasier of Saint Mary’s University; a project on oil spill response in the North led by University of Manitoba researchers; and a project on biodiversity protection led by researchers from the University of Victoria, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Université du Québec en Outaouais, and Université Laval. “Improving our resiliency to a changing climate will increase the competitiveness of our natural resources sector,” said Seamus O’Regan Jr, Minister of Natural Resources. Genome Canada (National) Eight genomics projects with focus on strengthening environment receive funding Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
The University of Victoria is planning an $89.6M project to expand its engineering and computer science building and construct a new research and structures lab. The expansion will house labs and teaching space, while the research and structures lab will include a space for structural testing and large-scale geotechnical experiments. The facilities, which are funded through $64.8M from the Government of British Columbia and $24.8M from UVic, will support the addition of 500 seats in computer science and engineering. Both buildings will meet net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by using passive house design, mass timber structures, and sustainability features. “These landmark buildings will provide a dynamic environment for the training of future engineers and computer scientists,” said Mina Hoorfar, dean of UVic’s faculty of engineering and computer science. Times Colonist | BC (BC ) UVic plans $89.6M project to expand, construct science facilities Top Ten 07/26/2021 - 06:11 07/26/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor’s Continuing Education has partnered with the Municipality of Leamington to offer Applied Leadership Program students with opportunities to address real-world challenges. Through the program, students will practice hands-on tactics and learn leadership skills through guidance from experienced instructors. They will also complete a capstone project. Students will receive feedback from Leamington on their approaches and solutions to problems. “[Leamington’s] partnership will provide program participants with valuable feedback and real-case scenarios that are crucial to the growth and learning of potential employees and future leaders,” said Jennie Atkins, executive director of UWindsor Continuing Education. UWindsor (ON) UWindsor, Municipality of Leamington partner to provide additional opportunities for students Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary’s Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking has launched a nation-wide work-integrated learning program called Experience Ventures. The program, which runs in partnership with 10 postsecondary partners from across Canada, provides students with flexible placements that will help them develop their entrepreneurial thinking skills. Experience Ventures includes three key pillars: Encouraging students to develop future-ready skills and experiences, making an impact through innovation across disciplines, and building and growing innovation networks to bridge school and work. “Our goal is to ignite and empower an entrepreneurship mindset in students across Canada to develop the next generation of talent that will build our future,” said Keri Damen, executive director of the Hunter Hub. “We’re excited about creating opportunities for students to connect with our country’s innovators.” UCalgary (AB) UCalgary Hunter Hub launches Experience Ventures Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta is being urged to reconsider its decision to reduce the age of eligibility for the Support and Financial Assistance Agreement program from 24 to 22 years of age, which postsecondary students who previously have spent time in care are saying will cause challenges to those in similar situations. The reduced eligibility would see older Albertan youth in government care no longer able to access supports such as funds for rent, groceries, and health benefits. NDP Critic for Children’s Services Rakhi Pancholi told CBC that the cut endangers hundreds of vulnerable Albertans: “The hard truth is that most of these young Albertans will not find work and will fall into poverty,” said Pancholi. The Edmonton Journal and CBC estimate that 450 to 500 recipients will be affected by the decision. Children’s Services spokeswoman Becca Polak pointed to other programs that youth will remain eligible for, such as the Advancing Futures Program, which supports 18-to-24-year-old youth pursuing postsecondary education. Edmonton Journal | CBC | CBC (AB) AB urged to reconsider reducing SFAA age eligibility Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
Several postsecondary institutions across Ontario and Quebec have announced that they are winding down the COVID-19 related field hospitals, vaccination centres, and testing sites that were set up on their campuses as the need for these facilities decreases. St Clair College’s Sportsplex field hospital and vaccination clinic has been dismantled and returned to its former use as a basketball court. A mass vaccination clinic located at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus will be closing on July 27 as vaccines become more easily accessible at other locations and vaccination rates increase. A vaccination clinic at Lakehead University will also be closing due to a drop in appointments, and McGill University’s Health Centre’s testing clinic has closed due to a reduction in number of daily tests. CBC (St Clair) | Global News (UTM) | CTV News (McGill) | TB Newswatch (Lakehead) (ON | QC) ON, QC postsecondary institutions wind down COVID-19 centres, testing sites due to decreased need Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
Higher education should take on a greater role in shaping a future where technology is beneficial and safe, writes Francine Berman. The author argues that higher education can change tech culture by laying a groundwork for improving and teaching “tech offense” and “tech defense”. Berman says that postsecondary institutions should train students how to successfully live in a world that is driven by tech, and that exposing students to Public Interest Technology (PIT) curriculum helps them to develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to the use of technology. Berman argues that students have an interest in learning “tech defense” and “tech offense” skills through these kinds of courses, and notes that the need for these skills and learning opportunities is applicable to the broader community as well. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Higher ed should participate in shaping beneficial, safe technology: Opinion Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
The Calgary Herald reports that the Royal Bank of Canada has made an investment in Calgary’s technology sector that will see the launch of the Calgary Innovation Hub and will potentially create new opportunities for work-integrated learning at Mount Royal University and SAIT Polytechnic. Calgary Economic Development is also partnering with postsecondary institutions to develop work-integrated programs. “We believe everybody in our education system should have an opportunity to do hands-on learning, and we’ve built out this plan to build a platform that will allow companies to more easily access students that are wanting to get that experience,” said Brad Parry, interim president and CEO of Calgary Economic Development. “RBC, in making that commitment to work-integrated learning, is huge.” Calgary Herald (AB) RBC invests in Calgary tech sector, potentially creating new work-integrated learning programs Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
Lakehead University’s law faculty and the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians have received a pledge of $918K over three years to support the creation of an Indigenous law institute in Thunder Bay. Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said that the funds will support research on Indigenous law-making and “lay the foundation” for a new legal centre that will reinvigorate Indigenous legal systems. The funding will support a project to improve Lenape, Mohawk, Oneida, and Anishinaabe law-making processes and a project to revitalize Anishinaabe and Metis law. “While Indigenous laws have been observed as customs and traditions in Indigenous communities, Canadian legal institutions have long either ignored or overridden these orders and have at times criminalized Indigenous leaders for applying Indigenous laws,” said Jula Hughes, dean of the Lakehead law faculty. CBC (ON) Lakehead, Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians to create Indigenous law institute Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
Fleming College will be establishing two new applied research centres, thanks to nearly $8M in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Ontario Research Fund College-Industry Innovation Fund. The Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (CAMIIT) will be located at the Sutherland Campus, while the Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production (CIAP) be located at the Frost Campus. “Both centres will build experience, capacity and expertise in emerging areas of applied research at the College,” said Brett Goodwin, Vice President, Applied Research and Innovation at Fleming. Fleming (ON) Fleming to establish CAMIIT, CIAP research centres Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) has called on Western University to require eligible members of its community to receive full vaccination before coming on campus this fall, exempting those who might have medical or religious reasons for not being vaccinated. “Everyone has a right to a safe work and learning environment, and this can only be achieved if the vast majority of individuals on campus are fully vaccinated and strict health and safety measures are in place such as proper indoor ventilation,” reads a statement from the union. UWOFA argued that there are concerns about the Delta variant and a potential fourth wave, and that the return to campus should be safe for all Western community members. The Sudbury Star | CBC (1) | UWOFA (ON) UWOFA calls for vaccine requirement for community members coming to campus Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) have received approximately $13M to support programs that will engage under-represented groups in postsecondary education. Sask Polytech will receive $11.3M to support the development and delivery of three programs: Disability Services Programming for adult learners with disabilities, Newcomer Services Programming for those new to Canada, and a Supportive Care Assistant Program for adult learners interested in entry-level healthcare careers. SATCC will use the remaining $1.68M for coordinating three initiatives that will involve K-12 educators, Indigenous apprentices, and youth interested in exploring apprenticeships trades programming. Prince Albert Daily Herald | Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech, SATCC receive roughly $13M to engage under-represented groups in PSE Top Ten 07/23/2021 - 06:07 07/23/2021 - 04:30
Westervelt College has received new funds from the Government of Ontario to support students training to be Personal Support Workers (PSWs). The funding will provide up to $13K to 40 new and 65 current students to cover tuition costs, books, fees, and clinical placement costs. “Personal support workers are on the frontlines every day providing our family members and loved ones the one-on-one care they need and deserve,” said Jill Dunlop, ON Minister of Colleges and Universities. “By increasing accessibility to PSW programs here in Windsor, our government is working to achieve our commitment of training more frontline workers in the healthcare sector and preparing students for these high-demand and rewarding careers.” ON (ON) Westervelt College receives funding to support PSW students Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
The University of Victoria has received over $536K from the Government of Canada to create the Centre for Advanced Materials & Related Technology (CAMTEC) BioMedical Core. The funding will be used to establish a Class II biosafety facility with specialized equipment to support initiatives in a variety of areas, such as oncology, precision health, apparel manufacturing, and water treatment. It will be shared by industry partners that do not have access to these types of equipment to facilitate their growth. “The availability of these resources in a shared, industry-focused research environment will contribute to substantial growth in the life sciences sector in British Columbia,” said CAMTEC BioMedical Core director Jeremy Wulff. NewsWire (BC) UVic receives funding to establish wet lab to support oncology, precision health, and more Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
Writing an excellent scholarly book proposal can be difficult, writes Laura Portwood-Stacer, but avoiding certain pitfalls can help scholars write proposals that stand out. Portwood-Stacer describes several types of proposals to avoid: topics without a point, ideas without evidence, proposals that are still dissertations or lack one main claim, and proposals that are too unique or lack a precedent for their appeal. The author recommends that academics research presses to ensure the best fit for their proposal, and encourages academics to be confident and submit proposals in order to see if anyone is interested in their idea. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Sub req) (Editorial) Pitfalls to avoid when writing scholarly book proposals: Opinion Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary students in Quebec are now able to receive doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at Université Laval through a new CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale initiative. The initiative aims to make it easier for students to get a vaccine through providing accelerated vaccinations, with a goal of helping QC reach the target of having 75% of 18-to-30-year-old students fully vaccinated in time for the Fall semester. Students who have valid student cards from any cegep or university are eligible to receive a vaccine. If the 75% target of vaccinations is not met, there could reportedly be changes to the plan to have face-to-face courses. Journal de Montréal (QC) Laval offers walk-in vaccine appointments for QC students with valid student cards Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
A new article penned by Luis Cisneros of HEC Montréal and signed by community members and university faculty argues that Quebec needs to better support immigrant entrepreneurs to contribute to economic growth. The article explains that, based on the results of a study completed by researchers from HEC and the Université de Montréal, the QC entrepreneurial ecosystem’s weakest point is in the area of supporting immigrants. Funding and resources will need to be provided to immigrant entrepreneurs so that they can develop their potential. Additionally, Cisneros argues that the culture must change to make others aware of the difficulties that companies led by newcomers face. Le Devoir (Editorial) QC must support immigrant entrepreneurs to help them reach their potential: Opinion Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina is hosting over 450 wildfire evacuees from the Shoal Lake Cree Nation and the Red Earth Cree Nation who had to leave their homes due to poor air quality. The evacuees are staying in URegina dorms, and staff members from a variety of departments have offered assistance to help the evacuees feel comfortable. Evacuees on campus have access to amenities such as recreational equipment and facilities, which include the pool and children’s play areas. As the air quality improves, members of the community can return home, though those with respiratory conditions are expected to need to wait longer. CTV News (SK) URegina hosts wildfire evacuees in residences Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
Two of the three faith-based postsecondary institutions in Manitoba are planning for an in-person return to class in September, reports John Longhurst for the Winnipeg Free Press. Canadian Mennonite University and Providence University College will be welcoming students in person, but will be ready to pivot online if necessary. Both institutions are encouraging their students to get vaccinated, and students who will be living in residence will have single rooms. Meanwhile, Booth University College will be starting the year online, with instructors given the option of meeting in-person if students are comfortable. A move back to in-person classes is a possibility, according to VP and Academic Dean Michael Boyce, if the situation makes it possible and students are open to it. Booth will require students living in residence to be fully vaccinated. Winnipeg Free Press (MB) CMU, Booth UC, Providence UC share plan for Fall semester Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
Several Ontario postsecondary institutions have announced their COVID-19 vaccine policies for the Fall 2021 semester. Confederation College has announced that it will require all those who access its campuses in person to be fully vaccinated by the time class starts. International students will be able to receive their vaccinations while in quarantine. Algoma University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College have announced that vaccinations will not be mandatory for students or staff, though vaccinations are recommended and encouraged. Western University, which is requiring vaccines for students living in residences, will not make vaccines mandatory for those on campus. “[W]e’ve gone as far as we can go legally, and we’re very comfortable with our decision,” said Western President Alan Shepard. TB Newswatch (Confederation) | CTV News (Algoma) | Brantford Expositor (WLU, Conestoga) | CBC (Western) (ON) ON institutions announce vaccine policies for Fall semester Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
College of the North Atlantic has received funding to support the introduction of new imaging technology to be used in mining. A total contribution of $4.5M has been provided by the Government of Canada and Government of Newfoundland to develop advanced drill core imaging technology. “This state-of-the-art technology … aligns perfectly with the college’s vision to further expand and develop its applied research and innovation arm so that we can assist industry in achieving positive, breakthrough results in the mining sector,” said CNA President Liz Kidd. “We are also excited that our graduates will benefit from the training associated with the (Hyperspectral Scanning Unit).” CNA | Canada | NL (NL) CNA receives funding for new imaging technology for mining Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
Youth living in foster care need support to help them pursue postsecondary education, writes Dalhousie University Professor Jacqueline Gahagan. The author explains that youth who live or lived in care are particularly vulnerable, and that those who have completed secondary school or postsecondary education have a better chance at employment. Gahagan explains that tuition waiver programs without age caps are more accessible to older students, and argues that wraparound supports can help students thrive through reducing financial, social, and other barriers. “[W]e need to see greater leadership from both within the post-secondary education sector as well as in foster care settings across Canada to ensure we aren’t continuing the cycle of poor health, social and economic outcomes among vulnerable segments of the population,” writes Gahagan. The Conversation (Editorial) The importance of supporting youth with foster care experience in pursuing education: Opinion Top Ten 07/22/2021 - 06:06 07/22/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are raising flags and installing permanent paintings to celebrate diversity. Sault College and Sault College Students’ Union held a Progress Flag raising ceremony to show support for the campus and Sault Ste Marie communities. The University of Prince Edward Island is flying the Progress Pride Flag for the first time this year, and has partnered with the UPEI Student Union to have a Progress Pride Flag painted outside the W A Murphy Student Centre. Kwantlen Polytechnic University has painted the pillars above and below the downtown Surrey Civic Plaza KPU sign with the eleven Pride colours. KPU also installed pride flags or colours on Surrey and Langley campus crosswalks, a pathway at Cloverdale’s KPU Tech, and a staircase at Richmond campus. Sault College | UPEI | Peace Arch News (National) Sault, UPEI, KPU raise Progress Pride flags, install permanent paintings Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
Academic researchers who are interested in engaging in interdisciplinary projects must take steps to ensure that they are on the same page as their collaborators, write Margaret Schedel and Heather Lynch. The authors suggest that collaborators take the time to establish their goals and expectations. Different disciplines value different ways of communicating research, so Schedel and Lynch encourage researchers to establish what success looks like in their field, as well as clearly establishing the vocabulary, tools, discipline standards, plans for data dissemination, and role expectations. The authors also note that researchers should discuss who could take over the research if one researcher cannot complete the project. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Effectively preparing for interdisciplinary collaboration: Opinion Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
York University’s Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) and the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) have partnered to offer ONWA members a mini-MBA program tailored for the needs of Indigenous leaders. SEEC customized its nine-day Schulich Mini-MBA: Essentials of Management program to provide relevant information in a variety of subjects from marketing to finance and HR to Indigenous leaders. Sessions in topics such as policy and government, political acuity, community centricity, and grant writing were added to the program. “By designing classes that included the comfort of culture while building classes into their students’ daily work lives supported by their employers, higher learning became something to look forward to rather than a burden, said OWNA communications manager Andre Morriseau. YorkU (ON) YorkU’s SEEC, ONWA partner to offer mini-MBA program for Indigenous leaders Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
Canada needs to have a build-for-scale strategy in its science innovation ecosystem, writes Elicia Maine, Special Advisor on Innovation to the VP Research at Simon Fraser University. Maine writes that the pandemic has shown that postsecondary institutions can create scalable ventures, and argues that institutions need to continue to mobilize invention to respond to global challenges such as climate change. “In order to play a leadership role in the clean energy transition, Canada needs to focus on its international research strengths and purposefully create a Build-for-Scale strategy starting within university research labs and classrooms,” writes Maine. “Leveraging Canadian research innovation will not only facilitate the vital transition but will also aid in post-pandemic economic recovery.” Research Money (Editorial) Universities need to use a build-for-scale strategy in science innovation: Opinion Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
Students are rallying to oppose Memorial University’s tuition hike. The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) organized a rally in St John’s on Saturday to protest the hike, which CFS Newfoundland and Labrador Chair Kat McLaughlin said would make education far less accessible. International student Fahmida Ahmed told CBC that the changes had a heavy impact on international students, with the increase equating to “almost … a month of rent for every student.” MUN has also temporarily stopped physical expansions in Labrador, which Jordan Brown, MHA for Labrador West, says will hinder Labrador students’ access to education. “We’re actually going to be sending more students from Labrador to the island instead of actually campusing them in Labrador,” said Brown. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (NL) Students rally to oppose MUN tuition hike, MUN expansion in Labrador halted Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
North Island College has launched two post-graduate programs in DIGITAL Design + Development. Students who are interested in the program can choose to complete a one-year certificate which focuses on broad web and app development skills or a two-year diploma with a specialization in web development or mobile application development. The programs are available both in-person and in a flexible unscheduled digital format. “These two new programs were developed for those looking to further their skills set in design and development, or those looking to make a career change,” said Diane Naugler, NIC dean, business and applied studies. “The post-graduate programs are a great opportunity for students to upskill and transition to a new career in this high demand field.” NIC (BC) NIC launches two postgraduate DIGITAL Design + Development programs Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
The Lhoosk’uz Dené First Nation and the University of British Columbia partnered to secure access to clean tap water. UBC worked with the community to develop a system that could be locally operated and would be inexpensive and simple to maintain. The new system cleans the water using ultraviolet light and chlorine disinfection to make it potable and is scaled to the community’s needs. “It’s important to work very closely with each community, understanding their unique history, values, culture, geography and long-term vision,” said UBC team lead Dr Madjid Mohseni. “You want a solution that is sustainable and respects local skill sets and priorities.” UBC | CTV News | APTN (BC) UBC, Lhoosk’uz Dené First Nation partner on community water treatment system Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
Cégep de Trois-Rivières has announced that it is acquiring land in the Parc de la rivière Batiscan to build a science centre. The state-of-the-art centre is estimated to cost $11.3M to construct, and tentative plans for the centre include two telescopes, a multimedia room with the ability to project the view through the telescope on a big screen, a planetarium, a robotic arm that would allow people to make trips with virtual reality, and a terrace with a special telescope for observing the sun. Cégep executive director Louis Gendron explained that the project is meant to awaken an interest in science in future generations. Gendron anticipates that ground will be broken on the project next summer. L’Hebdo Journal | Le Nouvelliste (QC) Cégep de Trois-Rivières acquires land for new science centre Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
In a new article for Kitchener Today, Conestoga College President John Tibbits has shared his concerns about whether postsecondary institutions can return to normal by the fall in light of a recent Government of Ontario memo. Tibbits says that reopening will pose a variety of challenges, including balancing financial costs, vaccination levels, and virus transmission. “I think it’s unlikely, despite that memo, that we could bring 25,000 people back on-campus full-time in the fall,” said Tibbits, who noted that class sizes will likely be larger than sizes in the winter, but not similar to pre-pandemic sizes. “If we’re not allowed to have compulsory vaccinations then how do we protect people if we bring everyone [back to school with no restrictions],” asked Tibbits. Kitchener Today (ON) Conestoga President reflects on recent ON memo, calls full return to normal by Fall “unlikely” Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions that mandate COVID-19 vaccines ensure student freedom rather than take it away, writes University of Guelph professor Manish N Raizada. The author describes how students, one-third of whom have not received even one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination yet, will likely enthusiastically get together without using precautions after having been under lockdowns for so long. The author says that students who have not been vaccinated may also be less likely to get tested for COVID-19 if they develop symptoms, and may believe they only have a cold while spreading it to friends and family. Raizada says that super-spreader parties will cause shutdowns that will reverse the freedoms that students were enjoying, and that institutions should mandate vaccinations to avoid this. “Mandatory COVID vaccinations will protect the freedom to be young,” writes Raizada. Ottawa Citizen (Subscription req) (Editorial) Mandating vaccines protects the freedoms of students: Raizada Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 06:05 07/21/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), and CHEP Good Food Inc have partnered on a project under the Nourish Anchor Collaborative Cohort that will focus on food insecurity and food sovereignty. The project will look at both urban centres and remote areas with Indigenous populations, and will plan a path toward sustainability. The Cohort’s network of teams will address interconnected issues such as health inequity, food insecurity, diet-related chronic disease, and climate change impacts. “This is an exciting opportunity to think and work differently on very complex issues,” said Dr Wanda Martin, associate professor with the USask College of Nursing. USask (SK) USask, SHA, CHEP Good Food Inc partner on project to address sustainability and food procurement Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30
City News 1130 spoke to international students Dr Tamana Khatir and Arhum Ladak about the challenges they faced with coming to Canada to study during the COVID-19 pandemic. Khatir explained that challenges such as delayed paperwork, increased financial burdens, and issues securing admission have exhausted many international students. She discussed how the visa process became lengthened due to the pandemic, and how other hurdles, such as getting vaccinated, finding flights, and quarantining have posed challenges. Ladak shared the challenges of participating in classes at the University of Calgary online due to the time difference, and explained that the visa process was lengthy with no way to contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for information. City News 1130 (National) International students discuss visa delays, hurdles faced in coming to Canada Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30
The University of British Columbia has announced that it is a partner in the Autism Sharing Initiative, The initiative, which is supported by Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster, will enable researchers from around the world to share anonymized clinical and genetic data to support autism research, personalized care, and treatment. Through the Autism Sharing Initiative, researchers can use anonymized datasets from parents and patients to gain insights on genetics and autism. “[B]y working across institutional boundaries, we’ll be able to better recognize emerging autism subtypes, which can help inform diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr Suzanne Lewis, a clinical professor in UBC’s department of medicine. UBC (BC) UBC partners in the Autism Sharing Initiative Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30
In a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Kate Hidalgo Bellows discusses student mental health issues, suicide, and how institutions can appropriately address the issues students are facing. Bellows describes how responses to student suicides can inadequately address the tragedy or could even perpetuate a cycle of student deaths or “suicide contagion.” The author writes that institutions should acknowledge the death without sensationalizing the suicide and reduce access to common suicide methods. Bellows provides a look at institutions which have invested in suicide prevention measures such as faculty, staff, and student training; creating long-term mental health clinics; and having adults who know students personally and care about the challenges in their lives. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription req) (Editorial) Preventing a “suicide contagion” in students: Opinion Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that postsecondary institutions in ON will be able to fully reopen for the Fall semester. Institutions will not be required to have capacity limits or physical distancing, but students will still be required to use face masks indoors. ON has also encouraged institutions to continue to hold vaccine clinics, offer antigen testing and rapid, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, and promote hygiene and cleanliness. Institutions also are encouraged to have contingency plans and to offer mental health supports for students and staff. Deputy Minister Shelley Tapp said that ON will be providing an update in early August to “ensure alignment with the most current public health and safety guidance and advice for September 2021 and onwards.” The Star (ON) ON postsecondary institutions to resume Fall in-person classes with no capacity limits, distancing Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30
Over $1B in investments from CAE Inc, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Quebec will support innovation and create new work-integrated learning opportunities. The funding will support work in areas such as artificial intelligence, data solutions, defence and security, and healthcare, will create 5,000 work experience positions for postsecondary students, and will create 700 highly skilled jobs. “The investments announced today will help the aerospace sector increase its research and development efforts so that innovative, greener, more sustainable aircraft can be built right here in Canada for decades to come, creating good jobs for hard-working Canadians,” said Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne. Times Colonist (National) CAE, Canada, QC invest over $1B in innovation, create work experience positions for students Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30
The Edmonton Journal reports that over 60 University of Alberta custodial staff will be laid off in October, and that UAlberta will be outsourcing the work to a private contractor as a cost-saving measure. UAlberta has reportedly been increasing its use of outsourcing through attrition or voluntary severance but had not laid off custodial staff until now. The move is expected to save UAlberta $400K in its first year and $2.6M annually after. UAlberta VP (Facilities and Operations) Andrew Sharman issued a statement expressing appreciation for the custodial staff during the pandemic and assuring the public that outsourcing the positions will not affect cleaning standards. The Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) has criticized the move, arguing that UAlberta is sacrificing vulnerable workers, who are “overwhelmingly women of colour and new Canadians.” “This is a slap in the face to the group that has kept our campus safe and clean through a pandemic,” said NASA President Jillian Pratt. “Thank you so much for keeping us safe. Here’s your pink slip.” Edmonton Journal | UAlberta NASA | CTV News (AB) Over 60 UAlberta custodial staff to be laid off, work to be outsourced Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30
Flourishing professionally in a position is intertwined with flourishing personally, and one must evaluate whether their workplace culture promotes flourishing and well-being, writes Brandy L Simula. Indicators that a workplace is not conducive to an employee’s wellbeing can include boundaries being ignored, expanding responsibilities without expanding support, misalignment of values and priorities, dread, harassment, being taken for granted, and having few opportunities for meaningful work. Simula notes that employees should consider whether these issues are short or long-term, spend time reflecting on the organizational culture, and consider career paths outside of academia if appropriate. Simula concludes that having an exit strategy can also help with a transition to a workplace that promotes flourishing. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) How to evaluate if your workplace promotes flourishing: Opinion Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30
The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) and the Vaccine Surveillance Reference Group (VSRG) have recently provided funding for several projects related to COVID-19 vaccination, including those led or co-led by Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Ottawa. Over $8M was invested in four studies led by University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital researchers on how vaccines work on people with immune deficiencies. A project led by Dal’s Dr Karina Top on adverse effects following immunization in authorized vaccines has received $800K. Approximately $770K has been invested in a project co-led by UBC postdoctoral fellow Dr Brittany Barker on the uptake, effectiveness, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines for members of vulnerable urban populations. CITF (1) | CITF (2) | CITF (3) | Ottawa Citizen (National) CITF, VSRG provide funding for vaccine-related projects Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30
Statistics Canada has released a new study called “Harassment and discrimination among faculty and researchers in Canada's postsecondary institutions,” which found high rates of harassment and discrimination in the sector. A survey found that 34% of women and 22% of men had experienced harassment such as verbal abuse, humiliating behaviour, or threats in the previous 12 months. The most common type of harassment was humiliating behaviour. The study found that those with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and sexual minority persons were at the greatest risk of experiencing workplace harassment, and that PhD students or postdoctoral fellows were harassed most often by those in positions of authority. Statistics Canada | National Observer | Journal de Montréal (National) StatCan study on harassment show higher harassment, discrimination in postsecondary institutions Top Ten 07/20/2021 - 06:04 07/20/2021 - 04:30

McGill University has launched the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management (GCHM), which will train those working in healthcare professions to be effective decision makers when taking on leadership roles. The 15-credit program is offered online in a flexible, part-time format, and taught by McGill professors and healthcare leaders. The curriculum will train students in the key competencies of the Leader Role, and students will reinforce their learning through participation in group assignments, workshops, mentorship, and a capstone project. “[W]e are helping healthcare workers develop the expertise to address organizational challenges and lead change through practical course content,” said Leslie Breitner, co-director of the GCHM. “Students will gain new perspectives and the transferable skills needed to take the helm of a hospital-based division or private practice with confidence.” McGill (QC)

McGill launches GCHM Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 14:16 07/19/2021 - 04:30

The United States's recently released $3.5T budget blueprint, which included tuition-free community college for every adult, has reignited the debate about the benefits and downsides of tuition-free education in the postsecondary sector. In the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oyin Adedoyin details the way that some postsecondary institutions have previously attempted or planned to go tuition free, as well as how institutions have financially supported students with the hope that students would reciprocate after they graduate. In Inside Higher Ed, Steven Mintz discusses some of the challenges associated with community colleges and the difficulties that free tuition would help resolve, and Sara Weissman discusses the barriers to education that adult learners experience, such as limited access to free programs and fewer opportunities. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription req.) | Inside Higher Ed (1) | Inside Higher Ed (2) (International)

Discussions on free community college in the US Top Ten 07/19/2021 - 06:04 07/19/2021 - 04:30

Red Deer Polytechnic has announced that it will be offering two new degrees and two new diplomas in the Fall semester. Red Deer Polytech will be offering a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as a University Arts Diploma and a University Sciences Diploma. The programs will allow students to access more educational options in central Alberta. “We are pleased to expand our offering of credentials at Red Deer Polytechnic to meet the demand of learners,” said Kylie Thomas, VP Academic and Research. “These new programs signal another important benchmark in the evolution of our post-secondary institution.” CTV News (AB)

Red Deer Polytech launches two degrees, two diplomas Top Ten 07/19/2021 - 06:04 07/19/2021 - 04:30

After the student bus pass program was cancelled for the duration of the pandemic, St Lawrence College and Queen’s University are working to reinstate the program for the Fall semester. Kingston’s city council is considering a plan which would provide students with a four-month transit pass for $119. The Whig reports that this plan takes into account the difficulty of re-establishing a contract agreement without full understanding of student travel needs. In Montréal, a newly introduced fare structure will provide all full-time students aged 18 and up with a 40% discount on their monthly passes. The Whig | CTV News (ON | QC)

SLC, Queen’s work with Kingston to reinstate student bus program, Montreal offers student discount Top Ten 07/19/2021 - 06:04 07/19/2021 - 04:30

Nova Scotia colleges are expanding their programming and offering new supports in response to the Government of Nova Scotia’s announcement that it will be creating 9,500 new childcare spaces over the next five years. Minister of early childhood education Derek Mombourquette noted the increase in early childhood educators (ECEs) will be “substantial,” but that a variety of measures have been introduced to help them reach the number, such as free tuition and books as well as bursaries. Nova Scotia Community College plans to open its doors to 300 students who are already working in the child-care sector, and will improve virtual learning opportunities and offer more classes outside of typical work hours. Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education has also announced that it is scaling up its operations and has opened 60 additional seats to meet demand. CBC (NS)

NS colleges scale up ECE training after expansion of childcare spaces Top Ten 07/19/2021 - 06:04 07/19/2021 - 04:30

Western University has launched scholarships in honour of Western student Madiha Salman and alumni Salman Afzaal, who were killed in an anti-Muslim attack, and has posthumously awarded Salman a doctorate. The Madiha Salman Memorial Scholarship in Civil and Environmental Engineering will be given to a female graduate student who is an advocate for inclusion and who is enrolled in doctoral or master’s studies in the department of civil and environmental engineering. The Salman Afzaal Memorial Scholarship in Physical Therapy will be awarded to a graduate student in health and rehabilitation sciences, with preference for those involved in leadership, research, and/or innovation in physical therapy. “We hope these scholarships will help to carry on the incredibly positive legacies they have left at Western,” said Western president Alan Shepard. Western (ON)

Western launches scholarships, awards posthumous degree in memory of victims of anti-Muslim attack Top Ten 07/19/2021 - 06:04 07/19/2021 - 04:30

Université Sainte-Anne has announced two projects that will enrich its campus environment. Investments from the Government of Canada, Government of Nova Scotia, Municipality of Clare, and USainte-Anne will see the construction of a new athletics track, a new recreational building, and a regulatory size artificial grass soccer field. USainte-Anne will also be installing $300K Photovoltaic panels near the Church Point campus greenhouse. The solar panels are an investment in green technologies that will provide electricity that will be sold to Nova Scotia Power through the Solar for Communities Buildings Program. USainte-Anne (1) | USainte-Anne (2) (NS)

USainte-Anne announces recreational infrastructure, green technologies projects Top Ten 07/19/2021 - 06:04 07/19/2021 - 04:30

Postsecondary students are becoming increasingly interested in environmental science as the climate crisis becomes more obvious through heat waves, writes Maggie Macintosh of the Winnipeg Free Press. Macintosh speaks to students and researchers, such as University of Winnipeg student Catherine Goltz, who have been inspired to continue studying environmental studies in order to protect the environment. Macintosh reports that UWinnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre has seen enrolment in the undergraduate department of environmental studies increase by almost 200%, and that the centre plans to start a new interdisciplinary environmental and social change program in Fall 2021. “In order to solve a big, complicated challenge like climate change, it’s not going to be someone with a degree in climatology working in a room by themselves,” said Nor Casson, co-director of the Prairie Climate Centre. Winnipeg Free Press (Subscription req.) (MB)

Increased interest, enrolment in environmental science as students face climate crisis Top Ten 07/19/2021 - 06:04 07/19/2021 - 04:30

The University of Ottawa has announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be mandatory for students living in its residences. Students who are planning to live in UOttawa’s residences in the upcoming academic year must receive a COVID-19 vaccine before or within two weeks of moving in, and must receive a second dose in the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health. UOttawa says that students who do not have an exception and who refuse to be vaccinated could have their residence agreement terminated. “Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most effective means of protecting people and those around them,” said spokesperson Patrick Charette in a written statement. Other institutions in Ottawa –Carleton University and Algonquin College– are encouraging vaccination for on-campus students, and Carleton is allowing students in residence to request that they be paired with a roommate who is vaccinated. CBC | Ottawa Citizen | Journal de Montréal (ON)

UOttawa announces vaccines will be mandatory Top Ten 07/21/2021 - 14:14 07/19/2021 - 04:30

The Government of Canada has invested a total of $39.6M over three years in 236 postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students through Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. The funds will support students and researchers in a variety of areas from health sciences, natural sciences, and engineering to social sciences and humanities. “To build Canada’s world-class research ecosystem, we must foster the development of Canada’s next generation of researchers,” said Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health. “These talented individuals have bright futures ahead of them and will make discoveries that make life better for Canadians.” Canada (National)

Canada invests $39.6M in post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students Top Ten 07/19/2021 - 06:04 07/19/2021 - 04:30
Maritime universities are preparing for domestic and international students to return to campus regardless of their vaccination statuses. St Thomas University associate vice president of enrollment management Ryan Sullivan explained that the institution is promoting student vaccination in anticipation of students on campus, and that a small number of international students will be required to isolate when they arrive. The University of New Brunswick and Saint Mary’s University both will require students who have not been fully vaccinated to follow quarantine guidelines. CTV News (NB | NS | PEI) Maritime universities prepare for students to return Top Ten 07/16/2021 - 05:58 07/16/2021 - 04:30
The decolonization of research must be prioritized to enable the decolonization of university curricula, writes Masi Noor. The author explains that the main conversations around decolonization often focus on the micro- and individual levels, while other larger matters are not addressed. Noor identifies issues such as funder preferences, the use of English in communicating scientific knowledge, and research being led by relatively privileged people who focus on people living in Western countries to the exclusion of others. Noor explains that academics must be given time and space to imagine a more inclusive, anti-racist space, and that individuals and institutions must be empowered to embrace change. Times Higher Ed (Editorial) Decolonizing research to decolonize university curricula: Opinion Top Ten 07/16/2021 - 05:58 07/16/2021 - 04:30
A group called “Price of a Dream” has launched a program that will help Ontario students for whom medical school application costs would be a burden. The Ontario Medical School Application Fee Waiver Pilot Program will allow students to have processing and application fees waived for three Ontario medical schools of their choice. The pilot – which is in collaboration with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicin