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In a new article for Inside Higher Ed, Mike Gunter Jr provides advice for junior faculty based on his experiences as a professor over the past 25 years. The author suggests cultivating passion and perseverance in order to power through tedious or difficult times, and encourages networking as early as possible in a career. Gunter Jr explains that academics should also be aware that there is a struggle between professional and personal commitments and offers suggestions on how to merge work-life balance. Finally, the author encourages academics to keep sight of what led them to become a professor. “[O]ur profession really is more about the journey, not the destination,” writes Gunter Jr. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Advice for junior faculty to thrive in professorships: Opinion Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 05:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
Colleges & Institutes Canada (CICan) is launching Massive Impact, a project that will use a $5.3M investment from the Government of Canada to support the reduction of its members’ environmental footprints. The five-year project will see CICan working on a variety of initiatives, such as identifying best practices for green buildings, developing a campaign to raise awareness about GHGs emissions and climate, and developing an Emission Reduction Mentorship Program and a Campus Emissions Inventory Tool. “[O]ur Massive Impact program will help to leverage the strength and full potential of our members to deliver lasting change and raise awareness about ways we can work together to reduce our overall GHG emissions,” said CICan president Denise Amyot. CICan (National) CICan launches Massive Impact initiative to reduce members’ environmental impact Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 05:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
A representative of nursing instructors at the University of Manitoba is “raising red flags” about the Government of Manitoba’s plans to expand enrolment in nursing programs. Maggie Macintosh reports that, in May, institutions in the province were asked to create blueprints to scale up their nursing program admissions to create 200 new nursing seats. UManitoba Associate Professor Genevieve Thompson expressed concern about nursing education quality and institutional autonomy, and made a list of questions for her colleagues to ask the senate’s chairperson. “In our view,” said Thompson, “it is deeply troubling and extremely problematic that the current provincial government is directing the university to significantly alter its approach to nursing education without regard to the impact of such changes on the quality of our program, on our students or on the faculty members who teach them.” The Star (Winnipeg Free Press) (MB) Concerns expressed over MB plan to scale up nursing program admissions Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 05:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
Seneca College has announced the establishment of The Jane Fund, a $12M investment that will support student-related EDI initiatives. The fund will provide permanent support for equity-focused financial aid, support programs, projects, research initiatives, and other EDI initiatives. “The Seneca community spoke with one voice in our reflections on how we as an institution could contribute to building a world free of racism and discrimination. We heard that words are not enough – action is required,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “We are responding with a significant and permanent investment dedicated to building the equitable Seneca through concrete measures such as financial aid and supports for students from racialized and equity-seeking communities.” Seneca says that the Jane Fund is its largest endowed fund. Globe Newswire (ON) Seneca establishes The Jane Fund through $12M endowment Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 05:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph has introduced a variety of new undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a program to encourage Indigenous students to pursue careers in biology. The university has launched new undergraduate programs in health; sexualities, gender and social change; creative writing; linguistics; and Black Canadian studies. UoGuelph has also introduced new graduate programs, which include the Master of Dairy Technology Management, a PhD in Computer Science, and a specialization in Sexualities, Genders and Bodies. The new Enhancing Indigenous Research initiative, launched by UoGuelph’s College of Biological Science, was created to encourage Indigenous perspectives within STEM and support Indigenous students in the biological sciences. UoGuelph (1) | UoGuelph (2) (ON) UoGuelph introduces new programs, Indigenous Research initiative Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 05:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
York University has announced that it will host the Toronto Centre of Excellence on Youth Homelessness Prevention centre. The centre was established by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and will focus on preventing, researching, and finding practical solutions for homelessness. It will also assess youth homelessness and prevention in UNECE member States to help put the topic on public policy agendas. “The establishment of the UNECE Toronto Centre of Excellence at York is a testament to the global leadership of our researchers,” said YorkU President Rhonda Lenton. “Under the guidance of our Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, the new Centre will bring together experts, policymakers, and local and international community partners to make a positive global impact on this urgent social issue.” YorkU (ON) YorkU to host Toronto Centre of Excellence on Youth Homelessness Prevention centre Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 05:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
École de technologie supérieure has announced that it has achieved carbon neutrality. The achievement comes well ahead of schedule for the institution: François Gagnon, Director General of ÉTS, signed a declaration of climate emergency in 2019 that included a commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 “or 2050 at the latest.” The institution achieved this status through the purchase of Gold Standard certified carbon offset credits and by investing in research projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ÉTS says that it is the first university in Montréal to achieve carbon neutrality. Newswire (QC) ÉTS achieves carbon neutrality Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 05:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to plan for the establishment of a university in Inuit Nunangat. A task force of representatives from the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Makivik Corporation and the Nunatsiavut Government will guide the development process and initiate planning activities. “The support of the Mastercard Foundation will allow Inuit the space, time and resources to determine how best to lead and plan for a new reality of higher education in Inuit Nunangat,” said Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. “ITK and the Mastercard Foundation are ready to advance this work and set in motion the process of creating a new reality of Inuit self-determination in education.” Nation Talk (NV) ITK, Mastercard Foundation partner to plan university in Inuit Nunangat Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 05:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
Queen’s University has announced that it will be buying the former Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute (KCVI) building and property. Queen’s has not mentioned an intended use for the building yet, but said that it may be used on a temporary basis after the sale is finalized. The property will need to be rezoned and re-designated before it can be used. “We are pleased with this pending acquisition of KCVI by the university,” said Donna Janiec, Queen’s Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “This is a great fit for Queen’s, as it directly adjoins our campus and will allow for the future expansion of our academic programming.” Queen’s | Kingstonist | Global News (ON) Queen’s to buy former KCVI building and property Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 05:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
Trent University has announced that it is launching an Integrated Bachelor of Arts & Science/Medical Studies Dual Degree Program with Swansea University in the UK. Students in the program will spend the first two years of their degree at Trent earning a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree before completing a Bachelor of Science degree in a Swansea medical pathway program in Wales. The collaboration will allow students to graduate with two degrees in four years. Trent also recently announced that it has become the first university in Canada to offer students the opportunity to take English as a Second Language courses for credit towards any undergraduate degree program at the institution. “The Trent-ESL program has always upheld a reputation for excellence in English language programming,” said Trent Associate Vice President, International Glennice Burns. “Offering for-credit ESL programming speaks to the academic integrity and rigor these courses carry and lifts the value and benefit to an unmatched level across Canada.” Trent | Trent (ESL) (ON) Trent launches integrated integrated dual degree program with Swansea, offers ESL courses for credit toward undergraduate Top Ten 06/18/2021 - 15:26 06/18/2021 - 04:30
Collège Boréal’s veterinary technician program has had its accreditation reinstated by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT). The program has been granted “provisional accreditation” for two years in response to an appeal from Boréal. Students in this year’s graduating class are retroactively covered by the provisional accreditation and will now able to complete the provincial competency exam. “It is our sincere hope that Collège Boréal continues to address the areas for improvement and subsequently applies for full accreditation with the OAVT to ensure students graduating from their programs meet the minimum standards for entry to practice,” said OAVT in a release. CBC | Boréal (ON) Boréal vet tech program has accreditation reinstated Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced the renewal of interprovincial agreements that will allow SK students to access health sciences programs in other provinces. The eight interprovincial agreements (IPAs) will reserve seats for students at postsecondary institutions in Alberta and British Columbia in programs such as Respiratory Therapy, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. “These agreements provide our students with the opportunity to access education in specialized health professions that are important for the province,” said SK Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky. “This collaborative approach with post-secondary institutions in Alberta and British Columbia helps ensure our province continues to deliver high-quality health care to the people of Saskatchewan.” SK (SK) SK renews eight interprovincial agreements with AB, BC to support access to health sciences training Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
Queen’s University has issued a statement in response to the Collective Indigenous Scholars’ Statement on Identity and Institutional Accountability. Queen’s Provost Rahswahérha Mark F Green and AVP (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation) Kanonhsyonne Janice C Hill write that they agree with several of the challenges and issues raised in the letter, and provide further detail on how the report was assessed by Queen’s. “We acknowledge that Indigenous identity is a very complex issue that remains the focus of rigorous and intense debate, particularly as it relates to equity hiring of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) faculty and staff,” write Green and Hill. “Queen’s encourages this inquiry and supports the continuation of respectful Indigenous processes that include meaningful engagement with Indigenous communities.” Queen’s (ON) Queen’s Provost, AVP respond to Collective Indigenous Scholars’ Statement Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
Olds College and Loyalist College have signed a MOU to work together on research, education, and training to advance Canadian agriculture. Through the two-year agreement, Loyalist and Olds will work together to establish and enhance work-integrated learning opportunities, and will potentially collaborate in areas such smart agriculture, vertical farming, and urban planning. The MOU will see the institutions sharing expertise, knowledge, and data while supporting local industries and providing opportunities for graduates to advance the sector. “Our institutions have extensive networks within Alberta and Ontario and this agreement will allow us to leverage and add value to our networks for a pan-Canadian impact,” said Stuart Cullum, President, Olds College. RD News Now | YouTube (Signing) (ON) Olds, Loyalist sign MOU to advance Canadian agriculture Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions should cultivate and support the scholarship done by student affairs practitioners, writes Chelsea Gilbert. It can be difficult for student affairs practitioners to produce scholarly work due to the lack of a supervisor and exhaustion from factors such as the pandemic, writes Gilbert, so institutions must actively take steps to support the work of “pracademics.” The author suggests that institutions should provide time for student affairs practitioners to focus on scholarship, provide funding for research, and elevate their work. “If we are truly committed to the success of not just our teams, but also our students, we must capitalize on the oft-untapped expertise of student affairs professionals,” writes Gilbert. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) How institutions can support the scholarly work of student affairs practitioners: Opinion Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
CBC and the Ottawa Citizen report that Carleton University PhD student Cihan Erdal, who had been arrested and detained in Turkey during a mass arrest in September, was released from prison on Tuesday. Erdal was in Turkey last year to research his thesis on youth-led social movements and was accused of inciting terror and violence. “We were very confident that he was going to be released because it was so utterly baseless,” said Erdal’s lawyer Paul Champ. “We’re confident that Cihan will be fully acquitted in the next couple of months.” Erdal will reportedly remain in Turkey until his lawyers can gain permission for him to come back to Canada. Ottawa Citizen | CBC | CBC (video) (ON) Carleton PhD student released from Turkish prison Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
Ryerson University has reportedly announced that it will be requiring students living in residence to have had a COVID-19 vaccine. The decision was reportedly made for a variety of reasons, including the communal living situation of students in residence, the high rates of cases in young population groups, and to foster a welcoming community for students. Ryerson recommends that students receive a first dose two weeks before moving in. “This measure is necessary to support students’ safety, growth and development, Ryerson’s mandate and commitments surrounding applied knowledge and research to address existing and emerging society needs, and to prevent and mitigate outbreaks and disruptions during the 2021-2022 academic year,” said Ryerson spokesperson Karen Benner. CP24 (ON) Ryerson to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students living in residence Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
Concordia University of Edmonton and the Sul-Rio-Grandense Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology (IFSul) in Brazil have partnered to create opportunities for collaboration on artificial intelligence and machine learning projects. The partnership will see the development of research and innovation opportunities and applied research with a focus on student mobility. “We know that creating high-impact talent is critical for Alberta’s future and that the challenges facing industry today are not localized to our province,” said Dr Manfred Zeuch, VP External Affairs and International Relations. “Global challenges require global solutions, and through partnerships like this one, we can set the conditions for our students, and industries, to achieve success.” Concordia Edmonton (AB) Concordia Edmonton, IFSul establish international partnership focused on innovation, research opportunities Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Quebec is considering plans to test the air quality in cegep and university classroom as students return to in-person classes in the fall semester. Radio Canada reports that postsecondary institutions have not had to test air quality while students have been largely studying remotely. The Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur is scheduling meetings with public health to address the return of students to classes. The article says that QC does not currently know whether the buildings’ ventilation is sufficient to reduce the risk of COVID-19, and that higher education institutions have historically been encouraged to ensure that health standards and occupational safety – including ventilation standards – are carefully monitored. Radio Canada (QC) QC plans to test cegep, university air quality Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina’s Hill and Levene Schools of Business and Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) have signed a MOU to advance initiatives that support women entrepreneurship in SK. The Schools of Business and WESK will be working on understanding and responding to the needs of diverse women entrepreneurs, exploring the feasibility of non-credit investor development programming, and showcasing the best practices in women entrepreneurship. “With the research projects that we have planned, we will be able to better understand the barriers and challenges that women entrepreneurs face,” said Dr Kathleen McNutt, URegina VP (Research). “This information will enable us to support women entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses and contribute to the province’s economic growth.” URegina (SK) URegina, WESK sign MOU to advance women entrepreneurship Top Ten 06/17/2021 - 04:33 06/17/2021 - 04:30
Durham College has announced the launching of the Social Impact Hub, which is its fifth applied research centre. The hub will focus on improving or redesigning societal systems in order to address societal challenges. “As a leading post-secondary institution and applied research centre, we are committed to exploring and developing solutions to the barriers our communities face,” said Durham President Don Lovisa. “The applied research being completed at Durham College underscores the importance of innovation and ingenuity, and I am incredibly excited to see how the Social Impact Hub will help address the gaps and inequalities that exist within our society through this lens.” Durham (ON) Durham launches Social Impact Hub Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
After the circulation of an anonymous document alleging that several Queen’s University faculty and staff members had made false claims of Indigenous identity, Queen’s has issued a statement rejecting the report and its contents. The university’s statement indicated that the institution is investigating the origins and nature of the document and “will take what action it may deem appropriate” to support its team members. Inside Higher Ed and CBC report that an open letter signed by Indigenous scholars and supporters has called on Queen’s to retract the statement. The signatories argue that “there is a larger issue here that Queen’s, along with many other academic institutions in Canada, blatantly refuse to address – that is their legal obligations to […] develop transparent policies and procedures regarding the equity hiring of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis faculty.” Queen’s | Global News | Inside Higher Ed | CBC (ON) Queen's defends against allegations of false Indigenous identity, scholars issue open letter Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
Collège Boréal and the Center francophone du Grand Toronto (CFGT) have signed a formal agreement to extend their collaboration as part of their interest in developing educational resources and community services. The agreement will see the two parties working together to provide opportunities to one another: CFGT will provide work-based learning opportunities to Boréal students at its Richmond Street location, while Boréal will provide CFGT with more visibility at events such as its annual community services fair and will continue its sponsorship of CFGT’s annual celebrations of Black History Month. Both parties will collaborate on joint grant projects. Boréal President Daniel Giroux stated that the joint work will continue to be of service to both students and the community. Boréal (ON) Boréal, CFGT extend collaboration to develop resources, community services Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has invested over $635M to support over 4,800 researchers and teams in the areas of science, research, and engineering. The funding will support over 3,400 NSERC grants, 1,315 research projects through SSHRC grant programs, and 156 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs. The funds will support research in areas of critical importance such as Indigenous reconciliation, women’s health, climate change, chronic pain, and race and inclusive policies. “It is inspiring to see the ingenuity and dedication Canadian researchers embrace in exploring big ideas that will fuel the discoveries and innovations of tomorrow to make our world a better place and create prosperity for Canadians,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Canada (1) | Canada (2) (National) Canada invests over $635M in science, research, and engineering research Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
York University has announced that it will be establishing the University Services Centre (USC), an integrated shared services entity that centralize the delivery of services to faculty, instructors, and staff. The USC will bring a variety of administrative services together into one service delivery centre to provide users with a single point of contact for consistent and simple access to services. Two teams – the Pension and Benefits Office and the General Accounting team – will join the USC right away, with the Procurement Operations team joining in August or September 2021. “[T]he USC will also alleviate long-standing pain points in administrative service delivery, enabling the community to focus on what matters most – teaching, research and learning,” said Charles Frosst, YorkU USC AVP. YorkU (ON) YorkU to establish University Services Centre Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
Teaching over Zoom has led to extraordinary experiences within courses, writes Samuel J Abrams, and instructors should consider keeping aspects of Zoom even after going back to in-person instruction. The author describes how using Zoom allowed students to bring their authentic selves to class by sharing a glimpse of their home lives, brought the diversity of student locations into conversation, and often revealed the best of students. The author suggests keeping some aspects of Zoom post-pandemic, such as office hours and student meetings, academic talks, the informality of teaching, and the ability to collaborate with other institutions. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) How Zoom has helped connections, discussions during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
Provosts must lead differently as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice crisis, write Karlyn Crowley and Jay Roberts, and this requires them to apply sometimes-contradictory truths in order to address the issues faced by their community. Crowley and Roberts identify a variety of different contradictions that leaders may face, including how being strong in a crisis means being vulnerable, little actions often mean more than bigger ones, and focusing on oneself in order to care for others. Finally, the authors explain that after a “mega-crisis,” leaders must be prepared to continue to lead without the expectation that “getting back to normal” will ever be achieved. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Contradictions provosts must face as they navigate the “mega-crises”: Opinion Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
University of Alberta community members are concerned about the major impacts of budget cuts, reports the Edmonton Journal. Columnist Elise Stolte writes that cuts to UAlberta’s operating grants have resulted in the institution “shrinking” as staff positions are eliminated and faculties and services are restructured. Stolte also notes that UAlberta slipped in the recent QS World University Rankings, partially because of the worsening ratio of students-to-faculty. Reporter Ashley Joannou writes that students at Campus Saint-Jean do not believe AB will provide the necessary financial support to their campus and are calling for federal support. The article notes that Campus Saint-Jean students can no longer complete their degrees in French due to the loss nearly 20% of its programming. Edmonton Journal | Edmonton Journal (Campus Saint-Jean) (AB) Community members concerned about UAlberta “shrinking," call for federal funding for Saint-Jean Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
Vancouver Island University’s Office of Community Partnerships has partnered with Island school districts to promote provincial education savings grants among families with 5-to-8-year-old kids. VIU will be involved in sending educational materials about the no contribution required Registered Education Savings Plan to families in five school districts, which will help families understand how they can claim a $1.2K grant to put towards their child’s future postsecondary education. “We see this as an opportunity for improvement in the regions VIU serves,” says William Litchfield, AVP of VIU’s Office of Community Partnerships. “Nearly 80% of the jobs of the future will require some form of post-secondary training. We need to ensure children in our region are taking advantage of every opportunity that will help them attend.” VIU (BC) VIU, Island school districts partner to share information about educational grants Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
Trent University has collaborated with Chitkara University to develop an academic mentorship agreement that will allow Chitkara students to earn Trent Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. Students in the program will learn Canadian curriculum at Chitkara for the first two years of their studies before completing their final two years at Trent’s School of Business. The program structure allows students to specialize their degrees, provides an opportunity to complete a community-based research project, and includes guaranteed hands-on experience. Students will benefit from saving in international tuition fees while studying abroad, and will be eligible to apply for three-year post-study work permits. “Working together, we will provide more opportunities to international students in India, who will embrace their future in a global arena,” said Glennice Burns, AVP of International at Trent. Trent (ON) Trent, Chitkara University collaborate on BBA degree program Top Ten 06/16/2021 - 04:33 06/16/2021 - 04:30
Online education disseminates knowledge, but does not do a good job of teaching students the ability to carry out a specific task, writes University of Waterloo Professor Robert Danisch. Although students may be taught knowledge or the “knowing-how” skills in online classes, they need the opportunity to encounter teachers modelling the application of these skills in order to apply them. Danisch argues this application by teachers and imitation by students is impossible in remote settings. “Instead of asking how universities might benefit from shifting courses and curricula online permanently, we ought to be asking how students might suffer from fewer opportunities to focus on “knowing-how” and ever-greater commitments to “knowing-that,” writes Danisch. The Conversation (Editorial) Online learning does not teach students to use “knowing-how” skills: Opinion Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary education must transform to keep up with the changes in society, writes Arthur Levine. The author describes how a seven-step framework can enable postsecondary institutions to understand how much they need to change and what to expect in the coming years. Levine goes on to identify some of the trends in higher education at this time, including shifts toward competency-based and outcome-based education, the adoption of low-cost degree programs, and the adoption and creation of publicly-available learning materials. “[L]ooking into the history of higher education shows us what is likely to happen to complete the transformation,” writes Levine. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Postsecondary institutions must transform to keep pace with change: Opinion Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30
Seneca College has partnered with Process Fusion to offer students the ability to earn a Digital Process Automation credential through its School of Information Technology Administration & Security. The credential trains participants on how to automate common workplace tasks for enhanced workplace productivity. It also teaches students about topics such as document digitization, intelligent information extraction, and document workflows. “We are pleased to collaborate with Process Fusion and provide students the skills they need to help employers utilize current IT tools to modernize business practices,” said Ranjan Bhattacharya, Dean of Seneca’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Technology. “Short, focused learning options available through Seneca microcredentials support those looking to upskill and fill identified talent gaps across sectors.” NewsWire (ON) Seneca, Process Fusion partner on Digital Process Automation credential Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30
Business Career College and Sun Life have partnered to provide online training that will prepare advisors to pass certification exams to gain Qualified Associate Financial Planner (QAFP) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. The collaboration will see BCC providing QAFP and CFP training online to Sun Life advisors through its online platform. BCC will also offer three-day live instruction Exam Preparation courses for CFP and QAFP, with options to allow students to gain additional guidance through a student advisor. “We are passionate about the quality education we provide at BCC and believe this collaboration paves the way for more advisors to achieve their CFP designation, and further help their clients meet their financial and life goals,” said Tiffany Linke Boyko, President of We Know Training, the organization that runs BCC. BCC (AB) BCC, Sun Life partner on online advisor training for QAFP, CFP designations Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it will be launching a certification system for those working in the trades to support tradespeople in finding higher-paying, stable careers. Individuals in ten mechanical, electrical, and automotive trades will be required to be certified journeypersons or registered apprentices before working. BC will also be introducing journeyperson to apprentice ratios in the ten trades. “[A] certified trades worker has a certification that is recognized by employers,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “By recognizing the worker’s skill, we will attract more people into careers in the trades in order to help address labour shortages across a variety of trades.” Times Colonist | BC (BC) BC to launch certification system for tradespeople Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that the University of British Columbia is facing “increasing pressure” to reconsider the honorary degrees of several individuals who are known to have held discriminatory or racist views. While UBC has already announced its intent to review the degree of former Kamloops Indian Residential School principal John Fergus O’Grady, many people, including UBC’s Alma Mater Society, are calling on UBC to review all honorary degrees. “The university should not be afraid to acknowledge the horrific actions of people that [it] has honoured,” said UBC anthropology professor Charles Menzies, who is a member of the Gitxaała First Nation. “There’s no obligation to grant honorary degrees. They’re kind of a privilege that universities present. And with all privileges, they should and can be revoked.” UBC has responded by noting that it is establishing a process for reconsidering honorary degrees. CBC (BC) Pressure on UBC to reconsider honorary degrees increases Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30
Atlantic University Sport has announced plans for university sports in the Atlantic region to return for the full 2021-22 season starting in September. The football schedule will be modified for the season, while other fall and winter sports are expected to run as they have in the past. AUS also stated that it has made progress on developing a plan with guidelines for a safe return to competition. “This will obviously be contingent upon the most up-to-date public health directives, but we are optimistic that things will continue to go in the right direction, and that our student-athletes will be back on the field of play this fall,” said AUS executive director Phil Currie said Wednesday in a media release. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (Atlantic) AUS announces plans for fall return in Atlantic region Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30
McGill University’s Gault Nature Reserve has partnered with the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki (W8banaki) to welcome the members of the W8banaki nation to practice cultural activities at the nature reserve. The Gault Nature Reserve protects over 1,000 hectares of natural forest on Mont St Hilaire/wigw8madensis, which is located within the ancestral territory of the W8banaki. The partnership gives Odanak and Wôlinak community members free access to the Reserve and recognizes the location as ancestral territory with cultural value. “This is another step along the path to honouring the past and reconciling the future,” said McGill Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Christopher Manfredi. “A long road remains ahead of us, but we are committed to engaging and collaborating with Indigenous partners to identify, explore, and advance plans that benefit our whole society by embedding Indigenous traditions in the life and activities of the University.” McGill (QC) McGill, W8banaki partner to welcome W8banaki nation members to Gault Nature Reserve Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30
Simon Fraser University has received over $8.3M from the Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia to fund access to education in French. The funding will support the broadening of SFU’s French-language programs and courses, the enrichment of student life in French, and the maintenance of the French Cohort Program. The funding will give SFU the stability to commit to supporting Francophone students. “With this funding, we will continue our efforts to make a world-class university education in French accessible to Francophones and all students who wish to expand their professional and personal horizons through both official languages,” said SFU President Joy Johnson. “We are committed to offering an outstanding university experience with opportunities to learn in French and speak French outside the classroom.” Canada | SFU (BC) SFU receives over $8.3M in support of French education Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30
Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management has received a $3M USD in-kind donation from Blue Yonder. Blue Yonder will be donating software and licensing agreements to Ryerson, which will help Retail Management students to develop their technical skills through industry-leading software. “The Ted Rogers School of Management is incredibly grateful for the two decade long relationship with Blue Yonder, and especially for this latest gift of their industry-leading software” said Sean Ingram, Ryerson’s Executive Director of Advancement. “Our close association with companies like Blue Yonder helps to make our education nimble, relevant and distinctive.” Ryerson (ON) Ryerson Ted Rogers School receives in-kind donation of software, licensing agreements for Retail Management students Top Ten 06/15/2021 - 04:31 06/15/2021 - 04:30

The $3.6B Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) has officially been completed over ten years after ground was originally broken, reports Journal de Montréal. The new hospital brings together the Notre-Dame, Hôtel-Dieu, and Saint-Luc hospitals within one building to allow work to be conducted in one centralized building. CTV News reports that CHUM also operates as the l’Université de Montreal’s centre for medical teaching and research. In addition to new spaces and technology that will be used to offer high quality care, CHUM contains offices for researchers and doctors, a library, a common workspace, and an amphitheater for virtual and in-person conferences. Journal de Montréal | CTV News (QC)

Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal completed after over 10 years Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30

Institutions have continued to hold events and launch new services in response to the 215 children discovered at Kamloops Residential School. The University of New Brunswick’s History department has announced that it plans to expand its pro bono research and assistance services in areas such as land claim documentation. “We see this as the least we can do, considering this really horrific ongoing colonial process,” said UNB Assistant Professor Angela Tozer. Algonquin College also held a virtual gathering called “Every Child Matters” last Thursday to honour the children who died at the residential school. The gathering included music, poetry, and two minutes and 15 seconds of silence. Beverly Jacobs, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor, penned an article for The Conversation calling for further investigation into residential school sites and urging all Canadians to “care, learn, listen, respect, and unlearn the lies that have been told.” CBC (UNB) | CTV News (Algonquin) | The Conversation (ON, NB)

UNB, Algonquin, UWindsor dean continue to respond to Kamloops tragedy with events, services, calls for investigation Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30

Postsecondary instructors should take classes in unknown fields to expand their experiences, writes Jean Coltharp. The author encourages instructors to take advantage of any tuition remission policies or discounts that may be available to them at their institution. Coltharp writes that there are many benefits of taking postsecondary classes as an instructor: In addition to exploring new areas of study, classes can provide lessons on different teaching techniques, push instructors into taking on different roles in the classroom, enable them to see and interact with students in a new context, and enhance their understanding of the student workload. “Many of us went into our fields and chose teaching because of a love of learning,” writes Coltharp, “and this opportunity allows us to take classes just for learning’s sake.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

Instructors can benefit from taking courses in unfamiliar fields: Opinion Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30

Algoma University and Northern College have announced that they will be expanding their partnership to launch a new dual credential program called the Computer Science joint program. The program will enable eligible students to earn a Computer Engineering Technician Diploma and a Bachelor of Computer Science degree in three years of full-time study. “This long-standing partnership is critical to the growth of post-secondary education in Northern Ontario while addressing regional labour market needs,” said AlgomaU President Asima Vezina. “The dual credential is an example of how our collaboration with Northern College continues to evolve, and I look forward to continuing to expand the options we can provide for our students and the communities in which they live and work.” AlgomaU | SooToday (ON)

AlgomaU, Northern College to launch Computer Science joint program Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30

NorQuest College’s 1000 Women: A Million Possibilities luncheon has launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $3M over three years to provide funding for women seeking training in STEM at NorQuest. The campaign aims to increase the number of women working in STEM in Alberta by providing funding for those who otherwise could not afford to complete education at NorQuest. “By connecting NorQuest resources like our workforce-ready programming in STEM, industry-focused equity, diversity, and inclusion training through our Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership, and the power of Alberta’s wonderful philanthropic community, we’re helping to make STEM workplaces across Alberta more welcoming and inclusive for women,” said Marian Gayed, VP, External Relations and Partnerships at NorQuest. NorQuest (AB)

NorQuest launches fundraising campaign to support STEM training for women Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30

13 research teams across Canada have received new funds from NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program to support research, development, and training projects. The projects range from artificial intelligence to energy sustainability to health informatics. “By bringing together multidisciplinary teams to offer mentoring and skills training opportunities, CREATE complements the research training that students receive,” said NSERC President Alejandro Adem. “This positions them well to succeed in their careers and make important contributions to Canadian science and engineering.” The institutions that have received grants include McMaster University, Ryerson University, Queen’s University, University of British Columbia (both Vancouver and Okanagan), the University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan, York University, Université Laval, Concordia University, Simon Fraser University, and Dalhousie University. NSERC | NSERC (Recipients List) (National)

Institutions receive NSERC CREATE grants to support research, development Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) has signed a MOU with French institutions Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and the Université Franche-Comté to create the Forêts froides project. The project will characterize, reconstruct, and model the ecological processes governing boreal and mountain ecosystems, and will propose adaptation strategies in response to climate and societal changes. The research will be interdisciplinary in nature, combining approaches and concepts from fields such as ecology, paleoecology, and paleoclimatology. The project will see professors working at research sites around Canada as well as various mountain areas around the world. UQuebec (QC)

UQAT, CNRS, Université Franche-Comté announce international “cold forests” collaboration Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30

Moving from academia to industry can be challenging to academics, who need to adapt their skills and experiences to a non-academic career, writes Janelle Ward. The author explains that academics should face three “hard truths” as they pursue a different career: Academia can be difficult to understand for those outside of it, advanced degrees need to be translated to show what transferrable skills academics offer, and non-academic careers commonly value experience more than a PhD. Ward also emphasizes the importance of learning industry language and translating previous experience so that it is relevant to hiring managers. “[T]he burden falls on you to do the work of closing the gap between what you were and what you want to become,” writes Ward. Times Higher Ed (Editorial)

Truths to embrace when moving from academia to industry: Opinion Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30

The Government of Canada will be providing Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding to postsecondary institutions to support programs that make science and research engaging for young Canadians. The funding supports a variety of initiatives that foster curiosity through hands-on learning experiences, such as summer camps, science centre programming, and after-school programs. Several institutions – including Canadore College, McMaster University, and Cape Breton University – will be using the funds to support and encourage Indigenous learners to explore STEAM pathways. NSERC PromoScience | NSERC PromoScience Grant Recipients | Canadore (National)

Canada provides NSERC funding to projects that engage young Canadians in science Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30

Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design has launched a Healthcare User Experience (HUE) Lab, which will use human-centred principles to improve patient healthcare experiences. The centre has already received a grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge for projects that will promote vaccine confidence and uptake in diverse Canadian communities. “FCAD’s launch of the Healthcare User Experience Lab will be focused on supporting healthcare practitioners by developing new ways of communicating and engaging patients,” said FCAD Dean Charles Falzon. “We are proud to be in discussion with leading health partners in Toronto and around the world to apply creative thinking and ingenuity to Canada’s health sector.” Ryerson (ON)

Ryerson launches Healthcare User Experience Lab Top Ten 06/14/2021 - 04:34 06/14/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions should consider hosting professional development opportunities for alumni that address systemic racism, writes Joe Walsh. Reflecting on the US context in particular, the author explains that many alumni may benefit from alumni offices reaching out to provide them with professional development. Walsh explains that programs could incentivize participation in anti-racism professional development through a variety of methods, including free program opportunities, highlighting the work of other alumni, and providing certificates and badges. The author also notes that these high-visibility programs may benefit the institution’s brand while also creating “better neighbors.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) The opportunity to provide anti-racist professional development to alumni: Opinion Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30
Lethbridge College and Southland International Trucks have established a partnership that will support the training and career development of trades students. The five-year partnership will see Southland providing technology, equipment, resources, and training opportunities to students, as well as providing students and faculty with access to Navistar International Corporation and its International dealer network’s TECH EmPOWERment initiative. “This gift will allow Lethbridge College students to remain at the cutting edge of technology and innovation, and it will give them an advantage when they embark on their careers,” said Sheldon Anderson, Dean of Lethbridge’s Centre for Trades. Lethbridge (AB) Lethbridge, Southland partner to provide training, development opportunities for trades students Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina has announced that it has established the Gabriel Dumont Research Chair in Métis/Michif Education, which Dr Melanie Brice will hold for a five-year term. The research chair will increase URegina’s Faculty of Education’s research and teaching capacity, and will enhance academic engagement with Gabriel Dumont Institute’s Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program. Brice will research Métis and Michif education with a focus on “research, learning, knowledge-keeping, language and cultural revitalization, reconciliation, and inclusion with and by the Métis through formal education systems.” The new Chair is the first of its kind in a Canadian Faculty of Education. URegina (SK) URegina establishes Gabriel Dumont Research Chair in Métis/Michif Education Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30
The University of Toronto will be requiring students who live in residence in the 2021-2022 academic year to be have received a vaccine against COVID-19. U of T has recommended that students get the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before moving into residence, and indicated that those who have not received it by their move-in date will have two weeks to receive their first dose. “This requirement, which is endorsed by our local public health authorities, will enable us to give our students the residence experience that they expect – and that is so important to their growth and development – without compromising on their health and safety,” said Sandy Welsh, U of T’s vice-provost of students. U of T | CTV News (ON) U of T to require students living in residence to receive COVID-19 vaccines Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30
The Globe and Mail has obtained new documents and emails that provide insight into NSCAD’s controversial dismissal of former president Aoife Mac Namara last summer. The Globe reports that, prior to her dismissal, Mac Namara had resisted a plan from the NSCAD Board of Governors to sell heritage buildings, citing concerns about perceived or actual conflicts of interest and procurement rules. NSCAD has reportedly not yet shared key board reports, committee minutes, or other documents related to Mac Namara’s dismissal and intends to deliver some of these “in the coming weeks.” CAUT has called for NSCAD to immediately release all relevant documents related to the dismissal of Mac Namara and has announced its support of the Faculty Union’s call for a public inquiry into the Board’s handling of the situation. Globe and Mail | CAUT (NS) Documents suggest Mac Namara’s ousted from NSCAD after disagreement with Board: Globe Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30
St Clair College has announced that it will create a $23M state-of-the-art facility for its varsity esports program. The new esports facility will include 64 gaming PCs, training facilities for varsity teams, an esports classroom, VR spaces, and soundproof streaming rooms. St Clair says that this will be the largest publicly accessible facility of its kind in Canada, and anticipates that construction will be finished in January 2022. “This new esports facility really is the last piece of the puzzle for us. We have top-tier academic, varsity and club esports programs but now they will be able to intermingle under one roof allowing for an unparalleled degree of synergy,” said Esports Director Shaun Byrne. St Clair (ON) St Clair to build state-of-the-art esports facility for varsity program Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary has announced that it will be establishing the Parker Psychedelic Research Chair, thanks to a $3M commitment to the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education by alumnus Jim Parker. The chair will focus on researching the potential of using psychedelics to improve mental health. “The Hotchkiss Brain Institute takes pride in being trailblazers of new and impactful research in brain and mental health,” said HBI director Dr David Park, director. “Psychedelics research presents an exciting new frontier, and the implementation of the Parker Psychedelic Research Chair positions HBI and the University of Calgary as leaders in this growing field.” UCalgary is currently searching for candidates for the Chair. UCalgary (AB) UCalgary to establish Parker Psychedelic Research Chair Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30
College catalogues need to be approached in a new way to help them achieve their purpose, write Terry U O’Banion and Cindy Miles for Inside Higher Ed. Reflecting on the findings of a study, the authors explain that college catalogues face a variety of issues, including excessive span and scope of information, confusing jargon, and an ambiguity of purpose. The article includes four recommendations to improve college catalogues: Revisiting the purpose of a catalogue, writing for the intended audience, breaking up the catalogue into targeted documents, and converting the catalogue into a web-only format. “[I]n the case of college catalogs, less is indeed more, and the clutter and unnecessary obstacles need be removed from the path of the student navigator,” write O’Banion and Miles. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Rethinking college catalogues to meet student needs: Study Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30
The University of New Brunswick’s New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) has released two new reports on the retention rates of graduates in NB. The report showed that the majority of postsecondary graduates remain in the province, as 70% of university graduates and over 90% of community college graduates were still in NB a year after their graduation. The report also found that retention rates fluctuated by field of study, with nursing graduates being the most likely to stay in NB. “Graduates of our post-secondary institutions are among our province’s greatest assets,” said Trevor Holder, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. “These reports provide valuable insights on the factors that contribute to graduate retention, and by extension the impact this will have on our economy.” UNB (NB) NB-IRDT releases reports on retention rates of NB graduates Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30
The University of Victoria and University of Windsor have both recently announced memorandums of understanding with their local communities. UVic has announced that it will be developing MOUs with the City of Victoria and the districts of Oak Bay and Saanich. The MOUs will potentially include collaboration in areas such as truth, respect, and reconciliation; equity, diversity, and inclusion; tourism; technology; and infrastructure and economic inclusion. UWindsor has established an agreement with the City of Windsor that will provide city residents with access to the Lancer Centre. The city will be closing a community pool as part of a “reimagining” of a major recreation complex. The tentative deal that one city official lauded as “too good to be true" will provide residents with access to free parking, identical fees to memberships at other city pools, and all programming originally offered at the complex. UVic | Windsor Star (UWindsor) (BC | ON) UVic, UWindsor develop agreements with local cities, communities Top Ten 06/11/2021 - 04:34 06/11/2021 - 04:30

Keyin College and the College of the North Atlantic have signed a new agreement that will support graduates of certain Keyin diploma programs who wish to enter CNA’s Information Management post-diploma program. VOCM reports that the Entrance Eligibility Agreement recognizes the increases in demands on the tech sector as well as its growth, which Promise Enemuo, a Keyin technology program student says is “moving so fast that we can’t see it’s moving.” VOCM says that this is the first time a private college has signed an MOU with CNA, the only public college in Newfoundland and Labrador. Twitter (Keyin) | VOCM (NL)

Keyin, CNA sign Entrance Eligibility Agreement Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30

CBC reports that the Coalition nord-ontarienne pour une université francophone, which was formed after Laurentian University cut ties with the University of Sudbury, wants to repatriate French programming from Laurentian. Sudbury.com explains that while Laurentian is continuing to offer French programming after terminating the federation agreement and “needs the money that was being transferred to its federated partners for its own operations,” the Coalition wants this funding redirected to USudbury as it transforms into a Francophone university. “It is time to create our French-language university in Sudbury by, for and with franco-Ontarians. This is an historic event,” said USudbury board of regents chair Pierre Riopel. CBC | Sudbury (ON)

Coalition, USudbury want funding, French programs transferred from Laurentian Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30

The British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Centre for Internet of Things has partnered with the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to establish an Innovation Hub. The hub will drive innovation and growth in the region and will include a living lab in which students and faculty can research new processes and technology. The Innovation Hub will also be involved in community collaboration and will provide a space for students to participate in hands-on learning. “We are very excited to share our technical expertise with YVR, our students will gain real-world experience exploring the endless possibilities for innovation advancement in this new living lab,” said Kim Dotto, Dean of Applied Research and Centre for Research and Innovation at BCIT. BCIT (BC)

BCIT’s Centre for Internet of Things, YVR partner on Innovation Hub Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30

The second wave of the pandemic in India has had several significant impacts on students looking to enter higher education. India Times reports that the upheaval created by the pandemic has caused students to look overseas for college admissions in countries with access to vaccines, robust health infrastructure, and policies favouring foreign student admissions. Several education platforms told the India Times that they had seen an over 50% increase in students wanting to pursue higher education outside of the country in 2021 compared to 2020. The pandemic also forced India to cancel the Class 12 board exams, which are commonly used for applications and admissions to postsecondary education for Indian students. IIT Bombay Professor Anura explained in an article for NDTV that universities will need to turn to other information – such as estimated scores, the creation of entrance exams, or additional metrics – for applications. India Times (Subscription) | NDTV (International)

Students from India look increasingly to overseas education, board exam cancellations complicate admissions Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30

University of Guelph professors Elizabeth Finnis, Sofie Lachapelle, and T Ryan Gregory describe their experience and learnings from leading an interdisciplinary, virtual course on pandemics. The authors discuss how providing weekly panels with knowledge from multiple disciplines helped participants make sense of the abundance of information disseminated during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a place for them to make connections. “Even as the pandemic kept us apart physically, the course created a deeply engaging virtual community,” write Finnis, Lachapelle, and Gregory. The authors explain that the course also demonstrated the potential benefits of the virtual classroom and provided a model through which urgent, complex challenges could be addressed. The Conversation (Editorial)

How a virtual course on pandemics could provide a model to address other challenges: Opinion Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30

A recent article from The Star describes the challenges that students are experiencing as they search for summer jobs. The article says that though provinces are reopening, there is still a lack of jobs in the industries in which students typically work. The article notes that the situation is especially difficult for those who typically face barriers to employment, such as Indigenous students, the LGBTQ community, and recent immigrants, and that summer job programs should be expanded to help all students find work. “Not providing opportunities, not making investments in young people and in our communities will impact people’s livelihood, health, well-being and have generational effects that will create additional barriers to obtaining post-secondary education and additional barriers to entering a job market,” said Marie Dolcetti-Koros, national treasurer for the Canadian Federation of Students. The Star (National)

Students face challenges in finding summer jobs as provinces reopen Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30

PhD graduates have skills and competencies that are transferable to careers in public policy, writes Chris Cornthwaite, who graduated with a PhD in religious studies from the University of Toronto. The author describes how though public policy work can come with a steep learning curve, it involves decision-making based on research and evidence. Cornthwaite explains that PhD studies prepare students through building their writing and research skills, and that students can take experience in a variety of fields and find a public policy area to apply their previous experience. The author encourages people interested in public policy to conduct informational interviews in order to get a sense of the field. “[J]ust see where you can get hired and go with the flow. Yes, your skill set will transfer,” writes Cornthwaite. University Affairs (Editorial)

PhD graduates should consider careers in public policy: Opinion Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has released the QS World University Rankings for 2022. The rankings evaluated 1,300 universities around the world according to metrics such as academic reputation, employer reputation, and faculty/student ratio. The top three institutions were MIT (1), the University of Oxford (2), and the University of Cambridge and Stanford University (tied for 3). 28 Canadian universities were included in the ranking with three appearing within the top 50: The University of Toronto (26), McGill University (27), and the University of British Columbia (46). Newswire | QS (Rankings) (International)

QS World University Rankings 2022 released, UofT, McGill, UBC rank in top 50 Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has announced that it is launching an Indigenous Leadership Skills Applied Certificate that will train students in leadership and resiliency. The certificate uses a completely online and interactive format for accessibility, and includes real life case studies and course materials that align with Indigenous values. “To prepare learners for success in the communities and economies of today and in the future, the new Indigenous Leadership Skills program builds business leadership skills based on Indigenous ways of knowing,” said Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. “This specialized, unique program examines historical and contemporary models of Indigenous business, entrepreneurship and economic development.” NationTalk (SK)

Sask Polytech launches Indigenous Leadership Skills Applied Certificate Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30

Polytechnique Montréal has signed a five-year agreement with equipment manufacturer Safran that will support several aeronautical research projects. The projects will be taken on by teams comprised of students and professors and will address topics such as eco-design, environmental impact reduction, materials and processes, and parts robustness and maintenance to contribute to the development of a carbon-neutral aircraft. “Safran researchers understand university reality and interact closely and concretely with our students and our teams,” said François Bertrand, Senior VP of PolyMTL and VP - Academic and Research. “This synergy not only leads to promising advances for the entire industry, but also permits a new generation to be trained in keeping with the current and future challenges of the aeronautical sector.” PolyMTL (QC)

PolyMTL, Safran sign aeronautical research and training agreement Top Ten 06/10/2021 - 04:32 06/10/2021 - 04:30
Ontario Tech University has received a $2.2M contribution from Tribute Communities to support student success. $1M will be used to establish a scholarship program for students with a financial need. Ontario Tech will also receive the historic Stone House, which will be used to host small events and hold meetings. “Tribute Communities sees the value of investing in and empowering the next wave of leaders and innovators,” said Ontario Tech President Dr Steven Murphy. “Tribute’s generosity in creating these significant awards demonstrates their confidence in Ontario Tech students.” Ontario Tech (ON) Ontario Tech receives $2.2M from Tribute Communities Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
HEC Montréal has announced the launch of Arpège – Research Hub on Management Education. The research centre will support the development of knowledge on management teaching and learning, as well as sharing this knowledge through publications which can be transferred to educators. “Management education is more than practices and experiences,” said Arpège Director Anne Mesny. “It must also be the subject of research. There is much still to be understood and discovered about teaching and learning, in management and other fields. The pandemic has made that very clear.” HEC Montréal (QC) HEC Montréal to launch Arpège – Research Hub on Management Education Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
In an article for The Globe and Mail, Chen Wang and Robyn Doolittle discuss the challenges that women face in “rising to the top” of the university system. Wang and Doolittle argue that there is currently a "power gap" in the system: while that the representation of women in Ontario has increased since 1999, overall wages have decreased. A recent report says that women are better represented in lower leadership roles, but that the percentage of women in top leadership roles has decreased since 2009. Change has been slow in higher ed, write Wang and Doolittle, due to the same challenges faced in other sectors: increased work interruptions due to maternity leave and unpaid care work, societal biases, and less initial support from their institutions. They note that issues at universities also tend to be overlooked because of the strong rhetoric around equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus. The article notes that the right conditions must be met for institutions to change quickly. The Globe and Mail (National) Issues faced by women striving to reach the top in universities: Editorial Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
Canada’s agricultural sector is more important than AI to the country’s future, writes columnist Kevin Carmichael, and the postsecondary sector has a vital role in preparing Canada’s agricultural sector for the future. The author explains that agri-food is an area that Canada will continue to have an advantage in as climate change makes farming impossible in other areas of the world. Carmichael calls for food-related industries, government, and organizations to strategically work together to address the potential Canada has as an agri-food power. “Universities and colleges must be present, because research and development is the engine of innovation,” writes Carmichael. The Grove Examiner (National) Postsecondary sector has a key role to play in agriculture sector’s future: Opinion Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
Fleming College and Algonquin College will receive $5M from the Government of Ontario to lead a skills training project focused on the forestry sector. Through the Forestry and Wood Product Manufacturing/Producing program, the colleges will connect with employers to identify skilled labour needs and provide training to 150 jobseekers and 300 employed workers. Algonquin and Fleming will also form a consortium to develop further partnerships and encourage industry and stakeholder participation. “This is a clear example of the impact colleges have always had in ensuring industry has access to training that supports employment growth and retention within key sectors of Ontario’s economy,” said Algonquin President Claude Brulé. Fleming College | MyBancroftNow (ON) Fleming, Algonquin to lead Forestry and Wood Product Manufacturing/Producing program Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Mitacs have announced that they will be investing $2.5M over into graduate and post-graduate student internships. The five-year investment will fund 250 internships to bolster seven Challenge programs and five Supercluster support programs. “Mitacs is proud to continue and expand our partnership with the NRC to drive Canadian innovation,” said François–Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Through this new partnership we will accelerate the flow and exchange of research expertise between academic institutions — both domestic and international — with industry, and not-for-profit partners.” NewsWire (National) NRC, Mitacs invest $2.5M into graduate, post-graduate student internships Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
Thompson Rivers University’s School of Nursing has announced that it is working with ICCHA Wish to raise $1M to support nursing students through the ICCHA Wish Community Ambassador Fund. Donors who contribute $50K, which is the full bursary amount required to fund one student through four years, will be able to choose to support a student from a particular community group or region. “TRU has invested greatly in advancing health-care education, so we have skilled professionals well prepared to offer care,” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. “Today’s announcement also supports TRU’s commitment to open access and inclusion by reducing financial barriers for students.” TRU (1) | TRU (2) (BC) TRU partners with ICCHA Wish Fund to create bursaries for nursing students in financial need Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
Laurentian University has announced that it will be receiving almost $1.25M in eCampusOntario funding for three projects: the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health’s (CROSH) Collaborative Healthcare Simulation, The Stories of Decolonization Film project, and the Virtual Learning Strategy Funding project. The Collaborative Healthcare Simulation will include 12 flexible virtual reality training modules for nursing and respiratory therapy students. The Stories of Decolonization Film Project is a two-part, multilingual documentary series with curriculum guides that will be shared through eCampusOntario to share information about colonialism and decolonization. The Virtual Learning Strategy Funding project will expand Laurentian’s digital learning capacity through creating two bilingual teaching positions. Laurentian | CTV News (ON) Laurentian to receive eCampusOntario funding for three projects Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
A study published by the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) has found that French-speaking researchers in Canada face a variety of barriers, especially when they are working within minority settings. The study found that researchers face a lack of support and recognition, have heavier administrative duties and teaching loads, and may have difficulty getting teaching assistants who have mastered the French language. Furthermore, researchers face pressure to publish in English, and are at a disadvantage when putting forward French grant applications or organizing scientific events in French. The researchers have provided nine recommendations for the sector to better respond to the needs of and challenges faced by French-language researchers, such as the creation of a service to assist research in French (SARF). CTV News (CP) | Newswire | Acfas (National) Acfas publishes study on barriers, issues faced by Canadian Francophone researchers Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph has announced that it will be launching a Master of Data Science program. The program will train students using a flipped-classroom mode with hybrid online and in-person learning. Students will receive technical training and study topics such as the ethics of data science and identifying potential biases. “Students will have the opportunity to learn from our renowned faculty working and conducting research in data science, artificial intelligence and emerging technologies,” said Dr Ben Bradshaw, UoGuelph Assistant VP of Graduate Studies. UoGuelph says that the program has been recognized by the Vector Institute, which will give students access to scholarships, networking, and career opportunities. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph to launch Master of Data Science program Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 04:30 06/09/2021 - 04:30
A targeted attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario has killed four people and injured a nine-year-old boy. The London Free Press reports that one of the family members had recently completed post-graduate work in environmental science at Western University. “We are enraged and heartbroken at the news of a racist attack on members of London’s Muslim community,” read a joint statement from the leaders of Western University, Brescia University College, Huron University College, and King’s University College. “Racism has no place in this city, this province, this country.” A 20-year-old white man has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. London Free Press | CBC | The Toronto Star (ON) Western student among family members killed in targeted attack Sunday Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that three former University of British Columbia students have been charged with sexual assault related to an incident that took place in 2018. CBC reports that Treymont Levy, Trivel Pinto, and Ben Cummings, who had been part of UBC’s football team, have each been charged with one count of sexual assault that reportedly occurred at a campus residence, and that Levy has been charged with an additional count of voyeurism. “UBC Athletics and the entire university are shocked and saddened by the allegations in this case,” said Ainsley Carry, VP Students at UBC. “Sexual violence has no place here at UBC and I can tell you those accused are no longer students at the university.” The three men are in police custody and are expected to appear in provincial court at a later date. UBC | CBC (BC) Three former UBC students charged with sexual assault Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor has announced that it will be renaming of one of its student residence buildings to drop its ties to John A Macdonald. A committee was established over a year ago to review the name of Macdonald Hall, and the committee has announced that the name has been changed to Residence Hall West. “The board of governors believes that reconciliation efforts with Indigenous communities and the protection of vulnerable populations on campus must be a priority,” said UWindsor Board Chair Jonathan Allison. “The former name of this residence is no longer consistent with our mission as an academic community, and its renaming, we believe, is a step forward in reimagining a campus where all are welcomed, acknowledged and included.” CBC (ON) UWindsor renames student residence building to drop ties to John A Macdonald Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
The University Pension Plan (UPP) should take steps to align its investment strategy with a 1.5 C pathway, write Paul Downes of the University of Toronto, Andrea Paras of the University of Guelph, and Marcus Taylor of Queen’s University. The authors explain that divesting from fossil fuels will reduce financial risk, and call for the plan to consider the sustainability of new and existing investments. The authors call for the UPP to commit to decarbonization to safeguard the long-term health of faculty and staff pensions. “Fiduciary duty and the climate emergency demand that the UPP demonstrate leadership and establish a model all Canadian financial institutions can follow,” write the authors. National Observer (National) UPP should prioritize decarbonization in pension investments: Opinion Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
Ryerson University has announced that its statue of Egerton Ryerson, which was toppled at a rally this weekend, “will not be restored or replaced.” “It’s important this statue has come down so we can raise awareness to what has been going on since the 1800s and the incorporation of the residential school system,” said Craig St Denis, a Cree whose grandfather had been in the residential school system. The Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force has issued a statement indicating that it is committed to carrying out its mandate of recommending actions that Ryerson can take in to respond to Egerton Ryerson’s legacy. “I ask our community to respect [the committee's] work and to engage with them as we should engage with all matters at our university — through dialogue, debate and the exchange of ideas,” said Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi. Ryerson (President) | Ryerson (Committee) | BBC | CBC (ON) Ryerson will not restore or replace statue of Egerton Ryerson, task force continues work to recommend actions Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Quebec has announced that it will be tightening the rules for Montreal region non-subsidized private colleges in order to better supervise these institutions and address their “shortcomings.” The move comes in response to audits that uncovered discrepancies between reported and actual enrolment numbers, as well as "questionable practices" in areas such as recruitment, business practices, governance, and teaching conditions. In response, QC will impose student limits on private colleges, inspect institutions several times a year, tighten legislation on private education, and potentially integrate French into the training students receive. “These combined measures will allow us … to ensure that the services provided by our private colleges are for training purposes and … to protect international students,” said QC Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann. Montreal Gazette (QC) QC announces tightening of rules for non-subsidized private colleges Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
Researchers from Brandon University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Windsor will be joining a collaboration led by Sioux Valley Dakota Nation (SVDN): The Brandon Residential School Cemeteries Project. The project seeks to identify the names of children buried at the Brandon Indian Residential School in unmarked graves. The project will use forensic methods, archival research, and survivor interviews to identify and repatriate the children and provide healing and closure for the families. “There is hurt and pain in our community today,” said SFU Professor Eldon Yellowhorn. “However, I would like people to know that we are not powerless here. We have put together a world-class team of archaeologists, geneticists, physical and forensic anthropologists, and archival researchers. Our team brings together the kind of expertise that is needed to remedy this situation.” SFU | BrandonU | UWindsor (BC | MB | ON) BrandonU, SFU, UWindsor collaborate with SVDN on Brandon Residential School Cemeteries Project Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
Yukon University has announced that it has received donations and funds in support of two new institutes at the university: a Permafrost Institute at the YukonU Research Centre and an Institute of Indigenous Self-Determination (IISD). A five-year, $400K commitment from BMO Financial Group toward the Permafrost Institute will allow the university to expand its research and help northern communities address the effects of climate change. A $100K donation from the Power Corporation of Canada will go toward the development of the IISD, which will support the design of a mentorship program for those who are engaged in Human Resources, Lands, or Finance within their First Nations government. YukonU (YK) YukonU receives funds in support of institutes for permafrost, Indigenous self-determination Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph’s G360 Institute has received $10M from long-time benefactor Edward (Ted) Morwick in support of training, research, innovation, and infrastructure related to the protection of groundwater supplies. The gift will support several initiatives at the institution, including renovations and improvements to the Bedrock Aquifer Field Facility, which will be renamed the Morwick Groundwate Research Centre; the creation of the Morwick Chair in Sustainable Groundwater Research; and the creation of student research assistantships in water and climate change research. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph receives $10M for improving global groundwater protection Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
St Lawrence College has announced that it will be reorganizing its Academic Division. Programs will be sorted into clusters of complementary programs, which will be led by deans and associate deans and will be aligned with industry, labour market, and global trends. The move will also position SLC for growth. “Our new tri-campus program approach will support better co-ordination and mobilization of our academic division, which will allow us to play a crucial role in advancing opportunities within each of our communities,” said Eileen De Courcy, senior VP academic. “We will be better poised to support our current and future students and address challenges related to social issues, economic and environmental sustainability.” The changes will go into effect in July. SLC | Trentonian (ON) SLC reorganizes Academic Division for future growth Top Ten 06/08/2021 - 04:34 06/08/2021 - 04:30
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has released a new report: Postsecondary Credential Attainment and Labour Market Outcomes for Ontario Students with Disabilities. The report has found that students with disabilities are less likely to participate in PSE, are more likely to take time off from their program, and face challenges when transitioning from high school to PSE. Students with mental health, learning, or physical disabilities are less likely to graduate and have poorer labour market outcomes than other graduates. HEQCO concludes with recommendations for designing programs and support systems for students with disabilities. HEQCO (ON) HEQCO releases report on postsecondary credential attainment for students with disabilities Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 04:34 06/07/2021 - 04:30
Douglas College has announced the launch of a 15-credit Global Competency Certificate. Students in the certificate program will gain global perspectives on the content and issues of their respective discipline, while also developing global competencies and engaging in intercultural learning opportunities. Courses from all six of the college's faculties will be available, enabling students to complete the certificate while working on their primary credential. “Not only will they earn a credential in their chosen discipline, but they’ll also have the skills to apply it in broader global contexts," said Dr Jason Bourget, GCC Program Developer. "At this point in history, we need grads who are able to critically examine global and intercultural issues and engage in open, appropriate and effective cross-cultural interactions.” Douglas (BC) Douglas launches global competency certificate Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 04:34 06/07/2021 - 04:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) have announced the launch of a digital upskilling pilot project. The program will provide digital skills training that will improve productivity and efficiency as the mining sector experiences a technology shift and will upskill employees to enable them to keep up with digital advances. “This collaborative pilot project with IMII will address the training needs for the technology jobs that the mining industry currently requires, the jobs they will need in the future, and the core digital skills that are essential for these careers,” said Dr Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech President. SaskPolytech | IMII (SK) Sask Polytech, IMII collaborate on digital upskilling pilot project Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 04:34 06/07/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has passed legislation that will see Northern Ontario School of Medicine become the first standalone medical university in Canada. With this change, NOSM will separate from Laurentian University and Lakehead University, and will form a new Senate and Board of Governors. “We will build upon the strength of our flagship campuses in Sudbury and Thunder Bay, with an expanded medical school, new residency programs, innovated health professions education, and population-based research within a pan-northern regional model,” said NOSM President Dr Sarita Verma. Lakehead University, which opposed the bill, issued a statement expressing its surprise at the news and concerns about the impact on medical education in the North. NOSM | CKDR | Lakehead (ON) NOSM to become standalone medical university Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 04:34 06/07/2021 - 04:30
Dalhousie University has announced that a team at its Faculty of Science will be receiving $3.1M from Tesla and $2.9M from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to conduct research on batteries and grid energy storage. The fund is the largest Alliance Grant that Dal has received. The research project will focus on improving the cost, lifespan, energy density, safety, sustainability, and maintenance of electric vehicle batteries and electrical energy storage applications. In addition to moving the industry forward as a whole, Dal states that achieving these goals will help to make electric vehicles and renewable energy more accessible and affordable to Canadians. Dal (NS) Dal receives support from Tesla, NSERC for research on batteries and grid energy storage Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 04:34 06/07/2021 - 04:30
The University of Waterloo has announced the launch of a new degree that will combine sustainability and financial management, which the university says is the first of its kind in Canada. The program will prepare accounting and financial professionals to lead businesses into an era of environmental sustainability, and will include paid on-the-job experiences through the co-operative learning program. The university also announced that it plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its pension and endowment investment portfolios by 50% by 2030, with plans to become completely carbon neutral by 2040. UWaterloo says that it is making the move as a response to the climate emergency and to protect its investments. UWaterloo (1) | UWaterloo (2) | Kitchener Today (ON) UWaterloo launches sustainability program, announces plans to reduce carbon footprint of investments by 50% by 2030 Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 04:34 06/07/2021 - 04:30
The National Research Council of Canada and the University of British Columbia have announced the launch of the Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition. The Centre will host researchers from NRC and UBC as they work together to develop innovations in hydrogen and carbon technologies, including materials, systems, technologies, and industrial applications. The work will complement the objectives and activities of the NRC-University of Toronto Collaboration Centre for Green Energy Materials. Newswire (BC) NRC, UBC launch Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 08:50 06/07/2021 - 04:30
Decision-making silos in the academy can make for disappointing results when it comes to choosing educational technology, writes Jenae Cohn. Cohn argues that these silos can result in a chicken-and-egg situation, where IT staff are left uncertain about faculty needs and preferences for the classroom, while academics are confused about the rationale behind the tools they are given. Cohn identifies key factors such as poor communication, a lack of representation, and “rogue” instructors that contribute to this issue. The author encourages institutions to involve faculty members in the technology purchase process and to reconsider the roles of educational-technology professionals to ensure that their experience influences choices of technology procurement, testing, and implementation. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial) Academics, staff should both be involved in selecting educational technology: Opinion Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 04:34 06/07/2021 - 04:30
St Francis Xavier University has announced that I will offer parchments written in both Latin and Mi’kmaw to graduates from the 2021 Spring Convocation onward. The idea, which originated from Terena Francis, StFX Coordinator, Indigenous Student Affairs, was inspired by students who expressed a desire to receive parchments in Mi’kmaw. The move is meant to be a step towards reconciliation and to honour the treaty relationship. “This Mi’kmaw parchment provides a sense of belonging,” said Francis. “Honouring languages is also a key step forward in ensuring First Nations people can revitalize the language.” StFX (NS) StFX students to receive degree parchments in Latin, Mi’kmaw Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 04:34 06/07/2021 - 04:30
Students at the University of Calgary have requested that UCalgary delay its proposed tuition increases due to an “inadequate consultation” process. The University of Calgary Students’ Union said that students were only told about the proposed changes after classes had finished, even though institutions are required to consult with students about increases within a 10-month window. UCalgary Students’ Union president Nicole Schmidt said that prior consultation had been “nothing more than surveys given out to students with no context or numbers on the actual increases.” Schmidt argued that consultations should have occurred early in the period to allow students to actively participate while enrolled in classes. CBC | Calgary Herald (Subscription Required) (AB) UCalgary Students’ Union requests delay to proposed tuition increases Top Ten 06/07/2021 - 04:34 06/07/2021 - 04:30
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) has released plans for a return to play in Fall 2021 semester, and says that it is “in the final stages of planning for next season’s open championships.” OUA noted that health and safety continues to be a priority, and that an increasing number of athletes and members of the sports community have been vaccinated. “The OUA collective remain committed to offering competition during the 2021-22 season and welcoming back our student-athletes to the playing field,” said OUA President Gord Grace. Western University has responded with enthusiasm and excitement at potentially welcoming students and fans back. U SPORTS also recently announced updates to its football eligibility policies after reviewing its Maximum Years regulation. OUA | Western | U SPORTS (ON) OUA releases plans for return to play in Fall 2021 semester Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 04:30 06/04/2021 - 04:30
Editing your own work can be difficult because of the brain’s tendency to read what the author intended rather than what is actually on the page, writes University of Alberta JD Candidate Valerie Leowto. Loewto draws on advice from Letitia Henville and Glen Ashworth to point to different apps and software tricks writers can use to edit their work. Three apps are referenced: Count Wordsworth to gain baseline metrics, HemingwayApp to identify and fix wordy areas, and The Writer’s Diet to address other problem areas. The article also suggests adjusting the font and spacing of a document before returning to edit it to make errors easier to spot. Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (National) Using apps to effectively edit your own work: Opinion Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 14:42 06/04/2021 - 04:30
Grande Prairie Regional College has announced the #Vacc2School Campaign, a contest to encourage students, staff, and faculty to get their COVID-19 vaccines before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. Those who receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to enter a draw for prizes that include gift cards, GPRC Wolves merchandise, bookstore vouchers, and full Fall 2021 tuition. Faculty and staff will also be eligible for a draw for 120-day and annual parking passes. “With vaccines now widely accessible across Alberta,” says Dr Vanessa Sheane, Interim VP, Academic and Research, “our goal is to give students and staff even more reasons to book their free shot.” GPRC (AB) GPRC launches #Vacc2School Campaign to incentivize student, staff vaccinations Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 04:30 06/04/2021 - 04:30
The University of British Columbia’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) and the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) have issued a statement calling on the Government of Canada to create a national framework for the investigation and protection of burial sites. IRSHDC and NCTR are calling for the protection of potential burial sites until they can be properly investigated and documented, as well as the criminalization of the destruction of burial sites. They also note that the investigation and protection of these sites needs to respect the rights of Indigenous governments and peoples. “There must be a new determination and diligent action by Canada on the key priorities like the missing children and burial sites,” said IRSHDC Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe). “The Survivors, and all Indigenous peoples deserve to know their voices were listened to when they told Canada there were children who never made it home, and someone did the right thing—they found them.” UManitoba NCTR | UBC IRSHDC (National) UBC IRSHDC, UManitoba NCTR call for national framework for investigation of potential burial sites Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 04:30 06/04/2021 - 04:30
Trent University, the University of New Brunswick, and Lethbridge College have launched innovative, new bachelor degree programs this week. Trent has launched a hybrid Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Criminology, in which students in the program can choose to take classes in person or online. The program will integrate Indigenous perspectives and experiences, and students will take part in a full-year work placement with a community or ministry agency. UNB will be offering new environmental sciences programs for bachelor of science students. The programs are pre-accredited by Eco Canada, include experiential learning opportunities and a capstone in the final year, and offer streams in topics such as Chemical Environmental Perspectives, Environmetrics, Responsible Resource Recovery, and Sun-Earth Interaction. Lethbridge College has announced a Bachelor of Agriculture Science program. The program, which Lethbridge says is the first of its kind in southern Alberta, offers applied learning opportunities and is recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. Trent | UNB | Lethbridge College (ON | NB) Trent, UNB, Lethbridge College launch new bachelor’s programs Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 04:30 06/04/2021 - 04:30
In response to the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops residential school site, Algoma University has announced that it will be searching its grounds to find any potential unmarked burial sites. AlgomaU, which is located on the site of the former Shingwauk Residential School, will be using all available technology to uncover any gravesites outside of the Shingwauk Cemetery. “We continue to be guided in our work by our partners and our spiritual advisor to ensure that our work is done in a good way, building upon the tremendous work of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre staff,” reads the statement. Algoma | CBC (ON) Algoma announces plans to search for unmarked burial sites Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 04:30 06/04/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are participating in health initiatives to support the fight against COVID-19. Keyano College has released nine faculty members to provide extra support at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre as Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. McMaster University is co-leading an initiative to study the South Asian community’s immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine across Canada. The study recently received a $1.5M federal investment. Institutions such as the University of Windsor, University of Guelph, and University of Ottawa will be participating in an Ontario-wide COVID-19 wastewater project. The project will enhance province-wide co-ordination and surveillance of the virus. Keyano | UWindsor | McMaster (AB | ON) Colleges, universities launch and join health initiatives to fight COVID-19 Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 04:30 06/04/2021 - 04:30
Saint Mary’s University has announced that it has launched a new brand platform with a new logo, wordmark, and tagline: “World Without Limits.” The new branding recognizes SMU’s growth and expansion, and embodies its connected campus, collaborations, leadership, and research. “More than an updated look and feel, our new brand platform is a powerful way of telling the Saint Mary’s story,” says SMU VP, Advancement Erin Sargeant Greenwood. “Saint Mary’s offers a unique experience. We are a caring community, more typically associated with smaller universities, combined with the research and student engagement opportunities of the largest institutions. We are moving the university forward in a way that reflects our traditions and values and embraces our bright future.” SMU (NS) SMU celebrates launch of a new brand platform to recognize its growth Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 04:30 06/04/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary has announced that it will be partnering with Mphasis Ltd and the Government of Alberta to create the Quantum City Centre of Excellence. Quantum City will be a hub for companies that are interested in quantum technologies. It will diversify Calgary’s economy and create up to 1,000 jobs. “This (quantum) technology will not only create its own industry, but it will fuel advances in others,” said UCalgary president Ed McCauley. “Calgary will not only be an energy capital, it will be a quantum capital, too.” UCalgary | Calgary Herald (AB) UCalgary, Mphasis, AB partner to create Quantum City Centre of Excellence Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 04:30 06/04/2021 - 04:30
Northern College’s Haileybury School of Mines has partnered with the Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord and its signatory communities to establish the Sioux Lookout Mining Centre of Excellence. The centre will address labour market needs and support First Nations youth in finding opportunities within the mining industry, as well as enable the delivery of mining-related training within the region. “The goal of the partnership is to increase First Nation participation, opportunities, and inclusiveness in regional area mining projects, which strengthens everyone,” said Audrey J Penner, President of Northern College. Northern College (ON) Northern College, Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord establish mining centre Top Ten 06/04/2021 - 04:30 06/04/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that former University of King's College and Dalhousie University professor Wayne Hankey is now facing new counts of sexual assault and indecent assault. Hankey is reportedly facing one charge for sexual assault in 1982 and one count of indecent assault for multiple incidents that occurred between 1977 and 1979. In an article on Saltware, the University of King’s College alumni association president Paul Thomson has urged former students to trust an independent investigation into the allegations, which has a scope “broad enough to include these additional matters.” CBC | SaltWire (NS) Additional counts of sexual assault, indecent assault for former professor Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
First Nations University of Canada has partnered with Reconciliation Education and BMO Financial Group to launch the Nisitohtamowin ᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ eLearning course. The course is available for free for all Canadians throughout June, and is intended to “promote healing, equity and respect of Indigenous cultures and values in Canadian Society” through education. The course has been developed to meet the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to actions and recommendations, and includes a personal account as well as an introduction to the impact and legacy of Residential schools. BMO will also be providing $250K to FNUniv to provide financial assistance for Indigenous students through a variety of different supports, including entrance level scholarships, business student scholarships, and emergency bursaries. Newswire (SK) FNUniv, Reconciliation Education, BMO launch Nisitohtamowin ᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ course Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
The point of a university education is not to teach students “transferrable skills,” writes University of Toronto – Mississauga Associate Professor Mairi Cowan. Instead, the author argues that transferrable skills are a byproduct of postsecondary education; students are taught competencies as instructors teach them how to engage with the class material. Cowan explains that as students practice the skills, they gain competencies that can be transferred to a variety of different contexts and life paths. “I’m not teaching these skills as transferrable skills; I’m teaching them as historical skills that my students can transfer to whatever contexts they see fit,” writes Cowan. University Affairs (Editorial) Transferrable skills are a by-product of university education: Opinion Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has released Pay hikes at Alberta’s universities and colleges during the downturn, a report that states that over 11,500 postsecondary employees in the province received a pay raise in 2020. RdnewsNOW says that this raise cost taxpayers and students $29M, and that the overall compensation paid to postsecondary employees from 2014-2020 has increased by almost 9%. “The government is right to look for savings at Alberta’s colleges and universities and it should push these employees to help share in the burden and take a pay cut,” argued CTF’s Alberta Director Franco Terrazzano. Report | Western Standard | RdnewsNOW (AB) CTF releases document showing AB postsecondary employees received pay raises in 2020 Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are continuing to evaluate their vaccine policies. Trent University will require students living in Peterborough and Durham region campus residences to have had at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and Fleming College and Algoma University are considering making vaccines for students in residence mandatory. Other institutions, such as Laurentian University and Cambrian College, have announced that they are not planning to require vaccinations. In PEI, the University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College have stated that they’re consulting with the provincial Chief Public Health Office. University of Montreal professor Vardit Ravitsky shared concerns about the ethics of mandatory vaccine policies at postsecondary institutions in an interview with CBC, arguing that these polices can block student access to education. Ravitsky further stated that, if vaccine mandates are implemented, these mandates should be temporary to avoid setting a precedent of medical or biological discrimination. Global News (Trent) | CBC (ON) | CBC (PEI) | CBC (Ravitsky) (National) Postsecondary institutions discuss, consider mandatory vaccine policies Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
Simon Fraser University has announced the expansion of their student housing through two new $69.9M residence halls with 482 single-occupancy rooms. The residence halls include accessible room options, community and learning spaces, shared washrooms and laundry rooms on each floor, community kitchens, and multi-faith spaces. A traditional ceremony was held by members of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to cleanse and purify the buildings’ energy to prepare the buildings for students to move in. “The completion of this project is an important milestone in expanding our housing options,” said SFU President Joy Johnson. “And we’ve kept our student needs at the forefront in designing these new, modern spaces, which include all the amenities and supports students need to make the most of living on campus.” SFU (BC) SFU launches two new residence halls to expand student housing Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Quebec has announced that cégep and university students will not be required to physically distance when they return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. The decision is dependent on 75% of the student population being vaccinated and the status of the epidemiological situation is. “It’s really in your hands,” said Quebec Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann. “It depends in great part on the success of the vaccination campaign.” Postsecondary institutions must also have a backup plan in case vaccination targets are not met and to enable quick changes in case institutions need to return to physical distancing. CTV News | Global News (QC) QC cégep, university students not required to physically distance for Fall semester Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
The Star reports that the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has released a report on the need for affordable and safe off-campus housing for students. The report expressed concerns around safety and affordability of student housing throughout ON, and called for the construction of student-focused accommodations. “Increasing admissions without paying careful attention to the issues and limits in the local housing stock is irresponsible and exposes students to unfair, unsafe and unpleasant housing experiences,” wrote report authors and McMaster students Maanvi Dhillon and Ryan Tse. CBC reports that the Waterloo Undergraduate Students' Association (WUSA) also released a report that suggests that many students struggle to find affordable and quality places to live, with some experiencing homelessness. The Star | CBC (ON) ON postsecondary students struggle to find affordable, safe off-campus housing: OUSA, WUSA Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
Ryerson University’s School of Journalism has also announced plans to remove the name of Egerton Ryerson from its Ryerson Review of Journalism magazine and The Ryersonian newspaper. The school aims to introduce new names by the Fall 2021 semester, and students and Indigenous creatives will be involved in the renaming and design of the mastheads. CBC says the news came a day after the statue of Egerton Ryerson was covered with red paint and graffiti. The Star also reports that students and instructors from the Yellowhead Institute have begun using the name “X University” in response to the institution’s “Standing Strong” task force. An open letter from the Yellowhead Institute letter says that the task force “was designed to answer the wrong questions” about ties to Egerton Ryerson’s name. CBC | The Star (1) | The Star (2) (ON) Students, professors use “X University,” drop Ryerson’s name from review of journalism Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
Senior administrators undergoing administrator reviews can use strategies to ensure the process is helpful and beneficial rather than uncomfortable, writes Jeffrey Ratje. Ratje emphasizes the importance of having a good committee chair and offers suggestions on selecting a strong committee chair. The author also encourages administrators to take their reviews seriously, avoid putting disproportionate weight on negative criticism over positive feedback, and have supervisors and mentors put review material in context. “Mutual respect is at the heart of a fair and meaningful administrator review,” writes Ratje. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription required) (Editorial) Strategies for senior administrators undergoing reviews: Opinion Top Ten 06/03/2021 - 04:30 06/03/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions need to ensure that their harassment policies have been adequately adapted to address issues that arise within the digital realm, write Jaigris Hodson, Chandell Gosse, and George Veletsianos of Royal Roads University. The authors explain that while universities usually have policies to protect their community members from harassment by members of the same institution on institutional platforms, these policies need updating to ensure they adequately cover online abuse and harassment from perpetrators who may be unknown, anonymous, or not a part of the institution. The authors encourage institutions to provide support through their IT departments, revise harassment policies, and create procedural frameworks to protect members from online harassment. The Conversation (Editorial) Adapting institutional harassment policies to include digital threats: Opinion Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 04:34 06/02/2021 - 04:30
Memorial University has announced that it will be increasing tuition in response to the reductions in the recently announced budget from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to cuts, the $68M tuition fee revenue offset used to maintain MUN’s tuition freeze will reportedly be phased out over the course of five years. While MUN has said that tuition will not change for the 2021-22 academic year, the university will bring a proposal to the Board of Regents this summer regarding changes for September 2022. MUN is also temporarily not allowed to expand its campus while the institution and provincial government work to transition MUN to greater autonomy. CBC states that the pause could impact the Labrador School of Arctic and Sub-Arctic Studies. CBC | MUN (NL) MUN announces tuition increase in response to provincial budget cuts Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 04:34 06/02/2021 - 04:30
Institutions across Ontario are preparing for Pride month through a variety of initiatives including events, workshops, flag raising, and sharing stories. The University of Guelph has curated an online collection of literature on queer bodies and is launching a well-being workshop series and an Identity and Employment workshop for LGBTQ2IA+ students. King’s University College has raised the Progress Pride Flag for the first time to signify openness and support for LGBTQ2S+ students, but has raised the flag at half-mast out of respect for the lives of the 215 children at the Kamloops residential school. Wilfrid Laurier University has invited students to an exclusive discussion with Jonathan Van Ness, a host of the Netflix show Queer Eye, while the University of Toronto's events include the second annual Pride Pitch and the Rainbow Tie Celebration. Carleton University has shared the story of Philip Macho Commonda, a two-spirit Algonquin and Carleton’s Algonquin Community Liaison Officer, who describes the experience of trailblazing for the younger 2SLGBTQ+ generation. U of T | UoGuelph | King's (1) | King's (2) | WLU | Carleton(ON) Universities launch initiatives, raise flags for Pride month Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 04:34 06/02/2021 - 04:30
The College of the North Atlantic has announced that it is launching the Enterprise Web Development Diploma program. The two-year program will combine business and information technology skills to train students in how to use customer and content management systems, social media, and enterprise resource planning to develop secure transaction-based websites. Students will also complete a seven-week work exposure component to acquire workplace experience. “We know the pandemic has caused a shift in consumers’ habits and needs as in-person experiences were restricted,” said Stephen Warren, Dean of CNA’s School of Business and Information Technology. “This, in turn, needed to be reflected in today’s enterprises. Graduates of this program will be equipped with vital professional and digital skills that will help businesses continue operating in all sectors.” CNA (NL) CNA launches Enterprise Web Development Diploma program Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 04:34 06/02/2021 - 04:30
The University of Northern British Columbia has announced that board chair Aaron Ekman has been dismissed. Prince George Citizen says that UNBC did not give a reason for relieving Ekman of his duties, and CBC reports that Ekman has stated on Twitter that he does not know why he was removed from his role. The Government of British Columbia reportedly stated that Ekman was removed because of “racist and discriminatory comments.” “UNBC is firmly committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion,” reads a statement from UNBC. “The University community has come together frequently over the past year to confront and discuss issues of race, discrimination and systemic inequalities; comments that hinder those important conversations are contrary to the University’s values.” UNBC | CBC | Prince George Citizen (BC) UNBC board chair dismissed by BC over “racist and discriminatory comments” Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 14:29 06/02/2021 - 04:30
Health researchers should publicly publish their results by using “open science” so that the public and other researchers can access important health information, writes Dr Kelly Cobey of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. The author explains that research results are sometimes not shared or are paywalled. Cobey explains that this creates a barrier to researchers and members of the public who are interested in or who would benefit from the findings. The author notes that Canada’s funding agencies were not among the “Coalition S,” which would see funded papers made publicly available, and does not keep a public record of funded studies that meet the requirements of being publicly accessible. “The pandemic has allowed us to reflect on these broad and longstanding issues with the status quo of our scientific system,” writes Cobey. “We need research policies that value research quality and that incentivize open science.” Ottawa Citizen (Editorial) Health researchers need to publicly publish results through “open science”: Opinion Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 04:34 06/02/2021 - 04:30
Portage College has announced that it is launching a Barber Certificate program. Students will learn technical knowledge such as how to perform basic to advanced cuts using fades, shaves, styling, and beard design, and will learn skills needed for salon operations. After completing the 16-week program, which is approved by Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT), students can choose to continue at Portage in the Hairstyling program for an additional semester. Barber Certificate students are required to complete 1,450 hours of on-the-job training and must pass the AIT exams to become fully certified barbers. Portage says that this is the first Barber Certificate program in Alberta. Portage (AB) Portage launches Barber Certificate Program Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 04:34 06/02/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has announced that it is providing $14.5M in funding through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2020 Exploration competition to 117 high-risk, high-reward interdisciplinary research projects. The funding supports projects in social, cultural, economic, health-related, or technological areas that use new perspectives and innovative methods to solve problems. “Research that takes great risks advances the way we think about the issues that impact Canadians,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “The Government of Canada is supporting researchers who are exploring bold new directions that could change lives and position Canada at the forefront of global research and innovation.” NewsWire | Canada | SSHRC-CRSH (Recipients) (Canada) Canada announces $14.5M in NFRF funding for innovative research Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 04:34 06/02/2021 - 04:30
The House of Commons recently agreed to Motion 38, a private member motion introduced by MP Kirsty Duncan and seconded by MPs Elizabeth May and Paul Manly. The motion will see the creation of a standing committee on Science and Research and sees the House recognize “that science and research are of critical importance to all Canadians,” recognize that the importance of science and research has increased in the face of increasing challenges, and affirm the House’s “commitment to science, research, and evidence-based decision-making.” CAUT issued a statement in support of the Motion as a move to ensure “a robust, sustainable Canadian research system.” House of Commons | CAUT (National) House of Commons passes Motion 38 creating standing committee on science, research Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 04:34 06/02/2021 - 04:30
Northern Ontario Business reports that Laurentian University is considering how it can “monetize” its real estate holdings. The article says that Laurentian’s possible next moves could include the “monetization” of “excess assets,” reviewing its third-party leases in comparison with market lease rates, and selling its residences to a campus residence operator. The community has responded with concern to the possible loss of Laurentian green spaces and properties. Professor John Gunn, who is the director of Laurentian’s Vale Living with Lakes Centre, has noted that the centre, which was a community investment, may be seen as something Laurentian can sell. “I am concerned that the creditors would turn their attention to selling lakeshore property as well,” said Gunn. “But there’s not much we can do if we lose that financial battle.” Northern Ontario Business | CBC (ON) Laurentian considers monetization of real estate holdings Top Ten 06/02/2021 - 04:34 06/02/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that Laurentian University and the court-appointed monitor, Ernst and Young, are establishing a claims process. Claims and supporting proof must be submitted by July 30th, and Laurentian lawyer DJ Miller stated at a recent Ontario Claims Court hearing that she expects in excess of 15 claims of over $5M and hundreds of claims overall. Large claims are expected from TD Bank, RBC, Laurentian’s Faculty Association, the federated universities, and the Laurentian University Staff Union. The article says that the process will not include individual employee claims, but that Ernst and Young will work with unions to address losses. The court hearing also included a request to appoint a chief redevelopment officer. CBC (ON) Hundreds of claims expected as Laurentian, Ernst and Young, establish claims process Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 04:32 06/01/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions have experienced an increase in cheating during the pandemic, and University of Calgary Professor Sarah Eaton says that the fault lies more strongly with the companies that help students cheat than with the move to online education. Eaton says that there is little or no legislation for companies specializing in “contract cheating,” and explains that these firms use aggressive marketing tactics and blackmail to keep students as paying customers. Students who are overwhelmed by factors such as the COVID-19 situation may have chosen to pay for a service, after which the companies continue to target them with marketing, withdraw monthly payments as “subscription fees,” and threaten to report the student for cheating if they do not pay. “We need to name the problem in our policies and our procedures in schools,” said Eaton. “We need to talk to students about the real risks of engaging with these companies.” National Post (AB) “Contract cheating” companies responsible for rise in cheating: Eaton Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 04:32 06/01/2021 - 04:30
The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc recently discovered the remains of 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, and members of the higher ed community are responding to the discovery with expressions of grief and calls for action. "We need to make sure [former school sites] are controlled and protected so full investigations can be done," said Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia. Institutions across the country have issued statements and lowered their flags in response to the news, and UBC has announced that it will be reviewing the honorary degree given to Bishop John Fergus O'Grady, former principal of the residential school, in 1986. “Days like today reveal how much there’s still to uncover in regards to the history and impact of residential schools — how many more children there are still awaiting honour and remembrance,” said Ry Moran, associate university librarian of reconciliation at the University of Victoria. “We still know there’s a big, huge piece of work to be done.” CBC | The Star | TRU | Global News (National) Higher ed community responds to discovery of children’s remains at former residential school Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 04:32 06/01/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that the University of Regina has taken disciplinary action against a professor who sent an email to students containing racist remarks. Professor Allan East allegedly sent an email to his Chemistry 105 class about final grades, in which he said “I could not help but notice that all 14 of you cheaters have East Indian last names. None of the Canadian or other international students cheated.” URegina has issued a statement condemning racism, and CBC states that East later apologized for his comments and is now taking sensitivity training. “I couldn't believe that this was something that was sent in 2021, at the end of Asian Heritage Month, after the university has released countless statements and has done countless campaigns against racism in the building and on campus,” said URegina graduate student Aysha Yaqoob, who felt that more action should be taken. “I feel like training after an incident has happened doesn't hold the professor accountable.” CBC | Global News | Regina Leader-Post (SK) Disciplinary action taken against URegina prof after email containing racist remarks Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 04:32 06/01/2021 - 04:30
Instructors should explore the use of Zoom chat as a pedagogical tool in the virtual classroom, write Zachary Nowak, Michelle-Marie Gilkeson, and Samantha Tracy. The authors suggest ensuring accessibility issues are accommodated, encouraging students to use private messages to optimize their chats, identifying the appropriate times to ask questions, openly addressing privacy concerns when saving chats, and ensuring that chats are not overused. The article also highlights how chat can benefit self-conscious students who might not be comfortable with speaking on camera, as well as students who are overactive in their participation. “[I]t’s a simple, useful tool that you, the instructor, can wield to enlarge and enrich your course,” write the authors. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Using Zoom chat as a pedagogical tool: Opinion Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 04:32 06/01/2021 - 04:30
A Wilfrid Laurier University employee who worked in international recruitment has been put on leave after allegedly posting Islamophobic messages on Facebook, reports CBC. The employee reportedly posted a message in a private Facebook group that “advised people to tell their children to stay away from Muslims and not to buy anything sold by them,” and additionally described participants in a rally supporting Palestinians as “jehadi’s [sic].” “These posts were brought to our attention and we are investigating the matter with high priority,” said a WLU spokesperson. “Laurier is committed to creating a culture that is inclusive and safe for everyone, and does not condone behaviours that promote hate, induce fear, or threaten people’s safety.” Kitchener Today shared a statement from the Waterloo Regional Police, who investigated the reports and spoke to the individual in question. CBC | Kitchener Today (ON) WLU employee put on leave after allegedly posting Islamophobic messages Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 04:32 06/01/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), and the Rupertsland Institute (RI) have partnered to support Métis postsecondary students. The partners will work together to conduct research that addresses Métis concerns; provide support to help Métis students achieve their postsecondary education goals; and increase the number of Métis academics, fellowships, and employees at UAlberta. “Education of our Métis citizens is the key to success, the key to true reconciliation and continued education for all on our story and our history,” said MNA President Audrey Poitras. UAlberta (AB) UAlberta, MNA, RI partner to support Métis postsecondary students Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 10:08 06/01/2021 - 04:30
The University of Toronto has announced a partnership with the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research that will see the development and utilization of innovative solutions to monitor and treat people with heart failure. TRANSFORM HF will focus on making therapies and approaches based on new medical and artificial intelligence technologies accessible to Canadians. “Technology is often developed in a bubble, so for our engineers and scientists to collaborate with patients on design will change everything,” said Craig Simmons, a professor in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the Institute for Biomedical Engineering. “The ability to interact with end users early will help us create solutions that work more quickly and more smoothly.” U of T (ON) U of T partners with Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research on TRANSFORM HF Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 04:32 06/01/2021 - 04:30
York University has announced that it has partnered with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to establish a Centre International de Formation des Acteurs Locaux (CIFAL). The centre will provide training and serve as a knowledge exchange hub for government officials, the private sector, academia, and civil society. “The creation of this CIFAL Centre, in partnership with UNITAR, will enable us to bring leaders from governments, not-for-profits, and industry together with researchers and educators to share experiences and expertise, and to train new generations of global leaders,” said YorkU President Rhonda L Lenton. YorkU says that this is the first CIFAL centre in Canada. YorkU | The Star (ON) YorkU partners with UNITAR to establish CIFAL centre Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 04:32 06/01/2021 - 04:30
Essential or transferrable skills have received an increasing amount of attention in recent years, writes Noah Arney, a Career Services Coordinator with Thompson Rivers University, and these skills are now seen as a crucial component of education. The author discusses the value of using a skills framework that includes key life skills such as critical thinking, global citizenship, and physical and psychological health; and how these frameworks can provide jobseekers with ways to describe their skills to employers. The author compares the strengths and applications of social-emotional frameworks, comprehensive frameworks, and career development frameworks. CERIC (National) Using social-emotional frameworks to support jobseekers: Opinion Top Ten 06/01/2021 - 04:32 06/01/2021 - 04:30

Fanshawe College has announced that it has opened a new Oral Health Clinic to be used by students in its Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs. The state-of-the-art clinic includes 20 dental manikin simulators, a sterilization centre, a dental materials lab, and 16 dental operatories. The clinic will provide preventative oral health services to people in London who are living in poverty or do not have employer paid dental insurance. “[T]his clinic allows us to actualize a long-held dream to provide oral health care to the community while providing research opportunities for our students and faculty,” said Pam McLaughlin, dean, Faculty of Health, Community Studies and Public Safety. “After learning in this lab, our graduates will be prepared to join health care teams in London and beyond.” Fanshawe (ON)

Fanshawe opens new Oral Health Clinic Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 04:32 05/31/2021 - 04:30

The University of Ottawa has collaborated with Wesley Clover International to launch a new technology business program called Alacrity Ottawa. Alacrity Ottawa will provide graduates of UOttawa’s new Master’s in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design (MEED) with internship opportunities, mentorships, and a network of entrepreneurial expertise. The two-year program will focus on tech solutions and startups in a variety of areas, including 5G+ networking, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and transportation. “The Alacrity Ottawa program will build long-term synergistic relationships between entrepreneurs and investors that will have significant economic and social impact for Ottawa and Canada,” said Sylvain Charbonneau, VP, Research at UOttawa. UOttawa (ON)

UOttawa, Wesley Clover collaborate on Alacrity Ottawa program Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 12:49 05/31/2021 - 04:30

Two west coast institutions have released new anti-racism initiatives. BCIT has released an Anti-Racism Framework which contains specific actions that the institution will take against racism within its community. The new framework formalizes processes and identifies priority areas for the action plan. CMTN has launched an anti-racism page containing resources and information about community groups to support students who are new to Canada. “We know some students have experienced racism and we want students to know that we are here to support them and connect them to resources in our communities,” said CMTN President Justin Kohlman. BCIT | CMTN (BC)

BCIT, CMTN launch anti-racism framework, resources Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 04:32 05/31/2021 - 04:30

Lethbridge College has announced that it has revamped its Health Care Aide program. The new changes will enable students to learn more about pressing healthcare topics, spend more time in clinical and lab experiences, and focus more on complex health issues. The curriculum now includes increased training in palliative care, dementia care, mental health, and addictions. The Health Care Aide program will provide more emphasis on professional development, information technology, and hands-on learning opportunities. The program’s length has been extended from one semester to one full year to provide additional time for students to complete the new curriculum. Lethbridge (AB)

Lethbridge revamps Health Care Aide program Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 04:32 05/31/2021 - 04:30

Postsecondary institutions should take steps to acknowledge the invisible labour done by faculty of colour and to support them in their work, writes Kimberly A Truong. The author explains that the invisible labour of BIPOC faculty includes supporting BIPOC students and staff and connecting with potential students of colour, and that postsecondary institutions should make this work visible. The author notes that faculty workloads should be adjusted to take into account invisible work, and says that some particularly active faculty could be assigned fewer credits because they do more invisible labour. Truong explains that in implementing these guidelines and in having conversations with faculty of colour, invisible labour becomes visible. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

Making the invisible labour of faculty of colour visible: Opinion Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 04:32 05/31/2021 - 04:30

Western University has announced that students who are living in residence at Western, Brescia, Huron, and King’s will be required to have the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination for the Fall 2021 semester. Students will be told to get vaccinated before arriving on campus, and those who are unable to access vaccination will have 14 days after moving in to become vaccinated. Western will also have an on-campus vaccination clinic to help community members get their first and second doses of the vaccine. “We want our community to be safe and healthy this fall, as we return to the on-campus experiences we all love,” said Western President Alan Shepard. “Ensuring our students in residence are vaccinated will go a long way toward making this happen.” Western | King’s (ON)

Western to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students living in residence Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 04:32 05/31/2021 - 04:30

The University of Lethbridge has announced that it has opened a new edition of the It’s Worth A Shot! contest for its faculty and staff. Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to enter the contest after receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. Prizes include free reserved parking, ONE Pass memberships, Faculty of Fine Arts ticket packages, and bookstore gift certificates. “Our faculty and staff have worked extraordinarily hard throughout this pandemic to serve our students primarily in an online setting,” said ULethbridge President Mike Mahon. “Everyone has shown great commitment, resilience and adaptability, but there is nothing like starting a new academic year on campus, in person, and together. Our goal is to be able to do that safely.” ULethbridge (AB)

ULethbridge launches It’s Worth A Shot! contest for faculty and staff Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 04:32 05/31/2021 - 04:30

Sheridan College’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) has announced that it has launched a Virtual Production Innovation Hub (VPIH). The VPIH will function as a space where industry leaders, technology partners, and students can collaborate and innovate in the field of virtual production. “The Hub supports all content creators, technology enablers and studios looking to update their workflow for virtual production and see their innovative ideas and concepts come to life in real-time,” said David Dexter, Director of SIRT. “SIRT is also committed, through partnerships like xoTO Screen Industry Pathways, to ensuring that training is inclusive of the industry’s diverse workforce.” SIRT (ON)

Sheridan launches Virtual Production Innovation Hub Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 04:32 05/31/2021 - 04:30

The Government of Ontario has announced that it is providing $2.39M to eight projects that will focus on improving mental health supports and services for Indigenous, Black, and Francophone postsecondary students. Postsecondary institutions receiving support include Confederation College, Western University, Durham College, the University of Ottawa, St Lawrence College, and Canadore College. Additionally, Centre Labelle has received funding to increase the availability of mental health services at Hearst University, and Get-A-Head has received funding to support virtual mental health services for Humber College, Six Nations Polytechnic, and the University of Waterloo. “These new projects will help institutions build better services and partnerships for virtual and on-campus mental health supports - creating the best conditions possible for students to achieve their goals,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. ON (ON)

ON to provide $2.39M to improve access to mental health supports, services for at-risk students Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 04:32 05/31/2021 - 04:30

The University of Moncton’s Francophone nursing graduates are reporting issues registering for their licensing exams. The article says that some UMoncton students had tried to register for the licensing exams after finishing their programs, and found exam slots in New Brunswick were not available this summer. CBC also reports that the exam date has changed several times, making it difficult for students to study, and that some students are studying in English over concerns of the quality of translation on the French test. “It’s just obstacle after obstacle after obstacle,” said Marie-Ève Beaulieu, a UMoncton nursing student. “I’m at the point I’m wondering, ‘Do they really want me? Do they need me?’” The Nurses Association of New Brunswick has promised more clarity soon, and has said that two independent reviews have found the exam’s translation satisfactory. CBC (NB)

UMoncton Francophone nursing students report issues registering for licensing exams Top Ten 05/31/2021 - 04:32 05/31/2021 - 04:30

Some students have fallen into unhealthy lifestyles during the COVID-19 pandemic, and need support in getting back into a healthier lifestyle, writes Melissa Ezarik. The article offers seven actions that institutions can take to support students in achieving a healthier lifestyle post-COVID-19. Ezarik encourages institutions to create a wellness committee that will build and carry out a plan for well-being, develop tiered peer supports by training students who can help others with healthy habits, and continue offering popular health initiatives. The author also suggests that institutions find out what students need to develop healthier habits, incentivize healthy choices, incorporate an understanding of trauma, and prepare for long-term support. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

Supporting students in developing healthier post-COVID-19 lifestyles: Opinion Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

BCcampus has announced that it has launched an Open Educational Resources (OER) Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Training Series. The series is intended to support postsecondary institutions in training members in preventing and responding to sexualized violence on campus. The OER covers four focus areas: consent, response to disclosure, bystander intervention, and accountability and justice. Material is adaptable for a variety of audiences and formats, and facilitators can create a shorter version of the materials, lengthen it for more depth, or incorporate content into existing courses. Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and Simon Fraser University were involved in sharing training resources for evaluation and use by the project. BCcampus (BC)

BCcampus launches OER Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Training Series Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management has announced that it has collaborated with Microsoft Canada to allow Bootcamp participants to achieve Microsoft Certification. Students in select Bootcamps will be able to become Microsoft Certified after completing training in a variety of skills such as cloud, data, and AI, which will increase the value they bring to employers. “This collaboration with Microsoft Canada is a validation of the hard work of our faculty, staff and students to build this program, but also helps take the program to the next level,” said Dr Allen Goss, Associate Dean, Students at the Ted Rogers School. “Now our students will bring even more value to the workplace.” Ryerson (ON)

Ryerson, Microsoft Canada collaborate on Microsoft Certification for Bootcamp participants Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

A new Statistics Canada study on the COVID-19 pandemic’s gendered impacts on employment and education has shown that young women aged 17 to 24 responded to the pandemic by enrolling in postsecondary education at a higher rate than the previous year, while there was no increase for young men. The study found that this increase was only seen for Canadian-born women, while the proportion of young immigrant women attending postsecondary schools stayed the same. The study also found that employment for young women attending postsecondary schools dropped from 56% to 49%; the report says that these jobs typically would both fund studies and provide work experience for students. iPolitics | StatCan (National)

StatCan releases study on COVID-19’s gendered impacts on employment and education Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has partnered with St George’s University in Grenada, West Indies on a pathway program that will enable KPU Health Sciences graduates to pursue studies in medicine or veterinary medicine abroad. Students in the program can choose to spend a year at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, and can pursue residencies across Canada and the United States. “This partnership will not only provide the opportunity for our health science students to achieve their goals to become doctors, but it will also make KPU an attractive destination for local and international students to more readily access a graduate-level education in medicine by beginning their educational journey at KPU,” said Carole St Laurent, associate vice president, KPU International. KPU (BC)

KPU partners with St George’s on medicine, veterinary medicine pathway program Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

ApplyBoard has forged partnerships with ETS and Pearson Education that will simplify the verification of English language test scores. ApplyProof will enable postsecondary institutions across Canada to verify Proof of English Language Proficiency by simply clicking a button when evaluating international student documentation. It will also allow students to access and share their own test results more easily. “Interoperability is what makes ApplyProof transformative,” said Iman Hassani, Head of ApplyProof. “We are thrilled to launch Proof of Language Proficiency in partnership with ETS and with Pearson respectively. This is a giant step forward to increase trust, efficiency, and transparency in our ecosystem.” ApplyBoard (National)

ApplyBoard partners with ETS and Pearson Education to simplify verification of test scores Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

McGill University has announced that its School of Architecture will be constructing the Building Architecture Research Node (BARN) on its Macdonald campus. The 18,000 square-foot facility will be built out of mass timber, and will house a cutting-edge design-build facility, research labs, offices, and McGill’s DeCarbonized Architecture and Building (DeCARB) research group. It will be a hub where researchers in a variety of industries, such as architecture, energy, forestry, and construction can come together to focus on sustainable design and ecological building processes. The BARN will be built through an $8M grant from the federal government, an $8M grant from the provincial government, and funds from industry partners and McGill. Montreal Gazette (QC)

McGill announces building of BARN on Macdonald campus Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

Western University’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration (Western Space) has announced that it will be receiving a five-year grant “in the multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars” from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The grant will enable Western Space to provide support for a CSA partnership with NASA that will see a micro-rover landed on the Moon. Western Space will be involved in researching the Moon’s geology and geophysics; researching the Moon’s ice; and developing approaches for geological investigation. “A major role for us is also to train the next generation of students at Western, and at these three other universities, in key research areas such as remote sensing, analogue research, and sample analysis,” said Gordon (Oz) Osinski, interim director of Western Space. Western (ON)

Western Space receives grant for Moon research Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

The Montreal Gazette reports that Dawson College students are planning to protest against in-person exams by not attending their final exams, and that Dawson has threatened to automatically fail students who do not attend their exams because of the strike. The Dawson Student Union explained that the length of the strike depends on Dawson’s co-operation. “What is certain at this point is that unless and until all final exams are moved to an online format, Dawson students will refrain from attending their final exams during the examination period, which is currently scheduled to run from May 27 to June 4, 2021, inclusively,” read the statement. Dawson has noted that it has made accommodations for at-risk students and is using health authority guidance in planning the exams. Montreal Gazette (QC)

DSU plans protest against in-person exams, Dawson threatens automatic fail for strike participants Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

Eastern colleges have announced the addition of new training programs to meet market needs. Holland College is offering a free course that will allow participants to gain their Level 1 early childhood certification, which will qualify them to be added to Prince Edward Island’s list of in-demand substitute ECEs. College of the North Atlantic is launching the Enterprise Web Development program which will teach students skills related to website development to support online delivery of products and services. New Brunswick Community College has announced that it is launching several new programs within the next academic year, including Client Services and Sales, Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Information Technology: Business and Advanced Analytics, and Skilled Trades Techniques. CBC (Holland College) | CNA | NBCC (PEI | NL | NB)

Eastern colleges announce new training programs Top Ten 05/28/2021 - 04:32 05/28/2021 - 04:30

Information technology and cybersecurity organizations in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia have collaborated to share information about malware attacks through a platform called Malware Information Sharing Platform (MISP). MISP, which was funded by the European Union, will enable organizations in higher ed to share intelligence about cyberthreats in real time. One of MISP’s founding partners is the Canadian Shared Security Operations Centre (CanSSOC), which is coordinated by the University of Toronto and uses a technology platform led by McGill University. CanSSOC will collaborate with international organizations Jisc (United Kingdom), AARNet (Australia), and REN-ISAC and OmniSOC (US). “With this partnership, we’re really building relationships and working together to tackle this international problem,” said Isaac Straley, chief information security officer for both CanSSOC and U of T. U of T | CanSSOC | Inside Higher Ed (National)

CanSSOC joins higher ed collaboration to share intelligence on cyberthreats Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

McGill University has launched the McGill Centre for Innovation in Storage and Conversion of Energy (McISCE). The research centre will investigate sustainable technological solutions to improve electrical energy storage and conversion, supporting Quebec’s 2030 Plan for a Green Economy. McISCE will bring together a network of expertise from a variety of McGill’s faculties, and plans to pursue partnerships with important energy stakeholders from across QC and Canada. “The time has long [passed] for the wide array of McGill research talent to work in a coordinated and united fashion,” explained Professor Sylvain Coulombe, Co-leader of the McISCE. “The problems we face as a society are too complex for researchers to approach individually. Combining the strength of our network will yield far better results.” McGill (QC)

McGill launches research centre for energy storage and conversion Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

Queer students have adapted to overcome pandemic challenges through connecting with virtual communities and supporting each other, write University of Toronto PhD Candidate David J Kinitz and Carleton University Disability Studies instructor Alan Santinele Martino. The authors discuss how queer students have not been able to access the social networks, queer-friendly resources, academic spaces, and independence from family that provided them with support pre-COVID-19. The article explains that queer people have harnessed digital technology to connect with others, access support networks, and find a sense of belonging since “safe” physical spaces have been lost. They conclude by encouraging institutions to make space for the voices and stories of marginalized individuals. “Our creative and queer ways of fostering resiliency are not impermeable to discriminatory social conditions,” write the authors. The Conversation (Editorial)

Drawing on supportive virtual 2SLGBTQ+ communities during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

A University of Saskatchewan pharmacy professor, who CBC reports is Canada’s only First Nations professor in the field, has resigned. Jaris Swidrovich, member of the Yellow Quill First Nation, alleges that he has faced racism while working at USask that “started to affect me at all levels of my health and wellbeing.” Swidrovich explained that “[i]t no longer felt right to continue my teaching and scholarly work in the areas of racism and Indigenous heath as an employee of an institution that has inadequately responded to racism.” USask provost and academic VP Arini has responded by noting that school is working to support its Indigenous staff and students. “We remain committed and ready to learn and continue to take action,” said Arini. CBC | CTV News (SK)

First Nations pharmacy professor at USask resigns due to alleged racism Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

York University’s School of Continuing Studies has announced its new certificate in Learning Experience Design. The three-course, part-time program allows instructors and employers to up-skill and learn to design “engaging and empowering” adult learning experiences. “Understanding how people learn and comprehend new material is an essential skill that educators and trainers need to transform learning experiences in the digital world,” said Tracey Taylor-O'Reilly, AVP of Continuing Studies at YorkU. The certificate is aimed at corporate trainers, HR professionals, teachers, professors, and curriculum developers, and is set to launch September 2021. Business Insider (ON)

YorkU launches Learning Experience Design certificate Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

Concordia University’s District 3 Innovation Hub, the Quebec Scientific Entrepreneurship Program (QcSE), and V1 Studio have collaborated to create the Scientific Venture Program. The two-year postdoctoral program will support PhD candidates and recent graduates in developing deep technology companies to commercialize their research and keep them living in Montreal. Participants will receive an annual $71K package that includes a stipend, access to workspaces, coaching, workshops and programs, guidance, and an international network of investors and partners. “More ideas and technologies coming from academic research could make it beyond the lab, but often scientists lack the resources and skills to commercialize,” said Paula Wood-Adams, interim VP of research and graduate studies at Concordia. “We need to enable early career researchers to develop those skills and commercialize their research outcomes, so entrepreneurship is a viable career path.” Concordia (QC)

Concordia, QcSE, V1 Studio collaborate on Scientific Venture Program Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

Mount Royal University’s School of Communication Studies has announced that it is partnering with Shaw Communications Inc to launch the Community Podcast Initiative (CPI). The initiative aims to amplify the voices of marginalized and underrepresented groups through sharing stories that are not heard in traditional media. The CPI will support podcast production through providing a variety of support such as space, technology, and instruction on writing strategies; workshops, conferences, and awards to advance podcast knowledge; and research on podcasting’s role in knowledge mobilization. The CPI will also support Indigenous storytelling, advance reconciliation, and boost voices from marginalized and BIPOC communities. MRU says that the program is a first of its kind for a Canadian university. Financial Post | (AB)

MRU partners with Shaw Communications to launch Community Podcast Initiative Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

Brock University and MacEwan University have announced new funding for scholarships and bursaries supporting Indigenous students. Brock’s Faculty of Math and Science will be providing $110K to fund three new entrance scholarships for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students. “We are seeing increasing numbers of Indigenous students entering STEM ... programs and this funding will help them achieve their dreams,” said Robyn Bourgeois, Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement. MacEwan has also announced new financial support for Indigenous students. A “major donation” will support Indigenous students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and a $250K donation from the Rupertsland Institute will go towards the Métis Scholar Awards Endowment, which provides bursaries to up to 30 Métis students annually. Brock | MacEwan | NationTalk (ON | AB)

Brock, MacEwan announce new funding for scholarships, bursaries for Indigenous students Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

NorQuest College has announced that it will be expanding its work in Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and St Lucia through the Skills to Access the Green Economy Program (SAGE). Through SAGE, NorQuest will provide education that will help institutions develop supports for persons with disabilities, with the end goal of integrating persons with disabilities into technical and vocational education training (TVET) and employment. “This is important work, as the message from the UN is leave no one behind,” said Angela Wilm, NorQuest Instructor and consultant for the project. “NorQuest has a proven and successful track record in supporting individuals who have been marginalized, which includes people with exceptionalities, and we’re very happy to share our expertise.” NorQuest (AB)

NorQuest expands SAGE program to support integration of persons with disabilities Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law has announced that it will be launching the Foreign-Trained Lawyers Program, which will help foreign-trained lawyers meet the qualifications necessary for practicing in Canada. Students in the 12-month program will complete the course requirements for National Committee on Accreditation, and network with local and provincial professionals. Participants will also have opportunities to receive professional development training, articling and career placement assistance, and student support and mentorship. “We are extremely excited to launch our foreign-trained lawyers program, and to help improve access to justice in Alberta and across Canada,” said Ian Holloway, dean of the Faculty of Law. The release says that the program is the only one of its kind in southern Alberta. UCalgary (AB)

UCalgary to launch Foreign-Trained Lawyers Program Top Ten 05/27/2021 - 04:34 05/27/2021 - 04:30

Loyalist College has announced that it will be launching a Financial Technology graduate certificate program. The program will prepare students to work in the financial services centre, with a focus on digitizing and mobilizing financial services. The program will take eight months to complete, and students will complete an applied workplace project in their second semester. “Low-touch, high-tech preferences for dealing with money, driven out of necessity by the COVID-19 pandemic, have forever transformed the way businesses operate and transact,” said Loyalist President Dr Ann Marie Vaughan. “[Employers are] looking for help navigating and implementing the best solutions for their customers, and our graduates will be ready to respond and lead.” Loyalist (ON)

Loyalist launches Financial Technology graduate certificate Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

The University of Alberta has announced that it will be establishing a new research chair, the Endowed Chair in Forest Growth & Yield, through an over $4.1M endowment from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta. Robert Froese will hold the chair, which will focus on biodiversity, sustainably managing land for timber, and forest growth and yield. Froese will research how various factors affect the landscape and create models of forests to inform the forestry industry. The chair will be housed in UAlberta’s Department of Renewable Resources in its Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES). Froese will also teach undergraduate and graduate students within the faculty. UAlberta (AB)

UAlberta establishes research chair in Forest Growth & Yield Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

A partnership between the University of Winnipeg’s Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) and Supply Chain Canada will allow graduates of UWinnipeg’s Supply Chain Management diploma to achieve a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation. The designation will increase opportunities for graduates entering the supply chain profession in a variety of areas, such as sourcing, logistics, inventory, and distribution. “This partnership with Supply Chain Canada allows our graduates to not only take the next steps to certify their knowledge through the industry association but also demonstrate their commitment to continued excellence,” said PACE Executive Director Kim Loeb. UWinnipeg (MB)

UWinnipeg PACE graduates to earn advanced standing for SCMP designation Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

Postsecondary institutions could use campus co-operatives to solve problems faced by staff and students, writes Michelle Stack, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. The author explains that housing and food insecurity issues were already prominent before COVID-19, and that post-COVID-19, it may be difficult or impossible to go back to “normal.” Stack says that co-operatives are a way that students can access a more affordable education and ensure more money is invested into the education system. The author says that co-ops are also able to better weather economic downturns. “Co-ops provide a place to learn about more democratic and equitable ways of living, working and learning together — and also offer ways to re-imagine alternative business models,” writes Stack. The Conversation (Editorial)

Using co-operatives to solve issues faced by postsecondary students, staff: Opinion Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

Canada must prioritize diversity within STEM disciplines in order to produce more innovative research, writes Jennifer D Adams, Canada Research Chair of Creativity and STEM and Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. The author describes some of the challenges that minorities face within the Canadian context, such as racially diverse instructors receiving lower wages and prestige and being seen as “illegitimate academics.” Adams also discusses the lack of mentors for STEM students who have diverse backgrounds. The author says that diversity leads to the highest quality of science, increased citations, and more equitable peer review. Adams explains that the systemic barriers students face to pursuing STEM fields need to be understood and dismantled, and the work of Black and Indigenous scientists needs to be made visible. The Conversation (Editorial)

Prioritizing diversity for more innovative research: Opinion Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

Camosun College has announced that it has received $444K in funding from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Seaspan for student scholarships and new equipment. The funding, which will be provided over three years, will allow Camosun to offer additional scholarships and bursaries for women and Indigenous students in trades programs. Students can use the funds to pay tuition, as well as costs related to schooling such as food, childcare, work clothing, and equipment. $144K will go towards acquiring equipment such as marine welding booths and virtual training consoles for a new marine welding program. The investment aims to address BC’s shortage of trained tradespeople who work in a variety of areas, including the shipyards. Times Colonist (BC)

Camosun receives $444K for student scholarships, new equipment Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

Postsecondary institutions across Canada have announced the establishment of educational partnerships with local communities. Lethbridge College will be working with the Taber Police Service on an initiative that will allow candidates to self-sponsor their training, rather than being sponsored by the police service. Six people can participate in the initiative, which is reportedly the first in the province. Northern Lakes College and the Town of Hinton have established a partnership that will see NLC offering its programming and services to residents of the town through its Supported Distance Learning model. College of the North Atlantic’s Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation will be partnering with high schools in Newfoundland and Labrador on a pilot project that will see students earning micro-credentials and postsecondary course credits as they complete grades 10-12. My Lethbridge Now | NLC | CNA (National)

Lethbridge College, NLC, CNA establish education partnerships with local community Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has announced that it has joined the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN), an organization that supports digital credential mobility. The membership will see CICan working with other GDN signatories to cooperate internationally in a variety of areas, including fair credential recognition, student data exchange, and privacy concerns. “Given the rapid changes in the labour market, we believe it is essential to facilitate credential recognition so learners can more easily move across geographic and institutional boundaries,” said CICan President Denise Amyot. “This means more digital data portability to enable learners to access and manage their own records throughout their lifetime. We believe these principles are key to the future of a successful work force.” CICan (National)

CICan joins Groningen Declaration Network Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

The Government of Alberta has ordered the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge and Athabasca University to suspend all new research with links to the Chinese government. A letter sent to the institutions by the AB Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios expressed concern over the Chinese government potentially stealing Canadian intellectual property for use in its military and intelligence agencies. The letter requested that they “pause the pursuit of any new or renewed partnerships with [People’s Republic of China/Chinese Communist Party]-linked entities, undertake a thorough review of their institution’s relationships with entities potentially linked to the PRC/CCP, and ensure these ongoing partnerships follow stringent risk assessments and due diligence.” CBC says that the institutions are required to submit a report to AB within 90 days. Edmonton Journal | CBC (AB)

AB institutions to suspend new research with links to Chinese government Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

Dawson Student Union has filed a request for an injunction against Dawson College to keep it from holding in-person exams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Global News reports that in-person exams have been scheduled for chemistry, math, and physics classes. DSU chairperson Kevin Contant-Holowatyj explained that Dawson students are concerned that they might catch COVID-19 while travelling to take the exam or while writing the exam, and are worried that this will put their families at risk. Contant-Holowatyj noted that Dawson has been “unwavering” and has not made concessions on in-person exam requirements. “After a resounding opposition to in-person exams from our students, it is clear to us that we had to move forward. … Students have a right to feel safe in their learning environment,” said Contant-Holowatyj. Montreal Gazette | Global News (QC)

Dawson Student Union files request for injunction to block in-person exams Top Ten 05/26/2021 - 04:31 05/26/2021 - 04:30

CBC and CTV are reporting that Canada Christian College will not be granted university status following a review by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB). The recommendations from PEQAB state that CCC should not be given “expanded degree-granted authority or a name change at this time”. A statement from the Office of the Minister of Colleges and Universities confirms the recommendations have been accepted. The review came following ON’s passing of Bill 213 at the end of 2020 that would give CCC the right to grant Bachelor of Arts and Science programming, pending an independent review. CBC | CTV (ON)

CCC denied university status, name change Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30

Algoma University will be embarking on the construction of Mukqua Waakaa'igan, a world-class, cross-cultural centre. The facility’s Anishinaabemowin name honours the bear as a carrier of medicine, explains Algoma President Asima Vezina, and the name was given to the place through ceremony. Mukqua Waakaa'igan will provide access to culturally appropriate spaces for the local urban Indigenous population and surrounding rural communities. “The facility will be a welcoming place for Indigenous peoples to share truth-telling, healing, and reconciliation; a place for celebrating all cultures, traditions, and ceremonies promoting diversity and inclusion,” explained Mary Wabano-McKay, Algoma VP Nyaagaaniid, Anishinaabe Initiatives, Equity and Student Success. The $18M project received a combined $13M from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, with Algoma contributing over $4.7M to the project. Algoma | CTV News | Newswire (ON)

Algoma to construct Mukqua Waakaa'igan cultural facility Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30

Western University’s Faculty of Education has announced a new program, the Western Practicum Partnership (WPP), which will see teacher candidates have more consistency while completing their practicums. WPP was created in collaboration with nine school boards, and will allow teacher candidates to work within one school for their two first-year placements and another for their two second-year placements. “Having teacher candidates work in one school over two placements will help them develop relationships with other teachers, families and students in the broader school community,” said Western’s Associate Dean for Teacher Education, Kathy Hibbert. “It’s a great opportunity for teacher candidates to be a part of a community and also learn how a particular school functions throughout the year.” Western | (ON)

Western announces Western Practicum Partnership program Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30

Nipissing University has announced the launch of a Bachelor of Science in Data Science program. Students in the program will study data science from theoretical and applied perspectives, and will participate in experiential learning and research opportunities from the beginning of their degree. They will also be able to customize their degrees through taking courses from other departments. “[D]ata scientists are in great demand for their cross-disciplinary skills,” said Dr Arja Vainio-Mattila, Nipissing Provost and VP, Academic and Research. “Data scientists will play an important role in the future of our region and we are excited to be able to help address this skills gap.” Nipissing says that the program is the only one of its kind in northern Ontario. Nipissing (ON)

Nipissing announces launch of Bachelor of Science in Data Science program Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30

The University of Alberta is taking the correct approach by fostering a relationship with China, writes Gordon Houlden, director emeritus of the University of Alberta China Institute, in response to an article published earlier this month. Houlden argues that though concerns around intellectual property rights and security are legitimate, developing connections to China enabled UAlberta’s China Institute to become a leading Alberta think tank. The author also argues that researchers that have been trained at the China Institute are valued by employers for their expertise on the topic of China. “China will be a major source of innovation in this century, and Canadian scientists need to stay abreast of these developments,” writes Houlden. “That necessarily means maintaining contacts with Chinese universities and scholars.” The Edmonton Journal (AB)

UAlberta should continue to foster relationship with China: Opinion Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30

Cape Breton University will be creating a Mi’kmaw Chair in Healthy L’nu Communities, which will be funded by the Government of Nova Scotia through $150K annually over five years. The chair will aim to improve health outcomes of Mi’kmaw in NS through gathering and incorporating L’nu knowledge and using community-based health research and practice models. The chair also will be involved in improving long-term health outcomes of Mi’kmaw, reducing inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, and supporting Mi’kmaw leadership in the area of health and wellness. “The new Chair in Healthy L’nu Communities will bring an important perspective and help us as we collaborate to improve health outcomes for the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia,” said Chief Norman Bernard of Wagmatcook First Nation. NationTalk (NS)

CBU to establish Mi’kmaw Chair in Healthy L’nu Communities Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30

The College of Carpenters and Allied Trades will be able to implement new online learning offerings in order to support a more diverse, highly skilled carpentry workforce. The project, which is being funded through $890K from the Government of Canada over four years, will establish a delivery model for five courses that have historically been taught in the classroom to apprentices and junior carpenters. The online delivery is expected to help mitigate the barriers limiting apprenticeship outcomes and employment opportunities for groups such as women, newcomers, and persons with disabilities. “This investment will be used to support the development of on-line learning courses as a means of supporting a more diverse and highly skilled carpentry workforce,” said CCAT Executive Director Cristina Selva. Canada (National)

CCAT to implement online learning, increase accessibility of carpentry with new federal funds Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30

The University of Victoria has received over $1.4M in funding from the Government of British Columbia for the development of a new childcare centre at the university’s Queenswood Campus. UVic will be repurposing the Queenswood Retreat Centre to provide 37 childcare spaces for children of various ages, including infants, toddlers, and children ages three to kindergarten. “In our programs, children and educators co-create lively, inclusive spaces, embracing our collective responsibilities in fostering ethical relations with others,” said UVic Child Care Services director Kim Ainsworth. “With the funding, we look forward to welcoming more children and families into our centres, as we strive to create more liveable worlds while facing 21st-century challenges.” UVic | (BC)

UVic to repurpose Queenswood Retreat Centre as childcare centre Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) have issued statements about OCAD University’s decision to terminate four senior librarians and two other library positions. OCUFA’s letter said that the terminations “bypassed the collegial process” and were done under the guise of “restructuring.” CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith and CAUT Executive Director David Robinson said that “the reorganization was done without meaningful consultation [… which] amounts to a devaluing of the skills and knowledge librarians bring to the institution.” CAUT called for the four librarians to be reinstated until a review has been completed, while OCUFA called for all positions to be reinstated. OCUFA | CAUT (ON)

CAUT, OCUFA respond to OCAD U’s termination of six library positions Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30

Doing antiracist work through online education can be particularly difficult because it can expose academics to threats they would not usually face within the physical classroom, writes Mark James. The author describes how when teaching online classes, instructors can never be certain of who is listening in or watching their lectures; some audience members hold power, and their complaints can threaten instructors who are teaching using antiracist pedagogy. James calls for postsecondary institutions to embrace an antiracist stance. “Most colleges and universities are committed to multicultural interpretations of social justice, as long as it also serves the professional interests of white faculty and students,” writes James. “But it remains to be seen if this commitment will extend to an active antiracism.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

Addressing challenges with teaching antiracist pedagogy online: Opinion Top Ten 05/25/2021 - 04:33 05/25/2021 - 04:30
Western Community College in Surrey has received $600K from the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to provide up to 30 British Columbian immigrants with the necessary training to become dental assistants. The college will deliver skills and certification courses through two intakes of its Immigrant Dental Assistants Training program. “This program aims to connect immigrants to rewarding careers as dental assistants, providing them an opportunity to acquire the training necessary to obtain employment in a recovering sector of the B.C. economy impacted by COVID-19,” said WCC President Gurpal Dhaliwal. Surrey Now-Leader (BC) WCC to provide dental assistant training to immigrants Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions should embrace continuing to have students come from abroad to participate in Canadian scientific research, writes University of Toronto professor Mark Lautens, even during a pandemic. The author describes his experiences welcoming graduate students who have traveled to participate in research in Canada and the challenges and rewards of hosting these students. These students, Lautens writes, have been excited to be able to participate in scientific research even though they are not getting the perks of touring Canada during their exchanges. They have also taken all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Those in university have hardly had the blast many of us did back in the day,” writes Lautens. “But they are finding a way to be productive and to continue their educational journey – and doing it without complaint.” The Globe and Mail (Editorial) PSE needs to embrace incoming exchange students: Opinion Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
York University has announced that it will be establishing a new School of Medicine which will train family and community doctors within an integrated setting. The School of Medicine will also contribute to promoting an integrated, preventative model for health care with the goal of increasing access to health care for diverse GTA communities and underserved Canadian communities. “As we contemplate the public health demands of today and tomorrow, we know that innovative community collaborations, modern medical education and integrated health services will be vitally important,” said YorkU President Rhonda L Lenton. “New medical schools can help to take the lead in making some of the structural changes that are necessary in the system.” YorkU (ON) YorkU to establish a new School of Medicine Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that the University of Calgary is proposing “exceptional” tuition increases which would see the cost of some programs increase by over 50% in Fall 2022. Undergraduate tuition for engineering and medical programs would increase, with medical doctor tuition going up by 15.7%, the Bachelor of Science in engineering increasing 32% for domestic students and 51% international tuition. The change would reportedly only affect incoming students in 2022, and would need to be approved by the AB Minister of Advanced Education since it is considered an exceptional increase. UCalgary’s Student Union issued a statement arguing that the proposed changes would harm student access and trust, and questioning how the increases would increase program quality. Calgary Herald | CBC | UC Student Union (AB) UCalgary proposes “exceptional” tuition increases to medical, engineering programs Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
Instructors will need to balance continuing online activities with in-person support as classes transition back to campus, writes Matthew Wright. Wright provides “Zoomed-out” faculty with a variety of strategies to apply their learnings from teaching online to make their in-person teaching more effective. The author explains that the mundane parts of class can be moved online for assignments that require student collaboration and use the work done during the pandemic to teach using a flipped classroom. Wright also suggests prioritizing in-person activities as much as possible, with an emphasis on labs and hands-on learning; incorporating career development into the classroom with speakers; and offering mental health supports, more office hours, and micro-affirmations to students. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Balancing online activities with in-person support: Opinion Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
Francophone Laurentian University are considering their options for continuing their postsecondary education, reports CBC. The article explains that some students are considering pursuing their studies at other universities because of the termination of the federation agreement and the loss of programs and instructors. “I’m kind of lost in the mess of it, because all the pressure is put on the students to figure out what we have to do for our degree,” said Lauryn Carney, who had been studying psychology. Student Maël Bisson explained that though he may be able to finish his program at the university, the classes “could be anything” and not have a link to his program. Postsecondary institutions across Canada have responded with solidarity for Francophone Laurentian students; the University of Ottawa has offered support for finding Laurentian students a pathway, while the University of Alberta has extended its application deadline for Laurentian students. CBC (ON) Francophone Laurentian students explore options for future education Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
Several institutions recently announced new or reinvigorated partnerships with their local communities that are focused on development or research. Brock University and Tools of Empowerment of Success Niagara signed a MOU to continue to research how to support immigrant and racially marginalized women and build more inclusive communities. Saint Mary’s University and the Nova Scotia Museum recently uncovered evidence that “may rewrite North American understanding of the pre-contact trade of copper across the continent.” Canadore College supported Timiskaming First Nation by developing and providing a mobile harvesting unit prototype for the First Nation’s The Wild Basket team. Fanshawe College and Goodwill Industries will be collaborating on the Circular Economy Work and Training Platforms project. Nation Talk (SMU) | IHeartRadio (Brock) | Nation Talk (Canadore) | CBC (Fanshawe) (National) Postsecondary institutions embark on R&D projects with local communities, organizations Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
The Future Skills Centre (FSC) has announced that it is building on its investment from earlier this year with a new investment of $25.9M in funding for 10 projects. FSC states that the funding will go to projects that show “early signs of success” and that have potential for wider impact through replication, adaptation, or broader scale expansion. Projects include Ryerson University and TECHNATION’s expansion of the Advanced Digital and Professional Training; Mohawk College’s Material Handling project; and a project focused on gas and oil workers that involves the University of Calgary, SAIT, Mount Royal University, and Bow Valley College. FSC | NewsWire (National) FSC announces $25.9M in funding for 10 promising projects Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
Amnesty International has reportedly paused its four-year partnership with the University of Toronto in support of the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ (CAUT) censure of the university. In an open letter addressed to U of T President Meric Gertler and Faculty of Law Dean Jutta Brunnée, the organization stated that it was “greatly concerned” by the sequence of events related to the decision to not appoint Dr Valentina Azarova as IHRP Director. “Having read the report by retired Supreme Court of Canada Thomas Cromwell,” states the letter, “we are unable to take at face value the claim that the hire was frozen solely due to immigration issues, rather than external influence from a major university donor critical of Dr Azarova’s academic work on Israel and Palestine.” The Star | CTV News | Amnesty (Open Letter) | The Varsity (ON) Amnesty International suspends ties with UofT following CAUT censure Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
St Clair College and the University of Windsor have announced that they have joined a partnership that includes WEtech Alliance, the City of Windsor, and the County of Essex to establish an automobility accelerator. The partnership, which has received $7.5M in FedDev Ontario funding, will see Invest WindsorEssex support the training of 1,350 automobility entrepreneurs and scaling firms. It will support automobility start-ups and scale-ups, with an aim of accelerating the commercialization of technologies developed by entrepreneurs. St Clair | UWindsor (ON) St Clair, UWindsor join partnership to create automobility accelerator in Windsor-Essex Top Ten 05/21/2021 - 04:31 05/21/2021 - 04:30
Great Plains College, Cumberland College, and Parkland College have announced that they will be collaborating on the International Recruitment and Admissions partnership. The pilot project will see one individual recruiting for all three colleges on the international file. The two-year collaboration will give the institutions more independence from external recruitment agencies and also be cost-efficient. “We are very excited to see this partnership and pilot project come to fruition,” said Great Plains president David Keast. “The partnership will allow us to build off of our foundational knowledge and collective expertise and will help mitigate the risks of international recruitment, in terms of mobility and costs, going forward.” Great Plains | YorktonThisWeek (SK) Great Plains, Cumberland, Parkland partner on international recruitment pilot Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that McMaster University experienced a cyber security incident earlier this week that is being investigated. “At this stage, data remains secure but is not currently accessible,” wrote McMaster Spokesperson Wade Hemsworth. “While the incident compromised a limited number of systems, we took some systems off-line as a precaution ... most parts of the university are not impacted.” McMaster stated in a release that the incident could result in delays in offer of admission processing. Hamilton police have been notified, and CBC reports that local hospitals with access to the university’s systems are also monitoring the situation and working with McMaster to ensure they remain unaffected. CBC | McMaster (ON) McMaster experiences cyber-security incident Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are using a variety of methods to hold distanced convocation ceremonies and celebrate the graduation of their students. The University of Manitoba will be hosting a virtual convocation ceremony on a new platform that will allow students to participate in activities such as a digital photo booth, faculty chat rooms, and interactive exhibits. Lethbridge College students will be able to celebrate their convocations through the college’s website and social media pages, and University College of the North will be broadcasting their Commencement Ceremony on YouTube and Facebook. Capilano University will be holding drive-in convocation ceremonies that will include a car decorating contest, and those without cars will be able to view the ceremony from a rented electric vehicle seating area. UManitoba | North Shore News (CapU) | Lethbridge News Now | UCN (National) Western launches Centre for Sustainable Curating Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are using a variety of methods to hold distanced convocation ceremonies and celebrate the graduation of their students. The University of Manitoba will be hosting a virtual convocation ceremony on a new platform that will allow students to participate in activities such as a digital photo booth, faculty chat rooms, and interactive exhibits. Lethbridge College students will be able to celebrate their convocations through the college’s website and social media pages, and University College of the North will be broadcasting their Commencement Ceremony on YouTube and Facebook. Capilano University will be holding drive-in convocation ceremonies that will include a car decorating contest, and those without cars will be able to view the ceremony from a rented electric vehicle seating area. UManitoba | North Shore News (CapU) | Lethbridge News Now | UCN (National) Postsecondary institutions prepare for virtual, drive-in convocation ceremonies Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30
Katelyn Thomas from the Montreal Gazette has connected with institutions to discuss the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed them to make potentially permanent changes to course delivery. Leaders such as Université de Montréal vice-rector of student and academic affairs Louise Béliveau and Concordia University interim Provost and VP Academic Anne Whitelaw discussed the ways that the pandemic sped up the process of adopting new approaches and encouraged greater thinking around pedagogy and student learning. Carleton University VP for teaching and learning David Hornsby noted that the move has led to additional opportunities and greater accessibility for students, and has led the university to plan for more online offerings and the use of “HyFlex” technology in the future. Montreal Gazette (National) Institutions discuss how COVID-19 has changed higher education in Canada Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30
Assiniboine Community College has announced that it will be holding the “Armed for Fall Contest” to encourage students to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Students who can prove that they have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 6th are eligible to enter a draw. The grand prize covers tuition and course fees for the 2021-22 year, and other prizes include $100 campus bookstore gift cards and college swag packages. “Vaccines are an incredibly important response to our global fight against COVID-19,” said ACC president Mark Frison. “We feel a pronounced responsibility to do our part as an organization to encourage vaccine uptake across Manitoba, and particularly among students.” Brandon Sun | CTV News (MB) ACC holds “Armed for Fall Contest” to encourage student vaccination Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business has announced that will be receiving $1M from CPA Alberta for the creation of a student “collision” space at Mathison Hall. The area will be a busy space in which students gather to work together, socialize, and engage community leaders. The space will be named the CPA Alberta Commons in recognition of the gift. “Our students will benefit tremendously from this gift, and on their behalf I want to thank CPA Alberta for their timely and generous donation,” said Haskayne Dean Jim Dewald. “The personal connections made in university are fundamental to the post-secondary experience, and those important connections will be forged in the new CPA Alberta Commons.” UCalgary (AB) UCalgary’s Haskayne School of Business to create student “collision” space Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30
Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that it is offering a new program that will train students to evaluate environmental, social, and governance issues when appraising investments. The 15-credit program will teach students about extra-financial indicators and ethical principles of economic and financial decision-making. Students will finish their training by participating in an integration activity which will see them using their skills in their workplace or internship. The program is offered in a hybrid or online format and is offered both full-time and part-time. UQAM (QC) UQAM offers new program on evaluating the impact of investments Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30
Researchers from the University of Waterloo, the University of Alberta, and Western University have released a study titled “Should I Stay or Should I Go: International Students’ Decision-making About Staying in Canada.” The study investigated international students’ decision-making process around staying in Canada or returning home. The study found that the majority of international students had decided to stay in Canada after living in Canada for a few years. Several factors influenced students’ choices to stay or go, including family ties, employment opportunities, perceptions of the immigration system’s complexity, and experiences of isolation or racism. EurekAlert! (ON | AB) UWaterloo, UAlberta, Western researchers release study on international students’ decision-making Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30
Brock University has announced that it will be launching a Department of Engineering which will begin welcoming students in the 2023-24 academic year. Students in the new Integrated Engineering program will learn about topics such as big data, artificial intelligence, robot automation, and medical devices, and will participate in experiential learning opportunities to gain professional skills and industry connections. “This is a monumental development for Brock University,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “It adds an important academic program in demand by students, and it supports the economic vitality of the region — these items are directly aligned with the strategic priorities of the University.” Brock says that its Integrated Engineering program will be one of only three in Canada. Brock (ON) Brock announces the Department of Engineering Top Ten 05/20/2021 - 04:32 05/20/2021 - 04:30

Acadia University student Leah Creaser, member of the Acadia First Nation, has created a lab to share Mi’kmaw traditional knowledge with first-year biology students. Creaser noticed her first-year lab on plant identification did not include information on Mi’kmaq use of the plants, and her professor invited her to create a lab based on Mi’kmaw traditional knowledge as part of a research assignment. The lab has since become a core part of Acadia’s required biology course. The lab gives information on the Mi’kma’ki, medicines made from the plants, their identification, and plant names in Mi’kmaw and English. “I ... did it for every Indigenous student who’s sitting in those seats because we need to see more of that,” said Creaser. “There needs to be the acknowledgement, the meaningful acknowledgement.” CBC (NS)

Acadia student creates lab to share traditional Mi’kmaw knowledge Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30

Le Journal de Montréal reports that Polytechnique Montreal researcher Christopher Pal decided to refuse a $4M research chair funded partly by Huawei amid the controversies surrounding the company, leading the polytechnic and Huawei to cancel the creation of the chair position in 2019. The cancellation was reportedly made at the “eleventh hour,” as the partners had been planning to set a date to announce the creation of the chair. Pal explains that he stepped away due to ethical concerns, and that an article in the Globe and Mail about the Canadian Security Intelligence Service advising institutions to be cautious in partnerships with Huawei was the last straw. The researcher told Le Journal that it was the right decision to make, but that he refuses to criticize other researchers who collaborate with Huawei. Le Journal reports that the ties between the polytechnic and Huawei have continued to develop in recent years. Journal de Montréal (QC)

Researcher turned back on research chair due to ethical concerns Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30

The University of Windsor’s SHIELD Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence and AUTOCRYPT have partnered to collaborate on research and development focused on security solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles. SHIELD and AUTOCRYPT will collaborate on security-focused technologies for connected and autonomous vehicles through use of AUTOCRYPT’s over 5000 kilometers of smart highways and roadways and SHIELD’s research and innovation in automotive cybersecurity technology and ability to provide training. The partnership will emphasize the importance of securing vehicles and mobility infrastructure in order to build awareness of the value of automotive cybersecurity. NewsWire (ON)

UWindsor’s SHIELD, AUTOCRYPT partner on security solution R&D Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30

Concordia University has partnered with the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation to start a digital oral archive project through a collaborative agreement with the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. The project will focus on creating an archive that will deepen understanding of artist Jean Paul Riopelle by gathering stories from those who knew or were inspired by Riopelle and providing these to the public. The project will be led by Lea Kabiljo, a doctoral student at Concordia’s Department of Art Education. “This oral archive promises to take us beyond the images, photos and works of Riopelle to discover the artist behind the art,” said Manon Gauthier, executive director of the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation. Concordia (QC)

Concordia, Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation partner on digital oral archive project Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30

A recent CBC News questionnaire has found that teachers across Canada are concerned about high school students who may struggle as they enter postsecondary studies. CBC reports that teachers worry that students have fallen behind, with 70% saying that they felt students would not catch up by the time in-person classes started again. “A significant group of students are significantly behind with potential long-term consequences,” said Wilfrid Laurier University professor and researcher Kelly Gallagher-MacKay. Grade 12 students also told CBC that they are worried that they have not been well equipped for postsecondary education. “I just feel like we're not very well prepared [for postsecondary studies]” said Markham District High School student Charis Liu, who said that her grades “skyrocketed” because exams were cancelled and tests were open book. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (National)

Teachers, students worry high school graduates are not prepared for postsecondary studies Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30

Postsecondary institutions should avoid getting stuck in a rut when planning the move back to “normal” post-pandemic, writes Kimberlee Josephson. The author explains that institutions should be innovative and business-minded when considering how to keep enrolment numbers strong. Josephson discusses four areas in which institutions can adopt an innovative business mindset: product innovation, process innovation, marketing innovation, and organizational innovation. The author suggests focusing on program offerings that set an institution apart from others, offering a wide variety of options for accessing program offerings, enacting change through marketing innovation, and getting students involved within the organization to boost connections. “[I]f institutions want to inspire future generations to go further and challenge existing norms, they must do the same,” writes Josephson. University Business (Editorial)

Strategies for institutions moving forward after COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30

The Government of Canada has announced that it is investing $10M to recruit, train, and mentor 2,000 energy advisors and support the retrofitting of 700,000 homes. The energy advisers will support the Canada Greener Homes Grant by providing EnerGuide home evaluations to homeowners, helping them understand how to improve their house’s energy efficiency, and aid the homeowner in making changes that will offer the best return for their investments. Carleton University’s Efficiency Canada, which has benchmarked the number of energy advisors in Canada and worked to promote energy advisor careers, was a part of the announcement. The announcement included a call for proposals from partners to help develop the energy efficiency workforce. NewsWire | Canada (CFP) | Carleton | Efficiency Canada (National)

Canada announces $10M for recruitment, training, mentoring 2,000 energy advisors Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30

Dawson College, John Abbott College, and Vanier College have released a joint statement responding to Bill 96. The colleges state that a variety of aspects of the bill need to be clarified, such as the French exit exam and the application of enrolment caps. They also argue that Bill 96 will not address students’ desire to attend English cégeps or the interest parents have in supporting their children in becoming bilingual, and that the bill may force students to study outside of QC. “As institutions of higher education, we believe in the principle of freedom of choice, which provides young adults with the opportunity to shape their own future, as well as admissions based primarily on academic qualifications,” reads the release. Dawson (QC)

Dawson, John Abbott, Vanier release joint statement on Bill 96 Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30

Work-life balance is difficult to achieve when working an academic career, writes Joshua Kim. The author describes the challenges that academics today have with managing academic careers compared to the challenges of the previous generation. Kim describes the way that the academic job market has declined over the last few decades, compared to its growth in the 1970s, as well as the financial constraints that lead to the need for both individuals in a couple to work, such as home costs, tuition costs for children, and other expenses of life. Kim also discusses the way that changes in technology and the use of digital communications platforms have led to the erosion of work-life balance. The author concludes by emphasizing the importance of academics choosing to prioritize balance. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

Choosing work-life balance in an academic career: Opinion Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30

The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be providing postsecondary institutions with support for almost 400 projects as a part of its $70M Virtual Learning Strategy. The projects focus on partnerships that aim to transform virtual learning in key priority areas such as creating or adapting digital content, ensuring faculty and students are able to teach and learn online, identifying technologies that support online learning, and providing Indigenous institutions with support. “Our Virtual Learning Strategy is aimed at creating a platform that will allow all postsecondary institutions to compete in the new and necessary environment of learning from home,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “These projects will help ensure institutions and their faculty have the tools they need to create great curriculum online and that students can access education where and when they need it.” ON (ON)

ON to provide almost 400 postsecondary projects through Virtual Learning Strategy Top Ten 05/19/2021 - 04:32 05/19/2021 - 04:30
A team from Western University and Bishop’s University have received a $1.1M contract from the Canadian Space Agency to develop a prototype of a space telescope. Western’s Canada Research Chair in Extrasolar Planets Stanimir Metchev and Bishop’s Canada Research Chair in Exoplanetary Astrophysics Jason Rowe will work together on a telescope prototype for the Photometric Observations of Extrasolar Transits mission (POET). POET would be entirely Canadian-funded and Canadian-built and could potentially be in orbit by 2026. Bishop’s | Western (QC | ON) Western, Bishop’s team receive $1.1M for development of space telescope prototype Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor has announced the creation of the UWindsor International Tuition Guarantee. Starting in the Summer 2021 term, all international students will be placed within cohort years and will have their tuition frozen for the typical length of time required to complete their programs. The initiative aims to make it easier for international students to plan for their studies, make the cost of studying abroad more predictable, and provide incentive for students to finish their programs on time. Additionally, international students who began their studies prior to Summer 2021 will have their tuition frozen. UWindsor | Windsorite (ON) UWindsor announces tuition freezes for international students Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30
CTV News reports that the bill that would make the Northern Ontario School of Medicine an independent institution is being debated in a committee meeting this week. The committee will hear from a variety of people and groups, including Lakehead University president Moira McPherson; Lakehead’s Student Union; the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association; former Ontario Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Sheldon Levy; Toronto Star president Robert Prichard; and University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Dean Arnold Aberman. North Bay Nugget reports that there has been significant opposition to the bill, including arguments organizations such as NOMA and the Council of Ontario Universities. North Bay Nugget | CTV News | Committee Meeting Livestream (ON) Bill to make NOSM an independent institution debated this week Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30
Lakeland College has announced that its fundraising campaign – Leading. Learning. The Lakeland Campaign. – has raised over $12M, exceeding its original goal of $11M. Over 1000 donors have donated to the campaign since its launch in 2016, and the funds will go toward priorities such as student success, agriculture, and results-oriented research. “Because of our donors’ generosity, Lakeland students have access to more opportunities and services,” said Mike Kotelko, chair of the campaign leadership team. “They’re learning in new and modernized facilities. And research capacity has grown at Lakeland, with the primary goal of advancing real-world agricultural productivity and sustainability.” Lakeland (AB) Lakeland fundraising campaign exceeds $11M goal Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30
The University of the Fraser Valley has announced the launch of the UFV International Business (IB) program. The program is available in both major and minor options. The new IB major is designed to help prepare students to succeed in this global environment by providing opportunities to develop intercultural competency in business settings. “Having an International Business option at UFV creates some real tangible long-term opportunities for current and prospective business students,” says Kevin deWolde, associate professor in the UFV School of Business. “Our BBA students need to be equipped to operate in a global marketplace. I feel like that aspect was missing from our program in previous years.” UFV (BC) UFV launches International Business program Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30
UBC Associate Professor Dr Sinikka Elliot has been found dead on Salt Spring Island. Mid-last week, Elliott was reported missing after she left home on Salt Spring Island to do some errands. CTV News reports that over 130 volunteers from 21 different search and rescue teams aided in the search on Salt Spring Island. Elliott’s vehicle was found Wednesday night, and the RCMP found Elliott’s body three days later. “On behalf of all of us at the Department of Sociology, I offer my most sincere condolences to Sinikka’s family and friends,” wrote UBC Sociology Department Head Guy Stecklov. “Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.” UBC | CBC | Terrace Standard | CTV News (BC) Missing UBC professor found dead on Salt Spring Island Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30
Bryanna Scott of Lakehead University recently published an article on Métis women’s experiences in Canadian higher education in the research journal Genealogy. In the article, Scott explains that there is a gap in the literature around Métis students’ experiences in higher education and that Métis pedagogies are often “hidden or do not exist within higher and mainstream education systems.” She explores the concepts of identity, institutional practices, and reconciliation as described by Métis women from a specific region of Canada. The author shares a conceptual framework called “Métissage-as-reconciliation" that is inclusive of elements such as Métis identity, student support services, and instructor competence embedded in reconciliation. MDPI (ON) New research article explores Métis women in Canadian higher ed Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are engaging in major renovations and expansion projects. The College of the North Atlantic will be upgrading its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, as well as improving accessibility at its Carbonear and Seal Cove Campuses. Western University has announced several building plans that are intended to “beautify” and “modernize” the campus, including transformed outdoor areas, retrofits for Thames Hall, and the creation of an Indigenous learning space. The Board of Governors has approved capital investments of $153M over the coming year for the work. Northern College will be undertaking $7M in renos across all four campuses, including the renovation and expansion of vet sciences labs at the Haileybury campus and the planting of a Sacred Garden with Indigenous medicines in Timmins. Coast Mountain College is continuing work on a series of capital projects valued at $35M, including the construction of student housing and a rebuild for the top floors of the main administration building. NewsWire (CNA) | Western | NOB (Northern) | Terrace Standard (CMTN) (National) Postsecondary institutions renovate, expand campuses Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30
NorQuest College has signed an accreditation agreement with Supply Chain Canada to offer a new program for students interested in a career in supply chain management. NorQuest learners completing the one-year Supply Chain Professional Certificate program will be able to bypass all six workshops and five of the eight learning modules that need to be completed to attain the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation. The program is open to domestic and international learners and includes a three-month paid work placement after the academic portion. NorQuest (AB) NorQuest, Supply Chain Canada partner to create new program in supply chain management Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30
Ambrose University and Mount Royal University have partnered to enable international students at Ambrose who require additional training in English to access that training through MRU’s Language Education for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program. Students who do not meet Ambrose’s English language requirements are now able to enroll in the 15-month LEAP program, a 15-month program that will prepare them with the English they need to pursue postsecondary studies. “MRU has an impressive history of equipping international students for success in post-secondary studies,” said Dr Pam Nordstrom, provost and VP, Academic at Ambrose. “We celebrate this new pathway for students who want to study in Alberta and value the collaborative engagement with MRU.” MRU (AB) Ambrose, MRU partner to provide students with English training through LEAP program Top Ten 05/18/2021 - 04:30 05/18/2021 - 04:30

New Brunswick Community College went into a Hold & Secure status on Thursday due to an “ongoing police presence” in the nearby Centennial Park. The New Brunswick RCMP was investigating a report of a vehicle struck by bullets, with the shots appearing to come from the woods near the college. The community was advised to not approach campus and not open external doors to the buildings. The Moncton campus was closed at 1:00 PM as a precautionary measure, as were several K-12 schools and health centres in the area. The Hold & Secure status was lifted by the RCMP at 6:00 PM and campus was reopened the following day. The investigation is ongoing. CTV News | Twitter (1) | Twitter (2) (NB)

NBCC closes campus in face of Hold & Secure status Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30

The Université de l’Ontario français, Assiniboine Community College, and Capilano University announced new program offerings. UOF will be offering a University Microcertificate in Education – Introduction to Pedagogy for professionals working in French-language schools. The institution has also divided four specialized bachelor’s degrees into shorter programs, including university certificates and microcertificates, to promote continuing education. ACC has partnered with Carson Dunlop to offer students an online Home Inspection program, which will be offered flexibly through a personalized training portal. CapilanoU will be offering new minors in Business and Communication Studies to students enrolled in four-year bachelor degree programs, which will allow them to customize their programs of study. CapilanoU | NewsWire | ACC (National)

UOF, ACC, CapilanoU introduce new program offerings Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30

Lakehead University, Algoma University, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Michigan Technical University have partnered to launch the Lake Superior Living Labs Network. The four institutions will collaborate to raise awareness about the Lake Superior watershed through a variety of different initiatives, including the seven-day Lake Superior Climate Action Field School, public events and webinars, and the development and dissemination of climate action tools. The Lake Superior Climate Action Field School will focus on training future climate leaders using a hybrid model. Participants will learn about climate change through virtual workshops, experiential workshops, art, and field trips, and both researchers and students will share their findings on the network’s website. Lakehead | CBC (International)

Lakehead, AlgomaU, US institutions launch Lake Superior Living Labs Network Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30

The Government of Quebec has tabled Bill 96, legislation that would cap the number of students attending English cegeps at 17.5% of QC’s student population. The bill would see Anglophone students prioritized at English cegeps, and would also place a cap on the amount that enrolment in English cegeps can increase. Students in English cegeps would also be required to pass a French-language test in order to graduate. Students have reacted to the proposal by saying they want the option to choose what language they study in. “We won’t lose French just because we go to an English school,” explained Karlanne Dusablon, who plans to study English literature next year at a cegep. “At home, I speak French. My parents speak French. They don't speak English.” CBC | Montreal Gazette | CTV News (QC)

QC tables Bill 96 to limit number of students at English cegeps Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30

Memorial University’s Board of Regents has proposed that the university’s official name be changed to Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. The change would recognize the expansion of MUN’s presence in Labrador through the Labrador Institute, which has brought programming, resources, and infrastructure to Labrador with the goal of providing education “in, by, and for Labrador.” The change was proposed by the Board of Regents and is under consideration by NL Education Minister Tom Osborne. “Having Labrador formally added to the legal name is significant and meaningful as we fulfil our special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said MUN President Dr Vianne Timmons. MUN (NL)

MUN Board of Regents proposes name change to reflect presence in Labrador Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30

Brescia University College has announced that it has created the Brescia University College Centre for Women and Leadership, which will be led by the inaugural Distinguished Chair Dr Marlene Janzen Le Ber. The centre will be a hub of scholarship and advancement of women. It will be responsible initiatives such as the creation of new leadership courses and programs, embedding leadership in Brescia’s core curriculum, and forging partnerships. “The creation of Brescia’s Centre for Women and Leadership supports the growing need for a greater diversity of leaders - leaders with the strength of character to balance taking care and taking charge,” said Janzen Le Ber. “I am thrilled with the opportunity to use my scholarship and previous executive leadership experience to facilitate the fulfillment of the Centre’s unique mission.” Brescia (ON)

Brescia creates Centre for Women and Leadership Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30

Western University has been gifted $4M in art by alumnus John A Schweitzer. The donation recognizes Schweitzer’s ties to Western and Western’s endorsement of his work, and is dedicated to the former director of Western’s McIntosh Gallery. 60 works spanning Schweitzer’s career are included in the gift, 38 of which are original works. “It’s a tremendous honour to receive such a personal gift from one of Canada’s foremost artists,” said President Alan Shepard. “We are fortunate John holds such a deep affection for his alma mater, and we are delighted he is celebrating his lifelong connection to Western through his art. It’s a gift that will inspire our campus community for generations to come.” Western (ON)

Western receives 60 works of art from alumnus John A Schweitzer Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30

Those who are responsible for hiring for academic positions should be taught how to interpret their applicants’ cover letters, writes David D Perlmutter. The author offers a variety of questions hiring committees should consider while reading cover letters. Perlmutter encourages members of the search committee to ask if they are reading each cover letter efficiently and consistently, if the letter is tailored to the position, if it shows that the candidate would be a good fit for the position, and if it shows the candidate is likely to feel committed to the campus location and culture. “[W]e should be looking in a systematic fashion for the signs and portents that point to a successful match,” writes Perlmuter. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription Required) | (Editorial)

Interpreting cover letters for academic positions: Opinion Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30

The Government of Ontario has made two recent significant investments into training and education. ON is investing $35M to increase enrollment in nursing education programs in publicly-assisted colleges and universities in the upcoming academic year. The funding is expected to introduce approximately 1,130 practical nurses and 870 registered nurses into the province’s health care system and will expand clinical education placements in long-term care. The Minister of Long-Term Care, Dr Merrilee Fullerton, explained that this investment is intended to particularly “help shore up staffing in long-term care” as well as the broader health care system. ON (ON)

ON invests in training of 2,000 nurses Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30

The University of Lethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business has introduced a cohort concept for students starting in the Fall 2021 semester called the DSB Edge. First-year management studies students will be placed within a student community when they start their first year, register in courses together, and live in the same residences. They will also have access to the DSB Edge student orientation, leadership development, and networking events. “The first year of University is very exciting and can also be a bit overwhelming for students,” said Dr Kelly Williams-Whitt, associate dean for the Dhillon School of Business. “With DSB Edge we want to create an environment where students feel supported and as though they’re part of a team from the very beginning.” ULethbridge (AB)

ULethbridge introduces DSB Edge cohort for management studies students Top Ten 05/17/2021 - 04:31 05/17/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has announced three projects that will help internationally trained nurses to complete their certification or licensure and become qualified to work in Canada. McMaster University has received over $799K for skills upgrading and employment supports for internationally trained nurses; the Progress Career Planning Institute has received over $795K to help newcomer nurses bridge the gap between their skills and the requirements for licensed professionals; and Touchstone Institute has received over $799K to provide an online self-assessment tool and modules that will help prepare them for certification. The funding aims to support newcomer nurses in getting quality jobs faster and contributing to their communities as Canada rebuilds after the COVID-19 pandemic. NewsWire (National) Canada funds projects to help internationally trained nurses become certified Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
Students displeased with remote learning have filed hundreds of lawsuits in the US seeking tuition refunds, writes Yale University Professor Stephen L Carter, but what is concerning is how those schools are winning their cases. "As plaintiff after plaintiff argues that the schools have breached contracts requiring in-person classes, networking opportunities, and all the benefits of the bright, cheery campuses pictured in recruiting materials,” institutions have countered that their promotional materials and websites – and the experiences depicted therein – are not contractual in nature. While this is a valid defense, Carter explains, there could be long-term consequences in insinuating “that the campus experience is worthless” in terms of the value of tuition or suggesting that the benefits to in-person instruction are negligible. Carter concludes by noting that he does not disagree with the decision to opt for remote learning or the dismissal of the lawsuits, but that it is “strange and sad to see schools winning their cases” on these arguments. Bloomberg (Editorial) Arguments for throwing out remote learning lawsuits could have long-term consequences: Analysis Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
The Journal de Montréal reports that teachers and students are concerned by the Government of Quebec’s education ministry announcement that students will write the provincial French proficiency exam online next week. Teachers and students told the Journal that the online format will increase cheating and punish honest students. Students will reportedly be required to sign a declaration before they write the test and the Ministry of Education will use anti-plagiarism software. A petition on this topic has gathered over 4,400 signatures, and concerns have been expressed about the stability of the anti-plagiarism software and the possibility of related technological glitches and difficulties. Journal de Montréal (QC) Cegep students protest requirement to write French proficiency exam remotely Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has launched Capacity to Connect, an open educational resource for training postsecondary faculty and staff on how to recognize and respond to students who are in distress. Capacity to Connect, which was developed by BCcampus, can be used for in-person or online training sessions. Faculty and staff will receive training in basic health and wellness knowledge, as well as how to refer students to the appropriate tools and resources, and allow trainees to apply their learnings through a variety of scenarios. “The Capacity to Connect resource is a vital approach to build confidence and capacity in support of student mental health and well-being,” said Mary Burgess, executive director, BCcampus. BC | Facilitator’s Guide (BC) BC launches Capacity to Connect resource Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
Researchers need better institutional protection against intimidation, writes Vincent Denault, a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University. The author describes how researchers who use scientific knowledge to challenge conventional wisdom and pseudoscience are subject to intimidation attempts via social media. Denault explains that researchers, doctoral students, and postdocs who are conducting valuable research are often left on their own to defend their research while having to deal with intimidation that puts their mental, physical, and social health at risk. The author calls for institutions to address the issue of intimidation and to provide meaningful support to members who speak to the public. University Affairs (National) Institutions should better support their members against intimidation: Opinion Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
Cambrian College has announced that it will be suspending admissions to its music performance program due to declining enrolment. Cambrian spokesperson Dan Lessard explained that enrolment has been declining in recent years, and that only ten students had enrolled in the first-year class. “We want to now work with our faculty and the program leadership to figure out how we can reinvigorate that program, to get more students interested so that they do enrol, and get that number up to a point where we can start a new cycle,” said Lessard. A column written by Shelbey Krahn on behalf of Sudbury’s Bel Canto Chorus has requested transparency with enrolment data, arguing that the program may have healthy enrolment again without Laurentian University’s competition and emphasizing the importance of the program to the community. CBC | The Sudbury Star (ON) Cambrian announces suspension of admissions to music performance program Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
Medicine Hat College and Grasslands Public Schools (GPSD6) have partnered to create Sunrise Collegiate, an institution that will offer students grades 7-12 and adult learners flexible distance courses and in-person support. “Collaboration and creative approaches are the best way we can expand access to learning in the region to ensure people have the skills and knowledge they need to build careers,” said MHC President Kevin Shufflebotham. “We’re creating clear pathways for students to pursue their goals, and the experience will help students feel comfortable on campus, and confident in their pursuit of higher education as a result.” MHC (AB) MHC, GPSD6 partner to create Sunrise Collegiate Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
The University of Waterloo and BlackBerry have announced a five-year partnership that will aim to identify, explore, and create transformational technologies. Through the multi-million-dollar partnership, UWaterloo and BlackBerry will fast-track research and development on technologies to turn them into market-ready products. UWaterloo will work with BlackBerry to develop and conduct research projects to refine BlackBerry’s product ideas, with a particular focus on areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. BlackBerry will become one of the Gateway for Enterprises to Discover Innovation’s three founding partners and will support cross-campus co-curricular learning opportunities, the creation of scholarships, and collaboration with other UWaterloo groups. UWaterloo (ON) UWaterloo, BlackBerry announce five-year technological partnership Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
The University of British Columbia will be receiving $2M from the Government of British Columbia to establish a permanent professorship dedicated to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. The position will focus on conducting research to find a cure for ALS, increase access to local clinical trials to people with ALS, and allow those with ALS to access local potentially life-changing research. “Your life changes from the moment that you’re diagnosed, and often, access to new medical resources becomes one’s primary inspiration to keep fighting the disease,” said Brad MacKenzie, the chair of the ALS society’s advocacy committee. Times Colonist (BC) UBC to receive $2M from BC for ALS professorship Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) president Warren “Smokey” Thomas has responded to the allegations of systemic racism from Algonquin College’s faculty union president Annette Bouzi. “The revelations shine light on some of the reasons OPSEU/SEFPO is actively engaged in efforts to dismantle anti-Black and other forms of racism within the union and in the workplaces we represent,” said Thomas, who told CBC that he welcomed the reports. Thomas said that staff will “apply an equity lens” to the union’s system and structures, and that three positions on OPSEU’s employment equity team would be made permanent. "I am encouraged to hear that President Thomas welcomes being called out because Black and racialized OPSEU members, as well as our allies, will continue to call out these injustices until we concretely see these 'provocative' changes and the real results promised," responded Bouzi in a written statement. CBC (ON) OPSEU president responds to Bouzi’s allegations of systemic racism Top Ten 05/14/2021 - 04:32 05/14/2021 - 04:30
Faculty may find value in discussing careers in the humanities within the graduate classroom, writes Alison Clark Efford. The author describes taking the time to discuss career discernment with graduate students and to have them complete career discernment exercises such as writing “worldview” statements, evaluating possible five-year plans, and identifying contacts for informational interviews. Efford explains that the discussions arising from these activities were always important, and gave students the opportunity to come to larger conclusions and support each other. “The process of career discernment exceeded my expectations in blending reason, experience and emotion to foster a holistic appreciation of the humanities, said Efford. “I believe that the idea itself is transferable to many different types of courses and students.” Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Discussing career discernment in the graduate classroom: Opinion Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
Combatting the inequitable workloads that appear across race and gender lines can be challenging but is important, writes Richard J Reddick. The author explains how both “cultural taxation” and “privilege payoff” can create situations where minority scholars carry a heavier burden of students—some of whom are not even their own students—requesting meetings to discuss a wide variety of topics. Reddick discusses ways that this disproportionate workload can be addressed, including through departmental workshops, dashboards that provide transparency on duties, finding inequalities through using dashboards, and providing professional development webinars to plan how to address these inequities. The author also encourages faculty to educate themselves, sharpen their understanding of marginalization, and learn about other cultures by examining their own. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Sub Required) (Editorial) Combatting inequitable workloads: Opinion Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
Instructors may benefit from using non-traditional assessment methods for online physics courses, writes University of Northern British Columbia instructor Meghan Costello. As part of a BCcampus Research Fellows project, Costello evaluated students in a first-year physics course by requiring students to upload video explanations of problems occasionally throughout the course, on the midterm, and on the final exam. Students were required to explain the steps behind their calculations, a task that “tutoring” websites usually do not complete thoroughly. Costello explained that the video explanations enhanced student understanding while highlighting cheating or confusion, and that this technique helped ensure fairness, deter cheating, and encourage students to properly learn the material. BCcampus (BC) Using non-traditional assessment methods in online courses: Report Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
Anne Spice, an Assistant Professor of Indigenous environmental knowledges and Tlingit member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation, has written an article about the experience of working under the name of Egerton Ryerson at Ryerson University. Egerton Ryerson’s role in Canada’s residential school system has been a point of much discussion for the institution, as well as for other universities in Canada that carry his name. Spice describes how the historical figure “clings to every professional accomplishment” and haunts “every email I send,” at a job that is otherwise a “perfect fit.” The author calls for an end to the task forces and committees that wish to carry on the legacy of the university’s namesake. Spice asserts that they will be removing the name from their emails, CV, and other work in the meantime. “If we are to reconcile with the dead,” writes Spice, “then I choose to reconcile with my grandfather, and the others who are gone, victims of a genocidal system.” Globe and Mail (ON) Contending with the name of Ryerson as an Indigenous academic: Opinion Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
The Université TÉLUQ has announced that it will joining the Digital E-learning @lternative ([email protected]), a European strategic partnership that supports making online training accessible. TÉLUQ will provide expertise in distance learning and adult education as it works alongside Universitat Autònomade de Barcelona’s TransMedia Catalonia, the European Certification and Qualification Association, and Koena. The initiative aims to make education accessible and promote learning success for diverse adult learners. The partnership will receive funding from Erasmus+ over two years. UQuebec (QC) Université TÉLUQ joins Digital E-learning @lternative partnership Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
The University of Manitoba has received $500K from the Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) for the university’s Prairie Crops & Soil Research Facility (PCSRF). The facility will strengthen UManitoba’s agronomy and crop production teaching and research programs, increase crop research capacity, and support scientists in studying crop production sustainability. Farmers will benefit from the PCSRF’s research on topics such as weed management, crop protection, and new cultivars and crops. “This gift represents investment in agricultural research by Manitoba’s farmers that will foster the development of integrated and resilient agronomic systems to the benefit of Western Canadian producers,” says Dr Martin Scanlon, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at UManitoba. Construction of the PCSRF facility will begin next year. UManitoba (MB) UManitoba receives support from MCA for Prairie Crops & Soil Research Facility Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
Thompson Rivers University has announced that it will be providing free disposable menstrual products in all its Kamloops and Williams Lake campus washrooms by September. The move aims to reduce period poverty and to recognize the importance of access to menstrual hygiene, and is estimated to cost $1.25 a month for each person who uses the products. “It is important to us that no student or employee on campus is faced with period poverty,” said Warren Asuchak, TRU’s associate vice-president of campus infrastructure, sustainability and ancillary services. This is an easy step that TRU can take to ensure everyone in our on-campus community feels safe and welcome on our campuses.” TRU says that it is the first postsecondary institution in BC to dispense free products in all campus washrooms. TRU | CBC | Clearwater Times (BC) TRU to provide free menstrual products at Kamloops, Williams Lake campus washrooms Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
Bishop’s University has announced that it is breaking ground on a new $16M residence building. The 93-room building will be completed by Fall 2022 and will replace the existing Mackinnon residence building. The new residence building will have increased shared spaces for students, including a communal kitchen, a gathering room, study rooms and lounges, yoga rooms, and a multimedia room. “Although the buildings themselves and living arrangements have undergone significant changes throughout the ages, living in residence has always been a key part of the Bishop’s experience,” explains Bishop’s Principal Michael Goldbloom. “This latest project follows the renovations of the Abbott, Kuehner and Munster residences in recent years.” The Record | Bishop’s (QC) Bishop’s breaks ground on $16M residence building Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
An Ontario Superior Court decision has confirmed the need for the University of Sudbury to be turned into a French-language university as soon as possible, says USudbury. Justice Cory Gilmore "unequivally emphasized" the importance of transforming the university into "a university managed and governed by, for, and with the Franco-Ontarian community. " The court decided that the French-language institution must be completed as soon as possible because of its importance. “This is a decision that will have an impact on Francophone minorities across the country for years to come,” said Ronald Caza, who argued for the USudbury. “Justice Gilmore recognized that post-secondary education in a bilingual format no longer meets the needs of the Francophone community.” USudbury | Restructuring Document Centre (ON) ON Superior Court decision confirms USudbury must transform into French-language university Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
Grande Prairie Regional College has announced that it has been granted polytechnic status. As a polytechnic, GPRC will be able to offer increased programming and degree offerings and become a leader in delivering apprenticeship education. “Today is a momentous day for GPRC, and for the communities we serve!” said Glenn Feltham, Acting GPRC President. “Polytechnic status will empower GPRC to expand our program offerings. We will grow. It positions our institution to meet the labour market needs for highly skilled graduates, and to support the broader aspirations of northwestern Alberta.” GPRC expects to announce an official new name in the coming months. GPRC | CTV News (AB) GPRC granted polytechnic status Top Ten 05/13/2021 - 04:34 05/13/2021 - 04:30
The Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ) launched a two-day strike at noon on Tuesday. The FNEEQ represents 15,000 teachers across 45 member unions, including instructors from many cégeps in the province. The union has been engaged in negotiations with the provincial government over the past 18 months, with job security and improved working conditions among the key issues. The FNEEQ argues that these issues have a direct impact on the learning conditions of students. The Montreal Gazette reports that the FNEEQ member unions have voted mandates for five strike days to be “used at an opportune moment.” Montreal Gazette | Journal de Montréal (QC) FNEEQ launches two-day strike Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor is embarking on a new research project led by Engineering Professor Narayan Kar that is focused on electric vehicle drive systems. The $1.8M project will investigate ways to make improvements to electric vehicles to make them more powerful, efficient, and reliable, while also being less costly. The project’s funding will enable academic and industry partners to collaborate and will provide training opportunities for the next generation’s experts on electric vehicles. “With this project, we want to create a paradigm shift in the field of transportation electrification,” said Dr Kar. “We hope to give Canada a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.” UWindsor (ON) UWindsor embarks on $1.8M electric vehicle research project Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
Ontario Tech University Associate Professor Dr Sharon Lauricella and Assiniboine Community College Instructor Dr T Keith Edwards collaborated over the past year on ludic pedagogy and how instructors can bring play and fun into the classroom. Lauricella and Edwards define the four pillars of a pedagogical model – fun, play, playfulness, and humour – which can be used to create a positive learning environment without sacrificing rigour. Among other benefits, the instructors found that the model helped to improve cohesion among students, develop a rapport between students and faculty, and create an atmosphere that fostered increased learning. They discuss some of the potential challenges to the model, and assert that there is a “huge opportunity” for cultural change if faculty apply this form of pedagogy to their classrooms. Teach Online (National) ACC, Ontario Tech instructors collaborate on ludic learning Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
The University of Winnipeg has announced the recent opening of the Aabijijiwan New Media Lab and the Kishadigeh Collaborative Research Centre, which span over 4,000 square feet inside Richardson College. The spaces will provide new opportunities for learning, skills training, and development for Indigenous youth. The Aabijijiwan New Media Lab houses four different spaces with unique production focuses, while the Kishadigeh Collaborative Research Centre is a learning space that is able to host workshops, events, and intergenerational knowledge transmission. The lab and centre are led by Dr Julie Nagam and Dr Jaimie Cidro. UWinnipeg (MB) UWinnipeg celebrates opening of Aabijijiwan New Media Lab, Kishadigeh Collaborative Research Centre Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has announced changes to the Private Training Regulation and the Fees and Student Tuition Protection Fund Regulation. The amendments will implement the 36 recommendations from the BC Ombudsperson’s 2015 report, which concluded that there was a lack of effective oversight mechanisms for the sector. The key changes include the requirement for every institution to create a student statement of rights and a sexual misconduct prevention policy, as well as mandating facility and equipment inspections for first-time certification applications. BC states that there will also be a change in fee structures for private training institutions. BC (BC) BC announces changes to regulations for private PSE Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
The University of Lethbridge has announced that it will be running the It’s Worth a Shot contest to encourage students to get their COVID-19 vaccinations prior to the Fall 2021 semester. Students who are vaccinated on or before September 8th will be eligible to enter a contest to win prizes such as full domestic tuition and fees or gift certificates to ULethbridge’s bookstore. “This is an investment we are making in ensuring our campus is as safe as it possibly can be,” says ULethbridge President Mike Mahon. “Our responsibility is to create a safe campus and contribute to the health of the Lethbridge and Calgary communities, and we anticipate this campaign will have a significant impact.” ULethbridge | Lethbridge Herald | Global News(CP) (AB) ULethbridge to run It’s Worth a Shot contest to encourage COVID-19 vaccines Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
The Premier’s Economic Recovery Team in Newfoundland & Labrador recently released their report, The Big Reset, which outlines a path to right the province’s fiscal situation within six years. The report includes several recommendations for PSE, including calling on Memorial University of Newfoundland and the College of the North Atlantic to establish a Centre of Excellence in Green Technology, updating the College Act and Memorial University Act to provide the institutions with new autonomy, and reducing provincial operating grants to the institutions. CBC reports that MUN president Vianne Timmons described the 30% cut to operating grants as “an impossible target,” and VOCM states that unions such as MUNFA and the provincial chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students are calling on the government to reject the report. NL (PDF) | Saltwire | CBC | VOCM (NL) NL Big Reset report released, recommendations for PSE draw criticism from unions, leaders Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
Lambton College has announced that it has renamed its athletics centre the Cestar Group Athletic and Fitness Complex after receiving a $2M donation from the Cestar College of Business, Health and Technology. The donation will primarily be used to support the expansion of Lambton’s athletics and recreation offerings. Lambton President Judith Morris noted that Cestar Group and the college have worked together for many years. “This donation is an extraordinary tribute to our collaborative partnership,” said Morris, “and a huge investment in the mental and physical health and well-being of our students and College community.” The Observer (ON) Lambton renames athletics centre after donation from Cestar Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
Sault College and Algoma University have signed an agreement that will create new pathways between the two institutions for computer programming students. Graduates of Sault’s two-year computer programming diploma program will be able to enter the third year of AlgomaU’s three or four year Bachelor of Computer Science degree programs. “Through this unique partnership, we’re supporting ongoing learning and providing diversity in options and enhanced accessibility to quality education,” said Sault President Dr Ron Common. “Together we are providing another opportunity for an enriched learning experience that encompasses the strengths of both post-secondary institutions and offers learners more choices in their academic pursuits providing them with a solid foundation in their career paths.” Sault (ON) Sault, Algoma create new pathway for computer programming students Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has proposed legislation that would replace the Ontario College of Trades with Skilled Trades Ontario, a new Crown agency that would streamline and simplify ON’s apprenticeship system. Skilled Trades Ontario would lead the development and promotion of apprenticeship training and curriculum standards, in addition to providing client-facing services such as apprentice registration, issuance of certificates and renewals, and equivalency assessments. The new agency is intended reduce confusion and barriers for those pursuing a career in the trades and to help meet employer demand for qualified skilled trades workers. ON | Canadian Plastics (ON) ON proposes legislation to create Skilled Trades Ontario Top Ten 05/12/2021 - 04:31 05/12/2021 - 04:30
Yellowhead Tribal College will be receiving funding from the Government of Canada to improve its STEM facilities. The funding will allow the college to take on a variety of upgrades, such as widening a classroom and lab, as well as installing exhaust fans, air ducts, fume hoods, and new flooring. The upgrades will benefit students and are expected to increase completion in the STEM fields. “[I]t is a collaborative enterprise for the benefit of current and future students,” said Chief Tony Alexis of the Yellowhead Tribal Development Foundation. “A safe place to learn, cognitively, spiritually and physically, is created by this project. Creating change by including the First Nations’ way of knowing, it also provides opportunities to engage with Elders in a science lab.” Canada (AB) Yellowhead Tribal College to improve STEM facilities Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30
Loyalist College has announced that it has created a new applied research and innovation office. The Applied Research and Innovation Office (ARIO) will advance regional business development through driving industry partnerships, applied research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It will support Loyalist’s applied research and innovation capacity in a variety of different ways, including by providing financial and human resources, providing project management support, and supporting networking both within Loyalist and externally. “With the highest percentage of college research income in Canada, the ARIO will play a significant role in the Bay of Quinte region’s post-pandemic economic recovery, working with industry to envision and develop sustainable revenue-driving solutions,” said Loyalist President Dr Ann Marie Vaughan. Loyalist (ON) Loyalist creates Applied Research and Innovation Office Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has issued a joint statement with the Métis Nation of British Columbia (MNBC) and publicly apologized after an email was sent by a BCIT employee expressing an opinion “that was offensive and hurtful to members of the Métis Nation.” In the statement, BCIT stated that the institution took the complaint very seriously and that they had investigated and addressed the issue internally. MNBC CEO and Deputy Minister Daniel Fontaine told the Vancouver Sun and CityNews 1130 that MNBC is calling for an independent review of the incident and has put under review an annual funding program for Métis students attending the school. BCIT issued an update expressing disappointment that the MNBC had “chosen to press beyond their previously agreed joint statement and apology;” as well as expressing support for its evolving Indigenous Initiatives team and community’s significant progress on a journey to awareness and understanding around truth, Indigenization, and reconciliation. BCIT (Joint Statement) | CityNews 1130 | Vancouver Sun | BCIT (Update) (BC) MNBC, BCIT issue joint statement in response to staff email Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30
Parenting as an academic can be challenging, writes Rebekah Layton, but those who make it work do so by managing their time and energy. The author explains that intensity and efficiency can be used advantageously by creating focused goals and schedules that must be accomplished within a certain amount of time. Layton says that parents can use a variety of methods for managing productivity and efficiency, including project management approaches, time management techniques, and goal setting and accountability. The author encourages parents to find their own fit for their careers and academic goals, to not obsess over finding the “right time” to become a parent, and to seek out resources and lean on a support network. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial) Managing parenting as an academic: Opinion Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30
In response to the recent news that the Government of Ontario plans to make the Northern Ontario School of Medicine an independent institution, Lakehead University VP, Research and Innovation Dr Andrew P Dean stated that the university has not received plans from the province on the severance. A letter from Dean also notes that Lakehead’s partnership with NOSM is beneficial for both institutions, decreasing costs while supporting efficiency. NOSM research initiatives also receive support from Lakehead. The Sudbury Star notes that thousands of emails and letters have been sent to ON to support the partnership between Lakehead and NOSM. “The existing model works well and we should be celebrating, and not dismantling it,” said Dean. “Lakehead is integral to the success of NOSM in Northern Ontario.” NetNewsLedger | The Sudbury Star (ON) Lakehead responds to ON plans to make NOSM an independent institution Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are considering whether they will require students to present proof that they have received COVID-19 vaccinations before attending classes in person, reports the Times Colonist. The Times states that McGill University has not formally decided if they will require proof of vaccination, although Associate Director of Media Relations Cynthia Lee indicated that it is not anticipated that this will be required. The University of British Columbia has announced that it does not plan on requiring students to prove they have been vaccinated, while the University of Toronto is still considering whether to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory. The topic is being debated at an international level as well: Times Higher Education reported in mid-April that several institutions in the US and Israel were requiring vaccines, and that a survey of students in the UK revealed support for vaccination requirements; and CNN reported last week that over 100 colleges and universities in the US had announced that they would require vaccinations. Times Colonist | CNN | Times Higher Education (National) Postsecondary institutions face decisions on making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30
Eleven Canadian universities have banded together to create the University Network for Investor Engagement (UNIE). University Affairs explains that the network provides expertise to institutions who are looking to make sustainable investments to meet their goals according to the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change. University Affairs describes how different institutions, such as Mount Allison University and the University of Victoria, have made use of the assets and expertise at UNIE in order to improve. University Affairs (National) Canadian universities collectively promote climate action through UNIE Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada’s Natural Resources Canada and the National Research Council of Canada have partnered with Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany to create the German–Canadian Materials Acceleration Centre (GC-MAC). The centre will focus on technologies that drive a net-zero economy, with emphasis on the production and use of clean hydrogen, carbon capture, and conversion to renewable fuels or new battery technologies. The GC-MAC will receive $8.8M over five years in aggregate support from Canada and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and other German organizations, and will include researchers from the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. NewsWire (National) Canada partners with institutes in Germany to create GC-MAC Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30
Seneca College and Kingbridge Centre have partnered to create an innovation hub that will support the green economy in King Township and York Region. The collaboration will see Seneca and Kingbridge share resources to solve challenges that are related to technology, infrastructure, and sustainability. Seneca will supply advanced research infrastructure, faculty expertise, and access to its business incubator and accelerator, while Kingbridge will contribute expertise in the areas of innovation, executive management, and risk capital investment, as well as its global network. “The innovation hub will provide entrepreneurs access to resources and networks to scale up and turn innovative ideas into sustainable businesses,” said David Agnew, Seneca President. Canadian Insider (ON) Seneca, Kingbridge partner to create innovation hub Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30
Western University’s Ivey Business School has received a gift of $5.5M from the Pierre L Morrissette Family Foundation that will be used to provide campus-wide access to research, education, and programming related to entrepreneurship. “Entrepreneurship has been very successful at Ivey,” said Pierre Morrissette, executive chairman of Pelmorex Corp. “Now we’re going to take that energy and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship across all faculties, providing an opportunity for students in engineering, in health sciences, in music, to create businesses, to commercialize knowledge and to convert that energy into realizable success.” Western will also provide increased support for the Morrissette Chair in Entrepreneurship through a $2.5M investment. Western (ON) Western receives investment to provide campus-wide access to entrepreneurial research, education, programming Top Ten 05/11/2021 - 04:30 05/11/2021 - 04:30

The University of Calgary’s law school’s Career & Professional Development Office has launched the Innovation Internship Training Program, an internship program that pairs law students with employers in the legal profession. Through the program, students will gain hands-on experience addressing key business challenges with employers. They will gain experience “in key methodologies used for identifying, developing and implementing solutions to industry issues, including process mapping, stakeholder needs identification, project management, and communication.” Students will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of how data analytics and legal technology solutions can be used within the industry. UCalgary (AB)

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The University of Alberta is reportedly considering a new contract proposal that would include a 3% retroactive wage decrease for non-academic staff due to provincial budget cuts. The Globe and Mail says that staff would be required to repay “overpayments,” see reduced benefits, and have their wages frozen except for step-based performance increments. UAlberta is also reportedly proposing to reduce tenured faculty benefits by 15%, and reduce the wages of instructors with top salaries by 15%. UAlberta has started the bargaining process, but contracts have not yet been agreed upon. “Taking money from out of the pockets of hard-working people is just absolutely devastating at a time like this,” said Jay Runham, a web designer at UAlberta. Edmonton Journal | The Globe and Mail (AB)

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Ontario Tech University has announced that it has been designated as an official Collaborating Centre by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Ontario Tech’s faculties of Engineering and Applied Science and Energy Systems and Nuclear Science will contribute to the collaboration by providing support for research and development and training and education on renewable energy systems as well as supporting IAEA activities that will attract more women to the fields of nuclear science and engineering. “The Collaborative Centre designation is a timely initiative given the momentum the university has in all aspects of energy,” said Dr Steven Murphy, Ontario Tech President. Ontario Tech says that it is the first Canadian institution to receive the designation. Ontario Tech (ON)

Ontario Tech designated official IAEA Collaborating Centre Top Ten 05/10/2021 - 04:34 05/10/2021 - 04:30

The University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science has received UWaterloo’s approval to create the Waterloo Eye Institute (WEI). The WEI will be housed in a state-of-the-art 67,000 sq. ft. centre and will reportedly be the Waterloo region’s largest eye and vision care centre. The Centre will provide a variety of eye and vision care for residents, including surgery, wellness, and rehabilitation, and will have an ambulatory surgical centre to meet needs for cataract surgery and a tele-optometry centre to meet the needs of remote and underserved communities. The school has launched a fundraising campaign to support the initiative and anticipates that constructoin will begin in Spring 2022. UWaterloo (ON)

UWaterloo to create the Waterloo Eye Institute Top Ten 05/10/2021 - 04:34 05/10/2021 - 04:30

The University of British Columbia has announced that it has broken ground on a renewable energy hub. The $23M hub will transform a city block into a smart energy district, and will include clean energy solutions such as a “green hydrogen” vehicle refueling station, a solar array, reversible EV charging, and smart energy storage. The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation will provide $5.6M in support for the project. “In the face of a growing climate crisis, we are mobilizing even more of our institutional education, research and innovation capacity to pursue climate solutions,” said UBC president Professor Santa J Ono. “This renewable energy hub is an important piece, and we are truly grateful to our partners in government and industry who helped bring it to life.” UBC (BC)

UBC breaks ground on renewable energy hub Top Ten 05/10/2021 - 04:34 05/10/2021 - 04:30

A partnership between four community colleges – Mohawk College, Red River College, Nova Scotia Community College, and Vancouver Community College – is bringing workforce training in goods movement and the supply chain sector to students across the country. The new program is an expansion of the training model used by Mohawk’s City School initiative, which combines industry-driven training, individualized support, and practical work experience. Over 200 people will receive training through the Material Handling 4.0 pilot program, which includes industry-specific instruction, a two-week paid work placement, wrap-around supports such as childcare and PPE, and referrals to support services. The Star | InSauga (National)

Cross-country partnership delivers Material Handling 4.0 pilot program Top Ten 05/10/2021 - 04:34 05/10/2021 - 04:30

Around 180 professors and students at the Université du Québec à Montréal have received over $17M total in grants from the three Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, Santé, Nature et technologies. UQAM professors received individual or team grants totaling over $9M, while graduate level and postdoctoral candidates received over $8.6M in research or training grants. The funds will support a variety of different projects, including projects on childhood education, postsecondary educational pathways, knowledge and capital in Montreal, and multi-national democracies. UQAM (QC)

UQAM professors, students receive over $17M from Fonds de recherche du Québec Top Ten 05/10/2021 - 04:34 05/10/2021 - 04:30

Postsecondary institutions must be careful to avoid being taken advantage of when engaging in collaborative and financial relationships with authoritarian regimes, write Mick Zais and Reed Rubinstein for Inside Higher Ed. Zais and Rubinstein discuss the impact that funding from authoritarian regimes can have on institutions, including causing institutions to inadvertently facilitate atrocities through the provision of intellectual property or regimes “buying” technological breakthroughs without proper public disclosure. The authors say that postsecondary institutions should prioritize five principles: safety, freedom, security, transparency, and reciprocity. The authors write that “we should pause and question what the relationship is for” if it does not meet these five principles. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Avoiding being taken advantage of by authoritarian regimes: Opinion Top Ten 05/10/2021 - 04:34 05/10/2021 - 04:30

Fleming College and Seneca College have announced a five-year agreement that will create pathways between the colleges’ programs. The partnership will see the creation of 80 pathway options for Fleming graduates to pursue one of 12 honours bachelor programs at Seneca. Students will be able to further their education in a variety of areas, including business, child development, marketing, mental health, and crime analysis. “The omnibus agreement provides an opportunity for nearly all of our students to stretch their Fleming diploma further and enhance the value of their credentials even more,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. “The new pathways significantly build on our already strong partnership with Seneca, and lay the foundation for further collaboration.” Fleming (ON)

Fleming, Seneca partner to create pathways for Fleming students Top Ten 05/10/2021 - 04:34 05/10/2021 - 04:30

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has released a report called Making Sense of Microcredentials. The report defines microcredentials as “a representation of learning, awarded for completion of a short program that is focused on a discrete set of competencies (i.e., skills, knowledge, attributes), and is sometimes related to other credentials.” It also provides insight into the value that microcredentials hold for the postsecondary sector, for employers, and for students. The report recommends that the Government of Ontario “work towards establishing a common framework for microcredentials” with clearly communicated quality markers, and encourages institutions to innovate and experiment with programs that focus on competence rather than time spent. HEQCO (ON)

HEQCO releases Making Sense of Microcredentials report Top Ten 05/10/2021 - 04:34 05/10/2021 - 04:30

The University of British Columbia will be receiving the Phil Lind Klondike Gold Rush Collection, a donation valued at $2.5M from alumnus Phil Lind. The collection includes rare books, maps, letters, and photos which date from the Klondike Gold rush, along with support that will see the collection preserved and made publicly available through UBC’s library. The collection was assembled over the course of 50 years and has been designated “a cultural property of outstanding significance” by the Department of Canadian Heritage. “It is a collection of the very first rank, and a very important part of the history of British Columbia and Western Canada,” said UBC President Santa Ono. “It’s a great way for students and faculty from around the world to study this history.” UBC | Vancouver Sun (BC)

UBC to receive Phil Lind Klondike Gold Rush Collection valued at $2.5M Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30

Assiniboine Community College has announced that it will be offering three new office programs at its Parkland campus in Office Management, Office Skills, and Medical Administration. Office Management is a two-year diploma program that teaches students skills relating to software, bookkeeping, human resources, and communication. Office Skills takes eight months to complete, and trains students in a variety of skills, including those related to computers, accounting, mathematics and communications. Medical Administration takes two years to complete, and students will learn advanced administration, medical vocabulary, and legal issues in the health care field. “These new programs enable students to gain the skills required to fill in-demand jobs across extremely diverse businesses,” said Gabe Mercier, Director of Parkland Campus at Assiniboine. ACC (MB)

ACC offers three new office programs Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30

In a new article for the Atlantic, Yale University Professor Daniel Markovits discusses how higher education has taken the role of marriage in the climb for wealth and status in today’s society. Reflecting on Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, Markovits argues that “courtship and marriage were as ruthless as schooling was casual” in the 19th-century; while today, the social elites wear busyness as "a badge of honour” and use schooling as a mechanism to attain wealth and pass privilege on to children. The result is that “education itself has been distorted in the process, as the marriage plot has given way to the college plot.” Markovits discusses how this has appeared in the form of college rankings, measurements, and disenchantment over schooling; and what this means for the sector moving forward. The Atlantic (International)

Higher ed as the new marriage: Opinion Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30

Mohawk College has announced that it is launching a Bachelor of Digital Health (Honours) degree. The degree takes four years to complete, and covers areas such as computer science, health, and business studies. The program will prepare students with the skills and experience necessary to design and develop IT healthcare solutions. “As digital and sensor technology expands, the number of healthcare applications will continue to increase,” said David Santi, Mohawk Dean of Engineering Technology. “Remote digital monitoring will provide medical professionals with faster, better information to improve the patient experience.” Mohawk (ON)

Mohawk to launch Bachelor of Digital Health (Honours) degree Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30

Red Deer College will officially become a polytechnic institution following a review by the Government of Alberta. The institution was originally positioned to become a university, but a partnership between the government and RDC determined that the “most flexible and best-fit model for central Alberta” would be a polytechnic institution. The institution has put forward four degree program proposals to the province’s Advanced Education for program approval review, including a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Education. An official new name for the institution is expected in the coming months. CTV News | Todayville (AB)

RDC officially to become polytechnic following government review Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has announced the launch of a new, national cyber security network – the Cyber Security Innovation Network – to support the growth of Canada’s cyber security ecosystem through industry-academia collaboration. The network is intended to bolster the cyber security sector in Canada and cement Canadians’ trust in the digital economy. “Strong cyber security expertise and innovations are key to protecting Canada’s data and intellectual property and to maintaining the competitiveness of Canada’s businesses,” said Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne. “Today’s announcement builds on the Digital Charter’s commitment to safeguard Canadians’ digital privacy and security.” The program has received an investment of $80M over four years. Canada | ISED (Network Description) (National)

Canada launches national cyber security network Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30

The Government of Manitoba has announced that it will provide over $20M to support adult education. The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology will receive funds to combine six Adult Learning Centres into a single centre that has multiple program sites. Students will be able to complete high school credits and upgrading through tuition-free programming. “We are committed to ensuring Manitobans have the right skills, including reading, writing, numeracy and essential skills, as well as access to obtaining their high school credentials,” said MB Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Wayne Ewasko. “We are proud to champion this goal in the new Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy.” Winnipeg Free Press | Brandon Sun | MB (MB)

MB invests in adult education, MITT to receive funding to amalgamate adult learning centres Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30

CBC reports that Annette Bouzi, president of the Algonquin College faculty union, has launched a formal complaint against the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging that her right to be free from discrimination and harassment has been violated. While a previous OPSEU investigation ruled in Bouzi’s favour and included recommendations, CBC states that, a year later, little had changed. Bouzi alleges that she was discriminated against and harassed, that her mail was opened and resealed, that a surveillance camera had been installed in the union office, and that “disparaging, sarcastic, mocking, dehumanizing, racist and violent” emails were being sent out about her. “There was this very intentional and deceitful approach to the leadership transition, and I think it is so insidious,” said Algonquin union officer Judy Puritt, who also experienced push back. CBC | CBC (Video) (ON)

Algonquin faculty union president launches complaint against OPSEU for harassment, discrimination Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30

Canadore College and Nipissing University have announced that they will be reversing a decision to give approximately 200 nursing students “unsatisfactory” or “in progress” grades after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented them from completing the clinical portion of their year. CTV News says that students will be able to progress to the next level of their studies and that their future courses will be adjusted to provide skill development opportunities and make up for any learning outcomes that have not been completed. The announcement was made on the same day that the Nipissing University Student Union and Nipissing University Nursing Society submitted an appeal to Nipissing on the students’ behalf. The Nugget | CTV News | Bay Today (NUSU) (ON)

Canadore, Nipissing announce reversal of “unsatisfactory” nursing grades Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30

British Columbia Institute of Technology will be receiving $1.7M in funding from the Government of Canada, and additional funding to bring the total to $4.1M from BCIT, FLO | AddÉnergie, the City of New Westminster, IBX Data Systems, and Sun Country Highway to invest in electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Funding will support BCIT in expanding the EV Charging Network Management System, which was previously developed by a BCIT team, and to create solutions that will improve interoperability issues, grid efficiencies, and charging experience. “This investment from the Government of Canada for the Smart Microgrid project will help continue the research to find EV infrastructure solutions,” said Dr Kim Dotto, Dean Applied Research and Centre for Applied Research and Innovation. Canada | BCIT (BC)

BCIT receives $4.1M from Canada, organizations for EV adoption Top Ten 05/07/2021 - 04:32 05/07/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta has put new public health measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province, which has required postsecondary institutions to pivot accordingly. Postsecondary institutions are required to move classes online for at least three weeks. The University of Lethbridge, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Alberta University of the Arts have each announced the suspension of all in-person classes in order to shift to online learning. ULethbridge will have student work spaces available by appointment to ensure students have access to online learning. NAIT is encouraging students and instructors to stay home, and has asked other staff to check with supervisors to see if they can work from home. ULethbridge | AU Arts | NAIT (1) | NAIT (2) (AB) AB postsecondary institutions respond to new COVID-19 restrictions Top Ten 05/06/2021 - 04:30 05/06/2021 - 04:30
Athabasca University’s PowerED and the Digital Wellness Institute (DWI) have partnered to launch a digital wellness micro-course: Digital Wellness 101: Optimizing Your Time & Energy. The course is delivered online and on-demand, and is based on the DWI’s Digital Wellness Certificate program. Participants will learn about the concept of digital wellness, the digital flourishing network, and how to assess digital wellness. “Not enough people are familiar with the concept of digital wellness and the impact that an ‘always on’ environment can have on our overall health,” said Jessica Butts Scott, Director of PowerED. “By partnering with DWI, leaders in the digital wellness industry, we will be able to bring valuable information and tangible tools quickly to those who need it most.” AU (AB) AU’s PowerED, DWI partner to launch digital wellness micro-course Top Ten 05/06/2021 - 04:30 05/06/2021 - 04:30
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons has reportedly ruled that trainee doctors must complete their final written and oral exams this spring, a decision that will reportedly pull trainee physicians from the front lines to complete their exams at hotels. The National Post reports that over 1,000 residents have signed a petition asking the college to reverse the decision, saying that the time taken off to prepare for and complete the exams will impact the quality of care that patients receive and that the exams could lead to COVID-19 outbreaks. Students and specialists are questioning the choice to hold the exams at this time, as students are evaluated throughout their programs and pass rates are at the mid-90%s and up for most specialties. National Post (National) Trainee doctors protest being pulled from front lines to complete certification exams Top Ten 05/06/2021 - 04:30 05/06/2021 - 04:30
Robert Fife and Steven Chase of The Globe and Mail report that the Government of Alberta is pledging to take action to restrict the University of Alberta’s collaboration with China in fields such as science and technology. Fife and Chase wrote that UAlberta and China are engaging in “extensive scientific collaboration,” and have jointly set up companies to commercialize Canadian-developed technology. They argue that China could use collaboration in strategically important fields to steal Canadian intellectual property for its military, and that research conducted in Canada could be sent back to China. “I am deeply concerned about the potential theft of Canadian intellectual property and further concerned that research partnerships with the People’s Republic of China may be used by Chinese military and intelligence agencies,” said AB Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides. “More needs to be done to curb foreign state infiltration in our research and innovation centres, including our postsecondary institutions.” Globe and Mail (1) | Globe and Mail (2) (AB) AB vows to “take action to restrict” UAlberta’s collaboration with China Top Ten 05/06/2021 - 04:30 05/06/2021 - 04:30
Laurentian University’s financial situation will be examined by Ontario’s auditor general. CTV News reports that Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas introduced a motion to a standing committee on public accounts last week to have Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk conduct a complete review of the situation. The Ontario legislature has reportedly passed the motion. "The auditor general is an officer of the Legislature and being an officer means she comes with a ton of power," said Gélinas. "She has the right to enter a premises, whether she's welcome there or not; she has the right to have access to documents whether they are private or not; she has the right to ask questions and people have to answer." The article says that the Auditor General’s report will take months to complete, shorter than the years typical of an inquiry, and will be made public in order to provide the community with answers and insight. CTV News | CBC (ON) Laurentian financial situation to be examined by ON auditor general Top Ten 05/06/2021 - 04:30 05/06/2021 - 04:30
Lethbridge College has announced that it will be offering dual credit courses that will allow high school students to achieve college credits while completing high school. Students from seven school divisions in the area have the option of enrolling in one of six courses: Design Fundamentals, Introduction to Design Software and Photography, Marketing Fundamentals for Media, Animal Science, Commodity Marketing, or Graphic Communications. “I think the value of dual credit is that it allows high school students an opportunity to try something that they can’t do at their school, and build some experience at the post-secondary level that would allow them to continue in the future,” said Dr Terry Kowalchuk, Lethbridge College Dean of the Centre for Technology, Environment and Design. “It creates possibilities for students.” Lethbridge College (AB) Lethbridge College offers new dual credit courses for high school students Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that the postsecondary institutions on PEI will be raising their tuition for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. The University of Prince Edward Island, Holland College, and the Atlantic Veterinary College have each indicated plans for a tuition raise: UPEI will be raising its tuition by 1%, which it says is the lowest percentage increase in its history; and the Atlantic Veterinary College and Holland College will raise tuition by 2%. Holland College’s international fee will increase from $4K to $4.4K. PEI graduates will see their provincial student loan repayments automatically suspended until September 30. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (PEI) PEI sees postsecondary institutions raising tuition, student loan repayments suspended Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
Appealing a rejection from an academic journal can be worth the effort, writes Anahí Viladrich, and there are ways academics can frame an appeal letter to increase their likelihood of success. Viladrich encourages readers to evaluate the merits of their manuscripts to evaluate if it fits the journal, to be respectful and thankful when appealing, and to consider asking for additional people to evaluate the manuscript. Finally, the author recommends presenting facts that substantiate the importance of the manuscript clearly and including additional evidence that supports the importance of the research. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Appealing rejection from academic journals: Opinion Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
Memorial University has indicated that the university will not raise tuition for current students if the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador lifts the postsecondary tuition freeze, reports CBC. “We see the importance of looking at revenue for the university, but we have some principles that we'll always keep in mind,” said MUN president Vianne Timmons. “We want the university's education to be accessible. We want to make sure that our Newfoundland and Labrador students are supported and have supports in place so that it's not undue hardship for them financially.” Timmons noted that there is no plan to change fall tuition, but that MUN needs to reduce dependence on government funding. The article says Timmons does not anticipate that increasing MUN’s tuition would have a long-term impact. CBC (NL) MUN to not raise tuition for current students, considers reducing government dependence Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan’s waniska Indigenous Centre held virtual pipe ceremonies in April to celebrate its relationships with the All Nations Hope Network (ANHN) in Saskatchewan and Ka Ni Kanichihk in Manitoba. The pipe ceremony honours Indigenous ways of knowing and doing by creating a binding agreement. About 20 people participated virtually, and a feast was prepared for those who attended in person. “We always ask for ceremony to be completed before we enter into any agreement or work that is a benefit of the people,” said Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, finance and research director for waniska. “When we lift the pipe and go into ceremony, we’re told the medicine goes before us and makes the way.” USask (SK) USask Waniska Centre holds virtual pipe ceremonies to commemorate partnerships Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that a controversy has arisen around Suzanne Rogers, a Toronto philanthropist and namesake of Ryerson University’s Suzanne Rogers Institute of Fashion, after Rogers posted a picture of herself and her family at a gathering in Florida with former US president Donald Trump. In response, Ryerson’s Institute of Fashion reportedly posted a statement asking Rogers to “enter into dialogue” concerning Trump’s impact on marginalized individuals in the fashion industry, which was removed and replaced a short time later with a new statement indicating that “[w]e do not believe social media is the appropriate platform to judge the actions of others.” Global News spoke to several students who were disappointed by the retraction, as well as Tyler Griffin, editor-in-chief of Ryerson’s The Eyeopener, who argued that Ryerson “appears to have been swayed this time over the mention of its prolific donor.” Global News | CBC (ON) Ryerson accused of “muzzling” fashion institute over donor’s photo Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
Conestoga College has announced that it will be receiving $4.8M for its Long-Term Care Home Assistant program, which will train up to 500 support staff for long-term care. The free, seven-week program includes technical training and a two-week paid placement. Students who complete the program will be prepared to provide support in areas such as infection prevention and control, health and safety, and housekeeping. “The Long-Term Care Home Assistant program will address the urgent need for trained staff in LTC homes across Ontario while providing opportunities for laid-off workers to gain skills that will allow them to return to the workforce and make positive contributions to the health and well-being of their community,” said Conestoga president John Tibbits. CTV News | Global News (ON) Conestoga Long-Term Care Home Assistant program receives $4.8M Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
Algonquin College has announced the launch of a Bachelor of Culinary Arts & Food Science program. The four-year honours program will cover topics such as food chemistry, food microbiology, culinary science, and food service management, and students will complete two paid summer co-op placements. The program offers degree pathways for graduates from five Ontario college programs, including three from Algonquin. “The food and beverage industry is very large and there is a lot of research and development and amazing opportunities for our students when the graduate in a number of different areas,” said Cory Haskins, Academic Chair, Culinary Arts, and Pastry Arts Programs at Algonquin College. “We are excited with all the possibilities that come with this.” The program is set to start in Fall 2022. Restobiz | Algonquin College (ON) Algonquin launches Bachelor of Culinary Arts & Food Science program Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) will receive $2M to support the development of new varieties of wheat. The funding, which comes from the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC), will be used to breed wheat with resistance to five major diseases. The program will also focus on improving grain yield, earlier maturity, strong straw, and quality. “The resources provided will support the release of improved cultivars and train the next generation of scientists by providing hands-on experience for graduate students,” said UAlberta ALES dean Stanford Blade. “This support by the CWRC is an investment in the profitability and competitiveness of producers through a collaborative effort to create innovative, effective solutions.” SwiftCurrentOnline | UAlberta (AB) UAlberta receives $2M for wheat breeding program Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training has temporarily shut down two student aid websites after a cyberattack. CBC says that a hacker group allegedly replaced the StudentAid B.C. and LearnLive B.C. homepages with a statement from the group. The ministry has stated that personal information has not been compromised, but that the sites have been disabled while the issues are being addressed. The sites contained information and application assistance for postsecondary financial programs. Times Colonist | CBC (BC) BC temporarily shuts down two student aid websites after possible hacking Top Ten 05/05/2021 - 04:33 05/05/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that postsecondary students in Alberta are frustrated and concerned about facing another summer of un- or underemployment. The Calgary Herald says that students are struggling to find work during the pandemic and are facing tuition hikes at the same time, and CBC reports that recent graduates are worried about being required to repay their student loans while jobless or unemployed. The articles call on AB to restore the Summer Temporary Employment Program to help students find employment through supports for employers. CBC | Calgary Herald (AB) AB postsecondary students face tight job market for summer 2021 Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be extending its one-year tuition freeze. Tuition will be frozen for students from the province for an additional year, while institutions will be allowed to raise tuition for out-of-province students by 3%. “It is critical to the economic recovery of Ontario that today's students, and tomorrow's leaders, innovators and workers can obtain the skills they need to succeed in a highly competitive global economy,” said Ross Romano, ON Minister of Colleges and Universities. “The extended tuition freeze will ensure Ontarians have affordable access to our first-class postsecondary education system and will provide financial relief to our families.” ON | The Star (ON) ON extends one-year tuition freeze Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan has made a statement that it is expecting those coming back to campus in the fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19, though it will not make vaccines mandatory. The USask faculty association has passed a motion supporting vaccine requirements for those coming back to class in September, noting that it protects those returning to the potentially crowded campus environment. “All of us interact daily with people working and living in the city, so making sure all of our campus community is vaccinated will certainly, I believe, help stop the spread outside of campus,” said USask Faculty Association chair Allison Muri. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (SK) USask expects returning students to be vaccinated, faculty association calls for requirement Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina and Lambton College have joined the MyCreds digital credential wallet developed by the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC). Students from these institutions will be able to access tamper-proof and legally valid digital versions of their credentials. Students will be able to securely share their transcripts, credentials, and confirmation of graduation with people across the world, and the certified versions will have a blue-ribbon symbol to show that they are authentic. “The U of R also recognizes the value provided to our graduates in the issuance of a paper parchment and this will continue with the added benefits of a digital credential they may access free of charge,” said URegina registrar James D’Arcy. Regina Leader Post | MyCreds (URegina) | MyCred (Lambton) (SK | ON) URegina, Lambton join MyCreds Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary’s Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food Innovation and Public Education at the School of Public Policy has announced that it will be receiving $1.17M over two years from the Government of Alberta. The funding will support the Simpson Centre’s Carbon Program, which aims to establish a baseline of carbon emissions for AB’s agriculture industry and to provide recommendations for reducing these emissions. “One of the grand challenges of the next decade is to design a sustainable trajectory of carbon emissions, globally and locally,” said Simpson Centre director Dr Guillaume Lhermie. “We need to design sound agriculture policies to achieve this goal, and a key step is to better measure where we are starting from.” UCalgary (AB) UCalgary’s Simpson Centre receives $1.17M for Carbon Program Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has released a COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer to help postsecondary institutions prepare to have students return to in-person learning in the Fall. The primer provides assumptions for planning for the fall semester, as well as information on general campus planning, educational activities, and student supports. The primer is intended to provide high-level guidance to institutions before BC releases the revised Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-secondary Sector. BC | BC (Primer) (BC) BC releases COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30
Laurentian University has been given the go ahead by Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of Ontario Superior Court to operate while protected from creditors until August 31st, and to cut ties with three federated universities. CBC reports that cutting its agreement with the University of Sudbury, Thorneloe University, and Huntington University will allow the university to qualify for a $10M loan. Thorneloe and USudbury told CBC that there is “no cost to Laurentian to maintain ties with them.” USudbury expressed extreme disappointment with the court’s decision in a statement, and The Sudbury Star reports that Thorneloe intends to appeal the decision to terminate the agreement. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | The Sudbury Star | USudbury (ON) Laurentian gets protection until end of August, permission to cut ties, begins Phase 2 Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that the federal government will be working with the Government of Ontario to formalize a request from ON Premier Doug Ford to suspend the arrival of international students to the province. Ford reportedly raised the topic during a conference call between the Prime Minster and provincial and territorial leaders. “Because, at this time, Ontario is the only province requesting this, we’re happy to work more narrowly with them,” said Trudeau. CIC News reports that the premier's office later stated that they did not make a formal request to halt international students from entering the province. The Canadian Federation of Students issued a statement condemning the request, calling it an “unfounded attack that targets innocent students from being able to continue their studies.” CIC News | Globe and Mail | CFS (ON) Canada, ON discussing suspending entry of international students to province Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30
The University of Toronto has announced that the research initiative Reach Alliance has expanded to three international partners: the University of Oxford, University College London, and Tecnológico de Monterrey. The initiative allows undergraduate and graduate students, mentored by faculty members, to investigate how “organizations are delivering services to vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations around the globe.” “We have much to learn from our colleagues at the University of Oxford, Tecnológico de Monterrey and University College London,” said Joseph Wong, U of T’s vice-president, international, and Reach Alliance founder. “This appetite for collaboration will guide us as we continue to scale the Reach Alliance around the world.” U of T (ON) U of T initiative expands to three international partners Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30
Several institutions have committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes UBC Assistant Professor Sharon Stein, but an uncritical adoption of these goals may obscure the way these goals can potentially contribute to other social issues. Stein encourages institutions to engage in ongoing, critical conversations around the pursuit of SDGs and describes the importance of hearing Indigenous voices, “centering” the rights of nature, and balancing economic growth and ecological sustainability. “Universities should commit to pluralize and democratize their approaches to sustainability and development by ensuring that critical and alternative perspectives are not only welcomed but actually inform and shape institutional policies and practices,” writes Stein. University Affairs (National) Supporting SDGs should be accompanied by ongoing, critical conversations: Opinion Top Ten 05/04/2021 - 04:34 05/04/2021 - 04:30

Brandon University has announced the launch of the Teaching House, a program that will focus on creating space to share Indigenous knowledge. Teaching House is a gathering place that will put on events approximately once a month featuring a variety of different topics and teachings. “The Teaching House is the vision for a gathering place for the sharing of knowledge and teachings for all nations – created for connection, relationship and community,” said Cree Knowledge Keeper Susie McPherson-Derendy. “Initial events and conversations are a starting place that will help shape the Teaching House vision – inviting, including and involving many voices.” The aim is to build the Teaching House’s programs into monthly events that allow people to engage in learning, sharing, and relationship building. BrandonU (MB)

BrandonU launches the Teaching House program Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30

George Brown College has announced that its Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts has launched The Food Tourism Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate. The certificate will prepare students to start their own food tourism businesses, work with existing businesses, and pursue consultancy work in the sector. Students will be trained in topics such as sustainability and transparency, the evolution of hospitality, and post-pandemic processes and consumer expectations. “As the economy recovers from the pandemic, the hospitality and tourism industries are poised to bounce back,” said Mohamed Mohsen, Chair, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at George Brown. “With a robust recovery on the horizon, this is an ideal time to study, train and get ready to join a dynamic, sustainable and vastly diverse sector.” NewsWire (ON)

George Brown launches The Food Tourism Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30

The All Hands on Deck report, which examines the state of higher education in Newfoundland and Labrador’s, has offered 84 recommendations for the province’s postsecondary institution network, including lifting NL’s years long tuition freeze. The report calls for a new tuition model that gives postsecondary institutions more autonomy. “We’ve got the lowest tuition in the country. How long is that sustainable?” asked NL’s Education Minister Tom Osborne. “The amount to freeze tuition keeps growing.” NL students have concerns about the suggestion, and Kat McLaughlin, director of advocacy with Memorial University's student union, explained that the current tuition draws students from across the world to MUN. The Canadian Federation of Students Newfoundland and Labrador noted that a tuition increase would make student debt increase rapidly. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (NL)

Report on NL state of higher education recommends lifting tuition freeze Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30

Academic libraries provided valuable leadership during the first days of the pandemic, in which classes had to be put online quickly, writes Scott Carleson, and are now faced with decisions about shaping the library’s future. The author discusses the way that libraries have adapted over the pandemic, and notes the potential for a permanent shift to the digital with outreach programs and careful curation of online resources to keep the library’s work in front of community members. The author suggests that libraries pursue having much more aggressive outreach programs, creating “holistic online experiences,” and exploring how hosting online events can encourage more participation. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription required) (International)

How academic libraries might change post-pandemic: Opinion Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30

Mount Royal University has received a donation of $15M to transform empty and old spaces within MRU’s main building into spaces that will enrich student experiences. The gift, which is from the Taylor Family Foundation and is added to the Government of Alberta’s $50M in capital funding, will see MRU’s former conservatory converted into four multi-functional classrooms. The former library space will be converted into a student services hub, which will focus on innovation, inclusion, and experiential learning programs. “This donation will enhance the student experience by supporting much-needed classroom and gathering spaces, as well as the supports and services provided on campus,” said Spirit River Striped Wolf, president of the Students’ Association of MRU. MRU | Calgary Herald | CTV News (AB)

MRU receives $15M for transformation of student spaces Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University has partnered with the Skeetchestn Indian Band and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) to create the Applied Sustainable Ranching (ASUR) Certificate through $300K of funding from the BC First Nations Post-Secondary Partnership Program. The certificate will train students in regenerative agriculture and traditional and cultural land use practices, including topics such as grazing management, riparian management, invasive species, and soil management. Students will complete the program through distance learning, and will have the opportunity to complete work practicums and workshops at Secwépemc community ranches and farms. “Food sovereignty, or our ability to take control over our food, is so important to make sure our youth do not lose the traditions of the past,” said Terry Denault, Skeetchestn Elder advisor to the program. “This program will help ensure our indigenous practices are incorporated into the teachings.” Castanet | TRU (BC)

TRU, Skeetchestn Indian Band, TteS partner on ASUR certificate Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30

Cegep teachers who are part of the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN) have announced that they will be going on strike for two days in May. Teachers from 40 cegeps will hold strikes to protest the deadlock in negotiations with the government on their collective agreement, which expired a year ago. FNEEQ-CSN is protesting that continuing education lecturers receive lower pay than regular teachers, and are requesting that resources be supplied in certain disciplines, and for increased support for students with disabilities. Journal de Montréal (QC)

Cegep teachers to go on strike in May Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30

Human-centric lighting (HCL) can improve the experiences of university communities, writes James Tu. HCL uses advanced electronics and control technologies to control wavelengths of light and minimize flicker. The article explains that HCL can improve the university community’s wellness, reduce environmental impact, and maximize long-term investments. The author says that HCL can be used to adjust wavelengths throughout the day to match biological clocks, increase student learning and test scores, and help student athletes perform at their best in the evening. Tu explains that HCL decreases flicker, which can promote wellness by decreasing eyestrain, headaches, or fatigue. Additionally, the author says certain wavelengths can disinfect surfaces and the air, and that HCL is sustainable long term. University Business (International)

Using HCL to improve the experiences of university communities: Opinion Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30

A report released by the Maritimes Provinces Higher Education Commission shows that there has been a rise in unemployment for those who recently graduated from Maritimes universities. The report indicated that 14% of Maritimes university bachelor graduates in 2018 were unemployed between September and December 2020, while only 8% of the class of 2012 and 9% of the class of 2014 were unemployed after two years. CBC reports that 50% of the class of 2018 had had their employment affected. “Maritimers are experiencing significant challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent university graduates are no exception,” said commission CEO Catherine Stewart in a news release. “The increase in the class of 2018 unemployment rate compared to previous graduating classes can be tied to the pandemic.” The Star | CBC (National)

Maritimes graduates experience rise in unemployment due to pandemic: Report Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30

The Government of Alberta has announced Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs, a 10-year strategy for its postsecondary system. The strategy includes six key goals, including improving access and student experience, developing skills for jobs, supporting innovation and commercialization, strengthening internationalization, improving sustainability and affordability, and strengthening system governance. The strategy will cap tuition fees, boost student aid, and allow AB’s largest postsecondary institutions more freedom and autonomy. “Our system will be highly responsive to labour market needs, allowing our programs, services and policies to keep pace with the changing needs of industry and economy,” said Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides. AB | Lethbridge News Now | CBC | Edmonton Journal (AB)

AB releases Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy Top Ten 05/03/2021 - 03:34 05/03/2021 - 03:30
Carleton University has partnered with BlackBerry QNX on a five year, $21M USD strategic partnership. The partnership will see BlackBerry provide technology for a new embedded operating system software research lab at Carleton’s Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments building. BlackBerry will also provide 600 BlackBerry QNX software development seat licences for students, and the company’s R&D and leadership teams will collaborate with Carleton faculty, undergraduate, and graduate co-op students. “We are proud to strategically and holistically partner with BlackBerry QNX, building on our past research collaborations in connected and autonomous vehicles, biomedical engineering and robotics,” said Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “We look forward to working with the QNX team to advance future developments of the high-tech industry in our city and around the world.” Carleton (ON) Carleton, BlackBerry QNX announce $21M USD strategic partnership Top Ten 04/30/2021 - 04:33 04/30/2021 - 04:30
Dalhousie University has announced new faculty and program names. Dal’s Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development, formerly known as the College of Continuing Education, has been renamed to recognize the faculty’s recent growth and changes. The Faculty has also announced the launch of its recently named English Language Studies Department. Dal says that the new name highlights the importance of the study of the English language and its legitimacy as an area of academic study. The Faculty has also introduced a variety of new courses within the last year to address the needs of the labour market. Dal (NS) Dal announces new faculty, program names Top Ten 04/30/2021 - 04:33 04/30/2021 - 04:30
Polytechnique Montréal has announced that women made up 30.2% of its undergraduate engineering students in 2020, passing an important milestone 10 years before the 2030 target date for Engineers Canada’s “30 in 30” national gender diversity goal. The institution reports that women currently account for 14% of practicing engineers in the country, and Engineers Canada and other organizations wish to see the rate of newly licensed women engineers rise to 30% by 2030 in order to fundamentally transform the profession. PolyMTL met this milestone through a variety of initiatives that included science camps, mentoring programs, the hiring of female professors, and the creation of new programs. “We believe it’s essential for women to take their rightful place in engineering to contribute to the development and deployment of sustainable solutions to meet the challenges of our time,” said PolyMTL President Philippe A Tanguy. NewsWire | Journal de Montréal (QC) PolyMTL reaches Engineers Canada milestone 10 years early Top Ten 06/09/2021 - 12:36 04/30/2021 - 04:30
Students increasingly have more opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship, writes Anna McKie, and learning about it can be encouraged in a variety of ways. McKie talks to instructors about the benefits of teaching entrepreneurship, particularly in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The author writes that the programming and the language used to describe entrepreneurial education should be tailored to what an institution thinks students will want to achieve. Additionally, McKie explains that it is important that students are taught skills that will continue to be useful even if they choose not to start a business. THE (Subscription required) (International) How to encourage students to learn about entrepreneurship: Opinion Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be providing support for almost 900 internships for postsecondary students in order to strengthen intellectual property expertise. The internships will be offered through Mitacs and will have an initial target of 100 spaces within the intellectual property stream. Students will gain real-world experience through the opportunities while helping businesses, start-ups, and new entrepreneurial companies protect their intellectual property. “Helping innovators build in-house capacity, knowledge and expertise will allow businesses to unlock the value of made-in-Ontario intellectual property, contributing to Ontario’s economic recovery, resiliency and growth,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. The support is part of ON’s larger $39.5 investment in internships and upskilling opportunities. ON (ON) ON announces support for internships in intellectual property expertise Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
Portage College has cut programs and laid off staff members in response to a provincial budget cut that has reduced its Campus Alberta Grant by 4.2%. Three programs will not be continuing: the Heavy Equipment Operator and the Pre-Employment Heavy Equipment Technician programs, as well as the previously-suspended Accounting Technician program. “Despite what might seem like small numbers compared to others in the news, these are tough times for the College,” said Portage President Nancy Broadbent. “As a small institution we are closely connected to our colleagues and as such releasing people from their jobs is a difficult decision.” MyLakelandNow reports that Portage will consider partnering with another institution if there is future demand for the programs. MyLakelandNow (AB) Portage cuts three programs, lays off staff members Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
Durham College has announced that it has received $5M over the next five years to support the development of The Barrett Centre of Innovation in Sustainable Urban Agriculture (The Barrett Centre). The Barrett Centre will include an urban farm within the community that will replicate the farm at the Whitby campus, and will address issues such as food insecurity, stability of fresh food supplies and the economy, and land regeneration. “In establishing the new community farm we will refine and enhance the current model while also scaling up more broadly to support the local, regional and national urban environments,” said Durham President Don Lovisa. The donation was provided by The Barrett Family Foundation. Durham (1) | Durham (2) (ON) Durham receives $5M donation for The Barrett Centre Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
The language used to describe program qualities such as skills, credentials, and professional entry points can be misleading, writes Debra Humphreys. The author explains that “skills based” programs such as the trades and nursing are often contrasted with those that are not considered “skills based.” However, degree programs that span a wide variety of fields can also help students build skills, including those related to thinking, reasoning, and communication. The author explains that two reforms are needed: shorter-term credentials must be made more widely available to create pathways to good jobs and institutions need to design four-year traditional degree programs to include both practical and intellectual skills. “We need new words and images, a new language that can help us build a reform agenda that avoids these false dichotomies,” writes Humphreys. Inside Higher Ed (International) Using better language to describe skills, credentials in academic programs: Opinion Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
Redeemer University has announced a number of changes to its programming, including the launch of a bachelor of business administration (BBA) program and the closure or restructuring of other programs. Students in Redeemer’s BBA program will complete the interdisciplinary Core Studies program and achieve a business concentration in accounting, management, marketing, or not-for-profit management. Redeemer has hired two new faculty members to teach in the Core studies program, and plans to add new faculty positions in areas of growth such as business, social work, and education. The release also notes that Redeemer has cut its French studies and theatre arts programs due to under-enrolment or decreased enrolment, and in an effort to ensure lower tuition. The move has reportedly resulted in the loss of three faculty positions. Redeemer (ON) Redeemer launches new BBA, closes programs Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that students who will soon graduate from the University of New Brunswick Fredericton’s nurse practitioner program are having issues getting hired by Horizon Health, despite NB’s desperate need for nurse practitioners. CBC explains that while other provinces are attempting to recruit students from the class there is a disconnect in NB between health authorities and the government. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard has said that there were positions she would “hire them [for] today,” but students report that they have not been contacted about their applications. “From February until now, we have all, as a class of seven, repeatedly sent our resumés not just to the general application pool, but for specific job postings, and just no contact whatsoever,” said nurse practitioner student Natasha Stephen. CBC (NB) NB nurse practitioner students struggle to find employment Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
Camosun College is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Camosun has announced that it will be holding a variety of virtual and in-person events to mark the occasion, as well as introducing its first official institutional seal for use on certificates, diplomas, and degrees. The Seal reflects a logo designed by Coast Salish artist and alumnus Dylan Thomas, and will be embossed in gold on Camosun’s parchments. “For five decades Camosun has helped open doors for thousands of students,” says Camosun President Sherri Bell. “I’m proud to say that Camosun has always been a community, a family. We are known for our caring, inclusive learning environments. We continue to focus on delivering relevant, applied, life-changing education for our students and community.” Camosun | Camosun (Seal) (BC) Camosun celebrates 50-year anniversary with events, new seal Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that university applications for Ontario universities have increased for the Fall 2021 semester. The article says that while over 479,000 students have applied from secondary school, over 222,000 mature students, transfers, and international students have also applied. The high number of applications from the non-direct group is potentially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We don’t know if that’s because there’s more people out of work because of COVID and they’re deciding, ‘Well, if I can’t get a job, I might as well go and upgrade my skills and a degree,’” said Heather Lane, executive director of the Ontario University Application Centre. CBC (ON) ON university applications increase for Fall 2021 semester Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
MacEwan University has announced that it will be offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The program features four majors: Arts and Cultural Management, Musical Theatre Performance, Studio Arts, and Theatre Production. Students in the program will learn at Allard Hall, which is close to Edmonton’s downtown theatres, galleries, concert halls, and more. “A Bachelor of Fine Arts gives students room to learn, to share knowledge and to take their careers in many different directions,” said MacEwan’s Provost & VP, Academic Dr Craig Monk. “It will prepare MacEwan students to contribute to diverse teams while working in the arts and beyond. It will allow them to develop the skills to be responsive to that with which the world confronts them.” MacEwan (AB) MacEwan to offer new BFA program Top Ten 04/29/2021 - 04:32 04/29/2021 - 04:30
Cancelling summer internships and work opportunities is not only harmful to students who need to gain experience in their fields, but also damaging to businesses, writes Western University economics student Ethan Gilhula. The article explains that many of the internship opportunities that would have been available have either been reduced or have disappeared, meaning that students are unable to find summer opportunities in their fields of interest. Gilhula questions why employers have not created virtual internships given that other activities have moved online, and notes that a lack of opportunities in the field now will impact hiring opportunities in the future. CBC (National) Students, businesses suffer from internships being cancelled: Opinion Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are facing new outbreaks and COVID-19 cases, including variants of concern. The University of New Brunswick’s Magee House residence on its Fredericton campus is experiencing an outbreak with six confirmed cases of COVID-19, and residents and staff at the Elizabeth Parr-Johnson residence are in self-isolation after being exposed to a COVID-19 case. The lockdown has been extended to St Thomas University and New Brunswick Community College due to potential exposure to COVID-19 cases. STU, UNB, and NBCC have moved to essential services models, with employees working from home. Nova Scotia Community College is also experiencing positive COVID-19 cases within its Akerley Campus community and Ivany Campus. CBC | NSCC | NSCC (National) Atlantic postsecondary institutions respond to COVID-19 cases, variants Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
Thompson Rivers University has announced that its Limitless Campaign has surpassed its $50M goal, ending with a total of $53.7M from 4,500 donors. $33.7M will be used to support students through the creation of 420 new awards, $11M will be used for new equipment and construction, and $9M will be used to support innovation projects. TRU will light up the TRU Residence to mark the closing of the Limitless Campaign. “We want donors to know their contributions are so gratefully appreciated, especially during these unforeseen circumstances with the pandemic,” said Brian Daly, TRU’s VP University Relations. “The fact that people supported Limitless even in difficult times speaks volumes about the unique relationship TRU has with its community.” TRU | Kamloops This Week | Castanet (BC) TRU Limitless Campaign exceeds $50M goal Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
Language programs have been hit hard by the pandemic and Languages Canada says that the industry’s flow of international students can only expect to recover in 2023, writes Doug Ronson for The Pie News. The article explains that public language programs that cater to international students have seen a 39% decrease in students. Language programs at private institutions have been “devastated,” with student numbers down by 61%. However, Ronson writes, a recent survey showed that Canada will be a top choice for international students post-pandemic and a strong recovery is predicted in 2023. The article explains that access for international students needs to be improved with measures such as removing hotel quarantine requirements, shortening visa processing times, and ensuring COVID-19 restrictions are better communicated. The Pie News (International) Language programs not expected to recover until 2023: Languages Canada Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
York University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have announced the launch of the Mental Health Literacy Guide for Autism. The guide combines first-person experiences of autism and research in the discussion of topics such as the definition of mental health, understanding autism, identifying mental health problems in autistic people, and the impacts of COVID-19 on people with autism. The toolkit is intended to help people with autism and community members increase their understanding of mental health and Canada’s mental health system. The guide can be accessed for free online, and is designed for use by adults with autism, family members, professionals, policy-makers, and leaders. YorkU (ON) YorkU, CAMH launch Mental Health Literacy Guide for Autism Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
Students should be able to own their educational data, writes Gerd Kortemeyer, as having all past educational data in one space could help to inform students’ future, lifelong learning decisions. The author explains that the data trail left by lifelong learners is messy and susceptible to gaps, and that privacy laws disallow institutions from following these “breadcrumb” trails. Instead of housing data at institutions, Kortemeyer suggests that this data could be kept by the learners who could, in turn, provide access to that data. Student data pods would credits, credentials, and grades, and institutions could form federated blockchains in order to verify data and prevent fraud. Times Higher Education (International) Students should own their educational data for lifelong learning: Opinion Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
Colleges & Institutes Canada has released an environmental scan of college sector programs, program components, and resources for NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) Indigenous and Newcomer youth in training. The environmental scan is part of CICan’s 3-year project, The Skills Compass, which is focused on engaging NEET Canadians and helping them to develop the skills needed to go back to school and prepare for a career. The report identifies the main barriers to education and employment for both groups of youth, as well as the tools and services in place to navigate the postsecondary sector and beyond. CICan also includes a series of approaches that can be used to support the education and employment of target groups. Executive Summary | Full Report (National) CICan releases environmental scan of programs, resources for NEET youth Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
The University of Ottawa has partnered with Auxon Technologies to pursue “Assured Autonomy” for autonomous cyber-physical systems (CPS). The project aims to use scientific results to develop practical techniques and infrastructure to ensure that CPS perform predictably and safely. “Auxon is a highly innovative company and this partnership underscores our strong commitment to cutting-edge research in the test and verification of cyber-physical systems,” said UOttawa Professor Dr Lionel Briand. “It’s galvanizing to find a company like Auxon that shares our mission to make these revolutionary systems safe and predictable to deploy.” PRWeb (ON) UOttawa, Auxon Technologies partner to research CPS safety and security Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
Algoma University and the University of Calgary are creating resources that will help educators incorporate information about Residential Schools and Indigenous storytelling into their lessons. AlgomaU’s Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre will be creating five online modules designed to teach elementary and high school students about Residential Schools in Canada. The modules will include photos, documents, videos, and an interactive timeline. UCalgary’s Werklund School of Education has created an interactive website that will help K-12 educators integrate Indigenous storytelling into their classrooms. “Teachers are often afraid of making mistakes or appropriating cultures or knowledge,” says Werklund School professor Erin Spring. “This website will provide them with a springboard for engaging in this work in a meaningful way.” Algoma | UCalgary (ON | AB) AlgomaU, UCalgary create resources on residential schools, storytelling for educators Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
The University of Sudbury has indicated that it is working to preserve the Indigenous Studies program, while community members have called for the preservation of Laurentian University’s midwifery program. USudbury states that the termination of the Laurentian federation means that the institution will be unable to offer the Indigenous Studies program. USudbury will be temporarily allowing Laurentian to offer six Indigenous studies courses in the spring semester as USudbury decides on next steps for the program’s future. Community members are also rallying in response to Laurentian’s decision to cut its midwifery program. The bilingual program was, in the words of Laurentian midwifery lecturer Kirsty Bourret, “in the black this year.” The article says that midwifery may be added to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s offerings through federal support for French programming. NationTalk (USudbury) | NationTalk | The Star (ON) Efforts made to preserve Indigenous Studies, midwifery programs at USudbury, Laurentian Top Ten 04/28/2021 - 05:02 04/28/2021 - 04:30
Medicine Hat College has introduced the “HyFlex” model into its Built Environment Engineering Technology (BEET) program. The model allows students to choose to attend class in person, online, or through a combination of the two. Instructors deliver classes “on stage,” engaging with both their in-person students and their online students through cameras, while students are encouraged to interact with classmates through Microsoft Teams. “Learners have total autonomy to choose their own path and are not tied to one delivery method or another,” said Chad Flinn, dean of MHC’s the School of Trades and Technology. “They can attend in person one day, online the next. Watch the lecture live or catch the recording at a later time.” MHC (AB) MHC introduces HyFlex model into BEET program Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30
Universities should collaborate with youth movements in order to address climate change, write University of British Columbia president Santa Ono and UBC Climate Hub inaugural student director Grace Nosek. The authors explain how UBC’s student climate activism has encouraged UBC to divest from fossil fuel and join climate-focused organizations. The article describes a number of practices UBC uses to encourage student initiatives, such as empowering students to participate in shaping decisions, moving toward sustainability not only on campus but around the globe, and embedding climate justice into UBC action plans. “[W]e call on those leaders across North America to work collaboratively with their students to find solutions that will protect our communities and mitigate climate change,” write the authors. Inside Higher Ed (BC) Collaborating with youth movements to address climate change: Ono, Nosek Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30
Carleton University is leading a project focused on helping to conserve Canada’s landscapes, freshwater, and wetlands. A team led by Carleton Biology Professor Joseph Bennett will develop conservation tools based on artificial intelligence, computational science, and systematic conservation planning approaches. University of British Columbia Indigenous fisheries scientist Andrea Reid will ensure that the tools are usable by Indigenous nations and communities. “In half a lifetime, there have been very big changes, just around here in Ottawa,” said Bennett. “That gives me a lot of motivation to conserve Canada’s biodiversity for its own value as something beautiful, the way the Sistine Chapel is beautiful. The creatures in Canada and our environments are, to my thinking, just as beautiful and just as worth preserving.” The project will be supported by over $2M in cash and in-kind supports from NSERC, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Carleton (ON) Carleton leads research on AI conservation tool Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30
Students at Red River College are “outraged” after being told that they will have to write exams for some courses in person. CTV News reports that RRC plans to have students writing in-person exams while ensuring physical distancing, requiring all students to wear masks and glasses, and logging attendance for contact tracing. RRC student Sam Wilson, who was told that two out of his five courses would have in-person exams, said that students had the impression that exams would be online. “There was no mention of in-person exams at all,” said Wilson, who argued that the decision was “more or less negligent for our safety.” CTV News (MB) RRC students “outraged” over in-person exams Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30
Queen’s University announced that it hosted a virtual tour of its campus for prospective engineering students using a version of its campus hosted in the video game Minecraft. Students were able to visit a Minecraft rendition of the campus, which was created through hours of volunteer work from community members, while participating in a live chat hosted on Discord. A tour guide took students on a campus tour of key locations, students participated in an egg hunt to get to know the campus better, and current engineering students answered questions from prospective students on Discord. “[T]he blend of innovation and technology was ultimately secondary to the feeling of community the event engendered,” read the release. Queen’s (ON) Queen’s hosts virtual tour through Minecraft, Discord Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30
Dalhousie University is considering suspension and other forms of discipline for students who broke COVID-19 gathering limits on the weekend. Halifax Today says that Dal has identified the students who participated in a gathering that exceeded the provincial limit set on gatherings. The article states that students who violate Dal’s Code of Student Conduct could receive sanctions ranging from a warning, probation, loss of privileges, restitution, work assignments, conditions on attendance, suspension, and expulsion. Halifax Today (NS) Dal students facing suspension, other discipline for breaking COVID-19 gathering limits Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has released a new policy briefing that calls on federal leadership to stabilize the postsecondary sector. The report contains eight recommendations that focus on federal government involvement, COVID-19 recovery, and creating long-term plans. Recommendations include increasing core funding for postsecondary institutions, forgiving student loans, and continuing COVID-19 funding. Dalhousie University professor and chair of the RSC higher education working group Julia Wright explains that the postsecondary sector will need federal involvement in order to be robust after the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the federal government has an interest in postsecondary goals “in terms of research, in terms of integration, in terms of equity and inclusion, and so on.” University Affairs | Policy Briefing (PDF) (National) RSC releases report on federal leadership’s role in higher education in post-COVID Canada Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30
CTV News reports that the Mouvement Québec français (MQF) is asking that the Fédération des CEGEPs be split into a French-language CEGEPs network and an English-language network. MQF argues that course offerings in the French-language college sector have been increasingly anglicized. The organization further stated that it fears the majority of Montreal cegep students will be attending an English-language cegep in the Fall semester, which it says has not happened before. Bernard Tremblay, head of the Fédération des CEGEPs, is opposed to applying Bill 101 to colleges and instead called for action on multiple fronts to ensure French is Quebec’s common language. Montreal Gazette | CTV News (QC) MQF calls for breakup of cegep system into French, English networks Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30
While international students have been increasingly interested in studying at Canadian universities, U15 institutions in Canada are losing their share of the international student market, writes Meti Basiri of ApplyBoard. Basiri points to how the growth of the international student population at U15 institutions was slower than at other institutions prior to the pandemic, and notes that the decrease in study permits during the pandemic was more severe for U15 institutions. The article closes by describing the major risk factors for U15 institutions, including loss of diversity and loss of revenue from tuition, before touching on strategies U15 universities can use to attract more international students. Apply Board (National) U15 institutions losing market share to other Canadian universities Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30
British Columbia is experiencing a shortage of veterinarians, which is impacting the level of care that can be offered to animals in the province, report theDelta Optimist and TriCity News. A recent labour market study by the province estimates that there will be an accumulated shortage of 500 veterinarians by 2024, with a particularly serious shortage in urban areas. The Society of British Columbia Veterinarians have called on the provincial government to provide funding for an additional 20 spaces at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. TriCity News | Delta Optimist (BC) BC experiences vet shortage, organizations call for additional spaces for students Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 04:51 04/27/2021 - 04:30

Concordia University’s Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science has announced that it will be offering graduate degrees in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The school will be offering master’s and doctoral programs with a variety of themes of study, including renewable energy, rethinking manufacturing techniques and materials, and lowering emissions. The move will expand Concordia’s research capacity and allow it to join global conversations. “These new graduate-level programs will enable us to bring fresh perspectives to existing chemical engineering conversations to benefit industry and society. This milestone further solidifies our position as a top research school in Canada,” said Paula Wood-Adams, interim VP of research and graduate studies and professor of chemical and materials engineering. Concordia (QC)

Concordia to offer graduate degrees in Chemical and Materials Engineering Top Ten 04/26/2021 - 04:11 04/26/2021 - 03:30

Bow Valley College has introduced two new programs that follow the Competency-Based Education (CBE) model, which assesses incoming students for previously learned skills and creates a learning pathway based on the gaps in their education. The new programs that will launch January 2022 include a Cloud Computing Post-Diploma Certificate and a redeveloped Data Management Analytics Post-Diploma Certificate. “We are hearing a lot about Calgary’s new economy and a need to reskill and upskill successful, experienced workers who have been laid off, or those who are looking to fill gaps in their knowledge,” said BVC President Dr Misheck Mwaba. “Bow Valley College believes Competency-Based Education is an efficient solution that recognizes hard-earned work experience while helping people expand their skills to position themselves as stand-out candidates in our ever-expanding digital world.” BVC  (AB)

BVC introduces new programs focused on reskilling and upskilling Top Ten 04/26/2021 - 04:11 04/26/2021 - 03:30

Generating new graduate research ideas that impact both science and society can be difficult, write Adam Seth Levine and J Nathan Matias. The authors explain that collaborative conversation can help reveal new ideas to researchers, show the limitations of existing scientific literature, and ensure research is grounded in the problems that interest people in pursuing graduate school. The article offers five steps that researchers can use to pursue collaborative conversations: Researchers should consider the real-world problems that they care about, identify stakeholders working to address these issues, and reach out to them with a clear ask. The article says that researchers should also focus on mutual learning and connect information from their conversations with their field of study. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Generating impactful research ideas: Opinion Top Ten 04/26/2021 - 04:11 04/26/2021 - 03:30

The University of Sudbury is working on a plan that will transform it into a French-language university that will be located on the Laurentian University campus. USudbury’s Board of Regents has assembled a committee that will oversee the creation of a business plan to be submitted to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities of Ontario. The plan will see USudbury become an institution that is governed by and for Ontario Francophones, and The Star says that Regroupement des professeurs(es) francophones de l’Université Laurentienne (RPF) has released a statement encouraging the support of the move. “It is by all pushing in the same direction that we will achieve this long-standing dream of Franco-Ontarians in the North and their Francophile and New Canadian allies,” the RPF’s Gina Comeau. The Sudbury Star | The Star (ON)

USudbury develops plan for transformation into Francophone institution Top Ten 04/26/2021 - 04:11 04/26/2021 - 03:30

A group of students who are studying at Qcom College of Technology in Calgary say that the Government of Alberta’s financial aid disbursements have been delayed for months. The article says that a group of at least seven students had been approved for aid, and were to receive disbursements in September, January, and March, but received none. CBC says that the students reached out to Student Aid, but were not given answers; however, last week the online profiles of these students were changed to “under review” with no further information given to students. The article says that students are concerned that Qcom will ask the students to pay tuition if AB does not give them the funding. CBC (AB)

Student funding delayed for months for Qcom students Top Ten 04/26/2021 - 04:11 04/26/2021 - 03:30

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has voted to censure the University of Toronto over the hiring controversy associated with Dr Valentina Azarova. Though an external review did not find that there was external influence in the U of T’s decision to rescind the offer of employment, CAUT’s Council delegates concluded that the decision was politically motivated. “In a close examination of the facts of the case, CAUT Council found it implausible to conclude that the donor’s call did not trigger the subsequent actions resulting in the sudden termination of the hiring process,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. The Star says that U of T president Meric Gertler disagreed with the decision, noting that Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell “was the only person who had access to the full base of information.” CAUT | The Star (ON)

CAUT censures U of T over Azarova hiring controversy Top Ten 04/26/2021 - 04:11 04/26/2021 - 03:30

Ontario has announced that it will invest $15M in rapid training programs that will help people reskill and upgrade their skills through micro-credentials. ON has invited postsecondary institutions to develop more micro-credentials, and institutions will have eight weeks to submit their proposals for funding through the Ontario Micro-Credentials Challenge Fund. Institutions with the best proposals in their regions will be eligible for an award of up to $1M. “Universities and colleges connect the dots of Ontario’s resilient economy by training sought-after graduates, future-proofing workers and offering relevant training opportunities that impact their local and regional communities,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Today, we are making good on our promise to create more industry-relevant training opportunities for Ontarians.” ON (ON)

ON invests $15M into rapid training programs to encourage reskilling, upgrading Top Ten 04/27/2021 - 09:10 04/26/2021 - 03:30

Students from the University of Calgary are working on an Open Educational Resources (OER) project after what CBC calls “years of inaction from the provincial government.” An investment of $500K from UCalgary’s new Open Education Resource Fund will support the creation of up to 50 OER resources over the next five years. The projects will both save money for students and provide employment to students who are hired to help. “It’s a home run in so many different areas,” said Chaten Jessel, one of the students behind the initiative. “I really think that it's going to make such a huge difference for students all across our campus.” CBC (AB)

UCalgary fund to support creation of up to 50 OER resources Top Ten 04/26/2021 - 04:11 04/26/2021 - 03:30

Confederation College and Selkirk College have signed onto the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Accord to work toward a better planet for future generations. By signing the SDG Accord, the institutions have promised to meet 17 sustainable development goals, including addressing poverty, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and quality education. “Taking the lead on joining an ambitious worldwide effort from a rural community college might seem like a very small step, but it amplifies what is required from post-secondary education to increase collaboration, act with intention and make a difference,” says Selkirk President Angus Graeme. “The college’s current strategic plan is aligned with [many] of these goals, so it feels right to formally join and commit to this effort.” Selkirk | Confederation (ON | BC)

Confederation, Selkirk sign SDG Accord Top Ten 04/26/2021 - 04:11 04/26/2021 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic and CTS Tek will be launching two courses to qualify students to pilot Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). The Basic RPAS course is offered online, and allows students to flexibly complete their training and preparation for the Basic RPAS Pilot certification exam. The Basic RPAS course covers a variety of topics, including air law, RPAS airframe design, and meteorology. The Advanced RPAS Pilot certification is delivered asynchronously online, and is designed for those flying RPAS over people or in controlled airspace. Students learn skills related to communicating with Air Traffic Control and complying with clearances and instructions. Students in the courses will be prepared to gain Basic or Advanced RPAS Pilot certification from Transport Canada. Sask Polytech (SK)

Sask Polytech, CTS Tek launch two RPAS courses Top Ten 04/26/2021 - 04:11 04/26/2021 - 03:30
The University of Northern British Columbia has announced that it has renewed a partnership with TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink project. Coastal GasLink will also provide engineering students and Indigenous students in any program with scholarships through $180K over the next three years. “These awards allow for more students to engage in enriching learning and research opportunities at UNBC,” said UNBC Interim President Dr Geoff Payne. “This significant investment meets the local labour market demand for knowledge and skills in engineering and a variety of other disciplines.” UNBC (BC) UNBC, Coastal GasLink renew partnership, create scholarships for engineering, Indigenous students Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
Canada’s three federal research funding agencies – NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR – have announced the release of the Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan. The plan, which was developed under the leadership of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, will create the foundation for an inclusive and diverse research environment. The plan outlines actions that will increase equitable access to research support and participation within the three agencies, as well as within academic institutions and the research system. The plan is also designed to be adaptable to new realities and insights. “Whether we are conducting research, studying at a post-secondary institution, developing policies, or administering programs, we all have an important role to play in ensuring that Canada’s research system supports and values participation by all,” conclude NSERC President Alejandro Adem, SSHRC President Ted Hewitt, and CIHR President Michael Strong. NSERC (National) NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR release Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan has announced the University Sector Plan, which is focused on the development of up to 1,000 acres of endowed university land. The plan, which was developed with the City of Saskatoon, provides a framework to guide the planning and development of the area. The article says that the area could be home to almost 60,000 residents in five walkable and transit-oriented neighbourhoods. USask Director of Infrastructure Planning and Land Development Judy Yungwirth explained that the plan is “a very high-level vision.” “We don’t have detailed descriptions of those neighbourhoods,” said Yungwirth. “But we do see them as complete, very vibrant, sustainable, distinct communities.” CBC (SK) USask announces University Sector Plan to develop endowed university land Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
Red Deer College, Red River College, and Georgian College announced updates on major projects in honour of Earth Day. RDC’s Alternative Energy Lab received LEED Silver certification and the college’s Alternative Energy Initiative was recognized by Clean50 for its use of sustainable technologies. Georgian and industry partner Bracebridge Generation celebrated the completion of a stage of its Project SPEEDIER. SPEEDIER is three-year project focused on assisting Parry Sound, ON in its mission to become one of the first net-zero communities in Canada. RRC shared that it plans to open its LEED-certified, near-net-zero Innovation Centre later this year. The building’s exterior will see Building Integrated Photovoltaics installed along the exterior, the first such installation of its kind in Canada. Todayville (RDC) | RRC | Georgian (National) RDC, RRC, Georgian reflect on significant campus projects in light of Earth Day Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
Some instructors have begun using TikTok to teach the public, writes Emily Baron Cadloff, and creating these videos has changed their teaching styles within the university classroom. Cadloff describes how UBC Professor Dr Anna Blakney and University of Manitoba Assistant Professor Dr Gigi Osler found that their teaching styles developed while creating videos for TikTok, as the production of these videos required them to explain things in a simple, succinct way. Both stated that TikTok “doesn’t have a permanent place in their syllabi,” but Blakney noted its value for reaching the public. The article concludes with a discussion from York University Education Professor Kate Tilleczek about educators’ responsibilities and the impacts of bringing new technologies and apps into the classroom. University Affairs (National) Canadian instructors reflect on impact of producing TikTok videos on teaching methods Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that it will be redesigning the PhD in Philosophy program that it offers jointly with the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Starting in Fall 2021, the program will require students to complete 18 credits, including a new 6-credit intensive seminar course which will focus on the major themes of philosophy. The tuition requirements are now similar to other PhD in philosophy programs offered in North America. UQAM states that the program’s redesign was guided by the idea of creating a spirit of philosophical community at the graduate level. UQAM (QC) UQAM, UQTR announce redesign of PhD in Philosophy program Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) has cancelled all of its 2021 clinical exams, leaving physiotherapy students across Canada frustrated. The decision reportedly comes after the online exam platform crashed while students were writing their exams in March. CBC reports that this is the fourth time that their exams have been cancelled since March 2020. Students who pass only the written exam can work as interim physiotherapists, but this position reportedly comes with restrictions, lower pay, and professional stigma. The BC Ministry of Health recently declined a proposal from the College of BC Physiotherapists that would have seen 81 interim physiotherapists fully registered as physiotherapists without the clinical exam. CBC (National) CAPR cancels 2021 clinical exams, students unable to register as full physiotherapists Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
Government leadership should take action and collect more data on online learning in order to better support virtual education in Canada, writes Royal Roads University Professor George Veletsianos. Veletsianos outlines a number of considerations for policy makers and institutional leaders who engage with online education and calls for the collection of data on points such as how and where Canadians engage in online learning, what knowledge and skills they are pursuing, and what barriers both learners and teachers face. The author further encourages policy makers to take action to support institutions in developing faculty expertise in online pedagogy and rewarding collaborative efforts to this end. Policy Options (National) To improve online education in Canada, collect more data, provide more supports: Opinion Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia’s recently released provincial budget has drawn mixed reactions from the postsecondary sector. The budget includes increased funding for mental health supports, funding for health-focused postsecondary education and skills training, and supports for work-integrated learning and work opportunities for youth through initiatives such as the StrongerBC Future Leaders program and the Innovator Skills Initiative program. Katie Hyslop of The Tyee stated that “there was little new funding in the budget for students,” although BC Federation of Students Jenelle Davies noted that the previous year’s budget had seen the introduction of BC Access Grant. While the mental health and skills development supports were welcomed, Alliance of BC Students Executive Director Anna-Elaine Rempel told Global News that some of the programs funded by these two investments were age limited, which meant that mature students would be unable to take advantage of these supports. BC (Budget) | The Tyee | Global News (Video) (BC) BC Budget 2021 draws mixed responses from postsecondary sector Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Saskatchewan has developed a four-year funding plan for the province’s postsecondary institutions. For the next two years, the SK Ministry of Advanced Education will provide an increase of $60M beyond the base funding, which will stay stable at 2020-21 levels. Each publicly funded postsecondary institution signed a MOU outlining the areas the additional funding will be targeted toward, including revenue generation, sector collaboration, and the achievement of strategic initiatives. “This investment will help ensure programming and research remain aligned with the needs of students and Saskatchewan communities and will give institutions the ability to assist the province in achieving the goals set out in the Growth Plan,” said Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky. SK (SK) SK develops multi-year funding plan for postsecondary institutions Top Ten 04/23/2021 - 04:39 04/23/2021 - 04:30
Fanshawe College, Queen’s University, and Lethbridge College are offering a variety of free courses. Fanshawe will be offering the Supportive Care Assistant program, a micro-credential that will teach students skills they will need to provide support to long-term and home care staff. Students will complete six weeks of training online and a paid four-month work placement. Queen’s will be offering two free online interest courses through the Ever Scholar program: Introduction to Health Studies and First Nations, Metis and Inuit Studies. Lethbridge College will be offering the Journeywoman Start program through Women Building Futures, which will provide introductory hands-on skills to participants with the aim of propelling them to pursue careers in the trades. Fanshawe | NationTalk (Queen’s) | Nation Talk (Lethbridge) (National) Queen’s, Fanshawe, Lethbridge offer free courses Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
With the move to online classes, students have moved to using unsanctioned platforms such as Discord to connect with each other, writes Megan McNamara. McNamara explains that instructors should not panic if they find their class has an associated Discord. Instead the instructor may ask if there is a class Discord, and if so, ask who the moderators are and if they would be welcome in the class Discord. Finally, McNamara says that instructors should encourage their students to speak up about nefarious Discord activities, such as coordinated cheating attempts or harassment. Inside Higher Ed (International) How to manage a class Discord: Opinion Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
LINKS Institute, a mental-health-focused private vocational school, has been established in Brandon, Manitoba. LINKS has been designed as an online-only school to ensure stability and accessibility for students. The school is offering a six-month Community Support Worker program, and plans to expand in the future with a “suite of relevant mental health and related services.” “There may be people who are unemployed who are looking to get back into work, but they don’t necessarily have the time or commitment to devote to a university degree or college diploma,” said LINKS president John Jackson. “It’s a win-win for them, and so for myself, there’s the satisfaction of providing solutions to a problem, and I’m really interested in enhancing workforce development.” Brandon Sun (MB) LINKS Institute established in MB, offers mental health focused course Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions should embrace virtual conferences as a way to reduce the environmental impact of conference-related travel, write the University of Alberta’s Chelsea Miya, Oliver Rossier, and Geoffrey Rockwell. The authors explain that though there have been downsides to holding econferences during COVID-19, the benefits warrant the continuation of online conferences once travel restrictions are lifted. The article explains that holding conferences virtually can reduce barriers to participation, ensure diverse voices are heard, and produce a much smaller carbon footprint than in-person conferences. The authors call for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences to commit to having at minimum 25% of Congress 2022’s speakers and attendees participating virtually. “Adopting a hybrid virtual/in-person format in future years would not only save carbon emissions, it would be a monumental step towards building a more inclusive, diverse and eco-conscious research community,” write the authors. Ideas-Idees (National) An argument in favour of continuing online conferences: Opinion Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
Carleton University has announced that it will be opening an innovation space at Kanata North’s Hub350. The centre will include spaces such as meeting rooms, a café, a garden terrace, and collaboration space; and will provide the tech community with open enrolment professional development executive education programs. “Carleton will work with Kanata North businesses to develop new talent pipelines and opportunity for cross-disciplinary, work-integrated learning, and our student entrepreneurs will more easily connect with Kanata North businesses,” says Dana Brown, dean of Carleton’s Sprott School of Business. Construction for the space will start in June. Carleton (ON) Carleton announces innovation space at Kanata North’s Hub350 Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
Mount Allison University has announced that it has joined Luminary partnership, an initiative organized by Indigenous Works with 140 members across Canada. Luminary partners will be starting a planning initiative that will aim to increase cooperation and collaboration between postsecondary institutions and Indigenous businesses and communities. “This important initiative will grow the Indigenous innovation eco-system to address significant socio-economic gaps and economic priorities and opportunities,” says MtA President Dr Jean-Paul Boudreau. “Economic reconciliation and inclusion are important steps toward societal equity but cannot be achieved without meaningful direction from Indigenous communities and agencies in New Brunswick. Mount Allison is pleased to be part of this growing network towards change.” MtA (NB) MtA joins Luminary partnership to increase collaboration with Indigenous organizations Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
Royal Roads University has launched the A Vision in Bloom campaign to restore Hatley Castle’s Japanese Garden by unveiling a waterwheel. The waterwheel, which is a replica of the original wheel installed sometime between 1915 and 1930, was reconstructed from treated accoya wood and made using modern tools and old world skills. A Vision in Bloom will also support the renewal of the garden through initiatives such as growing produce in the garden and orchard, creating a community garden, expanding RRU’s apiary, and restoring the Glass House for use as a teaching and research hub. “It’s important to highlight the beauty of the gardens, the importance to us to maintain the gardens the way they are, and even to improve them,” said RRU’s director of operations Ron Granados. RRU | Times Colonist | Saanich News (BC) RRU launches A Vision in Bloom campaign, unveils reconstructed waterwheel Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
Queen’s University has announced that its School of Medicine has launched Elentra, which is the first corporation owned by Queen’s. The health sciences learning platform, which serves over 30 Canadian and international institutions. Elentra offers users a variety of features that are specifically tailored to the needs of medical education, and has capacity for curriculum mapping, assessment and evaluation, and online exam delivery. “Transitioning to an independent corporation will allow Elentra to become more agile and responsive,” said Elentra President Andrew Dos-Santos. “We are excited to continue to help drive innovation within the Elentra platform.” Global News | Queen’s | y (ON) Queen’s School of Medicine launches Elentra Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
Vancouver Island University has signed an MOU with Nanaimo City Council in order to continue to enhance their “positive culture of exchange, engagement, communication, and partnership.” Through the MOU, VIU and the city will establish a framework for collaboration, adopt a collaborative approach, pursue areas of mutual strategic interest, participate in joint initiatives, and identify and address areas of concern. They will also establish an Executive Committee consisting of the City and VIU’s senior leadership teams. "I’m excited to expand on the already strong relationship VIU has with the City of Nanaimo,” said VIU President Dr Deborah Saucier. “I look forward to broadening the number of initiatives we collaborate on to address the social, economic and environmental challenges of our region.” VIU (BC) VIU, Nanaimo City Council strengthen relationship through MOU Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
Times Higher Education has released the results of the Impact Rankings 2021, which evaluates institutions using metrics based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Canada joined Australia and the UK in a “golden triangle of nations that perform well across the board,” reports THE. Several Canadian institutions placed within the top 100 institutions, such as Queen’s University (#5), the University of British Columbia (#13), McMaster University(#14), University of Toronto (#34), and the Université de Montréal (tied for #39). Queen’s was the number one institution for SDG 1 – No Poverty and SDG 16 – Piece, Justice, and Strong Institutions; UBC and U of T were two of the four institutions tied for first place for SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. THE (Account Required) | THE (Rankings) (International) Canadian universities rank among the top 100 in THE Impact Rankings 2021 Top Ten 04/22/2021 - 03:40 04/22/2021 - 03:30
Western University has announced that its Ivey Business School has joined ExecOnline, a subscription-based, online provider of executive education. The partnership will see Ivey and ExecOnline work together to create four co-branded online learning experiences with four to five modules each. Each series will take one week to complete, and will include video lectures, interactive learning opportunities, and an action learning project. “As the pioneer of online leadership development learning experiences, ExecOnline is uniquely positioned to not only educate future leaders on the importance of inclusive workplaces, but further set them on a path to make a difference in how we treat and welcome employees,” said Ivey Dean Sharon Hodgson. “By working with ExecOnline, Ivey will extend its reach and impact in leadership development.” Ivey (ON) Western’s Ivey, ExecOnline partner on online learning experiences Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has announced that it is launching the Centre for Digital Transformation (C4DT). The C4DT is a resource hub that will bring together interdisciplinary teams of experts from a variety of fields, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things to support digital transformation. The hub will also provide training to industry to support digital skill development in the workforce. The C4DT will have an online presence, as well as a physical space on BCIT’s Burnaby Campus. “With change comes opportunity,” said Dr Tom Roemer, BCIT VP Academic. “In our day-to-day consultation with industry leaders and business owners, the digital transformation of our world and its associated challenges have clearly become the dominant theme.” BCIT (BC) BCIT launches C4DT to support digital transformation Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
Virtual exchange (VE) has become more popular due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the practice needs its purpose clarified, writes Benjamin Tak Yuen Chan. The author explains that a basic question – “how can the nature and objectives of VE courses be defined?” – needs to be answered before VE takes hold, as there is a “distinction between internationalising the classroom and simply taking an overseas course online.” Chan encourages the adoption of a common standard of VE and explains that VE does not have to be structured as a course to help students achieve intercultural competence. “As an evolving educational method with interdisciplinary applications, research on VE practice is growing, and it is advisable to make reference to this evidence base where applicable,” writes Chan. Times Higher Ed (International) Clarifying the purpose of virtual exchange: Opinion Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
Writing for the public is a skill that is becoming more valued in academics, writes Irina Dumitrescu, but nonacademic writing cause academics anxiety. Dumitrescu explains that though academics might fear that readers will not care about their topic of interest, there is always an audience. The author also notes that academics should not be nervous about their level of expertise, as they are qualified to do the research and should not worry about meeting academic standards, as there are ways of being responsible, such as inserting links for references. The article also addresses the pressure to oversimplify and fears of receiving a negative reaction, and explains that though fears may be legitimate, they may also create an unnecessary writing block. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) How academics can cope with the fear of nonacademic writing: Opinion Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
The University of Sudbury has filed a notice of motion to stop Laurentian University’s termination of the federated partnership. The affidavit reportedly asserts that the partnership is permanent and cannot be terminated by only Laurentian. CBC says that USudbury has noted that the termination will cause it financial hardship, put Laurentian in a position to take over USudbury buildings, take USudbury’s students, and force USudbury to pay the costs of termination of its employees. The article explains that although Laurentian says it would keep the millions in funding that historically went to the three federated universities, USudbury does not believe Laurentian would benefit financially from ending the agreement. CBC | Notice of Motion (ON) USudbury files notice of motion to halt Laurentian’s termination of federation Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine President Dr Sarita Verma has released a statement on the Government of Ontario’s recent announcement that it intends to make NOSM into an independent institution. Verma explains that NOSM recognizes the need to educate doctors to meet health care needs in Indigenous, Francophone, and rural and remote communities, and that NOSM will work with a variety of groups to build a stronger institution. “NOSM doesn’t belong to any institution, it belongs to the people of Northern Ontario,” read the statement. “By making this step towards maturity, we will be able to strengthen our ties to both Sudbury and Thunder Bay while extending our reach into every corner of the North. Inaccuracy about the next steps regarding this legislation should be weighed carefully.” NOSM (ON) NOSM releases statement on plans to become an independent institution Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
12 postsecondary institutions have ranked among Mediacorp’s Greenest Employers 2021. Employers are evaluated according to unique environmental initiatives, successful efforts to reduce environmental footprints, and other criteria. The institutions that ranked among the Top 100 are Durham College, Humber College, McGill University, Mohawk College, Red River College, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, Wilfrid Laurier University, and York University. Globe and Mail (National) 12 postsecondary institutions rank among top Green Employers for 2021 Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
Medicine Hat College has announced that its School of Health and Community Services is launching a practical nurse refresher certificate. The certificate takes one year to complete, and will enable nurses to develop their skills through the framework of the “Concept of Caring.” The program includes hands-on experiential learning and clinical practice, and graduates will be eligible for College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta re-licensing. “This certificate program is in response to a need identified by the health care profession,” said MHC chair of health Sandy Fritz. “Whether a nurse is looking to re-enter or evolve their current skills sets, our curriculum will help them gain those skills and make them more employable and adaptable to the field.” MHC (AB) MHC announces launch of practical nurse refresher certificate Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
The University of Victoria has announced that Barney Williams, the head coach for its women’s rowing program, has resigned by mutual agreement. Times Colonist reports that both parties decided that it was in the rowing program’s best interest for Williams to step down so that “the circumstances associated with the 2018/19 season are not a continuing distraction for the program.” Nick Clarke, director of varsity performance sport, explained that focus of the decision is on supporting the athletes. “We are committed to continuing to provide the student-athletes and other members of the team the necessary support and resources to focus on their health, safety, and academic achievement and to begin preparation for the seasons to come,” said Clarke. Times Colonist | Independent Sports News (BC) Coach of UVic women’s rowing program mutually agrees to resign Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
Several organizations in higher education have joined the public discussion of the Government of Canada’s Budget 2021. Colleges & Institutes Canada has welcomed the $5.7B investment that will support training and work opportunities, while the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities noted particular investments in health research/bio-innovation, targeted research investments, and skills/training. Canadian Alliance of Student Associations welcomed the budget’s support for students through grants and mental health support. The Canadian Association of University Teachers praised the investments, but noted that the budget had "missed an opportunity" to address chronic underfunding in the sector. CICan | U15 | CAUT | CASA (National) Organizations release statements in response to Budget 2021 Top Ten 04/21/2021 - 04:45 04/21/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor has partnered with the International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) on a pathway for international students to study at UWindsor. The pathway will allow international high school students or international students with a degree from an international institution to meet UWindsor’s English language proficiency requirement through ILAC’s University Pathway Program. Students who go on to study at UWindsor will benefit from Windsor’s low cost of living, multinational corporations, and proximity to the US. “This is one of many tactics that we are taking to help attract international students to our undergraduate programs and diversifying our entire student population,” said Chris Busch, UWindsor Assistant Vice President of Enrolment Management. ILAC (ON) UWindsor, ILAC partner on pathway for international students Top Ten 04/20/2021 - 04:49 04/20/2021 - 04:30
Lakehead University has received funding from the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) to explore new transfer projects and develop software that analyzes curriculum gaps. Lakehead will use the funding for several research projects focused on transfer student experiences and to further develop PathwAI Project, a software that will automate the analysis of curriculum gaps and serve as an online database. “Thanks to funding from ONCAT, these projects assist Lakehead University in its goal to create effective pathways to postsecondary education for people who face barriers to accessing higher education,” said Dr Michel S Beaulieu, Associate Vice-Provost Academic. Lakehead (ON) Lakehead receives funding from ONCAT for transfer projects and analysis software Top Ten 04/20/2021 - 04:49 04/20/2021 - 04:30
The Montreal Gazette reports that members of the Parti Québécois have voted overwhelmingly to back a proposal to implement Bill 101 into the CEGEP system. The vote, which reportedly comes 10 years after the Fédération des cégeps sent a letter expressing their disagreement with a similar proposal, saw 94% of PQ delegates support the move. If implemented, French would become the language of education for both Francophones and Allophones. While the bill saw support from PQ delegates, others have argued that the proposal will not help the decline of French or make studying in Quebec more attractive. Columnist Veronyque Tremblay wrote for the Journal de Montréal that young people want to be able to choose what language they study in, and may leave to study outside of Quebec in order to do so. Montreal Gazette | Journal de Montréal (Opinion: For) | Journal de Montréal (Opinion: Against) (QC) PQ overwhelmingly supports Bill 101 in the CEGEP system Top Ten 04/20/2021 - 04:49 04/20/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina has announced that it has launched the Canadian Energy Transition Hub (CETH). CETH, which resides within URegina’s Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute, will focus on building partnerships and relationships between government and industry with research. CETH will focus on a variety of areas, including carbon capture, utilization and storage, nuclear energy, and hydrogen energy. "The Canada Energy Transition Hub brings together researchers across disciplines,” said University of Regina economist Brett Dolter. “Together, we have combined to offer a one-stop shop for those looking for information on renewable energy and who want to collaborate to explore the potential these energy sources have here in Saskatchewan.” URegina (SK) URegina launches CETH to support energy transition Top Ten 04/20/2021 - 04:49 04/20/2021 - 04:30
Several voices have taken to the streets and media recently to voice their frustration with the Laurentian situation and call for provincial and institutional leadership to step down. CBC reports that about 150 demonstrators gathered downtown in Sudbury in near-freezing temperatures to protest the cuts, Francophone author and playwright Jean-Marc Dalpé renounced an honorary doctorate he received from the university, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called on the federal government to step in. Canadian Student-Athlete Association founder Garrett Holmes and the Nipissing University Faculty Association were among those who penned open letters in the Sudbury Star calling for the resignations of the Government of Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano and Laurentian leadership. CBC reports that former Laurentian chancellor Steve Paikin responded to calls for action from the community by revealing that he stepped down last week. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | The Sudbury Star (CCAA) | The Sudbury Star (NUFA) (ON) Protests, calls for resignations, honourary doctorate renounced in wake of Laurentian layoffs Top Ten 04/20/2021 - 04:49 04/20/2021 - 04:30
The leadership of Manitoba’s religious institutions are looking back at the past year with optimism, writes John Longhurst. Longhurst explores the experiences that Canadian Mennonite University, Booth University College, Steinbach Bible College, and Providence University College and Theological Seminary have had during the COVID-19 pandemic. The institutions performed better than expected, he writes, with no COVID-19 outbreaks and better enrolment and financial situations than expected. However, CMU president Cheryl Pauls notes that though the year was “beautifully boring” for the institution, faculty found the year challenging. “It’s hard work to teach in two modes,” Pauls explained. “Faculty are tired." Winnipeg Free Press (MB) MB religious institutions consider past year with optimism Top Ten 04/20/2021 - 04:49 04/20/2021 - 04:30
Thompson Rivers University and Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS) have renewed an agreement to increase access to education for TteS students. The two partners have agreed on nine commitments, which include event representation, programs relevant to TteS people, and a representative on the university senate subcommittee. TRU has also promised to align its programs and priorities with TRC Calls for Action and will work with TteS if archaeological sites or cultural items are found on university grounds. “This renewed agreement is not just about public declarations, but also meaningful action to see the success of TteS students,” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. “We know this is another step in our reconciliation journey with TteS and we look forward to implementing this agreement in the coming years.” TRU | Kamloops This Week (BC) TRU, TteS renew agreement with nine commitments focused on access to education, representation Top Ten 04/20/2021 - 04:49 04/20/2021 - 04:30
Conestoga College has partnered with eCampusOntario to develop a pathway for those who have completed a digital fluency micro-credential through the Ontario Extend Program. Ontario Extend is a professional learning opportunity for educators to improve in developing, designing, and teaching online. The pathway will allow participants to receive a credit towards Conestoga’s Certificate in Post-secondary Teaching. “Supporting educators to deliver quality learning experiences and achieve course outcomes across a variety of delivery modes is an important contributor in our efforts to meet the needs of adult learners and prepare them for successful futures,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. eCampusOntario | Conestoga (ON) Conestoga, eCampusOntario partner on teacher training micro-credential Top Ten 04/20/2021 - 04:49 04/20/2021 - 04:30
Camosun College has announced that it will be exploring the feasibility of an on-campus film studio, thanks to new funding from the Government of British Columbia. Camosun will examine how its students could benefit from a film studio, as well as how the construction could provide the college’s students with hands-on training opportunities. Camosun is also setting up an advisory committee which will also assist with planning. “The investment from the BC. government allows the college to further explore the feasibility of a film studio and sound stage at our Interurban campus and the exciting educational possibilities it could create for students,” said Camosun president Sherri Bell. Camosun | CBC | Times Colonist (BC) Camosun explores possibility of film studio Top Ten 04/20/2021 - 04:49 04/20/2021 - 04:30

ILAC Education Group and Air Canada have signed an agreement that will support international students in travelling to Canada for postsecondary education through reducing travel costs. Through the partnership, students who are registered with one of ILAC’s 80 college or university partners will be eligible for a 15% discount on Air Canada’s international flights. “Since the pandemic began we have had over 10,000 students enrolled at ILAC KISS, our virtual school,” says Jonathan Kolber, CEO of ILAC. “Many of them are in the ILAC pathway program and are planning to start their higher education in the coming months. We are pleased to work with Air Canada to further support international students in achieving their dreams of studying at top universities and colleges in Canada.” ILAC (National)

ILAC Education Group, Air Canada, partner to reduce travel costs for international students Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30

King’s University College has announced that it will be offering a new Certificate in the Study of Law and Public Policy. The certificate will be open to students in all programs, and will include courses that introduce legal concepts such as the rule of law, civil liberties, and rights. “The new Certificate in Law and Public Policy will give students a strong foundation in the many fascinating concepts that tie law and government decision-making together,” said Dr Andrea Lawlor, Associate Professor of Political Science at King’s. “Students who complete this certificate will be well-equipped to pursue a future in the many avenues of law and government.” King’s (ON)

King’s introduces Certificate in the Study of Law and Public Policy Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30

CBC reports that Ravensberg college students have alleged that the college failed to deliver its law enforcement curriculum and then failed some students out of the program. The article states that former a Ravensberg student said the college only provided a small gym with little guidance, did not deliver most of its nine certifications, and had students find their own unpaid work to complete “on-the-job training.” Arnold was failed out of the program after experiencing a health issue and failing two exams. Another student said that students were not given significant hands-on training opportunities and that certifications were delayed. This student was late to an exam due to a COVID-19 checkpoint, and was not allowed to write his final exam, resulting in him being failed out of the program. Ravensberg has said that these accusations are “without merit.” CBC ()

Ravensberg students allege college did not deliver law enforcement curriculum, failed students Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30
Those working in postsecondary education are often underprepared for successfully negotiating their salaries, writes Dan Moseson. To improve negotiating strategies, Moseson describes elements of the job process – such as how universities will typically not cancel a job offer if the candidate requests too high of a salary – and provides suggestions on how candidates can use multiple offers to leverage their position, while also advising against missteps such as exaggerating a competitor’s offer. Finally, the author suggests that candidates consider benefits other than salary in taking an offer and encourages them to be aware of systemic problems that affect negotiations. Inside Higher Ed (International) Tips for negotiating salary in higher education: Opinion Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 15:58 04/19/2021 - 15:56

Canada has announced a new pathway to permanent residency for international graduates and workers from eligible educational or employment backgrounds. International graduates who have completed an eligible Canadian postsecondary program within the last four years will be able to apply for permanent status between approximately May and November 2021. “We’re creating a pathway for newcomers that will strengthen their job security, expand their career horizons and encourage them to put down deeper roots in our communities where they are giving back,” said Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. Winnipeg Free Press | CBC (National)

Canada announces pathway to permanent residency for international graduates Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30

Queen’s University has announced plans to build a new pavilion at Richardson Stadium. The new pavilion will be a two-storey building which will house sport-related amenities such as modern training and competition spaces, athletic therapy, hydrotherapy facilities, and a team room for football. The pavilion will connect the stadium at the concourse level, and will house the Gael’s Club, which will offer attendees concessions and an elevated viewing area. The pavilion is made possible by alumni, who contributed over $11M toward the project. “The new pavilion will greatly enhance Queen’s Athletics and its programs and would not be possible without the generous contributions of many,” said Patrick Deane, Principal of Queen’s University. Kingstonist (ON)

Queen’s announces plan for new pavilion Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30

The University of Calgary has received $2M to support the Haskayne Capital Expansion Project as well as the construction of Mathison Hall through Viewpoint Foundation. Mathison Hall’s round room, which is designed to bring people together, will be named the Viewpoint Circle for Dialogue in recognition of the gift. The room will promote diversity, inclusion, and equality, and will be appropriate for a variety of uses, including Indigenous smudging ceremonies. “Business needs diverse voices around the table in order to have robust and healthy discussions, and the Viewpoint Circle for Dialogue will be an integral part of Mathison Hall for our students and for the business community,” said Haskayne Dean Jim Dewald. UCalgary (AB)

UCalgary receives $2M in support of Haskayne Capital Expansion Project, Mathison Hall Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30

The University of Guelph has partnered with Purity-IQ to develop technology that will ensure the authenticity of natural health products. Under the agreement, Purity-IQ will provide $1M to UoGuelph’s Natural Health Products Research Alliance (NHPRA) to support the development of novel molecular diagnostics that will address the issue of ingredient authentication. The collaboration will allow NHPRA to develop industry standards and will further open-access standard operating procedures. “While developing new novel tools and solutions to address the needs of the NHP industry, our team of experts at the University and NHPRA is also tackling fundamental scientific questions, such as the challenges of DNA barcoding in plants and finding solutions to conservation concerns,” said NHPRA founder and managing director Dr Steven Newmaster. UoGuelph (ON)

UoGuelph, Purity-IQ partner on molecular diagnostics project Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30

University leaders must take strategic steps to “future proof” their institutions, write Loren Falkenberg, University of Calgary Senior Associate Dean, Business, and M Elizabeth Cannon, UCalgary President Emerita. The article explains that private companies now offer micro-credentials that train students faster and at a lower cost than university programs; in order to remain competitive, postsecondary institutions must revise their programs and restructure to reduce costs. The authors explain that having a strategy with transparent criteria can help faculty members gain an understanding of the disruptions. “A strategy provides a line-of-sight between the desired future state, the development or cancellation of programs, attracting and allocating funds and how the university will measure the impact of decisions,” write the authors. The Conversation (International)

Creating a strategy for “future proofing” postsecondary institutions: Opinion Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30

Carleton University and IBM Canada have expanded their partnership with a five-year agreement to enhance Carleton’s Institute for Data Science and prepare students for the workforce. The multimillion-dollar collaboration will establish a research and educational initiative framework, develop technological tools and training for students and researchers, and give students opportunities to gain industry expertise and apprenticeship training. IBM will also provide micro-credentials, IBM guest lectures, student apprenticeships, collaboration opportunities, and support community outreach initiatives. “We’re excited to expand our partnership with IBM Canada,” said Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “AI, machine learning and cloud technology are transforming how we live and work, and this alliance will provide students with the research and learning opportunities needed to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow and future proof Canada’s workforce and economy.” Carleton (ON)

Carleton, IBM expand partnership through multimillion-dollar agreement Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30

Institutions across Canada will receive additional support from Bell Let’s Talk in implementing the new National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. Bell Let’s Talk has increased its original funding from $2.5M to over $3M to provide grants to over 123 colleges and universities. The funds will be used to accelerate and enhance the work being done to improve student mental health as part of this standard. “Our partnership, together with Bell’s support, will identify the programs that best help students succeed, work to make real improvements in mental health and wellness across all our campuses, and then share our work as a roadmap for success,” said Sheridan College President Dr Janet Morrison. NewsWire | (National)

Bell Let’s Talk commits over $3M to postsecondary student mental health Top Ten 04/19/2021 - 04:12 04/19/2021 - 03:30
The University of Guelph has announced that its College of Arts and College of Social and Applied Human Sciences are launching an online bachelor of arts general degree. The three-year program is designed for students who are not in Guelph or who need classes that fit around inflexible schedules. Students in the program will be able to choose from a variety of subjects in the humanities and social sciences, and will be able to determine their pace of study. While the program can be completed entirely online, students can also choose to take in-person courses at any point. Students can also choose to complete certificates in business, communication, or public policy and administration to distinguish their degrees. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph launches online BA general degree Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières has announced that it will be moving into a new building in the L’Assomption region in Fall 2021. UQTR will be offering its education science training at the campus, as well as three programs: A bachelor’s degree in teaching in school and social adaptation, a certificate in preschool and primary education, and a bachelor’s degree in preschool education and primary education. The new UQTR building will be able to accommodate 350 students per year. Another institution in the UQuébec network, Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), has also announced that it will be offering its doctoral program at the École nationale d’administration publique campus in Gatineau. UQuébec (1) | UQuébec (2) (QC) UQTR moves to new building, UQO offers doctoral program at ENAP Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions are increasingly interested in equity, diversity, and inclusion, but different people have different reasons for supporting EDI initiatives and this can result in conflicts, writes Nicholas C Burbules. The author explains that there are two ways that diversity is promoted: through affirmative action diversity, which is based on correcting histories of injustice and usually emphasizes race, ethnicity, gender, and social class; and through intellectual and educational diversity, which values the productiveness of having a broad representation of voices, experiences, and views. Burbules explains that these two positions can overlap and lead to disputes where both sides of the argument are arguing in favour of EDI. “Opening up those conversations, as many places have started to do, will surface some of these conflicting values,” writes Burbules. Inside Higher Ed (International) Opening conversations around approaches to EDI: Opinion Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
Quebec high school students who would normally have no trouble receiving acceptances to higher education are being turned away by their English CEGEPs of choice, reports CBC. “I don’t know what to do, that’s how I feel. [… I have] a 92 average,” said Thorin Malaka, who was put on a waiting list for Dawson College. “Not everyone has a 92 average and somehow that’s still not enough to get into just a basic college program here in Quebec.” CBC reports that Vanier’s applications are up 7% this year, while Dawson has seen overall applications up 16%; both institutions also have between 200 and 250 fewer spots available for the 2021-22 school year. Dawson spokesperson Megan Ainscow told CBC that the college cannot explain the cause of the increase, but noted that many students are taking longer to finish their studies and are not being expelled for failing to meet academic standards during the pandemic. The Journal de Montréal reports that the Province of Quebec is also undergoing labour difficulties: Over 73,000 K-12 teachers associated with CSQ were on strike Wednesday morning. CBC | Journal de Montréal (QC) QC students wrestle with limited spots in English CEGEPs Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
Instructors can help their students master course material by moving the focus of their instruction from implicit to explicit outcomes, writes Loleen Berdahl. The author describes how explicit instruction, which emphasizes “clarity of language and purpose, and reduction of cognitive load,” can help students learn and understand skills while avoiding confusion and frustration. To make skills training explicit, Berdahl suggests that instructors add a skill to their course learning outcomes and build the evaluation of this skill into course components. The article also describes the importance of modeling skill application for students and giving them time to practice the skill. In addition to benefitting students, Berdahl explains that explicit instruction can make grading experiences more satisfying, as students achieve intermediate and advanced outcomes. University Affairs (National) Using explicit instruction to help students learn: Opinion Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
Several new updates on the situation at Laurentain University have been released over the last two days. Laurentian's faculty association has ratified a new collective agreement, which includes a salary cut and freeze. CBC reports that Laurentian faculty were told that the university would close if they voted against the tentative contract, which includes a 5% salary cut and a two-year salary freeze. “It was a vote under duress because the alternative was the failure of the ratification vote, and therefore the failure of the CCAA process,” said LUFA President Fabrice Colin. Laurentian has also announced that it has discontinued its hockey and swim teams as part of its restructuring. With the completion of the first phase of the CCAA process approaching quickly, Laurentian President Robert Haché issued a statement that discussed the process thus far, the university's work to file for an extension of the Initial Stay Order to allow the university to continue to the next phase of the process, and the programming the university will be continuing forward with. CBC (1) | Sudbury.com | CBC (Varsity Sports) | Laurentian (ON) Laurentian sees new collective agreement, cuts varsity teams, approaches end of first phase of CCAA process Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
University of Saskatchewan researcher Dr Holly Graham has received $2.5M to implement the nehiyaw wicihitwin (Cree helping Cree) crime prevention program. The program will support students on the Little Pine and Poundmaker First Nations ages 10-19 and their families by using traditional conflict resolution strategies, restorative justice, workshops, traditional rites of passage, and individual counselling. “I see it as a holistic wellness plan that includes reclaiming indigeneity—supporting the original family structure, bringing people together to create positive outcomes,” said Graham, who is a member of the Thunderchild First Nation and holds USask’s Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing. Graham added that the project is community-driven. NationTalk (SK) USask researcher receives $2.5M for nehiyaw wicihitwin (Cree helping Cree) program Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has proposed new legislation to establish the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Université de Hearst as independent, standalone degree-granting institutions. The two institutions already operate largely independently, according to an ON release, and are unique among affiliated institutions as they receive direct funding from the Ministry. "NOSM and Hearst provide specialized and important educational opportunities in Northeastern Ontario,” said ON Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano. “They are ready to take the next step in their development and maturity as institutions.” ON | NOSM (ON) ON proposes legislation to establish NOSM, UdeHearst as independent institutions Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
Students are responding to the University of Alberta’s proposed tuition hikes for 12 programs, which range from 17% to 104% for incoming students. Student representatives have called the proposed tuition hikes “outrageous.” “(It) will really have an impact of affordability and accessibility compared to other provinces of Canada,” said UAlberta Students’ Union president Joel Agarwal. Law student Anita Cardinal-Stewart also argued that this may have a particular impact on Indigenous students who face financial barriers and may not be able to move for school. UAlberta provost and vice-president (academic) Steven Dew explained that the increases would be made to invest in the programs’ quality and would bring the tuition up to the average of Canadian competitors. CTV News | Edmonton Journal (1) | UAlberta | Edmonton Journal (2) (AB) Students respond to UAlberta’s proposed tuition hikes across 12 programs Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
Carleton University and the Bruyère Research Institute have partnered with Best Buy Health and AGE-WELL on research that will support older adults in living safely and independently through using monitoring technology. Researchers from Carleton and Bruyère will be using Best Buy Health and AGE-WELL technology and financial contributions to research in-home sensor-based smart technologies. The research will focus on a home monitoring system that can monitor older adults’ functioning, translate data into information about wellbeing, and alert remote caregivers to changes in real time. “We are grateful to Best Buy Health, AGE-WELL and Bruyère for sharing their industry expertise, community-based insights and medical clinical expertise, creating a unique team that is well-positioned to tackle this complex issue,” said Rafik Goubran, co-principal investigator and VP (Research and International) at Carleton. Carleton (ON) Carleton, Bruyère, Best Buy Health, AGE-WELL partner to support aging in place Top Ten 04/16/2021 - 04:43 04/16/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia are providing funding that will support young people as they pursue education and job opportunities. Canada’s Catapult Canada Access Innovation Fund (CCAIF) will provide $6.3M in funding for a three-year project to improve the educational outcomes for youth. Projects will focus on the way that young people learn, the learning tools the use, and how they engage in school. BC has announced that it will be providing skills training, internships, job co-ops, and jobs to over 5,000 youth and young adults through the $45M StrongerBC Future Leaders Program. “Providing young adults with opportunities for stable, good jobs can change the direction of their lives, while helping British Columbia come back stronger and more resilient,” said Premier John Horgan. BC | NationTalk (BC) Canada, BC fund education, job opportunities for young people Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
Keyano College’s Practical Nurse Diploma Program has received four-year reaccreditation from the Council of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA). The CLPNA’s evaluation recognized Keyano’s investments into student support and enhanced learning, as well as the program’s simulation learning. The CLPNA also recognized Keyano’s commitment to teaching and quality of its instructors. “We at Keyano College are thrilled at the decision by the CLPNA,” said Dr Eli Ahlquist, Dean, School of Health and Human Services. “This accreditation establishes that we have been on the right path and will allow students who choose to learn at Keyano to acquire the skills to not only advance their career but to serve those patients that they will get a chance to help.” Keyano (AB) Keyano’s Practical Nurse Diploma Program receives CLPNA reaccreditation Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) has granted the College of New Caledonia’s Natural Resources and Forest Technology Program accreditation and has reaccredited Cambrian College’s Mining Engineering Technology program. TAC national program accreditation involves a comprehensive audit, interviews with stakeholders, and a tour of the institution’s labs and support services. The team auditing CNC’s program praised its breadth, the industry experience of faculty members, and the opportunities for graduates; while the team auditing Cambrian noted the faculty support during the transition to online program delivery, the writing skills of students, and student knowledge of health and safety. “We’re honoured to be accredited through TAC ,” said Dr. Chad Thompson, CNC Vice President Academic, “and are grateful for the acknowledgement of the quality of education this important program offers the region.” TAC (CNC) | TAC (Cambrian) (BC | ON) CNC, Cambrian programs receive TAC accreditation, reaccreditation Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta is tabling a bill that could allow the expansion of apprenticeship-style education beyond the skilled trades. The Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act, which would replace the Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Act, would allow some professions to use apprenticeship programs without being designated as a trade or requiring trades licensing. Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides explains that, if the legislation is passed, AB will expand apprenticeships into new areas and work with postsecondary institutions on standardizing credit recognition. “There’s no reason why occupations such as coding, graphic design, cybersecurity, ag tech and others cannot be taught through an apprenticeship model,” said Nicolaides. AB | Edmonton Journal | CBC (AB) AB tables bill to expand apprenticeship-style education Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
The University of British Columbia has announced that its Database of Religious History (DRH) project has received a $4.8M grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The project, which focuses on democratizing knowledge on religious history, allows scholars to share their knowledge through a free, searchable database. In the future, UBC states that the database could be used by both scholars and policymakers. The funding will support the hiring of five new postdocs who will work on the project and ensure a deep and rigorous coverage of a sample of 8-10 world regions. UBC says that this is the largest grant given to a single humanities research project at UBC. UBC (BC) UBC receives $4.8M grant for DRH project Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
The Business + Higher Education Roundtable and CityStudio Vancouver Society have partnered to create six new CityStudios through support from the Government of Canada. The CityStudios will support work-integrated learning opportunities for students in smaller municipalities across Canada. The partnership aims to use the CityStudios to give students in these regions more experiential learning opportunities, while also supporting municipalities. “Students have so much to offer our communities, but often struggle to connect with and apply their skills at the municipal level,” said BHER CEO Val Walker. “These new CityStudios will provide more Canadian municipalities with access to the talent and skills they are seeking and will empower students through their WIL experiences to contribute to and change their local communities.” BHER (National) BHER, CityStudio Vancouver Society partner to create new CityStudios Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
The Michener Institute of Education has released a discussion paper called Micro-credentials in the Applied Health Sciences: A Cautionary Tale about Quality that was developed for eCampusOntario. The researchers note that since quality control measures are not in place in micro-credentials programs, employers cannot reasonably evaluate them. The report includes eight key recommendations and considerations for the development and assessment of micro-credentials within the applied health sciences. Michener recommends applying quality control concepts, using the eCampusOntario Micro-Credentials Framework as a guide, examining and defining proper assessment tools, and establishing standardization. “Working with eCampusOntario, we hope to standardize how micro-credentials are defined and awarded in a way that adds confidence within our health system,” said Lori Peppler-Beechey, co-author of the report and Chair of Michener’s critical care programs. Michener (ON) Michener releases report on quality control in applied health science micro-credential programs Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
Red Deer College has announced that it has launched a $1M fundraising campaign that will support student bursaries. Donations will be matched by an anonymously given $500K donation. RDC says that the priority for both the donor and for RDC is to ensure that students who would otherwise experience financial barriers to postsecondary education are not deterred from pursuing education. “It has been a challenging year for many in our community, but we continue to come together in large and small ways to support one another,” says RDC President Dr Peter Nunoda. “This is one more example of what makes me proud to be a part of this community.” RDC | RD News Now (AB) RDC, anonymous donor launches $1M fundraising campaign with matched donations Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
Western University has announced the launch of a climate change and society module that will provide students with the tools to address the climate crisis. The module brings together courses from a selection of departments, including philosophy, history, anthropology, biology, economics, sociology, and political science. “What we’re doing with this course is to prepare people and give them the tools to address this coming crisis of climate change,” said Katrina Moser, climate change researcher and associate professor of geography at Western. “We think it’s really important when you’re dealing with global issues to have a really good background.” The London Free Press (ON) Western launches climate change and society module Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal’s École des sciences de la gestion has established a centre focused on cybersecurity: Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche et de formation en cybersécurité. UQAM says that around 20 ESG UQAM professors will share their expertise in the centre. The multidisciplinary centre will bring together experts in fields such as tourism, human resources, air transport, and marketing, and will train people in a variety of different professional spheres. The centre will focus on topics such as social networks, blockchain techniques, connected objects, and smart cities. UQAM (QC) UQAM creates interdisciplinary centre focused on cybersecurity Top Ten 04/15/2021 - 05:09 04/15/2021 - 04:30
Northern Construction Academy, a new trades school in Sudbury, is offering several hands-on training programs to prepare students for work in the trades. NCA started offering programs in AZ/DZ truck training and heavy equipment operation in March, and will be offering new courses in areas such as surface mining and non-vocational programs through the summer and beyond. “We’ve been hearing for years, from contractors and logistics companies, how they’re expressing their need for trained workers ready to operate their trucks and their construction equipment,” said Dean Derro, General Manager of NCA. “So, our goal is to assist with filling that need and training people to do things safely.” CTV News | CBC (ON) New trades school, NCA, to offer hands-on training programs Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
Ryerson University’s Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst has partnered with SANS Institute to launch the SANS Catalyst Community Courses in cybersecurity training. The courses will have open enrolment, and will use the SANS Institute curricula and content to inform students on cybersecurity in Canada. Students will also be able to access the Catalyst Cyber Range’s additional experiential learning opportunities. “This partnership will make in-person delivery of the SANS Institute’s world-leading cybersecurity training more broadly available to Canadians in Canada,” said Charles Finlay, Executive Director of the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst. “And most importantly, the SANS curriculum will be bolstered with content specifically designed to empower Canadian cybersecurity professionals working in Canada.” NewsWire (ON) Ryerson’s Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, SANS Institute partner on cybersecurity training courses Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
Acadia University has announced that it will be upgrading its recreational infrastructure. The upgrades include the removal and replacement of the artificial turf on Acadia’s Raymond Field, as well as the installation of new accessories for the field’s operation and maintenance. “This investment in sport and recreation infrastructure recognizes the central role Acadia facilities play, not just for our students but for people in our surrounding communities,” said Acadia President Dr Peter Ricketts. The upgrades are supported by investments from the Government of Canada, from the Government of Nova Scotia, and local and Acadia funding. Yahoo! Finance (NS) Acadia to upgrade recreation infrastructure with support from Canada, NS Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
Colleges & Institutes Canada (CICan) has shared the findings of a micro-credentials report and environmental scan. CICan states that, across Canada, there is a great amount of interest in micro-credentials and agreement on their purpose, characteristics, and value. The release states that 56% of responding colleges were already offering micro-credentials, while 33% were planning on offering them in the near future. “In recent years, the Canadian labour market has been defined by technological change and disruption, creating the need for employees to consistently upgrade their skills to match,” said CICan President Denise Amyot. “The resulting need for upskilling and reskilling among many different sectors has created a trend toward short, specialized courses known as microcredentials that focus on specific competencies required by employers.” CICan (National) CICan launches micro-credentials report Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the University of New Brunswick. The lawsuit argues that UNB failed to protect students from Psychiatrist Dr Manoj Bhargava when Bhargava worked at UNB’s Student Health Centre. CBC says that the College of Physicians and Surgeons suspended Bhargava in November and, since the suspension, has received 18 sexual assault complaints against him. The allegations have not been proven in court, and UNB has reportedly not filed a statement of defense. CBC | Global News (NB) Class-action lawsuit application filed against UNB Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
Laurentian University’s academic senate has voted to cut programs and lay off instructors as part of its restructuring process. Laurentian will close a total of 69 programs: 58 undergraduate programs, half of which are French-language programs, and 11 graduate programs. Faculty members spoke to CBC about the impact that the erasure of programs such as environmental science and the bilingual midwifery program will have on the institution’s reputation and the region as a whole. Laurentian anticipates that around 10% of its undergraduate students and 44 graduate students will be affected, but states that they will work with students in affected programs to ensure they can finish their degrees. CBC says approximately 100 Laurentian professors have been issued layoff notices, with the layoffs officially taking effect on May 15. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | Laurentian (ON) Laurentian cancels 69 programs, lays off approximately 100 faculty Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
Two Ontario colleges recently received funding and investments from industry members to support students. Georgian College’s Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) and Hyundai Canada have partnered to support Black and Indigenous automotive business students. Hyundai Canada will invest over $250K over seven years in awards to support students who self-identify as Black or Indigenous through renewable entrance awards. Durham College received nearly $500K from the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada to support students in work-integrated learning programs. The funds will go toward new technologies and opportunities. NationTalk (Georgian) | Durham (ON) Georgian, Durham receive funding to support students in business, WIL Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
Students at the University of Alberta are raising concerns over an “exceptional” tuition increase of 45% for students in the Faculty of Law’s Juris Doctor program. If approved, tuition would be raised by $5K in Fall 2022 rather than the planned seven per cent increase in tuition. Edmonton Journal says that the increase would help the faculty hire more instructors, keep the law library in operation, fund additional supports for students, and reduce class sizes. Students have raised concerns about how the increase will affect the accessibility of the program. Indigenous Law Students Association President Anita Cardinal Stewart explained that UAlberta has become more diverse and welcoming, but that increasing tuition would create a barrier that would keep minorities and low-income students out. Edmonton Journal (AB) Students raise concerns over UAlberta’s law program’s proposed 45% tuition increase Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) recently announced the 2021 winners of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, which celebrates 10 educators who show leadership in enhancing postsecondary education. The 2021 Fellows include Ann Braithwaite from the University of Prince Edward Island, Andrew Wilson from Mount Allison University, Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé from Bishop’s University, Andrea A Davis from York University, John Dawson from University of Guelph, Jonathan Sherbino from McMaster University, Anna Stokke from University of Winnipeg, Dietmar Kennepohl from Athabasca University, Mark Schneider from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Chantal Gibson from Simon Fraser University. Maclean’s explains that the winners become members of STLHE. Maclean’s (National) 2021 3M National Teaching Fellows announced Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
There are many misconceptions around seeking a career outside academia to be aware of, writes Victoria Bolf. The article explains that while some people believe that seeking a non-faculty job will close the door on faculty jobs in the future, most people stay involved with academia in some way. Bolf explains that though many believe a non-faculty job will have a precise schedule, this is not necessarily the case; the transition to a 9-5 schedule can also be challenging for those used to working a more flexible workday. Finally, the author explains that it is not necessarily easy to find a non-faculty job; finding one can be just as difficult as finding a faculty job. Inside Higher Ed (International) Debunking misconceptions around seeking a career outside academia: Opinion Top Ten 04/14/2021 - 03:37 04/14/2021 - 03:30
Searching successfully for an academic job during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a challenge, writes David Ding, but the process can be approached in a way that produces results. Ding explains that the search process can present an opportunity to continuously learn, and recommends that applicants approach jobs without hopes for an offer or fearing rejection. The author shares tips for others who are looking for a job in an academic field and describes the importance of building a process through which to apply for jobs and to network. Ding concludes by encouraging applicants to build their networks while staying positive and patient. Inside Higher Ed (International) Searching for an academic job during the COVID-19 pandemic: Opinion Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
Lambton College and Mount Allison University recently received large donations from Canadian banks and bank foundations in support of entrepreneurship. Lambton received a gift of $750K over three years from the RBC Foundation for its Project One Circle program. The gift will support financial literacy and entrepreneurship training for youth in First Nations communities in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. MtA received a $500K donation from TD Bank Group in support of student entrepreneurship. The donation will provide TD Ignite Grants to support students’ budding entrepreneurial projects and will support the establishment of the Virtual TD Entrepreneurial Thinking Incubator (TD ETI) on campus. MtA | Lambton (NB | ON) Lambton, MtA receives donations from banks in support of entrepreneurship Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO) has released a response to the Sheridan College Board of Governors’ decision to cancel Sheridan’s academic senate. OPSEU states that faculty was not consulted on the abolition and asserts there was no evidence that the senate was not working. It also states that “the college's report was clearly done with a predetermined outcome in mind.” The release emphasizes OPSEU’s belief that the senate is legitimate and is a vital part of the education community. “Worldwide,” says OPSEU, “shared governance is a core tenet of postsecondary systems. It must be a part of Ontario's college system as we move towards standalone nursing degrees and increased research.” NewsWire (ON) OPSEU responds to Sheridan’s cancelation of academic senate Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Manitoba has amended Bill 33 —the Advanced Education Administration Amendment Act— to ensure that it does not affect student union fees and services. Advanced Education Minister Wayne Ewasko explained that the amendment shows that student unions’ and associations’ student fees will not be affected by Bill 33. CBC says that the amendment ensures that student-led organizations remain autonomous and can provide their members with services and supports. Winnipeg Free Press | CBC | Bill 33 (MB) MB amends Bill 33 to not cover student union fees and services Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
The Government of New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health Dr Jennifer Russell has announced that postsecondary institutions can expect to resume in-person classes in the fall semester. “With the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines expected to be available to all New Brunswick adults by early summer, we are optimistic that these institutions will be able to offer on-campus instruction safely and successfully during the 2021-22 academic year,” said Russell. In order to return to in-person learning, institutions will be required to have an approved COVID-19 operational plan. The Star explains that postsecondary institutions in NB are independent of the government and can choose when to reopen in person. NB | The Star (NB) NB expects postsecondary students to resume in-person learning in fall semester Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary has announced that it is considering selling its bookstore to an American company in an effort to cut costs. UCalgary students have raised concerns over the idea, as the bookstore currently tries to keep costs down for students through selling books as close to cost as possible and through maintaining a book-loan program. “A university-owned bookstore’s priority is providing services to students and creating affordability,” said Mateusz Salmassi, an organizer with the Students for Direct Action campus advocacy club. “Even if they get more profits, it will be coming out of students’ pockets, once again.” Calgary Herald (AB) UCalgary students raise concerns over proposal to sell campus bookstore Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
Grading based on class participation has significant downsides and can be exchanged for a better system, writes James M Lang. The author describes how traditional participation grades are often very difficult to keep track of, subject to bias and imperfect memory, and bring up issues of quantity vs quality. Lang describes how he implemented in his own class in which participation is expected from the first day of class, with students provided opportunities to speak with each other and classwide discussions. The author also explains how he made an effort to make the class safe and inclusive, with gratitude towards students who participated and the understanding that any invitation to participate can be declined. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) A better system of encouraging class participation: Opinion Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
The faculty association at Medicine Hat College has reportedly filed seven labour board complaints against the college’s board of governors. The association alleges that, in an “effort to undermine the credibility of the union and the collective bargaining process,” the employer had improper conversations with its members. The college and association have been negotiating a contract to replace the expired contract from mid-2020. Medicine Hat News states that no response from the college has been filed and that a date is yet to be set for a hearing. Medicine Hat News (AB) MHC faculty association files seven labour board complaints against board Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has announced additional emergency funding for postsecondary students in BC. Through a series of regional announcements, BC has announced a total of $3M in 2021 that will be administered through the Student Emergency Assistance Fund and $1M for 2021 through the Indigenous Emergency Fund. The funding intends to support student success and to encourage students to continue pursuing postsecondary education during COVID-19. “This emergency financial assistance provides an important safety net for students to ensure they have the funds to focus on continuing their education,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. Students will be able to apply for emergency funding through their postsecondary institution’s financial aid office or Indigenous student centre. Castanet | BC (Metro Vancouver) (BC) BC announces emergency funding for postsecondary students Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
University of Sudbury President Father John Meehan has responded to Laurentian University’s recent decision to terminate its federation agreements by stating that the move hurts both Laurentian and the federated universities. While Laurentian has promised that students at the federated universities can take courses at the restructured Laurentian, Meehan argues that students will “wind up with less choice.” USudbury faculty have also continued to express their concerns about the future of USudbury’s Indigenous Studies program. Instructor Tasha Beeds (Plains Cree and Métis) told The Star that she is concerned that Laurentian will not be able to mirror what USudbury has offered: a School of Indigenous Studies that is built for and by Indigenous people, with programming that has grown out of the community. An open letter signed by almost 1500 Indigenous educators has called for the continuation of USudbury’s Indigenous Studies program. The Sudbury Star (1) | The Star | The Sudbury Star (2) (ON) USudbury community members respond to termination of federation agreement Top Ten 04/13/2021 - 04:41 04/13/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta has announced that it will be investing $20M in the University of Alberta’s Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute (AVI). The funding, which will be invested over four years, will support accelerated research and development of vaccine and pharmaceutical treatments, and will support the bio-science industry in Alberta. “With the support of the Government of Alberta's investment in the U of A's Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute, the province of Alberta will play an even larger role in vaccine and therapeutic research, development and production moving forward,” said UAlberta president Bill Flanagan. “[W]e can set a bold vision to speed the development of vaccines from discovery to market so urgently needed in Canada today.” AB | Edmonton Journal (AB) UAlberta to receive $20M investment in bio-science industry from AB Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
Canada has announced the launch of five multidisciplinary infectious disease modelling networks with a total investment of $10M. The networks will work with the Public Health Agency of Canada to form a comprehensive research consortium and support short-, medium-, and long-term public health decisions. The networks are led by Dr Caroline Colijn at Simon Fraser University; Dr V Kumar Murty at the University of Toronto; Dr Huaiping Zhu at York University; Dr Christopher McCabe at the University of Alberta; and Dr Patrick Brown at the University of Toronto. Canada (National) Canada launches five multidisciplinary infectious disease modelling networks, invests $10M Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
Ryerson University has released the Student Diversity Self-ID Report, a report on student diversity in its programs. The “report card” examines the student body’s representation of women, racialized people, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people and how these compare to the makeup of the GTA and Ontario. The study found that in undergraduate programs, faculty diversity scores averaged between 54% and 72%, while graduate programs averaged between 40% and 75%. "Equity and diversity are essential to Ryerson's continued evolution, as the university is strengthened by the broad ideas and rich experiences that our community members share with one another every day," said Saeed Zolfaghari, interim provost and vice-president, academic. "With this added insight into Ryerson's current student body, we are much better positioned to identify gaps and to create opportunities that will improve representation across our faculties for years to come." The Star | Ryerson (ON) Ryerson releases report on student diversity in programs Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
Fleming College and the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) have signed an omnibus articulation agreement to expand academic pathways for Fleming graduates. The agreement will allow Fleming graduates to enter the third or fourth year of LIT’s relevant degree programs, which include Business Studies and Biotechnology. “This has been a valued partnership over many years, and it all started with an MOU,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. “We are thrilled to be adding to the many pathway options for our graduates to enhance their educational credentials with a degree and gain invaluable international experience while doing it. The variety of programs included in this omnibus agreement is proof of how robust and important our collaboration is with LIT.” Fleming | PTBO Today (ON) Fleming, LIT sign agreement to expand academic pathways Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
The University of Northern British Columbia has announced that it will expand its Bachelor of Education program by revitalizing its delivery model. Students at the Terrace and Quesnel campuses will be able to complete the program at their home campuses through a combination of in-person and blended learning. Students will also complete practicums in their home communities and two-week immersive sessions in Terrace, Quesnel, or Prince George. “The design of the Bachelor of Education program reflects northern British Columbia’s rich cultural diversity, especially concerning Aboriginal and Indigenous populations,” says UNBC Interim President Dr Geoff Payne. “This commitment ensures we are giving students the chance to complete their studies and practicum placements closer to home and at the same time meeting the need to train qualified teachers across the north.” UNBC (BC) UNBC expands BEd program through new delivery model Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
A professor has filed a lawsuit against the Mount Allison University, alleging that the university did not keep the promises it made during recruitment, reports CBC. CBC and Global News report that, during the recruitment process, business professor Steve Salterio met privately with MtA president Jean-Paul Boudreau and made special requests about his teaching assignments. Salterio states that he was assured that the faculty dean could “make it happen,” but that this was not followed through on after Salterio accepted the position and moved to New Brunswick. Saltiero is alleging “negligent misrepresentation,” and is claiming lost income, lost research grants, other costs, and damage to his reputation. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Fred Ferguson has permitted the lawsuit to go to court. No date has been set for the trial. Global News | CBC (NB) Professor files lawsuit, accuses MtA of reneging on recruitment promises Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
Quebec’s Higher Education Ministry has added 45 hours of training focused on minority groups to the curriculum covered by police technology students. The Montreal Gazette states that the training will help to improve how students interact with minorities in an urban setting or in First Nations or Inuit communities. The article explains that the changes have been made in response to recommendations from task forces and commissions. “The next generations of police will be even more aware and, above all, better equipped in their dealings with these communities,” said Benoit Charette, QC minister responsible for the fight against racism. Montreal Gazette (QC) QC adds training to police technology curriculum Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada have partnered with Palette Skills to help Canada recover from COVID-19’s economic impact. The initiative aims to collaboratively identify talent gaps and develop strategies to help workers fill roles in growing industries through building upon and scaling skilling models. Founding members of the partnership include Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, University of Guelph, Université Laval, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto. “Canada has an extremely talented and diverse workforce, but we lack accessible pathways to transition large sections of the Canadian workforce into careers in industries that emerge from the pandemic ready to grow and compete on a global scale,” said Palette Skills CEO Arvind Gupta. “This newly announced consortium of business and higher education partners ensures that we can effectively provide a broad cross-section of opportunities to Canadians.” Business Wire (National) Postsecondary institutions partner with Palette Skills to reskill workers Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has invested $1M in the A Black People’s History of Canada project, which is led by Dalhousie University Professor Dr Afua Cooper. The project will expand education on the history of Black Canadians through the creation of new bilingual materials for elementary and secondary teachers and students. “It is important that all Nova Scotians and all Canadians know the full story of people of African descent in this country — not just one or two names or places,” said Tony Ince, Nova Scotia Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs and Minister responsible for the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives. “That’s why I’m so thrilled to see Dalhousie University and Canadian Heritage undertaking this historic project.” Dal (NS) Dal-led Black history project receives $1M federal investment Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions may not go back to their pre-pandemic ways of teaching and evaluating students, write University of Ottawa Associate Professor Eric Champagne and UOttawa Research Assistant Aracelly Denise Granja. The authors discuss the challenges of adjusting to online learning, but explain that the change to the virtual classroom has also led to positives. The article describes how the change has made universities more aware of the barriers students might face to accessing online learning, such as personal computers and internet, as well as demonstrating how online learning can help reduce costs for students. Champagne and Granja write that it has also led to greater accessibility for some students, such as those with disabilities or adult learners, leading to their participation in postsecondary programs. The Conversation (National) How COVID-19 might change postsecondary teaching for the better: Opinion Top Ten 04/12/2021 - 03:48 04/12/2021 - 03:30
The University of Northern British Columbia and the UNBC Faculty Association union have signed a collective agreement. The 4-year collective agreement, which is the first such agreement reached with the university administration since 2014, includes a 2% annual salary increase that is retroactive to July 2019 and a redesigned compensation framework. “It’s evident that things were strained … and it’s no fault of anybody — it’s just where we were,” said UNBC interim president Geoffrey Payne. “The fact that we were able to do it and negotiate it and then have it voted and ratified … is historic and very positive and very exciting for UNBC.” UNBC | CBC (BC) UNBC, UNBC Faculty Association ratify collective agreement Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
Statistics Canada has released the findings of a study on students who complete a college program after completing a bachelor’s degree. The study found that about 14% of students who recently graduated from a college had previously completed a bachelor’s degree or higher. In many cases, the choice of college programs indicated that the student was attaining more specialized, labour-market-directed skills related to their bachelor’s degree. This was more common in younger college graduates (81% were younger than 35). The study also found that college graduates who had a prior bachelor’s degree were less likely to have studied areas such as the trades, health care aide, vocational nursing, childcare, or office support. StatCan (National) Study examines completion of a college program after a bachelor’s degree: StatCan Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
Holland College’s Atlantic Police Academy has renewed a pathway agreement with Cape Breton University that will allow graduates of the college’s Police Science (Cadet) program to pursue a university degree. Graduates will be eligible to receive up to 36 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies degree at CBU, enabling students to pursue further education and unique career paths. “We are thrilled to renew this important degree pathway agreement with the Atlantic Police Academy,” says CBU President David C Dingwall. “Agreements of this nature allow students even greater opportunities to further strengthen their academic successes. We look forward to welcoming students from APA.” Holland College (NS | PE) Holland College renews pathway with CBU Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
One Voice Canada has published “The Realities for International Students: Evidenced Challenges,” a report that examines the challenges faced by international students pursuing postsecondary education in Canada. The report looks primarily at the experiences of Indian students studying in provinces such as British Columbia and Ontario, and discusses how international students are often placed in vulnerable situations while facing a lack of supports, high tuition fees, and/or illegal or exploitative work arrangements. Both the report and Global News note the increased rate of death by suicide among international students, and how the pandemic has worsened students' mental health situation. The researchers call on stakeholders to take a comprehensive look at the international student program in recent years and take steps to better protect students. Global News | Report (National) International students at risk, facing increasing challenges due to COVID-19: Report Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
Royal Roads University Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability Ann Dale and University of the Fraser Valley Food and Agriculture Institute Associate Director Rob Newell have collaborated to create CoLabS, an online platform that facilitates collaboration between researchers. The platform was developed to give people a tool through which they could talk about sustainability, and contains open-source apps for video conferencing, sharing documents and links, and designing research. Researchers can enter or download data and access public maps, and those using the tool can customize it to meet their own needs. “It became clear to us that we had the capacity to create an online platform that allowed people to engage in multiple different ways,” said Rob Newell, an adjunct faculty in Royal Roads’ School of Environment and Sustainability. Royal Roads (BC) Royal Roads, UFV researchers create CoLabS platform Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
Lethbridge College has announced that it has cut its application processing fees in half for the month of April in order to make the process of starting higher education more accessible. “We hope this savings in the application fee might make it easier to take that first step to a post-secondary education, whether students are interested in coming for a semester, a certificate, a diploma or a degree,” said Lethbridge College President Dr Paula Burns. The college noted that it plans to see most classes return to campus for the Fall term. Lethbridge News Now | Lethbridge (AB) Lethbridge cuts application fee in half for the month of April Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions may need to reimagine how to reactivate underutilized campus spaces as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down, writes Mike Aziz. The author describes how postsecondary institutions often have unique spaces that are equipped with technology that makes them easy to transition to other uses. Aziz suggests that institutions with underutilized spaces consider using this space for flexible co-working, to provide support and counseling for entrepreneurs and small businesses, to expand their childcare facilities, for workforce partnerships and retraining, and as space for the public to enjoy outdoor activities and recreation centres. “Ultimately, while every college and university will confront its own specific challenges now and into the future, reimagining the role of a campus can be a useful way to begin reactivating these spaces,” writes Aziz. Inside Higher Ed (International) Reimagining underutilized campus spaces: Opinion Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
The Université de Sherbrooke has announced that it will be establishing the Institut de recherche sur le cancer (IRCUS). IRCUS will bring together the teams that are studying cancer at USherbrooke. The centre will focus on increasing knowledge in oncology by providing research teams with new ways to collaborate and interact. The centre will be multidisciplinary, starting with involvement from five faculties with the plan of bringing in other faculties in the future. USherbrooke (QC) USherbrooke announces plans to establish IRCUS Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
A summary of a soon-to-be-released report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) discusses the micro-credential landscape, the use and value of these credentials, and how HEQCO’s findings compare and contrast with other recent reports on the topic. HEQCO explains that micro-credentials do not have to be digital; 81% of institutions surveyed were offering micro-credentials through a mix of online and in-person learning, while only 13% were offering micro-credentials completely online. The article also recommends focusing on the micro-credential’s stand-alone value rather than attempting to package micro-credential content with a focus on stackability. HEQCO (ON) HEQCO reports on evolving micro-credential landscape Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians has pulled accreditation for Collège Boréal’s veterinary technician program shortly before graduation, reports CBC. CBC states that the loss of accreditation will prevent graduates from writing the national competency exam, which has an impact on employability. “We keep going, but for what? It’s very de-motivating,” said Gabrielle Venne, a student in the program. The article says that the decision was made through a virtual evaluation process; the association had concerns about the lack of hands-on experience with large farm animals in the last year and was concerned that only about 30% of graduates write the national competency exam. “We were completely surprised when we heard of this,” said Boréal Vice-president Academic Lyne Michaud. Michaud told CBC that COVID-19 restrictions impacted opportunities for students to work with farm animals, and that some information may have been lost in translation given that the college’s program documents are written in French. Boréal is working on an appeal. CBC (ON) Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians pulls Boréal’s veterinary program accreditation Top Ten 04/09/2021 - 04:01 04/09/2021 - 03:30
Students have experienced increasing amounts of stress and anxiety over the last 20 years, writes Graham C L Davey in Psychology Today. The author explains that postsecondary students around the world have been experiencing rising levels of stress-related issues, and that studies suggest that stress levels rise as students begin their schooling and do not lower until they complete it. The increase in stress has been slow, and steady, writes Davey, and may be due to increased class sizes and student numbers, less personalized tutor support, increased tuition, or other factors. The author concludes that the increase in student stress and anxiety will likely result in students needing additional mental health and well-being support from their postsecondary institutions. Psychology Today (International) Increasing student stress and anxiety may lead to additional need for support: Davey Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
Thompson Rivers University has signed an agreement with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) that will allow CCCJ students to transfer their credits into TRU to complete a bachelor degree. The agreement allows students who have completed two years of CCCJ’s approved psychology associate degree to transfer into the third year of TRU’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. “This agreement gives Jamaican community college students a direct path to a Canadian degree in psychology,” said Laurie Robinson, director, International Partnerships and Business Development at TRU. “TRU offers students small class sizes and experiential learning, with outcomes which include a Canadian bachelor’s degree and eligibility for up to a three-year post-graduation work permit.” TRU | Castanet Kamloops (BC) TRU, CCCJ sign credit transfer agreement Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
Laurentian University and Huntington University, a federated institution, have reached an agreement and signed a Term Sheet following the disclaimer of the Federation Agreement by Laurentian on April 1, 2021. Laurentian has acquired the Gerontology program from Huntington and introduced graduation pathways through Laurentian for all currently enrolled Huntington students, and no programs and courses will be taught at Huntington for credit toward a Laurentian degree after this term. Huntington will continue as an independent university and own and operate its buildings on the Laurentian campus. Laurentian (ON) Laurentian, Huntington reach agreement Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
Ryerson University has announced that it will be renaming its law school after the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, who was a lawyer and the first Black person to be elected to Canada’s House of Commons. The school will officially be renamed the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University at the institution's year-end celebration on May 6. “Throughout his career, Mr. Alexander demonstrated a longstanding commitment to championing education and youth initiatives and advancing racial equality,” said Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi. “Today’s announcement is a very fitting testament to those commitments and we hope that our students will similarly serve and support others in their future careers holding true to their values with the same fervor that he did.” Ryerson | Newswire (ON) Ryerson renames law school after the Honourable Lincoln Alexander Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
Mohawk College and PULSE Lifesaving have collaborated to develop a first aid training program that uses augmented reality (AR). Mohawk will create a prototype for an augmented reality first aid training program that will deliver first aid and CPR-B training to students through an AR headset. Those using the headset will receive interactive training scenarios superimposed on their environment. “This project will contribute to the improvement of AR technology for an entire field of training,” said Dr Marilyn Powers, Director of Academic Technology Integration and Innovation. “While there are published sources that indicate that this is technically feasible, the technology has never been proven in the field.” Mohawk (ON) Mohawk, PULSE Lifesaving collaborate on development of AR first aid program Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Saskatchewan has released its 2021-22 Budget, which includes an investment of $60M to address pandemic-related challenges for postsecondary students and institutions. The budget includes $7.1M for students who are eligible for the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship, $6.0M for Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus’ mezzanine replacement project, $3.6M for IT projects, and $2.9M to allow SK learners to attend high demand health science programs. The province has announced that postsecondary institutions will receive over $674M in operating and capital grants. “We are pleased to provide a multi-year funding framework, which will provide the sector greater certainty during these times and create growth opportunities for the future,” said SK Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky. SK (SK) SK budget invests $60M to address pandemic-related challenges for students, institutions Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal has paused its lawsuit against a student who posted partially nude photos of herself with the UQAM logo in order to pursue negotiations with the student. Journal de Montréal says the move came after several days of student mobilization in support of the student, and the Times Colonist reports that UQAM has recognized the movement and has clarified its position on the issue. “The legal proceedings are in no way intended to prohibit the student from posting intimate photos of herself on social media or otherwise,” read a written statement from UQAM. “Freedom of expression cannot, however, justify an infringement of the name and logo of the university or their commercial exploitation without authorization.” Times Colonist | Journal de Montréal (QC) UQAM pauses lawsuit with student who posted partially nude photos with logo Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
The University of Calgary has announced that it is planning to create a Sikh Studies program. Through collaboration with Alberta’s Sikh community, the university will develop a pilot program that will expand the existing current course selections, create a three-year full-time appointment in Sikh Studies, and offer graduate research opportunities. “If you look at the university landscape across the board, there’s not a lot of course offerings, and there’s not a lot of places where a specifically Sikh representative or focus exists,” said Harjeet Grewal, Sikh studies instructor at UCalgary. “University of Calgary is taking the lead in trying to increase a representative diversity in the way it presents its courses and how that reflects the student body as well as the community at large.” UCalgary | Daily Hive | CTV News (AB) UCalgary plans to create Sikh Studies program Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
Future Skills Centre has announced that it will invest $32M in 64 innovative projects across Canada that are intended to “shock-proof” the workforce and strengthen the economy in the future. The projects focus on Indigenous innovations, untried innovations, projects with rural and remote reach, new technologies, and building an inclusive workforce. “As we look forward to a world post-recovery, we know that a dynamic skills agenda will be central to Canada’s success in a constantly-changing labour market,” said Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the FSC. “These pan-Canadian partnerships will be real-time, applied examples to help design new skills development approaches that allow Canadian workers and businesses to seize opportunities in our future economy.” FSC | FSC (Projects List) (National) Future Skills Centre invests $32M in 64 projects Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
A recent US study into active learning strategies has identified the factors that impact the use of these strategies in STEM classes. The author describes a study of undergraduate science instructors in which researchers found that larger class sizes, and classrooms with traditional, fixed seating hindered active learning. The researchers found that instructors who were taught by instructors who used active learning were more likely to use it in their own classes. The study recommends that institutions that are looking to increase the use of active learning in their classes should aim for smaller class sizes, support active learning classrooms, and use methods of evaluating teaching effectiveness that place less emphasis on test scores. Inside Higher Ed (International) Factors that impact active learning strategies in STEM classes: Research Top Ten 04/08/2021 - 04:06 04/08/2021 - 03:30
The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s School of Health and Public Safety has created two vision-care sciences programs and invested $1M in an optical lab to meet industry needs. SAIT collaborated with members of industry to create the Optician Diploma program and the Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting Certificate program. Students in the certificate program will have the opportunity to ladder into the diploma program. Students in both programs will have access to hands-on training in the state-of-the-art optical lab. “The technology-focused curriculum and lab space means graduates will hit the ground running and thrive in almost any eye-care, patient-focused environment,” said SAIT Vision Care Sciences Academic Chair Shay Gornshtein. SAIT (AB) SAIT launches two vision-care programs, invests $1M in optical lab Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
Centennial College has joined the Niagara College-led Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI). The partnership assists small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in various industries through providing facilities, technologies, and expertise. Centennial will add its capacity in aerospace and aviation to the centralized SONAMI hub through its Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES). “Centennial College is honoured to have been chosen to join SONAMI,” said Jonathan Hack, executive director, ARIES. “We look forward to working with local industry partners and the other academic institutions in the SONAMI network to help SMEs in Southern Ontario develop their technologies in advanced manufacturing.” Niagara (ON) Centennial joins SONAMI to support SMEs Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
Biojet technology created by the University of Alberta will be receiving a $2.89M investment in its biojet technology projects from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program. “The funding sets us up for the next decade of supporting the sector,” said lead researcher and UAlberta Professor Dr David Bressler. “Biojet fuel is the quickest, easiest and most effective strategy to meet increasing emission standards in the near future.” Renewables Now reports that the funding will support the Alberta Biojet Initiative in the development of pathways to create renewable jet fuel, which has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation industry by 90%. Renewables Now | India Education Diary | UAlberta (AB) UAlberta biojet technology receives $2.89M Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
Negotiating academic job offers has become more challenging and complex during the COVID-19, writes Karen Kelsky. The author explains that though there are a variety of challenges associated with completing the interview and virtual campus interview process over Zoom, institutions tend not to rescind offers. Kelsky discusses key considerations, such as the institution type, issues related to remote teaching and relocation, and amount of time the interviewee will have to consider the offer. In conclusion, the author suggests that candidates know their worth, know the limitations and abilities of the institution, and keep their demands realistic. Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Negotiating job offers during the COVID-19 pandemic: Opinion Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
The academy needs to value the public scholarship work that academics do, writes Angel M Jones. The author explains writing on social media does not get credit in the academy, even though this kind of writing can go viral and reach a wider audience. Jones details the impact that academics can have on social media in hopes that the academy will recognize public scholarship’s significance. The article describes public scholarship’s significant reach, increased accessibility, potential use as an academic resource, and the ability to engage with current conversations. Jones also discusses how engaging with readers and being challenged by them is a rewarding part of public scholarship. Inside Higher Ed (International) The value of public scholarship work on social media: Opinion Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
A national institute exclusively dedicated to teacher training should be created to train teachers in Quebec, writes Université du Québec en Outaouais professor Jérôme St-Amand. The author describes how prior to the 1960s, teachers were trained in normal schools. After normal schools were abolished in 1964, the Ministry of Education created an education system that would train teachers. St-Amand explains that QC teachers today often quit the profession before completing even five years of experience, and attributes this to inadequate training. The author questions why faculties of education are given the responsibility of training teachers, and instead calls for the development of a national institute dedicated to teacher training, in which students can work with experienced experts. Journal de Montréal (QC) QC should host a national institute for teacher training: Opinion Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
A group of top scientists have proposed to restore the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN) to its status as an internationally respected pandemic surveillance system. Grant Robertson of The Globe and Mail reports that the idea is backed by both WHO and the University of Ottawa’s Bruyère Research Institute, which would house GPHIN. The move would provide a stable and cost-effective environment in which to manage the GPHIN while helping it achieve independence from government interference. If the proposal is successful, the GPHIN will be allowed to run as a non-profit, which will allow it to receive grants in addition to partial funding from the federal government. “GPHIN has achieved world-wide recognition as a rapid provider of accurate information regarding a variety of global events of public health importance,” the proposal says. “Future versions of GPHIN must build on and maintain this pre-eminent position.” The Globe and Mail (National) Top scientists propose creation of public health network based at UOttawa Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
The University of Calgary’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has launched an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) dashboard. The EDI dashboard is designed for use by students, faculty, and staff, and includes key metrics and data that can be used to identify gaps and inform policy and procedures at the university. “We can act on what we track,” said Dr Malinda Smith, UCalgary vice-provost (equity, diversity and inclusion). “Data can help reveal systemic inequities, the hidden barriers and obstacles that may block entry to the academy for historically under-represented groups. It can help identify diversity gaps, pay gaps, obstacles to entry or hurdles to promotion for specific groups.” UCalgary (AB) UCalgary launches data EDI dashboard to provide community with access to key metrics, data Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
In response to recent news stories on anti-Asian racism, several faculty across North America have written editorials about how postsecondary institutions can address anti-Asian racism. University of Toronto professors Robert Diaz and Hae Yeon Choo describe ways that universities can go beyond making statements against anti-Asian racism to address systemic racism within the universities. The authors’ suggestions include recognizing that anti-Asian incidents can create strong emotions within community members, addressing underrepresentation within the institution, supporting scholarship that dismantles anti-Asian racism, and broadly challenging anti-Asian racism. Min Hyoung Song of the US-based Boston College describes the importance of Asian American studies in understanding racism and giving a voice to marginalized perspectives. “We must insist, without apology, that the capaciously defined study of race — which includes Asian Americans as members of a racial minority — is an essential part of the university’s mission,” writes Song. Inside Higher Ed | Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Faculty pen editorials on how to address anti-Asian racism Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
International students at Columbia College will now have the opportunity to participate in paid work experience with non-profit organizations, thanks to the launch of a paid externship program. The Community Connections program, which Columbia says is the first program of its kind at a university transfer college, recently completed a pilot where students held placements at five local partner organizations. The College pays for the employment costs of student placements through the program. “One of the barriers facing aspiring students from around the world for successful participation in the Canadian economy is opportunities for work experience,” said Mark Friesen, Executive Director of community and charitable programming at the College. “With a mission to equip students to make a positive impact on communities, it’s very important for the College to expose our students to the non-profit sector.” Columbia College (BC) Columbia launches paid externship program Top Ten 04/07/2021 - 04:08 04/07/2021 - 03:30
Centennial College has announced that its Hotel Resort and Restaurant Management graduate certificate program has achieved SMART + Premium accreditation, which marks the college’s third program to receive this accreditation. The accreditation shows that Centennial has met or exceeded industry standards within its program, while also providing benchmarks that Centennial can use to improve its program. “We are delighted to recognize Centennial College’s commitment to excellence in education,” said Philip Mondor, president of Tourism HR Canada. “Its focus on collaborative, hands-on programming that aligns with the current and emerging skills sought by industry helps to ensure Canada has the adaptable, inventive talent that will help our sector recover and thrive as the visitor economy reopens.” Centennial (ON) Centennial hospitality program receives SMART + Premium accreditation Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
Afua Cooper, professor of Black Studies at Dalhousie University, reflects on her experiences and challenges of teaching Black studies in Canada over the course of her career. Cooper describes reactions and resistance to her work, and goes on to highlight the changing dynamics in the field and establishment of new initiatives and events focused on Black and Diaspora studies in recent years. Cooper concludes by stating that Canadian universities must advance equity through interdisciplinary programs for social science and humanities, and transdisciplinary approaches. “Anti-Black racism has been an integral part of the Canadian intellectual tradition,” writes Cooper. “This tradition has actively denied Blacks a role in history and nation building, erasing Black people and their history from the Canadian historical canon.” The Conversation (National) A reflection on bringing Black studies to Canadian universities: Cooper Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
Those involved in the process of hiring new faculty should learn how to “read” CVs in order to more effectively evaluate job candidates, writes David D Perlmutter. The author explains that while academics are always asked for their CVs, administrators and search committees may not know what to look for in them. The author suggests using a matrix of required and preferred qualifications to rank candidates to ensure fairness and a good fit. Perlmutter explains that aspects such as dissertation title or volunteer activities can reveal a candidate’s priorities and show if they will be committed. The author also explains that the CV shows career progress and momentum, can provide examples of flexibility and agility, and can highlight what the candidate will need to be successful in the position. Finally, Perlmutter explains that the CV can help committee members think of follow-up questions for the candidate. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Interpreting CVs to effectively evaluate job candidates Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
Selkirk College has announced that it will be discontinuing its men’s ice hockey team. Selkirk explains that the decision has been made due to budgetary constraints relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is with a heavy heart that we are officially announcing that the team will be discontinued,” said Selkirk VP of Students & Advancement John Kincaid in an open letter to the community. “This was a very difficult decision, but the current landscape in our region and province made the idea of icing a team into the future not possible.” Selkirk | Selkirk (Letter) (BC) Selkirk discontinues men’s ice hockey team Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
Elissa Nadworny of the National Public Radio describes the challenges of custodial staff during COVID-19. The article describes how at a US university, custodial staff have often felt underappreciated while completing essential work, such as keeping campus buildings clean and sanitary during the pandemic. The author explains that custodial staff had to choose between continuing their work and facing fears about COVID-19 or choosing another career. “Some staff felt like, ‘They’re leaving us here and who cares about us?’” said Tanya Hughes, who oversees a residential hall cleaning staff. “Without us this campus shuts down.” NPR (International) Cleaning staff experiences during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Rimouski and the Université du Québec en Outaouais have received funding from the Government of Quebec for campus opening and expansion projects. UQAR has received $300K from the QC to establish a branch in Baie-Comeau. This branch will allow students to access university services without leaving the region while fueling QC’s economic growth. UQO will receive $60.5M in funding from QC for a unified campus project at its Gatineau campus. The project focuses on adding new programs, creating an environment of innovation, accommodating more students, fostering a vibrant student life, and strengthening UQO’s presence in Gatineau. UQAR | UQO (QC) UQAR, UQO receive QC funding to open, develop university branches Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
Thorneloe University is seeking remedy in court to block Laurentian University’s attempt to dissolve its federation agreement. Thorneloe states that it was sent a “notice of its intention to disclaim or resiliate” its federation agreement, even though the federation agreement contains no termination provision that would allow this. “Thorneloe is not the cause of Laurentian’s financial problems which have been well known for many months to the Laurentian’s administration, as well as to the Ontario government,” Thorneloe president John Gibaut explained. “Thorneloe and the programs it offers play an important role with Laurentian and the Northern Ontario communities we serve. We will oppose this attempt by Laurentian to shut down Thorneloe as a scapegoat for Laurentian’s self-inflicted financial problems.” Newswire (Thorneloe) (ON) Thorneloe applies to Court to block dissolving of federation agreements Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that Cihan Erdal, a Carleton University PhD student, has been arrested and detained in Turkey for over six months. Reporter Kimberly Molina says that seven years ago, Erdal made a social media post that shared a page from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party and another which linked to a newspaper article about a father whose son was killed by special forces. The article says that Erdal’s legal team has argued that these two posts were not enough to warrant detainment until the trial, but the student’s bail has been denied, meaning that he will stay in prison for at least a month longer. CBC (ON) Carleton PhD student denied bail after arrest in Turkey Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
McGill University has announced that the Bensadoun School of Retail Management will receive $5M from the Government of Quebec’s Ministry of Economy and Innovation to support interdisciplinary research and QC small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The funding will be provided over four years, and a significant portion of the funds will support Bensadoun School’s retail innovation lab. The funding will also provide SMEs with professional development opportunities, executive education, and disseminating knowledge and best practices. “The retail sector—and SMEs in particular—has been strongly impacted by the pandemic. Innovation and digitization are critical to revitalizing the ‘new economy’. We are poised and excited to help put Quebec on the map as a hub of world-class retail excellence.” said Charles de Brabant, Executive Director at the Bensadoun School. McGill (QC) McGill receives $5M for retail sector research, SME support Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary is responding to the Government of Alberta’s 5.4% budget cut by increasing tuition, cutting jobs, and reducing spending on campus. CBC reports that UCalgary is raising tuition by 7%, while also trying to enhance experiential learning opportunities with local businesses. However, UCalgary students’ union president Frank Finley said that the tuition hike shows students that investing in university is riskier. Finley also explained that some students will have to choose between paying tuition and buying food or paying rent. “There’s not a day goes by that I don’t hear someone feeling they should leave Alberta because of these government cuts,” said Finley. “It takes away the ability of people to choose their own paths and that hurts all Albertans.” Calgary Herald | CBC (AB) UCalgary increases tuition, cuts jobs, reduces spending in response to budget cut Top Ten 04/06/2021 - 05:07 04/06/2021 - 04:30
Confederation College has announced that it will be closing its Wawa, Ontario satellite campus due to low enrolment. “It is not sustainable for us to maintain the physical campus,” said Neil Cooke, Confederation VP, academic. “While we will no longer have a bricks and mortar location, our commitment to the Wawa community remains strong,” The campus will be closing in August, but Confederation plans to continue its presence in the region through its distance education division. The college will also continue to work with partners on contract training opportunities. Cooke says changes to other campuses are not anticipated. tbnewswatch | Wawa News (ON) Confederation closes Wawa satellite campus Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
The University of Waterloo is reporting a COVID-19 outbreak that includes all of its student residences. CBC says that 27 cases have been confirmed in the outbreak, and 2,000 students have been told to stay within their dorms except for when they are eating, studying, or exercising. Public health linked the outbreak to off-campus gatherings in which people spent time indoors without masks or distancing. “For people who have acted recklessly and gathered repeatedly with people outside your household: We care about you and we are worried about your wellbeing,” said UWaterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur. “However, know that you’ve let us all down badly. Your behaviour risks your health and your education, and it needs to stop, now.” CBC | The Record (ON) UWaterloo reports all-residence COVID-19 outbreak Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
While many institutions passed on issuing April Fool’s jokes last Thursday, a handful of colleges, universities, and student newspapers published spoofs and news articles on April 1st. The University of Windsor announced that the anthrozoology program would be opening its admissions to “qualified canines,” the University of the Fraser Valley announced that its 1.5-hectare green on campus would be traded in for the Food Opportunity & Operational Land (FOOL) centre, Cape Breton University announced a new “Early Puppyhood Education” program, and Canadore College announced a new “Pond Diving” program. The Western Gazette issued a full spoof edition that included articles announcing the new therapy animal on campus – Canadian Geese – and sharing that Ivey business students would be required to wear suits that are “Gucci or better” moving forward. UWindsor | UFV | Canadore | CBU (National) Canadian institutions, student newspapers issue April Fools editions Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
The Ontario NDP critic for postsecondary education Laura Mae Lindo has expressed concerns about the Government of Ontario’s recently released budget. The article explains that while ON universities have lost an estimated $1B due to COVID-19, ON has only offered $100M in help. “The latest budget provides no respite for students or for those working in the post-secondary sector,” said Lindo. Lindo also criticized ON’s refusal to defer OSAP repayments and choice to discontinue the tuition freeze. The Star further reports on the difficulties ON postsecondary institutions have had with putting courses online and enhancing their safety precautions while losing revenue from residences and empty campuses. The Star (ON) ON funding for postsecondary institutions deemed insufficient by NDP critic Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
Laurentian University has announced that it will be terminating its agreements with three federated universities – Huntington University, Thorneloe University, and the University of Sudbury – as part of its restructuring process. The funding that Laurentian previously shared with the federated universities will now be kept by Laurentian, according to the Sudbury Star, and programs offered by the federated institutions will be replaced by Laurentian. Faculty, staff and students are calling Laurentian’s decision to dissolve a relationship with them “a betrayal,” reports CBC. "As a tenured professor after 14 years of service here, that's upsetting," wrote Thorneloe associate professor Dr Aven McMaster, who received an email Thursday night with the news. "I will be going into classes next week quite possibly to teach my last classes ever as a professor because, in this current world, the likelihood of me being able to find another job in this profession is small." CBC | CTV News | The Sudbury Star (ON) Laurentian dissolves relationship with three federated institutions Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
Keyano College is launching a Business Administration diploma with a specialization in Esports Management. The two-year program will allow students to study topics such as team and league administration or coaching; marketing, sponsorship, and promotion; and media, production, and content management. Students will complete ten Esports courses and a work-integrated learning component. “Keyano College is keenly aware of the opportunity for students wanting to enter into the arena of competitive video gaming on a professional level,” said Dr Vincella Thompson, Dean, School of University Studies, Career Programs and Academic Upgrading at Keyano. “We are prepared to teach them what they will need to know to succeed and thrive in this industry.” Keyano | Fort McMurray Today (AB) Keyano launches Esports Management program Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal is suing a visual arts student for $125K for allegedly posting explicit photos on social media that included the UQAM name or logo, reports CTV News. The student reportedly posted several partially nude photos of herself on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter that contained the UQAM name or logo. When asked to remove the images, the student allegedly removed an Instagram post, but did not remove the photos posted on Twitter and Facebook. The student subsequently published new photos on social media. UQAM has argued that these posts caused “substantial damage” to its reputation and that it is seeking an “urgent” injunction to prevent the student from posting more photos with the UQAM name or logo. CTV News | West Island Blog (QC) UQAM sues student for $125K for over explicit photo allegations Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada’s Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat has released a settlement it reached with University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran based on a human rights complaint filed in 2016. The settlement is reportedly the second human-rights settlement concerning equity in the Canada Research Chairs program. The new settlement places new requirements on universities when they nominate academics for the CRC award. The Globe and Mail reports that universities are now required to finalize equity plans and meet transparency requirements in order to have their nominations processed, and that universities that fail to meet the targets will only be able to nominate individuals from an underrepresented equity group. Universities will also have their research chair numbers reduced if targets are not met by December 2029. Globe and Mail [Subscription Required] (National) Canada settles CRC human rights complaint, new requirements placed on universities Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada are investing $9.4M in funding for transit infrastructure improvements at the University of Victoria and new buses in Victoria. The buses will hold more passengers, which will benefit students by allowing them to spend less time waiting for the bus. The federal government will also invest $1.7M into improving nine bus bays, six bus shelters and two layover bays on UVic’s Ring Road, as well as redeveloping UVic’s pedestrian and bike storage infrastructure. “It’ll help us reach our goal of having 70 per cent of all trips to and from campus being with sustainable modes of transportation,” said UVic president Kevin Hall. Saanich News | CTV News | Times Colonist (BC) Canada, BC invest in new buses, UVic transit infrastructure Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions should seek experienced international educators to fill the role of Senior International Officer (SIO), write Harvey Charles and Anthony Ogden. The authors explain that institutional leaders in the US have a variety of ideas of what makes a candidate qualified for the role, but that it takes training to qualify someone to be SIO. Charles and Ogden argue that an experienced SIO will have qualities such as intercultural competency, articulation of rationales for internationalization, understanding of common strategic frameworks, and knowledge of how to support faculty in international teaching or research. “[T]ime has come to not just welcome, but actively seek professional international educators who have the skills, knowledge, attributes and experience to provide leadership that can help navigate this uncertain future,” write the authors. University World News (International) Hiring experienced international educators for SIO positions: Opinion Top Ten 04/05/2021 - 05:00 04/05/2021 - 04:30
Students at Queen’s University’s medical school have worked together to ensure that diverse skin tones are represented in their course materials. After noticing that many slides only showed images of medical conditions on white people, students Aquila Akingbade, Iku Nwosu, and Eric Zhang embarked on a curriculum review of all of their classes. “[Dermatology classes are] where you would expect to see diverse skin tones because it’s a skin-focused specialty,” said Nwosu. “But we still saw entire lectures of entirely white skin.” After conducting the review, the students used medical image libraries and other materials to create packages for their professors with suggested updates. The students have also shared the framework with students at schools such as McGill University, Université de Montréal, and NOSM. “This issue was not something that was unique to Queen’s University,” said Akingbade. “This is something that was actually quite prevalent in the entirety of North America.” The Star (ON) Queen’s medical students revamp their curriculum to include diverse skin tones Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
The RCMP are seeking witnesses after a Korean University of British Columbia student was attacked in the University Village neighbourhood. The student was taking out the garbage while working at a store when she was approached by a man who used a racial slur before attacking her. “This investigation is in the early stages and we are not ruling any motives including that this crime had an element of bias or hate involved," stated RCMP Cst. Christina Martin. UBC President Dr Santa J Ono issued a statement through Twitter to express his horror after hearing about the racist and misogynistic attack in the neighbourhood. “I know that this will be unsettling for our community,” wrote Ono. “We must continue to work together to affirm our commitment to challenge all forms of racism and discrimination.” Ubyssey | Castanet (VIA) | Vancouver Star (BC) RCMP investigating racist attack on UBC student, UBC president expresses horror Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
Douglas College has proposed a new expansion that would provide additional academic and student housing spaces near its main campus in New Westminster. The proposed L-shaped tower that would introduce 217,000 square feet of academic space and 121,000 square feet of student housing. The building would enable programs to expand, as well as creating 244 beds for students. 350 employees would work within the academic space at the building’s opening, with some transferring from a nearby leased space. The proposed lower levels of the building would use concrete construction, while the upper levels would use encapsulated mass timber construction. The proposal also includes 344 underground vehicle parking stalls and 303 bike parking spaces. Daily Hive (BC) Douglas proposes expansion to provide additional academic, student housing spaces Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
A report from Wilfrid Laurier University has found that African immigrant students in Southern Ontario have been deterred from pursuing postsecondary education. The study interviewed 67 young African immigrants and found that these students faced barriers such as experiences of systemic racism, discouragement from taking classes that led to higher education, and low expectations from teachers and counsellors. Additionally, factors such as academic streaming and types of curricula determined which African students proceeded to postsecondary education. The report gives a variety of recommendations to combat the issue, including inclusive treatment, encouragement and support from school authorities, and understanding that streaming and/or tracking policies impact students’ career ambitions. WLU | CBC (ON) African immigrant students deterred from postsecondary education: Report Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
Fleming College has announced the launch of a new Plumber Apprenticeship program for registered apprentices with sponsoring employers. Apprentices will complete three 240 hour in-school sessions that cover basic, intermediate, and advanced skills and provide an understanding of advanced topics relating to plumbing systems, piping systems, and trade documentation. Training will be held at the state-of-the-art Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre, which has cutting-edge technology and labs. Fleming (ON) Fleming launches Plumber Apprenticeship program Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell has completed an external review of the University of Toronto’s decision to rescind an offer of employment to Valentina Azarova and concluded that a sitting judge’s concerns did not influence the decision. The article explains that Cromwell found that the decision had instead been influenced by concerns around Azarova’s need for a work permit and request for summers off. Shree Paradkar of The Star argues that the report has revealed impropriety and gaps in confidentiality in the hiring process. The Globe and Mail | The Star (ON) External review finds no external influence in U of T’s decision to rescind offer of employment Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
Mount Allison University has announced the launch of multiple interdisciplinary academic programs for Fall 2021. Programs include a Joint BA major in Computer Science + Economics, an Honours BSc in Computer Science + Physics, the Major and Honours BSc in Biopsychology, and a Major and an Honours BA in Visual and Material Culture Studies. MtA has also launched two minor programs: Visual and Material Culture Studies and Screen Studies and Popular Culture. “The new program offerings are aimed at providing an interdisciplinary education for students and helping to prepare them for future careers in any field in New Brunswick and beyond,” says MtA President Dr Jean-Paul Boudreau. MtA (NB) MtA announces launch of interdisciplinary academic programs, two minor programs Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
Canadore College’s Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping (ICAMP) has announced that it has partnered with Innovation Initiatives Ontario North and EnCata to launch the Industrial Solution Centre. The centre, which will open in 2022, will house specialized equipment to enable Northern businesses to create prototypes. The centre will allow businesses to get insight from engineers who can guide the testing process and become involved in the design, development, and testing of their ideas. “Students will work with these companies through the Centre, and we have no doubt that they will bring new and progressive skills to the workforce when they graduate,” said Canadore President George Burton. Northern Ontario Business | Canadore (ON) Canadore, IION, EnCata partner to create Industrial Solution Centre Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
McGill University has announced that it is celebrating its 200th anniversary. The university is celebrating with a special broadcast – Celebrate 200: Launching Our 3rd Century – as well as Bicentennial celebrations that will be held throughout the year. “As we embark on our third century,” said McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier, “McGill’s greatest strength will continue to be its people – people who, through their pursuit of knowledge, their creativity, and their commitment, will shape the future of our University and our world." McGill (QC) McGill turns 200 years old Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has launched four new School of Skilled Trades diploma programs: Advanced Plumbing Technology, Advanced Welding Technology, Automotive Service Technology, and Electrical Installations Technology. The two-year diploma programs will teach students the skills and knowledge needed to write the exam required by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Students have the option to either secure employment at an apprenticeship provider or complete their apprenticeships through NAIT’s complementary apprenticeship offerings. NAIT also recently received accreditation from Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) for five engineering technology programs: Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design, Nanosystems Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Power Engineering NAIT | TAC (AB) NAIT launches four skilled trades programs, receives TAC accreditation for five engineering programs Top Ten 04/01/2021 - 04:56 04/01/2021 - 04:30
After a government decision last month to limit entry options to four airports - Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, or Vancouver – and implement a mandatory hotel quarantine, CTV News reports that many international students have postponed or cancelled their plans to study in Canada. Colleges and Institutes Canada CEO Denise Amyot explained that the requirement could see New Brunswick-bound international students land and quarantine in Toronto, before travelling to New Brunswick for another quarantine period. "This is nonsense. It just doesn't make sense," said Amyot, noting that the cost of quarantine would exceed half of a semester's tuition for some students. "It means that for the spring and summer, we have a large number of deferrals." Universities Canada CEO Paul Davidson noted that overall international student enrolment has declined at universities by 2.1% this year compared to last, while the US and UK are reducing barriers and actively marketing to international students. CTV News (National) International students postpone, cancel study plans in light of travel limitations Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
The University of British Columbia Okanagan has announced that it is launching a Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency (BNLF) program that was developed in collaboration with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and the En’owkin Centre. The program aims to produce fluent speakers of Nsyilxcn who have a deep understanding of the language, culture, and customs. Students in the four-year program will spend two years completing a certificate and diploma in Nsyilxcn Language Fluency at NVIT before spending two years at UBCO completing the program. Dr Jeannette Armstrong, UBCO associate professor of Indigenous Studies and BNLF academic lead, stated that the program is one of the first in the world to offer a degree program in an Indigenous language. UBC | The Star (CP) (BC) UBCO launches Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency program designed with NVIT, En’owkin Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
The University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) have partnered to establish an accredited dental therapy program. The program, which USask says is the only one of its kind in Canada, will train students to become dental therapists in remote communities. The program will focus on recruiting Indigenous students, allowing students to learn where they live, and developing career paths for dental aides and dental assistants through a laddering model. “This marks as a new beginning for dental therapy education in Canada,” said Tara Campbell, NITHA executive director. Sask Polytech | USask (SK) USask, Sask Polytech, NITHA partner on accredited dental therapy program Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
Cape Breton University has announced that it will have in-person classes this upcoming spring semester. Students will be able to access classes through four different delivery models: In-person; online at a scheduled time; online anytime; and a mixed delivery where some students will stream classes online while classmates attend in-person. “We are hearing a lot from our students that they want to come back to campus,” said Tanya Brann-Barrett, CBU AVP academic and research. “And we’re hearing that not just at CBU, it’s a message that we’re hearing from university campuses across the country.” Holland College has also announced that it is planning to hold in-person graduations in May and June, with students grouped in 50-person cohorts and no guests allowed. CBU | Holland College (PE | NS) CBU announces in-person classes, Holland College to have in-person graduations Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
Trent University has announced two major initiatives recently: a new Cleantech Innovation Portal announced by Trent’s Cleantech Commons, and a long-term care housing build. The Cleantech Innovation Portal will support pandemic economic recovery for cleantech ventures by providing opportunities, creating a virtual marketplace, accelerating the impact of innovation, and connecting companies with customers and investors. Trent has also partnered with peopleCare Communities to establish a 224-bed long-term care home that will address the region’s needs and provide new opportunities for students. “Through this groundbreaking intergenerational project,” explained Trent President Dr Leo Groarke, “we will co-design a long-term care home that will improve the lives of local seniors at the same time that it advances student life and learning.” Trent (Cleantech) | Trent (peopleCare) | Global News (ON) Trent launches new Cleantech initiative, partners on long-term care housing Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
Covering a smaller amount of material during the pandemic might be beneficial for students, writes David Gooblar. The author describes how instructors and students alike have struggled to balance work, care duties, and postsecondary education during the pandemic, and how shifting to a more flexible teaching approach that is understanding of the challenges of the times can help students learn information more efficiently. Gooblar explains that using an active learning environment, focusing on quality of material rather than quantity, and cultivating a supportive learning environment can help students develop their skills and engage with content rather than stress over the material and assignments. The article explains how paring down a course to fit the pandemic can help students develop qualities of lifelong learners. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Paring down pedagogy for the pandemic might benefit students: Opinion Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
Ontario postsecondary institutions are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks within student residences. Brock University is has reported 22 cases of COVID-19 within their student residences, which have been linked to social gatherings. Western University has reported outbreaks in its residences that are related to student gatherings, with 11 cases at Saugeen-Maitland Hall and 11 at Ontario Hall and variants of concern reported within the outbreaks. The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier Universities are each experiencing residence outbreaks that are reportedly related to a series of gatherings that UWaterloo and WLU students attended. CHCH (Brock) | Global News (Western) | Global News (UWaterloo and WLU) (ON) ON institutions experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks in residences Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
Wilfrid Laurier University and Supply Chain Management Association Ontario have entered into an agreement that will provide students in WLU’s Master of Supply Chain Management program with the opportunity to earn a Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation. "The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how critical well-functioning supply chains are to our way of life,” said WLU President Deborah MacLatchy. “Having future-ready managers who can design and implement these complex and interconnected systems is vital to the wellbeing of our communities and economy.” WLU (ON) WLU develops path for SCMP professional designation Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
Okanagan College, College of New Caledonia, and Camosun College will now be able to offer EV Maintenance training, thanks to new funding and a partnership with Trades Training BC. “We’re supporting the growing popularity of EVs by helping auto technicians develop the skills they need to work on EVs in service centres across B.C.,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “The expansion of the EV Maintenance Training program will help grow our EV sector and make it even easier for British Columbians to make the switch to an EV, putting us on the road to a cleaner, better future.” The program was originally launched at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2019, and the Government of British Columbia is providing $440K to expand the program at the three colleges. BC (BC) EV skills training expanded to Okanagan, CNC, Camosun Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
Brandon University has launched a Technical/Vocational Bachelor of Education program that will allow teachers who have completed Red River College’s Technical Vocational Teacher Education diploma to earn a Bachelor of Education. Graduates of the BEd program will be fully certified to teach within Manitoba’s K-12 school system. “This new program will expand the number of teachers available in high-demand subject areas like math and science in a shortened length of time,” said Wayne Ewasko, MB Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration. “By providing technical vocational instructors with the tools and additional training to become certified teachers we are ensuring that regional demands and needs are met.” The program is designed to be taken part-time to allow students to continue to work while they study. BrandonU (MB) BrandonU launches education program to meet need for vocational, rural teachers Top Ten 03/31/2021 - 04:49 03/31/2021 - 04:30
Micro-credentials are seeing increasing popularity at postsecondary institutions in British Columbia, writes BC Business reporter Dee Hon. The article describes how micro-credentials can benefit students who are interested in completing short courses to add value to their resumes and learners who need to reskill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The article describes a variety of approaches to micro-credentials taken by institutions, such as micro-credentials that stack for credits, transfer into a degree program, or bundle towards a non-degree professional certificate. “The key is that [micro-credentials] are industry-relevant, they’re short in duration, and they have some kind of assessment built in,” explained Vancouver Community College continuing studies senior programming coordinator Claire Sauvé. BCBusiness (BC) Micro-credentials at BC postsecondary institutions increase in popularity Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30
Collège Nordique’s beginner Tłıchǫ Yatıì language course has seen enrolment growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online course provides an accessible learning experience that has enabled instructor Georgina Franki to provide instruction to many different people. “You don’t have to sit with them, but you can still teach them,” said Franki. When describing her teaching style, Franki states “[w]hen I teach, I teach about what my Elders and how my grandma would have spoken to me, in the endearing way, instead of like today.” Enrolment has grown enough for the college to offer two beginner one Tłıchǫ classes. “I think the biggest thing that I'm proud of is our contribution to the revitalization of the language and culture,” said Collège Nordique’s language programmer Rosie Benning. CBC (NWT) Beginner Tłıchǫ Yatıì language course at Collège Nordique sees enrolment growth Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30
Université de Saint-Boniface and Genome Prairie (GP) have partnered to build on GP’s Genome360 initiative, which will support the genomics community with resources and connections. The partnership will include a shared lab space at USB, which will benefit GP by providing the required equipment for genome and genetic analysis, and the use of Genome360 mobile technology, which will benefit USB’s science programs and research. “USB is proud of this major partnership with Genome Prairie,” said USB President Sophie Bouffard. “We are thrilled about the new possibilities that open up to us through this agreement, such as training opportunities for our undergraduates as well as access to equipment that is unavailable anywhere else in Manitoba.” GP (MB) USB, GP partner to build on Genome360 initiative Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30
Red Deer College has announced that it has been approved to offer a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degrees. “We are excited to be able to offer more students with degree-completion opportunities through this new Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences,” said RDC President Dr Peter Nunoda. The Red Deer Advocate notes that the announcement was made a week after RDC students staged a Collective Day of Action to urge the Government of Alberta to approve RDC to offer degrees. “this was a historic step in the right direction for RDC’s future,” said Brittany Lausen, Red Deer College Students’ Association president. RDC is still waiting for approval to grant Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science Psychology, Bachelor of Arts Psychology, and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. Red Deer Advocate | RDC (AB) RDC receives approval to offer Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor has implemented a “modified quarantine” in its Alumni Hall residence after a sample of wastewater tested positive for COVID-19. CBC reports that UWindsor does daily wastewater tests for COVID-19 on campus, and that this is the first time in two months that the wastewater has tested positive. The health unit will be providing testing to Alumni Hall students, with Student Health Services providing additional support. CBC says UWindsor’s wastewater testing gives them the opportunity to identify who has the COVID-19 infection before they spread it throughout the residence. CBC (ON) UWindsor implements “modified quarantine” after wastewater tests positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) has announced that workers at seven postsecondary institutions will be receiving a retroactive 1% pay increase for the July 1, 2019 - June 20, 2020 period. AUPE states that this increase will be instead of a 2% rollback that the provincial government had attempted to implement. “Once again, an independent arbitrator has thoroughly rejected rollbacks for public sector workers,” said AUPE vice-president Kevin Barry. “Independent experts agree that rollbacks don’t make economic sense.” AUPE members at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Norquest College, Athabasca University, University of Lethbridge, Lakeland College, Northern Lakes College, and Red Deer College will receive the retroactive increase. AUPE | Red Deer Advocate (AB) AUPE announces retroactive pay increase for members at seven institutions Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta has implemented pay and benefits caps on the total compensation Alberta postsecondary vice-presidents and deans can be offered. CBC explains that leaders who report to the president will have their pay capped at $391K at larger institutions, and $205K at smaller institutions. Executives from large institutions who are two tiers down from the president will have their salaries capped at $312K. The move is estimated to save institutions around $3.7M annually by 2023-24. “This helps to bring Alberta’s post-secondary executive compensation in line with other provinces to ensure tax dollars are spent as effectively as possible and benefit all Albertans,” wrote Charlotte Taillon, press secretary to the AB Finance Minister. The University of Calgary responded by questioning if the new rules would affect its ability to attract talent, while CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith told CBC that the move masks the real issue of government underfunding. CBC (AB) AB implements compensation caps for postsecondary leadership Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30
The Université de Montréal has received the green light from the Government of Quebec to launch a master’s degree in education. Starting this fall, the program will train teachers for preschool and elementary school. The program is intended for students with a bachelor degree and will provide a new gateway into the teaching profession, helping to address a current shortage of teachers in the province. UdeM states that it is the first university in QC to offer this type of program. UdeM (QC) UdeM launches graduate-level education degree to address shortage of teaching staff Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has announced that it will be making a $14.3M investment through the Canadian Institute of Health Research to support research on COVID-19 variants. $5.3M of the funding will support ongoing COVID-19 research projects, while $9M will support the new national Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network (CoVaRR-Net). CoVaRR-Net will be led by Dr Marc-André Langlois from the University of Ottawa and will coordinate variants research throughout the country. The network will be comprised of eight core pillars of activity, according to NationTalk, which are focused on different efforts such as informing the public or mitigating the impact of the virus variants. “Many provinces are seeing variant-driven surges,” said Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine of the University of Saskatchewan, who is leading pillar six. “Even when the vaccines are rolled out we will continue to have challenges with variants, not only in Canada but globally.” Canada | NationTalk (National) Canada invests $14.3M through CIHR for COVID-19 variant research Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30
While marketing and communications offices are often quick to use profiles of the BIPOC community in advertising materials, write Leah Hamilton, Irene Shankar, and Mohammed El Hazzouri, “many seem reluctant to profile BIPOC members’ scholarship, particularly advocacy work.” The authors argue that many institutions overrepresent, misrepresent, and tokenize students and faculty in their marketing materials, while ignoring the scholarship and expertise of these community members. They call on marketing and communications teams to hire professionals with expertise in equality and diversity matters, such as critical race editors, directors, and staff who can advocate for the voices of BIPOC members on campus. University Affairs (National) Marketing and communications offices need to hire critical race theory experts: Opinion Top Ten 03/30/2021 - 04:48 03/30/2021 - 04:30

The Institut national de la recherche scientifique’s Professor Geneviève Bordeleau has received over $984K from the government of Quebec’s International Climate Cooperation Program for research on well contamination. The research will be carried out in Madagascar, and will assess the risks of well water contamination and propose solutions that would allow people living along the Ikopa River to access safe water. “Access to clean drinking water is very limited in some parts of the world,” said Bordeleau. “Climate change is accentuating these inequalities, so I’m honoured and proud to be able to work with our Malagasy partner to improve the quality of well water in rural Madagascar.” INRS (QC)

INRS well contamination project receives $984K Top Ten 03/29/2021 - 04:00 03/29/2021 - 03:30

Statistics Canada has released the final data from the Full-Time Teaching Staff – University and College Academic Staff System (FT-UCASS) study. The FT-UCASS includes data related to academic rank, salary and administrative stipends, responsibilities, and previous employment. In a review of the data, authors André Lebel and Teresa Omiecinski have also released an infographic reviewing gender parity and the salary gap among university academics and changes to these over the last 40 years. The infographic reveals that the share of female academics has increased at all ranks and that the ratio of women’s to men’s median salaries has narrowed over the last 40 years for full and associate professors. StatCan | StatCan (Infographic) (National)

StatCan releases final FT-UCASS data on full-time teaching staff Top Ten 03/29/2021 - 04:00 03/29/2021 - 03:30

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada and the Government of Canada have partnered to provide greater access to work-integrated learning opportunities. Supported by $16.3M in funding, CEWIL will fund grants to support the creation of curricular work-integrated learning opportunities and will accept proposals for new WIL experiences through the new CEWIL iHUB. At least one-fifth of the funded iHUB opportunities will be for underrepresented postsecondary students. “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced post-secondary institutions throughout Canada to innovate and advance work-integrated learning so that students gain experience in line with current labour market trends while fulfilling academic requirements for graduation,” said Cara Krezek, CEWIL CEO. “This partnership ensures we can continue to build on that momentum of providing students access to the WIL programming they need.” CEWIL (National)

CEWIL, Canada, partner to create work-integrated learning opportunities Top Ten 03/29/2021 - 04:00 03/29/2021 - 03:30

Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus, College of the North Atlantic, and Natural Resources Canada have collaborated to develop the Master of Science (Applied Geomatics) program. The degree will provide students with comprehensive theoretical and applied instruction in areas such as geographic information systems, geovisualization, remote sensing, programming, and project management. “The program will offer students the opportunity to become geospatial specialists while applying their expertise to a research project, developing the high-level expertise across all geospatial techniques at the outset followed by the opportunity to apply expertise to a master’s thesis project,” said Dr Robert Scott of Grenfell’s School of Science and the Environment. CNA (NFLD)

MUN, CNA, Natural Resources Canada launch M.Sc. (Applied Geomatics) Top Ten 03/29/2021 - 04:00 03/29/2021 - 03:30

Red River College has announced that it is launching a variety of new programs this fall as well as opening the Innovation Centre and expanding its Exchange District Campus. New programs include Digital Film and Media Production, Data Science and Machine Learning, Communication Management, Interaction Design and Development, Video and Motion Graphics, Game Development – Programming, Game Development – Design, and Full Stack Web Development, which were designed through collaboration with employers. Many of the courses will be held at the downtown Innovation Centre. “The launch of new programs is about anticipating the needs of our workforce and designing programs that align with the labour market needs, so that we can continue to grow and retain talent right here in Manitoba,” said RRC President Fred Meier. Winnipeg Free Press | RRC (MB)

RRC to launch programs, open new spaces Top Ten 03/29/2021 - 04:00 03/29/2021 - 03:30

Durham College has launched the Ultrasonic Testing Level II micro-credential to meet industry demands. The micro-credential is offered through Durham’s School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET), and will train students through hands-on labs and case studies. Students are prepared with the skills and knowledge they need to pass the Level II Ultrasonic Testing certification exam. “It is important to teach students methods that industry demands they know,” said Michelle Hutt, executive dean, SET. “Within the NDE field, employers will not consider job applicants without non-destructive testing (NDT) certification from the Canadian General Standards Board.” Durham says it is the only college in Ontario to offer this certification in the field. Durham (ON)

Durham offers Ultrasonic Testing Level II micro-credential Top Ten 03/29/2021 - 04:00 03/29/2021 - 03:30

Increased use of technology during COVID-19 has pushed universities to creatively use technology to find solutions to pandemic-related problems, writes Bill Flanagan, President of the University of Alberta. Flanagan describes the ways in which COVID-19 has spurred on the use of technology both within the classroom and more broadly at the institutional level. The author describes how technology has allowed more people to express their priorities to the university’s leadership; over 10,000 people participated in online town halls over the fall semester, which would not have been possible in-person over such a short amount of time. The author also explains that since universities were forced to embrace technology, instructors adopted innovative approaches such as the flipped classroom. Flanagan says that the advantages of the incorporation of technology and innovation have benefitted students and will continue to be used post-pandemic. The Conversation (National)

How COVID-19 has spurred postsecondary institutions to innovate technologically: Opinion Top Ten 03/29/2021 - 04:00 03/29/2021 - 03:30

Athabasca University’s PowerED has partnered with CPHR Alberta to extend its offerings of micro-credentials to CPHR Alberta members. The extension will allow members to access PowerED’s on-demand micro-offerings and certificates at a preferred rate through the CPHR member platform. Members can complete continuing professional development hours through PowerED’s offerings. “The PowerED™ micro-credentials being offered to CPHR Alberta members have been selected and tailored to fit their unique HR needs and skills,” said Jessica Scott, Director of PowerED. “The environment has been specifically branded and designed for CPHR Alberta members, and we are excited for them to get enrolled and upskill their credentials with our in-demand, on-demand offerings.” AU (AB)

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Colleges & Institutes Canada has launched a national framework for micro-credentials to help postsecondary institutions create high quality offerings in this developing space. The framework, which has been launched with support of Atlantic Colleges Atlantique, l’Association des collèges privés du Québec, BC Colleges, the British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities, Colleges Ontario, the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta (COPPOA) and the Fédération des cégeps, and regional representatives from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, defines micro-credentials and articulates the roles that postsecondary institutions have in offering them. “Post-secondary institutions must support learners in this new environment and can do so by offering flexible education pathways adapted to their various needs,” said CICan President Denise Amyot. “Micro-credentials are a critical part of that ecosystem and are expected to continue growing, which is why it was so important to find some common ground and elaborate guiding principles on which we can all agree.” CICan (National)

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The governments of Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia have released 2021 budgets that include funding and initiatives related to postsecondary education. Quebec will be investing $369M to increase the number of postsecondary graduates, and $154M on two initiatives that will alleviate student financial burden. ON has announced a temporary tax credit for people paying for education. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has criticized ON’s budget, noting that the budget lacks “targeted investments to adequately support post-secondary students.” Students Nova Scotia (Students NS) has also expressed concern for the NS 2021-2022 budget, noting that NS economic recovery relies heavily on investment in accessibility for students. QC | CBC | National Post | OUSA | Students NS (QC | ON | NS)

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Vancouver Island University has launched a new aquaculture minor program that will prepare students for a career in the growing field of aquaculture. Students in both VIU’s Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs will be able to learn more about creating food security solutions and advancing knowledge for sustainable food production. “Students will learn about the life history, rearing and spawning of a wide variety of organisms – fish and a number of invertebrates – and the reason we use these protocols,” explained VIU FIsheries and Aquaculture Professor Dan Baker. “Many courses have a lab component to allow students to get hands-on learning experiences and take advantage of our professor-in-the-lab model of teaching, which is unique to Vancouver Island University.” VIU states that it is the only postsecondary institution in the province to offer aquaculture as a minor. VIU (BC) VIU launches aquaculture program Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
Lakehead University has announced that its Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will be launching the Maamawi Bimosewag – They Walk Together Indigenous Law and Justice institute and expanding its law program. The changes are supported by over $437K from Canada’s Department of Justice. The institute will contribute to the university’s efforts in meeting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action #50 and will focus on three pillars: Building and sustaining relationships, land-based learning, and a lively research environment. The Faculty also plans to advance Indigenous law through community collaboration and curriculum innovation, starting April 1st. Lakehead (ON) Lakehead Bora Laskin launches Maamawi Bimosewag, expands law program Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
New Brunswick Community College and the Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIFÎPÉ) have partnered to expand language training opportunities for people living in PEI. Through the partnership, CIFÎPÉ and NBCC will offer a variety of language training programs and tutoring for Islanders and newcomers from other provinces or countries. The programs include support for francophones who are developing English skills, and support for Anglophones who want to learn French. “People can pick and choose according to their needs and also according to their status,” said CIFÎPÉ director Angie Cormier. CBC (NB | PE) NBCC, CIFÎPÉ partner to increase language training opportunities in PEI Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
A court has ruled that Laurentian University will be allowed to reduce pension plan payouts to 27 former employees who had opted to cash out their pensions. CTV News explains that Laurentian had previously provided 100% of the value of the pension to these individuals, but that they will now receive a transfer ratio of 65.8%. The article says that Laurentian will save approximately $1.6M through the move and that it will help protect the defined benefit pension plan (DBPP). “LU takes the position that this will help to mitigate any potential deterioration of the DBPP’s financial position and will treat all plan members equitably, as it avoids having certain individuals remove assets from the DBPP at a rate greater than the transfer ratio,” read the transcript of the decision. CTV News (ON) Court ruling enables Laurentian to reduce pension plan payout value Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada has released a policy statement on research security that outlines the next steps that will be taken to develop safeguards for Canadian researchers’ work. The members of the Government of Canada - Universities Working Group will develop specific risk guidelines that will balance collaboration with security, better positioning key research stakeholders to consistently assess the potential risks to the security of their research. “The strength of our research ecosystem is recognized globally, and this ecosystem needs to be protected,” stated François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Canada | Canada (Statement) (National) Canada announces review, development of guidelines for safeguarding research Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Quebec has announced that it will be creating a committee dedicated to academic freedom and censorship. The committee will provide consultation and analysis on related issues and will submit proposals to the government about measures that postsecondary institutions can implement to support academic freedom. The committee will include Université du Québec à Chicoutimi Vice-rector Alexandre Cloutier, Université du Québec à Montréal Professor Yves Gingras, Université Laval Professor Chantal Pouliot, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue Professor Aline Niyubahwe, and one student. Montreal Gazette | UQAM (QC) QC creates committee on academic freedom and censorship Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
The Université de Sherbrooke and the artist’s centre Sporobole have renewed a partnership that brings together art and science by signing a new agreement. The agreement will see the creation of three artist residencies in USherbrooke’s research groups over a three-year period. "The Université de Sherbrooke attaches great importance to the role of arts in society, and this partnership makes it possible to affirm their relevance in the scientific world,” said Jocelyne Faucher, General Secretary and Vice-Rector for Student Life at USherbrooke. “This association will therefore make it possible to forge promising links between scientists and artists, and between members of the university community." USherbrooke (QC) USherbrooke, Sporobole bring together art and science efforts through new agreement Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
CBC reports that NDP federal party leader Jagmeet Singh is proposing income-contingent cancellation of up to $20K of federal student debt per student. The proposed plan would also provide students with the option to take a five-year repayment break, eliminate student debt interest, and place a moratorium on student loan payments during COVID-19. “Young people are making student-loan payments the size of mortgage payments, spending years under crushing debt, not able to get ahead,” said Singh, “and the COVID-19 pandemic only made matters worse.” The NDP has also discussed the development of a tuition-free postsecondary education system. Groups such as the Canadian Federation of Students have welcomed the proposal, noting that debt poses a barrier to individuals looking to attain an education. CBC | iPolitics | CFS-FCEE (National) NDP proposes cancellation of up to $20K in federal student debt Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
Numerous postsecondary institutions have launched partnerships focused on supporting the health of communities. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) signed a Relationship Accord focused on supporting the NAN Health Transformation process and strengthening the health system in the NAN territory. Humber College partnered with Rexdale Community Health Centre to host a virtual health fair for seniors and explore and to explore future opportunities to work together. King’s University College students partnered with Youth Opportunities Unlimited to develop a mental health roadmap. Students from the University of Alberta created Access for all Dentistry to provide oral health care for individuals in rural Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon. The University of Calgary is working with Mbarara University of Science and Technology to launch a health initiative that will meet emerging adolescent health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationtalk (NOSM) | Humber | CTV News (King’s) | Everything GP (UAlberta)UCalgary (National) Postsecondary partnerships focus on bringing health initiatives to the community Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
The Culinary College for Humanity, which has been proposed at Southwest Mission winery in Kelowna, has received cautious support from the Kelowna city council. The proposed college would offer six- to eight-month programs and is working to secure an accredited program through the Canadian Culinary Institute. Penticton Western News says that the council voted to send the project to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to gain approval of the non-farm use of the land, but have expressed concerns about other the use of the location as a hotel given the plans for the proposed facility. The facility expects to offer 150 beds in room and dorm-style accommodations in its eight-floor building. Proprietor Stephen Cipes has stated that students would be required to first enroll in classes before booking accommodations at the site. The councillors will have another opportunity to debate the appropriateness of the project if the ALC gives its approval. Penticton Western News (BC) Kelowna city council “cautiously supports” Culinary College for Humanity Top Ten 03/26/2021 - 04:58 03/26/2021 - 04:30
Graduate students and scholars who are early in their careers need to receive fair compensation for their academic work, writes Brian DeGrazia. The author explains that while work in areas like editing, translation, indexing, and research are valuable resume builders, completing work in these areas is often seen as a privilege, resulting in this work being paid less than market value. DeGrazia describes some best practices for those who are hiring for a position, which include offering a fair rate of pay, seeking funding to cover costs, and using proposals and contracts to clarify the work and pay. The article also details best practices for those who are being hired, including questioning if the work is worth taking on, considering the work alongside other opportunities, evaluating the proposal, and signing a contract or agreement. Inside Higher Ed (International) Appropriately compensating early-career scholars for academic work: Opinion Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
HEC Montréal has announced that its future downtown building, which is currently under construction, will be named after Hélène Desmarais in recognition of her contributions. The article explains that the name will honour Desmarais’s on-going commitment to HEC and will recognize a $7M donation from the Paul and Hélène Desmarais family. The donation will provide 60% of the funds for the construction of the building, which HEC anticipates completing in Fall 2022. The article says that this is the first time in the institution’s history that it has named one of its buildings. HEC (QC) HEC names downtown building after Hélène Desmarais Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
The University of Manitoba has announced that its board of governors have voted to increase tuition by an average of 3.75% next school year. Winnipeg Free Press says that the tuition hike came after a provincial funding cut of $5.9M and is estimated to generate $14.9M in tuition revenue. UManitoba’s new spending plan also includes investments in student support and learning, and includes $1M in assistance to support the “highest need” students; $1.2M to bolster online teaching; $250K to develop an equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy; and $850K on libraries. CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (MB) UManitoba students to experience 3.75% tuition increase Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
Leaders of the Parti Québécois, Bloc Québécois, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are responding to the comments posted on social media by University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran. “It’s been going on for five months,” said PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon in the Montreal Gazette . “We are not dealing anymore with freedom of expression now. We’re dealing with heinous and discriminatory speech.” Times Colonist says that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier François Legault have called for the comments to stop, and Legault has called for the university to condemn the comments. While the university has reportedly distanced itself from the comments, UOttawa President Jacques Frémont wrote that “freedom of expression ... is not a buffet where one can pick and choose what kind of speech is deemed acceptable or not.” Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet has called for UOttawa students to reconsider their studies if they are exposed to “Quebec-bashing” from Attaran. Montreal Gazette | Times Colonist (CP) | Journal de Montréal (QC) Political leaders call for “Quebec bashing” from UOttawa instructor to end Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
Brescia University College has announced that it has gained Blue Community certification through an initiative to ban sales of bottled water on campus. Through the initiative, Brescia has committed to recognizing water as a basic human right while taking steps to reduce its environmental footprint through pledging to ban sales of bottled water as of September 2021. “By taking this step, Brescia is showing leadership in the protection of water here in Canada and the promotion of the human right to water everywhere,” said Brescia Chancellor Maude Barlow. “We at Brescia are encouraging other post-secondary institutions to join us in and take the pledge to become a Blue Community.” Brescia says it is the second university in Canada and the first in Ontario to gain the certification. Brescia (ON) Brescia gains Blue Community certification Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
Microsoft Canada has announced that it has added eight postsecondary institutions to the Canada Skills Program. The program will support at least 2,000 additional students by providing them with in-demand tech certifications alongside their postsecondary credentials. The program has been expanded to New Brunswick Community College, Georgian College, Collège La Cité, McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, University of Waterloo, LaSalle College Vancouver, and Red River College. Students in the program gain access to training to achieve data analytics, AI, cloud, and Microsoft certifications with the goal of boosting the economy by preparing students for jobs in tech. Newswire (National) Microsoft adds eight postsecondary institutions to Canada Skills Program Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
Carleton University has partnered with the Bruyère Research Institute to establish a health tech partnership. The three-year initiative will see Carleton and the Bruyère Research Institute collaborating on research focused on remote and virtual care and on applications in biomedical engineering, software, sensors, and simulators. “Together we can make a real impact on the health and wellness of Canadians,” said Rafik Goubran, Carleton’s VP (Research and International). “Our goal is to accelerate promising research, generate new opportunities for collaboration, provide experiential learning opportunities for students, and engage industry, government and community partners. In this way, we can co-create novel solutions to improve the quality of health-care delivery.” Carleton also recently announced a Certificate in IP (Intellectual Property) Strategy to help support start-ups in developing IP strategies. Carleton (1) | Carleton (2) (ON) Carleton, Bruyère Research Institute partner on health tech Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
Holland College has announced that it will be launching two post-graduate certificate programs in Project Management and in Data Analytics. Both programs are designed to help students who have a degree from a postsecondary institution to augment their skills to prepare for the workforce. The Data Analytics program will allow students to develop the analytics skills that will help them understand business performances, predict future performance, and develop interventions. The Project Management program will train students in the skills, tools, and techniques they need to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and control projects in a wide variety of industries. Holland College (PE) Holland College launches Project Management, Data Analytics programs Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
Labour Education Applied Research North (LEARN) has published the results of a study on micro-credentials conducted by Academica Group. LEARN is a joint initiative between the Northern Alberta Development Council and five postsecondary institutions: Athabasca University, Grande Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, Northern Lakes College, and Portage College. The report explores policies, strategies, and trends related to micro-credentials with a focus on Northern Alberta. The study broadly found that there is a need to develop a common definition, as well as a framework for outcomes, assessments, and quality assurance in order to deliver micro-credentials effectively. NADC | Report (PDF) (AB) NADC LEARN publishes Academica research report on topic of micro-credentials Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
Parkland College and ATAP Infrastructure Management Ltd have partnered to provide training for water and wastewater operators. The Parkland and ATAP will provide Class 1 Water and Wastewater Operator training in courses. ATAP will contribute its established curriculum, instructors, and engineering knowledge, while Parkland will provide the learning management system, instructional design experience, and IT support. Courses will be taught through a blended delivery model that allows students flexibility in the scheduling and location of their training. “This agreement is a great opportunity for the College and the communities we serve,” said Parkland President Dr Mark Hoddenbagh. “Blended Learning will make it easier for communities and municipalities to access this important training and benefit from ATAP’s expertise.” Parkland (SK) Parkland, ATAP partner to deliver Water and Wastewater Operator training course Top Ten 03/25/2021 - 04:49 03/25/2021 - 04:30
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has partnered with Schneider Electric to complete phase two of NAIT’s Centre for Grid Innovation and extend the centre’s capacities. The partnership will support the installation of Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Microgrid Operation (EMO) and Microgrid Advisor for Energy Optimization and Economic Dispatch. The system will provide technologies to maximize renewable energy use and test connected and off-grid scenarios. "Our partnership with Schneider Electric is crucial in developing the infrastructure that our Centre for Grid Innovation uses to support companies in developing, testing, validating, and advancing products and training in the distributed energy field," said Sandra Marocco, VP Industry Partnerships and Chief Marketing Officer at NAIT. NewsWire (AB) NAIT, Schneider Electric partner on NAIT’s Centre for Grid Innovation Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries has announced that it will be providing $2.35M to the Ontario Hockey League to fund postsecondary education programs during COVID-19. The funds are part of the $15.3M that ON pledged to support sport and recreation organizations and high-performance athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Times Colonist explains that each of the 17 Ontario hockey clubs will receive $138K for player scholarship commitments, with more possibly providing funding to help the league return to play. Times Colonist | The Sudbury Star (ON) ON provides $2.35M to fund OHL postsecondary programs Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
The Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) has announced that the 10,000 Quebec college teachers it represents will be on strike as of March 30. The union membership has voted 73% in favour of a strike lasting “the equivalent of five days” and occurring at an “opportune moment.” Members of the CSQ are protesting the stalled negotiations with the government, as well as requesting more support for teachers and better salaries. Elementary and high school teachers represented by the CSQ will not participate in the work action. Montreal Gazette (QC) QC college teachers announce strike at “opportune moment” Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
The University of the Fraser Valley is embarking on a Building Renewal Project, funded by the Government of BC, that will see upgrades to the campus’s Building A. The project, which is “98% complete” according to UFV, includes improvements to the building’s exterior, energy efficiency, and updated infrastructure such as Wi-Fi, fibre networks, lighting, flooring, and window coverings. Classrooms have been repainted and touchless entry has been installed for access to A-East. “While we certainly miss the energy our students bring to campus, this project is another example of the work being done to ensure the best possible campus learning environment upon their return,” said UFV President Joanne MacLean. “We’re especially excited knowing this targeted capital funding from the Ministry will continue to help us engage learners, transform lives, and build community for generations to come.” BC | UFV (BC) UFV undertaking Building Renewal Project Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta and TELUS have entered a five-year partnership to establish a 5G “Living Lab” at UAlberta. A $15M investment from TELUS will allow UAlberta to acquire 5G infrastructure, which will enhance its capacity in areas such as precision agriculture and autonomous vehicle systems. “Having precision agriculture highlighted in the first stage of the partnership will create unique opportunities for us to generate new, innovative ideas with our partners,” said Stan Blade, dean of UAlberta’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. “Our expertise across the entire agrifood value chain and extensive industry collaborations will generate many new initiatives in both teaching and research using the strengths of the TELUS 5G Living Lab.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta, TELUS partner to establish 5G “Living Lab” at UAlberta Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
George Brown College and Sheridan College both recently announced new partnerships and programs to improve diversity and inclusion. George Brown has partnered with RBC and the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundations to produce a 13-week Foundations in Banking program. The program is for BIPOC youth who are interested in the financial sector, but face barriers including low income, underemployment, or unemployment. In addition to being considered for recruitment by RBC, each graduate will receive a certificate from George Brown. Sheridan has partnered with Pride at Work Canada to foster an inclusive and respectful workplace for 2SLGBTQ+ persons. Sheridan will create a dedicated profile page on the Pride at Work Canada’s website and have employment opportunities featured in the Pride at Work Canada’s job board database. Additionally, Sheridan employees will be able to access free webinars and workshops through the Pride at Work Canada’s webinar page. Nation Talk (George Brown) | Sheridan (ON) George Brown, Sheridan enter partnerships to foster diversity, inclusion Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
The Institut national de la recherche scientifique has announced the creation of five unités mixtes de recherché (UMR) in partnership with five universities in the Université du Québec network: Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, the Université du Québec à Rimouski, the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the Université du Québec en Outaouais, and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. The inter-university research units will prioritize research that will be strategic for Quebec, such as materials and technology for energy transition, cybersecurity, digital transformation to support regional development, sustainable health, and Indigenous studies. The project, which is funded through $15M from the Government of Quebec, will create three new professorships at each UMR. UQuébec (QC) INRS announces creation of five inter-university research units for strategic research Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
Western University has announced that it has joined the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), a national consortium of postsecondary partners devoted to creating more work experience opportunities for students. The membership will bolster Western’s student work-integrated learning opportunities in order to increase innovation and collaboration. “It’s all about offering the best preparation for, and careers in, the knowledge economy,” said Western president Alan Shepard. “Western has to be front and centre in this work, and we need to engage in ways that we haven’t always been. The Roundtable provides Western with a ready-made platform to collaborate with major institutional partners across the country that share the same goal.” Western (ON) Western joins Business + Higher Education Roundtable Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
Camosun College has announced that its Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (Renewable Energy) program has received accreditation by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). The accreditation, which is granted to programs that meet or exceed TAC’s criteria during an audit, will allow Camosun graduates to expedite their professional certification through Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC and other Canadian certifying bodies. “Receiving TAC accreditation for our program is an important way that we can demonstrate to our students the value of their credentials,” says Alan Duncan, Chair, Electronics and Computer Engineering Department at Camosun. It is the first program at Camosun to receive TAC accreditation. Camosun (BC) Camosun’s Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology receives TAC accreditation Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Alberta has announced that it will be scaling back its plans to implement performance-based funding this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AB will base each institution’s funding on their ability to meet work-integrated learning targets for a one-year term. Postsecondary institutions are responding by warning that the budget cuts will have an impact on AB’s economic growth, and that if institutions are unable to stay competitive, students will leave to pursue education in other provinces. The Association of Academic Staff at the University of Alberta (AASUA) have responded to the funding cuts by creating an online petition to attempt to reverse them. “[I]n order for the province to recover properly, economically, from COVID-19 we need the kind of innovation, research, creativity, (and) entrepreneurship, that only comes from a thriving post-secondary sector,” said AASUA president Ricardo Acuña. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | Edmonton Journal (AB) AB scales back performance-based funding, institutions concerned about budget cuts Top Ten 03/24/2021 - 04:50 03/24/2021 - 04:30
Blue Quills Literacy Centre, University nuxełhot’įnethaaɁehots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills, and St Paul Community Adult Learning Program at Portage College are launching the “Read Learn Laugh” program. The program will be supported by students in Portage’s Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Diploma Program and will focus on supporting Indigenous family literacy using books that contain both the nêhiyawêwin and English languages. “Read Learn Laugh is an excellent program to support literacy skills. Students in the Portage College Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Diploma Program will be making this innovative program available for learners as part of the Language Growth ELCC 222 course in the Spring of 2021,” said Patricia Flatla, Portage Program Coordinator. Portage (MB) Blue Quills Literacy Centre, UnBQ, Portage College partner on “Read Learn Laugh” program Top Ten 03/23/2021 - 04:46 03/23/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Nova Scotia has announced that it will be investing $16.8M into computer science programs in NS. The funds will support accelerated digital adaptation and the development of digital talent in NS, and will contribute to economic recovery. St Francis Xavier University will receive $794K to expand and enhance its computer science programs; Dalhousie University will receive $13.3M to support students, increase research capacity, and expand community engagement; Acadia University will receive $1.47M to improve access to digital training and enhance work with partners; and Saint Mary’s University will receive $1.27M. “Universities and the provincial government are taking a strategic approach to investments in the post secondary sector,” said SMU president Rob Summerby-Murray. “Investing in computing science and data analytics will have direct benefits for our youth and our province’s prosperity.” NS | StFX | Dal (NS) NS invests $16.8M in computer science programs Top Ten 03/23/2021 - 04:46 03/23/2021 - 04:30
Brandon University has announced that it will expand its Co-operative Education Program by 450 spaces, thanks to funding provided by RBC Future Launch. The funds will focus on expanding Co-op placements for Metis students, international students, students with disabilities, and students from rural backgrounds. “Students are so excited by the opportunity to jump right in that Co-op provides them, and it’s so satisfying to find a great match between student and employer,” said BrandonU’s Co-operative Program Coordinator. “Employers also see the benefit, as early as Day 1, and that is success we can judge from the employers who come back to the program year after year.” BrandonU (AB) BrandonU expands co-op program by 450 spaces through RBC Future Launch investment Top Ten 03/23/2021 - 04:46 03/23/2021 - 04:30
An instructor from York University is no longer teaching a course after a series of messages with a student who was seeking deferral of an exam. CBC reports that a student living in Myanmar asked for a deferral after the Myanmar military coup cutting off internet and cellular services, but that the instructor denied the request. When the student asked if they needed to worry about the test, The Guardian reports that the instrutor responded: “Of course you should. The next time you miss something, it’s over. […] Your remarks (both related to this course and to your home country) made me wonder how you understand reality.” YorkU has responded by confirming that it is taking steps to address the situation, including contacting the student to assure them that they would receive accommodations and making alternate arrangements for the course’s instruction. CBC | YorkU | The Guardian | The Star (ON) YorkU instructor no longer teaching course after denying accommodation to student Top Ten 03/23/2021 - 04:46 03/23/2021 - 04:30
Red Deer College students are staging a “Collective Day of Action” to encourage the Government of Alberta to approve RDC’s proposed degrees. The Students’ Association explained that RDC’s lack of degrees is forcing some students to move out of the region to earn a degree, and that the situation is difficult for 167 psychology students who were in collaborative degrees with the University of Calgary that have since been cancelled. “We do not need to be a university or a polytechnic to have degrees. If the minister needs a pen, the students of Red Deer College easily can get him a pen,” said association president Brittany Lausen. “How long will government make us wait?” RDC has submitted five degrees for AB’s approval, including Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science Psychology, Bachelor of Arts Psychology, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science Biology degrees. RDNewsNOW | Red Deer Advocate (AB) RDC students stage “Collective Day of Action,” request approval of degrees Top Ten 03/23/2021 - 04:46 03/23/2021 - 04:30
Recent reports documenting the employment prospects of PhD graduates highlight the need for programs to change to fit the outcomes, writes Diane Peters. Recent reports from universities such as Concordia University, McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Alberta, and University of British Columbia have found that a minority of PhDs go on to hold tenure-track positions. The author explains that while graduates found meaningful employment, it was “seldom” in the jobs for which their program prepared them. The article argues that changes such as less intensive comprehensives, lowered dissertation expectations, and integrated professional development opportunities can help prepare graduate students for meaningful employment. University Affairs (National) PhD graduates seldom find jobs in the areas their programs prepare them for: Report Top Ten 03/23/2021 - 04:46 03/23/2021 - 04:30
More postsecondary institutions have reported COVID-19 outbreaks on campus. Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo are impacted by connected outbreaks; Waterloo Public Health has connected least 23 COVID-19 cases to student gatherings that occurred in three different homes. Trent University’s Gzowski College residence is now experiencing an outbreak and has been issued a Section 22 order to control infections. Luther College has shut down and will continue remote learning until after the Easter break after two students tested positive for COVID-19. Dorm students will be required to complete 14 days of quarantine. Global News (1) | Global News (2) | Global News (3) (ON) Postsecondary institutions respond to COVID-19 outbreaks Top Ten 03/23/2021 - 04:46 03/23/2021 - 04:30
Laurentian University community members and OCUFA have expressed dismay at the university’s being excluded from the $106M in funding provided by the Government of Ontario to postsecondary institutions. The funds were to go to institutions that had been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, explains The Sudbury Star but Laurentian, which has declared insolvency, was excluded. “It is beyond comprehension that this government would allocate $106.4 million to public post-secondary institutions in Ontario and not spend a single penny to support the only public post-secondary institution in Ontario currently facing insolvency,” said OCUFA President Rahul Sapra. Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano responded that “[a]t this time, a one-time injection of funding through this COVID-19 Support Fund is not going to fix the significant long-term and systemic challenges faced by Laurentian.” The Sudbury Star (1) | The Sudbury Star (2) | Newswire (OPSEU) (ON) Laurentian excluded from $106M ON COVID-19 funding Top Ten 03/23/2021 - 04:46 03/23/2021 - 04:30
Capilano University and Fleming College have announced a 2+2 block agreement that will allow graduates of Fleming’s Tourism - Global Travel and Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurants Operations diploma programs to complete a Bachelor of Tourism Management degree at CapilanoU. The pathway will prepare graduates to lead the tourism industry’s post-pandemic economic recovery. “Hospitality and tourism have been two of the hardest hit industries over the course of this pandemic,” said Fleming president Maureen Adamson. “With people eagerly waiting for the opportunity to travel again when it is safe to do so, Fleming’s cross-country partnership with CapU will prepare our students with the skills and training that will be in high demand.” Fleming (ON | BC) CapilanoU, Fleming announce tourism 2+2 agreement Top Ten 03/23/2021 - 04:46 03/23/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Prince Edward Island is investing over $2M to make PEI’s postsecondary education more affordable. $500K will support the Island Advantage Bursary, $200K will go to the Experiential Learning Fund, and additional funding will support initiatives such as the UPEI Open Education Resource Development Program and Mental Health Supports Grants. The University of Prince Edward Island, Holland College, and Collège de l'Île will also receive 2% budget increases to keep tuition low. “Helping students by reducing barriers to post-secondary education is an essential part of our COVID economic recovery,” said Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning Natalie Jameson. PEI (PE) PEI invests over $2M in support for students Top