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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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 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
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

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)

QC, ON, NS release postsecondary funding plans Top Ten 03/29/2021 - 04:00 03/29/2021 - 03:30

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)

CICan launches national framework for micro-credentials 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)

AU’s PowerED extends offerings to CPHR Alberta members 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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

OCAD University has announced the launch of a new Centre for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora, which will showcase the works of Black artists and craftspeople from across Canada. Dr Andrea Fatona, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production, is leading the centre. “Anti-Black racism has shaped the way in which Blackness has been present in Canada, and also incredibly absent,” said Dr Fatona. “So, this project is about rectifying that erasure or minimal exposure, and achieving formal recognition of Black folks who have contributed to the sphere of fine arts in Canada.” Work is being done by Dr Fatona and her team to research, identify, and digitize visual artworks produced by Black Canadians from 1987 to the present. A team of experts is serving as an advisory committee to guide the work. OCADU (ON)

OCADU launches Centre for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30

The Government of Ontario has announced a $106.4M investment in Canadian colleges and universities to support the sustainability of the postsecondary sector. This fund will provide immediate, targeted support for the institutions that are most affected by decreases in tuition and ancillary revenues and have incurred expenses related to the pandemic. ON also announced it will be expanding the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to include nearly 600 micro-credentials, ensuring financial assistance for more learners to upskill or reskill to meet the needs of industry. Last year, ON announced it would be investing in the establishment of micro-credentials in the province. ON (1) | ON (2) (ON)

ON announces new supports for PSE, OSAP for micro-credentials Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30

The Government of Canada will be investing $12M over four years to fund the Bursary Program for Post-Secondary Studies in French as a Second Language. The program gives bursaries to Anglophone students who are pursuing postsecondary studies in French, with students who are facing financial difficulties or who are from underrepresented groups receiving special attention. The program aims to contribute to bilingualism through supporting students in building employable language skills. “Pursuing a post-secondary education in their second official language is a big step,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages. “The Government of Canada is committed to helping them succeed, because they are laying the foundation for strong and sustainable bilingualism that benefits everyone.” CBC | NewsWire (National)

Canada invests $12M in bursaries for Anglophone students studying in French Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30

False claims of Indigenous heritage that take advantage of postsecondary educational opportunities are becoming increasingly common, writes Sarah Jacknife, and need to be addressed by postsecondary institutions. The author explains that non-Indigenous students are increasingly capitalizing on the opportunity to self-declare a Métis Indigenous identity to gain resources such as academic grants, but choose not to speak out about racism or build the community. The article describes how postsecondary institutions need to develop policies to create guidelines about documentation and Indigenous heritage, and to create a process for complex cases. “[S]elf-identification policies need to be developed to ensure that education is accessible to those who need it the most,” concludes Jacknife. CBC (National)

Addressing false claims of Indigenous heritage: Opinion Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30

The Government of Alberta has announced that AB postsecondary institutions are expected to prepare for an in-person fall semester. CBC says that the Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides and the province’s chief medical officer of health Dr Deena Hinshaw will be working together to ensure that the transition back to campus in September is done safely. “I encourage all post-secondary institutions, students and families to prepare for a full return to on-campus learning this September,” said Nicolaides. “As we plan to transition back to in-person learning, the safety of students, staff and faculty will be our top priority.” CBC (AB)

AB expects postsecondary institutions to resume in-person learning for fall semester Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30

Laurentian University president Robert Haché has urged all parties involved in mediation to “come together as a community and find a solution that moves us forward,” and has emphasized that if Laurentian’s restructuring plans are not approved, Laurentian will cease to function on April 30. Elliot Lake Today explained that some Laurentian Senate members have been displeased with the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act’s tight timeline and have attempted to make a motion that would allow more time for discussion of the proposals. “If we are not successful in mediation with all the different parties, including the Senate, if the recommendation to the Senate is turned down, the university will cease to function as of April 30,” said Haché. “There’s nobody out there with a big cheque for us.” Elliot Lake Today (ON)

Laurentian president urges Senate, other parties to work together Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30

Ducks Unlimited Canada is launching the Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) Endowed Chair in Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation at the University of Saskatchewan. The endowed chair, funded through a $5M fundraising initiative, will focus on research relating to wetland and waterfowl conservation, which will connect to global issues such as water and food security. Mitch Weegman has been appointed chair, and will research environmental issues as well as spend time teaching and mentoring USask students. “In the coming years, Mitch and his students will launch new projects and collaborations to build upon USask’s already established research excellence,” said Peta Bonham-Smith, dean of the College of Arts and Science at USask. “We are proud to partner with Ducks Unlimited Canada on advancing conservation science and creating outstanding new opportunities for our students.” DUC | USask (SK)

DUC, USask launch Ducks Unlimited Endowed Chair Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30

The London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), Knighthunter, and Outcome Campus Connect (OCC) have partnered with Western University and Fanshawe College to support students and recent graduates seeking employment in the region. The partnership will allow local employers to post directly on Western’s and Fanshawe’s job opportunity pages using OCC’s technology. “This first of its kind multi-faceted partnership will make it easier for young talent to find local employment opportunities while giving employers more exposure to a talent pipeline,” said Kapil Lakhotia, President & CEO London Economic Development Corporation. “This strategic alliance incorporates bridging support for young people, employers and industry with leading technology.” LEDC (ON)

Western, Fanshawe partner with LEDC, Knighthunter, OCC Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30

Journal de Montréal reports that Amir Attaran, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, has made racial statements about Québec and Québec’s government on social networks. The articles state that Attaran refers to Québec as a racist province, calls premier François Legault a white supremacist, and accuses Québec of practicing “medical lynching” in the deaths of Indigenous and Black people. Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon has told the Montréal Gazette that the party intends to file a complaint with UOttawa over these statements. Journal de Montréal explains that though UOttawa is dissociating itself from Attaran’s comments, it is not able to intervene because of issues around freedom of expression, as the statements were made outside of UOttawa. Journal de Montréal (1) | Journal de Montréal (2) | Journal de Montréal (3) | Montréal Gazette (QC)

UOttawa professor attacks Québec in racial statements on social networks Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30

Brock University has announced that its Goodman School of Business has received the Business School Impact System (BSIS) label, which recognizes the local and global contributions that the School makes. The BSIS external review highlights Goodman’s economic impact, co-op students, experiential class projects, faculty service hours, and diversity. “The report identifies areas for us to apply our resources to further enhance our local and global impact,” said Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes. “Following through on the recommendations is an important part of attaining the BSIS label and we are excited to move forward on implementing them.” Brock says that Goodman is the third North American business school to receive this label. Brock (ON)

Brock’s Goodman School of Business receives BSIS label Top Ten 03/22/2021 - 03:49 03/22/2021 - 03:30
A University of Prince Edward Island professor has designed a “plagiarism-resistant” method of administering online exams. Yingwei Wang, an associate professor of computer science at UPEI, found plagiarism to be a growing issue during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the switch to online learning. Wang designed the TSINC method (Time-pressed, Sequential, Individualized, Not searchable, Calibration) to keep students from cheating while taking online exams. Exams using this method are time-pressed so that students cannot spend time plagiarizing; sequential, so that students cannot revisit questions later in the exam; and individualized, with a unique question order for each student. They also use wording that is designed to not be searchable, and grades are “calibrated” after the exam to compensate for the extra difficulty of this testing method. CBC (PE) UPEI professor designs “plagiarism-resistant” exams Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced the establishment of the Staffing Supply Accelerator Group, which will implement a health care recruitment and training program. The program will increase staffing supply for long-term care through expanding and accelerating PSW, RPN, and nursing education and training. The group will focus on four priorities: Building an “Earn-as-you-Learn” PSW pathway, bridging pathways to enable PSWs to become RPNs and RPNs to become RNs, increasing enrolment and accelerating program completion, and removing barriers for internationally trained professionals to be qualified to practice. “There is an urgent need to accelerate and expand the training and education of personal support workers, registered practical nurses, and registered nurses to meet the targets we set in the long-term care staffing plan,” said ON Minister of Long-Term Care Dr Merrilee Fullerton. ON (ON) ON announces Staffing Supply Accelerator Group Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
The University of Lethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business has announced that it will be including an Indigenous course requirement for students completing its core business degree. The requirement was implemented in response to the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. It will also ensure that business students have adequate knowledge of Indigenous issues. “Business students used to be able to operate without knowledge of Indigenous history or governance, but this has changed,” said Don McIntyre, a Dhillon School of Business professor and researcher and a member of the Wolf Clan from Lake Timiskaming First Nation. “We’re now seeing instances where businesses are failing because they don’t have the subsequent knowledge of the people and land they’re trying to grow their business with and on.” ULethbridge (AB) ULethbridge includes Indigenous course requirement in core business degree Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Jamaican Defense Force’s (JDF) Caribbean Military Academy have signed a MOU that will allow them to partner on military and law enforcement training. The partnership will allow Sask Polytech and the JDF to collaborate to design training in areas such as Leadership Skills, Parts Management Technician, Warehouse Worker, and Master trainer’s instructor. Caribbean Military Academy students will be able to have their skills and knowledge recognized through course work and Prior Learning and Recognition credits at Sask Polytech. “This agreement paves the way for the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through military experience to be applied as credit for placement towards a certificate, diploma or degree co-branded by the Caribbean Military Academy and Sask Polytech,” said Sask Polytech president Dr Larry Rosia. Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech, CMA sign MOU on military, law enforcement training Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions should institutionalize mentorship by building formal mentorship programs, write Joya Misra, Ember Skye Kanelee, and Ethel L Mickey. The authors describe how creating mentorship programs can contribute to building an inclusive environment, and can bolster the career success of women or underrepresented faculty members. To develop a mentorship plan, the article suggests planning individual, team, and mutual mentorship opportunities; supporting faculty through regular meetings with chairs; and assessment-focused meetings with committees. The article also notes the importance of creating professional development opportunities for faculty through professionalization seminars, workshops, writing accountability groups, and opportunities to work with professional editors. The authors conclude by emphasizing the importance of recognizing excellent mentoring. Inside Higher Ed (National) Institutionalizing mentorship through formal mentorship programs: Opinion Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph’s Gordon S Lang School of Business and Economics has gained international accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). To achieve the accreditation, the Lang School underwent a rigorous accreditation process to ensure that it possessed the necessary resources and commitment to provide students with future-focused business education. “Earning accreditation from AACSB is a significant step forward for the Lang School and reflects the dedication of our world-class faculty and professional staff,” said Lang School Dean Lysa Porth. “This accreditation will enhance opportunities for research partnerships, academic collaborations, and international networking and validates our extensive work in creating an engaging and transformational learning environment for our students.” UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph’s Lang School receives AACSB accreditation Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
Medicine Hat College is launching a humanities and social sciences diploma. The program will allow students to develop skills in areas such as communications, cultural foundations, and humanities while enhancing their critical thinking skills. Students in the program will participate in work-integrated learning experiences to gain connections and real-world insight. Courses from the two-year program can also be transferred to fulfil degree requirements at partner universities. “The diverse selection of courses in varied fields of study, in this exciting new offering, encourages students to explore education pathways tailored to their own interests and passions,” said Clayton Bos, interim Dean of Arts, Science, and Education. MHC (AB) MHC launches humanities and social sciences diploma Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
Genome Canada recently announced $8.6M in funding for five research projects that will support healthier Canadians and a resilient food supply. The funds will be supplemented by an additional $17.8M in co-funding from provincial governments, businesses, and research partners. The projects, which are focused on research issues that range from atrial fibrillation to gill disease in salmon farms, will see researchers from the University of Ottawa, the University of Manitoba, the University of Prince Edward Island, and Université Laval collaborate with industry and health organizations. “Genomics has enormous potential to improve Canadians’ lives and to advance post-pandemic economic recovery,” said Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry François-Philippe Champagne. “Investments, like the one we are making today in genomics research, help keep Canadians healthy and help keep our industries productive, sustainable and competitive globally.” Genome Canada | UPEI (National) Genome Canada announces $8.6M for health, food supply research Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
International students from the University of Moncton’s Shippagan campus are helping to alleviate the labour shortage in New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula. CBC explains that the region is seeing its population age and decline, but that international students have provided a boost to the population and fill local labour needs while providing diversity. UMoncton’s Shippagan campus dean of studies Yves Bourgeois explained that there has been a constant increase in international students in the last few years due to efforts from UMoncton. “It required a lot of work from recruiting to admissions to enrolment to student experience,” said Bourgeois. “We’ve had to change mindsets and change culture and add programs.” CBC (NB) UMoncton international students alleviate Acadian Peninsula labour shortage Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary education can be made more affordable through the use of open education resources (OER), write Alberta university students Chaten Jessel, Jemma Forgie, and David Draper. The authors argue that instead of opting for expensive textbooks offered by corporations, OER textbook alternatives would be an affordable alternative that could be created in Alberta. “A $200 textbook on its own can be a huge hurdle, but when you’re taking five, maybe six, classes, the cost of textbooks gets ludicrous. For people who are already struggling, free alternatives like OER can make a real difference,” said University of Calgary student Connor Braun. In addition to decreasing cost for students, OER resources often involve students working alongside educators in a collaborative process, allowing students to gain employable skills in areas such as research, editing, publishing, and policy. Edmonton Journal (AB) Using OER to make PSE more affordable for students: Opinion Top Ten 03/19/2021 - 04:49 03/19/2021 - 04:30
A report released by the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC) and the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) found that women certificate holders working in the skilled trades earn 47% of what men make on average. The findings showed that women in Red Seal trades made around half of what men made in the first year following certification, that women generally are over-represented in the lowest-earning trade category with exceptions in fields such as hairstylists, cooks, and bakers. “Our report acknowledges the sizeable differences in pay between men and women which, among other factors, may contribute to why few women participate in the trades,” said Steven Tobin, Executive Director at LMIC. The report additionally found that apprenticeship completers earn approximately 10% more than their trade qualifier counterparts. NewsWire (National) Women in Red Seal trades earn on average half of what men earn: Report Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 03:51 03/18/2021 - 03:30
Learning management systems (LMS) at postsecondary institutions need to be reimagined to provide students with adequate support, writes Steven Mintz. The author explains that the digital learning environments that vendors provide are often clunky and difficult to use. Mintz suggests that the LMS should be student centred, comprehensive, and integrated, as well as providing resources such as an academic calendar, dashboard, and communication tools. The author gives eight tips for the redesign of digital learning environments, which include reimagining user experience, reinventing the online experience, and providing data dashboards. Mintz also explains that students need their LMS to give them easy access to advising, enable network and portfolio building, and integrate active learning tools into courses. Inside Higher Ed (International) Reimagining digital learning environments: Opinion Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 03:51 03/18/2021 - 03:30
Mount Royal University has launched a four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree, which has received Canadian Association for Social Work Education pre-accreditation. The program will train students through courses in social work practice, theory, policy, and research, and will prepare students to work with children, families, and communities. The Calgary Herald says that the degree is unique in that it is the only degree in Alberta to offer direct entry into a four-year BSW program. “Social workers are essential workers and this pandemic above all else has demonstrated that social workers are positioned to help develop and strengthen connections between people. The BSW degree is something our employment community and our students have all asked for,” says Dr Yasmin Dean, Chair of MRU’s Department of Child Studies and Social Work at MRU. MRU | Calgary Herald (AB) MRU launches four-year BSW degree Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 03:51 03/18/2021 - 03:30
Humber College has launched an independent nursing degree, making it the first college to do so through the Government of Ontario pathways for nursing education policy. Through the policy, Humber, which has been offering a Bachelor of Nursing program through collaboration with the University of New Brunswick, will now offer a stand-alone Bachelor of Science nursing degree program. “We have a long history of delivering high-quality nursing education and look forward to continuing that tradition by offering one of the first standalone nursing degrees at an Ontario college,” said Humber President Chris Whitaker. “This degree will prepare students for healthcare careers through our signature polytechnic mix of career-focused theory and hands-on learning.” ON | Humber (ON) Humber launches nursing degree through ON pathways for nursing education policy Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 03:51 03/18/2021 - 03:30
The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) has reported that enrolment in Maritime universities has remained stable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of international students decreased by 3.8%, while the number of Atlantic province students increased by 1.1%. The number of Canadian students from other Canadian regions increased by 3.9%. Undergraduate enrolment was up by 0.7%, while graduate enrolment fell by 0.9%. “While this preliminary data collection gives us a big picture of enrolment trends in the region, the Commission will be conducting a more detailed data collection from universities at the end of the academic year to further explore the impact of the pandemic on student enrolment, persistence and course load,” said MPHEC CEO Catherine Stewart. CBC | Release (PDF) | Report (PDF) (NB | NS | PE) Maritimes university enrolment remains stable during pandemic: Report Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 03:51 03/18/2021 - 03:30
The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) has reported that enrolment in Maritime universities has remained stable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of international students decreased by 3.8%, while the number of Atlantic province students increased by 1.1%. The number of Canadian students from other Canadian regions increased by 3.9%. Undergraduate enrolment was up by 0.7%, while graduate enrolment fell by 0.9%. “While this preliminary data collection gives us a big picture of enrolment trends in the region, the Commission will be conducting a more detailed data collection from universities at the end of the academic year to further explore the impact of the pandemic on student enrolment, persistence and course load,” said MPHEC CEO Catherine Stewart. CBC | Release (PDF) | Report (PDF) (NB | NS | PE) Trent, Fleming announce four diploma-to-degree pathways Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 03:51 03/18/2021 - 03:30
Camosun College, the University of the Fraser Valley, and Lethbridge College are offering new micro-credentials to fill industry needs. Camosun has partnered with Passive House Canada to provide three micro-credentials in Advanced Skills for Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings. These micro-credentials are stackable, and students are prepared to take the Passive House Institute’s Certified Passive House Designer exam. UFV is offering pilot micro-credential program in Digital Marketing fundamentals. The courses cover topics such as graphic design, content promotion, and report writing, and are stackable to lead to university credits. Lethbridge College’s Aquaculture Centre of Excellence has launched nine micro-credentials in aquaponics and food production. Students can choose the combination of micro-credentials that will give them the knowledge they need in the industry. Lethbridge | Camosun | UFV (AB | BC) Camosun, UFV, Lethbridge launch new micro-credentials Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 03:51 03/18/2021 - 03:30
The University of Sudbury has announced plans to break off from the Laurentian federation to form an independent French-language school. Due to concerns about the effects of Laurentian’s restructuring on Francophone and Indigenous studies programs, The Sudbury Star reports that USudbury is making moves to ensure the survival of these programs. USudbury’s board has reached out to the Assembly of the Francophonie and Indigenous organizations to invite them to “help create institutions by and for Indigenous people, by and for francophones.” “We have to know our history to know who we are and to know where we are going, and the history of our federation is connected to our community — Indigenous, francophone, anglophone and many other communities, but those are core communities,” said USudbury president John Meehan. The Sudbury Star | Nation Talk (ON) USudbury announces plans to break off from Laurentian federation, form francophone university Top Ten 03/21/2021 - 13:31 03/18/2021 - 03:30
HEC Montréal and the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet @ Campus program have partnered to engage students in events that focus on environmental preservation. Through the partnership, postsecondary students at HEC Montréal will gain access to sustainable development initiatives and activities that will be designed to address biodiversity loss and climate change. The School will organize at least three events each year, which will be chosen in consultation with students. Additionally, students will be able to earn WWF’s Living Planet Leader title through participation in both curricular and extra-curricular activities related to sustainable development. HEC Montréal (QC) HEC Montréal, Living Planet @ Campus partner on environmental preservation events Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 03:51 03/18/2021 - 03:30
University of Alberta pharmacy students are completing practicums through administering COVID-19 vaccines. Pharmacy students in their third year are trained to administer shots and practice this skill through a practicum that can last up to 32 weeks. U of A practicum student Mina Nagib described the celebratory atmosphere, saying that “[p]eople came dressed up to get their vaccine, wearing suits or traditional dress.” “This represents an opportunity for our students to participate in a much-needed public health activity that will save lives,” said Ann Thompson, assistant dean of Experiential Education for pharmacy students at UAlberta. “They get authentic, real-world experience to prepare them for the practice environment they are about to enter.” Edmonton Journal (AB) UAlberta pharmacy students administer COVID-19 vaccinations Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 03:51 03/18/2021 - 03:30
People supervising graduate or undergraduate students should continue to improve communication with students and to strive to learn more about how they can effectively interact with students in virtual spaces, write Memorial University Associate Professor Meghan Burchell and University of Toronto Lecturer Madeleine Mant. The authors offer 10 tips for effectively supervising students remotely, including valuing healthy working habits and organizational skills, virtual and real time management, and building trust with students. The authors explain that supervisors should also identify student skills and needs in order to provide them with opportunities, pay students for contributions, increase accessibility, and adjust expectations. University Affairs (National) Tips to improve relationship between supervisors and students: Opinion Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
Western University and the London Economic Development Corporation have partnered to create the Social Science Career Apprenticeship pilot program. The program will help Western’s Faculty of Social Science graduates find employment by providing them with paid 12-month, full-time apprenticeships. Employers will receive four months of salary reimbursement if they hire graduates in the program. “It’s critical that students find employment as soon as possible after graduation,” said program sponsor Alan Rottenberg. “We know students who are underemployed or unemployed upon graduation suffer a five-year lag versus students who land their first career-related job right out of university.” Western (ON) Western, LEDC partner on apprenticeship pilot program for social sciences Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
The University of Calgary’s UCeed program has received a $2.5M donation from the United Way of Calgary and Area. The donation, which will be given over five years, will support organizations that are focused on solving complex social challenges. “Social innovation offers tremendous potential to improve quality of life with collaborations that renew existing processes and address social needs through new products, services, policies and programs,” said UCalgary President Ed McCauley. “The UCeed Social Impact Fund will spark more innovation and help commercialize new technologies by providing much-needed funding to startup companies promoting social impact.” UCalgary (AB) UCalgary receives $2.5M from United Way of Calgary and Area Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada’s Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) has announced that it has awarded $274M in research grants to fund 354 health-related projects across Canada through its Fall 2020 competition. CIHR provided over $9.7M in funding to 97 priority announcement grants and $296.5K through 11 supplemental prizes. “This funding will help our researchers advance innovation in research designed to better understand human health and to benefit Canadians,” said Kimberly Woodhouse, Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University. CIHR (Results) | Queen’s (National) CIHR announce $274M in research funding for 354 health-related projects Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
As Laurentian University continues to work through its current situation, the community is discussing the impacts on the Université de Sudbury and the Indigenous Studies programs. CBC reports that L'Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario recently stated that it supports USudbury in becoming a French-only school, which has created concerns from some students at the institution. Page Chartrand, a major in Indigenous studies, explained that “it’s a bit of a question of uncertainty in the terms of what happens to the Indigenous studies program,” as this is the institution’s largest program and it is in English. USudbury professor Dr. Mary Ann Corbiere and former USudbury instructor Dr. Darrel Manitowabi wrote in an article for Anishinabek News that the situation risks losing the “major strides” forward that USudbury and Laurentian have made by offering Indigenous academic programming. Corbiere and Manitowabi add that if Laurentian students no longer enroll in USudbury’s Indigenous Studies courses, USudbury will not be supported through tuition transfers from Laurentian. CBC | Anishinabek News (ON) Community discussing impacts on Indigenous Studies, French education at USudbury Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
HEC Montréal has announced the launch of a Scale AI Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence for Urban Mobility and Logistics. The research chair will receive $1M over the course of five years and is co-funded by HEC Montréal and Scale AI. The chair has been conferred to Carolina Osorio, who will focus on the optimization and modelling of urban logistics and mobility systems with a focus on providing solutions to issues with transporting people or goods. HEC Montréal (QC) HEC Montréal launches research chair with AI-focus Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
Durham College and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) have renewed a partnership that will support skilled trades development and training. OPG’s Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability has provided $500K to support the college’s Whitby Campus Expansion project, and Durham will train OPG employees in return. “In choosing to direct funds to the college’s latest capital project, which will see an additional 750 seats added at the Whitby campus, they are helping DC continue our tradition of educational excellence,” said Durham President Don Lovisa, “while also ensuring there is a pipeline of qualified graduates to support the success of the nuclear industry as a whole and help OPG achieve their organizational goals.” Durham (ON) Durham, OPG renew partnership to support skilled trades development and training Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
The First Nations University of Canada’s Master of Indigenous Social Work (MISW) Program has been granted a four-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. FNUniv states that the program met the accreditation standards with two conditions that must be addressed within the term. “The INSW Faculty takes great pride in receiving an additional 4yrs of accreditation for the MISW program,” said Dr Jason Albert, Indigenous Social Work Program Chair at FNUniv. “The MISW is in a great position and this can be attributed to all the hard work from everyone involved.” Nation Talk (SK) FNUniv MISW program receives four-year reaccreditation Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
Students, instructors, and community members at the University of Alberta have released an open letter calling for the end to UAlberta’s police liaison officer program. The letter argues that the program, which is a collaboration between Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and the University of Alberta Protective Services, does not increase student safety. UAlberta student Shima Robinson argued that “[t]he officialized relationship between the university and EPS is inconsistent with the claims the university has made to being an institution that uplifts the whole people.” “We will create ways to effectively engage with and hear from our community about how to achieve safety, support, and inclusivity,” said UAlberta Deputy Provost Wendy Rodgers and Safety and Security Committee Chair James Allen in a joint statement. The Gateway Online (AB) UAlberta community members call for end to police liaison officer program Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada needs to invest in the infrastructure of universities, writes Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada. Canadian postsecondary institutions often have buildings and infrastructure that was built during the 60s and 70s, and now needs repair or upgrading. Furthermore, institutions require support from the government on green infrastructure initiatives, as Davidson notes that half of the “shovel-ready” projects are focused on green infrastructure and energy efficiency. He also emphasizes that projects must keep accessibility in mind to ensure that in-class learning is accessible for all students. “With the right support to improve infrastructure, universities could deliver tangible economic and environmental results in every region of Canada,” concludes Davidson. Universities Canada (National) Universities need federal infrastructure funding for funding, green initiatives: Opinion Top Ten 03/17/2021 - 04:51 03/17/2021 - 04:30
The University of Ottawa has announced plans to expand French teachers’ education at the university’s Windsor campus. UOttawa will spend $1.2M to renovate a new location for the Windsor campus, which will enable the campus to double the number of students on-site and add a new junior/intermediate teaching program. It will also accommodate a master’s degree program, professional development, and will serve as a community hub for French speakers. “This project will enable us to considerably increase our capacity to educate future teachers in Southwest Ontario, and to diversify our program offerings in Windsor," said Richard Barwell, dean of UOttawa’s faculty of education. CBC (ON) UOttawa expands French teachers’ education at Windsor campus Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30
The Gaelic College will be creating a satellite campus in Mabou, Cape Breton, through $1.92M in funding from the Government of Nova Scotia. The funding will transform the former St Joseph’s Convent and Renewal Centre into Mabou Hill College, also known as Beinn Mhàbu. The college will offer a foundation year program with options to study Gaelic culture and history, with select for-credit courses provided by Cape Breton University. Mabou Hill College will also house artists-in-residence, a Gaelic Medium School, and a Gaelic radio station. “The Gaelic culture, Mi'kmaw culture, African Nova Scotian culture, all those things really help to ensure that we have celebration of our traditions and, again, the economic benefits are huge,” said Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin. CBC | Chronicle Herald (NS) Gaelic College to create Mabou Hill College satellite campus Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30
Students and faculty are pushing back against Bill 33, which they say will make it possible for the Government of Manitoba to set tuition and student fees or make some student fees optional, potentially threatening student-led initiatives. Winnipeg Free Press explains that student and faculty organizations are calling for MB to withdraw the bill because of its negative impact on academic freedom and student services. “To perform their mission, universities must be free from political interference over academic matters,” said Scott Forbes, president of the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations. MB Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Wayne Ewasko has responded to the concerns by tweeting that many services would not be affected, explaining that Bill 33 “excludes fees set by student unions or associations from future tuition and student fee guidelines.” CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (MB) MB students, faculty push back against Bill 33 Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30
The University of Toronto Mississauga, in partnership with Redbird Circle Inc, has launched the Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program. The program will provide support to Indigenous students and alumni from all three U of T campuses. The training uses the medicine wheel as a teaching tool, and students will build foundational knowledge in lessons about personal development, healing, reconciliation, and community building, before using the knowledge in a venture or community project-creation. “The history of oppression of Indigenous Peoples in Canada creates unique challenges for their participation in entrepreneurship, and we hope this program will help level the playing field,” says Ignacio Mongrell, assistant director of ICUBE. U of T (ON) UTM, Redbird Circle Inc launch Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions in Ontario and Saskatchewan are discussing changes to enrolments and applications. The Ontario Universities’ Application Centre has noted that high school students have submitted around 10,000 more applications to universities this year. In contrast, The London Free Press says applications to ON colleges has dropped almost 6%. “It seems to be consistent across the board for all colleges that direct student numbers have declined and to varying degrees the non-direct students have climbed,” said Fanshawe Student Recruitment Officer Devin Robinson. CTV News reports that the University of Saskatchewan has seen an increase in applications for its College of Medicine and College of Nursing, with a 12% increase in applicants to the nursing program. “I think as the months have unfolded and people have really seen the impact of nursing and other members of the healthcare team, and really their ability and their desire to sacrifice for the greater good, has been inspiring,” said College of Nursing Associate Dean Hope Bilinski. London Free Press | CTV News (ON | SK) ON, SK postsecondary institutions discuss changes to enrolment, applications Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30
Mount Saint Vincent University has announced that Mary Bluechardt has stepped down from her role as president early. CBC says that Bluechardt, whose term was set to expire on June 30, 2022, had to state her intention to renew the contract by Jan 1, 2021. MSVU Board of Governors Chair Anne McGuire said Bluechardt had “recently announced” that she was not planning to reoffer. “In light of this, the Board and Dr. Bluechardt have agreed that she will leave the University before the end of her term to permit the Board to move forward on the search process and for Dr. Bluechardt to pursue other opportunities, including her focus on national and provincial board work,” said McGuire. Former MSVU president Ramona Lumpkin will return as interim president. CBC (NS) MSVU announces Bluechardt stepping down as president Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30
Faculty members are becoming more aware of the work that staff members do, writes Jenae Cohn, but many faculty still do not trust staff to take on decision-making. The article discusses the roles that staff play on campus and describes three ways to encourage collaboration between staff and faculty. The author suggests offering incentives for faculty-staff partnerships through grants, fellowships, or special groups. Cohn also suggests rethinking hierarchical traditions and creating shared experiences. “[I]f you’re going to hire highly skilled people — who have a clear and sophisticated understanding of institutional cultures and expectations — why not take advantage of our expertise?” asks Cohn. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Building collaboration between faculty and staff: Opinion Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30
Ontario postsecondary institutions and law enforcement are working together to plan for St Patrick’s Day. Brock University has hired additional Niagara Regional Police to complete neighbourhood patrols, while Brock’s Student Union will be providing safe alternatives to in-person gatherings through the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre. Wilfrid Laurier University and City of Waterloo officials are preparing to monitor the university district in order to stop any parties before they can occur. Kingston police and officials have been using pamphlets to educate people in the Queen’s University and St Lawrence College areas on social gathering rules and the fines for breaking them. I Heart Radio | Kitchener Today | CTV News (ON) ON postsecondary institutions, law enforcement prepare for St Patrick’s Day Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30
Grande Prairie Regional College has announced that it will launch a Health Care Aide certificate program and a Practical Nurse diploma program. The eight-month Health Care Aide program will train students to provide basic health services and support patients in a variety of settings. The Practical Nurse program will train students in the required skills to be licensed with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta and will prepare students to provide care within acute care settings. “Not only does this decision set the stage for better local outcomes, these programs will add even more depth to GPRC’s growing portfolio of important health care professions,” said Dr Carly McLeod, Interim Dean, Health, Wellness and Career Studies. GPRC (AB) GPRC to launch two health career pathways Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30
The University of Northern British Columbia is piloting a project to end period poverty by installing free menstrual product dispensers in high-traffic campus washrooms. The pilot program, which is spearheaded by several student organizations, will provide eco-friendly products in select washrooms to give menstruating people the tools they need to attend campus. “We don’t want people to have to choose between coming to class or staying home because they don’t have proper products to make their day comfortable and sanitary,” said UNBC Social Work student Emily Erickson. “Everyone has the right to feel clean and comfortable.” UNBC | CBC (BC) UNBC pilot project to end period poverty, install free menstrual product dispensers Top Ten 03/16/2021 - 04:51 03/16/2021 - 04:30

College Boréal has partnered with Bioenterprise to provide entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario with marketing and innovation support. The collaboration will use Bioenterprise’s national innovation network to link the region’s businesses to agri-food industry and business growth support experts. It will also create partnership opportunities between Boréal Research and Innovation and companies working in food and agriculture related technologies. The collaboration will strengthen support for Northern Ontario’s food producers and is expected to open new research and support opportunities in the agri-food sector. Boréal (ON)

Boréal, Bioenterprise collaborate to support Northern Ontario entrepreneurs Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced that it will be providing $4.8M in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Institutional Capacity-Building grants to 12 postsecondary institutions across Canada. The funding will allow Canadian research institutions to adapt and implement changes that will help under-represented and disadvantaged groups to overcome systemic barriers, increase EDI, and create inclusive career opportunities. Institutions receiving funding include Cégep de l’Outaouais, Centennial College, Collège de Maisonneuve, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Lethbridge College, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, NorQuest College, St Francis Xavier University, Université du Québec à Rimouski, University of Lethbridge, and Thompson Rivers University. CA (National)

CA provides $4.8M in EDI grants to 12 postsecondary institutions Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has launched two post-diploma certificate programs: a Cybersecurity program and a Data Analytics program. The Cybersecurity post-diploma certificate will train students in mitigation strategies, policy and legislation, and legally defending against cyberattacks. The Data Analytics post-diploma certificate will prepare students to use data in a variety of industries to support decision-making and planning. Both programs are offered flexibly and take one year to complete. “These new programs are part of our vision to support learners throughout their careers with opportunities to further their education and upgrade their skills,” said Sue Fitzsimmons, NAIT VP academic and provost. NAIT (AB)

NAIT launches cybersecurity, data analytics certificate programs Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30

Douglas College and Simon Fraser University have created a pathway to allow Douglas engineering students to pursue further education in SFU’s School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE). Through the pathway, eligible Douglas students who have completed Douglas’ Engineering Certificate program are guaranteed entry into the second year of SFU’s Bachelor of Applied Science program. “With the addition of the Bachelor of Applied Science through the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, our grads have the opportunity to develop in-demand skills and become leaders in clean technology sectors,” said Brian Chapell, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Douglas. Douglas (BC)

Douglas, SFU create guaranteed transfer pathway for Engineering Certificate graduates Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30

Canadore College has announced that its Practical Nursing Program has received approval from the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). First-year Practical Nursing programs in ON must gain Nursing Education Program approval, which is a new evaluation and monitoring process for all entry-level nursing programs. Canadore’s program’s structure, curriculum, and outcomes were evaluated and approved under the new guidelines, indicating that Canadore’s program trains nursing students to practice safe, competent, and ethical nursing. Canadore (ON)

Canadore Practical Nursing Program receives CNO approval Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30

Instructors can use a variety of techniques to engage students when teaching an online course, writes Beckie Supiano. The author provides a number of suggestions compiled from instructors who have discovered ways to evaluate student understanding through using online tools. The most common suggestion was to use the chat feature creatively, as it can allow for engagement without requiring students to use their cameras or microphones. Supiano describes how instructors used chat to respond to student comments, encourage student feedback through rating the classes, and pose simple questions to gauge student understanding. Some other strategies included uses of polls, gifs, word-clouds or open-ended comments to both check student understanding and encourage active participation. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Engaging students when teaching online: Opinion Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30

Centennial College’s Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management graduate certificate program has been granted SMART + Premium accreditation from Tourism HR Canada. The accreditation recognizes Centennial’s program as being responsive to changing industry demands and providing collaborative, hands-on programming that enhances Canada’s tourism industry talent. “This accreditation reinforces the uniqueness and premium academic quality within the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management program,” said Cyrus K Cooper, professor and academic coordinator of the program. “The program not only helps hospitality professionals build their skills, but also prepares them to advance their careers and make the move into senior leadership positions.” Tourism HR Canada (ON)

Centennial program receives Tourism HR Canada accreditation Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Montréal’s Carrefour pédagogique et technopédagogique has launched a new website, Enseigner à l’UQAM, which will support and train teachers in pedagogical techniques. The website is built to serve instructors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Through the website, teachers can access videos and texts that are grouped by theme and cover both pedagogy and technological aspects of teaching. The platform aims to support the development and maintenance of faculty members’ teaching skills, provide training for those in leadership roles, and promote pedagogical practices that will enhance student learning and success. UQAM (QC)

UQAM launches Enseigner à l’UQAM to support instructors Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30

The University of Alberta community is responding to the Alberta government’s funding cuts that UAlberta president Bill Flanagan says will reduce funding by $60.1M. Global News says that there is concern that UAlberta has been “disproportionally” affected by the budget cut. While Flanagan noted that UAlberta is proactively restructuring to reduce administrative cost, others worry about raised tuition and decreased quality of education due to the budget cuts. “We’ve built the reputation for the university as a world-class facility over many decades and this UCP government is compromising it here in a matter of months,” said NDP education critic David Eggen. A representative from the Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta noted that the budget cuts may also negatively impact provincial recovery. Global News (AB)

UAlberta community responds to $60.1M budget cut Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30

McGill University has announced that their McGill24 fundraiser, which campaigns for donations from alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students, has raised over $3.8M. The funds will be used to support initiatives such as student research, athletics programs, and student-led projects featured on McGill’s Seeds of Change crowdfunding platform. “McGill24 has become a remarkable way for the McGill community to demonstrate its loyalty and affinity to the University, but just as importantly, it makes a tangible impact on academic and campus life,” said Marc Weinstein, VP of McGill University Advancement. McGill (QC)

McGill24 fundraiser raises over $3.8M to support student initiatives Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 03:51 03/15/2021 - 03:30
Using ludic pedagogy in the classroom can create positive classroom experiences that help students to be motivated, engaged, and decrease student stress, write Ontario Tech University Associate Professor Sharon Lauricella and Assiniboine Community College Instructor T Keith Edmunds. The authors give five recommendations for how instructors can incorporate fun into their classes, including using humour within teaching, gamifying learning, and engaging in social activities to help students to laugh and build cohesion in the classroom. The authors also encourage instructors to model playfulness and be confident when experimenting with attempts to engage students. Inside Higher Ed (International) Incorporating ludic pedagogy to support student learning: Opinion Top Ten 03/12/2021 - 04:50 03/12/2021 - 04:30
Dalhousie University’s Dallaire Institute has started a Latin American base of operations called the Latin American Centre of Excellence for Children, Peace and Security. The centre was created through an agreement with the Uruguayan government. It will serve as a hub for the Dallaire Institute’s operations in Latin America and will focus on creating solutions to protect children from being used as weapons of war. “This Latin America Centre of Excellence will build critical bridges between parties around the region, and our collective advocacy efforts will demonstrate best practices and policies to prioritize the protection of children for the entire world,” said Dallaire Institute’s executive director Shelly Whitman. Dal (NS) Dal’s Dallaire Institute creates Latin American hub Top Ten 03/12/2021 - 04:50 03/12/2021 - 04:30
Vancouver Community College has partnered with Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre to offer basic education classes to students in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Students 16 years and older will be able to access basic reading, writing, and math classes in order to develop the skills that will open the doors to greater opportunities. The classes are offered tuition-free, and participants can complete them online or in person. Students are additionally supported in completing the courses through supports such as child-minding, meals, and technology. VCC (BC) VCC, Ray-Cam partner on tuition-free basic education classes Top Ten 03/12/2021 - 04:50 03/12/2021 - 04:30
Bow Valley College has announced the launch of the Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts through a partnership with the Centre for Entertainment Arts (CEA). The new centre aims to meet Calgary’s needs for education opportunities in the digital and creative industries. The college will launch programs in film, TV, and animation industries in 2022, including an Advanced 3D Animation & 3D Modelling Diploma of Achievement, an Advanced Visual Effects (Virtual Production) Diploma of Achievement, and a Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate of Achievement. “There is a huge demand right now for streaming content, films, and animation,” said BVC President Dr Misheck Mwaba. “Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts will soon be contributing to this rapidly expanding sector by training the next generation of professionals in this field.” BVC (AB) BVC to launch Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts Top Ten 03/12/2021 - 04:50 03/12/2021 - 04:30
Athabasca University has made two announcements recently that will see the university play a role in supporting Alberta’s health care system. The university announced a renewed, three-year strategic alliance with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Through the alliance, AU offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) for Health Leaders program where students can earn both an MBA and the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation. AU also recently stated that it will be involved in the development of the new independent nursing association for Alberta, with several of its faculty members joining the association’s board. AU (CCHL) | AU (CARNA) (AB) AU renews partnership with CCHL, gets involved with nursing association Top Ten 03/15/2021 - 08:14 03/12/2021 - 04:30
King’s University College and the Chandigarh Group of Colleges Jhanjeri Mohali (CGC) of Punjab, India have entered into a partnership agreement. The five-year agreement will see the institutions work together through joint research activities, joint training, research in disciplines of mutual interest, and faculty and student exchanges. “This virtual signing is a King’s first and clearly demonstrates that a global pandemic does not stand in the way of forging excellent partnerships,” said Marilyn Mason, King’s UC Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Strategic Partnerships. King’s UC (ON) King's strengthens collaborative ties with international partnership Top Ten 03/12/2021 - 04:50 03/12/2021 - 04:30
Polytechnique Montréal has received $3.5M for the Valorisation Carbone Québec’s second phase, which will look at captured gas valorization processes. The second phase of the project, which involves the collaboration of Université Laval and sector organizations, will build upon the research on CO2 exiting industrial chimneys done in the project’s first phase. “The VCQ project will enable us to continue developing technology to capture industrial CO2 and use it to upgrade green products,” said PolyMtl President Philippe A Tanguy. “All kinds of brilliant talent and skillful expertise are mobilized to offer concrete, responsible solutions to the climate challenges that affect us all – this is the very core of our engineering university.” PolyMtl (QC) PolyMtl receives $3.5M for Valorisation Carbone Québec project Top Ten 03/12/2021 - 04:50 03/12/2021 - 04:30
Brock University has opened its new Zone Fitness Centre. The 15,500 square foot centre includes an integrated cycling studio, private yoga, and fitness studio. It also has space for fitness assessments and consultations. “As a team, our priority was to equip The Zone with exercise options that would serve as a noticeable upgrade from what our members are used to,” said Eric Walter, Fitness Manager, Brock Recreation. “We also wanted to offer new training options to improve the experience and open it up to students whose needs or preferences may not have been met in the previous space.” Brock (ON) Brock opens Zone Fitness Centre Top Ten 03/12/2021 - 04:50 03/12/2021 - 04:30
With the increasing age of institutional presidents and the unrelenting demands that the pandemic has put on their shoulders, writes L Jay Lemons in Inside Higher Ed, higher education may see an early wave of presidential departures in the spring. Reflecting on trends in the US, Lemons discusses how boards and board leadership can begin to have discussions now about the future of their institution. The author further encourages boards with upcoming leadership departures to launch a thorough and thoughtful engagement strategy to bolster a search during an unusual season, and reminds readers that the presidential search is only a third of the onboarding process. “Honest and candid conversations, paired with a thoughtful and intentional search process and onboarding plan,” writes Lemons, “are needed to find and nurture strong leaders and position them and their institutions for success in the future.” Inside Higher Ed (International) How boards can prepare for leadership transitions during difficult times: Opinion Top Ten 03/12/2021 - 04:50 03/12/2021 - 04:30
A Université de Montréal instructor and a Lakehead University instructor are facing charges of sexual contact or sexual assault. UMontréal Professor Thierry Karsenti, Canada Research Chair in Technologies in Education, is reportedly facing charges of sexual contact with a person under age 16. UMontréal has responded by suspending Karsenti indefinitely from its education faculty. Lakehead Professor Han Chen has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault involving a Lakehead student. The allegations have not been proven in a court of law. CTV News (UMontréal) | Montreal Gazette (UMontréal) | TB News Watch (Lakehead) | CBC (Lakehead) (QC | ON) UMontréal, Lakehead instructors face sexual contact, assault charges Top Ten 03/12/2021 - 04:50 03/12/2021 - 04:30
Mohawk College has announced that it will be starting a pilot program to train correctional officer recruits through a partnership with the Government of Ontario. The 18-month program will train participants in a variety of topics such as human rights, de-escalation, mental health, and anti-racism issues. Students will also participate in hands-on skills-based training at the Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre in Hamilton. “We are eager to support the Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre to provide new recruits across the province with foundational skills training that will assist them in dealing with sensitive and complex situations in their work,” said Mohawk VP, Academic Alison Horton. Mohawk (ON) Mohawk pilots correctional officer training program through partnership with ON Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 04:48 03/11/2021 - 04:30
To avoid discouraged graduates searching for opportunities outside of Canada, the country will need to support Canadian careers in technology. Canadian Nobel laureates Donna Strickland, Michael Houghton, and Arthur McDonald provide examples of how Canada’s students have pursued careers in other countries because of a lack of Canadian opportunities. Strickland explained that students who are pursuing further education may become discouraged because they do not know what opportunities are available after they graduate. Houghton adds that “we have to make a career in biotechnology, in biomedicine, more available. […] And Canada has the intellect to do that, it has the basic science repositories to do that – we have to convert it into translation and industry.” Times Higher Ed (National) Canada needs to support scientific talent, careers: Opinion Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 04:48 03/11/2021 - 04:30
The University of Waterloo expects to have a self-driving shuttle bus – reportedly the first for an academic institution in Canada – on campus by this September. CTV News states that the eight-seat bus can navigate the university’s Ring Road route on its own, successfully stopping at intersections and avoiding obstacles. The “WATonoBUS” was developed by a team led by UWaterloo Professor Amir Khajeapour over the past four years, and the university states that the project has cost over $1M. The vehicle is now in its final phase of testing, and the university states that the bus could be operating by the time students return to campus for in-person classes. Khajeapour stated that several municipalities are interested in the project and the underlying technology. UWaterloo | CTV News (ON) UWaterloo bringing self-driving shuttle bus to campus Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 04:48 03/11/2021 - 04:30
Contact North BC has announced the creation of 20 local learning centres in northern British Columbia to provide on-site support to students who live in remote areas. The provincial government has provided $1.5M of funding for the project. Students will be able to take any BC public college or university course that is offered online while receiving face-to-face and online supports from the centres. NationTalk explains that Indigenous students will especially benefit from the program as it will increase access to programs and academic options while allowing students to remain within their communities. “First Nations education leaders in our region have requested that we provide more academic options to their students, while allowing them to remain in their home communities,” said Justin Kohlman, president of Coast Mountain College. “This program gives every student in one of these communities the opportunity to take any online offering in the province while knowing they will have quality technology and local staff to support them.” NationTalk (BC) Contact North BC to create 20 local learning centres Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 04:48 03/11/2021 - 04:30
Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute and the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada have installed a $750K underwater ocean observatory in Conception Bay. The Holyrood observatory monitors waves, currents, water temperature, salinity, and underwater sounds, and sends scientific information to the Marine Institute through a fibre-optic cable. The Institute will be able to monitor marine life year around to establish a baseline of the ecosystem. “The Holyrood observatory will greatly extend our ability to obtain long-term, time-series data by allowing constant monitoring, even under ice,” said Dr Katleen Robert, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Mapping at the Marine Institute’s School of Ocean Technology. “Its camera will provide year-round, high-resolution observations of an Atlantic Canada subtidal benthic community.” MUN (NL | BC) MUN, UVic collaborate to create underwater Holyrood observatory Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 04:48 03/11/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Quebec has reversed a decision to suspend programming that allowed refugee students to study in QC. The program is managed by the World University Service of Canada in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and was part of a broader suspension due to concerns about the possibility of fraud in some collective sponsorship programs. A QC ministry of immigration spokesperson stated that these concerns were not related to this student program. Several QC CEGEPS and universities participate in the program, which welcomes, finances, and sponsors young refugee students who are coming to Canada to attend postsecondary education. “It is a program by and for young people. Young people here are organizing themselves to find accommodation and finance young refugees moving here,” said Rafaëlle Sinave, a teacher at Cégep du Vieux Montréal. “It feels good to see that things can move.” CBC (QC) QC reverses decision to suspend refugee student programming Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 16:18 03/11/2021 - 04:30
Sault College has announced that it has expanded its Aviation Program’s fleet of aircraft with the acquisition of a twin engine Piper Seminole valued at over $1M. The new aircraft will allow students to learn using state-of-the-art technology and to complete their required flying hours. The plane will also support Sault in graduating its current students and in expanding its program to meet demand. “I’m very happy that we got a third Seminole to increase our capabilities with the students,” said Sault Aviation Program chief flight instructor Brandon Bodenhurst. “We lost a lot of flying time due to COVID.” CTV News | SooToday (ON) Sault aviation program acquires $1M aircraft Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 04:48 03/11/2021 - 04:30
Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) has launched a Beverage Business Management graduate certificate program. Students in the one-year program will cover a variety of topics, including sensory evaluation of beer, wine, and spirits; the legal and regulatory environment; and employee and financial sustainability. Students will also complete a capstone research/thesis project. “As home to Canada’s first commercial teaching winery, first teaching brewery and first teaching distillery, we are excited to build on our established production-based programs in wine, brewing and distilling, and unveil our first expanded offering from all three beverage sectors poised to break new ground across the country,” said Niagara CFWI Dean Craig Youdale. Niagara (ON) Niagara CFWI launches Beverage Business Management graduate certificate Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 04:48 03/11/2021 - 04:30
Suzanne Legge and Jeff Orr, a couple from Montreal, have pledged to donate $1M for COVID-19 research over the next 8 years. McGill University’s Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (M14) will receive the funding this year, which will support projects such as non-invasive gargle test asymptomatic testing in essential workers. The work aims to find asymptomatic essential workers and, if successful, to show that it would be beneficial on a larger scale. “Being part of supporting this kind of research is going to... have an impact on the community, but it’s going to then become self-fulfilling,” said Orr. “The better the research gets, the more people will want to support it.” CTV News (QC) Montreal couple pledge $1M for COVID-19 research over 8 years Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 04:48 03/11/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks. Cégep de Matane is experiencing an outbreak in which three students and one teacher contracted COVID-19. Samples will be tested for variants. North Island College has reported that some students were exposed to COVID-19 between March 2 and 3, but that exposures were “contained to a small group of students” and contact tracing has been completed. Cambrian College has reported a COVID-19 case in a member of the campus community who had been on campus within the past 14 days. 102 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in connection to the Ontario Police College outbreak in Aylmer. 33 of the cases at the facility are currently active. Journal de Montréal (Matane) | Global News (OPC) | CTV News (NIC) | Sudbury.com (Cambrian) (National) Institutions across Canada manage COVID-19 outbreaks Top Ten 03/11/2021 - 04:48 03/11/2021 - 04:30
Humber College and Seneca College have created the Humber-Seneca Polytechnic Partnership (HSPP) pathway agreement. The HSPP pathway agreement will give students more opportunities and options in completing their education, and will see Humber and Seneca collaborate on program planning and development. “This latest HSPP initiative leverages the expertise and combined resources of both Humber and Seneca for the benefit of our respective students,” said Humber President Chris Whitaker. “When we formed the HSPP we were focused on collaboration rather than competition and we are proud to be able to work together to increase access to world-class education in Ontario.” Through the agreement, over 200 pathways that allow students to complete or continue their education at either institution have been established. Newswire (ON) Humber, Seneca create Humber-Seneca Polytechnic Partnership pathway agreement Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it will be building student housing for Okanagan College. The project, which is estimated to cost $67.5M, will include 60 beds at OC’s Salmon Arm campus, 100 beds in Vernon, and 216 beds in Kelowna. The housing will address the need for affordable student housing in all three locations, and is expected to help the local economy through creating 500 jobs. “This is one of those rare moments when you get to see a great idea realized, when a vision becomes a tangible project that will benefit our communities as an economic driver, help address housing issues in our region, support our goal of reducing our carbon footprint and – most importantly of all – increase access to post-secondary education,” said OC President Jim Hamilton. OC | Salmon Arm Observer (BC) OC to gain student housing in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
Two leaders at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism have reportedly stepped down in response to a letter calling for change signed by over 100 current and former students. The letter stated that “for years, the school has contributed to an unsafe learning environment,” and that “[i]t has consistently resulted in perpetuated systemic racism, further traumatizing students and reinforcing the values of discrimination that Ryerson University was built on.” In response to the letter, CBC reports that Janice Neil, chair of the Ryerson School of Journalism, and Lisa Taylor, associate chair and the school’s undergraduate program director, resigned from their positions. A Ryerson spokesperson explained that the school “continues to acknowledge the work that needs to be done to address systemic racism.” The Star | CBC (ON) Two Ryerson leaders step down following student letter alleging unsafe learning environment Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
The University of Winnipeg, AFOA Canada, and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) have partnered to launch a pilot program to help Indigenous students pursue a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation. Indigenous students in accounting or business majors at UWinnipeg, the University of Manitoba, Brandon University, University College of the North, and Assiniboine Community College will be able to access CAFM training through AFOA Canada. The training is offered in a blended model, which allows students to access online learning, networking, and accessing mentorship. “At the University of Winnipeg, we are keenly aware of the need to support opportunities for Indigenous students to obtain a post-secondary education,” said UWinnipeg Interim President Dr James Currie. “Through this innovative project, Indigenous students across Manitoba will be supported on their journey to achieving the CAFM designation.” UWinnipeg (MB) UWinnipeg, AFOA Canada, CPA Canada partner on CAFM pilot project Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
Holland College and the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) have forged a degree pathway agreement that will allow eligible graduates of the college’s Heritage Retrofit Carpentry program to continue their studies as second-year students in ACBA’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree program. Graduates from Holland College’s program will be able to pursue further studies in conservation arts through ACBA, which offers a bachelor’s degree in traditional building arts. “All of our program content was vetted by the ACBA to ensure that it met their rigorous standards,” said Josh Silver, instructor for the college’s Heritage Retrofit Carpentry program. “This agreement provides an exceptional opportunity for our graduates to further studies in the conservation arts.” Holland College (PE) Holland College, ACBA sign degree pathway agreement Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
Instructors can build higher quality courses through spending time needed to reframe office hours, post-assignment debriefs, and module surveys, writes Candy Ho, inaugural assistant professor, integrative career and capstone learning, at the University of the Fraser Valley. The author describes strategies that she used to strengthen relationships with her students, such as rebranding office hours as “launch parties” that showed students the latest weekly module and answered student questions. The author explains that post-assignment debriefs were posted as videos to the class that addressed the most commonly occurring issues, allowing all students to reflect on their work. Ho also created module surveys for students to complete at the end of each module, and organized student feedback into quick fixes, custom builds, and pending items. University Affairs (National) Tips to build high quality online courses: Opinion Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
Cape Breton University President David C Dingwall has formed a new medical advisory committee that will improve student access to health care. Health experts representing a wide variety of disciplines, university administrators, and staff are on the committee. The committee will meet eight times a year to discuss topics such as future programs and infrastructure for the health centre, resources to link students to, the university’s COVID-19 response, and the needs of the international student community. “If we’re taking care of people appropriately and giving them access to good health care, then it builds the confidence of the students, of the staff and faculty, and also the confidence of the greater community,” said Judy Kelley, CBU’s manager of health and counselling services. University Affairs (NS) CBU forms new medical advisory committee to improve student access to health care Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
Parkland College is launching an Introduction to Farm Hand course through partnership with the Town of Lemberg. Students will participate in both classroom and farm-based learning opportunities as they develop the skills to work on Saskatchewan grain farms. The course covers a variety of topics, including Power Mobile Equipment theory, and an overview of field crops, and teaches students safety skills such as basic farm safety, equipment operation. “Farmers can send current or potential employees through the program to develop their skills,” said Connie Brown, Manager of Business Development at Parkland. “And it gives general labourers without a farm background the opportunity to gain the experience needed to work in agriculture.” Parkland | Yorkton This Week (SK) Parkland launches Introduction to Farm Hand course Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario (CUPE Ontario), and Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) filed an appeal on March 5th to unseal correspondence between Laurentian University and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. The faculty associations called for the documents to be unsealed during a hearing last month, CTV News reports, but were rejected by the court. Laurentian Legal Counsel DJ Miller said that the documents “reflect the commercial position of university,” and Ontario Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Morawetz told Sudbury.com that releasing the documents could be detrimental to any potential restructuring process.” “These documents are sealed and not available to the stakeholders, the public, or the media,” stated OCUFA in a press release. “The court’s Sealing Order raises vital questions about the transparency of Ontario’s role and its commitment to its public universities.” CTV News | Sudbury.com | OCUFA (ON) OCUFA, CUPE Ontario, LUFA appeal order sealing correspondence between Laurentian, ON Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions in Western Canada are announcing plans for the fall semester. Global News reports that the University of Saskatchewan is planning to gradually reopen for in-person classes in the fall, and that it will provide options for those needing to continue with virtual learning or teaching. Government of British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry has announced that BC postsecondary institutions should prepare for in-person learning in the Fall. “While we update the guidelines to ensure on-campus safety,” said BC Advanced Education Minister Anne Kang. “I encourage students and families to start planning for in-person instruction on a campus of their choice in September.” Global News (USask) | CBC | The Star (SK | BC) Western Canada PSE announce plans for fall semester Top Ten 03/10/2021 - 04:49 03/10/2021 - 04:30
More emphasis should be placed on “soft skills” within postsecondary education, write Maurice Chang and Keith Monrose, Seneca International Executive Director. The authors explain that currently, students have no way to prove to potential employers that they have developed soft skills such as social perceptiveness, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking. The article explains that there is no accreditation framework for soft skills, and calls for a universal framework and common language. The authors also call for postsecondary institutions to formally measure and recognize soft skill development in students. “A national skills and experience strategy would provide a common catalogue from which post-secondary educators could build curricula; students would graduate with foundational skills and literacies that would be clearly articulated for employers to assess,” write the authors. The Star (National) Postsecondary institutions should support students in documenting soft skills: Opinion Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30
The Law Students’ Society of Ontario (LSSO) has announced that it will be continuing to engage with the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) to increase student involvement and consultation in the LSO’s decision-making processes. The Law Students’ Society of Ontario has been unsuccessful in two motions that would increase the involvement law students have in LSO decisions, but Law Times News reports that the proposals and dialogue have emphasized the importance of including student voices in LSO governance. “Across the board in governance, in the province of Ontario, in the country of Canada, boards of governors have figured out that a youth voice is a no-brainer,” said Bencher Julian Falconer. “Somehow… we, as a governing body, have yet to get it.” Law Times News (ON) LSSO continues to push for student involvement in LSO governance Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Manitoba has introduced new bills, two of which have distinct implications for apprenticeships in the province: The Apprenticeship and Certification Amendment Act (Bill 61) and The Reducing Red Tape and Improving Services Act (Bill 55). MB Economic Development Minister Ralph Eichler stated that the bills follow the recommendations of an auditor general’s report: “[w]e heard from businesses and high school and post-secondary apprenticeship programs that the program was just not working.” However, Global News and the Winnipeg Free Press report that the bills have had a mixed reception from the community, with organizations such as the Manitoba Federation of Labour criticizing the bills. Manitoba Building Trades CEO Sudhir Sandhu told both sources that, while the changes are much needed, their timing is cause for concern. Sandhu explains that the decision comes shortly after the province introduced changes to the apprentice to journeyperson ratio and apprentice supervision, which he said could impact the health and safety of apprentices, as well as their job security. Winnipeg Free Press | Global News (MB) MB amends the Apprenticeship and Certification Amendment Act Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be investing $47M in apprenticeships in 2021-22 through the new Achievement Incentive Program. The program will allow businesses to hire more apprentices, improve the quality of apprenticeship training, and help apprentices complete their certification and training. The support will help organizations and institutions who train apprentices to prepare apprentices for careers through high-quality training. ON will also invest $24M in helping those training apprentices to upgrade their equipment, facilities, and training materials. “Through these programs our government is supporting this important training pipeline, creating the next generation of our skilled workers and providing more young people with opportunity to get good jobs in their communities,” said Monte McNaughton, ON Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Daily Commercial News | ON (ON) ON invests in apprenticeships through new incentive program Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30
Mount Saint Vincent University has announced that it has joined the Women’s College Coalition (WCC). The membership will allow MSVU to access partnership opportunities on key events, enable the sharing of resources, and facilitate connection and knowledge sharing within leadership. “Fostering educational opportunity plays a critical role in the advancement of women which is, in turn, paramount to a successful society,” said MSVU President Dr Mary Bluechardt. “Through membership in the Women’s College Coalition, we are delighted to be uniting with leading institutions across the US and Canada that share in our commitment to the empowerment of women.” MSVU is reportedly the second Canadian institution to join the WCC after Brescia University College. MSVU | WCC (Members) (NS) MSVU joins Women’s College Coalition Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30
University of Windsor community members are calling for the creation of a Black studies program that focuses on the region’s history. Community members expressed their thoughts in an online panel discussion, in which some participants noted that UWindsor does not have any courses dedicated to local Black history or the Underground Railroad. “It’s important that a university like the University of Windsor, who sits in a very interesting geographical area, should at least speak to the people that have historically been here,” said Kaitlyn Ellsworth, a Black studies student on UWindsor’s Anti-Black Racism Task Force. CBC reports that students in the region are keen for these kinds of courses, with similar courses at St Clair College filling up and having wait lists. CBC (ON) UWindsor community members call for creation of Black studies program Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30
Portage College and Alaxo Airway Stents have partnered on initiatives that include educational training, support programs, and clinical and sports enhancement testing. Portage and Alaxo will collaborate on developing sleep health courses and instructional programs to train Alaxo medical personnel and patients. The partnership will also provide work-integrated learning opportunities, create scholarships, and expand program development at the college. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, communities and province,” said Portage President Nancy Broadbent. “Portage College is proud to be supporting industry attraction to the St. Paul region for our much needed economic recovery and future sustainability.” Portage (AB) Portage, Alaxo partner on training, support, testing initiatives Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30
New Brunswick universities are making plans for a flexible fall semester as a response to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. CBC reports that universities would like to have more students on campus, but that they are planning to be flexible in response to the future vaccination rollout and COVID-19 outbreaks. The article also highlights the experiences of students who are struggling with online learning, and who would like to know what to expect for the fall term. “Overall students are understanding but obviously are disappointed and are waiting to see what September's hybrid model will look like,” said UNB Student Union president Sean Mackenzie. CBC (NB) NB universities make, consider plans for the Fall Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30
The University of Lethbridge, University of Windsor, and Queen’s University have recently shared their plans for virtual Spring 2021 convocation celebrations. UWindsor graduates will receive their degree in the mail, and the university will be creating a virtual celebration to recognize the achievements of graduating students. Queen’s stated that they will also be mailing degrees to graduates and that they will hold in-person ceremonies for students once it is safe to do so. ULethbridge will be celebrating convocation virtually with a celebration video, and each graduate will receive a package with ceremonial items from the university, such as their cap, tassel, and parchment. UWindsor | Queen’s | ULethbridge (ON | AB) ULethbridge, UWindsor, Queen’s plan online spring 2021 convocation celebrations Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30
In a new article from University World News, Hans de Wit and Neil Kemp discuss changes in international higher education’s growth in the four leading English-speaking countries: Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. The authors discuss how the United Kingdom and Australia have focused on revenue production without sufficient investments through growing enrolment numbers of international students. Canada, on the other hand, has had success in growing international student numbers by aligning international education with immigration policy, while the US is trying to create a better environment for international students. Kemp and deWit close by explaining that higher education needs to work towards a sustainable and ethical business model. University World News (International) Challenges faced by international higher education export models Top Ten 03/09/2021 - 04:49 03/09/2021 - 04:30

Health Canada will provide $2.2M to a collaborative program developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the University of Alberta. The funding will allow the Nav-CARE (Navigation- Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing, Engaging) program, which connects trained volunteers to people who are living at home with declining health, to expand to 15 centres of excellence with 30 satellite sites. Through the funding, the Nav-CARE toolkit and training resources, which supports those providing care, will be adapted for online use. The resources will also be adapted for Francophones, Indigenous populations, and those caring for persons living with dementia. UBCO (BC | AB)

$2.2M in funding goes to expansion of UBCO, UAlberta collaborative project Nav-CARE Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 03:46 03/08/2021 - 03:30

Carleton University has launched the Women in Engineering and Information Technology (WiE&IT) Program, which the university says is one of the first industry and government sponsored programs of its kind in Canada. The program will include relationship-building events; mentorships; a network of ambassadors and volunteers; a special fund for equity, diversity, and inclusion work. “Supporting women in engineering and IT ensures more creative and viable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems,” said Banu Örmeci, Carleton Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health. “By connecting our students with industry through the WiE&IT program, we can enhance women’s educational journeys and help to close the gender gap in STEM.” The program will begin Fall 2021. Carleton (ON)

Carleton launching WiE&IT program this Fall Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 03:46 03/08/2021 - 03:30

Booth University College has announced the launch of its new Bachelor of Arts in Community and Urban Transformation (CUT). The four-year interdisciplinary program will examine topics of planning and community development while focusing on “understanding and transforming the urban experiences of the disadvantaged.” Dr Aaron Klassen, Assistant Professor of Sociology and the CUT program’s designer, explains what makes the program unique: “Not only will we be encouraging students to study and experience cities, to understand issues like poverty and health, we want them to be able to contribute some kind of positive change.” Booth UC (MB)

Booth UC announces new Community and Urban Transformation program Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 03:46 03/08/2021 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions such as Queen’s University, York University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Collège d'Alma will be receiving additional funding through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund, which supports women entrepreneurs who have been impacted by COVID-19. Queen’s will receive an additional $250K to expand services provided to women entrepreneurs and to develop and launch the virtual workshop series 'OvercomeHER.' York has received an additional $281.6K to support the incorporation of a new Coaching and Leadership Support module to its ELLA program and the launch of a new initiative. WLU has received an additional $290K to bolster its existing WES Ecosystem project. Collège d'Alma has received an additional $200K to support female entrepreneurs remotely through a new digital platform. CA (1) | CA (2) (ON)

Canadian PSE receives expanded funding from Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 15:52 03/08/2021 - 03:30

The Université de Montréal has announced that its École de santé publique will be offering a certificate in occupational safety and public health called the certificat en sécurité du travail et santé publique. The one-year certificate will train students in communicating, assessing, and controlling safety risks in industrial processes, load handling, and fire prevention. It will also cover enclosed workspaces and working at heights. Students will be prepared for jobs in workplace safety and construction site inspection, and the curriculum is designed to lead to professional certifications such as a site inspector certification. Registration for the certificate will open in fall 2021. UMontréal (QC)

UMontréal to offer certificat en sécurité du travail et santé publique Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 03:46 03/08/2021 - 03:30

Students attending postsecondary institutions in BC and Ontario are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and exposures. St Clair College has reported that two students living in residence in Windsor have tested positive for COVID-19 after interacting without appropriate personal protective equipment. The Times Colonist reports that University of Victoria students who attended a party on the weekend are in self-isolation after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Global News reports that a Trent University student residence is experiencing an outbreak with nine cases in residence and one off-campus, and that there are 44 active COVID-19 cases among Fleming College and Trent students at Severn Court Student Residence. CBC reports that the Ontario Police College’s outbreak has grown to 93 cases, though no variants of concern have been identified. St Clair | Times Colonist | Global News | CBC (National)

BC, ON students experience COVID-19 outbreaks, exposures Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 03:46 03/08/2021 - 03:30

Adult learners need better support in their higher education goals, writes John Woods. The author explains how institutions should invest in Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs) to help working adults gain additional training, reskill, or enter the workforce. The article explains that in the US context, PLAs are underutilized, even though they could help adult learners pay less in tuition and experience greater success in their education. The author explains that higher education should invest more to make PLAs available, which will equitably support students and improve graduation rates in adult learners. “If PLAs are not adequately supported, the students who have the most to gain will miss out,” writes Woods. Campus Technology (International)

Supporting PLAs can contribute to adult learner success Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 03:46 03/08/2021 - 03:30

The University of King’s College has announced that it has appointed a third-party to review the actions of a retired professor who has been charged with sexual assault. Global News reports that the alleged sexual assault happened in 1988, while Dr Wayne Hankey was an instructor at U of King’s College. The article explains that Hankey, who was recently teaching one course at Dalhousie University, has stepped back due to the circumstances. “When the Review concludes you will hear from King’s again,” said U of King’s College president Bill Lahey. “And at that time, King’s will be as transparent as the law allows. I am determined that future generations will not find us wanting.” Global News | CBC (NS)

U of King’s College investigates retired professor charged with sexual assault Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 03:46 03/08/2021 - 03:30

Students in a Managerial Accounting course at UBC’s Saunder School of Business will be required to retake a midterm because some students may have cheated. CBC explains that students took the exam in an open book format with the understanding they could “use [their] textbook, notes, Google, anything.” CityNews1130 explains that the “potential ambiguity” in the instructions led to potential violations such as collaboration or other online resources such as Chegg. CBC reports that many students are upset with the decision, and that the instructor has received threats. “While we are empathetic that this does carry a burden for students during an already busy time of year, this re-examination will add clarity for all students on how to properly complete the new exam and will ensure a level playing field to assess students,” said Dr Kin Lo, Senior Associate Dean, Students at the UBC Sauder School of Business. CBC | CityNews1130 (BC)

UBC students required to retake exam due to ambiguous instructions, cheating allegations Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 03:46 03/08/2021 - 03:30

It can be difficult for researchers to find information on how to avoid self-plagiarism, and using iThenticate can complicate matters, write Cary Moskovitz and Aaron Colton. The authors explain that one of the most widely accessed tools on self-plagiarism is a guide written by iThenticate, which is a plagiarism-detection platform. However, the article explains that accepting information from a for-profit plagiarism-detection business, which ends its paper with a pitch to use software to avoid self-plagiarism, is problematic. The article discusses some of the misrepresentations in iThenticate’s paper, focusing on ethical issues within the argument. The authors close by explaining how “text recycling” presents a better alternative than rewriting things poorly in order to avoid plagiarism detection by programs like iThenticate. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Exploring the nuances of self-plagiarism, iThenticate, and text recycling: Opinion Top Ten 03/08/2021 - 03:46 03/08/2021 - 03:30
A survey of tenured and tenure-track faculty working at public Canadian universities has found that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the career progress of women and racialized faculty, writes Jennifer Davis. The author explains that women and racialized faculty had higher stress and social isolation levels, as well as lower well-being. It also found that while men were more likely to see their productivity increase during the pandemic, racialized faculty reported that their research productivity had been reduced. 68% of women reported experiencing caregiving burdens and funding discrepancies. The article calls for universities and governments to take action to rectify inequity and to provide individualized support to faculty who are struggling. The Conversation (National) Survey shows COVID-19 has disproportionately affected careers of women and racialized faculty Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
The Journal de Montréal has raised questions about significant philanthropic gesture made by Huawei to universities in Quebec, including $5.4M to McGill University, $3.9M to the Université de Montréal in 2019, and $3.3M to Université Laval. Former CSIS agent Michel Juneau-Katsuya told the Journal that sizable donations are often made to create influence or sway over an institution’s decision, and alleged that several students attending the universities to attain master’s degrees already held doctorates or post-doctorates. UMontréal spokesperson Geneviève O'Meara responded that Huawei has no control over scientific discoveries, receives no deliverables, and does not receive intellectual property. Huawei Canada Quebec Spokesperson Sabrina Chartrand told the journal that Huawei is the co-owner of intellectual property that is jointly created, and that the organization has been putting part of its annual R&D budget toward universities since 2018. Journal de Montréal (QC) QC institutions come under scrutiny for donations from Huawei Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
Researchers and faculty across Canada are weighing in on a butter-focused controversy that has been dubbed “Buttergate.” NPR reports that the controversy began with anecdotal discussions around whether Canadian butter was harder at room temperature than in previous years, which some suggested could be linked to palm oil supplements in dairy cows. Dalhousie University Professor Sylvain Charlebois, who was part of the original anecdotal discussion on Twitter, noted in an article for Canadian Grocer that the “most plausible” reason that butter is harder to spread is due to palm oil, as organic or grass-fed better does not seem to have been affected. University of Saskatchewan professor emeritus of animal and poultry science David Christensen has noted that there are other factors beyond palm oil that could impact butter hardness. University of Guelph Professor Alejandro Marangoni has remained sceptical about the discussion, questioning why the dairy industry is investigating “a sensationalist statement that is completely based on zero data, just some feelings.” NPR | CTV News (CP)(UoGuelph, USask) | Canadian Grocer (Dalhousie) | The Conversation (UoGuelph) (International) Canadian higher ed weighs in on “buttergate” controversy Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced over $518M in funding for research infrastructure funding to support Canada’s leading researchers. 102 projects from 35 postsecondary institutions and research hospitals will receive CFI funding. The projects include the use of ocean sensors by Dalhousie University to track climate change, a study of medications for expectant mothers and children conducted at Université de Montreal, and an investigation into the use of digital architecture for archives and records at the University of Manitoba to support reconciliation. “Investing in research is an investment in the future of Canada,” said Roseann O’ReillyRunte, President of the CFI. “These projects demonstrate the breadth and depth of Canadian expertise and excellence, and these awards are a tribute to the innovative researchers across the country.” CFI (National) CFI provides over $518M for 102 research projects across Canada Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
Canadian Mennonite University has launched its Centre for Career and Vocation. The centre is focused on helping students and other CMU community members to pursue their career paths by bringing together career development and vocational discernment, practicums and work-integrated learning, and vocation-centred advising and curriculum. Students will be able to access the centre’s career advising support and resources, as well as appointments, workshops, peer coaching, and for-credit career development courses. The centre will also support faculty and staff who are developing a common framework for vocational advising and curriculum development. CMU (MB) CMU launches Centre for Career and Vocation Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
26 Canadian universities have been listed in the QS World University Rankings 2021, three of which were featured in the top 50 institutions: The University of Toronto (tied for #25), McGill University (tied for #31), and University of British Columbia (#45). Université de Montréal (#118), University of Alberta (#119), McMaster University (#144), University of Waterloo (tied for #166), Western University (tied for #203), Queen’s University (tied for#246), and the University of Calgary (tied for #246). University of Toronto appeared in the top 25 of each of the QS broad subject areas, with UBC appearing in the top 25 institutions for Arts and Humanities, as well as Social Sciences and Management. Top Universities | Top Universities (subject rankings) (International) Canadian university rankings in QS World University Rankings 2021 Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
Several Ontario postsecondary institutions have recently responded to COVID-19 outbreaks in their communities. Fleming College’s president has released a statement on the outbreak occurring at the privately-owned Severn Court buildings, explaining that “we intend to impose the harshest possible sanctions allowed under our Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy in proportion to the role played by each participant” in the unauthorized gatherings that led to the outbreak. Western University is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak at its Essex Hall residence, with seven cases confirmed positive. The Ontario Police College, which has had 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19, announced that it will be completing a second round of testing on “high risk” students and staff before making a decision to reopen. Fleming | Western | The Sudbury Star (ON) ON postsecondary institutions respond to COVID-19 outbreaks Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
Keyano College and Mount Royal University have decided not to renew an agreement to offer Keyano’s Collaborative Bachelor of Science – Environmental Sciences Degree. The decision was made due to low enrolment, budget challenges, and changing academic conditions. The release states that students currently in the program will be provided with options for their future studies, and that fourth-year students will graduate as planned. “MRU has valued this partnership with Keyano College, and we look forward to collaborating in the future,” said Dr Jonathan Withey, Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology at MRU. “Our immediate interest is to ensure the students enrolled in the program receive the support they need to successfully complete their studies.” Keyano (AB) Keyano, MRU will not continue collaborative degree program in environmental sciences Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ) cardiologist Isabelle Nault has developed five miniature videos to encourage students who are studying from home to be more active throughout the day. Faculty members at Laval University have inserted these two-minute videos into the breaks in their class to provide students with an opportunity to take part in physical exercise. The videos cover topics that range from how to adjust workstations properly to moderate-intensity exercises. Journal de Montréal (QC) Laval uses physical exercise videos to give students breaks during class Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
While postsecondary institutions are eager to go back to in-person classes in the fall semester, they should also take time to grieve what has been lost and what campus community members have been through, writes Beth McMurtrie. The author explains that pushing aside the realities of the last year in order to quickly go back to normal can force people to move on without processing their experiences. McMurtie writes that the postsecondary community needs time to talk about their last year, acknowledge the changes, and consider what lessons can be applied to their future work. Speaking about what has been lost and how the future might be different is critical to allow postsecondary communities to grieve. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) PSE communities need time to grieve before going back to normal: Opinion Top Ten 03/05/2021 - 04:48 03/05/2021 - 04:30
Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) has announced that professor Audrey Maheu has received $987K grant from NSERC, the Government of Quebec, and Kenauk Canada to study the impacts of drought and invasive beech trees on temperate forests. The research focuses on identifying and assessing areas where large-leafed beech trees have invaded maple groves, as well as assessing the impact of more frequent and severe droughts. The research will assess the risk of ecosystem collapse and suggest approaches to its restoration. UQO (QC) UQO invasive species, drought project receives $987K from NSERC, organizations Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
Black and Indigenous students across Canada are continuing to experience racism and tokenism in higher education. An article from CBC explains that students, faculty, and staff have experienced anti-Black racism on Manitoba campuses and that structural inequalities have not been addressed in meaningful ways. “I think our leaders need to put new systems in place to hold our current systems accountable,” said University of Winnipeg student Keesha Harewood. The Star reports that Indigenous instructors’ work is also impeded by structural issues; while institutions are pushing to “Indigenize,” Indigenous faculty and leaders do not always feel supported, and poor screening of candidates can result in “ethnic fraud.” “That surface-level inclusion hasn’t really pushed colleges and universities to think deeply, critically and creatively about what it actually means to bring Indigenous people, students, communities, knowledge, pedagogies, research methodologies into these spaces,” says Hayden King, an Anishinaabe educator and adviser to the dean of arts on Indigenous education at Ryerson University. CBC | The Star (National) Indigenous, Black students, faculty experiencing structural issues in postsecondary institutions Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
Niagara College has announced that it is building a Cannabis Production Research Chamber. The new facility, which will be located at the Daniel J Patterson Campus, will provide research space and will house equipment. The Research Chamber will provide space to grow crops, complete trials, and test a variety of technology including lighting and pest management. “The installation of the CannaResearchBunker will allow Niagara College to expand our trailblazing work with the cannabis industry,” said Dr Marc Nantel, Niagara VP, Research & External Relations. “With this dedicated cannabis research facility and access to state-of-the-art equipment, our staff and students can push forward our vision of being a globally recognized teaching, training and applied research institute.” Niagara (ON) Niagara builds Cannabis Production Research Chamber Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
Ryerson University’s National Indigenous Courtworkers: Indigenous Youth-Centered Justice Project (IYJP) is receiving nearly $2.5M from the Government of Canada’s Department of Justice over five years to help improve outcomes for Indigenous youth who are both involved in the child welfare and the youth criminal justice systems. The funding will support IYJP’s efforts to reduce or eliminate custody for Indigenous youth, reduce time within the youth criminal justice system, and keep youth from moving into the adult system. “The Indigenous Youth-Centered Justice Project is a strong example of the power of partnership, and we look forward to working with Indigenous Courtworkers to seeing the project launched in additional provinces and territories,” said Ryerson President Dr. Mohamed Lachemi. CA (ON) Ryerson receives $2.5M for Indigenous Youth-Centered Justice Project Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
Two articles from Inside Higher Ed discuss the nuances of camera-on policies during online classes. In the first article, Zachary Nowak discusses how compassionate video-on and attendance policies implemented in their class encouraged students to be present and active in the class, and made it easier for teaching assistants to engage with students during discussion groups. In the second story, Margaret Finders and Joaquin Muñoz discuss the ethical concerns with video-on policies during online classes, arguing that forcing students to keep their cameras on can be culturally insensitive, racist, classist, and sexist. The article explains that students may be uncomfortable having their cameras on because of family members and pets, the pressure to be “camera ready,” technological issues, or unwillingness to allow others into their personal space. The author gives tips on alternative ways to engage students. Inside Higher Ed (1) | Inside Higher Ed (2) (Internation) Approaches to using video-on policies during online classes: Opinion Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
Alberta’s NDP officials and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) are reacting to the cuts to postsecondary funding announced by the UCP last week. NDP leader Rachel Notley called postsecondary education “the economic engine of our province,” and expressed concern that students would leave Alberta to study in other provinces. Notley called for a tuition freeze, for a halt on performance-based funding, and a halt on student loan rate hikes. CAUT has also expressed concern about the cuts. “This privatization of public post-secondary education reduces quality and denies access to those who are in need of opportunity,” said CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith. “The decision to cut post-secondary education is short-sighted. Robust recovery will not be possible without strong post-secondary education.” Calgary Herald | CBC | CAUT (AB) AB NDP, CAUT express concern over budget cuts to PSE sector Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
Saint Mary’s University and Atlantic Gold have entered a five-year partnership to research technology that could be used to remediate Nova Scotia’s historic gold mine sites. Atlantic Gold will provide $1M to a research team led by Dr Linda Campbell, which will focus on developing a low-cost remediation strategy for areas that have been contaminated by tailings. The research will use studies of former mine sites to develop a technology that can remediate contaminated wetlands without compromising their function. “This partnership is an exemplar of innovation with a community-centred approach,” said SMU President Dr Robert Summerby-Murray. “It addresses a challenge with an immediate local connection but with far-reaching national and international implications.” The Halifax Examiner reports that some in the community have criticized the partnership as a “greenwashing,” and called on the provincial and federal governments to provide funding for research. SMU | Halifax Examiner (NS) SMU, Atlantic Gold enter five-year partnership on mine site remediation technology Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that a revised version of its DESS in behavioural intervention for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be available in the Fall. The institution is revising the program to reflect the terminology now used in the DSM-5, explains psychology professor Nathalie Poirier. Graduates of the one-year program will be able to work with people with ASD to assess their needs, provide recommendations, and design interventions for them and their families. Poirier noted that Quebec is seeing an increase in diagnoses of ASD, especially among young people. UQAM (QC) UQAM announces revisions to program focused on behavioural intervention for ASD Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
Brandon University has announced that it will be switching to a new digital system called CampusNexus. The system is expected to go live this summer for new students. CampusNexus will have three components, which will improve the areas of student enrolment and registration, communication and engagement, and financial needs. Moving applications to the new system will reduce the strain on the current system while improving the speed of application processing. “This is a multi-year project,” said BrandonU VP (Administration and Finance) Scott Lamont. “The amount of focus and forward progress during this pandemic year is remarkable and a testament to how important this overhaul is.” BrandonU (MB) BrandonU announces switch to CampusNexus digital system Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
College of the Rockies will be using a composter to reduce campus food waste and greenhouse gas emissions. The composting program will initially be introduced on a limited basis and will expand through a composting education program when the campus is back at full operation. “Our long-term goal is to reduce the amount of food waste destined for the landfill to zero,” said Greg McCallum, Sustainability Committee chair at COTR. “Not only will this help to reduce our environmental footprint but will also provide our facilities crew with some amazing compost for gardens and plants on our campuses.” e-know (BC) COTR reduces food waste through new composter Top Ten 03/04/2021 - 05:15 03/04/2021 - 04:30
A new report on US postsecondary education has found that has found that report from Barnes & Noble Education indicates that in the US context, students both believe that the value of PSE during COVID-19 has decreased, and that online classes should cost less than in-person classes, writes Greta Anderson. The survey showed that nearly all students questioned the cost of PSE and say that it should be reduced, while only 43% of administrators and 41% of faculty members felt the same. The report also showed that students were interested in their institutions providing more career planning services, mental health supports, and academic supports. Inside Higher Ed (International) Students believe value of PSE has declined: US Report Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 04:46 03/03/2021 - 04:30
York University has partnered with RBC Future Launch, which has provided $1.2M to York to support the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora. The chair creates and builds initiatives to support Black youths and scholars in their education. The donation will support to programs in four areas, including hosting the first National Conference for Black youth in Canada; supporting pipeline initiatives to encourage high school students to enter university; establishing a Canadian data hub; and creating new opportunities, supports, and training for Black scholars. “York University is committed to offering a diverse student population access to a high-quality, research-intensive university committed to the social, economic, cultural, and environmental well-being of society,” said YorkU President Rhonda L. Lenton. YorkU (ON) YorkU partners with RBC Future Launch to support Jean Augustine Chair Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 08:10 03/03/2021 - 04:30
Athabasca University will be launching the development of an Integrated Learning Environment (ILE) that will bring together online learning, teaching, and learning support. The ILE will provide a single environment for learners, allowing them to navigate between courses, resources, records, and academic and financial services within the platform. The ILE will also provide instructors with tools and services that will automate many of their tasks. AU says that they will be seeking input and feedback from both learners and team members on the ILE and will be working with D2L and Ellucian on the technological components. AU (AB) AU to develop Integrated Learning Environment Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 04:46 03/03/2021 - 04:30
CIBT Education Group Inc has announced that its subsidiary, GEC Education Center Limited Partnership, is planning to fund the GEC Education Mega Center’s construction. The Center will be located in downtown Surrey, BC and will have space to house at least five postsecondary institutions. The institutions will share spaces such as dining areas, student lounges, an electronic library, and video-conferencing and meeting rooms. The 542-foot-tall building will have student-centric apartments, allowing students to reside in a location that will save them time and money. The Center will also be located near Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey Central Campus, enabling students from these campuses to reside in the building as well. Street Insider (BC) CIBT funds construction of Education Mega Centre’s construction Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 04:46 03/03/2021 - 04:30
Medicine Hat College has announced that they are launching a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation post-diploma certificate. The certificate will enable students to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce and gain a CPA designation. Students will also be able to participate in a work placement through the program. MHC has also introduced a new online option for the first year of the business diploma program to give learners additional flexibility and reduce barriers. MHC (AB) MHC launches accounting post-diploma certificate, puts first year of business diploma online Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 04:46 03/03/2021 - 04:30
The University of Guelph has received over $4M in funding from NSERC to fund six research projects. These projects include the development of “pollution-eating bacteria” to be used in an aquifer that has been polluted by a hazardous chemical will receive, an investigation into the gut function and digestive disorders in dairy calves, the development of new barley cultivars, and more. “This generous funding will enable University of Guelph researchers to pursue cutting-edge investigations that will lead to real-world improvements in food production, drinking water protection and human health,” said Dr Malcolm Campbell, VP (research) at UoGuelph. UoGuelph (ON) UoGuelph receives over $4M in NSERC funding for six research projects Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 04:46 03/03/2021 - 04:30
“Sitting beside” job assessments can be valuable and productive in helping leaders develop during a challenging year with uncertainties ahead, writes Larry Braskamp. The author explains that a Sitting Beside Assessment Is an assessment that is built on mutual trust and provides both challenge and support to the administrator. Braskamp writes that an assessment should highlight the qualities, actions, and the advancements of developing leaders, foster and promote collaboration, and be future-focused. The author goes on to provide tips for conducting effective “sitting-beside” sessions. “[A] Sitting Beside Assessment provides a useful mind-set and strategy for fostering the development of leaders in this era of heightened uncertainty,” writes Braskamp. Inside Higher Ed (International) Holding “sitting beside” job assessments to help leaders develop: Opinion Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 04:46 03/03/2021 - 04:30
The challenges that Northern universities face come from government policy, not the market, argues Catherine Murton Stoehr. The author argues that policies such as the Liberal government’s funding based on annual enrolment and the 2013 cuts to spaces in teachers’ colleges by 50% have disproportionately damaged Northern institutions. Stoehr explains that the Northern grant is inadequate to make up for the economic disadvantages these policies create. Furthermore, these policies undermine Northern schools’ efforts to support students while “finding efficiencies” and “right sizing.” “Financial instability in the province’s Northern universities results from interventionist government policies that seriously threaten northerners’ access to, and control over, research and university education to the detriment of all,” writes Stoehr. The Sudbury Star (ON) Northern universities are undermined by policies, not market: Opinion Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 04:46 03/03/2021 - 04:30
Université de Montréal has announced that its students will be able to access psychotherapy through an external provider of psychological services. The services, which are funded by a grant from the Government of Quebec Ministry of Higher Education, will increase the capacity of the Services aux étudiants by over 15%. The funds will allow the Centre de santé et de consultation psychologique to offer workshops on anxiety, self-esteem, and depression in collaboration with organization Relief. Students will also gain access to the HALEO sleep clinic and online sleep-enhancing and coaching services such as a sleep optimization program, cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, and consultations with specialists. UMontréal (QC) UMontréal to offer psychotherapy, workshops, sleep clinic for students Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 04:46 03/03/2021 - 04:30
Ontario postsecondary institutions are considering their plans for education for the Fall. Western University has announced that returning to in-person learning may be an option for the fall term, depending on vaccine availability and the vigilance of Western’s community. The University of Ottawa is planning to have a “revitalized” Fall semester campus experience and is equipping classrooms with technology that will allow both in-person and video conference teaching. UOttawa is also planning more in-person services and improved residence options for the fall semester. Algonquin College has announced that it will be continuing its current model of education, which uses virtual learning with some in-person classes, in the Fall term. CTVNews (Western) | CTVNews (UOttawa) | CTVNews (Algonquin) (ON) ON PSE consider options for Fall course delivery Top Ten 03/03/2021 - 04:46 03/03/2021 - 04:30
Acadia University’s Campaign for Acadia has raised $86.8M, surpassing its original fundraising goal of $75M. The funds will be used to support students, faculty, and staff, as well as the development of campus infrastructure. “Its success represents an important margin of opportunity for Acadia, enabling us to accomplish things that are beyond the scope of our usual operations,” said Acadia VP, Advancement Dr Rod Morrison. “Some of these are quite visible -- the renovation of our science facilities, for example, or the transformation of Patterson Hall into the home of the Manning School of Business -- while others are less conspicuous but equally impactful, such as millions of dollars for new student awards and support for teaching, research and academic programs.” Acadia (ON) Acadia surpasses $75M fundraising goal to raise $86.8M Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
The University of Regina will be hosting the Western Hockey League (WHL) hub. The move will allow 245 athletes and support staff from the East Division bubble – the Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos, Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders, Winnipeg Ice, and Brandon Wheat Kings – to stay at two URegina residential towers. Athletes will stay at the residence for two months and will access eating areas. Bettina Welsh, the director of student affairs and operations at the URegina, said that there should be no conflicts over space with students living in residence. 650 CKOM (SK) URegina to host WHL hub Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
Sault College, which has recently expanded and improved its aviation program, is pushing for Sault Ste Marie Airport’s control tower to remain open so that it can train its aviation students. Nav Canada, which owns Canada’s civil air navigation system, has announced plans to close seven airport control towers, including the one that Sault students use throughout their training. Without the tower, students would have to fly to other cities to gain control zone experience. “So, we’ve made major investments, and we’ve added staff, and we intend to increase our flying hours annually,” said Sault president Ron Common, “all creating a stronger argument why the control tower needs to stay where it is.” Northern Ontario Business (ON) Sault calls for Nav Canada to keep airport control tower open Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
St Francis Xavier University has officially opened the Kiknu “Our Home” Indigenous Student Centre. The centre is a safe space for Indigenous students at StFX, and will promote Mi’kmaq culture while bringing people together for organic learning, friendship, and success. The name was selected after consultation with Elders, and Kiknu was suggested because it acts as a home away from home for these students. “I give thanks for this,” said Elder Prosper, who welcomed those attending the ceremony. “We have lived here for thousands of years, but today we struggle to find safe spots in our homeland. We will always remember this day.” StFX (NS) StFX opens Kiknu “Our Home” Indigenous Student Centre Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
The University of Lethbridge has announced that Agility has now been approved as an incubator for Mitacs Accelerate Entrepreneur projects. With this approval, Agility will provide entrepreneurs with funding and other supports for research or technology development. It will also support innovators in the commercialization of a technology, product, or service through a funded internship. Entrepreneurs in the program will be able to use the internship to pilot or improve on a product, technology, or service within a safe space. “This is a great opportunity for our aspiring entrepreneurs,” says ULethbridge Agility manager Brandy Old. “The entrepreneur acts as an intern for their own business and Agility supervises and supports them throughout the internship.” ULethbridge (AB) ULethbridge Agility becomes approved incubator for Mitacs projects Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
Many of the “Zoom bombings” that have been occurring across Canadian universities may be racially motivated, writes Aysha Tabassum of the Queen’s Journal. The article reflects on attacks that have occurred at institutions such as Western University, Dalhousie University, Queen’s University, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Waterloo. In the Zoom bombing attacks, Tabassum writes that the hackers used bigoted language, including racist, homophobic, and sexist messaging. Institutions such as Queen’s and USask have implemented measures to prevent attacks, but it remains difficult to prevent attacks from perpetrators, especially those who are within the organization. Queen’s Journal (National) “Zoom bombings” occurring across Canada appear racially motivated: Tabassum Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR) has launched Mentorat UQTR, a tool that will help UQTR’s students, graduates, and employees integrate into the labour market and gain professional development. Those using the platform will learn skills related to their fields of study, the job market, networking, and balancing work and family life. The tool also offers mentorship spaces that allow participants to benefit from professional support and to share expertise. Those accessing the platform benefit from exchange and sharing tools, focus groups, and a News Feed for personalized professional support. UQuébec (QC) UQTR launches Mentorat UQTR tool Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
Global News reports that 65 COVID-19 cases have been linked with the Ontario Police College in Aylmer, Ontario. In response, the college has stopped all in-person learning, and will be evaluating options to teach courses virtually. All students and staff will be tested, and those who test positive will complete self-isolation at the college. Fleming College has also suspended in-person classes on its Sutherland Campus after an outbreak at Severn Court led to several positive COVID-19 cases, including one that screened positive for a variant. Global News | CBC | Fleming (ON) Ontario Police College, Fleming experience COVID-19 outbreaks Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
Marketers need to be involved in every part of the student experience, writes Victoria O’Malley, not just enrolment. The author argues that involving the marketing team in student experiences can have benefits for the full student experience, including ensuring students find online learning interactive, representing new courses well, branding the graduation experience, and creating loyalty in students who are becoming alumni. Additionally, marketers should be involved with alumni through developing engagement opportunities and outreach campaigns. “Today, marketers within higher education need to be data-driven, creative, strategic and aware of issues around return on investment,” writes O’Malley. “Yet, too often, marketing teams are held at arm’s length from the individual academic units they serve.” Times Higher Ed (International) Engaging marketers in student experience: Opinion Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
East coast postsecondary institutions are announcing plans for their future course delivery. McGill University has announced that it will be returning to “more regular rhythms of on-campus academic activity by September” while continuing to implement public health and safety measures. The University of Prince Edward Island has announced that it will be offering as much in-person and on-campus learning as possible this fall, with hopes of providing a “more normal” academic experience. When reflecting on the future of online education at their institutions, Dalhousie University, St. Mary’s University, and Mount Saint Vincent University indicated that they will likely continue to offer increased numbers of online courses even after COVID-19, while Nova Scotia Community College anticipated offering blended learning options. Montreal Gazette | CBC | CTV News (QC | NS | PEI) East coast institutions plan for Fall semester course delivery and beyond Top Ten 03/02/2021 - 04:48 03/02/2021 - 04:30
Bishop’s University’s Indigenous Cultural Alliance (ICA) members have raised issues with Bishop’s treatment of Indigenous peoples and issues, according to APTN News and City News. APTN News explains that the ICA has made allegations of instances of systemic racism against Bishop’s, including disrespect directed at the former vice-chair of the university’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Nikki Baribeau. “There was a lot of eye-rolling and there was a lot of negative tones when we were asking our questions,” explained Baribeau. ICA members also cited the university’s “insensitive” land acknowledgment, underrepresentation of Indigenous staff, retaliation against students who bring up issues, unwillingness to pay to have Indigenous guest speakers, and exclusion from the planning of Bishop’s new “Kwigw8mna ‘Our House’” project. “These are important and at times difficult and painful discussions,” said Bishop’s Principal Michael Goldbloom in a response, “and we are determined to pursue them in a climate of candor and mutual respect.” APTN News | City News (Video) (QC) Indigenous Cultural Alliance alleges systemic racism against Bishop’s Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
A report released in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada suggests that international students earn less in the first five years after graduation than their domestic counterparts. The report states that international students generally have had fewer years of pre-graduation work experience and have received lower earnings during this time. “The disadvantage for international students in pre-graduation work experience hampers their ability to compete for a high-paying, high-quality job after graduation,” said the report. The Star explains that the government must address the barriers faced by international students to reduce the earnings gap. The Star (National) International students may face lower earnings due to lack of pre-graduation experience: Report Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
Mount Allison University’s Fine Arts program has received a $5M gift from Toronto businessman Pierre Lassonde and the Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation. The funds will be used to support new projects and programs such as scholarships, internships, and an artist-in-residence program. MtA has named the Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts in recognition of the investment. “Mount Allison’s deeply-rooted history of Fine Arts, and the magnificent facilities of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts, are a tremendous springboard for the future,” said MtA President Dr Jean-Paul Boudreau. “The gift from the Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation is both their philanthropic support and their extensive connections into Canada’s arts community — these together will be a catalyst for an explosion of connectivity between leading artists, galleries and museums, and Mount Allison’s Fine Arts students and faculty.” MtA | The Chronicle Herald (NB) MtA receives $5M gift to support Fine Arts program Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
Postsecondary institutions and communities in Alberta are responding to Budget 2021, which the Edmonton Journal reports contains a decrease in funding to $5.04B in 2021-22 and 750 lost jobs for postsecondary institutions. “We know they’re trying to manage their ability to spend and not accumulate too much debt,” said Economic Development Lethbridge CEO Trevor Lewington, “[but] nine out of our 10 largest employers are public sector entities, […] like the college, like the university.” Representatives from Red Deer College faculty association and the University of Calgary have expressed concern about the announcements and the impact of a tuition hike on students, communities, and the economy. Mount Royal University President Tim Rahilly told Global News that the university “wasn’t surprised by the government’s expectations” and had been working toward that goal “for some time now.” Edmonton Journal | Calgary Herald | Ponoka News | Global News (Lethbridge) | Global News (UCalgary) (AB) AB PSE responds to decreased funding in Budget 2021 Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
The recent events of Laurentian University have sparked a conversation around the future of Francophone programs in Ontario. CBC reports that, despite the current high enrolment in French programming, faculty are concerned that these programs may face cuts due to their small size. Members of the Assembly of Francophone Professors are calling for French programs at Laurentian to be centralized, which would give greater administrative control to Francophones. Former VP of the Assembly of Francophone Ontario Réjean Grenier has co-written a letter calling for Laurentian to drop its Francophone programming and for a new, multi-campus Francophone institution to be created for northern Ontario. “I believe that the bilingual aspect of Laurentian is something worth looking at, not just to get rid of it, but to create something better with partners,” said Grenier. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (ON) Laurentian professors, Assembly of Francophone Ontario debate future of French programming Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
Emma Pettit condenses a recent report on strategies postsecondary institutions in the US have used to support instructors and mitigate burnout after a year of increased demands and stress due to COVID-19. The author explains that having an automatic tenure-clock extension, being proactive in faculty assessments, and supporting non-tenure-track faculty members can support those whose experiences might otherwise be overlooked. Other strategies in the article include prioritizing tasks, evaluating committees, and tangibly showing appreciation for the extra work instructors have put in during COVID-19. “If institutions don’t offer meaningful support, if they don’t grapple with the seen and unseen implications of Covid-19,” writes Pettit, “they will lose vulnerable faculty members as teachers, mentors, community citizens, and groundbreaking researchers.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Strategies to mitigate COVID-19-related faculty burnout: Opinion Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
The Council of Ontario Universities is calling on the Government of Ontario to provide $500M of support to cover costs and lost revenue due to COVID-19. The Star explains that postsecondary institutions have incurred greater costs because they have had to close residences, enhance health and safety measures, and move courses online, and that these actions have affected revenues. The Star explains that universities were able to save $500M through “temporary reductions,” but that these reductions may not be sustainable as some expenses cannot be deferred. “What we’re looking for right now is to deal with the impact of COVID-19 in the 2021 fiscal period, but we’ll continue to monitor ... how this is impacting the sector over time,” said Steve Orsini, president of the Council of Ontario Universities. The Star (1) | The Star (2) (ON) Council of Ontario Universities calls on ON to provide $500M in support Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
Loyalist College is launching three media studies programs to meet industry demands: A one-year graduate certificate in advanced filmmaking, a two-year diploma in advanced filmmaking, and a two-year diploma in journalism and communications. Advanced Filmmaking – Digital Content Creation students will learn filmmaking skills through integrated crew work and can pursue a four-week placement through Loyalist’s industry connections. Students in Broadcasting – Television, Filmmaking & Digital Content Creation will learn a variety of skills such as television production, digital filmmaking, and content creation. Journalism – Communications students will learn storytelling and research skills, as well as creative content development. Loyalist (ON) Loyalist launches three media studies programs Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
Moving conferences online is challenging but possible, write Brian Whalen, Jennifer Wright, Catherine Marte and George F Kacenga. The authors share twelve lessons they learned while organizing an online conference, including aiming for high-value presenters, scheduling presentations at times that work for their intended audiences, and keeping the conference platform simple. The authors also explain how recording presentations so that conference attendees can access them within their own time frame and producing a daily newsletter to give attendees the overall narrative of the conference can improve the experience for those attending the conference. “[F]uture conferences [planned by the authors] will need to have at least some online programming for those unable to attend the in-person event,” the authors write. Inside Higher Ed (International) Tips for planning online conferences: Opinion Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
Western University has begun the launch of its 5G-connected campus project in partnership with Bell. The first 5G site on campus is established, and the university expects to have the full network available across campus by summer. The university will be taking advantage of their increased network speed at the Bell-Western 5G Research Centre by conducting research to support student mental health. Dr Kevin Shoemaker, acting associate vice-president (research) at Western will be leading a project to develop an app that will help students learn skills for coping with stress through using biofeedback. “The 5G network allows us to assess large volumes of data to detect patterns and anomalies among hundreds of variables affecting student mental health,” said Shoemaker. “What we learn can be used to generate interactive feedback between the app and user – messages that would allow students to take better control of their mental health during stressful times or to flag potential crises.” Western (ON) Western 5G network partnership to support research on student mental health Top Ten 03/01/2021 - 04:46 03/01/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta’s MD Admissions Initiative for Diversity and Equity (MD AIDE) program, which provides mentorship, tutoring, and a three-month prep course for the medical college admission test, is expanding its eligibility to more groups. CBC reports that any students who have been underrepresented in medical schools, including people of colour, students with disabilities, immigrants, and those from rural areas, are now eligible to access the program. “Given current events around the world, that was one of the biggest factors in helping us to make our case for expanding our target demographic this year and just kind of broadening it to say that we’re here for anybody who falls into that underrepresented category,” said Prachi Shah, MD AIDE co-lead and second-year medical student. CBC (AB) UAlberta’s MD AIDE program expands to all people from underrepresented groups Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions need to carefully collect data on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, writes Ken Chatoor, a senior researcher at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The author explains that the data collected for LGBTQ+ students in the K-12 sector shows differences in educational success, but that the data that could be used to help improve success rates for LGBTQ+ students in PSE is either not collected or is not collected consistently and accurately. The article describes some of the challenges with terminology, including how terms like sex, gender, and trans/transgender can be used inconsistently or improperly. Chatoor calls for postsecondary institutions to collect more administrative data and to use available resources to structure questions meaningfully. HEQCO (National) Postsecondary institutions should be collecting data on LGBTQ+ groups: Opinion Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Members of the Sudbury community and city leadership have expressed concern about how Laurentian University’s restructuring will impact them. An article from the Sudbury Star says the lack of provincial funding for Laurentian and other universities has been an ongoing problem, and warns that Sudbury will be significantly impacted by the restructuring. “Since the Ford government is choosing to do nothing to support Laurentian, my community is now at risk of losing hundreds of jobs in the middle of a pandemic,” said Sudbury MPP Jamie West. Sudbury’s city councillors have sent a letter to the province asking for funding to “stabilize Laurentian University's operations” and requesting that ON review the funding models of other universities. “I think Laurentian University has brought to light the fact that the funding for our post-secondary institutions is inadequate,” said Councillor Robert Kirwan. The Sudbury Star | CBC (National) Sudbury community, leaders concerned about impacts of Laurentian’s restructuring Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Moira MacDonald explores how Canadian universities are embracing and applying the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs include topics such as ending poverty and hunger, reducing inequality, and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. “The SDG project is an all-of-society challenge,” said Jean Andrey, dean of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment and chair of the 44-member Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada. “Universities are so well-positioned to play an important role because of their research strength and because of the way we help to shape future leaders.” The article highlights the efforts in recent years of several institutions across Canada. University Affairs (National) Canadian universities work towards UN Sustainable Development Goals Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Several Canadian institutions have recently issued statements and/or taken action to address racist comments and posts from members of their community. Nova Scotia Community College announced that is investigating an incident in the classroom that involved “racist language used by a member of the community” who is now “no longer with the College.” Mount Allison University has initiated its internal review processes after receiving complaints about a faculty member’s blog. The leaders of Brescia University College, Fanshawe College, Huron University College, King’s University College, and Western University also issued a joint statement against acts of racism in the city following an incident involving a restaurant in London. NSCC | CBC (MtA) | King’s UC (Joint Statement) (National) Institutions investigate allegations of racism in campus and surrounding communities Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Cape Breton University, Loyalist College, and St Francis Xavier University have announced that they will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics. CBU has announced that vaccines will be offered at the Canada Games Complex starting with people who are 80 years and older. Loyalist’s gym and dining hall will be the location of a vaccination clinic for high-risk health care workers and those who work in long-term care homes as part of Ontario’s Phase One of the vaccine rollout. StFX has announced that they expect to host a vaccination clinic within the Bloomfield Centre, and to remain a vaccination centre until the vaccination rollout is complete. CBU | StFX | 91X FM (Loyalist) (National) CBU, Loyalist, StFX to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Students and staff at Cégep Heritage College in Gatineau are expressing concern over the Quebec government’s reform of the French Language Charter, which may see seats in English language cegeps capped. The article says that though the intended purpose of this move would be to keep Francophone students in French schools, it could drive students who want to expand their employment opportunities to pursue education at private schools or to leave the province altogether. “There’s no suggestion that they lose their language or their culture with attending [an English-language CEGEP] for two or three years….” said Leslie Elliott, chair of the faculty association at Heritage. “In fact, what they seem to be gaining are employable skills.” CBC (QC) Heritage students, staff warn that caps on English language cegep could backfire Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Holland College has announced a pilot project that will allow students who have spent time in foster care to access free education. Students of any age who are residents of PEI and have spent at least 24 months in foster care are eligible to have their program’s tuition and fees waived. The program will support students who have previously spent time in care in gaining education as they transition to adulthood. “[W]e thought that we were uniquely situated here at the college to help them with those transitions,” said Holland College president Sandy MacDonald. CBC says that the program is the first of its kind in PEI. CBC | Holland (PEI) Holland launches pilot program to waive tuition fees for people who spent time in care Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Ryerson University’s School of Journalism’s magazine, previously known as the Ryerson Review of Journalism, has announced that it will temporarily be removing “Ryerson” from its name. The school of journalism will be reviewing the use of Egerton Ryerson’s name, given the founder’s role in influencing the creation of Canada’s residential school system. The magazines will be known as the () Review of Journalism, the Review, or the () RJ until the end of the winter semester. “The Review’s mission is to probe the quality of journalism in Canada,” the masthead said in a written statement. “One of the central tenets of our mission is to ‘foster critical thinking about, and accountability within, the industry.’ This means we must also foster critical thinking and accountability within our own publication.”[KA1] The Star (CP) (ON) Ryerson’s School of Journalism temporarily removes “Ryerson” from magazine name Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Teaching a course based on just one book provides an opportunity for students to slow down and develop their skills, writes Christopher Schaberg. The article discusses seven reasons why using a single-book approach in a class can be beneficial. Schaberg explains that this method teaches students to slow down, focus, and learn to do close reading, and adds that it can teach students to work through boredom while providing an opportunity to revitalize the class for the instructor. “I highly recommend adopting a single-text model,” writes Schaberg. “Your students will pick up on the energy and excitement of doing something different, more slowly.” Inside Higher Ed (International) Teaching a semester-long course focused on a single text: Opinion Top Ten 02/26/2021 - 04:02 02/26/2021 - 03:30
Natalie Delia Deckard, Ayesha Mian Akram, and Jane Ku of the University of Windsor describe how, after 10 years of documenting systemic racism in Canada’s universities, little change has been made. The article explains that students are carrying the burden of protesting human rights violations, which can put their education and future careers at risk as students spend time organizing against racism while often facing threats. “It is problematic that students have felt the need to independently seek OHRC support,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Ena Chadha. “Instead, the legal and practical responsibility to examine the conditions, challenges and impediments to a respectful learning environment is in the hands of the ‘directing minds’ of universities, namely senior administrators and their human rights advisers.” The authors conclude with ten recommendations to address ongoing issues. The Conversation (National) Universities, not students, need to address ongoing human rights issues Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
The University of Toronto and Denmark-based pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk A/S have set up a $40M research network on Type 2 diabetes. The investment, which is split between U of T and Novo Nordisk, will support research done on factors which influence rising Type 2 diabetes numbers, such as urban environment, transportation, and mobility. The research network will also study how wearable technology and virtual care can impact diabetes and obesity prevention, and how risk factors and socioeconomic inequalities contribute to Type 2 diabetes. The Star (ON) U of T, Novo Nordisk A/S set up $40M research network on Type 2 diabetes Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions across Canada are continuing to highlight initiatives and resources to recognize Black History Month. Camosun College’s library has published a resource guide created by an alumnus for students interested in reading or watching work by Black authors and creators. A University of Guelph student has launched BIPOC Capital, an organization that supports BIPOC businesses through interest-free loans and mentorship. University College of the North is putting on a four-part interactive workshop on the West African talking drum and the Yoruba culture in partnership with Mall of the Arts. A University of Northern British Columbia professor has been using Twitter to recognize the contributions to positive change that Black Canadian academics have made. Camosun | UoGuelph | The Star (UCN) | CK PG Today (UNBC) (National) Institutions highlight initiatives, resources in recognition of Black History Month Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario unveiled a $115M investment to train up to 8,200 personal support workers by Fall 2021. Through a collaboration with Colleges Ontario, 6,000 new students to enroll in a new tuition-free Accelerated Personal Support Worker Training Program being offered at all 24 publicly assisted colleges. The province additionally announced a tuition grant of $2K for an existing 2,200 PSW students. The accelerated program will allow students to complete their studies in six months, instead of the typical eight-month period. “These initiatives will lead to historic improvements in the quality of life and care for our seniors,” said ON Premier Doug Ford. ON | CTV News (ON) ON announces new tuition-free PSW program at all 24 colleges Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
Humber College has signed a MOU with Siemens Canada to provide students with experiential learning opportunities to prepare them to solve real life problems. The partnership will enhance Humber’s academic curriculum, research, and learning opportunities, and will support student engagement in areas of mutual interest, such as smart buildings, sustainable energy generation, mechatronics, and hackathons. “We know that higher education-industry collaboration is vital to producing the workforce of the future,” said Humber president Chris Whitaker. “With a rapidly evolving workforce, particularly during an ongoing global pandemic, we need our partners more than ever to help us give students access to the latest technology and training in and out of classrooms and labs.” Humber (ON) Humber, Siemens sign MOU to support technologies training Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
HEC Montréal has signed a dual degree agreement with the Lancaster University Management School. HEC Montréal students who participate in the program will take two years of classes in Lancaster instead of continuing into their third year at HEC Montréal. Students who complete the program will receive both a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from HEC Montréal and a MSc degree from Lancaster University. Lancaster University students will similarly be able to study for two years in Montréal and graduate from the program with the two degrees. HEC Montréal (QC) HEC Montréal, Lancaster University sign dual degree agreement Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has released a campus development plan for the redevelopment of its Main Campus over the next 30 years. NAIT’s plan includes integrating with the Blatchford neighbourhood, “re-animating lands with new uses and new energy,” potentially developing student housing, and transforming NAIT’s LRT station into a public transportation hub. The campus will be designed to be walkable and will be flexible enough to adjust to economic or technological changes. “While this plan is rooted in our past and present, it is a vision for our future that will allow us to be a leading polytechnic and an urban destination,” said NAIT president Laura Jo Gunter. “It is also helping us to transform to make our campus the best it can be.” NAIT (AB) NAIT releases campus development plan for main campus Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
Lawyer Emma Romano has written a reflection on the recent release of two decisions under Ontario’s anti-SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) legislation related to the story about Subway, CBC, and Trent University that was first covered in the Top Ten in 2017. Romano discusses the procedural history of the cases, which began with a claim that Subway’s chicken was only comprised of “slightly more than 50% chicken,” and examines arguments made by all parties before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She concludes by discussing what the court decisions mean for others pursuing anti-SLAPP motions. Weir Foulds (ON) The implications of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s Decisions in the Subway debacle: Romano Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
Vancouver Community College is offering a new, free harmonized Building Service Worker (BSW) foundation course and antiviral cleaning/infection prevention online module. The program, which takes 24 hours to complete, is directed toward students who are interested in custodial work. The course includes online and hands-on components, and will cover topics such as green cleaning, the chemistry of cleaning, the cleaning of specific areas and surface types, and antiviral cleaning. VCC (BC) VCC offers free Building Service Worker foundation program Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
Those starting out in careers as scientists should seek out challenging opportunities and approach them with an entrepreneurial spirit, writes Adriana Bankston. The author explains that being bold and seeking out mentors can allow those just starting out to gain a variety of different experiences in roles that help them advance their skills in areas like communication with non-scientific audiences. Bankston also recommends accepting opportunities, even those that you are not completely ready for, as these challenges provide learning opportunities and open the door for other unexpected experiences. “It will take courage and taking a leap of faith into the unknown, but being bold and exploring options that you hadn’t considered will get you far and may even change your professional path,” writes Bankston. Inside Higher Ed (International) Expanding potential professional trajectories: Opinion Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 03:46 02/25/2021 - 03:30
Artificial intelligence could help postsecondary institutions take online classes from resembling “bad TV” to meeting student needs, writes David Shrier. The author discusses some of the common pitfalls of online courses, such instructors simply filming and uploading lectures. Shrier explains that the use of AI could make online classes more effective than in-person classes by fostering collaboration, allowing instructors to interact with students in breakout room discussions, and promoting student engagement. “Realising this promise requires new ways of thinking about learning and a willingness to try new technology,” writes Shrier, “but the payoff is tangible, immediate and urgently needed.” Times Higher Ed (International) How AI could innovate postsecondary online classes: Opinion Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
Concordia University has announced that it will be offering a minor in science journalism to all students in Bachelor of Science programs. The minor will help science students hone their communication skills while they learn how to engage with public discussions about science. Students taking the minor will have access to hands-on reporting opportunities, multimedia courses, and courses in science journalism. “We are the only place in Canada with a clear focus on the future of science journalism,” said David Secko, professor and chair of the Department of Journalism. “We want to help students innovate to address the issues of scientific misinformation and hype.” Concordia (QC) Concordia launches unique minor in science journalism for BSc students Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario’s plans to invest $4M in personal support worker training are “woefully inadequate,” according to the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). OHC and CUPE are arguing that Ontario needs to invest in training 20,000 PSWs; Ontario’s plan only supports the training of 373 PSWs. “Their lethargy is profound ... delaying training and recruitment,” said Candace Rennick, secretary-treasurer at CUPE Ontario. “Ontario must roll out a robust training strategy at every public college across the province. Tuition should be waived and people should be offered some compensation to take the training.” CBC | The Sudbury Star (ON) ON’s PSW training plans critiqued by unions as inadequate Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
A new initiative called the First Peoples Post-secondary Storytelling Exchange is combining different forms of storytelling and filmmaking in order to create a more responsive postsecondary education for Indigenous students in Quebec. Researchers contacted more than 100 people from over 20 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities who shared their stories about education and learning. FPPSE Principal Investigator Michelle Smith explained that the research team has noticed themes in the stories, such as differences in education outcomes for Indigenous students, systemic barriers, a lack of visibility and presence of Indigenous experiences in colleges. “Students who are going into post-secondary education should not have to choose between engaging with Western knowledge systems whilst pursuing post-secondary, and learning their own culture and knowledge,” said Smith. FPPSE | The Link Newspaper (National) FPPSE combines storytelling, filmmaking for inclusive learning for Indigenous students Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
Northlands College has officially opened the Eli Fleury Cultural Centre, which is named after Northland’s Elder-in-Residence. The centre is equipped with a dedicated smudging and prayer room and comfortable areas for student use. The Cultural Centre will host activities and events on a variety of different topics, including survival, garment making, traditional ceremonies, and sharing circles. “I am very pleased that our organization has created this very special space for our students and staff with the intent of embracing culture in the context of education,” said Northland President Guy Penney. “I am also pleased that our Board of Directors saw it fitting to name this space after a lifelong educator who has dedicated his life to education and who is very committed to working with students.” Northlands | Northlands | La Ronge Now (SK) Northlands opens Eli Fleury Cultural Centre Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
The University of Windsor has announced the launch of a 2 + 2 Degree Completion Pathway, which allows students who have completed select two-year college programs to put their credits toward UWindsor’s Bachelor of Science degree. Students from Ontario Police Foundations college programs, environment-related programs, and computer science or business-related programs can use the 2 + 2 Degree Completion Pathway to pursue a four-year degree in forensics, environmental science, or economics. “Joining the 2 + 2 Degree Completion Pathway is a unique chance to combine your hard-earned college diploma with unrivalled hands-on training opportunities, as well as learning from experts in the field, placing you at the forefront of a competitive field,” says Chris Houser, Dean of Science. UWindsor (ON) UWindsor launches 2 + 2 Degree Completion Pathway program Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada is investing $1.2M through the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) to study the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in federal and provincial correctional facilities. Research will be conducted in three provinces: Saskatchewan, Quebec, and British Columbia. The studies will collect data about COVID-19 antibodies in incarcerated individuals or workers with the aim of reducing spread and preventing the introduction of COVID-19 into correctional facilities. The SK study will be led by Dr. Alexander Wong of the University of Saskatchewan, the QC study will be led by Dr. Nadine Kronfli of McGill University and MUHC, and the BC study will be led by Sofia Bartlett from the BC Centre for Disease Control. Journal de Montréal | Global News Wire (National) Canada provides $1.2M in funding for prison COVID-19 antibody studies Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
Saint Mary’s University has announced that it has partnered with D2L and Ellucian to build an integrated learning environment. The learning environment will bring virtual and in-person learning together for all SMU courses, programs, and certificates. It will include student information such as data records, credentialing, and academic and financial services. “The digital transformation will be a game-changer for our students, removing barriers to higher education related to scheduling, learning style and preferences, finance, accommodation, and location,” sad SMU President Dr Robert Summerby-Murray. “Saint Mary’s students will be able to learn and engage fully with their professors, fellow students, and research partners in the classroom, from their home and from anywhere in the world.” SMU (NS) SMU announces integrated learning environment Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
Cambrian College has announced the launch of a game design program that will prepare students for careers in the video game industry. Students in the program will learn about animation, media communication, and mobile app development while learning how to develop video games. “There is such demand for keen and qualified programmers and creators in this industry,” said Cambrian president Bill Best. “At Cambrian we offer the programming that students want and just as importantly, that industry is seeking. There are jobs all over the continent in this field and we’ll be helping fill those spots with amazing Cambrian grads.” Cambrian will launch the program in September. The Sudbury Star (ON) Cambrian launches video game design program Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
The University of Lethbridge, Aurora College, and St Thomas University have released new information about their plans for the Fall 2021 semester. ULethbridge plans to shift toward returning to campus safely with more in-person learning experiences, social activities, and services while continuing to offer some courses online. Aurora College has announced that it will offer most courses and programs in person while ensuring that all public health requirements are met. STU has released a timeline for planning for the next academic year and has noted that students can expect information about the Fall semester between May and June. CBC (ULethbridge) | STU | Aurora College (National) ULethbridge, Aurora College, STU announce plans for fall semester Top Ten 02/24/2021 - 05:04 02/24/2021 - 04:30
A University of British Columbia Okanagan student states that she was talked out of laying charges by the RCMP after she was the victim of voyeurism on campus. The student says that she was filmed by another student while using a co-ed bathroom on campus. UBCO’s campus security called the RCMP, and in the following conversations between the responding officer and the student, the RCMP officer allegedly repeatedly expressed concerns about the suspect’s future if the suspect was charged. In the following months, the student continued to stay in touch with UBCO’s campus support centre director Shilo St Cyr. CBC reports that St Cyr reached out to deputy vice-chancellor Deborah Buszard, who in turn called on the RCMP to revisit the case. The RCMP has since assigned a new officer to the case, and the student is now pressing charges. CBC (BC) Update, March 18: The RCMP has charged the accused student with voyeurism. The accused is set to make his first court appearance in April. CBC UBCO pushes RCMP to revisit case after student talked out of laying charges against voyeur Top Ten 03/18/2021 - 08:43 02/23/2021 - 04:30
Ryerson University has announced that it will be launching a satellite campus in Cairo, Egypt through Universities of Canada in Egypt. Ryerson’s Cairo campus will enable local students to study subjects such as civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering; media production; and sport media through the Faculty of Communication and Design or the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science. Ryerson will have oversight on the hiring of staff and faculty as well as course content. “This exciting partnership with Universities of Canada in Egypt, and new educational model, will make Ryerson’s strong academic programming available to more students as we continue to enhance the international scope of our aspirations and influence,” said Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi. Ryerson (ON) Ryerson to launch Cairo satellite campus Top Ten 02/23/2021 - 04:45 02/23/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Canada is investing $63.5M over five years to help people facing barriers access skilled trades training and certification. The funding will see key groups, such as women, newcomers to Canada, people with disabilities, and racialized Canadians gain training and certification to prepare them to enter the skilled trades workforce as the economy recovers. The UA Piping Industry College of British Columbia’s Inclusion in the Trades from Upgrading to Red Seal Certification project will receive almost $9M for skills improvement programming for over 500 apprentices. “This funding will allow us to continue supporting underrepresented groups in the trades and help bring training to communities around the province of British Columbia,” said William Schwarz, Director of Operations at the College. Canada (National) Canada invests $63.5M in trades training and certification Top Ten 02/23/2021 - 04:45 02/23/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta community is continuing discussion about the planned demolition of UAlberta’s historic Ring Houses. In a piece published by the Edmonton Journal, Marlena Wyman discusses how, even though there are costs to keeping houses, there are also social and historical costs to demolishing them. “Our built heritage is a tangible representation of our cultural heritage. The U of A, the province’s first university, should value its importance of place in history,” writes Wyman. Another Edmonton Journal article tells the stories of people who lived in the homes while emphasizing their significance to the community. “I ask the university administration to recognize the DNA embedded in these homes and restore them,” writes Ellen Schoeck. Edmonton Journal (1) | Edmonton Journal (2) (AB) Community pushes back against demolition of UAlberta’s historic Ring Houses Top Ten 02/23/2021 - 04:45 02/23/2021 - 04:30
NB Minister of Postsecondary education and training Trevor Holder has indicated that he is not willing to commit to providing additional funds after four universities issued a request. The University of New Brunswick, St Thomas University, the University of Moncton and Mount Allison University have requested additional funds totalling $10.6M, citing a decrease in enrolment due to the pandemic. Holder indicated that the additional money would come with “difficult conversations” about the funding of postsecondary education. Green MLA Megan Mitton told CBC that she would encourage NB to provide the funds while People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin expressed reticence based on conversations with students. CBC (NB) NB says “no promises” to universities after call for emergency funding Top Ten 02/23/2021 - 04:45 02/23/2021 - 04:30
North American medical schools have been receiving record numbers of applications for the 2021-22 academic year, writes Dylan Short from the Edmonton Journal. Compared to last year, Ontario’s medical schools have reportedly received 10% more applications, while nursing programs received 17.5% more applications. In the US, the Association of America Medical Colleges reported an 18% increase in applications to medical schools. The article says that the uptick could be related to a variety of factors, including the presence of medical workers in the media and applicants having the time to complete application prerequisites. Edmonton Journal (National) Medical schools see steep uptick in applications for 2021-22 Top Ten 02/23/2021 - 04:45 02/23/2021 - 04:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be investing over $4M in Personal Support Worker (PSW) training. The funding goes to a number of initiatives at institutions across the province. Canadore College will provide 20 unemployed individuals from Ontario Works with PSW training, Mohawk College will train 20 PSWs, and the Victorian Order for Nurses will train 33 participants through a partnership with Trios College and the National Association of Career Colleges. ParaMed London and Burlington/Hamilton will each train 30 individuals through the PSW Fast Track program with Conestoga College. ON (ON) ON provides over $4M to colleges, institutions to train PSWs Top Ten 02/23/2021 - 04:45 02/23/2021 - 04:30
Faith-based supports for students need to receive more institutional support, write Nimao Ali, Raina Lawendy, and Imam Yasin Dwyer. The authors explain that while students are increasingly accessing chaplaincy services for mental health issues that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, many chaplains are either volunteers or are funded through religious organizations or private donations. “Universities should reflect on this deficiency and invest in more dedicated and long-term sustainable solutions for providing chaplaincy services,” write the authors. “Similarly, dedicated government funding could go towards student mental health. The need to take care of the hearts and minds of students, helping to build what we hope is a post-pandemic world, has never been more apparent.” Ottawa Citizen (National) Campuses should support faith-based student supports: Opinion Top Ten 02/23/2021 - 04:45 02/23/2021 - 04:30
Nova Scotia Community College and Assiniboine Community College are running no-cost programs in order to draw underrepresented students into careers in shipbuilding and welding. NSCC’s Pathways to Shipbuilding program, run in partnership with Irving Shipbuilding, the government, and community partners, works to bring groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in shipbuilding, such as women, Indigenous students, and African Nova Scotian students into the profession. CTV News reports that the most recent cohort was fully comprised of African Nova Scotians. ACC has announced that it plans to extend a partnership with Conestoga College that will allow diverse students to gain access to a tuition-free welding program. This intake will focus specifically on equity-seeking groups such as Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, women, and people who are underemployed. CTV News (NSCC) | Brandon Sun (ACC) (NS | MB) NSCC, ACC programs aim to diversify shipbuilding, welding Top Ten 02/23/2021 - 04:45 02/23/2021 - 04:30
Searching for jobs in the current economic climate can feel overwhelming, writes Brandy L Simula, but effectively managing the job search can help alleviate pressure. The author discusses five strategies that job-seekers can use to more effectively search for opportunities while protecting their mental health. Simula recommends strategically managing the job search by setting a schedule for search activities and strategically applying for appropriate jobs. The article also discusses developing a strong support network, managing sharing information about a search with others, developing a self-care routine to mitigate stress, and remembering that you have control in your career path. Inside Higher Ed (International) Surpassing job search challenges during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 02/23/2021 - 04:45 02/23/2021 - 04:30

Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and the University of Northern British Columbia are collaborating on five research projects through the Interior University Research Coalition (IURC). The projects are pandemic-related, and focus on a range of issues, including mental health, telehealth programs, technology, and increasing the lifespan of N95 masks through a responsible and innovative research model. “When researchers from different institutions collaborate across disciplines, the research outcomes benefit from different perspectives and synergies that result from cross-institutional collaboration,” said Kathy Lewis, acting VP, research at UNBC. “These projects are fantastic examples of what’s possible when researchers from across the B.C. Interior come together and seek solutions to pressing public health concerns.” UNBC | UBCO | TRU (BC)

TRU, UBCO, UNBC collaborate on pandemic-related research through IURC Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30

Collaboration between instructors should replace teaching alone, write Kwong Nui Sim and Michael Cowling. The article describes how technology-enhanced learning (TEL) can foster collaboration between instructors who could use it to share a teaching space, pedagogy, and scaffolding. The authors write that academics should consider the advantages of collaboration, which is not usually activated in the same way as collaborative work in other areas of academia, but could be. “Digital citizenship is killing the ‘sage on the stage,’” write Sim and Cowling. “But even once we return to our traditional settings on campus, the question will remain: why do we teach alone?” Times Higher Ed (International)

Instructors should collaborate for success: Opinion Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has partnered with the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (SCC) to allow the business community access to virtual programming through Sask Polytech’s School of Continuing Education. People who are interested in retraining or upskilling in high demand or trending areas will have access to Sask Polytech’s offerings, including professional development programs, corporate training, and micro-credentials. “The School of Continuing Education is also here to help businesses ensure their employees continue to have the skill sets they need to stay competitive as their industries change due to new technologies, shifting demographics and other factors,” said Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. “We look forward to helping Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce members meet their educational and career goals.” Sask Polytech (SK)

Sask Polytech, SCC partner to offer virtual programming to business community Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30

Postsecondary educators need to face reconciliation with humility and courage in order to authentically engage in reconciliation, writes Kory Wilson, Kwakwaka’wakw woman and Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. The author explains how truth, which is deeply personal, starts in self-awareness and understanding one’s own bias and privilege. The article describes the nuances of finding a path to Indigeneity at BCIT, and the work that BCIT has done to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes Canada. “Consider what you can do to make your part of the world better, partner in reconciliation, and seek a world where all voices are heard, honoured, valued and incorporated,” writes Wilson. BCIT (BC)

Authentically engaging in reconciliation: Opinion Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Security Sciences University of Nuevo Leon State (SSUNL) in Mexico. The MOU includes collaboration in training and education, student and faculty exchange opportunities, potential joint research projects, and the development of a JIBC presence in Mexico. “We are pleased to formally establish this relationship between JIBC and SSUNL and to work together to enhance education and training in public safety at both our institutions,” said JIBC President Dr Michel Tarko. “This is part of JIBC’s ongoing commitment to strengthen and develop international relationships in justice and public safety professions to help make communities safer through reflecting, advancing, and leading practice.” JIBC (BC)

JIBC, SSUNL sign MOU to collaborate on training and education opportunities Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30

Four postsecondary institutions in Alberta will begin delivering a two-year pilot program that combines English language training with health care aide training. A $3.8M investment by the Government of Alberta will allow 324 students to enter the program. “We are investing in Alberta’s future by empowering students facing language barriers to pursue the education they need to launch their careers in health care,” said AB Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides. “This is great news for students, our health-care system, and the many Albertans who will benefit from the high-quality care these graduates will provide.” Red Deer College, Bow Valley College, NorQuest College, and Columbia College will be participating in the pilot program. AB | RDC (AB)

AB invests in pilot program to reduce language barriers in health care training Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30

The Government of Quebec is considering implementing a bill that will cap seats available at English language cégeps. CBC says that this would be done to prevent Francophones from going to English cégeps, with the intention of strengthening the French language. “I understand that some francophones would like to learn English by going to colleges, but I understand also … that French is fragile,” said QC Premier François Legault. Bernard Tremblay, president of Quebec’s federation of cegeps, warns that this plan may backfire if students choose to leave Quebec to access English language education. Montreal Gazette | CBC (QC)

QC considers bill to cap enrollment at English language cégeps Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30

CBC and the Sudbury Star report that Laurentian University’s students and alumni are feeling the financial effects of the university’s insolvency as funding and donations disappear. CBC says that Laurentian researchers who had been receiving funding for research, including funding from research grants and graduate student fellowships, have seen the funds disappear because it was not kept separate from operational funds. Laurentian alumni are also questioning where the $7.8K in COVID-19 relief funds they raised for student swimmers has gone. “It’s not about the amount of money, it’s about the principle of the donation and the precedent it sets for the donor community,” said Stacey Zembrzycki, who spearheaded the fundraiser. The Sudbury Star also reports that Laurentian is facing a class-action data breach lawsuit which may total $45M. CBC | The Sudbury Star | The Sudbury Star (ON)

Students, alumni, researchers feel impact from Laurentian insolvency Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30

The University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry has partnered with the Métis Nation of Alberta to provide access to affordable dental services, including check-ups, pediatric, emergency, and denture services. The article explains that through the initiative, UAlberta students studying dentistry and dental hygiene provide dental care to members of the Métis Nation of Alberta in a respectful environment while gaining exposure to Métis culture. “Training the next generations of dentists and oral hygienists who can treat us in a manner that is appropriate will bring us the greatest improvement in our oral health outcomes,” said Reagan Bartel, health director for the Métis Nation of Alberta. UAlberta (AB)

UAlberta School of Dentistry, Métis Nation of Alberta partner on affordable dental services Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30

The Kiuna Institution has announced that it will be implementing satellite classrooms in urban and rural areas to meet the needs of its students. The satellite classrooms aim to support students in pursuing distance learning while allowing students to remain in their communities. Students using the classroom will have access to a variety of services such as computer equipment, psychosocial support, a language development centre, and technical support. Kiuna’s team members will also travel to the classrooms to further support students and increase student retention. NationTalk (QC)

Kiuna Institution announces plans to implement satellite classrooms Top Ten 02/22/2021 - 03:43 02/22/2021 - 03:30
Huron University College has released a statement on its plans to grant its own degrees. The statement references the challenges currently facing the arts and social sciences and explains how gaining the ability to grant its own degrees would help Huron contend with these challenges. Huron says that it will be beginning internal consultations and discussions with students, staff, and unions, before submitting an application to Ontario to grant degrees. “[T]his plan has been formulated in light of long-term trends in Canadian post-secondary education and the most likely prospects for the future success of Huron,” reads the release. Huron (ON) Huron releases statement on plans to grant own degrees Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
The New Brunswick Government has announced that its Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour will implement performance-based agreements for contracted services. Under the new model, organizations will receive a base amount of funding and will be eligible for more funding if they meet or exceed performance-based targets. The targets will vary regionally. “We recognize the need to reshape how the department approaches labour and programming services to get the results New Brunswick needs” said NB Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder.  NB | NationTalk (NB) NB announces implementation of performance-based agreement Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
Loyalist College has launched an Electromechanical Engineering Technician - Mechatronics Ontario college diploma program to meet the region’s industry demand. Students in the two-year program will develop skills in designing, implementing, maintaining, and repairing automation systems. Over the course of their studies, students will also be able to complete levels one and two of the Siemens Mechatronics System certification micro-credential. “Employers have told us they need mechatronics programming and support, and we’ve responded to help them capitalize on the opportunities and champion the disruptive pressures of digitization, as well as decarbonization,” said Loyalist President Dr Ann Marie Vaughan. Loyalist (ON) Loyalist launches mechatronics college diploma program Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
A group of Canadian universities have come together to create the University Network for Investor Engagement (UNIE) through the investor advocacy organization SHARE. The universities will work together to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting Canada in transitioning to a low carbon economy. Participants include Carleton University, Concordia University, McGill University, McMaster University, Mount Allison University, Université de Montreal, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto Asset Management, University of Victoria, and York University. “UNIE is one clear and focused way university endowments and pension plans can make a difference together,” said McMaster AVP (Administration) Deidre Henne. “It allows us to influence how, and how fast, that low-carbon transition takes place.” NewsWire (National) Canadian universities join forces to create University Network for Investor Engagement Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Quebec has announced that it intends to increase cégep graduation rates from 64% to 68% in 2023. The article explains that though the college system has implemented measures such as student support and success plans, the results have not been as desired. QC Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann has stated that the province will use all available measures to improve education and increase graduation rates, as well as improving the student transition from high school to college. The article also discusses how interventions with high risk students may increase student success. Journal de Montréal (QC) QC announces intent to increase cégep graduation rates Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
Niagara College has partnered with Global University Systems (GUS) to give students access to increased academic delivery opportunities. The partnership will see select Niagara credentials – such as graduate certificates in International Business Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Human Resources Management – delivered at GUS’s Toronto School of Management. “This exciting partnership is an important part of our broader strategy to create new global opportunities for students, and support long-term enrolment stability and growth,” said Niagara president Sean Kennedy. “The agreement is also driven by our entrepreneurial spirit, as we work to identify global partnership opportunities that support our core operations in Niagara.” Niagara (ON) Niagara, GUS partner on increased academic delivery opportunities Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
CBC reports that campuses in Canada’s north have seen a 34% decrease in international students due to COVID-19 compared with the previous year’s numbers. The article explains that the international travel restrictions, combined with provincial travel restrictions played a part in the drop in international students. The drop was most severe in Yukon: Yukon University, which has had a growing international student population prior to COVID-19, anticipates an 18% drop in international students for the 2020-21 school year. Northwest Territories and Nunavut have been impacted less because of the high proportion of domestic students coming to institutions like Aurora College. CBC ( YK |NWT | NV) Northern institutions see 34% drop in international students Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
Cleantech Commons, which is affiliated with Trent University, and Bioenterprise have signed a MOU to support clean technology. The partnership will see Cleantech Commons gaining accelerator services which will provide a variety of services to entrepreneurs and innovators. Through the collaboration, Cleantech Commons clients will be able to access Bioenterprise expertise, networks, and frameworks. “At Cleantech Commons we are creating a Canadian hub for collaborative clean technology innovation that brings together industry with academia, students, and the research community to create solutions to global energy, environmental, and climate challenges,” said Cleantech Commons Executive Director Martin Yuill. Cleantech Commons (ON) Trent’s Cleantech Commons, Bioenterprise sign MOU supporting clean technology Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
A recent report published by Campus Technology has revealed varying attitudes about cybersecurity and knowledge of cyberattacks. In the United States, 42% of postsecondary educators and 41% of administrators reported being not “particularly concerned” about their institution experiencing a cyberattack. Administrators tended to receive more cybersecurity training than instructors (71% vs 57%), and even though instructors used personal devices to support remote learning, only 50% said that their institutions had provided guidelines on how to protect their devices. Instructors also tended to be unfamiliar with the various types of cyberattacks, such as data breaches, phishing scams, and “videobombing.” The survey found that the biggest barrier to implementing stronger cybersecurity initiatives at postsecondary institutions was cost. Campus Technology (International) US survey shows gaps in cybersecurity knowledge, training for administrators, instructors Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) have ratified the labour agreement that was accepted in January. The new agreement lasts until June 2022, and includes a wage increase, reimbursements for faculty who are working from home, and “non-monetary gains” such as educational leave and online material copyrights. “This was an extremely challenging and unprecedented round of bargaining given the global pandemic and massive impacts on our members’ working conditions,” said DFA president David Westwood. CBC (NS) Dal, DFA ratify labour agreement Top Ten 02/19/2021 - 03:45 02/19/2021 - 03:30
The Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) has released a report on the ways that Quebec universities have made postsecondary education more accessible for First Nations members. The report describes the performance of each of the province’s 19 universities in the areas of governance, education, student experience, research, and services to the community. The report found that many universities have Indigenous people present in research activities, offer Indigenous studies and language programs, and promote a welcoming environment. “We wanted to know where we were starting from,” said BCI leader Johanne Jean. “This portrait allows us to be inspired by what others do. There are great initiatives in all university establishments.” CTV News (QC) BCI releases report on actions taken by QC universities to welcome Indigenous students Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
Queen’s University has announced that it will be deferring the renovation of its John Deutsch University Centre by a year. The decision was made to avoid an increase in fees during the COVID-19 pandemic, since most of the funding will be contributed by students through an increase in fees. “Deferring the introduction of additional fees until September 2022, and reducing overall risks to the project, is welcome news,” said Jared den Otter, President of Queen’s Alma Mater Society. Queen’s plans to move the project forward in May 2022. Queen’s (ON) Queen’s defers renovation of John Deutsch University Centre Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
The University of Guelph has partnered with Multiplex Genomics Inc and LifeLabs to boost Ontario’s COVID-19 testing capacity and provide screening to identify variants of the virus. UoGuelph will provide technology for the high-volume testing and results within 24 hours. “This new alliance will lead to unprecedented testing capacity for COVID-19 and, more importantly, for its variants that are circulating without careful tracking in the population,” said Paul Hebert, Multiplex Genomics CEO and director of UoGuelph’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. The information gathered by the test results will help to inform the structuring of vaccines. UoGuelph | Guelph Mercury (ON) UoGuelph, Multiplex Genomics Inc, LifeLabs partner on high-volume COVID-19 testing Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
Université Laval’s Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics has received up to $900K from the Government of Québec over three years to create and support a research chair on permafrost in Nunavik. The chair will research adaptations to climate change through collaboration with communities and organizations in the region, as well as facilitating the application of research results by the communities. “This research chair will enable our institution to strengthen the ties that have already been established with northern communities and First Peoples,” said Sophie D’Amours, Rector at Laval. “Research carried out in partnership with these communities and in keeping with their ancestral knowledge will allow northern populations to be more resilient and develop their territory more sustainably.” NationTalk (QC) Laval receives $900K research chair on permafrost Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
Fleming College has announced the launch of the Muskoka-Kawarthas Service System Manager (SSM), a Government of Ontario prototype that aims to provide employment support for those looking for jobs. The SSM will provide job seekers with skills training and support in searching for jobs, as well as coaching during the first year of work. “We are pleased that the Ontario Government chose Fleming College to lead its new SSM model, and stand ready to address current labour market needs and advance the future of employment services,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. Fleming (ON) Fleming launches employment support prototype for ON Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
Mount Allison University and the University of New Brunswick have signed a MOU to create the MtA Pathway program. The program will allow MtA undergraduate students who are studying in the areas of law, education, and business to continue graduate and post-graduate education in several UNB programs. “This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is an example of our commitment to collaborating and working together to drive growth and development within our region, while providing New Brunswick students with the opportunities to grow and thrive in a challenging world,” said UNB President Dr Paul Mazerolle. “We want to encourage graduates to stay in New Brunswick to build a better and more equitable future for all.” MtA (NB) MtA, UNB create MtA Pathway program Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
Lakehead University and Simon Fraser University have recently been the subjects of cyberattacks. Lakehead has cut off access to its servers and has required all computers on campus to be shut off to manage the attack. Additionally, information on university servers as well as access to Lakehead’s Google-based services will be unavailable for a time. SFU has found that the personal information of around 200,000 people was exposed by a cybersecurity attack on a SFU server. The server contained information about students, alumni, applicants, faculty, and staff, but did not include bank account information or social insurance numbers, and SFU has said that there is low risk of identity theft. CBC (Lakehead) | CBC (SFU) (ON | BC) SFU, Lakehead experience, respond to cyberattacks Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
An ON government advisor working on Laurentian University’s financial issues has released an interim report that states that Laurentian’s deficits date back to at least 2014. “Laurentian University cannot even state precisely how long it has been in the zone of insolvency ... (which) does not reflect well on the university,” wrote advisor Alan Harrison. Harrison wrote that current university president Robert Hache is not to blame for the situation, noting that the university "was routinely taking deficits budgets to its board, without ... the board ever instructing (the university) to deal with this issue." In a Sudbury Star editorial, Hache outlined the university’s plans for restructuring "through a restructuring of our operations and academic programs with a bottom-line focus on student interest, financial sustainability, and strong outcomes." CBC | The Sudbury Star (ON) Government advisor releases Laurentian interim report, Hache describes plans for restructuring Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
Representatives from postsecondary institutions are discussing what impact New Brunswick’s blended learning high school education model, in which students alternate in-person class with at-home learning, will have on student applications to postsecondary institutions. While some experts say students could be disadvantaged by not being properly prepared for life after graduation, others indicate that the blended model will have no effect on how applications from NB students will be considered by universities. “We trust that the program that’s being offered will meet our requirements,” said Ann MacDonald, associate director of admissions at Dalhousie University. Mount Allison University admissions counsellor Mark Lasanowski added that this model of learning may give students an advantage in blended or online university programs. CBC (NB) Impact of NB blended learning model on applications debated Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
Huron University College is pursuing the option of granting its own degrees, a move that the London Free Press states would alter the Huron's 150-year relationship with Western Univers “Western and Huron have very distinct missions and I believe that Huron can best fulfill its mission if it has control over its curriculum and academic life,” stated Huron President Barry Craig. The Free Press says that Huron plans to request permission to grant degrees from the Government of Ontario while maintaining most of its current affiliation agreement with Western. If the Board of Governors votes in favour of the change, the changes would come into effect for the class of 2026 in the 2022-2023 academic year. Officials from King's University College and Brescia University College stated that they have no plans to distance themselves from Western.  London Free Press | HUCSC | The Gazette (ON) Huron announces plans to become independent institution, grant own degrees Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 03:47 02/18/2021 - 03:30
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has announced new measures that will provide more flexibility for international students. Eligible international students will now be permitted to complete up to 100% of their program online from outside of Canada, while remaining eligible for the post-graduate work permit. “Their status may be temporary, but the contributions of international students are lasting. This new policy means that students hoping to work in Canada after graduation won’t miss out on opportunities, while ensuring that Canada meets the urgent needs of our economy for today and tomorrow,” said Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco E L Mendicino. “Our message to international students and graduates is simple: We don’t just want you to study here, we want you to stay here.” Canada | CICan | The Star (National) Canada announces further supports for international students Top Ten 02/17/2021 - 03:44 02/17/2021 - 03:30
Quebec Premier François Legault has taken to Facebook to criticize the “radical activists” who he says have taken censorship and political correctness to the point of risking freedom of expression. In the statement, Legault argues that the problem started with universities and so will need to be solved at universities first, adding that QC Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann is looking into how to address the matter. The Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU) has praised the statement, according to the Montréal Gazette, and stated that it believes QC can provide universities with the tools necessary to resist outside pressure and strengthen their independence. FQPPU adds that the situation has developed out of underfunding institutions, as “controversy affects a university’s reputation and, ultimately, its financing,” and that a distinction must be made between words of a discriminatory nature and words used within a pedagogical perspective. Facebook | CBC | Montréal Gazette | CTV News (QC) QC premier vows to defend freedom of expression in universities Top Ten 02/17/2021 - 03:44 02/17/2021 - 03:30
Grande Prairie Regional College and the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean have partnered to offer a French Bachelor of Education degree. Through the program, GPRC students will be able to choose from four French Bachelor of Education programs at the new Grande Prairie satellite campus, which will allow them to study without having to leave Grande Prairie. The collaboration will train students to fill the needs of French immersion programs and Francophone schools across Alberta. “Together with Campus Saint-Jean we are mobilizing opportunity while delivering in-demand, student centred and future focused programming,” said Dr Brian Redmond, Dean, School of Arts, Science and Upgrading at GPRC. “It’s these types of partnerships that bring GPRC one step closer to our goal of becoming the northern centre of post-secondary excellence in Alberta.” GPRC (AB) GPRC, UAlberta Campus Saint-Jean partner on French Bachelor of Education degree Top Ten 02/18/2021 - 08:33 02/17/2021 - 03:30
Dalhousie University has launched the juris doctor certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous law. Through the specialization, students will take courses on topics such as interactions between federal and provincial laws and Indigenous people, section 35 of Canada’s Constitution, and Indigenous legal orders. The certificate program, which is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will enhance student knowledge about Indigenous people and the law. “As we tell our students, the law touches on almost virtually every area of interaction between Indigenous peoples and the state and also Indigenous peoples’ own legal orders, and so it is so key for future lawyers to realize that,” said Assistant Professor Dr Naiomi Metallic. CBC (NS) Dal launches juris doctor certificate in Aboriginal and Indigenous law Top Ten 02/17/2021 - 03:44 02/17/2021 - 03:30
Lakehead University, Confederation College, Canadore College, and the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) are collaborating to streamline the transfer process for Indigenous students and strengthen transfer student retention. The MOU will see the institutions working together to establish internal and external working groups and a seamless transfer agreement for Indigenous students. “This unique partnership will find new and better ways to support Indigenous students and enrich our learning as a transfer system,” said Yvette Munro, Executive Director of ONCAT. Lakehead | Confederation (ON) Lakehead, Confederation, Canadore sign MOU to support Indigenous transfer students Top Ten 02/17/2021 - 03:44 02/17/2021 - 03:30
Saint Mary’s University, Acadia University, and Dalhousie University have announced that their sports teams will be allowed to play exhibition games. Hockey, volleyball, and basketball teams may be allowed to participate in exhibition games before the end of the semester. “It gives the athletes a little bit of normalcy,” said SMU athletic director Scott Gray. “Their lives have been turned upside down. Hopefully this helps their mental health and well being.” Fans will not be allowed to attend the games. Cape Breton University has announced that they are waiting for approval to participate in the games as well, while St Francis Xavier University has confirmed that it will not be participating. CTV News (NS) SMU, Acadia, Dal to allow students to play exhibition games Top Ten 02/17/2021 - 03:44 02/17/2021 - 03:30
The closure of Ontario Fire College has come as a shock to firefighters in the area, reports Collingwood Today. The facility based in Gravenhurst, Ontario had been in operation since 1949 and reportedly saw a decline in training numbers over the years. “Although the college wasn’t big enough to handle all the training needs, it always gave fire departments access to affordable, high quality training in a great facility,” said OPSEU Local 317 President Chris McConnell, who added that the college could have provided education to more firefighters if it had had a larger staff. Training will be diverted from the college to be offered online and in-person at 20 smaller regional training centres across the province. Collingwood Today states that several Ontario townships have voted in favour of lobbying the provincial government to reverse the decision made in January. Collingwood Today (ON) Ontario Fire College closure comes as shock, sees townships push for reversal of decision Top Ten 02/17/2021 - 03:44 02/17/2021 - 03:30
Journal de Montréal has released its revised and improved cégep rankings, which compares Quebec’s 52 public cégeps. The rankings evaluate the institutions according to factors such as the strength of incoming students and graduation rates in thirteen programs: Three pre-university programs and ten technical programs. According to the publication, the ranking aims to put cégeps that accept “initially weaker” students and have a high graduation rate at the top of the ranking, in order to demonstrate the impact that the institution has on the students. Journal reports that the Jonquière and Rimouski cégeps come first in several rankings. Journal de Montréal (Release) | Journal de Montréal (Rankings) (QC) New cégep ranking looks to measure impact of institution Top Ten 02/17/2021 - 03:44 02/17/2021 - 03:30
The University of Northern British Columbia and Saik’uz First Nation have partnered to offer an introductory language course in the Saik’uz dialect of Dakelh. The course, which is taught online, aims to preserve the Dakelh language. “Language revitalization is key,” said Dr Daniel Sims, UNBC chair of First Nation Studies and Tsay Keh Dene First Nation member. “But then also providing back to the community.” The course will run from February 26th to May 21st, and participants will gain three credits. Prince George Citizen (BC) UNBC, Saik’uz First Nation partner on Dakelh language course Top Ten 02/17/2021 - 03:44 02/17/2021 - 03:30
A new design released by the Gehry Toronto Project for the construction of two mixed-use condo towers includes space for OCAD University. OCADU states that the space will include research and learning areas for OCADU faculty and students, and will enable collaborations with the community and local industry on arts, media, and design projects. “We see tremendous opportunities for collaboration with Great Gulf, Westdale and Dream as this project becomes a reality,” said OCADU President Ana Serrano. “With its close proximity to both OCAD University and TIFF, and situated within Toronto’s Entertainment District, this project is poised to become a cultural hub within the city, offering opportunities to showcase the talent of the next generation of artists, designers and developers.” OCADU (ON) OCADU secures space in Gehry Toronto Project Top Ten 02/17/2021 - 03:44 02/17/2021 - 03:30

Mohawk College has opened the Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology. The new complex includes classroom space, access to aircraft, and labs. The facility will allow all of Mohawk’s aviation programs to be delivered in one location and double Mohawk’s aviation enrolment capacity. “We are excited to have our students training in this impressive new facility. And we are grateful to all of the industry partners who have supported us in this huge project,” said Mohawk President Ron McKerlie. “With this state-of-the-art training facility and the innovative training equipment we can now offer our students, we are confident Mohawk College will soon become one of the top Aviation training colleges in Canada.” Mohawk (ON)

Mohawk opens Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions need to pay close attention to programs that have a connection to cutting-edge fields, writes Goldie Blumenstyk. The author describes five themes to guide those interested in offering innovative programs. Blumenstyk notes that it is important to teach basic skills rather than focus on trendy topics, to be cautious when starting new programs, and to own mistakes about programs and be willing to proactively cut programs that are not working. The author also emphasizes the importance of finding and retaining qualified faculty members and intentionally reaching out to students build awareness of the programs that are available. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Developing and offering cutting-edge programs: Opinion Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30

Niagara College has announced that it will be offering three new apprenticeship programs: Industrial Mechanic Millwright, General Carpenter, and Industrial Electrician. The programs aim to address the need for skilled workers in the region. Classes are offered twice a week at night so that apprentices can work while completing their education. “We are proud to offer these three new apprenticeship programs at Niagara College,” says Jeff Murrell, associate dean, School of Trades at Niagara. “We saw an increased need for these skills from employers in our community and we are looking forward to providing the technical, hands-on learning experiences that registered apprentices need to complete their training for these lucrative, in-demand trades.” Niagara | CBC (ON)

Niagara announces three new apprenticeship programs Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s École d'études autochtones has announced the launch of a certificate in Aboriginal governance. The certificat en gouvernance autochtone is geared toward meeting the needs of Indigenous people who are interested in deepening their knowledge in areas such as Aboriginal leadership, communication, and policy. The course covers topics such as Aboriginal legal traditions, the media, and land claims. The 30-credit program provides general and multidisciplinary training and is offered remotely with options for full- and part-time studies. UQuébec (QC)

UQAT launches certificate in Aboriginal governance Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30

Simon Fraser University’s Student Society has sent a letter of support to Burnaby City Council for a proposal to construct a gondola to the top of Burnaby Mountain. The gondola would replace bus routes between the Production Way University SkyTrain Station and SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus. Global News explains that accessing SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus can be chaotic during snowstorms and that transit is frequently over-crowded. “Transit right now is just not sufficient for the amount of people going up and down Burnaby mountain,” said Simon Fraser Student Society president Osob Mohamed. “On top of that, a lot of our students do care about having a safer, more time-efficient and eco-friendly method of transportation.” CTV News | Global News (BC)

SFU Student Society strongly supports proposal to construct gondola Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30

After an investigation by cybersecurity experts, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has announced there is no evidence that personal data was taken in the cyberattack last fall. Sask Polytech has confirmed that they did not pay a ransom, and that the motive for the attack has still not been discovered. CBC says that out of caution Sask Polytech has used a phased approach to restoring online systems and services; almost all of its services have since been restored. In response to the incident Sask Polytech has increased its security and has provided education to students and staff on identifying malicious emails. CBC | Global News (SK)

No evidence personal data was stolen during Sask Polytech cyberattack Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30

The Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL-CBUA) has launched an open educational resource (OER) platform called the AtlanticOER-RELAtlantique. The platform allows educators to create OERs using Pressbooks, which students will be able to access for free, decreasing the financial burden of postsecondary education. Educators are also eligible for course development grants from CAUL-CBUA. “We are thrilled to see AtlanticOER officially launch, joining the incredible work of the open education community across the country”, said Cynthia Holt, Executive Director of CAUL-CBUA. “Both Educators and students can take advantage of AtlanticOER, enabling educators to create flexible and relevant learning materials while saving students money. It is a win-win situation”. CAUL-CBUA (National)

CAUL-CBUA launches OER platform Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30

Laurentian University has been given until April 30th by Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz to present a plan to put its finances in order, reports The Sudbury Star. A special advisor has been appointed to help with the financial restructuring. CBC reports that a group of community members has formed to advocate for Laurentian. One of the group’s concerns is the provincial cuts to postsecondary funding. “I’d like to do anything I can to help save our university,” said Liana Holm, a member of the Sudbury and District Labour Council. “I’m very afraid that if we don’t step in now and ask Ross Romano to come to the table to talk about government funding, then we’re going to lose that opportunity.” The Sudbury Star | CBC (ON)

Laurentian given deadline to create plan, community members advocate for provincial support Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30

Ontario postsecondary institutions are encouraging students to avoid travel over the winter break. Guelph Mercury Tribune reports that the University of Guelph, which has had 67 cases of COVID-19 associated with an outbreak on campus, is recommending that students who are in self-isolation and students who live in residence stay put for the break. The University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo have sent notes to students discouraging them from traveling during the break. “If you must travel home for the break, consider a self-quarantine or reducing close contact with others, 10 to 14 days before travel,” said UWaterloo president Feridun Hamdullahpur. “You should do the same before coming back to Waterloo.” Guelph Mercury Tribune | CBC (ON)

ON postsecondary institutions discourage students from traveling over break Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30

The Université du Québec’s Trois-Rivières campus will receive $2.2M from the federal government to support the Centre national intégré du manufacturier intelligent (CNIMI), which is currently under construction in Drummondville. The investment will be used to acquire, install, and program digital technologies and equipment, and will support the acquisition and implementation of new software. CNIMI also plans to use the funds to help manufacturing companies in transitioning to smart manufacturing using digital technologies. The investment is expected to boost the regional economic recovery. UQuébec (QC)

UQTR receives $2.2M for Centre national intégré du manufacturier intelligent Top Ten 02/16/2021 - 03:45 02/16/2021 - 03:30
The University of Windsor is redesigning its law school building to better reflect needs of students in the 21st century. The renovation, which will cost $30M and take two years, will focus on making the building accessible for people with disabilities, adding windows, restructuring classrooms to allow for collaborative work, and updating the library with space for students to work in groups. The redesign will also take into account Indigenous design principles. It will include space for smudging, a place for an Elder to meet with students, classrooms that allow classes to be taught in a circle, and Indigenous art pieces. The Globe and Mail (ON) UWindsor redesigns law school building Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 04:03 02/12/2021 - 03:30
Vancouver Island University has launched a Baking and Pastry Arts Management Diploma. The two-year program will enable students to learn advanced baking skills and acquire the knowledge they need to set up their own businesses. Students in year two will work towards a baker Red Seal certification, plan a pop-up bakery, and participate in a cooperative work placement. “We are responding to industry demand for competent graduates who are ready to start working in commercial kitchens, and we listened to what our students are saying they need to embrace rising into a management position or operating their own business and becoming the trainers and baking mentors of the future,” said Rita Gower, Chair, Professional Baking and Pastry Arts at VIU. VIU (BC) VIU launches Baking and Pastry Arts Management Diploma Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 04:03 02/12/2021 - 03:30
Brock University has received funding from the Natural Resources Canada Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program to install 20 Level 2 and 3 electric vehicle chargers on the Brock campus. Three of the charging stations will be Level 3 DC stations, allowing an almost completely depleted battery to charge up to 80% in just 20 minutes. “Since the Brock campus is open to the Niagara community,” said Scott Johnstone, Senior AVP of Infrastructure and Operations, “the investment also supports the adoption of EVs in the Niagara region through the reduction of carbon emissions.” I Heart Radio (ON) Brock to install 20 electric vehicle chargers on campus Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 04:03 02/12/2021 - 03:30
Rimouski College and Chicoutimi College have launched ISA and ALI, programs that use artificial intelligence to direct students to support resources and to identify students in need of academic follow-up. ALI, which has been developed by psychologists and mental health experts, asks questions, offers advice, and directs students to people who can help them; while ISA is an academic monitoring interface that uses student data to identify potential student issues. Teachers can focus on teaching students without worrying about following up with them. Journal de Montréal (QC) Rimouski College, Chicoutimi College launch ISA, ALI for student support Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 04:03 02/12/2021 - 03:30
Several institutions have launched new initiatives and events throughout the month of February in support of their Black communities. Centennial College’s Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion, Solv., and ACCEL came together to launch the Black Business Showcase throughout the month. Sheridan College announced a series of film screenings, cooking lessons, and career conversations in partnership with members of the community in celebration of Black History Month. York University has announced that it is launching a Postdoctoral Fellowships Program for Black and Indigenous Scholars that will support 12 postdoctoral scholars over the next four years. The fellowships “will help advance the career ambitions of Black and Indigenous scholars,” explained YorkU Senior Advisor of Equity and Representation Carl James, “by providing them with additional opportunities to build their scholarship with, among other things, mentor supports, research opportunities, and important publications." Centennial | Sheridan | YorkU (ON) ON institutions launch new initiatives, host events for Black scholars, businesses Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 15:24 02/12/2021 - 03:30
A judge has ruled that the University of Regina must give information about funding to one of its professors who is studying the effects of the oil and gas industry on education. URegina originally used a “discretionary class exemption” in keeping details from Emily Eaton, reports CBC, and the court has since ruled that the records requested by Eaton do not fall under this class exemption. URegina responded to the ruling by saying that “[r]eleasing information related to some research activities could put research at risk, and undermine competitiveness both for the university and its researchers.” CBC (SK) Judge rules URegina must give funding information to professor researching oil and gas Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 04:03 02/12/2021 - 03:30
George Brown College has launched an Honours Bachelor of Food Studies degree. The degree, which George Brown says is the first of its kind in Canada, will train students in both culinary techniques and food studies. Students in the program will participate in experiential learning opportunities, field trips, and community-engaged learning placements. “This Food Studies program provides students with an in-depth knowledge of our food system along with the skills, insights and knowledge to become leaders in a rapidly changing environment,” said Lorraine Trotter, Dean of the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown. “It offers a broad range of career pathways, while providing all stakeholders in our food system with leaders who can thrive in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.” NewsWire (ON) George Brown launches Honours Bachelor of Food Studies degree Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 04:03 02/12/2021 - 03:30
Nine British Columbia postsecondary institutions have partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training on Feed BC. Through the initiative, the postsecondary institutions will work across departments to track and source more BC food, build innovative local food initiatives and promote local food education and awareness on campus and beyond. British Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College, Selkirk College, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia, University of the Fraser Valley, University of Northern British Columbia, and Vancouver Community College have committed to increasing the amount of local food served on campus to at least 30%. “Feed BC is an exciting, real-world opportunity for B.C.’s post-secondary institutions to be leaders in promoting local food and food system sustainability,” said Anne Kang, BC Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. BC (BC ) Nine BC institutions partner with province on Feed BC Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 04:03 02/12/2021 - 03:30
In an article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sumana Roy discusses the many challenges faced by postcolonial literature syllabi. The author explains that postcolonial literature is often evaluated in terms of how it represents the author’s culture; and as a result, Roy argues that postcolonial literature can become a victim of “juries” which give prizes to literature because of the culture or community it has come from rather than the writing. Roy further notes that these syllabi are often limited to novels, as poetry and essays do not give the detailed information that is expected from the postcolonial text. Finally, Roy explains how work that is self-indulgent should be allowed in postcolonial courses. “Looking at postcolonial-literature syllabi, I feel the need, as a postcolonial citizen and subject, for our literatures to be read for more reasons than the guilt rasa,” concludes Roy. “I’ve decided to begin my next semester by teaching a comedy, the hasya rasa. I hope for my students to laugh without guilt.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Decolonizing the postcolonial syllabus: Opinion Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 04:03 02/12/2021 - 03:30
College of the North Atlantic has announced that as a response to public health measures, it will be closing its campuses and facilities in the St John’s Metro area. All programs at Seal Cove, Ridge Road, and Prince Philip Drive will be moving online starting on February 15th. CNA students and employees have been asked to pick up personal items, and non-essential employees will be required to work from home. CNA has also implemented new COVID-19 protocols, such as closing all buildings to the public, conducting on-campus business and stakeholder appointments virtually, and cancelling business travel. CNA (NL) CNA announces campus closure in response to COVID-19 Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 04:03 02/12/2021 - 03:30

Mohawk College has opened the Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology. The new complex includes classroom space, access to aircraft, and labs. The facility will allow all of Mohawk’s aviation programs to be delivered in one location and double Mohawk’s aviation enrolment capacity. “We are excited to have our students training in this impressive new facility. And we are grateful to all of the industry partners who have supported us in this huge project,” said Mohawk President Ron McKerlie. “With this state-of-the-art training facility and the innovative training equipment we can now offer our students, we are confident Mohawk College will soon become one of the top Aviation training colleges in Canada.” Mohawk (ON)

Mohawk opens Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 16:54 02/12/2021 - 16:54

Laurentian University has been given until April 30th by Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz to present a plan to put its finances in order, reports The Sudbury Star. A special advisor has been appointed to help with the financial restructuring. CBC reports that a group of community members has formed to advocate for Laurentian. One of the group’s concerns is the provincial cuts to postsecondary funding. “I’d like to do anything I can to help save our university,” said Liana Holm, a member of the Sudbury and District Labour Council. “I’m very afraid that if we don’t step in now and ask Ross Romano to come to the table to talk about government funding, then we’re going to lose that opportunity.” The Sudbury Star | CBC (ON)

Laurentian given deadline to create plan, community members advocate for provincial support Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 16:57 02/12/2021 - 16:57

Ontario postsecondary institutions are encouraging students to avoid travel over the winter break. Guelph Mercury Tribune reports that the University of Guelph, which has had 67 cases of COVID-19 associated with an outbreak on campus, is recommending that students who are in self-isolation and students who live in residence stay put for the break. The University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo have sent notes to students discouraging them from traveling during the break. “If you must travel home for the break, consider a self-quarantine or reducing close contact with others, 10 to 14 days before travel,” said UWaterloo president Feridun Hamdullahpur. “You should do the same before coming back to Waterloo.” Guelph Mercury Tribune | CBC (ON)

ON postsecondary institutions discourage students from traveling over break Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 16:57 02/12/2021 - 16:57

The Université du Québec’s Trois-Rivières campus will receive $2.2M from the federal government to support the Centre national intégré du manufacturier intelligent (CNIMI), which is currently under construction in Drummondville. The investment will be used to acquire, install, and program digital technologies and equipment, and will support the acquisition and implementation of new software. CNIMI also plans to use the funds to help manufacturing companies in transitioning to smart manufacturing using digital technologies. The investment is expected to boost the regional economic recovery. UQuébec (QC)

UQTR receives $2.2M for Centre national intégré du manufacturier intelligent Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 16:56 02/12/2021 - 16:56

After an investigation by cybersecurity experts, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has announced there is no evidence that personal data was taken in the cyberattack last fall. Sask Polytech has confirmed that they did not pay a ransom, and that the motive for the attack has still not been discovered. CBC says that out of caution Sask Polytech has used a phased approach to restoring online systems and services; almost all of its services have since been restored. In response to the incident Sask Polytech has increased its security and has provided education to students and staff on identifying malicious emails. CBC | Global News (SK)

No evidence personal data was stolen during Sask Polytech cyberattack Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 16:56 02/12/2021 - 16:56

Simon Fraser University’s Student Society has sent a letter of support to Burnaby City Council for a proposal to construct a gondola to the top of Burnaby Mountain. The gondola would replace bus routes between the Production Way University SkyTrain Station and SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus. Global News explains that accessing SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus can be chaotic during snowstorms and that transit is frequently over-crowded. “Transit right now is just not sufficient for the amount of people going up and down Burnaby mountain,” said Simon Fraser Student Society president Osob Mohamed. “On top of that, a lot of our students do care about having a safer, more time-efficient and eco-friendly method of transportation.” CTV News | Global News (BC)

SFU Student Society strongly supports proposal to construct gondola Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 16:56 02/12/2021 - 16:56

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s École d'études autochtones has announced the launch of a certificate in Aboriginal governance. The certificat en gouvernance autochtone is geared toward meeting the needs of Indigenous people who are interested in deepening their knowledge in areas such as Aboriginal leadership, communication, and policy. The course covers topics such as Aboriginal legal traditions, the media, and land claims. The 30-credit program provides general and multidisciplinary training and is offered remotely with options for full- and part-time studies. UQuébec (QC)

UQAT launches certificate in Aboriginal governance Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 16:55 02/12/2021 - 16:55

Niagara College has announced that it will be offering three new apprenticeship programs: Industrial Mechanic Millwright, General Carpenter, and Industrial Electrician. The programs aim to address the need for skilled workers in the region. Classes are offered twice a week at night so that apprentices can work while completing their education. “We are proud to offer these three new apprenticeship programs at Niagara College,” says Jeff Murrell, associate dean, School of Trades at Niagara. “We saw an increased need for these skills from employers in our community and we are looking forward to providing the technical, hands-on learning experiences that registered apprentices need to complete their training for these lucrative, in-demand trades.” Niagara | CBC (ON)

Niagara announces three new apprenticeship programs Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 16:55 02/12/2021 - 16:55

Postsecondary institutions need to pay close attention to programs that have a connection to cutting-edge fields, writes Goldie Blumenstyk. The author describes five themes to guide those interested in offering innovative programs. Blumenstyk notes that it is important to teach basic skills rather than focus on trendy topics, to be cautious when starting new programs, and to own mistakes about programs and be willing to proactively cut programs that are not working. The author also emphasizes the importance of finding and retaining qualified faculty members and intentionally reaching out to students build awareness of the programs that are available. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Developing and offering cutting-edge programs: Opinion Top Ten 02/12/2021 - 16:54 02/12/2021 - 16:54
The Government of British Columbia and the Canada-BC Workforce Development have announced the provision of $4M in funds to 15 postsecondary institutions in BC to offer micro-credential courses focused on in-demand jobs. The new micro-credential courses include a Core Skills for Data Literacy program through the College of New Caledonia; a supervisory skills program through Royal Roads University; a course on clean energy and efficient buildings through Camosun College; and a course on mass timber construction at British Columbia Institute of Technology. "Micro credentials are an exciting new initiative for B.C. post-secondary education that will enable learners to get the education and skills they need to access high-demand jobs," said BC Advanced Education Minster Anne Kang. Prince George Citizen (CNC) | Royal Roads | BCIT | Camosun (BC) BC, the Canada-BC Workforce Development provide new funds for micro-credentials Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
The University of Alberta is planning to demolish its historical Ring Houses due to the cost of maintaining the buildings. The buildings were previously used as office space, but were decommissioned in 2020. UAlberta VP of facilities and operations Andrew Sharman explained that the houses were built as single-family dwellings and are unusable as modern teaching spaces. Sharman added that the spaces would require accessibility upgrades and $4M in maintenance. Community members have responded to the plans with a letter with over 1100 signatures requesting that UAlberta delay the decision for 12 months and commence public consultations. “See what comes forward in the way of creative ideas, possible funding, reimaginings, repurposings of these buildings,” said Ryan Dunch, a professor of history at UAlberta. CBC (AB) UAlberta plans to demolish Ring Houses, public sign petition for delay, public consultations Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
Several members of the local and broader sector community have responded to Laurentian University’s recent announcement of insolvency. An editorial by Laurentian Professor Emeritus Dr. Dieter K Buse in The Sudbury Star argues that while Laurentian’s leadership has been “irresponsible,” Laurentian has greatly benefited Sudbury in several ways. In another article for the Star, Laura Mae Lindo, NDP critic for colleges and universities, argues that when the investigator is finished the financial report in six to eight weeks, the financial report should be made public. Sault Online has published an open letter to Minister Romano written by Laurentian neighbours, who allege that Laurentian’s Board has spent over $150K on a property lawsuit because of a development issue. The authors explain that they had tried to buy the land in question, which the Board valued at less than $2K, but their offer was refused. Julien Cayouette of University Affairs outlines how the news of Laurentian, as well as the news from Université de l’Ontario français, have created uncertainty for the French postsecondary community in Ontario. The Sudbury Star (Buse) | The Sudbury Star (NDP) | Sault Online | University Affairs (ON) Community response to Laurentian insolvency Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
In the face of events such as the Black Lives Matter movement, postsecondary institutions have been called on to do more to promote a more inclusive society. University of Alberta Associate Professor and joint editor-in-chief of African Security Temitope Oriola writes about how institutions can respond to the growing call for action on equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization. In particular, Oriola outlines key considerations for faculty hiring and retention, the creation of research chairs and other awards, the selection of senior administration, the collection of race-based data, and the creation of EDI policies that are more than honorary. “The ship of each university needs to be navigated towards a more inclusive environment,” concludes Oriola, “where each individual can thrive to the full extent of their abilities and hard work.” Ideas-Idees (National) Navigating postsecondary toward a more inclusive environment: Oriola Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
NorQuest College has partnered with the City of Wetaskiwin on Wetaskiwin City Academy, which will offer custom offerings to train City employees. The agreement will see the establishment of a centralized training system and strategy to train employees, develop pathways, and track progress made on training goals. Wetaskiwin City Academy will offer a variety of course offerings, including leadership development, problem solving, psychological safety, and Indigenous awareness. “This kind of training is critical to cultivating an exceptional and effective workforce, and NorQuest is well-positioned to provide advice, training programs, and support to the City of Wetaskiwin to serve its citizens,” said Michele Braun, NorQuest’s Director of Continuing Education and Partner Solutions. NorQuest (AB) NorQuest, City of Wetaskiwin partner on Wetaskiwin City Academy Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
University instructors should build career skills training into their university teaching, argues University of Saskatchewan Professor Dr Loleen Berdahl. Berdahl outlines three key reasons for instructors to include skills training in their programs. First, doing so helps to fulfill the claims that departments and disciplines are already making about the skills learned through their program(s). Second, career outcomes are expected by the public and governments. Third and finally, teaching career skills is intrinsically rewarding: “In my experience,” write Berdahl, “students appreciate a clear connection between coursework and career competencies.” Berdahl concludes by encouraging instructors to consider why they would include career training in their teaching and to reflect on the instructor’s role in career skills training. University Affairs (National) Instructors should build career skills training into classes: Berdahl Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
Thompson Rivers University has announced that its Industrial Training and Technology Centre has been granted Gold certification under the Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada Rating System. The building reduces the use of water, energy, and other resources, and its sustainability is a step toward TRU’s goals of being carbon-neutral. “We are proud to achieve LEED Gold certification of the ITTC building,” said Warren Asuchak, TRU AVP of Campus Infrastructure, Sustainability and Ancillary Services. “This certification demonstrates that we are a leader in sustainable buildings, which is one part of the university’s overall commitment to sustainability, and I look forward to more TRU buildings receiving LEED certification in the years to come.” TRU (BC) TRU ITTC recognized with LEED Gold certification Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
An article by Maan Alhmidi published in the Times Colonist discusses the challenges researchers are facing due to limited need access to Library and Archive Canada’s collections during COVID-19. The article explains that researchers have not been able to access the collections during the lockdown, and that there is a growing backlog of access to information requests. The Colonist says that academics who need access to the collections are putting off their research projects or changing to digital research because they cannot access the physical Library and Archive Canada collections. While the archives are working to digitize the collections, the process reportedly presents legal and technological challenges and doubles the burden of preservation. Times Colonist (National) Limited library and archive collections presents challenges for researchers Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
Athabasca University and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) have renewed a partnership that positions AU as the official provider of education for CFL players and the CFL Alumni Association. The partnership allows CFLPA members to access high-quality, flexible education that fits their schedules. “We provide a unique opportunity for our learners, with an open and online model that helps people overcome the barriers to success in post-secondary education,” said AU’s Manager of Partnerships and Collaborations, Michael Shouldice. “We’re proud of how this partnership with the CFLPA is helping players to transform their lives.” AU (AB) AU, CFLPA announce five-year renewal of partnership Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
The Montreal Gazette reports that the Government of Quebec Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette "shot down' a debate in the National Assembly focused on Dawson College. The debate, presented by Parti Québécois MNA Pascal Bérubé was focused on debating whether the $100M in funding originally allotted for Dawson College’s expansion should be redirected to francophone cegeps. The Gazette states that the CAQ did not give consent for a debate to immediately take place on the motion. Montreal Gazette (QC) QC prevents debate on redirecting funding formerly for Dawson to francophone cegeps Top Ten 02/11/2021 - 05:00 02/11/2021 - 04:30
Students across Alberta have joined protests against postsecondary education cuts through setting up snow penguins, which represent students who will leave AB, in strategic locations. The protests have seen penguins built on AB’s legislature grounds and in Calgary, with Mount Royal University and Athabasca University students setting up penguins in Calgary. “We want the premier and the Alberta government to not cut the budget of universities and colleges in the provincial budget later this month,” said Rowan Ley, VP of the University of Alberta Students’ Union. “It’s the worst possible time to do that, when we’re already struggling with an exodus of young people from Alberta and the worst recession in living memory.” CBC (AB) Snow penguin protests against cuts to PSE spread across AB Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario has provided a $7M investment in mental health for postsecondary students. The funding will increase student access to mental health and addiction services by providing students with access to ON’s mental health and addictions system. “We continue to hear from mental health professionals that our youth are under more pressure and more stress than any recent generation,” said Michael Tibollo, ON Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “In these unprecedented times, this investment will help to ensure that the mental health services they need are going to be there to support them, when they need it.” The announcement is part of the $147M in funding for mental health supports announced by the Ministry of Health. ON (ON) ON invests $7M into postsecondary mental health Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
The University of New Brunswick has announced that its researchers will be part of the Silva21 collaborative initiative, which has received $5.1M over five years for research in silviculture. UNB will represent Atlantic Canada in the project, and will focus on the establishment of TransEx, which uses a network of trials to examine how different species adapt to climate change. It will also work with four other postsecondary institutions to address 38 silviculture research questions. Funding will support the program and fieldwork as well as allow institutions to fund the hiring of graduate research assistants, research staff, undergraduate students, and create postdoctoral fellowships. UNB (NB) UNB researchers lead Atlantic Canada in Silva21 initiative Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Manitoba has released a 3-year strategy for postsecondary institutions that CBC says is meant to kickstart MB’s economy and ensure that graduates have the skills and training necessary for success in the labour market. Manitoba’s Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy will connect tuition to the economy, and will see all students graduate with experience in their field gained from internships, co-ops, or land-based learning. However, the plan has been criticized by faculty. “The minister certainly presented aspirations without much in the way of details,” said Scott Forbes, president of the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations. “I am a little surprised about the sort of the philosophical approach, because right-of-centre governments usually tell us that government shouldn't be picking winners and losers in business and industry.” CBC | Winnipeg Free Press | MB (Report) (MB) MB releases strategy for postsecondary institutions Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
The Parti Québécois has announced that it will table a motion to stop fast-tracking Dawson College’s $100M infrastructure expansion. The Montreal Gazette states that the expansion is the only collegial project in the fast-track infrastructure program. The article explains that the Government of Quebec has argued that reinvestments should prioritize French-language institutions. PQ Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon has reportedly expressed concerns over QC funding assimilation. Montreal Gazette (QC) PQ tables motion to stop fast-tracking Dawson College’s infrastructure expansion Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
Brock University and Niagara College have partnered to host an installation of the REDress Project. Dresses will be installed on both the Brock campus and the Niagara campus for a week, and the Brock and Niagara communities will be encouraged to participate in virtual events about the REDress Project; missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited people; and the impacts in Niagara. “I’m so excited this year’s REDress event is a collaboration between Niagara College and Brock University,” said Robyn Bourgeois, Brock’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement. “Partnership and collaboration are the cornerstones of success, and I’m so pleased we can work together to raises awareness about MMIWG2S+.” Brock | NationTalk (ON) Brock, Niagara partner to host REDress Project Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
Communication is integral to graduate student success in a variety of career pathways, writes Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan, and postsecondary institutions should support their students by providing communications support programs. Ardeljan explains that communication support programs help graduates develop and diversify their career options while also supporting them in finishing their degrees faster. The author argues that communication support programs also foster a sense of community and support student health while relieving faculty of pressure to train students in communication. “Writing and oral communication programs are essential investments in student retention and completion,” concludes Ardeljan. Inside Higher Ed (International) Supporting graduate students through communication support programs: Opinion Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
Loyalist College has launched a Cannabis Career Launch micro-credential pilot program. Students in the program are prepared for entry-level careers in the cannabis sector through hands-on training and a paid two-week placement in the industry. The program, which is partially funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, is free for students. “[I]ndividuals will learn about quality control and cannabis legislations and regulations. They will quickly earn the skills for which local small and medium-sized enterprises are looking to bring cannabis 2.0 products to market,” said Loyalist President Dr Ann Marie Vaughan. “Together, we will position program participants for success as they pursue careers in cannabis, helping to address significant skills gaps in this burgeoning sector.” Loyalist (ON) Loyalist launches Cannabis Career Launch micro-credential pilot program Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
Parkland College has partnered with Wakayos Employment and Training Centre to launch an Essential Skills for Environmental Sustainability course. The three-month course will teach students the basics of construction with a strong emphasis on roofing systems. Students will gain certification in solar panel installation. They will also receive training in First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, and Fall Protection. The course is designed to enable graduates to pursue environmentally sustainable careers or to provide training to those interested in alternative energy sources or edible gardens. Parkland (SK) Parkland, Wakayos launch Essential Skills for Environmental Sustainability course Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
College Boréal, in partnership with Sensenbrenner Hospital and health-care organizations in the area, has launched an accelerated training pilot program for personal support workers (PSWs). The program, which is taking place at College Boréal’s Kapuskasing campus, will allow students to become PSWs in 12 weeks. Students take theory courses through Zoom, while completing lab practice on-campus. “Now more than ever, we need health care workers for essential work in the health care sector,” said Brian Vaillancourt, VP of business development with Collège Boréal. “That is why Collège Boréal and its partners are working together to find innovative solutions to fill the need for specialized workers.” Students in the program are sponsored by an institution which pays for their tuition and course manuals. The Sudbury Star (ON) College Boréal, organizations partner on accelerated PSW training program Top Ten 02/10/2021 - 03:46 02/10/2021 - 03:30
The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi has announced that it will be investing $25M over the next five years into the main pavilion at its Saguenay campus. The improvements are part of a project that aims to redevelop student spaces at UQAC. The investment will support the rethinking of spaces like the library, cafeteria, student services, and the registrar’s office. Spaces will be rethought with student needs in mind and with a focus on creating a crossroads where student needs are met. UQuebec (QC) UQAC to invest $25M in improvements into main pavilion Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 03:43 02/09/2021 - 03:30
Trent University Durham has successfully completed its first fundraising campaign, surpassing its goal and raising a total of $5.6M for a new academic building and the campus’ first residence. The fundraiser was supported by donations from many individuals and community partners, including a donation of 1.8 acres of land from the City of Oshawa. “The modern and beautiful new building on campus is a shining symbol of optimism in the future of our students – among them, our future social workers who will take care of our most vulnerable, our future police officers who will be taking care of our community and our future journalists who will report with integrity,” says Sherry Booth, director of Philanthropy at Trent University. “Throughout this challenging time in global history, we thank donors for believing in students and investing in their future success.” Trent (ON) Trent Durham raises $5.6M raised for Residence and Academic Building Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 03:43 02/09/2021 - 03:30
Memorial University, St Francis Xavier University, and several other colleges and universities in the Atlantic provinces closed their campuses on Monday due to inclement weather and heavy snowfall. MUN announced the closure of buildings on its campus were closed and cancellation of on-campus activities and classes. CTV News reported that Dalhousie University, University of King’s College, Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary’s University, all Nova Scotia Community College campuses, Holland College, the University of Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick Community College closed their campuses for the day on Monday. Mount Allison University, the University of New Brunswick, and Universite de Moncton announced a delayed opening. MUN | CTV News | (NB | NS | NL | PEI) Atlantic institutions close campuses, cancel classes due to heavy snowfall Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 15:04 02/09/2021 - 03:30
British Columbia has launched the Skills Training for Economic Recovery program, which will provide re-skilling opportunities to those who have had their jobs affected by COVID-19. BC has invested $20M into short-term training programs in a variety of areas, such as technology, hospitality, and automotive trades. The projects include College of the Rockies’ Child Youth Family Studies project, which will train students to work as early childcare education assistants or education assistants. “Funding for our Child Youth Family Studies project allows us to provide the training individuals in our region need to fill these vital roles and opens the door to rewarding new career options for those whose jobs may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Leah Bradish, COTR’s director of continuing education. BC (BC) BC invests $20M in short-term training for those affected by COVID-19 Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 03:43 02/09/2021 - 03:30
Native Education College has announced it will begin offering a tuition-free Indigenous Recycling Employment Entry Program. Students in the three-month program will participate in skills training and a job placement in recycling or materials management in order to prepare for a career as a recycling technician. Indigenous cultural components will be incorporated into the program through guest speakers, cultural events, Indigenous support staff, and more. “The recycling industry requires well prepared workers and some Indigenous people have an affinity for entry level jobs in a safe and secure environment,” states NEC. NEC (BC) NEC announces tuition-free Indigenous Recycling Employment Entry Program Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 03:43 02/09/2021 - 03:30
Thompson Rivers University and the City of Kamloops have launched a three-year Researcher in Residence (RiR) pilot program. The RIR program engages TRU faculty and staff in city-driven research that will be used to potentially change policies, bylaws, and more. Research will also be used to create new services, programs, and partnerships. “This is not just about making the research resources of the university available to the City, but rather it is about working together and co-creating solutions to real world problems,” said Dr Will Garrett-Petts, AVP Research and Graduate Studies at TRU. “The new Researcher-in-Residence initiative is all about enhancing the impact of our collective research power.” TRU (BC) TRU, City of Kamloops launch RiR program Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 03:43 02/09/2021 - 03:30
Instructors should continue to think about course design, writes Steven Mintz, even after the pandemic. The author discusses seven approaches that instructors can use in designing their courses, such as an inquiry-based approach in which students learn how knowledge is constructed, a case study-based approach where students learn from real-world scenarios, and an approach that attempts to decode the discipline by examining how scholars use data. “In practice, you do not need to adopt a single approach. A Franken-course approach, which combines various models, often makes sense,” writes Mintz. Inside Higher Ed (International) Seven approaches to designing courses: Opinion Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 03:43 02/09/2021 - 03:30
Bow Valley College has joined the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada’s (ARUCC) MyCreds™ | MesCertif™ network. BVC students will be able to access their personal credentials through a digital credential wallet, which will include digitized versions of their transcripts, credentials, and other documents. “In our modern society, it is essential that we empower our students with trusted digital capabilities to assist them in their journey into employment or further study,” said BVC Registrar Charles Pankratz. “Verified digital credentials and the vast opportunities afforded to us through the ARUCC National Network forms an important part of our long-term vision and strategic approach.” BVC (AB) BVC joins MyCreds™ | MesCertif™ network Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 03:43 02/09/2021 - 03:30
Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre has announced that it will receive $672K from the Government of Nova Scotia to support biotechnology acceleration. The funding will support the growth of the Verschuren Centre accelerator, which can use biomass to construct items that are currently created using petrochemical materials. It will also support the region’s job creation and provide support to companies that want to switch to non-petrochemical materials. CBC (NS) CBU Verschuren Centre receives $672K for biotechnology acceleration Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 03:43 02/09/2021 - 03:30
First-round executive interviews can often seem awkward or rigid, writes Ryan Crawford, but they can also be structured in ways that will help committee members and candidates have positive experiences. The author offers tips to help committees structure and evaluate executive interviews. Crawford encourages interviewers to work as a team throughout the interview process. The article emphasizes the importance of scripting interview questions, keeping interview questions simple, and ensuring questions do not lead the candidate. The author also discusses the importance of asking behaviour-based questions, asking questions about the candidate’s general vision, and not judging candidates too early. Lastly, Crawford says to revisit candidate materials to keep the interview in perspective and to review how the candidate may fit into the institution. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription required) (International) Designing first-round executive interviews: Opinion Top Ten 02/09/2021 - 03:43 02/09/2021 - 03:30

Collège Boréal has partnered with Epiroc Canada on a Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance Program. The program includes an online component as well as a hands-on component delivered in classroom and workshop settings. Epiroc will participate in the program and will provide tools and materials for future programs. “Our new Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance Program was launched to respond to the demands of our partners in the mining sector,” said Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal. “One of the College’s roles is to support the private sector with training, including upskilling for its current employees, to strengthen the competitiveness of businesses and employers operating in Ontario. We are proud to count Epiroc among our partners to better support this growing sector.” International Mining (ON)

Collège Boréal, Epiroc partner on Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance Program Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30

Instructors and students are responding to the plans to have students return to in-person classes. Quebec Student Union President Jade Marcil said the move is likely to help students who feel isolated. However, CBC says that faculty members are raising issues with the return; Sylvia Santosa, a professor at Concordia University, explained that due to public health restrictions, teaching the same lesson multiple times to different groups of students might be necessary and will significantly add to the instructor’s workload. CBC says that students are responding ambivalently, as moving into a red zone to attend postsecondary classes will cause them to face other restrictions. The Montreal Gazette says that Quebecers have also expressed concern about the plan potentially increasing COVID-19 transmission. CBC | Montreal Gazette | Journal de Montréal (1) | Journal de Montréal (2) (QC)

Responses to in-person return to postsecondary classes Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30

High-quality assessment can ensure success for online programs, writes Cliff McCain. The author describes how important thorough program evaluations are to ensuring the quality and effectiveness of online programs. McCain details four key areas of online learning that should be assessed: student achievement, student attitudes, instructor effectiveness, and overall program effectiveness. Assessments of student achievement can track their performance in past online classes, while assessments of student attitudes can illuminate student views that affect their education. The author suggests assessing instructor effectiveness to examine if instructor interactions with students promote learning and assessing overall program effectiveness to see what changes might need to be made to the program. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Assessing online programs: Opinion Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30

Canadore College has been granted approval by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer its first degree program. The Honours Bachelor Degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology Management will officially launch in Fall 2022. Students will learn at Canadore’s Commerce Court Campus within the Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping (ICAMP). “This is a significant milestone for Canadore, our community, and post-secondary education,” said Canadore VP Academic Dr Ahmed Obaide. “We remain committed to designing, developing and delivering market-driven niche academic programs with a focus on applied learning and an eye to the future.” Canadore (ON)

Canadore receives approval to offer first degree program Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30

Conestoga College has received $250K from alumnus Bernard Forster, which will be used to support Conestoga’s School of Creative Industries. The funds will be used towards the School of Creative Industries’ expansion and growth, particularly in the areas of digital content development and storytelling. “As we look ahead, it is clear that our reliance on digital content and storytelling will continue and the demand for quality content will continue to grow,” said Conestoga’s School of Creative Industries Chair Heather Ryall. “This gift from one of our early graduates will help prepare students to successfully meet the skill demands of the future.” Conestoga (ON)

Conestoga receives $250K for support of School of Creative Industries Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30

The University of Alberta is launching a two-year Veteran-Friendly Campus pilot project that will support veterans who are transitioning into postsecondary education and civilian life. The project, which is supported by $714K from Alberta Advanced Education, will focus on improving veteran experience through a network of holistic supports. Students will have access to academic, social, and mental health services, as well as prior learning assessments, peer support, veteran study groups, and specialized advising. Other Alberta postsecondary institutions can also use the program as a blueprint for developing similar programs. CBC | UAlberta (AB)

UAlberta launches Veteran-Friendly Campus pilot project Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30

Lakehead University has announced a five-year research project in mineral exploration and mining, which is funded by the Government of Ontario and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), as well as a partnership with Impala Canada. CBC reports that the project’s total funding is approximately $2.1M. Dr Peter Hollings has been named the new Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration and will work alongside Impala’s geology team. “Dr Peter Hollings’ research program will focus on the development of innovative new techniques that can be used to enhance the mineral exploration industry’s ability to discover new mines,” said Lakehead President and Vice-chancellor Dr Moira McPherson. Lakehead | CBC | ON (ON )

Lakehead receives investment for mining research, establishes Industrial Research Chair Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30

Grand Prairie Regional College has partnered with Serious Labs to provide its students with virtual reality training opportunities and to collaborate on learning solutions for future technical training. GPRC will use Serious Labs’ Mobile Elevated Work Platform operator training simulator in a pilot project to develop micro-credentials that ensure apprentices are ready for the jobsite. Existing tradespeople, employers, and site owners will also benefit from the technology. “This partnership is a catalyst in ensuring GPRC delivers [modern and innovative] opportunities to future learners and industry leaders in our region,” said GPRC President Dr Robert Murray. “Working with Serious Labs allows GPRC to continue to build strong relationships with industry and create jobs that advance the diversification of our economy well into the future.” GPRC (AB)

GPRC, Serious Labs partner on virtual reality training Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30

The federal government should provide funding to support postsecondary infrastructure in Atlantic Canada to benefit the whole nation, writes Peter Halpin, executive director of the Association of Atlantic Universities. The article describes the economic benefits of infrastructure investments and explains how these investments can lead to regional growth through attracting students from other regions. Halpin argues that due to their ages, Atlantic Canada’s universities often require significant infrastructural work, but that due to COVID-19, institutions are balancing investments in physical infrastructure with those in digital infrastructure. “In the higher education sector, we firmly believe an investment in university campus infrastructure should form a key component of the government’s broader infrastructure recovery package as we rebuild and reboot the region post-COVID-19,” writes Halpin. The Chronicle Herald (National)

Atlantic universities should receive funding to update, retrofit infrastructure: Opinion Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30

The University of Northern British Columbia has announced that it will be closing its university advancement office in an attempt to balance its 2021-22 budget. The decision will eliminate nine jobs and will save approximately $800K. UNBC president Geoff Payne said that this step is part of a four-year plan to increase UNBC’s financial stability. “This is an outstanding school with outstanding people and if we can get a handle on our budget deficit, which we are doing...we will make sure that UNBC moves forward and is the institution that we all know it is,” said Payne. Prince George Citizen (BC)

UNBC closes university advancement office due to budget Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 04:01 02/08/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has announced that it is making a $6.7M investment into postsecondary education for families and at-risk communities through Phase II of The Canada Learning Bond Pilot Project. Organizations can apply to receive up to $1M over two years to test ways to help people access Registered Education Savings Plans and the Canada Learning Bond. The project will focus on children from at-risk communities and youth who are transitioning to postsecondary education. “[O]ur most vulnerable communities are the ones that face the greatest barriers to accessing [the Canada Learning Bond],” said Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. “With the funding I am announcing today, we can help reach and support more Canadian families so they can build a better tomorrow.” Canada (National) Canada announces $6.7M investment into Phase II of The Canada Learning Bond Pilot Project Top Ten 02/05/2021 - 04:05 02/05/2021 - 03:30
Durham College has announced that it has launched two degree programs and a graduate certificate program to address labour shortages in high-demand areas. Students in Durham’s Honours Bachelor of Construction Management will be prepared for careers in construction and technology sectors through multi-disciplinary training that includes a field placement, while the Honours Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence will prepare students for careers in artificial intelligence. Durham has also launched a three-semester Pharmaceutical Science graduate certificate program, which will prepare students for careers in the pharmaceutical sector. Durham (ON) Durham launches two degree programs, graduate certificate program Top Ten 02/05/2021 - 04:05 02/05/2021 - 03:30
Concordia University of Edmonton has announced that it will be launching its first doctoral program: A Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology. The five-year program will meet local mental health needs while providing students with opportunities to practice leadership skills. Students will complete 1,600 hours of clinical residency, teach undergraduate courses, and provide supervision in a clinical setting. “Our PsyD program has been designed to create a strong foundation on which our students will continue to build throughout their careers,” said Dr Tim Heath, Concordia Edmonton Dean of Arts. “We are focused on setting the conditions for our students to be successful, address meaningful clinical problems, and improve everyday practice.” Concordia Edmonton (AB) Concordia Edmonton announces PsyD in Clinical Psychology Top Ten 02/05/2021 - 04:05 02/05/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Quebec has announced that provincial postsecondary institutions will be allowed to gradually reopen starting on February 8th with students attending in-person classes once a week or more. “I think it’s time for [students] to see people after 11 months,” said Premier François Legault. Reopening is not mandatory, and institutions will be allowed begin teaching classes in-person when they have made adequate preparations. CBC reports that Concordia is waiting to hear more details before it announces the specifics of an in-person return, while McGill has acknowledged that it will soon be permitted to gradually implement activities such as “tutorials, conferences sections, some laboratories activities, or some lectures.” Montreal Gazette | CBC (QC) QC announces institutions can begin reopening Monday Top Ten 02/05/2021 - 04:05 02/05/2021 - 03:30
Brandon University board member and board treasurer Kerry Auriat has resigned after the provincial government’s announcement of travel restrictions on order-in-council appointees to boards, agencies, and commissions. According to the Brandon Sun, Auriat said that he travels frequently and would rather step down than potentially become an embarrassment to BrandonU. “It was easier for me to say ‘I’ll step down’ than, in a month or two, somebody doing some kind of a study and finding out that maybe I have travelled,” said Auriat. Brandon U told the Sun that no other members of its Board of Governors had resigned and Assiniboine Community College has reportedly not received any board resignations. Brandon Sun (MB) BrandonU board member resigns after announcement of travel restrictions Top Ten 02/05/2021 - 04:05 02/05/2021 - 03:30
High school students are deciding if they should pursue postsecondary education in the fall semester or wait until classes resume in person, writes CBC reporter Jessica Wong. The article discusses the stories of students who are facing difficult decisions about their educational futures while facing uncertainty about the postsecondary experience for Fall 2021 semester. The author says that some students have chosen to stay at home and take classes part-time or full-time classes; others have chosen to pause their education because they feel that learning online would not give them the same experience. “I would be isolated, doing my homework and my schoolwork by myself,” said 18-year-old Mika Leblanc. CBC (National) HS students, young adults face difficult decisions about Fall 2021 Top Ten 02/05/2021 - 04:05 02/05/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions are developing virtual and online ways to recruit new students and connect graduates with employers. Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that its Open Doors event will use over 100 activities, including webinars, one-on-one sessions, and chat rooms to engage people who are interested in UQAM. Enactus Lakehead has launched the Dear Stranger platform, which allows students to connect with upper-year Lakehead students. The University of Prince Edward Island is finding a way to connect UPEI graduates with potential employers; UPEI has asked potential employers to produce recruitment videos that students can watch so that students can make connections with companies. UQAM | CBC (UPEI) | Lakehead (National) Postsecondary institutions use virtual events for recruitment, mentoring, career networking Top Ten 02/05/2021 - 04:05 02/05/2021 - 03:30
Carleton University President Benoit-Antoine Bacon has announced the New Names for New Times initiative, which seeks to recognize Carleton’s diverse communities. The initiative will see Carleton engage Algonquin communities, Black communities, and the Inuit community as they rename three main campus buildings: The University Centre, Residence Commons, and Robertson Hall. “ I am proud that Carleton will be taking this important step towards further strengthening our commitment to Indigenous Reconciliation and against anti-Black racism,” said Bacon. Carleton (ON) Carleton announces renaming of three campus buildings to recognize diverse communities Top Ten 02/08/2021 - 16:08 02/05/2021 - 03:30
A Zoom ceremony organized by the University of Saskatchewan Muslim Students Association on the anniversary of the Quebec mosque shooting was hijacked by people making racist statements and uttering threats. CBC reports that as the names of the shooting victims were read, someone said “Shut up. No one cares. Shut up,” before other people yelled death threats, praised Hitler, and drew a swastika on the screen. “It’s hard to explain how it feels to be attacked like that and the harassment and the threats that all Muslims should die. It was just so — I can’t explain it,” said Iqra Khan, the association’s treasurer. The article says that after the individuals were removed from the service, the meeting continued, but that students feel shaken by the event and are seeking support. CBC (SK) U of S Muslim student Zoom ceremony hijacked by individuals yelling threats, racism Top Ten 02/05/2021 - 04:05 02/05/2021 - 03:30
Royal Roads University has announced that it will be removing the barbed wire that tops its fencing. The university, which was formerly a former military academy, made the decision as part of its vision of “inspiring people with the courage to transform the world.” Times Colonist describes a variety of other initiatives that RRU is undertaking to ensure that the campus is inviting to people from all stages of life, which include opening the forest trails, creating community gardens, eliminating admission fees, and removing the barbed wire. “We have this spectacular gift of land and we want to bring people in to feel part of it,” said RRU President Philip Steenkamp. “At the same time, we want to be out in the community providing learning.” Times Colonist (BC) RRU removes barbed wire from fencing to send message of openness Top Ten 02/05/2021 - 04:05 02/05/2021 - 03:30
Newspapers such as The Star and The Sudbury Star have released new articles on the situation of Laurentian University. The Star reports that Laurentian owes a total of $91M to three banks in addition to having a pension deficit, and states that the university is unable to pay its staff for February. The Sudbury Star explains that Laurentian has begun the process of obtaining a $25M loan to cover its operating costs during the months it will take to restructure its finances. Another Sudbury Star article by reporter Harold Carmichael examines what the creation of “Laurentian 2.0” could entail, such as a re-evaluation of the current programs and of the factors driving enrollment. The Star | The Sudbury Star (1) | The Sudbury Star (2) (ON) Updates to Laurentian insolvency situation Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
Holland College has announced that it will be offering two new sport and recreation programs: Sport and Recreation Management and Kinesiology. The Sport and Recreation Management program will train students in a variety of areas, such as marketing, public relations, sport event tourism, and leadership, and will prepare students for careers in areas such as recreation programming, facility management, and athletic administration. Students in the Kinesiology program will take courses such as anatomy and physiology, athletic therapy, and business management, and be prepared for careers in areas like recreation programming and fitness coordination. The two programs will replace Holland’s Sport and Leisure Management program in order to better respond to student needs and changes in the industry. Holland College (PEI) Holland College offers Sport and Recreation Management and Kinesiology programs Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
Brock University and Niagara College have created a pathway that allows students in Brock’s Labour Relations program to achieve a Niagara Human Resources Management graduate certificate. Students in the certificate program will benefit from academic and applied learning experiences, as well as an internship, while gaining networking opportunities. “There is a strong synergy between the two programs at Brock and Niagara College,” said Justin Williams, Niagara’s dean of Business, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport. “Brock students will benefit from the applied learning experiences and connection to industry which our HR program has to offer at NC; and, they add a great deal to our HR Management program with their thoughtful contributions and strong academic foundation.” Niagara (ON) Brock, Niagara create pathway agreement for Brock Labour Relations students Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
The University of Victoria has announced that it will be divesting its working-capital fund from fossil-fuel investments to investments that are lower carbon footprint. UVic will transfer $80M to a short-term bond, which will reduce the “carbon intensity” of its investments, with plans to transfer their entire $225M portfolio by 2030. UVic says that the changes are a response to engagement from students, staff, and faculty. “We are acting on our commitment to address climate change in every domain at UVic, including through our investments,” said UVic treasurer Andrew Coward. “The opportunity to invest in renewable power is clear and it aligns with UVic’s responsible investment strategy, allowing for support of future technologies while also ensuring a strong financial return.” Times Colonist | UVic (BC) UVic divests working-capital fund from fossil-fuel investments Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
A new article from Contact North | Contact Nord describes online learning’s advances, concerns, distractors, and promising developments in 2021. The article describes how online learning will likely see more of a focus on using AI for instruction, reimagining assessments, and see more people taking open online courses. However, online learning continues to raise concerns such as the ineffective use of Zoom, cheating, and a lack of investment in professional development. Contact North writes that they anticipate that 2021 will likely see distractions from the mission of online education, such as debates over in-person vs online education, and advises readers to watch closely for developments in AI/virtual and augmented reality for immersive learning. Finally, it describes how online education’s development and growth will depend on access to broadband internet and technology, a boom in micro-credentials, and the emergence of new delivery approaches. Contact North (National) Online learning’s advances, concerns, distractors, and promising developments in 2021 Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
The Justice Institute of British Columbia has signed a MOU with the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) that will give JIBC firefighting students access additional training resources. Through the partnership, JIBC students will have access to CGA online training and resources, which cover natural gas emergency response considerations. “We are pleased to partner with the Canadian Gas Association to improve our training of first responders in natural gas safety and the handling of related emergencies,” said JIBC President Dr Michel Tarko. “This is part of JIBC’s ongoing commitment to work with industry stakeholders to ensure we develop and deliver relevant and responsive programming and curriculum to our students. There can be no better authority and source of educational resources on the subject than the industry itself.” JIBC (BC) JIBC, CGA sign MOU giving firefighting students access to CGA training resources Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
Sault College and Places4Students Inc have partnered to create a resource for students looking for off-campus housing. The college states that landlords can post their property on the website and include photos, text, features, and their contact information through a free advertising model. Sault states that the centralized website will make the search for student off-campus housing easier. “This partnership provides a great opportunity to connect local landlords with our students who are searching for off-campus housing and makes the housing search a little easier by providing a centralized website to view listings and determine what they need and want in off-campus housing” said Emily Milito, Manager Housing Services at Sault. Sault (ON) Sault, Places4Students partner on centralized off-campus housing resource Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
The University of Toronto, St Thomas University, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Guelph have announced partnerships that are focused on anti-racism and education initiatives. UNB and STU have partnered with Black Lives Matter Fredericton to launch the Black Lives Matter in New Brunswick Education Project database that will help educators teach about Black history in NB schools. The material can be integrated into social studies curriculum and will give teachers curriculum, lesson plans, and resources to present Black history knowledge to their students. U of T researchers have partnered with Ontario University Athletics to complete a study on anti-racism. The study focuses on a variety of topics, including racial demographics, the perceptions of the sport community, the role of postsecondary institutions, and anti-racism in postsecondary settings. At UoGuelph, Black veterinary students have launched Canadian VIBE, a national non-profit organization for fostering diversity in veterinary medicine. U of T | CBC (STU and UNB) | UoGuelph (National) U of T, STU, UNB, UoGuelph launch anti-racism and education initiatives Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
A US report on alumni networks has found that these networks can be an important part of boosting student and graduate success. Campus Technology says the report found that students who connected with alumni were “more likely to graduate with the skills and networks they need for success in the workplace,” and advocates for institutions to put alumni in roles where they will interact with students. These include working with students through mentorship, career advice, experiential learning, or as part-time program delivery staff. The report also outlines five areas where alumni networks can make a difference: employment outcomes, technologies, access to alumni connections, flexibility to innovate, and rethinking alumni engagement. Campus Technology (International) Alumni networks can increase student, graduate success: Report Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
Cegep education should not move towards increasing asynchronous class time while decreasing synchronous time with instructors, writes Jean-Sébastien Bélanger, an instructor in Sorel-Tracy Cegep’s Department of Philosophy. The author discusses the challenges associated with reduced amounts of synchronous classes, and describes the importance of instructors connecting with students in person. Bélanger further argues that distance education is not desirable because it contributes to student disengagement. The author explains that though cegeps have been precarious for almost a year, they have continued to be successful by maintaining a class schedule and a dynamic relationship between students and teachers. Increasing asynchronous distance education, he argues, would damage this environment and alienate students. Journal de Montreal (QC) Cegep education should remain synchronous to maintain engagement with instructors: Opinion Top Ten 02/04/2021 - 03:49 02/04/2021 - 03:30
Students set up around 800 snow penguins on the Alberta legislature grounds in preparation for a protest about provincial cuts to postsecondary education, but CBC reports that around 600 of the penguins were removed prior to the protest. The article says that the sculptures were a potential tripping hazard, and AB explained that “groundskeeping staff removed the snow sculptures, as they would have removed any other obstruction.” Despite their removal, University of Alberta Students’ Union Vice-President Rowan Ley said that the penguins “were able to start the conversation about cuts to post-secondary education. CBC (AB) Snow penguins set up during AB PSE protest removed as potential tripping hazard Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 03:44 02/03/2021 - 03:30
Eliminating doctoral seminars in the humanities could help strengthen the degrees of PhD graduates, writes George Justice. The author explains that many programs do not have enough students to offer an appropriate range of seminars, and that PhD students often wind-up taking master’s level classes instead. The author describes how humanities PhD programs could be re-envisioned and restructured so that students take two years of master’s level courses to complete a master’s degree, before going on to complete three years of research-intensive PhD work. This kind of program “would make better use of our limited resources and better prepare a smaller number of doctoral students for career success after grad school,” writes Justice. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Eliminating doctoral seminars to revitalize the humanities PhD: Opinion Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 03:44 02/03/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Canada has made a series of important announcements related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Among the announcements were the signing of an MOU that will see tens of millions of vaccine doses developed at the National Research Council’s Royalmount facility in Montreal and a $46M investment into a vaccine development facility at the University of Saskatchewan. Once the facility is complete, 680 News reports that USask’s VIDO-InterVAC projects that they will be able to produce millions of doses annually. “We need as much domestic capacity for vaccine production as possible,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "We won't rest until every Canadian who wants a vaccine has received one." CBC | 680 News (National) Canada signs MOUs, makes investments for Canada-produced vaccines through NRC, USask Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 03:44 02/03/2021 - 03:30
Laurentian University has announced that it has commenced a court proceeding under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The university states that it has been facing increased financial challenges due to factors such as low and declining enrolment, the 2019 tuition freeze, and the costs associated with the pandemic, and that these proceedings are “the best path forward … to financially and operationally restructure the University.” CBC reports that Laurentian’s current students will continue their education as normal, and Laurentian will continue to recruit new students. Government of Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano described the move as “deeply concerning” and announced that Dr Alan Harrison would act as special advisor to Romano on the situation. Romano further stated that the province is exploring its options in order to “ensure this issue does not repeat itself in other institutions.” CTV News reports that prior to Laurentian’s filing for creditor protection, the faculty union issued a news release demanding that the university “prove it was in financial distress.” Laurentian | ON | CBC | CTV News (ON ) Laurentian files for court proceeding under the CCAA Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 13:18 02/03/2021 - 03:30
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has received a $1.2M donation from to invest in social accountability and address equity issues in the North’s health care, such as marginalization, inequity, and access to care. NOSM will also establish the Center for Social Accountability, which will be built on four pillars: research and innovation, community impact, policy leadership and advocacy, and education. “This generous gift allows NOSM to broaden the scope of our social accountability outcomes,” says Dr Sarita Verma, NOSM President. “Increasing our focus on Northern Ontario communities, partnering on innovative population-health research and engaging in cutting-edge education will advance the work that we are doing and help establish sustainable solutions to health care in Northern Ontario.” NOSM (ON) NOSM receives $1.2M donation for social accountability Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 03:44 02/03/2021 - 03:30
Dalhousie University has partnered with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to give Grade 12 students the opportunity to participate in a university-level computer science course. Students in the program will take part in a computer programming course that has been co-designed by Dal and NS to build on the high school Computer Programming 12 class. Students will earn an optional credit towards CSCI 1105 Introduction to Computer Programming, a core first-year course in Dal’s Faculty of Computer Science. The program will teach students coding skills, expose them to computer science programming, and build their confidence so that they are more likely to complete university education. Dal (NS) Dal, NS partner to develop, deliver computer science course for grade 12 students Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 03:44 02/03/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Quebec’s Ministry of Higher Education is reportedly responding to “stagnating” postsecondary graduation rates across the province by launching a consultation for academic success. CTV News the ministry has launched a Workshop on Success in Higher Education “to resolve various issues related to accessing higher education, the perseverance of students in their training project and their success.” Federation of CEGEP President Lucie Page encouraged the province to consider success beyond basic metrics, as institutions with increased accessibility may see different success rates than those that are not as accessible to individuals with special needs or disabilities. CTV News (QC) QC Ministry of Higher Education launches consultation in response to stagnating graduation rates Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 03:44 02/03/2021 - 03:30
Sault College has launched a new one-year graduate program in acute and critical care that will help internationally educated nurses meet the requirements for registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Through the one-year program, students will be train to meet CNO requirements in all areas, and prepare to write the National Council Licensure Examination. Students will participate in labs, simulations, theory courses, acute and critical care experiences, and clinical practices. The program will begin in September, and is expected to have an enrollment of 25 students. Sault Star | CTV News (ON) Sault launches program to prepare internationally-trained nurses for certification Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 03:44 02/03/2021 - 03:30
Steven Mintz discusses the “seven deadly sins” of higher education, and how those in the academy can “atone” for those sins. Mintz explains how higher education often falls into traps such as teaching knowledge without wisdom, competence without morality, and curriculum without explained relevance. Mintz gives seven ways that these “sins” can be addressed, such as broadening the understanding of a professor’s role in the academy, striving for holistic education, and standing for equity. Mintz also suggests keeping in mind students’ career-focused reasons for pursuing studies, ensuring classes are focused on learning and the learner, ensuring curriculum is designed to teach students the skills expected of an adult, and being transparent about learning objectives. Inside Higher Ed (International) Atoning for higher education’s seven deadly sins: Opinion Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 03:44 02/03/2021 - 03:30
Several institutions on the east coast, including Nova Scotia Community College, Mount Allison University, the University of Prince Edward Island, Holland College, and the Université de Moncton, have closed down in response to a storm. UMoncton closed its Moncton campus and cancelled activities and classes on February 2nd. MtA cancelled all on-campus activities and classes from noon on the 2nd, while online classes and services did not see a disruption. UPEI and Holland also closed their campuses in response to the storm. UMoncton | Mt A | CBC (NB | NS | PEI) East coast postsecondary institutions close campuses in response to severe weather Top Ten 02/03/2021 - 03:44 02/03/2021 - 03:30
A University of British Columbia instructor has alleged that UBC has erased the interim reports of twelve teaching candidates and asked her to do the same with her copies. The article explains that Dr Amie Wolf, who is of Mi’kmaq ancestry, taught a course at UBC that “gives prospective teachers the background to teach Indigenous topics and perspectives.” Following negative interactions throughout the course, Dr Wolf indicated on the interim reports of 12 students that they were not ready to educate others about Indigenous subject matter. The Peak reports that the students transferred out of the class after making complaints to the course supervisor, and Ubyssey states that a parent issued a complaint about the “excessively harsh” feedback. Dr Wolf has since been placed on administrative leave and is reportedly seeking repercussions such as an apology from the administration and a one-time pay-out from the university. The Peak | City News 1130 | Ubyssey (BC)

UPDATE: The University of British Columbia has reportedly fired Dr. Amie Wolf without cause. Wolf has become the centre of controversy, report Global News and Ubyssey, after publishing the names of students publicly and sending an email to Darryl Laroux who suggested that her claims of Indigenous ancestry were false. Global News | Ubyssey

Indigenous course instructor alleges UBC deleted interim reports Top Ten 02/25/2021 - 10:23 02/02/2021 - 03:30
Université TÉLUQ and Athabasca University have announced the expansion of a partnership with Affaires mondiales Canada (AMC) that will provide new opportunities to AMC staff. Through the expanded partnership, all AMC staff, regardless of their department or geographic location, will be able to access increased training opportunities through the two universities’ credit courses. Courses are offered in both of Canada’s official languages through distance learning platforms designed to meet the needs of learners anywhere in the world. TELUQ (AB | QC) TÉLUQ, AU expand partnership with AMC Top Ten 02/02/2021 - 03:46 02/02/2021 - 03:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Gabriel Dumont Institute, City of Saskatoon, Radius Community Centre, and Saskatoon Tribal Council have partnered on the coordination of the kanātan nipīy (the water is clean/clean water) program. Students in the program will learn essential water treatment skills that will provide them with a career pathway. Two streams of the program will be offered for Indigenous learners: one for those under 30 years old, and one for all ages. “Indigenous students are an important part of Saskatoon’s community,” said Dr Larry Rosia, President of Sask Polytech. “Providing essential skills training is one way to help the Indigenous learners participating in the program to succeed in their water treatment training and as members of today’s workforce.” Sask Polytech (SK) Sask Polytech, GDI, Saskatoon, Radius, STC collaborate on kanātan nipīy program Top Ten 02/02/2021 - 03:46 02/02/2021 - 03:30
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and the National Union of Public General Employees have collaborated to launch the Education for All campaign. CAUT states that Education for All envisions high-quality, publicly-funded postsecondary education that is more affordable and accessible for students. Representatives from member organizations describe a variety of challenges that Education for All addresses, including underfunding, the effects of COVID-19, barriers to accessibility, and issues around precariously employed instructors. “Colleges and universities are where knowledge, innovation and talent grow and thrive,” said CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith. “The strength of the sector is key to a resilient future for us all.” CAUT (National) CAUT, CFS, CUPE, PSAC, NUPGE announce launch of Education for All campaign Top Ten 02/02/2021 - 03:46 02/02/2021 - 03:30
Internationalization and the ways Western countries attract students from developing countries presents ethical problems, writes Dr Wei Liu of the University of Alberta International. The author argues that, by attracting students from families that can afford to travel, Western countries contribute to economic and social issues in the students’ home countries. Liu further argues that attracting top immigrants to postsecondary education causes talent to move from developing countries to developed countries. The author suggests ways that universities can mitigate this impact, such as funding Western students to study in developing countries or ethically engaging in internationalism. “At a larger structural level […] we have to ask ourselves whether international education has narrowed or expanded the gap between the world’s haves and have nots,” writes Liu. University World News (International) Engaging in ethical internationalism: Opinion Top Ten 02/02/2021 - 03:46 02/02/2021 - 03:30
The Times Colonist reports that the online course of a late Concordia University instructor is still in use after the instructor’s passing in 2019. Another instructor and two teaching assistants have been interacting with students and giving feedback while using the video lectures created by Francois-Marc Gagnon as a “teaching tool.” However, the article explains that a Concordia student attempted to contact Gagnon, believing that the creator of the course was also the instructor, and was surprised to learn that Gagnon had passed on. Concordia apologized for the confusion and explained that though the course had been taught by Gagnon in the past, it is listed as being taught by a its current instructor. Times Colonist | National Post (QC) Online course created by late Concordia professor used as teaching tool Top Ten 02/02/2021 - 03:46 02/02/2021 - 03:30
The University College of the North has joined Outcome Campus Connect (OCC), an online experiential learning, skill development, and job opportunity network for postsecondary students. The program, funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program, will give UCN students access to postings from Canadian employers looking to provide experiential learning opportunities. “Outcome Campus Connect provides our students direct access to a wealth of opportunities, relevant to their fields of study and interests, from employers across Canada – all right from their student portal,” said Krystle Paskaruk, UCN Career & Work Integrated Learning Coordinator. UCN (MB) UCN joins OCC to connect students with experiential learning Top Ten 02/02/2021 - 03:46 02/02/2021 - 03:30
The University of Alberta has partnered with Brass Dome Ventures Ltd to found a commercialization accelerator called Innovation Masterminds Edmonton (imYEG). The accelerator will address the barriers researchers may meet as they begin to commercialize technologies and applications developed in western Canada. imYEG is supported though a $700K investment from the Government of Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada. “Innovation is at the heart of the University of Alberta,” said UAlberta President and imYEG founding partner Bill Flanagan. “imYEG will strengthen the U of A’s role as a key partner in Alberta's efforts to diversify and drive the economy through innovation, and job and company creation.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta, Brass Dome Ventures partner on imYEG accelerator Top Ten 02/02/2021 - 03:46 02/02/2021 - 03:30
Cape Breton University has begun transitioning its faculty and staff back to campus. CBC reports that CBU’s Return to Campus Committee has recommended that faculty and staff begin to work on campus before students return in order to adapt to the new public health measures. Tanya Brann-Barrett, CBU’s associate VP of academic and research and head of the Return to Campus Committee, says that this is so faculty “can have time to think about how they can teach in those spaces while adhering to public health protocols.” The article says that classes will remain online until May, when students are expected to return to campus. CBC (NS) CBU begins transitioning faculty and staff back to campus Top Ten 02/02/2021 - 03:46 02/02/2021 - 03:30
Members of multiple postsecondary unions for staff and students staged a drive-by protest to express their concern about the Government of Alberta’s proposed budget cuts and move towards performance-based funding. The article says that protesters honked their horns and held signs as they drove around the office of AB Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides. “We’re drawing attention to the need to re-invest in post-secondary education and to ensure that we are ready and able, more importantly, to contribute in a positive way to the Alberta economy and its reinvention,” said Lee Easton, president of the Mount Royal Faculty Association. Nicolaides stated that AB “is facing some incredibly challenging financial and economic realities.” Calgary Herald (AB) AB unions stage drive-by protest over budget cuts and performance-based funding Top Ten 02/02/2021 - 03:46 02/02/2021 - 03:30

Mount Saint Vincent University has announced that its Business Administration program’s Strategic Human Resource Management major has received Charter Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia accreditation. The accreditation will allow eligible graduates to apply for a waiver for the CPHR National Knowledge Exam and is retroactive to 2015 for previous graduates. Students whose exams are waived only need to complete their required HR experience. “This accreditation confirms the exceptional quality of the MSVU Business Administration program in Human Resource Management,” said Dr Peter Mombourquette, MSVU Business & Tourism Department Chair. “It means our students are getting an education that will set them up for success, starting with a leg up in achieving their professional HR designation.” MSVU (NS)

MSVU’s Strategic Human Resource Management major receives accreditation Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30

Using a game analogy can help academics who are nearing the end of their careers to understand what will happen when their careers have formally finished, writes Graham Crow. The article explains that older scholars may be able to stay “in the game,” but sometimes feel “forced out” in order to make way for new, younger scholars. The author describes how academics who want to stay “in the game” may join new teams to continue to stay “on top of their game.” “[A]t all career stages, there are numerous ways in which the ‘playing fields’ are not ‘level’, and for those who wish to continue playing it takes determination, stamina and strategy when the odds are stacked against you.” Times Higher Ed (International)

Staying “in the game” while nearing retirement: Opinion Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30

Loyalist College and Siemens have signed a MOU that will provide an opportunity for students to work towards Level One and Level Two of Siemens’ Mechatronics Systems certification. The MOU also outlines curriculum enhancements and applied research and learning opportunities for students, among other initiatives. “For surrounding manufacturing leaders, these mechatronics micro-credentials are the start of exceptional sector-specific support, including a dedicated training centre, industrial assistance, and customizable training,” said Loyalist President Dr Ann Marie Vaughan. Students will train in a designated lab space at Loyalists’ Belleville campus Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, currently undergoing renovations. Loyalist | Siemens (ON)

Loyalist, Siemens partner on mechatronics micro-credentials Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30

Queen’s University has announced that it will adjust tuition fees for international PhD students. Under the new tuition policy, international students will pay the same tuition fees as domestic students. The changes come as part of an effort to strengthen graduate education and enhance the Queen’s graduate experience, and draw on recommendations from the Working Group on Graduate Student Success. “With this new tuition policy, we are setting up international PhD students for success and making Queen’s a more attractive choice for graduate education for the most promising emerging scholars from around the world,” says Fahim Quadir, Vice Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Queen’s (ON)

Queen’s adjusts tuition fees for international PhD students Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30

The Montreal Gazette Editorial Board has written an editorial about the challenges faced by English-language educational institutions. The article states that English cegeps have been targeted with admission restrictions or diminished funding because they are seen as “vectors of anglicization,” but that the number of people choosing English cegeps is increasing. The authors argue that strengthening English education options is also valuable to the Quebec community and encourages young people to stay within their communities. The article concludes by calling for English educational institutions to be supported with resources and leadership so that they can contribute to the province. Montreal Gazette (QC)

The need for English-language education in Quebec: Editorial Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30

University of Saskatchewan-affiliated Prairie Swine Centre and Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) have received $3.5M in operational funding from the Canadian and Saskatchewan governments. The funds are part of a $7.5M investment through the SK government’s Agricultural Development Fund (ADF). “We are thankful for the ongoing support through the ADF,” said VIDO Director Dr Volker Gerdts. “Infectious diseases continue to threaten animal health and production, and this funding helps ensure our cutting-edge research and development benefits producers.” SK (SK )

USask receives funding from Agriculture Development Fund Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has announced that they have received a $1M donation from an anonymous donor. The funds will be used to create the “Libra Endowment Fund,” which will provide financial aid to students who are studying applied sciences and technology through eight $5K bursaries. First- and second-year students in the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology, Digital Media and IT, Computer Engineering Technology and Computer Network Administrator programs are eligible for the bursaries, which are based on financial need. “This is an extremely generous donation that will impact generations of NAIT students,” said Robyn Khunkun, AVP of advancement and alumni relations at NAIT. “It’s life-changing. $5,000 will cover a good portion of their annual student expenses.” NAIT (AB)

NAIT receives $1M to create the “Libra Endowment Fund” Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30

North Island College has announced that it will be offering its Wildfire Training program again to prepare people to fight wildfires in British Columbia and Alberta. The course will be offered at NIC’s Campbell River and Port Alberni campuses. The course, which is funded through the Government of Canada and the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement, is offered at no cost to students and takes four weeks to complete. Students will learn a variety of skills, including tool use, teamwork, and fire suppression. Students will also gain industry certifications and qualifications, such as radio training and WHMIS. NIC (BC)

NIC’s Wildfire Training program returns to Campbell River and Port Alberni campuses Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30

The University of Alberta is offering a new course, Introduction to Indigenous Business, designed to educate students about challenges and opportunities faced by Indigenous entrepreneurs. The course was developed by UAlberta professor David Deephouse as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). "We should all be doing it within businesses as part of corporate training, but also through our educational training and business education," said Deephouse. CBC (AB)

UAlberta offers Introduction to Indigenous Business course Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30

University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue has announced it will launch a new bachelor’s degree through its L'Unité d'enseignement et de recherche (UER) en sciences de l'éducation. The new degree will train future teachers to effectively support students with learning challenges and disabilities, from preschool up to adult education. The program, which has been designed to meet documented needs in the local region, will be available in Fall 2021 at UQAT’s Val-d’Or campus. UQAT (QC)

UQAT launches new specialized degree in education Top Ten 02/01/2021 - 04:03 02/01/2021 - 03:30
The University of Guelph is increasing COVID-19 measures and their enforcement after an outbreak in the East Village residence townhouses. The article says that UoGuelph is considering eviction or restriction from the university for students who broke public health rules. To ensure that COVID-19 rules are being followed, UoGuelph is installing security cameras around the townhouses, adding additional monitoring by security staff in various areas of campus, and considering a campus curfew. Additionally, UoGuelph has added virtual programming to support and engage students. “Right now, we are focused on ensuring those in isolation are being supported and putting additional measures in place to increase compliance and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Carrie Chassels, UoGuelph vice-provost (student affairs). UoGuelph | Guelph Mercury Tribune (ON) UoGuelph adds COVID-19 measures, enforcement, student support Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
Polytechnique Montréal has partnered with Neptune Cyber and Davie Shipbuilding to create Canada’s Maritime Cyber Security Centre of Excellence. The five-year partnership will focus on research and development in maritime cyber security solutions. Neptune Cyber and Davie will invest $1.7M in the project. “Getting such a partnership going, with the possibility of creating an innovation zone encompassing this hub of excellence on maritime cyber security along with sectorial partners, constitutes a key step towards ensuring the national security and economic stability of Canada and of Quebéc,” said Polytechnique Montréal professor José M Fernandez. “[I]t is key to protect our critical infrastructures and increase their resilience, in addition to training the next generation of highly qualified experts in a critical domain.” NewsWire | Times Colonist (QC) Polytechnique Montréal, Neptune Cyber, Davie partner on maritime cyber security centre Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
The University of Windsor has announced that it will host the SHIELD Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence. The centre aims to support the development of skills, innovations, and policy that will address hardware and software vulnerabilities in connected and autonomous vehicles. The centre has also signed a MOU with Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association (APMA) to collaborate on developing technology and building academic programs, and will work with UWindsor Continuing Education to develop courses and micro-credentials in the industry. UWindsor (ON) UWindsor launches SHIELD Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
The University of British Columbia has launched the Centre for Indigenous Fisheries (CIF), which is based at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. A goal of the CIF is to support the management of fisheries and aquatic ecosystems through the use of knowledge systems, methodologies, and tools from Indigenous and Western science. Research is community centred, and Dr Andrea Reid, the Principal Investigator, explains that “Indigenous knowledges, methods and values will fundamentally steer what we do, how we do it, and where we go.” CIF also focuses on teaching and training and will bring forward courses that will guide those who want to develop a deeper knowledge of Indigenous issues. UBC (BC) UBC launches Centre for Indigenous Fisheries Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
The University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Food Security has launched the Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL). USask says that the lab is Canada’s only facility with the ability to provide analytical and computational services, including genomics, phenomics, and bioinformatics. The facility will address challenges such as climate change, limited water, and limited nutrient resources through the use of technology. “[W]e are very pleased to have these advanced services available here to complement Saskatchewan’s thriving biotechnology ecosystem,” USask GIFS Chief Executive Officer Steven Webb said. USask (SK) USask launches Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
The Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that it will be setting up a new campus in Saint-Constant in Montérégie-Ouest in the Collège de Valleyfield’s Center d’études de Saint-Constant. The campus will allow students to access higher education and stay in the region to pursue careers. It will offer programming in areas such as administration and education, with the aim of expanding its academic offerings in the future. Some programs will be designed as bridges between the college and university levels, allowing students from the Collège de Valleyfield to continue studies at UQAM. UQAM (QC) UQAM announces new campus in Saint-Constant Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
McMaster University and the University of Toronto will receive $2.3M from the Government of Ontario’s Ontario Together Fund for the research, development, and testing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). U of T will receive $1.12M for testing filtration efficiency of masks at its Dalla Lana School of Public Health testing facility. McMaster will receive $1.21M in support of research and development of PPE, as well as to support collaborations with industry partners focused on streamlining the process of product optimization and putting products on the market. “With this investment into research and testing at two of our leading universities, we are reinforcing our province's reputation as the gold standard for medical equipment across Canada and around the world,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. ON (ON ) McMaster, U of T receive $2.3M from ON for PPE Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
CTV News reports that Vanier College is reviewing the behaviour of one of its instructors after a video posted on Instagram showing Vanier instructor Afshin Matlabi “hectoring” a student over his last name went viral. The article says that the instructor questioned the student on why his mother’s family name was first in his hyphenated last name, before saying to the student “I’m telling you your problem.” CTV News reports that two other students from the class feel that the video has been taken out of context. Vanier has responded by opening a formal investigation into the instructor’s conduct and by temporarily suspending the classes. CTV News | CityNews (QC) Vanier reviews behaviour of instructor after viral video Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
A report by the Council of Canadian Academies discusses the career challenges that Canadian PhD students face. The article explains that though both universities and students invest in PhD programs, graduates often face challenges when transitioning to careers either within or outside of academia. The report brings up six key findings: though the number of students graduating from PhD programs has increased, academic jobs have either stayed the same or declined, non-academic sectors have not increased their hiring of PhD graduates, and the labour market differs by discipline and gender. The report also highlights how academic culture can keep graduates from pursuing non-academic careers, how PhD students may not be aware of their skills, and how graduates may be driven to seek jobs outside of Canada. University Affairs | CCA (Release) | CCA (PDF Report) (National) PhD graduates face roadblocks to career success: Report Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
Portage College’s Practical Nursing Program has been granted a four-year accreditation renewal and has achieved a score of 100% from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta. The accreditation review process took place virtually. “We are honoured to receive this excellent score and four-year accreditation,” said Guy Gervais, Portage VP Academic. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our amazing faculty and staff at Portage College.” Portage (AB) Portage Practical Nursing Program receives four-year accreditation Top Ten 01/29/2021 - 03:46 01/29/2021 - 03:30
MacEwan University, Sheridan College, and Lakehead University have signed the Okanagan Charter, a charter that promotes health in all areas of campus culture. MacEwan says that the formal adoption of the charter signals its commitment to continuing to support student health. Sheridan has signed the charter and announced a new wellness strategy that will be used to fulfil the tenets of the charter. Lakehead signed the charter at the launch of its Wellness Strategy, which includes nine wellness dimensions that aim to embed systemic wellness and health into the university. MacEwan | Lakehead | Sheridan (AB | ON) MacEwan, Sheridan, Lakehead sign Okanagan Charter, commit to supporting mental health Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
Conestoga College has launched the Canadian Institute for Seniors Care. The institute will focus on research and innovation, education, and workforce development, as well as the strengthening of care practices. It will also enhance national collaborations and establish a Canadian knowledge network that will support those working in seniors care. “Further efforts to improve the quality and sustainability of seniors care will have a tremendous impact on the well-being of families and communities across the nation,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. “We are pleased to provide leadership for these efforts through the Canadian Institute for Seniors Care and greatly appreciate the longstanding support of our partners in this important initiative.” Conestoga (ON) Conestoga launches Canadian Institute for Seniors Care Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
The University of Victoria has received a $1.875M gift from Wayne Crookes, a Vancouver business leader and political activist, to support environmental and climate journalism. The gift includes a $1.5M professorship appointed within UVic’s Department of Writing, which will focus on mentoring climate correspondents and writers, and $375K towards research and outreach through environmental journalism and media coverage. UVic says the gift will strengthen their journalism and publishing program while supporting research and outreach. “We share Mr. Crookes’ profound commitment to sustainability and believe that training journalists and artists who can communicate in ways that inform, persuade and inspire the public and political leaders is an urgent priority,” said Allana Lindgren, acting dean of UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts. UVic | Victoria Buzz (BC) UVic receives $1.875M gift to support environmental and climate journalism Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
Algoma University has received a $1.98M investment from the Government of Canada to expand its School of Computer Science and Technology. The investment will allow AlgomaU to expand its facilities, which will support areas, such as research and innovation, technology development, and testing and lab simulations. The new facility will also have spaces for student collaboration, a workspace for interactive display integration. “This investment will have a significant socio-economic impact in Sault Ste. Marie, building on the technical infrastructure required for our campus to attract and develop top student and faculty talent to the region,” said AlgomaU President Asima Vezina. AlgomaU (ON) AlgomaU receives investment of $1.98M for School of Computer Science and Technology expansion Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Ed reports that Springer is investigating plagiarism allegations against Gary R VandenBos, the managing editor of Springer’s Journal of Health Service Psychiatry. The article explains that Amy Barnhorst, vice chair of psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, and a colleague had co-written a paper and had discussed publishing it with VandenBos. The article says that after Barnhorst and VandenBos disagreed on the approach, Barnhorst said she would not be publishing with the journal. However, Barnhorst alleges that the paper was then published, with some sections copied verbatim, some reworded, and some inserted. Barnhorst says that when the issue was brought up with the editor-in-chief, the response was “underwhelming,” and he later offered her co-authorship rather than giving answers, apologizing, or retracting the paper. Inside Higher Ed (International) Springer investigates allegations against Journal of Health Service Psychiatry managing editor Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
Saskatchewan postsecondary institutions and the Government of Saskatchewan have partnered on Healthy Campus Saskatchewan. 19 postsecondary institutions are involved in the collaborative student wellness initiative, which supports students by providing them with tools, resources, and support. Healthy Campus Saskatchewan’s main areas of focus include mental health, sexual violence prevention, pandemic responses, and inclusive environments. “The key benefit of this partnership is the ability to share resources, information and ideas,” said Healthy Campus Saskatchewan spokesperson Bev Drew. “Healthy Campus Saskatchewan will work to advance the conversation around student health and wellbeing to help us be more proactive in addressing the evolving needs of students in the province.” SK (SK) SK postsecondary sector partners on Healthy Campus Saskatchewan Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
Université du Québec à Montréal and the University of Tours have signed an agreement that allows them to offer double degrees. Master’s students taking a history program in the digital humanities will be able to receive diplomas from both institutions. UQAM Professor Benjamin Deruelle explained that the University of Tours is located in the heart of a region that is rich in history and heritage, with features such as the home of the kings of France during the Renaissance. Graduates will be prepared for careers in organizations such as museums, historical associations, and heritage and conservation groups. The program will be available in Fall 2021. UQAM (QC) UQAM, University of Tours partner to offer double history degrees Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario has proposed changes to sexual violence and harassment policies at postsecondary institutions. The changes would see postsecondary institutions amend policies to prevent them from asking irrelevant questions about students’ sexual history. Complainants would also not be punished for being in violation of an institution’s drug or alcohol policies at the time the alleged violence took place. “[M]any instances of sexual violence and harassment on and around campuses go unreported, and often this is because students are afraid of reprisal or concerned that they will not be taken seriously,” said Ross Romano, ON Minister of Colleges and Universities. “That is why it is so important that there are policies in place that let those affected know they can come forward without fear of reprisal.” ON (ON) ON proposes changes to strengthen postsecondary sexual violence and harassment policies Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
The number of large philanthropic donations is increasing, writes Joe Friesen, and larger gifts of over $10M have become increasingly common as government funding has “stagnated.” Friesen connects with leadership from the University of Toronto and Simon Fraser University, as well as several industry partners, to discuss the driving forces behind major donations. “Sometimes, institutions might have some great ideas floating around, but not have success in how they articulate and frame them,” said U of T VP of Advancement David Palmer. “Big ideas attract and inspire big philanthropy.” Globe and Mail (National) A look at the increasingly common ‘mega donations’ made to postsecondary institutions: Friesen Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
McGill University and Durham College are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. CBC reports that 44 students living in McGill residence have tested positive; the cases have been linked to close contact during unsanctioned social gatherings. The article says that McGill has temporarily banned some students living in two different residences from both their dorms and from campus for not following public health measures. “They had less than 24-hour notice to leave the premises,” said McGill student and New Residence Hall floor representative Elisha Mayer. “This comes without a warning for them, without a disciplinary meeting or without any other information.” Durham Radio News reports that Durham is experiencing an outbreak at its Oshawa campus, with a second case related to a previous case. The College has disinfected the spaces the individuals had been in, and public health has deemed them safe. CBC | Global News | Durham Radio News (QC | ON) McGill, Durham experience COVID-19 outbreaks Top Ten 01/28/2021 - 03:54 01/28/2021 - 03:30
The Government of British Columbia is investing $1.26M in early childhood educator (ECE) training at public postsecondary institutions. Funding will enable BC to add 108 ECE seats, most of which will be delivered through a work-integrated learning approach, which will give students the opportunity to gain experience in the field as they complete their training. Students can also take classes in-person or online in a traditional model, and gain both theoretical and practicum experience. Programs are planned at Camosun College, Capilano University, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Northern Lights College, and Selkirk College. BC has also invested about $16M in student bursaries. BC (BC) BC invests $1.26M in ECE training Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
The University College of the North’s Diploma in Practical Nursing Program (DPN) has received a full five-year approval from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM). The two-year program will prepare students to work as members of health care teams and to take on leadership roles. “I am very proud of our DPN program and instructors,” said Dr Vicki Zeran, Dean of UCN’s Faculty of Health. “We have confidence in the quality of the program and our graduates who are working in the healthcare sector. Our faculty have always known this program is exemplary. We are tremendously grateful to receive that confirmation from the CLPNM.” UCN (MB) UCN’s DPN receives five-year approval from CLPNM Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
The Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) has launched a specialized degree in hospitality, called the Applied Bachelor in Hospitality and Hotel Management. The program aims to meet the projected post-pandemic demand in the hospitality and tourism sector. The program is bilingual and will include practicums and a ten-month internship. “Hospitality graduates stand out through their approach to creating human interactions that promote well-being thanks to behaviours, attitudes and physical environments that are customer-focused” said Jasmin Tanguay, Senior Director of University Programs and Research at the ITHQ. “This group of qualified young employees will appeal to companies in different industries that want to stand out through excellent service and an incredible customer experience.” ITHQ states that the program is the first of its kind in the province. QC (QC ) ITHQ launches hospitality degree Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario has announced that it is expanding the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) at Indigenous Institutions. Eligible students will be able to apply for assistance when attending Indigenous Institutes, which can begin offering OSAP eligible programs with Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council approval. Students will benefit from receiving financial assistance to attain culturally responsive postsecondary education. “For the first time in Ontario's history, students will be able to access culturally supportive, OSAP eligible programs that are independently delivered at Indigenous Institutes,” said Greg Rickford, ON Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “Indigenous Institutes are an integral part of Ontario’s postsecondary education system and this financial assistance will help Indigenous learners get the skills they need to succeed.” ON (ON) ON announces expansion of OSAP at Indigenous Institutions Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
Western University Chancellor Linda Hasenfratz, who travelled during December against public health recommendations, will continue in her role as chancellor. A CBC article explains that Hasenfratz regrets the decision to travel, and Western Board of Governors Chair Rick Konrad says the situation will be used as “a teaching and learning moment in the Western community.” “I am heartbroken for letting everyone down and am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve as Western's Chancellor,” wrote Hazenfratz. “I am committed to finding ways to earn back the trust and respect of the Western community.” CBC (ON) Western Chancellor to remain in role, rebuild trust after overseas travel Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
CBC reports that a social event for Black medical and health students at Dalhousie University was “Zoom bombed” by people using abusive and racist language. The article explains that when OmiSoore Dryden, who holds the James R Jonston Chair in Black Canadian studies in Dal’s faculty of medicine, asked students to turn on their videos and introduce themselves, several people began to speak. “That’s when we were confronted and affronted with their racist and misogynist and homophobic slurs and their hateful speech,” said Dryden, “and, you know, it was a kind of taunting and racist bullying that many people still have to face.” Dryden stated she had previously promoted events on social media, but that this event was the first time that she sent a letter to Dal departments to promote the event as well. CBC says Dal is determining whether they can identify those who made the comments, and states that the university “unequivocally condemns these cowardly acts of anti-Black racism.” CBC (NS) Dal event for black students Zoom-bombed by people using abusive, racist language Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
A US study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that COVID-19 has decreased the amount of time parents are able to spend on research. The study, which still must undergo peer review, found that COVID-19 decreased research time for all participants, with single mothers experiencing the greatest loss of research time. Less than a quarter of respondents indicated that their institutions explicitly changed research expectations and just under half were able to extend their tenure clocks. The article explains that the results may underestimate the numbers, given that the most overloaded postsecondary researchers may have chosen not to participate in the survey. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Study shows effects of COVID-19 on research time, expectations for parents Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
Brock University and Laurentian University have released updates to their course delivery plans for the upcoming terms. Laurentian’s Senate has voted to continue to offer courses in the Spring 2021 semester remotely, with a limited number of classes offered on campus with strict public health measures in place. Brock has made plans to continue delivering courses in the Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 terms remotely, and to transition back to in-person courses in the Fall 2021 term. Brock also has announced that it is anticipating that residences will have returned to “near-full capacity” for the Fall 2021 semester. Laurentian | Brock (ON) Brock, Laurentian announce updates to course delivery plans Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) have made an agreement that will provide graduates of TAC national accredited programs with international recognition under the Sydney and Dublin Accords. The agreement will allow students to expedite professional certification with signatory countries. TAC will implement the Accords’ provisions. “This is an especially significant milestone for Technology Accreditation Canada” said Stephen Morley, TAC Board of Directors Chair. “International recognition enhances the value of TAC accreditation, creating a unique opportunity for graduates of TAC accredited programs to become certified in a signatory country.” Technology Accreditation Canada (International) CCTT, TAC provide graduates of accredited programs with international recognition Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
Students at the University of Guelph and St Clair College have tested positive for COVID-19. CBC reports that public health has declared an outbreak in UoGuelph’s East Village Townhouses, with 44 positive cases and 200 students now in isolation due to “unsanctioned social gatherings.” The article says that this number may increase as time passes. One student at St Clair College has tested positive for COVID-19, affecting students and staff they may have encountered in class. The article says that classes for these students and staff members have been cancelled and three individuals are self-isolating. UoGuelph | CBC | St Clair (ON) UoGuelph, St Clair students test positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 01/27/2021 - 03:44 01/27/2021 - 03:30
Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration has joined the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) network. The RRBM network supports responsible, credible, and useful research in the areas of business and management. “Everything that we do aligns with RRBM’s principles, from innovative programming that develops business leaders who champion new ways of doing business to rigorous research practices that provide real-world solutions to today’s business challenges,” said Dr Isabelle Dostaler, dean of the business faculty. “It indicates that we continue to be a leader, nationally and internationally, in the ever-growing world of business and management education.” MUN says that it is one of two Canadian postsecondary institutions to join the RRBM. MUN (NL) MUN joins RRBM network Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 03:44 01/26/2021 - 03:30
Universite de l'Ontario Francais has reportedly only received 19 applications from Ontario students, according to CBC and Radio Canada, for a total of just over 40 applications as of January 22nd. The institution had originally aimed to have 200 students for the Fall 2021 semester, which will be the institution’s first semester. Rector Andre Roy told Radio Canada that the university needs the solidarity of the Franco-Ontarian community, and that they must be patient to see interest in the program manifest in the form of applications. CBC explains that other universities have also experienced a decrease in the number of applications and admissions this year, and Radio Canada shares the perspective of other Franco-Ontarian institutions that faced low application numbers in their early years. CBC | Radio Canada (ON) UOF receives less than 50 applications for first enrolment: CBC Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 03:44 01/26/2021 - 03:30
Université du Québec à Montréal is offering a graduate program in disability and deafness, which the university says is first for a Francophone institution. Students in the program will complete three courses and will be taught about the promotion and exercise of citizenship for those with disabilities or deaf people. There is a notable need for the program, according to UQAM School of Media Professor Mouloud Boukala, in order to combat the violation of the rights of people with disabilities. Journal de Montréal (QC) UQAM launches graduate program in disability and deafness Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 03:44 01/26/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Ontario will has partnered with Willis College on a pilot project that will train up to 300 personal support workers to fill long-term care positions in the Ottawa area. Willis will offer the program at no cost to students through a $2.4M investment from ON. The project is part of a plan to increase the number of hours that residents of long-term care homes receive direct care. “Personal support workers are unsung heroes,” said Willis Chair Rima Aristocrat. “Being part of the Ontario government’s plan to ease the burden on long-term care is indeed an honour. Willis College will provide highly trained PSWs, who in turn will become an asset in the fight against COVID-19.” ON (ON) ON provides $2.4M to Willis for PSW training Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 03:44 01/26/2021 - 03:30
The Michener Institute has created a Digital Health and Data Analytics program for professionals in the IT and healthcare fields. The program prepares students for healthcare jobs that require the understanding and use of data and digital techniques. Students will be trained in a variety of areas, including digital health, data science, and project management. The program is offered full-time online and includes synchronous and asynchronous components. Michener (ON) Michener creates Digital Health and Data Analytics program Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 03:44 01/26/2021 - 03:30
The Brandon Sun reports that Brandon University’s Bachelor of Science in Mental Health will be eliminated due to low demand for the program. Steven Robinson, BrandonU VP (academic and provost) explained that the program, which was created in 1998, had been developed to provide nurses with a pathway to psychiatric nursing, without requiring them to complete a four-year program. “It was always intended to be temporary,” said Robinson. “Now, 22 years later […] there’s no more demand.” The article says that only one student is currently in the program, and that this student will be able to complete the degree until 2026. Brandon Sun (MB)

Update: A new article from Beverley Hicks, retired assistant professor Brandon University Psychiatric Nursing Program, has provided additional perspective on the program's cancellation. Hicks explains that the program was offered as an interim measure to offer psychiatric nurses the opportunity to gain a university degree. Today, psychiatric nurses are able to pursue a four-year bachelor of science in psychiatric nursing at the university. "The termination of this degree is not the disaster the headline suggests, and to say it was axed is not really as dire as it sounds," explains Hicks. "It simply outlived its value and it was a good decision." Brandon Sun

BrandonU eliminates Bachelor of Science in Mental Health program due to lack demand Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 15:25 01/26/2021 - 03:30
College of the Rockies’ Invermere Campus has announced the launch of an Upgrading for Academic and Career Entry (UACE) program. The program will allow community members to complete core grade 10, 11, and 12 courses. Students will be able to work from home and access in-person help when needed, while they work toward attaining a high school diploma or upgrading their education with courses that might be prerequisites for higher education. “We listened to the needs of our community and are excited to bring back this valuable program,” said campus manager Michelle Taylor. “UACE provides a great first step for students.” COTR (BC) COTR offers UACE program for students working toward high school diploma, upgrading Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 03:44 01/26/2021 - 03:30
In honour of the 40th anniversary of its observatory, the University of Prince Edward Island has dedicated their observatory to Earl L Wonnacott, a former professor whose work ensured the funding and installation of UPEI’s observatory in 1980. Megan Glover, a physics department lab tech, explains that Wonnacott “and his student assistants often got very excited about what they were seeing and they hoped that the people that were visiting would get just as excited — and he thought that it would rub off a little bit on them … I think that’s what we continue to do, is let people see some of these astronomical sites for themselves and get interested.” CBC (PEI) UPEI dedicates observatory to Earl L Wonnacott Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 03:44 01/26/2021 - 03:30
Wilfrid Laurier University has launched a Master of Supply Chain Management program to address the need for professionals trained in the field. The program’s courses will focus heavily on analytics, and students will participate in an experiential learning component at a client firm to gain hands-on experience. “We felt that now is the perfect time to augment our offerings with a more professionally focused program that will equip our graduates with the analytical and strategic management tools needed to advance their careers in the supply chain management field,” said WLU professor and program director Michael Haughton. WLU (ON) WLU launches Master of Supply Chain Management program Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 03:44 01/26/2021 - 03:30
CBC reports that 15 Mount Allison University students have been notified that they must move out of an unsafe historic building by February 13th. The article explains that, although the building had housed students for 10 years, it was not zoned to be used as an apartment building and each unit in the building had safety issues. CBC reports that MtA has made dorm rooms available to the students and that the landlords are obligated to pay moving expenses for the students, secure apartments for the students, and cover the difference in rent for the first three months. “This is a very difficult time of year for students to find out that they have two weeks … notice to find new accommodations in a relatively small town that’s near capacity,” said Jonathan Ferguson president of MtA’s student Union. CBC (NS) 15 MtA students required to move out of unsafe historic building Top Ten 01/26/2021 - 03:44 01/26/2021 - 03:30

Two Ontario postsecondary institutions have ratified collective agreements with their unions. The University of Sudbury and the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) – University of Sudbury Local have ratified a two-year extension to their collective agreement with minor changes. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 677 have also ratified a new collective agreement, which was negotiated virtually. The negotiations had been deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NOSM | USudbury (ON)

Ontario postsecondary institutions ratify collective agreements Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Though many have predicted that the pandemic will make a long-term change to the world of work, an article from Times Higher Education suggests that academia may not experience the same kind of long-term shift. The article explains that many postsecondary institutions have made temporary changes to their expectations in order to help employees achieve a better work-life balance, but that this is not likely to continue after the pandemic because of the pressure to publish. The article explains that post-pandemic, there will be pressures from management, unions, and staff over what lessons to take from COVID-19 as institutions move towards a new normal. Times Higher Ed (International)

Is lasting change in the academic world possible after COVID-19?: Opinion Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

CBC reports that businesses that rely on students as customers are suffering due to fewer people being on and around campuses. Parminder Parhar, owner of Renaissance Coffee on Simon Fraser University’s campus, says that some days there are no customers for hours. Parhar explains that “We probably only do, best case scenario, five per cent of what we did before ... or even less.” The article explains that off-campus businesses that market to students have also been affected, with those like Rice Burger near the University of British Columbia having to pivot to using delivery apps and other strategies to bring customers in. “Our strategy was about 60 to 70 per cent university kids. We took a hit for sure,” said co-owner Jackson Uppal about last spring’s pandemic restrictions. CBC (BC)

Businesses on, near campuses struggle with lack of students Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

York University has signed a MOU with Mackenzie Health on a collaborative community health initiative. The two-year partnership will focus on two areas: Education, Professional, and Community Development; and Health Research and Innovation. The partnership will see collaboration in areas of interest such as epidemiology and data sharing, digital health solutions, and health research. “This Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen the partnership between York University and Mackenzie Health, and allow us to contribute toward advancements in research, management, and policy that create healthier communities in York Region and drive positive change both locally and globally,” said Rhonda L Lenton, President of YorkU. YorkU (ON)

YorkU, Mackenzie Health sign MOU for community health initiative Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Chad Flinn, dean of the School of Trades and Technology at Medicine Hat College, describes the findings of research he conducted at the British Columbia Institute of Technology as a 2019 BCcampus Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow. The study examined the experiences of electrical trades students who co-create and use Open Educational Resources (OER) during vocational education. Flinn found that co-created resources were more accessible and that students were more engaged in the topics and felt a sense of agency in their learning process. “Finally having the research and data showed that this was a much more engaging and important process than I initially had thought,” said Flinn. BCcampus (BC)

Benefits of co-creating OER with trades students: Study Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Centennial College and Samsung Canada have extended an ongoing partnership as part of the Samsung Tech Institute initiative. Students in Centennial’s Electronics Engineering Technician program benefit from a curriculum that was developed by Centennial and Samsung. Additionally, they take part in hands-on learning in the Samsung Tech Institute Lab, which allows students to gain skills in servicing electronics and prepares them for potential careers specializing in Samsung Digital Appliances. “When students can see potential career paths, use the specialized tools of the trade, and learn from professionals in those roles, they can see themselves in that profession,” said Dr Patrick Kelly, Dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science at Centennial. NewsWire (ON)

Centennial, Samsung extend partnership to 2023 Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that it will be offering three new specializations in its Baccalauréat en communication (médias numériques) program: video games, digital media, and artificial intelligence. Starting in the third year of the program, students will take courses in their specialization. Students completing the video games specialization will study topics such as game design, social issues, and player communities; students in the digital media specialization will learn about data collection, marketing profiling, and surveillance; and students in the artificial intelligence specialization will complete courses in algorithms, human-machine communication, and ethics. Graduates will have their specialization listed on their diplomas. UQAM (QC)

UQAM offers three new specializations in its Baccalauréat en communication program Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Vancouver Community College has announced that it has taken over the role of International Secretariat of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) from Toyo University in Japan. VCC says it will use the role to increase student diversity, encourage global competencies in students, and strengthen intercultural awareness. “We sincerely appreciate the foresight of Global Affairs Canada in supporting VCC as the new host of the UMAP International Secretariat,” said Ajay Patel, VCC President. “It not only positions Canada and British Columbia well, but it also exemplifies the diversity and strength of the Canadian academic landscape that a community college can lead student mobility in the most dynamic of global regions.” VCC (BC)

VCC takes role of International Secretariat of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Emphasizing academic rigour and being a demanding teacher can be a point of pride for academics, but it can be damaging to students, writes Greg Skutches. The author explains how students have been trained throughout high school to focus on working hard and achieving good grades rather than learning and personal growth, and that this continues into postsecondary education and beyond. The article explains that “rigour” can also be part of a more humane approach that encourages curiosity and exploration of material. “This rigour of deep learning appeals to intrinsic motivation, embracing enquiry, analysis, synthesis, application, practice and reflection,” writes Skutches. Times Higher Ed (International)

A different kind of academic rigour: Opinion Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30

Following recent updatefrom the Government of Alberta’s system-wide review, Red Deer College has announced that it anticipatethat it will become a polytechnic institution. The designation would provide the college with the ability to deliver degrees, while still offering a range of credentials that include trades programming.  “As an institution, we are very supportive of the polytechnic model because it offers a unique designation that would allow us to support our students, partners, industry and community members,” said RDC President Dr Peter Nunoda. “For me, the most important thing is what we will be able to achieve. As a polytechnic, we would be able to partner with government and industry to produce highly employable graduates that meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market.” The college will await the final decision from the AB at the conclusion of the review and will announce a new model at that time.  Red Deer Advocate (AB)

RDC switches path, aspires to polytechnic status Top Ten 01/25/2021 - 03:58 01/25/2021 - 03:30
Brock University is launching a Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice (FPAC) program. The program will draw from courses and research from the Departments of Psychology, Political Science, and Child and Youth Studies to cover why people become involved in crime and how institutions respond to this involvement. “Rather than assuming that a behaviour or a system’s response to behaviour stems from any one factor or perspective, FPAC is premised on the idea that factors across disciplines are required in order to provide more nuanced, critical and complex understandings of behaviour and responses,” said Psychology Professor Angela Book. Brock says that this program is unique in Canada. Brock (ON) Brock launches Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice program Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary institutions in eastern Canada are considering the transition back to in-person services and classes. Most students are back at Holland College after PEI’s Chief Public Health Office approved the return to in-person classes. CBC reports that students are excited about their in-person classes and are finding them more productive. Memorial University has announced that most of its staff will return to campus on February 1st, a move that does not apply to students. In Quebec, “intensive” discussions between QC Premier François Legault and health specialist Dr Horacio Arruda have focused on students returning to in-person classes. While public health has not approved a return to class, Journal de Montréal reports that a decision could come after lockdown ends. CBC (PEI) | CBC (NL) | Journal de Montréal (NL | PEI | QC) East coast institutions moving towards in-person classes, support services Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
The University of Alberta has announced that its Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) has established a $4.125M endowed Chair in Forest Growth & Yield. The chair will focus on the growth and yield of Alberta’s forests, the management of timber harvesting, and educating forestry professionals. “We need to answer questions like how can we model what the future yield will be, and how can we predict what we will gain through different management approaches like thinning forests or using genetically improved material?” said Ellen Macdonald, head of the Department of Renewable Resources at UAlberta. “We also want to understand how we can use data from emerging technologies, such as remote sensing, to better model how the forest is growing.” UAlberta (AB) UAlberta establishes Chair in Forest Growth & Yield Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
An article by University of Toronto President Meric Gertler examines the challenges that Joe Biden’s administration presents to Canada’s ability to attract and retain talent. Gertler explains that while Trump’s policies and Britain’s Brexit agenda have encouraged talented people to come to Canada, “the playing field is already shifting” as Brexit resolves and Biden comes to power. The article discusses ways to attract and retain talent, such as ensuring Canada offers opportunity; creating a funded, co-ordinated “talent moonshot” to recruit talent; or making major investments in R&D. “[W]e need a comprehensive strategy to maintain and enhance Canada’s talent advantage,” writes Gertler. “Our future prosperity depends on our capacity to invest in people, communities and opportunity.” The Globe and Mail (Subscription required) (National) Attracting and retaining talent in a changing international environment: Gertler Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Concordia University has launched a Humanities+ program that is designed to help undergraduates in Humanities-based programs better prepare for meaningful careers after graduation. Students in the Humanities+ program will complete zero-credit courses that cover topics such as digital presentations, professional communications, and job search and interview strategies. Students will also take part in a work-integrated learning experience that will allow them to develop their skills within a workplace and network in a professional context. “This initiative supports our students in that all-important transition from the academic context to the workforce,” says Sandra Gabriele, Concordia’s vice-provost of innovation in teaching and learning. “Closing the gap in the first five years of employment for humanities graduates is critical.” Concordia (QC) Concordia launches Humanities+ career preparation program Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
The British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Biomedical Engineering Technology (BMET) Diploma program has received national accreditation from Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Graduates of the accredited program are able to expedite their certification through Canadian certifying bodies, including the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, allowing them to become registered biomedical engineering technologists in other regions of Canada. “This national accreditation is significant to our program as it allows our graduates to be registered as biomedical engineering technologists in other provinces,” explains Anthony Chan, BCIT Program Head, Biomedical Engineering Technology program. “It is also an acknowledgement that our graduates have acquired recognized skills and knowledge to practice in the profession.” BCIT (BC) BCIT BMET program receives TAC accreditation Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Dalhousie University has launched the Dal GradPD program, which facilitates professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program allows students to access workshops and events that will develop their professional skills and support their future careers. The program focuses on four pillars: Communication, Career Intelligence, Health and Wellbeing, and Leadership. Students will build skills in a variety of areas, such as teamwork, time management, project management, and teaching. Students also have the option of working toward a certificate by creating a development plan and choosing workshops and hands-on experiences that will help them achieve their goals. Dal (NS) Dal launches graduate professional development program Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Bow Valley College has rebranded itself to enter a new era. The rebranding highlights BVC’s roots and the advancements it has made in education. The new logo’s five icons represent respect, creativity, inclusion, resilience, and teamwork, depicted in the form of an abstracted landscape. “Bow Valley College has grown very quickly, adding many great programs covering every kind of career or industry you can imagine,” said Mario Siciliano, VP External at BVC. “We want to make sure that everyone knows that, and knows how excited we are about our future.” BVC (AB) BVC announces rebrand that highlights roots, advancements Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
HEC Montréal has established a Canada CIFAR Chair in Artificial Intelligence with $1M funding over five years. The research chair will focus on the study of artificial intelligence, with a focus on fairness in machine learning, and will be held by assistant professor Golnoosh Farnadi. “Nowadays, automated systems based on AI algorithms are being used in a lot of domains and we trust those systems to make fair objective decisions,” said Farnadi. “The reality is that they discriminate and this is mainly because the data we use to train our machine learning models very often reflect the inequalities of our society. My interest is to develop AI tools that are responsible and trustworthy.” HEC Montréal (QC) HEC Montréal establishes Canada CIFAR Chair in Artificial Intelligence Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Students need transcripts that more accurately describe classes and the skills learned in them, writes Fred Cutler, an associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. The author explains that simply including co- and extracurricular experiences on a transcript is not enough; students need “rich transcripts” to present themselves well to employers. Cutler describes the process of designing a rich transcript for students at UBC's political science department, including how the institution gathered data about courses, used this data to create the transcripts, and surveyed student reactions. The author concludes by outlining the steps that the department plans to pursue in the future. Inside Higher Ed (National) Benefits of using rich transcripts: Cutler Top Ten 01/22/2021 - 03:58 01/22/2021 - 03:30
Humber College has launched three Bachelor of Engineering programs: Bachelor of Engineering – Information Systems Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering – The Built Environment, and Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics. The degrees are designed to use Humber’s campus as a “living lab,” which gives opportunities for students to engage in project-based learning. “This blended approach encourages students to develop their problem-solving and critical systems thinking skills through their involvement in real-life industrial projects,” said Farzad Rayegani, senior dean in the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology at Humber. The programs are designed to meet the current industry needs for engineers in the area, and to meet the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board’s accreditation requirements. Humber (ON) Humber launches three Bachelor of Engineering programs Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
The Government of British Columbia is investing $800K to Camosun College, Vancouver Island University, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, and Selkirk College for the training of community mental health workers. The funding, which is part of the province’s COVID-19 response, will support the training of students to work in areas such as addictions counselling and shelter support. “Government is working on ways to help B.C. recover from the impacts of COVID-19,” said BC Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang. “The funding we’re announcing today will support training for highly valued and respected positions working with some of BC’s most vulnerable citizens.” Times Colonist | VIU | NationTalk (NVIT) (BC) Camosun, VIU, NVIT, Selkirk receive provincial investment for community mental health worker training Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
OCAD University has received $1M from the RBC Foundation to support students and recent graduates in launching their careers. The funding will support mentorship programs, work-integrated learning opportunities, and skills development opportunities with the goal of enhancing graduate employability. The programs will be offered at the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, which has been renamed in recognition of RBC’s support. “We are very grateful to RBC Foundation for this generous gift to help empower students and alumni to create a better future, especially now, during these unprecedented times,” says Ana Serrano, OCAD U President. “The COVID-19 pandemic heightens the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation and these funds will impact the art and design community in a tangible and positive way.” OCAD U (ON) OCAD U receives $1M from RBC Foundation, renames centre in recognition of support Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
The University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre, the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have co-founded ClimateWest. ClimateWest will offer climate services such as climate analysis, tools for different sectors, and help desk services on climate information, as well as raise public awareness about climate change. “ClimateWest is an innovative partnership supported by and bridging the prairie provinces and federal government, which will ensure that our region has high-quality climate services to address the challenges while creating opportunities and prosperity in an era of climate change,” said Dr James Currie, Interim President at UWinnipeg. The new partnership is supported by the provincial governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, as well as Environment and Climate Change Canada. UWinnipeg (MB | SK) UWinnipeg, URegina, IISD announce the founding of ClimateWest Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Bow Valley College, New Brunswick Community College, and Okanagan College have received a $750K grant from the Lawson Foundation to support the collaborative Outdoor Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education: From Colleges to Communities project. The three-year project aims to “demonstrate a model of outdoor pedagogy practices, teaching, learning and mentoring that will create a shift in curriculum in post-secondary ECE programs and in community early learning and child care programs.” It will also support training of instructors, students, and early childhood educators on the implementation of outdoor experiences for children. Sask Polytech | Lawson Foundation (SK) Sask Polytech, BVC, NBCC, Okanagan receive $750K for outdoor pedagogy in ECE project Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
While many institutions have introduced new or altered mental health supports, an article from The Star describes the challenges that postsecondary students face in reaching the support offered by their institutions. The article discusses barriers to seeking help, such as time constraints, a lack of awareness of supports, and the belief that the stress of being in a postsecondary learning environment is normal. University of Toronto Assistant Professor Chloe Hamza explains that, although postsecondary institutions are working on implementing the Mental Health Commission of Canada standards of caring for students, they still must work on reducing stigma, removing barriers, and highlighting ways students can access support. The Star (National) Barriers to students receiving mental health support available at postsecondary institutions Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Southeast College has announced the start of a Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program. Students in the program will take classes in-person at the college’s new Powerline Technician Training facility. “The feedback we have received from this cohort of students has been nothing short of tremendous. The students appreciated the flexibility of the online classroom portal that was used and were able to apply the practical knowledge they learned in the training facility,” said Jody Holzmiller, VP Education and Training. Southeast College is projected to train 160 Powerline Technician Apprentices in the 2021-2022 academic year. Southeast College (SK) Southeast College launches Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Canadore College has announced that it has joined Academics Without Borders’ network of Canadian colleges and universities. The membership will allow Canadore’s faculty and staff to propose projects to AWB and to volunteer on projects with postsecondary partners in developing countries. “The partnership aligns with Canadore values and opens an additional avenue for our faculty and staff to influence higher education globally while appreciating the key impacts in a knowledge economy,” said Ahmed Obaide, Canadore’s Vice President, Academic. Canadore | The Sudbury Star (ON) Canadore joins AWB’s network of Canadian colleges and universities Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Some McGill University students have said that they are “anxious for an update into an investigation” into sexual misconduct allegations against a student. CBC reports that several students have said they are uncomfortable seeing the student’s name appear in their online Zoom classes, particularly classes that use breakout rooms. CBC explains that McGill must complete the investigation into the allegations within 90 days. “The entirety of this process is covered by confidentiality regulations imposed on us by law, and as such, details or updates concerning particular cases cannot be provided to anyone outside those immediately involved,” explains Cynthia Lee, associate director of media relations for McGill. CBC (QC) McGill students express anxiety, await update on misconduct investigation Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Lakehead University has launched the Lakehead Global Certificate (LGC) to enable students to develop leadership and intercultural communication skills and to give them an edge in their future careers. Students can pursue one of three levels: Global Inquirer, Global Explorer, and Global Citizen. “Not only will this program enable students to set themselves apart from their peers by giving a global edge to their Lakehead University degree, it provides students with an opportunity for personal development and growth,” said James Aldridge, Lakehead’s Vice-Provost, International. Students can complete the LGC at no cost while completing their undergraduate or graduate studies. Lakehead (ON) Lakehead launches Lakehead Global Certificate Top Ten 01/21/2021 - 03:44 01/21/2021 - 03:30
Lakeland College is receiving $1.9M from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and the Strategic Research and Development Program to take over two critical agriculture research programs in Alberta: the pulse agronomy program and the beef production system program. The investment will allow Lakeland to expand its research capacity in the pulse agronomy and beef production systems. The agreement is part of the Research Driven Agriculture Research to ensure farmer and rancher-led research. Lakeland | Alberta (AB) Lakeland receives $1.9M for two agricultural research programs Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
In a new article from The Conversation, Simon Fraser University Assistant Professor Juan Pablo Alperin and PhD Student Alice Fleerackers describe the challenges of publicizing unreviewed preliminary scientific research. Preprints, which are posted online without receiving formal verification from the scientific community, can share important information in an accessible and free format. However, since preprints are unreviewed, they can create confusion when read outside of the scientific community. Alperin and Fleerackers describe how this happened during the first months of COVID-19 where preprints received much more media coverage than normal. A study conducted by the authors shows that around half of the stories about preprints that they reviewed did not alert readers to the fact that the research was unverified. The article ends by highlighting the importance of responsible communication about preliminary research. The Conversation (National) Preprints and the spread of information about COVID-19: Alperin, Fleerackers Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
CBC reports that Red Deer College and Grande Prairie Regional College may not transition to universities as previously planned, pending the results of the provincial system review. Reporter Janet French explains that though RDC and GPRC had been granted permission by the previous government to become universities, AB Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides is questioning “[w]hether or not they need to become a university.” CBC reports that the changes would be expensive, and that the colleges would not need to be classified as universities in order to grant degrees. Nicolaides also notes that if RDC is successful in adopting a “polytechnic university” model, they may “shed some of those programs that are needed by the local community, so I think we have to find the right balance.” CBC (AB) RDC, GPRC may not become universities as planned Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Six Ontario universities have partnered to create fellowships for Indigenous and Black doctoral students in the areas of engineering and technology. Those involved in the partnership include Queen’s University, McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, and Western University. The fellowship program aims to increase representation of Indigenous and Black students within STEM programs and to prepare them for careers as professors or industry researchers. Queen’s | U of T | Western (ON) ON universities create fellowships for Indigenous and Black doctoral students Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
McGill University has partnered with Bell Let’s Talk, The Neuro, and the Lady Davis Institute to launch the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC). The MMHRC is an online resource that aims to improve the mental health of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds through making it easier to find resources. It includes practical tools, videos, and information in multiple languages for patients and their families; health care professionals; community organizations; and policy makers, planners, and administrators. “Addressing issues of language, culture, religion and other aspects of diversity, the MMHRC will promote greater equity in mental health care,” said MMHRC lead Dr Laurence Kirmayer, an international researcher in transcultural psychiatry. “Mental health is often viewed differently in different cultures, which requires culturally responsive approaches to meet the needs of those seeking help.” McGill (QC) McGill, partners launch Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Loyalist College has launched a Massage Therapy Ontario college advanced diploma program at its Belleville campus. Students in the three-year diploma will learn through on-campus and clinical placements. Graduates will have knowledge in a variety of areas, including massage treatment plans, business principles, and plans of care. “Our new Massage Therapy program responds to the surge in physical and mental health requirements, which are exacerbating the current shortage of massage therapists,” said Loyalist President Dr Ann Marie Vaughan. “As Loyalist College expands its health and wellness programming and applied research projects, we will continue to support our region through new innovative learning spaces and career-ready graduates who are committed to community care.” Loyalist (ON) Loyalist launches Massage Therapy Ontario advanced diploma program Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
The University of Windsor has partnered with Air Canada to give international students the ability to fly to Canada. The agreement will give students access to promotional rates on Air Canada’s flights, making travel more affordable. “We are delighted to have entered into a partnership that helps our students travel to Canada, especially given the changing international travel landscape,” said Chris Busch, UWindsor associate VP for enrolment management. “Co-operation between the University of Windsor and Air Canada will facilitate the flight booking process while offering exclusive promotional rates for our students as they start their educational journey.” UWindsor (ON) UWindsor, Air Canada partner to provide affordable flights for international students Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
The Journal de Montréal reports that an increased number of cegep students are requesting “incompletes” for their classes. During COVID-19, institutions have temporarily waived the need for students to fill out a medical form to apply for incomplete status. The article explains how eight cegeps have seen a dramatic increase in students requesting incompletes for a variety of different reasons, including contracting COVID-19, having a poor internet connection, or experiencing mental health concerns. However, cegeps have also seen far fewer course failures. The article explains that students who have chosen to request an incomplete will have to retake the entire course. Journal de Montréal (QC) Cegeps see course “incompletes” rise, fewer failures Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Collège Boréal has announced the launch of a new course on the maintenance of battery electric vehicles. The course, which is the first of three components of the training, will be offered online and will take 40 hours to complete. Students will be introduced to a variety of different topics, including basic knowledge about battery electric vehicles and workplace safety. “Collège Boréal is proud to be the first college to offer training in maintenance of battery electric vehicles,” said Boréal Director of Business Development Julie Nadeau. “This customized training was developed in collaboration with several partners: businesses that use these vehicles as well as their manufacturers. It will certainly bolster skills and provide a qualified workforce in a field that is increasingly vital for mining companies.” Boréal (ON) Boréal launches new battery electric vehicle maintenance course Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Dalhousie University’s School of Dental Hygiene has launched a Bachelor of Dental Hygiene. The two-year, part-time degree allows practicing dental hygienists to continue their education while working. Students in the BDH program participate in teaching first-year dental hygiene students and in outreach activities that promote oral health in different settings. They additionally complete a research project as part of the degree. “The BDH really is a stepping-stone to new avenues for dental hygiene students,” said Dr Leigha Rock, director of the School of Dental Hygiene. “And it helps to bolster our profession. Students with the BDH can go on to masters and other degree programs. To think that we have increased accessibility to these opportunities for a whole new group of people is so exciting.” Dal (NS) Dal launches part-time Dental Hygiene degree Top Ten 01/20/2021 - 03:58 01/20/2021 - 03:30
Athabasca University’s PowerED and the Justice Sector Constellation have partnered to develop an online module, Poverty and the Law: Expanding Perspectives, that introduces participants to the intersections between poverty and the legal system. The partnership saw material that was previously taught in person adapted to an online format. The module has been used by postsecondary departments and faculties, bar admission courses, and businesses looking for professional development. “Poverty is one of the main causes of this serious problem and the module […] demonstrates the connection between socio-economic and cultural factors and the failure of our legal system to address the needs of many in our society,” said Archie Zariski, Canadian Legal Systems Professor. AU (AB) AU PowerED, Justice Sector Constellation partner on online module Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Brock University has joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) to support Indigenous businesses. As a member of CCAB, Brock will have access to over 1,000 Indigenous businesses, as well as access to diverse programming, tools, and training. “It’s such a great example of how we can operationalize what we mean by that pillar of fostering a culture of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization and showing our support for Indigenous Peoples,” explained Robyn Bourgeois, Brock’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement. Brock (ON) Brock joins Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Donor Peter A Allard has lost a BC Supreme Court Battle to have his name printed on all University of British Columbia law degrees. CBC says that Allard, who donated $30M to UBC, had hoped that all degrees would have a “reasonable” reference to his name. In 2019, he attempted to “appeal the arbitration dismissal on the grounds that the arbitrator had erred in law and misinterpreted the agreement's meaning of ‘degree certificates.’” The appeal was dismissed on Friday. UBC lawyer Hubert Lai stated that UBC was “appreciative” of the dismissal and that the arbitrator's original decision “upheld UBC's long-time understanding” of the original agreement. CBC (BC) Allard loses supreme court battle to have name on UBC law school degrees Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Quebec has announced $4M in funding to support those who are interested in pursuing an education in information technology. The funding is meant to address the need for skilled professionals to fill empty IT roles and is expected to give 500 people the chance to pursue short-term college or university IT programs. The program is geared toward those who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and need to expand their skills through further education. The funding comes as part of a broader $19M investment in training and recruiting IT staff. CBC (QC) QC provides $4M to support IT education, training Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Mohawk College has announced that their Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma has been accredited by the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada (CYCEAB). Students enrolled in the program participate in over 1,000 hours of practical experience and learn to facilitate change in the lives of children, youth, and families with challenges. “This designation demonstrates Mohawk’s commitment to the highest standard of training for our Child and Youth Care students, for their benefit and for the benefit of their future employers and the families they will be serving,” said Mohawk Community Studies Associate Dean Kim Ann Laush. Mohawk (ON) Mohawk’s Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma accredited by CYCEAB Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
A recent article by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing discusses the ways that nursing programs in Canada are dealing with racism. Beaulne-Stuebing identifies concerns about nursing curricula, such as the use of racial caricatures within case studies, and describes how educators and the Canadian Association of Schools and Nursing (CASN) are calling for change. As part of this effort, CASN recently developed a framework focused on the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. The framework includes initiatives such as increasing the number of Indigenous people working in health care and developing a required course focused on Indigenous health issues. “I’ve never seen [before now] this level of commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion issues,” said CASN President Cynthia Baker. “I don’t think it’s a flash-in-the-pan type of thing.” University Affairs (National) Nursing programs address racism, prejudice: Editorial Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 09:05 01/19/2021 - 03:30
York University has launched a virtual pilot of their Indigenous Student Exchange Program. Through the program, ten students will participate in online workshops, which include topics such as food sovereignty, global Indigeneity, and knowledge keeping and sharing. Each student will be paired with another student from one of YorkU’s partner universities to complete a creative project. “In an unprecedented way at York, this program will create a knowledge exchange platform that allows each student to share their unique knowledge based on the Indigenous nation which they come from, while also drawing attention to the fact that there exists a multiplicity of Indigenous perspectives and experiences,” said Indigenous recruitment officer Breanna Barry. YorkU (ON) YorkU launches virtual Indigenous Student Exchange Program Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Cape Breton University and Laurentian University are reporting cases of COVID-19. CBU has reported two asymptomatic cases, both of which were discovered through asymptomatic testing during the students’ isolation periods. The first student has isolated off-campus while the second has isolated on-campus. CBU reports that both students are following public health requirements and that contact tracing is being carried out by Public Health. Laurentian has reported that one individual living in residence has COVID-19. The student is in self-isolation and contact tracing has been carried out by public health officials. CBU (1) | CBU (2) | Laurentian (NS | ON) NS, ON students test positive for COVID-19 Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
International researchers develop distinct strengths that contribute to their professional success, write Sonali Majumdar and Jenny Schneider. The authors discuss how the distinct life experiences of international researchers often allow them to develop cultural intelligence, become comfortable in a variety of environments, and build relationships with people of different cultures. They also often develop communication skills such as multilingualism and non-verbal communication. “We urge academics to celebrate their international colleagues as holistic individuals and share their stories of courage, imagination and fresh perspectives,” write the authors, “in addition to their work ethics, research accomplishments and immigration challenges.” Inside Higher Ed (International) International researchers develop unique strengths through their experiences: Opinion Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30
Parti Québécois has called on the Government of Quebec to develop a plan to guarantee teaching quality at postsecondary institutions and improve mental health assistance for students. Journal de Montréal reports that party leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon has suggested that institutions offer hybrid classes and use COVID-19 rapid testing, he says which was originally proposed by provincial student associations. Plamondon also explains that the mental health of students is deteriorating and expresses disappointment that the government has not announced new funding for mental health assistance. Journal de Montréal (QC) PQ leader calls for plan for teaching quality, student mental health challenges Top Ten 01/19/2021 - 03:57 01/19/2021 - 03:30

“We of the current retiring class leave academe at what seems like an inflection point,” writes Patrick Scanlon upon retiring during COVID-19. The author describes how most instructors have “retired” in a way behind plexiglass or through teaching through Zoom. Scanlon says that the separation from campus due to the pandemic has sharpened his feelings about retirement and made him realize how much he will miss the physical aspects of education. “I think the experiment is demonstrating how badly we need those physical realities of the educational enterprise -- how much we miss them,” writes Scanlon. “How much I’ll miss them after finally, at the close of this semester and of my career, I’ll turn in my final grades and say goodbye … by hitting Enter.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Retiring during COVID-19: Opinion Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

McGill University has partnered with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc to launch a retail innovation lab store to test frictionless technologies. The lab’s frictionless technologies allow customers to enter the Couche-Tard Connecté section using an app, pick up items, and have payment for these items processed through the app. Researchers will be able to gain insight on customer patterns through using artificial intelligence, and will work to improve the shopping experience through virtual reality. “As society progresses into our ‘new normal’ of physical distancing,” said Saibal Ray, Academic Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, “it is increasingly important for researchers and students to study the evolving shopping experience of the future.” McGill | Journal de Montréal (QC)

McGill, Alimentation Couche-Tard launch retail innovation lab Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Saint Paul University has launched two graduate programs in the areas of social innovation and transformative leadership. Students in the Doctorate in Social Innovation will gain “conceptual tools and research opportunities that will enable them to analyze contemporary social problems, conceptualize structural changes and plan possible paths to achieve real social transformations.” The Graduate Diploma in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality provides an opportunity for participants to enhance and develop leadership skills and practice social transformation. Credits earned through the graduate diploma will also count toward an MA in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality. SPU (ON)

SPU launches two graduate programs in social innovation and transformative leadership Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has announced that it has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). The DORA international initiative supports best practices in assessing scholarly research, focusing heavily on avoiding overreliance on journal-based metrics when making hiring, promotion, and funding decisions. “High quality research is multifaceted, can reflect varying types of knowledge and ways of knowing and must be assessed on its own merit,” said CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith. “Academic staff associations are urged to improve the way in which the quality of research output is evaluated and to bargain for language in their collective agreements that protects their members against the use of performance metrics.” CAUT (National)

CAUT signs San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions are launching initiatives to help financially support minorities who are pursuing postsecondary education. Canada Life has invested $250K at Brescia University College to support “non-traditional” students with the goal of increasing diversity and women’s leadership. $100K will be used for scholarships and bursaries, while the remainder will be support faculty and program development and research. McMaster University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has created the NSBE McMaster Chapter Entrance award to provide funding for first-year Black students who have demonstrated leadership skills and community contributions. Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick will award recruitment grants to male students who are in predominantly female health care fields. Canada Life | McMaster | CCNB (National)

Canadian PSE launch new supports to improve diversity in programs and initiatives Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Brandon University has announced that is it expanding the number of departments offering work experiences. The release explains that this expansion means that “almost every single student” will have had an opportunity for work experience before graduation. Through the expansion, more students will be able to develop their talent and improve their future career outcomes while gaining work experience in their field. “We are building BU into Manitoba’s top experience university,” said Dr Steve Robinson, VP (Academic & Provost) at BrandonU. “We now offer the most comprehensive list of Arts department majors with Co-operative Education in the province. That is because experience in the workforce cements the lessons of the classroom, and helps students network for their future careers; it is learning and earning.” BrandonU (MB)

BrandonU expands work-integrated learning opportunities Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Denise K Magner describes strategies new administrators can use when they find that they have stepped into a struggling department or organization rather than their dream job. The author recommends owning the mess rather than distancing yourself from it, using “us” rather than “you” to show you are committed to the organization and making improvements, and highlighting what is working in the department. Finally, Magner writes that sharing data and facts about the situation gives colleagues the information they need to understand the need for change. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Taking on the role of leading a struggling department: Opinion Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Durham College, NorQuest College, and Okanagan College have partnered to deliver a Medical Cannabis Essentials for Health Professionals course. The two-day course will be taught live online, and will focus on helping participants understand the use of medical cannabis as a part of client-centred care. The course will cover a variety of topics related to medical cannabis treatment plans, and will equip medical professionals with practical information about dosing, titration, client risk factors, and the views of regulatory bodies. Durham’s School of Professional and Part-time Learning will deliver the course, and those who complete it will receive a digital badge. Durham | NorQuest (National)

Durham, NorQuest, Okanagan deliver medical cannabis course Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Red Deer College has launched a 52-week ESL to Health Care Aide program that will enable English language learners to study toward a Health Care Aide Certificate while developing English skills. Students in the program will spend 14 weeks developing reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English, with the remaining 36 weeks dedicated to the program’s academic and practical components. The program will cover a variety of healthcare topics, such as the human body, communication and documentation, and person-centred care, and will include hands-on labs and in-person clinical placements. Graduates will be prepared to work in environments such as hospitals, homes, and care facilities. RDC | Red Deer Advocate (AB)

RDC launches ESL to Health Care Aide program Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30

Frances B Henderson offers three tips to help prepare BIPOC instructors for the semester. The author encourages faculty to revisit and revise their courses with what worked last semester in mind, while re-evaluating what material needs to be covered and what assessments need to be made to meet institutional goals. Henderson encourages faculty to avoid “reinventing the wheel” during online course development. She further suggests preparing for a classroom experience that might include discussions around race, gender, and social justice, especially in American classrooms given the current political climate. Finally, the article encourages instructors to keep their classes simple, flexible, and engaging for students. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Tips for preparing for a new term of pandemic instruction: Opinion Top Ten 01/18/2021 - 04:02 01/18/2021 - 03:30
Nova Scotia is investing $25M in postsecondary institutions to help them address the lost revenue and increase in costs brought on by COVID-19. Each institution’s portion of the investment is based on its COVID-19 related expenditures. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, universities across Nova Scotia have been working hard to ensure students can continue to learn in safe and positive ways,” said Bill Lahey, chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. “These changes have presented unexpected financial costs and necessary investments, and this funding will help universities address the impact of those.” NS (NS) NS invests $25M in postsecondary institutions to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Bell has announced the launch of the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund. The $2.5M fund will provide grants to support postsecondary institutions in implementing the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. It will also provide new student mental health programs with additional funding and support postsecondary institutions in holding virtual Bell Let’s Talk Campus Campaign events. “The Post-Secondary Fund means Canadian colleges and universities can immediately start the process of implementing the important mental health recommendations outlined in the Standard,” said Jennifer Hamilton, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS). “Bell’s leadership in advancing student mental health has had a powerful effect on campuses across the country.” NewsWire (National) Bell launches Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Lakeland College has announced the launch of a post-credential Bachelor of Agricultural Technology Program at its Vermilion campus. The two-year program will train students in a variety of areas, including troubleshooting hardware and software used in the industry and using agricultural technology for data collection and analysis. “Graduates of the program will bring unique skill sets into the workforce by blending both agriculture production and agricultural technology expertise,” said Josie Van Lent, Lakeland’s dean of the School of Agriculture Technology and Applied Research. “Industry feedback indicated there is a shortage of agricultural professionals who can interface between the two disciplines – our degree program will fill that gap.” The college states that the program is the first Bachelor of Agricultural Technology in Canada. Lakeland (AB) Lakeland launches Bachelor of Agricultural Technology Program Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Scotiabank has announced the creation of the ScotiaRISE program, which will help those considered disadvantaged to pursue postsecondary education and to advance in their careers. Scotiabank will invest $500M over ten years in the initiative, which will include supporting people from under-represented groups through funding and partnerships. Additionally, it will work with charities, non-profits, and community initiatives to provide students and new graduates with tools for financial success. “The importance of being resilient has been doubled and... it felt especially important to be investing in education, inclusion and employment for young people and for newcomers from marginalized groups,” said Dan Rees, Group Head, Canadian Banking at Scotiabank. “Now is the time to emphasize optimism and hope and inclusion.” Castanet | (National) Scotiabank announces $500M ScotiaRISE program Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies has introduced two courses: Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience. Both courses are fully online and asynchronous, have no prerequisites, and are available to students from all faculties. Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples will focus on examining stereotypes, bias, and assumptions about Indigenous people in Canada, with the aim of giving students the tools for responding to racism. Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience will examine Indigenous scientific research and collaborations with non-Indigenous projects, while introducing students to Indigenous perspectives on studying science. The Gateway Online (AB) UAlberta Native Studies introduces two new courses Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University has partnered with Trend Micro to train students in cybersecurity. The partnership will allow students to develop skills in cloud security, understand industry insights, and connect with networking opportunities while they are studying. “As we know, the skills demand for our industry has really grown because of the implications of COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mohammad Tayebi, Cybersecurity Researcher and Program Instructor at SFU. “We’re really pleased to have an expert partner like Trend Micro to help make the transition from school to work seamless for our students as they gain the skills and experiences relevant to cybersecurity right now.” Trend Micro (BC) SFU, Trend Micro partner to train students in cloud security Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Instructors who are continuing to teach online this semester may find the experience to be draining and time-consuming, writes Flower Darby, but they can use strategies to ensure work/life balance and manage their online classes. The author offers eight tips that instructors can use to avoid burnout while ensuring student needs are met. These tips include teaching differently by making use of online environment features such as chat boxes and guided notes documents, finding a balance of synchronous and asynchronous class time, streamlining grading and communication through the use of technology, and building in Zoom break weeks. “[W]ith little relief in sight, it’s essential to determine what you can do in your own courses to protect your well-being while also supporting your students,” writes Darby. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Tips for continuing to teach online in the new semester: Opinion Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Postsecondary students in Ontario are debating whether to pursue postsecondary education in Fall 2021 if online education continues. The Times Colonist explains that some students feel that they will not be able to make the most out of their postsecondary experiences. “My third year was supposed to be the most hands-on experience time I would get in my program, and that was a huge reason I came to this school and did this program,” said Queen’s University student Josephine DiMaurizio. The pandemic has also encouraged some who lost employment to pursue education. Rajat Ram, who had worked in the hospitality industry prior to the pandemic, explains that his job loss prompted him to pursue a course at George Brown College. Times Colonist (National) Postsecondary students debate positives, negatives of continuing online education Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
Michelle Harrison, senior instructional designer at Thompson Rivers University, shares some of her initial thoughts and findings from the research she conducted as a BCcampus Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow. Harrison discusses the nature of open pedagogy and the questions this raises for designing learning spaces. The report explains that while students benefitted from the flexibility and connectedness of open practice, they also found it challenging to work within and navigate the open space. Harrison highlights some of the early findings of her research and outlines the opportunities to further examine learning spaces. BCcampus (BC) Examining open spaces and learning environments: Harrison Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
The University of Windsor, Laurentian University, and Dalhousie University are finding ways to limit the spread of COVID-19. UWindsor and Laurentian are offering COVID-19 testing on campus to students who are asymptomatic. Eligible UWindsor students must book a test online and results will be given within five days. Laurentian is providing asymptomatic students with rapid COVID-19 testing on campus, enabling students to receive results within 15 minutes. A team from Dal is working on a wastewater surveillance program that will allow communities to be notified and could support public health efforts when COVID-19 is detected. UWindsor | CBC | Dal (ON | NS) UWindsor, Laurentian, Dal find ways to limit spread of COVID-19 Top Ten 01/15/2021 - 04:01 01/15/2021 - 03:30
The Université de Sherbrooke has partnered with Bell to install a 5G wireless communications system at its Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT). The 5G system will allow USherbrooke to undertake research projects to develop technology in areas such as manufacturing, smart energy, and the Internet of Things. “Large-scale smart antenna networks are the cornerstone of 5G,” said USherbrooke Professor Sébastien Roy. “The partnership with Bell will make it possible to continue the research and development of these technologies as a primary focus, but now based on real data over genuine networks and commercially available or soon-to-be-available products.” NewsWire (QC) USherbrooke, Bell partner on 5G wireless communication system Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
The Government of Alberta is reportedly considering a proposal created by an international consultant to create boards that would govern multiple AB postsecondary institutions. This model would allow AB postsecondary institutions to better coordinate and cooperate, and would also allow improved changemaking around tuition and credit transfer. CBC reports that this is a model that Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides is “examining closely,” but that it would be tailored to fit AB’s needs. “I don’t believe that a copy-paste approach is appropriate,” said Nicolaides. “I believe we need a made-in Alberta solution.” CBC (AB) AB considers creating boards to govern postsecondary institutions Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Brock University has partnered with the Labour College of Canada (LCC) on a pathway program that will allow union leaders and members who are affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress to pursue higher education in Labour Studies. Courses cover a variety of topics, including unions and labour leadership, and may be transferable to meet part of the requirements of a certificate or undergraduate degree. “Our department is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in labour studies research, teaching and public engagement,” says Kendra Coulter, Chair of the Department of Labour Studies at Brock. “We are delighted to be able to recognize the knowledge and experience of labour activists from across Canada through this partnership and look forward to welcoming them into our classes and academic community.” Brock (ON) Brock, LCC partner on pathway program for union leaders, members Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities program will be establishing a regional Low Carbon Cities Canada Innovation Centre with the support of a $21.7M investment from the federal government. The centre will help improve the economy and public health by reducing carbon emissions in Vancouver. The release says that the centre will use the funding to “identify, finance and launch ideas ranging from expanding electric transportation fleets to retrofitting buildings.” It will provide a place to develop and test solutions to reduce building and transportation carbon emissions that can then be used across the region. Times Colonist | CBC (BC) SFU to launch Low Carbon Cities Canada Innovation Centre Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Scholarships are important factors in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), write Mirjam Fines-Neuschild and Bibiana Pulido. The authors explain that a typical conception of “excellence” usually favours privileged, male individuals with publications, no career gaps, and multiple funding options. The article explains that these inequities must be revealed and remedied to allow those who have been marginalized to be successful and develop diversity among talent. Additionally, they explain how those evaluating students for scholarships must break the cycle of favouring a linear career path by valuing alternative career paths. “[I]n order to develop an equitable system for evaluating scholarship applications, we will have to reinterpret the notion of excellence and seek a more inclusive definition for the concept,” write Fines-Neuschild and Pulido. University Affairs (National) Using scholarships to improve EDI: Editorial Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
King’s University College has received $500K toward the purchase of the King’s Green and the creation of a Reflection Circle. The circle will be accessible by the King’s community, and will be designed in consultation with stakeholders and Western University’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives. “The Reflection Circle further supports our students by encouraging them to explore meaningful ways of interacting with each other, with nature, and independently in self-reflection, said King’s Principal Dr David Malloy. “Whether used for prayer, quiet contemplation, or ceremonial gatherings, I am confident the Reflection Circle will benefit the social and spiritual well-being of our entire community.” King’s (ON) King’s receives $500K for Indigenous Reflection Circle Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Vancouver Island University has announced that it has joined the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works in Kenya-TVET initiative. VIU will work with Durham College and Humber College to support three Kenyan institutions in technical and vocational education. The collaboration will focus on establishing curriculum and materials to train junior electricians, supporting the implementation of the program, and training instructors. “With an expansion into new trades areas in Kenya, additional VIU instructors will be able to broaden their global perspective and enhance their intercultural competency skills,” said VIU Manager of Global Engagement Darrell Harvey. “There will also be opportunities for other student service areas to become involved in these global engagement activities.” VIU (BC) VIU joins Young Africa Works in Kenya Initiative to establish training for electricians Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Ontario’s new guidelines for postsecondary institutions means that Confederation College will be changing schedules and cutting the number of students in classes. Since COVID-19 regulations limit Confederation to having 10 students within a classroom, some students in programs with enrolment exceeding that have been dropped from their classes. CBC reports that the impact is being particularly heavily felt in apprenticeship programs. “We have about 1,100 to 1,200 students that still have face-to-face delivery here at the campus,” said Neil Cooke, VP academic at Confederation. “[A]ll of those students right now, with the exception of health are limited to a 10 student per class limit.” CBC (ON) Confederation limits class size, changes schedules in response to ON’s COVID-19 regulations Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
NorQuest College has partnered with local businesses to create a NorQuest YEG Discount Card that will connect shoppers with over 50 small businesses in Edmonton. NorQuest developed the program to give students and staff discounts, and broadened it for the wider Edmonton community to support the local economy and generate an extra source of revenue. “Local businesses are crucial to the region’s economy, but they rely on the support of local consumers to stay afloat,” said Kaisha Marinus, Business Enterprise Specialist at NorQuest. “It’s a community relationship that results in so many wonderful and unique products and services.” NorQuest (AB) NorQuest launches discount card to support local businesses Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
Université Sainte-Anne has announced that it will not hold spring or summer French immersion sessions this year due to COVID-19. The release says that USainte-Anne will be cancelling registrations and refunding fees, and is encouraging students interested in pursuing French courses to explore online options instead. “It is a necessary but difficult decision,” said USainte-Anne President Allister Surette. “These sessions require a significant amount of planning and logistics and with all the uncertainty because of the pandemic, it is best to cancel. Our priorities remain the health and safety of our university community and to limit the spread of the virus.” USainte-Anne (NS) USainte-Anne cancels spring and summer French immersion sessions Top Ten 01/14/2021 - 04:04 01/14/2021 - 03:30
The University of Windsor’s Law faculty has released a list of planned steps to address anti-Black racism. CBC reports that steps include an “independent review” of anti-Black racism at UWindsor, more scholarships for Black and other racialized communities, and expanding staff training in anti-Black racism. “This is an iterative process, it’s sort of an ongoing communication, dialogue,” explained Christopher Waters, dean of UWindsor’s Law faculty. “There’s no moment of saying, ‘we’re finished with combating anti-Black racism.’” The article says that some community members have indicated that they would like to see the steps go farther. “There’s always room for more and I’m especially concerned, and RAACES is also, to [not] see Black leadership at the top,” said UWindsor Professor and RAACES member Dr Richard Douglass-Chin. “And so that’s an area where I think there’s room for a lot of improvement across the board.” CBC (ON) UWindsor Law faculty releases steps to address anti-Black racism Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Two UVic students have each received a $230 fine for failing to comply with an officer’s request to disperse during a 100-person “bush party” near the University of Victoria’s campus. Times Colonist reports that students had congregated in the bushes on a nearby road and that many were not wearing face coverings. After the police ordered them to disperse, many students congregated again in smaller groups. “So, we had to deal with some of them on multiple occasions as we tried to disperse that group and encourage them to go away,” said Oak Bay Deputy Chief Const. Mark Fisher. Times Colonist | Global News (BC) UVic students fined during 100-person “bush party” Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Montreal’s Grande Bibliothèque is offering students a place to study and access high-speed internet. Students of all ages – from elementary to university – will be able to take advantage of 75 study spaces located on the third floor of the library. The spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be required to wear a mask and to show their student ID cards to get access to the spaces. They will only be allowed to borrow books that have been reserved in advance. “It is a nice sign of recognition from the government of the essential role that public libraries play,” said Martin Dubois, general director of the Grande Bibliothèque. Journal de Montréal | Montreal Gazette (QC) Grande Bibliothèque provides 75 student study spaces Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
The University of Winnipeg is launching a new Ojibwe radio drama called Aakoziiwigamig: An Ojibwe Radio Drama. The drama was developed after community classes at UWinnipeg’s Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre and Indigenous Languages of Manitoba were cancelled in light of COVID-19. “I was concerned that students who were taking Indigenous language classes at the university now had nowhere to go and practise in the community speaking the language,” said UWinnipeg Indigenous Academic Lead Lorena Fontaine. The new, biweekly series will premier today on NCI radio, and the episodes will be available on the university’s Indigenous engagement website. CBC | UWinnipeg (MB) UWinnipeg launching new educational Ojibwe radio drama Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
As the pandemic continues, several students at institutions across Canada have launched new initiatives to serve their community. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology student Paul Harford was inspired by a course on sustainability in society to develop a community pantry to share necessities with those in need. University of Guelph student Kartikay Pabbi is a founding member of the Toronto chapter of Hygiene for the Homeless who helped to deliver over 300 hygiene kits to youth shelters across the GTA. The chapter is planning more initiatives in the future. University of British Columbia medical student Sukhmeet Singh Sachal developed a way to communicate pandemic safety to his gurdwara community in a culturally relevant way. Sachal is now working with a team of 100 volunteers to expand the program to other gurdwaras across Canada. NAIT | UoGuelph | Daily Hive (National) Students launch community initiatives to support those in need Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Graduate students need to improve their time-management skills in order to meet the imprecise goals of their work, writes Victoria McGovern. The author discusses how students can develop work habits that allow them to make the most of their time. The article explains that rather than trying popular techniques to overcome procrastination and poor time management, students should research “productivity systems” and choose approaches and elements that will suit them. The author also explains how setting a small number of underlying goals in three categories can help students understand what drives their to-do lists. Inside Higher Ed (International) Managing time and goals for success: Opinion Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Jade Marcil, President of the Union étudiante du Québec, describes how enforcing academic honesty can penalize honest students and create vicious cycles within evaluation without leading to changes in the system. The article explains that universities are seeing an increase in cheating and plagiarism during the pandemic. Marcil argues that attempts to remedy the problem can create a vicious cycle that punishes students who do not cheat. The article describes how a student who was not cheating found an assessment to be much more difficult because it was designed to counteract cheating students. Another student noted that though the pandemic should be a time to reform the education system, teachers continue to use assessment methods that are vulnerable to cheating. Journal de Montréal (QC) Addressing increased cheating can penalize honest students: Opinion Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
Academic book reviews, which are supposed to be utilitarian, have become bland and too “nice,” writes Paul Musgrave. In the article, Musgrave critiques the standard book review as a dull and unbeneficial activity. The author describes reading reviews in a journal and noting that almost every book was said to be exceptional in some way, while reviewers avoided any serious critique of the texts. Musgrave argues that book reviews that do not act as evaluation tools are problematic. Finally, the author suggests some ways journals can improve the quality of reviews through allowing longer review essays, allowing authors to engage with multiple books, and moving standard reviews to review websites. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International) Pitfalls of academic book reviews: Opinion Top Ten 01/13/2021 - 04:08 01/13/2021 - 03:30
A report from the Montreal Gazette says that Quebec postsecondary institutions are being encouraged to hold courses online during the winter semester. However, institutions will still be allowed to offer in-person classes, and essential in-person activities such as lab work and research will be allowed on campus. Libraries will also remain open. The province’s currently enacted curfew will still apply to all postsecondary institutions. “Over the past few months, students and all staff in higher education have shown exceptional and exemplary resilience,” says Danielle McCann, QC Minister of Higher Education. Montreal Gazette (QC)