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A recent review of Alberta’s finances suggests that there are “difficult decisions” ahead for the province’s postsecondary sector. The report highlights the inefficacy of the province’s tuition cap, stating that it did not increase enrolment as expected when it was in place. Statistics Canada reports that AB spends more per capita on advanced education than the national average. The report recommends that in response to its finding, the government lift the tuition cap. “The conclusion that the MacKinnon Panel Report makes is that [...] we have one of the most expensive post-secondary systems in the entire country and the outcomes don’t appear to be matching that investment,” said AB advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides. Medicine Hat News (AB)

Further findings from AB report on PSE finances raise concerns about higher ed budget constraints, low enrolment Top Ten 09/18/2019 - 03:38 09/18/2019 - 03:30

Attending an interview as external candidate where you know another finalist is an internal applicant can be a daunting or seemingly futile endeavour. However, Kay Kimball Gruder argues that external candidates may have more to offer than they think, and suggests three areas to focus on in preparation for an interview: work against the internal candidate’s insider knowledge by conducting significant research; challenge the influence of an internal candidate’s established network by highlighting how well you connect with others; and be prepared to talk about your accomplishments in terms of impact, results, outcomes, and novel approaches. “Your biggest advantage is that you are the external candidate and are interviewing because the hiring committee already values aspects of what you offer,” Gruder concludes. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Interview tips when you are the external candidate: Gruder Top Ten 09/18/2019 - 03:38 09/18/2019 - 03:30

Brescia University College will launch the institution’s new Peer Support Space and Wellness Peer Program on September 18th. Wellness Peers, which is open 10 hours a week to students experiencing mild to moderate mental wellness challenges, will allow students to speak with “Wellness Peers” who promote mental wellbeing, resilience, and self-care/self-management strategies. “While many of our students are now more aware of identifying signs of mental health, they may not be entirely sure of their next steps. This new Peer Support Space is a natural next step for our community,” states Brescia VP of Students, Marianne Simm. Brescia (ON)

Brescia to launch new Peer Support Space and Wellness Peer Program, increase mental health resources Top Ten 09/18/2019 - 03:38 09/18/2019 - 03:30

“What makes an apology sincere, and why is it so difficult for public figures to get apologies right?” asks Lisa Leopold. Studies say that well-executed apologies are important because they can improve relationships, the financial performance of companies, and one’s public reputation. For Leopold, successful public apologies contain three components: an actual apology, ownership for the offense, and an expression of empathy. “Public figures who apologize for a specific transgression, claim ownership for their wrongdoing, and express genuine empathy tend to fare better than those whose apologies do not,” concludes the author. Academic Minute (International)

Three ways public figures can make more sincere apologies: Leopold Top Ten 09/18/2019 - 03:38 09/18/2019 - 03:30

Memorial University has announced that salaries for senior management positions will be decreased by an average of $20K. The decision was made after a comparison between MUN’s senior management salaries and the national average revealed that the institution was compensating staff at rates 15-20% higher than the national average. MUN’s director of human resources, Stephen Dodge, reports that MUN will honour current employment contracts while applying the salary changes to new employees. “We're trying to make sure that the university fulfils its mandate to the province by getting great people [...]but we're also stewards of the public purse,” says Dodge. CBC (NL)

MUN cuts senior management salaries by average of 20K Top Ten 09/17/2019 - 03:40 09/17/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced that it will make its Student Direct Stream (SDS) program available to applicants from Senegal and Morocco in a bid to attract more French-speaking international students. Initially open to students applying from China, India, the Phillipines and Vietnam, the SDS considerably speeds up application processing, with a reported average time of less than three weeks. “Expanding this faster and more efficient application process to prospective students from Senegal and Morocco supports the Government’s Francophone Immigration Strategy to encourage more young French speakers to choose to study in Canada,”states a federal release. Government of Canada | Morocco World News (National)

Federal government looks to attract more international Francophone students from Senegal, Morocco Top Ten 09/17/2019 - 03:40 09/17/2019 - 03:30

BC’s Coast Mountain College has received $1.3M from the federal government to increase the amount of courses offered by its Mobile Training Unit (MTU). This mobile classroom helps remove barriers to trades training and helps promote a more inclusive workforce by making this training available to women, youth, and Indigenous students living in rural and remote areas. The MTU can be tailored to teach a variety of courses and programs, such as cooking, business, and health programs. “This mobile training unit is critical to ensuring that education is accessible and reaches people where they live,” says CMTN President Ken Burt. Nation Talk (BC )

CMTN to expand mobile classroom program, removes barriers to trades training with $1.3M investment Top Ten 09/19/2019 - 09:52 09/17/2019 - 03:30

The University of Lethbridge has opened its new $280M building, Science Commons, bringing its departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology under the same roof to promote transdisciplinary scientific research. The building, which was unveiled via a dramatic ribbon explosion ceremony, embodies the idea of “shared-space” and “science on display” through its glass architecture and open-concept lab. These ideas are also reflected in the Blackfoot name bestowed upon the building, Isttaniokaksini, which ULethbridge alumni Leroy Little Bear describes as “refer[ing] to deep knowledge and [bringing] awareness out of the unknown into the known.” Lethbridge Herald | ULethbridge (AB)

ULethbridge explosively unveils new $280M Science Commons, aims to promote transdisciplinary research Top Ten 09/17/2019 - 03:40 09/17/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Nova Scotia and the Province’s universities have signed a new five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will grant universities a 1% funding increase per year. During the 2019-20 fiscal year, universities in the province will receive a total of $427.7M, a $2.5M increase from the amount received in 2018-19. Other highlights of the MOU include a focus on research and innovation, an increase in funding for mental health and sexual violence prevention programs, a 3% cap on annual tuition increases for undergraduate students, and a commitment to implement a university-student consultation framework by March 2020. NS | CBC (NS)

NS, universities address research, health initiatives, tuition caps with new agreement Top Ten 09/17/2019 - 08:49 09/17/2019 - 03:30

Fanshawe College’s Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership program has been approved by the Government of Ontario. The three-year program expands Fanshawe’s current aviation offerings at the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology. Commencing in the fall of 2020, the program will focus on aviation leadership and flight training, providing more choice for aviation training in the Province and opening new aviation industry opportunities to the London region. "With these new programs, the College will be a major training destination for future aerospace careers both nationally and internationally,” says Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. ON (ON)

Fanshawe’s new aviation training program to create more choice for students, industry opportunities Top Ten 09/17/2019 - 03:40 09/17/2019 - 03:30

Camosun College has received a $1M charitable donation to establish the Pearl and Knud Boelt Early Learning and Care Hub. The funds were donated by Knud Boelt, a Victoria businessman who has been a strong supporter of children and the import of vocational training, reports the Times Colonist. The building will act as a training centre for early childhood educators. VP of partnerships for Camosun Geoff Wilmshurst reports that the funds were “a bit of a shock,” but also “an amazing surprise.” Times Colonist (BC)

Camosun receives $1M "amazing surprise“ to establish early childhood education centre Top Ten 09/17/2019 - 03:40 09/17/2019 - 03:30

The University of Calgary’s Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking has received funding from the Federal Research Support Fund’s Incremental Project to create WELab, the university’s first female entrepreneurship education and mentorship program. The program aims to strengthen the skills of and support women to build or grow business and social enterprise in STEM. WELab will also offer mentorship programs, digital incubators, and a pitch competition. “WELab will serve as an asset in equipping talent with the skills and entrepreneurial thinking to support Alberta’s economic diversification and innovation ecosystems,” says WELab’s programs and partnership lead Elise Ahenkorah. UCalgary (AB)

UCalgary’s Hunter Hub receives funding to create women in STEM entrepreneurship “WELab” program Top Ten 09/17/2019 - 03:40 09/17/2019 - 03:30

Do intercollegiate athletics have to be the only “entryway that allows the public to connect with traditions, values and campus life?” asks Daniel Ennis. Using the “front porch” metaphor, the author argues that academic outreach is an instructive way to create dialogue between institutions and communities. The problem, however, is that there are not enough incentives for faculty to participate in these activities, which often require a substantial time commitment. Ennis recommends that institutions “foreground and reward academic outreach” by making it a professional priority. “Such demonstrations of the university’s value to the community can remind stakeholders that spectator sports are not the public’s only institutional access point,” concludes Ennis. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Academic outreach should be the new “front porch” of higher ed institutions: Ennis Top Ten 09/17/2019 - 03:40 09/17/2019 - 03:30

“Free public college is a terrible idea,” writes Brian Rosenberg. According to the author, free tuition would not accomplish what politicians hope it would, namely reducing unequal access to higher education. Instead, it will likely increase the number of applicants, requiring institutions to be more selective than they currently are. In this schema, it is probable that “high-achieving students who attend private and well-funded suburban high schools” will benefit most from free tuition. A feasible alternative might be to increase the size and number of grants distributed to low-income students, argues Rosenberg. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) (International)

Increasing grants for low-income students is a better idea than free tuition: Rosenberg Top Ten 09/17/2019 - 03:40 09/17/2019 - 03:30

Two hundred charges have been laid in the first two weeks of Project Safe Semester, a program aiming to promote university and college student safety in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, reports CBC. Charges include 84 liquor-license related charges, 89 violations of the highway traffic act, 14 trespassing charges, three bylaw infractions, nine criminal charges, and one charge under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The goal of the project, explains Chief Bryan Larkin, is to “not only discourage unlawful behaviour, but to encourage safe and respectable behaviour.” CBC (ON)

200 charges laid in first weeks of Kitchener-Waterloo Project Safe Semester Top Ten 09/23/2019 - 10:48 09/16/2019 - 03:30

“Why should students have to pay for something they don’t consider useful?” asks Randall Denley in relation to the Government of Ontario’s Student Choice Initiative. Denley notes that the policy, which allows ON postsecondary students to opt-out of “non-essential services,” is a politically “curious” move, but one that has garnered so much controversy that it serves “as a useful distraction from [...] the fact that Ontario tuition fees remain among the highest in the country.” Nevertheless, Denley perceives benefits of the policy, stating that it could force student politicians to contemplate the relevance, usefulness, and quality of services deemed “non-essential.” Ottawa Citizen (ON)

Results from ON student fee opt-out may allow services to demonstrate “usefulness” and “quality”: Opinion Top Ten 09/16/2019 - 03:36 09/16/2019 - 03:30

During the “first six to eight week of the semester,” notes Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, “more sexual assaults take place than at any other time in the year.” This phenomenon, known as “the Red Zone,” has been documented through studies which found that the number of sexual assaults among first-year student during September and October were more than the assaults in the next four months combined. While some institutions have attempted to address the problem through measures like altering the timing of student event, such approaches are regarded by experts as less or ineffective. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Postsecondary institutions can do more to combat “Red Zone” sexual assaults: Bauer-Wolf Top Ten 09/16/2019 - 03:36 09/16/2019 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon are partnering to create a new program that aims to tackle urban issues such as urban planning, reconciliation, transit, and environmental sustainability. The program, titled Research Junction, will mobilize teams comprised of USask researchers and city staff members to connect in more coordinated ways. “This exciting flagship initiative of our university-city partnership draws on the wealth of knowledge and expertise of our research community to help find locally tailored solutions to pressing City of Saskatoon research needs,” states USask President Peter Stoicheff. USask (SK)

USask, City of Saskatoon partner to address urban issues Top Ten 09/16/2019 - 03:36 09/16/2019 - 03:30

Lambton College has announced its new institutional slogan, “Change Everything.” This announcement comes in the wake of Lambton’s unveiling of a new logo and shield one year ago. The message behind the new slogan, reports Lambton, is that “Lambton College is not catching up or reacting to transformation, but has in fact, been anticipating it and leading the way.” Lambton has also released a new name and logo for its Applied Research & Innovation Department, now known as Research & Innovation. The newly formed Innovation Institute was also announced under the umbrella of Research & Innovation. Lambton (1) | Lambton (2) (ON)

Lambton looks to anticipate, lead change with new slogan, name for research department, institute Top Ten 09/16/2019 - 03:36 09/16/2019 - 03:30

L'Institut national de la recherche scientifique of the Université du Québec, The University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and Trent University will collaborate alongside three large mining companies in a project that aims to combat greenhouse gas emissions by trapping carbon dioxide in mining waste. The project, led by UBC, will receive $2M funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program. The team’s focus will be on creating new technologies that maximize the response between CO2 and magnesium silicate-rich tailings, nickel mining waste, diamonds, platinum, and other materials. UQuebec (QC, ON, BC, AB)

INRS, UBC, UAlberta, Trent collaborate with mining companies to fight greenhouse gas emissions Top Ten 09/16/2019 - 03:36 09/16/2019 - 03:30

Sheridan College and Brampton Library have launched the second phase of their project to expand 21st century learning options in Downtown Brampton. Sheridan will offer introductory-level courses in continuing education. The courses are the first step in achieving a certificate in Data Science, Business Analysis, and Project Management. “Through this exciting partnership with Brampton Library, we’re thrilled to offer some of our most in-demand professional courses right here in downtown Brampton,” states Sheridan’s President Janet Morrison. Sheridan (ON)

Sheridan, Brampton Library to expand learning options in Downtown Brampton Top Ten 09/16/2019 - 03:36 09/16/2019 - 03:30

Camosun College has opened a new centre to help student prepare for careers in health and social services. The Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness, which brings together most of Camosun’s health and human services programs, is designed for active-learning and includes flexible labs and technology that simulates real health-care situations and environments. “ These students will go on to make life-changing differences to families, communities and patients in the region and beyond,” says Camosun President Sherri Bell. BC (BC)

Camosun opens Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness Top Ten 09/16/2019 - 03:36 09/16/2019 - 03:30

“One of the key lessons I’ve learned in 28 years of teaching: Show students you are invested in them,” writes Carol Holstead. Several major studies have concluded that while inclusive-teaching practices are important, students also benefit from professors who foster personal connections and demonstrate care and encouragement. Holstead also conducted her own study via student evaluations, asking what a professor could do to make students feel that their instructor was invested in them and their education. The number one response was learning the students’ names, or seeing a professor attempt to learn names. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

Improve teacher-student relationships by making a visible effort to connect: Holstead Top Ten 09/16/2019 - 03:36 09/16/2019 - 03:30

“What are we as an academic community to do about proliferating authorship abuses?” ask Susan and Jordan Jurow. The problem, according to the authors, is two-fold: too many academics are listing the names of persons on papers to which they have not contributed, or withholding the names of those who have. The authors note that because there are already substantial guidelines regarding qualifications for author status for most journals and associations, the real challenge lies in moving toward “a stronger ethical sense towards each other and our research, [and being] willing to engage in some hard conversations about authorship.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Fighting the “hydra-headed” problem of authorship abuse: Jurow and Jurow Top Ten 09/16/2019 - 03:36 09/16/2019 - 03:30

Times Higher Education has released the World University Rankings 2020, which includes nearly 1,400 universities across 92 countries. This year, seven Canadian postsecondary institutions appeared in the top 200 positions: University of Toronto (18), University of British Columbia (34), McGill University (42), McMaster University (72), University of Montreal (85), University of Alberta (136), and the University of Ottawa (141). “Canada has had a strong year, with six of its seven top 200 representatives rising up the table this year,” wrote Ellie Bothwell. “Many higher education commentators have highlighted that Canada is benefiting from the US’ increasingly hostile immigration policies, while some individual scholars who have recently moved to the north of the continent have cited escaping the Trump administration as a factor.” Times Higher Education | Times Higher Education (National)

Canada represented strongly in 2020 World University Rankings Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

Portage College President Nancy Broadbent has spoken out against a report released last week by a panel headed by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon. The Edmonton Journal reported that the graduation rate data used in the report “may paint an inaccurate picture of Alberta post-secondary students' success.” Broadbent told the Journal that the panel’s use of “damning data without context” had caused “huge reputational damage” to the college. A Portage release stated that, in the report, “Portage College was singled out for having the lowest completion rates in the province at less than 40%. [...] Portage College's student completion rate, using the Advanced Education approved methodology, was 76% in 2017-18.” Edmonton Journal | Portage College (AB)

Portage disputes AB panel report depiction of student success Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

Despite their expertise and experience, many humanities scholars are hesitant to say that their judgements about artistic value are better than anyone else’s, writes Michael Clune. The author notes that the main reason for this is because the principle of equality dictates that all aesthetic preferences are equally correct. In this instance, however, “professors’ commitment to equality actually undermines their politics,” and this approach reinforces “the doctrine of the market” in which all desires are equal and all value is only opinion. “The first-year literature student doesn’t begin my class with a capacity to judge literature equivalent to mine,” concludes Clune. “Our work is to show students forms of life and thought that they may not value, and to help them become the kind of person who does.” Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

Humanities scholars must reclaim the authority to say what’s good and what isn’t: Clune Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

The University of Calgary received a $5M donation from the Trico Charitable Foundation that will be used to build a Social Entrepreneurship Centre at the Haskayne School of Business. The centre will aim to address social challenges using business principles and provide students with a hand-on educational experience. The program will incorporate elements like community-based learning and internships. “Increasingly, the conversations about capitalism are calling for something more than just being about profit,” said Dan Overall, Executive Director of the Trico Foundation. UCalgary | Calgary Herald (AB)

UCalgary Haskayne School of Business announces creation of entrepreneurship centre Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

First Nations Technical Institute has received a $4.9M investment from the Government of Canada to bolster its First People’s aviation flight pilot program. Delivered in partnership with Canadore College, the program provides hands-on training for those interested in becoming a commercial pilot. The funding will be used to increase culturally relevant programming and the participation of women and Indigenous peoples in the aviation industry. “Air transportation is absolutely crucial to the sustainability of our Indigenous communities, many of which have limited road infrastructure,” explains FNTI’s Dean of aviation, Jo-Anne Tabobandung. “This investment means increased participation of Indigenous people in the aviation sector, who are more likely to return to their communities.” Nation Talk (ON)

FNTI receives $4.9M for aviation pilot program Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

Université du Québec en Outaouais has formally opened a new misconduct response office called the Bureau d’intervention en matière d’inconduite (BIMI). The office will serve as a one-stop shop for complaints and ensuring follow-up on issues related to sexual violence, plagiarism and fraud, and incivility. Rector Denis Harrisson stated that he is personally committed to making UQO free from all forms of violence and expressed confidence that the office would succeed in its mission. UQO (QC)

UQO opens BIMI as “one-stop shop” for complaints Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has received funding from the Government of Canada’s Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness (STAR) Program to provide free training to underrepresented groups in the trades. Aiming to enable women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, and persons with disabilities explore trade-related careers, Nation Talk reports that the funds will cover program tuition, book costs, learning resources, and online materials. Programs range from one-week introductory courses to 20-week applied certificate programs. “Students develop knowledge and practical skills in a particular trade area, jumpstarting their careers in the trades,” states SaskPolytech President Larry Rosia. “This program would not be possible without funding from the Government of Canada’s Skills Trade Awareness and Readiness (STAR) program.” Nation Talk (SK)

SaskPolytech receives funding from STAR to provide free training in trades Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia’s Wallace B Chung and Madeline H Chung Collection and the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Residential School Archive have both been added to UNESCO’s Canada Memory of the World Register. UBC’s Chung Collection contains artifacts related to the settling of Chinese communities in BC, while UManitoba’s NCTR Archives hold documents detailing the history of Canada’s residential school system. “More than recognition, being included in a document collection in the Memory of the World Register underscores the importance of preserving it, highlights its relevance and encourages citizens, students and researchers to take an interest,” UNESCO notes. CBC | UBC (BC) | Newswire

UBC’s Chung Collection, UManitoba’s NCTR Residential School archives added to UNESCO world register Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

St Francis Xavier University has announced the launch of a two-year, post-baccalaureate diploma in Artificial Intelligence. Students of the program will be able to take courses related to AI and develop the technical skills necessary to work in the field. StFX describes the program as valuable to those seeking to apply artificial intelligence to solve practical problems. “What’s really exciting is computer science and AI in general have so much potential applications outside computer science,” says StFX Professor Jacob Levman. “There’s a big disconnect between people who have those skills and people who need them. This program can really bridge that gap.” The program will start in January 2020. StFX (NS)

StFX to offer Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

An eCampusOntario report investigates what institutions of higher learning can structurally do to improve the uptake of open educational resources and practices. Discussing various obstacles to open educational practice (OEP), such as a lack of professional recognition for professors, the study recommends the development of “strong institutional policy supports for open educational resources.” Such policy developments should be guided by a “think globally, act locally” approach, and informed by dialogue across grassroots members of institutions. The report concludes by calling for "an open education diagnostic tool [that] can help institutions conduct an environmental scan of the place of OER/P in the institution’s teaching and learning ecosystem.” eCampusOntario (National)

Policy needed to address and remove barriers to OER/P in higher ed: Study Top Ten 09/13/2019 - 03:37 09/13/2019 - 03:30

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has launched its annual report regarding the state of education in the 36 OECD nations and partner countries. According to the report, there was a 2% increase in internationally mobile students across OECD countries between 2010 and 2017, more than half (56%) of which were from Asia. The report also notes that two-thirds of internationally mobile Asian students study in only five countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, and the US. The OECD presents various reasons for the increase in foreign enrolment, such as “skills needs of increasingly knowledge-based and innovation-driven economies” where “local education capacities have not always evolved fast enough to meet growing domestic demand.” Pie News | OECD (International)

OECD releases annual report, reveals trend in international Asian students’ choice of destination country Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

The University of Northern British Columbia is collaborating with First Nation’s artist Clayton Gauthier to create Nenachalhuya, or the Cedar Plank Project. For the project, Gauthier will carve 32 wood panels that celebrate the diversity of First Nations across Northern BC. "Art is a powerful gift that we have from the Creator,” explains Gauthier. “We are surrounded by art, so having that understanding that this is art from this territory, I feel that's really important.” Once completed, the works will be displayed in the Gathering Place at UNBC. "This is a special opportunity for the university to partner with multiple Indigenous communities in the spirit of reconciliation," states UNBC President Daniel Weeks. Prince George Citizen (BC)

UNBC commences Nenachalhuya project, collaborates with First Nation’s artist in “spirit of reconciliation” Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

A study by Statistics Canada reveals that two years after graduation, college bachelor’s degree recipients garner earnings 12% higher than graduates of university bachelor’s degree programs. “Almost all of the associated earnings advantage that college bachelor's degree graduates held over university bachelor's degree graduates can be explained by the fact that college bachelor's degree graduates were more likely to select fields of study associated with high pay—at least early in their career,” reports the study. However, although benefiting grads early in their careers, college bachelor's degrees “were not with faster earnings growth in subsequent years,” the study adds. StatsCan (National)

Study: college bachelor’s grads have higher annual early-career earnings than university bachelor’s grads Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

Including images in a grant application can increase research comprehensibility, credibility, and memorability, writes Letita Henville. The author points to colour as an important factor in making such images effective for the greatest number of readers. She offers three tips on how to better use coloured images: avoid using a rainbow of colours and use less variant colour schemas; draw upon colours with a pleasant visual harmony; and design your image for accessibility, such as consulting the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s Clear Print Accessibility Guidelines. “One underappreciated aspect of good visuals is the effective use of colour,” notes Henville. “But ineffective colour can make an otherwise compelling image incomprehensible.” University Affairs (National)

How coloured images can transform your grant applications Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

An ongoing 10-year partnership between Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University of Newfoundland has launched its first initiative: a re-focused Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) that incorporates Inuktut language and culture. The NTEP is multi-stage, with first-year learners receiving a Nunavummi Inuktut Uqariuqsatittijiunirmut Ilinniarniq certificate, second-year learners being entitled to a language specialist diploma and the qualification necessary to work in Nunavut schools, and graduates of the 150-credit program positioned to obtain a bachelor of education degree. “I believe this teacher training program will successfully increase the number of Inuktut-speaking educators in our classrooms,” said NU Education Minister David Joanasie. Nunavut | NationTalk (NU)

Artic College and MUN partner to release first initiative, enhance Inuit language and culture in schools Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

Carleton University has received $1.5M from Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence, Excellence and Security program to develop new technology to protect military equipment. Officially known as the Artificially Intelligent Biomimetic Metasurfaces for Electromagnetic Camouflage project, the program is a collaborative endeavour between Carleton, the University of Ottawa, and Polytechnique Montréal. According to Carleton, the funds will support the development of an artificial electromagnetic veil to protect military equipment from enemy detection. “In much the same way an octopus dynamically senses and adapts to its background, changing its colour as it moves, these smart electromagnetic veils would be able to sense their backgrounds, even while moving, and in real time adapt to blend into their surroundings while protecting the important targets,” explains project leader, Shulabh Gupta. Ottawa Citizen (ON)

Carleton receives $1.5M from DND to create new electronic camouflaging tech Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

There seems to be no formula “for publishing one’s first academic book in the humanities,” writes an anonymous author writing by the name Junior Prof. However, through interviews with Duke University Press editor Elizabeth Ault and University of Texas Press senior editor Jim Burr, the author provides three tips for first-time publishers: consult research on academic publishing and books written “clearly and intelligently” from scholars working in your field; do not give away your prospective book’s main argument or findings in a journal publication; and with respect to contacting prospective publishers, consider that your book proposal might not be as important as your “elevator pitch.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Is there a formula for first-time humanities scholars looking to publish?: Opinion Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

Canadore college has received $1.99M from the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) to develop the Village Collective Impact Project. The project will result in a collaborative, multi-agency approach to develop and deliver services, programs, and activities that increase social inclusion for more than 1,250 seniors in Northern Ontario each year, reports Nation Talk. Candadore President George Burton adds, “the service and program outcomes of the project will be integrated into all teaching and learning opportunities at Canadore, and will reach at least six Indigenous Institutes serving more than 125 First Nations.” Nation Talk (ON)

Canadore receives $1.99M to develop program and services for Northern ON seniors Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

Several international students in Sudbury have spoken to CBC about their experiences with racism in the city. Cambrian College alumni Ranjodh Singh, who was one of three turbaned, bearded Sikhs in the city when he began his studies in 2013, stated that he “does not think there’s a problem with racism in Sudbury, but […] the people here just aren't used to seeing people from around the world.” CBC reports that as postsecondary institutions move towards an increasingly diverse student body, they have needed to introduce new ways to deal with reports of discrimination among students, staff, and faculty. The article describes new initiatives and efforts introduced at Laurentian University and Cambrian to help students to feel safe, as well as at a grass-roots level from the international students at both institutions. CBC (ON)

Sudbury institutions look to address concerns of racism, discrimination from international students Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

Student evaluations should be framed as “an opportunity for student feedback, rather than an opportunity for formal ratings” of teaching effectiveness, according to a new statement from the American Sociological Association (ASA). Colleen Flaherty reports that due to problems with rating-based student evaluations, such as biases against women and people of colour and an inability to institute control factors, the ASA is encouraging institutions to use “evidence-based” practices for collecting student feedback.” The ASA also reportedly recommends incorporating peer-review faculty evaluation processes and using evaluations to document instructor progress over time. Inside Higher Ed (International )

Student evaluations part of a “holistic assessment” of teaching effectiveness: ASA Top Ten 09/12/2019 - 03:38 09/12/2019 - 03:30

“Almost all universities in Canada are public institutions that used to be primarily supported by public funding,” laments Julia M. Wright, who adds that the strain of making up for the loss of public funds has had significant consequences on universities. The author cites rising tuition costs and the financial stress this places upon students, the catch-22 of taxable charitable donations, and institutional reliance on underpaid sessional faculty as grave consequences of universities’ attempts to recuperate lost public funding. In light of these issues, Wright concludes, “It’s time for the federal and provincial governments to work together to restore public funding so that universities can get back to working full-time on the academic mission.” The Chronicle Herald (NS)

Less public funding means less of a public good in universities: Wright Top Ten 09/11/2019 - 03:39 09/11/2019 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia has announced its plan to make its campus more “veteran-friendly” by 2020. The university will do so by providing a variety of programs and services for veterans, such as specialized mental health and counselling support, priority student housing, social and recreational opportunities, professional development courses, and a Royal Canadian Legion Branch. “As Canadians we owe so much to the veterans,” states UBC President Santa Ono. “In acknowledgement and appreciation of their service, we hope to ensure that when veterans complete their service and decide to pursue higher education there is a welcoming campus with the services and resources available to meet their unique needs.” UBC (BC)

UBC rolls out new initiatives to become more veteran-friendly Top Ten 09/11/2019 - 03:39 09/11/2019 - 03:30

Critics have been saying since the seventies that universities face a looming enrolment crisis, but there are structural indicators showing that the post-2019 world will be very different than what came before, writes Bill Conley, president of enrolment management at Bucknell University. The author gives examples of how applicant-to-enrolment yield models at schools across the US have imploded over the past year, which has led to the questioning of whether the yield approach to enrolment management is still relevant. These challenges will be compounded by a significant decline in US fertility rates during and after the 2008 recession, the author adds, the effects of which will “further deepen the high-school graduation trough” as soon as 2026. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

The great US enrolment crash is coming, says Bucknell president of enrolment management Top Ten 09/11/2019 - 03:39 09/11/2019 - 03:30

Coast Mountain College will receive $18.7M of the Government of BC’s $450M investment to increase on-campus beds at public post-secondary institutions. CMTN will use the funds to create two three-storey buildings that will house 54 students each. Both buildings will have accessible communal spaces, such as a student lounge, study space, Indigenous cultural space, and communal kitchen. The province also highlights the affordability of the housing units, estimating rental rates at $550/month for quad occupancy and $650 for triple occupancy. “Students from rural and Indigenous communities will have a safe, comfortable and welcoming home away from home, making it easier for them to concentrate on their studies,” states CMTN President Ken Burt. BC (BC )

CMTN to receive two new student residences, help rural and Indigenous students feel “at home” Top Ten 09/19/2019 - 09:52 09/11/2019 - 03:30

“What is it about the registrar's role today that makes it particularly challenging, which is to say particularly important and central, to a campus and to higher education?” asks Matthew Pittinsky. Linking the evolving role of the registrar to fast-paced changes in academic computing, Pittinsky highlights three trends across higher education that affect registrars: the importance of translating program innovations into credentials that are easily understood by employers; emphasis on improving students' experiences in registering for courses, understanding their path to degrees, and more; and staying informed about data privacy. “We should recognize that at the center of enrollment and employment pathways is the registrar, whose evolving role encompasses challenging and important work with transformational impact,” concludes Pittinsky. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Three trends that are reshaping the role of the registrar: Pittinsky Top Ten 09/11/2019 - 03:39 09/11/2019 - 03:30

As part of the federal pre-budget consultation, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has provided seven recommendations aimed at supporting economic growth, competitiveness, and the fight against climate change by investing in skills and innovation. “Focusing on innovation, providing Canadians with learning opportunities that fit their various needs, making education more accessible to all, including Indigenous people, and funding for green infrastructures are all key priorities for colleges and institutes across the country,” reports CICan. The organization adds that these recommendations are critical to helping Canadians “prepare for the future of work and to stay competitive in a rapidly changing labour market.” CICan (National)

CICan issues seven recommendations to respond to climate change, invest in skills and innovation Top Ten 09/11/2019 - 03:39 09/11/2019 - 03:30

“In the male-dominated field of engineering, I have sometimes wondered if my femininity constrains me,” writes Stephanie Whitney. Despite a 10-year career in engineering consulting, being a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario, and completing a Master’s and Doctoral degree in environment and business, Whitney expresses concern that her identity as a mother and a woman of Asian descent will negatively impact her career. Yet instead of focusing on factors beyond her control, Whitney says that part of the way she overcomes challenges is through reframing her self-talk. “I am determined to amplify my voice so I can have impact in the work I do... I will seek more mentors and be empowered by the stories of strong, successful women,” the author concludes. University Affairs (National)

The challenges of being a racialized woman in engineering: Whitney Top Ten 09/11/2019 - 03:39 09/11/2019 - 03:30

University and college students in Manitoba were split regarding the decision to vote in yesterday’s provincial election, reports CBC. According to a survey commissioned by Elections Manitoba, 47% of people between the ages of 18-29 stated that they did not vote in the last three provincial elections, citing a lack of knowledge and interest as barriers that prevented them from voting. Recent interviews with the Province’s university and college students by CBC suggests this may still be the case. “My mom said it's going to affect my taxes if I don't vote. Is that true? I'm not sure," questioned Red River College student Gian Pineda. CBC (MB)

MB: university and college students cite lack of knowledge, interest as voting barriers in provincial election Top Ten 09/11/2019 - 03:39 09/11/2019 - 03:30

Memorial University has launched a new accelerated option for the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program that will replace the fast-track option introduced in 2002. MUN reports that the accelerated option is available to students with two years completed, or 60 credit hours, of an undergraduate program. “The advantage of our new option is that students no longer need a full degree, and certain prerequisites that were required for admission into the fast-track option are now included as part of the program,” said Alice Gaudine, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing. MUN (NL)

MUN launches accelerated option for BN program Top Ten 09/11/2019 - 03:39 09/11/2019 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba has launched what the Winnipeg Free Press describes as Canada’s first interdisciplinary Master of Human Rights Program. According to the program’s director, Kjell Anderson, what makes the program unique is its broad perspective and its location within Winnipeg’s constellation of human rights-related institutions. Incorporating perspectives from the social sciences, education, and social work, the program presents a different take on the field of human rights, which according to Anderson, “has become so legal, technical and really dominated by lawyers.” "What’s been lacking in Canada is an institution that looks at all facets of human rights and draws from an international group of students," Anderson adds. "I hope the program stops that trend." Winnipeg Free Press (MB)

UManitoba launches interdisciplinary Master of Human Rights Top Ten 09/11/2019 - 08:55 09/11/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Ontario’s student choice initiative became active this September, allowing students to opt out of some fees that were previously mandatory. While certain feessuch as health and counselling, sports and recreation remain mandatory, others that support campus newspapers or student food banks are now optional. "This puts food banks in a precarious situation because they don't know how much food they can afford to buy for students or how many staff they can hire," says Sofia Descalzi, national chairwoman of the Canadian Federation of Students. A 2016 study by the Meal Exchange of four Ontario and one Alberta university reports that two in five students face food insecurity. The Spectator | CBC (ON )

Concerns mount over ON student hunger in light of fee changes Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

A new US study suggests that the challenges of active learning may lead student to prefer passive learning, despite the latter’s inferior learning outcomes. The study surveyed Harvard University undergraduates in large, introductory physics classes, and compared students' self-reports about what they had learned with a test of what they had actually learned. Findings suggest that "attempts to evaluate instruction based on students' perceptions of learning could inadvertently promote inferior (passive) pedagogical methods," the study says. "These results suggest that when students experience the increased cognitive effort associated with active learning, they initially take that effort to signify poorer learning." Inside Higher Ed (International)

Students who engage in active learning learn more, but feel like they learn less: US study Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island has announced plans to build a new student residence in response to its growing student population. CBC reports that the 260-bed building will increase the university’s housing capacity from 9.4% to 15% of the student body. The $60M infrastructure project is scheduled to be completed by 2022. In addition to student housing, the building will include lecture halls and multi-purpose spaces. "We need to show our city that we're working to find more housing for them and many of our students really want to experience the residence,” said UPEI President Alaa Abd-El Aziz. UPEI | CBC (PEI)

UPEI to build new residence in response to student housing shortage Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

Recent developments at the University of Manitoba and the US College Board suggest that post-secondary admissions might be taking a more holistic approach to assessing social disadvantage rather than basing this judgement solely on race, writes Raymond J D’Souza. The author points to the new “Adversity Score” in SAT tests and the new admissions process for UManitoba’s medical school as ways that schools are working to address social disadvantage in a way that considers race among many other factors. It is not only individual racism, but “a welter of social and economic factors that might make it more difficult for racial minorities” to succeed at the post-secondary level, the author concludes, which is why schools and boards are now looking at these factors in a more holistic way rather than treating race as a proxy for disadvantageNational Post (National)

Toward a more holistic understanding of social disadvantage in PSE admissions: D’Souza Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

The Government of BC has announced it will add 314 student spaces to early childhood education (ECE) programs at 12 post-secondary institutions. This announcement marks the second phase of the Province’s $7.4M, three-year investment in ECE. The Province reports that there will be up to 620 more ECE graduates between 2018 and 2021. “A strong workforce of early childhood educators gives B.C. families the peace of mind that their children are in good hands, and it gives parents, particularly women, the ability to return to work if they choose,” notes Melanie Mark, BC Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. BC (BC)

BC post-secondary institutions gain 314 spaces in ECE programs, providing career-paths for students and help for families Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

In January 2020, York University’s Continuing Studies will launch a Certificate in Cloud Computing Strategy. YorkU states that the program is the first of its kind in Canada to be offered entirely online. The program aims to meet industry demands for skilled cloud architects and consultants. “The future of work is vastly different than anything we’ve seen before,” says YorkU assistant vice-president of Continuing Studies Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly. “With changes in technology shaping what employers are looking for when they hire, the need to close the impending skills gap is critical.” The program’s curriculum thus aims to be responsive to a job market increasingly affected by emerging technologies and automation. YorkU (ON)

YorkU announces launch of cloud computing strategy certificate Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

“Many Ph.D. students think of time as a zero-sum affair: time spent doing one thing necessarily takes away from time spent doing something else,” writes Van Wyck. However, the author argues that there are three mental shifts that graduate students can make to better negotiate their time: thinking about macro time periods such as months and years versus days and weeks; connecting with others as a means of gaining resources and connections that save time; and regularly checking to see if you are spending time in ways that align with your strengths, preferences, and goals. “The Ph.D. requires long-term planning, vision and endurance, so don't fall into the cycle of short-term thinking or the trap of valorizing over-work,” writes Van Wyck. Inside Higher Ed (International)

How to gain time in grad school through three mental shifts: Van Wyck Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

Thirty St. Clair College students have begun their work in the college’s first four-year Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts Program in Social Justice and Legal Studies. “The students will learn how to advocate, how to complete grant applications for funding, how to develop programs, do analysis and research to determine the needs in the community and how to counsel individuals,” states Elizabeth Strutt-MacLeod, program coordinator. The Windsor Star reports that the combined field of study is built on the three pillars of poverty law, social justice, and community capacity building. Windsor Star (ON)

St. Clair launches first four-year honours BAA program Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

Queen’s University has received an 18-hectare tract of land from Larry McKeown and Anna Kelly, who donated the land to honour their grandmother, Queen’s graduate Kathleen McKeown. The land is an ecologically significant span of wetland known as a fen, which is home to rare plants, insects, and small animals. The donation will allow students to participate in fieldwork, which is an essential part of the student experience, states Queen’s biology professor Vicki Friesen, adding that the wetland “is completely different from a forest or a river ecosystem... so Queen’s students now have better access to see and study a wider range of plants and animals out in the wild." Queen’s (ON)

Queen’s receives donation of wetland that will support student fieldwork Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

A tentative agreement has been reached between the four Unifor bargaining units and the University of Windsor. The 425 workers comprising the bargaining units work as full and part-time administrative staff, operational engineers, and special constables. The Windsor Star reports that negotiations primarily concerned provincial legislation that placed a 1% per year wage cap over the next three years for public sector employees. Details of the agreements will be released pending ratification by members of the Unifor bargaining units and the Board of Governors, reports UWindsor. Unifor | UWindsor (ON)

UWindsor strike avoided, tentative agreement reached with Unifor staff Top Ten 09/10/2019 - 03:39 09/10/2019 - 03:30

NorQuest College President Jodi Abbott has resigned and will leave her position next January, six months before the end of her contract. The Edmonton Journal notes that Abbott is the sixth major post-secondary institution leader in Alberta to leave their position in the last few years. The Journal also situates Abbott’s departure within the broader context of executive compensation in AB higher ed, noting that new rules brought in by the previously governing NDP would have brought Abbott’s 2018 compensation of $485K in salary and benefits to a maximum possible base salary of $267K. “[Abbott] has been instrumental in transforming the college to the vibrant and exciting place it is today,” noted NorQuest board chairwoman Carla Madra. Edmonton Journal | NorQuest (AB)

NorQuest president announces plans to leave six months prior to end of contract Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

“When it comes to online teaching and technology,” states Kevin Gannon, “many academics.... expect it’s where good teaching goes to die.” However, the author argues that online pedagogy might help instructors not only to hone their digital education skills, but also their teaching craft in general. Gannon identifies three aspects of online teaching that made him a better instructor in many settings: course design and assessment, rethinking one-on-one communications with students, and being explicit about course logics, goals, and aims. “It may seem obvious that what makes one a better teacher in one particular setting makes them a better teacher, period,” notes Gannon. “But without thinking about why that’s the case, you miss an opportunity to critique and modify... the way you operate in a classroom.” Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

Gannon: Teaching online courses improves instructor pedagogy Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Ontario has indicated that they have half the funding, $126M, necessary to build the province’s first French-language university. Provincial representatives are now asking Ottawa to contribute the other half of the funds. ON has laid out the proposal in a request that was reportedly sent to the federal government Thursday morning. The Montreal Gazette reports that the initial cost was estimated at $83M when the plans were initially announced in 2017. The project is expected to take eight years to complete. Montreal Gazette (ON)

ON initiates deal to build province’s first French-language university Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

Queen’s University has entered a long-term contract with The Karta Initiative, an international charitable organization aiding students from emerging economies. The partnership will allow talented, low-income youth from rural India to study at Queen’s. “This partnership is part of our wide-ranging efforts to promote increased access to Queen’s for youth across Canada and around the world,” states Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. The agreement, effective through August 2033, will allow Karta scholars to connect to Queen’s staff regarding experiential learning opportunities, social activities, academic advising, and peer mentoring. Queen’s (ON)

Queen’s, Karta Initiative collaborate to provide educational opportunities for Indian students Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

Chatbots now operate in much broader capacities within higher ed, reports Lindsey McKenzie. While post-secondary institutions initially applied this technology to specific areas, like IT or financial aid, chatbots are now used in areas like academic advising and student counseling. The author acknowledges that while chatbots can provide quick answers to and redirect student questions, industry experts worry that such software might be over-extended to stand-in for crucial and sensitive kinds of human-human interaction. The author also discusses the specific concern of personalization. “The line between helpful, personalized information and creepiness is a difficult one to walk,” noted Bryan Alexander. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Chatbots in higher ed: “helpful” or “creepy”? Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

Cégep Lionel Groulx, Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, Université du Québec en Outaouais, and the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue have received $250K to create a centre in higher education in the Laurentian region. The regional centre will enable communication between levels of higher education; facilitate the co-construction of diversified study paths that promote student accessibility and degree completion; and foster collaboration between school boards, school communities, and the municipal sector. QC Minister Sylvie D'Amours stated that the centre will help youth to reach their full potential through training, learning, and skills development opportunities. UQO (QC)

QC institutions receive funding to create centre in the Laurentian region Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

Canadore College has formally launched what The Nugget describes as “the first functional genome lab at an Ontario college.” The facility is a collaborative effort of the college and The DNA Company, and features leading-edge technology such as DNA sequencers. The facility will open new doors for students, staff, and medical professionals and researchers. A proposed new research park that would be led in part by Canadore has also made recent progress, as the committee of the City Council of North Bay has recommended that the lot be rezoned to allow for the development. The Nugget | The Nugget (ON)

Canadore unveils functional genome lab, receives support for research park development rezoning Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

Support staff of the Université du Québec á Montréal went on strike as of September 3rd. A major issue prompting the strike is salaries. Union officials report that the offer presented to UQAM support staff is lower than those obtained by other employees in the Québec university sector. "The money on offer is not enough," states union president Louisa Cordeiro. "We work very hard. We have students at heart, the university too, but we deserve better because we are in the middle of university activities.” La Presse | CTV News (QC)

Support staff strike at UQAM Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

“Recent commentary on the role, value and accountability of universities in New Brunswick have painted a picture that universities are over-funded, unaccountable, and not preparing students for the future,” writes University of New Brunswick President Paul Mazerolle in an editorial pushing back against such a view. The author argues that universities play an important role in fostering job growth, social mobility, innovation, and competitiveness. Mazerolle offers figures to support UNB’s economic contribution to its province and speaks more broadly to the social transformation made possible by strong, predictably funded universities. UNB (NB)

Universities require long-term, predictable support to perform their transformative role: UNB president  Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

Researchers at Dalhousie University have published the findings and recommendations of a study on the institution’s history of racism and links to slavery. The report explores the beliefs and practices of the institution’s namesake, Lord Dalhousie, as well as the province’s more general involvement in the slave trade. Based on these findings, the report calls for various forms of reparations, such as an apology from Dalhousie and a provincial memorial of the slave trade. "The challenge now is for the university to implement the recommendations we put forward here," stated lead author Afua Cooper. Dal states that it has received the report and “apologized for its namesake’s views and actions on slavery and race and the impact those have had on its community.” CBC (NS)

 

Dal researchers issue report on institutional history, links to slavery, racism Top Ten 09/09/2019 - 03:38 09/09/2019 - 03:30

The Alberta government’s plan to bring the provincial debt down to zero may lead to the shrinking, amalgamation, or outright closure of some post-secondary institutions, writes Don Braid. The author notes that in a recent presentation, AB Finance Minister Travis Toews offered public sector compensation statistics to argue that if Alberta spent at the same level as the average of Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, the annual savings would be $10.4B and there would be no provincial deficit. “Overall, one great question is how the quality of services can possibly be maintained amid such a drastic upheaval across the whole government,” notes Braid. Calgary Herald

Future of AB universities uncertain under new government plan: Braid Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

Security guards at the University of Ottawa should not make asking for ID part of their “routine practice,” according to a new set of rules released by the school in response to a June incident in which a black student was stopped and arrested as he skateboarded on campus. The rules also establish when and how guards can ask for ID, as well as an updated complaint process for students “who believe they have been treated unfairly by uOttawa’s Protection Services.” The creation of the new rules has been accompanied by additional training on diversity and discrimination for security guards, as well as the creation of a new President’s Committee for a Discrimination-Free Campus to advise Fremont on ways to combat racism and promote diversity. UOttawa | CBC

UOttawa tightens rules around when, where security can demand ID Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

Venturelabs of Simon Fraser University has received $3M funding from the Western Economic Diversification Canada to create a scale-up and soft-landing centre in its Vancouver-based business accelerator. The lab’s executive director, Virginia Balcom, notes that funds will enable Venturelabs to extend and engage its entrepreneurial communityinvestors, Executives-in-Residence, and industry partnerstowards delivering intensive programming for potential science and technology-based SMEs. “The funding will help us support the pipeline of companies, from creating ideas to developing business plans and building products... We look forward to collaborating with BC’s entrepreneurial community to help companies scale on every front,” says Balcom. SFU

$3M funding for Venturelabs SFU, scale-up and soft-landing centre Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

“The biggest challenge that America faces in higher education is graduating more of our students,” says Chris Strikwerda. The author observes that funding and research aimed to improve student retention does not always support the people who are most important to student success, such as faculty and department chairs, program directors, and deans. To improve retention, Strikwerda highlights the importance of collaboration and sharing of information within and between departments. However, the most direct way to help at-risk students, the author adds, is in the classroom through faculty engagement. “No matter what else colleges and universities do for students, success in the classroom is essential,” Strikwerda concludes. Inside Higher Ed

Strikwerda: Faculty, departments key to helping at-risk students graduate Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

Colleges across the United States are offering orientations specifically geared toward mature and non-traditional students as more of these learners join their academic communities, writes Jeremy Bauer-Wolf. The author notes that college enrolment by those older than 25 has increased steadily in recent decades, including an 11% increase between 2006 and 2016. In contrast to the festivals and concerts geared toward students in the traditional college age range (18 to 24), older students “want information pared down to simply learn what they need to earn their degrees.” In a 2017 survey of 229 institutions, 35% reportedly offered orientation for "nontraditional" students. Inside Higher Ed

More US institutions offering orientations specifically for non-traditional learners Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

The federal government has granted Brock University $5M to support the launch of the Brock-Niagara Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute (VPMI). Funded through the Community Economic Development and Diversification stream, the grant will allow Brock to create an expanded facility that enables businesses to access the university’s researchers, expertise, and advanced technology. The new centre is expected to open in 2021. “The VPMI will support applied research and development, innovation and commercialization efforts to help businesses grow and thrive,” Brock President Gervan Fearon said. Brock

Brock receives $5M to launch Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

The Ontario Student Trustees’ Association issued a statement Wednesday responding to “a slew of complaints” regarding increases in high school class sizes and decreases in course options created by changes made by the Ontario government. ON representatives responded by citing the province’s $1.6B fund to help boards avoid teacher layoffs, noting that schools use a variety of means to ensure students are equipped to meet their graduation requirements. Critics, however, state that boards have little flexibility to add extra course sections. Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation says, “Many courses are simply not running, and many students’ timetables are incomplete ... To put it bluntly, it’s a mess.” Toronto Star

“It’s a mess”: ON cutbacks create concerns for province’s teens Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

The Canadian Mental Health Association has launched the “Carry It Toolkit” campaign to reduce harms caused by opioid overdoses on Canadian campuses. The toolkit teaches students how to identify and respond to an overdose, as well as how to use, train, store, and gain access to naloxone. A recent study shows that 81% of Canadians have witnessed recreational drug use at a post-secondary school. Yet, 53% of Canadians said they would not know how to respond to a person experiencing an overdose. “Many Canadians (88%) believe parents should be concerned about their kids’ exposure to recreational drugs while attending post-secondary institutions, but access to the right services and support networks can help them cope with pressure in healthy ways,” says CMHA. CMHA

CMHA’s “Carry It Toolkit” addresses post-secondary student opioid crisis Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

“If a book -- or an article -- is published and nobody notices, why does it matter?” ask Scott Slovic and Janet E Nelson, who note that researchers’ scholarly and creative achievements are all too often reduced to their ability to bring grant money to an institution. To better mobilize “the fascinating and societally valuable insights” of researchers, the authors argue that universities can do more to encourage conversations about research across and within departments. For example, institutions may implement Short and Sweet (SAS) research talks or informal “coffee conversations.” The authors add that, “The role of offices of research administration is not only to facilitate sponsored projects, important as that may be, but also to sponsor community.” Inside Higher Ed

Slovic and Nelson: How can admin better support researchers’ scholarly, creative achievements? Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

Seneca has opened a new downtown location in Toronto’s financial district. A college release states that Seneca Downtown offers professional and graduate education through a mix of in-class, online, and hybrid courses at a variety of times. “Seneca has a wide range of program choices for postsecondary graduates and also working professionals... Plus, Seneca Downtown adds a new dimension to what we can offer students from the perspective of flexibility and access,” states Kiley Bolton, Director of the Centre for Graduate & Professional Studies at Seneca. Seneca

Seneca’s new downtown location provides flexibility and accessibility Top Ten 09/06/2019 - 03:38 09/06/2019 - 03:30

A panel headed by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon has recommended that Alberta move away from funding K-12 and post-secondary institutions based on enrolments and toward a more performance-based model. The Edmonton Journal reports that panel has also advised AB to lift the current university tuition freeze, work with institutions to set an overall direction for the province’s post-secondary system, and assess the continued viability of some institutions. Further, the panel recommended that the province’s institutions become less reliant on government funding and pursue other sources of revenue, noting the greater dependence on tuition fees in provinces such as Ontario and British Columbia. Edmonton Journal | Saskatoon Star Phoenix | National Post (AB)

AB should link institutional funding to performance rather than enrolment: provincial panel Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

Statistics Canada has released an analysis of tuition fees for degree programs in 2019/2020. The study found that Canadian undergraduate and graduate students will pay either the same tuition fees as in 2018/2019 or higher, except for Ontario, where tuition fees will be lower. International fees were up 7.6% for undergraduate studies and 4.4% for graduate studies. Overall, the highest average undergraduate tuition fees were found in four professional degree programs: dentistry, medicine, law, and optometry. The most expensive graduate program was the Master of Business Administration. StatCan notes that the true cost paid for a degree program varies depending on the grants and financial assistance that each individual student receives. StatCan (National)

StatCan reviews tuition fees for degree programs in 2019/2020 Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

A new fellowship program based at Ryerson University’s DMZ technology accelerator will help Black entrepreneurs access the networks, resources, and mentors that are essential to growing a successful tech business. The Toronto Star reports that the Black Innovation Fellowship will begin with a cohort of 10 to 25 companies. The Star notes that the program is being supported by founding partners such as Shopify, BMO Financial Group, and the Canada Women’s Foundation. “Our hope is that in three to five years, once this program runs with several companies, there’ll be no need for this,” said Isaac Olowolafe Jr., a real estate developer who donated $200K to spearhead the project. “It will just be normal to see a fully diverse incubator, fully diverse VC firms and fully diverse startup companies.” Toronto Star (ON)

Ryerson DMZ accelerator to provide fellowship, business support to Black tech entrepreneurs Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island has told CBC that its 440 residence spaces are all occupied and that the low vacancy rate in its surrounding area has created a housing crisis. Chelsea Almeida, UPEI’s off-campus housing co-ordinator, reports that approximately 100 students still need housing. According to Almeida, off-campus housing is typically priced beyond students’ means or is too far from campus. To address the issue, UPEI is working with the Dutch Inn, Cornwall as a temporary solution. The university is also asking staff to consider housing students themselves. Almeida notes that she has “never seen students have this much trouble trying to find housing.” CBC (PEI)

UPEI reaches out to university staff, local inn to address housing crisis Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

A study commissioned by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies finds that Alberta received less funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program compared to the national average from 2016 to 2018. The study’s authors analyzed data from Statistics Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada to reveal regional disparities in the disbursement of $200M in subsidies. The research found that during the study period, Alberta averaged $540 per unemployed student and 163 subsidized jobs per 1,000 unemployed students. These figures were lower than the federal average of $812 per unemployed student and 276 subsidized jobs. Study co-author David Murrell notes that “Employment Canada... [is] not quite aware of the problems students have in Alberta... the hard times in terms of job opportunities.” Calgary Herald (AB)

AB “short-changed” by Canada Summer Jobs funding allocation: study Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

Niagara College has formally opened the Marotta Family Innovation Complex at its Niagara-on-the Lake Campus. The four-storey, $18.25M complex is described as “the centrepiece of a $34M investment in the agri-food sector” and includes new research areas that expand the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre (CFWI IC) and classrooms, in addition to the fitness centre and gymnasium that opened in last Fall. “The strong support for this new complex is a testament to the power of a Niagara College education, not only in the high-quality experiential learning we offer to our students,” said Niagara President Dan Patterson, “but in the strong role we play in our communities, helping small- and medium-sized enterprises innovate, which, in turn, generates jobs and stimulates the economy.” Niagara (ON)

Niagara opens Marotta Family Innovation Complex Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

35 students will be the first to participate in the new four-year Wabankai Bachelor of Education program at the University of New Brunswick. The program, run by David Perley and Imelda Perley, looks to facilitate students’ understanding of Indigenous cultures and enable them to teach this knowledge to others. The program will take place in an open concept building near Magaguadavic Lake, 60 kilometers from UNB. Students will be taught histories and given pedagogical tools that incorporate cultural aspects of Wabanaki culture, like using coloured ribbons to represent emotions or encouraging children and youth to connect with the land. Imelda Perley describes the program as a “revival of how we learned on the land, before we were put into classrooms.” CBC (NB)

UNB education program centres Wabanaki cultural knowledge Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

Through its Summer Entrepreneurs program, the University of Saskatchewan this year gave students access to its existing patents to determine whether they had market potential. The students were able to choose a patented technology and work on it over the summer to try and develop a business case. If a business case was successfully developed, students were essentially given the technology to create a startup. “We manage about 200 technologies and sometimes it's just very hard to license the technology and to make the technology available to existing businesses," explained Innovation Enterprise Managing Director Johannes Dyring, who said he hoped to scale up the program in the coming years. "We have a huge upside potential here.” CBC (SK)

USask program hands patents over to students to launch entrepreneurs Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

A group of students arriving at the University of British Columbia this month is the first to live in the school’s new “nano suites.” UBC has created the spaces to help control the cost of living while making up for a shortage of rentals in the Vancouver housing market. CBC reports that the 140-square-foot apartments have a small kitchen, a bathroom, and a Murphy bed that turns into a desk. Andrew Parr, managing director at UBC's student housing and hospitality services, said that the units have been very well-received thus far, yet notes that even though UBC has added 4,000 student beds in the past eight years at a cost of $500M, there are still 6,000 students on the wait list for campus housing. CBC | Vancouver Sun (BC)

UBC launches nano suites to curb housing shortage, high rental costs Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

George Brown College has built upon a decade-long relationship with Northern India’s Chitkara University through an agreement that will see eligible students from Chitkara receive advanced standing into the third year of George Brown’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce—Culinary Management program. “We share a commitment to preparing students for a diverse and global workplace,” said George Brown President Anne Sado, who travelled to India to sign the agreement. “We are also united by our sense of responsibility to industry, as we strive to deliver exceptional graduates who will become tomorrow’s industry leaders.” George Brown (ON)

George Brown deepens relationship with university in Northern India with pathway agreement Top Ten 09/05/2019 - 03:41 09/05/2019 - 03:30

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has released its 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, which recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability areas. Several Canadian institutions were represented in the rankings. With regard to subject areas, Université Laval tied for first place in the Air & Climate section, the University of Alberta and Thompson Rivers University both tied for first in Coordination and Planning, TRU ranked first for Energy, the University of Winnipeg ranked first for Food & Dining, and Dalhousie University ranked first for Purchasing. With regard to overall performance, Nova Scotia Community College ranked first for associate colleges and TRU ranked first for Master’s institutions. AASHE (International)

Sustainability index recognizes Canadian institutions for green performance Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

The University of Guelph has received $1.5M from the Helderleigh Foundation to promote food literacy research through the Guelph Family Health Study. A release from UoGuelph states that the Study consists of a long-term research project involving more than 300 local families with preschool-aged children. “Thanks to this gift, and the support and resources this relationship provides, the Guelph Family Health Study will be able to increase its focus on improving food literacy of families and children in our community,” said Gwen Chapman, Dean of UoGuelph’s College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. UoGuelph adds that the funds will also support three new Helderleigh Foundation Family Food Literacy Graduate Scholarships, worth $22K each. UoGuelph (ON)

UoGuelph to improve food literacy among families, children with $1.5M gift Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

Dalhousie University is renaming its Master of Library and Information Studies degree in order to help the program “recruit students and faculty who are interested in the competitive areas of data analytics and information systems.” The newly dubbed Master of Information will not have a different program structure or content, states Dal. Students may choose a concentration in librarianship or an emerging area of the information profession, such as data management, which includes courses on data visualization and geospatial information management. Dal (NS)

Dal renames MLIS program to draw interest in data analytics, information systems Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

The University of Victoria has partnered with British Columbia Corrections to provide philosophy courses to inmates. According to a UVic release, the class will be held at Vancouver Island Regional Correction Centre and will feature works by the writer Ursula Le Guin, feminist scholar bell hooks, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and writer Albert Camus. “What underlies this course is the transformative power of education, but also different ways of looking at education, in which it is not simply the transmission of knowledge from one party to another,” said associate professor Audrey Yap, “but the co-creation of knowledge by people with different perspectives on and experiences of the world.” UVic (BC)

UVic introduces philosophy course for prison inmates Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

Kathryn M Rudy, an art historian based out of the UK, writes that the work of art historians is unsustainable because universities have failed to adequately compensate them for their publishing costs. Rudy explains that art historians incur costs related to travel, materials, data storage, copyright fees, and production in order to maintain their research profiles. Yet the country’s universities, image-holding institutions, and publishers expect the researchers that essentially work for them to pay for their own work. “Underfunded humanities are an extension of unpaid internships and poorly paid fellowships in museums,” concludes Rudy. “Do we really believe that our disciplines are just a decoration and offer viable careers only to those with trust funds?” Times Higher Education (International)

For some, it’s publish and perish: Rudy Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

Students arriving at Bishop’s University will be greeted by new labs, study spaces, and a greenhouse that together make up a game-changing infrastructure upgrade, according to the chair of the university’s chemistry department. CBC reports that the $9.3M renovation project benefits students in astrophysics, biodiversity, epidemiology, and cell biology. However, Chemistry Chair Alexandre Drouin notes that it is especially good news for professors and grad students in his department as well. Kerry Hull, a co-interim dean of arts and sciences and director of the renovation project, said that funding for the revocation came in part from a “Hail Mary” funding application, and added that the new greenhouse is “the jewel” of the project. CBC (QC)

Bishop's students to encounter game-changing labs, study spaces, greenhouse this fall Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

A conversation has emerged at the University of New Brunswick around potentially changing the name of Ludlow Hall, the building that houses UNB’s law school, due to its namesake’s historical views on slavery and early residential schools. CBC reports that George Duncan Ludlow, a Loyalist and the first chief justice of New Brunswick, sided with slave owners in the colony and supported an early residential school for Indigenous children. Law student Karen McGill has petitioned for the change, while the Law Students Society has called for a conversation about the issue. In an email statement, law dean John Kleefeld acknowledged the ways in which society is becoming more aware of “our colonial past” and noted that a change could be considered. CBC (NB)

UNB law school discusses potential name change Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

Students at Algonquin College will receive free subscriptions to Shopify beginning this year as part of the company’s Open Learning program. Students of eligible programs will be expected to engage the platform for assignments and extracurricular initiatives to learn the real-world skills needed to start, manage, and grow businesses. “Shopify’s generosity strengthens Algonquin College’s position as a leader in experiential learning that will foster an entrepreneurial mindset and a hands-on approach among our students,” said Algonquin President Claude Brulé. Ottawa Business Journal | Algonquin (ON)

Algonquin students receive Shopify subscription, use platform in coursework through new partnership Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

This fall, Ontario students will have the option to opt out of all fees deemed “non-essential,” and it is yet to be seen how significant an impact this will have on campus life, writes Joanne Laucius. The author notes that the move will see undergraduates on most campuses save less than $200 a year out of a total of about $2,000 in student fees if they opt out of all “non-essential” fees. Some student groups are reportedly already cutting staff in anticipation of financial shortfalls. Among the groups expected to be most significantly hit will be student unions and the services they provide, such as food banks, Indigenous centres, women’s centres, and LGBTQ+ support centres. Ottawa Citizen | Windsor Star (ON)

Institutions, students prepare for changes in ON campus life Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

Canada’s student loan system must begin accounting for the different economic outcomes associated with different fields of study, writes Carleton Public Affairs and Policy Management student Kieran Moloney. The author compares the folly of Canada’s current system to the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008, which was due largely to the fact that money was being lent en masse to people who were unlikely to pay it back. Moloney calls for a more transparent system that not only allows students taking out loans to see the debt-to-earning differences are across different faculties, programs, or institutions, but also charges different repayment rates based on these figures. National Post (National)

Canada’s student loans system should account for different earnings by different fields: Moloney Top Ten 09/04/2019 - 03:38 09/04/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced that Concordia University and McGill University will receive over $8.2M for four research projects that will help improve protocols and decision-making to minimize the environmental impacts of oil spills. According to a release, the Concordia projects will study the effectiveness of washing agents in shoreline oil spill cleanups and investigate the pathways and processes that move oil spilled at sea from one place to another. McGill will examine the ability of microbes to naturally break down oil spills in order to develop potential remediation strategies in the Canadian Arctic. Canada (QC)

Concordia, McGill receive more than $8.2M for oil spill research Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 03:35 09/03/2019 - 03:30

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and 36 student associations from across Canada will be launching a nationwide “Get out the Vote” campaign to encourage students to vote in the federal election. The non-partisan campaign will see student leaders lead events, host all-party debates, and utilize street teams to engage students on campus. “Throughout the Get Out the Vote campaign, we will be asking students to pledge to vote either online at getoutthevote.ca or on a paper pledge form,” explains Adam Brown, Chair of CASA and VP External at the University of Alberta Students’ Union. “Studies have shown that having a person promise to vote, especially to a peer, is an effective way of ensuring that they show up on voting day.” CASA (National)

CASA, 36 student associations launch nationwide voting campaign Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 16:30 09/03/2019 - 03:30

Brandon University has approved the creation of a Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health. The centre will support new and ongoing research on rural and remote mental health and wellness, as well as providing a space for cross-disciplinary research that explores the topic from different angles. “Mental health affects so many different groups of people, no one academic discipline, profession, or community holds the solutions to better mental health and well-being” said the Centre’s Founding Director, Rachel Herron. “The centre will bring different groups of people together to work on, share and improve what we know as well as how we respond to mental health problems.” BrandonU (MB)

BrandonU approves centre focused on rural mental health studies Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 03:35 09/03/2019 - 03:30

New research from the University of Guelph has found that the gender pay gap diminishes with higher education levels and that the average wage for male and female PhD graduates is the same. The Guelph Mercury reports that the study looked at Statistics Canada’s 2013 national graduates survey, focusing on data from three years after graduation. A release states that the research “offered a glimpse into labour market outcomes before the influence of factors such as maternity leave and level of occupational commitment.” According to the study, male and females with PhDs both make about $70K per year three years after graduation, with discrepancies in pay emerging with lower levels of education. Trades saw the largest gap, with men averaging $40.5K a year compared to women at $32.5K. UoGuelph | Guelph Mercury (National)

Gender pay gap shrinks with higher qualifications: Study Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 03:35 09/03/2019 - 03:30

PermafrostNet, a Canadian research network consisting of 12 universities and over 40 partner organiations, has received over $5M over five years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The network will be led by Carleton University Professor Stephan Gruber. While permafrost underlies more than one-third of the Canadian land service,Carleton reports that nearly all of it will experience thaw during the 21st century. “With PermafrostNet, we contribute to building the relationships and the knowledge that Canada needs to adapt to widespread permafrost thaw in the long term,” explained Gruber. Carleton (QC)

PermafrostNet receives $5M from NSERC Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 03:35 09/03/2019 - 03:30

Fleming College and Royal Roads University have renewed a transfer agreement that provides pathways to five Royal Roads bachelor degrees from 15 Fleming diploma programs. A release explains that eligible Fleming students in select programs can enter into their third year of study in Royal Roads’ Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management, Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business, Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism, or Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice/ Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice. “Fleming College is a true partner in building bright and prosperous futures for our students,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson, “and we are pleased to continue our strong partnership with Royal Roads University to offer students national pathway opportunities.” Fleming (ON)

Fleming, Royal Roads renew transfer agreement Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 03:35 09/03/2019 - 03:30

Scotiabank has partnered with the Okanagan College’s School of Business to develop a series of free online courses that can help Canadian non-profit agencies with their professional development and training needs. A release states that the courses cover topics such as fundraising, fraud, project management, and servant leadership. “Through our workshops and via client road testing we’ve ensured these online courses are addressing that skills gap that was the foundation of the program” said Professor Kyleen Myrah. Scotiabank has donated $200K to support the program over five years. Okanagan (BC)

Okanagan, Scotiabank collaborate on online resources Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 03:35 09/03/2019 - 03:30

Memorial University, in partnership with York University, Concordia University, and the National Research Council of Canada, is establishing a new Harsh Environment Research Facility. Headed by Yuri Muzychka, Department Head of Mechanical Engineering at Memorial, the facility aims to strengthen the region’s infrastructure and expertise in technologies operating in harsh environments, such as the ocean, energy, shipping, and aerospace sectors. A release adds that the project is valued at more than $16M, with investments from the federal and provincial governments, as well as Husky Energy. Dean of Engineering and Applied Science Greg Naterer emceed an event in honour of the investments. Canada | MUN (NL)

MUN celebrates investments for Harsh Environment Research Facility Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 03:35 09/03/2019 - 03:30

Camosun College will provide free menstrual products in its washrooms, starting this fall. “By having the products in both gendered washrooms, we’re trying to remove stigma related to menstruation and increase awareness in cisgender males,” said Librarian Robbyn Lanning, who spearheaded the project. A Camosun release states that the initiative is in its pilot phase. Lanning will track the products’ use and gauge student feedback before making recommendations for next steps. According to a Plan International Canada 2018 report, 70% of women have missed school or work because of their periods. Camosun (BC)

Camosun to provide access to menstrual products in campus washrooms Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 03:35 09/03/2019 - 03:30

An investment from CPA Ontario into Brock University’s Goodman School of Business will support the appointment of three CPA Ontario Research Scholars within the School as well as the establishment of the CPA Ontario Centre for Public Policy and Innovation in Accounting at Goodman. A capital gift included in the investment will also give naming rights to an expansive gallery within Goodman’s new building. “At Brock University, we are committed to being in partnerships that benefit the greater public good,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon, “and it is wonderful to see our Goodman School work with partners like CPA Ontario to advance the educational experience of our students, and to celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty members.” BrockU (ON)

CPA Ontario invests in the success of Brock’s Goodman School of Business Top Ten 09/03/2019 - 03:35 09/03/2019 - 03:30

CANARIE has announced $2M in funding to support the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Portage Network, a national, library-based research data management network that fosters initiatives to build capacity and coordinate activities in research data management. “Providing researchers with robust tools and services is essential to support world-class research,” said Jim Ghadbane, President of CANARIE. “The ability for Canadian researchers to find and reuse research data accelerates discovery and innovation.” A release states that the funds will enable the development and operationalization of tools, platforms, and services that include the Federated Research Data Repository & National Discovery Service, National Instance of Dataverse, and Data Management Planning Assistant. Canarie (National)

CANARIE announces $2M in funding to CARL Portage Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

Capilano University and Líl̓wat Nation have signed an affiliation agreement to affirm their shared commitment to deliver new learning opportunities. “It is an exciting time for our Nation,” said Mason Ducharme, the Ts̓zil Learning Centre’s Director. “This agreement solidifies a valuable partnership and outlines our roles in a shared vision for strengthening and building capacity of the Líl̓wat people.” The Centre offers courses in adult education; Líl̓wat language, history and culture; carpentry and other vocational skills. Nation Talk (BC)

CapU signs affiliation agreement with Líl̓wat Nation Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Ontario has officially opened the Ontario Beef Research Centre in Elora. The $15.5M centre will be operated by the University of Guelph under its partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The Centre will support research related to animal welfare, reproduction, and nutrition, as well as meat quality and safety. Our government is investing in beef research to help discover the latest beef farming technologies so that we can share this information with farmers which will allow them to adopt new practices to stay competitive," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "When Ontario farmers adopt the latest science-based practices, they become more efficient, sustainable and profitable." ON | UoGuelph (ON)

ON, UoGuelph celebrate opening of Ontario Beef Research Centre Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

An investigation by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has concluded that a participant at the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was “harassed and discriminated against” by another participant in an incident that involved racial profiling. A release states that the individual who undertook the action has been banned from Congress for “a minimum of three years, and must demonstrate that he has met five conditions before he will be eligible to return.” The Federation has also updated the theme for Congress 2020: Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism. Federation (National)

Federation concludes investigation on alleged racial profiling at 2019 Congress Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

Sheridan College, the Canadian Opera Company, and the National Ballet of Canada are collaborating on the Digital Stage, an initiative that explores collaborative approaches to digital technology. A release explains that the project will proceed in three phases: an environmental scan of the domestic and international performing arts sector; the exploration and piloting of new technologies; and a series of symposiums designed to foster dialogues about the sectors current challenges. “The COC recognizes that we, as a performing arts organization, are not an island,” said COC General Director Alexander Neef. “I firmly believe that open dialogue and a willingness to explore all possibilities is the only way for the arts to continue resonating with our audiences.” Sheridan | Broadway World (ON)

Sheridan to collaborate with National Ballet, Canadian Opera Company for digital initiative Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

When it comes to heading off the “3 a.m. need-your-help-now emails from Jake no Last Name,” writes Colleen Flaherty, teaching students how to email their professors appropriately “is a necessary gift that keeps on giving.” While expectations vary, Flaherty finds that professors typically prefer that students write in complete sentences, use appropriate salutations, and get to the point. US professors Paul T Corrigan and Cameron Hunt McNabb write that although the idea of teaching students how to write appropriate emails may seem “elementary” at first blush, rhetorical questions about context, genre, audience, and purpose are valuable learning opportunities and can lead to more sophisticated communication skills. Flaherty concludes by noting that consideration of how instructors address students is just as important. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Teaching students the basic “netiquette” of emailing a professor Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

Cape Breton University has introduced an inclusive learning program for students with intellectual disabilities, reports CBC. The CBU Inclusive program will support students between the ages of 18 and 24 who self-identify as having an intellectual disability and do not meet the admissions standards for credit study. The program will admit up to five new students each year, and these students may take up to three courses each term. While students will not receive credits for their courses, CBU will award a certificate once a student reaches their goals, which will allow the students to build a portfolio and work on life skills. CBC (NS)

CBU launches inclusive learning program Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

50 students from a dozen Ontario colleges and universities took part in the Ontario Collegiate Rocket League Finals at Durham College, which reportedly marked the first time collegiate eSports athletes in Ontario have played for scholarships. “A lot of people, especially older people, don’t understand that this is a sport,” said Zachary Bouffard, who coaches Durham’s Rocket League team. “I think events like this will help legitimize it. I hope they will.” The Star reports that the event took place at Durham’s new eSports arena, a 3,000 square-foot facility that can accommodate 120 spectators. According to the Star, the global eSports economy is on track to exceed $1.6B by 2021. The Star (ON)

“This is a sport”: Durham hosts first eSports event in ON to see players compete for scholarships Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

Three researchers at the Université du Québec à Montréal have received nearly $3M in funding to support health research at the institution. The funds were provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The funds will go towards research on nervous mechanisms responsible for controlling locomotion, an analysis of mercury levels in freshwater fish in the Grassy Narrows First Nation as well as the impact of consuming those fish, and the implementation of an intervention program for sexually abused adolescents and their families. UQAM (QC)

UQAM researchers receive nearly $3M for health research Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

An unnamed source from the Government of Canada told iPolitics that the Government of Ontario’s proposal to revive a francophone university was communicated to Ottawa through an abrupt phone call with no accompanying paperwork. The source also accused ON of putting the offer forward as a way to help the federal Conservative party on this year’s campaign trail. Federal Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer had expressed concern about ON’s decision to axe the university late last year, adds iPolitics. Jeremy Ghio, a spokesperson for Federal Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly, said that “we are still far from a concrete proposal from the province.” iPolitics (ON)

ON plan for French-language university “far from concrete” Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 03:37 08/30/2019 - 03:30

A number of regional CEGEPs will receive a funding boost from the Quebec government, reports the Montreal Gazette. “After several years of dealing with a fragile financial situation, CEGEPs will now have the freedom to implement the measures they deem necessary and thus enable students to succeed, according to their priorities and their needs,” said Education Minister Jean-François Roberge. The Gazette adds that the money will ensure the sustainability of the CEGEP allocation model for several years; ensure greater accountability, flexibility and autonomy in choosing the best means to organize the regional roll-out of school activities; reinforce the importance of research activities and responsibilities of CEGEPs in their communities; provide simpler and more predictable funding; and facilitate infrastructure improvements. Montreal Gazette (QC)

CEGEPs get funding boost from QC Top Ten 08/29/2019 - 03:41 08/29/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Ontario is negotiating with the Government of Canada about splitting the cost of the French university project that was cancelled late last year. According to CBC, the province has asked Ottawa to contribute $63M toward the project, which it estimates will cost $126M in total. When the project was first announced in 2017, its total cost was estimated at $83M. The province had initially scrapped the project in an effort to balance the budget, a move that outraged Franco-Ontarians. "The people and industries who were counting on it deserve better than for Doug Ford to try to make them a political pawn, playing games with their education, and their constitutional rights," said NDP francophone affairs critic Guy Bourgouin. Sudbury Star | CBC (ON)

ON, Canada in talks to revive plans for French-language university Top Ten 08/29/2019 - 03:41 08/29/2019 - 03:30

In addition to institutional buy-in, an enduring brand strategy requires all of the involved stakeholders to take ownership over it, writes Rob Zinkan. To foster stronger stakeholder engagement, Zinkan states, an institution’s marketing and communications department needs to shift its mindset from “we need them on board” to “we need their active engagement.” Additionally, all stakeholders need to embrace ambiguity by educating stakeholders about brand-building strategies, as well as being open to veering from that process. As a process designed to build “long-term value for the institution,” an effective brand-building strategy should also encourage stakeholders to hold the same long-term outlook. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Tips for shifting from “buy-in” to “co-creation” Top Ten 08/29/2019 - 03:41 08/29/2019 - 03:30

Lethbridge College’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship has partnered with the Potato Growers of Alberta to study regional irrigation and watering methods. The Lethbridge Herald reports that the four-year research project, supported by a $400K grant from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, will involve five different potato fields throughout southern Alberta. The partnership will also support two masters-level projects in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan, adds the Herald. “It’s definitely a broad introduction to applied research for the students,” says Willemijn Appels, Mueller Applied Research Chair in Irrigation Science. “And they are also more involved in seeing how data is collected, and trying to shape that all into something that you can interpret and hopefully understand some new information from.” Lethbridge Herald (AB)

Lethbridge, potato growers partner for irrigation study Top Ten 08/29/2019 - 03:41 08/29/2019 - 03:30

The University of the Fraser Valley has partnered with McDonald’s Canada to create new pathways for McDonald’s restaurant managers to pursue university credentials. A release states that prospective students who have completed management training courses at McDonald’s and meet UFV’s admission requirements can receive credit toward one of four options at UFV: a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree, a Hospitality and Event Planning certificate, a Management Skills certificate, or a General Studies diploma. “This is an incredibly important partnership and well-deserved recognition for people in management,” said McDonald’s franchisee Sid Johnson. “We take great pride in the rigour of our training programs and the skills our people are able to hone at McDonald’s.” UFV | Vancouver Sun (BC)

UFV, McDonald’s partner on university credentials Top Ten 08/29/2019 - 03:41 08/29/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Ontario will require new teachers to pass a math test with a score of at least 70%, reports CBC, but teachers’ unions have questioned the government’s decision to give all teachers the same test. "In Ontario's high school system teachers teach in their areas of qualification," said Harvey Bischof, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation. "So what we have here is the potential to have an excellent, let's say, art or geography or history teacher, not qualified to teach because they don't pass a math test, a course that they would never teach." A memo from Deputy Education Minister Nancy Naylor stated that teachers who do not pass the test will have to pay an unspecified fee to retake it. CBC | Ottawa Citizen (ON)

ON teachers will be expected to pass math test with 70% mark, says government memo Top Ten 08/29/2019 - 03:41 08/29/2019 - 03:30

Athabasca University has proposed a Master of Science in Earth System Sciences, an interdisciplinary program that provides a holistic view of interactions between ecological systems–such as air, water, and earth–in order to discover the past, present and future conditions of this planet. “From surveys of our alumni and current students as well as from periodic requests that we receive from potential students, we are aware that there are many students who are interested is pursuing graduate studies in the physical and natural sciences with AU,” said Faculty of Science & Technology Associate Dean Ken Munyikwa. An Athabasca release states that the program will include the option of either a course-based or thesis-based stream. AthabascaU (AB)

AU proposes interdisciplinary earth system science graduate program Top Ten 08/30/2019 - 08:46 08/29/2019 - 03:30

Publishers and universities lack the resources to provide accessible materials to disabled students in a timely fashion, writes Matthew Halliday. The problem has grown to the point that CNIB President John Rafferty sent a letter to university presidents nationwide, urging them to treat the matter with more urgency. Rafferty told Halliday that the response thus far has been “underwhelming.” “I know universities have a lot of pressures, and this is a small population of only about 4,500 students across the country. But it creates enormous barriers to success for them.” Halliday notes that, until universities and publishers develop a systematic solution, it will be a “patchwork” of individual faculty, administrators, publishers, and non-profits who shoulder the burden of maintaining accessibility. University Affairs (National)

Publishers, universities struggle to provide timely access to accessible textbooks: Halliday Top Ten 08/29/2019 - 03:41 08/29/2019 - 03:30

There are a number of steps faculty can take to make their renewal or tenure dossiers more compelling, writes Courtney Guerra. In addition to starting well ahead of time, Guerra begins by suggesting that granular details such as file formats are just as important as big-picture issues about the research statement, publications, and teaching dossier. Advice from senior colleagues about the department’s current best practices can also help demystify the process. Guerra also recommends that faculty save emails from colleagues and students, as these documents can provide valuable evidence about teaching and research during the review process. Finally, Guerra emphasizes that although the review is stressful, the department wants faculty to succeed. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Tips for compiling compelling renewal, tenure dossiers Top Ten 08/29/2019 - 03:41 08/29/2019 - 03:30

Canterbury College has opened a new residence. The Windsor Star reports that the $6M building features stainless steel appliances, private bathrooms, and individual laundry rooms for shared units. “I’m very pleased with the new residence design that’s in keeping with the overall Canterbury culture to provide a supportive, academic environment where students can achieve their goals,” said Canterbury Principal Gordon Drake. The new residence will replace three older homes that housed 21 people. The Star states that the college demolished them last year to make space for the new residences. Windsor Star (ON)

Canterbury opens new student residence Top Ten 08/29/2019 - 03:41 08/29/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has outlined its five-year plan to invest $30M over the next five years to diversify international recruitment at Canada’s postsecondary institutions, as well as allocating $95M for study-abroad initiatives for domestic students, reports the Globe and Mail. With more than half of the country’s current international students coming from China and India, the government hopes to attract students from Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Turkey, France and Ukraine. “We’re really pleased with the countries [the government] has chosen,” said Universities Canada President Paul Davidson. “We don’t want to be poachers of talent, we want to be partners.” The government’s efforts to expand international recruitment and study-abroad opportunities are part of a $148M international education strategy. Globe and Mail (National)

Canada outlines plans to expand international education Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

Philanthropist Ann Phillips has announced a $1.5M gift to support the Darke Hall renovation project at the University of Regina. “Arts, culture and performance have been an integral part of my family’s life in Regina, and a lifelong passion,” said Phillips. “To have the opportunity to be part of the rebirth of Darke Hall as a home for the arts in Regina is a privilege.” A release states that the renewal project will culminate in a 500 seat, accessible, cultural hub for performance, theatre, dance, and music. The renovations are scheduled for completion in early 2021. URegina (SK)

URegina receives $1.5M for theatre renovation Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

Selkirk College has officially opened its refreshed Silver King Campus. A Selkirk release states that the refresh included renovations to three shop facilities and a new Student Commons Building. “Selkirk College is so grateful for the way that the Province of BC, the Government of Canada, Columbia Basin Trust and our industry, labour union and local government partners have come together to reimagine and renew the Silver King Campus,” said Selkirk President Angus Graeme. The release adds that the renovated shops will provide hands-on experience for programs including heavy mechanics, carpentry and welding. Selkirk (BC)

Selkirk celebrates opening of refreshed campus Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

“[T]hinking intentionally about collaboration during your time in graduate school and beyond can help you articulate how you will go about making contributions to projects that are larger than yourself,” writes Joseph Stanhope Cialdella. The author goes on to highlight three concepts to frame collaborative approaches: mutual benefit, the extent to which collaboration yields gains for everybody involved in the project; co-creation, which involves input from several collaborators; and shared authority, the ethical and equitable distribution of power amongst all involved. Cialdella adds that graduate students can downplay their own strengths while foregrounding the abilities of their partners, so it is also important to articulate one’s own collaboration style. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Intentionality in collaboration yields gains for all involved: Cialdella Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

Queen’s University is launching a course about its history of banning black applicants to its medical school, reports the Canadian Press. The course was developed in response to a project by a PhD student that investigated the ban, which had been implemented to appease WWI veterans who did not want to be treated by black doctors. "We want to really acknowledge that history, grapple with it and look towards the future to think about what are the best policies (we can) put in place now to make sure we have a diverse profession," said Queen’s Assistant Professor Jenna Healey. Times Colonist (CP) (ON)

Queen’s introduces course about ban on black med school applicants Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

A new agreement between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Saskatchewan enables graduates of the SaskPolytech Mining Engineering Technology diploma program to transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Engineering – Geological Engineering program at USask. “We’re committed to diversifying and growing our enrolment, so that our students bring a variety of experiences and perspectives into the classroom. This agreement helps us do that,” said Suzanne Kresta, Dean of the USask College of Engineering. “We’re happy we could work with Sask Polytech to benefit students and our schools.” A release states that the partnership is a one-year pilot that offers flexibility to mining engineering students while providing industry with career-ready graduates. NationTalk (SK)

SaskPolytech, USask expand learning pathways with new agreement Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

BC Students Outcomes, an annual report that asks former postsecondary students to evaluate their education, employment outcomes, and financial situation, has found that nine out of ten respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their education. However, the Sooke Mirror also finds that men tend to dominate higher-paying jobs in the low-unemployment trade sector while women compete with each other in lower paying industries. The report adds that graduates of baccalaureate programs tend to pursue further studies, and that 41% of respondents pursued degrees outside of the “traditional academic trilogy” of the baccalaureate, masters, and PhD. Sooke Mirror (BC)

Annual study shows high satisfaction with BC post-secondary schools Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

In collaboration with Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the University of Toronto Mississauga has officially named its newest building Maanjiwe nendamowinan. Formally endorsed by the Anishinaabemowin, the name roughly translates to “gathering of minds.” “On behalf of the entire U of T community, I would like to thank and congratulate all those involved in the naming of this key building on the UTM campus, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation,” said President Meric Gertler. A UTM release states that the 210,000-square-foot facility features a six-storey atrium and event space, 40,000 square feet of new classroom space, active learning classrooms, and more than 500 new study spaces. UTM (ON)

UTM consults with Indigenous group to name new building Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

The pressure to consistently publish in high-ranking academic journals can produce a state of “academic anomie,” writes Michael Rocque. While rankings are a useful way to measure trends in a given discipline, they should not be used to measure self-worth. If academics pursue their careers to do useful work, Rocque adds, they should not lose sight of the potential impact that work can have on both the public and their students. To that end, community engagement through forums such as newspapers, non-academic journals, or “boots-on-the-ground” organizations demonstrate the value of academic work beyond publishing metrics. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Rocque: Why academics should stop ranking themselves Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

Colleges and Institutes Canada is renewing its Natural Resources and Clean Tech internship programs, both of which are funded under Canada’s modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. A release from CICan states that the programs will enable 230 young Canadians to access paid internships in the green economy. “Colleges and institutes play a vital role in ensuring that all Canadians, including those most vulnerable, have access to the skills they need to build meaningful careers thanks to hands-on learning opportunities,” said CICan President Denise Amyot. “Our Career-Launcher Internship program ensures young Canadians gain meaningful, paid experience to enter the workforce with confidence, and become more resilient in the face of disruption.” CICan (National)

CICan renews green internships Top Ten 08/28/2019 - 03:38 08/28/2019 - 03:30

St Francis Xavier University has received a $7.7M investment over 8 years from the Government of Canada for the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH). The funding will support research and evidence-based knowledge exchange focused on improving health equity for Canadians, as well as enabling the public health community to take action on the social determinants of health. "The work of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health is essential in helping tackle challenges, which not long ago were not thought of as health issues," stated Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health. "The stable funding announced today will help find new ways to improve our health care systems and to address disparities in access to health services across the country." StFX (NS)

StFX receives $7.7M for health centre Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

Members of the Laurentian University community will be greeted by trilingual signs when they return to campus this community. The signs now feature English, French, and Anishinaabemowin, thanks to the translation efforts of Anishinaabemowin speakers over the summer. “With Laurentian University sitting on Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Territory, I am ecstatic to know that the history and language of the Anishinawbek people is being recognized throughout the university through trilingual signs.” said Valerie Richer, Chief of Atikameksheng Anishinawbek. Laurentian stated that the signage change is part of its strategic plan, which aims to make the university into the school of choice for northern, francophone, and Indigenous students from across the world. Laurentian (ON)

Laurentian introduces trilingual signs on campus Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

Over 50 institutional presidents, education association executives, and high-ranking government officials from around the world have signed the Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated Education. The first-of-its-kind charter calls on organizations to respond to three calls to action: Create a significant number of new opportunities for students to obtain meaningful, international, work-integrated experiences; develop and deliver educational offerings specifically designed to enhance student intercultural fluency and resilience with focus on equity, diversity and inclusion; and facilitate conversations between higher education and business to determine what constitutes ‘global work readiness.’ “Canada has played a leadership role in co-op and work-integrated learning for over 45 years,” stated CEWIL Canada President Kristine Dawson, “and I was pleased to sign this global charter today as a symbol of Canada’s ongoing commitment to this critical talent pipeline tool.” CEWIL (International)

Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated Education signatories to improve WIL opportunities Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

A survey out of the US has found that postsecondary students who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, or nonbinary are four times more likely to have mental health challenges than other students. According to Reuters, the research team analyzed responses from a survey of 60,000 students, of whom 1,200 identified as gender minorities. The researchers stated that about 78% of gender minority students met the criteria for one or more mental health disorder, compared to 45% of cisgender students. “What’s surprising is the magnitude of disparities, and the consistency across all the indicators makes you step back and take pause,” said researcher Sarah Ketchen Lipson. National Post (International)

Gender minority students four times more likely to struggle with mental health: US study Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

CEGEPs have experienced a 0.8% drop in enrolments this year, reports the Montreal Gazette. The greatest drops were noticed in the North Shore, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and Mauricie; while Laval, Gaspésie, and Centre-du-Québec experienced increases. Fédération des cégeps President Bernard Tremblay stated that the federation had anticipated the drop, and that enrolments should be on the upswing next year. The CEGEP network has also turned to international students to compensate for enrolment drops. “It allows students from Gaspé, Matane or Baie-Comeau to stay in their region,” added Tremblay. “If there are only four people enrolled in a program, the arrival of four to six international students will permit that program to be maintained.” Montreal Gazette (Presse Canadienne) | La Presses (QC)

CEGEPs experience enrolment drop Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick has implemented a tuition policy change in which students taking nine or more credit hours, or three courses, will be considered full-time both financially and academically. CBC reports that the change has left some students scrambling to cover an unanticipated increase in tuition costs. Chris Kim, an international student studying software engineering, told CBC that he now has to pay $9.2K per semester when he had expected to pay $3.5K. UNB President George MacLean said the university implemented the change so that students taking three courses per semester would have access to full-time benefits such as the university health and dental plan. CBC (NB)

UNB implements policy change Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

A fourth-year economics student at Thompson Rivers University is leading a project to reduce the number of disposable cups and bottles on campus by 20,000 this September. A release explains that the Fill It Forward Challenge involves an app in which participants scan a barcode on their re-useable bottles every time they fill up. Participants in the challenge are entered for prize draws, and each scan of the bar-code donates the equivalent of one cup of water to a charity. “If half the people who participate in our challenge continue to scan their barcodes and continue to use their reusables,” said Canyon Sinclair, “then that’s a number of people who have developed a green habit and are not buying a cup when they go to the coffee shop, or aren’t getting a disposable water bottle.” TRU (BC)

TRU initiative challenges students to divert plastic waste Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

Ryerson University is introducing a toy invention program. University Affairs reports that the program will include courses on the principles of toy invention and gamification, an introduction to intellectual property, market research techniques, and product prototyping. “Toy invention is at the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship and design, and we believe that Toronto is a creative and entrepreneurial city,” said Lorena Escandón, program coordinator at Ryerson. The Chang School for Continuing Education will host the program, with input from OCAD University and the toy company Spin Master. University Affairs (ON)

Ryerson launches toy invention program Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

CDI College has reportedly terminated a student after missing multiple classes due to a concussion. Student Abby Carrothers began the dental assisting program in March and was on track to graduate by February 2020, but was terminated from the program after she suffered a concussion. Carrothers states that she missed classes during her recovery, but that she provided doctor's notes explaining her absences. CDI College told CBC that it is "currently working with this student to seek a mutually-agreed upon resolution, with the goal of the student successfully completing with no financial penalty." CBC (AB)

CDI College student terminated after absences due to concussion Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

The British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team has partnered with the Denesoline Corporation Limited to build a renewable energy platform for the Lutsel K’e First Nation Community in the Northwest Territories. A release from BCIT states that the community’s electricity needs are currently provided by diesel generators, which can increase the risk of toxic spills. The proposed hybrid energy platform will help the community transition away from diesel. “Supported by local knowledge, we will be able to develop an accurate picture of the Lutsel K’e community’s energy needs,” said BCIT SMART Director Hassan Farhangi. “This is critical in helping us identify suitable technologies and designing the Microgrid concept.” BCIT (BC)

BCIT SMART team, Denesoline build cleaner future for NWT community Top Ten 08/27/2019 - 03:39 08/27/2019 - 03:30

The federal government has earmarked $147.9M for a global mobility program that will provide international experience and skills-training to 11,000 students. Within this program, Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada will administer the Outbound Student Mobility Pilot, a $95M initiative that seeks to boost participation rates for underrepresented students, diversify international opportunities, and reduce barriers to working and studying abroad. “The new Outbound Student Mobility Pilot is significant news for young Canadians, and for Canada. Canada’s universities look forward to working with our partners in government and the higher education sector to enable more students, from all backgrounds, to participate in global mobility experiences,” said Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada. Universities Canada | CICan (National)

CICan, Universities Canada to pilot study abroad initiative Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 10:38 08/26/2019 - 03:30

Trent University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Limerick to facilitate student and faculty exchanges and enhance research collaboration opportunities. "We are excited to be in Ireland to explore new opportunities for Trent to collaborate with leading higher education institutions such as the University of Limerick," said Trent Associate Vice President International Glennice Burns. "With strong links to business and industry, UL excels at translational research which creates opportunities for both faculty and students overseas. Establishing robust international partnerships is critical to this effort." A release from Trent adds that the MOU will expand Trent’s study abroad network into 36 countries. Trent (ON)

Trent, Limerick sign MOU to facilitate exchanges and research collaboration Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 03:37 08/26/2019 - 03:30

Green chemistry can bring multiple benefits to students, academics, and industry, writes Devin Latimer. Students can learn to think critically about their field, while instructors can facilitate principles of green chemistry into professional practices. Latimer goes on to offer several examples of how green chemistry can encourage students to pursue sustainable production methods in the lab. “To change the mindset of the chemical industry from being economically driven to being sustainability driven,” Latimer concludes, “scientists must develop new scientific processes that prioritize environmental considerations." The Conversation (International)

Latimer: Green chemistry labs teach students a sustainable and innovative mindset Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 03:37 08/26/2019 - 03:30

Vancouver Film School and Capilano University have signed a degree pathway partnership. A release from CapilanoU states that the agreement consists of pathways in Digital Design, Acting for Film and Television, Writing for Film, Television, and Games, and Film Production. Students will now be able to complete both a diploma at VFS and a bachelor degree at CapilanoU in three years of full-time study. “This is a special partnership for Vancouver Film School,” said Jon Bell, Managing Director of VFS. “Capilano University’s standard of excellence and commitment to academic achievement speaks for itself, and will enable us to create a route for creatives looking for new career opportunities.” CapilanoU (BC)

VFS, CapilanoU announce four new pathways Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 03:37 08/26/2019 - 03:30

The Goodman School of Business at Brock University has expanded its Chartered Professional Accountant designation to include its Master of Professional Accounting program. A BrockU release states that the program provides tailored programs and pathways for international students. “This expanded accreditation from CPA Ontario is a key step forward for the Goodman School of Business and the programs it offers,” said BrockU President Gervan Fearon. “As a University, we’re committed to providing professional and innovative academic programming that sets our students up for success in their careers.” BrockU (ON)

BrockU receives CPA accreditation for accounting program Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 03:37 08/26/2019 - 03:30

A new study out of the US compares employment and earnings of those who do not go beyond high school with those who attend college without completing a credential. The authors find that students with “some college” are considerably more likely to be employed fifteen years after high school graduation and tend to earn significantly more than their counterparts who do not go to college. The findings apply to different demographics, with low-income students, women, and students of colour generally experiencing the greatest improvements in labor outcomes from college attendance. Although college dropouts do not fare as well as graduates, the authors conclude that an incomplete college education nevertheless acts as a “stepping stone” for a better career outcome. Study (International)

Attewell and Walling: The Value of an Incomplete Degree Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 03:37 08/26/2019 - 03:30

Champlain College Saint Lambert has announced that it is collaborating with the food service provider Excelso and the Follett's Bookstore on an ecofriendly plan that will see the discontinuation of single-use plastic carryout bags as well as disposable plastic food service ware on campus. The campus will also stop making bottled water and non-recyclable containers, plates, and cups available. Champlain plans to introduce a “bring your own dish” program for take-out in January 2020. Champlain (QC)

Champlain takes on ecofriendly plan, stops offering single-use plastic Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 03:37 08/26/2019 - 03:30

The Newfoundland government is investing $1.15M for three research projects through the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre, an initiative administered by College of the North Atlantic. A release explains that the funds will support a pilot project that explores best practices in the delivery of employment programs, services, and supports for at-risk youth and young adults aged 15 to 40; a research-based program to support social enterprise throughout the province; and an entrepreneurial partnership with the Vine Place Community Centre. “Workforce development is a priority for our government and we look forward to continuing to support economic growth and diversification through the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre in Corner Brook,” said Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Bernard Davis. CNA (NL)

NL releases $1.15M for research projects at CNA Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 03:37 08/26/2019 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, and University of Minnesota are working with members of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba to build a Muskrat Hut. The project is aimed at addressing the Indigenous housing crisis by building a hut that will provide clean water, toilets, and food preparation areas for the Nation. “We’re really trying to be cognizant of the impact and footprint on the environment, so it’s got solar panels and it uses a incinerator toilet that leaves zero waste,” said USask Education Professor Alex Wilson. Wilson said that the project was spearheaded by Idle No More’s One House, Many Nations campaign and added that the hut is intended for community and cultural gatherings. 620 CKRM | CBC (SK)

USask, UManitoba, UMinnesota, Opaskwayak work together on sustainable housing design Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 03:37 08/26/2019 - 03:30

Durham College has announced that its Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions (AI Hub) will deliver a new Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst Training program. The three-day course has been designed and developed collaboratively with international cyber security and threat intelligence experts, and will prepare students for the EC-Council's Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst Certification exam. Durham’s AI Hub also recently received $210K from Ontario Centre of Excellence for the College Voucher for Technology Adoption (CVTA) program. The program will see the college’s AI Hub work with 21 SMEs who are facing barriers related to the adoption of AI solutions and capabilities. Durham (Program) | Durham (OCE Funding) (ON)

Durham announces Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst program, receives AI Hub funding Top Ten 08/26/2019 - 03:37 08/26/2019 - 03:30

The Globe and Mail reports that some members of the academic community are calling for greater transparency from the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research, an arms-length body that investigates alleged misconduct by researchers. According to the Globe , 133 federally funded researchers were disciplined for integrity breaches in the past eight years, and 25 were reprimanded for integrity breaches in 2019. Currently, the Secretariat requires institutions to conduct their own investigations, after which reports are anonymized and submitted to the watchdog, which recommends sanctions. Sociologist Brian Martinson explained that part of the secrecy stems from the perception of research integrity issues as career-ending: “If the only penalty is death by beheading, nobody wants to talk about the crime.” Globe and Mail (National)

Academics call for greater transparency in misconduct investigations Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

Northeastern University is launching a campus in Vancouver. Pending regulatory approvals, programs will include master’s degrees in project management and information systems, with artificial intelligence, data science, cybersecurity, and information design and visualization programs under consideration. In addition to collaborating with the Toronto campus to develop a base of operations in Canadas, the release states that the Vancouver campus will be part of a network that includes Seattle and San Francisco/Silicon Valley. “There’s a need for computer scientists here, and it’s explicit,” said Steve Eccles, Dean of the Vancouver campus. “We’re tightly aligned with that need.” Northeastern (BC)

Northeastern launches Vancouver campus Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

Queen’s University, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, and Collège d'Alma are among the institutions and organizations that have received funding from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund. Queen’s has received $3.27M to deliver a suite of programming for women in tech and Indigenous women entrepreneurs; York has received $1.87M to develop and deliver the Fempower program; WLU has received $1.39M to utilize existing incubation/acceleration space to support women entrepreneurs; and Collège d'Alma has received $912K to support COlab, which trains and mentors women entrepreneurs in a 4.0 digital culture framework. Queen’s | Canada (National)

Canada invests in women entrepreneurs Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

The Gerald Schwartz School of Business at St Francis Xavier University has signed on to the Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative. According to a release, the initiative engages business and management schools to ensure they provide future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals, while also drawing attention to Sustainable Development Goals and aligning academic institutions with the UN Global Compact. “Ultimately, PRME implementation boils down to embedding the values of corporate sustainability and responsibility into the daily activities of the Schwartz School of Business through a wide range of potential projects, actions, policies, and structural changes,” said Brad Long, John T Sears Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility. StFX (NS)

StFX’s Schwartz School of Business signs on to PRME initiative Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association at the University of Waterloo is offering legal supports for students who opt into the new Legal Protection Program, reports CBC. Students will have access to support for legal issues pertaining to housing disputes, academic rights violations, and workplace safety and harassment. Seneca Velling, VP of Operations and Finance for WUSA, told CBC that more than 78% of students voted in favour of the initiative in a referendum. Those who opt-in will have access to the program at a cost of $9.56 per term. CBC (ON)

UWaterloo student association introduces legal aid initiative for undergraduates Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

Parkland College has introduced a program to prepare students for careers in tourism and hospitality. A release states that Parkland will work with the Yorkton Tribal Council to deliver the program, which includes 12 weeks of classroom time and a six-week placement. “This is a great opportunity for unemployed individuals to learn life and work skills that will help them build confidence, gain experience, and prepare them for employment,” said Mark Hoddenbagh, President of Parkland College and Cumberland College. The participants will receive job readiness training, learn fundamental workplace skills, and earn credit towards a designated trade with Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council. Parkland (SK)

Parkland introduces tourism, hospitality training program Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

In addition to providing an affordable alternative to market rentals for international students, homestay programs offer students and hosts a unique intercultural experience, writes Anqi Shen. As international enrolments grow increasingly common in Canada, Shen adds, homestays have started to assume a larger role in the recruitment process. After noting recent concerns about how to regulate relationships between institutions and international agents, Shen discusses the potential benefits and challenges of homestay for both host families and students. The article concludes with an anecdote from international student Görkem Bakir, who said that homestays are also more affordable than private apartments. University Affairs (National)

Shen: University homestay programs offer more than room and board Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

A new analysis of UNESCO data has found that international students made a $300B impact on the global economy in 2016. International students in Canada had a direct and indirect economic impact of $11.2B USD, an amount that exceeds that of France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Pie News reports that the study warned that the future mobility of international students faced “serious threats” to its growth momentum, due to the increasing costs of studying internationally and poorer work prospects. The article adds that the analysis did not account for unquantifiable, cultural, and social impacts of international mobility. Pie News (International)

Economic impact of international students exceeded $11B in 2016: Analysis Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

RBC has opened an ONCampus branch that will provide students at Conestoga College’s Doon campus year-round banking support and advice. Michael Hotchkiss, RBC ONCampus manager at Conestoga, said that RBC specialists at the branch are trained to deliver financial advice on aspects of student life that range from balancing budgets to being future-ready. “Banking services is a piece that the college couldn’t provide directly so we looked to partnerships and how they might work on our campuses,” said Ancillary Services director Adam Hustwitt. “It was important to find a partner that could serve all of our locations.” Conestoga (ON)

RBC partners with Conestoga for on-campus banking services Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

Researchers at UBC Okanagan are collaborating with Fenix Advanced Materials to develop a next-generation battery. According to a release from UBCO, the expansion of portable electronics and electric vehicles is driving demand for smaller, more portable batteries. The partners will source raw materials from local suppliers in their research. “We want to utilize and add value to the raw materials readily available in our region especially from Fenix, Teck, Retriev, Eagle Graphite and Deer Horn,” said Fenix CEO Don Freschi. “This can stimulate our rural economy and advance our technological capability through circular economy.” UBCO (BC)

UBCO sources local materials for next-gen battery Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 03:35 08/23/2019 - 03:30

Douglas College will no longer sell single-use bottles of water on campus. A release cites a campus-wide survey in which 92% of respondents said they strongly supported the removal of single-use bottles from vending machines and cafeterias. “Last year, 32,000 bottles of water were sold at the College,” said Andrew Hodgson, Douglas Manager of Facilities Services. “We understand our responsibility to encourage environmentally sustainable initiatives in pursuit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” The release adds that the college has increased bottle-filling stations throughout the campus, and that reusable bottles will be available at the campus bookstore and select vending machines. Douglas (BC)

Douglas to eliminate bottled water sales Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

1,800 support staff at the Université de Québec à Montréal are threatening to strike, reports the Journal de Montréal. The union representing the workers said that it hopes to restart dialogue with the administration about its previous financial offer, which is said to be the source of the dispute. Syndicat des employées et employés de l’UQAM president Louisa Cordeiro said that employees understand the university’s need to balance the budget, but that the union’s offer is more than reasonable. The previous collective labor agreement expired in May 2017, the Journal adds. Journal de Montréal (QC)

UQAM support staff threaten to take labour action Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

“Imprisoned people long for education,” writes Doran Larson, adding that prisoners’ desire to learn and the potential economic returns of prison education should make accessibility to education for prisoners a priority. Larson explores questions of rehabilitation and punishment, economic motivators for prison education funding, demand for education from prisoners, and public perceptions about incarcerated people, before analyzing the reasons for prison education underfunding in the US. Citing several examples of prison writing that demonstrate the transformative power of education, Larson concludes that incarcerated people are trying to show the public why they need such programs. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Larson: Why prison education matters Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

In response to the resignation of HEQCO’s senior leadership, the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations is calling for the research centre to be shut down. Citing an MOU between HEQCO and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities that ensures the HECQO Chair’s accountability to the government, OCUFA claims that HECQO has not always been clear about the extent of its independence from the Government of Ontario. The OCUFA release adds that former HEQCO President Harvey Weingarten acted as an advisor during the government’s decision to rollback compensation for faculty over 65, and accuses the research centre of not doing enough to investigate the role of chronic underfunding in Ontario’s higher education sector. OCUFA (ON)

OCUFA responds to HEQCO exits by calling for “shut down” Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

A Mount Royal University student and former hockey captain accused of attacking a professor inside of her home plans to argue extreme intoxication as a defense. The student, Matthew Brown, is charged with two counts of break and enter, assault with a weapon, and mischief; and the connection between Brown and the victim are reportedly a coincidence. CBC reports that Brown wants to argue at trial that he was “too high on magic mushrooms to understand his actions,” but that the Criminal Code currently prohibits the use of extreme self-intoxication as a defence. The trial is set to begin in November. CBC (AB)

Defence to argue that MRU student accused of attack was high Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

Trent University has introduced a Postgraduate Certificate in Senior Police Leadership at its Durham campus. A release states that the program includes on governance and civilian oversight, police leaders foundations, and leadership skills. “Supervisors and managers in police services who are hoping to progress in their careers and to take their place as leaders in modern policing should seriously consider continuing their education through this certificate,” said Murray Rodd, retired Chief of Police for the Peterborough Police Service, “not just for themselves, but also for their communities” Trent (ON)

Trent introduces postgraduate certificate in Senior Police Leadership Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

The Alliance of Young Women Entrepreneurs program, a joint initiative between RBC and Mount Saint Vincent University, is preparing its first cohort of participants to launch their own ventures. An MSVU release states that the program provides mentorship and peer advising to help student gain entrepreneurial competencies and practical knowledge for workplace success. “AYWE is a program that brings together tangible and intangible resources tailored for students by focusing on students’ opinions and thoughts,” said participant Gurneet Dhami. “I’m thankful for the informative sessions which have provided an educational opportunity beyond my area of study in nutrition.” MSVU (NS)

MSVU entrepreneurship program targets success for women Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

Huron University has developed a new pledge that commits students to “demonstrate respect and dignity for others” while “operat[ing] with honesty and integrity.” The pledge will be signed by all incoming students, adhering them to a commitment to the institution’s community. The release states that Huron students are called on to volunteer in their communities to develop their capacities for empathy and leadership. “This pledge further reiterates our determination to encourage students to think about the people, cultures and environments around them because we cannot hope to create a better world if we choose only to focus on ourselves,” said Huron VPA and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science Geoff Reid. Huron (ON)

Huron develops new student pledge Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

While the March 15 day of action by students called on local and national governments to act on climate change, reports the Montreal Gazette, attention has shifted to emphasize better environmental education. “They say we have maybe 18 months to act. That’s why young people are so mobilized,” said Léa Ilardo, co-founder of La planète s’invite à l’université. “For us education is indispensable to the cause.” According to Hugues Asselin, coordinator of UQAM’s Centre de recherche en éducation et formation relative à l’environnement et l’écocitoyenneté, “institutionalizing” an environmental education is about infusing all levels of the school educational with a green ethos. “We have to change things as soon as possible, “ said Asselin. “And we need to give students the tools to do that.” Montreal Gazette (QC)

Students mobilize for green education Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

Saanich councillors have agreed to waive local development requirements in order to let the University of Victoria erect two new residence buildings, reports the Victoria Times Colonist. The university will construct two new residences at eight and 11 storeys, the latter of which will exceed the tallest existing building on campus by seven metres. UVic expects to complete the facilities by 2023. Proposals for the new buildings received support from neighbourhood associations, and city councillors said that additional campus housing will free up space for market rentals. Times Colonist (BC)

New student housing will include UVic's tallest building Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 03:39 08/22/2019 - 03:30

The president, board chair, and two senior staff of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario are leaving their posts, reports the Globe and Mail. The Globe notes that the departures come at a time when the Ontario government is looking to shift toward a more performance-based funding model for post-secondary. Outgoing HEQCO President Harvey Weingarten, however, told the Globe that HEQCO has been “writing about performance-based funding or outcomes-based funding for about four years now. So we’re actually quite pleased the government is on it.” Other departing members of HEQCO include Nobina Robinson, who was named chair of the board on May 30th of this year; Fiona Deller, senior executive director of research and policy; and Martin Hicks, executive director of data and statistics. Globe and Mail (ON)

HEQCO sees departure of president, board chair, top staffers Top Ten 08/21/2019 - 03:39 08/21/2019 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia will undergo a $20.4M expansion to its Bio-energy facility (BRDF) with the support of $7.6M from the federal government’s low-carbon economy fund. A UBC release notes that the BRDF provides heat to campus buildings by re-purposing clean wood waste from other outside processes and sources. The expansion is slated to eliminate an average of 14,500 tonnes of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions per year and save more than $1M in annual operating costs. “The investment in this expansion is a major component of UBC’s Climate Action Plan and greatly assists in advancing toward UBC’s target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 67 per cent (below a 2007 baseline),” said John Madden, director of sustainability and engineering for UBC Campus and Community Planning. The Province | UBC (BC)

UBC to undertake $20.4M expansion of bioenergy heating plant Top Ten 08/21/2019 - 03:39 08/21/2019 - 03:30

The debate over the purpose of a university education is as old as universities themselves, and a new course at Western University will look to help students understand how their own educational journey fits into this broader historical context. This Winter term, English and Writing Studies Professor Jane Toswell will teach “This University,” a new course intended to be an academic look at what universities are, and are not, against the backdrop of WesternU itself. “Universities are the longest-standing institutions, probably the most important institutions, coming out of Europe,” notes Toswell, adding that, “Students don’t realize we’re part of a very long sweep of history about what we are doing as a university and what the purpose of university is.” WesternU (ON)

New course at WesternU will ask students to reflect on the origins, mission of the university Top Ten 08/21/2019 - 03:39 08/21/2019 - 03:30

Queen’s University has corrected a website in the office of the principal that for several years has advertised a special fund for visiting scholars as open only to people who are not white and male, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Since at least early 2016, the website for the Principal’s Development Fund, which pays for hotel and travel for visiting scholars, read: “This fund is to support academic visits by women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and people with disabilities.” The school noted that this implied discrimination against white men has not in fact been taking place, citing several white men who have recently received the funding. Ottawa Citizen (ON)

Queen’s changes website copy suggesting white men not eligible for visiting scholar fund Top Ten 08/22/2019 - 08:38 08/21/2019 - 03:30

Higher education not only needs to stop judging programs by the business outcomes of their graduates; they need to eliminate the business major altogether, writes Johann N Neem. The author predicates his argument on three main points, which are: business programs do not necessarily lead to higher salaries, they produce lower student-learning outcomes, and they ultimately exist in contradiction with the ethical and intellectual purposes of a university education. “A [university] graduate ought to be a different kind of person than someone who did not attend [university],” contends Neem, adding that “The issue is not just skills, but character.” Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

Why universities should drop the business major: Neem Top Ten 08/21/2019 - 03:39 08/21/2019 - 03:30

Langara College has changed the name of its Publishing program to the Digital and Print Publishing program to better reflect the breadth of the existing curriculum and the employment opportunities that have been gained by program graduates. “We are delivering the same high-quality curriculum to our students but the new name gives employers in the industry a more accurate representation of the skills possessed by our graduates,” said Creative Arts and Industries Division Chair, Darren Bernaerdt. Langara notes that the change was made after a comprehensive program review. Langara (BC)

Langara changes name of publishing program to reflect changing times, value of grads Top Ten 08/21/2019 - 03:39 08/21/2019 - 03:30

Many post-secondary leaders will emphasis the importance of lifelong learning when speaking to students at their institutions, but how often do they reflect on the importance of such learning in their own positions? This is the question posed by S Georgia Nugent in an essay reflecting on the importance of academic leaders cultivating a thirst for learning. Nugent offers three key pieces of advice for maintaining this thirst in a leadership role, which include reading books on academic leadership, but also maintaining a keen interest in people and how they interact with one another. Inside Higher Ed (International)

How academic leaders can remain committed to lifelong learning Top Ten 08/21/2019 - 03:39 08/21/2019 - 03:30

Gender-nonconforming and transgender post-secondary students are four times more likely to report mental health issues compared to the rest of their peers, according to a new US-based study which is reportedly the largest to date focusing on this population of students. Almost 80% these students reported having at least one mental health issue compared to 45% of their cisgender peers. 58% of gender non-conforming and transgender students screened positive for depression, while less than 30% of cisgender students did. "Every college needs to have trans-experienced therapists, if not at least one trans-identified therapist, and should have at least one support group specifically for trans students," notes Genny Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Largest study to date on trans, gender-nonconforming students finds higher levels of depression, mental health issues Top Ten 08/21/2019 - 03:39 08/21/2019 - 03:30

Post-secondary school leaders from across Canada recently gathered in the Yukon to share ideas and gather knowledge about how they can effectively infuse their institutions with Indigenous knowledge and history. Representatives from 31 colleges and universities were in the territory last week for the "Perspectives on Reconciliation" institute, a program hosted by Yukon College, Vancouver Island University, and the McConnell Foundation. Yahoo News reports that key takeaways from the event included insights on how to revise an institution’s mission statement, and a re-examination of policies that could either intentionally or unintentionally create barriers for Indigenous students. Yahoo News (YK)

Post-secondary leaders gather in YK to enhance focus on reconciliation Top Ten 08/21/2019 - 03:39 08/21/2019 - 03:30

A new partnership will provide students in the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences course credit for completing the EPIC Discovery Program of the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre). Students enrolled in the course Ways of Doing will reportedly receive mentorship, workshops, and other resources to help them validate their ideas. The course connects students with community partners to participate in hands-on learning to explore career interests, navigate human networks, and develop the opportunities that students find valuable to their futures, says instructor Tim Brunet. UWindsor (ON)

Partnership to give UWindsor Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences students course credit for entrepreneurship program Top Ten 08/21/2019 - 03:39 08/21/2019 - 03:30

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the creation of a new advisory committee to help promote apprenticeships and skilled trades across Canada, writes The Canadian Press. Trudeau made the announcement at Nova Scotia Community College’s Dartmouth campus, where he was also attending a roundtable that focused on promoting trades for women. The Canadian Press adds that Mandy Rennehan, founder and CEO of Freshco; Jamie McMillan, ironworker and founder of Kickass Careers; and Matt Wayland, executive assistant with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have been named to the committee. Chat News Today (CP) (National)

PM announces new advisory committee to promote trades Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

The Alberta government has appointed 60 people to 20 institutions across the province, drawing rebukes from their political opposition, reports the Globe and Mail. Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides said that the appointments would improve financial oversight and bolster links to industry. Advanced Education critic David Eggen responded that the move smacks of cronyism, adding that many of the new appointees had a history of donating to the PC party that preceded the UCP. “This is exactly the atmosphere that brought us to the end of the PC era,” Eggen added. According to the Globe, several of the former appointees had yet to finish their terms. Globe and Mail | Calgary Herald (AB)

AB’s university appointments draw cries of cronyism from critics  Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge has announced that the province will inject $68M into the province’s CEGEP system as part of a financial reform for the 2019-20 academic year. The Montreal Gazette reports that the reforms will also increase base-level funding for CEGEPs and alter the formula for enrolment-based funding. The Gazette states that the total reforms will amount to more than $150M, including pay raises for employees and researchers. Montreal Gazette (QC)

QC government announces $150M in funding for CEGEPs  Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

Scientists who wish to leave academia do not need to justify their decision to others, writes Jonathan Thon. To make his case, the author borrows from the sociologist Charles Cooley, who famously formulated that “I am not who you think I am; I am not who I think I am; I am who I think you think I am.” In other words, career paths beyond the professoriate begin with distinguishing one’s sense of self from expectations imposed from outside. Thon adds that scientists serve an array of industries beyond the university, and that their services are consistently in high demand. Leaving academia also alleviates the “echo chamber” effect that can sometimes disconnect the academy from the outside world, states Thon. University Affairs (National)

Leaving academia does not signal failure: Thon Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

Former NHLer Serge Savard has pledged $5M to help student athletes at the Université de Sherbrooke, an amount said to be the largest donation to student athletics in the institution’s history. USherbrooke Recteur Pierre Cossette called the creation of the Serge Savard Fund excellent news for both the institution and its student athletes. A release adds that the fund was announced during l’Invitation Serge Savard golf tournament, which featured celebrities and former Montreal Canadiens players Larry Robinson, Peter Mahovlich, Guy Lapointe, and Yvan Cournoyer. USherbrooke (QC)

Former NHLer Savard kickstarts student athlete initiative at USherbrooke  Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

According to John Warner, the epidemic of anxiety and depression amongst school and college-aged students will not be mitigated until educators and administrators abandon “notions around standardization and accountability.” Warner reflects on this dilemma as he prepared to teach an upcoming first year writing seminar, noting that he will aim to provide students with some degree of space and freedom to expand their intellectual, emotional, and social abilities. To do so, the class will encourage students to explore theories and practices of humour. Warner states that he will grant his students the space and agency to learn how and what they will, with the requirement that they articulate what they have learned when the time comes. Inside Higher Ed (International)

We've already ruined childhood. Let's not do the same in post-secondary: Warner Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

A mere 15% of Canadian post-secondary students have taken steps to protect their data online despite evidence that cyberattacks are on the rise, reports CTV. “It is crucial that students, parents and educational institutions are more thorough and proactive about protecting what matters to them – and students’ futures,” said Gary Davis, McAfee’s Chief Consumer Security Analyst. The University of Waterloo has reported a “significant increase” in cyberattacks, adds CTV, while Carleton University and the University of Calgary were targeted in ransomware attacks in 2016. CTV also found that although 80% of respondents to a McAfee survey said they knew someone who had been targeted, only 40% felt they would fall victim to a cyberattack. CTV (National)

Post-secondary students need to protect themselves from cyberattacks: McAfee analyst Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

Competing accounts of student loan defaults make it hard to determine the extent of Canada’s student debt problem, reports Global News. However, economists have pinpointed two key scenarios that can trigger the combination of low incomes and high student debt—taking out loans but not graduating, and several years of low-paid employment after the completion of a degree. Although the latter group may move on to higher paying jobs, the first few years of low income can create a debt snowball, Global adds. Christine Neill, a professor of economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, told Global that a “mortgage-style” repayment system, in which students are expected to start paying back their loans immediately, can further exacerbate debt burdens for recent graduates. Global News (National)

Measuring Canada’s student debt problem Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

Informational interviews with professors and industry professionals are a key tactic for undergraduates looking to boost the value proposition of their degrees, writes Derrick E Rancourt. According to the author, informational interviews are a form of “rapid prototype testing” that can help students pivot to a new prototype if they do not like what they hear. Students should also engage with professors at the cutting-edge of research, Rancourt adds. Such “wayfinding” techniques can also be paired with work integrated learning to make students more marketable upon graduation. University Affairs (National)

Informational interviews as a form of career prototyping Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

St Lawrence College and Saint Paul University have signed a pathway agreement that will allow graduates from seven programs to complete their Bachelor’s degree in two more years, with 60 transfer credits to the university program. “We are grateful for this partnership with Saint Paul University, as it provides yet another important way for our students and graduates to continue on with their educational goals,” said SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. “These ‘2 + 2’ pathways provide full recognition of the credits achieved at SLC and offer exceptional opportunities for students to further their education.” SLC (ON)

SLC, SPU team up with new pathway agreement Top Ten 08/20/2019 - 03:37 08/20/2019 - 03:30

A group of post-secondary institutions from across Canada has been chosen to participate in the federal government’s new Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada pilot program. Based on the United Kingdom's Athena Swan Charter, the program is supported by all of Canada’s Tri-Council organizations, and will look to lead the way in increasing diversity at Canadian post-secondary institutions. “We are bringing wholesale culture change to Canadian science and research while incorporating the Canadian values of equity, diversity and inclusion so that our researchers better reflect the Canada we live in,” said Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan. Canada (National)

17 institutions chosen for pilot of Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada pilot Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Ontario has announced that it is earmarking $1.2M for research at the University of Guelph on bio-products, waste reduction, and recycling technologies. The projects include looking at bio-degradable or compostable straws from the natural fibre of miscanthus grass and corn stover, creating renewable biochemical products from dead chickens, and turning greenhouse vegetable waste into renewable energy. "All of these projects are really around can we replace some of these plastics,” said UoGuelph Professor Beverley Hale, who also serves as the associate VP of research for the Agri-Food partnership. “And of course that's big on everybody's mind right now, with a recent report on micro-plastics being everywhere.” UoGuelph | Guelph Mercury Tribune (ON)

ON earmarks $1.2M for bioproduct research at UoGuelph Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

Students at McMaster University have stripped a club of its official status after concerns were raised about the group’s alleged ties to external organizations expressing white supremacist beliefs, reports the Hamilton Spectator. "It is important to ensure all clubs are truthful throughout the application process, and that we ensure that discriminatory or xenophobic attitudes have no place in the MSU clubs system or in campus discourse," said Students Union President Joshua Marando. The Dominion Club had originally applied for status as the Macdonald Society, named after Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A Macdonald, noting that it would fill a void of "clubs aimed to address the promotion of Canadian culture, traditions and heritage." Hamilton Spectator (ON)

McMaster students strip club of status, citing alleged ties to groups espousing white supremacist beliefs Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

In response to the still-growing phenomenon of helicopter parents, many post-secondary institutions in the US are now offering orientation programs directed specifically at parents, reports Jeremy Bauer-Wolf. The author notes that these orientations are designed primarily to assuage parents’ fears about their children being on their own for the first time, in addition to other concerns about issues like campus safety, employment prospects after graduation, and underage drinking. In some cases, parents will attend orientation programming in place of their children and direct their children to choose a school based on these experiences. Inside Higher Ed (International)

US institutions hosting more orientation programs directed solely at parents Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

Cambrian College has announced that it will be offering a Maintenance Management Professional certificate program this fall. The program focuses on effectively managing the physical assets of a business, as well as improving safety and productivity. “Being able to take the courses at night, we feel is a real benefit to anybody who is already working in the industry,” said Cambrian Director of Business Operations Kim Lair. "Definitely we're at that point where industry partners and the general public are asking for this program to be offered, and we want to be able to fill that void." CBC (ON)

Cambrian launches maintenance management program Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

“A professor calling on students might have the best of intentions. But because being in the hot seat is so much riskier for women, the scholars suggest, instructors should avoid putting students there,” writes Beckie Supiano. The author cites a study which found that women are much more fearful than men about answering a question incorrectly in front of others, likely due in part to fears about confirming gender stereotypes. For this reason, a professor calling on students at random might be detrimental to women. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

Calling on students at random in the classroom could negatively affect women: study Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

“Organizing and reinforcing your stakeholders’ positive perceptions about your school by the way you and your college or university community members act and talk about your school will help create a healthy, efficient, effective, and optimistic culture whose members are eager to follow your lead toward a bright future,” writes Eric Sickler. The author notes that this point goes especially for prospective stakeholders whose perceptions of an institution are yet to be shaped, and offers presidents tips on how to make sure they use every opportunity to communicate a clear and consistent brand for their school. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Presidents must take ownership of their institution’s brand: Sickler Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

Several recent events at Laurentian University have helped to deepen its with China and Peru, reports the Sudbury Star. Most notably, a recent $250K donation from TPEI Accounting and Education Foundation will help provide scholarships to support exchanges for Chinese and Canadian students. The Star notes that this donation is the first of its kind made to a Canadian institution by the Foundation. The university also recently hosted colleagues from Peru to participate in a weeklong Building Environmental Strategies workshop. The Sudbury Star (ON)

Laurentian deepens ties with China, Peru Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

Even a cursory look at the cultures of Canadian campuses will show that conservative voices are not only surviving, but thriving in these spaces, writes Wilfrid Laurier University Professor James Cairns. The author defines conservatism as a “worldview that believes social hierarchies are both inevitable and beneficial,” and one that “takes for granted the supremacy of the Western literary canon, the neutrality of political and legal institutions, the goodness of imperialist powers.” These values exist nearly everywhere on campus, Cairns adds, from the makeup of university boards to what is taught in classrooms. The author concludes that the true barrier to a diversity of ideas on campus is the extreme reaction that conservatism exhibits when it is challenged. Waterloo Region Record (National)

Debunking the myth of conservative persecution on campus: Cairns Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

After spending a full course forging a connection with students, especially in smaller seminars where the primary pedagogy is discussion, Professor Jonathan Golding asked himself why he was willing to “let it all slip away after a class was over.” In order to stay in touch with students, Golding proceeded to create an Instagram account at the recommendation of his students, where he posts “a photo a few days each week either at work (e.g., leading a discussion in my new senior seminar) or at some event (e.g., a university basketball game).” While acknowledging that this approach is not for everyone, Golding encourages faculty members to “take the plunge” and get to know the joy of staying connected with past students. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Using Instagram to stay connected with students after the course: Golding Top Ten 08/19/2019 - 03:39 08/19/2019 - 03:30

The University of Alberta’s Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge will be working with Indigenous communities to better access, understand, and apply Indigenous laws. “For a century few, if any, Canadian lawyers ever asked the question about how First Nations on the prairies regulated their societies and relationships and dealt with the same issues that common law, Western law dealt with,” said David Percy, UAlberta’s Interim Dean of Law. “The lodge is a great example of an academic institution listening to Indigenous communities and organizations. Canada will be better off for the work being done here and elsewhere across the country.” The initiative received $134K in funding from the Government of Canada. CBC | Edmonton Journal (AB)

UAlberta Indigenous law centre gets federal boost Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

It is time for institutions to make good on their claim that the people on their campus matter, writes Kathleen Bortolin. The author notes that in her school’s teaching and learning centre, for example, conversations can often “shift away from learning outcomes and engaging teaching strategies and we slide into whispers about workload issues, politics, bullying and survival.” The author outlines several steps institutions can take to create a greater culture of empathy, which would include becoming more intentional in seeking out this quality in job applicants, and questioning “incomprehensible workloads and lack of support for new (and seasoned) faculty.” University Affairs (International)

Institutions must become more intentional in how they promote empathy: Bortolin Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

Web of Science Group has published a list of researchers who produced multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year. The list of approximately 6,000 researchers includes both those in specific fields and those with a cross-field impact. Canada was ranked 7th on the list of countries, with 166 (2.7%) of HCRs living in the country. Numerous post-secondary institutions appeared on the list, with the greatest numbers of Canadian HCRs coming from the University of British Columbia (33) and the University of Toronto (28). The researchers recommend a careful reading of the study’s methodology. HCR | Report (International)

Web of Science Group publishes list of most highly cited researchers in 2018 Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

The Mount Allison University community and members of the Fort Folly First Nation have embarked an Indigenous garden project. Fourth-year MtA student Raven Elwell has been working to establish several Indigenous gardens on campus, which include local plants with important meanings and uses in Indigenous culture, and marking plant species with new signage in English, French, and Mi’kmaq. “We’ve worked with the University to design several gardens. One focuses on the medicine wheel, and another is called the Three Sisters garden, which includes corn, beans, and squash,” explains Jesse Popp, MtA Geography and Environment professor. “We’re looking forward to sharing these with the campus and wider community in the fall.” MtA (NB)

MtA plants Indigenous gardens Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

Northern Lakes College’s Loon River Site will be returning to full campus status in September 2019. The site has been a Community Access Point since 2013, but has seen growing demand for programming and proven enrolment. “Providing students with the opportunity to live at home while developing skills and furthering their education is a priority for Loon River First Nation,” said Loon River First Nation Chief Ivan Sawan. “We have made, and will continue to make, financial contributions in the investment in education for our members and community.” NLC (BC)

NLC returns Loon River site to full campus status Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

With classes starting on September 4th, many students are still struggling to find housing in Northern Ontario, reports CBC. "From what I have experienced over the years, if you want the best, the cream of the crop, you should be looking in February, March," says Joe McGibbon, residence life manager at Laurentian University in Sudbury. CBC states that while many institutions offer support for students looking for housing, students are more commonly left to do their own searching. "The housing isn't here," said Nicole Shelke, a leasing agent in Thunder Bay. "Everybody is looking for September 1, but we only have so many apartment buildings in the area that they're looking for." Shelke stated that some students will need to accept apartments that are farther away from campus. CBC (ON)

Students scramble for last-minute housing in Northern ON Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

“While headline-grabbing scandals involving rogue administrators and structural failures often generate steep legal fees, criminal charges, and public outrage, high-profile universities have seen donations — and sometimes enrollment — rise in the aftermath,” writes Will Jarvis. The author notes that schools with long-established brands can not only survive scandals, but also raise more money if alumni feel their alma mater needs their help. With respect to students, the author notes that scandals can sometimes lead to dips in student applications, although the vast majority of these are temporary. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

Why do many schools raise more money after a public scandal?: Jarvis Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

A quarter of international students studying in the US say that they worry about gun violence at their institution, while 37% say they worry about such violence in the local community, according to a new survey. Students attending urban institutions were most likely to express these concerns, with the highest levels of reported concern coming from students from Asia and from the Middle East/North Africa. Despite these concerns, however, 88% of respondents said they felt safe from physical harm or acts of violence at their institutions, while 79% said they felt physically safe within their local community. Inside Higher Ed (International)

International students in US worried about gun violence: study Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

Students at the University of Waterloo will gain access to legal representation on an opt-in basis this fall through the Waterloo Undergrad Student Association. The Waterloo Region Record reports that for roughly $30 per year, students can have access to legal representation for a myriad of issues, including representation in court, rental rights, and immigration law. Students will also be able to seek legal advice via a legal help hotline. Waterloo Region Record (ON)

UWaterloo students to gain access to legal coverage through student association Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

Trent University and Fleming College are taking further steps to provide housing in Peterborough. A joint release states that both institutions are in various stages of initiating strategies that can help improve the housing situation while accommodating first-year and upper-year students. “Peterborough is unique in having two very successful institutions which are attracting a growing number of students. Together Trent and Fleming contribute $1 billion in economic benefit annually to the community,” said Trent President Leo Groarke and Fleming President Maureen Adamson. “The housing strategies of both institutions recognize the partnership with the City and our community that we greatly value.” Fleming (ON)

Trent, Fleming working to help improve local housing situation for students Top Ten 08/16/2019 - 03:39 08/16/2019 - 03:30

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada has approved a Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health that will aim to train medical students to better serve Indigenous communities. AFMC Indigenous network chair Marcia Anderson said that the commitment was made in response to the TRC, and that she hopes it will bring consistency to “highly variable” Indigenous health initiatives at schools across the country. The commitment includes several action items related to relationships with Indigenous communities, admissions, the medical school environment, curriculum, and post-graduate education. University Affairs | AFMC (National)

Canada’s faculties of medicine commit to improving Indigenous health Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

19 post-secondary institutions throughout Ontario have partnered with Destination Ontario to set up welcome kiosks for international students arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport for the fall semester. School representatives will offer welcome packages as well as services such as assistance with transportation and accommodation options and free calls home to inform family members of their arrival. Schools participating in the initiative are Laurentian, McMaster, Ryerson and Wilfrid Laurier universities and Boreal, Cambrian, Canadore, Centennial, Conestoga, Fleming, Humber, Lambton, Loyalist, Mohawk, Niagara, Northern, St Lawrence, Seneca, and Sheridan colleges. Mississagua.com (ON)

ON institutions partner to welcome international students at airport Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

In response to a question on the use of pronouns in academic writing, Letitia Henville advises writers to just go with the singular use “they” instead of using an alternative agendered pronoun such as “one,” selecting a gendered pronoun at random, or using “s/he” or alternating pronouns. Henville states that alternating between examples can create confusion for the reader, while using “he or she” or “s/he” is not inclusive of people who may be genderqueer, aayahkwew, sipiniq, or onón:wat, among other identities. “When you submit to an academic journal, you have power over the text that is published under your name,” writes Henville. “Sure, you may need to conform to a particular citation format and house style […] but for language that has political implications, you can and should make a case for your preferred word or formatting.” University Affairs (International)

Why we “they” in academic writing: A discussion of pronouns Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

Lambton College has announced six new agreements that will open pathways for graduates to pursue a degree at Sheridan College or John Jay University. Specifically, graduates of Lambton’s Photography program will be able to pursue Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Photography – Degree program. Graduates of the College’s Fire Science Technology; Police Foundations; or Protection, Security and Investigation programs will be able to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Art from John Jay in two years through online study. Lambton (ON)

Lambton establishes pathways to Sheridan, John Jay for graduates Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

Coast Mountain College has announced the Cannabis Cultivation Series, a set of courses intended to educate students on the rules and regulations surrounding growing recreational or medicinal cannabis in Canada. “We know that in the new framework of legalization that there are a lot of people that are curious about how to grow cannabis … and with the legal framework still being fairly young there’s not a lot out there that’s teaching people how to do this,” said Sarah Zimmerman, CMTN executive director of communications. “We suspect that it will be a popular course.” The course will be offered at the college’s Terrace, Prince Rupert, and Masset campuses. Interior News (BC)

CMTN announces new cannabis cultivation classes Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

Brock University will help newcomers become more engaged members of their community through a new agreement it has signed with the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre in St Catharines. A Brock release notes that the memorandum of understanding commits the partners to support newcomers with research, outreach, and support services. “Brock has a role to play in helping to develop the knowledge and skill sets that will enable individuals to become contributors to and champions of their new home,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “We are pleased to partner with Niagara Folk Arts to help the community embrace new members and welcome new friends and neighbours.” Brock (ON)

Brock signs MOU to bring newcomers, community together Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

A Langara College project has received federal funding to enhance Early Learning and Childhood Curriculum (ELCC) with Indigenous content. The project, known as Indigenous ways of knowing in early childhood education language and literacy training, has arisen from a partnership between Langara, the Musqueam community, and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. “This is an exciting opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationship with the Musqueam, and create a legacy that will inform our ECE practitioners for years to come,” said Kelly Sveinson, Chair, Langara College Applied Research Centre. Langara (BC)

Langara garners federal support to enhance early learning with Indigenous content Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

Mental health advocates are launching a new resource that aims to prevent burnout and poor mental health among freshmen. CBC reports that the resource, titled “"From Surviving to Thriving: Developing Personal and Academic Resilience," is now available online, with some schools planning to hand out hard copies during this year’s Frosh Week. "This is about prevention," says Mary Ann Baynton, director of strategy and collaboration at Winnipeg's Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, which created the handbook. "It's about becoming self-aware, learning about yourself and learning about what's out there to help you.” CBC (National)

New mental health resource aims to help first-year students cope with transition to post-secondary Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

A University of Waterloo student recently received a major surprise when she learned that Taylor Swift had sent her $6,386.47 to pay for her tuition. Ayesha Khurram had been struggling to come up with the money after learning that she would receive less funding this year from the Ontario Student Assistance Program. A note attached to the transfer said: "Ayesha, get your learn on, girl! I love you, Taylor!" Khurram noted: "I can't put it into words. It was insane. I could not believe it.” CBC (ON)

Taylor Swift sends $6,386.47 to help pay tuition for UWaterloo student Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

Simon Fraser University’s Athletics & Recreation department has launched a new look for its sports teams. The new icon will be used by all athletic programs, competitive clubs, and youth camps. It draws on the original red and white school colours, as well as the vintage maple leaf and octagon shape worn by historic SFU student-athletes. “We are Canada’s NCAA team and we proudly Rep the Leaf in every competition,” said Senior Director of Athletics and Recreation Theresa Hanson. “Our new brand was inspired by, and honours, all of the talented student-athletes who have competed for SFU while moving us into a new era with a modern look and feel.” SFU (BC)

SFU launches new look for athletics Top Ten 08/15/2019 - 03:40 08/15/2019 - 03:30

“Researchers across the country need the best labs and tools to spark discoveries that lead to healthy communities, clean air and water, new job opportunities and a prosperous future,” states a release from the Government of Canada announcing $61M in funding for state-of-the-art research labs and equipment. The investment, made through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R Evans Leaders Fund, will support 261 projects at 40 universities across Canada. “Researchers in Canada know that cutting-edge tools and labs are necessary to make discoveries and innovate. Their ground-breaking contributions to science and research have an enormous impact on the breakthroughs that help make our visions for a better future a reality,” said Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. CFI (National)

Canada invests $61M through CFI to provide researchers with state-of-the-art facilities, tools Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

Technology in the classroom is here to stay, but work is currently being done to mitigate the negative effects that off-task technology use can have on learning, write Elena Neiterman and Christine Zaza of the University of Waterloo. The authors refer to a survey-based study they conducted, in which they found that students were more likely to use technology for off-task activities in large classes compared to small ones. Some students also felt that professors were at fault for off-task technology use when the material covered in class was too dense or boring. Some instructors, on the other hand, felt that learning to concentrate despite feeling bored should be part of a university-level education, while others lamented the fact that they rarely made eye contact with many of the students in their classes due to technology use. The Conversation (National)

Students, professors hold differing views on technology, off-task distractions in class Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

The fact that students from marginalized homes are struggling with the transition from high school to post-secondary is a problem that policymakers need to acknowledge and address, writes Christina Gonzalez. The author cites a 2018 Canadian study showing that Black, Latino, and Southeast Asian students are less prepared for post-secondary education compared to their white counterparts due to systemic, early-life disadvantages. The author adds that improving early-school experiences for these students can have a significant impact on their later success and wellbeing. For those already in post-secondary, the author also highlights programs at Wilfrid Laurier University and Confederation College to show how institutions can provide students struggling with the transition to post-secondary with greater support. Maclean’s (National)

How institutions can help students struggling with the transition into post-secondary: Gonzalez Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

“It can make for a grueling workweek, but the insights gained from students make teaching worth it,” writes Martha D Saunders in an essay offering advice to post-secondary presidents who still want to teach. The author notes that if a president wishes to keep their finger on the pulse of their campus, there is no better place to do so than in the classroom. To this end, the author offers tips on how presidents can make the most of their teaching experience, which include considering teaching a course with another instructor or team, listening to students, and consulting with faculty members in one’s academic department. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Advice for presidents who want to continue teaching Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

A pair of new programs at Western University are looking to match Western graduate students and non-academic employers. The first of the programs, called hirewesternu PhD, promotes what doctoral students bring to the table, including their non-discipline specific skills fostered through both their academic and professional development programs. The second program, or Graduate Student Internship Program, lets doctoral students create internships that are project-based or designed around specific pre-existing duties. “We need to do a better job of helping grad students understand that there are more opportunities than being so focused on academia,” said Chris Circelli, Graduate Experiential Learning Developer (Careers & Experience) with Student Experience at WesternU. WesternU (ON)

Two new WesternU programs look to highlight grad student skills for employers Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

“Flitting from subject to subject before alighting reluctantly on a major during junior year? That is discouraged,” writes Alexander C. Kakfka in an article highlighting how some US college systems are asking students to choose a general “meta-major” area of study before even arriving on campus. Proponents of this approach argue that it is important to help a student narrow their area of academic focus early in their academic studies “before choice paralysis kicks in.” These proponents also point to research suggesting that students often need—and welcome—intensive guidance to help them find their academic focus. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) (International)

Some US institutions asking students to declare general academic major before arriving on campus Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

Laurentian University has announced that youth in extended society (Crown Wards) care will again be eligible to apply for a full tuition exemption for courses at the university. The program will be open to current and former youth in the care of the Children’s Aid Society who are pursuing their first post-secondary degree. “These students, many of whom are Indigenous, face unique challenges in accessing post-secondary education,” said Laurentian interim Vice-President, Academic and Provost Serge Demers. “It is important that we remove barriers and enable them to achieve their academic goals. We are proud to continue supporting this group of students and we will look towards fundraising within our community to expand the program’s reach in future years.” Laurentian (ON)

Laurentian approves tuition exemption for youth in extended society care Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

The University of Calgary has formally re-opened the doors to MacKimmie Tower, its first net-zero carbon building. Two additional floors have been added to the retrofitted tower and a “double-skin exterior” will respond to changing weather and work to minimize energy use and optimize temperature and air quality. The grounds will also soon feature regional vegetation that supports biodiversity and minimizes maintenance. The building will house several different departments, including the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Institutional Analysis, and Information Technologies. UCalgary (AB)

UCalgary opens the doors to MacKimmie Tower Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

In an article about the impact of the pharmaceutical industry on Canadian medical schools, Laura Hensley highlights the many ways that companies interact with faculty, students, and staff. York University Professor Joel Lexchin explained that pharmaceutical companies “want to establish a positive relationship with these medical students that can then go forward” in the students’ professional lives, and make donations that can influence the focus of research conducted at the institution. Several Canadian medical schools have policies in place to combat conflicts of interest and industry bias, and Global News stated that all the provided policies encourage transparency. The schools argue that donations and research funding can help promote quality education, but Lexchin asserts that funds from drug companies come with long-term costs that are often not considered. Global News (National)

Big pharma funding may come with impacts on research, education Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

Brandon University has revamped its menu and launched fresh, sustainable, and local options for its on-campus food, with expanded vegetarian and vegan fare. “Students in residence eat three meals a day here, and many other students, faculty, staff and visitors rely on us for regular meals and snacks throughout the week,” said BrandonU Food Services manager Nicholas Namespetra. “It is critical that we offer healthy, tasty and diverse options that appeal to everyone.” The new options will feature the new label and logo for “BU Fresh,” and reflect a deeper commitment to serving fair trade and sustainable meals using recyclable and compostable materials. BrandonU (MB)

BrandonU launches greener options for on-campus food Top Ten 08/14/2019 - 03:41 08/14/2019 - 03:30

Post-secondary institutions across Ontario are bracing for the impact of new provincial legislation allowing students to opt out of some previously mandatory ancillary fees, reports the Toronto Star. Since the opt-out period extends well into the fall for many institutions, it will reportedly still be weeks before student governments and clubs know what their budgets will be for the coming year. “As you can imagine, there’s a full-court press on” to inform students of the importance of such services and clubs to the campus, said Tom Harris, interim provost and academic vice-principal at Queen’s University. Harris added that one of the areas that might be significantly affected at institutions is on-campus employment opportunities for students. Toronto Star (ON)

ON institutions brace for impact of new opt-out rules for student fees Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

Government of Canada has invested $137M in CANARIE to renew its mandate for 2020-2024. CANARIE’s next mandate will focus on network evolution and initiatives helping Canadian researchers and entrepreneurs realize the benefits of cloud technology, big data, and global research collaborations. “This investment in CANARIE, along with their enhanced mandate for cybersecurity, is just one of the many ways our government is working hard to return science and research to their rightful place,” says Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan. “We are providing researchers with the digital tools and security they need to conduct the world-leading research that helps all Canadians.” CANARIE (National)

Canada invests $137M in CANARIE Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

Algoma University has received a pledge of $7.3M in grant funding over three years from the City of Brampton to continue its Downtown Expansion. The funds will go towards facilitating a second phase expansion of Algoma’s academic programming and facilities within the city’s Garden Square. “This continues to be an exciting period for the City of Brampton and for Algoma University as we work together to expand post-secondary options for the citizens of Brampton” said Algoma President Asima Vezina. “This investment will increase our campus footprint and accelerate the University’s growth which will contribute to enhancing the vibrancy of the downtown and the retention of talent in the city.” Algoma (ON)

Algoma receives support from Brampton for downtown expansion Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

NorQuest has announced the new Settlement Studies diploma program, which will help newcomers with the cultural, social, and economic adjustment to life in Canada. “This is a passionate project of ours,” said program developer Alexandru Caldararu. “The best way to describe the program is to put it in an inter-disciplinary human resource context. Although it combines elements of social work, immigration consultation, and community development, the outcome is something greater than the sum of its parts.” The program seeks to help meet the needs and fill in the gaps of the settlement sector, such as equipping settlement workers with the necessary skills needed to engage in trauma-centred care, intercultural conflict management, and other practices. NorQuest (AB)

NorQuest diploma program helps with cultural, social, and economic adjustment to life in Canada Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Ontario says that it will invest up to $4M for new transit infrastructure projects that will benefit students, faculty, and staff of Conestoga College and the University of Waterloo. The funding will support the construction of four heated shelters with an area for 40 bikes, as well as improved amenities and protection for passengers at UWaterloo. Conestoga will see increased service with the purchase of six new buses and the installation of nine bus shelters, canopies, and other amenities." These investments will help students pursue their education and connect them to the larger community and jobs, which many students need to support their education," said ON Premier Doug Ford. ON (ON)

ON invests $4M in public transit to Conestoga, UWaterloo Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

Searching and applying for jobs requires a lot of conscious effort, but focusing on subconscious factors can also pay big dividends, writes Joseph Barber. The author outlines several ways that job applicants can use subconscious cues to convince an employer that they are the right person for a job. This includes leveraging mutual contacts when looking to network with a new person, and specific tips about crafting a resume and avoiding common miscues. The author concludes with a description of the many ways a job applicant can create positive emotions in a hirer’s mind when sitting down for a job interview. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Using subconscious communications to your advantage when applying for a job: Barber Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

Durham College has launched a new course that will see students virtually cross borders to develop business recommendations for a real-world international company. Based in Durham’s School of Business, IT & Management, the course will help students create sustainable solutions for the organization by incorporating three of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations. “For their final project, students will develop potential business solutions and recommendations for the company,” said Joanne Spicer, Durham’s global learning facilitator. “Then, they will pitch their solutions to their clients via video in the Global Class.” Durham (ON)

Durham introduces Working Across Borders in International Business course Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

More than 80% of top university executives in the US say that mental health is more of a priority today than it was three years ago, according to a new report released today by the American Council on Education. The association found that 29% of all presidents surveyed received reports of students with mental health issues at least once a week, while roughly 42% reported hearing about these problems at least a few times every month. As a result, presidents reported allocating more funding to student mental health problems, with 72% saying that they had spent more money on mental health initiatives than they did three years ago. Inside Higher Ed (International)

US post-secondary presidents prioritizing student mental health more than three years ago: study Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

Ontario’s colleges and universities need to address the challenges of a fast-changing economy by introducing new short-term, flexible training programs that cater to the needs of displaced workers and other adult learners, according to a new report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The report recommends that post-secondary institutions introduce competency-based education (CBE) programs, as well as facilitate the development of CBE by easing funding regulations and other regulatory constraints on public posts-secondary institutions. “As displacement becomes a regular feature of our modern economy, the government should leverage these investments to create a more flexible and responsive system of lifelong learning in Ontario,” the report adds. HEQCO (ON)

ON must create, improve, expand programming to support mid-career, adult learners: HEQCO study Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

La Salle College Vancouver has announced that it has received approval to offer a Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design, which will offer a focus on sustainable design principles. "We want to establish a legacy of future designers who possess a knowledge and skill set around textiles, processes, craft and technology,” said Fashion Program Director Katherine Soucie. “The new program will ensure students are business-minded and socially aware and identify with the responsibility of being a cultural producer." The program includes a business development and digital expertise component, a practicum, and fast track opportunities for those who have completed a diploma program. La Salle (BC)

La Salle launches degree in Fashion Design Top Ten 08/13/2019 - 03:40 08/13/2019 - 03:30

The Centre de recherche en sciences animales de Deschambault (CRSAD), which stems from a partnership between the Province of Quebec and the Université Laval, has received an investment of up to $1.4M from the Government of Canada. The investment will go towards three research projects related to ducks, honeybees, and goats. "In addition to the new knowledge acquired, the projects will contribute to the training of highly-qualified personnel who will then be able to act as agents of change in the production of bees, dairy goats or ducks and continue to support innovation in these sectors,” explained CRSAD President Doris Pellerin. “The projects will also contribute to the improvement of production conditions and animal welfare." PR Newswire (QC)

ULaval, QC animal sciences centre receives $1.4M from Canada Top Ten 08/12/2019 - 03:38 08/12/2019 - 03:30

Dalhousie Medical School is ready to welcome 16 additional undergraduate medical students over the next year, earmarking the positions specifically for individuals from Nova Scotia. Dal reports that the investment comes at a time when access to family physicians is top of mind for many Nova Scotians. The government is investing $300K this year to add the new seats, and will increase the annual investment to $4.8M by the 2023-24 academic year. “This is really exciting news for the university and the province,” said Dal Interim President Teri Balser. “Dalhousie is fully committed to providing quality health care to communities across Nova Scotia. This investment will allow us to do even more to improve the health of our province’s population.” Dal (NS)

Dal receives investment for 16 additional undergraduate medical student positions Top Ten 08/12/2019 - 03:38 08/12/2019 - 03:30

Nova Scotia Community College has celebrated the official opening of the Sensing, Engineering and Analytics-Technology Access Centre. NSCC states that SEA-TAC is the only ocean-focused Technology Access Centre. The centre is located at NSCC’s Ivany Campus and the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship, and will provide access to technology and capabilities that include coastal mapping, subsea imaging, and vessel energy audits; as well as training in several areas. The college also highlighted a $1.75M investment from the Government of Canada towards the centre. NSCC (NS)

NSCC officially launches ocean-focused technology centre Top Ten 08/12/2019 - 03:38 08/12/2019 - 03:30

Langara College has announced a new Graphic Novel & Comix certificate program that will start September 2019. The full-time program will be taught by seven of the top comic book creators in Vancouver, and will include courses such as Life Drawing for Comics, Layout for Comics, and Advanced Comic Storytelling. “Following the success of our part-time program, I’m excited to provide a full-time option that allows students to continue working while studying,” said CS Arts & Illustration Program Coordinator Jeff Burgess. “Opening up this full-time program means they can finish the program faster, build their portfolios, and move ahead with their own careers in graphic novels and comics.” Langara (BC)

Langara launches Graphic Novel & Comix Program Top Ten 08/12/2019 - 03:38 08/12/2019 - 03:30

A new study has found that countries that provide more public funding for higher education tend to have fewer graduates overall, reports Inside Higher Ed. Researchers for the study reportedly compared 45 high-income member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and found that countries that had a greater share of higher education funding from public sources tended to have a smaller share of the 25-to-34-year-old population with tertiary education. They argue that this means that expanding public funding for a country leads to fewer graduates, but acknowledge that factors such as loans and contextual differences between countries are not included in the data. Inside Higher Ed (International)

More public funding for higher ed associated with fewer graduates: IHE Top Ten 08/12/2019 - 13:19 08/12/2019 - 03:30

McGill University has received $1.5M from Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program for a project focused on cleaner demolition technology. The program invests in clean technology research and development projects in Canada’s energy, mining, and forest sectors. “The goal of this project is to create, test and validate a revolutionary method for rock fragmentation for underground mining and tunnelling projects,” said McGill Director of Mining Engineering Hani Mitri. “This technology will revolutionize mining and tunnelling by achieving a more efficient, far safer, and more environmentally friendly technique for rock fragmentation.” McGill (QC)

McGill mining research receives $1.5M from Canada Clean Growth Program Top Ten 08/12/2019 - 03:38 08/12/2019 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan is reportedly cancelling its subscriptions to nearly 4,000 academic journals in response to the “unsustainable rising costs of subscriptions set by publishers,” says the Star Phoenix. The cancellation is expected to remove $1.4M from the University Library’s $14M collections budget, which is largely allocated to journal subscriptions. In response to concerns about access to leading research covered in the journals, USask’s Library Dean Melissa Just said the institution is gathering information from graduate students and faculty to “identify priority titles.” The Star Phoenix (SK)

USask cuts subscriptions to nearly 4,000 academic journals Top Ten 08/23/2019 - 16:20 08/12/2019 - 03:30

Despite arguments to the contrary, higher ed has innovated quite a lot in the past decade, writes Steven Mintz. Such innovation has included a vast expansion in online and hybrid courses; a heightened emphasis on active, experiential, team-based, and project-based learning; and the emergence of competency-based education with its focus on mastery of essential knowledge and skills rather than on credit hours or seat time. When critics talk about a lack of innovation or change in higher ed, the author adds, they are most likely talking about one of four core challenges that continue to impact higher ed, including the inability to radically reduce the cost of tuition or to make credit transfer more seamless. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Time to reframe the question of why higher ed doesn’t innovate: Mintz Top Ten 08/12/2019 - 03:38 08/12/2019 - 03:30

York University is pilot testing a new, full-year capstone course that will bring upper-year students together into multidsciplinary teams focused on solving real-world challenges. C4: The Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom allows students to solve challenges posed by organizations such as the Yonge Street Mission, Panoplo Inc, and the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre. “The world along with its challenges and opportunities are intrinsically multidisciplinary; however, many degrees are not—they are typically disciplinary in focus,” said Career Development Coordinator Carolyn Steele. “C4 gives participants the opportunity to collaborate with students from other majors as well as with professors and professionals outside their departments. In this way, they come to know what they have to offer the world as well as the value of their discipline and their York degree.” YorkU (ON)

YorkU launches pan-university capstone classroom Top Ten 08/12/2019 - 03:38 08/12/2019 - 03:30

Vancouver Community College will be offering a Gladue report writing program this fall, which the college says is the first certificate program of its kind from a Canadian post-secondary institution. The program, which is designed for law students, lawyers, advocates, judges, Indigenous court workers, and others with an interest in this topic. Gladue reports stem from a Supreme Court decision stipulating that judges must consider “unique systemic or background factors” that may have resulted in an Aboriginal person encountering the justice system. Students will learn about the impact of colonization; conducting interviews with people who have experienced trauma; and capturing a person’s “sacred story,” which includes discovering experiences that shaped them since childhood. VCC (BC)

VCC offers first-of-its kind certification program for Gladue report writers Top Ten 08/12/2019 - 03:38 08/12/2019 - 03:30

University of Manitoba Professors Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson write that the Government of Manitoba’s recent and upcoming policy decisions will make post-secondary more expensive and less accessible, which in turn will have negative effects on both individuals and the broader economy. Chernomas and Hudson highlight the impact that greater access to more education has on the country's economy, the population’s wellbeing, and the quality of research done by universities. In light of the upcoming provincial election, the writers encourage provincial parties to consider making clear statements on how they will ensure the research capacity, accessibility, and quality of the province’s post-secondary sector. Winnipeg Free Press (MB)

“A dramatic change in course” needed in MB’s treatment of post-secondary: Chernomas, Hudson Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

Concordia University’s District 3 offers an incubator program called “Our Generation Speaks-Concordia Accelerator Program,” which is laying the foundation for future cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian communities. Through the program, four visiting Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs will develop their startups through collaboration with District 3’s innovation residency teams. “At OGS, we are grateful for this developing partnership and look forward to further expanding this alumni-based program, together, in our journey to promote peace and prosperity in the Israeli and Palestinian region,” said OGS Program Director Lobna Agbaria. Concordia (QC)

Concordia’s District 3 lays foundation for cooperation between Israeli, Palestinian communities Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

After decades of tireless efforts from Black scholars and student activists, the field of Black studies has seen growing recognition in the Canadian academy, as well as formal recognition, funding, and space. Angelyn Francis highlights the increasing introduction of new programming, growing demands from Black faculty members, and calls for support for related initiatives in Canada. “It’s a long process. Curriculum change, even for a minor, can take a year-and-a-half or two years, sometimes more,” said Concordia University’s dean of arts and science André Roy, who added that a major issue with offering an interdisciplinary Black studies major is “who’s going to teach in it, and whether we have enough Black scholars to make it a Black studies program that would be reflective of the Black experience.” Charmaine Nelson, an art history professor at McGill University, added that a degree major – as opposed to simply introducing minors – would help secure funding for new faculty and reverse what she calls a “Black brain drain.” University Affairs. (National)

Growth of Canadian Black studies could reverse “Black brain drain” Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Alberta’s Auditor General Doug Wylie has flagged concerns at several Alberta post-secondary institutions in his latest report. “This report card is really trying to simplify this information and let people know how the institution that either they’re attending or they’re an alumni for or just in the neighbourhood, how well they are performing and if there are areas that they need to improve,” said assistant auditor general Robert Driesen. The report found that eight post-secondary institutions have recommendations from previous reports that are still outstanding, and that some of these have been outstanding for over five years. Report | Calgary Herald (AB)

AB auditor general flags concerns, makes recommendations for institutions Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

Georgian College and Mercury Marine Canada have announced a partnership that will expand and improve educational opportunities for the marine industry. Students of Georgian’s Mechanical Techniques programs will have the hands-on opportunity to work with the latest marine technology and products, and Mercury Marine Canada will relocate its service training from Milton to Georgian’s Barrie campus in the Fall. Canadian Yachting states that Georgian is the only technical education school in Canada that offers a Mercury University certification program for Mercury dealers. Georgian | Canadian Yachting (ON)

Georgian, Mercury Marine Canada partner on educational opportunities in the marine industry Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

A growing number of students in the US are pursuing post-secondary studies while caring for aging or sick relatives, and this comes with an increased risk of dropping out, reports Emma Whitford. An AARP report found that in 2015, about 10 million people aged 18 to 34 in the US were providing care for an elderly or disabled loved one. Whitford notes that the issue has a demonstrated impact on student wellness, although institutions have been slow to acknowledge that caring for a loved one is a responsibility for a growing number of students. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

Growing number of students in US caring for aging or sick relatives while studying Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

Cape Breton University has announced the creation of a new tourism institute that will use research gained from global experts to help local operators learn best practices. CBC reports that the institute will host professional development sessions for local operators, and that it also plans to host two conferences, the second of which is slated for 2021 and will be international in nature. "We're imagining large groups of industry professionals, practitioners, academic researchers around the world who are interested in that meeting between the best of Cape Breton Island tourism and the best of the world tourism," said Keith Brown, co-director of the World Tourism Institute and a professor in CBU’s MBA program. CBC (NS)

CBU launches new institute to grow island tourism Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

North Island College’s Electronics Technician Core certificate program has added apprenticeship training, which will allow the program to meet Industry Training Authority requirements for the Electrician Apprenticeship Harmonized Level 1. “Industrial electronics and electrician training are two sides of the same coin,” said Cory Batch, NIC’s Electronics Technician Core certificate instructor. “Much of the training was already included in the program. Making this small change means students get credit for that knowledge and skillset which they can use to further their training.” Graduates of the program can move into NIC’s Industrial Automation diploma. NIC (BC)

NIC adds apprenticeship training to Electronics Technician program Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

The Centre de recherche en sciences animales de Deschambault (CRSAD), which stems from a partnership between the Province of Quebec and the Université Laval, has received an investment of up to $1.4M from the Government of Canada. The investment will go towards three research projects related to ducks, honeybees, and goats. "In addition to the new knowledge acquired, the projects will contribute to the training of highly-qualified personnel who will then be able to act as agents of change in the production of bees, dairy goats or ducks and continue to support innovation in these sectors,” explained CRSAD President Doris Pellerin. “The projects will also contribute to the improvement of production conditions and animal welfare." PR Newswire (QC)

ULaval-affiliated CRSAD receives $1.4M from Canada Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

A partnership between Niagara College and the Society for Ecological Restoration will help graduates of Niagara’s Ecosystem Restoration graduate certificate program become Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners-in-Training. Niagara states that they have become the first post-secondary institution in Canada to partner with SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner program, which helps graduates as they pursue the CERPIT designation. “Certification recognizes practitioners who have met a high standard of knowledge and experience,” stated SER CERP Program Coordinator Jen Lyndall. “Early career CERPITs, like those from Niagara College, can really differentiate themselves from other candidates during job searches, but more importantly they gain access to technical information and a network of hundreds of other CERPs and CERPITs from all over the world.” Niagara (ON)

Niagara, SER partner to provide certification to ecosystem restoration grads Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 03:43 08/09/2019 - 03:30

Alberta and Ontario have signed a high-level agreement to share data and tactics for guiding more K-12 students into trades and science and technology careers. The Edmonton Journal reports that the agreement comes as the provinces look to address an expected shortage of skilled tradespeople as a wave of baby boomers retire. The provinces are also looking to promote clearer pathways from high school into the trades, as young adults are currently entering the trades at an average age of 26. In an email last week, an AB representative said the agreement opens the door for “a more structured discussion” between the provinces on next steps. Edmonton Journal (AB | ON)

AB, ON ink agreement to promote clearer pathways into trades Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

A University of Toronto law professor and criminal lawyer have created a new hotline that offers pro bono legal support to students at the university who have been approached by Canadian intelligence or the RCMP in order to make sure the students know their rights. Created by professor Anver Emon and criminal lawyer Nader Hasan, the hotline comes in response to what is reportedly a growing trend of Canadian law enforcement or intelligence officials making surprise visits or phone calls to international students in Canada. The hotline is based at the University of Toronto's Institute of Islamic Studies in partnership with the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association and the National Council of Canadian Muslims. CBC (ON)

U of T prof, lawyer create hotline to support international students approached by RCMP, CSIS Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

The rules of academic citation are something of a battleground in freshman composition courses, with instructors often penalizing students heavily for failing to follow proper formatting guidelines, writes Jennie Young. The author argues, however, that instead of looking to pin bad grades on improper formatting, instructors in first-year courses should stop teaching academic citation entirely. Most undergraduate students will never publish in an academic journal, the author explains, and giving someone credit for their ideas does not require following citation systems that change from style to style and update to update. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Why freshman composition courses should stop teaching academic citation: Young Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

The largest student government at the University of Waterloo is changing its name from the Federation of Students to the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association. The Waterloo Region Record reports that the name change was inspired in part by the ways in which the group’s activities and role have changed since its naming in 1965, at a time when it reflected the fervor among students to express a political voice. "The way in which we do business now is a lot different from the way in which we did business 50 years ago," said student president Michael Beauchemin. "There's not as much need for us to be a group of activists, and raising our voices.” Waterloo Region Record (ON)

UWaterloo student government changes name to reflect changing times Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

Langara College and the Peruvian institution Instituto del Sur have signed an agreement to explore educational opportunities for exchanges. The two parties will work together to create student mobility pathways for career and degree completion, as well as opportunities for joint research projects. “We are pleased to be working with ISUR because of our shared values around student and faculty success,” said Langara Provost Ben Cecil. “We are so happy to partner with ISUR to advance innovative faculty, staff, and student engagement through initiatives such as our Collaborative On-Line International Learning (COIL) program.” Langara (BC)

Langara, ISUR sign agreement to explore educational opportunities, exchange pathways Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

“Effective leadership is rooted in understanding the leader you are and the leader you need to become for your department or unit to thrive,” writes a team of authors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The authors note that self-awareness allows leaders to understand how their own values and goals inform the purpose and mission of their work. To this end, the authors offer three ways for leaders to develop self-awareness: observe yourself, ask others and listen, and reflect and prioritize personal change. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Fostering self-awareness as an academic leader Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

The First Nations Technical Institute is constructing a greenhouse to support its new Indigenous Food System degree. FNTI reports that the build was specifically conceived to support the new standalone Bachelor of Science in Indigenous Food Systems program. Currently in development for proposed delivery in September 2020, the new degree will provide students the knowledge and skills needed to improve food sovereignty. “The greenhouse can be used to address two critical issues that affect Indigenous communities: food security and our relationship to food and diet,” said Luke Jeffries, Indigenous Food Systems program coordinator at FNTI. NationTalk (ON)

FNTI builds greenhouse to support Indigenous Food Systems degree Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

Canadian universities are shaping the future of transportation and raising Canada’s profile as a global leader in AV/EV research. The Globe and Mail describes the efforts of three universities in the country to conduct research and improve autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles: The University of Waterloo’s Autonomoose vehicle, which uses autonomous-driving software that was built in-house; McMaster University’s work with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on electrification; and the University of Alberta’s “Active Aurora” pilot project, which is reportedly Canada’s first connected-vehicle test bed network. Globe and Mail (National)

Canadian universities advance autonomous transportation in Canada Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

Many colleges and universities in the US and Canada place students in hotel or motel rooms when the number of unanticipated students is unusually high, but doing so comes with downsides for the student experience. “Students who spoke to The Chronicle about their experiences living in hotel overflow housing said they enjoyed the free continental breakfasts and nicer rooms,” writes Liam Knox, “but many also said they felt isolated and disconnected from campus life.” Knox adds that the arrangement is becoming increasingly common due to difficulties in predicting final student numbers, issues of financial flexibility, and limited student options. Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Using a hotel to accommodate student overflow is “ludicrous” Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced a $7.4M investment in the digital sector in Manitoba through Western Economic Diversification Canada. $2.2M will be used by the Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba to establish the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program, where students will receive an industry-recognized, post-secondary education in STEM. $689K has also been invested in Economic Development Winnipeg to develop and deliver a talent attraction and retention program. "The funding announced today will make sure we have the talent in Manitoba to drive digital innovation forward,” said MB Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Terry Duguid. “These investments will help western Canadian businesses create high-quality jobs and compete in the knowledge economy, led by creative, boundary-pushing ideas and people." Newswire (MB)

Canada invests in MB’s digital sector Top Ten 08/08/2019 - 03:35 08/08/2019 - 03:30

Students entering post-secondary schools in Alberta this fall have seen their scholarship applications delayed until late fall rather than the beginning of August, reports CBC. The province says that the delay is due to a “major technology upgrade” to the province’s student aid system. CBC reports that the delay has “sent a shockwave to new post-secondary students and their families” who were planning to receive money from the province’s scholarship fund to pay for tuition. About 14,000 students typically receive some money from the scholarship each year, but the 2016-17 school year saw scholarships awarded to 18,765 recipients, which put the scholarship $7.5M over budget. Edmonton Journal | CBC (AB)

Students, families “in limbo” after AB delays scholarship applications Top Ten 08/07/2019 - 03:39 08/07/2019 - 03:30

A for-profit corporation co-founded by an assistant professor at UCalgary has become the first of its kind to provide an alternative to student loans by allowing investors to invest in students as they would a business. Called Lumni, the company sees successful student applicants sign an income share agreement will typically see a student would agree to pay 10% of their post-education income for a fixed term—usually five to seven years. The Calgary Herald reports that a claimed advantage of the company is that if a student makes little income during the term of the agreement, they still only pay 10% and are not saddled with any debt after the agreement expires. Calgary Herald (AB)

Company co-founded by UCalgary prof finds success allowing for investment in post-secondary students Top Ten 08/07/2019 - 03:39 08/07/2019 - 03:30

Last Thursday, British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix announced a new $75 monthly health care fee for all international students studying in the province. The Prince George Citizen reports that the fee may “shore up a glaring deficiency in government oversight” that caused as many as 40,000 international students to be not enrolled in the province’s public health care system in 2018. Michael Olson, executive director of the Canadian Federation of Students BC, said that the main reason for the gap is a lack of oversight or follow-up from either institutions or the provincial government, adding that institutions’ extended health care programs often mislead international students into believing they are fully covered. Prince George Citizen (BC )

BC international student health fee looks to address health care gap Top Ten 08/07/2019 - 03:39 08/07/2019 - 03:30

New data from Statistics Canada show that women are both underrepresented and underpaid in the Canadian academy, write Yvonne James and John Anderson. The authors note that the overall wage gap between men and women in teaching was roughly 12%, with the gap widening for more advanced positions in the institution. The data also show that racialized individuals were underrepresented in university teaching overall. “The exclusion of a diversity of experiences and knowledge has critical implications for not only our professoriate, and the academic workforce, but also for the growing diversity of the student body,” add the authors. The Star (National)

Women remain underpaid in the university: James, Anderson Top Ten 08/07/2019 - 03:39 08/07/2019 - 03:30

After the alleged vandalization of a wall filled with notes expressing solidarity with Hong Kong protesters at Simon Fraser University last week, the school’s student society has voted to erect a mobile “Lennon Wall” outside its office. The new wall will be monitored and moved in order to prevent its notes from being torn down. In its resolution, the Simon Fraser Student Society notes that it "stands firmly in support of the right of all Simon Fraser University students to peacefully, respectfully and freely express their views regarding the ongoing political situation in Hong Kong.” The society also says it "condemns any attempt to censor or dissuade through threats, harassment or bullying such expression." CBC (BC)

SFU student society votes to create mobile “Lennon Wall” to head off vandalization Top Ten 08/07/2019 - 03:39 08/07/2019 - 03:30

Allegations of mismanagement and several high-profile scandals involving student unions across Canada have raised questions about whether these associations need more oversight, writes Salma Mahgoub. Sam Schroeder, the advocacy commissioner of the newly formed University of Ottawa Students’ Union, notes that the lack of oversight or enforcement can sometimes come from a culture of impunity that surrounds some student associations. The author notes that students’ trust in their unions is more important now than ever, especially in Ontario, where students will have the ability to opt out of paying fees to their student unions this fall. University Affairs

Controversies at student unions across Canada raise questions of oversight, transparency Top Ten 08/09/2019 - 15:19 08/07/2019 - 03:30

An artificial intelligence project at McGill University could change the way surgeons are trained, reports the Globe and Mail. A new algorithm is being used to track a neurosurgery resident’s every movement and classify their performance according to skill level. The algorithm currently has a 90% success rate in determining whether a surgeon is a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between. The Globe adds that until now, students have relied on verbal and written feedback from mentors, whereas the algorithm can provide specific feedback on actions like the exact amount of pressure placed on certain areas by surgeons’ hands. Globe and Mail (QC)

McGill AI project can provide surgeons with training tailored feedback Top Ten 08/07/2019 - 03:39 08/07/2019 - 03:30

“How are universities responding to the fact that a majority of graduate student alumni are unemployed, sub-employed or have to receive training from a college in order to procure a good-paying job?” ask Derrick Rancourt and Beth Archer-Kuhn of the University of Calgary. The authors note that PhD students need to be better trained to recognize the transferrable skills they develop in school and to tailor these skills to non-academic jobs when needed. The authors list a number of ways instructors can better teach these skills, which include having students perform informational interviews with non-academics and helping them develop the project management skills they already use when writing a dissertation. The Conversation (International)

How to truly help PhDs get jobs: Rancourt, Archer-Kuhn Top Ten 08/07/2019 - 03:39 08/07/2019 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University has renewed a decade-long partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories that will bring new research expertise and training opportunities to the Territories for another ten years. Thus far, the partnership has already seen the opening of WLU’s Yellowknife research office to establish a year-round presence and deepen partnerships in the NWT, in addition to seeing WLU lead projects in the NWT involving over 15 different universities across Canada. “The collaboration between Laurier and the Government of the Northwest Territories has resulted in more benefits than any of us envisioned when we began our partnership in 2010,” said WLU President Deborah MacLatchy. “Continuing our partnership will enable us to deepen our understanding of the challenges facing Canada’s North.” WLU (ON | NWT)

WLU, NWT extend research community partnership to 2030 Top Ten 08/07/2019 - 03:39 08/07/2019 - 03:30

A prominent member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte has donated $250K to Queen’s University to create a new program to promote reconciliation and Indigenous culture on campus. The gift from alumnus David Sharpe will fund the Indigenous Knowledge Initiative, a three-year program that will integrate Indigenous knowledge and wisdom into the academic environment and develop connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars. The gift will allow Queen’s to bring Indigenous scholar Professor Mark Dockstator to lead the initiative. Dockstator is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, the former president of First Nations University, and the first person from a First Nation to graduate with a doctorate in law. Queen’s (ON)

Queen’s to create Indigenous Knowledge Initiative with support from alumnus Top Ten 08/07/2019 - 03:39 08/07/2019 - 03:30

The federal government is looking to bolster intellectual property protections and strategies within the country with the announcement of three new initiatives at the University of Waterloo last week. The Waterloo Region Record reports that the initiatives will aim to invest more money into IP expansion, help companies commercialize their IP, and help companies enhance or develop IP legal expertise. The third of these initiatives will see law schools at the University of Ottawa, the University of Windsor, York University, and the Université de Montréal gain access to IP legal clinic grants to make pro bono or low-cost IP legal services more accessible to Canadian businesses and innovators. Waterloo Region Record (National)

Four Canadian law schools part of new federal IP initiative Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

An initiative designed by York University students to connect and support Indigenous youth will receive new funding from the federal government under the Canada Service Corps program. YorkU reports that the Indigenous Friends Association will use the investment to equip 120 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and non-Indigenous youth with the skills and training required to reduce employment and education gaps in technology. The project will be led and implemented by the Indigenous community of York in partnership with YWCA Canada and Digital Justice Lab. Local partnerships have been developed in Ontario with Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, Elephant Thoughts, Mikinaak, and in Saskatchewan with the YWCA Regina, North Central Hacker Dojo, West Flat Citizens Group. YorkU (ON)

Indigenous-led initiative at YorkU to equip youth with skills training with support of new funding Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

Special constables working on post-secondary campuses in Ontario will no longer be allowed to refer to themselves as police, according to a new provision in the province’s Comprehensive Ontario Police Services (COPS) Act. The Toronto Star reports that while the change aims to clear up confusion, universities are already pushing back for a number of reasons that include the cost associated with removing the name from logos, uniforms, and cars, as well as the international recognizability of the term “police.” The new bill says special constables who call themselves police can be fined $5K for a first offence, and the penalty for employers who break the law is $10K. Waterloo Region Record (ON)

New law says special constables working on campus cannot call themselves police Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

This fall, Capilano University will open a new 11,500-square-foot campus that will accommodate up to 400 students. Located in the Shipyards development near Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay, the new campus will reportedly allow CapU to deliver academic programming—including continuing studies and executive education—currently offered at its main campus on Purcell Way or dispersed across the North Shore and Vancouver. CapU president Paul Dangerfield said that one objective is to attract more mature students to a wide range of offerings, including public-administration programs for municipal governments, as well as legal and paralegal studies. Georgia Straight (BC)

CapU’s new Lonsdale campus looks to shape future of Vancouver’s North Shore Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

Okanagan College has announced the launch of a Tourism Management Diploma program at its Revelstoke centre. Okanagan states that the program will cover accounting, financial management, marketing, and other related courses. Students will be able to ladder the program into Okanagan’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree. “Management studies are so valuable, because it creates an understanding of what a manager role involves, but also the importance of those small tasks and actions, the little things, that can impact the overall operation,” said Revelstoke Instructor and local business owner Carolyn Gibson. “The tourism management piece is understanding that your actions impact somebody’s experience.” Okanagan (BC)

Okanagan launches new tourism management program at Revelstoke Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

In the United States, a document drafted by the FBI encourages universities and other research facilities to combat economic and scientific espionage by China. Tom Blackwell writes that the document “recommends a level of alertness that seems almost a throwback to Cold War days.” In Canada, the National Post reports that the RCMP has produced no such document and has no country-specific enforcement programs, while the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has acknowledged the existence of an economic espionage problem without mentioning any countries. “CSIS routinely engages with a variety of stakeholders, including in the private sector and universities, to advise them of potential threats,” explained CSIS Spokeswoman Tahera Mufti. National Post (International)

“Risk to Academia” document encourages US universities to combat espionage by China Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

A professor in the Philosophy department at Queen’s University has won $25K in damages after an arbitrator with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the university improperly handled the relocation of her office away from the rest of the department. Professor Adèle Mercier was told in November of 2013 that she could no longer enter the building in which her office was located, due to cross-complaints of harassment between Mercier and two secretaries in the department. Arbitrator Kevin Burkett ruled that although it was “not unreasonable” for the university to separate Mercier from the secretaries, “the University’s treatment of Professor Mercier in connection with the investigation/relocation was not only unfair, unreasonable and unprecedented but, in [his] view, deliberate and, therefore, egregious.” Queen’s (ON)

Queen’s ordered to pay $25K for handling of philosophy professor’s office relocation Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

The editorial team at the student-run Western Gazette at Western University is preparing for several budgetary scenarios that could unfold this fall when it sees the impact of new government legislation that will make previously mandatory student fees voluntary. Both the Gazette and Western’s campus radio station will be impacted by the change. “The explanation given for this is the money will be spent better” by students themselves, said Gazette editor-in-chief Martin Allen, who adds that the situation created for campus media “is like a direct referendum every single year.” Allen notes that depending on what happens in the fall, the Gazette’s web and print publications, which are supported by 20 editorial staff, 100 volunteers, and 60 interns, could shrink to a website with a single employee. Western (ON)

Western campus media prepares for impact of new legislation on student fees Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

While several large employers in the US have been praised for offering higher-education benefits for their employees, this trend is threatening to replicate “one of the greatest failures of public policy in US history,” writes Geoffrey M Cox. The author notes that the arrangements might be driven by good intentions, but argues that in the long term, they might tie post-secondary access to employment in a way similar to what has occurred, with drastic consequences, for US healthcare. The net impact of such a change, the author concludes, would be a shrinking of access rather than an expansion. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

The unintended consequences of employer-driven access to higher ed: Cox Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

The University of Guelph has received a $1.8M investment from the Government of Ontario to support research investigating ways to enhance soil health and water quality. The funds will go towards research on attracting wild bees, using tools to track soil health, off-season crop growth, and the barriers preventing farmers from adopting best soil-health practices. “As Canada’s food university, the University of Guelph is committed to research that enhances the production of safe and healthy food while protecting the environment,” said UoGuelph Vice President of Research Malcolm Campbell. “With this government support, University of Guelph researchers will make world-class discoveries that help Ontario farmers nourish Canadians and preserve our natural environment.” UoGuelph (ON)

UoGuelph receives $1.8M from ON for soil, water quality research Top Ten 08/06/2019 - 03:37 08/06/2019 - 03:30

The Board of Governors at Red River College has been criticized by several members of the postsecondary community for its “inexplicable and regrettable decision” to not renew the contract of current President Paul Vogt. RRC Board Chair Loren Cisyk confirmed the decision, stating that the “board has decided that we would like to go in a different direction.” CBC stated that Cisyk did not elaborate on what this direction would look like. "I had expressed my eagerness to continue as president, so I can't hide my disappointment over the decision," Vogt stated in an internal email. "Or my surprise — it doesn't align with the feedback I have received in my time here." Other members of the postsecondary community indicated their confusion and drew parallels to other recent board issues in the province. CBC (MB)

RRC criticized for 'inexplicable' decision not to renew President Vogt’s contract Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

QS Top Universities has released its 2019 rankings for student cities, which aims to showcase the “best urban destinations for international students.” 5 Canadian cities were included in the rankings: Montreal (6), Toronto (11), Vancouver (16), Ottawa (45), and Quebec City (tied for 115). Cities must have a population of over 250,000 and house at least two universities to be eligible for the rankings, resulting in a total list of 125 cities. The rankings are determined by the local universities’ overall rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity, and affordability. QS Rankings | QS Methodology (International)

QS releases Best Student Cities rankings Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Alberta has extended the deadline for universities in Alberta to adopt free speech guidelines to mid-December. Other postsecondary institutions in the province have indicated that they are currently drafting freedom of speech policies, preparing to discuss related principals at upcoming meetings, or that they have struck committees to examine the issue. The Toronto Star states that some members of the community are concerned that such policies may have a negative effect on postsecondary institutions. “Once you say that all ideas are equal, then nothing matters anymore. All of the ways that we produce knowledge in the institution become meaningless,” said UAlberta Lecturer Shama Rangwala, who recently wrote a piece critiquing the Chicago Principles of free speech. The Star (Subscription Required) (AB)

AB extends deadline for universities to adopt free speech guidelines Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

The conflict surrounding ongoing political protests in Hong Kong has spilled onto the campus of Simon Fraser University, reports The Province. The controversy at SFU has centered mainly on “Lennon Walls,” or surfaces on the school’s campus where people can post notes of support or inspirational wishes, where post-it notes expressing support for protesters in Hong Kong have been repeatedly put up and torn down. “The tricky thing is what can be done?” said Leo Shin, a professor of Asian Studies at UBC, adding that he hopes the solution will promote dialogue “in a manner that befits a university where we can disagree in a peaceful manner.” The Province (BC)

SFU campus sees spillover from Hong Kong protests Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

“Microaggressions are the poison ivy of living life as a person of color,” writes Stephen J Aguilar. “They’re irritants, and those of us whom they affect must find ways to soothe the uncomfortable feelings they elicit.” Aguilar reflects on a situation in which a senior faculty member sent a congratulations to another Mexican American scholar for the publication of a paper that Aguilar wrote. He advises others who find themselves in similar situations to weigh their reactions against possible consequences and encourages them to reach out to their support networks and allies. To those who are at fault, Aguilar suggests simply owning the error and apologizing: “In the end that’s all we want: a sincere effort to learn from your mistakes. We 100 percent have no interest in hearing an epic tale about how the microaggression manifested through a confluence of unlikely events, thus absolving you of any responsibility.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Dealing with microaggressions: Aguilar Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has introduced a one-year Foundations in Design certificate program that will use library materials and open textbooks. The program is reportedly the first fully zero textbook-cost program of its kind in Canada, and the sixth ZTC program launched at KPU. “We would like to continue to support our students with the ability to save on costs for their education and this has been further enhanced by expanding access to other digital resources and online subscriptions,” says Andhra Goundrey, interim dean of the Wilson School of Design at KPU. “We also have another twenty-plus courses in our other design programs that are listed as ZTC for this Fall 2019 with more to come in the future.” KPU | CBC (BC)

KPU introduces new zero textbook cost program in design Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

Brock University has begun a year-long construction project on its Zone fitness centre. The project will see the Zone transformed from a 4,300 square-foot space into a state-of-the-art, two-level, 15,500-square-foot complex. The project was financed by student fees and approved in 2018 through a Brock University Students’ Union referendum. “Safety is our first priority,” said Brock Capital Planning and Project Management Director Paul Smeltzer, who explained that the construction will be taking place within a courtyard with no access to outside roadways. “We need to be strategic about how we get equipment and material into that area. It’s not as simple as just lifting everything over top of existing hallways and buildings and into the courtyard.” Brock (ON)

Brock to more than triple square footage of fitness complex Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

“At some point, most of us wrestle with determining when it's time to call it quits,” writes Rob Weir in a reflection on retirement from higher ed. Weir writes that his decision to retire stemmed from hearing loss, but provides a list of other considerations for those wrestling with the idea of retirement. In particular, he asks readers to consider the signs that it is time to retire – such as a loss of interest in teaching and service or feeling hypercritical of students – and to ask whether they can afford to leave their position. For those who expect to retire soon, Weir advises starting to plan for retirement early and encourages professors to prepare themselves mentally. "Just as we wanted others to move on so we could move in,” Weir concludes, “so, too, a new generation of scholars awaits its turn.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Knowing when to “call it quits” Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

The Government of British Columbia has reported that the issue affecting Grade 12 transcripts has been resolved and that postsecondary admissions should not be affected. Education Minister Rob Fleming stated that ministry staff worked “around the clock” to identify and fix the errors discovered on student transcripts. “After the discovery, the ministry contacted all post-secondary institutions in Canada and NCAA institutions in the U.S. to ensure that no student applications for the fall would be affected,” stated Fleming. “Post-secondary institutions have stated they will ensure the error in marks reporting won’t negatively impact any incoming students.” An investigation found that human error caused the mistakes. Times Colonist (BC)

BC transcript issue 'resolved,' won't affect school admissions: Minister Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

“Colleges don’t always realize that their small-town communities are unsuited for the faculty members whom they hope to hire,” argues Rachel S. Harris, adding that schools must be accommodating toward those who wish not to live locally if they want to promote diversity in their ranks. The author notes that in an age of increasingly rare tenure track positions, newly hired faculty do not have the option to hold out for positions in places they would like to live. But issues ranging from racism to local dating options can make some small towns unsuited to faculty members from diverse backgrounds. The author concludes that in order to help address this issue, institutions must make greater efforts to support faculty members who choose to commute. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Why small towns just aren’t suitable for some faculty: Harris Top Ten 08/02/2019 - 03:39 08/02/2019 - 03:30

The federal student loan system is “broken” and the risk of students defaulting on their loans is rising, according to a presentation delivered to the federal government earlier this year. The presentation, obtained by the Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, notes that Federal student debt alone is approximately $17B, and that the federal government has to regularly write off millions of dollars in loans it will never collect. The presentation adds that the situation is a difficult one, considering that post-secondary is all but mandatory for many entering the job market. The CP adds that the presentation included recommendations for addressing the issue, but that these were blacked out in the materials they received. Times Colonist (CP) (National)

Federal student loan system “is broken,” warn documents presented to government Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

The federal government’s recent announcement that it will make changes to enhance, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Canada Research Chairs program has been met with praise from the Canadian Association of University Teachers. The new agreement establishes a ten-year framework for the CRC program to reflect the diversity of the Canadian population, setting institutional targets for the representation of women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples. Additionally, the under-representation of members of the LGBTQ+ community will be addressed for the first time. The CAUT reports that the announcement is part of a settlement relating to a process started in 2003 by eight academics who, with the support of CAUT, filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission over the program’s failure to reflect the diversity of Canada’s university researchers. CAUT (National)

New equity targets for Canada Research Chairs program lauded by CAUT Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

The New Brunswick government is aiming to address its current nursing shortage by adding 130 nurses a year over the next decade, reports CBC. The strategy will reportedly focus on attracting and accommodating internationally trained nurses and providing better education opportunities for students in Canada. The plan specifically says the province must make sure the University of New Brunswick and University of Moncton are able to train more nurses by adding more seats. The plan also involves a bridging program that will allow licensed practical nurses to get bachelor of nursing degrees and become RNs within two or 2.5 years. CBC (NB)

NB unveils plan to increase nursing seats, produce 1,300 new nurses in 10 years Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

Western University’s student council is supporting the provision of training to its volunteers to better support victims of sexual and gender violence on campus, particularly during the “red zone,” or the period when students are most at risk, reports the London Free Press. The training will take place the week before orientation week. “The first six weeks of their first year are statistically when female students are at the highest risk for gender-based violence,” says Cat Dunne, vice-president of Western’s student council. “It helps explain why it was a priority for our council that our orientation volunteers are trained in survivor-centric disclosure response.” London Free Press (ON)

Western student council to train volunteers to better support victims of sex assault Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

The United States welcomes students from China, but colleges must do a better job of integrating Chinese students and getting them out of their “bubble” of Chinese Communist Party propaganda and misinformation, according to statements recently made by Marie Royce, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs in the US State Department. Elizabeth Redden reports that these comments come at a time when many US higher ed leaders are expressing concern about how anti-immigrant rhetoric and visa policies are damaging their ability to attract international students. Inside Higher Ed (International)

US official challenges colleges to get Chinese students out of their propaganda “bubble” Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

ILAC International College and Georgian College have signed a partnership that will provide ILAC students with advanced standing in Hospitality and Business diploma programs at Georgian. Students will be able to transfer up to six courses to their program at Georgian, save $6K towards their Georgian tuition, and become eligible for a 2-year post-graduate work permit upon graduation from Georgian. ILAC states that the agreement is the first public-private academic partnership of its kind. ILAC (ON)

ILAC, Georgian establish pathway partnership for hospitality, business students Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

Brock University states that it will offer experiential education opportunities in 100% of its academic programs beginning this fall. “Experiential learning is huge for career outcomes, employment and personal development,” said Brock Associate Director of Experiential Education Sandy Howe. “We are seeing a shift in post-secondary studies driving directly towards careers. Our programs help to clarify the path for success while offering real opportunities to set students on their way.” Brock states that its Co-op, Career, and Experiential Education team is developing ways for students to track students’ course and work term experiences, and that they are preparing to launch a university-wide experience record. Brock (ON)

Every Brock program to have experiential education this Fall Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

Mount Saint Vincent University has introduced a new “queer-centred course” in time to recognize the 2019 Halifax Pride Festival. The course examines themes in 2SLGBTQ+ literature from a range of historical periods, as well as theory, art, film, television, and/or other forms of popular culture. MSVU stated that interest in the fourth-year Queer Theory course demonstrated a need for a more accessible offering. The university adds that the course will bolster the department’s offerings focused on gender and sexuality, create an anchor at the 2000-level for related upper year courses, and provide an interdisciplinary perspective on queer topics that will resonate with other disciplines. MSVU (NS)

MSVU introduces course on Queer literature and culture Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

Support for science is crucial to Canada’s social and economic wellbeing, but “we need more than a rallying cry for increased spending,” write Stefan Leslie and Heather Desserud of the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network at Dalhousie University. The authors argue that the primary problem with calls for increased science funding is that they equate more research with more value, without taking into consideration how different audiences receive and act upon the information produced by science. This approach requires us to move beyond questions about the production and dissemination of research, the authors add, to better understand how research is received by different audiences, and thus how to derive more public value from it. University Affairs (National)

Canadian science needs to move beyond the argument that more is better: Leslie, Desserud Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

Panic has swept graduating students from the British Columbia K-12 system after a computer system error forced the Ministry of Education to review the final marks posted for Grade 12 English exams, prompting concerns about university acceptances. The Globe and Mail reports that Grade 12 English is a required course for all postsecondary institutions and that a provincial exam is a required part of the final grade. “The ministry is reviewing each June 2019 exam result to ensure student grades are accurately reflected on their transcripts,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Education, which added that it is actively contacting universities across the country. Globe and Mail (BC)

Computer woes force BC to review Grade 12 exams, spark panic in graduating students Top Ten 08/01/2019 - 03:37 08/01/2019 - 03:30

Medical schools across Canada are acknowledging the complexity of the concept of “merit” and seeking new ways to diversify their student bodies, reports the Globe and Mail. While merit used to refer narrowly to a candidate’s performance in grade-point average and a face-to-face interview, schools are now looking more broadly at the question of which medical students are best positioned to fit the needs of the medical system and of society. To this end, schools are looking for ways to offset the advantages accrued by candidates coming from socially privileged backgrounds. The article goes on to chronicle the specific ways in which Canada’s med schools are working toward this goal of fostering more diversity in their ranks. Globe and Mail (National)

How Canada’s med schools are retooling their admissions processes to foster diversity Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

The Maritime College of Forest Technology has issued a statement affirming that the dismissal of instructor Rod Cumberland was for misconduct and not his views on the controversial herbicide glyphosate. MCFT Executive Director Tim Marshall said Monday in a three-page statement to CBC News that Cumberland’s firing was due to his "abuse of authority" and "disparaging remarks" about the Fredericton-based school and its administration. The statement was issued amid calls from some provincial politicians for an independent inquiry into the dismissal of both Cumberland and former Executive Director Gerald Redmond, who retired in 2017 but was still teaching with MCFT’s continuing education program. CBC (NB)

Instructor’s firing not tied to views on controversial herbicide: forestry college Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

Canadian researchers have begun to release some preliminary results from what is reportedly the largest study ever about faculty perceptions of the state of the academic profession. The study contains the responses of faculty members from universities in 33 countries about a wide array of topics, including research and teaching activities, budgeting of time, academic achievements, perception of academic work, and job satisfaction. Among the early findings are discrepancies between academic disciplines in terms of how faculty view the relationship between teaching and research. University Affairs (International)

Early findings of largest-ever faculty perceptions study begin to roll out Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

Last week, the University of British Columbia issued a statement calling for a 60-day moratorium on construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, a mountain considered sacred to Hawaii’s Indigenous people. The Province reports that controversy over the project has grown since 35 Hawaiian elders, or kūpuna, were arrested July 17. UBC’s statement came in response to an open letter written to UBC President Santa Ono by several dozen UBC faculty members, asking the president to suspend UBC’s involvement with the project. The Province (BC)

UBC calls for 60-day hold on Hawaii telescope project in response to faculty, Indigenous groups’ concerns Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

Keyano College has reportedly become the first postsecondary institution in Alberta to officially adopt the Chicago principals, a set of freedom of speech rules, ahead of a deadline set by the provincial government. “Citizens have the right to pronounce their opinions, morals, ethics and world views within the limits of Canadian law, and institutions should not attempt to shield students from these ideas,” said Keyano Board of Governors’ first vice-chairman Brent Davis in a news release. “At the same time, people have the right to criticize and question other views expressed on campus, within the same limits.” The Edmonton Journal states that these principles have been criticized as benefitting more extreme and conservative speakers. Edmonton Journal (AB)

Keyano publicly rolls out Chicago principles Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

Western University has opened the doors to its $16M Imaging Pathogens of Knowledge Translation (ImPaKT) facility at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The facility is “unique in Canada and around the world,” according to ImPaKT Director Eric Arts. The facility is made up of Level 2+ and 3 containment facilities, and includes biosafety labs, decontamination suites, small-animal housing, a Polyemerase Chain Reaction clean room, and an ultra-speed centrifugation suite. “This facility advances Western’s position as a leader in infectious diseases research, and opens up the potential to develop vaccines and new treatments to help eradicate some of the world’s most devastating illnesses,” stated Arts. London Free Press | Western (ON)

Western opens $16M research lab focused on infectious diseases Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

Dalhousie University and College of the North Atlantic have signed an agreement that will open the doors for CNA’s Qatari students to upgrade their studies to a bachelor’s degree at Dal. The partnership builds on CNA’s relationship with its affiliated technical school in Qatar, and will establish a formal pathway for graduates of the college's Information Technology and Business Studies two- and three-year diploma programs. Dal reports that this agreement marks its first-ever formal arrangement with a technical school outside Canada. Dal (NS)

Dal, CNA partner to provide degree pathway for Qatari students Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

Performance funding systems have little impact on underrepresented student enrolment at US community colleges, regardless of whether they include an equity bonus, according to a new study. Inside Higher Ed reports that roughly 35 states have enacted performance-funding formulas that tie support for public colleges to metrics like graduation rates and degree-attainment numbers, with a growing number adding measures of equity such as additional funding for colleges that recruit and serve low-income students or students from underrepresented groups. Study author Robert Kelchen says the findings show that community colleges are likely not engaging in widespread practices to try to recruit more advantaged students, whether there are incentives to or not. Inside Higher Ed (International)

US community colleges not responding to equity-based performance funding: study Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

Students at Vancouver Island University are helping community groups solve real-world problems, thanks to a unique interdisciplinary program. VIU reports that students in the Community-Based Applied Interdisciplinary Research (CBAIR) course are providing community groups with data that supports their mandates while strengthening partnerships and relationships between VIU and the community. The university adds that students from different disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, criminology and business management, are organized into teams to complete each project, ensuring a range of expertise in each group and strengthening students’ teamwork skills. VIU (BC)

VIU students connect with community non-profits through research Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

While postsecondary students are generally bullish about their chances of finding work outside of school, a recent survey of US students found that their optimism varies by major. When discussing their expectations around finding a job related to their educational background within six months of graduation, business students were the most confident (93% expected to find a job), while humanities and social sciences students were the least confident (86%). The study adds that, in reality, only 60% of graduates went on to find work in a position tied to their background, with health care workers most likely to do so (69%). The study also noted differences in perceptions of financial prospects and non-monetary rewards, student loans, and the political situation of the US. Campus Technology (International)

Survey: student perspectives of future career vary by major Top Ten 07/31/2019 - 03:41 07/31/2019 - 03:30

A multidisciplinary, cross-Canadian project based at McMaster University has received $4.8M in federal funding to respond to the growing problem of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) among Indigenous populations. In response to priorities identified by Indigenous stakeholders, workers of the Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research will incorporate Indigenous knowledge and ways of living into their research. McMaster reports that the centre will bring together dozens of partners—researchers, clinicians, community members, Indigenous elders, people with lived experience of STBBIs, advocacy groups, non-profit agencies and many others—from every province. McMaster (1) | McMaster (2) (ON)

Cross-Canadian Feast Centre at McMaster to address STBBIs among Indigenous populations Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

A new partnership at Saint Mary’s is making it easier for students with disabilities to overcome employment barriers. SMU reports that the Student Employment Initiative, launched this past May, is a joint program from Saint Mary’s Career Services and The Fred Smithers Centre that helps students with disabilities find part-time and summer employment that matches their career aspirations. Participating students receive access to resume help, interview workshops, workplace accommodations, and other supports, such as regular check-ins with a job developer who assesses the student’s progress and work conditions. SMU (NS)

New SMU partnership breaks down employment barriers for students with disabilities Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan Nunavut Law Program at the Nunavut Arctic College has received funding from the federal government to address the need for more practicing lawyers in Nunavut. Business Insider reports that the funding will enable students to engage in experiential learning opportunities in legal advocacy and will establish a legal clinic in Iqaluit where they can gain hands-on law practice experience. The program is a partnership between Nunavut Arctic College and the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. "This funding will help us provide our students with new opportunities to engage actively with the legal profession, obtain hands on practical skills, and their knowledge of Inuit Traditional Law,” said Stephen Mansell, Director of USask’s Nunavut Law Program. Business Insider (NU)

USask, Arctic College receive funding to enhance legal education in NU Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

International students provide many benefits to both their host and origin countries, but what often goes unmentioned is the way that international student mobility offers countries a way to exercise “soft power” on the global stage, write Ainur Yerezhepekova and Zulfiya Torebekova. The authors define soft power as the means by which a country can use its citizens living abroad to increase the global attractiveness of its own culture, political ideals, and policies. The authors point to China as an example of a nation that has used its students studying abroad to legitimate itself on the global stage. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Student mobility as a form of “soft power” Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

The federal government has announced nearly $1M in funding to support a program that prepares Indigenous students in Cape Breton for post-secondary education and future career success. CBC reports that the Mi'kmaw Economic Benefits Office will use the funds to support its existing programs, which include promoting employment opportunities and apprenticeships, recruiting from First Nations communities, delivering small business and personal finance workshops, and helping new high school graduates prepare for post-secondary. It will also help the office launch a new program aimed at increasing the number of Indigenous people in science, technology, engineering, math, and business fields. CBC (NS)

First Nations initiative in Cape Breton receives funds to help students find career success after graduation Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

Since cannabis was legalized in Canada last year, courses dedicated to the plant have emerged at college and university campuses across the country, reports the Toronto Star. According to the Cannabis Council of Canada, at least 12 post-secondary schools have added cannabis-related programs that cover everything from production research and training to marijuana law and business. The Star notes that the knowledge and skills developed in post-secondary labs and classrooms will be critical to a healthy and growing industry, in addition to the legitimizing effect that partnerships with post-secondary offer the industry as a whole. Toronto Star (National)

Post-secondary cannabis programming helps normalize industry, provides talent pipeline Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

Two initiatives at Simon Fraser University, one focusing on entrepreneurship and another advancing clean technology research, will benefit from nearly $3M in federal funding. Disbursed through Western Economic Diversification Canada, $1.9M will help the Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection expand its youth entrepreneurship program, while more than $1M will go to SFU’s School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering, in conjunction with the new School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, to create an experimental research facility to prototype clean technology solutions for the aerospace industry. SFU (BC)

SFU to fuel entrepreneurship, clean tech with nearly $3M investment Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

54% of faculty say they believe adding more technology to their classroom would definitely increase student engagement, with another 35% saying that more tech could possibly do so, according to a new survey. The survey asked university professors across the US about their use of technology, students' expectations, institutional support for tech, and more. Respondents noted that the biggest thing university administration can do to get faculty to embrace tech in the classroom is offer more support and training for educators, while other popular suggestions included offering more budget, offering more support and training for students, and setting aside time to get the technology set up. Campus Technology (International)

More than half of faculty believe tech in the classroom increases student engagement: US study Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

Two years since the British Columbia government mandated that the province’s post-secondary institutions waive tuition fees for youth who have been in government care, uptake from this group has remained low, reports the Tyee. Three major factors for this lack of uptake reportedly include inadequate support, limited awareness, and eligibility restrictions. The Tyee cites a report recommending a number of policy changes that could help improve the numbers for programs in this area, including the extension of basic government supports for youth to the age of 24. “Studies in other jurisdictions suggest that the benefits of improved educational outcomes from increased support will, in themselves, pay for the incremental funding requirements,” the report notes. The Tyee (BC)

Extended PSE access programs for youth in care have yet to move the needle in BC Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

Paying more attention to pretenure faculty members' emotions is a key component of both individual and institutional success, according to a new paper based on a US study. The study looked at assistant professors’ emotions regarding teaching and research and found that teaching was much more associated with positive emotions, while research was associated with more negative feelings. A more advanced analysis also found that faculty members’ sense of control, value, and positive or negative emotion mediate relationships of collegiality and balance with self-reported success. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Pretenure professors’ feelings about teaching are more positive than their feelings about research: US study Top Ten 07/30/2019 - 03:38 07/30/2019 - 03:30

Indigenous students and academics from across the country are calling upon their institutions to divest from the Thirty Meter Telescope project, which would see the construction of a giant telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), which includes 20 universities, has been a partner in the telescope project since its inception in 2003. "Indigenous people across the country stand with each other no matter what side of the [Canada-U.S.] border we fall," said Tomas Jirousek, the Indigenous affairs commissioner at McGill University's Students' Society. “We are taking action and hopefully holding our universities to account when it comes to standing complicit.” ACURA Executive Director Donald Brooks issued a statement saying that ACURA wants to "to ensure the safety of all involved and to find a peaceful path forward that respects the wishes of Native Hawaiians.” CBC (National)

Indigenous students, academics call on Canadian universities to divest from Thirty Meter Telescope Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

Durham College has announced the launch of an Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science program. The program will include a comprehensive set of courses, a final thesis project, and a 420-hour supervised field placement. Graduates will be able to work with individuals of all ages in a variety of health and community settings. “As agencies and long-term care facilities prepare for the increasing numbers in these client populations, the need for more qualified professionals in the areas of health, community and social services will also increase,” said Durham School of Health & Community Services executive dean Judeline Innocent. “With the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science, our graduates will be ready to not only meet this need but become leaders in these fields as well.” Durham (ON)

Durham announces Behavioural Science degree program Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

The University of Winnipeg’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry programs have been accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry. CSC is recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry as the technical organization for Canadian chemists. “This accreditation certifies that we have modern and well-maintained infrastructure and a comprehensive chemistry curriculum for the training of future scientists in the area of chemistry,” said Department Chair Athar Ata. “It also illustrates that our program is competitive and that our students will be well-prepared for careers in academia, industry and all government sectors.” UWinnipeg (MB)

Chemistry at UWinnipeg achieves national accreditation Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced a $17M investment to support the work of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable and create more work-integrated learning opportunities for students. The funding will support BHER in creating 44,000 WIL opportunities annually by 2021-22 and enable BHER to provide businesses and organizations that have not offered student positions before with the tools and information they need. “Young Canadians are talented, ambitious and hard-working; however, making the transition to the workforce can be difficult,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. “When young people gain valuable on-the-job experience, they are better equipped to succeed in the workplace, and that is fundamental to growing our economy and strengthening our middle class for years to come.” Canada (National)

Canada invests $17M into WIL opportunities for post-secondary Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

Josh Marando, president of the McMaster Students Union at McMaster University, announced that he has revoked a student club’s privileges, including access to funding, after concerns about racist affiliations were raised. The club, called the Dominion Society, was one of over 300 clubs ratified for the 2019/2020 school year. "There was some information that wasn't available at the time or that folks didn't know at the time of the Student Representative Assembly," said Marando, adding that a social media post drew a connection between the Dominion Society and people espousing racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. Marando stated that the scenario shows the need for improvement to prevent "potential abuse by individuals who may attempt to create a club as a front for organizing and recruiting for hate groups." The Spectator (ON)

McMaster Students Union suspends club over white supremacist concerns Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia will be engaging in two major projects to help Vancouver pursue its aspirations to become a “smart city,” thanks to a combined $5.8M investment from the Government of Canada. UBC will be partnering with BC Hydro and Cypress Power on a $2.3M project to convert a parking garage into a source of solar power and supply a fleet of 12 electric cars, in addition to taking part in a $3.5M project to build and study a 111-unit, energy-efficient residential building. “UBC is in many ways the perfect place to test new ideas that will contribute to a more sustainable planet,” said UBC President Santa Ono. Vancouver Sun (BC)

Federal investment will help UBC further “smart city” ambitions Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

Canadore College has received formal approval for three new programs: Media Fundamentals – Indigenous Visual Storytelling , Product Engineering-Advanced Manufacturing, and Recording Engineering – Music Production. The programs will begin in September 2020. “Canadore’s programs are designed to be compelling to students, meet academic quality and program standards and fill skills gaps identified through industry consultations,” said Canadore President George Burton. “We are extremely proud to be bringing these new choices to Ontario’s post-secondary market.” The Nugget (ON)

Canadore launches three new programs Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

Atlantic Colleges Atlantique and the Information and Communications and Technology Council (ICTC) have established a partnership focused on providing work-integrated learning opportunities for students to prepare them for the digital economy. “Our students are eager to contribute their talents to the workplace and also to be model life-long learners,” said ACA Interim Chair and Collège de l’Île President Donald DesRoches. “The collaboration with ICTC will provide them with worthwhile placements in the STEM, business and cybersecurity areas.” NBCC (NB | NL | NS | PEI)

ACA, ICTC partner to provide students with WIL opportunities Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

Fanshawe College’s student council president has been ousted from the role after chronic absences from the position. FSU president Abdullah Qassab was elected in March for a one-year term and was the first student from a satellite school to head the student government. However, the London Free Press reports that he was removed from the position for repeatedly not showing up to work. “Mr. Qassab, a paid full-time employee of the Fanshawe Student Union, effectively resigned his position by failing to attend work repeatedly without notice or explanation,” FSU board of directors chair Cole Ayerst wrote in an email. “As a result, Mr. Qassab was deemed to have abandoned his position within the FSU.” London Free Press (ON)

Fanshawe student union president ousted after chronic absences Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30
Inter-Dec College and LaSalle College have announced that they will be merging their activities, establishing an alliance that “will take effect immediately.” A news release states that LaSalle will be able to improve its program offerings while Inter-Dec will benefit from a reinforced administrative and academic structure. "This partnership with Inter-Dec College was completely natural,” said LaSalle General Director Myrianne Collin. “Beyond simply sharing the same facilities in Montréal and Laval, the 2 institutions both belong to the LCI Education network, a partnership program that is made up of 23 higher education institutions spread across 5 continents.” <a href="https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/inter-dec-college-and-lasalle-coll... ">Newswire </a> (QC)
Inter-Dec joins LaSalle to share programming, administrative structure Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

Inter-Dec College and LaSalle College have announced that they will be merging their activities, establishing an alliance that “will take effect immediately.” A news release states that LaSalle will be able to improve its program offerings while Inter-Dec will benefit from a reinforced administrative and academic structure. "This partnership with Inter-Dec College was completely natural,” said LaSalle General Director Myrianne Collin. “Beyond simply sharing the same facilities in Montréal and Laval, the 2 institutions both belong to the LCI Education network, a partnership program that is made up of 23 higher education institutions spread across 5 continents.” Newswire (QC)

Inter-Dec joins LaSalle to share programming, administrative structure Top Ten 07/29/2019 - 03:40 07/29/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced an additional $2M in funding for MindFuel as part of the second phase of the CanCode program. MindFuel will see over 124,000 Canadian K-12 students learn digital skills, including coding, data analytics, and digital content development; and will provide over 4,600 teachers with the skills needed to teach coding in their classrooms. The news release states that supporting digital skills in the K-12 population is a critical step in encouraging postsecondary enrolment in STEM fields and training youth to meet future workforce demands. Canada (National)

Canada invests $2M in digital skills for K-12 students, aims to bolster PSE enrolment Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

George Brown College has partnered with Global DWS and Autonetics Universe, leaders in their respective areas of robotics solutions and innovations, to help meet the growing demand for service robots. In addition to developing programming together, the partnership will see George Brown study the potential of service robots on campus. “We believe service robots will enhance the user experience and augment the workforce. They have the potential to help us work better and smarter,” said Rick Huijbregts, George Brown’s Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation. “We need to focus on how to work with them, rather than how we will work against one another. George Brown (ON)

George Brown partnership focuses on world of service robots Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

The University of Victoria’s Vice President of Research Lisa Kalynchuk has issued a public statement on the Thirty Meter Telescope project in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. As one of 20 member universities in the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, UVic stated that it is “fundamentally important to us” that the TMT “be developed in a way that respects local communities and their cultural practices.” “The TMT project will provide enormous scientific benefits to astronomy research and support important advances in knowledge,” concluded Kalynchuk. “However, these benefits should not be achieved without the engagement and support of the local Indigenous people.” UVic (BC)

UVic calls on ACURA to ensure TMT project development respects Indigenous groups Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

Lakehead University and Seven Generations Education Institute have partnered on the delivery of the All Nation Nurses Entry Program (ANNEP), a nine-month certificate program. The program is designed to encourage Treaty Three members to pursue careers as Registered Nurses while remaining in their communities. The program provides students with the prerequisites needed to enter a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program after graduation. “Travelling far away from home to complete a program like this serves as a huge barrier for our learners,” said SGEI CEO Brent Tookenay. “Opening doors to a rewarding career that starts in a student’s own community provides opportunities they may otherwise not have pursued.” Nation Talk (ON)

Lakehead, SGEI partner to deliver All Nations Nurses Entry Program Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

The University Climate Change Coalition’s 20 members have announced a platform to fight climate change during the coalition’s inaugural conference at the University of British Columbia. Through the platform, universities from around North America – including UBC, Queen’s University, and the University of Toronto – have pledged to accelerate research, lower on-campus emissions and push for progressive climate policy at all levels of government. “Universities and cities are leading the charge on climate action and collaborating to magnify that impact and scale it across big cities and regions,” said former Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson. “There’s a steadier commitment to science and evidence-based action at universities that’s unhindered by volatile politics.” Vancouver Sun (National)

UC3 announces platform to fight climate change Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Université Saint-Paul d’Ottawa have established a partnership that will create a pathway for graduates of select CCNB programs to pursue bachelor’s programming at USP. In particular, the pathway will provide graduates of CCNB’s programming in business, arts and culture, justice, health sciences, and community services with up to 60 credits towards an SPU bachelor’s degree. CCNB CEO Roger Doucet stated that it is important to the college to act more as a stepping stone and less as a goal; and indicated that the college was proud to be able to open doors to students and graduates through partnerships with universities. CCNB (NB | ON)

CCNB, USP establish pathway to bachelor’s education Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

A recent study out of the US found that when students make sound financial decisions during their final year of postsecondary school, “they more quickly develop their adult identity.” Doctoral student Xiaomin Li examined the “emerging adulthood” period–defined as the span between a student’s fourth year of college and five years after graduation–and found that “emerging adults’ development in the financial, personal, and relational domains are interrelated, with progress in financial domains predicting progress in personal and relational domains.” Li suggested that the period could be longer and more challenging for those who do not attend postsecondary education, and called for more research with the non-college-educated population. Inside Higher Ed (International)

For students, recent grads, financial decision-making predicts success in other domains Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

Graduates of Fleming College’s Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) program will have the opportunity to continue their education in the Master’s of Science Communication program at Laurentian University. Laurentian states that the pathway program is unique to postsecondary education in Ontario. “This unique pathway to a master’s degree is ground-breaking for Fleming College and we are very pleased to offer this to our qualified EVC graduates,” said Fleming Frost Campus Principal Brett Goodwin. “The environmental sector is experiencing strong growth and the EVC program provides students with a unique and highly marketable portfolio of communication skills that will only be enhanced through this pathway into a Master’s of Science Communication.” Laurentian (ON)

Laurentian, Fleming create pathway to master’s degree Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

Cambrian College has received funding from the Government of Ontario to increase skilled trades training in the North. The college will be introducing a 45-week welder program for female Indigenous participants, as well as a 26-week program focused on the skills and experience needed for general carpentry, electrician and refrigeration, and air conditioning systems mechanic trades. “Employers are looking for job-ready people to help fill vacancies in the skilled trades,” said Ross Romano, ON Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “These programs are designed to help people interested in apprenticeships to bridge the gap between the skills they have and the skills employers need.” Manitoulin Expositor (ON)

Cambrian receives funding for pre-apprenticeship, applied research programs Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

A recent US-based survey has found that student spending on textbooks is continuing to decline. The decrease coincides with falling textbook prices that were identified by another survey, writes Nick Hazelrigg, and the lowered usage may indicate that students are increasingly utilizing open-source material and other educational resources. “One of the effects of high costs of textbooks is that it has started conversations on campus about the limitations of traditional textbooks and created opportunities for faculty to tailor more of their material to their course or even go beyond textbooks to other collections of resources,” explained Nicole Allen, director of open education at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Continuing decline in textbook spending suggests successful affordability measures, OER uptake Top Ten 07/26/2019 - 03:42 07/26/2019 - 03:30

A total of $117M has been announced for genomics research across several fields at 14 Canadian universities. The funding stems from the federal government, provincial governments, businesses, and research partners from across the country and will be used to support over 300 genomics researchers. “Innovative research like this is what drives a productive and prosperous agriculture sector,” stated Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “From developing new tools, to increasing sustainability in agriculture, to breeding more resilient crops - our genomic researchers are the heart of advancing science so that our farmers have the tools they need to be successful.” Genome Canada (National)

14 Canadian universities to benefit from $117M for genomics research Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 03:37 07/25/2019 - 03:30

Several major institutions and organizations in Edmonton, Alberta have partnered to boost their purchases of locally-produced food. Alberta Flavour, which includes NAIT and the University of Alberta, has been working to increase the amount of locally produced food purchased by large organizations with food-service operations. "If you do want to scale up local food within the larger food system, institutional procurement is a really powerful and potent way to do that," said U of A researcher Mary Beckie, who added that the institutions in the partnership benefited from sharing their solutions to common problems. "We like to incorporate ourselves into the community that we are living in," said NAIT Assistant Manager of Supply-chain Management Kim Allen. "Supporting local food is part of that." CBC (AB)

NAIT, U of A partner with AB organizations to bring in more local food Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 03:37 07/25/2019 - 03:30

There are several ways that permanently employed academics can help support early-career academics who are facing precarious work prospects, writes Sarah Burton, and this help does not include often “patronizing” and “impractical” advice or “vacuous assurances.” In particular, Burton encourages permanently employed academics to consider providing financial supports; treating ECAs as intellectual equals and taking their perspective on academia seriously; and taking the initiative to invite ECAs to participate in career-building activities. “Precarity hurts us all;” concludes Burton, “genuine collegiality is how we challenge it.” Times Higher Education (International)

Despite good intentions, patronizing advice, vacuous assurances not needed say ECAs Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 03:37 07/25/2019 - 03:30

SAIT Polytechnic and Higher Colleges of Technology have established a partnership that will support UAE’s commerce and industry sectors. HCT, in cooperation with SAIT, will launch a Logistics Academy and a Retail Academy in September 2019, and will launch additional academies throughout 2020 for industries such as Hospitality, Petroleum, and Artificial Intelligence. “SAIT is pleased to be invited to be the lead consulting organization for this national initiative, working in tandem with HCT and the UAE government,” said SAIT President David Ross. “This is an incredible opportunity for SAIT to provide our expertise in delivering innovative competency-based education as the country charts its path in diversifying its economy through its progressive workforce transformation.” HCT (AB)

SAIT, HCT partner to boost UAE workforce opportunities Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 03:37 07/25/2019 - 03:30

Centennial College and Algonquin College have both been recognized by Ashoka for their "commitment to accelerate changemaking." Both institutions reportedly took on or committed to activities that would support changemaking on campus, including Centennial's participation in the Changemakers Challenge, a series of social change learning experiences offered to students during reading week; and Algonquin's pledge to introduce new programming and a new innovative and entrepreneruial mindset. The colleges are "joining Ashoka U's global community of higher education innovators who are collectively activating and equipping the changemakers the world needs,” said Jessica Lax, Ashoka U's Growth & Partnerships Director. “We're thrilled to celebrate [the colleges'] commitment and look forward to sharing it with others through this campaign." Newswire (Centennial) | Nation Talk (Algonquin)

Centennial, Algonquin recognized by Ashoka for dedication to social change Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 03:37 07/25/2019 - 03:30

The College of New Caledonia Research Forest Society has launched a legacy fund in order to support projects in the communities served by the college. Research forest manager Carl Pollard explained that the fund will help meet the society’s long-term mandate to provide benefits to students and local natural resource research. "There is now the opportunity to reinvest a portion of the sale of the timber back into the natural resources and people of the region served by CNC through this new legacy fund," said Pollard. Prince George Citizen (BC)

CNC Research Forest Society launches legacy fund Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 03:37 07/25/2019 - 03:30

Researchers at Columbia University in the US recently released the second version of the Open Syllabus Project, a database containing nearly seven million syllabi from 2,500 universities around the world. Project director Joe Karaganis described it as a “kind of skeleton key” to the “black box” of higher education, providing a clearer picture of what the contents of a university education looks like. “We’ve begun to pull back the curtain a bit,” he said. Data from the project have revealed the most-taught titles in higher education, allowed researchers to map out how fields of study are related to each other based on shared titles, and been used to help teachers guide curriculums. The project has reportedly seen significant web traffic from developing countries and interest from the open educational resources movement. EdScoop (International)

US researchers release database containing millions of university syllabi from around the world Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 03:37 07/25/2019 - 03:30

Bow Valley College’s 150 Startups program has received a $500,000 commitment from RBC in order to support the program’s network and resources. The program supports over 400 entrepreneurs from postsecondary institutions across the province on an annual basis as they develop and practice entrepreneurship skills. “This is a great opportunity in support of first-time entrepreneurs to help set them up for success. It's well aligned with our Future Launch Program that helps young Canadians prepare for careers of tomorrow through building on their skills, networks and experience,” said RBC Regional President Jeff Boyd. “150 Startups is a great example of ‘paying it forward’ because participants go on to become role models, advisors, and mentors for upcoming entrepreneurs.” Bow Valley (AB)

Bow Valley 150 Startups program receives supports from RBC Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 03:37 07/25/2019 - 03:30

“Indeed, many people see workload as a can of worms that shouldn’t be opened and can’t be fixed,” write the principal investigators of the US-based Faculty Workload and Rewards Project. However, there are key ways that individuals can help ensure more equitable faculty workloads at their institution. In particular, the authors encourage individuals to push for transparency and the use of departmental data to determine how teaching, mentoring, and service positions are allocated; to be vigilant in meetings and intervene when people are seen “shifting less desirable work to others;” and to help foster accountability in the office. They add that faculty members and administrators need to take the time to recognize the contexts and responsibilities of different members of the department, as well as needing to take the initiative to ask colleagues about their work and workload. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Fostering a more equitable workplace requires vigilance, transparency, understanding Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 03:37 07/25/2019 - 03:30

Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies has received a gift of $500K from the P and L Odette Foundation. The gift was announced at a celebration of the school’s 20th anniversary. The funds will be used to create the Tanis Doe Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gender, Disability and Social Justice, the first of which will be awarded in July 2020. The fellowship recognizes the late Tanis Doe, a Métis deaf woman with other disabilities who formerly worked as an instructor at Ryerson, was a Fulbright Scholar, and was a part of several disability, queer and feminist movements throughout Canada and internationally. Ryerson (ON)

Ryerson receives $500K gift, celebrates 20 years Top Ten 07/25/2019 - 08:53 07/25/2019 - 03:30

A majority of Canadians believe that post-secondary education has a positive impact on society and is more relevant than ever in today’s rapidly changing world, according to a new study commissioned by the Canadian Association of University Teachers. A large majority (78%) of those surveyed viewed universities and colleges as having positive impacts on the direction of the country, while 93% said they would pursue PSE if there were no tuition. Two-thirds (65%) said that Canada’s high post-secondary participation rate makes the country a better place to live. “Post-secondary education makes Canada more united, stronger, and positioned to tackle the challenges we will face today and in the future,” says CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “The federal government should support the sector and help make it stronger across the country.” CAUT

Canadians believe post-secondary education makes the country better, is more important today than ever: study Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

More women are finding good work in the trades, but progress is still too slow to meet Canada’s demand for skilled workers, reports CBC. According to data from Statistics Canada's most recent Labour Force Survey, women made only marginal gains in the trades between 2008 and 2018. Of the 934,000 people working in industrial, electrical, and construction trades in 2008, only 34,600 — or 3.7% — were women. Experts say that unwelcoming work environments are a factor in women not entering certain male-dominated trades. "This really started affecting my business about 10 to 12 years ago in Canada and the US," says business owner Mandy Rennehan, adding that the shortage of skilled trades professionals is "a massive economic issue for governments, for business and —more importantly — for consumers." CBC

Canada requires greater progress on women in skilled trades to meet national demand Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

“We would do well to replace the diversity question with more tangible queries about teaching and mentoring,” writes Alex Small in an essay challenging the gap between a university’s goals and the questions it asks new faculty about diversity. This gap, the author adds, stems from a mismatch between the language of diversity and the issue that universities are truly trying to address, which is that of disadvantage and underrepresentation. Part of this problem, Small adds, is that very few faculty are adept at speaking about diversity within this context of disadvantage. “This mismatch of goals is fixable if we allow ourselves to leave diversity out of the question,” the author concludes, recommending that committees “ask faculty candidates what they have done and want to do going forward in order to help struggling, underprepared students.” Inside Higher Ed

Let’s say what we really mean when we ask new hires about diversity: Small Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

Carleton University and Concordia University have received $560K from the Ontario Centres of Excellence, PROMPT, and NSERC to fund the creation of an Open Source Cyber Fusion Centre. The project will be led by Carleton Associate Professor Michael Weiss and Concordia Professor Mourad Debbabi and will involve an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the institutions and industrial partners. The project aims to positively impact the security of open-source software and “bring down the cost of a security operations centre (SOC) from $1M to $1K” by working with open-source communities and machine learning. Carleton

Carleton, Concordia to create Open Source Cyber Fusion Centre Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced an investment of up to $49.5M for the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network. CAAIN is a $108.5M project aimed at developing exportable farming solutions. The network will begin with eight members across five provinces, including Olds College and Lakeland College, and will investigate technologies using artificial intelligence, robotics, and precision agriculture. Olds’ Smart Farm will be used as a hub to develop and test new technologies. “Demand is growing for Canada to help feed a hungry planet,” said Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates, “and our new technologies, approaches and processes, in conjunction with meaningful partnerships, will strengthen our agricultural sector and help meet that demand." Lethbridge News Now | BetaKit

Canada invests $49.5M into agri-food network Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Rimouski Professor Kateri Lemmens has called on universities and academics to mobilize against the Government of Quebec following the suspension of the Programme de l'expérience québécoise. The program previously helped international students who studied in the province immigrate more quickly. QC stated that it suspended the program until November 1st in order to give priority to applicants who are already employed in QC. Lemmens described the decision as being unjust and argued that international students who graduate from QC universities are already well-integrated into society, making them prime candidates for immigration. Journal de Québec (1) | Journal de Québec (2)

UQAR professor calls on universities to oppose QC suspension of international student program Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

A new program from Cape Breton University will help students find part-time work and help seasonal employers staff hard-to-fill jobs in the summer months, thanks to a new shuttle service offered by CBU. CBC reports that the program is open to all students, but is specifically targeting international students for participation. The program aims to address labour shortages reported by seasonal businesses in Victoria, Inverness, and Richmond counties. "This program was a really good fit for us because the international students would be finished school at the same time when we need to ramp up our staffing," said Danielle Sampson of the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, one of the businesses that signed up for the program. CBC

CBU works to connect students with rural employers through new shuttle service Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

With roughly 90 days remaining until the next federal election, the future of fundamental research in Canada remains unclear, write Mark Lautens and David Naylor. The authors note that the Greens, NDP, and Conservatives have all been scant on details. The Liberals, on the other hand, will likely point to the investments in research they made in Budget 2018, which the authors point out were significantly below the figures recommended in the government’s own commissioned federal report. The authors highlight a number of myths that will need to be busted if Canada is to have a productive conversation about research funding leading into the next election. Toronto Star

The conversation we must have about fundamental research leading into the next election: Lautens, Naylor Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

Mount Allison has strengthened its long-time connection with Bermuda College with the signing of a new MOU. An MtA release notes that the agreement will open pathways for credit transfers between the two institutions, enabling students in Sciences to earn credentials at both schools. “Mount Allison and Bermuda have a special history together. We’ve welcomed students from the Island for more than 150 years and have a strong alumni base there,” says Kim Meade, MtA Vice-President, International and Student Affairs. MtA

MtA strengthens longstanding relationship with Bermuda College with new agreement Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

What began as a building site tour quickly turned into summer employment for a group of students from Durham College’s Building Construction Technician program. The students were touring the site of Durham’s new residence building in Whitby as part of an experiential learning opportunity when the contractor approached Durham professor Al Martin about hiring summer students to work onsite. A Durham release reports that four students were successful in applying for the job and are now taking their skills from the classroom to the jobsite, honing their knowledge, and building their resumes. Durham

Construction site tour turns into employment for Durham students Top Ten 07/24/2019 - 03:41 07/24/2019 - 03:30

International students studying in Canada face a number of unique challenges that their institutions can help address, writes Ali Najaf, a recent graduate of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. Some areas where students require additional support, Najaf notes, are integration into Canadian culture as a whole and its educational culture more specifically. The author goes on to offer several examples of potential supports, which cover areas such as pre-arrival support, first-week support, and continuing support. University Affairs

How universities can provide more support to international students Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

Female faculty at the University of Manitoba wait an average of one year longer than their male colleagues to reach full professorship, according to a new report. Led by Professor Tammy Schirle of Wilfrid Laurier University, the report also noted that UManitoba does not have the same systemic discrepancies in pay between male and female professors that other universities have. "You don’t find the big wage gaps that are at other universities" at UManitoba, said Schirle, who suggested the school’s collective agreement has helped prevent systematic effects. The report also raised questions about how different types of workloads between male and female professors might be feeding the gap in time taken to reach full professorship. Winnipeg Free Press (Subscription Required)

UManitoba study finds gender differences in time taken to reach full professor, but smaller wage gap than most institutions Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

“Early momentum” is one of the most important predictors of success in US community colleges, according to a new study released by the Community College Research Center. The study looked at student data from community colleges in three states to determine that “early momentum metrics” were strong predictors of success, with these metrics encompassing three areas for first-year students: the pace of credit accumulation during the first semester and first year, completion of gateway courses in math and English, and persistence from fall to spring. The authors of the study argue that community colleges could use "comprehensive reforms" in their structures and practices "to help more students gain early momentum on their way to earning a credential.” Campus Technology

“Early momentum metrics” predict outcomes for community college students: US study Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

If junior faculty of colour heed senior colleagues’ advice to “protect your time” and “just say no” to requests for additional support from marginalized students, they will “reinforce the common narrative that academe is a white, middle-class institution that is not for students of color,” writes Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana. The author notes that faculty members of color face higher demands than their white colleagues in terms of mentoring, advising, and counseling due to the underrepresentation of nonwhite faculty across academe. Yet while many faculty try to protect their time against these demands, the author argues that “just saying no isn’t an option” if institutions wish to make any real progress on issues of diversity and inclusion. Inside Higher Ed

“Just saying no isn’t an option” for faculty of colour receiving requests for help: Rucks-Ahidiana Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

The First Nations Technical Institute has applauded recent news that the Ontario government will invest an additional $28M into provincial midwifery services, adding that it is particularly pleased with the province’s commitment to increase access to culturally-safe midwifery care by expanding Indigenous midwifery programs. “This news couldn’t come at a better time,” said FNTI Vice-President, Academic Umar Keoni Umangay, who added that FNTI is in the final stages of developing a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences in Indigenous Midwifery to support the health and well-being of Indigenous women, babies, families and communities so that more choices are available for Indigenous Peoples to give birth and receive care on their traditional lands.” FNTI

FNTI celebrates ON investment in midwifery services, moves forward with program Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

The University of Northern British Columbia and CUPE 3799 have ratified an agreement for the three-year term of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. CUPE Local 3799 represents 400 UNBC employees who provide service in areas such as academic program support, information technology, and facilities and maintenance. The agreement includes general wage increases of 2% each year and improved services for students through staff training and professional development. The University of Victoria (UVic) and the UVic Faculty Association have also reached a tentative agreement under the government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate. The agreement covers approximately 900 staff and faculty at the institution, including librarians, archivists, and research and teaching faculty. BC (UVic) | BC (UNBC)

BC universities reach agreements with associations, unions Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

NorQuest College practical nursing students are now able to use virtual reality to practice in a virtual clinical setting. The program was developed by Edmonton-based Dynacor and enables students to see, hear, and move while practicing the administration of insulin. Feedback provided at the end of the scenario allows them to build muscle memory and perfect their skills before they interact with a real patient. “We wanted something that is engaging in a way familiar to today’s technology-driven students,” says NorQuest instructor Dustin Chan. “With this, we are able to bring the motivation from the world of gaming into learning. Already, students are coming back to ‘play’ the VR scenario over and over again until they master the game/skill.” NorQuest

NorQuest nurses able to practice skills through virtual reality learning Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

Scholars and studies that argue against the existence or legitimacy of trans identities have become a major point of contention in the academic community, writes Colleen Flaherty, with many arguing that these amount to little more than hate speech masquerading as academic inquiry. While defenders of such scholarship argue that it is based in sound academic principles, others contend that “not every item of personal and ideological obsession is worthy of philosophical debate,” which would include skepticism about the rights of certain groups or individuals. Inside Higher Ed

Inside the debate over trans-exclusionary scholarship Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island has hired an off-campus housing coordinator to help students navigate one of Canada’s toughest housing markets. CBC reports that Charlottetown’s apartment vacancy rate is a meagre 0.2%, which has created concern for students. The housing coordinator will establish contacts in the community to find vacancies, advise students on tenant rights, and be a point of contact for students with any questions or concerns around looking for a new apartment. "It's exciting when we can represent to our students not just as a student union, not just as a UPEI administration, but as a campus community," said UPEI Student Union President Emma Drake. CBC

UPEI hires housing coordinator to support students in tough housing market Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

Cybersecurity remains at the forefront of many higher ed stakeholders’ minds, with attacks on Canadian institutions becoming something of a regular occurrence. This trend continued last week when a group of Laurentian University’s donors were targeted by a phishing attempt. CBC reports that the phishing email would have appeared as a request for money or a request to review an invoice, appearing to come from the university's Advancement Office. Laurentian Chief Information Officer Luc Roy noted that the university has investigated the incident, finding that no targets had fallen for the attack and that the university’s system was not breached. "There's no private information stolen, there's nothing that would actually compromise the users," said Roy. "But the potential compromise or issue is that they could actually fall victim of a phishing attempt." CBC

Phishing scam targets Laurentian alumni donors Top Ten 07/23/2019 - 03:36 07/23/2019 - 03:30

Canada has announced $4.7M to fund nine climate change research projects. A federal release notes that the funded projects will advance knowledge of the role forests play, accelerate innovation in energy‑efficient cooling technologies, and improve our understanding of how carbon interacts with our forests, wetlands, and oceans. The projects are funded through the Advancing Climate Change Science in Canada initiative, a collaboration among the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Health Canada that aims to increase the scientific information available to support government decision-making on climate action. Canada (National)

Canada invests nearly $5M in climate change research Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

A walking map created by an undergraduate student in Native studies at the University of Alberta is providing an Indigenous lens to the buildings, art, and spaces at her school’s campus. Folio reports that Robin Howse’s map, entitled pîtos-mâmitoneyihtamowin (reimagine) UAlberta, lists a number of prominent sites on campus—including Sweetgrass Bear, Nîpisîy House, Rutherford House, and the Faculty of Native Studies’ tipi—that have, or seem to have, Indigenous or colonial ties. “The way you understand place and place names impacts how you see the world and how you interact with it politically, socially, economically and environmentally, and informs how you’re going to solve problems,” says Howse. Folio (AB)

UAlberta student creates map, website to show campus through Indigenous eyes Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

“Why don’t they ask questions? Why don’t they come to office hours? Why don’t they work harder?” These are the thoughts that professor Laura M Harrison reports having until she became a student herself—again. Having been an A student in her first university experience, Harrison speaks of the struggles she faced when she tried to return to university studies when there were competing priorities in her life. While she had always believed that grit and determination were most important for success, Harrison notes that her second experience taught her what many new studies have shown, which is that students fare better when they have “slack,” or “the space in one’s life that allows a person to access a greater share of their intellectual and emotional resources.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

How I learned that underperforming students need more slack, not grit: Harrison Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

Niagara College has received nearly $2M from the federal government to support research that will benefit the manufacturing sector. A Niagara release notes that the funds will specifically support researchers working with the region’s manufacturing sector to accelerate the use of advanced technologies, such as machine learning, robotics and 3D printing; to foster innovation; and to boost local companies’ competitive advantage. “Our regional collaborative innovation model continues to achieve great success, providing industry partners access to advanced technologies, services and expertise, and has had a strong impact on manufacturers in the Niagara region,” said Niagara President Dan Patterson. Niagara (ON)

Niagara receives nearly $2M to strengthen manufacturing, train the next generation Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba has cancelled university-related travel to China and recommended that faculty “avoid all unnecessary travel” to the country in light of “our evolving relationship with China.” The memo follows a recent RCMP investigation involving two microbiology researchers and a possible "policy breach" at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg. "Our hope is that the situation will be resolved soon, and that this will not impact our many valued partnerships with Chinese institutions," stated a memo from the university. CBC (MB)

UManitoba cancels university-related trips to China, advises avoiding unnecessary travel Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

George Brown College has announced a new partnership between its Fashion Exchange and Joe Fresh to support research that aims to find new methods to recycle textiles. A George Brown release notes that the research could have a significant impact on both Canada’s apparel industry and the environment by helping to “close the loop in the circular economy of materials that may otherwise be discarded.” Over the next two years, Joe Fresh will contribute $100K toward the program. “Fashion research through FX LIFT allows Canadian apparel businesses to overcome technical, systemic, design and manufacturing challenges at all stages of the product lifecycle chain, including post consumer textile waste,” says Fashion Exchange Director Marilyn McNeil-Morin. George Brown (ON)

George Brown partners with Joe Fresh to pioneer new methods in textile recycling Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College have partnered to create a Green Construction Research and Training Centre (GCRTC) that will provide new research options and create hands-on practical training opportunities for students. UBCO engineering professor Shahria Alam and Ashley Lubyk from Okanagan College’s Sustainable Construction Management Technology program have been named the first co-directors of the centre, which will work to create civil infrastructure that is safe, durable, energy-efficient, and affordable through innovative technologies. UBCO (BC)

UBCO, Okanagan College create green construction centre Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

The University of Toronto Libraries recently acquired five issues and a hardcover edition of Der Eigene, an “artistic and literary homosexual periodical dedicated to ‘manly culture.’” The issues date from the 1920s and are reportedly the first-ever gay periodical. “It’s important that Fisher library has at least a small collection [of Der Eigene] for study,” said U of T Librarian Donald McLeod, “they were also beautifully produced and stand as works of art.” U of T Associate Professor Jennifer Jenkins explained that the copies of Der Eigene will help researchers understand the nuances in opinion and disagreements surrounding homosexuality in Germany at the time of the journals’ publication. Jenkins added that the study of queer German history is one of the most active parts of the field today. U of T (ON)

U of T acquires copies of world's first gay periodical Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

Carleton University and other partners have commenced a project valued at approximately $2M through the Department of National Defence’s Canadian Safety and Security Program for research on e-health systems security enabled by the Internet of Things. A Carleton release notes that the project, led by Professor Mohamed Ibnkahla, will provide technological solutions that can be deployed within the Canadian health sector to enable safe, secure, and reliable IoT-enabled e-health systems. “This research project strengthens Carleton’s leadership in the areas of cybersecurity, telecommunications and biomedical engineering,” said Carleton Vice-President (Research and International) Rafik Goubran. Carleton (ON)

Carleton launches $2M project to better protect connected e-health systems Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

Camosun College has announced the launch of several new technology and health care programs. The Interactive Media Developer program will train students to work in application, game or web development, graphic design, and user interaction, and is made up of a one-year, full-time certificate followed by a one-year diploma. The Electrical Engineering Technology—Marine & Industrial diploma program will train students to work in the growing marine or industrial electrical sectors, and graduates will have the opportunity to pursue an education in engineering at the University of Victoria. The Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant program will train students to become integral front-line healthcare workers responsible for collecting blood, fluids, and physiologic data used by physicians to diagnose medical conditions. Camosun (BC)

Camosun launches technology, health care programs Top Ten 07/22/2019 - 03:40 07/22/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced over $285M for over 6,900 researchers and graduate students across Canada through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The SSHRC funds will support research in areas such as education, immigration, Indigenous health, and the environment. “Researchers in the social sciences and humanities generate ideas and innovations that improve the lives of Canadians,” said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt. “This investment will strengthen research training for students, connect Canadian and international researchers across disciplines and sectors, and equip Canada with the talent, knowledge and insights that are essential to meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow.” Canada (National)

Canada invests in over 6,900 social sciences and humanities researchers, students Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

George Brown College is partnering with FlexITy to enhance learning opportunities at its Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing by infusing new technology into the college's nursing simulation centre. A George Brown release notes that the school is the only one in Canada that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and that healthcare technology like FlexHealth can offer better patient care and outcomes when nurses are educated on its use. "At George Brown's Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing we always want to leverage the latest technology in order to provide the most relevant educational opportunities to our nursing students, so they are prepared to enter the medical field," says George Brown Dean, Community Services Lori Cranson. George Brown (ON)

George Brown partners to introduce new tech into nursing simulation Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

The Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre (SMUEC) is offering its social enterprise development service, known as The Pipeline, to partners across Canada in an effort to build sustainable businesses and address community challenges. Last month, SMUEC team members Mitch Harrison and Jason Turner traveled to Saskatoon to deliver the first installment of The Pipeline’s train-the-trainer program. They were met by participants representing organizations including the Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, the National Aboriginal Council Corporations Association and numerous chapters from Community Futures Canada. NationTalk (NS)

SMUEC delivers social enterprise training across Canada Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

“Science is a competitive field, and finding a way to cure a major disease can be the ticket to rarified air,” writes Thomas Durcan, assistant professor of neurodegenerative disorders at McGill University. But the impulse to compete and safely guard one’s data runs counter to the way that science actually advances, the author adds, especially in the realm of neuroscience, where developing potential cures “takes a massive amount of fundamental research done through collaborations.” We live in a world where private industry spends billions every year on research that has already been done, the author adds, the reason being that researchers keep their data to themselves. But if science is going to make the impact it is truly capable of, Durcan concludes, more scientists will need to share their data freely. University Affairs (National)

Why I’m giving my research data away: Durcan Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

Representatives from both Concordia University and the Concordia University Union of Support Staff - Technical Sector celebrated a “better understanding” of each other with the signing of their most recent collective agreement. “Thank you very much for your efforts,” said Carolina Willsher, associate vice-president of Concordia’s Human Resources. “We’re really pleased to be here to sign the agreement. It’s going to hold us in good stead for the next round of bargaining.” Alex Macpherson, president of CUUSS-TS, noted that this round of bargaining was the shortest in his 10 years in his position, adding: “The time spent working together has paid off because there’s a better understanding between us.” Concordia (QC)

Concordia, CUUSS-TS celebrate strong relationship with signing of new collective agreement Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

London, Ontario has welcomed a new centre for civic innovation and city-campus collaboration into its fold. CityStudio London, led by Pillar Nonprofit Network in collaboration with the City of London, Western University, Fanshawe College, Huron University, King’s University College, and Bresica University College, is the eighth CityStudio to launch in Canada. A release states that CityStudio London will help increase the problem-solving capacity of city staff by leveraging the skills, knowledge, and creativity of post-secondary students and faculty in the city. Working together, students and staff will co-design experimental projects that contribute to key strategic goals and priorities in the city to advance sustainability, increase engagement, and make the city more liveable. City Studio (ON)

New CityStudio network institution looks to make major impact in London, ON Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

While many US universities are struggling to maintain or increase their enrolments, George Washington University is pursuing the growing trend of “right-sizing” by cutting its undergraduate student body by 20% over the next five years. The Chronicle reports that the move will effectively reverse the effects of the school’s recruitment push over the past half-decade. “Our intention is to continue to improve everything we do at GW by being even more focused on quality and less focused on quantity,” said school President Thomas J LeBlanc. The president added that the move comes after many institutional stakeholders expressed concern that the school’s recent expansion had pushed its staff and facilities to the point that quality of education might be adversely impacted. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) (International)

How one US university plans to move forward by cutting undergrad enrolments by 20% Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

Access to affordable childcare is directly impacted by retention of early childhood educators, which is why Thompson Rivers University is looking to support this profession with the help of over half a million dollars in new provincial funding. A TRU release reports that TRU researcher Laura Doan will use the funds to develop programming designed to keep educators in the field. “Early childhood educators are vital to the health and wellbeing of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, and this kind of research being conducted right here in our community, will create necessary improvements with provincial impact,” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. TRU (BC)

TRU looks to support early childhood educators with new funding boost Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

Cape Breton University has announced a new program that will “put students to work” and address labour market shortages across Cape Breton Island. With support from the Government of Canada’s Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, students will be matched with employment opportunities. CBU will be operating a shuttle to help student workers travel to and from their workplaces each day. “During our strategic planning process, we consistently heard from employers in all counties in Cape Breton about the need for seasonal employees and challenges associated with limited short-term accommodations in rural areas,” said CBU President David Dingwall. “This program has the potential to strengthen the tourism sector in Cape Breton and provide our students with an enhanced educational experience– two key areas of focus within our strategic plan.” CBU (NS)

CBU introduces program to put students to work across Cape Breton Island Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland, along with Memorial University and industry partners, have announced a joint investment of $4.8M into health research. The funds will go towards a group of researchers at MUN's Faculty of Medicine to test the effectiveness of an app designed to lower emergency room wait times. “This is the story of two front line clinicians who saw a problem and took the initiative to solve it,” said Minister of Health and Community Services John Haggie. “This app is a homegrown Newfoundland and Labrador solution that has generated national attention. We are pleased to join with the Government of Canada to support a project that will have a direct impact on patients and the health care sector." MUN (NL)

NL, Canada invest $4.8M in health research Top Ten 07/19/2019 - 03:37 07/19/2019 - 03:30

The federal government has announced a $100M investment in Indigenous health research, which it says is the largest investment of its kind in Canada. Announced this week at the University of Victoria, the funds will come through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research over 16 years, starting this September. Canada Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says that the investment represents "reconciliation in health." The funding will help establish a national network of centres focused on research, development, and knowledge translation for Indigenous health. “This is such an amazing opportunity for communities to take leadership in the conduct of health research that ultimately will benefit them," said UVic Indigenous health researcher and professor Charlotte Loppie. CTV News (BC)

Canada announces $100M for Indigenous Health research at UVic Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 12:50 07/18/2019 - 03:30

Algonquin College and George Brown College have established a research alliance that will “explore new ways to collaborate and redefine the Canadian College research landscape.” The two parties will explore the opportunities to share resources, develop best practices, and enhance applied research across the region. The colleges also state that they will align their centres of excellence to build on each other’s strengths and minimize competing interests. “The George Brown-Algonquin partnership will better position both of our institutions as catalysts of Canadian innovation, leading to high-quality, high-impact outcomes for industry and the communities that we serve," explained George Brown Vice President, Strategy & Innovation Rick Huijbregts. George Brown | Algonquin (ON)

Algonquin, George Brown partner to redefine Canadian College research landscape Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 03:37 07/18/2019 - 03:30

The Université Sainte-Anne's Pointe-de-l'Église campus has received a combined $1M from the Government of Nova Scotia and Government of Canada for the renovation and modernization of the Gustave-Blanche Building. The heritage building will be renovating its roof, windows, and exterior cladding, as well as modernizing parts of the building’s interior. “This funding will allow us to restore and highlight the heritage value of the Gustave-Blanche Building, an iconic building of our university,” said Sainté-Anne Rector Allister Surette. “It will meet our needs for many years to come and help us maintain our presence in the community—a key priority of Université Sainte-Anne’s strategic plan.” Canada (NS)

Sainte-Anne's campus to be renovated, modernized with Canada, NS support Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 03:37 07/18/2019 - 03:30

Four people have been arrested in connection with incidents at the University of Regina, where some of the 420 evacuees from the Pikangikum First Nation have been housed during fire activity around the remote Ojibwe community in Ontario. The fighting reportedly occurred between evacuees, who are under “significant duress” as they adjust to trying conditions. No members of the public or university community were involved. “These individuals are under a great deal of stress,” said Saskatchewan Public Safety Agenc Vice-president Duane McKay. “We have a deep appreciation for the level of effort that we’ve seen, especially from the University of Regina, who has opened the doors to these people and allowed us to assist as well." The costs associated with the damage, as well as with response and hosting, will be billed to the Government of Ontario and Government of Canada. Star Phoenix (SK)

Arrests, damage at URegina residence stem from stressful conditions experienced by evacuees Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 03:37 07/18/2019 - 03:30

Loyalist College's Practical Nursing program has received an Approved (Category 1) Status from the College of Nurses of Ontario, the province’s regulating body for registered nurses, registered practical nurses, and nurse practitioners. This status is the highest rating conferred by CNO. This marks the third consecutive five-year term that the program has received this recognition. “Significant effort and dedication go into achieving CNO’s Approved (Category 1) status,” said Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughan. “The College community is proud of the commitment to excellence Practical Nursing faculty and staff exhibit. They go above and beyond to deliver an exceptional educational experience.” Loyalist (ON)

Loyalist receives Approved (Category 1) status for practical nursing program Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 03:37 07/18/2019 - 03:30

Okanagan College has announced a new technology training program that will help high school students shape their careers. The Gateway to Technology program helps students to gain an enhanced understanding of how various technology functions, from hardware to programming. “We have had a wide range of students in the program and the common theme throughout is their enthusiasm for technology,” says Trevor Knowlton, Career and Apprentice Coordinator for SD67. “Showing them the many different career opportunities that are available to them with these skills has been a huge success.” The program was piloted with thirteen students from School District 67, and will be expanded to SD 23, SD 53, and SD 83 in February 2020. Okanagan (BC)

Okanagan to expand high school technology training program after successful pilot Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 03:37 07/18/2019 - 03:30

Some Canadian academics are deciding to limit their air travel due to concerns about its environmental impact, reports CBC. Research at the University of British Columbia, for example, has recently shown that emissions from employees’ air travel are nearly as high as those from heating the UBC campus. The article notes that many people from around the world have signed a petition asking universities to reduce the amount of flying their employees do for work, citing flying as a contributor to global climate change. "I don't feel like this has been any kind of sacrifice," says Brett Eaton, associate dean of research and graduate studies in UBC's Faculty of Arts. CBC (National)

Academics cutting back on air travel to reduce carbon emissions Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 03:37 07/18/2019 - 03:30

Critique and dissent from faculty are essential parts of a functioning university, but the reality is that many faculty also defer to nay-saying as a matter of reflex rather than deep consideration, writes Robert Weisbuch. The author reflects on his own experience as a faculty member, admitting that he often raised objections at his institution either out of habit or because it gave him pleasure to do so. The author also notes that faculty members should recuse themselves from voting on issues they have not studied closely. He further concludes that “we faculty members need to learn to say yes to each other and learn by experience rather than speculating—and usually nay-saying—by prejudgment.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Faculty must admit to, overcome our resistance to change: Weisbuch Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 03:37 07/18/2019 - 03:30

St Lawrence College has announced that it is partnering with Red Squirrel Conservation Services to transform 180 square metres of parking lot into an Indigenous Gathering Space for staff and students to learn about Indigenous culture, perform traditional ceremonies, and grow traditional medicines. The project is set to kick off today with a “depaving” event, in which volunteers from the college and wider community will help prepare the parking lot for the installation of the gathering space. “The new Outdoor Indigenous Gathering Space not only supports sustainability, but also our strategic objective of supporting Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being,” says SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. SLC (ON)

SLC hosts parking lot “depaving” to create new Indigenous Gathering Space Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 03:37 07/18/2019 - 03:30

It is time to consider whether the protections of academic freedom should be extended to some types of non-faculty institutional staff, write Edward J Maloney and Joshua Kim. The authors highlight pedagogical research as an area of research that is often performed by non-faculty staff who possess advanced degrees. “Research and writing on the current state of higher education is highly likely to be critical,” the writers note, adding that this work could put non-faculty staff odds with other institutional stakeholders. Because these professionals and others will continue to blur the line between faculty and non-faculty professionals, it is worth considering if and how the protections of academic freedom might be extended to create the best research, the authors conclude. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Academic freedom might need to extend to non-faculty professionals: Maloney, Kim Top Ten 07/18/2019 - 03:37 07/18/2019 - 03:30

A group of University of Toronto researchers are part of a 19-person, international team that has been awarded $4M USD by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to advance understanding of the human liver. “We have been working on building a global team of researchers who are all interested in mapping the human liver in different ways,” said U of T Professor Gary Bader. “This grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative really speeds up the development of the human liver map and allows us to move in novel directions by combining diverse research projects and data into one map.” U of T (ON)

U of T joins international team on $4M USD Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to map human liver Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

“Debate over efficiency, and what the term really means for higher education, has waxed and waned over the years,” writes Alina Tugend. Tugend notes that the growing use of technology to compare large data sets has created a new urge to compare universities on the basis of efficiency. The author highlights several cases of US-based institutions that have made significant improvements to their institutional efficiency, yet notes that these institutions “tend not to boast” about these improvements for fear of looking like they are shortchanging students. Another common point of contention, the author adds, is the notion of administrative centralization, which appears to create greater efficiency in some cases, and less efficiency in others. Chronicle (Subscription Required) (International)

Tugend: What exactly is institutional efficiency, and is it a good thing? Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

The City of Kingston’s City Council has approved a partnership with St Lawrence College to look into the potential of building a downtown campus. Global News reports that the campus would be focused on tourism, hospitality, and the culinary arts. “We’re pretty excited about this,” said SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. “It’s going to be a living lab, a place where students can have experiential learning opportunities, action learning. It’s not going to be a traditional classroom and it’s going to be right in the heart of one of the best tourism cities in Canada.” The Whig | Global News (ON)

Kingston partners with SLC to investigate potential downtown campus Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba has reportedly cut ties with one of the researchers who were escorted out of the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg earlier this month. Xiangguo Qiu was an adjunct professor at the university and was a member of the team that developed a vaccine for Ebola. UManitoba spokesperson John Danakas stated that Qiu’s non-salaried position "has ended and all students she supervised have been reassigned, pending the RCMP investigation." The Manitoba RCMP and the Public Health Agency of Canada say there is no threat to public safety, and PHAC has added that the situation is being treated as a possible policy breach. CBC (MB)

UManitoba severs ties with microbiology researcher during RCMP investigation Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has awarded $1.2M in financial assistance to the Université du Québec à Montréal for the Tourism Intelligence Network, a part of the Transat Chair in Tourism. The funding will go towards a strategy that aims to stimulate growth and diversify the sector through experiences that could attract tourists year-round. “The UQAM’s Transat Chair in Tourism and its Intelligence Network make knowledge and leading-edge expertise available to the Quebec tourism industry,” explained UQAM Rector Magda Fusaro. “New markets, key industry issues, consumer needs and expectations are just a few of the Network’s research subjects, which demonstrate the major challenges in this industry.” Canada (QC)

UQAM receives over $1.2M for Tourism Intelligence Network Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

While some stakeholders see a threat in Amazon’s recent announcement that it will invest $700M in internal training for its employees, this reclaiming of responsibility for corporate training might help universities get back to what they have always been good at, writes John Warner. The author argues that companies’ declining investment in employee training over the last several decades has been a driving force behind the call for more vocational training at the postsecondary level. If companies like Amazon are willing to once again take responsibility for “upskilling” and related workplace training, it will allow universities to refocus on their core mandate of educating rather than training. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Why Amazon’s $700M investment in worker training could be good for higher ed: Warner Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

Trinity Western University will be launching a Bachelor of Arts in Game Development program in Fall 2019. The program will include four streams: Art design, music and sound, software development, and design. The institution plans to develop courses that “incorporate faith, spirituality, morals, and ethics into business and storytelling practices.” “Gaming is a big part of the cultural landscape – but Christians don’t make up a big part of the industry,” said TWU Associate Professor Kevin Schut, who spearheaded the four-year program. “We want to prepare students to take their faith into the workplace so they can change culture for the better.” Aldergrove Star (BC)

TWU to launch BA in game development Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

The University of Guelph is poised to help Ontario’s fruit, vegetable, and field crop farmers boost productivity and profitability, thanks in part to a $1.3M investment from the Government of Ontario. The investment, which comes through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, will fund research aimed at developing new practices and on-farm solutions to prevent and control crop diseases and pests and improve production. “Our researchers are committed to delivering solutions and opportunities across the agricultural sector, fulfilling our promise to improve life,” said UoGuelph Vice-President (Research) Malcolm Campbell. UoGuelph (ON)

UoGuelph to fight plant disease with support of $1.3M investment Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

Some international students working in Quebec have been left wondering what the future will hold after the province suspended a program to fast-track immigration applications from recent graduates of a post-secondary institution. CBC reports that the change also saw the province “throw out” the files of as many as 16,000 skilled worker applicants. The province has said that the program suspension will only last until November, and that recent graduates can in the meantime apply for temporary work permits to bridge the gap. CBC (QC)

International students left in limbo after suspension of QC grad program Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

“Defunding higher education is economic madness in red states that are already struggling with out-migration,” writes Kevin Carey, adding, “but that’s the problem with partisan hatred—it transcends self-interest.” The author highlights several recent events in US higher education, including the ongoing saga around massive cuts to public higher ed in Alaska, to argue that support for the very idea of higher education appears to be breaking down along partisan lines. While publicly-funded universities might have relied on tradition and notions of civil discourse to avoid the “partisan forever war” for a while, the author concludes, it appears they have now become an object of polarization. Chronicle (Subscription Required) (International)

How the very notion of PSE has become polarizing in the US Top Ten 07/17/2019 - 03:36 07/17/2019 - 03:30

There needs to be greater public awareness around the elevated risk of suicide among Canada’s international students, writes Douglas Todd. The author notes that at least 15 international students in British Columbia, for example, have taken their own lives in recent years. The reasons behind this elevated risk of suicide range from fear of disappointing parents to the pressure to settle and work in Canada. Another major factor, notes international student Ali Najaf, is the stress associated with the cultural shock of arriving in Canada, especially the need to learn English. Vancouver Sun 

It’s time to talk about the high rates of suicide among Canada’s international students: Todd Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

There is a huge disconnect between the Canadian population, the student body and the faculty and university leadership, says University of Alberta professor Malinda Smith, referring to the lack of diversity within Canadian academe. Smith notes that while the distribution of Canada research chairs has improved within the Canada 150 Research Chairs program, these chairs still represent a very small number of the overall chairs in Canada, and the marginal improvement does nothing to change the underrepresentation of most groups. "When students don't see their background represented in the faculty body, it's one way of basically telling them university is not a place for you," says UAlberta Professor Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez. CBC

Canada not closing the diversity gap in academe: study Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

Fanshawe College and the Instituto del Sur (ISUR), located in Arequipa, Peru have signed an agreement to begin a formal process of opportunity exploration between the two parties. Fanshawe and ISUR will investigate specific pathways for students and faculties to move between the institutions, while also examining opportunities for leadership development, applied research, and dual programming. "Fanshawe continues to expand our geographic footprint in South America, and in particular, Peru," said Jeff Wright, Fanshawe Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development. "We're pleased to collaborate with ISUR to continue developing partnerships that support the delivery of post-secondary education and services to students and faculty in both countries." Fanshawe

Fanshawe to explore opportunities with Peruvian institute Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Nova Scotia has announced a new bursary that will help students interested in agriculture learn more about the sector. The Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary Program is a part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, an initiative ensuring that farmers and processors have the tools they need to innovate, grow, and prosper. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell added that the program also will help the industry meet a skilled labour shortage by connecting youth to farms. “Hiring a student has meant an extra set of hands around the farm to help with our daily tasks during the busiest months,” said Kimberley Stokdijk of Stokdijk Greenhouses. “We are eager to share our experience and knowledge with our summer students.” NS (1) | NS (2)

NS launches Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

Niagara College has agreed to purchase the Niagara Corporate Business Centre (NCBC) in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which currently houses 18 businesses and agencies as well as select college administrative offices. “With its size and location right next door to our Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the Niagara Corporate Business Centre property provides long-term flexibility and room for expansion,” said Niagara President Dan Patterson. “As we look to the future, this acquisition will help ensure the College’s ability to accommodate the needs of our growing community, and remain among the most innovative and unique learning environments in Canada.” The college is set to assume ownership of the property on August 23. Niagara

Niagara to purchase Niagara Corporate Business Centre Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

The University of Toronto has announced that it will be closing its Faculty of Forestry and moving its faculty, staff, and students to the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. The move will create a new home for forest science research, programs, and professional forestry education and will see all forestry programs continue in the new faculty. An additional $1M has been allotted to the Daniels faculty budget and five new faculty positions will be added to support cross-disciplinary forestry research. “We are excited to join forces with U of T’s forestry faculty, staff and students to continue and expand upon its outstanding programs and vital scientific research in the field of forestry,” said Daniels Dean Richard Sommer. U of T

U of T merges Forestry with Daniels Faculty Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

Dalhousie University has announced that it is looking at rescinding the honourary degree given to Peter Dalglish in 2008. Dalglish was a Canadian child rights advocate who was convicted of sexually assaulting two boys under the age of 15 near Kathmandu and sentenced to 16 years in a Nepal prison. Kevin Hewitt, chair of Dal’s senate, described the convictions as “deeply disturbing” and stated that the senate is working on a process for revoking honourary degrees. CTV News

Dal moves to rescind honourary degree from recipient convicted of sexual assault Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

Durham College announced last week that it has signed the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada charter. A Durham release states that Dimensions aims to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary research and helps drive deeper cultural change within the research ecosystem. “DC values, celebrates and embraces diversity in all that we do and it is incumbent on us to help enhance the post-secondary research landscape,” said Elaine Popp, Vice President, Academic at Durham. “Committing to the Dimensions charter will strengthen DC’s research capacity and help keep post-secondary research moving towards greater equity, diversity and inclusion.” Durham

Durham College commits to principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion through signing of Dimensions charter Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

Occupational therapy at the University of Alberta are now able to practice for their clinical exams in a virtual setting prior to taking the test in real life, reports the Edmonton Journal. The initiative, run out of UAlberta’s Rehabilitation Robotics Lab, is known as the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) and is the brainchild of master’s student Brendan Concannon and his supervisors, Shaniff Esmail and Mary Roduta. The Journal notes that while the program is currently only available to occupational therapy students, its creators hope that it will pave the way for virtual reality to be used to help students across healthcare fields and in other disciplines like performance arts, media, and business. Edmonton Journal

Virtual reality test-taking at UAlberta looks to mitigate student exam anxiety Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

Two projects at Cambrian College will help Indigenous students gain valuable trades training, thanks in part to the Ontario government’s expansion of funding for the provincial Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. An ON release says that it has invested $18.3M into the program, which marks an increase of $5M from the previous year. The first of the Cambrian programs will see Indigenous women participants take part in a 45-week Welder program, and the second will see participants from First Nations Communities on Manitoulin Island gain hands-on experience in a 26-week program focusing on skills and experience needed for General Carpentry, Electrician and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic trades. ON

Cambrian looks to support skilled trades training for Indigenous students with new provincial funding Top Ten 07/16/2019 - 03:38 07/16/2019 - 03:30

The Federal Economic Agency for Southern Ontario has announced $14M in new funding for the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation. The investment will help SONAMI grow to 10 partners and enhance its reach into the manufacturing community. “Niagara College is proud of the network’s tremendous success as a one-stop shop for advanced manufacturing applied research in southern Ontario,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “With this expansion, we will continue to help small- and medium-sized enterprises remain competitive, while enabling our students to gain valuable skills working on cutting-edge solutions for our industry partners.” The SONAMI partnership is led by Niagara College and includes Mohawk College, Sheridan College, McMaster University, Conestoga College, Fanshawe College, and Lambton College. Canada (ON)

FedDev Ontario announces $14M for SONAMI partnership Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

Recent surpluses of science graduates have contributed to underemployment and re-training, but the skills that scientists acquire in university can be leveraged for careers in relevant fields, write Derrick Rancourt and Beth Archer-Kuhn. The authors discuss two avenues of professionalization, the informational interview and project management, for young researchers to consider. According to Rancourt and Archer-Kuhn, informational interviews develop skills for stakeholder engagement at the same time as they support critical self-reflection and inquiry-based learning. The authors also find that project management is highly in-demand among hiring managers, and that graduate students can leverage their experience with thesis writing to address this gap. The Conversation (International)

Rancourt and Archer-Kuhn: How universities can really help PhD grads get jobs Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

A new show on Netflix has benefitted from the heavy involvement of Toronto’s Sheridan College. Titled “Blown Away,” the series will follow ten highly skilled glass blowers as they compete to win the show’s top prize. Sheridan reports that Koen Vanderstukken, head of the school’s Glass Program, served as the series consultant. The college also loaned over $10K worth of equipment to outfit the show’s facility, located on Imperial Street in Hamilton. Students and alumni helped to build the hot shop, and 14 students and alumni from Sheridan are featured as assistants in the show’s first nine episodes. In addition, Benjamin Kikkert, a Sheridan Glass alumnus, is a contestant on the show, and Sheridan’s President Janet Morrison serves as a guest evaluator on episode eight. Newsweek | Sheridan (ON)

Sheridan plays significant role in creation of new “Blown Away” Netflix show Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

Mohawk College has established new transfer pathways with Thompson Rivers University and Queen’s University that will enable Mohawk graduates to enter directly into degree programs at the universities. Graduates of select Mohawk diploma programs – such as Cardiovascular Technology, Pharmacy Technician, and Practical Nursing – will be eligible to enter TRU’s Bachelor of Health Science program. Graduates of the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Certificate program will be able to enter Queen’s Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree Program. Mohawk | Mohawk (ON | BC)

Mohawk establishes diploma to degree pathways with TRU, Queen’s Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

A significant majority of adults in the US, Canada, and UK believe that if their skills and education were to become outdated, they should receive education and retraining through their employers and not through a post-secondary institution. This is the finding of a new study that surveyed more than 10,000 respondents across the three countries. The study found that seven in 10 adults said that if their own skills and education were on the line to become outdated, they would look to their employers for on-the-job training or some other form of training to help them over the gap. Only a quarter or less of adults in all three countries considered higher ed the best place to get career training. Campus Technology (International)

Higher ed is not the place for retraining after skills become outdated: survey Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

Vancouver International College of Health and Wellness has been suspended for 30 days from advertising or enrolling new students in its acupressure and body massage esthetician programs. The suspension comes from the Government of British Columbia’s Private Training Institutions Branch, which found that the college violated the Private Training Act by selling credentials. The actions came to light during a small claims lawsuit from Zhen Qin, who received the diploma in acupuncture and body massage on the same day she paid her tuition and sued upon discovering that her services were not reimbursable through extended health insurance. The tribunal rejected Qin's bid for a refund of her tuition, saying she should have known better than to trust this particular college. CBC (BC)

Vancouver International College suspended by BC Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

Municipality of Clarington and Trent University Durham GTA have partnered to develop an Electric Vehicle Strategy. Communications and Critical Thinking students from Trent will work with municipal staff to develop an EV strategy, identify best practices for adoption, and use and maintain electric vehicles and charging stations. "By developing an EV strategy, the Municipality is being proactive and planning for its future," said Clarington's Climate Change Response Coordinator Doran Hoge. "We hope that this strategy will also build awareness within the community about the energy-saving options available to residents." Trent | Clarington (ON)

Trent, Clarington partner to develop Electric Vehicle Strategy Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

Amazon has announced that it will spend $700M to retrain one-third of its 300,000 employees. Paul Fain reports that the bulk of the training will be provided by spin-off providers created by Amazon rather than traditional colleges and universities. Amazon cited a program called Machine Learning University as an example of the education model it would deploy. "Divided into six-week modules, the program requires only half to one full day of participation a week. MLU is taught by more than 400 Amazon machine learning scientists who are passionate about furthering skills in the field," an Amazon statement reads. The company said it will also create on-site classrooms, expand its apprenticeship offerings, and provide more training in AWS and cloud computing. Inside Higher Ed | Medicine Hat News (AP) (International)

Amazon announces $700M in-house training scheme Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

Carleton University’s Co-operative Education department and George Brown College have partnered with the Information and Communications Technology Council to expand opportunities for work-integrated learning. Carleton and the ICTC have renewed and expanded a partnership focused on increasing career opportunities for students within the artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicle sector. George Brown has partnered with ICTC to support education-industry partnerships that will enhance opportunities for students in the digital economy as part of ICTC’s Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) Digital Program. Carleton | George Brown (ON)

Carleton, George Brown partner with ICTC to expand work-integrated learning Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

Due in part to cuts imposed by the Ontario government, the University of Toronto has elected no longer to offer Youth Criminal Justice, a course that the Toronto Star reports has reshaped careers for some of the university’s law students. “After two-hours of Brock Jones’ class, my world was flipped upside down,” said former student Sarah Teich, referring to the course’s instructor, Assistant Crown Attorney Brock Jones. In addition to teaching students about law for children and youth, sessions of the class also focused on mental health and addictions, the impacts of being a youth in care, and examined how young people facing charges are disproportionately Black and Indigenous. Toronto Star (ON)

Facing lost revenue from provincial tuition cuts, U of T drops youth criminal justice law course Top Ten 07/15/2019 - 03:40 07/15/2019 - 03:30

Engineering students who have traditionally dyed their bodies purple at frosh events are rethinking the practice following a new Health Canada warning. The Hamilton Spectator reports that student representatives at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto say that they are looking for alternatives to the gentian violet dye after health products containing the substance were linked to an increased risk of cancer. "We want to make sure that safety is the No. 1 priority for us," says Laura Berneaga, president of the University of Toronto engineering society, who adds that the purple dye is considered a way to honour engineers of the past who used to wear purple armbands as identification. Hamilton Spectator (ON)

Health Canada warning prompts rethinking of student “purpling” tradition Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

NorQuest College is offering free programming to support mid-career workers transitioning from the oil and gas industry to new employment and career options. The project will allow 120 mid-career workers to participate in professional exploration, development, and reflection as they consider alternative careers. "This program meets you where you are at in your life and in your abilities, and we are going to customize the program to meet your needs,” said NorQuest Faculty of Skills and Foundational Learning Associate Dean Lisa Rochman. “The program will be tailored to each participant to ensure they have the support and training they need for successful career transitions." The Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program will be investing $1M in the project over two years. NorQuest (AB)

NorQuest offers transition support for mid-career workers from oil and gas industry Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

“A lot of well-meaning academics like to say that doctoral education prepares you, not just for the professoriate, but for other careers, too,” writes Maren Wood. “There’s just one problem with that message: Except for a handful of STEM degrees, it’s not accurate.” The author notes that while people with PhDs might end up in non-academic professions, the reality is that virtually none of these professions require a PhD. Wood further argues that in most cases, the skills and knowledge gained from a PhD education usually have nothing to do with a person’s non-academic career, be it in securing a job or in performing well in that job. For the majority of PhDs, Wood concludes, there is zero connection between having a PhD and one’s non-academic career outcomes, and it is time for academic departments to stop perpetuating the myth of this connection. Chronicle (National)

Most PhDs are starting over when they pursue non-academic careers: Wood Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

Brock University’s Goodman School of Business and the Burgundy School of Business in France have established a partnership that will offer new opportunities to graduate students. Students will spend a year at each school and earn an MBA from Brock and a Master of Science from Burgundy. At Burgundy, Goodman students will be able to specialize in areas such as wine management, digital leadership, and data science and organizational behaviour. Brock states that with this partnership in place, Goodman will offer wine education at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional development level. Brock (ON)

Brock, Burgundy establish pathway for business students Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

“The strongest faculty leaders are unafraid to walk a decision back when that’s the right thing to do,” write George Justice and Carolyn Dever. The authors discuss several factors that make being a faculty leader difficult, including the need to address the needs of different stakeholder groups. But these difficulties, Justice and Dever argue, make it especially important for a leader to demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on decisions and revisit them when necessary. “It takes a lot of strength and a lot of confidence to walk it back, but your smart stakeholders will thank you for it,” the authors conclude. “They’ll respect your humility, appreciate your flexibility and hopefully give you the benefit of the doubt on the next tough call. You can be sure it’s coming your way soon.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Postsecondary leaders must be willing to walk back their decisions: Justice, Dever Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario says that beginning this year, its students will choose which student fees they want to pay during the course registration process. CBC reports that when the college’s students go online to register for their classes this upcoming academic year, they will have the choice to opt in or out of paying fees to support alumni services, financial aid, and the College-Student Alliance, as well as the membership fee for the Student Union at Confederation College. Lynne Savela, the executive director for the Student Union, says that the union expects its revenue will decline under the new arrangement, but adds that students who opt out of paying those fees will not be able to participate in certain student union-led activities, which includes running for student leadership positions. CBC (ON)

Confederation students to choose which fees they will pay during online registration process Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

The FC Edmonton soccer club and Concordia University of Edmonton have established a partnership that will allow players from both the senior and academy teams to pursue educational opportunities at the university. "It's an exciting time for FC Edmonton and our fans as we see our club earning success on and off the pitch," said FC Edmonton General Manager Jay Ball. "As we look toward the future, we will continue to collaborate with significant partners like Concordia, who have a long-standing tradition of academic excellence and community stewardship in our community. Going forward together and finding news way to grow the game will only fuel the excitement of soccer and unify our soccer community." Concordia Edmonton (AB)

Concordia Edmonton, FC Edmonton establish educational partnership Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

St Clair College in Windsor, Ontario has signed five new cross-border articulation agreements with Detroit’s Wayne State University, offering students new opportunities to further their education. The Windsor Star reports that students in St Clair’s accounting, business administration, computer technology, interior design, and marketing programs will now have the option to apply credits from their two- or three-year diploma toward a university degree in their field at Wayne State and receive both a diploma and degree in four years. “Given the global nature of business in the 21st century, it is fitting that business education should be international in scope,” said St Clair President Patti France. Windsor Star (ON)

St Clair expands cross-border educational opportunities with Wayne State Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

High tuition fees, lack of English language skills, and few job opportunities are just three of the ways that international students are failing to benefit Western higher education institutions, writes Fay Patel, who adds that the current era of internalization is coming to an end. Institutions can no longer make a credible argument that their relationship with international students is “win-win,” Patel continues, since this framing erases the lopsidedness of the overall benefits, which overwhelmingly go to Western institutions. Patel calls for institutions to move their internationalization agendas “from a business model to a values-based model with a pedagogic focus, from exploiting vulnerable communities to empowering future glocal (local and global) communities so they can build the capacity for sustainable futures and meet the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.” University World News (International)

The age of exploitative internationalization is dead: Patel Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University has received accreditation status through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. NWCCU is an independent, non-profit agency based in Washington that evaluates institutions through an assessment of institutional quality. "Accreditation provides our students, our faculty and staff, and the communities we serve, with the acknowledgement that a TRU education is a high-quality education and that everyone involved in the delivery of this education is committed to the best outcome for our students," said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. TRU states that it is the third institution in the province to be accredited by NWCCU after Simon Fraser University and Capilano University, and the first to achieve accreditation in less than three years. TRU | TRU (BC)

TRU receives accreditation from NWCCU Top Ten 07/12/2019 - 03:41 07/12/2019 - 03:30

eCampusOntario Open Library has released a new tool that measures student savings from open educational resources (OER) usage. The tool, known as Impact, recently calculated that students have saved some $4.5M in "mandatory textbook fees" from Ontario instructors who use OER to replace at least one of their assigned resources. Campus Technology reports that this total represents almost 100 educators teaching 41,150 learners attending 626 course sections in 34 institutions. The Open Library is a hub for OER in Ontario, currently providing instructors and students with access to 300 free and openly licensed educational resources. Campus Technology (ON)

eCampusOntario launches new tool to calculate savings from online educational resources Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

Cape Breton University and Cape Breton Regional Municipality have partnered on the launch of CAPERS in the Community, a multisport program that will deliver programming through communities throughout the Municipality. The program consists of a free, four-day activity camp for 5-12-year-olds that allows youth to try out new sports, build physical literacy, and develop fundamental movement skills. “The youth are our future and we want to take our President’s lead and help champion the Island’s prosperity,” said CBU Athletics Director John Ryan. “This partnership with the CBRM will allow us to take our multisport camps to many communities this summer and provide a great opportunity for our youth to become engaged and participate in sport.” CBU (NS)

CBU to launch CAPERS in the Community multisport program Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

George Brown College’s Chef School and Student Association have partnered to ensure that students who need help covering food costs can access freshly made meals. The program allows students from the chef school to donate the dishes they’ve made in class, enhancing food security while also reducing food waste. "All food has value and let's reduce waste as much as possible," said instructor Chef Susie Reading. “When I introduced it in my lab, there was very little convincing on my part to the students. They embraced it immediately.” George Brown (ON)

George Brown Chef School provides fresh and healthy meals to student food bank Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

“The major problem with U.S. colleges is not far-leftism but excessive private privilege,” writes McMaster University Professor Neil McLaughlin. The author reflects on a recent incident in the US, in which Oberlin College was ordered to pay $25M in a defamation lawsuit after college administrators supported student protests directed at a local bakery over an alleged incident of racial profiling. While right-wing populists have claimed a legal victory over a student body and administration supposedly driven by far-left ideology, the author notes that the root cause of the incident was a group of administrators more interested in collecting high tuition fees than exposing students to politically diverse views. It is the quest for profits in an increasingly unequal education system, and not any left-wing ideology, that drives incidents like the one at Oberlin, McLaughlin concludes. Vancouver Sun (National)

Private universities, growing inequality chilling free speech in the US: McLaughlin Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

Confederation College and the City of Thunder Bay have officially cut the ribbon on the McIntyre River Multi-Use Bridge on the college’s campus. The new multi-use bridge is a major river crossing for north-south travel that will be used by both Confederation College students and the general public. “This is a very exciting event for us,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “This multi-use bridge will make it safer for those walking or biking, as it is separated from the car and bus traffic. It is not only a beautiful addition, but also an essential component of the multi-use trail system in the City of Thunder Bay.” Confederation (ON)

Confederation celebrates McIntyre River Multi-Use Bridge Grand Opening Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

Postsecondary institutions looking to market more effectively to high school students should consider a tiered approach that treats grade 12 students differently than those in grades 10 and 11, according to a new report by Academica Group and Glacier. The report, based on over 1,700 surveys completed among a random sample of students from 250 Canadian high schools, found that students in grades 10 and 11 are relatively cursory in the ways they research postsecondary options. Those in grade 12, on the other hand, are much more engaged in researching these options. The report adds that this shift from “grazing” to researching involves a substantial shift in the communications channels that high school students use to learn more about post-secondary options as they move from awareness to engagement. "Reaching Gen Z where they are is half the battle," said Academica’s VP Research Julie Peters. "Ultimately, all marketing initiatives need to be driven by a clear sense of who the target market is, where they are in the recruitment funnel, and the goal of the given marketing initiative." Release | Report (PDF) (National)

Marketing higher ed to grade 10-11 “grazers” is different than marketing to grade 12 “researchers”: report Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

Canada’s only university-based business development resource centre for women has received an investment of roughly $2.1M to help support the full and equal participation of women in the economy. Based at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, the Centre for Women in Business brings valuable expertise to thousands of women entrepreneurs at all stages, and to MSVU students and projects. The Centre will use the investment to deliver an intensive management program called “Greater Heights for Growth,” which will target women business owners who have built profitable businesses and are generating revenue of $1M or more. “The Federal government continues to be a key partner in the delivery of quality CWB programs in support of women entrepreneurs in our region,” said MSVU President Mary Bluechardt. “When women entrepreneurs succeed, our families, communities and entire region benefit greatly.” MSVU (NS)

Centre for Women in Business at MSVU receives $2.1M investment Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

York University has officially launched the Homelessness Learning Hub, which will give frontline community workers a centralized place for learning best practices and accessing self-directed courses. The hub will offer online courses and multimedia resources on topics related to national priorities for the homelessness sector, including prevention, data management, and case management. “Supporting our service providers, frontline staff and communities with the right tools and resources ensures that we are equipping communities across Canada with the capacity to prevent and reduce homelessness,” said MP for Humber River-Black Creek Judy Sgro. YorkU (ON)

YorkU launches Homelessness Learning Hub to share best practices across Canada Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

“We’d all prefer to leave on our own initiative and when our institution is thriving -- not when the board chair asks us to step down,” writes Roger Martin in a message to successful institutional presidents who are considering stepping down. Many institutional presidents falsely believe that they should continue in their roles forever if they remain successful, Martin notes. To this end, the author offers a series of questions that president can ask themselves to gauge whether they should remain in their position. Martin further highlights some of the common false beliefs that keep presidents in their positions too long, such as the belief that they are indispensable and irreplaceable, or their inability to imagine a life in which they are not an institutional president. Inside Higher Ed (International)

When successful presidents should consider stepping down: Martin Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

The single, jointly-sponsored University Pension Plan Ontario is one step closer to existence now that the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph, Queen’s University–and their respective faculty associations and staff unions– have achieved the necessary consent from their members to allow the plan to proceed. “Everyone involved has worked incredibly hard to create what all participants believe will be a strong and sustainable pension plan for university employees when they retire,” said Angela Hildyard, U of T's special adviser to the president and provost. “The administrations at the three universities are delighted we've received consent from employee groups and strongly support the move to the UPP to preserve a defined benefit pension plan in the university sector for generations to come.” U of T (ON)

U of T, Guelph, Queen's receive member consent for University Pension Plan Ontario Top Ten 07/11/2019 - 03:40 07/11/2019 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Vancouver Pride Parade. CBC reports that the Vancouver Pride Society barred UBC because it hosted controversial anti-SOGI speaker Jenn Smith, who critics say is transphobic. Andrea Arnot, Executive Director of the Society, said that applicants for the parade must meet specific criteria that are judged according to a point system. "We reject applications every year," said Arnot. "But not usually once they've been accepted and ready to go in the parade, in this instance." UBC declined an interview with CBC, but Provost Andrew Szeri said in a written statement that the university is committed to the "principles of equity, diversity, inclusion." CBC | The Province (BC)

UBC barred from 2019 Vancouver Pride Parade after hosting anti-SOGI speaker Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

Five Canadian universities are part of a new worldwide alliance to tackle five major global challenges at its inaugural summit. These challenges are: the key role of universities in a global world, climate change and cleaner energy, inequality and polarized societies, technological transformations, and community engagement and impact. Titled the U7 Alliance, the group includes the University of British Columbia, McGill University, Université de Montréal, University of Ottawa, and University of Toronto. This group is currently holding its first global summit under the patronage of French President Emmanuel Macron. SciencesPo (National)

Five Canadian universities part of new alliance to address major global challenges Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island has received $9.7M in funding from the Government of Canada and Government of Prince Edward Island to establish the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation. The facility will house state-of-the-art research centres, including the UPEI Climate Research Lab, and will serve as a living laboratory with unlimited access to nearby wetlands, forests, and coastal habitats impacted by climate change. “The centre will provide skills to help mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as drive innovation in green technology,” said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. “We are committed to investing in education, research and technology that will strengthen Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy, creating a greener environment for generations to come.” PEI (PEI)

UPEI research centre to focus on climate change, adaptation Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

Citing a US governor’s recent assertion that the university “cannot be all things to all people” as justification for cutting state appropriations to higher ed, John Warner observes that “embodying a negative (not all things) is neither inspirational nor particularly actionable when it comes to forging an institutional mission.” Warner then argues that the rhetorical drift of the phrase also conceals how public defunding disproportionately hurts individual academic labourers, who must do more work for less pay. To conclude, the author highlights a few socioeconomic trends showing that higher ed should deemphasize skills training and return to its core mission of teaching students how to think. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Warner: If You're Not All Things to All People, What Are You? Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

A new initiative out of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is helping to give veterinary medical students a leg up on horse care skills while building relationships with the Tsuut’ina and Siksika Nations communities. Fourth-year UCVM students are now able to take part in an equine health rotation at the two nations, providing health services for 65 horses. “This program gives our students experience in a range of equine medical care and interacting with community horse owners, so students learn both clinical and professional skills,” said UCVM instructor Jean-Yin Tan. “It’s a win-win initiative, as the cost of the services we provide are covered by UCVM for the education of our students, and there’s a need for quality veterinary care for the horses in Indigenous communities.” UCalgary (AB)

UCalgary veterinary school partners with local First Nations to offer equine health rotation Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

Although the report of the Fundamental Science Review panel has garnered significant attention from advocacy groups, the extent of its effects on federal policy remains an open question, writes Creso Sá. While the government has gladly implemented some recommendations—such as striking new committees and formalizing a regular budget for the Canadian Foundation for Innovation—other pressing issues remain unaddressed. Sá notes, for example, that although the federal government took a pro-science position in its 2018 Budget, the actual funding amount came to about half of what the review advocated for. Additionally, the government delayed its response to the review. According to Sá, the response that it did eventually provide did not clearly indicate the government’s points of agreement or disagreement. University Affairs (National)

Sá critiques federal response to Fundamental Science Review Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick will reintroduce the Licensed Practical Nurse Bachelor of Nursing bridge program in order to help address a provincial nursing shortage. The program will be available to LPN graduates from New Brunswick Community College or Oulton College, and is designed to address the knowledge and training differences between LPNs and registered nurses. The Government of New Brunswick has announced that it will provide up to $500K towards the cost of delivering a cohort of the program. UNB (NB)

UNB reintroduces bridging program to address nursing shortage Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

2,000 support workers at the University of Saskatchewan will vote on a tentative contract offer this week. CUPE Local 1975 president Craig Hannah told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix that the proposed deal “is the best offer that we believe at this time we can get.” Under the agreement, current and new union members would be moved to an Ontario-based defined benefit pension plan. Union members would also receive a $4K signing bonus, paid non-vacation days over Christmas, an extra $400 in flexible benefits spending, and a 1.5% retroactive wage increase for 2018 followed by 2% raises in 2019 and 2020, adds the StarPhoenix. Saskatoon StarPhoenix (SK)

USask tables tentative offer for support workers Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

Jeffrey J Williams posits that academic interviews in the humanities can offer a point of entry into the difficult concepts put forth by scholars in the field. While tracking the academic interview’s history, Williams finds that academic interviews started to appear more frequently as criticism became more difficult for non-experts to understand. While contemporary journals such as Diacritics and New Literary History continue to publish interviews, Williams also finds that social media and the challenges faced by a new generation of humanities PhDs have pushed academic publishing beyond the journal, into short-form essays and popular venues such as YouTube. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Williams: The ubiquity of the critical interview as an academic genre Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

An initiative hosted at Dalhousie University will continue working to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers, thanks in part to a $1.75M contribution from the federal government. A Dal release notes that the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, which works in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces, will use the fund to support its ongoing research and global engagement, as well as establish the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security within the Canadian Defence Academy. “The establishment of the Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security will have an impact on soldiers, on children, and on global peace and security,” said Lt-Gen Roméo Dallaire. “Today marks a momentous step to work together as an international community to take on the hard work that is needed to make great change.” Dal (NS)

Dal-hosted child soldiers initiative to create new centre with $1.75M Top Ten 07/10/2019 - 03:41 07/10/2019 - 03:30

Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia, has signed an agreement with the National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) of the Chinese Ministry of Education. The agreement will see the parties work together to deliver the Canadian Academic English Language Test – Computer Edition in the People’s Republic of China. “We believe the possibility and availability of the CAEL CE Test in China will… provide Chinese candidates aspiring to Canadian higher education an alternative English assessment,” said NEEA President Jiang Gang. “This, of course, will benefit and contribute to the China Canada education exchange.” Paragon Testing (BC)

UBC’s Paragon Testing signs agreement with China Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

Sheridan College’s Entrepreneurship Discovery and Growth Engine has partnered with the Oakville Community Foundation to create the inaugural EDGE Philanthropitch. EDGE Philanthropitch will allow Sheridan students, alumni, and EDGE program participants to pitch an idea or enterprise with a focus on achieving social or environmental impact goals. “EDGE was created to help support those whose entrepreneurial ventures aim to make a positive social impact in society,” said Renee Devereaux, EDGE’s Director of Entrepreneurship and Changemaking. “This initiative will help showcase these entrepreneurs across the GTA by offering them a forum to share their ideas, network with industry leaders and connect to EDGE’s resources.” Sheridan (ON)

Sheridan EDGE, Oakville Community Foundation partner on pitch competition Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

Many US campuses are short on counselling resources but sport an abundance of anti-depressants, reports Lily Jackson. Data obtained from dozens of US universities show that “At any given time, universities can have tens of thousands of pills on hand.” According to existing research, this glut of pills combined with a shortage of counsellors can create a “lopsided treatment” scenario rather than the recommended combination of drugs and counselling. Other stakeholders, however, argue that simply adding more counsellors will not solve the problem, as each student’s situation is different and might require a unique approach to treatment. Chronicle (Subscription Required) (International)

US universities enjoy abundance of antidepressants, but shortage of counselling services Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

Blaine LaBonte and Irene Mertz-LaBonte have named NorQuest College as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy that amounts to the largest planned gift ever pledged to the college. “We’ve had NorQuest grads impact us personally,” said Mertz-LaBonte. “Blaine’s father was in a nursing home and NorQuest alumni were caring for him. Naming NorQuest as the beneficiary of Blaine’s policy feels right and makes a statement about what we value.” The gift will reportedly be used as a catalyst to launch the college’s new planned giving program, the President’s Society. Edmonton Journal (AB)

NorQuest receives pledge of largest planned gift in college history Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has raised concerns over two dismissals at the Maritime College of Forest Technology. CAUT reports that Rod Cumberland’s firing in June likely resulted from his outspokenness against the herbicide glyphosate. MCFT Director Gerald Redmond then publicly stated that he “felt pressure from the board of governors in several instances, to try to sanction Rod for his outspokenness on the glyphosate herbicide.” The College reportedly dismissed Redmond shortly afterwards, prompting CAUT to claim that the academic freedom of both teachers has been violated, and that both incidents will be reviewed by the CAUT Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. CAUT (NB) | Letter (PDF)

CAUT issues statement about firings at MCFT Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

An investigation by the Globe and Mail has found that some international students have been duped by unscrupulous agents who persuaded them to enroll in private college as a shortcut to acquiring permanent residence in Canada. The Pie News adds that students would also work more than their permitted 20 hours per week while searching for a Canadian sponsor. Several of the two dozen students interviewed by the Globe said they hoped their courses would help them land good jobs, but Canadian employers in their fields were unwilling to hire them. Denis Sabourin, CEO of the National Association of Career Colleges, told Pie News that the NACC strongly condemns the actions of these immigration consultants, and that the students’ reported negative experiences are “not representative of the over 160,000 career college students across Canada.” Pie News (National) | Globe and Mail

Some international students feel ‘duped’ by agents: Report Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

The Future Skills Centre has been moving forward in recent months in its ambitious mission to fund and evaluate new approaches to skills development in Canada, among other goals. Anqi Shen reports that the Centre, hosted at Ryerson University, has been tasked with assessing teaching methods and credentialing practices, creating flexible learning opportunities, and increasing access and success for Indigenous people, students living with disabilities, racialized students and women in STEM fields, among other underrepresented groups. The Conference Board of Canada, which is involved in the project, is now organizing calls for proposals for research projects around six pillars of its research agenda: accessibility and equity, skills training, learner pathways, labour market information data, sustainability of the skills training systems, and knowledge mobilization. University Affairs (ON)

Future Skills Centre sets sights on upscaling workforce development Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

“It is very difficult to understand why a politician would view education as a cost rather than an asset, but that is the case in Ontario with our current provincial government,” writes Bill Sullivan. Citing a recent study that draws correlations between health, socioeconomic status, and education levels, the author adds that a well-educated citizenry cannot but improve a society’s overall well-being. According to Sullivan, the provincial government’s cuts to public K-12 and higher education will also discourage corporations from moving to Ontario, which raises the question of how long it will take the province to recover from the social and economic damage done by the policies. Waterloo Region Record (ON)

ON’s cuts will have long-term consequences: Sullivan Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

Inside Higher Ed has released a new report on the state of higher education ten years after the US financial crisis, titled “Squeezed From All Sides: Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Public Universities.” Scott Jaschik states that the report includes strategies for negotiating current institutional challenges such as teacher shortages, political issues, concerns about racism and sexism, and how regional and national economies continue to impact decision making in the higher ed sector 10 years after the financial crash. The report also discusses the recent focus of enrolment strategies on non-traditional students. Inside Higher Ed (International)

New report addresses state of higher ed ten years after financial crisis Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

A recent survey by Western University’s student’s council has found that individuals from marginalized groups have been hit hardest by the Ontario Government’s recent cuts to student aid. The London Free Press reports that during the last few weeks, many Western students learned that funding for their post-secondary aspirations would change dramatically, leaving them unsure if they could afford to return to school. “A lot of students were really devastated, they were saying it was really upsetting,” said student council vice-president Cat Dunne. “We wanted to do something to give students a voice.” London Free Press (ON)

Marginalized students hurt most by recent OSAP cuts, says survey run by Western students Top Ten 07/09/2019 - 03:37 07/09/2019 - 03:30

International student safety is top of mind for student representatives and staff at Lakehead University and Confederation College in the wake of a house fire last week, reports CBC. Investigators stated that six to ten international students from Lakehead and Confederation were injured in the fire, leaving one in stable but critical condition. "I think there needs to be stronger bylaws. But on the other end, I think international students need to be told that there are certain rules and regulations, and occupancy in the house has to meet the limits,” said Farhan Yousaf, VP of Finance and Operations of the Lakehead University Student Union. Thunder Bay's Manager of Licensing and Enforcement Doug Vincent added that safety bylaws are in place, but that enforcement can be a challenge. CBC (ON)

International students injured in Thunder Bay house fire Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

22 electricians have had their journeyperson certificates cancelled or suspended following an investigation into cheating at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Moosejaw. CBC reports that the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, along with a third-party investigation firm, found that apprentices were given access to level exams and Red Seal interprovincial certification exams. The penalties range from two to six months, during which none of the electricians will be allowed to work in Saskatchewan. CBC adds that the school fired an instructor whom it says had been giving out answers to the exams. SaskPolytech and the SATCC report that they are working on ways to prevent academic misconduct in the future. CBC (SK)

Cheating probe finds SaskPolytech apprentices had access to exams Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

Leftism in Canadian universities has put democratic debate at risk, writes Christopher Dummit. The author cites the “grievance studies hoax”—in which three “academic outsiders” successfully published several articles that took exaggerated, ostensibly left-leaning positions on topics related to race, gender, and animal ethics—as evidence of the leftist bias in the academy. According to Dummit, “including perspectives that might otherwise be excluded” during hiring processes affords one possible solution. Additionally, funding agencies need to fund research “aimed at discovering the truth” rather than research that confirms a preexisting perspective. National Post (National)

Dummit: Canadian universities have a viewpoint diversity problem Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

Authorities from the US are seeking to extradite a retired McGill professor who stands accused of conspiring to export computer chips to China, possibly for military use. The Montreal Gazette reports that Ishiang Shih was indicted in early 2018 along with his brother, Yi-Chi Shih, who was recently convicted for offences similar to those of which Ishiang Shih stands accused. The lawyer who defended Yi-Chi Shih told the Gazette that the case involved several trumped-up charges and a misleading prosecution strategy. According to an unnamed source, the US has asked Canada to extradite Ishiang, who retired last year. Montreal Gazette (QC)

Retired McGill professor accused of illegally shipping computer chips to China Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

Reflecting on her 20-plus years of experience with higher ed leaders, Bethany Zecher Sutton offers several tips for dealing with leadership transitions. The author starts by recommending that a new leader be asked to identify their core commitments in writing. Additionally, it is important for professionals within the institution to let go of the past and be willing to move forward, as a leadership change can bring about other unanticipated changes. Distinguishing fear from fact is also crucial, Sutton adds, as uncertainty can generate unfounded speculation or rumours. Professionalism can also be tested during a transition, so Sutton recommends remaining mindful of being one’s “best” professional self. Finally, the author suggests keeping one’s emotions in check and taking a transition as an opportunity for career assessment. Inside Higher Ed (International)

How to successfully steer a leadership transition: Sutton Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

The University of the Fraser Valley has announced a Digital Manufacturing diploma program that will cover topics such as 3D modelling and printing, Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines, fabrication strategies, and more. “Gone are the days when any unskilled labourer could get a job at the local factory,” says John English, UFV Dean of the Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies. “Nowadays, manufacturers are on the lookout for employees with a high-tech skill set.” The program will be available in 2020. UFV (BC)

UFV announces new Digital Manufacturing diploma to meet industry need for digital talent Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

While the university community might like to believe that it is immune to the temptations of trendy ideas, it is just as guilty of indulging this temptation as any other group, writes Chris Fleming. If anything, the author writes, the myth that the university is a bastion of rational thought makes the institution all the more susceptible to what is fashionable. In diagnosing this problem, Fleming notes that the lure of the trendy appeals to two conflicting motives that inform academic research: the desire to express original thought and the desire to be part of a crowd. Combined with the rising pressure to produce a high volume of research, the author adds, these impulses remind the academy that it is no less trendy in its thinking than the general public. Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

Universities are just as guilty of following trendy ideas as the broader public: Fleming Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

A labour dispute between the Université de Montréal and the Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP) is coming to an end. Members of the union have been without a collective agreement since April 2015 and on strike since March 2019. They accepted the conciliator’s recommendations by a narrow majority, although the Union criticized employer representatives for maintaining their positions for the duration of negotiations. Sylvain Chicoine, president of SEEUM-SCFP 1186, stated that they would have preferred to have reached a negotiated agreement. Journal de Montreal (QC)

UMontréal, SEEUM-SCFP 1185 reach agreement, mark end of strike Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

Even when tasked with teaching a very large lecture course, there are many ways to enhance student-centered learning, writes Cathy N Davidson. One such way, the author notes, is to redesign the course syllabus. “Online or printed out, traditional college syllabi look about as enticing as a terms-of-service agreement,” Davison notes. A second tactic, the author adds, is to clearly communicate to students why it is important for them to learn what is being taught and how it will be useful to them. Third, a professor can reframe punishments in positive ways, as is the case with one professor who recast his school’s plagiarism policy as a brief document titled, “How to Protect Your Academic Credibility.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Ways to introduce more student-centered learning into a large lecture course: Davidson Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

Olds College has received a pledge of $250K over five years from ATB Financial to grow the College’s high-tech smart farm, and sponsor AgSmart, a two-day ag technology expo where farmers will be able to experience the latest innovations first hand. “We know the industry is rapidly changing with technology playing a growing role and we are proud to support initiatives like the Olds College Smart Farm that harness technology and innovation in such an integral sector,” said ATB CEO Curtis Stange. “This will further position Alberta and its producers as leaders and keep them competitive while producing world-class products. “ Olds (AB)

Olds receives support from ATB for smart farm, AgSmart expo Top Ten 07/08/2019 - 03:40 07/08/2019 - 03:30

A study by researchers from York University and Brock University has found that male undergraduates tend to gain twice as much weight as females—eight pounds for males compare to four for females—in their first-year. The survey of self-reported eating habits from 229 females and 72 males also found that diet quality fell while alcohol consumption rose, CBC reports. However, the study’s methodological limitations have drawn criticism. Sean Wharton, an internal medicine specialist in Toronto, said the sample size was too small to draw any meaningful conclusions. "The other big limitation is they just asked the students: What did you eat? They didn't actually track them,” He explained. “The gender difference could be a sampling error.” CBC ()

Weight gain in first year more pronounced in men than women: Study Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

Noah Coker has scheduled a meeting with Algonquin College to file a complaint and called on the Ottawa police to investigate a situation where he was injured during an arrest by college security guards while on his way home from a nearby grocery store. While being escorted off campus, he asked the guards to stop following him and the situation escalated. Coker added that it did not feel as though race played a role in the incident until a security guard said that he looked “like you've been arrested before.” Algonquin issued a statement to CBC stating that security staff "became aware of a man causing a disturbance on college property" Wednesday, and that he was "noticeably intoxicated and hostile when approached." CBC (ON)

Man files complaint after arrest by Algonquin security guards Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

“Given the tight labour market, Canadian companies are losing out on high potential talent by using academic performance as a criterion for hiring and will benefit from discontinuing this approach,” writes Venture for Canada CEO Scott Stirrett. The author cites studies showing no correlation between job performance and GPA, except for a minor correlation among brand-new grads. Stirrett also notes that some factors – such as previous work experience, WIL, or extracurriculars – are all more useful than GPAs in helping employers make the best hiring decisions. Globe and Mail (Subscription Required) (National)

Employers should ignore GPAs when hiring: Stirrett Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

Wildlife biologist Rod Cumberland has been fired from his teaching post at Maritime College of Forest Technology in Fredericton. MCFT holds that Cumberland was dismissed for reasons pertaining to his conduct both in and out of the classroom, but a former employee told CBC that Cumberland’s outspokenness against glyphosate, a controversial herbicide used by New Brunswick’s forest industry, is the likely cause for the firing. While Health Canada claims that glyphosate is “not genotoxic” and unlikely to pose health risks to humans, the product has been banned in several areas worldwide, including Crown land and Quebec. Green Party Leader David Coon called on the province to launch an inquiry into the matter. CBC (NB)

Fired college instructor's views on glyphosate at root of dismissal, says former colleague Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

Keyano College has reinstated its Early Learning Child Care diploma program. The program was suspended due to low enrolment in 2015, but an ongoing need for trained child care administrators and supervisors was identified in the region. The program delivery was fully restructured by Keyano following consultation with stakeholders in the community. “We listened carefully, and from that Keyano College is responding to the community’s needs,” said Keyano VP Academic Fred Russell. “As such, we are extremely excited to reoffer this program with a new delivery model that will provide a more flexible learning opportunity for students.” Keyano (AB)

Keyano reinstates Early Learning Child Care Diploma program Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

Subsidies are a crucial yet poorly understood factor in the current funding crisis that looms over US community colleges, writes Matt Reed. While the forms of subsidies can vary by geographic area, the fact remains that colleges, like universities, are not meant to be economically self-sustaining entities. Reed surveys a handful of alternative funding models that have attempted to compensate for this fact, but he concludes that operating at a loss is a feature of the system. The real source of the US college crisis comes down to the fact that popular discourse refuses to acknowledge that public sector funding can be more efficient than the private sector in some contexts, concludes Reed. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Reed critiques the business model approach to US colleges Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

In spite of the demonstrable health risks of smoking, only two campuses in British Columbia have gone 100% smoke-free, writes Patricia Woods. The author attributes campus leaders’ reluctance to ban smoking to several possible factors, including outdated opinions about smoking-related health risks or concerns about deterring potential international students from countries where smoking remains an acceptable norm. After refuting these positions, the author calls on all of BC’s colleges and universities to ban smoking immediately. Vancouver Sun (BC)

Woods calls on BC campuses to go smoke-free Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

“Systemic racism is in the very foundations of universities; its influence is insidious and persistent,” writes Carleton University PhD student Jasmeet Bahia. The author begins by describing the experience of being a master’s student in British Columbia, during which time they found that for all the prejudice they experienced, the bias encountered in the university setting was “most exhausting.” This experience included constant insinuations that the author’s research was too race-oriented and that they were biased toward certain subjects due to their race. The challenges of navigating the university’s systemic racism can feel overwhelming, Bahia concludes, yet for all the difficulty of this experience, they find that “academia is exactly where my brown skin needs to be.” University Affairs (National)

We can’t deny the systemic racism that persists in today’s universities: Bahia Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

Camosun College has entered discussions with the Lexi Development Group about building a film studio, sound stage, and educational facilities for students at its Interurban campus. “Camosun delivers quality education and training that is relevant, responsive and applied, giving students the skills that employers and industry are looking for,” said Camosun President Sherri Bell. “We’re starting to explore the potential of a film studio in partnership with industry that would complement existing programs, while opening the door to educational programs that support B.C.’s film industry.” A release adds that British Columbia’s motion picture industry is expected to have nearly 13,000 job openings over the next ten years. Camosun (BC)

Camosun launches discussions for film studio Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

“The need for campus child care is growing — and not just among instructors and graduate students,” writes Liam Knox. The author cites a number of US studies that demonstrate this growing need, including a 2014 study showing that nearly five million undergraduate students in the US are parents, and another noting that access to affordable child care “is one of the most important factors in a student-parent’s decision to enrol at a college or university.” The debate about providing such services, Knox continues, tends to centre on the issue of resources, which in turn raises the question of whether such services should be provided by an institution itself or by a contracted third-party provider. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

As demand for childcare on campus grows, choosing how to provide it is difficult Top Ten 07/05/2019 - 03:42 07/05/2019 - 03:30

Western University’s Board of Governors has established a $250M fund to give the institution more capacity to capitalize on significant strategic projects. The institution states that the Major Strategic Opportunities Fund is intended “to seek and seize new major initiatives which have the potential of having transformational impact on the institution.” Western Board Chair Paul Jenkins said that the process will ensure continued good stewardship and accountability, as well as providing Western the tools to take advantage of strategic opportunities. The board also recently barred federal, provincial, and municipal candidates from posting election signs. Western (ON)

Western establishes $250M fund for pursuit of strategic opportunities Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia Okanagan has received $1M from the Government of Canada to further study and develop best practices for supporting traumatic brain injury in survivors of intimate partner violence. The announcement was part of a $50M funding announcement that will benefit nearly 60 projects in communities across the country. “We are thankful for the Government of Canada’s financial support of our research,” said UBCO Professor Paul van Donkelaar. “There are minimal resources currently available to survivors of intimate partner violence and the community service agencies that support them, in relation to traumatic brain injury, and we believe that our work will be important in helping to fill these unacceptable gaps.” Canada (BC)

UBCO receives $1M for studying brain injuries Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

Edmonton Digital Arts College will close following a last-ditch effort to find an unnamed buyer, reports the Edmonton Journal. Executive Director and owner Owen Brierley said that classrooms will remain open to ensure that current students nearing completion can finish their projects. Students who enrolled more recently will be placed at another institution or permitted to apply for financial security held by the Private Career Colleges branch for tuition refunds. “I think the entire staff is very upset about it. We’d all worked very hard to produce an amazing program at the school,” said instructor Logan Foster. The Journal adds that the college relied entirely on tuition to operate, but financial pressures became too much to bear. Edmonton Journal (AB)

“It was my heart and soul”: Financial woes force Edmonton Digital Arts College closure Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

Five of six members on the Board of Huskie Athletics at the University of Saskatchewan have resigned. USask President Peter Stoicheff told CBC that the Board “wanted more influence,” an assertion that members David Sutherland and David Dube patently denied. According to Dube, Stoicheff ignored advice from trustees and changed the governance structure such that the board would play a tertiary role in decision-making. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports that the Chief Athletics Officer would report functionally to the VP University Relations while the Board would provide advice. The Board, which was announced in 2016, had been part of a plan to make Huskie Athletics the strongest in the country. CBC (SK) | Saskatoon StarPhoenix

USask athletics board members resign Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island will be leading ClimateSense, an innovative climate change adaptation project valued at $2.17M. The project focuses on creating a professional development and training program to help professionals and recent graduates understand climate change and integrate adaptation into their daily work. "The UPEI Climate Research Lab is pleased to participate in Natural Resource Canada's BRACE project, delivering professional development programming and offering resources to expand climate literacy and adaptation knowledge in partnership with the Government of Prince Edward Island," said UPEI Climate Research Lab Director Adam Fenech. "It is imperative that we all better prepare ourselves to mitigate climate change and respond to the challenges it brings to our communities on PEI." Canada (PEI) | UPEI

UPEI to lead ClimateSense project Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

“University education should foster empathy – an essential human capacity needed for effective management and societal well-being,” writes OCAD University President Sara Diamond. The author highlights numerous examples of the ways in which empathy will prove essential to both industrial and social innovation in the 21st century. As part of this project, universities must redouble their efforts to bring together faculty, students, industry, networked incubators, and scale-ups to address problems that cannot be solved without strong empathetic thinking. “Universities and our partners must conspire to produce the fearless leaders who can bridge the empathy gaps of yet unknown future economies, cultures and societies to create a humane, sustainable and competitive future,” Diamond concludes. Globe and Mail (National)

Canada’s universities must focus on closing the “empathy gap” to bring real change: Diamond Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

Newfoundland is suffering a “void in public policy solutions,” and institutions like Memorial University are no exception, writes Lori Lee Oates. To productively respond to this crisis, the author proposes that academics must better engage with the public, administrators must be be held to account, and public policy must align with universities as sites of knowledge production. The common thread that runs through these three imperatives, Oates adds, is that public disengagement ultimately concentrates power in the hands of an elite class who will uphold the status quo while constraining the university’s core mission of knowledge production. CBC (NL)

Oates: Why we need to pay attention to post-secondary funding Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

Many graduate departments need to rethink any rules or norms that might be in place to dissuade students from taking on outside work, writes Zeb Larson. The author highlights the most common reasons why these barriers are in place, which center mostly on the notion that grad students are professors-in-training and that outside work is an unwelcome distraction. However, the reality is that today’s grad students face financial burdens and an uncertain academic job market that make paid non-academic work a necessity in most cases. The author notes that departments are welcome to continue training future professors, but adds only that “given the precarity most of us young academics face, letting people take outside jobs would give us a leg up on the ‘alternate’ careers most of us will have.” Inside Higher Ed (International)

Grad departments should make it easier for students to take on outside work: Larson Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

Laurentian University’s student newspaper, The Lambda, and radio station CKLU are preparing for the worst as provincial legislation that gives students the option to opt out of non-essential services goes into effect. Ashley Thompson, who sits on the student newspaper’s Board of Directors, told CBC that the paper will have to find ways to survive on less money. "What I expect to happen is that The Lambda, if it publishes at all, and I hope it will, will publish in an online version," he said. CKLU General Manager Rob Straughan added that the station has already cut some staff in order to keep expenses down. CBC (ON)

Laurentian groups brace for funding shortfalls Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

Algonquin College has received $650K from guard.me International Insurance. A release from Algonquin explains that the money will support scholarships and a bursary fund for international students. “International students make significant social, economic and education contributions to Algonquin College and the Ottawa community,” said Algonquin President Cheryl Jensen. “This generous donation from guard.me will help support international students who have a sudden, unforeseen change in their financial situation.” The college adds that over 3,800 students from 100 countries were enrolled in Algonquin programs during the 2018-2019 academic year. Algonquin (ON) | Ottawa Matters

Algonquin receives $650K for international student supports Top Ten 07/04/2019 - 03:38 07/04/2019 - 03:30

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has published its 2019 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects report. The release ranked over 4,000 universities across 54 subjects in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. The University of British Columbia and McGill University were among four institutions that appeared on the league table in 52 subjects. Several Canadian universities also appeared in top ten positions for subjects: The University of Toronto appeared in numerous rankings, including geography (4), clinical medicine (5), and psychology (2); the University of Guelph ranked highly for veterinary sciences (10); UBC was among the top institutions for both telecommunication engineering (8) and transportation science & technology (8); and the University of Alberta was in the top ten for Environmental Science & Engineering (8). Release Report (International)

Canadian universities make strong showing in ARWU’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019  Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

A hacker has wiped out ten years’ worth of stories on the website for the Fulcrum, the University of Ottawa’s student newspaper. According to the Ottawa Citizen, the only piece of content left on the site after the attack was a headline calling the paper an “anti-union rag” and a one-sentence article: "uOttawa students news rag the Fulcrum has been cancelled. Bye-bye." Editor-in-Chief Matt Gergyek and former Editor-in-Chief Anchal Sharma said there are no immediate suspects in the attack, but the Citizen notes that the Fulcrum chronicled an ongoing case in which the students’ union was audited for fiscal malfeasance in 2018. The Fulcrum has online back-ups in place, so the site should only lose a week’s worth of content, adds CBC. Ottawa Citizen CBC (ON)

Hacker shuts down UOttawa student newspaper’s website Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

It is student-facing administrators who are responsible for "the creation of a progressive and activist monoculture among students on many campuses with their extracurricular agenda-setting power," writes Samuel J Abrams. The author argues that campus discourse would be more deliberative and moderate if professors took more control over shaping it, which would include exerting more authority in shaping extracurricular programming, from student orientation curricula to residential education initiatives. "It is time for us professors to make our voices heard," Abrams concludes. "Otherwise, the collegiate chaos over the past few years is likely to continue, to the detriment of both higher education and the nation at large when our students enter the real world." Inside Higher Ed (International)

Faculty must retake control over campus discourse: Abrams Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

York University’s Glendon College campus has been awarded $1M over five years to improve training in French language health services. Glendon stated that it will be establishing a new certificate in dementia and cognitive health and a specialized bachelor’s degree in neuropsychology. "Our Glendon campus at York University has been providing high-quality bilingual and French-language programs for over 50 years," said YorkU President Rhonda Lenton. "This new funding will help us further expand access to postsecondary education for Francophones." YorkU (ON)

YorkU receives funding for French language health care education  Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

Red River College has officially opened the doors to its Smart Factory, a state-of-the-art learning facility and applied research space. The Smart Factory is focused on supporting the province’s growing aerospace and manufacturing industries and the college’s applied research initiatives. "Red River College has always been at the forefront of emerging technologies," said RRC President Paul Vogt. "The opening of the Smart Factory ensures that our students are well-equipped to face the challenges that the future workforce may hold, and to thrive in ever-changing environments." The facility was funded by a $10M investment by the Government of Canada announced in 2017. RRC (MB)

RRC formally opens Smart Factory  Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

NorQuest College is launching an online cannabis trimming and production course to meet demand for skilled workers in the cannabis industry. A release from Norquest states that the course includes interactive content, expert interviews, and demonstrations. "This training at NorQuest will help anyone become a standout candidate for employment, including newcomers and energy sector workers looking to switch to a high growth career," says NorQuest VP of Business Development Marian Gayed. Norquest adds that it will also introduce hands-on training with designated producers in the fall. Norquest Edmonton Journal (AB)

NorQuest grows cannabis program offerings Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

Queen’s University has proposed the construction of a new residence building on its main campus that would house approximately 300 beds in a five-story complex. The new residence would accommodate plans for modest enrolment growth and allow the institution to move students during renovations at other residences. "As a neighbor, it is important to share our concepts for this build with the local community as early in the process as possible," said Donna Janiec, VP, Finance and Administration. The Queen’s project team is reportedly working to ensure heritage elements, neighbourhood integration, and environmental stewardship are addressed in the building plans. Queen's (ON)

Queen’s proposes 300-bed residence for main campus Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

A Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Saskatchewan, Northern Lights School Division, Cumberland House Cree Nation, The Northern Village of Cumberland House, and the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan will support the delivery of a Bachelor of Education program at Cumberland House. A release states that programming will focus on the four-year B.Ed. elementary/middle years stream with teaching areas of Cree and Indigenous studies. "It’s historic when representatives of Cumberland House Cree Nation, the school division, the Metis Nation and The Northern Village of Cumberland House all say let’s do this together, let’s make this a reality," said Jason Young, Director of Education with the Northern Lights School Division. Nation Talk (SK)

"Historic" MOU brings USask B.Ed. program to Cumberland House  Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

The Canadian version of the Athena SWAN charter heralds an "exciting and promising time" for equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canadian higher ed, writes Sheila Cote-Meek. The author highlights three benefits of the initiative’s equity, diversity, and inclusion capacity-building fund, drawing on her own experiences from graduate school to observe that diverse teams make better decisions. Second, strong leaders value all forms of diversity. Finally, "increasing diversity also assists us with growing in our understanding about the realities across a range of people." The author concludes by reiterating that the Canadian version of Athena SWAN presents an "opportunity to rethink, reformulate, and re-inspire." University Affairs (International)

Canada’s Athena SWAN can reduce systemic barriers: Cote-Meek Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

Canadore College has partnered with industry leaders to announce the first phase of development for a Controlled Environment Agriculture Centre of Excellence in North Bay, Ontario. A Canadore release notes that the Centre, created in partnership with EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp, EHT Ag Tech, the sales and marketing division of EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp, and Growratio Inc will create a multi-disciplinary ecosystem of organizations focused on the future of controlled environment agriculture. Canadore President George Burton notes that the project is "a natural next step for us to foster the development of the ever-important and green economy." Canadore (ON)

Canadore, industry partners look to create greener economy Top Ten 07/03/2019 - 03:41 07/03/2019 - 03:30

Carleton University has announced the launch of the Canadian Accessibility Network, which the school claims is the first entity of its kind in the country. Through the Network, Carleton says that it will work with partners to promote a more accessible and inclusive Canada and build on the goals of the Accessible Canada Act, a new piece of legislation that sets ground-breaking accessibility standards to ensure that public spaces, workplaces, employment, programs, services, and information are accessible to everyone. "As a campus community that has been dedicated to supporting people with disabilities since our inception, we are excited to see the Accessible Canada Act bring accessibility to the top of our national agenda," says Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. Carleton (ON)

Carleton creates Canadian Accessibility Network to support "groundbreaking" new legislation Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 03:45 07/02/2019 - 03:30

Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business and Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science have jointly launched a Master in Engineering Management Program. A release from Concordia explains that the program will feature 20 credits in engineering, as well as a management courses and two work term placements at the end of the program. Amir Asif, Dean of the Gina Cody School, stated that the program "prepares modern decision makers by providing interdisciplinary knowledge in traditionally distinct academic fields of data analytics, optimization, logistics, decision making, quality project management, and lean engineering." Concordia (QC)

Concordia launches Master in Engineering Management Program Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 03:45 07/02/2019 - 03:30

A recent study out of the University of Waterloo examined how students and instructors perceive the use of technology in the classroom and whom they feel should be responsible for reducing off-task technology use in class. While the perspectives of both groups were complex, both indicated that off-task technology use was distracting. Many students felt that using technology in class was their decision, yet also believed that instructors were responsible for ensuring that other students did do not make inappropriate use of technology in class. "Some students said that instructors need to be more entertaining to keep students engaged in the classroom, but this a big ask, given that we are not employed in the entertainment industry," said the survey’s co-author, Elena Neiterman. UWaterloo Report (ON)

Students say it's their choice to use technology in class, but find others' use distracting: Survey Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 03:45 07/02/2019 - 03:30

The University of Guelph has received $1M from real estate developer and philanthropist Michael Eric Fournelle for a new food lab. The lab, which will be named after UoGuelph food laureate Anita Stewart, will enable hospitality and nutrition students to learn innovative practices in food preparation, production, safety, and food science. "U of G is Canada’s food university, so it seemed natural to support renovating the food laboratory and naming it in honour of Anita Stewart, who has done so much to advance Canada’s cuisine and food culture on the world stage," said Fournelle. UoGuelph (ON)

UoGuelph Receives $1M for food lab Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 03:45 07/02/2019 - 03:30

A partnership between Portage College and the University of Alberta’s Aboriginal Teacher Education Program will allow students to earn a Bachelor of Education without leaving their home communities. The ATEP curriculum maintains the rigorous requirements of an Elementary Education Degree while bringing in a strong focus on Aboriginal histories, worldview, perspectives and culture. "We are thrilled with our partnership with Portage College," said Angela Wolfe, Associate Director of ATEP. "The impact of offering ATEP in the communities that Portage serves will have long standing positive outcomes for students and community." Nation Talk (AB)

Portage, UAlberta ATEP program partner to increase access to Indigenous-focused BEd program Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 03:45 07/02/2019 - 03:30

Cynthia Wu describes her experience with a personal reading program she called the "Colleague Curriculum," in which she set out to read one book a week over 16 weeks by faculty members outside her field. In addition to engaging with topics she would not have otherwise known about, Wu remarks that the experience afforded her the opportunity to spark conversations with colleagues she otherwise would not have encountered. Although she did not produce her typical volume of research output over the semester, Wu concludes that the experience was valuable for both her scholarship and as an opportunity to expand her professional network. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Wu reflects on the value of reading books by faculty colleagues in other fields Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 03:45 07/02/2019 - 03:30

Trent University and Fleming Colege have established two new pathways that will open up the opportunity for Fleming graduates to earn a BSc from Trent. The pathways will specifically allow graduates of Fleming’s Urban Forestry Technician and Forestry Technician diploma programs to earn 7.0 credits towards a BSc degree in Environmental and Resource Science studies at Trent. "We are very pleased to build on Fleming’s longstanding partnership with Trent University to continue to provide more of our students the opportunity to combine applied, hands-on learning with the theoretical learning available at Trent," said Fleming School of Environmental and Natural Resources Science Dean Brett Goodwin. Fleming (ON)

Trent, Fleming establish degree pathways in environmental and natural resource studies Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 03:45 07/02/2019 - 03:30

The move to declare 250 University of Saskatchewan workers as essential has been rejected by the Essential Services Tribunal, clearing the way for a possible strike. "We've always agreed with keeping genuinely 'essential' workers to maintain safety and security on campus," stated CUPE 1975 President Craig Hannah. "But the fact is, the university's position was unreasonable. We're glad the tribunal agreed." A USask statement reported that the institution "continues to be engaged in contingency planning and will ensure that all essential services on campus are supported." CBC states that 2,000 workers, including a wide range of support and infrastructure workers, who are under CUPE Local 1975 have been without a contract for four years. CBC (SK)

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USask has reached a tentative agreement with the union. According to CBC, the agreement includes pay increases and a pension with a guaranteed level of income when workers retire. The union said members will vote to ratify the new agreement next week. CBC

Tribunal rejects claim of essential workers, USask workers in position for possible strike Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 11:06 07/02/2019 - 03:30

In order to help students find value in course-based activities, academics need to make it clear what broad skills are learned by completing them and how these skills develop, writes Brock University Professor Tanya Martini. The author reflects on several initiatives and assignments that she tested in response to an article arguing that students find little value in coursework assignments. The author found that students "didn’t seem to spontaneously see the potential for course-based assignments to further their transferable skills," even though assignments are often designed with skill development in mind. She concludes that "fostering an appreciation of deep structure and transfer" helps students to see how their skillset will be useful in other areas of their lives, even if these seem to be unrelated at a surface level. Times Higher Ed (International)

Academics must help students recognise transferable skills Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 03:45 07/02/2019 - 03:30

Niagara College has introduced a toolkit designed to help businesses, organizations, and schools design, implement, and evaluate effective educational programs that give students real-world experience. A release explains that Niagara worked with Brock University and Georgian College to develop the toolkit. "We know that external partners want to give students a quality, hands-on work-based learning experience, but they’re not always sure how to go about doing that," said Educational Developer Jenn Martin. "The toolkit aims to help those partners, as well as the student’s educational institution, work together to design effective, valuable on-the-job work and learning experiences." Niagara (ON)

Niagara introduces experiential learning toolkit Top Ten 07/02/2019 - 03:45 07/02/2019 - 03:30

The federal government is contributing $9.1M toward a national centre for Indigenous law at the University of Victoria. According to the Victoria Times-Colonist, the centre will house UVic’s dual-degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders. It will include lecture theatres, faculty offices, an Elders’ room and "spaces for gathering, ceremony, and sharing of histories and knowledge," UVic adds. "I see this as a small step in the journey toward reconciliation and an investment in our future where Indigenous legal orders will be honoured and recognized," said Indigenous law student Amanda Vick. Victoria Times-Colonist (BC)

UVic receives $9.1M for Indigenous law centre Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 03:41 06/28/2019 - 03:30

A recent analysis by a Toronto firm has found that all 19 of Ontario’s universities are becoming increasingly reliant on international tuition, with hikes for international students far outpacing domestic fee increases. CBC reports that the researchers looked at fee schedules, school records, and information from the Council of Ontario Universities and Common University Data Ontario between 2006 and 2017 to reach their conclusions. Queen’s University interim Provost Tom Harris attributed his institution’s international fee hikes to improvements in student services and infrastructure. A statement from the University of Ottawa said that it considers factors such as "access to higher education, competitiveness, overall financial situation and provincial legislation" when it sets fees. CBC (ON)

ON researchers investigate international tuition hikes Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 03:41 06/28/2019 - 03:30

"Finally being able to attend to chronic health issues might as well be a formal part of the academic-career trajectory: dissertation defense, graduation, job search, tenure-track appointment, doctor visits," writes Andrea Crow. The author describes the ways that graduate school generates new and aggravates old health concerns through high stress conditions, poor health coverage, and financial pressures. The author concludes that for higher education to be a pathway for "anyone other than the independently wealthy," institutions must treat comprehensive, contractually secured health insurance for graduate student employees as a basic right. Chronicle (International)

Growing trend among US instructors to delay medical visits until securing tenure-track position Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 03:41 06/28/2019 - 03:30

Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Global Engineering are collaborating with Indigenous communities to improve infrastructure and food security. According to a U of T release, the partners will identify six projects that aim to improve access to clean drinking water, food security, housing, health care, transportation, and communication systems from a multi-disciplinary perspective. "We recognize that there are 10,000-plus years of knowledge and expertise that Indigenous Peoples have about their communities, relationships with the natural environment and the interconnection and interdependence of all things. There is a lot we can learn. We are embarking on a co-learning journey," said program Lead Sonia Molodecky. U of T (ON)

U of T partners with Indigenous communities for infrastructure projects Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 03:41 06/28/2019 - 03:30

Brandon University is shutting down its junior kindergarten program, citing costs and alignment with institutional goals. "We subsidize its operation by about $25,000 or more every year," said BrandonU Vice-President Steven Robinson. "Those are our resources that are coming to us from students' tuition and from our government grant that’s supposed to be primarily supporting our core mission at the university." BrandonU states that it spent the past year looking into other ways that it could keep the program running, including having donors cover the cost, but were unable to find a way to reduce the subsidy. The University's Students’ Union plans to meet with the institution to discuss the issue. Brandon Sun (MB)

BrandonU closing junior kindergarten in 2020 Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 03:41 06/28/2019 - 03:30

A new partnership between Thompson Rivers University and Saigontourist Hospitality College (STHC) will enable Teaching English as a Second Language students to complete a practicum in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam. "STHC doesn’t have foreign students on their campus, so their campus will go through a mini-internationalization when we are there," said TRU TESL program coordinator Karen Densky. "Our students will serve as customers for them to practice on. For TESL students to get an overseas experience while completing their teaching practicum is perfect. We are all getting something out of this partnership and we’re doing that in a sustainable way." TRU (BC)

TRU partnership enables TESL students to complete practicum in Vietnam Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 03:41 06/28/2019 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba has celebrated the official opening of its Smartpark Innovation Hub, an information exchange centre that will support partnerships between industry, government, and the university. The 75,000-square-foot space houses meeting rooms, lab spaces, office spaces, and a multipurpose room with 4K video walls. The Hub serves as a one-stop location for commercialization and professional services. "The University of Manitoba community is excited about this new collision space where exchange and collaboration create ideas and potential that brings benefit to the lives of all peoples," said UManitoba President David Barnard. "The relationships and partnerships this space will foster deepens our reach and relevance to the greater business community." UManitoba (MB)

UManitoba marks official opening of Smartpark Innovation Hub Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 03:41 06/28/2019 - 03:30

Niagara College has received $250K to help 25 companies in the advanced manufacturing, food and beverage, and agriculture environment technologies sectors solve innovation challenges related to technology adoption. A release explains that the businesses will work with Niagara’s Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre, Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre, and Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. "We’re grateful to OCE for this grant, which will help SMEs gain a competitive edge in their field," said Marc Nantel, Niagara’s VP of Research, Innovation & Strategic Initiatives. "At the same time, it allows students the opportunity to translate the skills they’ve learned in the classroom into real-world partnerships with industry." Niagara (ON)

Niagara helps local businesses gain competitive advantage  Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 03:41 06/28/2019 - 03:30

Upon settling into his provostship, Mark Blegen realized that the definitions of his role were largely up to him. The author relates that he would not have been able to lead effectively without strong mentorship, connecting with his institution’s faculty, and family support. After candid discussions with his institution's president and his mentor, Blegen states that he made it his goal to meet individually with every member of his faculty. Lastly, Blegen emphasizes the significance of family. "The decision to take this role, the decision to leave a known community and friends, and the decision to move our family with two young daughters was not made in a vacuum," he concludes. Chronicle (International)

Blegen reflects on his first semester as provost  Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 09:18 06/28/2019 - 03:30

The University of Windsor has officially opened its Essex Centre of Research. The Windsor Starreports that the $30M, 46,000 square-foot facility features three floors of meeting rooms and open-concept lab space devoted to research in advanced materials such as nano-technology and biometrics, transitional health, and medical physics. "Science and engineering are important drivers to the local economy," said Faculty of Science Dean Chris Houser. "And here we have this innovative research occurring that works with industry, which will hopefully bring new industry to the region." The Staradds that the provincial and federal governments shared the costs for the new facility with UWindsor. Windsor Star | UWindsor (ON)

UWindsor ushers in new era of research and collaboration with Essex CORe facility Top Ten 06/28/2019 - 03:41 06/28/2019 - 03:30

A Queen’s University student group says that it plans to take the money saved from the 10% tuition cut announced by the provincial government and use it to support those deeply impacted by cuts to student assistance. CBC reports that the students are launching a group called Students for Students and that they plan to donate funds received from tuition rebates to create bursaries for students who need it most. Ben Dinsdale, who recently finished his third year at Queen's, said that the government’s changes have left many students on campus worried about their finances, adding, "We really think that by getting that momentum going we can help those students." CBC Kingston Whig-Standard (ON)

Queen’s students to use tuition rebates to help those impacted by OSAP cuts Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

Protesters at an event on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus were temporarily detained by police on Sunday after entering a lecture hall during a talk by an anti-SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) activist. The Starreports that the presenter, Jenn Smith, opposes teaching children about sexual orientation and gender identity at schools. In a statement, the university said it supports trans and non-binary students through its research and campus resources, but adds that its support "can be regarded in balance with the institution’s commitment to freedom of expression." The Star (BC)

UBC protesters detained at anti-SOGI talk Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

Post-secondary leaders should be hired for their potential rather than their credentials, writes Thomas J Pfaff. To that end, the author cites a recent article from the Harvard Business Review that highlights five key qualities of "high potentials": motivation, engagement, curiosity, insight, and determination. Pfaff then argues that internal candidates are more likely to possess these traits than external hires. He adds that internal candidates have further advantages such as a faster learning curve, continuity, and stability. "The potential payoff," Pfaff concludes, "is that you will hire more administrators who have the potential to grow and change, understand the history of the place, demonstrate the curiosity and determination to effect change, and are committed over the long term to the good of the institution." Inside Higher Ed (International)

Pfaff: How to hire strong leaders Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

UOttawa has proposed stepsto address allegations of systemic racism following a carding incident on campus, but some students say the response is inadequate. Nicole Tumaine, Co-President of the Black Law Students’ Association, told CBC that her group wants the university to revoke the section of the university's campus security policy that authorizes security guards to request proof of ID on campus. "The University of Ottawa is supposed to be an open and welcoming community that's open to the public, and some members of the public don't have ID, and that can be problematic when requesting it," she said. CBC (ON)

Student group urges UOttawa to end carding on campus Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

The argument that more transparent data about average future earnings by major will help students make better decisions about their education lacks credibility, writes Zachary Bleemer. The author goes on to describe nearly a dozen flaws that currently inform the notion that "Student A would have made more money had they majored in X instead of Y." To begin, certain majors like engineering might have higher entry requirements than others, which itself could account for differences in future earnings. Bleemer also cites evidence showing that students’ opportunity to major in their preferred field, no matter what this field is, is a stronger indicator of higher future earnings.  Inside Higher Ed (International)

Transparency about earnings won’t help students make better choices for majors: Bleemer Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick has received $1.12M from Mitacs and Lockheed Martin for marine additive manufacturing research. A release from UNB states that the funds will support interns in UNB’s Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. "One of the main goals of MAMCE is to develop the next generation of researchers and machinists who will become tomorrow’s leaders in the advanced manufacturing industry in our region," says David Saucy, VP of the Construction and Equipment Division for JD Irving, Ltd. MAMCE is the result of a partnership between UNB, Custom Fabricators and Machinists, New Brunswick Community College, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, and Nova Scotia Community College. UNB (NB)

UNB receives $1.12M for marine additive manufacturing research  Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo’s Waterloo AI Institute and Microsoft have established a one-year partnership promoting research into ‘AI for good.’ The parties will invest $300K to investigate how AI can tackle issues such as improving climate-change projections and disaster response. "For us, Waterloo has a great reputation so it was a no-brainer," said Khalil Alfar, a general manager at Microsoft. "We are interested in fueling innovation in Canada; we want to fuel the Canadian ecosystem." The announcement is part of a broader AI for Good initiative by Microsoft that is focused on providing funding, technology, and expertise for tackling society’s biggest challenges. The Record (ON)

UWaterloo, Microsoft partner on "AI for Good" research Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

Concordia University has received $494K from the City of Montreal for its District 3 Innovation Center and Concordia Continuing Education to help local companies recruit and develop employees and gain access to skills for the future. CCE will use the funds to develop a robust applied cyber resilience program for those impacted by cybersecurity issues. The program will include mentoring, internships, scholarships, and job opportunities. District 3 will be working in the life sciences and health technologies sectors to provide experiential and multidisciplinary internship opportunities for graduates. The program will also help the life sciences industry address a shortage of scientific talent.  Concordia (QC)

Concordia to lead training, development initiatives for employers Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

Memorial University’s Labrador Institute has bought the Grand River Farm. CBC reports that proposed work on the farm will include community engagement, farming, and scientific research. "It's very exciting, but it's also a very sad time for me, sad because Frank is not here to share this," said Joyce Pye, who ran the farm with her late husband. Ashlee Cunsolo, Director of the Labrador Institute, said that work is expected to begin this summer on baseline mapping, soil testing, clearing weeds, plowing, and planting crop cover. She added that she hopes Pye will stay involved with the farm. CBC (NL)

MUN buys Grand River Farm in Labrador  Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

"Long before parents' representatives were using Photoshop to give their students an unfair admissions advantage, universities were using the software to portray diversity that did not appear in original photos," writes Nathan Willers. The author cites a 2013 study showing that US institutions are regularly displaying more black students on marketing materials than they actually have in their student bodies, and highlights multiple stories of students of different races being photoshopped into institutional marketing materials to make campuses appear more diverse than is actually the case. While some institutional leaders might claim that these photoshopped images are aspirational in nature, Willers argues that such artificial diversity will not fool the youth of today. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Authenticity and diversity in higher ed marketing Top Ten 06/27/2019 - 03:40 06/27/2019 - 03:30

McMaster University has announced that it will be piloting digital diplomas for its graduates. The institution is using a digital credentialing system built by MIT called Blockcerts, which allows students to carry and securely validate their credentials through their phone. The technology gives graduates the autonomy and authority over their own credential, without needing to go to third parties to verify their degrees. "Once we give the credential, students own that credential on the blockchain platform," said McMaster Dean of Engineering Ishwar K Puri. "They can share it or keep it private. When they share it with employers, employers have an immediate link to verify the credential – it takes the middleman out of the equation." McMaster (ON)

McMaster pilots digital credentials Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

The federal government has requested changes to a Nova Scotia program that allows people to draw EI benefits while studying. According to CBC, Employment and Social Development Canada now requires students to have been employed for 24 months to qualify for the program. The NS government’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education said that the federal government requested the change to ensure that applicants are unemployed workers taking training during a period of unemployment. CBC states that some students are reducing their course loads to save money during their programs, and that the province expects the rule change to impact over 500 students. CBC (NS)

EI program changes leave NS students short of cash Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

While there are some studies on higher education that use reliable methods and should inform public debate, "much of the work is of low quality," write David H Feldman and Douglas A Webber. The authors provide examples of studies moving from correlations to causal connections in statistically invalid ways, as is the case with current research suggesting that students who take fewer credit hours per semester would be "better off" with a heavier load. "Without tools to separate the signal coming from credible research design from the noise produced by spurious correlations, we risk drowning in meaningless ‘results’ and succumbing to the soft temptations of confirmation bias," the authors conclude. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Sifting through lousy research studies on higher ed: Feldman, Webber Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

Ontario Tech University and Universidad Cientifica del Sur (Cientifica) have formally launched a partnership that enables Peruvian students extended learning opportunities and new pathways to undergraduate study in Canada. Under the terms of the partnership, students may earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and complete necessary English Training to receive a conditional admission to Ontario Tech. "The Ontario Secondary School Diploma program offered through our partnership with Universidad Cientifica del Sur and Rosedale Academy is the only Canadian high school curriculum offered in Peru," said Shannon Bracken, Ontario Tech’s Director of Admissions and Recruitment. "We’re excited to offer this new pathway, which will prepare Peruvian students academically to enter Ontario Tech." Ontario Tech (ON)

Ontario Tech, Peruvian university celebrate formal launch of international partnership Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

Mount Saint Vincent University and the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre have announced that they are piloting a new university access program designed to help Indigenous students achieve their education and career goals. The Aboriginal Academic Access Post-Secondary (AAAPS) program will bring university courses and academic supports to students at the Friendship Centre before they transition to a chosen university program. "There are great benefits in the delivery of a program like this one," said Friendship Centre Executive Director Pam Glode-Desrochers. "It will minimize the impacts of barriers Aboriginal students often face in their first year of post-secondary education, such as alienation, discrimination, financial burdens and social stresses." MSVU (NS)

MSVU, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre pilot university access program Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

Mohawk College has opened its EON AVR Development Lab. Built in partnership with EON Reality, the Lab will enable students to specialize in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality development, coding, modeling, and animation with a focus on industrial, medical, and educational uses. "We are always looking for new opportunities that benefit our partners and our students. This partnership is an excellent example of how we can all succeed through collaboration," said Mohawk President Ron McKerlie. "Mohawk is the first college in Canada to offer this program with EON Reality. We are proud to be the first, but more importantly, we are excited by what this means for our students and the employers we serve." Mohawk Hamilton Spectator (ON)

Mohawk College, EON Reality open new virtual reality lab  Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

Mount Royal University has received approval for new majors in Finance, International Business, and Supply Chain Management. A release from MRU explains that because Bissett School of Business had already been offering course concentrations in financial analysis, financial services, international business, and supply chain management, students could graduate with their majors as early as fall 2019. "Holding a BBA with a finance major will be widely and easily understood by potential employers," said BBA student Alanna White. "This achievement came about with hard work from every corner and department of the Bissett School of Business, and from the provost and registrar's offices." The release adds that the university, with the new additions, now offers 36 majors. MRU (AB)

MRU business school takes major steps forward Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

OCAD University has launched Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. An OCADU release explains that the Centre facilitates the "documentation, communication and translation of Indigenous ways of seeing." As part of its launch, the Centre celebrated milestones and research initiatives such as the "Arctic/Amazon Symposium"; "The Entangled Gaze: Knowledge Exchange Workshop"; and the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art, a “digital gathering place for data on historical and contemporary Indigenous art, connecting Indigenous communities with researchers and museums.” OCADU (ON)

OCADU launches Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge  Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

Saint Francis Xavier University has announced that two new departments will be created from its existing Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Department. The new departments—the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the Department of Computer Science—will offer students two distinct educational pathways. The university notes that the change was also made in collaboration with the Computer Science group and the Mathematics and Statistics group, two disciplinary groups that were already operating within the previous Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Department. "It’s expected that the two programs will benefit from enhanced visibility both within and outside the university as separate departments," the university adds. StFX (NS)

StFX expects two new departments, previously one, to "benefit from enhanced visibility" after separation Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

Zachary Nowak and Reed Knappe reflect upon their experience of having students keep a course journal. The authors describe the journal as a "sandbox" to generate responses about in-class readings, ideas for written assignments, and reflections about the course design. Students were also asked to revisit earlier entries and apply concepts learned later on in the course. The authors state that the response to the approach was positive, for the most part, and that the journals provided an iterative approach to learning by asking students to continuously revisit and revise entries as the course progressed. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Nowak and Knappe: Active learning through class journals Top Ten 06/26/2019 - 04:41 06/26/2019 - 03:30

It has become more difficult for university graduates to find a job straight out of school, but having a degree still appears to pay off in the long run, according to a new study from Indeed.com using data from Statistics Canada. The study notes that while the overall Canadian unemployment rate is slightly lower than it was before the 2008-09 recession, jobless rates among those under 25 with university degrees are higher. In 2018, the unemployment rate among young grads was 8.9%, down a bit from two years earlier, but still above its 7.8% average between 2000 and 2008. The report adds that young grads could also be facing challenges affecting youth more broadly, such as a declining share of employees under 25 with permanent jobs. CBC (National)

University grads have trouble out of school, but perform well in the long run: study Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia and CIMCO Refrigeration have been fined by Environment and Climate Change Canada for releasing ammonia-tainted water into the Fraser River tributary in 2014, reports CBC. A statement from the government says that UBC was fined $1.2M after being found guilty of depositing a "deleterious substance" into waters or "places that may enter waters frequented by fish," and for "failing to report the incident in a timely manner." UBC has also been ordered to monitor storm water quality at the site for the next five years. CIMCO, which pleaded guilty to releasing the ammonia-laden water, was fined $800K. CBC adds that UBC is appealing the decision. CBC Newswire Vancouver Sun (BC)

UBC, CIMCO Refrigeration fined for releasing ammonia into Fraser River tributary   Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

A growing trend in the US has seen community colleges working directly with companies to incorporate white-collar jobs into apprenticeship programs, reports Steven Johnson. The author notes that employers and community colleges are now creating formal pipelines that see companies hiring students out of community colleges for jobs that traditionally require four-year degrees. "There's more than one way to the middle class other than a four-year degree. And companies are starting to realize that," said Eric M Seleznow, a senior adviser at Jobs for the Future, a work-force-development organization. Chronicle (Subscription Required) (International)

US community colleges, employers creating "white collar" apprenticeships Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University Professor David Scheffel has been sentenced to seven years in prison in Slovakia. Scheffel was reportedly found guilty on charges of sexual abuse and illegal weapon possession, while a charge of child pornography was struck down. The Province states that Scheffel maintains his innocence and suspects that the accusations were fabricated by police to discredit him and his research into the marginalized Romani people of Slovakia. According to the Vancouver Province, Scheffel has been detained in Slovakia for nearly two years. TRU stated that administration is monitoring the situation, but was unable to comment further, citing privacy laws.  The Province | Kamloops This Week (BC)

TRU professor researching Romani people gets seven-year sentence in Slovakia Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

Colleges and Institutes Canada is working with two Kenyan organizations, Linking Industry with Academia and Rift Valley Technical Training Institute, to fund research that focuses on improving skills and employability prospects for Kenyan youth. A release states that the initiative is based on three pillars: the establishment of applied research hubs in collaboration with industry and local government; promotion of gender equality in Kenya’s Technical and Vocational Education Training sector; and problem-based, competitive action research oriented toward community development. Canada’s International Development Research Centre provided a $1M grant in support of the initiative, adds CICan. CICan (National)

CICan partners with Kenyan institutions for skill-building project Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

Players and parents associated with the University of Windsor’s women’s hockey team have expressed frustration with an investigation that has dismissed allegations of verbal and mental abuse by the team’s coach, reports the Windsor Star.According to John Coleman, UWindsor’s Director of Public Affairs, the university had appointed an outside investigator to the case. However, an unnamed source questioned the impartiality of the investigation, as the investigator was a workplace mediator under contract with the university. Former Ontario University Athletics coach Marge Holman added that the investigator was not necessarily familiar with the power dynamic between coaches and athletes. The affected players and their parents are reportedly considering a complaint to ON's Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. Windsor Star (ON)

Coach’s exoneration provokes outcry from UWindsor hockey players, parents  Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓/Langara College and Musqueam have launched an Indigenous Upgrading Program (IUP) that integrates Musqueam knowledge and pedagogy to better facilitate the transition to post-secondary education. "The successful launch of the IUP is the direct result of many acts of reconciliation," said Rick Ouellet, Director, Indigenous Education and Services. "College faculty in Math, English and Science have joined a working group that includes, administrative support, curriculum writing, and tutoring." The program was developed through substantive discussion with Musqueam representatives with expertise in education, culture, history, and protocol. Langara (BC)

Musqueam, Langara College launch program to prepare Indigenous students for post-secondary Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

McMaster University will tackle the global crisis of antibiotic resistance with the support of a $7M donation. The university will use the funds to create the David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery. Gerry Wright, who heads the new Centre, said that governments around the world are trying to figure out how to address the problem of antimicrobial resistance. He added that the Centre will help scientists “really push us forward in this area, so that we could really take full advantage of the expertise that we have and the infrastructure that we have ... to be able to tackle this problem." Hamilton Spectator (ON)

McMaster to fight antibiotic resistance with new research centre Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

Edmonton Digital Arts College has suspended classes because of financial problems, reports the Edmonton Journal. Owen Brierley, the private college’s owner, said he hopes to finalize a deal to sell the college and resume classes next week. He added that he is doing all he can to keep the college’s 50 students up to date, and has offered to find them placements in other programs in a worst-case scenario. Laurie Chandler, press secretary for Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides, added that the provincial government will place students at another institution in the event of a closure. Edmonton Journal (AB)

Citing money woes, private Edmonton college puts classes on hold  Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

Cape Breton University has appointed academic, author, and environmental advocate Silver Donald Cameron as the inaugural holder of the Farley Mowat Chair in the Environment. CBU VP Richard MacKinnon stated that the Chair reflects the university’s vision to "think green," adding that Cameron recently taught a course at CBU as part of his Green Rights project. "Where other universities will focus more on the sciences, we have research chairs in things like musical traditions, for example. So we have gone a different path. I think we are a pretty innovative, resilient university. I think this chair is one more example of going down a different path that other universities haven’t taken," MacKinnon said. University Affairs (NS)

CBU inaugurates Farley Mowat Chair in the Environment Top Ten 06/25/2019 - 03:44 06/25/2019 - 03:30

The Nova Scotia government is working with Dalhousie University to create a post that focuses on keeping new medical talent in the province and bringing back Dal-trained doctors who have left, reports CBC. "We heard over and over again that even when our staff or even when people directly from the Department of Health had met with residents or students, they didn't seem to understand 100 per cent that we wanted them and that we were recruiting them," said Nicole Boutilier, the NS Health Authority’s incoming VP of Medicine. Boutilier added that she has also been encouraged by the number of local communities playing a role in the recruitment process. CBC (NS)

NS, Dal work together on doctor recruitment  Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

University of Ottawa President Jacques Frémont has initiated new measures in response to a carding incidentthat occurred on June 12, in which a black undergraduate student was handcuffed on campus for refusing to show his ID to security officers. The Ottawa Citizenreports that the new measures will include a review of the university’s carding policy, more cultural sensitivity training for on-campus security, and the creation of a "complaints mechanism" for future incidents. The school has also announced the creation of a President’s Committee for a Discrimination-Free Campus, which will advise on how to "combat racism and promote diversity, acceptance and inclusivity" at the university.  Ottawa Citizen (ON)

UOttawa announces new measures after carding incident  Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

Those who think that a quiet, private place to live will help students adjust academically and socially to university might be surprised by a recent study that finds just the opposite, writes Jeremy Bauer-Wolf. Over four years, the researchers studied 5,537 first-year students at an anonymous private liberal arts institution in the South that had just undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation of its residence halls, prioritizing new apartments. The study found that white students who lived in traditional dormitories had higher GPAs than those living in apartment-style housing (2.9 vs 2.8, respectively). The difference was even more pronounced for Black students, as those who lived in traditional residence recorded an average GPA of 2.3 compared to apartment-dwellers, who recorded a 1.9. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Modern apartment-style residences come at an academic, social cost to students: US study Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

Saint Mary’s University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. Under the terms of the MOU, SMU will consult with the Centre on the development of appropriate protocols for on-campus activities and enhanced support for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff. A release adds that the Centre will also provide an Elder on campus for four hours per week. "Saint Mary’s is looking forward to the many opportunities to collaborate on Indigenous-related programming, Indigenous-focused projects, research and of course enhancing learning opportunities for Indigenous students," said SMU President Robert Summerby-Murray. SMU (NS)

MOU between SMU, Friendship Centre strengthens Indigenous protocols Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

Summer is different than the fall and winter academic semesters, but it is by no means a “break,” writes John Warner. The author highlights all of the ways that instructors work through the summer months, which includes using this time to perform research that they are unable to do during the teaching-intensive academic year. That said, Warner notes that even teaching has a way of eating into this summer research time, as many instructors feel an obligation to use this time to enhance their curricula and teaching strategies. Warner adds that there must be a limit to how much uncompensated labour instructors are willing to do out of sheer dedication to their work. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Why summer is not a "break": Warner Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

The Institut d’études internationales de Montréal (IEIM) and the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, along with seven other research centers and academic institutions, have partnered with the new Institut diplomatique du Québec. The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of $6.7M into the new institute, which will act as the cornerstone of diplomatic corporation training and professionalization in Quebec.  The creation of the institute is reportedly part of the government’s desire to recast Quebec’s international policy in response to changes on the global scene. UQAM (QC)

UQAM IEIM, Chair partner on diplomatic institute Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia and CUPE Local 116 have ratified an agreement under the government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate, effective April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022. A provincial release states that the mandate focuses on improving services and ensuring fair and affordable compensation. The terms of the three-year agreement include general wage increases of 2% in each year; service improvements through an apprenticeship incentive fund to help develop new and existing skills/qualifications; and a targeted funding increase for research and engineering techs as a means to address recruitment and retention. The Local consists of administrative, trades, research assistance, food, and hospitality services workers. BC (BC)

UBC ratifies agreement with CUPE 116  Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

TD Canada Trust has announced a combined investment of $1.2M over the next ten years in Indigenous student programming at Mount Saint Vincent University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Acadia University. The gifts are intended to fund strategic Indigenous initiatives that will enhance the educational experience of Indigenous students. “We have searched out programs and initiatives that generate understanding and engagement, strengthen relationships, and provide products and services that contribute to the prosperity of Indigenous communities today, and for generations to come," said Jennifer Auld, Vice-President of the Atlantic Region – TD Canada Trust. "We will be watching with pride as these programs take shape and students begin to soar." MSVU (NS)

Acadia, MUN, MSVU receive combined investment of $1.2M for Indigenous education Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

Colleges and Institutes Canada has released a report on the transition from the Canadian College Partnership Program (CCPP) to the Education for Employment (EFE) Program. The report examines CICAN’s move to a partner-driven model that seeks to be better aligned with emerging realities and new development paradigms and identifies the initial results of the EFE approach. The report also identifies three key lessons for achieving more sustainable development—multi-party priorities must be based on common values & objectives; stakeholders must take an integrated approach that places institutional partnerships at its core; and self-critical, responsive, and visionary leadership is critical to ensure relevancy and sustainability. CICAN (National)

CICan reflects on CCPP-EFE transition and lessons learned Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

A tentative agreement between the Government of Canada and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) union could lock in the right to speak to the media about science and researchers’ work for an additional four years. The federal government agreed to renew the clause at the conclusion of bargaining for a new contract for researchers, scientists, and engineers. CBC reports that this right to speak, if the contract is ratified, would survive if the Liberals are defeated in the upcoming federal election. "It was the one that was most important to get into our collective agreement because now they're going to pry it from my cold dead fingers to get it back," said union president Debi Daviau. CBC (NS)

Canada, PIPSC sign tentative agreement that could enshrine right to speak to media  Top Ten 06/24/2019 - 04:42 06/24/2019 - 03:30

Anger rose amongst Ontario post-secondary students when they recently discovered the extent of the provincial government’s cuts to the student assistance program. TheToronto Starreports that the province cut $671M from the program in April, and that students are just now receiving calculations of how much they should expect to receive come September. The province also lowered tuition by 10% earlier this year, but Trent University undergraduate Larissa Stevenson said that while the tuition cut amounted to hundreds of dollars, her and her friends’ OSAP funding dropped by thousands. Abdullah Mushtaq, Director of Advocacy for the College Student Alliance, added that the cuts could dissuade mature students from leaving their current jobs to upgrade their education. Spectator (Toronto Star) (ON)

"Education should be a right, not a privilege": OSAP cuts provoke outcry from students Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission has released a report on the employment outcomes of the Class of 2012 bachelor’s degree recipients from universities based in the Maritime provinces. 96% of graduates who were looking for work were employed, with 88% of these working full-time. The report also found that these graduates were earning a median annual income of $58K in 2018, with full-time workers earning $60K, a notably higher sum than graduates who are two years out of school ($48K) and the general population ($51K). "Within 6 years of completing a first university degree, graduates are earning 17% more than the general population, which includes all Canadians of working age," said MPHEC Interim CEO Catherine Stewart. MPHEC (1) | Report (PDF) (Maritimes)

MPHEC: Class of 2012 succeeding six years after graduation Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

George Brown College is working to create a new urban manufacturing space for entrepreneurs in Toronto, an initiative that the college calls a first-of-its-kind in North America. George Brown is collaborating with the City of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, and Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) to create a light-manufacturing space and hub within a high-density residential development in downtown Toronto. The goal is to provide space for hardware manufacturing and prototyping for new companies and to support Toronto's thriving tech sector. "Technical innovation is a vital component of local economic development. As markets evolve, companies that can successfully tap into new and exciting technologies positively impact industry and communities," said George Brown President Anne Sado. George Brown (ON)

George Brown to create urban manufacturing hub in partnership with City of Toronto Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

The Faculty of Nursing at the University of Prince Edward Island is partnering with the Salvation Army for a new initiative at Bedford MacDonald House. A UPEI release explains that fourth-year nursing students in the Nursing and Population Health course will complete their clinical placements at Bedford in the fall and winter semesters, respectively. "The clinical work of the students will add a valuable component to the services offered at Bedford MacDonald House; they will essentially teach our guests how to take better care of themselves, which will play a role in helping them to potentially escape homelessness," said Major Daniel Roode of the Salvation Army. UPEI (PEI)

UPEI teams up with Salvation Army for clinical placements   Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

Terri E Givens offers insights on how higher ed leaders might use their influence in institutional purchasing to help improve student learning outcomes, particularly through the growing use of AI. Further, Givens argues that leadership must work across institutional silos in order to better understand the ways that educational technology is (and can be) used, in addition to developing plans for collaboration with other departments and reducing redundancy in the use of certain software. "Meetings of key stakeholders are a vital component to developing these strategies," Givens concludes, "but it will have to be guided by top leaders and chief information officers who have a handle on the broader tech landscape." Inside Higher Ed (International)

Higher ed leadership must make a priority of understanding ed tech: Givens Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

Confederation College has opened a new campus in Marathon, Ontario. CBC reports that the new campus features a large open area with classrooms for programs including healthcare, business, and community services. "This location is more central, it's right on the main road into Marathon and it's a far more visible location," Confederation President Kathleen Lynch told CBC News, "and the real benefit of this location too is that we have a lot more space all in one area." Lynch added that the new space offers both on-campus and distance learning courses. Confederation CBC (ON)

"We are here for them": Confederation opens new campus Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

Simon Fraser University has joined the International Sustainable Campus Network, a global network of nearly 100 higher education institutions in 30 countries. An SFU release states that network institutions work collaboratively to "increase sustainability best practices in their campus operations, research and teaching." The release adds that SFU has forwarded several on-campus sustainability initiatives, including the establishment of a high-efficiency heating plant; a robot that identifies recycling from trash and instructs users on how to sustainably dispose of their waste; and SFU Fair Trade, which ensures that products sold at SFU meet ethical standards such as equitable compensation for farmers and workers. SFU (BC)

SFU joins International Sustainable Campus Network  Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

The University of Guelph will introduce an Ojibwa (Anishinaabemowin) language program this fall, its first Indigenous Language offering. "As a leading Ontario university with a burgeoning focus on Indigenous learning, the time was right for the University of Guelph to begin offering Indigenous language instruction," said VP Academic Charlotte Yates. "We have a responsibility to collaborate with the Indigenous community in safeguarding and rejuvenating languages that are part of our national heritage and vitally important to Indigenous culture." UoGuelph states that the language course will also be "woven into a comprehensive Indigenous studies program." UoGuelph (ON)

UoGuelph launches Ojibwa (Anishinaabemowin) language course Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Montréal intends to build an art pavilion in the heart of Montreal, beside the Saint-Laurent metro station. The pavilion will cost $90M, says La Presse, and the City has set conditions for UQAM’s usage of the land. The location would serve as a link between the institution’s central campus and the Pierre-Dansereau Science Complex. Caroline Tessier, Director of Communications at UQAM, stated that UQAM art students have had classes scattered around multiple pavilions on premises that were obsolete or insufficient for their studies. UQAM (QC)

UQAM to erect new $90M arts pavilion next to Montréal's Saint-Laurent metro Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

"[W]e can enhance our relationship to writing by revisiting the principles we use as teachers and applying them to our own work," suggests the pseudonymous "Junior Prof." To demonstrate their point, the author explores three writing "lessons" that can help faculty improve their writing practice and teaching. First, writers should incorporate suggested changes to style or technique into their current approach rather than overhauling their practice altogether. Second, making time to write is itself a skill that needs to be cultivated. Finally, Junior Prof suggests writing in multiple forums to stay aware of the different expectations that exist across writing genres. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Junior Prof offers advice for young writers Top Ten 06/21/2019 - 03:39 06/21/2019 - 03:30

QS has released its world university rankings for 2020 and seven Canadian institutions have made the list. The University of Toronto was the top-ranked Canadian university coming in at a tie for 29th place. It was followed closely by McGill University in a tie for 35th. The University of British Columbia placed 51st, followed by the University of Alberta (113), Université de Montréal (137), McMaster University (tied for 140), and the University of Waterloo (tied for 173). QS (Rankings) | QS (Rankings Explained) (National)

Seven Canadian universities appear in 2020 QS Top 200 Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 04:39 06/20/2019 - 03:30

Western University has issued an apology for honourary degree recipient Stephan Moccio’s remarks during a recent convocation address. According to the National Post, Moccio reminisced about “[m]y earliest memory of driving in off the 401 with a sign that said, ‘Thank you fathers for dropping off your virgin daughters.’” Moccio also recited a song about a then all-female residence hall that included apparent references to oral sex, calling it "an iconic piece of music." In a statement later that day, Moccio apologized for his comments. The Postadds that this is not the first such incident at a Western Convocation—in October of 2018, philanthropist Aubrey Dancame under fire for citing Playboy magazine’s assessment of the university’s female student population. National Post Inside Higher Ed (ON)

Western, degree recipient apologize for convocation speech that degraded women  Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 04:39 06/20/2019 - 03:30

A new working paper from the National Bureau for Economic Research in the US has found that a decades-long decline in state funding for public universities has created significant threats to the future of public higher education. The study compared trends at public universities in states where cuts in higher-education funding have been steep with those in states where funding for public institutions has remained fairly stable. It concludes that the continuing decline in state funding will very likely lead to a shortage of skilled workers with degrees, as well as the erosion of universities’ "long-term research capacity, which contributes to economic growth." The study also found that trends in disinvestment in public higher education could not be attributed to whether governments were progressive or conservative, or to declines in state budgets as a whole. Chronicle (Subscription Required) | Study (International)

State disinvestment causing long-term damage to higher education: US study Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 04:39 06/20/2019 - 03:30

The Government of British Columbia has invested $2.7M into Indigenous teacher training. According to a release from the province, $1.4M will go toward education seats for Indigenous students. $600K—to integrate Indigenous knowledge and culture into the BC teacher education curriculum—will be distributed to eight institutions for the BC Public Teacher Education Programs, while the Association of BC Deans of Education will receive $200K to support co-ordination and collaboration across the institutions. The release adds that the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology will also receive $730K for two master of education cohorts in partnership with the University of British Columbia. BC (BC)

BC invests in Indigenous teachers Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 04:39 06/20/2019 - 03:30

Psychedelic drug research was an area of investigation that initially showed promise for health in the 1950s, writes Kerry Banks, and new research into these drugs has marked the revival of the field after four decades. The author discusses the history of psychedelic research in Canada and highlights new studies across the country. "Funding is a constant headache because we don’t have support from the pharmaceutical industry," said MAPS Canada Executive Director and UBC Adjunct Professor Mark Haden. "The drug companies want drugs that people have to take on a daily basis, to treat symptoms, not the problem." University Affairs (International)

Canadian PSE experiencing a psychedelic revival: Banks Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 04:39 06/20/2019 - 03:30

Yukon College has launched its new Yukon First Nations Art certificate program and is recruiting students for the September 2019 session. The program includes hands-on instruction in beadwork, sewing, and other fine craftwork, as well as courses focused on developing the skills needed for a career in producing high-quality arts and crafts. "My greatest moments of happiness are when teaching traditional arts and culture to younger generations or being out on the land," said lead instructor Darlene "Shakhwaye" Scurvey, a Kwanlin Dün First Nation citizen and member of the wolf clan. "Our land here is so beautiful and abundant with everything we need to create authentic, vibrant art and crafts. I aim to encourage innovation and value credibility and integrity in the students." Nation Talk (YK)

Yukon College launches new First Nations Art certificate program Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 04:39 06/20/2019 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia Okanagan will be building on-campus housing with a loan from the Government of British Columbia. The 220-unit, on-campus affordable student housing project is seeking to address a waitlist of over 1,000 students. "Student housing is more than just buildings, they’re unique communities that support learners as they work towards their career of choice," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. "The expansion of on-campus housing at UBC’s Okanagan campus will reduce the burden in finding an affordable place to live." The six-storey building, called Skeena, will include lounges, study space, activity rooms, and laundry. Skeena will be built to meet the international Passive House standard in support of the province’s long-term climate strategy. BC (BC)

UBCO to build environmentally friendly, on-campus housing Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 04:39 06/20/2019 - 03:30

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations has released a report that finds post-secondary students are “very motivated” to vote in the upcoming federal election. According to the report, 93% of students said they plan to vote, and that they are primarily concerned with job opportunities, affordable post-secondary education, climate change, affordable housing, and improving Canada’s healthcare system. "CASA and student associations across Canada are developing a non-partisan voter mobilization campaign, called Get Out The Vote," said Adam Brown, Chair of CASA and Vice-President External of the University of Alberta Students’ Union. "Political parties would be wise to consider the power of the student vote and the concerns that are top-of-mind for this group." Nation Talk Report (National)

Bucking stereotype, students plan to vote in droves: Report Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 04:39 06/20/2019 - 03:30

Ten institutions are collaborating through the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, a federally funded national network and accessible digital platform for sharing research, resources, and best practices to increase female entrepreneurs in Canada. Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion Mary Ng stated that only 16% of small and medium enterprises in Canada are led by women, but added that these women contribute $150B to the economy and employ 1.5 million Canadians. Led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, the Hub also includes Carleton University, Simon Fraser University, Mount Royal University, the University of Manitoba, the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise, Université de Montreal, Yukon College, OCAD University, and Dalhousie University. Carleton (1) | Carleton (2) (ON)

Federal funds support national hub for women’s entrepreneurship  Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 11:10 06/20/2019 - 03:30

After demonstrating why higher ed needs more women presidents, S Georgia Nugent outlines what it takes to fulfill the role. According to the author, a strong president must, above all else, be able to assess their own strengths and weaknesses beforehand. "If you don’t know, going into the office, a great deal about yourself, the likelihood of a successful tenure is diminished," writes Nugent. Temperament also matters, as a given president’s predilection toward extroversion or introversion will influence how they engage with the public. Nugent concludes that strong presidents must also know how to act in moments of crisis. Inside Higher Ed (International)

Nugent: Guidance from a former president for women considering the top job Top Ten 06/20/2019 - 04:39 06/20/2019 - 03:30

A research group at the University of Toronto is working with a team out of Oxford University to help scientists share their scientific notes and progress in real time. Titled Open Lab Notebooks, the initiative provides a platform through which scientists can post their research notes on an ongoing basis. The U of T-based group behind the project, the Structural Genomics Consortium, says that Open Lab Notebooks will speed up science and develop low-cost drugs faster in a patent-free system, where research discoveries are immediately available for anyone in the world to use. "It's pretty radical, from the perspective of a traditional academic scientist," said Jong Fu Wong, who is with the SGC UK team at Oxford. CBC (ON)

U of T group collaborates with Oxford team to share scientists’ notes in real time Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 04:37 06/19/2019 - 03:30

McGill University has received $1.25M USD from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation in support of a new Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative. The Initiative, based in the Faculty of Arts, will be implemented over the next five years. "The Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative will help establish McGill as an Eastern Canadian hub for Indigenous Education," said McGill Provost and VP Academic Christopher Manfredi. In addition to supporting a proposed lecture series, the gift will deepen McGill’s undergraduate Indigenous Studies program; boost community partnerships across disciplines; and provide travel funding for land-based and in-community research fund new Artist-in-Residence, Elder-in-Residence, and Writer-in-Residence programs. McGill Nation Talk (QC)

McGill receives $1.25M USD for Indigenous education Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 04:37 06/19/2019 - 03:30

The University of Alberta’s Board of Governors has approved a new tuition model that guarantees tuition rates for international graduate students, albeit at a higher cost. According to CBC, fees will increase from 6% to 12% per year under the new model. "By definition these students are shopping the world, so we needed to make sure whatever tuition level we’re setting is covering our costs but is also not significantly different from peer institutions that we would be competing with for those students," said UAlberta Provost and VP Academic Steven Dew. Akanksha Bhatnagar, President of the UAlberta students' union, said she supports predictably but feels the increase is too high. Folio CBC (AB)

UAlberta unrolls predictable tuition for international graduates, but at a higher cost Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 04:37 06/19/2019 - 03:30

OCAD University and Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education both closed their buildings yesterday after receiving "numerous bomb threats." Police say that bomb threats were also made to Humber College and George Brown College, and that the threats affected 10 campuses in total. At the time of writing, Humber and George Brown had opted to not evacuate, while an evacuation order was implemented at OCADU. Police Chief Mark Sauders stated that the police will look to apprehend whoever is responsible, even if the calls turn out to be pranks. CBC Global News (ON)

Toronto postsecondary institutions evacuate, close buildings in light of "numerous bomb threats" Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 08:57 06/19/2019 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan is piloting a housing program for LGBTQ and two-spirit students. Student life manager Sarah Sotvedt told the Saskatoon StarPhoenixthat the project follows two years of consultations to better accommodate the students’ needs. "What we’re hoping to do is allow [these students] to feel a little bit safer and more comfortable and understood in the confines of their homes, while still getting to be part of that larger residence community and experience," she added. USask had initially planned to set aside one apartment for four students, but the university expanded the program to include three apartments for twelve students due to demand. Star Phoenix (SK)

USask pilots housing initiative for two-spirit, LGBTQ students Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 08:57 06/19/2019 - 03:30

Brock University has partnered with seven Niagara municipalities to launch Niagara Adapts, an initiative through which the partners will work to reduce the risk associated with climate change in their region. A Brock release notes that all universities can play a vital role in tackling climate change by contributing scientific expertise, research, and innovation, just as municipalities play a critical role by engaging with their residents and implementing programs to show leadership on the issue. "The challenges brought by climate change require that we all must work together," said Brock President Gervan Fearon. "Together we can better tackle the challenges of climate change and build a more sustainable future for our local communities and beyond." Brock (ON)

Brock, seven Niagara municipalities partner to address climate change Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 08:57 06/19/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Yukon and Yukon College have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two parties work together to raise awareness of job opportunities among international students. YK and the college will provide information sessions to students and staff twice per year in order to raise awareness of post-study work or immigration visas for which international students in the territory may be eligible. "People from all around the world are keen to further their education at Yukon College," said college President Karen Barnes. "This MOU will connect international students to immigration services and employment and post-study opportunities that will support their transition and help them build a life here after graduation." Yukon College (YK)

YK, Yukon College partner on international student job awareness Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 08:57 06/19/2019 - 03:30

The Dutch Inn will rent rooms to about 100 students at the University of Prince Edward Island this fall, reports CBC. The university and the inn entered into the agreement as a way to alleviate a shortage amidst growing demand for student housing. "I would really love to have more people come use the facility, so I think it's a like a win-win situation for both UPEI and Dutch Inn," said Li-Jean Tsai, the inn’s general manager. UPEI added that it is in talks with the provincial government about more student housing, while Dutch Inn sales manager Anchen Cai said that if all goes well in the fall, he hopes the relationship with the university will continue. CBC (PEI)

Dutch Inn, UPEI team up to house students Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 04:37 06/19/2019 - 03:30

York University has completed a two-year data collection project aimed at reducing inefficiencies and improving service delivery for students. According to a release, York will now aim for a cultural shift that will result in a more agile and innovative University. Service transformation teams will work with stakeholders to create user-centered solutions, starting with human resources and finance. YorkU adds that the project will strive toward "optimal streamlined processes, clearly defined roles and responsibilities, defined and agreed-to process metrics that establish standards and monitor performance, and shared services that are governed by the user." YorkU (ON)

YorkU launches service transformation Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 04:37 06/19/2019 - 03:30

Selkirk College has unveiled a new logo for its athletics team, the Saints. A Selkirk release states that feedback from students, employees, alumni, and community members indicated that the college should keep the team name, but that a new logo would be welcome. "This college is part of the fabric of our community and the athletic program is an important element of what we offer to the region," said Selkirk VP of Students & Advancement John Kincaid. "The outreach has helped determine that many people place high value on the Saints name and the historical connection to the many athletic teams that have proudly represented Selkirk College over the last five decades." Selkirk (BC)

Selkirk unveils new sports team logo Top Ten 06/19/2019 - 04:37 06/19/2019 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced $275M for 346 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 52 institutions across the country. The Canada Foundation for Innovation has also provided over $5.2M in new funding for research infrastructure in order to support 30 chairs at 18 institutions. “Our government recognizes that when our institutions better reflect the diversity of Canada, science and research are stronger and their impacts on the lives of Canadians are more profound,” stated Canada Minister for Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan. “I am encouraged to see improved equity, diversity and inclusion among our Canada Research Chairs and look forward to seeing how their unique perspectives will help shape a better future for us all.” Canada states that this announcement brings the total number of CRCs up to 1,836. Canada (National)

Canada announces funds for new, renewed Canada Research Chairs Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

The University of Ottawa’s human rights office has been asked by UOttawa President Jacques Frémont to look into an incident from last Wednesday in which a Black student who had been skateboarding was allegedly carded and handcuffed for two hours on a campus street. Jamal Boyce says that he was skateboarding on campus when he was stopped by campus security staff, who asked him for identification. He adds that he did not have his wallet on him at the time, and that the campus security staff followed him and eventually arrested him. In addition to its internal review, the university has also reportedly asked for an external review and will investigate whether disciplinary measures are in order. CBC (ON) | Montreal Gazette

UOttawa calls for review of incident in which Black student carded, cuffed Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

Yukon College has received significant support from CIBC for its transition to Yukon University, which is slated to take place in May 2020. The support incudes a commitment of $500K to the Yukon University Foundation. “We are thrilled by CIBC’s enthusiastic and generous support of the establishment of Yukon University, an important milestone for Yukon, the North and Canada,” said board member Rod Snow. “This gift will support our campaign and help remove barriers for students accessing education from their home community beyond Whitehorse.” Yukon (YK)

Yukon College receives significant support from CIBC for transition to university Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba plans to establish the Stu Clark Graduate School at its IH Asper School of Business in recognition of a $10M gift by alumnus and entrepreneur Stu Clark. The university reports that the donation and new School will enhance the IH Asper School o Business’ role as a leader in business education and research. “I believe very strongly in the vision and direction the Asper School and the University of Manitoba have taken towards sparking students’ entrepreneurial spirit,” said Stu Clark. “Supporting our future leaders, and bolstering their potential, is the best investment you can make.” UManitoba (MB) | Winnipeg Free Press

UManitoba to create, name new graduate school of business in honour of $10M alumnus gift Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

BIOSCAN, a $180M, seven-year DNA barcoding project, will be led by the University of Guelph International Barcode of Life consortium. The project is the latest phase in a UoGuelph-led initiative to “catalogue every living thing on Earth” in a reference library maintained in UoGuelph’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. Researchers, agencies, and other groups use the barcode database to identify organisms for applications that range from environmental monitoring to suppressing illegal trade. The new phase will see researchers visit the Canadian Arctic and begin a two-year barcoding project focused on northern organisms. “I fear for the world my grandson and his children will inherit if we don’t do something,” said project lead and UoGuelph Professor Paul Hebert. “We’re living on a changing planet. We need to understand the impacts of these changes on life at large.” UoGuelph (ON)

UoGuelph to lead $180M global DNA barcoding initiative Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

Ryerson University, along with FedDev Ontario, Rogers Communications, the Royal Bank of Canada, and the City of Brampton, have collectively announced $30M in investment for Ryerson’s Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst. The centre will bring together leaders from industry, government, and academia to share best practices and collaborate on strategies, while also creating nearly 800 skilled jobs for workers who are underrepresented in cybersecurity. "Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst will provide training, commercial acceleration, support for applied R&D, public education and policy development, all with a focus on helping make Canada a global leader in Cybersecurity,” said Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi. “We are extremely grateful to all of our founders for their generous support for the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst.” Ryerson (ON)

Ryerson Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst receives $30M Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

The University of Northern British Columbia and CUPE 3799 have reached a tentative agreement. The union represents support staff including those who work in registration, recruitment, IT and AV services, and groundskeeping, and has been in bargaining with the university since March. “We had a great working relationship with the people at the table,” said CUPE 3799 President Caroline Sewell. “I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of the 3799 bargaining committee members, the Bargaining Information Group (BIG), and our National Servicing Representative.” CUPE (BC)

CUPE 3799, UNBC reach tentative agreement for support workers Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

College of New Caledonia, Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA), Industry Training Authority (ITA), and Prince George Brain Injured Group (PGBIG) have partnered on a trades Exploration Program for underemployed and unemployed individuals with brain injuries. The program helps those individuals to explore trades occupations as a carpenter, professional cook, and automotive service technician. “The concept and development of this program has been the result of genuine partnership among organizations who care about the needs of people in their community,” said ITA Interim COO Rod Bianchini. “We’re excited that participants have moved through the program with enthusiasm. They’re optimistic about their future in trades, and that makes this an investment in individuals and the economy.” CNC (BC)

CNC partners with local associations to launch trades training program for people living with brain injuries Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

The class of 2019 at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology will receive their credentials in both paper and blockchain-based digital copies. The use of blockchain technology will provide the students with the ability to share their official diplomas as necessary, eliminating the need for alumni to request official documents from SAIT to send to recruiters and employers. “SAIT graduates are well-positioned for success in today’s rapidly changing digital landscape,” said SAIT President David Ross. “Also by making SAIT credentials accessible through blockchain, our graduates and employers will continue to benefit from this innovative technology that is responsive, authentic and widely accessible.” SAIT (AB) | Coin Telegraph

SAIT provides graduates more control over credentials by issuing diplomas via blockchain Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

McGill University has developed an online course on sexual violence and consent that will be mandatory for all students and staff, reports CBC. Incoming students will have to complete the course before arriving on campus for the new school year, while returning students will have to complete it before November. Those who do not complete the course will reportedly not be able to register for the next semester’s courses. Staff members, including faculty, will have until January 2020 to complete the course, a move that the university says is designed to make completion of the course coincide with annual performance reviews. The Students' Society of McGill University says it welcomes the news of the course, but that it also takes issue with the extent to which students were consulted on the course and the differing completion timelines for students and faculty. CBC (QC) | La Presse

All McGill students, staff to take mandatory online course on sexual violence and consent Top Ten 06/18/2019 - 03:37 06/18/2019 - 03:30

Canada has announced new investments supporting 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps, and polytechnics across the country as they partner with local employers and businesses. Over $73M will be provided through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program and the College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF). Institutions will use the funds to acquire new research tools and instruments, enhance innovation methods, create new technology access centres, and establish industrial research chairs for colleges. “With these projects, colleges, cégeps and polytechnics will be making a real difference in the lives of Canadians in their own communities,” stated Duncan.
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Canada announces $73M for college partnerships with local employers Top Ten 06/17/2019 - 03:43 06/17/2019 - 03:30

A scheduled talk by anti-SOGI activist Jenn Smith has been cancelled at Trinity Western University and Douglas College, while the University of British Columbia says it will permit the controversial speaker to go ahead. According to the North Delta Reporter, Smith's talk claims th