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“The humanities are taking it on the chin,” writes Stanley Fish, adding that this dire situation is made worse by the use of poor arguments to defend the humanities. At its core, the author notes, the value of the humanities is inherent and has “no end beyond itself.” It is not related to getting students jobs, making them better citizens, fostering a healthy democracy, or providing skills that are vital to the workplace, Fish insists. “I can’t think of a plan that would return the humanities to the prominence they once enjoyed,” Fish concludes, while insisting that arguments that focus on the workplace or moral value of the humanities are doomed to fail. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription required)

Justifications for funding the humanities ineffective: Fish Top Ten 06/26/2018 - 03:39 06/26/2018 - 03:30

Members of the UBC community have expressed concern over the Alma Mater Society’s decision to cut support for the student-run Sexual Assault Support Centre, and to focus instead on the university’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office. “Often survivors don't want to go to institutional offices to report something as serious as a sexual assault because of the way that's it's embedded in the institution,” said UBC Assistant Professor Sarah Hunt. The AMS stated that the SASC was implemented in response to a gap in support services for victims of sexual assault, but that the gap has since been addressed. However, CBC reports that an AMS letter to UBC’s Board of Governors dated April 2018 expressed “significant concerns” about the university’s sexual assault policies. CBC

UBC community concerned over cuts to independent Sexual Assault Support Centre Top Ten 06/26/2018 - 03:39 06/26/2018 - 03:30

The Government of New Brunswick has announced that it will invest $1.5M into experiential education opportunities for Indigenous university students over the next three years. An NB release notes that this funding is part of the $18.4M, three-year commitment to experiential education announced last week. “Your government recognizes the particular importance of experiential learning for Indigenous youth,” said NB Post-Secondary Education Minister Roger Melanson. “We heard today that Indigenous people learn by doing, and this funding will support students in conventional academic settings access more hands-on learning opportunities while increasing their access to the workforce.” NB

NB to provide new funding for experiential education for Indigenous university students Top Ten 06/26/2018 - 03:39 06/26/2018 - 03:30

Students at Thompson Rivers University will have more access to affordable on-campus housing, including housing for students with families, thanks to new investments from the British Columbia government. With the support of the province, TRU is buying Upper College Heights, a six-building private rental complex with 391 student homes. Housing on the site will be expanded, creating an additional 142 student homes, including the first homes designed for students with families. “TRU is a growing university, and our need for on-campus student housing continues to increase. This purchase will not only allow more students to live where they study, it lets us offer family residences for the first time,” said TRU president Alan Shaver. BC | TRU (1) | TRU (2)

TRU to add more student housing, including family housing, with $37M project Top Ten 06/26/2018 - 03:39 06/26/2018 - 03:30

White students are overrepresented on Canadian university sports teams, according to a new study of schools spanning the country. Conducted by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Sport Policy Studies, the study found that while white students made up 52% of the total student body at the nine universities studied, they accounted for 81% of the athletes on the surveyed teams. “One of the issues is how sport is organized prior to university. Income creates access,” says York University Professor Enakshi Dua. “Some parents put their kids into special training programs as early as 6. You may be good enough to get on a team but if you don’t have the additional training, you are not going to be competitive.” Toronto Star

White students overrepresented on Canada’s university sports teams: study Top Ten 06/26/2018 - 03:39 06/26/2018 - 03:30

In response to a recent article about the differences between colleges and polytechnics, Centennial College President Ann Buller writes, “with all due respect to the authors, I would suggest the only difference between a college and a polytechnic is one of branding.” Buller argues that the descriptors used to define the polytechnic - future-focused, creative, collaborative, hands-on - match each of the 24 Ontario public colleges. The author further discusses how the ON college system has adapted to meet the needs of the province over the course of their history. “Polytechnics are not new — in fact, many would say Bill Davis started a system of them five decades ago,” concludes Buller. “Changing our name won’t change our legacy, nor our impact.”

Colleges, polytechnics different only in name: Centennial president Top Ten 06/26/2018 - 03:39 06/26/2018 - 03:30

The Québec government will invest $38M in the renovation of the Sanguinet pavilion at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. UQÀM states that the renovation has been necessitated by the growth of the university’s School of Management Sciences over the last ten years. UQÀM President Magda Fusaro stated that the renovation will revitalize Montréal’s Quartier Latin, while also supporting the city’s business community. UQÁM adds that the project is part of the university’s 100 millions d’idées fundraising campaign. UQÀM

QC invests $38M for UQÀM renovation Top Ten 06/25/2018 - 03:47 06/25/2018 - 03:30

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee has announced the launch of new tri-agency Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants. These grants support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities that address themes such as supporting Indigenous talent and research, engaging Indigenous knowledge, mobilizing knowledge and partnerships for reconciliation, and fostering mutually respectful relationships. The projects must involve the participation of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit communities in their leadership and governance. The grants are valued at $50K for six months with the possibility of a six-month extension. SSHRC (1) | SSHRC (2)

CRCC announces new tri-agency grants focused on Indigenous research, reconciliation Top Ten 06/25/2018 - 03:47 06/25/2018 - 03:30

Bombardier will invest $1.5M over the next five years to fund the Aeromaterials Research Centre, which is part of an ongoing collaboration with Centennial College. A Centennial release adds that Bombardier will also contribute $1M to help create two more ARCs at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Centennial President Ann Buller stated that “[o]ur new space will allow us to expand our aviation technician AME programs and introduce new ones in aerospace manufacturing, which will triple our aviation-related enrolment to more than 1,000 full-time students.” Centennial

Bombardier announces funding for Centennial, U of T, Ryerson programs Top Ten 06/25/2018 - 03:47 06/25/2018 - 03:30

Queen’s University and Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na (TTO) Language and Cultural Centre have partnered on the launch of a Certificate in Mohawk Language and Culture. The certificate will give students knowledge of the Mohawk language and embed them in culturally rich learning experiences. “This certificate is distinctive in the way it provides training in both Mohawk language and culture directly to members of the Tyendinaga community,” said Queen’s President Daniel Woolf, “and I am proud that Queen’s is a part of this important initiative.” Queen's (1) | Queen's (2)

Queen's, TTO partner on launch of Mohawk Language and Culture Certificate for Tyendinaga community Top Ten 06/25/2018 - 03:47 06/25/2018 - 03:30

Faculty and professional support staff at Nova Scotia Community College will form their own union after voting to leave the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, reports CBC. The decision to leave followed concerns that the NSTU, which also represents K-12 teachers, could not address the specific needs of academic staff. “I don't blame the NSTU for what happened, I just think we need a union that is focused on us and won't have their attention divided," said Barb Gillis, President of the new NSCC Academic Union. In a statement, the NSTU expressed disappointment about the NSCC staff’s decision, but wished them “a smooth transition over the coming weeks and months.” CBC

NSCC staff vote to leave NSTU, form new union Top Ten 06/25/2018 - 03:47 06/25/2018 - 03:30

Lambton College is piloting a new degree pathway in partnership with Nipissing University. According to a Lambton release, the agreement will allow students enrolled in Lambton’s three-year Advanced Technology diploma programs to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration degree through Nipissing. Lambton adds that the programs offer a blended delivery model that incorporates online and in-class learning, and that students who wish to complete an accelerated degree have the option of completing within sixteen months. Lambton

Lambton, Nipissing pilot degree pathway Top Ten 06/25/2018 - 03:47 06/25/2018 - 03:30

The University of Lethbridge has announced that it will launch a Family and Small Business Minor in September. “From evaluating market opportunities and testing assumptions to analyzing financial resources and spotting growth opportunities, the Family and Small Business minor will give students broad knowledge of small business enterprises,” said Bruce Thurston, a faculty member with the Dhillon School of Business. ULethbridge states that the minor will include courses in small business management, growing a business, financial management, and small business diagnostics. ULethbridge

ULethbridge to launch minor in small business Top Ten 06/25/2018 - 03:47 06/25/2018 - 03:30

The Saskatchewan Research Council has announced that it is formally expanding the Aboriginal Mentorship Program. The program helps connect First Nations, Inuit, and Métis postsecondary students in STEM fields with an SRC mentor in a similar discipline. The students also gain work experience through a hands-on summer job at SRC. A SK release also notes that an MOU between SRC and the University of Regina will see both groups collaborate on the promotion of this program to students in the Regina-area, while an MOU between SRC and Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment will help guarantee funding for Métis students in the program for the next three years. SK

SRC formally expands mentorship for Indigenous PSE students Top Ten 06/25/2018 - 03:47 06/25/2018 - 03:30

Loyalist College has partnered with the Hastings Prince Edward Mutual Aid Fire Training Complex to enable firefighters to earn certifications close to home. Loyalist’s new fire service career preparation and development program will allow volunteer and career firefighters to participate in online theory courses and hands-on practical training at the complex. “We’ve trained to standards for years, but the requirements moving forward is to prove you have that training,” said Belleville Fire Chief Mark MacDonald, adding that having Loyalist as a partner would bring additional credibility and authenticity to the program. Loyalist Senior Vice-President Academic Ann Drennan described the partnership as “a real joy.” Quinte News

Loyalist, fire departments forge partnership Top Ten 06/25/2018 - 03:47 06/25/2018 - 03:30

A delegation from Punjab, India, visited Thompson Rivers University to build on an existing partnership between Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University and TRU. A release states that the delegation sought to incorporate transfer credits from engineering, business, trades, and joint degree programs offered by I K Gujral Punjab Technical University, Ranjit Singh Technical, and TRU. “This union is important for our students because a large percentage of them wish to travel abroad for higher education and obtain a degree. It’s a great learning experience and there’s considerable interest to study in Canada,” said Mohan Paul Singh Ishar, Vice-Chancellor of Ranjit Singh Technical. TRU

TRU, Indian delegation build on existing partnership with transfer opportunities Top Ten 06/27/2018 - 09:00 06/25/2018 - 03:30

Red Deer College and Olds College will open a joint campus in Ponoka, reports the Red Deer Advocate. Between September 2018 and 2020, the campus will introduce courses in English as a Foreign Language, heavy equipment operation, and health care. “Through this collaboration, we are contributing to the success of learners and creating communities that are committed to being regionally based centres of learning,” stated Debbie Thompson, VP Academic and Student Experience and Chief Innovation Officer. Bonnie Ireland, Executive Director of Campus Alberta Central, told the Advocate that the campus might add more programs, based on demand. Red Deer Advocate

RDC, Olds to open joint campus Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

Jordan Peterson has launched a $1.5M defamation lawsuit against Wilfrid Laurier University, reports the Montreal Gazette. Peterson’s statement of claim, filed by lawyer Howard Levitt, says he was labeled as “incompetent, sexist, misogynist, dangerous and racist” during a disciplinary meeting in which former TA Lindsay Shepherd was reprimanded for failing to denounce Peterson’s views during a tutorial. Peterson called the suit “a warning, let’s say, to other careless administrators and professors who allow their ideological presuppositions to get the best of them to be a bit more careful with what they say and do.” In a statement, WLU said it will “defend itself vigorously” against the legal action. Montreal Gazette

Peterson launches defamation suit against WLU Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

The Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health at McGill University has received $10M from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation. According to a McGill release, the donation will help establish a global consortium of leading research institutions, advance the Centre’s mandate to advance big-data research, and support young researchers. “The Ludmer Centre Heritage Fund will help expedite results for patients by facilitating collaboration between our researchers and other leading scientists and institutions, and allowing health care providers to put clinical innovations into practice more quickly,” said McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier. McGill

Ludmer Foundation donates $10M for brain research at McGill Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

The Canadian Federation of Students voted to end its relationship with all member organizations of the British Columbia Federation of Students, according to The Star. BCFS says that it has accused CFS of corruption and undemocratic practices over the past four years, and has withheld membership dues over the past three years. CFS has denied allegations of corruption and mismanagement. “This is something that our members didn’t take lightly,” said CFS National Deputy Chair Jade Peek. BCFS Chair Aran Armutlu said that the breakup will be a positive thing for both groups, stating that BC students “believe in a national student movement,” but that CFS is not that national organization. The Star

CFS, BCFS part ways after years of difficulties Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba Front and Centre Campaign has received a $1M investment from the Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation to establish the Schwartz/Reisman Scholars Program. The program will provide students in the IH Asper School of Business and the Faculty of Law with scholarships valued at up to $30K each year until 2019-2020. “By giving the University’s most promising students strong foundations to build on, we are helping them reach their full potential and go on to make a difference in Manitoba and beyond,” said Gerald Schwartz. UManitoba

UManitoba receives $1M to establish scholars program Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine has been granted full accreditation of its undergraduate program from the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). CBC reports that the college was put on probation in 2013 when the committee found education standards to be lacking. CACMS lifted the probation in 2015. “The college has worked very hard on improvements in our medical doctor program and we are highly encouraged by this positive acknowledgement,” said Dean of Medicine Dr. Preston Smith. “In particular, CACMS does not require a follow up visit, which is a strong indication of confidence in our team and our program.” USask | CBC

USask Medical College fully accredited Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

After reading an article about the mental-health crisis in graduate education, New York University Professor Jay Van Bavel decided to change his weekly meetings with graduate students, undergraduates, and postdocs. While meetings had previously focused on successes, achievements, and breakthroughs, Van Bavel introduced a much more common event in research: failure. “Opening up the conversation normalized the process and created an instant brainstorming support session,” wrote Van Bavel. “It also sparked a conversation about how we all deal with rejection.” The article goes on to discuss how Van Bavel’s approach improved morale and turned discussion to strategies for improving rejected articles and addressing setbacks. Chronicle

Discussing failure alongside success boosts grad morale Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

The University of Guelph has received a $1M donation from Edward Y Morick that will support graduate scholarships in water resources engineering and aquatic biology. The scholarship will support six graduate students each year in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the College of Biological Science. “As a younger man, my only thought about water was that it went well with whisky,” said Morwick. “Half a century later, I realize that water — its conservation, protection and rehabilitation — are serious issues. I hope I do not live to see the day that I turn on a tap and nothing comes out.” UoGuelph

UoGuelph receives $1M Gift to support water research Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

New Brunswick Community College has officially launched its Indigenous Learning and Engagement Initiative. “As an institution, we recognize that we must renew our relationships with the Indigenous peoples of this land to foster a greater understanding among students, staff and the NBCC Board of Governors, and the successful participation of Indigenous students and partners in NBCC’s learning activities,” said NBCC President Marilyn Luscombe. NBCC states that the initiative will increase opportunities for students and staff to learn from and about Indigenous culture and history. NBCC

NBCC launches Indigenous Learning and Engagement Initiative Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

Ann Colbourne, Chair of NorQuest College, has donated $1M to promote diversity and inclusion at the institution “This wonderful gift from Dr. Colbourne will certainly have a tremendous impact on the communities we serve,” said NorQuest President and CEO Jodi L. Abbott. “Our clear strategic goals include developing programs and services that anticipate and respond to market demand, and we know diversity training plays a key role in today’s economy.” A NorQuest release states that the donation was inspired by Colbourne’s interest in the college’s Centre for Intercultural Education, which assists the professional sector with diversity and inclusion training. NorQuest

NorQuest receives $1M gift for diversity and inclusion Top Ten 06/22/2018 - 04:39 06/22/2018 - 03:30

York University and the Toronto District School Board have partnered on the creation of a Bachelor of Education with a focus on Indigenous worldviews. The Wabaan Indigenous Teacher Education program will prepare the next generation of teachers to address the needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, families, and communities. “Wabaan, which is an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) word meaning ‘it is tomorrow’, draws on the wisdom of ancestral teachings and contemporary leaders to put Indigenous futures into Indigenous hands,” said YorkU Faculty of Education Professor Susan Dion. YorkU | Nation Talk

YorkU, TDSB partner on creation of new Wabaan Indigenous Teacher Education Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

While provincial Operating Grants for Quebec universities are set to rise by 11.3% for the coming year, changes to the funding structure will affect how the grants are calculated, writes Jean-François Venne. According to Venne, there will also be changes to the way international student tuition is managed between universities and the government, resulting in $12.8M in savings for the province. Rectors of Francophone universities expressed concern to Venne that the budget reallocations might favour Anglophone universities that boast greater recruitment capacity. Venne adds that new rules will also regulate compensation for rectors. University Affairs

QC set to implement changes to Operating Grants Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

Simon Fraser University and Nanotech Security have commissioned a $4.5M electron beam lithography system for SFU’s 4D LABS. According to a release, the system can create nanotechnology that is 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. “The new system will enable new research and insights in nanotechnology,” said Neil Branda, Scientific Director of 4D LABS. “This initiative proves that when industry and academia work together, a whole is produced that is greater than the sum of its parts.” SFU adds that the collaboration is the latest in a partnership with Nanotech that started in 2009. SFU

Nanotech installs $4.5M electron beam lithography system at SFU Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

St Clair College has announced that it will add nearly 32,000 square feet of classroom space for its downtown campus, reports the Windsor Star. According to St Clair’s VP Academic Waseem Habash, the expansion will accommodate students in the two-year general business diploma, data analytics graduate certificate, and freight forwarding program. Habash added that the college expects to enroll over 5,000 international students in the fall. In response to aCBC report that found the city struggled to house the influx of international students, Habash stated that the college has sufficient housing for the new enrolments. Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens told the Star that the city is in ongoing talks with St Clair about a mixed-use downtown facility. Windsor Star | CBC

St Clair expands downtown campus Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

UBC Okanagan has announced the establishment of the Okanagan School of Education following a merger between UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver Faculties of Education. “This new arrangement will help optimize resources and create stronger connections between faculty members on both campuses in what is an especially multidisciplinary academic discipline,” said UBC Faculty of Education Dean Blye Frank. Susan Crichton, Associate Dean of the UBCO Faculty of Education, added that the merger has the potential to provide teacher candidate with greater access to practicum locations throughout the province. UBCO

UBCO to launch Okanagan School of Education Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

The University of Regina is merging the duties of the liaison for gender-based violence and the university’s Personal Safety Co-ordinator into a single role, CBC reports. “One person can't possibly take care of all of those things,” said Jill Arnott, Executive Director of the University of Regina's Women Centre. URegina Provost and VPA Thomas Chase told CBC that budgetary restrictions necessitated the restructuring. The gender-based violence prevention office was created in light of recommendations from an assessment report on gendered violence at URegina. CBC adds that a task-force is currently at work on how to implement the remaining nine recommendations from the report. CBC

URegina eliminates gender-based violence prevention office Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

All full-time female faculty at the University of Guelph will receive a $2K raise, reports the Canadian Press. UoGuelph Provost Charlotte Yates told CP that the decision follows a review that looked at gender, age, experience, hiring date, and performance data at the school. The review revealed that female faculty were paid less than their male colleagues despite similar qualifications. Yates stated that UoGuelph intends to ensure that women are equally represented in senior leadership roles and for prestigious awards, adding that she hopes to address race and disability in future studies. Ottawa Citizen (CP) | UoGuelph Salary Analysis (PDF)

UoGuelph gives raises to all full-time women faculty Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has announced that it plans to have Indigenous content in every single one of its 150 programs by 2023. “Our education system has been the most inclusive when we talk about Indigenous people from that history [of residential schools' impact],” said SaskPolytech Director of Indigenous Strategy Jason Seright. “We need to know that our Indigenous students are coming from a different place and understand that.” Seright explained that Indigenous students make up 19% of the institution’s student body, and that the new strategy is aimed at addressing issues with the education system. CBC

SaskPolytech to implement Indigenous content in all programs Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

Carleton University has officially broken ground on the Nicol Building, which will house the Sprott School of Business. The building is named for the late Wesley Nicol, a Carleton Alumnus whose family kickstarted funding for the building with a donation of $10M in 2014. The 100,000-square-foot building will have a sustainable design and will include flexible classrooms, event and meeting spaces, a campus-wide venture accelerator space, and additional space for experiential student initiatives. Carleton

Carleton breaks ground on Nicol Building Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

Peer reviews of scholarship and creative work can bring expertise and objectivity to the table, writes Pamela E Barnett, but “peer reviews of teaching often suffer from the lack of both.” To this end, Barnett discusses a number of the issues facing teaching reviews and examines the way that the system can be made more objective and useful. “If we value teaching, we should evaluate it with both objectivity and expertise and reward those who demonstrate excellence,” Barnett concludes. “Our current systems are substandard. But we have the knowledge we need to create better processes.” Inside Higher Ed

Peer reviews of teaching often lack expertise, objectivity Top Ten 06/21/2018 - 03:46 06/21/2018 - 03:30

Northwest Community College is now Coast Mountain College. According to a release, the name change follows two and a half years of research, community engagement, and a strategic planning process that involved staff, faculty, students, alumni and community members. It is an exciting and historic day for us,” said Coast Mountain President Ken Burt. “We are thrilled to have a new, unique name that reflects our goal of becoming the college of choice for experiential place-based learning.” The release adds that the college will continue to focus on field schools, trades, and business programs. NWCC | Northern View

NWCC officially becomes Coast Mountain College Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

Caroline Cochrane, the Northwest Territories’ Minister of Education, Culture and Employment recently told concerned residents that Inuvik’s campus will not be overlooked amidst recommendations that Aurora College be redesignated as a polytechnic university, CBC reports. “In the past, the government has made a policy of decentralizing out of Yellowknife, and getting more going on in the smaller communities,” said Inuvik Town Councillor Clarence Wood. “If you live in an economically depressed area like Inuvik, something like [a university] would be a real boom to the community.” After Fort Smith residents expressed concerns about a proposal to move the main campus to Yellowknife, Cochrane stated that although all of Aurora’s programs are being evaluated, all three campuses will remain open. CBC

Inuvik residents express concerns about Aurora report Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

Brescia University College has celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $14M Academic Pavilion, the London Free Press reports. The 2,800 square-metre facility will feature food nutrition labs, an active learning classroom, community gathering space, and student lounge. Brescia Principal Susan Mumm said that the new building will incorporate the university college’s heritage. “We did not want to break new ground, pull up sod and take down trees, so we decided to take a building that’s at the end of its life (the Merici wing of the St. James building) and build a new one in exactly the same spot,” she said. The Free Press states that the pavilion will open in 2019 to coincide with Brescia’s centennial. London Free Press

Brescia breaks ground on Academic Pavilion Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

Lambton College has received funding from the Ontario government to expand two streams of experiential learning for its students and graduates. According to a release, the first stream, Employer and Regional Partnerships, develops and expands work-integrated learning opportunities. Students will write proposals, implement project management techniques, and deliver presentation skills during weekly workshops in a work simulated environment. In the second stream, New Grad Career Bridge, Lambton states that recent graduates will have the opportunity for placements in the fields of Information Technology and and Instrumentation, Control and Chemical Engineering. Lambton

Lambton expands hands-on learning for students and graduates Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

Amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act will bring the University of Prince Edward Island under the Act’s regulations, reports CBC. The university’s student union has been lobbying for the amendment since 2014. “UPEI currently receives over, approximately, half its revenue from the government, which is taxpayers' money. And I think it's also important to note that Prince Edward Island is actually the only province in Canada where FOIPP didn't apply to post-secondary institutions,” said William McGuigan, President of the UPEI Student Union. According to CBC, the amendments will come into effect in April 2019. Only documents created after this date will be subject to FOI requests. CBC

UPEI Student Union calls Freedom of Information amendments “long overdue” Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

Saint Mary’s University has unveiled the design for its proposed on-campus arena, the Dauphinee Centre. The centre is named in honour of the late Bob Dauphinee, who donated $2M toward the arena through his estate. “For 50 years, the Saint Mary’s Alumni Arena served as a community gathering space. A place where students who are new to Canada experience what it’s like to strap on skates for the first time and where young children learn to love skating and Canada’s game,” said President Robert Summerby-Murray. “Today, we look forward to the next 50 years.” SMU states that the facility will cost $14.8M overall, and is expected to open in time for the 2019 varsity hockey season. SMU

SMU unveils plans for Dauphinee Centre Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

Strong communicators must focus not just on the “what,” but the “how” of their message, writes David Perlmutter. The author goes on to explain that the fundamentals of strong communication for leaders in higher education reside in good listening skills, precise language, and writing down the details. A strong listener, Perlmutter states, lets people fully express their thoughts before responding. This establishes a dynamic of trust and can facilitate a response that attends to the nuances at hand. Perlmutter adds that because institutional leaders speak from a position of power, they need to avoid vague language so as not to be misinterpreted. Finally, keeping a record of what was said at meetings can avoid confusion later on. Chronicle of Higher Education

Great higher ed leaders must be great communicators: Perlmutter Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

A recent study has found that letters of recommendation for women academics include more “doubt raising” phrases than letters of recommendation for men, Colleen Flaherty writes. “People should be aware that they may be shortchanging women by inadvertently using doubt raisers in their letters of recommendations for them,” stated Michelle R Hebl, a co-author on the new study. Hebl also told Flaherty that she hopes the study makes letter writers more mindful of their word choices to ensure that letters for women are just as strong as those for men. Inside Higher Ed

Recommendation letters biased against women: study Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

The MasterCard Foundation has contributed $250K to support Stories North, a one-month program that connects Carleton University journalism students with the Yukon’s Indigenous communities, reports NationTalk. The program introduces students to Indigenous cultures and histories while highlighting colonization, reconciliation, traditional knowledge, climate change, resource development, self-governance, and the arts. “Stories North takes its mandate from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action 84, 85 and 86, and will foster a greater understanding of the challenges and possibilities that Canada’s national reconciliation process represents,” said Jennifer Brennan, Associate Director of Canadian Programs at the Mastercard Foundation. NationTalk

Yukon program facilitates Indigenous engagement for Carleton journalism students Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

l’Université de Montréal and l’Université catholique de Louvain have signed a new degree pathway agreement. The new pathway will bridge UMontréal’s Faculty of Arts and Science’s with UCL’s Faculty of Economic, Social, Political and Communication Sciences to establish two inter-university programs, a Master’s of European Studies and Master’s in Applied Demography. Both faculties plan to welcome their first cohorts in September of 2019. UMontréal

UMontréal, UCL sign pathway agreement for two Masters’ programs Top Ten 06/20/2018 - 03:40 06/20/2018 - 03:30

Roughly 1,100 York University staff have returned to work this week, but 1,900 teaching assistants and graduate assistants remain on the picket line, the Toronto Star reports. Following a vote and a re-vote attributed to discrepancies in the ballots, Unit 2 voted to return to work. “Units 1 and 3 have been on strike for fifteen weeks because we cannot accept precarious work and the decline of academic integrity at York, and in all Ontario Universities,” said CUPE 3903 Chairperson Devin Lefebvre. “We will continue to work toward a fair contract.” Premier-designate Doug Ford has stated that he will recall the legislature next month to end the strike if it has not ended by then. Toronto Star | Newswire

1,100 YorkU contract faculty return to work after record-breaking strike Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

The University of Calgary has received $20M from Ronald Mathison to fund a second building for the Haskayne School of Business. A UCalgary releases states that the proposed 10,000 square-meter building, to be named after Mathison, will include study spaces, a 300-seat auditorium, diverse learning environments, a student success centre, and dedicated spaces to foster entrepreneurial thinking. “My late father, Ken Mathison, and Richard Haskayne were lifelong friends,” stated Mathison. “This was the genesis of me wanting to make this gift.” According to the release, construction will begin in 2019. UCalgary | CBC

UCalgary business school receives $20M gift for new facility Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

Canada must take steps to better commercialize university-created intellectual property (IP) to foster the new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators, writes Gordon Harling. According to the author, the lack of a centralized IP policy risks the potential loss of partners and revenues if an institution makes demands based on its expectations or worldviews rather than accepted industry norms. Harling adds that administrative departments responsible for licensing patents tend to approach companies for patent infringement, which forecloses possibilities for collaboration. By contrast, universities that help researchers commercialize IP through incubators, accelerators, and local investments have experienced success through spinoff companies such as BlackBerry, states Harling, although he admits that this approach can take decades. Globe and Mail

Universities must be trailblazers for intellectual property reform: Harling Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

l’Université du Québec à Montréal has signed a partnership agreement with l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec to build a fruit and vegetable garden on the roof of l’Institut. A UQÀM release states that the rooftop project will be integrated into existing training programs for cooks, sommeliers, and facility managers. Éric Duchemin, Director of le Laboratoire sur l’agriculture urbaine, said that the partnership will facilitate new knowledge and expertise on rooftop gardens while showcasing cutting-edge technologies in urban gardening for restaurants and hotels. UQÀM

UQÀM partners with hotel and tourism institute for urban agriculture initiative Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

Cégep de Sherbrooke has announced a cybersecurity training program in partnership with Magog Technopole, laTribune reports. Sherbrooke states that the 44-week program will provide training for cybersecurity professionals and those looking to enter the field. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in internships and will have access to training facilities throughout the city. Benoît Gagnon, VP of Information Technology and Advisory Services at Commissionaires du Québec, told laTribune that the new program meets a growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in QC. laTribune

Cégep de Sherbrooke partners with Magog Technopole for cybersecurity program Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

Students of Red River College’s greenspace horticulture program have expressed frustration after hearing last week that the school plans to cancel the program. Red River spokesperson Conor Lloyd said that the college had hoped to inform horticulture students in-person after they returned from their co-op placements, but was pre-empted when the news was leaked to the media. “We've since reached out to the students and apologized for the way they were notified about this change and have offered to meet with them to discuss further,” Lloyd wrote in an email. RRC reports that current students of the program will still be able to graduate. CBC

News of program cancellation pre-empted by media leak: RRC spokesperson Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

McGill University music student Eric Abramovitz has been awarded $350K in damages after his former girlfriend wrote false emails causing him to miss out on career-defining opportunities, reports the Montreal Gazette. In 2013, Abramovitz’s then-girlfriend reportedly deleted an email informing him that he had received a full two-year scholarship to study with clarinet teacher Yehuda Gilad, before forging and sending a message stating that he had not received the scholarship. “I accept and find that Mr. Abramovitz lost a unique and prestigious educational opportunity, one that would have advanced his career as a professional clarinetist,” said Ontario Supreme Court Judge David Corbett. “It is difficult to quantify such a loss.” Montreal Gazette

McGill clarinetist awarded $350K after ex-girlfriend stalls career with false emails Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

A recent article challenging the accessibility and quality of online education includes a number of misconceptions of this mode of learning, write Jeff Vallance and Barbara Wilson-Keates of Athabasca University. The authors begin by challenging the notion that the quality of interactions within an online setting is not as high as it is in an in-person one. “The quality and degree of interactions within an online course are driven by the instructor,” note the authors, adding that “with personalized learning, multiple discussion threads, and extensive instructor involvement, it is our experience that online learning provides more opportunities for interaction with classmates and instructors.” The authors then go on to challenge other misconceptions about online education. University Affairs

Taking on the myths about online education Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

l’Université de Moncton’s alumni association has contributed $1M toward the Évoution campaign, which supports a diverse array of faculty and extracurricular scholarships for students. According to a UMoncton release, the donation reflects the alumni association’s new mandate to forge bonds with current students and foster successful career paths through initiatives such as the Rendez-vous de L’alUMni and Benchmarks programs, which provide networking opportunities for UMoncton graduates, students, and the academic community. UMoncton

UMoncton alumni association contributes $1M toward Évolution campaign Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

As Yukon College prepares to launch its degree program this fall, Bob Weber of Canadian Press writes that all three of Canada’s territories have expressed the desire to establish degree-granting universities. While Arctic colleges offer degree programs such as education and nursing, southern institutions run those programs and grant the degrees. Weber adds that the recommendations that Aurora College be granted degree status and converted to a polytechnic are awaiting a decision by the Northwest Territories' legislature, while Nunavut Arctic College hopes to announce a partnership with a southern institution later this year. All three institutions have stressed the importance of cultural relevance and Indigenous knowledge in their programming. Globe and Mail (CP)

Canadian territories push for more degrees Top Ten 06/19/2018 - 03:43 06/19/2018 - 03:30

Trinity Western University has lost the legal battle over accreditation for a planned new law school, stating that it's “proportionate and reasonable” to limit religious rights in order to ensure open access for LGBT students. The majority judgement pointed to concerns that TWU’s community covenant would deter LGBT students or pose risk of significant harm to those who enrolled in the program. The Court stated that it was in the public interest of the law profession to ensure equal access, support diversity within the bar, and prevent harm to LGBT students. TWU Professor Janet Epp Buckingham said that the university will take time to process the judgement before deciding on next steps. The Province CBC

Supreme Court allows law societies to deny accreditation to TWU Top Ten 06/18/2018 - 03:38 06/18/2018 - 03:30

Western University has received $1M from the Salamander Foundation in support of the Salamander Chair in Environmental Engineering. A Western release states that the Chair oversees research in wastewater treatment, resource recovery from municipal wastewater, and the treatment of organic waste. Western has matched the donation, boosting the existing fund to $3.4M. “The resulting endowment will really give the Chair the strength it needs and support the extraordinary work being accomplished by Dr. Nakhla and his team in environmental engineering,” said Salamander Foundation Founder and President Nan Shuttleworth. WesternU

Salamander Foundation gifts $1M to WesternU Top Ten 06/18/2018 - 03:38 06/18/2018 - 03:30

According to an OCUFA analysis of the Ontario PC, Liberal, and NDP parties during the recent election, the incoming PC government did not provide a plan for PSE in Ontario. OCUFA adds that the PCs also said nothing about underfunding, workplace precarity, or the need for a faculty renewal strategy, although their platform emphasized the party’s belief that the province has a “spending problem.” “Such a statement should be of grave concern when it comes to public funding for all public services, including postsecondary education,” the authors write, noting that silence on the topic of PSE suggests that the government will further cut PSE spending to implement its overall mandate of cost-cutting. OCUFA

PCs likely to cut PSE spending and exacerbate precarity, classroom overcrowding: OCUFA Top Ten 06/18/2018 - 03:38 06/18/2018 - 03:30

New Brunswick’s Post-Secondary Education Minister Roger Melanson announced that the province will invest $18.4M in workforce development for youth. “This funding for experiential learning will allow students to foster connections to New Brunswick’s employers, develop new skills and discover their career path in our province,” Melanson stated. A provincial release adds that $15M will support work placements in areas such as nursing, education and nutrition. The remaining $3.4M has been set aside for experiential learning opportunities in the humanities and social sciences. According to the release, underserved groups such as Indigenous and first-generation students will be prioritized. Nation Talk (NB)

NB investment to support workforce development for youth Top Ten 06/18/2018 - 03:38 06/18/2018 - 03:30

“If we really want to tackle mental health issues in higher education and prevent suicides among staff and students, we have to change what is making us sick,” writes Grace Krause. Growing university workloads and the increasing casualization of the workforce, the author adds, are putting unreasonable pressure on PSE employees. “No amount of counselling will make you resilient enough to be able to mark 418 exams in 20 days without experiencing immense suffering,” adds the author, concluding that talking about the issue as one of mental health, while important, blames the problem on the individual when the true problem lies with the “inevitable consequences of universities being run like businesses.” Times Higher Education

Academia should not treat a workload crisis as a mental health crisis: Krause Top Ten 06/18/2018 - 03:38 06/18/2018 - 03:30

The BC government has announced $1.5M in funding for career programs for students living with disabilities. According to a press release, PSE institutions will receive one-time funding of $75K to develop programs for students with cognitive, mental-health or physical disabilities in trades and technology programs. Some institutions will provide job-specific training in trades, technology, culinary arts and horticulture, the release adds, while others will build on mental health infrastructure for students and faculty. BC

BC government invests $1.5M into career programs for students with disabilities Top Ten 06/18/2018 - 03:38 06/18/2018 - 03:30

Selkirk College has announced its new Carpentry Building will be complete in time for the Fall 2018 semester as its $22M Silver King campus renovation nears completion. “With the increased space and no columns on the shop floor, students will be able to use the tools and benches to their full potential,” said Carpentry instructor Dan Brazeau. A Selkirk release states that Welding, Metal Fabricator, Millwright/Machinist and Plant Operator shops opened earlier this year. The renovation was funded by the federal and provincial governments, the Columbia Basin Trust, and industry partners. Selkirk

Carpentry building to be ready in time for Fall as Selkirk renovations near completion Top Ten 06/18/2018 - 03:38 06/18/2018 - 03:30

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board has partnered with Trent University to establish Canada’s first public research school, reports Global News. The project, to be located at Roger Nielson Public School in Peterborough, will give researchers and educators the opportunity to learn how youth learn while working on best practices for teaching and learning. “Roger Neilson will be a place where educators and their research partners from our School of Education can collaborate on projects of mutual interest,” stated Trent Provost Jackie Muldoon. Global News

Kawartha school district, Trent partner on first public research school Top Ten 06/18/2018 - 03:38 06/18/2018 - 03:30

The University of Guelph’s hospitality services department has announced that it will no longer offer single-use plastic products at most of the university’s restaurants and shops. The change will reportedly affect 17 of the 22 food service locations on the campus, but will not apply to five franchisees operating on the grounds. Hospitality services executive director Ed Townsley, says that the change should divert about 175,000 straws and 155,000 bags from landfills. The ban comes amidst a growing trend in social media campaigns encouraging people to stop using single-use plastic products. University Affairs

UoGuelph to divert single-use plastic from landfills with plastic straws, bag ban Top Ten 06/18/2018 - 03:38 06/18/2018 - 03:30

Ontario Premier-Designate Doug Ford has stated that he will recall the Ontario legislature next month for a brief summer session to end the York University strike, sources have told the Toronto Star. “We’re going to move forward relatively quickly. I’ll be back to you on that in the next few days,” Ford told reporters Wednesday at Queen’s Park. Ford’s government will officially take over from the governing Liberals on June 29th. Numerous sources have told the Star that a top priority for the government will be ending the four-month strike by 3,000 York University contract faculty and teaching assistants, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. 

Toronto Star

Doug Ford plans to recall legislature to end YorkU strike Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 03:41 06/15/2018 - 03:30

Lindsay Shepherd is suing Wilfrid Laurier University. While a teaching assistant in 2017, Shepherd was reprimanded for screening a clip in which Jordan Peterson debated gender neutral pronouns without denouncing his views. Shepherd’s recording of the meeting prompted a public outcry, after which the university apologized to Shepherd. According to the Waterloo Regional Record, the lawsuit seeks $3.6M in damages, stating that attacks on Shepherd's character have left her unemployable in academia. “Wilfrid Laurier University has received notice of Lindsay Shepherd's statement of claim, which is one perspective of a legal matter issued in pursuit of a financial claim," the university said in a statement.

CBC | Waterloo Regional Record

Former TA Shepherd files $3.6M lawsuit against WLU Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 10:14 06/15/2018 - 03:30

The estate of Margaret Perkins Hess has bequeathed more than 1000 pieces of art valued at $4 to $5M to the University of Lethbridge. A ULethbridge release states that the collection includes work by a contemporary of the Group of Seven, as well as several hundred Indigenous works. "Marmie had a really good eye and she was ahead of her time with her strong interest in learning from Indigenous people and their art," said Gallery Director Josephine Mills. According to ULethbridge President and Vice-Chancellor, the bequest is “largest gift of art and cultural properties to the U of L in its 51-year history.”

ULethbridge | CBC | Calgary Herald

ULethbridge receives largest donation in school history Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 03:41 06/15/2018 - 03:30

This week, Concordia University launched the Institute for Investigative Journalism, which the school notes is the first of its kind in Canada. Led by Patti Sonntag, a former managing editor in The New York Times’ News Services division, the institute will be based in Concordia’s Department of Journalism and will host the National Student Investigative Reporting Network. Media partners on the current project include Global News, The National Observer, and the Toronto Star. Higher education partners on the Fall 2018-19 project include Carleton, Humber College, Mount Royal University, Ryerson University, University of King’s College, the University of Regina and the University of British Columbia.


Concordia seeks to provide “new blueprint” for news with Institute for Investigative Journalism Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 03:41 06/15/2018 - 03:30

Eight students from the University of Guelph’s College of Business and Economics have served as business consultant to a small New Brunswick community as part of a new experiential program at the school. The Globe and Mail reports that the program saw these students work with the community of Campobello Island over two weeks to learn the academic principles of business consulting and apply them to the real-life challenges faced by the island. Last month, in preparation for a report to be presented this summer to island leaders, students travelled to the island to interview local residents and assess options for a sustainable future for the community.

Globe and Mail | CBC | UoGuelph

UoGuelph business students offer consulting support to Campobello Island, NB Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 03:41 06/15/2018 - 03:30

Dalhousie University has signed an agreement with École Polytechnique in Paris to launch a new exchange program in the faculties of Science and Computer Science. A Dal release states that the program will provide participants with the option of completing either a research internship or coursework. “École Polytechnique is one of the most prestigious and selective schools in France,” said Alain Boutet, Executive Director of Dal’s Office of International Relations. “It’s a really elite institution where the best students are going.” École Polytechnique stated that Dal’s reputation for ocean science and computer science was a significant draw for the French institution.


Dal inks student‑exchange pact with Paris-based École Polytechnique Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 03:41 06/15/2018 - 03:30

According to Kaella Earle, the only Indigenous woman in Laurentian University’s Engineering Degree program, schools, business, and governments are making improvements toward incorporating Indigenous people into the sciences and boardrooms, but structural barriers persist. In an interview with Northern Ontario Business, Earle cited the chronic underfunding of public education as a key challenge. “It's a toxic cycle. Schools are not set up for Aboriginal students' needs,” she said. “To exist as an Aboriginal is a challenge.” The problem continues into universities, Earle added, because STEM disciplines do not attend to how treaties impact resource use. Earle also states that resource management companies could lobby governments for faster change while incorporating stronger understandings of Indigenous issues in corporate culture.

Northern Ontario Business

Indigenous engineering student calls for greater Indigenous presence in STEM Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 03:41 06/15/2018 - 03:30

NorQuest College has partnered with ATB Financial to open a banking location operated by college staff. “It’s a bit of a recycling machine,” said ATB CEO Dave Mowat. “Students pay their banking fees — who knows where their banking fees go to — but they know at this one, they kind of cycle their way back.” The Edmonton Journal states that Mowatt and NorQuest President and CEO Jodi Abbott did not have estimates about the bank’s projected revenues, but Mowatt cited another branch with a similar revenue sharing model that might make $100K per year after the branch matures. The NorQuest branch “could probably make more,” he said.

NorQuest | Edmonton Journal

NorQuest opens ATB branch, keeps profits Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 03:41 06/15/2018 - 03:30

UBC will welcome six North Korean university professors for an intensive, six-month immersion program featuring courses on business, trade, economics and finance, reports the National Post. UBC professor Kyung-Ae Park is said to have been running the program since 2011. “I do think educating those people who are making the real policies is ... important,” she said. A 2015 column in the Harvard International Review stated that although the aims of the program are laudable, such “academic diplomacy” is at odds with the Canadian government’s condemnation of the North’s record of human rights abuses. The Post adds that the Canadian government has kept a close watch on the program. National Post

UBC to welcome North Korean scholars for eighth straight year Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 03:41 06/15/2018 - 03:30

“With smaller paychecks and a lack of job security, adjunct faculty members face a host of difficulties planning for retirement,” writes Teghan Simonton. The author chronicles the story of Ellen Goodwin, who worked as an adjunct instructor for decades before filing for bankruptcy after paying for an emergency surgery without health coverage.  “I finally got to the point where I can breathe; I don’t have any debt. This is wonderful,” says Goodwin. “And then I looked at my birth certificate, and I’m 65 years old.” Adjunct Professor Caprice Lawless also notes that many adjuncts often work for decades in underpaid, part-time work because they put on “blinders,” hoping that some day, they might make it into a more full-time position.

Chronicle of Higher Education

Adjuncts face bleak prospect for retirement, if any Top Ten 06/15/2018 - 03:41 06/15/2018 - 03:30

Former PQ minister and philanthropist Guy Joron, who died six months ago, has left a legacy gift of $15M to Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, and Polytechnique Montréal. La Presse reports that the donation marks the largest such gift in the history of French-language universities in Quebec. UMontréal will receive $12M of the bequest, while HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal will each receive $1.5M. UMontréal has stated that it will rename its Laval campus in honour of Joron. La Presse| Radio-Canada

QC ex-minister leaves $15M to UMontréal, HEC, Polytechnique Montréal Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

Residents of Fort Smith, NWT expressed their concerns at a recent public meeting about a  review that recommended Aurora College be moved to Yellowknife, reports CBC. “Many of the faults and concerns that were identified in the review, I believe, are not the fault of Aurora College,” said Fort Smith resident Janie Hobart. “I believe that they are a direct result of [Government of the Northwest Territories] underfunding or ... inaction.” Minister of Education, Culture, and Employment Caroline Cochrane stated that she wants to keep Aurora in Fort Smith, but notes that the school's enrolment and graduation numbers are “not good.” CBC | Cabin Radio

Fort Smith residents denounce review, demand that Aurora College stay in community Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

A student has discovered a set of letters from Albert Einstein in the University of Calgary archives, reports CBC. The letters, addressed to Harold Horne, an amateur scientist, respond to a theory of lunar cycles that Horne had developed. “They were received by the library in 1972,” Senior Rare Books and Manuscripts Manager Allison Wagner told CBC. “They showed up out of nowhere in the university president's office with a letter from Mr. Horne saying, 'If these are of use to you they are yours, if not you can just toss them in the waste paper basket.’” Wagner added that the tone of the letters, while critical, was respectful of Horne. CBC

Student discovers letters from Einstein in UCalgary archives Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

Red River College has laid off three instructors, closed two programs, reduced six others, and hiked tuition in response to a $953K cut to its provincial Operating Budget, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. The three layoffs are due to the closure of RRC’s Greenspace Horticulture and Geographic Information Systems Technology programs, the Free Press adds, while the reduced programs will be funded exclusively through tuition fees. “It will be a challenging environment, but we must ensure we are continuing to respond to industry and labour force needs,” wrote RRC President Paul Vogt in an email to staff. According to the Free Press, the college will add seven new programs in spite of the cuts. Winnipeg Free Press

RRC cuts programs, positions to cope with funding shortfall Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

CBC states that the University of Regina will ban smoking of all kinds on its campus as of August 1st, 2018. According to the university’s updated policy, the ban applies to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and pipes, although it makes an exception for medical cannabis. “The university has also been considering the implications of the pending legalization of the recreational use of cannabis, which is expected this fall, and implementing a smoke-free policy now addresses many of the concerns associated with that federal initiative,” stated VP of Administration Dave Button. CBC adds that the new policy will also prohibit marijuana cultivation in university residences. CBC

URegina to implement total smoking ban Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

Women scholars can experience enormous amounts of online harassment, but “by putting voice to their experiences, these women are doing the important public work of calling attention to online abuse and asserting the significant impact of such violence,” writes Shandell Houlden and George Veletsianos. Citing research that they have conducted on the subject, the authors note that such harassment can often be interpreted as not being a “legitimate” form of violence. This response can often lead people to ask the question of what forms of harassment are “bad enough” to be called violence. The authors draw a distinction between asking this question at the personal level and the cultural level, before concluding that “we need to acknowledge that online abuse appears in many guises, and we need to respond to it decisively.” University Affairs

The perils of minimizing the online harassment of women scholars Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

College students in the US show heavy support for due process in campus disciplinary hearings, but this support declines when the issue at stake is sexual misconduct, according to a US-based survey. The survey asked students how they felt about their right to due process protections, such as the presumption of innocence or the right to have an adviser present during hearings, with respect to three scenarios: breaking a campus rule, underage drinking, or sexual misconduct. While 98% of students said that they believed due process was “important” or “very important,” the sexual misconduct scenario yielded lower support in almost all categories. Inside Higher Ed

Students’ strong support for due process declines when issue is sexual misconduct: US study Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

A University of Lethbridge release states that the Dhillon School of Business has received Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) accreditation for its Bachelor of Management in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations program. “The CPHR designation is recognized across Canada,” stated Human Resources Management and Labour Relations Area Chair Dr. Kelly Williams-Whitt. “It assures employers that our students’ knowledge and experience in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations aligns with industry expectations.” According to the release, graduates of an accredited program require only three years of professional human resources experience to gain a full designation, whereas those who graduate with a degree from an institution without accreditation need eight years of professional experience. ULethbridge

Dhillon School of Business receives accreditation for Human Resources and Labour Relations program Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

Kwantlen Polytechnic University and CannTrust Holdings have signed an agreement to collaborate on KPU’s non-credit Cannabis Career Training Program. According to a release, the collaboration will include work placements for qualified candidates, as well as public outreach initiatives that highlight professional opportunities in cannabis cultivation. “We were the first post-secondary institution in Canada to provide professional training in the cannabis industry,” said David Purcell, Director of Emerging Business at KPU. “We're proud to continue to further develop that training in partnership with CannTrust and provide a high level of education to those wishing to enter the rapidly expanding and dynamic sector.” Stockhouse

KPU signs agreement with CannTrust Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

The School of Nursing at Nipissing University has taken a significant step toward becoming an internationally-renowned program, reports the North Bay Nugget. The program recently received over $100K in funding from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario to implement and evaluate the association’s best practice guidelines. Nipissing Vice-President Academic and Research Arja Vainio-Mattila said that the funding and recognition is a testament to the quality of the School of Nursing at Nipissing, adding that “it will enhance our current curriculum and our students and graduates will be recognized as Best Practice Champions.” North Bay Nugget

Nipissing School of Nursing takes significant step forward with funding, recognition Top Ten 06/14/2018 - 04:37 06/14/2018 - 03:30

Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the University of Northern British Columbia, and Vancouver Island University, in partnership with the McConnell Family Foundation, have founded the BC Collaborative for Social Infrastructure. A UNBC press release states that the initiative will focus on green campuses, Indigenous entrepreneurship, social procurement, and library outreach programs. “Helping build social infrastructure is a way for universities and colleges to contribute to social and environmental resilience and sustainability, while deepening relationships with their local communities,” stated McConnell President Stephen Huddart. UNBC

BC institutions collaborate on social infrastructure initiative Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

PSE institutions that have partnered with cannabis producers in anticipation of industry demand need to exercise caution about who they work with, a number of experts tell Douglas Quan in a feature for the National Post. While proponents of the programs state that both students and companies will benefit from exposure to real-world case studies, co-ops, and internships, Quan reports that a number of industry players have come under scrutiny for unscrupulous business practices. “Where the challenge lies is that this is a very new industry,” said Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University. “Universities and colleges will need to be very diligent in making sure they’re partnering with credible, safe and effective industry partners.” National Post

‘Irrational exuberance’ can derail cannabis curricula Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

There are a few key things a postsecondary education professional should know when struck with an unexpected wave of media interest, writes Erin L Thompson. The author first recommends that a professional gather a team rather than trying to deal with the media blitz themselves. If you go it alone, the author adds, “you will be exhausted, irritable, and overwhelmed. And being exhausted, irritable, and overwhelmed is the surest way to end up making a public comment that you regret, whether it’s merely incoherent or reputation-destroying disastrous.” Other tips include organizing a tool kit that provides basic information about you and your work, in addition to getting back to journalists in a timely and respectful manner. Chronicle of Higher Education

An academic’s advice for dealing with unexpected media attention Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Montréal has signed a partnership agreement with Hiroshima City University and Kelo University in Tokyo. According to a release, the Hiroshima partnership will consist of a summer school offered through the Institute of Peace, while the Kelo partnership will further research in artificial intelligence. UQAM also invited Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui to deliver a keynote at a peace conference in Montreal scheduled for the fall. The release adds that the partnership could double the number of Japanese students enrolled at UQAM for the upcoming academic year. UQAM

UQAM partners with two Japanese universities to foster research, student exchange Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

The University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management will launch a new Bachelor of Commerce option through its Healthcare Analytics program. A Telfer release states that the BCom will focus on data, systems engineering, management, and organizational innovation to improve service delivery under a patient-centred model of participatory medicine. Jonathan Patrick, Program Director of Telfer’s MSc in Health Systems, stated that the program will give students the opportunity to “pursue their undergraduate program in business and to forge a path toward making a social impact.” Telfer

UOttawa's Telfer School of Management introduces BCom in Healthcare Analytics Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

Colleges and Institutes Canada has announced the launch of new institutional alliances in Chile as part of the Pacific Alliance Program. A Canadian consortium formed by the College of New Caledonia, Nova Scotia Community College, and Niagara College has partnered with three Chilean institutions: Centro de Formación Técnica de la Universidad Católica del Norte de Antofagasta (CEDUC-UCN), the Instituto Industrial Don Bosco de Antofagasta and Calama, and the Centro de Formación Técnica de Calama. The Canadian consortium will support the Chilean institutions by providing technical assistance and training to directors, instructors, and administrative staff through a competency-based education and training model. CICan

CICan launches partnerships in Chile Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

Colleges and Institutes Canada has announced the launch of new institutional alliances in Chile as part of the Pacific Alliance Program. A Canadian consortium formed by the College of New Caledonia, Nova Scotia Community College, and Niagara College has partnered with three Chilean institutions: Centro de Formación Técnica de la Universidad Católica del Norte de Antofagasta (CEDUC-UCN), the Instituto Industrial Don Bosco de Antofagasta and Calama, and the Centro de Formación Técnica de Calama. The Canadian consortium will support the Chilean institutions by providing technical assistance and training to directors, instructors, and administrative staff through a competency-based education and training model. CICan

Major political science journals cannot account for publishing gender gap Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

The City of Kingston and Queen's University have announced the launch of a pilot project that will target problem partiers with stricter penalties, starting this fall. During move-in week, homecoming week, and St Patrick’s day, anyone charged with certain offences will have to appear in court before a justice of the peace. CBC reports that Queen’s will also have the opportunity use public court documents to determine how many charged people are Queen’s students. “Finding ways to encourage good citizenship, address these large parties, and promote student and public safety and community well-being is a high priority for me and the rest of my leadership team,” said Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. Ottawa Citizen | CBC

Kingston, Queen's partner to target university district partiers Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that Dalhousie University has told the Canadian Union of Public Employees that it would cost $55K and take nearly a year to get information about the number of full-time and part-time faculty at the institution. CUPE has been using access-to-information laws to determine the makeup of university teaching staff at 78 publicly funded institutions. “Of the 58 [postsecondary schools] that responded in full, 35 sent the info for free and 21 charged less than $1,000,” said CUPE researcher Chandra Pasma, who accused Dal of trying to hide information behind the fee. Nova Scotia information and privacy commissioner Catherine Tully stated that the $55K fee is likely the largest access bill ever seen in NS. CBC

Dal tells CUPE requested information would require $55K to retrieve Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area has unveiled its expansion plans for its campus in Oshawa that includes a proposed $26M building. The new building would integrate academic, administrative, and student living spaces to create a full living and learning community. “As we announce a major expansion of our presence in Oshawa, introduce new undergraduate and graduate programs and increase careers and experiential learning opportunities,” said Trent Durham Head Joe Muldoon. “Our partnership with the City will grow for the benefit of everyone in the Oshawa community and the Region of Durham.” Oshawa

Trent unveils campus expansion plans Top Ten 06/13/2018 - 03:42 06/13/2018 - 03:30

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the University of Saskatchewan, and Indigenous governments and organizations are partnering to help send Indigenous students to law school.  USask will reserve two seats in the law program for NL Indigenous students from NL, and the provincial government will allocate and fund two articling positions for those students upon graduation. “Members of Indigenous groups are currently underrepresented in legal professions,” said Andrew Parsons Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General. “We aim to change that here in this province by breaking down social and economic barriers some members of Indigenous groups face in pursuing legal education.” Nation Talk

NL, USask, FNMI groups partner to send Indigenous students to law school Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 04:40 06/12/2018 - 03:30

In a feature article for University Affairs, Bruno Vompean profiles several participants in the Walls to Bridges Program, which offers university courses to inmates at several Canadian correction facilities. According to Vompean, Wilfrid Laurier University launched the program in 2011, which has since incorporated several institutional partners throughout Ontario and Manitoba. While the program has enjoyed success, Michael Bryant, Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, states that the Canadian government could do more to facilitate rehabilitation and education for inmates. University Affairs

University-prison partnership offers inmates a “humanizing” experience Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 04:40 06/12/2018 - 03:30

St Clair College plans to introduce a program for competitive online gaming, CBC reports. The program, which will incorporate business, sports management marketing, branding, and sports content, is designed to “give students all the background knowledge they need to understand all the different key elements in the e-sports industry,” said Shaun Byrne, e-sports Director for Saints Gaming. The program will focus on entrepreneurship in a bid to foster leaders in the newly emergent industry of competitive gaming. According to CBC, St. Clair expects to receive ministry approval in time to launch the program in early 2019. CBC

St Clair to launch e-sports program Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 04:40 06/12/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that Steven Galloway, the former head of the University of British Columbia Creative Writing program who was fired after he admitted to an affair with a student, has received $167K in damages from the university. According to CBC, arbitrator John B Hall concluded that a number of communications from UBC contravened Galloway’s privacy rights. During the arbitration, CBC states that the Faculty Association withdrew its claim on behalf of Galloway, for reinstatement, which meant that the arbitrator would not have to deal with the issue of whether or not the university had cause for dismissal. CBC

Arbitrator awards Galloway $167K in damages Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 04:40 06/12/2018 - 03:30

Mel Broitman, the owner of an international student recruiting company, has told CBC that Canadian universities need to better handle the recent influx of international students. According to Canada’s Ministry of Education, international students will make up 22% of Ontario’s entire student body by 2022. Broitman notes that the increase will lead to larger class sizes that can compromise the quality of education. According to RM Kennedy, Chair of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the influx reflects funding shortfalls. “The key is that we are having a gap between the increased enrolment and the number of services that are put in place to support those students so they can be successful in the environment,” said Kennedy. CBC

Recruiter expresses concern about international enrolments Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 04:40 06/12/2018 - 03:30

Conestoga College is installing a 200-panel solar field at its Cambridge campus, reports the Waterloo Region Record. “We're installing a 500-kilowatt solar field and a 250-ton geothermal unit,” said Tim Schill, Conestoga's Facilities Management Director. According to the Record, the solar panels will reduce Conestoga’s reliance on its boiler system in the winter, thereby cutting its carbon emissions by 390 tons per year. A provincial grant has helped fund the $2.5M project, and the Record adds that Conestoga plans to install a similar field of solar panels at its Doon campus, pending federal funding. Waterloo Region Record

Conestoga installs 200-panel solar field at Cambridge campus Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 04:40 06/12/2018 - 03:30

Administrators at York University are accusing union members of threatening administration officials at the school as a strike at the university enters its 14th week. Maclean’s reports that YorkU Vice President Academic and Provost Lisa Phillips recently published a letter accusing members of CUPE local 3903, which represents the school’s contract faculty, of “an escalating pattern of personal harassment” that includes union members protesting at President Rhonda Lenton’s home. CUPE 3903 Spokesperson Julien Arend has responded that any such actions are not official union activities and were not undertaken by the union as a group. Arend added that the administration has employed bullying tactics of its own, such as an alleged threat to discipline union members who have taken actions the school considers to be unlawful. Maclean’s

YorkU accuses union of bullying as record-breaking strike enters week 14 Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 04:40 06/12/2018 - 03:30

Assiniboine Community College and Cape Breton University’s Shannon School of Business are partnering to offer a Master in Business Administration program in Community Economic Development starting January 2019 in Brandon, Manitoba. ACC Explains that CBU's MBA in Community Economic Development program blends curriculum found in traditional MBA programs with an emphasis on economic development, leadership, change management, and governance. ACC

ACC, CBU partner to offer MBA program in Community Economic Development Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 04:40 06/12/2018 - 03:30

An innovative campaign that brought together local home builders, tradespeople, and suppliers to support students at Lethbridge College has raised more than $800K over the past five years. A college release states that the College Home project, a partnership between the Canadian Home Builders’ Association—Lethbridge Region and Lethbridge College, saw CHBA builders work with suppliers and tradespeople to build homes that were showcased and sold. “This project was the first of its kind in Canada and the final goal was incredibly ambitious,” says college President Paula Burns. “To see the successes accumulate over five years was inspiring and we are thankful for the support of the CHBA and its members.” Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College receives over $800K from local home builders through unique project Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 04:40 06/12/2018 - 03:30

Volunteers from Camosun College and the community in Victoria, British Columbia are working together to provide fresh and healthy meals with an aim to reducing food waste. Undertaken in collaboration with The Mustard Seed and Food Share Network, the project sees volunteers and students cooking community meals using food that might otherwise be lost to waste. “Our work with The Mustard Seed has been growing from strength to strength,” says Camosun Culinary Arts Chair Steve Walker-Duncan. “It's an effective way of giving back to community and it's something that makes you feel good.” Camosun

Camosun students partner with community to cook healthy meals, eliminate food waste Top Ten 06/12/2018 - 10:49 06/12/2018 - 03:30

Athabasca University will receive a one-time $4.9M grant from the Government of Alberta to pursue a new direction, reports the Edmonton Journal. “We have said all along that once the finances were in order and they had a solid direction to go, government would invest in Athabasca and we are making good on that,” said AB Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt. “We’ve been very pleased with how things have progressed.” AU President Neil Fassina said that the funds will primarily go towards implementing a five-year information technology strategy to shift to a cloud-based environment, improve security protocols, and other updates; the development of a student delivery framework; and implementing the university’s new strategic plan. Edmonton Journal

Athabasca gets $4.9M to set new institutional direction Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

Hot on the heels of the THE World Reputation Rankings and Centre for World University Rankings, the QS World University Rankings 2019 have been released. QS explains that the rankings are based on six metrics: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per Faculty, International Faculty Ratio, and International Student Ratio. 26 Canadian institutions were represented in the rankings overall, with seven landing in the Top 200: The University of Toronto (#28), McGill University (#33), the University of British Columbia (#47), the University for Alberta (#109), McMaster University (#146), Université de Montréal (tied for #149), and the University of Waterloo (tied for #163). QS (Rankings) | QS (Method)

26 Canadian institutions represented in QS Rankings 2019 Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that Nova Scotia Community College’s faculty and professional support workers are voting on whether or not to end their relationship with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and become self representing. “We answer to a different [cabinet] minister, our funding model is different [and] our contract is with the board of governors of the community college,” explained NSCC Business Faculty member Ferne MacLennan. “To the best of our knowledge, we're the only college group that's represented by a P-12 union in the whole country.” The cast ballots must see a vote of 50% plus one to make the change. CBC

NSCC faculty, professional support staff vote on self representation Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan and the Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 40004 are headed to mediation for their first collective agreement, according to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. PSAC Local 40004 is calling for a better deal for approximately 200 postdoctoral fellows, which PSAC regional vice-president Marianne Hladun describes as higher wages and improved benefits. USask vice-president of people and resources Cheryl Carver said that 95% of USask postdocs make more than the minimum annual stipend of $35K, and noted that the university’s recent offer included a health and dental benefit plan for postdocs. Saskatoon StarPhoenix

USask, postdocs headed to mediation for first collective agreement Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

“I didn’t want to be in a situation where I had to constantly worry,” writes Terri E Givens about her initial decision to transition from working as a professor to working as a provost. Yet three years after making this choice, the author notes that she felt burned out by her new administrative role. She then describes how she left to pursue her passion in educational technology by becoming a consultant in this area. In doing so, Givens notes that “what I have learned over the last three years is that one of the most important yet underappreciated resources for academic administrators is the data that we can gather in our programs and how important that data is to the ability of our institutions to thrive in a changing environment.” Inside Higher Ed

A former provost reflects on leaving PSE for consulting Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

The controversy surrounding the University of Alberta’s decision to award an honorary degree to David Suzuki has created division when it should be inspiring solutions, writes Mark Fitzgerald, chairman for Canada’s Oil and Natural Gas Producers. Fitzgerald highlights the ways in which Canada’s oil and gas industry is working to create innovations that will help create a lower-carbon future for Canada. “Despite the University of Alberta’s controversial choice, we will continue to invest in math, science and engineering programs in Alberta and across our country,” the author adds, noting that “the climate change challenge needs multi-disciplinary thinking and scientific solutions and Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is central to that work.” Edmonton Journal (1) | Edmonton Journal (2)

Suzuki controversy should inspire solutions rather further critique: Fitzgerald Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

Memorial University of Newfoundland has set aside $8M for a voluntary retirement program that targets eligible academic and non-academic staff members. CBC reports that MUN has seen its operating budget from the provincial government slowly decline over the years. “We're into kind of a dark, challenging place, trying to maintain the integrity and quality of our programs, to which we're committed,” said MUN Provost and Vice-President Academic Noreen Golfman. Golfman added that part of the incentive is to remove some of the high salaries paid to long-serving, full professors, and open opportunities for the next generation of postsecondary educators. CBC

Renewing staff, cutting costs at the heart of new MUN retirement incentives program Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

“Cannabis prohibition has just been a tremendous failure,” says University of British Columbia Professor Evan Wood. Wood holds the first professorship in Canada aimed specifically at researching the role cannabis can play in addressing the opioid overdose crisis. The two-year position is aimed at producing concrete statistics on the use of cannabis in treating opioid addiction. Canopy Growth Corp, Canada’s largest cannabis company, has announced it will donate $2.5M to establish the position, which will be called the Canopy Growth Professorship in Cannabis Science, and will support the position through the Canopy Growth Cannabis Science Endowment Fund. UBC

Canada’s largest cannabis company donates $2.5M to create UBC professorship Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

Close to 700 students based in Southern Brazil will be able to participate in French second language immersion programs that will be offered with support from the Language School of the Université de Québec à Montréal, in collaboration with McGill University and Université de Montréal. The programs will be offered to students from seven universities in the state of Paraná in Southern Brazil, beginning in August 2018. Professors and teachers from the three institutions have offered language and educational training workshops to Brazilian teachers. For the Government of Paraná, this project is part of a goal of internalization of state universities and aims to foster partnerships with French-speaking countries. UQAM

UQAM, McGill, UMontréal support French immersion programs for Brazilian universities Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

Attracting PSE students to study abroad programs can be a challenge, writes William N Pruitt III, but increasing minority participation in these programs is often even more challenging. The author notes, however, that one effective way of encouraging minority students to participate in study abroad is to offer a “heritage program.” These programs provide students with opportunities to pursue a study abroad opportunity that relates directly to that student’s personal history and culture. The article provides a number of examples of these types of programs. Inside Higher Ed

How heritage programming can help boost study abroad numbers for minority students: Pruitt Top Ten 06/11/2018 - 04:34 06/11/2018 - 03:30

“Colleges seeking university status aren’t just looking to change their institutions – they’re aiming to change what a university can be,” writes Natalie Samson. The author highlights the cases of several colleges that have or are planning to make the transition to universities. Among top challenges facing colleges making this transition, says Yukon College President Karen Barnes, is the shift in academic governance, where a college must move from having virtually all decision-making power vested in a president to having a bicameral structure that shares this power with a school’s faculty. “In this new model, we have to figure out what shared governance is going to look like and how to make it work effectively. … We’re doing that research now by investigating other universities that were colleges,” says Barnes. University Affairs

What the transition of colleges to universities means for Canadian higher ed Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

Manitoba's postsecondary schools are struggling to figure out how to deal with a 0.9% cut in provincial funding in the latest provincial budget, reports CBC. The story lists four MB universities that are raising their tuition by the maximum allowable amount of 6.6%. Yet it also highlights the efforts of Canadian Mennonite University, which is boasting a “very modest” tuition increase of 1% for the 2018-19 academic year. CBC goes on to report on the other ways in which some of the province’s universities are coping with the cut, which includes eliminating staff and leaving vacant faculty positions unfilled. CBC

How MB’s institutions are coping with provincial budget cut Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

Students at the Justice Institute of British Columbia will enjoy upgraded facilities and greater learning opportunities thanks to capital projects that were just completed with support from the provincial and federal governments. The first project provides students with a weather-protected, modular learning facility at the Driver Education Centre in Pitt Meadows, BC. The second will see three buildings' roofs replaced, which helps reduce winter heat loss, save on summer cooling, and reduce the carbon footprint at the institution. “The new roofs and driver training facility are going to make sure JIBC can keep graduating some of BC’s most important professionals for many years to come,” said JIBC President Michel Tarko. BC

JIBC students to enjoy improved facilities, greater learning with support from BC, Canada governments Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

Northwest Community College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have partnered to support instructors in providing a Warehouse Worker program to Indigenous students in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.  The program will include two-way video conferencing and online training. SaskPolytech says that the partnership opens doors to training for Indigenous students that is nationally accredited, providing content and learning approaches of the highest quality and providing the option of labour mobility for completers. SaskPolytech

Indigenous students in Prince Rupert to benefit from SaskPolytech, NWCC course delivery partnership Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

The Schulich School of Business at York University has announced the launch of a Master of Supply Chain Management, as well as a new program for visiting G7 Fellows focused on the world’s latest advances in infrastructure financing and development. Schulich says that the MSCM will prepare students for leadership roles in building, managing, and designing supply chains. The business school also notes that its infrastructure development and financing program was specially created in response to key challenges that G7 leaders plan to discuss in Quebec later this week, such as climate change, the health of the world’s oceans, and the use and production of energy sources. YorkU (Supply Chain) | YorkU (Infrastructure)

YorkU Schulich announces Master of Supply Chain Management, infrastructure financing programs Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

Canadore College has announced that it is launching a new Centre for Career Development, which will provide students and alumni with career support for the rest of their lives. Canadore notes that its students already rate the school above the provincial college average on providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment within their field, but adds that these students have also expressed a need for additional support in job searches. “Our programs do an amazing job of providing skills-intensive experience in the classrooms and labs,” said Ryan Drouin, manager of the Centre for Career Development. “Getting them equally prepared and confident for an increasingly competitive job search is a priority and often-times it does not come easily to a student or even most seasoned professionals.” Canadore

Canadore announces career centre, lifelong career support for students and grads Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

Camosun College and Nova Scotia Community College have signed an MOU committing the schools to work together to create training opportunities in the marine sector and other areas of mutual interest. A Camosun release notes that the three-year agreement includes marine and oceans academic education, industry training, and research collaborations. It adds that the two colleges will work together on potential workforce development opportunities that support provincial and national marine and oceans interests. Both colleges will work together on applied research, information exchanges, staff visits, and student work placements. Camosun

Camosun, NSCC partner on marine education Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

MacEwan University and Ballet Edmonton have announced a partnership that will see the ballet company reside in Allard Hall and create academic and research opportunities for the university’s students. “Our theatre production, design, fine art and music students will now be able to work directly with and learn from professionals in the field of dance,” said MacEwan Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications Allan Gilliland. “It’s a great example of establishing meaningful and innovative relationships with community partners.” MacEwan states that the two parties may also collaborate on research projects and community initiatives. MacEwan

MacEwan, Ballet Edmonton partner on space, academic and research opportunities Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

George Brown College says that it is the first college and nursing school in Canada to receive accreditation from Society of Simulation in Healthcare. The college’s Simulation Centre currently features a number of facilities and practice labs that enable students to work through a wide range of healthcare scenarios. “The accreditation is significant in the sense that it establishes what we already knew internally: that the George Brown College Simulation Program is a leader locally, provincially and nationally,” says Simulation Centre Manager Michael Eliadis. “It legitimizes and validates the curriculum, faculty, facility and staff that is involved.” GBC

GBC receives international accreditation from SSH Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and the Centre régional universitaire de Lanaudière have signed a five-year partnership that will see undergraduate programming designed to meet the needs of the Lanaudière region. Improved access to higher education has been imperative for youth and businesses in the region, according to CRUL president Chantal Deschamps. The UQTR release adds that UQTR, CRUL, and Cégep régional de Lanaudière will be deploying phase one of a university offering in the Lanaudière region in September. Rector Daniel McMahon explained that the presence of higher education in the region has been a major factor in the area’s economic, social, and cultural development. UQTR

UQTR, CRUL formalize five-year partnership focused on undergraduate programming Top Ten 06/08/2018 - 03:36 06/08/2018 - 03:30

Carleton University has received $2M from the Crabtree Foundation to support a new performance space in the renovated Dominion-Chalmers United Church. “We see this as an opportunity for our family’s Foundation to support the entire Ottawa arts community,” stated Sandra Crabtree in a Carleton release. “We are appreciative of Carleton’s vision for the space and the university’s commitment to helping the local community. Dominion-Chalmers has many wonderful facilities and our family is excited at what the future holds.” The purchase was approved by Carleton’s Board of Governors in May 2018.


Carleton receives $2M from Crabtree Foundation for Performance Centre Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

The University of Winnipeg and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights have announced that they will hold an immersive, six-day course for business leaders interested in shaping workplace cultures that respect Indigenous and human rights. In addition to interactive museum exhibits, the program will feature presentations and discussions with Indigenous leaders, activists, human rights scholars, and Residential School survivors. “There is a hunger and need for this course in the corporate world,” said Dave Angus, President of Winnipeg-based Johnston Group. “Executives want tangible examples to help them effect meaningful change in their organizations and become leaders in efforts for reconciliation.

UWinnipeg | CBC

UWinnipeg, CMHR to teach business execs about Indigenous rights Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

In light of graduation season, John C Cavanaugh writes about the need for colleges and universities to reorient themselves in the postdegree era to better support learners. Cavanaugh argues that “we must rid ourselves, once and for all, of at least three illusions” – that a higher education credential is meaningful in and of itself, that time is a relevant variable in accomplishment, and that it is acceptable to certify a learner without core knowledge in a topic. Once this is accomplished, the author describes how the industry can move forward into a new role where skills gaps are eliminated through collaboration with multiple sectors and the credits learning model is exchanged for a more foundational approach.  

Inside Higher Ed

Higher education must abandon long held illusions, re-orient goals: Cavanaugh Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

The British Columbia government has approved a proposed Sustainable Energy Engineering program at Simon Fraser University. According to an SFU release, the interdisciplinary program will incorporate foundational engineering principles, design practices, current technologies and economics, and policies associated with the global clean-tech sector. “The program is unique in that its focus will be on sustainable energy systems, from beginning to end,” stated SEE Director Kevin Oldknow. “The program aims to be immersive and experiential, with team-based projects and integrative design experiences woven throughout the curriculum.” SFU plans to launch the program in 2019.


SFU to introduce Sustainable Energy Engineering program Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

Niagara College has inked a degree pathway agreement with Excelsior Community College in Jamaica. Under the agreement, graduates of Excelsior’s Associate Degree programs in Business Studies, Supply Chain Management, Humanitarian and Emergency Management, or Coastal and Marine Tourism Logistics may directly transfer into the third year of Niagara’s International Commerce and Global Development Ontario College Bachelor Degree program. “This articulation agreement will ensure that we offer our students global certification that exposes them to real-world, practical learning experiences that will give them a competitive advantage in today’s market place,” stated Zaria Malcolm, Excelsior Vice-Principal of Academic Affairs and Institutional Advancement.


Niagara, Jamaican college sign degree pathway agreement Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo has received funding from a San Francisco-based tech company for blockchain research, reports the Waterloo Region Record. The dollar figure has not been finalized, but UWaterloo states that it expects to receive several million dollars for the project over the next four years. “The timing is perfect in the sense there is lots of activity and lots of excitement about research in the area of cryptocurrencies, blockchain and digital payments,” said Anwar Hasan, Ripple Chair at UWaterloo. Hasan added that the funding will promote graduate research in cutting-edge technologies that are expected to be foundational for the next generation of web development.

Waterloo Regional Record

UWaterloo receives funding for blockchain research Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo will be taking part in a $50M blockchain research initiative led by San Francisco-based tech company Ripple, reports the Waterloo Region Record. UWaterloo is reportedly the only Canadian institution participating in the initiative, and the institution states that it expects to receive several million dollars over the course of the four-year program. “The timing is perfect in the sense there is lots of activity and lots of excitement about research in the area of cryptocurrencies, blockchain and digital payments,” said Anwar Hasan, Ripple Chair at UWaterloo.

Waterloo Regional Record

UWaterloo to take part in $50M Ripple research initiative Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

The Province of British Columbia will provide BCcampus with $250K to make digital textbooks free for adult learners seeking their high school diploma, according to a provincial release. “Adult Basic Education opens the door for people to advance their opportunities, improve their chances of success and participate in the workforce. Investing in more open textbooks for Adult Basic Education programs builds on our previous step of making Adult Basic Education programs tuition free,” said Melanie Mark, BC Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The investment will cover textbooks in math, English, science, social science, computer studies, and education and career planning.


BC to make digital textbooks freely available for Adult Basic Education students Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Faculty Association has accused the school of mishandling layoffs after its decision to cut its athletics programs, CBC reports. SaskPolytech Provost and VP Academic Anne Neufeld told CBC that the decision was not a “budgetary decision or a budgetary exercise,” and that the polytechnic has not ruled out the possibility of reintroducing intramural sports after a budgetary review. Warren White, President of the SaskPolytech Faculty Association, said that the polytechnic’s treatment toward the seven laid-off staff was “inhumane” and “demeaning.” According to White, faculty were barred from their offices and cut off from email, actions that are typically undertaken in the event of a firing.


SaskPolytech layoffs “inhumane” says Faculty Association Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

Fanshawe College's Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology has received a Falcon 10 jet, valued at $1M, from Tricar Group President Joe Carapella. “Over the years London has provided us with tremendous opportunity,” said Carapella. “Our hope is that this aircraft helps provide the students of Fanshawe College that same opportunity to succeed. This is about giving back.” Port Stanley News adds that the Falcon 10 is the latest addition to a fleet that has recently acquired a 727 aircraft and a Dash 7.

Port Stanley News

Fanshawe aviation school acquires Falcon 10 Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that a steep decline in enrollment from local residents over the past ten years has prompted NS universities to pursue creative recruitment strategies. According to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, the number of Nova Scotia residents enrolling in the province’s universities dropped by 16.8% in the decade leading up to the 2016/17 academic year. CBC highlights institutional initiatives such as Acadia University's draw for a free residence room for a year, national lecture tours by faculty from University of King’s College, and the virtual campus tours that St Mary’s University placed on Facebook. NS universities have also focused more on international students, which CBC states is the fastest growing student demographic in the province.


NS universities get creative in face of demographic crunch Top Ten 06/07/2018 - 04:43 06/07/2018 - 03:30

The federal government has announced $158M in funding for over 800 research projects to be distributed through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. A release states that the funds will support projects on education, immigration, youth, Indigenous arts leadership and climate change. “It is my honour to support these talented researchers and help them push the boundaries of knowledge that will mean a better environment, better health, better society, and a better economy for all Canadians,” said Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.


Federal government invests $158M in humanities and social science research Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

CBC states that Memorial University has received funding from the federal and provincial governments for a $36M Animal Resource Centre. The new ARC will provide space for researchers and teaching faculty with the Faculties of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and the School of Science. The centre will also replace aging facilities, helping MUN to maintain its certificate of good practice from the Canadian Council on Animal Care, according to MUN veterinarian Jennifer Keyte. “Memorial does hold a certificate of good animal practice but the CCAC has identified that our facilities no longer meet the standards. So that was the need for this new building,” Keyte said. CBC

MUN receives federal, provincial support for $36M Animal Resource Centre Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

In an article for the Globe and Mail, Anya Zoledziowski interviews several professors of colour to investigate the pressures that non-white faculty face. These faculty members describe the unpaid “emotional labour” that goes into supporting students of colour and how this impacts other responsibilities and career trajectories. They also discuss their experiences facing systemic inequities with race and ethnicity. University of Alberta professor Malinda Smith explains that the emotional and invisible labour unique to professors of colour is disproportionately imposed upon women. 

Globe and Mail

Professors of colour face distinct structural challenges: Zoledziowski Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

The Automotive Business School of Canada will invest $1M over the next four years toward a state-of-the-art facility at Georgian College. “The ABSC Board chose to invest in the Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre (ATIRC) mainly because we fully support Georgian’s determination to advance research and innovation activity in central Ontario,” stated ABSC Board Member John White. A Georgian release states that the investment will be put toward a space for students to network with industry leaders, and which will feature a 24-foot digital wall to stream “speakers and thought leaders from all over the world.”



Georgian receives $1M investment from ABSC for research centre Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and National Advanced Placement & Prior Learning have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that recognizes military training and experience. According to a SaskPolytech release, the agreement will provide academic pathways for service men and women transitioning into civilian careers. “This agreement paves the way for the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through military experience to be applied as credit for placement towards a certificate, diploma or degree at SaskPolytech,” stated SaskPolytech President Larry Rosia. The MOU integrates SaskPolytech into a previously existing partnership between BCIT and NAAPL.

SaskPolytech | CBC



SaskPolytech, BCIT sign MOU to recognize military service for degree pathways Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

Ryerson University has launched the Yellowhead Institute, an Indigenous think tank that brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers together to analyze policy and law that affects First Nations communities. “We’re hoping to reverse the very long history of excluding Indigenous people from policy decisions and legal decisions that affect our communities,” Yellowhead Director Hayden King told CityNews. “It should be Indigenous people themselves that make decisions about their future.” A Ryerson release states that the Institute has released its first report, which provides a critical analysis of the Liberal government’s Indigenous Rights, Recognition, and Implementation Framework.

CityNews | Ryerson

New Indigenous think tank at Ryerson addresses “urgent need” for policy analysis Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

Mount Royal University and 41 Canadian Brigade Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides degree pathways for Canadian Armed Forces members. According to the release, CAF members who have completed their Primary Leadership Course – Army and Intermediate Leadership Qualification Course – Army may apply their credentials to MRU’s Mount Project Management Extension Certificate and Leadership Development Extension Certificate. “Creating and supporting personalized learning pathways is at the core of what we do at Mount Royal,” said Brad Mahon, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension. “Being able to facilitate that for former and serving Canadian Armed Forces members is an honour.”



MRU, 41 Canadian Brigade Group sign MOU for degree pathway Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

Francophone and bilingual PSE institutions in Ontario have called on the candidates of the upcoming provincial election to address funding gaps specific to their programs, reports leDroit. According to Carol Jolin, President of l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario, the province needs to strike a balance with programs offered in Anglophone institutions. La Cité collègiale President Lise Bourgeois told leDroit that the AFO’s requests reflect how Francophone and bilingual training in PSE must keep up with the demands of the knowledge economy.


Francophone institutions call on ON candidates for improved funding Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

The University of Windsor will offer a new certificate program in anthrozoology in September 2018, reports CBC. The program is focused on the study of the relationship and interactions between humans and animals, and will include courses on animals in literature, law, and entertainment. UWindsor professor Beth Daly explained that students have expressed a strong interest in the program since the university began offering courses on the topic. "One course turned into two courses and now several years later and a lot of paperwork later we now have a certificate in anthrozoology,” she said. 


UWindsor to launch certificate program in anthrozoology Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

Lethbridge College has announced that it will expand its Health Care Aide Program from 24 to 30 seats while also adding a new part-time online cohort for 16 students. “The industry is changing. Health care aides are increasingly being incorporated into the healthcare models within our acute-care, long-term and assisted-living facilities,” said Karla Wolsky, Chair of the Schools of Health Sciences and Allied Health. According to Alberta Health Services, the province employs 6,800 health care aides, making the profession the largest for continuing care in Alberta. The Lethbridge release states that the profession is also undergoing above-average annual growth that augments pre-existing employment turnover and retirements rates, thereby creating a significant demand for professionals in the field.


Lethbridge expands Health Care Aide Program to meet market demand Top Ten 06/06/2018 - 03:42 06/06/2018 - 03:30

York University’s School of Continuing Studies has announced a new Certificate in Full-Stack Web Development. “There is a significant shortage of talent for full-stack web developers and—at the same time—the educational programs currently available are simply not realistic options for people with careers and other substantial commitments,” said Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly, Assistant VP of Continuing Studies. The release states that classes will run on evenings and weekends to provide an accessible and inclusive learning environment, and that students will have the opportunity to work with potential employers on website projects. YorkU

YorkU program addresses high demand for full-stack web developers Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 03:42 06/05/2018 - 03:30

The University of Alberta will be creating a new policy in 2019 to better support student parents, reports CBC. UAlberta surveyed over 200 student parents and identified the need for improvements such as improved on-campus housing and access to flexible childcare. “We were seeing an increasing number of situations arise where the institution was not necessarily equipped as well as it could be to manage the unique needs of students who parent,” said Kevin Friese, Assistant Dean of Student Health and Wellness. CBC

UAlberta plans to improve supports for student parents Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 09:33 06/05/2018 - 03:30

George Veletsianos and Jaigris Hodson write that online harassment against female academics remains a ubiquitous problem that cuts across disciplines. At the same time as online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have been “weaponized” to silence and intimidate women in the academy, the authors state that responses to harassment tend to shift blame to the victims. Because online spaces are crucial for public scholarship, Veletsianos and Hodson add, women cannot simply abandon their online identities. The authors then suggest several strategies for managing harassment with an emphasis on protecting victims, and which emphasizes individual, systemic, and collective action. Inside Higher Ed

The weaponization of social media against women academics Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 03:42 06/05/2018 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University has partnered with three American universities and two Indigenous partner organizations to launch the Indigenous Mobility and Curriculum Across Borders Program. According to a WLU release, the program gives students from participating universities the opportunity to collaboratively create Indigenous curriculum content. “We hadn’t in the past seen many Indigenous students applying to go on exchange, so that’s a gap,” stated WLU Associate Professor Lucy Luccisano. “Also, usually students go on their own and it’s a very individual experience. We wanted to do something different.” WLU

WLU partners with US universities for Indigenous exchange program Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 03:42 06/05/2018 - 03:30

In a response to a recent article about the value provided to society by Nova Scotian  universities the students they graduate, Dave Westood and Julia Wright of the Dalhousie Faculty Association warn against the use of an economic lens to higher ed. “Minds are not commercial products,” they write, before discussing the difficulties of quantifying the impact of universities and the danger in excluding qualities such as pedagogy, critical thinking, and the public good from an analysis of education. “We need a better framework for considering the value of higher education in Nova Scotia, one that returns the public good to its rightful place at the head of the class,” the authors conclude. “Universities are not corporations and it is unhelpful to continue perpetuating this tired and flawed metaphor.” Chronicle Herald (Original article) | Chronicle Herald (Response)

Minds are not commercial products, write Dal Faculty Association leaders Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 03:42 06/05/2018 - 03:30

Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Fédération des étudiantes et des étudiants du campus universitaire de Moncton have filed a notice of prosecution against the Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Nouveau-Brunswick. The two organizations are taking action over the move to use the NCLEX-RN exam as the exclusive examination for the nursing profession in New Brunswick. The organizations point to the lack of French resources for exam preparation and issues with the translation of the exam as problematic, and state that the adoption of the NCLEX-RN contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the New Brunswick Official Languages ​​Act, and the Recognizing Act. Acadie Nouvelle(Subscription Required) | Radio Canada

SANB, FÉÉCUM take Nurses Association to court over nursing examination Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 03:42 06/05/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that two international students in Calgary have fallen victim to “virtual kidnapping” scams. The police are said to have found one of the victims hiding in a Calgary hotel room after his family received a ransom demand through his social media account. According to police, the scammers force their victims to go into hiding, effectively making them stage their own kidnapping. University of Calgary Students’ Union President Sagar Grewal explained that international students are particularly vulnerable to abuse given language limitations and the fact that they are living away from home, often for the first time. CBC


Police warn that international students are being targeted for virtual ransom scheme Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 03:42 06/05/2018 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has cut its athletics program, according to CBC, and the decision has an outcry from students and the community. “I had shoulders to cry on during the very difficult times of nursing school,” said Amaruks basketball player Jessica Morrow. “I don't know where I would be without that support system.” In a letter to students, SaskPolytech stated that it will implement a “wellness strategy” to offset the cuts to the athletics program. CBC adds that seven employees have been laid off due to the restructuring. CBC

SaskPolytech cuts athletics program Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 03:42 06/05/2018 - 03:30

“As a young scholar, I believed that academics died with our boots on,” writes Deborah Fitzgerald in a discussion of faculty retirement. “I grossly underestimated the challenges associated with figuring out when and how to retire.” To this end, Fitzgerald provides recommendations such as ensuring that discussions around retirement options occur early and often, providing space and opportunities for emeritus professors to stay robustly involved in the department, and acknowledging the needs of the individual. “A great deal of the power, glory, and heart of our departments and universities is there because of our work,” concludes Fitzgerald, “but we need to recognize when it is time to pass that on to the next generation.” Chronicle of Higher Ed

Supporting faculty through retirement decisions Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 03:42 06/05/2018 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia and Burnaby Village Museum have entered into a joint partnership that will enable students to turn their research into interpretive materials for visitors. The museum and the UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program will develop an innovative model enabling students to travel globally to conduct research and then bring that knowledge back. The partnership will see students work with museum staff to apply heritage conservation, medicinal eating traditions, and sustainable agriculture practices from rural China and Hong Kong to the local museum’s research, programming and exhibits. Burnaby Now

UBC, Burnaby Village Museum partner on history Top Ten 06/05/2018 - 03:42 06/05/2018 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan will boast a new, state-of-the-art sports science and health facility thanks to a $2M donation from Ron and Jane Graham, reports the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. In addition to dedicated spaces for injury diagnosis and rehabilitation, the Ron and Jane Graham Sport Science and Health Centre will feature spaces for collaboration between researchers and practitioners. “This is a dream facility that we never imagined we would have, because we are talking about a 6,000-plus square-foot facility where we are going to be able to do research and practice in a shared space,” said Chad London, Dean of the College of Kinesiology. A USask release states that the Centre will be part of the new Merlis Belsher Place multi-sport complex. Saskatoon StarPhoenix | USask

USask receives $2M for sports science facility Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

Times Higher Education has released the 2018 World Reputation Rankings. THE explains that the rankings are “based on the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics.” 21 countries are represented in the top 100 list of the most powerful global university brands, which features three institutions from Canada. The University of Toronto tied for 22nd with ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; the University of British Columbia placed in 38th, and McGill University placed 41st. THE states that it only gives unique ranks to the Top 50 schools “because the differentials between institutions after that point become narrow.” Times Higher Education (1) | Times Higher Education (2)

THE World Reputation Rankings see U of T, UBC, McGill in Top 100 Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

Seneca College and Humber College have announced a partnership facilitating degree pathways between the two institutions. Students in Seneca’s Graphic Design Diploma may apply their credits toward Humber’s Creative Advertising Honours Degree, while courses from Humber’s Computer Programmer Diploma are transferable to Seneca’s Software Development Honours Degree. “Our system will be stronger, but more importantly our students, and students from our partner institutions, will have broader options and greater access to world-class education, ” said Humber President Chris Whitaker and Seneca President David Agnew. The two institutions have also agreed to consult each other before implementing new courses or programming to avoid redundancies and potentially foster more pathways. Global Newswire (Seneca)

Seneca, Humber introduce new degree pathways Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

Trent University has announced that it will launch the Circumpolar Studies Diploma, an online program that will focus on the region’s people and landscapes, geographical and historical contexts, security, and political issues linked to climate change. “This comprehensive curriculum reflects the most current thinking about topics of importance to everyone – from undergraduate students looking for an understanding of our changing world to those who live and work in the North in an era of rapid change,” said Trent professor Heather Nicol. The Diploma incorporates expertise from several programs at Trent, including the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies and the School for the Study of Canada. Trent

Trent launches online Circumpolar Studies Diploma Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

Camosun College has announced that it will name its new health sciences building after Jo Campbell and the late Alex Campbell. According to the Victoria Times-Colonist, a donation from the Campbells has brought Camosun to the halfway point of its $5M goal to purchase equipment and technology for the new building. "This campaign will support thousands of health and human services students, helping Camosun provide our community with highly educated, compassionate health and wellness professionals every year," said Jeety Bhalla, Chair of the Camosun College Foundation. Jo stated that the donation was motivated by the care Alex received when he underwent treatment for cancer. Victoria Times-Colonist | Camosun

Camosun to name new health sciences building for donors Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

To account for the ongoing shifts in the labour market, the higher education sector must emphasize skills development, innovate credentials, and bring students and employers closer together, writes Nobina Robinson. One possible means to foster skills development, she suggests, is to revamp admissions’ processes so that they emphasize competencies rather than grades. Robinson adds that credentials must adjust to a model of lifelong learning as the labour sector comes to demand continuous skills upgrading. Finally, the author suggests work-integrated learning and applied research projects can foster job-market experience for new graduates. Such initiatives can make Canada a leader on the global stage, Robinson concludes.

Higher ed must embrace the skills economy: Robinson Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

A Fédération de Cégeps release states that the Quebec government will invest nearly $240M in digital infrastructure to support instructor training, new equipment, and research and teaching tools throughout the CEGEP network until 2023. Bernard Tremblay, President and CEO of the Fédération, thanked the province for its investment, adding that the CEGEP network anticipates an influx of careers in the digital sector over the next five years. The investment is part of a $1.2B budget for digital infrastructure in K-12 and PSE in QC. According to the release, nearly $390M of that budget will support the higher education sector. Fédération de Cégeps

QC invests in digital infrastructure for CEGEPS Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

Ontario Colleges are calling on the candidates of the upcoming provincial election to address a $100M funding shortfall. George Burton, president of Canadore College, stated that the changing job market demands specialized training provided by colleges: “It’s absolutely essential that we continue to deliver high-quality programs and apprenticeships that keep a wide world of opportunity for the leaders of tomorrow.” In addition to greater operating budgets, a Durham College release requests tuition-free education and a targeted funding increase for STEAM disciplines. | Waterloo Record 

ON colleges ask candidates to address budget shortfall Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

Loyalist College has annoucned that graduates of six of its diploma programs will now have the option to earn a degree at the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland in as little as one academic year. “Loyalist continues to establish new diploma-to-degree pathways to give Loyalist graduates more options to seamlessly and cost effectively earn a combination of credentials that will give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughan. Vaughan further added that IT Tralee is similar to Loyalist in its staff-to-student ratio, ensuring that students receive personal attention and support. Loyalist

Loyalist partnership with Irish institute creates new degree options Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

A group of chemists and Indigenous leaders are looking for ways to engage in reconciliation through chemistry education, reports the Star Metro Edmonton. University of Saskatchewan Professor and New Credit First Nations member Malcolm King explained that one solution is incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing and western ideas into chemistry education. “Some of the stuff, for instance, would be the knowledge of Indigenous plants and how they develop,” said King. King further noted the importance of removing barriers through the improvement of science education in Indigenous communities. Toronto Star

Chemists, Indigenous leaders push for Indigenous knowledge in chemistry education Top Ten 06/04/2018 - 04:34 06/04/2018 - 03:00

The Center for World University Rankings has released its 2018-2019 rankings, which name four Canadian institutions in its top 100: The University of Toronto at #17, followed by McGill University (#37), the University of British Columbia (#38), and the University of Alberta (#96). CWUR states that it grades universities on seven factors: quality of teaching, alumni employment, quality of faculty, research output, quality publications, influence, and citations. CWUR further explains that it does not rely on surveys or submissions from universities to determine rankings. CWUR (1) | CWUR (2)

2018-2019 Centre for World University Rankings sees U of T, McGill, UBC, UAlberta in top 100 Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

A long-awaited review of Aurora College includes the recommendation that the college become a polytechnic university in order to change the Northwest Territories’ vision for PSE. “I think that this a long time coming, and I'm really excited that this review actually has some recommendations — not only complaining about what we aren't doing right, but where we need to move forward,” said NWT Education Minister Caroline Cochrane. Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green, however, expressed concern to CBC about the scope of the recommendations. Aurora’s social work and teacher education program will remain suspended pending a further budget review, adds CBC, but all other programming will continue through the 2018-19 academic year. CBC

Review proposes Aurora College be converted to polytechnic Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

At 87 days, the York University strike is now the longest at an English-speaking Canadian university in history, reports CBC. CUPE Local 3903, which represents approximately 3,000 employees, told CBC that it feels the university has shown little interest in resolving the dispute. Interim YorkU Vice President Academic and Provost Lisa Philipps responded that the university has done “everything in our power” to end the stoppage, and that interest arbitration remains the only solution. Meanwhile, YorkU has awarded provisional grades to graduating students so as not to delay their future plans. CBC | Globe and Mail

YorkU strike reaches record 87 days Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

North Island College has announced a new Aboriginal Leadership Certificate that will train students for careers in management and administration. According to Nation Talk, the Certificate was developed after K’omoks First Nation approached NIC about a program that addresses the community’s needs. “It is good that NIC is asking for our input and providing us the certification we need to ensure Aboriginal leaders have the knowledge and skills to make good decisions for the people and to develop healthy organizations,” stated Fran Prince, Aboriginal Education Advisory Council Chair. While the bulk of the program takes place online, Nation Talk reports that students will have the opportunity to meet in person once a semester through on-campus gatherings. Nation Talk

NIC to launch Aboriginal Leadership Certificate Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

As universities face increased scrutiny from the public for presidential pay and expenses, student protests, graduate outcomes, and more, they must take care to avoid facing a “reputation gap.” A reputation gap appears when there is a discrepancy between what an organization’s public statements say about its efforts and its actual practices, explains Gavin Megaw: “You cannot proclaim yourself a hotbed of innovation and openness if your processes are byzantine.” The author highlights three ways that universities can protect their brand: the development of a communications strategy that proactively highlights the positive aspects of organizational restructuring; a network of advocates that consists of both alumni and experts; and “scenario planning” to anticipate any negative events that may arise. Times Higher Education (subscription required)

Three tips to help universities protect their brand Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Montréal has received $500K from the Co-operators to establish the Co-operators Chair in Actuarial Risk Analysis. According to a UQAM release, the Chair will respond to a demand from employers for staff that are increasingly specialized in big data and telemetry as these areas grow more sophisticated. In addition to training students for the shifting demands in the field, UQAM states that the Chair will conduct actuarial research for industry partners. UQAM

UQAM receives $500K for Co-operators Chair in Actuarial Risk Analysis Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

The College of New Caledonia, Nova Scotia Community College, and British Columbia Institute of Technology have partnered with the Regional Ministry of Education in Arequipa, Peru to develop skills training at Instituto Superior de Educación Pública Honorio Delgado Espinoza through Colleges and Institutes Canada. A CICan release states that the program’s Canadian partners will provide technical assistance and training to directors, instructors, and administrative staff in Peru. “We are very happy to see this new program take shape and cannot wait to begin working in close collaboration with our partners in Peru to help improve the employability of young people in the region,” stated Gail Cockburn, Director and Development Advisor of the Canadian Embassy in Peru. CICan

Canadian partners help improve training for Peru’s extractive sector Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

Brock University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kateb University in Afghanistan. The MOU will provide Kateb faculty with the opportunity to undertake research methodology training as part of Brock’s Global Scholars Program. “It’s an honour to provide institutional colleagues with the opportunity to further their research,” said Tom Dunk, Brock’s Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “Education is universal and providing the world with access to higher learning opportunities is the best path to peace and prosperity in the future.” Brock adds that the agreement marks the beginning of a five-year partnership set to begin in the 2018-19 academic year. Brock

Brock signs MOU with Afghanistan university to foster international research Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

Nova Scotia Community College’s professors and support staff have agreed to new six-year collective agreements that run from September 2014 to August 2020. Faculty members voted 55% in favour of the offer, while the professional support bargaining unit voted 64% in favour. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union explained that the agreement has been ratified and includes a seven per cent wage increase over the six-year terms. CBC

NSCC professors, support staff sign collective agreement Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

Simon Fraser and the NATO Defense College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a NATO field school program this summer. An SFU release reports that the MOU will see the two institutions coordinate scheduling, resources, mentorship, and site visits for the 2018 SFU NATO Field School and Simulation Program. The upper-level program is available to undergraduate and graduate students in Canada and involves learning directly from top-level NATO mentors and military officers. “This innovative program will provide students across Canada with the opportunity to receive a world-class, interdisciplinary educational experience with lifelong value,” says SFU political science professor Alexander Moens. SFU

SFU partners with NATO partner to run summer field school Top Ten 06/01/2018 - 03:39 06/01/2018 - 03:30

Gerald Niznick, widely recognized as the originator of modern implant dentistry, and his wife Reesa Niznic have donated $7.5M to the University of Manitoba's College of Dentistry. A UManitoba release states that the college will be renamed the Dr Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. “Our alumni continue to make an important impact on the health of our nation, and in Dr. Niznick’s case, internationally,” said Anthony Iacopino, dean of the College of Dentistry. “We are honoured that Dr. Niznick has chosen to invest today in the instructors, support staff and students of dentistry who carry on that legacy of impact and innovation.” Winnipeg Free Press | UManitoba

UManitoba alumnus donates $7.5M to College of Dentistry Top Ten 05/31/2018 - 03:40 05/31/2018 - 03:30

Brock University and the University of Technology in Jamaica have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will foster articulations for accredited programmes, exchange and internship opportunities for faculty and staff, collaborative research projects, and joint publications. “The City of St. Catharines has long held a special partnership with Port of Spain and the country of Trinidad and Tobago,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “We want to continue that partnership by helping students from across all Caribbean nations experience post-secondary education in the Niagara region.” Fearon also announced the creation of the Caribbean International Scholarship, a $4K merit-based award that will be first disbursed in 2019. Go Jamaica | BrockU

Brock, UTech Jamaica sign MOU Top Ten 05/31/2018 - 03:40 05/31/2018 - 03:30

Red Deer College has announced that it will launch a Health Care Management Post-Diploma Certificate program in 2019. The 16-month certificate will train working professionals for management and leadership positions in health care. “The program is designed for diploma or degree holders, applying foundational business concepts to the opportunities and challenges faced by a diverse group of health care organizations,” said RDC Donald School of Business Dean Darcy Mykytkshyn. To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, RDC will deliver the program through a blended format that includes online instruction and four “executive weekends” at the Donald School of Business. RDC

RDC announces post-diploma certificate for health care professionals Top Ten 05/31/2018 - 03:40 05/31/2018 - 03:30

Royal Roads University and the Songhees Nation have signed a framework agreement outlining how the two parties can use the 556 acres of land occupied by the university. According to a Royal Roads release, the Department of National Defence has declared the land to be surplus and facilitated nation-to-nation discussions about its future. The framework agreement outlines several mutual objectives that include the development of programming opportunities for Indigenous communities, the preservation of heritage buildings, and a planning framework that includes future partnership opportunities. Victoria Times ColonistRoyal Roads

RRU, Songhees Nation agreement outlines objectives for land use Top Ten 05/31/2018 - 03:40 05/31/2018 - 03:30

A recent survey found that US professors believe that limited English proficiency and different academic expectations are the two foremost challenges for international students, writes Elizabeth Redden. The author states that the findings are consistent with earlier studies in which professors have questioned international students’ language proficiency while also stating that they feel their teaching practices do not align with those students’ cultural beliefs. The article goes on to discuss the findings of interviews with international students, within which students cited communication and financial barriers as key challenges. Inside Higher Ed

Profs believe language, cultural norms foremost challenges for international students Top Ten 05/31/2018 - 03:40 05/31/2018 - 03:30

The University of Toronto’s Victoria University has received an anonymous $1M donation in support of a professorship in Muslim Studies at Emmanuel College. A release states that the donation will secure funding for a Muslim position in the Master of Pastoral Studies, which offers a Christian, Buddhist, or Muslim stream. “Our students and professors are exploring how particular religious identities enrich each other in a learning community where Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and those from other faith traditions engage in respectful discussion,” said Interim Principal Phyllis Airhart. According to the release, the Muslim stream includes courses on the Qur’an, the history and theological tradition of Islam, Islamic law and ethics, Islamic spirituality, and Islamic thought. U of T

Victoria University receives $1M for professorship in Muslim Studies Top Ten 05/31/2018 - 03:40 05/31/2018 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University's senate has approved a freedom-of-expression statement that describes the school's commitment to not censoring difficult or controversial ideas. WLU says that the final statement "unequivocally embraces the principles of free expression required in an academic environment." The approximately 1,000 word-long statement is available on WLU's website, and was developed in consultation with experts from around the world as well as community members. The statement includes restrictions around threats, defamation, discrimination, harassment, invasion of privacy and confidentiality, and hate speech. The Record

WLU senate approves freedom-of-expression statement Top Ten 05/31/2018 - 03:40 05/31/2018 - 03:30

“Change in the digital age affects every sector, from banking and retail to healthcare, hospitality and non-profit. Higher education is no different,” writes UOIT President Steven Murphy. In an era of changing educational technology, the author asks whether the value-add of lecture-style teaching at Canada’s colleges and universities is still high enough for students. Murphy answers with a “tentative yes,” while noting that it is the ability to offer recognized credentials that keeps many higher ed institutions in operation. Murphy concludes that higher ed must pursue three key goals in order to proactively address the forces of disruption: educate administrators and boards of governors on disruption, partner with the private sector, and turn risk management into opportunity. Globe and Mail

Three tips for how higher ed should manage disruption: UOIT president Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 03:43 05/30/2018 - 03:30

Eight Canadian university presidents and research partners recently concluded a three-day mission in Mexico City to foster greater talent exchange, research collaboration and Indigenous higher education between the two countries. “The connections made this week reinforce our strong relationship with Mexico and will help bring even more Canadian talent to the world,” stated Universities Canada President Paul Davidson. A Universities Canada release adds that the mission included seven new Memoranda of Understanding; detailed discussions about Indigenous initiatives, urbanization, energy policy and climate change; and a call for Canada to send more students to study in Mexico. Universities Canada

Canadian universities strengthen relationship with Mexico Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 13:27 05/30/2018 - 03:30

“In a world of globalized commerce and communications, but localized problems, where can we turn for the relationships and social structures that our communities need to thrive?” asks Simon Fraser University President Andrew Petter. The author notes that globalization has disrupted the “anchoring” effect that domestic industry and robust government revenues once had on local communities. Yet Petter also argues that Canada’s network of universities, colleges, and institutes is ideally positioned to take on this responsibility, not only through its core mission of teaching and learning, but also “in the ways we use land and facilities; purchase goods and services; manage and invest funds; steward human resources; and nurture and maintain relationships.” Vancouver Sun

PSE institutions must step up to bolster Canada’s social infrastructure: Petter Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 03:43 05/30/2018 - 03:30

Toronto City Council recently moved to subject fraternity and sorority houses to the same licensing restrictions as all other rooming houses, reports the Toronto Star. According to the Star, the move arose from concerns about incidents of assault and sexual violence in fraternity and sorority houses, a claim that the Kappa Kappa Gamma House Corporation has denied. The bylaw requires that the owner of any shared residence of three or more people provide an emergency contact and have an approved fire safety plan, in addition to further safety measures. Toronto Star

Toronto lifts exemption on frat, sorority houses Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 03:43 05/30/2018 - 03:30

Citing a recent joint report by several student associations across Canada, the Richmond News highlights SFU's recently opened Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office. SFU has also implemented a sexual violence and misconduct prevention policy that includes training for elected student council members and leaders on how to be an “active bystander.” “I think they made a significant commitment as an institution, and I think we have to wait and see. I’m really happy to see what they’ve been doing,” said Simon Fraser Student Society CEO Martin Wyant. Richmond News

SFU implements policy, student training against sexual violence Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 03:43 05/30/2018 - 03:30

Queen’s University has established the Queen’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. According to the Queen's Journal, the School will foster a modernized approach to education and public policy at Queen’s while providing crucial assets for policy makers across the country. Michael Horgan, Chair of the Commission that founded the School, stated that the School will “enrich the student learning experience, advance the university’s research and innovation goals, increase Queen’s policy influence, and enhance its national and international reputation.” Queen’s Journal

Queen’s establishes School of Public Policy & Global Affairs Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 03:43 05/30/2018 - 03:30

In a discussion of the transition from postdoctoral work to the tenure track, Stephen J Aguilar writes that success in higher education depends not only on hard work, but on the reception of that work in the scholarly community. Aguilar touches on the key qualities of a successful postdoctoral experience, including secure funding, working knowledge of a faculty mentor’s areas of expertise, and a clear set of goals. The author also encourages postdocs to attend meetings and to establish relationships with faculty during the course of their appointments. Inside Higher Ed

Tips for a successful transition from postdoc to tenure Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 03:43 05/30/2018 - 03:30

Medicine Hat College has earmarked $150K in its upcoming budget for new programming to compliment economic trends in the region, reports Medicine Hat News. According to MHC Interim President Wayne Resch, the funds will put “programming in place that the region is looking for.” Resch added that a 2% funding increase from the province facilitated the budget allocation. Medicine Hat News adds that MHC will also lay off five faculty positions and one lab aid to balance its 2018/19 budget. “It’s a bit of the cyclical world of trades, at the same time it’s very expensive for the college to lay people off and then have to hire the exact same skill set the following year,” Resch stated. Medicine Hat News

MHC plans to meet economic trends with $150K in new programming Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 03:43 05/30/2018 - 03:30

Citing instances of state oppression in Turkey, Brazil, and Iran, Judith Butler writes on the importance of the university's commitment to academic freedom as universities increasingly act as global hubs. Part of the university’s core mission, she states, is the imperative to protect both academic freedom and political expression as distinct categories of the same principle. If either of these categories are compromised, Butler adds, “the task of the university is undermined.” The article goes on to touch on the tangled nature of academic freedom and democracy in the university's simultaneous roles as an institution of the state and an independent check on the state’s power. Chronicle of Higher Education

Academic freedom, democracy, must be global mandates: Butler Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 03:43 05/30/2018 - 03:30

The University of King's College has launched a year-long scholarly review to investigate the possible connections between the institution and the transatlantic slave trade during the 18th and 19th centuries. “Tackling these questions in an open, transparent and scholarly way is one of the things we’re doing to make ourselves more welcoming as a community to people of diverse racial backgrounds,” said U of King's College President William Lahey. The review builds on a similar investigation being undertaken at Dalhousie University, and follows a number of other studies that have been undertaken at American universities. University Affairs | U of King's College

U of King's College launches review of possible connections to slavery Top Ten 05/30/2018 - 03:43 05/30/2018 - 03:30

Victoria College at the University of Toronto has received a $1M donation from Bader Philanthropies. A U of T release states that the gift will support upper-year undergraduates conducting humanities and social science research through the College’s Scholars-in-Residence program, which features hands-on instruction in research techniques and multidisciplinary workshops. “The Scholars-in-Residence program, which spurs intellectual curiosity, complements the bricks and mortar that bear our family’s name,” stated Daniel J. Bader, President and CEO of Bader Philanthropies. According to U of T, the College received 1,000 applications for the program’s 50 openings in 2017.

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U of T interdisciplinary program receives $1M donation Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

Confederation College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have signed a letter of intent to work together on new initiatives in Indigenous research over the next five years. “We have long endeavoured to contribute to the advancement of Indigenous education,” stated Confederation President Jim Madder. “This partnership will enable us to further support our Indigenous and other learners, while sharing with and learning from equally committed colleagues. We anticipate great benefits for both of our institutions through our work together.” According to a joint release, the collaboration will be led by SaskPolytech’s Director of Indigenous Strategy Jason Seright and Confederation’s VP of the Centre for Policy and Research in Indigenous Learning S Brenda Small.


Confederation, SaskPolytech sign five-year partnership for Indigenous research Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

Dalhousie University has unveiled its new, $23M fitness centre. A Dal release states that the Dalplex features four purpose-built fitness studios, three locker rooms, and 74 pieces of new cardio equipment. “It’s been a truly collaborative effort that has required a ton of passion, commitment and relentless effort,” said Tim Maloney, executive director of Athletics and Recreation. According to the release, Dal students agreed to help fund the centre through a new student fee of $180 per year to be implemented in September of 2018.


Dal opens $23M fitness centre Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

In an interview with CBC, Cam Sylvester, North American Regional Director of Lattitude Global Volunteering, stated that some students can benefit from a year off between high school and university, or at some point during their university careers. “We don't give kids much time to think about who they are and where they're going to go. They've been told by most of their counsellors they've got to go right into university, their parents are telling them that,” said Sylvester, citing higher GPAs, lower dropout rates, and quicker completion rates as some of the potential benefits of taking a gap year. CBC states that volunteering, working, or taking time to think about future opportunities are popular options for a gap year.


Students can benefit from “gap” year: Sylvester Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

British Columbia’s NDP government will spend $1.2M to boost the number of available seats for nurse practitioner training by 66% at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, and the University of Northern British Columbia, reports KelownaNow. "We know that there are significant numbers of British Columbians who have inadequate access to a primary care provider," said Minister of Health Adrian Dix. "NPs are a viable, patient-centred solution to improving access, but we know that compared to other jurisdictions, B.C. has not made the best use of NPs.” The boost to nurse practitioner education funding is part of a $115M initiative to create 200 more NP positions across the province, KelownaNow adds.


BC invests $1.2M in nurse practitioner programs at three universities Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

The Windsor Star reports that the City of Windsor is in discussions with St Clair College about building a mixed-use library and a new student residence in the downtown core. “We’re going to have new intake so there’s certainly an opportunity if someone is interested in building a residence,” said St Clair President Patti France. According to the Star, about 9,000 students attended St Clair in the Fall, and that number is expected to rise to 11,000 in the upcoming year. CBC reported that St. Clair recently sought 500 beds to accommodate student overflow in Windsor.

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Windsor, St Clair in talks for mixed-use, downtown facility Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

A Carleton University release states that the university and the Carleton University Academic Staff Association, which represents 900 professors, instructors, and librarians, have arrived at a tentative Collective Agreement. The details of the agreement will be disclosed following a ratification vote by the union, adds Carleton. According to the Ottawa Citizen, CUASA representatives felt that Carleton’s request for a conciliator in early May would trigger a lockout, an allegation that the university denied. Salary, the wording of the pension plan, and pay equity for female professors were major areas of concern for the union, the Citizen adds.

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Carleton, CUASA reach tentative agreement Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

An initiative by several community partners including the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office of Nova Scotia, St. Francis Xavier University, and Nova Scotia Community College will provide apprenticeship training and work experience for Red Seal carpentry certification, an NS release states. The release adds that students began their workplace training in the spring, and that the remainder of the program will alternate between classroom and hands-on experience. “We have developed a truly innovative initiative that addresses multiple needs in our communities, made possible by leveraging partnerships and programs available within our province,” said Alex Paul, Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office of NS.


Multi-partner initiative provides Red Seal training for Mi’kmaw community Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

Aurora College has launched a tuition-free program that trains assistants for geoscientists. CBC reports that the Geoscience Field Assistant Training Program consists of five weeks of in-class training, followed by 160 hours of paid, on-site training offered by mining companies working in partnership with Aurora. “There's sort of a gap in expertise,” said Kumari Karunaratne, Acting Director of the Northwest Territories Geological Survey. “We've got lots of geologists looking for work, and we have people that have good on-the-land skills, but [are] not necessarily geared towards geoscience work.” According to CBC, the territorial government, the Mine Training Society, Aurora, and the local mining industry have funded the program.


Aurora introduces tuition-free geoscience program Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

The Journal de Montréal reports that Le Collège Ahuntsic is struggling to meet a 33% jump in demand for mental health supports over the last three years. Ahuntsic states that it will hire nine additional mental health workers over the next year, but that the CEGEP is also in need of additional space. Ahuntsic’s Director of Communications, Éric Léveillé, stated that the CEGEP is eyeing several spaces to accommodate service expansion, all of which are presently used by l’Association générale des étudiants du Collège Ahuntsic. Rizwan Khan, president of the Association, criticized the decision, stating that although the school critically needs better mental health supports, students also rely on the services currently in place.

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Facing shortage of space, supports, CEGEP eyes student spaces for mental health facilities Top Ten 05/29/2018 - 03:34 05/29/2018 - 03:30

Administrators at St Thomas University believe that the institution receives $1.4M less than other NB universities, reports CBC. After a protracted attempt to secure funding details from the province for the University of New Brunswick, the University of Moncton, and Mount Allison University, STU now plans to take the province to court. Citing a provincial commission that was undertaken ten years ago, STU Spokesperson Jeffrey Carleton added that STU students are comparatively underfunded. “We have more female students, we have more Indigenous students and we have more first-generation students and we’re perplexed that the government won't recognize this anomaly in their funding formula and take steps to correct it,” said Carleton. CBC

STU takes NB to court over funding details Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

The Toronto Star has learned that Durham College intends to revise and amend its policy on political activity for its employees. The announced change follows accusations from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union that Durham violated academic freedom and democratic rights in an email that ostensibly forbade employees from engaging in political activity, either on-campus or off. “You would think a college president would be more careful to respect and protect academic life on campus,” said RM Kennedy, OPSEU’s College Faculty Division Chair. In a statement, Durham responded that it “unequivocally supports the rights of students and employees to participate in the democratic process — more than that, it is encouraged.” Toronto Star

Durham vows to revise policy on political activity Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

With Ontario’s provincial election looming, tuition remains a top concern for student voters, the Toronto Star reports. According to the Star, 435,000 students received financial support from the Ontario Student Assistance Program in 2017-18. Although the current Liberal government has sought to reduce student debt loads with grants and loan forgiveness programs, many students still struggle financially after they graduate. The Star adds that the NDP has promised to replace loans with grants to all students who qualify for OSAP, while Doug Ford’s PCs have not yet discussed their plans for tuition. Improved mental health supports have also become a priority for students. Toronto Star

ON Student voters want debt relief, mental health supports Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

The University of Regina has strengthened its cybersecurity safeguards after expelling a student for changing the grades of 31 engineering students, but Saskatchewan’s Information and Privacy Commissioner would like to see more changes, the Regina Leader-Post states. A report issued by Commissioner Ronald Kruzeniski concluded that the university responded to the breach appropriately, but also recommended a minimum number of assigned PIN characters, random audits of the mark entry system, and mandatory privacy training for employees. URegina, in an internal report, stated that the breach “resulted from the utilization of weak passwords, and failure of impacted faculty members to change password from the default.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix (Leader-Post)

Commissioner recommends changes to URegina cybersecurity after hacks Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

Royal Roads University and Kitselas First Nation have received $700K from the provincial government’s Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships Program. According to an RRU release, the funding will support the Certificate in Cultural and Natural Resources Assessment Program, which is delivered in partnership with Kitselas. “The program is set up so that students will succeed,” said Debbie Moore, Kitselas’ Manager of Community Services and Post-Secondary Education. “My dream for each is that they achieve their employment goals or continue to work towards a degree.” Fifteen students are enrolled in the program, which launched in April of 2018. RRU

RRU, Kitselas First Nation receive $700K for training partnerships program Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

George Brown College has announced that it will launch the Career Development Practitioner Program in September of 2018. According to a George Brown release, the three-semester program will replace the previous diploma program in this area. “Employers said that they are looking for the degree or diploma plus the specialized training. So, we're trying to meet industry demands as the profession itself changes and becomes more credentialized,” stated Program Coordinator Gillian Johnston. In addition to focusing on career development, professional practice, ethics, and individual counselling and coaching, the program will incorporate training in social media and evolving communications technologies. The release adds that a work placement program will provide students with a pathway into the field. George Brown

George Brown launches Career Development Practitioner Program Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

George Brown College has announced that it will launch the Career Development Practitioner Program in September of 2018. According to a George Brown release, the three-semester program will replace the previous diploma program in this area. “Employers said that they are looking for the degree or diploma plus the specialized training. So, we're trying to meet industry demands as the profession itself changes and becomes more credentialized,” stated Program Coordinator Gillian Johnston. In addition to focusing on career development, professional practice, ethics, and individual counselling and coaching, the program will incorporate training in social media and evolving communications technologies. The release adds that a work placement program will provide students with a pathway into the field. George Brown

George Brown launches Career Development Practitioner Program Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

Carleton University has bought the Dominion-Chalmers United Church, reports CBC. Alastair Summerlee, Carleton’s Interim President, stated that the university will use the 1,000-seat church as a concert and event venue, as Carleton does not presently have a space with more than 400 seats. “Our purchase of Dominion-Chalmers United Church is perfectly aligned with the university's mission to play a central role in the cultural life of Ottawa,” Summerlee said in a release. CBC adds that the building was recently appraised at $7M-$8M, and that Carleton received a $5M contribution for the purchase from the provincial government. CBC | Ottawa Citizen

Carleton purchases church, plans concert venue Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

Carleton University has bought the Dominion-Chalmers United Church, reports CBC. Alastair Summerlee, Carleton’s Interim President, stated that the university will use the 1,000-seat church as a concert and event venue, as Carleton does not presently have a space with more than 400 seats. “Our purchase of Dominion-Chalmers United Church is perfectly aligned with the university's mission to play a central role in the cultural life of Ottawa,” Summerlee said in a release. CBC adds that the building was recently appraised at $7M-$8M, and that Carleton received a $5M contribution for the purchase from the provincial government. CBC | Ottawa Citizen

Carleton purchases church, plans concert venue Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

In response to the recent surge of resignations by university and college presidents in the US, Brandy Forrest, Chris Forrest, and Karen Gross write that co-presidencies can be a viable alternative to the current leadership model. The authors offer two analogous scenarios of co-leadership—pilots in two-seat jetfighters and the co-regencies of Ancient Egypt—to “demonstrate the capacity of actual leaders to park their egos in place for the sake and safety of others and to provide guidance, stability and direction.” According to Forrest, Forrest, and Gross, university presidents, like fighter pilots and co-regents, strive toward a “higher goal” that can be best met by pairing leaders with differing skill sets and experience. Inside Higher Ed

The benefit of co-presidencies in higher ed Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

CBC states that Aurora College will receive $410K from the federal government over the next five years to research and restore the coast of the Beaufort Sea. The project investigates ground slumping on the coast due to permafrost thaw, and uses native plant species to mitigate its effects. “It's important to focus on the health of the Arctic environment now, so that Canada can assess changes and risks, and put plans in place to protect its long-term future,” Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod said in a statement. According to CBC, the project will rely on Indigenous knowledge systems to choose appropriate sites for the restoration. CBC

Aurora receives $410K for Beaufort Sea project based on Indigenous knowledge Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College have established a degree pathway for Holland College’s Environmental Applied Science Technology program. According to a release, students will study for two years at Holland College and two years at UPEI to earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from PEI. “Students who combine the practical technical skills with an integrated understanding of the environment will have diversified their portfolio of employable skills,” said Carolyn Peach Brown, Director of UPEI’s Bachelor of Environmental Studies. The release adds that UPEI will accept courses from Holland’s Environmental Applied Science Technology diploma for up to 60 credit hours toward the degree. Holland College

UPEI, Holland College announce degree pathway for environmental sciences Top Ten 05/28/2018 - 03:39 05/28/2018 - 03:30

Colleges across Ontario say that they want candidates in the upcoming provincial elections to make a priority of giving colleges better support and more autonomy in creating new programs. In a statement released this week, Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen stated that colleges “must be given the ability to adapt and develop cutting-edge programming to meet the demands of a rapidly changing workforce.” Canadore College President George Burton and St Lawrence College President Glenn Vollebregt have also called for the expansion of degree programs at the province’s colleges. Ottawa Citizen | North Bay Nugget | SLC

ON colleges call on candidates to expand, give more autonomy to college programming Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

Eight large companies have come together to hire 40,000 Canadian youth facing employment barriers over the next five years. CBC reports that Starbucks, Walmart, Chipotle, HMSHost, Tridel Corporation, The Source, Coast Capital Savings, and Telus announced Wednesday morning that they would pursue the hiring initiative under the common banner of Opportunity for All Youth (OFAY). The initiative is backed by the MaRS Discovery District and local governments, and will target youths who are not employed, in education or training—or NEET youths—between the ages of 16 and 29. CBC

Large companies commit to hiring 40,000 Canadian youth Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

Quebec’s provincial government announced that it will provide $94 toward a new building for HEC Montréal. According to a release, the building, to be located in Montreal’s business district, will house the School’s MBA and Executive Education programs, in addition to several graduate diploma and certificate courses. “The new building in the heart of the city’s business district is sure to add new vitality to our relations and partnerships with businesses and public organizations,” said HEC Montréal Director Michel Patry. The Montreal Gazette reports that the proposal has raised some concerns for neighbours and local activists who say that construction will encroach upon a green space. HEC | Montreal Gazette

QC government to invest $94M in HEC Montréal building project Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

Jane Arychuk has resigned as President of Aurora College. CBC reports that the move leaves the college without a permanent president or a board of governors, and that it comes just days before the Northwest Territories’ Legislative Assembly is scheduled to discuss a review of Aurora that took place in 2017. Proposed cuts to the college’s teacher education and social work programs are said to have been deferred until the review’s completion. According to a government release, Caroline Cochrane, the Northwest Territories’ Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, has appointed Jeff O’Keefe, current VP of Student Affairs, as interim President. CBC | Nation Talk

Aurora College President resigns Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

The “post-truth” era of alternative facts, personally politics, and fake news presents unique challenges to the higher education sector, writes John Ross. According to many international PSE leaders, universities must meet this challenge “head-on rather than retreating into an isolated comfort zone of teaching and research.” The article goes on to describe an initiative undertaken by an Australian university that provides industry, government, and community organizations with a hub for expert advice. Ross states that the program will operate according to timeframes dictated by the 24-hour news cycle, rather than academic publication patterns. Times Higher Ed

“Post-truth” era presents new challenges for PSE leaders Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

The University of Windsor’s Board of Governors has approved construction of a new sports and recreation complex. CBC reports that the cost of the $73M facility will be split between students and the university. According to CBC, students voted in favour of covering $55M over the next 30 years. “No student will pay any fee until the academic year in which the building is open [has started] ... The initial fee will be $125,” said UWindsor Dean of Human Kinetics Michael Khan. The new building will feature a triple-gymnasium with seating for 2,700, an eight-lane pool, 12,000-foot fitness facility, and five multi-purpose rooms. CBC | Windsor Star  

UWindsor Board of Governors green lights $73M sports facility Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick and Canada House have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to foster research on the potential health benefits of cannabis. “Our faculty and staff, combined with Canada House’s professionals, will lead the way in developing and executing multiple shared projects that will be at the forefront of this type of research,” said UNB VP of Research David McGee. According to a release, the partnership will facilitate possible collaborations in education, technology platforms, analytics and clinical and medical research, as well as plant research and genomics. Stockhouse

UNB, Canada House sign MOU for cannabis research Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

Selkirk College has received a five-year, $1.7M grant to support forest industry research. Selkirk states that the federal grant will allow the college to partner with forestry companies, other educational institutions, government agencies, and venture capitalists. “Through this funding, we will build collaboration by bringing stakeholders together in a way that is both exciting and beneficial for the future of our region,” said Dean of Applied Research and Innovation Rhys Andrews. A Selkirk release notes that the five-year project will also create 30 summer internships. Selkirk

Selkirk receives federal grant for forestry research Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

CBC has learned that the University of Manitoba has approved a 6.6% tuition increase for all students in the 2018-19 academic year. The hike follows provincial legislation that lifts caps on tuition, which allows institutions to increase fees by 5% plus the rate of inflation. University of Manitoba Student Union President Jakob Sanderson and VP of Advocacy Sarah Bonner-Proulx, both of whom sit on the Board of Governors, voted against the increase. In a release, the UMSU stated that UManitoba should provide free educational resources in classrooms instead of requiring students to buy textbooks. Earlier this month, CBC reported that the University of Winnipeg approved a 6.6% increase as well. CBC

UManitoba raises tuition 6.6% Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

CBC has learned that the University of Manitoba has approved a 6.6% tuition increase for all students in the 2018-19 academic year. The hike follows provincial legislation that lifts caps on tuition, which allows institutions to increase fees by 5% plus the rate of inflation. University of Manitoba Student Union President Jakob Sanderson and VP of Advocacy Sarah Bonner-Proulx, both of whom sit on the Board of Governors, voted against the increase. In a release, the UMSU stated that UManitoba should provide free educational resources in classrooms instead of requiring students to buy textbooks. Earlier this month, CBC reported that the University of Winnipeg approved a 6.6% increase as well. CBC

UManitoba raises tuition 6.6% Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

Spartan Controls and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology have renewed their partnership. The announcement was accompanied by a $4.3M donation in support of the polytechnic’s Instrumentation Technology, Alternative Energy Technology, Power Engineering, Water and Wastewater Technology and Millwright programs. “We believe collaboration and innovation go hand in hand in solving today’s industry challenges, creating a bright future for the communities where we work and live,” stated Spartan President and CEO Grant Wilde. The agreement is said to include program equipment, software, and services, in addition to scholarships and bursaries. NAIT

Spartan Controls donates $4.3M, renews partnership with NAIT Top Ten 05/25/2018 - 03:39 05/25/2018 - 03:30

Cape Breton University will launch an interdisciplinary program in science, technology, and business for Mi’kmaw students in September of 2018. Nation Talk reports that Indigenous graduates of CBU have historically completed Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Community Studies, and that Mi’kmaw leaders requested the new program to introduce Indigenous students to a more diverse array of course and career options. “The world is a much better place with diverse perspectives and providing Mi’kmaw students the opportunity to study in fields that they have historically not been encouraged to, will ensure that their valuable experiences and perspectives are accounted for as these fields grow and evolve,” said CBU President David Dingwall. Nation Talk

CBU introduces interdisciplinary program for Mi’kmaw students Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

In an op-ed for the The Province, David Suzuki responds to the controversy around the University of Alberta’s decision to award him an honorary degree. “If nothing else, it’s good that a healthy debate about corporate influence over academic institutions and issues around climate-disrupting energy sources has emerged from it,” Suzuki writes. However, the author adds, the debate should not be derailed by personal attacks or misinformation. Suzuki goes on to rebut characterizations about his attitude toward economics, arguing that economists have long informed his thinking. The Province

Suzuki responds to degree controversy Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

According to Colleen Flaherty, a growing body of peer-reviewed evidence finds that student evaluations of teaching are biased against non-white, non-male professors. Furthermore, Flaherty notes, quantitative evaluations of teaching translate into rankings that do not necessarily improve the quality of education. In light of these findings, Flaherty highlights several US institutions that have implemented more nuanced tools to measure teaching success on a holistic scale that emphasizes learning outcomes. Flaherty also finds that faculty have long requested comprehensive approaches to classroom evaluation that match the rigour of peer-review for research. Inside Higher Ed

Teaching evaluations due for an overhaul: Flaherty Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

The association representing 850 faculty, librarians, and instructors at Carleton University has voted 73% in favour of a strike, Global News has learned. The vote does not mean that the union will strike, Global adds, but it does give its members the authority to do so. “It shows that our membership is serious about wanting to reach a fair deal,” said Communications Assistant Josh Horton. A Carleton spokesperson told Global that a strike mandate is common during negotiations. Global also reports that Carleton has denied allegations by the union that the university’s decision to apply for conciliation in early May suggests an impending lockout. Global

Carleton faculty vote in favour of strike mandate Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

The University of the Fraser Valley is set to offer several first-year Bachelor’s Degree courses at its Chilliwack campus, according to a release. The announcement follows UFV’s decision to expand its programming in Chilliwack. “We recognize the value in giving students the option of studying in their home community for at least the first year of their degree programs while they adjust to post-secondary studies,” said UFV Associate Dean of Arts Alisa Webb. “The City of Chilliwack has been a proud community partner with UFV since its inception and we applaud programming choices that seek to address the needs of students in our community,” added Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz. UFV

UFV to offer first-year courses at Chilliwack campus Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

Six Nations Polytechnic has launched a tuition-free welding program for low-income women. CBC reports that “he program, which is designed to meet a reported shortage of welders in the region, will also include modules on resume building, soft skills, and trades math. "Together, with community, industry and academic partners, this project will offer workshops and a speaker series to help women begin a career as a welder,” said Linda Parker, Acting Director of Operations and Advancement at SNP's Brantford campus. CBC adds that students will conclude the 28-week course with a paid work placement. CBC | Education News Canada

SNP launches tuition-free welding course for women Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island’s Board of Governors has approved a 2% tuition increase for the 2018-19 academic year, CBC reports. The increase is said to be marginally below the current rate of inflation, indexed by CPI at 2.2%. In a release, UPEI Student Union President William McGuigan stated that the “Student Union has, for the past several years, advocated for the tuition increases to be indexed according to the CPI. We hope this practice is further echoed in future budget.” CBC adds that UPEI increased tuition by 3% last year, nearly double the inflation rate of 1.6%. CBC

UPEI approves 2% tuition increase for 2018-19 Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan has fired Brian Gavlas, a volleyball coach who knowingly recruited a player who was on bail for sexual assault, CBC has learned. Chief Athletics Officer Shawn Burt stated that if USask officials had known of Glavas’ decision beforehand, “[h]e would have been told absolutely not. A complete non-starter.” According to CBC, Gavlas said that people in his position should “give young adults and teenagers an opportunity to grow and develop and improve on their character and improve on their choices and improve on their lifestyles, whatever the case is.” Burt added that Gavlas’ decision to not inform USask officials about the charges against the player factored into his firing. CBC | Star Phoenix

Recruitment of player facing sexual assault charges “wrong decision”: USask Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

The Université du Québec en Outaouais’ student association and union have boycotted the university’s survey for an updated sexual assault policy, reports QMI Agency. The Act to Prevent and Combat Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions mandates that universities and colleges must include input from student associations and unions for sexual assault policies, something that UQO has not done, according to Marie-Josée Bourget, President of the syndicat des chargés de cours de l’UQO. UQO leadership, however, states that it has engaged in an extensive consultation process with the entire university community. Le Journal de Montréal

Student association, union boycott UQO consultation on sexual violence Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

A release from the College of the North Atlantic states that the college’s engineering programs have received renewed accreditation through 2020. The review process, which began in 2017, included site visits, as accredited programs require periodic inspections prior to renewals. “I would like to acknowledge the significant effort that faculty members within these engineering programs made to ensure respective site visits went smoothly. Additionally, I would like to acknowledge the high level of professionalism and dedication that all faculty and staff displayed during these respective visits,” said Brent Howell, CNA’s Dean of Engineering Technology & Natural Resources. CNA

CNA engineering programs continue accreditation through 2020 Top Ten 05/24/2018 - 03:42 05/24/2018 - 03:30

“I have long been a proponent of indigenous peoples telling our stories. We’ve always served as background characters in our own history,” writes Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas. The author highlights the recent case of Mount Saint Vincent University coming under fire for assigning a non-Indigenous professor to teach a course on Canada’s residential schools. Yet Thomas also notes that when schools attempt to give a voice to Indigenous peoples, they often end up overburdening a single Indigenous staff member (or small group) with the responsibility of managing every Indigenous aspect of a school’s programming. “I do this so those who come after me hopefully won’t be asked to,” concludes Thomas. “I take up space, not always because I want to but because I have to.” Washington Post

Indigenous PSE professionals can’t be “one stop shop” for all things Indigenous: Thomas Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

“A government that has been prepared to issue interest-free loans to Bombardier … should also be prepared to offer interest-free loans to students who are trying to pursue the post-secondary education that's absolutely necessary in today's labour market,” says Canadian Federation of Students Treasurer Peyton Veitch. Veitch delivered these comments after the CFS launched a series of Facebook ads calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to make billions of dollars in student loans interest-free. CBC reports that the interest currently charged on federal student loans is higher than that of mortgages in the country. CBC

Eliminate interest on federal student loans, says CFS online campaign Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

Cape Breton University will receive $2.4M from Invest Nova Scotia for a project that turns unused marine biomass into commercial products, reports the Cape Breton Post. “The project we have can take things like fisheries waste, things like off-cuts, that’s head, guts and tails, lobster shells, really anything that’s off-cut from processing — we tend to call them byproducts rather than waste because they are the beginning of our value piece,” stated Beth Mason, CEO of CBU’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. According to the Post, the provincial government established Invest Nova Scotia in 2014 as an independent fund to support innovative sustainability initiatives. Cape Breton Post

CBU receives $2.4M for marine sustainability Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

Williams Lake Indian Band has partnered with Thompson Rivers University's Williams Lake Campus to build a new Elders facility, states the Williams Lake Tribune. Students in TRU Williams Lake’s Carpenter, Residential Construction Foundation Program will work on the project. “We had utilized a trailer for the elders that ended up sustaining some severe water damage and we purchased another one, but it doesn’t fit the needs of the elders anymore,” said band Housing Manager Holly Wycotte. According to the Tribune, TRU students worked on a local housing renovation project in 2016. “They got hands-on learning in electrical, plumbing, various aspects of construction, drywall and concrete work as well,” added Wycotte. Williams Lake Tribune

TRU, Williams Lake Indian Band partner up for Elders facility Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

Williams Lake Indian Band has partnered with Thompson Rivers University's Williams Lake Campus to build a new Elders facility, states the Williams Lake Tribune. Students in TRU Williams Lake’s Carpenter, Residential Construction Foundation Program will work on the project. “We had utilized a trailer for the elders that ended up sustaining some severe water damage and we purchased another one, but it doesn’t fit the needs of the elders anymore,” said band Housing Manager Holly Wycotte. According to the Tribune, TRU students worked on a local housing renovation project in 2016. “They got hands-on learning in electrical, plumbing, various aspects of construction, drywall and concrete work as well,” added Wycotte. Williams Lake Tribune

TRU, Williams Lake Indian Band partner up for Elders facility Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

A multi-institutional radar network based out of the University of Saskatchewan will receive $4.8M from Innovation Saskatchewan’s Innovation and Science Fund over the next four years, states an SK release. The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network of Canada monitors space weather, which produces a range of phenomena on Earth that include power outages and the Northern Lights. “The physics department at the University of Saskatchewan has a longstanding history of making vital contributions to science,” said Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor. “This investment not only supports valuable research the radar network conducts, but on a broader scale it supports advancements in physics and the talented scientists who have stepped up to take senior roles.” SK

SK invests $4.8 in space weather network based out of USask Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

York University students expressed their frustration to CBC about the ongoing labour dispute between the university and 3,000 contract staff. Many students stated that they will not complete their degrees on time, while the university has stated that it is doing “all it can” to help students graduate. CUPE spokesperson Julian Arend said that he sympathizes with the students, but claimed that the university should be held responsible for the interruptions. YorkU has also stated that it expects to run a reduced complement of course offerings over the summer. CBC

Students grow frustrated as YorkU dispute continues Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

Trent University has announced that it has launched the first Conservation Biology BSc program with co-op and placement opportunities. Students in the program will be able to study the science behind conserving the world’s wildlife, and then take what was learned in the lab into the real world through the three paid work terms of a five-year co-op option or through the final year of the placement option. “Many students come to university with a deep commitment to conserving our planet’s biodiversity,” said Trent Biology Professor Erica Nol. “This program will facilitate for those students knowledge transfer from the science of conservation biology, to the practical solutions that will improve the status of earth’s threatened and endangered organisms.” Trent

Trent launches first Conservation Biology Program with co-op in ON Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

Algoma University and the Universidad del Quindío have signed an agreement establishing an international partnership to support student and faculty initiatives. The agreement will enable students from both institutions to take part in exchanges while faculty members will be able to take advantage of collaborative research opportunities. “Academic exchanges provide students and faculty with exciting opportunities for academic enrichment and personal growth,” said Algoma Registrar David Marasco. “We look forward to future collaborations between our two universities.” AlgomaU

AlgomaU, Universidad del Quindío sign inter-institutional agreement Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

The Government of Manitoba has announced a new Northern Workforce Development Centre that will bring together industry and workers to benefit Northern Manitobans. “The Northern Workforce Development Centre is an important response to the developing economic situation in Thompson that brings together the strategic focus of Thompson 2020, the resources of the Manitoba government and the educational expertise of our institution,” said UCN President and Vice-Chancellor Doug Lauvstad. UCN also signed a letter of intent on corporate training with Vale Canada Limited, establishing a framework for the workforce centre to offer corporate training opportunities for new employees and re-certification for existing employees. Nation Talk | UCN (1) | UCN (2)

UCN to house new Northern Workforce Development Centre Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

CDI College has paid a group of former nursing students nearly $1.9M following a class-action lawsuit against its Licensed Practical Nursing program in Edmonton, CBC reports. According to the plaintiffs’ claim statement, CDI instructors distributed colouring books, screened movies on Netflix, and led activities such as t-shirt painting and a wheelchair race as part of their teaching. Victor Tesan, interim President and former COO of the company that runs CDI, wrote in an affidavit that students were required to confirm their understanding that the college reserved the right to update or modify its programming. CBC adds that the affidavit also made disparaging claims about some students’ academic performance. CDI is said to have suspended the LPN program in 2013. CBC

CDI pays former nursing students nearly $1.9M in settlement Top Ten 05/23/2018 - 03:41 05/23/2018 - 03:30

Hélène David, Quebec’s Higher Education Minister, has announced a $1.5B funding boost for QC’s university network over the next six years, in addition to $6.3M for smaller universities. According to the Montreal Gazette, the investment amounts to an 11.3% increase from 2016-17. The Gazette also states that the province has deregulated international tuition, a move that will impact five to six thousand foreign students. However, the province also announced a $22.8M fund supporting international students who attend Francophone colleges. David stated that QC hopes to boost international enrolments in Francophone institutions by 15%. Montreal Gazette | La Presse

QC boosts university funding, deregulates foreign tuition Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

Confederation College launched its $5M “TEC Campaign” with a $200K contribution from TBaytel, a Confederation release states. According to CBC, the TEC Hub—short for Technology, Education, and Collaboration—will house the college’s engineering technology and aerospace manufacturing programs, as well as providing space for skilled trades training. “We have the funding to build the building, and we are moving our existing equipment into the building as well,” said Confederation President Jim Madder. “But [the campaign] will allow us to buy new equipment, to renew and upgrade our existing equipment.” Madder told CBC that the Hub will be complete this summer, with classes scheduled to begin in September. Confederation | CBC

Confederation kicks off $5M campaign for TEC Hub Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

Red Deer College has announced that it will launch its new Justice Studies Diploma Program in September. According to an RDC release, the program will cover a diverse array of topics that include the Canadian justice system, theoretical approaches to crime and criminal behaviour, and communication and conflict resolution. Torben Andersen, Dean of Arts and Sciences, added that the program will emphasize “knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples and their experiences with the justice system.” The program will also include a second-year practicum. RDC

RDC announces Justice Studies Diploma Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

McGill University has partnered with KINOVA to foster collaborative projects that involve medical, surgical, and assistive robots, states a McGill release. Martha Crago, McGill’s Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation, explained that KINOVA will engage closely with two interdisciplinary research groups at the university - CIM and the Steinberg Center - on the projects. “At the core of successful partnerships are shared values, such as that of McGill and KINOVA to bring innovative solutions to society through research,” she added. Keith Blanchet, Director of Innovation at KINOVA, stated that “collaborations such as this are key to KINOVA’s growth and will enable the research community to tackle the global challenges facing us.” McGill

McGill, KINOVA announce partnership Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

York University has received a $25M contribution from the York Regional Council toward the new Markham Centre Campus. The campus, which will include a collaboration with Seneca College, has an approved budget of $253M for design and construction. “York’s new campus will be an integral part of Markham’s city centre and an innovative education hub for students, families and businesses across the fast-growing York Region,” said YorkU President Rhonda Lenton. “York Regional Council’s generous commitment brings us closer to realizing our shared vision for this new state-of-the-art campus.” York Link | YorkU

YorkU welcomes $25M toward Markham Centre Campus Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

A fire at CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles destroyed a student residence last week and forced the evacuation of 280 students. The residence in question was physically attached to the school itself, which led to a shutdown of campus for the day, as well as the cancellation of scheduled exams. “A lot of our employees have stayed on site to help, so certainly all our teams are there to help the students,” said communications officer Marie-Christine Fortin. While police did not know the cause of the fire at the time of publication, Police spokesperson Sgt Claude Doiron explained that “the building will probably be a total loss.” CBC

CEGEP student residence building destroyed by fire Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

“It’s time” for the Government of Ontario to seriously consider introducing a full, First Nations-led university, says Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day. “We're now at an impasse, I believe, where all of what mainstream universities can offer our First Nations has pretty much run its course,” Day explained. “We have seen issues of racism, discrimination and systemic barriers that I believe will continue to occur because the foundation of mainstream education is not founded in Indigenous value systems and worldviews.” Day pointed to First Nations University in Saskatchewan as an example of what he would like to see in the province. CBC

Time for a First Nations university, says ON Regional Chief Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

The Winnipeg Free Press has learned that international student fees at the University of Manitoba will jump by over $1K in the 2018/19 academic year. According to the Free Press, the university has hiked fees to balance its budget in light of cuts in the provincial Operating Budget, although it has not made cuts to any programs. MB universities have also been permitted to increase fees by as much as 6.6% for the upcoming year, while the province has cut university and colleges grants by 0.9%. Winnipeg Free Press

UManitoba budget includes tuition hikes for international undergrads Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia has debuted its $5M refurbished ball park, which features artificial turf, big-league dugouts, and a new grandstand. The park's main tenants are the UBC Thunderbirds, but coach Terry McKaig reportedly has his sights set on the complex becoming a focal point for sports on a provincial and national level. “I honestly think this saved the program,” said McKaig. The Vancouver Sunadds that the new facility and training centre may help keep Canadians who would otherwise leave to play baseball at an NCAA program. Vancouver Sun | UBC

UBC debuts $5M refurbished ballpark Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

According to a Université de Sherbrooke release, BMO Financial Group has donated $600K to the school's Faculty of Education. USherbrooke states that the donation will support research and training initiatives, including research on literacy acquisition, online teaching materials, and an internship program. "We are proud to be able to count on such a major partner as BMO Financial Group to implement tangible actions that will directly affect students. I cordially thank this major donor and longstanding partner of the Université de Sherbrooke," said Normand Legault, Chair of the Promising Futures, Shared Passions Major Campaign. USherbrooke

USherbrooke receives $600K from BMO for teaching innovations Top Ten 05/22/2018 - 03:41 05/22/2018 - 03:30

A Nova Scotia pilot program designed to recruit and retain international students is being expanded across Atlantic Canada. In September, the Study and Stay Program will reportedly launch in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island. “There are two key activities that are going to happen with the initiative. The first is attracting and recruiting international students, and the second will be facilitating international students, their integration and retention into the workforce and into the communities,” stated Étienne Chiasson, spokesperson for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The program’s expansion is reportedly part of an ongoing effort to attract international talent to the Atlantic provinces. University Affairs

NS pilot for international students expands across Atlantic Canada Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

About a dozen students have launched a class-action lawsuit against Solomon College and immigration consultant Amarjot Singh for misleading claims around the college’s ability to qualify them for a postsecondary federal post-graduate work permit. Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education Press Secretary Samantha Power explained that the programs in question at Solomon, as well as degree programs through other private vocational college, are not eligible for federal post-graduate work permits. “We make no promises to our students about our ability to procure work permits as a result of registering in anyone of our educational programs,” reads a statement issued by Solomon program director Ping Ping Lee. “This would be unethical and inconsistent with our primary role as an education provider.” CBC

Students file lawsuit against Solomon, immigration consultant Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

In light of recent incidents involving controversial speakers at major US colleges, Marjorie Valbrun interviews several college presidents about how to best respond if a speaker makes potentially offensive comments. While the majority of Valbrun’s respondents acknowledge that there is no easy answer to such a scenario, the general consensus is that a president has to respectfully critique offensive speech without critiquing the speaker personally. The crucial element to the response, Valbrun finds, lies in striking the right balance of tone and timing, as well as defending the university’s mission and values above all else. Inside Higher Ed

With controversial speakers, presidents toe fine line between disagreement, disavowal Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

Daniel McMahon, Rector of l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, has lifted the 15-day lockout on the university’s teaching staff, reports La Presse. McMahon told Le Journal de Montréal that Québec Premier Phillipe Couillard and Minister of Higher Education Hélène David are committed to tabling back-to-work legislation if the two sides cannot reach an agreement by mid-June. Le Journal stated that negotiations hit a stumbling block over a clause in the previous Collective Agreement that required the university to hire 27 full-time faculty. La Presse adds that faculty workloads have also been a sticking point for the union. La Presse | Le Journal de Montréal

Rector lifts UQTR lockout Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

Brock University’s Goodman School of Business has announced that it “is the first business school in Canada to form a co-op partnership with the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada).” Under the new partnership, Brock students will be able to participate in an 8-month co-op term with a United Nations agency as a junior professional consultant. “Through this collaboration, our students have a wonderful opportunity to be placed around the world to be prepared for a wide variety of needs,” said Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes. “We’re addressing individual students’ personal and professional fulfilment objectives and recognizing that they are interested in participating and contributing in a meaningful way beyond the boardroom.” Brock

Brock Goodman first business school to form co-op partnership with UNA-Canada Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

The number of campus suicides in the last year has raised questions about whether postsecondary institutions should disclose a student’s mental health issues to parents, André Picard writes. The parents of a Canadian student who died by suicide in the US have reportedly pushed universities to disclose mental health diagnoses so that parents can get help for their children. However, the institutions have countered that university students are adults, and that such disclosures would amount to a privacy breach. Picard adds that universities are beholden to inform parents or guardians if a student poses a risk to her or himself or to others. Bearing such complexities in mind, Picard concludes that PSE institutions must establish clear policies for students with depression. Globe and Mail

Campus mental health crises raise questions about privacy, disclosure Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

The City of Windsor in Ontario is struggling with an influx of international students, reports CBC. With over 3,000 international students attending St Clair College, CBC reports that many students are having difficulties with finding housing and that transit is struggling to manage the number of commuters. International students “were telling us that they were still looking for places and that they were having difficulties finding places, said Windsor Building Department Manager of Inspections Rob Vani. “And they were looking all over the city, not just around the university or St. Clair College.” A photo submitted to CBC showed a single home that housed 20 tenants. St Clair is reportedly building infrastructure to house another 500 beds. CBC (1) | CBC (2)

City of Windsor struggles with influx of international students Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

“So we know student evaluations matter. Perhaps the better question is: Should they?” asks Kevin Gannon in a defense of student teaching evaluations. Gannon examines the way that evaluations are used in various contexts, and argues that while students may not be experts in pedagogy, they are experts in their own experience and deserve to have a voice. To this end, the author recommends reviewing teaching evaluations to understand the majority opinion, not taking the results personally, and trying to understand the results in the context of the multiple factors facing the course. However, Gannon also points to the ethical obligation that assessors have to view student evaluations in the greater context of the course and with an understanding of the documented biases of evaluations as an assessment tool. Chronicle of Higher Education

Student evaluations hold value in context, reviewed as data: Gannon Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

Donald Nycklass, McGill University’s former assistant director for residences, buildings and facilities, is alleged to have stolen $370K from the institution for renovations to his home, Le Journal de Montréal has learned. When the university initially traced $207K in misappropriated funds to Nycklass in 2017, he reportedly resigned immediately and promised to pay back the money. According to Le Journal, McGill agreed not to initiate any further proceedings at the time. Following a further investigation that found Nycklass had taken an additional $162K, however, the university is said to have filed a demand for repayment through the Supreme Court. Journal de Montréal

Former McGill Director under investigation for allegedly misappropriating $370K Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

Mohawk College and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board have partnered on the launch of a pilot program that will help injured workers amass work experience through job shadows and placements. The Hamilton Spectator reports that the partnership, funded by the provincial government’s Career Ready fund, will run through 2019. WSIB states that program aims to prepare injured workers for a successful transition back to work by building their resumes and employer networks. Mohawk students who are already part of WSIB's Return-to-Work Program will reportedly be included in the program. Hamilton Spectator

WSIB, Mohawk help injured workers resume their careers Top Ten 05/18/2018 - 03:43 05/18/2018 - 03:30

The Government of Ontario will reportedly contribute $20M towards the conversion of a downtown building into a new campus for the University of Windsor’s law school. UWindsor President Alan Wildeman, who told the Windsor Star that the university had abandoned plans for the downtown campus last year after lobbying efforts with the province had failed, called the investment “completely unexpected.” Larry Horwitz, Chair of the Downtown Windsor Business Association, added that the law school will “become an economic generator.” According to CBC, the city had also lobbied the province for funds to convert the building. CBC | Windsor Star

Provincial funding for UWindsor law campus “completely out of the blue” Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

The Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick and the University of Moncton’s student federation are reportedly launching a lawsuit against the Nurses Association of New Brunswick over the high failure rate of Francophone nursing graduates who take the licensing exam. More than half of UMoncton’s graduates have reportedly failed since a new licensing exam was introduced in 2015. Katherine d'Entremont NB’s Commissioner of Languages, told CBC that the exam puts Francophone students at a disadvantage because of a dearth of French preparatory materials and poorly translated exams. The Nurse’s Association declined to comment. CBC

UMoncton, student federation launching lawsuit over “atrocious” failure rate of Francophones Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan has reportedly launched a first-of-its-kind database to ensure the Gladue rights of Indigenous offenders are “fully accounted for during sentencing.” The Saskatoon Star Phoenix states that Gladue reports detail how an Indigenous offender might have suffered from settler colonialism and physical or sexual abuse, in addition to providing the individual’s residential school history. “This database will permit report writers and defence counsel to efficiently and effectively acquire information that can be submitted for judicial notice as part of sentence submissions,” said Craig Goebel, CEO of Legal Aid Saskatchewan. The Phoenix adds that the database will provide access from over “500 academic works related to Saskatchewan’s colonial history.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix

USask introduces Gladue database for Indigenous offenders Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

L’Université du Québec en Outaouais has announced the launch of the upcoming Centre d’excellence en cybersécurité. The Centre, which will receive $750K from the province, is part of an initiative by a non-profit initiative consisting of 23 partners in digital technology research and innovation. UQO Rector Denis Harrisson stated that the Centre accompanies the university’s efforts to expand its research and teaching in the area of cybersecurity. The growing demand for cybersecurity in the public and private sector has introduced new opportunities for training and careers in the tech sector, he added. UQO

UQO, non-profit partners launch Centre d’excellence en cybersécurité Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

MacEwan University has announced the launch of  the Social Innovation Institute, a cross-disciplinary initiative that will reportedly engage students in “initiatives and opportunities that have impact locally, regionally and globally.” A MacEwan release adds that the Institute will work in collaboration with Roundhouse, a campus space dedicated to collaboration and innovation in the realm of social change. Leo Wong, the Institute’s Founding Director, stated that the Institute will also seek out partnerships with the community. “We are looking to work with people, from within the university and the community, who have a seed of an idea for a project or business start-up that has a social or environmental angle to it,” he said. MacEwan (1) | MacEwan (2)

MacEwan University launches Social Innovation Institute Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

The number of American students heading to Canada has grown steadily since 2015, according to Susan Donaldson James. While the “Trump-effect” has reportedly contributed to upticks in American enrolments in Canada, undergraduate students have also cited affordable tuition and better career opportunities as motivating factors to cross the border. “Canada provides for you in the way that the US used to, but doesn't anymore, ” stated computer science student Jacob Klemmer. According to educational adviser Ted de Villafranca, however, American colleges still command the most applicants. “What has shifted is that now students are willing to think about North American options rather than just U.S. options,” he said. Pacific Standard

Canadian universities drawing more American students Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

Okanagan College has officially opened its new Trades Training House. In addition to providing a space for carpenters, plumbers, pipefitters, and electricians, the facility will reportedly serve the college’s Residential Construction, Sheet Metal Worker, Women in Trades Training and Aboriginal Gateway to the Building Trades programs. “The beauty of the Trades Training House is that it will benefit students across so many programs and stages of training, while offering us the flexibility to offer new programming as industry needs change locally, across the province and beyond,” said Okanagan President Jim Hamilton. In addition to federal investments, the College reportedly received $384K in donations and in-kind gifts for the facility. Okanagan

Public, private donations make Trades Training House a reality at Okanagan Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada House Wellness Group, according to a release. The MOU will reportedly foster opportunities to pursue research on the health benefits of cannabis. “Our faculty and staff, combined with CHWG’s professionals, will lead the way in developing and executing multiple shared projects that will be at the forefront of this type of research,” stated UNB VP of Research David MaGee. UNB adds that the MOU will potentially facilitate additional areas of collaboration such as plant research and genomics, technology platforms, and education. UNB

UNB, Canada House Wellness Group sign MOU for medical cannabis research Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

Despite a $2M influx from the provincial NDP to offset Alberta’s tuition freeze, Mount Royal University reportedly plans to reduce spending for the 2018-19 fiscal year. According to CBC, an MRU draft budget includes a 4% cut for administration and 2.25% decline in academic spending. The student affairs and campus life portfolio, meanwhile, will undergo a 3% reduction. In a statement, the university said that the proposed budget “strengthens our long-term sustainability.” Mount Royal Faculty Association President Marc Schroeder expressed concern about the budget’s transparency. CBC adds that MRU’s Student Union stated it would like a more direct role in budget discussions. CBC

MRU slashes spending in spite of $2M from AB NDP Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

Administrators and tenured faculties must acknowledge how the departure of non-tenured professors impacts students, writes Erin Bartram. The author discusses the practical and personal issues that can arise upon a non-faculty members departure, and debunks the myth that undergraduate students do not understand the difference between tenure and non-tenured professors. Precarious employment can have negative consequences for students as well as instructors, adds Bertram, as non-tenured faculty cannot supervise honours theses or provide reference letters for capable students. Chronicle of Higher Ed

Precarious employment for instructors impacts students Top Ten 05/17/2018 - 03:41 05/17/2018 - 03:30

With the legalization of cannabis on the horizon, Alberta postsecondary institutions are thinking about how they should approach substance use on campus. Les Hagen, Executive Director of Action on Smoking and Health, told the Calgary Herald that her group would like to see a campus-wide prohibition on cannabis, tobacco, and vaping throughout the province. Alberta Health Services’ Tobacco Reduction Program Medical Officer of Health Brent Friesen added that the 20-24 year-old demographic is particularly vulnerable to cannabis. “We know that cannabis affects the developing brain until mid- to late-20s,” said Friesen. According to the Herald, Bow Valley College and Burman University have already banned smoking and vaping on campus. Calgary Herald

AB postsecondary institutions consider cannabis regulation Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 03:40 05/16/2018 - 03:30

The ongoing lockout of 440 teachers at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières has continued in spite of an ultimatum by Minister of Higher Education Hélène David, reports the Montreal Gazette. The Syndicat des professeurs de l’UQTR reportedly concluded that they could not extend their collective agreement and asked instead to continue negotiations with appointed mediator Gilles Lachance. The Gazette states that UQTR administration imposed a list of conditions in response to the union’s request to end the lockout. Faculty workloads and the number of available positions are said to be the union’s biggest concerns. Montreal GazetteLa Presse

QC Minister “extremely disappointed” by UQTR lockout Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 03:40 05/16/2018 - 03:30

St Lawrence College has announced a ten-year partnership with Reliable Controls that will reportedly secure access for the SLC community to industry standard equipment, training, and upgrades provided by the company. “St. Lawrence College is excited to form a partnership with an innovative Canadian company that shares our dedication to educating and training the next generation of skilled technologists to master the complex world of integrated building systems, including green and traditional energy solutions,” said SLC President and CEO Glenn Vollebregt. In addition to providing a reported $200K in equipment to date, SLC states that Reliable will provide training and placement opportunities for graduating students. SLC

SLC, Reliable Controls announce 10 year partnership  Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 03:40 05/16/2018 - 03:30

CBC has learned that the Saskatchewan government has allocated $21M for the Saskatchewan Student Aid fund, $18.6M less than its 2011-12 amount. University of Regina student Julian Wotherspoon told CBC that the province is “squeezing [students] with financial aid and then they're squeezing the university with operational grants and other funding.” The SK Ministry of Advanced Education stated that it continues to offer the Saskatchewan Graduate Retention Program, which reportedly provides income tax credits for up to $20K in tuition fees. CBC

SK student aid has dwindled by nearly $19M in six years Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 03:40 05/16/2018 - 03:30

Durham College, in collaboration with the City of Oshawa and several research partners, has opened the TeachingCity Hub. The Hub reportedly provides shared access to facilities, resources, and equipment; as well as providing office, classroom, and open lab spaces. “By providing a physical space for learning and exploration, we will be able to continue helping the City of Oshawa address urban challenges and issues while also creating even more opportunities for our students to engage in applied research and innovative experiential-learning activities,” stated Durham President Don Lovisa. At the opening Durham reports that Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area joined TeachingCity through the signing of an MOU. Durham

Durham opens TeachingCity Hub Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 03:40 05/16/2018 - 03:30

Fredericton’s City Council has reportedly announced that it will fund the University of New Brunswick’s Sir Max Aitken pool for three years. The agreement, which will reportedly cost the city $140K annually, also includes provincial support of $260K per year. "This is significant, this is really, really big tonight," said Chris Ramsey, a spokesperson for local pool users. Mayor Mike O’Brien stated that the city sought a multi-year deal that would guarantee “good value for the taxpayers of Fredericton.” According to CBC, City Council instructed its staff to seek out partnerships, locations, and design options for a new aquatic facility. CBC

City, NB dive in to keep UNB pool afloat for three more years Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 03:40 05/16/2018 - 03:30

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAE and the City of Moose Jaw to explore the development of a drone program on SaskPolytech’s Moose Jaw campus, according to a news release. Moose Jaw mayor Fraser Tolmie explained that the city is hopeful that a drone training program could “take flight in Moose Jaw.” “In just a few short years we have seen tremendous advancements in how drones are used, which have opened doors to a number of commercial applications,” added SaskPolytech President and CEO Larry Rosia. “It is clear that drone usage will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.” SaskPolytech

SaskPolytech, CAE, Moose Jaw explore drone development Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 03:40 05/16/2018 - 03:30

Emphasizing willingness to compromise and empathy as crucial characteristics of university presidents, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and Francine Trachtenberg write that “[t]hose who succeed as presidents in the modern era most often have management styles that exhibit balance, judgement, patience and principle.” In light of recent heightened political tensions on campus, they add, sound judgment can foster diversity under conditions of duress. Additionally, the authors write that effective presidents will present budgets not as “arithmetic tables,” but “philosophical” arguments that cogently reflect long-term programmatic strategies. Times Higher Education

Keys to success for university presidents Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 18:34 05/16/2018 - 03:30

Loyalist College’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis has extended its  project with Entomo Farms for an additional year. The collaboration involves research that will facilitate the global distribution of a nutritional supplement made from crickets. “Entomo Farms is changing the way people think about insects as protein and nutrient-rich food sources, which have the potential to improve global food security while preserving biodiversity,” said Loyalist President Anne Marie Vaughan. “As eating insects is still a relatively novel concept, the findings of this project will be particularly important in informing society’s approval and adoption.” Loyalist

Loyalist, Entomo Farms continue partnership for edible cricket powder Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 03:40 05/16/2018 - 03:30

Mount Saint Vincent University has seen controversy arise around the assignment of a non-Indigenous professor to a course about Canada’s residential schools, CBC reports. While the decision initially attracted intense criticism on social media from activists who asserted that only Indigenous scholars should teach Indigenous courses, the National Post states that the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship has countered that a professor’s merit must be considered on academic grounds alone. Sherry Pictou, a Mi’kmaq professor, told CBC that she supports settler allies who teach Indigenous courses, adding that the work of decolonizing the university "cannot fall just on the backs and labour of other Indigenous academics." National PostCBC (1) | CBC (2)

MSVU draws controversy for assigning non-Indigenous prof to residential schools course Top Ten 05/16/2018 - 03:40 05/16/2018 - 03:30

University of Alberta’s Board of Governors Chairman Michael Phair says that the Alberta Premier’s Office is “very interested” in “moving forward (and) restoring the relationship between the university and the government.” Phair reportedly added that a public apology might be in the offing. Earlier this year, AB Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt rebuked UAlberta President David Turpin for increasing student fees and cutting teaching and research funding before reducing administrative costs. “We’ve been assured that the additional money we’ve again provided to the U of A will be used to support students, staff, and faculty this year, as we’ve made very clear was our expectation,” Schmidt wrote in an emailed statement to the JournalEdmonton Journal

UAlberta, premier look to mend fences: Board Chair Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba has issued a formal apology to the university’s Faculty Association for bargaining in bad faith during a 2016 faculty strike, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. UManitoba will reportedly pay a $2.4M fine issued by the Manitoba Labour Board as well. CBC reports that the fine will be distributed as individual allotments of $2K to each faculty member. UMFA President Janet Morrill told the Free Press that the apology will help rebuild relations between the faculty and university, but she added that “[t]he amount of fines is still less than the amount they saved during the strike. It's still money that's sat in their bank account they didn't have to pay.” Winnipeg Free Press | CBC

UManitoba apologizes, pays fine to Faculty Association Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

Aurora College has partnered with Northwestern Air and North-Wright Airways to establish an aviation school, reports CBC. The partnership has emerged in light of a shortage of pilots reportedly precipitated by increased regulations, more passengers, and the expense of acquiring a license. Susan Wright of Northern-Wright Airways told CBC that local youth are not always encouraged to fly. “We want northern youth to be flying the skies,” she said. “No one knows the land, the weather and the people like the youth that are from the North.” Trevor Wever, VP of Air Tindi, added that a flight school “probably wouldn't solve the problem 100 per cent, but it would help.” The school is reportedly scheduled to open in 2019. CBC

Aurora partners with local airlines to open flight school Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

Following news that the University of Regina will scrap its wrestling program and men’s volleyball team, CBC reports that wrestling is often the first sport to go when an athletics program faces a budget shortfall. “I think it's the least understood sport in terms of it's not always in the public eye. It's usually done in gymnasiums and it's not on TV a lot,” says University of British Columbia wrestling coach David Wilson. In addition to a $500K athletics deficit, URegina Dean of Kinesiology Harold Riemer stated that the decision to cut wrestling involved a “lack of community engagement,” a claim that the wrestling community reportedly contests. CBC

Wrestling often the first to go amidst PSE budget shortfalls Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

Conestoga College will receive $2.1M through 2022 to continue research on improving the quality of care for seniors, reports the Waterloo Region Record. Schlegel Village, a local care home operator that features “living classrooms” for Conestoga students, will reportedly contribute $500K to the initiative. As the region’s population ages, the need for quality care will grow more pressing, stated CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair Veronique Boscart. “Not all their care stories and experiences are that great,” she added. The Record

Conestoga receives $2.1M to continue research for seniors’ care Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

In light of a recent fundraising campaign by a major American college that targets women donors, Marjorie Valbrun writes that many institutions have recently started to follow suit. Surveying a number of fundraisers across the US that are oriented toward women, the author finds that a smaller wage gap, a greater variety of philanthropic interests amongst women than men, and the greater prevalence of women with degrees explains the relatively recent boost in women donors. Dartmouth graduate Elizabeth Cogan Fascitelli stated that large and small donations are encouraged, adding that “the point is to get women in general interested in becoming givers.” Inside Higher Ed

More women engaging in university philanthropy   Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

Durham College and Ample Organics have signed a memorandum of understanding that formalizes collaboration on postsecondary learning and corporate training opportunities related to the medical and recreational cannabis industry. The agreement will see Ample Organics provide expertise related to the development of cannabis-related courses and programs to Durham, while also augmenting Durham’s existing educational offerings. Durham students will also experience Ample Organic’s seed-to-sale software and gain opportunities for experiential learning in the field. Under a separate related agreement, Durham’s Corporate Training Services department will develop learning for the company. Durham

Durham, Ample Organics sign MOU focused on learning, corporate training Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

Humber College and Cisco have reportedly teamed up in a $4M IT infrastructure initiative. A Humber release states that in addition to internships and employment opportunities, the partnership will support the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation. The Centre will help small- and mid-level businesses incorporate automation technologies and data exchange into manufacturing. “By working with Cisco, our students will benefit from access to the latest equipment and expertise in networking and connected infrastructure, helping to ensure they are career-ready,” said Humber President Chris Whitaker. The release adds that the partnership will also facilitate the Cisco Innovation Centre in downtown Toronto, where Humber will “display how technology is transforming its approach to education and training.” Humber

Humber, Cisco team up for IT innovations Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

The University of Windsor has received a $5.5M grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to solve “real-world” industry problems, CBC states. UWindsor’s Institute of Diagnostic Imaging Research has reportedly teamed up with five industry partners, including Bombardier, Ford, and EnWin to conduct research. “The institute is one of the leaders nationally and internationally in the development of quality control of various joining, like welding and adhesion and riveting and some other stuff,” said Institute Lead Roman Maev. CBC

UWindsor receives $5.5 M NSERC grant to solve “real-world” industry problems Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

Langara College has reduced its carbon footprint thanks to two ventilation fan upgrades funded by a $1.5M investment from the federal and British Columbia governments, a BC news release states. The Government of Canada reportedly chipped in $1M from its Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund while the province contributed $584K. “The new ventilation system at Langara College will not only improve everyday life for students, faculty and staff, it is more energy efficient – lowering costs and reducing Langara’s environmental footprint,” stated MLA George Chow. The Strategic Investment Fund reportedly modernizes Canadian research facilities, improves their energy efficiency, and reduces their environmental impact. BC

Federal, provincial governments help Langara reduce its carbon footprint Top Ten 05/15/2018 - 03:40 05/15/2018 - 03:30

Queen’s University has announced the launch of the Arthur B McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute. A Queen’s release states that the Institute, borne of a $63.7M investment from the Canadian government, consists of a partnership between eight universities and five affiliated research organizations. “This new institute will bring together unique expertise from across Canada and leverages over $255M of federal investment, with matching amounts from provincial partners, supporting astroparticle physics research over the last 20 years, including the leading experiments at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and the SNOLAB,” stated Tony Noble, Scientific Director of the McDonald Institute. The Institute also features a Visitor Centre with a virtual reality setup and augmented reality sandbox. Queen’s

Queen’s, partners launch Arthur B McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

Queen’s University has announced the launch of the Arthur B McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute. A Queen’s release states that the Institute, borne of a $63.7M investment from the Canadian government, consists of a partnership between eight universities and five affiliated research organizations. “This new institute will bring together unique expertise from across Canada and leverages over $255M of federal investment, with matching amounts from provincial partners, supporting astroparticle physics research over the last 20 years, including the leading experiments at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and the SNOLAB,” stated Tony Noble, Scientific Director of the McDonald Institute. The Institute also features a Visitor Centre with a virtual reality setup and augmented reality sandbox. Queen’s

Queen’s, partners launch Arthur B McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

Royal Roads University and Brookes Westshore, a Grade 6 to 12 day and boarding school offering International Baccalaureate® (IB) programming, have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding. According to Royal Roads, the MOU will facilitate cooperation and collaboration between the two institutions as Brooke Westshore prepares to open in September 2018. “We share a common vision of the importance of providing our students with an exceptional educational experience, through enhanced global understanding that supports our local community as well as the labour market needs in British Columbia,” stated Royal Roads President Allan Cahoon. The MOU will reportedly provide opportunities for marketing and recruitment, build pathways for Brookes students to transition to Royal Roads, and teacher training. RRU

Royal Roads, Brookes Westshore sign MOU Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

Amidst ongoing pressure from students to reform its sexual assault policies, McGill University has announced it will appoint an arms-length investigator to look into allegations of sexual misconduct by faculty. Associate Provost Angela Campbell told CBC that student demonstrations expedited McGill’s decision to recruit an outside expert. Connor Spencer, VP of External Relations with the McGill Students’ Society, stated that the special investigator is a move in the right direction, adding that the current system of internal investigations is flawed. “[Adminstrators] have a vested interest in maintaining the reputation of their faculty and not seeing complaints go through,” Spencer said. CBC | Montreal Gazette

McGill to appoint arms-length investigator for alleged sexual misconduct Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

Ontario’s provincial government has reportedly invested $650K in Mohawk College's Student Success Innovation Centre, which will aim to increase graduation rates among college students. According to a Mohawk release, the Centre will collaborate with research partners at several universities, as well as the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario and Statistics Canada. “The data we collect and the research we conduct at our new College Student Success Innovation Centre will help more college students from across the country complete their programs and graduate to success,” stated Mohawk President Ron McKerlie. Mohawk

Mohawk launches innovation centre to improve graduation rates Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

Mount Royal University has partnered with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer three non-credit courses on the business of marijuana, CBC reports. The courses, offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education, will reportedly cover plant production and facility management, marketing, sales, drug development, and financing, respectively. “There is already a demand for the courses,” said Brad Mahon, Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education. “We expect people who are kind of tire kickers, people who are curious and want to learn a little bit more, and we also expect people who are serious about learning more about this new industry.” CBC | MRU

MRU partners with KPU for cannabis business offerings Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

The Province of Ontario has announced that it is investing $10M over three years in an Indigenous learning centre at Lakehead University. The Gichi Kendaasiwan Centre will serve as a hub for Lakehead Indigenous students as well as the wider community. The building will include classroom and meeting spaces, a gathering and performance space, support services, and academic departments devoted to Indigenous-specific programming. It will also house technology and resources intended to improve access and outreach to remote communities. “When students travel from far away to go to school, it’s important for them to feel welcomed and at home,” said ON Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation David Zimmer. ON

ON invests $10M in Gichi Kendaasiwan Centre at Lakehead Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

Lambton College has officially launched its new brand and logo after two years of consultation and research. The new brand reportedly seeks to communicate four core values – Supportive, Innovation, Energetic, and Quality. The new brand includes a new shield that was designed to draw on elements from Sarnia-Lambton landmarks. The brand development “was an inclusive and collaborative process,” said Lambton President Judith Morris, “and it was carried out that way so we could ensure that our values were visually reflected on our campus, in our community, and in every aspect of our Lambton College brand.” Lambton

Lambton launches new brand, logo Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

Cégep de Saint-Félicien and the Cree Trappers Association have created a new program, the Eeyou-Ituun Traditional Pursuits Training Program, which will teach the fundamentals of the Cree traditional lifestyle. The 900-hour, one-year vocational certificate program will teach skills such as hunting, trapping, and fishing; building traditional dwellings; and other related skills. Cree land users and elders, as well as accredited instructors from the CEGEP will lead the program. “The program being recognized by the government of Quebec really shows a recognition vis-a-vis Indigenous people,” said Yves Marchand, an instructor at the Cégep de Saint-Félicien. “And in engaging with this process, Indigenous people are recognizing this could be a useful tool in helping to train their people.” CBC

Cegep, Cree Trappers Association announce college-level program teaching Cree lifestyle Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

Yukon College has received approval from the Government of Yukon for its new Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance, and has announced that it is accepting students into the three-year program. “We have developed the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance in partnership with all 14 Yukon First Nations and it is much stronger due to their guidance and input,” explained Yukon President Karen Barnes. The program will see students benefit from the experience and insight of YK First Nations leaders, Elders, and former Chiefs. “This is the greatest news,” said Yukon student Meta Williams. “I am so happy there is a degree I can take here in the Yukon and don’t have to move outside to complete my education.” Yukon (1) | Yukon (2)

Yukon launches first made-in-YK degree program Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

Brock University’s Goodman School of Business has announced that it has been re-accredited by Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario for the master’s level. Brock states that the result of the accreditation is a redesigned Master of Accountancy program that would enable Bachelor of Accounting graduates to obtain a master’s degree and fulfil CPA education requirements concurrently. “The outstanding accounting and business education being received at Brock University is exemplified by the designation for our CPA pathway,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “As a CPA myself, this is a very important development for the Goodman School of Business and the Accounting program at Brock.” Brock

Brock Goodman Accounting programs re-accredited by CPA Ontario Top Ten 05/14/2018 - 04:35 05/14/2018 - 03:30

The University of Toronto is reportedly preparing to build a 14-storey building made of wood and concrete that it says will be among the tallest of its kind in North America. The building will be constructed at the school’s downtown campus, and construction is set to begin in 2019. U of T chief of university planning, design and construction Gilbert Delgado explained that the cross-laminated timber that will be used in the structure “gives you the opportunity to create some really lovely interior spaces that are faced in natural wood” and still be fire-resistant. Toronto Star

U of T to construct 14-storey timber tower Top Ten 05/11/2018 - 03:37 05/11/2018 - 03:30

The University of Regina has been rebuked by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge for falsely alleging that its carbon capture business partners had committed fraud, reports CBC. In 2012, URegina sued HTC Pure Energy and the South Korean-based Doosan Group, stating that the companies had secretly entered into an agreement to commercialize the university’s carbon capture technology without paying royalties to the university. The lawsuit claimed HTC received a $10M payment from Doosan for the technology., which was concealed from the university. CBC reports that Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Kalmakoff ultimately deemed the allegations “baseless and wholly without merit.” CBC

URegina rebuked by judge for falsely alleging partners committed fraud Top Ten 05/11/2018 - 03:37 05/11/2018 - 03:30

College presidents from outside the academy need to listen to administrators, faculty, and other stakeholders as they take on their new position, writes Lee Gardner. “A college president’s job is unique and challenging — it demands the zeal of an inspirational leader, the acumen of a corporate executive, the folksy touch of a small-town mayor,” the author states, adding that new leaders also need to engage with communities beyond campus to foster local partnerships. Gardner also says that non-traditional presidents must adjust to shared governance, an institutional norm that is uncommon beyond the academy. Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

Advice for non-traditional presidents Top Ten 05/11/2018 - 03:37 05/11/2018 - 03:30

Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has invested over $550K to support the Career Ready Fund at Algoma University, an AlgomaU release states. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, acknowledged that new graduates need work-related experience when they first embark on their career searches. “With support from the Career Ready Fund, students and new graduates will gain the meaningful, real-world experience they need for a successful career start,” she said. The CRF will reportedly support a Career Link program directed toward Indigenous learners, entrepreneurial initiatives for students with disabilities, and a placement program created in partnership with the Sault Community Career Centre. AlgomaU

ON invests $566K into experiential learning at AlgomaU Top Ten 05/11/2018 - 03:37 05/11/2018 - 03:30

College of the North Atlantic-Qater has announced that it has signed a new agreement with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland that facilitates new pathways for CNA-Qatar graduates. Specifically, the benefits will allow eligible graduates to enter into a Bachelor’s (Honours) of Business Management or a Bachelors (Honours) of Accountancy and Finance. “Collaboration between various education sub-sectors ensures students have diverse avenues through which to gain knowledge and skillsets, and credentials in demand by the labour market,” said Samah Gamar, VP Academic of CNA-Qatar. “We sought this partnership with AFG and Aberdeen to ensure that our students can progress seamlessly through their studies and achieve their educational and career goals.” CNA

CNA-Qatar, University of Aberdeen sign articulation agreement Top Ten 05/11/2018 - 03:37 05/11/2018 - 03:30

Red Deer College has reportedly received approval to launch a four-year Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation and Visual Effects in September 2018. “This is a historic day for our College, as this is the first four-year degree that we fully offer at RDC, and it’s a tremendous step in our journey to becoming a university,” stated RDC President & CEO Joel Ward. The degree underwent several years of development in consultation with professionals across Canada, according to the RDC release. RDC is said to also be in the planning stages for a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, Theatre and Live Entertainment. RDC

RDC receives approval for first four-year degree program Top Ten 05/11/2018 - 03:37 05/11/2018 - 03:30

Trent University has concluded a historic, nine-year fundraising campaign that brought in $56.8M, reports the Peterborough Examiner. 8,461 individual donors are said to have contributed over 57,749 gifts to the effort. “Trent is an institution profoundly anchored in philanthropy,” said Julie Davis, VP, External Relations and Advancement. “Since our inception more than 50 years ago, those who believe in the power of education to transform lives and build community have given their time, talent and resources to ensure Trent remains a special place of learning.” The campaign has reportedly supported a state-of-the-art athletics facility, new student centre, and upgrades to the Bata Library. Peterborough Examiner | Global

Trent raises $56.8M as historic fundraiser concludes Top Ten 05/11/2018 - 03:37 05/11/2018 - 03:30

Université du Québec à Montréal reports that it has partnered with the consulting firm Proclic to launch a virtual consulting platform for industry professionals. According to a UQAM release, the platform features tools that will facilitate training and supervision in the field. UQAM professors Lise Lachance and Louis Cournoyer stated that online and in-person consulting differ significantly. The university announced the establishment of a new research chair, which will seek to investigate how those differences affect the consulting sector. UQAM

UQAM, Proclic partner on online consulting platform Top Ten 05/11/2018 - 03:37 05/11/2018 - 03:30

Fleming College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have entered into a new partnership to offer online programs and courses throughout Ontario. A SaskPolytech release states that the institutions recently signed a five-year agreement to enable shared delivery of the Parts Management Technician, Warehouse Worker, and Leadership Skills certificate programs, as well as Blue Seal training for the trades. The release adds that the schools are committed to enhancing the engaging and flexible learning experience provided by online learning environments. SaskPolytech

Fleming, SaskPolytech partner to expand online construction, transportation programming Top Ten 05/11/2018 - 03:37 05/11/2018 - 03:30

A report authored by student organizations across Canada is calling for better sexual violence policies and “adequate prevention and response mechanisms” by university administrators. The report addresses the challenges and opportunities specific to each individual province, while maintaining that sexual violence on campus is a nationwide problem. “This publication sheds light on the challenges students are facing, what gaps currently exist, and how we can strengthen efforts to combat sexual violence as a country and in our communities,” said Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Board Member Stephanie Bellotto.

CASA | OUSA | Report (PDF)

Report on sexual violence policies calls for change Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that Memorial University must cut $8.9M from its base budget for the 2018-19 academic year. The university has reportedly slashed $30M from its budgets over the last seven years by deferring maintenance work as the provincial government has continued to impose cuts. “We really haven't addressed the long-term infrastructure issue,” said MUN President Gary Kachanoski. “Tearing down those buildings because they are simply not cost-effective to fix, I think, is a process that we are looking at now.” Kachanoski also told CBC that deficiencies in the university’s pension plan will be addressed in next year’s budget.


Provincial cuts leave MUN on the hook for $8.9M Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

Seneca College and IBM have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the IBM Skills Academy Hub. According to Seneca, the Academy is a professional certification program for IT professionals that will be delivered in an accelerated format. “Collaborating with IBM furthers our work in advancing Seneca graduates as experts in high-tech fields, allowing them to bring sought-after industry skills and knowledge to businesses both locally and around the world,” said Seneca VP Academic Laurel Schollen. Cloud technology will reportedly provide students with 24/7 access to the Academy’s virtual learning lab.


Seneca, IBM sign MOU for skills hub Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

The College of the North Atlantic has announced that it will be making changes to its programming in response to labour market demands and student demands. As a result of the change, 14 full-time and six contract faculty will be laid off from the college, the Western Star adds. The announcement came as a result of CNA’s annual strategic enrolment management process, which measures market demand to assess program offerings for each academic year. “We want our graduates to have meaningful employment opportunities based on relevant program selections and current market trends,” said CNA President Bill Radford. “To achieve this balance, CNA must continually examine its operations and respond accordingly.”

CNA | Western Star

CNA changes program offerings in response to student, industry demands Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University has partnered with a private company to develop and pilot an app that provides digital therapy for students who struggle with mental health issues, the Waterloo Region Record states. According to Laurier VP of Student Affairs David McMurray, the pilot was offered to a target group of students over the winter semester, and the university will reportedly invest in the service if the pilot sees continued use. “We have to be more proactive,” said McMurray, who explained that mental health is the next priority after teaching, learning, and research.

The Record

WLU pilots mental health app Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

Aurora College plans to introduce new diploma programming in practical nursing and early childhood care & learning for the 2018-19 academic year. “We know that there’s a lot of demand for practical nurses, there’s a lot of trying to get people who would be able in the care facilities, keep elders closer to home and to really help bolster that part of the work force,” said Aurora Director Sarah Tilley. The program also aims to keep more nurses in the region, CKLB News adds, with priority given to Gwich’in and Inuvialuit applicants.

CKLB News | Aurora

Aurora announces nursing, early childhood care programs Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

In light of a recent message from the Carleton University Academic Staff Association, Carleton University states that the university does not plan to lock out faculty. The Ottawa Citizen, the CUASA has accused Carleton of trying to rush a deal, stating that “based on the employer’s behaviour, your team has reason to believe that the employer is preparing for an unnecessary lock out.” The university claims that it sought conciliation to bring the current round of bargaining to an end, and remains committed to resuming talks as soon as possible. “Raising the possibility of a lockout, when none is planned, increases tensions unnecessarily,” the Carleton release states.

Ottawa Citizen | Carleton

Carleton denies plans to lockout faculty Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

Northern Lakes College and Lakeland College have announced a partnership that will facilitate academic upgrading at Lakeland’s Lloydminster campus. The initiative targets adult learners with a grade 4-9 education seeking a high school diploma, employment, or career training. “We’re excited that we’re able to collaborate with Northern Lakes College to bring their program to Lloydminster and help people in our community get the education they need to improve their lives,” said Brad Onofrychuk, Dean of Business and Continuing Education at Lakeland. The colleges will reportedly offer courses in communications, science, social studies, and math.

Northern Lakes

Northern Lakes, Lakeland partner on academic upgrading Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

Laurentian University and the Student General Association have announced that they have awarded a $10M contract for a new student centre at Laurentian University. The building will reportedly include spaces such as an atrium with study and lounge facilities, an open concept games room, space for clubs, student association administration offices, and several retail areas. “We're thrilled the contractor has been selected and that we are ready to break ground on this much needed student centre,” stated Tommi-Lee Gauthier, incoming President of Laurentian’s Student General Association. The centre will reportedly open in 2019.

Northern Ontario Business | Sudbury Star

Laurentian, SGA announce contractor for $10M student centre Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

College presidents from outside the academy need to listen to administrators, faculty, and other stakeholders as they take on their new position, writes Lee Gardner. “A college president’s job is unique and challenging — it demands the zeal of an inspirational leader, the acumen of a corporate executive, the folksy touch of a small-town mayor,” the author states, adding that new leaders also need to engage with communities beyond campus to foster local partnerships. Gardner also says that non-traditional presidents must also adjust to shared governance, an institutional norm that is uncommon beyond the academy.

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Advice for non-traditional presidents Top Ten 05/10/2018 - 03:33 05/10/2018 - 03:30

Citing Carleton University as “a leading light” for accessible education, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi has announced the creation of the David C Onley Initiative for Employment and Enterprise Development initiative. A Carleton release states that the two-year, $5M program will provide mentorship for entrepreneurial development, employment support, and one-on-one coaching for students with disabilities. Naqvi’s announcement follows an earlier provincial commitment of $800K for the Carleton University Accessible Experiential Learning project, which gives students with disabilities access to work-integrated learning initiatives. Carleton President Alastair Summerlee stated that the fund’s namesake, David C Onley, “was an eloquent advocate for all people no matter where they are in their life or status.” Carleton

Carleton receives $5M for accessibility initiatives from ON Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

In response to a report that warns of a brain-drain in Canadian STEM disciplines, University of Waterloo Dean of Engineering Pearl Sullivan tells the Waterloo Region Record that universities cannot dictate where their graduates choose to live. “To think that young people with the right skill set and experience are not going to be attracted outside where they went to school is fairly naive,” Sullivan said. “Technology is a global enterprise.” Sullivan added that UWaterloo is anticipating a demand for training in digital security and the Internet of Things. According to the Record, 83% of UWaterloo’s STEM graduates work in Canada. Waterloo Region Record

UWaterloo dean responds to report about STEM brain-drain Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

Queen’s University has reportedly received $8.9M from Ontario’s Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Program. According to a release, the funds will support the university’s West Campus District Energy Conversion project, which will upgrade the heating system for academic and residential spaces on campus. “The District Energy project is a great example of the sustainable work being done at Queen’s to reach our carbon neutral target in 2040,” stated Queen’s Vice-Principal of Finance and Administration Donna Janiec. “This project will support Queen’s sustainability and fiscal priorities by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fuel costs, and the deferred maintenance liability.” The project is slated for completion by 2019. Queen’s

Queen’s receives $8.9M for green retrofit Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi has announced the signing of a partnership agreement with the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, la Ville de Saguenay, and Première Nation des Pekuakamiulnuatsh. According to UQAC, the partnership will facilitate a $228K groundwater project to assess sustainability and public health. The project will reportedly include a publicly accessible groundwater database, a system to track regional groundwater distribution and need, and the implementation of a centre for long-term groundwater governance. UQAC

UQAC signs partnership with local communities for groundwater initiative Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

An anonymous tip alleging that faculty are distributing exams to students before test dates has launched an investigation at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, reports CBC. SaskPolytech Provost and VP Anne Neufeld stated that the investigation is in its early stages, and that the polytechnic’s leadership has not yet determined whether one or more faculty members are involved. “You can imagine with this type of situation in the early days there is a lot of rumour and innuendo so our job as academic leaders is to really to get to the bottom of it,” said SaskPolytechnic Provost and VP Anne Neufeld. CBC

SaskPolytech investigates rumours that faculty are distributing exams before test dates Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

Members of the University of Regina’s wrestling and volleyball teams have called on university leadership to reinstate their teams, reports CBC. The teams were cut after the university decided that it could not support 16 teams on its current budget. The students reportedly argued that the university’s decision suggests that other teams will be cut, as well. “If we keep going this way … every time there is a deficit in the budget, every time there's spending cuts, there's going to be no more teams,” stated student athlete Jordan Tholl. CBC adds that Tholl also questioned the university’s explanation that the teams were cut because of a lack of finances, engagement, and community interest. CBC

URegina wrestling, volleyball teams implore university to restore cut programs Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

Both the general public and policy makers are unhappy with PSE, but a good deal of the problem lies in contemporary perceptions about higher education, writes Catharine Bond Hill. The author cites three fundamental issues that colleges and universities must address: better access to affordable education; a more concerted effort to encourage diversity of thought and dissenting political opinions amongst students, faculty, and visiting speakers; and better transparency about career outcomes for degree holders. To achieve these goals, Hill concludes, institutions must improve graduation rates and times to degree completion, better foster transitions into careers, and protect academic freedom and the right to free speech on campus. Insider Higher Ed

How higher education institutions can improve their public image Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

The Ontario NDP has thwarted the Liberal government’s attempt to impose back-to-work legislation on York University’s striking academic staff, reports the Toronto Star. “It is disappointing that the NDP is not willing to work with us to find a path forward through which this disruption can be ended and students can be returned to the classroom,” said Liberal spokesperson Beckie Codd-Downey. William Kaplan, a provincial investigator, concluded that arbitration was the only viable option to end the strike, as YorkU and the union “have completely different world views that are informed by completely different academic and institutional aspirations.” YorkU reportedly issued a new offer on Monday, stating that CUPE had until Thursday to accept. CBC | Toronto Star

Proposed back-to-work legislation at YorkU an “insult”: NDP Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

University of Guelph researchers have received more than $800K from the provincial governments of Alberta and Ontario for projects ranging from improving nutrition and reducing methane emissions in dairy cattle to value chain genomics. The funding comes from the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program, a cross-provincial collaboration between the two provinces. A UoGuelph release states that the program brings together industry and academia to solve key industry challenges AB and ON through research and development. Funded projects will reportedly focus on strengthening global competitiveness in areas such as water and energy conservation, environmental remediation, manufacturing and assembly, converting waste into energy, and agriculture. UoGuelph

UoGuelph researchers receive $800K for slate of innovative projects Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

Bell Let’s Talk and the Rossy Family Foundation have announced a $500K donation to Fédération des cégeps and the Fondation de l'Université du Québec à Montréal for mental health initiatives. According to a Bell release, the funds will support the Zenétudes program for students making the transition from high school to postsecondary. “These initiatives make an important contribution to engaging the public in a frank, open discussion of mental illness, and deserve to be acknowledged and highlighted,” said Québec Health and Social Services Minister Gaétan Barrette. Bell | CTV

CEGEPs receive $500K for mental health initiatives Top Ten 05/09/2018 - 03:34 05/09/2018 - 03:30

The University of Guelph has received a commitment of $6M from the Government of Ontario to support two engineering projects that will aim to turn waste into new products and technologies. A UoGuelph release states that a team led by engineering professor Manju Misra will receive $3.8M for a sustainable packaging initiative, while professor Sheng Chang’s initiative to convert organic food waste into valuable resources has been awarded $2.3M. “Not only is this research innovative, but it also reduces landfill waste, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, improving life for all Canadians,” said UoGuelph VP of Research Malcolm Campbell. Both projects reportedly involve industry partners and collaborations with several Ontario universities. UoGuelph

UoGuelph receives $6M for sustainable projects Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

The Carleton University Academic Staff Association is preparing for a lockout after the administration asked the province for a conciliator to assist with bargaining talks, CBC has learned. A CUASA statement called the university’s conciliation request a “procedural ambush.” “In some ways, it isn't altogether that surprising given that a few months ago the same individuals thought this was the way to go,” CUASA President Root Gorelick told CBC, in reference to the five-week CUPE strike that ended in April. Carleton’s Public Affairs Manager Beth Gorham said that the university does not plan to lock out the union. According to CBC, the union is expressly concerned about salary increases, pension language, instructor workload, and a gender pay gap. CBC

Carleton union, administration “far apart” as faculty anticipate lockout Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

Following Angelique EagleWoman’s resignation from Lakehead University’s law school, CBC reports that Indigenous leaders are speaking out against Lakehead’s decision to appoint Justice George Patrick Smith as the interim Dean. Smith reportedly sentenced Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief Donny Morris and five Councillors to six months in jail for their refusal to grant the mining company Plantinex access to their territory ten years ago. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox told APTN that the law school’s Indigenous partners should have been consulted about the appointment. “He's definitely not an expert in Aboriginal issues,” Morris added. Lakehead stated that it will not comment until it reaches out to Indigenous leaders about the appointment. CBC | APTN

Indigenous leaders call on Lakehead to rescind appointment of interim Law dean Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

Algonquin College states that it has officially opened the DARE district, a multidisciplinary space for students, faculty, researchers, and business. The $45M facility was reportedly supported by a $21.9M investment from the federal government and an additional $2.9M from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Facilities Renewal Program fund. “It’s revolutionary in terms of educating students … (about) the reality of what they’ll face in the workplace,” said retired Algonquin instructor Tom Shoebidge. DARE reportedly includes smart rooms, an Indigenous Commons, a Cybersecurity Centre, an Energy Research Lab, a Data Analytics Centre, and makerspaces. Algonquin

Algonquin unveils multidisciplinary DARE District Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

New Brunswick Community College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have signed a five-year partnership for online training programs in construction and transportation, according to a SaskPolytech release. The agreement reportedly facilitates the shared delivery of certificate courses in Parts Management, Warehouse Work, and Leadership Skills. SaskPolytech adds that the agreement leaves open the possibility of shared apprenticeship courses as well. “Sask Polytech is known for our online learning programs and the training we offer will give students the opportunity to pursue rewarding careers in fields with competitive wages. NBCC will be a local resource for students and provide them with their credential upon completion of the program,” said SaskPolytech President Larry Rosia. SaskPolytech

NBCC, SaskPolytech sign five-year partnership for online learning Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

Conestoga College has received $5.2M from the Government of Ontario to reduce emissions at its Fountain Street campus in Cambridge, according to the Cambridge Times. Conestoga will reportedly use the investment, part of the province’s Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofits Program, for thermal energy and renewable electricity systems to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.  Conestoga President John Tibbits cited sustainability as a “strategic priority” for the college. The Times added that the school’s Waterloo campus is also being upgraded with solar photovoltaic cells, chilled water storage, LED lighting, and low-flow water fixtures. Cambridge Times

Conestoga receives $5.2M from ON Retrofit Fund Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

The Canadian Space Agency has announced the disbursement of 15 grants worth $200-$250K each to 22 postsecondary institutions to support engineering projects for miniature satellites called CubeSats. 15 teams from partnering institutions based in Canada and around the world will work on the project, the CSA states. “The CubeSat project is training Canada's next generation of innovators, engineers and astronauts,” said Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains. “These students are learning critical skills that will help them get the middle-class jobs of tomorrow.” The CubeSats will reportedly be scheduled for launch from the International Space Station in 2020-21. Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Space Agency announces winning projects for CubeSat initiative Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

The University of Toronto has announced the creation of a new School of Cities that will draw on researchers from diverse disciplines to address the “myriad challenges facing the world’s urban areas.” The program reportedly grew from consultations and input from a steering committee that consisted of faculty from all three of U of T’s campuses. U of T President Meric Gertler stated that in addition to potentially forging new community partnerships, the program will foster the expansion of existing internship and co-op programs. U of T states that the School will begin operations in July. U of T

U of T introduces School of Cities Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

Rising tuition costs, inadequate loans, and the high cost of food have driven many students to their institutions’ food banks, reports CBC. “We usually empty out before we get our next supply in,” said Dalhousie University food bank manager Michael Davies-Cole. “We cannot keep up with what is demanded by the students. We have too many students and we just don't get enough donations.”  The Canadian Federation of Students says that reduced tuition is the only way to get students out of food banks, and has called on the provincial government to force universities to reduce tuition fees. CBC

University food banks see higher numbers of empty bellies, bare shelves Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

In light of the stark divide between faculty and administration, David Perlmutter discusses a number of ways that deans can “retain some sense of faculty self-identification” in their role. To this end, Perlmutter recommends engaging with faculty members in meaningful ways that are not simply administrative, such as learning about their research and keeping in touch with students through guest lectures and meetings. The author also recommends staying involved in research to some degree, such as through mentorship of other academic pursuits. “As much engagement with ‘the other’ as you can muster is always beneficial, for ourselves and for higher education itself,” concludes Perlmutter. Chronicle of Higher Education

Maintaining the role of both professor and dean Top Ten 05/08/2018 - 03:37 05/08/2018 - 03:30

A new report released by the Province of Ontario calls on universities to make international fees more transparent, reports the Globe and Mail. While the province has capped domestic tuition increases at 3% per year, no such cap is said to exist for international students. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Mitzie Hunter stated that the province would like to see “predictability” for international tuition costs, although Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance President Andrew Clubine says that there exists no mechanism through which the province can address tuition predictably or set caps on increases. Globe and Mail

ON calls for international tuition transparency, predictability Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

The University of Prince Edward Island’s announcement about a planned campus at the University of Canada in Egypt was met with concern by provincial Green Party Leader Peter Bevan, CBC reports. Citing Egypt’s record of human rights violations, Bevan asked if the government is “concerned that our province's public money and our province's identity and brand will contribute to legitimizing such an undemocratic regime[.]" According to a UPEI release, however, the initiative is funded entirely by UCE, which has reportedly signed a consortium agreement with Cape Breton University and Memorial University as well. CBC states that UPEI will offer BSc degrees in Sustainable Design Engineering, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and Environmental Sciences, in addition to a Bachelor of Business Administration. CBC

UPEI’s plan for Egypt campus raises questions for Green Leader Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

McMaster University has reportedly approved the budget for a $100M transit hub that will link future LRT service to the city’s HSR buses and GO Transit buses.  The 200,000 square-metre hub will also include space for student and commercial spaces. “There is an opportunity with LRT and with the transit hub project to consider improvements to traffic management and flow,” says McMaster Director of Communications Gord Arbeau. “The goal is to facilitate ease of connection, allowing the community to quickly and comfortably move from HSR and GO buses to the LRT and vice-versa.” Work is scheduled to begin in 2019, continuing through to 2024. Hamilton Spectator

McMaster approves budget for $100M transit hub Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

A University of New Brunswick release states that graduate students are now eligible for research funding from an $11.4M initiative by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. “This is incredibly exciting news for the UNB community, its graduate students, and for research in New Brunswick,” said VP Research David MaGee. “This announcement means that we will be able to attract and retain more of the world’s best and brightest graduate students.” According to UNB, over 100 graduate students have benefited from NBIF funding to date. The announced investment will reportedly support NBIF’s Research Innovation Fund, Research Assistantship Initiative, Research Technician Initiative, and graduate student scholarships. UNB

Provincial investment to benefit UNB grad students Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

As the York University strike nears its tenth week, labour leaders from across Ontario descended upon the campus for a day of action, with picketers reportedly preventing vehicles from entering the campus. “Typically they have been letting cars in and out and they are still on strike so today we will be doing things a little different to get the employers’ attention and the governments’ attention,” Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley told CP24. YorkU administrators have sought binding arbitration, a move that the union has reportedly decried. The province, meanwhile, has launched an inquiry to investigate the dispute. “You can’t negotiate a collective agreement if you don’t talk to your counterparts,” Buckley added. CTV

Picketers engage in day of action as YorkU strike nears tenth week Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

Mohawk College has bought Century Manor, a former psychiatric hospital, from the Province of Ontario and City of Hamilton for $9.5M, reports the Hamilton Spectator. Mohawk President Ron McKerlie told the Spectator that the purchase gives the college “room to grow,” but added that the Board of Governors has not yet decided how to use the land. McKerlie also confirmed that Mohawk has allocated an additional $9M to renovate the dilapidated site, which reportedly boasts a heritage designation. “This is a significant and strategic investment for the college,” said McKerlie. “The challenge is we are growing so fast we just need space.” Hamilton Spectator (1) | Hamilton Spectator (2)

Expanding Mohawk buys heritage site from province, city Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

Assiniboine Community College, the Manitoba government, and the Brandon Police Service have celebrated the official opening of the Use of Force Simulation Lab. The lab includes a life-sized video screen, shootback cannon, and a digital control room, enabling trained officers and employees to decide how one of over 450 scenarios would play out in real time. “This new space is a terrific addition to our existing Public Safety Training Centre on campus, which provides training and development facilities for a wide variety of organizations,” said ACC Dean of Health and Human Services Karen Hargreaves. “We’re continuing to build on our already strong track record of program leadership in the area of public safety.” MB

ACC, Brandon Police Service celebrate opening of simulation lab Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

A new study led by a University of Toronto researcher has found that one-in-four STEM graduates from the University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia and U of T are working outside the country. Higher salaries, better mentoring, and the opportunity to work on a wider scope of projects reportedly influence graduates’ decisions to leave Canada, reports the Globe and Mail. Adam Froman, CEO of Delvinia Interactive, has reportedly called on Canadian companies, governments, and universities to develop a national retention strategy in light of the findings. Globe and Mail

Canadian brain-drain should be a “wake-up call”: Study Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

The Université de Moncton has announced that it has reached the $30M mark for its Évolution campaign. The campaign is focused on supporting five major projects at UMoncton that aim to foster excellence in the student experience and research and development. In particular, these five projects focus on Acadian studies, the environment and health, the bursary and financial assistance program, research and development, and the modernization of facilities. UMoncton Recteur Jacques Paul Couturier stated that the donations will be used to develop the institution and enable UMoncton to provide students with the highest quality education. The campaign hopes to ultimately raise $50M. UMoncton (EN) | UMoncton (FR)  

UMoncton announces new campaign peak of $30M Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

“Few academics will be surprised to hear that more evidence has come out showing that student evaluations of teaching are often biased,” writes Michelle Falkoff in an argument against the use of student ratings in teaching evaluations. Falkoff reflects on recent studies that have found evidence of gender and racial biases, reduced completion rates, and a change in tone towards more abusive language, among other concerns. “Holding instructors to high standards is important, and student feedback is relevant,” writes Falkoff, “but if academic institutions do not take steps to assess teaching more holistically, they run the risk of losing talented faculty members for reasons that are not only inappropriate but may well be illegal.” Chronicle of Higher Education

Student ratings of teaching appear increasingly unreliable: Falkoff Top Ten 05/07/2018 - 04:39 05/07/2018 - 03:00

McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy has reportedly received a $5M gift for a Chair in Democratic Studies. “We are grateful to Garvin Brown and Steffanie Diamond Brown for this generous and timely gift in support of McGill’s new Max Bell School of Public Policy,” said McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier. A McGill release states that the Chair will be jointly appointed by the School and McGill’s Department of Political Science. The donation will also support an annual conference to “promote public debate of ideas, alternatives, and data solutions that can improve electoral processes and enhance citizen engagement.” McGill

McGill receives $5M donation for Chair in Democratic Studies Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

A new federal pilot program will help colleges and polytechnics partner with businesses and non-profits to provide paid internships for students. A Government of Canada release reports that the new program builds on the federal government’s commitment to invest $221M into Mitacs as part of an effort to create 10,000 paid internships for postsecondary students each year. Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains stated that the “expansion of Mitacs’ paid internship program to students at colleges and institutes reflects our government’s understanding of the critical role that these institutions play in Canada’s research and innovation ecosystem.” Canada

Canada announces Mitacs expansion for colleges, polytechnics Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

“In principle and in theory, online learning offers numerous possibilities to practice educational inclusivity,” write Erin Clow and Klodiana Kolomitro. The authors argue, however, that inclusion in higher ed means more than the ability to earn a postsecondary credential. They add that when studied closely, online education reveals a reality in which student-to-student, faculty-to-student, and faculty-to-institution interactions are limited. Clow and Kolomitro contend that while online learning might help more learners take part in higher education in general, the nature of this participation is not as inclusive from behind a computer screen as it is for students sharing the same space. The authors ultimately conclude that “rather than an inherent characteristic, inclusivity in an online classroom should be pursued in an intentional and ongoing way.” University Affairs

Why online education might not be as inclusive as many would argue Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

“Have you ever met anyone who genuinely feels that most [university] meetings are useful, productive, efficient or enjoyable? Me neither,” writes Gary Lewandowski Jr. To help address the problem of pointless meetings, the author highlights some of the most common offenders: regularly scheduled meetings, directionless meetings, training meetings, preconceived meetings, and meetings that could have been summarized in an email. The author concludes that the best kind of meeting, by far, is the cancelled meeting, and explains that “simply by eliminating undesirable gatherings, our hours spent together with colleagues will be more efficient and productive.” Inside Higher Ed

10 time-wasting meetings found in academe Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

A new agreement between four British Columbia colleges will give students the opportunity to study online to gain the applied business skills to work as office professionals. The memorandum of understanding between North Island College, the College of New Caledonia, Okanagan College and Selkirk College will see the institutions co-ordinate delivery and improve access to online programs designed to support students entering office assistant, administrative assistant, computing accounting assistant, legal administrative assistant and medical office assistant programs. Under the terms of the agreement, students will be able to move more easily between institutions to complete their credential. CNC

NIC, CNC, Okanagan, Selkirk sign MOU for applied business technology programs Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

The five-week faculty strike that affected 24 Ontario colleges last Fall cost Cambrian College $725K, according to CBC. While Cambrian reportedly saved $2.2M in salary expenditures during the work stoppage, it spent $3M on contingencies that included student refunds and extra-pay for support staff and part-time professors. “We extended the fall and winter semesters, we had classes and labs after hours and on weekends and we had other academic supports available after hours to make up for the lost time,” said Cambrian Communications Manager Dan Lessard. Meanwhile, Nina Naumenko told CBC that the strike cost the Ontario Public Service Employees Union $20M. CBC

ON college strike cost Cambrian $725K Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

Olds College will offer an online cannabis program through its Continuing Education department, reports CKFM. The program will reportedly include four online courses: Introduction to Horticulture Production; Introduction to Crop Production and Facilities; Cannabis Legislation and Documentation; and Horticulture for Cannabis Production. Olds will also reportedly offer a two-week practicum with an industry partner following successful completion of the courses. CBC states that Olds’ announcement coincides with pending Alberta laws that will require applicants for the cannabis retail sector to have industry-approved certification. CKFM | CBC

Olds College announces cannabis production program, practicum Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

McKenzie College, a private career college in Cape Breton, closed abruptly last week. CBC reports that McKenzie President Todd Graham distributed a news release by fax machine to announce the closure. He told CBC that he had hoped to keep the college running until the end of its current slate of programming. “The final (students) got word (Tuesday) and there’s a couple of welding students that are going to finish up at NSCC. There’s only a couple weeks left (in programs). Some had two weeks left, others had six weeks remaining,” said Graham. McKenzie blamed the closure on the “progressive” downturn of Cape Breton’s economy and a slowdown in Western Canada’s oil industry. Cape Breton Post

Economic downturn forces Cape Breton career college to close Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

Students from Fleming College’s School of Business will now have the opportunity to study in Ireland under a new exchange agreement recently signed with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT). A Fleming release states that the agreement allows up to five eligible students from each institution to take part in an exchange. The agreement applies to the Business Administration and Business Administration – Marketing programs at Fleming and the Business Information Systems, Bachelor of Business with Digital Marketing, Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Management, and Bachelor of Business in Enterprise and Innovation programs at LIT. The students can reportedly spend up to one academic year at the partner institution. Fleming

Fleming signs student exchange agreement with Limerick Institute of Technology Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

Being let go from an academic leadership position can be a crushing blow, writes former Arizona State Dean of Humanities George Justice, which is why it is crucial to know how to cope with failure. Justice describes his own experience of losing his deanship at Arizona State, as well as the professional vulnerability he felt in the aftermath. The author notes that the best two pieces of advice he can give to anyone who suffers from a sense of failure is to hire a good therapist and to let time run its course. “I have no doubt I will always feel some pain about the course of my career,” concludes Justice. “But in this moment, I feel engaged and successful.” Chronicle of Higher Education

Coping with significant defeat as an academic administrator Top Ten 05/04/2018 - 03:40 05/04/2018 - 03:30

North Island College has announced that it will receive $100K from the British Columbia government to support 40 spaces in a new technology certificate program. According to the Comox Valley Record, NIC is in consultations with industry and employers to ensure that students graduate with the skills to meet the sector’s needs. The certificate will reportedly enable students to work in IT within a year. “NIC has been very diligent in seeking feedback from industry and tech-based enterprises in their curriculum development,” said Graham Truax, executive in residence at Innovation Island. “They are mindful of where the puck is at, and where it is going.” BC | Comox Valley Record

NIC receives $100K from BC for new tech program Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 04:38 05/03/2018 - 03:30

The Government of Manitoba has announced that it is streamlining the application process for the Manitoba Student Aid and Manitoba Bursary programs to help more low-income and Indigenous students access funding. “We’re introducing a simplified user-friendly service model that is more predictable so students can save and budget accordingly,” said MB Education and Training Minister Wishart. The province plans to distribute up to $8.6M in additional loans for the 2018-19 program year. The province also plans to introduce a fixed student contribution rate for student loans and grants, a three-year Skills Boost pilot program, and an exclusion of First Nations band funding as part of the student financial assessment in order to make more Indigenous students eligible for grants. MB

MB streamlines student aid and bursary program with an eye to access Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 08:39 05/03/2018 - 08:39

“Academia has, in effect, been a sort of test market for the gig economy, and the picture isn’t pretty,” writes Catherine Maybrey, adding that labour actions, ongoing arguments, and calls for reform are just some aspects of the backlash created by precarious working conditions. But contract employment is not only an issue in academia, the author notes, as up to 40% of the global workforce is reportedly working from one contract to the next. Maybrey advises readers who prioritize job security to make a plan for how they plan to obtain a permanent position in five years. This plan would include researching which jobs tend to offer the most security and which types of contract work can best prepare one to obtain one of these jobs. University Affairs

Developing strategies to overcome precarious labour: Maybrey Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 13:18 05/03/2018 - 08:39

Cape Breton University will increase tuition fees by 5.9% for the third year in a row, reports the Cape Breton Post. CBU’s Board of Governors has also issued a mandate for a new Strategic Plan, reportedly its first since 2001. According to the Post, CBU will prioritize a “better student environment, creating growth within its Unama’ki College and adding supports for student aid and increased community outreach initiatives.” Gordon MacInnis, CBU’s VP of Finance and Operations, told the Post that the university is witnessing a substantial influx of international students, with a corresponding increase in demand for business, health services, and engineering programs. Cape Breton Post

CBU hikes tuition by 5.9%, issues mandate for new Strategic Plan Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 08:40 05/03/2018 - 08:40

In light of a recent trend that has left some med school graduates without residencies, André Picard writes that Canada does not need more doctors, but more general practitioners. “If medical students don’t want those jobs,” writes Picard, “then perhaps we’re not attracting the right people to medical school.” The author claims that part of the problem lies with the Canadian Resident Matching Service, which relies on an algorithm that cannot take the real distribution of nation-wide demand for doctors into account. The two most prominent issues at stake, Picard finds, are French-language requirements in Quebec and the fact that some medical graduates might not want to specialize in the areas of medicine with available jobs. Globe and Mail

No easy fix for med school residency shortages: Picard Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 08:40 05/03/2018 - 08:40

The University of Regina’s athletic program has reportedly cut men’s and women’s wrestling and men’s volleyball following a 2017 report that found the university could not support 16 teams. “Certainly one of the things that we considered was the level of community engagement with those programs and the amount of community interest and/or even community investment in those programs,” said URegina Dean of Kinesiology Harold Reimer. Reimer told CBC the cuts will save the university an estimated $350-$500K while impacting approximately 45 students. “I never would have thought they would have cut wrestling first, because we have the least amount of kids and we’re the most determined,” said URegina wrestler Sara Torkaz. CBC | Saskatoon Star Phoenix

URegina cuts wrestling, men’s volleyball teams Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 08:41 05/03/2018 - 08:41

The Prince George Citizen reports that British Columbia’s Advanced Education, Skills & Training Minister Melanie Mark has announced a new envelope of funding for programs and upgrades at the College of New Caledonia. The package reportedly includes a $5.2M renovation of the CNC campus in Vanderhoof, $1.3M in facility upgrades for the Quesnel campus, and $2.6M for a long-awaited housing residence for Indigenous students. CNC President Henry Reiser noted that the residences will provide a “culturally relevant” space for the college’s Indigenous students, who reportedly make up 20% of CNC’s student population. “To me this is reconciliation in action,” added Reiser. Prince George Citizen | BC (1) | BC (2) | BC (3)

CNC receives $11.6M in provincial funding for Indigenous residences, upgrades Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 08:42 05/03/2018 - 08:42

L’Université du Québec à Trois Rivières has locked out 445 professors, according to Le journal de Montréal. UQTR Rector Daniel McMahon stated that the decision followed a stalemate between the union and the university that has been aggravated by a deficit of $10.7M for the 2017/18 academic year. Le journal adds that the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expired in May 2017, and that a conciliation officer from the Ministry of Labour could not help the union and the university reach a new agreement. A Ministry-appointed mediator has reportedly urged the two sides to arrive at a solution quickly. Journal de Montréal

UQTR professors locked out as union, university arrive at stalemate Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 08:42 05/03/2018 - 08:42

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Innovative Manufacturing Centre has reportedly received $1.56M from the federal government for innovation projects in biomaterials testing, research, additive manufacturing, and prototyping. “This major investment will enhance our capacity to assist business and industry as they solve manufacturing challenges and bring ideas and products to market,” stated Susan Blum, Associate VP of Applied Research and Innovation. According to SaskPolytech, the Centre features 3D-printers, water- and laser-jet cutters, and computer numerical control machines. “Working alongside industry, this facility will allow SaskPolytech to partner with multiple manufacturing sectors as an incubator for testing and prototyping of plant and bio-based materials, which will result in a greener tomorrow,” said SaskPolytech President Larry Rosia. SaskPolytech

Federal government invests $1.56M in SaskPolytech Innovative Manufacturing Centre Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 08:43 05/03/2018 - 08:43

The University of Northern British Columbia has officially opened its Wood Innovation Research Laboratory, states the Prince George Citizen. The new facility reportedly includes a wood conditioning and processing room, a 1,070 square-metre lab, and classroom space for research and teaching. In addition, BC Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark has reportedly announced a grant of nearly $800K for state-of-the-art tools and equipment. The Citizen reports that the federal government will match the provincial grant. “Our government wants wood to be the building material of choice. Supporting innovation and increased use of wood in construction helps keep the forestry industry vibrant and globally competitive,” said Mark. Prince George Citizen | BC

UNBC opens Wood Innovation Research Laboratory, province announces funding Top Ten 05/03/2018 - 08:43 05/03/2018 - 08:43

The Université Laval has received over $27M for two genomics research projects focused on prenatal screening and the early detection of breast cancer. Researcher François Rousseau, a genetic screening specialist, will use the funding to conduct a feasibility study of a test for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. Breast cancer researcher Jacques Simard will use the funding to develop a test that will consider more genes when screening for cancer, allowing for a more individualized approach. The funds were provided by partners such as Genome Quebec, Genome Canada, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. ULaval has also announced that it has begun construction on a major data centre. ULaval (1) | ULaval (2) | Le Soleil

ULaval receives $27M for genomics research, announces construction of data centre Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

The University of Calgary has announced the launch of the Haskayne School of Business Doctor of Business Administration program. “We are at the forefront of a growing global trend — business doctoral degree programs around the world are innovating to bring together theory with real-world practice,” said Jim Dewald, Dean of the Haskayne School of Business. “We expect the cohort to include local, national and international students.” Successful students will reportedly complete eight courses, a field exam, a thesis proposal with an oral exam, and a thesis with an oral defense. According to a UCalgary news release, the program is aimed at working professionals with at least 10 years of work experience, including seven years of senior leadership. UCalgary

UCalgary launches Doctor of Business Administration program Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

Le Journal de Québec has reportedly learned that 13 out of 48 CEGEPs reported a deficit in their financial statement last year. According to QC legislation, CEGEPs must achieve a balanced budget or become subject to a recovery plan. QC Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur spokesperson Bryan St-Louis stated that four CEGEPs are currently the subject of a recovery or over-hiring plan, while other CEGEPs that are able to use accumulated surpluses in previous years are not considered to be in financial difficulty. Journal de Québec

Over a quarter of CEGEPs in the red as of June 2017 Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

Loyalist College’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis has announced that it is collaborating on research with Province Brands of Canada. The research will aim to support Province Brands of Canada as they develop and commercially scale-up their process for converting cannabis plant components into a solution that could be used to produce fermented beverages, such as beer products. “Loyalist’s ARC is uniquely positioned to collaborate with Province Brands of Canada to conduct the analytical testing and process development they need,” said Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughan. “This will be the first project of its kind in Canada to utilize the whole cannabis plant, creating an opportunity to eliminate waste streams in cannabis and industrial hemp industries.” Loyalist

Loyalist collaborates with Province Brands of Canada on applied research   Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

The University of Northern British Columbia’s Faculty Association claims that UNBC President Daniel Weeks improperly used an emergency powers provision to dismiss five faculty members over the last year and a half, the Prince George Citizen reports. According to the Citizen, the provision grants the president the power to relieve an employee of duty if they pose “significant harm to another person or to the property of the institution,” or if they are under investigation. In an email to faculty and staff, Weeks called the UNBCFA’s claim that he had used the provision five times “inaccurate.” Prince George Citizen

UNBC president’s use of emergency provision elicits faculty outcry Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

A program through the University of Ottawa called Dump and Run or Déposez et dégagez gives a second life to objects abandoned in residence. This year, fifty volunteers collected food, clothes, kitchen items, and other abandoned items from the university’s 11 residence buildings. Collected items that are deemed salvageable are then distributed through the university’s Free Store and local charities. “It's very important to me that we're doing this because we're recovering all this stuff,” said Brigitte Morin, UOttawa waste diversion coordinator. “So not only are we avoiding sending things that are perfectly good to landfill, we're redistributing it to people who will use it.” Radio Canada (FR) | CBC (EN)

Abandoned residence items at UOttawa get second chance Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

The University of Winnipeg’s Board of Regents approved a 6.6% tuition increase for the next academic year, reports CBC. According to a UWinnipeg news release, the tuition hike was necessitated by the province’s decision to reduce the university’s Operating Grant by 0.9% for 2018/19. CBC adds that the province scrapped the previous tuition cap, allowing universities to now implement a 5% increase, not including the rate of inflation. Education Minister Ian Wishart stated that the hike still requires Manitoba universities to maintain below-average tuition rates relative to other western provinces. Additionally, UManitoba will reportedly cut eight staff support positions while leaving five faculty positions empty. CBC | UWinnipeg

UWinnipeg approves 6.6% tuition hike Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

Carleton University’s Career Services Office, Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, and Research, Education, Accessibility and Design Initiative have reportedly received $800K from the province to create the Carleton University Accessible Experiential Learning (CUAEL) project. According to a Carleton news release, CUAEL will facilitate full and part-time job opportunities and internships for students with disabilities. “We believe that Carleton is well placed to develop a model program in employment preparation, with the objective of moving the employment success rate of students with disabilities towards par with the general population,” said Suzanne Blanchard, VP of Students and Enrolment. Carleton

Carleton receives $800K for accessible experiential learning program Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

According to CBC, Ottawa’s La Cité college plans to launch an optician program to address the shortfall of opticians in the Ottawa area. The program will reportedly be the first to offer training in French. The program will also help meet local labour needs, as Michaël Dumoulin, Director of l'Institut des sciences de la santé et de la vie at La Cité, explains that local opticians have trouble recruiting qualified individuals. CBC adds that La Cité will work with Quebec’s regulating body to ensure that its graduates can work in the province. CBC

La Cité to launch optician program Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

As Centennial College’s “Free the Tampon” initiative gains momentum, other universities across the country are starting to follow suit. Shannon Brooks, Centennial's Associate VP of Corporate Services, stated that the initiative costs approximately $7K per year. "The cost is negligible, the impact is huge, and it's just one more way we can support our students in making life a little bit easier for them so they can focus on learning." Allisa Lim, VP of Ignite Student Life at Humber College's Lakeshore campus, states that Humber provides menstrual kits with gender neutral packaging in several public spaces. Student societies at the University of Calgary, McGill University, and the University of King's College in Halifax reportedly provide free menstrual products, as well. CBC

Canadian campuses aim to offer free menstrual products Top Ten 05/02/2018 - 03:43 05/02/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that Memorial University's Grenfell Campus has laid off three positions: Director of Student Services, Manager of Marketing and Communications, and a Coordinator in the Office of Research. MUN Grenfell’s VP Jeff Keshen told CBC that the university had to cut $1M after the provincial government reduced MUN’s Operating Budget by over $5M for the 2018-19 academic year. “When you have a target like that, it's not just us. When you look at the province as a whole, so many are going through the same process. We have to be mindful of the services we provide,” Keshen said. According to Grenfell, students should not notice any disruptions in service delivery as other staff will absorb the laid-off administrators’ duties. CBC

MUN Grenfell lays off administrative jobs in face of operating budget cuts Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine announced that it has received full accreditation with minor deficiency through 2024. According to a WCVM news release, “minor deficiency” refers to “items that have minimal or no effect on student learning or safety and are typically resolved within one year.” The accreditation coincides with a recent announcement by the Alberta provincial government that it would divert $8M of funding from WCVM to the University of Calgary’s veterinary school. WCVM Dean Douglas Freeman expressed concern about the government’s decision, but remained hopeful that the college will find “creative solutions” to the cut with regional partners. Manitoba Co-operator

USask WCVM accredited through 2024 Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

In a response to the recently announced study focused on bringing a postsecondary campus to Vancouver Island’s west shore, former Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University) vice-president Gary Bauslaugh reflects on the opportunities posed by postsecondary system expansions. In particular, Bauslaugh focuses on the often-missed opportunity to offer alternative and innovative approaches to education. “The establishment of a new campus devoted not to the establishment of more academic departments [...] but to the provision of a strong program of general and liberal education will not transform a broken world,” concludes Bausaugh. “But it would be a small step in the right direction.” Times Colonist

Expanding BC PSE system offers unique opportunities Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

Niagara College states that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MedReleaf that will “foster the development of cannabis production expertise in Canada through its Graduate Certificate Program in Commercial Cannabis Production.” The MOU will reportedly incorporate opportunities for program development; merit-based entrance scholarships; work integrated learning; graduate placements; and applied research projects. Vivian Kinnaird, Niagara’s Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment, expressed gratitude to MedReleaf for its “commitment to student scholarships, which will assist students who might otherwise be unable to pursue their educational goals.” Cision

MedReleaf, Niagara sign MOU to support cannabis expertise Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

The Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université has reportedly drafted a statement to better address student claims of sexual assault by professors. The release explains that the statement prohibits sexual relationships between professors and students while calling for an independent and impartial review of any complaints. FQPPU adds that the complaints process will include a full disclosure of the investigation to victims. According to the news release, the statement is in compliance with the 2017 Act to Prevent Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions. FQPPU

FQPPU promises improved, transparent process for student victims of sexual violence Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

Cégep de Sept-Îles has received an investment of $900K over three years to install a new research platform. Hussein Ibrahim, director of Sept-Îles’s entrepreneurship and innovation development center, stated that platform will enable Sept-Îles to broaden the expertise of organizations throughout the Côte-Nord region. The research platform will be completed as soon as this summer, according to Radio Canada, and Ibrahim added that the school will begin hiring and outreach to make companies and partners aware of the new expertise in the area. 

Radio Canada

New research platform funding enables Sept-Îles to offer technological expertise to region Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

Masha Fedzechkina writes about her experience with having a long-term collaborator and adviser accused of sexual harassment, and the impact on her career. In the months following the public coverage of the accusation, Fedzechkina reflects on the pressures to publicly address the issue or obscure her association with her collaborator. The author goes on to discuss the increased impact on graduate students working under the accused’s supervision. While commending the industry for its focus on sexual harassment, Fedzechkina calls on the sector to “also talk about the people we often don’t talk about [...] and how we can make sure that their careers do not become collateral damage because of such events.”

Inside Higher Ed

Addressing the impact of controversy on collaborators, co-authors, students Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

Following a press conference of the Syndicat des tuteurs et tutrices de la Télé-Université, the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec is responding to alleged remarks by Université TÉLUQ regarding the tutors. FNEEQ-CSN states that TELUQ disavowed the role of tutors, stating that they are not teachers, while the union argues that tutors play a key role in individualized supervision and student success. The article reports that FNEEQ-CSN is also currently challenging the legality of the TÉLUQ-MATCI agreement, which is associated with subcontracting work to the Institut MATCI Montréal. Newswire | Huffington Post

Union challenges remarks made by TÉLUQ, subcontractor agreement Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

Outgoing Brandon University Student Union President Nick Brown told the Brandon Sun that the university’s proposed project for a mixed-use downtown facility depends on BrandonU’s next president. “Once the new president of the university comes in, it’ll be their vision, and if they are strong-willed towards completing the downtown project, it will get done and the money will come in for that,” Brown said. “But if the person who comes in is not interested in that project, it will die right here.” According to the Sun, early plans for the project included a child-care centre, black-box theatre, and retail space, but project consultants advised BrandonU’s Board of Governors to re-evaluate the project’s scope. Brandon Sun

BrandonU’s Downtown project hinges on next president’s “vision” Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

A recent study has found that community colleges in the US must foster part-time student success in order to close the achievement gap for ethnic minorities, reports Inside Higher Ed. The study further noted that part-time enrolment negatively affects students’ ability to graduate. According to Christina Hubbard, Director of Strategic Research at EAB, shifting to full-time status is not necessarily an option for ethnic minorities. “Underrepresented minorities and low-income students, they're more likely to be working,” Hubbard stated. “So, to expect them to go 15 credits at a time is setting them up to fail.” The article highlights several colleges that have adjusted their part-time requirements to improve graduation rates. Inside Higher Ed

Improved accommodation of part-time students needed to foster success Top Ten 05/01/2018 - 03:42 05/01/2018 - 03:30

The University of Toronto has officially opened the Myhal Centre for Engineering and Entrepreneurship. According to a U of T news release, the building—named after alumnus George Myhal, his wife, Rayla, and their family—includes active learning spaces, fabrication facilities, and dedicated spaces for student clubs and teams. Chancellor Michael Wilson, Chair of the Governing Council Claire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9), President Meric Gertler, and Dean of Applied Science & Engineering Cristina Amon were amongst those on hand for the official opening. The Myhal Centre will reportedly house the Centre for Global Engineering, the Institute for Sustainable Energy, the Institute for Water Innovation, and several multidisciplinary initiatives. U of T

U of T opens Myhal Centre for Engineering and Entrepreneurship Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

A Memorandum of Understanding between McGill University and several partner institutions in China will make it easier to share neurological data. The MOU also reportedly includes an agreement in which partners will exchange faculty, graduate and undergraduate students; conduct joint research activities and publications; and exchange academic and scientific materials. “McGill’s recent signing of an agreement related to the Quebec-China-Cuba neuroscience research project demonstrates how Quebec educational institutions can thrive while having a great impact in China and around the world,” stated Jean-François Lépine, Representative of the Quebec Government in China. McGill adds that the agreement is a continuation of ongoing collaborations between the partner institutions. McGill

McGill neuroscience, Chinese institutions continue partnership with MOU Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

The University of Calgary has announced the launch of two new graduate programs in Data Science and Analytics. “These programs are for creative and critical thinkers,” says UCaglary Faculty of Science Dean Lesley Rigg. “Students with data science skills across all sectors and industries will remain relevant — and employed — in an environment continually impacted by technological change.” According to a UCalgary news release, the Fundamental Data Science and Analytics Certificate consists of four courses that culminates in a graduate-level credential. Students may also take an additional four courses in relevant areas for a graduate diploma. UCalgary

UCalgary launches graduate-level certificate and diploma programs in Data Science and Analytics Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo has unveiled plans for a proposed 65,000 square-foot expansion of the School of Architecture, the Waterloo Region Record reports. The School’s Director, Anne Bordeleau, told Cambridge City Council that UWaterloo has chosen three potential sites for the expansion. Some council members reportedly expressed concern about one of the potential sites, a recently renovated $1.7M parking lot. “When I look at this site that we just put in and spent all that money on, that would take away parking from downtown,” said Counsellor Jan Liggett. Graham Braun, head of the Downtown Cambridge Business Improvement Association, stated that the city and UWaterloo would arrive at “the perfect solution” through the consultation process. The Record

UWaterloo School of Architecture proposes site expansion in Cambridge Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

Loyalist College, in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, will offer three Cannabis Career Training courses through its Distance Students and Continuing Education department, according to a Loyalist news release. “Within the industry, our Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis is a trusted authority on quality. Loyalist is Canada’s only college with a laboratory approved to conduct research with cannabis under the Narcotic Control Regulations,” stated Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughan. The non-credit courses offered through the partnership will reportedly provide training in product and facility management; marketing, sales, and development; and financing strategies for cannabis entrepreneurs. Loyalist

Loyalist, KPU partner up to offer cannabis career training Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that Saskatchewan Polytechnic will lay off 42 faculty and staff in response to labour market trends. SaskPolytech Provost and VP Academic Anne Neufeld stated that the administration makes its decisions in response to rises and falls in economic demand and new needs. “Nobody has a crystal ball, so I'd say it was a bit of an art and a science,” Neufeld added. SK’s Minister of Advanced Education Tina Beaudry-Mellor told CTV News that the polytechnic re-evaluates its staff and faculty expenditures yearly. “I think it’s wise stewardship on their part,” she said. Ryan Meili, leader of the provincial opposition NDP, blamed the layoffs on provincial budget shortfallsCBC | CTV News | 620 CKRM

SaskPolytech lays off 42 staff and faculty Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

Red River College has announced five new programs for Indigenous learners. According to an RRC news release, two of the programs will offer “preparatory, exploratory and transitional experience, while the remaining three programs aim to grow Indigenous representation within their respective sectors.” The programs are reportedly part of an ongoing consultation process with RRC and community stakeholders focused on Indigenous education. “Over the last year, we have been working to create better access to programs, new training opportunities, and more pathways to post-secondary education for our Indigenous learners,” stated RRC Executive Director, Indigenous Strategy Rebecca Chartrand. RRC adds that the college has have also created 12 new positions based on its Indigenous education infrastructure. RRC

New programs, positions at RRC advance Indigenous education in MB Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

According to the Toronto Star, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has determined that York University students do not have to disclose a specific disability for academic accommodation. The ruling reportedly follows a two-year dispute between a PhD student and the university. Human Rights Commissioner Renu Mandhane called the ruling a “win” for students; but Marc Wilchesky, Executive Director of Counselling and Disability Services at YorkU, expressed concern that it could do more harm than good. “If we don’t get the diagnosis, if students choose not to provide it, in some cases it may make it a little more difficult to come up with the appropriate accommodation,” he said. Toronto Star

YorkU no longer requires diagnosis for academic accommodation Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

The Government of New Brunswick has stated that it still wants to help the University of New Brunswick keep its swimming pool open, reports CBC. UNB this year announced that the Sir Max Aitken Pool, along with the Lady Beaverbrook Gym, will close this September. According to CBC, the announcement provoked an outcry from local pool enthusiasts. UNB reportedly approached the city for 60% of the costs associated with keeping the pool open, but the city refused on the grounds that it would not assume the costs for something it did not own, adding that it also had to address other financial commitments. UNB VP Academic George MacLean expressed hope that the city, the province, and the university will find a solution. CBC

NB government offers to help keep UNB pool open Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

A recent US-based study has found that graduate students amass vastly different amounts of debts based on their program of study. Based on more than 91,000 graduate degree holders, the study found that dentists, optometrists, and veterinarians tend to have student loan debt that is the most out of balance with their earnings immediately after graduation. On average, graduates of these programs devote more than 10% of their monthly post-graduate income to their student loan payments. In contrast, the study found that computer scientists, MBA holders, people with masters in finance degrees (not MBA) and nurses allocate the smallest proportion of their monthly earnings to pay down their student loan debt, devoting only 6.4 to 7.1% of their monthly income to their student loan payments. Credible

Which graduate school programs create the most post-graduate debt? Top Ten 04/30/2018 - 03:41 04/30/2018 - 03:30

McGill Unviersity has reportedly received a donation of $15M from the Doggone-Foundation toward an interdisciplinary research project on infectious diseases and immune system threats. McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre will each receive $7.5M for the project. “This exciting initiative will help assure that the right platforms and tools are in place so that our experts may continue to collaborate on solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health issues,” said Martine Alfonso, MUHC Interim President. McGill

McGill receives $15M gift for interdisciplinary health research Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the University of Manitoba’s Max Rady College of Medicine have signed a collaboration agreement focused on developing medical education programs and improving health care in rural areas. The agreement will see the institutions develop high-quality health care programs that are socially accountable and responsive to patients in under-served, rural areas. “The Northern Ontario School of Medicine was established with an explicit social accountability mandate; as such, we strive to cultivate relationships with organizations to facilitate common goals,” said NOSM Dean Roger Strasser. The collaboration will also foster professional relationships for medical residents that will ultimately improve referral patterns to MB.NOSM

NOSM, UManitoba collaborate on medical education and delivery Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

In light of the recent announcement of the two new campuses that will be built in Brampton and Milton, John Michael McGrath asks “why are we building new universities in the Greater Toronto Area at all?” McGrath notes that the government has pointed to the fast growth of the population in the GTA and increasing concentrations of new Canadians to justify the introduction of a new campus. However, McGrath goes on to discuss the benefits that a new campus in a different part of the province could have. “The thing is, with or without a university campus, Milton and Brampton will do just fine,” writes McGrath. “But there are plenty of places in this province, [...] which could desperately use the kind of long-term economic commitment that even a modest university would represent.”  TVO

ON should look outside GTA for new university campuses: McGrath Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

As the province rolls out universal pre-primary education for four-year-olds, child care operators in Nova Scotia say that the biggest issue they are facing is access to enough trained early childhood educators. “Despite the reported numbers of ECEs available to practice in the province, the regulated early learning and care sector has experienced and continues to experience significant challenges in recruiting and retaining staff, impacting quality across programs,” said Pam Streeter, of the Private Licensed Administrators Association. Education Department officials say that 110 ECEs have been hired to meet initial requirements and that an additional 700 will be needed by 2020. Global News

NS sees labour market demand for ECEs during universal pre-primary education roll-out Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

A recent essay published in the Boston Review on the ‘erotics of mentorship’ has drawn a significant amount of attention and raised controversy from mentors and mentees across the continent. Colleen Flaherty describes how the essay examines the history of “mentor-mentee relationships that were not only intellectual, but also erotic, romantic or physical,” as well as the impact of mentoring relationships that ‘cross the line’ into sexual harassment or assault. “But the authors aren’t trying to promote erotic mentorship, per se: their essay deals in the what, not so much the why or how,” writes Flaherty, adding that it ends “with a plea to reframe current campus discussions about faculty-student relationships.” Flaherty goes on to review the mixed responses to the essay. Inside Higher Ed | Boston Review

Essay raises questions of the place of ‘eroticism’ in academic mentorship Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

After three nursing students successfully appealed a failing grade, Camosun College is reviewing its appeals process, reports the Victoria Times Colonist. John Boraas, VP of Education at Camosun, stated that the appeal involved “human-rights issues,” adding that the BC Human Rights Tribunal advised Camosun that it would rule in favour of the nurses if the college refused the appeal. Although some faculty members are reportedly unhappy with the decision, Boraas acknowledged that a program such as nursing needs to strike a balance between student safety and rigorous training. Camosun reportedly allowed the students to advance to the next course on the condition that they attend a mandatory three-hour tutorial each week on top of their standard course load. Victoria Times Colonist (1) | Victoria Times Colonist (2)

Camosun to re-evaluate appeals process Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

Recent studies conducted with admissions officers and prospective students in the US found that the majority of both groups felt that applicants’ social media profiles were “fair game” for universities when deciding who to admit to their institution. The survey found that 68% of surveyed US admissions officers felt that they could visit sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter when deciding who to offer acceptances. Similarly, 70% of surveyed high school students felt that social media was “fair game” for admissions officers, rather than an “invasion of privacy." Times Higher Education

Social media ‘fair game’ in admissions process Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and University of Alberta President David Turpin have weighed in on the furor surrounding the university’s decision to confer anhonorary degree upon David Suzuki. In an op-ed for the Edmonton Journal, Turpin acknowledges those who argue that the conferral amounts to an attack on the energy industry, but counters that all universities must uphold freedom of inquiry, academic integrity, and independence above all other principles. Notley told the Canadian Press that she, likewise, defends UAlberta’s right to academic freedom, but that the decision also struck her as “tone deaf.” The controversy escalated after a Calgary law firm cancelled the remainder of a $100K donation to the university. Edmonton Journal | | Edmonton Star

Turpin, Notley, weigh in on Suzuki controversy Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

After Indigenous leaders from Northern Ontario publicly backed Angelique EagleWoman’s decision to resign as Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, CBC reports that administrators have pledged to curb systemic discrimination and racism. Council members from several First Nations forwarded a list of recommendations for systemic reform, while Lakehead stated that it will consult with Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders. “There may well be many recommendations that we will land on together,” Lakehead interim President Moira McPherson told CBC. “But it would be very wrong of us to move forward with commitment to particular ones without that consultation.” CBC

Lakehead leadership pledges change after allegations of systemic racism Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia Okanagan has partnered with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities on research that aims to provide evidence-based protocols and policies to improve physical activity opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. The Canada-wide project has received nearly $500K in funding over the next five years from the charity. “Our preliminary findings from the Canadian Disability Participation Project indicate that children and youth with physical disabilities are not meeting the Canadian guidelines,” says UBC Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis. “Our new project is expanding the pilot study to include a much larger population of children and youth and to examine both the types of activities they participate in and for how long.” Researchers from the University of Toronto and York University will also be collaborating on the project. UBCO

UBCO partnership investigates physical activity of children with disabilities Top Ten 04/27/2018 - 03:33 04/27/2018 - 03:30

Several universities across Canada have started to stock naloxone, an opioid-blocking medication, as part of a shifting attitude toward drug use, writes Michael Rancic. “There was the old messaging around drugs and the war on drugs. Now we’ve got to talk about safe use of drugs and make people aware that drugs other than marijuana have a higher level of danger attached to them now,” stated UBC professor Paul Dagg. Thompson Rivers University's Dean of Students Christine Adam described how TRU started looking more carefully at drug use after a number of accidental overdoses in the Kamloops area. The article adds that Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a nationwide student body, has also advocated for administrations to implement harm-reduction strategies. University Affairs

Canadian universities’ drug policies shifting to harm reduction strategies Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 03:39 04/26/2018 - 03:30

A new partnership between New Brunswick Community College and Hector J Bravo Culinary & Pastry Arts Academy aims to cement the college as a “hub and trendsetter” for culinary and pastry training in North America. An NBCC release adds that future plans for the partnership include entrepreneurship, marketing, and business management training; collaborations with Indigenous stakeholders; and the integration of new culinary trends into the programming. “Some of our principles are openness to the world, forward and innovative thinking,” said Hector J Bravo, “and this has played a key role with the success of our Academy and our graduates.” NBCC

NBCC announces partnership with Hector J Bravo Culinary Academy Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 03:39 04/26/2018 - 03:30

The Manitoba Co-operator reports that the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences is launching several pilot courses to give students hands-on experience with swine, poultry, and feed-mill facilities. Craig Fisher, a coordinator on the project, stated that the courses are developed using activities rooted in research into cognition and neurophysiology. “We are targeting mainly students with limited exposure to Canadian farming practices such as those from urban or rural towns and international students,” added Fisher. Manitoba Co-operator

UManitoba pilot program provides hands-on experience for students Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 03:39 04/26/2018 - 03:30

Western University and Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 610 reached a tentative agreement late last week. The London Free Press reports that the teaching assistants, who are represented by the union, have been without a contract since August 2017. The assistants were in a legal striking position as of April 13th, but backed away from threatening strike action while students were in exams. Wages were reportedly among the top issues for the union, and London Free Press reports that regional census information places teaching assistants among the lowest paid workers in the region. The agreement will be put to a vote later this week. CBC | London Free Press

Western, teaching assistants reach tentative agreement Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 03:39 04/26/2018 - 03:30

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations voiced their concern to a House of Commons committee that further restrictions on copyright exceptions would unfairly burden students and educators. “Students, either directly through an ancillary fee or indirectly out of operations budgets pay these tariffs,” said CASA Executive Director Michael McDonald. “It is a cost they are expected to bear and one we do not believe is adequately considered.” Groups who support publishers and authors oppose the current iteration of the law, claiming that fair dealing exceptions permit distribution without adequate compensation. University of Ottawa law professor called the authors’ concerns “unfounded,” and stated that students would ultimately bear the brunt of any changes to the law. CP

Students tell House committee that restricting copyright exceptions will hurt education Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 03:39 04/26/2018 - 03:30

Angelique EagleWoman’s resignation as Lakehead University’s Dean of Law has prompted dozens of Indigenous leaders to call for “immediate changes,” reports CBC. EagleWoman stated that Lakehead ignored her concerns about staffing, workplace respect, and the need for cultural competency training. “At times, I went to people higher in the administration and asked for their intervention and, again, it all led to me seeing there was no way forward,” she said. CBC adds that two Indigenous leaders have forwarded several recommendations to Lakehead in light of the resignation. In a statement, Lakehead responded that it is “committed to creating the conditions whereby everyone at Lakehead University can flourish and we look forward to ongoing dialogue and action.” CBCAPTN (1) | APTN (2)

Indigenous leaders call for changes after law school dean resigns from Lakehead Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 03:39 04/26/2018 - 03:30

Several BC universities have imposed steep tuition increases for international students over the last several years, reports the Globe and Mail. Kwantlen Polytechnic University will reportedly raise international tuition by 15% in response to increased international demand, while UBC is said to have raised tuition by more than 10% annually between 2014 and 2017. University of Victoria VP of Finance and Operations Gayle Gorrill told the Globe and Mail that although UVic will impose a 20% hike in Fall 2018, the school’s international tuition has long been lower than that of other universities. The provincial government caps domestic tuition at 2% per year, but the Globe and Mail says that no such regulation exists for international fees. Globe and Mail

International students face steep tuition increases at BC universities Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 14:35 04/26/2018 - 03:30

Research out of the University of Alberta has examined how high-performing athletes respond to failure and success in order to determine how to improve levels of engagement among medical students and reduce exhaustion. “Every year, Canada spends $213 million due to physician burnout,” said UAlberta assistant professor Oksana Babenko. “We can’t afford that, so the question is, what can we be doing in school to help prepare medical students earlier on?” In particular, the research pointed to the benefits of attitudes and activities that fostered a ‘mastery goal approach’ and encouraged self-compassion. UAlberta

Preventing burnout in medical students through athletics: UAlberta Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 03:39 04/26/2018 - 03:30

Collège Boréal has announced that it will be offering online cannabis training in French and English through its Contract Training service. Boréal will offer a series of three courses focused on the production, sale of, and marketing of cannabis and the financing of a cannabis business, with each course being delivered over an eight-week period. “The cannabis industry is seeking trained professionals to meet the demand of the upcoming legalization,” said Boréal Director of Contract Training Julie Nadeau. “These course offerings will provide specialized knowledge allowing the participants to fulfill the unmet needs of this booming industry’s workforce.” Boréal

Boréal to offer online cannabis training Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 03:39 04/26/2018 - 03:30

A third-party review of the Indigenous Governance program at the University of Victoria found that current and former students were “traumatized” by “dysfunctional classroom dynamics.” New student enrolment for the program has been suspended for the 2018-19 school year as the institution revises the program. “We see redeveloping this program as part of a process of healing and reconciliation,” said UVic Associate Vice-president for Academic Planning Nancy Wright. In a letter to alumni of the program, UVic Provost Valerie Kuehne added that the university would be working with Indigenous scholars, local Elders, and community members to guide the redesign of the program. CBC

UVic IGOV suspends enrolment, plans to redesign program in light of review Top Ten 04/26/2018 - 03:39 04/26/2018 - 03:30

A task force at Wilfrid Laurier University has released a draft statement on freedom of expression, according to CBC. WLU VP of Research and Acting Provost Rob Gordon writes that “[t]he task force was keenly aware that to be effective, the statement must stand the test of time and protect expression under any campus leadership or in any social or political climate.” The Waterloo Region Record adds that although the draft statement supports free speech, it sets limits based on Canadian law. WLU has been embroiled in controversy over academic freedom since Lindsay Shepherd, a graduate teaching assistant, was reprimanded for screening a clip featuring Jordan Peterson during a tutorial in November of 2017. CBC | Waterloo Region Record | WLU

WLU releases draft statement on freedom of expression Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

Quebec Cabinet Minister Kathleen Weil recently announced a $950K partnership between QC, Concordia University, and five community organizations to support English-speaking communities. According to a provincial news release, Concordia will work closely with the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network, which focuses on English education and culture in QC. Guy Rodgers, Executive Director of the English-Language Arts Network, stated that although the linkage between education and culture is well-documented, “it has been difficult in Quebec for English-speaking artists to connect with educators and vice versa, despite valiant efforts on both sides.” SRQEA | Concordia

Concordia, QC enter $950K partnership to support English-speaking communities Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

NDP leader Wab Kinew has demanded that Premier Brian Pallister pay the University of Manitoba’s $2.4M penalty for violating bargaining law in 2016, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. Kinew’s comments follow a ruling by the Manitoba Labour Board that the university reportedly bargained with the union in bad faith after Pallister secretly ordered the administration not to disclose a wage freeze on public employees. “We know the premier wanted a strike at the U of M — the premier got his wish,” Kinew said. “He's stuck them with a two-and-a-half-million-dollar bill, completely unnecessary.” Winnipeg Free Press

Kinew calls on MB premier to cover $2.4M penalty for UManitoba bargaining violation Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

The Government of British Columbia has reportedly granted Northwest Community College permission to change its name to Coast Mountain College. According to an NWCC news release, the name change follows two and a half years of research, community input, and strategic planning in collaboration with local stakeholders. “Our staff and faculty have been working hard during this planning process to explore unique ways of achieving our goal of becoming the college of choice for experiential place-based learning and the name change is one key part of that,” stated NWCC President Ken Burt. The name change will take effect in June of 2018. NWCC

NWCC to change name to Coast Mountain College Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that it is entering into full partnership with MITACS. The partnership will help connect businesses and non-profits with professors and students through internships and specialized training in R&D management, professional development, and international research. From 2014 to 2017, MITACS reportedly funded between 42 and 67 internships. Caroline Rogers, a director at MITACS, said that the full partnership will enable UQAM to access a broader range of programs while doubling internships. UQAM

UQAM enters into full partnership with MITACS Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

The Edmonton Star has learned that the Calgary office of Moody’s Garner, a tax law practice, will cancel the remainder of its five-year, $100K donation to the University of Alberta in response to the university’s decision to confer an honorary degree on David Suzuki. In a letter to UAlberta Chancellor Doug Stollery and President David Turpin, Moody’s Garner asserted that Suzuki has “inappropriately used [science and education] to attack the very foundation of our province’s success without engaging in rational discourse and debate, two things that are also essential to a full and beneficial post-secondary education.” The Star added that as of yesterday morning, UAlberta had declined to comment on the rescinded donation. Edmonton Star

Calgary law office rescinds UAlberta donation as Suzuki backlash continues Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

The College of New Caledonia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George that recognizes the collaborative work the two parties have undertaken to provide safe and affordable housing. “Finding safe and affordable housing is often a challenge for Aboriginal students who have moved with their entire families to pursue education,” said CNC Director of Aboriginal Education Marlene Erickson. “We have worked with the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George to remove barriers that can exist for students with families.” The MOU will see CNC and AHSPG provide holistic support services for students from communities throughout the region and beyond. CNC

CNC, AHSPG sign MOU around safe and affordable housing Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

Mount Allison University states that the Owens Art Gallery has received $540K in funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. “The Owens is recognized across Canada as a significant venue for research and presentation of contemporary visual art, and for the quality of its programs and its collection,” stated Gallery Director Gemey Kelly. The funds will reportedly support gallery programs and a new position, Curator of Digital Engagement. According to MTA, the new position will help shape existing areas such as education, outreach, exhibitions, and collection management. MTA

Canada Council awards MTA gallery $540K Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi has announced that it will receive $500K from Fonds d’appui au rayonnement des régions to support blueberry research. According to UQAC, the investment follows a management agreement between several blueberry producers and the provincial government. The investment will reportedly go toward several infrastructure projects, including a new blueberry field and facilities upgrades. UQAC says that the project will also support research related to sustainability and production while creating new networks of scientists, producers, and professionals in the field. UQAC

UQAC receives $500K for blueberry research Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

“This is a fraught time for many college presidents who are confronting challenges that they did not create and often can’t control,” writes Susan Resneck Pierce. Institutions that once prided themselves on collegiality are now divided over matters that previously had not been contentious, such as free speech and academic freedom. Administrations have begun to make curricular decisions that were previously the responsibility of faculty, and the widespread use of social media has intensified the reputational risks connected with negative stories. To help address these challenges and more, the author recommends that presidents do everything they can to connect with their campuses, and offers several examples of how to do so. Inside Higher Ed

How presidents can deal with problems they did not create and cannot control Top Ten 04/25/2018 - 04:40 04/25/2018 - 03:30

Students in British Columbia are expressing concern that the services offered to the province’s international students are not keeping up with demand. The Prince George Citizen reports that BC has seen its international student population skyrocket from 90,037 in 2010 to more than 136,000 in 2017. A report released last week by the BC Federation of Students argues that the tuition dollars of international students have been propping up the budgets of colleges and universities, and calls for government regulation of international student fee increases. Prince George Citizen (1) | Prince George Citizen (2)

BC students call for increased services, controlled tuition for international students Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

Partnerships between public and private Ontario colleges have created unacceptable risk for students, the province, and the quality of PSE, according to a new report from the ON government. Simona Chiose notes that the report has led to a moratorium on such partnerships, in which a student studying at a private college could work toward a credential from a public institution. The report found that the ON government does not have the tools to monitor the quality of the student experience at the private-branch campuses, including whether they are meeting academic standards. It further noted that the colleges have been informed that their agreements are not consistent with the intent of the federal government’s policies for recruiting international students. Globe and Mail

ON public-private college partnerships create unacceptable risk to PSE: provincial report Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

“There is little evidence of any consequent benefit to the country, the economy or the world from professionally oriented courses,” writes Felipe Fernández-Armesto, adding that “most seem designed to benefit businesses by sparing firms the costs of in-house training.” The author contends that while vocational training is important, it stands to reason that it is only as important as the market deems it to be. In other words, the author argues that public subsidies should never go toward vocational programming because if such programming were truly needed by the market, both businesses and students would happily pay for it. Rather, the author concludes that public funds should only subsidize areas “where other incentives don’t reach,” such as academic fields of study. Times Higher Education

Why public funds should not be spent on vocational training: Fernández-Armesto Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

School districts on opposite coasts of Canada are reportedly facing a shortage of qualified K-12 teachers. CBC reports that more than 200 teachers and principals in New Brunswick are set to retire this year, and that there are not enough education graduates to replace them. Crandall University Education Internship Co-ordinator Ken Frost notes that while there has been a shortage for years in specialty areas such as French immersion, this shortage is now affecting all areas of the curriculum. In British Columbia, the Prince George Citizen reports that ever since schools went on a hiring spree in response to a 2017 Supreme Court of Canada decision, “there are simply not enough new teachers graduating from … university education programs” to meet demand. CBC | Prince George Citizen

NB, BC look to higher ed to help address teacher shortages Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth have announced a joint cross-border program that focuses on health and education opportunities for Indigenous peoples in Northern Ontario and Northern Minnesota. According to a NOSM press release, the program will facilitate a new First Nations and Métis Centre of Excellence for NOSM based on an existing program at Duluth. NOSM Interim Director of Indigenous Affairs Darrel Manitowabi stated that the partnership will improve Indigenous healthcare delivery by “developing and improving existing Indigenous health profession programs, sharing knowledge and experience on providing culturally sensitive care and mentorship, as well as curriculum and programming to improve the health status of First Nation, Métis and Native American peoples.” NOSM

NOSM partners with US school for cross-border Indigenous health project Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

The University of Windsor states that it will refurbish several air handling units thanks to a $4.5M investment from the provincial government’s Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Project. According to UWindsor Manager of Facility Planning, Renovation and Construction Danny Castellan, the old units were out of date and physically inaccessible to maintenance workers. “We are very pleased that [the province] has supported this project,” added UWindsor President Alan Wildeman. “It will allow us to begin the process of modernizing these important campus facilities and further reducing our environmental footprint.” UWindsor

UWindsor receives $4.5M for green retrofit Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

The Manitoba Labour Board has dismissed the University of Manitoba’s appeal of an unfair labour practice ruling, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. In light of the dismissal, the University of Manitoba Faculty Association has reportedly demanded full payment of $2.4M in damages. “We’re disappointed that the administration challenged the labour board’s directive to apologize for what happened. For that reason alone they should be required to pay the full damages,” stated UMFA President Janet Morril. According to the Free Press, the provincial government told UManitoba not to disclose the details of Bill 28, which mandated wage controls on 120,000 public workers in 2016. Winnipeg Free Press

Faculty union awaits $2.4M after Labour Board rejects UManitoba’s appeal Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

Medicine Hat College will reportedly offer dual credit programming for Grasslands Public Schools high school students for the 2018/19 academic year. According to an MHC press release, the partnership is part of a larger strategy by Grasslands to make its programming more personalized, flexible, and community-centred while streamlining education. “In some cases a student could finish high school and have their first year apprenticeship complete,” said Assistant Superintendent Sean Beaton. MHC

MHC, Grasslands Public Schools to offer dual credit programming Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

After initially rejecting plans to extend rapid transit to UBC, CBC reports that the university’s Board of Governors has now voted to help fund a potential expansion project. Jill Drews, a spokesperson for TransLink, stated that the announcement is “encouraging,” but added that no funding agreement currently exists for such an expansion. Vancouver Point-Grey MLA David Eby told CBC that he would welcome a line extension, as bus traffic has long been a concern for local residents. CBC adds that UBC has not disclosed how much it would invest in the project. CBC | Global

UBC Board of Governors votes to fund rapid transit expansion Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

Students of the veterinary health sciences at Lakeland College will soon have a new and much larger space in which to learn and practice skills that will prepare them for the future. A Lakeland release notes that the upgraded space, called the Animal Health Clinic, is scheduled to open on its campus this fall. The space will reportedly feature new equipment and more lab space to accommodate more students looking to enter the program. “Fitting everyone into the lab space right now is difficult, and it’s difficult giving everybody enough time to use the instruments and get familiar with them,” said first-year animal technician student Heidi Silver. Lakeland

Lakeland upgrades veterinary teaching space Top Ten 04/24/2018 - 03:43 04/24/2018 - 03:30

Vancouver Island University’s Board of Governors has approved a new tuition approach that allows any Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands are within Canada to be considered domestic students rather than international students. The change was made after discussions with Indigenous communities indicated a strong interest in enhancing educational opportunities for members of those communities who live outside of Canada. “The Jay treaty is part of a legacy of obligations and understandings respecting Indigenous peoples that have for too long been ignored and violated,” said Snuneymuxw Councilor and VIU Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation Director Douglas White III. “It is through concrete action that changes the lives of people, like this tuition adjustment, that a better future can be built.”


VIU to recognize Indigenous Peoples with Canadian ancestral lands as domestic students Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 03:42 04/23/2018 - 03:30

A partnership between Nova Scotia Community College, the Government of Nova Scotia, and several industry partners has resulted in the launch of a program called Pathways to Shipbuilding for African Nova Scotians. The program will see twenty African Nova Scotians study welding and gain new career opportunities in shipbuilding. Following 14-weeks of essential skills training, personal readiness, and academic refreshers, participants enter into a pre-apprenticeship welding diploma program at NSCC. Successful graduates who meet employment eligibility criteria will be hired as apprentices as positions become available at Halifax Shipyard.

Halifax Today | EPEA

NSCC, NS, industry partner on shipbuilding opportunity for African Nova Scotians Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 03:42 04/23/2018 - 03:30

York University’s administration is offering tuition credits and bursaries for undergraduate students affected by a six-week work stoppage, CBC reports. While some classes have proceeded as scheduled, other departments reportedly chose to suspend classes altogether until the end of the strike. In a letter to students, YorkU Interim Provost and VP Academic Lisa Philipps stated that the university will provide tuition credits for any Fall/Winter 2017-18 course or 2018 Winter course from which a student has withdrawn. Students in demonstrable financial hardship because of the strike may also apply for a $1.5K bursary, Philipps added. 

CBC | The Star

YorkU offers tuition credits, bursaries as strike continues Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 03:42 04/23/2018 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College has been granted full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education for the next seven years. “This achievement by the College is a testament to the quality of our program and the people engaged in its delivery,” said AVC Dean Greg Keefe. “This is an important milestone--one that will drive us forward as we strive to continuously improve.” Keefe explained that the accreditation process began with preparations 16 months in advance and included a week-long campus visit; interviews with faculty, staff, and students; a detailed evaluation of the college’s programming; and an inspection of the facilities.


UPEI AVC achieves full accreditation Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 03:42 04/23/2018 - 03:30

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has engaged an Expert Panel to gather input from key stakeholders and report on the relationships, structures, and policies existing between the school and Indigenous peoples. The panel will seek input from key stakeholder groups—including the Elders Council; Indigenous communities and organizations; and NOSM learners, staff, and faculty—on topics such as curriculum, Indigenous leadership and influence, and support structures. “If we are to be accountable, we have to reflect on where the School’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples currently stands, and where it can be improved,” said Darrel Manitowabi, Interim Director of Indigenous Affairs at NOSM.

Nation Talk | Thunder Bay Newswatch

NOSM engages panel to review relationship with Indigenous communities Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 03:42 04/23/2018 - 03:30

Bow Valley College will be offering two comprehensive certification courses in May 2018 to help drone enthusiasts and professional operators prepare for the new and updated aviation laws. The courses, to be held on the Okotoks and High River campuses, will provide theory and practical knowledge through in-class instruction, labs, sand seminars, as well as a certificate that must be renewed every five years. “Our courses will make it easier for people to enjoy their drones legally as well as operate them safely,” said BVC Instructor Chris Healy.


BVC offers UAV Certification Courses Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 03:42 04/23/2018 - 03:30

Loyalist College has announced that it is launching Canada’s first postgraduate certificate in Cannabis Applied Science. The program will feature classroom learning and a field placement for hands-on experience, while also emphasizing green technologies in accordance with an industry-wide shift away from petrochemicals. “Our Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is comprised of specialists in the cannabis field and their expertise is reflected in our highly relevant Cannabis Applied Science curriculum,” stated Loyalist Senior VP Academic Ann Drennan. “Graduates of this program will be the qualified personnel employers require to fill their growing number of job opportunities.” Loyalist

Loyalist launches certificate in Cannabis Applied Science Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 10:42 04/23/2018 - 10:42

Chicoutimi College, Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and the Centre québécois de formation aéronautique have partnered to develop a new pilot training program in Northern Quebec, an Abitibi-Témiscamingue news release states. According to Skies Magazine, the partnership grew from a concern that Indigenous peoples are underrepresented in QC aviation. “We always want to give priority training to Aboriginal students in Quebec,” Abitibi-Témiscamingue Director General Sylvain Blais told Skies. “Our college has extensive expertise in teaching Aboriginal students.” CQFA is reportedly the only flight school in Canada to offer airline, bush, and helicopter pilot training.Skies | Abitibi-Témiscamingue

CQFA, Chicoutimi, l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue forge partnership for pilot-training program Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 10:43 04/23/2018 - 10:43

As average waiting periods for counsellors in Canada’s colleges and universities have reportedly ballooned up to six weeks in recent years, CBC finds that some institutions are introducing single-session therapy. University of New Brunswick, Saint John Counsellor Meredith Henry explained that "single-session works well for students coming in already having some basic [coping] skills." CBC adds that a national survey found that self-reported depression and anxiety amongst postsecondary students, at 44%, is nearly triple that of the same age cohort not in school.


Single-session therapy poses solution for long counsellor wait times Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 14:20 04/23/2018 - 10:43

Hamilton Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin has announced a three-year, $600K grant for new skills training programs at Mohawk College. The program will be delivered through Mohawk’s City School initiative, which reportedly provides free college-credit course and workshops throughout the city. According to the Spectator, the program will address two goals: the courses are targeted toward at-risk youth who will, in turn, fill a labour shortage for skilled machinists and maintenance workers. The Hamilton Port Authority and Hamilton Health Sciences, as well as several small companies in the region, are said to need specialized workers.

The Spectator (1) | The Spectator (2)

Mohawk receives funding boost to address labour shortage, at-risk youth. Top Ten 04/23/2018 - 10:44 04/23/2018 - 10:44

Ontario is contributing $90M toward a new postsecondary campus in Brampton, a provincial news release states. Ryerson University and Sheridan College have partnered to create an institution focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) at the designated site. The site will reportedly include access to experiential learning opportunities such as co-ops, internships, and case studies for its anticipated 2,000 students. “We are looking forward to working with Sheridan to provide students in the region with innovative academic programs and want to thank the province of Ontario, the city of Brampton, and Sheridan College for being such outstanding and supportive partners,” stated Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi. ON |

ON invests $90M in new Brampton campus Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

CBC has learned that tuition fees at Acadia University and the University of King’s College are set to rise by 6% and 3%, respectively, in the upcoming academic year. CBC adds that U of King’s College already has the highest undergraduate tuition fees in the country, and student union president Lianne Xiao stated that students feel “discouraged and upset” about the hike. Meanwhile, Acadia Students’ Union President Grace Hamilton-Burge told CBC that the fee increase could have a positive impact if it went toward student services. Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis stated that the provincial government has recently made student loans interest-free, with the possibility of loan forgiveness for some graduates. CBC

Acadia, U of King’s College to increase tuition fees Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

The British Columbia government has announced that it will provide $3.3M for new health-care assistant seats at 11 postsecondary institutions. “Health-care assistants are in demand throughout the province, and expanding the number of seats gives people the opportunity to enter into a rewarding career that will help their families and communities thrive,” stated BC Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark. According to a provincial news release, the new seats will be available by December 2019. The funding package is reportedly part of a larger strategy by the provincial government “to improve and strengthen services for B.C. seniors.” BC | Dawson Creek Mirror | Vernon Morning Star

BC provides $3.3M for postsecondary caregiver programs Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

A University of Alberta news release states that several institutions in the province have signed a consortium agreement with Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Germany. The consortium will reportedly facilitate internships and exchange programs between several Ostwestfalen-Lippe institutions and Concordia University of Edmonton, MacEwan University, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the University of Alberta. MacEwan International Executive Director Kimberley Howard stated that the consortium “can better connect students and companies with targeted interests and skill sets that will lead to dynamic outcomes.” Terri Flanagan, Director of NAIT International, added that the agreement “widens the scope of opportunities that we can offer to local students, as well as international students who want to explore Edmonton as a destination for their studies.” UAlberta

AB institutions sign consortium agreement with German technology hub Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

A student advocacy group is expressing frustration over the Quebec government’s decision to omit students from a committee supporting universities and CEGEPs in dealing with sexual violence on campus. CBC reports that the student group Our Turn sent a letter yesterday to Higher Education Minister Hélène David asking that students be allowed to sit on the advisory body. CBC further reports that the advisory committee is mostly made up of government staff and post-secondary school administrators. “I think she's completely missing the voices of those most impacted by campus sexual violence policies and those that most need to be listened to,” said the group’s spokesperson and co-founder, Caitlin Salvino. CBC (1) | CBC (2)

QC group critiques government for leaving students off sexual assault committee Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

Canopy Growth Corporation and Niagara College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate “experience-based learning opportunities for college students and graduates.” A Niagara release states that the partnership will include co-op and internship opportunities in Niagara’s Commercial Cannabis Production, Horticultural Technician, Greenhouse Technician and Business programs. The release adds that the MOU coincides with an expansion at Tweed Farms, which is owned by Canopy Growth. “As we continue our growth, it’s essential to find candidates and employees with industry-specific knowledge. We look forward to working with Niagara College to educate and invest in our future workforce as we build and define this exciting new industry,” said Canopy President Mark Zekulin. Niagara

Canopy Growth Corporation partners with Niagara Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

A social networking app for Indigenous youth designed by a PhD candidate at York University will be expanded to several universities and colleges, thanks to a $210K grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. According to CBC, the idea for the app grew out of a conversation about how to support Indigenous networks on campus. Alejandro Mayoral-Banos, the app’s designer and an international student from Mexico, stated that he “was struggling to find myself in this huge university with a lot of people and trying to create community.” The app reportedly features access to traditional counselling, an Elder directory, individual chats, and a forum. Nation Talk | CBC

YorkU students’ Indigenous Friends App receives Trillium support Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

Durham College and GrowWise have announced a new partnership to develop and launch the Cannabis Industry Specialization certificate in Fall 2018. A Durham news release states that the Certificate is designed for business professionals and diploma or degree-holders seeking to pursue careers in the cannabis sector. “While other programs focus on the production side of the industry, Durham College is leading the way in preparing professionals interested in management and non-horticultural roles,” stated Durham President Don Lovisa. The program will reportedly include courses on the fundamentals of medical cannabis, cannabis in the recreational/adult-use market, regulatory affairs and ethics, and cannabis business operations. Durham (1) | Durham (2)

Durham partners with GrowWise to develop industry certification for Cannabis Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

Two University of Guelph researchers will receive grants totaling nearly $1.3M from the Walmart Foundation to support food waste research. A UoGuelph release states that both grants will support food waste reduction projects by professors Mike von Massow of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics; and Mario Martinez of the School of Engineering. The projects will reportedly examine how cutting household food waste and developing a nutritional supplement from waste fruit can prevent significant food waste. “It’s very exciting because this funding will allow us to take the next step in our research towards reducing the amount of food waste going into our landfills,” said von Massow. UoGuelph

UoGuelph researches receive $1.3M for food waste research Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

University administrations and student unions have to address many of the same issues, but often disagree about how to do so, writes Kathryn Leblanc. This is why it is critical, the author notes, for administrators to bridge the gap between them and student unions, particularly in the realm of communications. To this end, Leblanc offers six tips: secure strong ties with student leaders, understand the student union’s culture, stay on top of monitoring the media, embrace a spirit of collaboration with the union, develop case studies, and do not jump (as an administration) into internal student affairs. University Affairs

How administrators can work with student unions when a PR crisis hits Top Ten 04/20/2018 - 03:39 04/20/2018 - 03:30

The Ontario government has announced that it will provide $90M to support a new postsecondary campus in the city of Milton. An ON release states that the new campus will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), and that programming will be delivered in partnership between Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College. The new site will reportedly provide up to 2,000 new undergraduate spaces within five to 10 years. “We are thrilled by today’s news and grateful for the Ontario government’s ongoing investment in post-secondary education,” said WLU President Deborah MacLatchy. “We look forward to working with our academic, industry and government partners to deliver relevant, accessible, career-focused learning programs that support the needs of the community,” added Conestoga President John Tibbits. ON

ON forges ahead with plans for PSE campus in Milton with $90M commitment Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 09:23 04/19/2018 - 03:30

Some Canadian provinces have seen encouraging budgets for PSE tabled in the past few months, while others have not, write Anqi Shen and Léo Charbonneau. The authors offer a series of highlights from budgets across the country, including a 6% increase in operating funds to universities in Quebec for the 2018-19 year. The article notes that Saskatchewan and British Columbia also saw increases in operating grants above 4%, while Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland reportedly saw decreases in operating grants. The article goes on to offer a breakdown of key points for each provincial budget. University Affairs

Highlights from 2018-19 provincial budgets Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 03:39 04/19/2018 - 03:30

The Globe and Mail reports that Google has invested $400K in an initiative to bring more women into the University of Waterloo’s Computer Science program. According to 570 News, the grant is part of a $2.1M funding package from Google to support STEM education in the Kitchener-Waterloo region for children who are underrepresented in the field. UWaterloo professor Joanne Atlee believes that the revolution in home computing triggered the drop in female enrolments after 2002. “When the PC came out, it was originally marketed to electronic hobbyists who were mostly men. A lot of the software was business or games, which was advertised to men to buy for their sons,” she said. Globe and Mail | 570 News

UWaterloo, Google, want more women in computer science Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 03:39 04/19/2018 - 03:30

Alberta Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt announced this week that the province will provide Lakeland College with $6M for a much-needed roof repair at its Vermillion Campus, the Vermillion Standard reports. “With this investment, we’ll be able to improve our facility and continue to play an important role in creating a skilled workforce,” said Lakeland President Alice Wainwright-Stewart. The Vermillion Standard adds that the Lakehead repair is part of a $735M initiative for postsecondary maintenance and repair projects across the province. Vermillion Standard

AB funds $6M roof repair at Lakeland Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 03:39 04/19/2018 - 03:30

The University of Alberta has reportedly come under fire for granting an honorary degree to David Suzuki. According to Global News, the backlash accompanies the ongoing debate about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to British Columbia. On its website, UAlberta says that “[t]he conferral of an honorary degree by the University of Alberta is not a signal of institutional agreement with any individual perspective.” Rob Kneteman, an oil executive who states that he graduated from UAlberta, heavily criticized the decision in a letter to David Turpin, writing: “for years, David Suzuki has used political grandstanding, popularity, and funding from Canadian tax payers to push a political agenda that not just hurts Albertans, but is also hypocritical and unbelievably biased.” Global News

UAlberta criticized for granting Suzuki honorary degree Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 03:39 04/19/2018 - 03:30

The Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria has announced five carbon offset projects. According to a UVic news release, Gustavson’s 2016 carbon report revealed that 82% of its overall greenhouse gas emissions came from employee- and student-related travel, which prompted the school to initiate a carbon offset program. “Offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions of our travel is a way that we’re enacting our school’s values of sustainability and broader purpose, while maintaining our focus on international education and experience,” stated Gustavson Dean Saul Klein. Two of the five projects will reportedly be undertaken in BC. The other three will “improve living conditions in communities in Uganda, Honduras and Thailand.” UVic

UVic’s Gustavson School of Business goes carbon neutral Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 03:39 04/19/2018 - 03:30

British Columbia Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark announced that the provincial government will invest $250K in a study to bring a college or university campus to Vancouver Island’s West Shore. The Victoria Times Colonist states that Royal Roads University will partner with the University of Victoria, Camosun College, and the Sooke School District to the undertake the study. Langford Mayor Stew Young told the Times Colonist that he wants postsecondary infrastructure for the region’s growing population of young adults. “For kids from Sooke, who live in Sooke, they might as well go to the University of Toronto,” added Sooke School District Superintendent Jim Cambridge. “It’s a two-hour bus ride one way.” Victoria Times Colonist

RRU to head study for Vancouver Island campus Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 03:39 04/19/2018 - 03:30

The Ontario government has announced plans to invest up to $23M to create new medical residency positions over the next six years, reports the Toronto Star. The positions will be available for medical school graduates who have completed their undergraduate training at one of the province's six medical schools. Graduates who fill the positions will reportedly be required to work in Northern ON and other regions in the province that do not have enough primary care providers. “By funding more residency opportunities in the province, our government is ensuring access to care in the areas where Ontarians need it most and supporting medical students in achieving their potential,” said ON Health Minister Helena Jaczek. Toronto Star | CBC

ON pledges $23M to address medical residency mismatch Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 03:39 04/19/2018 - 03:30

The chances of academic work going uncited varies greatly depending on discipline, according to a new study. The study included disciplines that had at least 10,000 pieces of research published between 2012 and 2016. The researchers found that nearly 77% of publications from visual and performing arts, 75% of publications of literature and literacy theory, and 70% of publications in the professional health area of pharmacy were uncited by 2017. On the other end of the spectrum, the rate for behavioural neuroscience was below 7%. The study notes that while most of the subjects with the highest rates of uncited research over the period were in the arts and humanities, some STEM fields also had relatively high rates of uncited work. Times Higher Education

Uncited research varies significantly by academic discipline: study Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 03:39 04/19/2018 - 03:30

The Université du Québec au Montréal has announced three transfer agreements with Collège de Valleyfield that will bridge the institutions’ programs in computer science and chemistry. According to a UQAM press release, computer science students from Valleyfield may now apply computer science and software engineering credits toward UQAM’s Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and Engineering. The second agreement reportedly lets students transfer certain chemistry credits to UQAM. Finally, UQAM states that Valleyfield students who pursue UQAM’s Certificate in Computer Science and Software Development, as well as the Advanced Certificate, may be exempted from up to five courses at UQAM. UQAM

UQAM, Collège de Valleyfield sign transfer agreement to bridge computer science, chemistry Top Ten 04/19/2018 - 03:39 04/19/2018 - 03:30

In a reported first, Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts will host a political party-in-residence. According to Concordia, the faculty’s partnership with Denmark’s The Alternative will consist of a year-long project that provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in political policy and decision-making in the arts. Uffe Elbaek, The Alternative’s founder and leader, emphasized the timeliness of the initiative. “Climate change, mass migration, political strongmen rising across the world — solving these challenges will require every ounce of insight and creativity from all of our youth,” Elbaek stated. Rebecca Duclos, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, said that the project will focus on “abandoned and underutilized architecture” in Montreal. Concordia

Political party-in-residence an “experimental laboratory” at Concordia Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 03:40 04/18/2018 - 03:30

A recent analysis by PressProgress shows that corporate leaders hold over one-third of all seats on university boards in Ontario. PressProgress states that students, staff, and senate comprise an additional 30%, with 28% consisting of other external members. Ex officio presidents and chancellors reportedly make up the remaining 7%. Queen’s University Board of Trustees chair Donald Raymond stated that he is “unaware of any concerns” about his board, adding that it is “very effective in meeting the financial management and academic needs of the university, its students, academics and staff.” According to PressProgress, overrepresentation from the private sector risks making universities less accountable to public interests. PressProgress

Over one-third of ON university boards seats occupied by corporate leadership: study Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 03:40 04/18/2018 - 03:30

Red River College has announced the acquisition of its Stevenson Aviation Campus from the property's former landlord after the provincial government approved RRC’s request to borrow $8M for the acquisition. “Now that we own it, we can grow it, we can add to it, we can change it,” said RRC President Paul Voigt. RRC added that it will save $1M over the length of the 25-year mortgage. The Stevenson Campus reportedly provides training for aircraft maintenance engineers, aerospace manufacturing technicians, and gas turbine engine repair technicians. RRC | Winnipeg Free Press

RRC acquires aviation campus thanks to $8M loan Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 03:40 04/18/2018 - 03:30

The University of Toronto has renamed its Department of Civil Engineering to the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, according to a university news release. The change in name reportedly reflects the department’s interdisciplinarity and the breadth of its faculty. “Interdisciplinary research and education is becoming a hallmark of our Faculty,” said U of T Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Cristina Amon. “This renaming acknowledges the synergistic collaboration between traditional disciplines that is integral to the Department’s vibrancy.” U of T added that the renaming does not reflect any changes to the department’s structures or programs. Instead, it “solidifies ties with all alumni and deepens the Department’s relationships with industry and employers.” U of T

U of T renames Department of Civil Engineering to reflect interdisciplinarity Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 03:40 04/18/2018 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University and the College of Western Idaho have announced two new transfer agreements that will allow CWI students to transfer their arts and sciences credits into TRU’s Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs. CWI Executive Vice President of Instruction and Student Services David Shellberg applauded TRU’s commitment to the agreement, stating: “we are especially impressed by how well TRU understands and appreciates our graduates and how it has made American community colleges a major emphasis in its recruitment efforts.” According to TRU Associate VP International Operations Baihua Chadwick, TRU is CWI’s first Canadian partner institution. TRU | CWI

TRU, CWI announce international transfer credit agreement Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 03:40 04/18/2018 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Rimouski has reportedly partnered with the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in France and the government of Argentina for a research project that focuses on marine science and climate change in Tierra del Fuego. A UQAR news release states that the project, is part of a longstanding partnership between the three parties. The idea for the project reportedly stems from a seminar that included representatives from Argentina, the Centre Austral des Recherches Scientifiques, and UBO. Ariane Plourde, Director of l’Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski at UQAR, stated that the development of a research agenda will make up the project’s next phase. UQAR

UQAR partners with Argentina, France on marine project in Tierra del Fuego Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 03:40 04/18/2018 - 03:30

Colleges and universities are struggling to meet student demand for fast, free, and ubiquitous Wi-Fi access on campus, writes Lindsay McKenzie. Part of the challenge, McKenzie finds, is the furious pace at which advances in Wi-Fi technology coincide with higher bandwidth requirements. McKenzie looks at how several US institutions maintain and upgrade their Wi-Fi infrastructure. In the latter part of the article, the author weighs in on the extent to which Wi-Fi shapes the student experience in the specific realms of learning, athletics, and residence. Inside Higher Ed

Campus Wi-Fi “as essential as light and water” Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 03:40 04/18/2018 - 03:30

Matthew Stranach writes that “Indigenous Canada,” a MOOC offered through the University of Alberta that boasts the highest enrolment total in the country, has brought Indigenous content to a massive audience. However, Stranach also notes that there persists the question of “how to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and relating” into MOOCs. Stranach suggests that because MOOCs are based on hierarchical methods that involve little to no interaction between instructor and students, they do not necessarily align with Indigenous pedagogy or cultural values. Additionally, the author finds that MOOCs might not adequately address the complexity and cultural specificity of different Indigenous groups. Bearing these challenges in mind, Stranach concludes by reiterating that MOOCs have the potential to improve access to Indigenous epistemologies. The Conversation

Indigenizing MOOCs a work in progress: Stranach Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 03:40 04/18/2018 - 03:30

Centennial College and its student association have worked together to introduce a new policy that will make feminine hygiene products available for free in women’s washrooms across the college’s Toronto campuses. As part of an initiative called Free the Tampon, the freely available products will be paid for through the association's student activity fees. “Free the Tampon is the result of considerable debate on North American campuses regarding equitable access to personal hygiene products in washrooms,” reads a Centennial release. “Centennial is believed to be the first public college to provide the products at no cost.” Durham Radio News | Toronto Star  |  thebeat925 | Centennial  

Centennial, student association partner to provide feminine hygiene products at no cost Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 09:54 04/18/2018 - 03:30

Nova Scotia’s university sector is “worth its weight in gold,” writes Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents Executive Director Peter Halpin. The author notes that in addition to educating the next generation of citizens, universities are essential to three core aspects of NS’s ongoing prosperity: talent attraction, retention, and population growth; R & D and innovation; and the generation of export revenue. On this last item, Halpin notes that many often forget that NS universities make up the third largest export revenue sector in the province. Finally, Halpin notes that universities are essential to the health and wellbeing of the province’s youth. Chronicle Herald

Highlighting the benefits of NS’s university sector Top Ten 04/18/2018 - 03:40 04/18/2018 - 03:30

Canadian Mennonite University has unveiled its $1.7M Centre for Environmental and Economic Resilience. According to a provincial news release, the federal government contributed $745K toward the project, with the Province of Manitoba reportedly chipping in an additional $418K. “This investment will create conditions that are conducive to innovation and long-term growth, which will in turn keep the Canadian economy globally competitive,” stated Doug Eyolfson, MP of Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley. The Centre will house incubator facilities to support community-based industry and green initiatives. MB | CMU

CMU unveils Centre for Environmental and Economic Resilience Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

By vigorously attacking York University’s administration, striking workers are putting their own future at risk, argues Regg Cohn. The author adds that YorkU’s fifth strike in 20 years also reveals a persistent pattern of dysfunction between the union and the administration that has been augmented by a provincial inquiry into the dispute. Citing fiscal malfeasance by CUPE 3903 in 2009, Cohn criticizes the union for reportedly shouting down YorkU President Rhonda Lenton during a speech. Finally, the author asserts that future YorkU students who “might have been tempted to apply for admission ... may now be inclined to take their business elsewhere.” Toronto Star

YorkU’s striking workers “oblivious” to economic reality: Cohn Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

Studying as an international student in Canada can be extremely rewarding, but requires “nerves of steel,” writes Prajwala Dixit. Reflecting on her experience as an international student, the author notes that social isolation, culture shock, and xenophobic experiences remain significant challenges to international students during their studies. Further, barriers to gaining permanent residency create difficulties for those who graduate from Canadian PSE. To help address these barriers, Dixit recommends that international students improve their chances at a bright future in Canada by volunteering, building a resume, learning French, and a getting a part-time job. CBC

How international students can survive, thrive while studying in Canada Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

The Winnipeg Free Press states that a six-week impasse with Ottawa continues to delay a $95M construction project at Red River College. According to the Free Press, RRC suspended construction on its Innovation Centre in March when it realized that it could not complete the project by the government’s deadline of November 30th, 2018. $40M of federal funding is reportedly at risk because of the delays. The federal government tells the Free Press that it supports the Centre, but cannot justify an extension, as it would set a bad precedent for other construction projects across the country. Winnipeg Free Press

Deadline stalemate jeopardizes RRC construction project Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has announced the launch of the Simpson Ranch Chair in Beef Health and Wellness. The Simpson family reportedly donated $2M toward the establishment of the Chair, which will prioritize research on antimicrobial resistance, disease control, reproduction, lameness, and beef quality and safety. “To have a partnership with veterinarians who can speak for the industry in a completely unbiased, completely science-based research-based approach is a huge benefit to the industry,” said donor Christie Simpson. Edouard Timsit, who will sit as the inaugural Chair, added that the partnership will also incorporate community outreach to train cattle producers. UCalgary

UCalgary announces launch of $2M Chair in cattle health Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue has formed a first-of-its-kind partnership with la Fonderie Horne that will support a tailings park renaturalization project. Valued at $500K over five years, the project will focus on the environmental rehabilitation of Horne’s Quémont 2 site located in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. A UQAT release notes that the project will allow the school to pool the resources and expertise of its Institut de recherche en mines et en environnement (IRME) and the Institut de recherche sur les forêts (IRF). UQAT Rector Denis Martel noted that the partnership will fulfill the dual goals of establishing research groupings on interdisciplinary themes and developing partnerships with the community. UQAT

UQAT, Fonderie Horne form first-of-its-kind partnership Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

College Boreal has launched a new plumbing technician program in response to an aging workforce, the Sudbury Star reports. “Before launching a new program, we make sure to conduct a comprehensive analysis of market trends and employability rates,” said Tina Montgomery, dean of the School of Trades and Applied Technology at College Boreal. “The average age of a tradesperson in Canada is 40-50. By 2020, the country is predicted to have a shortage of one million tradespersons.” The Star adds that the program will offer training in French, a first for plumbing programs in Ontario. In celebration of the program’s inaugural year, Boreal will provide students who enrol for the Fall semester with a $1K scholarship. Sudbury Star

Plumbing program at Boreal anticipates labour shortage Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

For academics in a committed relationship, it might be beneficial to think of their individual jobs as part of one combined academic career, writes Joshua Kim. The author notes two major factors that might drive this situation: the massive gap between tenure-track and part-time employment, and the mismatch between supply and demand for PhDs. Kim then suggests that, as landing two well-paid academic positions becomes increasingly rare for couples, these same couples might need to begin thinking of their professional aspirations within the context of a combined academic career. Inside Higher Ed

Should academic couples think of their jobs as part of a single academic career? Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

A Dalhousie Medical School cancer immunologist has received $3.2M in research support from the National Cancer Institute in the United States. Dal Assistant Professor in Pathology Shashi Gujar is working with University of North Carolina Professor Sherri McFarland to develop new immunotherapies for advanced melanoma. The project will specifically work to develop an immunotherapy treatment for advanced melanoma that would work similarly to a vaccine, a Dal release notes. “The success rate for this competition is often around 10 to 12 per cent,” says Gujar. “So of course, we are ecstatic.” Dal

Dal‑led immunotherapy project awarded $3.2M from US-based National Cancer Institute Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

Universities will never be 100 per cent secure because no one is completely safe when it comes to cyber security, writes Kamal Bechkoum. The author adds that it is essential to train not only staff, but also students in the basic skills of cybersecurity. Bechkoum also notes that as the frequency and stakes of cyberattacks continue to rise, governments will likely begin to hold schools more accountable for data breaches, with fines for breaches potentially taking up as much as 2% of schools’ operating budgets. “This matters because we can all be victims (or at least targets) and cyber security cannot, and should not, be delegated,” the author argues. “While you are busy thinking ‘it’s not going to be me, I’m not important,’ that is when you leave yourself vulnerable.” Times Higher Education

All university stakeholders must be responsible for cybersecurity: Bechkoum Top Ten 04/17/2018 - 03:40 04/17/2018 - 03:30

Lakehead University Bora Laskin Faculty of Law Dean Angelique EagleWoman has announced that she is stepping down from her position. “I have been the victim of systemic discrimination at Lakehead University,” EagleWoman wrote in a letter to the law faculty’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee. The Toronto Star reports that EagleWoman was told by the school that she was focusing too much on the school’s Indigenous mandate. EagleWoman had also reportedly taken on the job of teaching all mandatory Indigenous courses in addition to the demands of being a dean. In an emailed statement, Lakehead emphasized its “unwavering” commitment to its core pillars, and stated that it will not comment on personnel matters beyond confirming the resignation. Toronto Star | CBC

Lakehead law school dean steps down, citing systemic issues Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

Last week, the Federal Government announced $42M in funding for infrastructure projects at universities across Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R Evans Leaders Fund. According to a CFI news release, the $42M investment is part of a $763M package that will provide scientists, scholars, and students with cutting-edge tools. “I want to congratulate all of today’s recipients who will now have access to state-of-the-art tools and research infrastructure that will allow them to explore some of our most pressing questions,” said Kirsty Duncan, Federal Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. “The answers they find contribute to the evidence our government needs to build a stronger economy and a more prosperous future for all Canadians.” CFI

Duncan announces $42M investment in science infrastructure Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

The Ocean Frontier Institute has reportedly invested $25M in ocean research projects to be conducted at Dalhousie University, Memorial University, and the University of Prince Edward Island. A Dal release states that the projects will include improved storm prediction and mitigation, research into ocean change, and advancements in aquaculture and fisheries. “The global ocean economy is projected to double in size over the next 15 years,” said OFI CEO Wendy Watson-Wright. “The ocean is our new frontier and there’s an ocean of opportunity for us to unlock through research.” Dal

Dal, MUN, UPEI receive $25M for ocean research Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

In response to a number of high-profile allegations of cheating, the University of Regina told CBC that it will set up video cameras during final exams. In an email to students, URegina Registrar James D’Arcy stated that “[i]t is a fact that the number of students who engage in academic misconduct is relatively small; however, the impact of their actions is far reaching.” D’Arcy emphasized that URegina’s policy complies with the Saskatchewan Local Authority Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. He added that students who refuse to write an exam because of the cameras will not be accommodated. According to CBC, URegina has witnessed a 56% increase in cheating over the last two years. CBC

URegina will video-record exams in bid to deter cheaters Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

Algonquin College has been saddled with a $25M bill for pay equity following the implementation of Bill 48, which requires employers to pay employees who do the same job at the same rate, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Algonquin VP of Finance Duane McNair stated that Algonquin’s bill is the highest in ON because it has historically provided its contract instructors with lower wages than other colleges in the province. According to the Citizen, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union has applauded the new bylaw, and Algonquin’s senior administration is also in favour of pay equity. However, Algonquin President Cheryl Jensen added that the college will have to make cuts elsewhere to redistribute instructor salaries. Ottawa Citizen

Algonquin’s $25M pay equity bill the highest in Ontario Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

Following the high-profile resignation of a college president in the US, Liz DiMarco Weinmann offers 10 tips for presidents who may find themselves in a precarious situation. In addition to maintaining a steady hand that ensures institutional stability, especially at times of perceived crisis, Weinmann states that presidents “must comport themselves in a manner that is beyond reproach, as consummate people champions, collaborators in chief, and exemplars of excellence” both online and in-person. Weinmann also emphasizes that presidents should speak for the institution, and not themselves, while upholding its “vision, mission, and values.” Chronicle of Higher Education

10 tips for college presidents Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

In an op-ed for Times Higher Education, John Cater offers some reflections on how strategic planning has changed since the 2008 financial crisis. Following a brief overview of the way management theory has influenced administrative decision making, Cater asserts that “vision” is paramount for an effective plan. For Cater, “[t]he best leaders are ‘grounded optimists,’ neither delusional, promising the earth 10 years hence, nor arch-pessimists who sap the energy and enthusiasm from all they come into contact with.” He adds that strategic plans, in the face of turbulent markets, must stay “committed,” “solution focused,” and “team oriented” to maintain sustainability. Times Higher Education

Cater reflects on strategic plans during market uncertainty Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

The University of Ottawa has announced two new courses in cannabis law, reportedly the first of their kind in Canada. One will investigate the regulatory framework of both medical and recreational cannabis use in Canada, while the other, a French-language course on the regulation of cannabis in Canada, will be taught by Diane Labelle, General Counsel, Health Canada Legal Services. “The legalization and regulation of cannabis will impact many areas of the law, and we are proud that our students will be able to study these issues in real-time, as the regulation of cannabis unfolds,” stated UOttawa Dean of Law Adam Dodek. UOttawa

UOttawa to offer Canada’s first courses on cannabis law Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

A new Bitcoin teller machine has appeared on the University of Alberta’s North Campus in Edmonton. According to the Edmonton Journal, the machine appeared near the entrance of the university’s Rutherford Library last Monday with neither ceremony nor signage, bearing only the onscreen message: “Seriously, right across from the BMO ATM. A little on the nose, right?” James Gray, a local IT professional who owns the BTM, says he installed the machine to show that people are ready to manage their finances outside of regulated currency. “It was a good place to attract a younger, more tech-savvy crowd who could see the benefits of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies,” Gray said. “Most all other BTMs in the city are located in coffee shops, bars or convenience stores. It’s got to be more accessible to people.” The Star Edmonton

All-hours Bitcoin machine installed in UAlberta residence Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

The Ontario government has launched a commission to examine the contract faculty strike at York University, reports Global News. ON Labour Minister Kevin Flynn says an industrial inquiry commission will examine the remaining issues in the dispute and report on any steps that can be taken to address them. Global reports that more than 3,000 YorkU graduate teaching assistants, contract faculty, and graduate research assistants walked off the job March 5th in a dispute over wages and job security. All three bargaining units of the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3903 rejected the university’s latest offer in what the union called a “forced ratification vote” earlier this month. Global News

ON government launches inquiry commission into YorkU strike Top Ten 04/16/2018 - 03:36 04/16/2018 - 03:30

According to the Montreal Gazette, over 700 students and professors walked out of class at McGill University to protest the “mismanagement of sexual misconduct allegations against professors at both Concordia and McGill universities.” Last week, the Students’ Society of McGill University submitted an open letter that alleged the administration continued to ignore ongoing complaints of abuse against at least five professors in the Faculty of Arts. CBC adds that Concordia students, meanwhile, are demanding that they be included in the decision-making process for reforms being considered by administration. Montreal Gazette | CBC

McGill, Concordia under pressure to respond to misconduct allegations Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

In a bid to salvage the remainder of the school year, York University President Rhonda Lenton reportedly asked the union to agree to binding arbitration. CUPE 3903 refused Lenton’s request, however, and stated to CBC that the university has made no effort to negotiate. Lina Nasr, a doctoral student and member of the union’s bargaining team, stated that arbitration would “set a bad example.” “In the six weeks of the strike they have only met with us once. They need to make an effort to actually negotiate,” Nasr added. President Lenton has responded to CUPE 3903 insisting that with only six weeks remaining in the school year, the university is “at that point of last resort” where binding arbitration is necessary. CBC

Union rejects YorkU’s call for binding arbitration Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

Wilton Littlechild, Grand Chief of Treaty 6, told CBC that he is “very concerned” about the sudden dismissal of Elder Marilyn Buffalo from the University of Alberta. In December 2016, UAlberta reportedly hired Buffalo as a Senior Adviser on Indigenous initiatives in the Office of the Provost. According to CBC, Buffalo accepted a two-year contract extension in January, but the university abruptly let her go on February 22nd. A termination letter drafted by Deputy Provost Wendy Rodgers stated that “a different leadership approach” would “be necessary to move forward the University of Alberta's reconciliation efforts.” CBC

Treaty 6 Grand Chief calls Elder’s dismissal at UAlberta a setback in reconciliation Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

The University of Regina has no choice but to introduce layoffs due to the most recent Saskatchewan budget, says university President Vianne Timmons. Global News reports that provincial funding for universities will remain at 2017-18 levels, which were reduced by 5% from 2016-17. “It’s going to be a challenging budget for us, because we have costs that we can’t control that are increasing all the time,” Timmons said. “So last year we actually did lay-off over 20 people, so we did have to lay-off full time people. We will be doing the same this year. We will be having to cut positions.” Global reports that in addition to the layoffs last year, 11 vacant positions at URegina have gone unfilled. Global News

SK budget forces URegina’s hand on layoffs: Timmons Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

Capilano University says that this fall, it plans to launch its University One for Aboriginal Learners program, which aims to help Aboriginal, Métis, and Inuit students establish an academic foundation to prepare them for university.  The program will consist of several 100-level credit courses focused on reading, writing, and problem-solving skills, and will initially take in a small cohort of between 10 and 16 students. The program evolved out of discussions with First Nations communities, said CapilanoU First Nations adviser David Kirk. “The history of education for our people has not been the greatest,” said Kirk. “The whole intention (of residential schools) was to take away our language, our culture and our connection to the land. It takes generations to heal from that.” North Shore News

CapilanoU University One program to offer path into PSE for Indigenous students Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

Lakehead University has received a $1M donation from the County of Simcoe to support its Orillia campus. “The County of Simcoe has been extremely supportive of our Lakehead Orillia campus since its inception in 2006,” said Lakehead Interim President Moira McPherson. “These contributions have supported the growth of teaching, community service and research activities on campus, which can be seen through the successes of our students.” Lakehead Orillia Principal Dean Jobin-Bevans noted that the donation will be key to supporting student engagement and the campus' future plans. Lakehead

County of Simcoe donates $1M to Lakehead Orillia Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University has announced that it will launch the Master of Health Administration in Community Care. The program, reportedly the first of its kind in Canada, aims to “address the demand for skilled managers in private, public and not-for-profit organizations that plan, coordinate, and deliver clinical and supportive community healthcare.” Program Director Karen Spalding added that the program is also designed to promote home and community care as career destinations, rather than short-term stints as people wait for jobs in hospitals. According to Ryerson, the program will consist of four terms, with modules that cover performance management, comparative health policy, and information technology for home and community care. Ryerson

Ryerson to launch Master of Health Administration in Community Care Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that it will introduce two new marketing programs in Fall 2018. According to a UQAM news release, the Graduate Diploma in Marketing provides foundations in integrated marketing communication, market research, omni-channel marketing, and strategic sales management. The accelerated Graduate Program in Marketing reportedly enables students to specialize in digital or strategic marketing, or marketing communications. UQAM Marketing Professor Francine Rodier states that the program is designed with the schedules of working professionals in mind. UQAM

UQAM introduces two graduate programs in marketing strategies Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

Memorial University’s Faculty of Education has launched a new program that the university says will help to position it at the leading edge of STEM teacher education in Canada. Aimed at university students who are completing a degree, the two-year post-degree program will reportedly qualify graduates to teach school children at the kindergarten to Grade 6 levels. “The program responds to increasing local, national and international focus on the sciences, digital technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in schools,” said Faculty of Education Dean Kirk Anderson. “It’s an exciting time to be in the Faculty of Education—elements of this program are unique and it’s the first of its kind in the country.” MUN Gazette

MUN launches K-6 STEM teacher education program Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

In a follow up to her viral “farewell note” to the academy, Erin Bartram has drafted an op-ed for those who would offer career advice to those who abandon the professoriate. Bartram argues that unsolicited advice might not necessarily be welcome, and adds that the advice-giver might want to consider their own motivations. Additionally, Bartram notes that departing PhDs come from myriad social and fiscal contexts, so any advice would have to take personal context into account. She closes by encouraging would-be advice-givers to listen to those who leave the academy. Chronicle of Higher Education

After goodbye letter, Bartram responds to career advice Top Ten 04/13/2018 - 03:48 04/13/2018 - 03:30

Saskatchewan’s provincial government will cut funding for postsecondary students by $12M, according to CBC. $8M of the cut will reportedly come from the suspension of the Advantage Grant for Education Savings. The drop in support follows the University of Saskatchewan’s decision to hike tuition by 4.8%. Meanwhile, University of Regina President Vianne Timmons told CBC that the university will have to make internal cuts following “dramatic” losses in funding last year. She noted that the university will not make a decision about its tuition fees until it tables its budget in May. CBC | Saskatoon Star Phoenix

SK cuts support for students by $12M Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 04:36 04/12/2018 - 03:30

York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School will reportedly introduce an Indigenous and Aboriginal Law Requirement in September 2018. YorkU states that the requirement fulfills one of five priorities toward reconciliation outlined in Osgoode’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, while also meeting the TRC’s Call to Action #28, which advises Canadian law schools to require all students “to take a course in Aboriginal people and law.” The new requirement means that all students will gain familiarity with Indigenous law, which stems from communities; Aboriginal law, which is non-Indigenous law that pertains to Indigenous people; and codes of professional and intercultural conduct for serving Indigenous clients. YorkU

Osgoode introduces new Indigenous and Aboriginal Law requirement Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 04:36 04/12/2018 - 03:30

The University of Toronto has announced that the School of Public Policy and Governance and the Munk School of Global Affairs will merge into the new Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. U of T’s Faculty of Arts and Science reportedly implemented a year-long consultation process to determine whether the two schools should merge. Dean of Arts and Science David Cameron stated that the merger was not a cost-cutting measure. Rather, events such as the ongoing refugee crisis, NAFTA negotiations, and Brexit reportedly suggested “an academic rationale” behind the consolidation. U of T

U of T’s School of Public Policy and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs merge into new School Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 04:36 04/12/2018 - 03:30

The University of Windsor recovered just $1.2K from a $156K bike share project implemented in 2016, the Windsor Star reports. To make matters worse, 33 of 40 bikes reportedly disappeared during the project’s first year. According to the Windsor Star, the program was thwarted by a faulty GPS system, coupled with  a policy that forbade users from taking bikes off campus. Lori Newton, executive director of Bike Windsor Essex, called the project an “abysmal failure.” “It would be a very poor model for us to look at and pull from, to suggest that a citywide bike share wouldn’t be a success,” Newton added. Windsor Star

UWindsor bike share project an “abysmal failure”: Bike Windsor Essex Director Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 09:13 04/12/2018 - 03:30

Northern Lakes College announced that it has partnered with five local school divisions to provide dual credit opportunities for secondary students. “By expanding the number of learner pathways, we anticipate that high school students will be able to enhance their learning and work towards completing their high school diploma while gaining advancement towards a NLC post-secondary credential,” stated Northern Lakes Dean of Student Services Cyndy Lorincz. According to a Northern Lakes news release, the dual credit is designed to ease the transition from secondary school to either postsecondary or apprenticeship programs. Programs eligible for the dual-credit reportedly include Education Assistant, Surveying, and Health Care Aide. Grand Prairie Daily Herald Tribune

Northern Lakes partners with local school divisions to offer dual credit program Top Ten 08/24/2018 - 15:07 04/12/2018 - 03:30

Northern Lakes College announced that it has partnered with five local school divisions to provide dual credit opportunities for secondary students. “By expanding the number of learner pathways, we anticipate that high school students will be able to enhance their learning and work towards completing their high school diploma while gaining advancement towards a NLC post-secondary credential,” stated Northern Lakes Dean of Student Services Cyndy Lorincz. According to a Northern Lakes news release, the dual credit is designed to ease the transition from secondary school to either postsecondary or apprenticeship programs. Programs eligible for the dual-credit reportedly include Education Assistant, Surveying, and Health Care Aide. Grand Prairie Daily Herald Tribune

Northern Lakes partners with local school divisions to offer dual credit program Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 04:36 04/12/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that Esther, a 295-kilogram pig, has inspired a $650K fundraiser for a CT Scanner at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. The fundraiser was inspired by Esther’s own health issues, which led owners Steven Jenkins and Derek Walter to discover that there was no scanner in Canada large enough to accommodate her. So far, Jenkins and Walter have raised $73K. "As a health-care centre whose goal is to help animals of all shapes and sizes, we're grateful Steve and Derek want to help change that — for Esther and for all large animals," said Ontario Veterinary College Dean Jeffrey Wichtel. Jenkins added that Esther “is feeling better after the health scare.” CBC | UoGuelph

Pig inspires $650K fundraiser at UoGuelph Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 04:36 04/12/2018 - 03:30

MacEwan University is recruiting undergraduates for the MacEwan Anti-Violence Education Network, a new peer-program that addresses sexual violence. According to the Edmonton Star, selected students will undergo 40 hours of training on consent, sexual violence, and relationships. Jason Garcia, VP of Student Life of the Students’ Association of MacEwan, stated that students “are the most convincing to attract our peers to speak about the sensitive issue of sexual violence. With instructors you feel like you are getting a lecture, but when it’s your peers, this is life experience.” The Star adds that MacEwan also hosted a research panel discussion on sexual violence in January that featured undergraduates. Edmonton Star

New peer program on sexual violence to be run by, for MacEwan undergraduates Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 04:36 04/12/2018 - 03:30

Trades and technology students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University will soon be working with new industry-grade equipment thanks to $500K from the British Columbia government. A KPU release notes that the school has used the funds to purchase thermal and geothermal energy training system machines, which will be used by students in the welding and electrical programs and KPU’s Mechatronics and Advance Manufacturing Technology diploma program. “This funding will help provide industry-grade or even better than industry-grade equipment to our students so that when our students graduate in two years, they’ll be able to fill the high-demand in B.C. for skilled tradespeople,” said KPU Dean of the Faculty of Trades and Technology David Florkowski. KPU

KPU receives $500K from BC for energy training equipment Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 04:36 04/12/2018 - 03:30

Tenured faculty should embrace post-tenure review as a crucial way to hold themselves accountable to their school and peers, writes Michael Nelson. The author notes that as many states and schools have eliminated a mandatory retirement age for professors, it is important that late-career professors are still held to the same productivity standards as their younger peers. Nelson also notes that checking in with a department chair can offer a more realistic view of one’s output than one might have on one’s own. Inside Higher Ed

Why all faculty should embrace post-tenure review: opinion Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 04:36 04/12/2018 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Montréal is partnering with the City of Montréal to offer more green spaces in the downtown core as part of its new Accés jardins program. The Montreal Gazette reports that the city will be redeveloping a number of downtown areas in addition to spaces on the UQAM campus. The university is reportedly the first to have signed an agreement with the city to make five open areas and gardens accessible to the public for a period of 25 years. Montreal Gazette | UQAM

UQAM partners with Montreal to offer more green spaces downtown Top Ten 04/12/2018 - 04:36 04/12/2018 - 03:30

The Alberta government has announced that it plans to place new limits on salaries, bonuses, and other benefits paid to college and university presidents in the province. Starting April 15th this year, new pay bands will come into effect in the province. The province has also announced that existing contracts will have to be in line with the new guidelines by April 14th, 2020.  The Edmonton Journal reports that the practice of paying bonuses will also end, as will benefits such as free sports club memberships, signing bonuses, and executive allowances. The chairs of the University of Calgary and University of Alberta boards of governors have expressed concern about how the new pay guidelines will affect their efforts to recruit top talent. CBC

AB places new limits on university, college presidents’ pay Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

Amelia and Lino Saputo have donated $10M to St Francis Xavier University, reportedly the largest gift in the institution’s 165-year history. According to a news release, the donation will go toward revitalizing the Oland Centre, StFX’s aging health and wellness centre. “StFX’s Oland Centre has been critical for maintaining community health and wellness since it opened in 1967,” stated StFX president Ken MacDonald. “In fact, of all the buildings we have on our campus the Oland Centre sees the highest use, which directly reflects its importance to our region and our communities.” StFX adds that the Oland Centre will be renamed the Amelia and Lino Saputo Centre for Healthy Living in honour of the donation. StFX

StFX receives $10M for wellness centre revitalization Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo has announced that Cisco will invest over $1M toward 5G technology research at the school over the next five years. Catherine Rosenberg, who was named Cisco Research Chair in 5G Systems, stated that “5G will deliver better service to fixed and highly mobile users and scale to provide connectivity to millions of things,” as it will reportedly facilitate the ongoing development of the Internet of Things, improve autonomous vehicles, and further advance virtual reality technologies. According to UWaterloo, Cisco will also invest $500K in the Global Entrepreneurship and Disruption Initiative, as well as $100K in a new entrepreneurial innovation lab that fosters “an understanding of Cisco’s customers’ most significant business challenges.” UWaterloo | Waterloo Record

UWaterloo, Cisco partnership to advance 5G technology Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

HEC Montréal, in partnership with the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, has announced several new programs in innovation and entrepreneurship. According to an HEC Montréal news release, the programs will provide training for students seeking academic and professional careers in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship, and for managers, professionals, and entrepreneurs who are currently active in the healthcare sector. An additional partnership with CHU Sainte-Justine, Hacking Health, the Prompt industrial research consortium, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec will include a residence program in healthcare that will reportedly be the first of its kind in QC. HEC Montréal

HEC Montréal, CHU Sainte-Justine partnership promotes healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

Contract workers have rejected York University’s latest offer, CBC reports. 72% of the union membership reportedly voted in the “forced ratification vote,” and according to the Globe and Mail, “three-quarters to two-thirds” of the three units represented by CUPE rejected the deal. "It was the same offer that we rejected five weeks ago,” CUPE 3903 Treasurer Suj Sriskandarajah told CBC. In a statement, YorkU said it was “deeply disappointed” in the result. “CUPE 3903 continues to maintain positions and proposals that are unreasonable, including wage increases of 3.5 per cent a year, proposals to limit academic excellence and over 30 other demands,” YorkU added. CBC | Globe and Mail | YorkU  

Union rejects YorkU’s latest offer Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

Canadore College is finding new ways to generate revenue and provide an important economic contribution to its local community during the summer months, writes Rocco Frangione. The addition of new summer programming now allows Canadore to enroll 350 full-time students over the summer, a fact that Vice President of Enrolment, Management, Indigenous and Student Affairs Shawn Chorney says is crucial to the economy of North Bay, Ontario. “This snippet of summer activity adds about $5 million to the local economy,” Chorney told Moose News. “The students are here, some are also working and spending money.  And because we have several hundred exchange students, their families come for visits.” My North Bay Now

Canadore summer programming brings economic benefits to North Bay Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

Although the higher education sector keenly understands the significance of branding, Eric Sickler relates that many senior leaders “remain skeptical about committing significant resources to brand clarification and management.” Sickler suspects that leaders express skepticism because branding strategies demand the reallocation of already scarce funds. He then offers an American college as a case study in brand “clarification and elevation.” Some of the key insights he gleans from this case include the importance of robust market research, a four-to-five year branding clarification strategy, and the importance of “authenticity” as a means of capturing the “essence” of an institution. Inside Higher Ed

Researcher offers a skeptic’s guide to institutional brand-building Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

“At some point, graduate school will be tough. And when the going gets tough, the wise lean on each other,” writes Danielle Barkely. The author notes that while graduate school often encourages autonomy and self-direction, these values can lead to the feelings of isolation and poor mental health that are common among graduate students. To help address this issue, the author advises graduate students to maintain strong interpersonal networks made up of people both in and outside of graduate school. Barkely also advises graduate students to look at their friends in graduate school as allies rather than competitors. University Affairs

Grad students should maintain relationships with those both inside, outside grad school: Barkely Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

Scientists and researchers at the University of Alberta will benefit from a new four-year, $940K partnership with ATB Financial, reports the Edmonton Journal. The partnership will reportedly drive three initial projects that are already underway between ATB’s data scientists and university scientists who are looking at real-time fraud detection, predictive analytics, and a recommendation system similar to Amazon focused around financial literacy and health. “All of the projects are designed to enhance human capabilities, allowing ATB to function more effectively, deepening their efforts in maintaining customer relationships,” said a release. The Journal reports that the money will also be used for student internships. Edmonton Journal

UAlberta researchers receive $1M from ATB Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

Student unions do not challenge universities as much as they should, writes Ben Vulliamy in response to a recent editorial contending that student unions should have less of a voice in university decision-making. The author specifically argues against three common myths: that students are “barely adults” who do not know how to run and protect institutions; that the “partnership” between the university and students is unequal by definition; and that students, being transient by definition, cannot contribute to the university’s long-term goals. Times Higher Education

Students' unions “essential to institutions”: Vulliamy Top Ten 04/11/2018 - 04:37 04/11/2018 - 03:30

Ontario has announced that it is moving forward with plans to create a stand-alone French-language university, l'Université de l'Ontario français. An ON release states that the new institution will offer a range of university degrees and education entirely in French, thereby promoting the linguistic, cultural, economic, and social wellbeing of its students, as well as the province's growing French-speaking community. The release adds that the newly appointed Board of Governors for l'Université de l'Ontario français includes 12 members, each with a strong commitment to the ON Francophone community and to strengthening the French-language PSE system. ON

ON takes next step toward creating standalone French-Language university Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

Bow Valley College’s School of Creative Technologies is now accepting applications for its first graduate-level program. Reportedly the first of its kind for an Alberta college, the Data Management and Analytics Advanced Certificate program is a one-year program that gives students experience with relational database systems, data warehousing, data quality improvement, visual analytics, and big data. “Bow Valley College is meeting the growing demand for data management skills in a digital world,” says School of Creative Technologies Associate Dean Amos Ngai. “The advanced certificate was developed in consultation with industry leaders so that our graduates have employable skills in a digital economy.” BVC

BVC launches first graduate-level program Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

The University of Ottawa has received a total of $3M in gifts to support initiatives related to engineering and the arts & social sciences. The largest of the gifts was a $1.5M donation to support UOttawa's Project Integration and Team Space, a centre where engineering students at the university can work on a variety of team-based projects in fields as diverse as bionics, robotics, rocketry, and automotive fuel efficiency. A UOttawa release states that the gift will specifically provide student teams at the centre with direct support, mentoring, new technology and equipment. “To me it sounded like a great way to develop students into engineers. These are things we didn’t have when I was a student,” said donor John McEntyre of the Team Space. The university says that it has also received a $650K donation from Simon Nehme to support three related projects, as well as a $1M anonymous donation to support the school’s Venture Program in Arts and Social Sciences. UOttawa

UOttawa receives $3M in gifts for engineering, arts & social sciences Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

Niagara College has received $1M in support from the family of Benny and Louise Marotta to support the development of Niagara’s new innovation complex, as well as the purchase of equipment and furnishings. The donation was officially made to the college's Achieving Dreams Campaign, which has reportedly surpassed its original goal of $7M, raising more than $11M in total. “All of us at Niagara College are extremely grateful to the Marotta family for their generosity,” said Niagara President Dan Patterson. “It is an important investment in innovation and economic development in the Niagara region.” Niagara

Niagara receives $1M donation to agri-food innovation complex Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo has announced its plans to build an Artificial Intelligence institute that will bring together a group of researchers and businesses to “advance technology and prepare Canada for future economic disruption.” CBC reports that the institute’s mandate will be to research areas with societal and business impact, including healthcare, urban planning, autonomous systems and human-machine interaction. UWaterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur said in a release that the institute will connect research with industry and “identify problems and produce solutions that will actively benefit our society.” CBC

UWaterloo launches artificial intelligence research hub Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

The number of social work course offerings at the University of Regina declined during the Spring 2018 semester, which CBC says has made students concerned about the program’s accreditation. Heather Crooks, president of the Social Work Students’ Society, added that four out of her five courses were taught by sessional instructors. URegina has reportedly acknowledged the students’ concerns, citing shortfalls in provincial funding for reductions in both tenured faculty and course offerings. The university added that sessionals taught 66% of the program’s 50 courses in the Spring semester. According to CBC, the program will undergo a re-assessment in 2019. CBC

Provincial under-funding cuts into course offerings, teaching faculty at URegina social work program Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

Loyalist College and Queen’s University have reportedly signed a pathway agreement for graduates of Loyalist’s Pre-Health Sciences programs to pursue a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Degree at Queen’s University. “Building on our more than 70 university transfer agreements, we are particularly pleased to announce a pathway to Queen’s, our nearest university partner,” said Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughan. Loyalist adds that students who wish to pursue a three-year advanced diploma or four-year degree may enrol in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, while the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program provides training for two-year diploma programs such as Practical Nursing and Paramedic certification. Loyalist

Loyalist, Queens sign pathway agreement Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that Alberta’s NDP government has suspended funding for the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, pressing the University of Alberta to come up with $9M to cover the shortfall. According to AB Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt, the government cut off the funding because the College had accumulated a surplus. “In three years’ time, we will be willing to look at making the payments again to the college,” Schmidt added. UAlberta President David Turpin expressed his displeasure at the province’s decision to take a “funding holiday,” stating that the money will be taken from the university’s operating budget. News of the funding suspension coincided with a new leadership search for the college, as the current principal, former PM Kim Campbell, will step down in June. Edmonton Journal

Funding suspension forces UAlberta to find $9M for College Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

In light of a shortage of psychologists in the province, the University of Prince Edward Island is reportedly developing a Doctorate of Psychology program. Jason Doiron, Chair of UPEI’s Psychology Department, said that PEI has just 36 psychologists, the second-lowest number of psychologists per capita in the country. “I've watched numerous, very strong students complete our undergraduate degree here with a great honours thesis and then train in other parts of the country. And then they stay, they don't come back,” said Doiron. Although the program still needs approval from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, Doiron added that it could launch as early as September 2018. CBC

Citing shortage, UPEI proposes Doctor of Psychology program Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia has opened the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, according to the Canadian Press. The Centre, which contains archival photos, maps, and personal accounts of survivors collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is intended to raise awareness about the abuses committed at the schools, said Linc Kesler, Director of the First Nations House of Learning at UBC. Kesler added that the Centre also includes an archive for those who wish to research further the legacy of settler colonialism in Canada. Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark called the Centre an example of ‘reconciliation in action.’ “I want people to be talking about this so that we don't repeat history,” she said. Globe and Mail (CP)

UBC opens Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Top Ten 04/10/2018 - 03:42 04/10/2018 - 03:30

Dennis Sharp and Helen Côté Sharp have donated $5M toward a new health and wellness centre, Queen’s University has announced. “As one enters the Côté Sharp Wellness Centre, there's every reason to expect a welcoming presence and, hopefully, once it's up and running, an absence of bureaucratic barriers,” said Sharp. “We wish to encompass a support mentality, not one that creates barriers, intimidation or elevates frustration and anxiety.” Côté Sharp added that the decision to donate the money was an “easy choice,” as the project resonated with her career in the human sector.  According to a Queen’s release, the centre will feature medical and counselling staff, as well as a full complement of social workers and psychologists. Kingston Whig-Standard | Queen’s

Queen’s receives $5M for wellness centre Top Ten 04/09/2018 - 04:43 04/09/2018 - 03:30

Loyalist College reports that it has launched a two-year Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant diploma program. In addition to classroom training, the program will include a work-integrated learning component that consists of three clinical placements, as well as a diploma-to-degree pathway for advanced entry into University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Kinesiology and Bachelor of Allied Health Science degree programs. Loyalist Dean of Health, Human & Justice Studies June MacDonald-Jenkins adds that the program meets local demand for occupational therapist and physiotherapist assistants through “technology simulated modalities and more than 500 hours of fieldwork in health care settings such as rehabilitation centres, home care services, social services agencies, long-term care facilities and community hospitals.” Loyalist

New program at Loyalist to fill demand for occupational therapist, physiotherapist assistants Top Ten 04/09/2018 - 04:43 04/09/2018 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo has announced that its Stratford campus will be home to the new Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. For the last six years, the Stratford campus has reportedly grown at a rate of 20% per year, featuring programs that include the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts and the Master of Digital Experience Innovation. UWaterloo adds that these two programs will form the core of the new School. “As a School and a new unit in the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts, we will be well placed for further growth and excellence,” said Stratford Campus Director Christine McWebb. UWaterloo

UWaterloo announces new School at Stratford campus Top Ten 04/09/2018 - 04:43 04/09/2018 - 03:30

The Université de Montréal recently unveiled its new science complex, the first phase of its new campus in the Outremont neighbourhood, reports the Montreal Gazette. According to the Gazette, the 60,000-square-metre facility will accommodate 2K students, 200 teachers, and several hundred support staff while providing much-needed research facilities for UMontréal’s expanding programs. The Gazette adds that the complex will link several métro stations, and that new streets and a park will surround the building. The university has reportedly bought land for eight more buildings, but has not yet finalized construction plans or timelines. Montreal Gazette

UMontréal’s new science complex to double as neighbourhood hub Top Ten 04/09/2018 - 04:43 04/09/2018 - 03:30

Confederation College has learned that it will receive $2M from the Ontario government for a Technology Education and Collaboration Hub. According to a Confederation release, the Hub will provide technology and tools to “enable innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration.” Confederation adds that the provincial support has also helped foster a fund development campaign to equip the Hub with “state-of-the-art equipment needed to best facilitate student learning and community access.” Confederation

Confederation receives $2M for new Technology Hub Top Ten 04/09/2018 - 13:31 04/09/2018 - 03:30

British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark joined faculty, staff, and students at the groundbreaking of the new Nursing and Population Health Building at Thompson Rivers University last week. According to a TRU news release, The 4,550 square-metre facility will be home to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Health Care Assistant, Master of Nursing, and several upcoming programs reported to be in development. TRU adds that the new facility will help meet the province’s demand for nurses, of which there will be a reported 5,000 openings in the region over the next 10 years. Construction is forecasted for completion by late 2019, with classes expected to begin in January 2020. TRU | BC

TRU celebrates groundbreaking on new nursing building Top Ten 04/09/2018 - 04:43 04/09/2018 - 03:30

In response to RBC President Dave McKay’s recent call to prioritize “human-skills” in higher education, Greg Evans and Brian Frank argue that research into the efficacy of those skills must also be implemented. Evans and Frank add that they agree with McKay’s position, stating that “[p]rofessional competencies such as communication, team skills, leadership, management and entrepreneurship” have become crucial components in their respective Engineering faculties. Finally, Evans and Frank find that the shift to a “learning-based society” from a knowledge economy will necessitate shifts in training. The authors also state that research streams for STEM disciplines remain badly underfunded in Canada. Globe and Mail

Research into “human-skills” training an imperative: Evans and Frank Top Ten 04/09/2018 - 04:43 04/09/2018 - 03:30

“Yes, the law is political,” writes Queen’s University Law Professor Bruce Pardy, “but that does not mean that law schools should be.” Responding to an editorial written by two of his colleagues at Queen’s, Pardy argues that while it is true that law school should teach students to critique the political foundations of a society’s laws, “that is quite a different thing from law schools advocating an ideology and telling students what to believe.” Pardy argues that while individuals have political convictions, “a law school does not ‘believe’ something even if a majority of its professors do. Its role is merely to house its faculty and to facilitate their individual research and teaching.” For this reason, Pardy concludes that law schools should avoid becoming “combatants in the culture wars.” National Post

Law schools should avoid becoming combatants in culture wars: Pardy Top Ten 04/09/2018 - 04:43 04/09/2018 - 03:30

A survey on sexual violence administered by University of Manitoba has sparked concern among students and faculty for allegedly including statements that reinforce dangerous myths about sexual assault. The survey states that students’ answers will be used to identify areas of need on campus and help determine where to deploy services going forward. One particular section that contained agree/disagree statements is reportedly the cause of greatest concern. “They're all loaded, they're all loaded with misinformation, myths, stereotypes that are hostile to women,” says UManitoba Ethics Professor Arthur Schafer. Yet the survey’s designer, UManitoba Sociology Professor Tracey Peter, says that the results will help the university better respond to the issue on campus. “The reality is that a lot of people still believe these things,” says Peter. “The whole goal of this survey was to have a better sense of our campus community.” CTV News

UManitoba’s sexual violence survey draws criticism Top Ten 12/09/2018 - 18:21 04/09/2018 - 03:30

New documents relating to the case of Wilfrid Laurier University Teaching Assistant Lindsay Shepherd reveal more about the internal and external pressures faced by the university last November, reports Simona Chiose. Emails accessed through a freedom of information request show that the university received criticism from the public over the way Shepherd was treated by faculty and staff after showing a clip of University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson in her class. The documents show that the university’s support centre for LGBTQ students also became the target of hateful messages during the episode. Finally, Chiose writes that these documents also “raise renewed questions about how the university’s policy dealing with sexual violence was applied to the case.” Globe and Mail

FOI documents paint clearer picture of pressures facing WLU during Shepherd episode: Chiose Top Ten 04/09/2018 - 04:43 04/09/2018 - 03:30

USask’s Board of Governors approved a 4.8% tuition hike last month, the Saskatoon Star Phoenix has learned. The university states that it will return $64M to students through scholarships, bursaries, and credits, a dollar figure that USask Provost Tony Vannelli claims is both 50% above 2011 levels and higher than the median provided by other schools in Canada. According to the Star Phoenix, the tuition increase follows the provincial government’s decision to cut $18M from USask’s $312M operating grant in 2017/18. Deena Kapacila, VP of operations and finances for the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union, has reportedly called on the provincial government to raise funding above pre-reduction levels. Saskatoon Star Phoenix

USask Board approves 4.8% tuition hike for 2018/19 Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

CBC reports that the Students’ Society of McGill University has written an open letter to the university that alleges the administration has failed to address ongoing sexual abuse by at least five professors in the Faculty of Arts. Connor Spencer, vice-president of external affairs for the Students' Society, told CBC that senior administration knows who the professors are, but has thus far refused to act. In a statement, McGill responded that “Every report or complaint of sexual misconduct, abuse of authority through sexual misconduct or 'predatory behaviour' that contains sufficiently detailed facts is investigated.” Spencer stated that the recent allegations of sexual misconduct by a creative writing professor at Concordia University impelled the Students’ Society to pressure McGill’s administration to act. CBC | Montreal Gazette

McGill students demand response to abuse allegations Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

UBC Okanagan has announced that it will name its new Teaching and Learning Centre after entrepreneur and retired senator Ross Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick and his wife Linda reportedly donated $1.25M toward the building’s construction. “I remember having to study in the library stacks when I was a student at UBC [Vancouver] so I’m very happy to be able to participate in bringing a much more collaborative and vibrant space to today’s generation,” Fitzpatrick stated. UBCO adds that $250K of the donation has been set aside to establish the Ross and Linda Fitzpatrick Centennial Scholars Endowment, which will support students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and financial need. UBCO

Entrepreneur and former senator donates $1.25M for student space, bursaries at UBCO Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

According to CBC, Angelique EagleWoman, the Dean of Lakehead University’s Law School, will step down by the end of June. “Systemic issues within the university and challenges to implementing the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law's Aboriginal and Indigenous law mandate have made my continued involvement in the law school untenable,” said EagleWoman, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in Dakota, in an email to students. In a statement, Lakehead acknowledged EagleWoman’s resignation, adding that “[a]ll programs and services at our Faculty of Law continue as usual.” CBC

Citing “systemic issues,” Dean of Lakehead Law School stepping down Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, announced that Fleming College will receive $12.1M from the provincial government’s Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofits Program. The investment will reportedly fund upgrades to the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre, a new geothermal system, and a low-carbon demonstration site for students. “Developing these renewable energy systems will be a leap forward for us to further reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and replace aging, outdated heating and cooling systems. It will further provide valuable learning opportunities for our students,” said Fleming President Tony Tilly. Leal added that the province has also awarded Fleming’s Centre for Sustainable Municipalities (CSM) a $500K research grant to foster advanced asset management technologies. Fleming

ON awards Fleming $12.6M for green projects Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia has added 54 street signs to its campus that showcase the Musqueam language alongside English. Andrew Seal reports that the school consulted Musqueam First Nation elders and language experts to pick street names that reflect the way Indigenous people have traditionally thought about direction.“Our directions are upriver or against the current, downriver or with the current, down towards the waterfront, and away from the waterfront,” Musqueam Elder Larry Grant said at an event to unveil the signs. “Those are the Indigenous ways of directionality that were universal around the world until Marco Polo found out the Chinese had a magnetic compass. Then there was north, east, south and west.” Globe and Mail

UBC adds Musqueam language to street signs on campus Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

Niagara College has officially opened its Green Automotive Technology Lab, which reportedly features several electric cars, charging stations, and diagnostic tools for hybrid and electric vehicles. According to Niagara, construction of the Lab was funded by a $1.4M provincial initiative to equip students for rapid technological changes in the automotive sector. St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley stated that “the improved facilities and training programs give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to our economy.” The Lab is reportedly part of an ongoing $64M redevelopment project at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. Niagara

Niagara officially opens Green Automotive Technology Lab Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

Although a narrative about a “reproducibility crisis” has come to dominate scientific discussions in recent years, Rachael Pells finds that the issue is not necessarily worsening. Citing a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Pells reports that although questionable methodologies occasionally sabotage research findings, the occurrences are not frequent enough to warrant being called a crisis. Christopher Chambers, professor of cognitive neuroscience at Cardiff University, adds that although he finds the notion of a crisis overblown, reproducibility must be protected as a core tenet of the scientific method. Inside Higher Ed

Researchers, cautious of “reproducibility crisis,” emphasize import of scientific method Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

Administrators and faculty working in most humanities departments know what it is like to struggle with declining enrolments, writes Peter Kalliney, adding that his experience with reversing a decline in such enrolments can provide useful insights to other schools. To begin, Kalliney cautions English departments against overhauling their majors, which the author calls “a reflex reaction” that does not produce the intended results. Kalliney also cautions English departments against relying on student writing requirements to fill classes. Rather, Kalliney writes that the best way for English departments to attract more students is to have introductory Humanities courses taught by top professors, and to think of such classes as their best recruiting grounds. Chronicle of Higher Education

How a US school reversed its declining English enrolments Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

For their final exam, students in Rod Strickland’s first-year sculpture class at the University of Windsor incorporated water bottles, a record player, and a golden cat into a 75-metre Rube Goldberg Machine, CBC reports. "They have to use their design skills, work with found materials and transfer kinetic energy from one to the next," said Strickland. "A lot of patience, a lot of teamwork is happening here." First-year student Christa Bressan, whose section reportedly consisted of a pulley system and a Grease CD, emphasized that time management was crucial to the project’s successful completion. Strickland stated that the machine ran perfectly during rehearsals, but needed a “few gentle pushes” for the official run. CBC

UWindsor students build 75-metre Rube Goldberg machine out of found objects Top Ten 04/06/2018 - 03:43 04/06/2018 - 03:30

MacEwan University has announced that legal proceedings to recover funds lost in an August 2017 phishing attack are now concluded, and that the school has recovered $10.92M of the $11.8M that was stolen. According to a MacEwan release, the school’s administration credits the recovery of such a large percentage of the funds to “the swift response and diligent efforts of an internal team at the university, legal counsel in several jurisdictions, fraud units at the banks involved in the transactions and law enforcement agencies.” The release adds that MacEwan has put stronger financial controls in place to prevent further incidents, and is implementing IT security awareness and training programs for its staff and faculty. MacEwan

MacEwan recovers $10.92M previously lost in phishing attack Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 04:38 04/05/2018 - 03:30

The Concordian reports that an initiative by Concordia students and Journalist-in-Residence Steve Bonspiel is attempting to revitalize and preserve Kanien’kéha, the language of the Mohawk people. According to Bonspiel, colonialism and residential schools almost wiped out the language, and while the federal government funds English and French education, Indigenous languages have yet to be incorporated into school curricula. He added that although parents would like their children to learn Kanien’kéha, “they also want them to have a higher education in university, so oftentimes it is seen as choosing between the two.” The Concordian

Concordia journalist-in-residence, students revitalizing Mohawk language Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 04:38 04/05/2018 - 03:30

“Is it just that time of the semester, or are academics more and more stressed out?” asks David Gooblar. The author writes that faculty burnout is a growing problem in academia and offers four key tips on how to help prevent it. Gooblar advises faculty to: take time off, if only for an evening; remember that a job is a job, even when you love it; find ways to say no; and choose sleep over extra class-prep time. “If you’re feeling stressed and emotionally exhausted, it’s for good reason,” Gooblar concludes. “Most likely you care about your job and believe in the importance of doing it well. But there’s no benefit to running yourself into the ground.” Chronicle of Higher Education

Preventing faculty burnout with four tips Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 04:38 04/05/2018 - 03:30

“How do you deal with cheating if you can’t be sure it’s happening?” writes Emily Baron Cadloff, adding that the problem is becoming worse in a world where students can easily purchase untraceable term papers. Further, the author notes that researchers have had difficulty identifying just how big the problem is. One way of dealing with the issue, says University of British Columbia Okanagan Instructor Shirley McDonald, is to structure assignments so that purchasing a finished paper is not worth a student’s time. This can be accomplished, McDonald adds, by spreading a class’s final mark across many smaller assignments instead of large, end-of-term papers. University Affairs

How to deal with the growing issue of contract cheating Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 04:38 04/05/2018 - 03:30

Support staff at Carleton University have returned to work, ending a nearly month-long work stoppage, reports CBC. Carleton Assistant VP, Human Resources Rob Thomas stated in a press release that “[t]he new agreement is a balanced, fair and reasonable settlement that protects the pension plan and its governance and keeps the plan financially sustainable. It also includes salary increases over three years, enhancements to benefits and improvements in contract language for CUPE 2424 members.” The pension plan, in particular, had reportedly remained the sticking point for the union, which claimed that the original language of the proposed CBA would allow the university to eliminate defined benefits without first consulting the union. According to the Ottawa Citizen, a new provision prohibits the university from unilaterally altering pension benefits. CBC | Ottawa Citizen | Carleton

Union votes to ratify three-year CBA at Carleton Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 04:38 04/05/2018 - 03:30

The Victoria Times Colonist reports that BMO Financial Group has donated $1M to support and expand the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program (ACE) at the University of Victoria. Developed out of a partnership between UVic's Gustavson School of Business and Tribal Resources Investment Corporation, ACE offers culturally-informed business education for Indigenous communities in BC. According to UVic business professor Brent Mainprize, ACE has helped launch 72 businesses through the province, with an additional 128 in the planning stage. “Learning business skills is going to be transformational,” adds Miles Richardson, UVic’s executive director for the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development. “Maybe you can turn that money over in our communities, which is the beginning of having our own economy.” Victoria Times Colonist | Nation Talk

$1M gift supports Indigenous entrepreneurs program at UVic Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 13:06 04/05/2018 - 03:30

The London Free Press reports that the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association is preparing to enter negotiations for a new collective agreement, while the university’s 2,000 teaching assistants appear to be on the verge of a strike. Tenure reductions are reportedly a major concern for UWOFA. Citing a poll by OCUFA, Law Professor and UWOFA head Stephen Pitel stated that “students want their courses taught by professors who have job security, fair pay and benefits. The public understand that when faculty working conditions decline, it affects education quality.” Meanwhile, the school's teaching assistants have voted to strike if they reject the university’s latest offer. According to census data, TAs at Western earn an annual income of $22.7K, situating them amongst London’s lowest wage earners. London Free Press

Tenure foremost concern for WesternU faculty, teaching assistants threaten job action Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 04:38 04/05/2018 - 03:30

With an enrolment total of nearly 20K students, the University of Alberta’s “Indigenous Canada” is reportedly the country’s most popular online course. UAlberta Assistant Professor of Native Studies Paul Gareau states that the course, which includes modules on pre-contact history, settler colonialism, and Idle No More, “focuses on telling an Indigenous experience of Canada” while inviting Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to participate. CBC spoke to Sixties Scoop survivor Shirley Jubinville, who recently enrolled in the course. Jubinville described her experience with the course as both emotional and edifying. “What I've learned in the last six weeks has been amazing. It's a completely different world,” she said. CBC

An Indigenous history course at UAlberta is the most popular in Canada Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 04:38 04/05/2018 - 03:30

The Faculty of Education at Queen’s University has reportedly partnered with 1 Million Teachers, a startup by Queen’s alumnus Hakeem Subair, to “help attract, train, and retain 1M teachers, as well as develop the capacity to train more” in the Global South through an online platform. Rather than a top-down approach, faculty advisors from Queen’s will reportedly engage in dialogue and information exchange with participants. “The teacher-candidates are excited because the whole point is to go sit with these teachers, who are their colleagues, and say ‘What do we have in common and how do we support each other?’” said Education Professor Jane Chin. Subair added that 1MT also provides teacher-candidates with access to advanced pedagogical methodologies that might be otherwise unavailable. Queen’s

Queen’s alumnus connects Faculty of Education with teacher-candidates in Global South Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 04:38 04/05/2018 - 03:30

The Chronicle of Higher Education profiles several US colleges that have introduced three-year degrees in response to complaints from students, parents, and administrators that four-year programs are too long. In addition to potential savings on tuition costs, the Chronicle notes that three-year degrees can benefit freshmen who hold advanced placement credits from high school. Other students reportedly wish to finish their degrees early to pursue their chosen career more quickly. Josh Boyd, Director of Undergraduate Studies at Purdue University, states that some students have expressed concern that a three-year degree leaves little time for extracurricular activities, but he claims that he has not noticed a drop in extracurriculars amongst three-year students. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

US colleges responsive to demand for accelerated degrees Top Ten 04/05/2018 - 04:38 04/05/2018 - 03:30

Carleton University and CUPE 2424 have reached a tentative agreement to end a nearly month-long strike, according to a university press release. Union president Jerrett Clarke stated that the two sides arrived at the tentative agreement on Monday night with the help of an external mediator. The Ottawa Citizen reports that the details will remain confidential until the union ratifies the agreement, but concerns from CUPE about the wording of the pension plan have remained the most contentious issue in the dispute. Clarke added that if the union votes favourably, members will return to work on Wednesday at the earliest. CBC | Ottawa Citizen | Carleton

Carleton, CUPE reach tentative agreement Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 03:44 04/04/2018 - 03:30

In the wake of Brandon University’s proposed spending cuts, the University of Manitoba's Head Archivist Shelley Sweeney expressed her concern to the Brandon Sun about senior administration’s decision to replace the Chief Librarian position with that of Chief Information Officer. “I can appreciate that perhaps the government wants the universities to cut back,” Sweeney stated, “but it just seems kind of extreme.” BrandonU Interim President Steve Robinson acknowledged concerns from students and staff about the Board of Governors’ decision to amalgamate the roles of Chief Librarian, Director of Information Technology Services, and Director of Institution Data and Analysis into a single Chief Information Officer, adding that the new CIO will be “well-prepared” to manage all three of those areas with “knowledge and sensitivity.” Brandon Sun

UManitoba Head Archivist dismayed by restructuring of Head Librarian position Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 10:29 04/04/2018 - 03:30

Métis Nation BC, in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley, recently announced the launch of the Métis Community Support Worker Program. In addition to providing adult upgrading and postsecondary courses with a foundation in cultural elements and Elder supports, the program will also include a community support worker certificate. The program is part of a $21M funding package from the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships program, which will reportedly be distributed to more than 40 British Columbia First Nations for postsecondary education and training. UFV

Métis Nation BC, UFV launch Community Support Worker Program Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 03:44 04/04/2018 - 03:30

Trent University and Fleming College have announced a renewed agreement in which Fleming students enrolled in Environmental Technology, Ecosystem Management Technology, and the Fish and Wildlife Technology advanced diploma may apply their credits toward a Bachelor of Science at Trent. “This agreement provides our students with the opportunity to combine the applied, hands-on learning available in our programs with theoretical learning available at Trent, in a shortened time-frame, which is attractive to students,” said Brett Goodwin, Dean/Principal, School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Fleming’s Frost Campus. The renewal is reportedly part of a comprehensive set of degree pathways between Fleming and Trent in fields such as business, law, and computer science. Fleming

Trent, Fleming renew degree pathways in environmental and natural resource studies Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 03:44 04/04/2018 - 03:30

Western University has received $11.6M from Ontario’s provincial government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Global News reports. The grant, part of an $85.2M funding package disbursed through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program, will enable Western to divert wasted heat from its power plant to other buildings, and to implement low-temperature heating systems in others. “Once this project is completed, heat recovery technology and renewable energy systems will be integrated throughout our campus, dramatically reducing our future carbon emissions,” said Paul Martin, Director of Business Operations at Western. According to a university press release, the grant will help Western reduce its emissions by 12% from 2016 levels, with an estimated savings of $1.6M. Global News | Western

Provincial grant to help Western reduce greenhouse emissions Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 03:44 04/04/2018 - 03:30

“Historians aren’t great at tracking what students learn,” write Sam Wineburg, Joel Breakstone, and Mark Smith. The authors reflect on Bancroft Prize winner Anne Hyde’s article on the failure of history professors at her institution to document student learning. The authors go on to discuss a brief exercise they developed to evaluate university history students’ critical thinking skills, and how they found that many seasoned college juniors and seniors had similar success rates to those of high school students. “Historians offer evidence when they make claims about the past,” the authors conclude. “Why should it be different when they make claims about what’s learned in their classrooms?” Inside Higher Ed

Historians must introduce new methods of assessment, evaluation Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 03:44 04/04/2018 - 03:30

A recent referendum held by the Brock University Students’ Union has seen students vote in favour of funding the expansion of Brock’s fitness centre to three times its current size. The expansion, quoted at $6M to $6.8M, will be funded through additional student fees and is expected to be completed in September 2020. “I was more anxious about this referendum than I was about my own election for president,” said BUSU President Faisal Hejazi, who noted that Brock’s fitness centre is the smallest in Ontario. “This is about providing future generations with something that will positively affect their mental health and overall Brock experience.” Brock

Brock to undergo fitness centre expansion following student referendum Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 03:44 04/04/2018 - 03:30

The University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education has joined with Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in what it calls a first-of-its-kind partnership to offer a blended Master of Education in School and Applied Child Psychology. UCalgary reports that Manitoba faces a shortage of Indigenous child psychologists in schools. “Coming from an isolated community, opportunities to pursue a higher education are not always available and normally require that we relocate,” said MEd SACP student Tanya McDougall, who currently works as a full-time school administrator in northern MB. The program is offered in a blend of online and in-person programming, with the cohort meeting on occasion at the UCalgary and Werklund School instructors teaching MB throughout the year. MFNERC will support the cohort, help monitor student progress, and build measures to ensure student success. UCalgary

UCalgary Werklund School blended MEd addresses needs of MB Indigenous students Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 03:44 04/04/2018 - 03:30

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating after a loss report covering the period from July 1 to December 31, 2017 found that $11.3K in cash was missing from North West College and that $1.5K was stolen at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The report explains that in the case of North West College, “cash payments were not deposited,” and the college has reportedly made changes to its procedures. At SaskPolytech, over $1.5K in cash in the form of “payment for merchandise sold was received by non-financial services staff and went missing before it could be deposited.” A thief was not identified and no charges could be laid, and the report states that non-financial services staff at SaskPolytech no longer accept payments. CBC

RCMP investigating missing cash from North West College, SaskPolytech Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 03:44 04/04/2018 - 03:30

Students at the University of Ottawa have created a petition to push back the university’s move-out date from April 27th to May 1st. “We realized that the resident contract states that we have to move out by April 27, even though our lease, as do most leases in the Ottawa region, and in Ontario start on May 1,” said UOttawa student Lucie Atangana, who spearheaded the petition. Atangana stated that Housing Service has not given a reason for the early move-out date, and did not respond to the submitted petition. The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa has requested a meeting with Housing services within the next week. The Fulcrum

UOttawa students start petition to postpone residence move-out day Top Ten 04/04/2018 - 03:44 04/04/2018 - 03:30

In response to York University’s latest offer, CUPE Local 3903 will participate in what it has called a “forced ratification vote” on April 6, the Toronto Star reports. The Ontario Labour Relations Board will reportedly make arrangements for the vote, which is to take place online. CBC states that the union objected to the electronic vote, while the university said that it would enable greater participation. A group of undergraduate students has staged a campus sit-in in support of the union. CBC | Toronto Star

Union to vote electronically on latest offer from YorkU Top Ten 04/03/2018 - 04:40 04/03/2018 - 03:30

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the Canada 150 Research Chairs Program has named 24 scientists from around the world who will work in Canada. The $117M program was reportedly established to attract scientists from outside the country and improve Canada’s international research profile. Canada's Science Minister Kirsty Duncan notes that thousands of people applied to the program, and that each chair will receive a grant worth $350K-$1M. The 24 selected researchers work in a variety of fields that include theoretical and quantum chemistry, hydrology, vaccinology and bacterial cell biology, new media, and environment economics. Ottawa Citizen

Canada 150 Research Chairs ‘brain gain' for Canadian universities: Duncan Top Ten 04/03/2018 - 04:40 04/03/2018 - 03:30

Songhees Nation and Camosun College have partnered on the delivery of a culinary arts, hospitality, and tourism management program to be delivered in the Nation’s community. The 12-month Aboriginal Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism Management program will provide students with Professional Cook level 1 certification, third-party certification, and work placement upon completion. The program also involves cultural elements and Elder supports to ensure student success. “It’s a great way for people to find out what they’re looking for in the industry,” said Songhees Executive Chef David Roger. “The hospitality industry is so large that there’s so many avenues that they can explore.” Nation Talk | Times Colonist

Camosun, Songhees Nation partner on delivery of culinary arts, hospitality program Top Ten 04/03/2018 - 04:40 04/03/2018 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia and British Columbia Institute of Technology have launched a joint degree program in forensic sciences, reportedly the first of its kind in Western Canada. According to UBC, the program will prepare students for a range of careers in forensics, medicine, or law. BCIT President Kathy Kinloch stated that the partnership “harnesses the respective strengths of both institutions to further bolster student access to the BCIT Forensic DNA Lab – the most advanced postsecondary forensic lab in the country.” The program is reportedly the latest in a number of partnerships between the two institutions, which include a joint degree in biology and a diploma in technology teacher education.