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The University of Guelph has received a $20M donation to strengthen its place in the agri-food field and to bolster food security and sustainability. A UoGuelph release notes that the gift, bestowed by the Arrell Family Foundation, is the largest of its kind in the university’s history. UoGuelph reports that it will provide $20M in matching funds, which combined with recent government and private funding will bring new investments in agri-food research at the university to more than $150M in the past 12 months. “This landmark gift will allow our University to address the defining challenge of our time: food security, safety and sustainability,” said UoGuelph President Franco Vaccarino. Waterloo Region Record | UoGuelph

UoGuelph receives largest-ever gift to create leading agri-food institute Top Ten 03/31/2017 - 03:30 03/31/2017 - 03:30

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has announced that it will create a new Health Sciences Centre for Advanced Simulation as part of an effort to meet British Columbia’s growing demand for health care professionals. BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education is providing $66.6M and BCIT is providing $11.7M towards the four-storey, simulation-based education centre, which will reportedly be one of the largest centres of its kind in Canada. In addition to providing modern teaching and learning spaces, the new centre will allow BCIT to consolidate its School of Health Sciences programs within specific buildings and support collaborative program delivery. “This funding will help create a state-of-the art simulation centre where our students will learn and acquire hands-on skills that are so acutely in demand in the healthcare sector today,” said BCIT President Kathy Kinloch. BC

BCIT to build new Health Sciences Centre with over $66M in provincial support Top Ten 03/31/2017 - 03:30 03/31/2017 - 03:30

The Fédération des cégeps has announced that it is pleased with the $37.5M in funds for the Quebec college system that was included in the provincial 2017-2018 budget. CEGEP President Bernard Tremblay noted that the funding would allow CEGEPs across the province to improve their student services, which Tremblay described as essential for educational success. A statement issued by the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire expressed their satisfaction on behalf of QC universities with the additional funding for research and infrastructure, while stating that the reinvestment did not compensate for cuts imposed in recent years. The provincial investment reportedly covers four measures: increasing the general funding of higher ed institutions, improving student success and integration, fostering partnerships and dialogue between institutions and their regions, and meeting labour market needs. Fédération des Cégeps | UQAM (BCI)

Fédération des cégeps, QC universities pleased with provincial funding Top Ten 03/31/2017 - 03:30 03/31/2017 - 03:30

Sault College has announced that it will launch a new, two-semester graduate certificate program in robotics in an effort to meet the needs of both students and industry. The program will enhance the skills and credentials of students who already have a degree or diploma in a related program, and will provide students access to the college’s robotics lab. Sault Manager of Applied Research and Innovation John Coccimiglio notes that the college will help both students and industry by providing students with the opportunity to work on industry-related applied research projects during the course of their studies. “We can teach process automation, we can do applied research projects for industry, and we can also do training for industry,” Coccimiglio said. “So if a company needs training for their employees, we can come up with custom training programs.” Northern Ontario Business

Sault introduces robotics program Top Ten 03/31/2017 - 03:30 03/31/2017 - 03:30

English language classes at Assiniboine Community College are set to be cut by over 70% in the coming year, reports the Brandon Sun. The college recently finalized a three-year contract with the federal government, which will see the budget for English Language Training drop to $196K in 2017-18 from its current level of $730K. The funding will decrease again to $185K in 2018-19 and $176K in 2019-20. ACC President Mark Frison notes that the changes will have adverse impacts on the lives of newcomers to Canada and the labour market, adding that he hopes that “as we roll out those programs for the coming year, as we track the wait lists and continue to share them with our funding partners, that it’ll influence how they see the demand for future years.” Brandon Sun (Subscription Required)

Funding for ESL at ACC to be cut by over 70% Top Ten 03/31/2017 - 03:30 03/31/2017 - 03:30

Fleming College’s Earth Resources Technician Co-op program and Trent University’s new Environmental Geoscience BSc degree have partnered to offer new pathways between the programs. Trent and Fleming recently signed two articulation agreements that provide qualified graduates advanced standing in each program. Eligible graduates of Fleming’s five-semester ERT diploma program can enter the third year of Trent’s Honours BSc Environmental Geoscience degree program and receive nine credits toward the 20 required to graduate. Likewise, graduates of the new Environmental Geoscience program at Trent can enter the fourth semester of ERT. Within this pathway, students will need to complete semesters four and five as well as a 645-hour co-op to receive their diploma. Fleming

Fleming, Trent partner to offer new earth science pathways Top Ten 03/31/2017 - 03:30 03/31/2017 - 03:30

A campaign against violence at the University of Regina is calling on students to take responsibility for promoting unhealthy forms of masculinity. The National Post reports that the campaign, titled Man Up Against Violence, has established a “Masculinity Confession Booth” that bears a sign asking passersby to “Come and share your sins so we can begin to discuss how to identify and change our ways.” According to the Post, the booth looks to encourage men to “feel, display, and express emotions other than anger,” and to recognize moments in which they have contributed to a culture that promotes more violent forms of masculinity. URegina has also released its Gender-Based Violence Needs Assessment report, complete with recommendations on how to prevent sexual violence at the school. National Post | Report

URegina anti-violence campaign asks students to recognize, address masculine anger Top Ten 03/31/2017 - 03:30 03/31/2017 - 03:30

“Great brands are built by the sum total of promises made—and fulfilled—that add up to meaningful and lasting relationships,” writes Ken Pasternak in a discussion of effective higher ed brands in the US. Pasternak touches on five key principles of building a brand: viewing brand as a culture, not a sales campaign; building the brand from the community up; building the brand on behaviours; remaining disciplined and simple in the brand design; and recognizing that brand development does not have a finish line. The article concludes by advising others to consider how day-to-day work fits into the institution, its culture, and its future. Inside Higher Ed

The five key principles to developing a brand Top Ten 03/31/2017 - 03:30 03/31/2017 - 03:30

Canadore College has announced the opening of its new engineering lab, which the college says will provide hands-on training for civil engineering technician/technology and mechanical engineering technician/technology students. The modular lab space houses a range of industry-standard equipment, including a fluid mechanics base unit, large air compressor and electrical motor teaching units, digital force gauges, digital electric current meters and more. “Fully equipped labs like this provide students with the opportunity to apply their in-class learning to real-life projects,” said Caroline Corbett, Associate Dean of School of Trades and Technology. “Learners can practice skills and develop competency while using the same equipment and processes as those used in industry. These applied learning experiences result in deeper understanding and strengthen skill development for our students.” Canadore

Canadore launches new engineering lab Top Ten 03/31/2017 - 03:30 03/31/2017 - 03:30

“If Andrew Potter wasn’t a well-connected white guy, would anyone care?” ask Amanda Bittner, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, and Erin Tolley of the McGill University instructor’s recent resignation as director of McGill's Institute for the Study of Canada. The authors argue that Potter’s social privilege as an educated white male should make his resignation all the more concerning for people from marginalized groups, explaining that “Potter should be the type of person most insulated from sanction and the least likely to face repercussions. His resignation is therefore a canary in the coal mine that exposes deeper systemic problems that will affect women, people of colour, and Indigenous peoples.” Maclean’s

Why Andrew Potter’s resignation should matter to marginalized scholars: three professors Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

Maritime universities deliver on the promise of helping graduates experience personal growth, but fall short on expectations for job training, according to a study by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. The study found that the expectations of university-bound grade 12 students were mostly met in areas such as personal growth and gaining an understanding of a particular subject. Expectations were not met, however, with respect to preparing students for the workforce. MPHEC chair Jean-Francois Richard says that many of the students surveyed were still making their transition into the workforce, or pursuing graduate studies or a professional degree two years after graduation. Richards added, however, that once students do transition into the workforce, “their experiences may align more closely with the workforce-related expectations of high school students.” CBC

Maritime universities deliver on personal growth, less so on career prep: MPHEC study Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

Carleton University has urged staff and students to be cautious and to change their passwords after discovering USB key-logging devices on six classroom computers across three different buildings. The devices were discovered during a routine classroom inspection, but it was not clear how long the devices had been in place. “These computers are used solely for instructional purposes in classrooms and do not store any university, personal or confidential information,” Carleton said in an internal note to staff. “We have no evidence that any information was retrieved from these devices or that any university data were compromised.” Guelph Mercury Tribune

Carleton discovers key-logging devices on campus Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

International students at the University of Victoria will see their tuition fees rise to twice the amount charged to domestic students, reports the Times Colonist. Tuition fees for these students will rise 4%, while domestic students will see their fees rise 2%. Alysha Flipse, the students society’s director of outreach and university relations, said of the board’s decision: “I think a lot of students were quite upset … that we were there and we put in all this effort to tell the university that we were really unhappy with this and we weren’t heard.” Gayle Gorrill, UVic’s vice-president finance and operations, said the increase for international students reflects the true rate of inflation at universities. The Times Colonist reports that the university’s tuition fees for international students are in the bottom third of tuition rates across Canadian institutions. Times Colonist

UVic approves tuition increases for international, domestic students Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

“When I started working at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario[,] I asked the obvious question, given the title of the organization: What is quality?” writes HEQCO President Harvey Weingarten. Despite his attempts to research the issue, the author notes that he “got no clarity” on the issue because “there appeared to be no consensus on a definition of quality.” Weingarten adds that after much thought and discussion, he came to understand that “simply put, high quality results when all needs and requirements are achieved. Low quality results when they are not.” This definition, the author notes, raises the further question of what our society requires from postsecondary institutions. Weingarten notes that this can differ by institution, but concludes that it ultimately boils down to giving students the chance to “acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies they need to lead successful lives.” HEQCO

What is Academic Quality? asks HEQCO president Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

Canada could greatly benefit if more businesses funded students’ doctoral educations in exchange for a fixed number of years of employment after graduation, writes Daniel Woolf for University Affairs. Woolf notes that Canada’s production of PhDs has waned in recent years, particularly in the STEM disciplines, and that this trend might prove damaging for the country’s innovation capacity. Having students coordinate their educations with a particular business, he adds, would address several issues currently facing the production of PhDs. It would provide an alternative stream of funding for students, remove the problem of “what do I do when I’m finished”? and ensure a steady supply of PhDs in areas of industrial need. “The world has changed,” Woolf concludes, “and we need as a country to raise our game and examine other models of integration. If we do not, we run the risk of losing the next generation of research leaders.” University Affairs

What if businesses paid for students’ PhD education? Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

A new report has confirmed that trends in technology will leave youth increasingly vulnerable in a difficult labour market, reports CBC. Titled Future-proof: Preparing Young Canadians for the Future of Work, the report focuses on how automation in entry-level jobs could transform the Canadian labour market in coming years. Looking at data from Statistics Canada, the institute found that 42% of current jobs are at a high risk of being either replaced or significantly reduced in number due to automation. “The interesting thing and the potentially scary thing is that it turns out, based on our analysis, it's going to have a disproportionate impact on youth,” said Brookfield Executive Director Sean Mullins. CBC

Canadian youth at risk of unemployment due to automation, study confirms Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa are collaborating to learn more about how victims of violent crime find resilience and support in the wake of their traumatic experiences. “What makes our research a big deal is that much of the research around for victims of violence focuses around the harms experienced by victims,” says Jennifer Barkley, project manager of the study. “Less is known about their strengths that contribute to their resilience, and that’s why we find this so exciting because we’re giving victims of violence a chance to reflect on their strengths.” Launched in partnership with the Victim Justice Network, the study will bring together Algonquin and UOttawa researchers to interview participants, with the aim of training victims’ service providers on how to better help those affected by violent crime. Ottawa Citizen | Globe and Mail | Ottawa Sun

Algonquin, UOttawa partner to research victims' resilience in wake of experiencing violent crime Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

Northern Lakes College has received over $20M in funding to consolidate a new NLC campus in High Prairie.  “We are delighted that the Government of Alberta has supported this investment for the consolidated High Prairie campus,” said NLC President Ann Everatt. “This new facility will support new generations of learners and enable the college to enhance access to a wider variety of programs and services in High Prairie for our post-secondary and dual-credit students.” A news release from the AB government, posted by NLC, notes that the new facility will be able to accommodate 250 students, will be scalable to address future growth plans, and will meet employment demands in the region. Northern Lakes | Big Country XX | South Peace News

Northern Lakes to get new campus in High Prairie Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

The University of Sudbury has announced that it will be cutting Indigenous courses from its satellite sites after losing funding, which CBC says will leave up to 50 postsecondary students “in limbo” with their degrees. Nine courses in Indigenous studies are currently offered at sites in Moose Factory, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, and Kashechewan; however, the funding received from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada will reportedly not be renewed next year. While students would be able to finish their degrees if they moved, Professor Emily Faries states that “that means uprooting, not only themselves, but most of the students have families.” Faries adds that being able to access education along the James Bay coast has helped many community members with personal advancement and self-sufficiency. CBC

USudbury to cut Indigenous courses from satellite sites after funding not renewed Top Ten 03/30/2017 - 03:30 03/30/2017 - 03:30

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has announced that it plans to launch an investigation into the recent departure of Professor Andrew Potter from his role as Director of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada. In a letter to McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier, the CAUT said that it was concerned about the circumstances of Potter’s resignation and how they might relate to academic freedom at the school. “Principal Fortier has said that academic freedom is not a consideration in this case because Professor Potter held an administrative position with the University,” explains CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “This flies in the face of the well-established principle and practice that administrators who also serve as academic staff enjoy the full protection of academic freedom.” CAUT

CAUT prepares to launch investigation into resignation of McGill centre director Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

Olds College has received a $16M donation from philanthropist David Werklund and his partner, Susan Norman. The Olds Albertan reports that the gift marks the largest personal donation ever made to an Alberta college or technical institution, and that the provisions put on the funds will help to ensure that the gift ultimately has a cumulative impact of $32M. Werklund’s donation begins with $2M in cash, supplemented by a matching component that will see Werklund provide one dollar for every three raised, up to $4M. The final element will be a $10M estate gift that will ensure the sustainability of the institute over time. “Mr. Werklund and Ms Norman’s generous donation will accelerate engagement, innovation and technology adoption within the agriculture and food industry, and open up new agriculture enterprise in Alberta and around the world,” said Olds President Tom Thompson. Olds Albertan | Olds

Olds receives $16M from couple Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

The University of Toronto has found dust containing asbestos in multiple labs in its medical sciences building while undergoing renovations. Asbestos is “common on campus,” as it was applied to many buildings built after the Second World War until the 1980s, according to Scott Mabury, U of T’s vice-president of operations. Mabury further noted that the dust has only been found in the building’s research tower and not in any common areas, classroom lecture areas, or teaching areas. U of T has a policy to remove asbestos from any room undergoing significant renovation. The Globe and Mail notes that the U of T Faculty Association, the U of T Graduate Students’ Union, and CUPE 3902 have raised concerns with the institution's communication on the issue. Globe and Mail | CBC | Toronto Star

U of T finds asbestos in labs, raises concern with CUPE, faculty, students Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

A study comparing the successes of students who complete a module on career planning and those who do not has found that the former group is 40% more likely to be recruited for a job directly out of school. The career planning module in question saw students explore work opportunities, develop their CVs, collaborate with other undergraduates on work-related projects, and undertake a 30-hour work placement. Apart from being 40% more likely to find graduate employment, participants in the career planning module were 32% less likely to be unemployed six months after graduation. Times Higher Ed

Careers classes improve employment odds for students, says UK study Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

The chair of the board of governors at Cape Breton University has announced that a search committee for the school’s new president will be formed by the end of April. CBU Board Chair Amrose White added that the committee will also be asked to develop a profile for a candidate who is expected “to lead [CBU] in the next five, 10 years.” The committee will reportedly hire a search firm by June, and then “reach out to community, stakeholders within the university and outside, to develop a profile for that president.” “Every decision that comes across the table needs to be with the students at heart,” added CBU student union president Roy Karam. “We need a president who's focused on international students and aboriginal students as well.” CBC

CBU to create search committee for new president Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

“Canada remains the only circumpolar country without fully-fledged universities in the Arctic,” said essayist and author John Ralston Saul at a recent speaking engagement in Iqaluit. Saul criticized the decision not to pursue a university in Canada’s Arctic, a decision that he says “marginalizes northern culture, and the full role of the Inuktitut language in the development of Northern expertise.” Saul argued that one of the reasons Canada does not create a university in the Arctic is because centres of Arctic expertise and funding are currently located in the country’s south, and that there are vested interests that want to keep them there. “I cannot think of a system more likely to reinforce the wealth and the influence of the southern universities—a system in which they get to shape and, in effect own, programming developed through the colleges,” added Saul. Nunatsiaq

“Politics, power, money” are the reasons Canada has no Arctic university: Saul Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College have signed Memoranda of Understanding with postsecondary schools in China during a recent trade mission to the country’s Hainan province. The mission came in the wake of Prince Edward Island’s recent renewal of a cooperation agreement with Hainan. One of the agreements signed this week will see UPEI partner with Hainan University's Centre of Island Studies of the State Oceanic Administration to establish a research network on island economies. The other will see Holland collaborate with Hainan College of Vocation and Technique and Hainan Technician College to develop mutually beneficial programs for their students, faculty, departments, and research institutes. CBC

UPEI, Holland sign pair of MOUs in China Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

“There are three main problems that make international rankings a poor mechanism for assessing, improving or differentiating any but the top few dozen universities in the world,” writes Simon Fraser University President Andrew Petter for World University News. The first issue Petter notes is that current rankings systems use indicators that disproportionately benefit the world’s biggest and wealthiest universities. Second, Petter argues that rankings are relative and only indicate the relative position of schools to one another rather than a stable value. The third problem is that even while rankings might effectively differentiate the top 50 schools in the world, Petter argues that the rankings become much less reliable once one gets outside the top 200. Petter concludes by arguing that a school’s level of engagement with its local community and its needs is a much better differentiator than its ranking in an international system. University World News

Looking to community engagement, not international rankings to know university’s true value Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

McMaster University student Sarah Jama says that she hopes that an anti-racism group she helped organize will inspire concrete action in the Hamilton community when it releases a collaborative report this Friday. The report will feature a set of demands from the group and other grassroots initiatives that will be used to assign specific tasks and responsibilities in the effort to combat racism. Categories for immediate action will include police brutality, racism against Aboriginals, hate crimes, and gentrification of the city's marginalized neighbourhoods. The initiative and report were reportedly put together by Jama and social worker Sara Adjekum “using a community-based participatory research approach” that was intended to engage the Hamilton community in conversations about race. Hamilton Spectator

Anti-racism group at McMaster to release report, calls to action Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

Students from the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College recently collaborated on “Mapping the Body,” an artistic project intended to push students’ technical abilities and artistic talents in the realm of fashion design. Lethbridge News Now reports that the collaboration builds on the success of a diploma-degree pathway agreement that currently exists between the institutions. Event creator and co-curator Jorge Sandoval of ULethbridge notes that some of the students’ designs “are very social and political in their themes. Others are more abstract, and we have all of these beautiful pieces.” Co-curator and Lethbridge College Instructor Brenda Bradley adds that “the students that decided to become part of the exhibition are the ones that have been dying to do something more creative. They're the ones who really just want to do something fun.” Lethbridge News Now

ULethbridge, Lethbridge students collaborate in fashion design Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 03:30 03/29/2017 - 03:30

Carleton University president and vice-chancellor Roseann O’Reilly Runte has said that she will resign her position at the school effective July 31. The resignation was announced last Thursday, and will bring to a close Runte’s nine-year career with the school, a time that Carleton Board Chair Chris Caruthers says has been one of “exceptional and stable leadership.” “Her top priority has always been our students and the educational mission of the university,” Carruthers added. “Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and partners have all benefited from her exemplary leadership and commitment to Carleton.” A Carleton release states that Runte is leaving the school to pursue a “new leadership opportunity,” with further details to be released this week. Ottawa Citizen | CBC | Carleton

Runte resigns Carleton presidency to pursue new opportunity Top Ten 03/28/2017 - 03:30 03/28/2017 - 03:30

The Residence Life team at the University of Guelph reactivated an old program last week that saw faculty members and staff visit the school’s residences to inquire after students’ mental health. CBC reports that the move came partially in response to four student suicides that have occurred at the school since the beginning of the academic year. “Any time there's a tragic event, you sit back and you want to figure out how to provide more support and resources and whatever else can we do,” said Patrick Kelly, an associate director of Residence Life who helped organize the initiative. UoGuelph President Franco Vaccarino and Provost Charlotte Yates were among the 80 people who knocked on doors and engaged students on the subject of mental health. CBC (CP)

UoGuelph leadership, residence life team go door-to-door checking on students’ mental health Top Ten 03/28/2017 - 03:30 03/28/2017 - 03:30

A number of private colleges in Nova Scotia have reportedly been ordered to provide prospective students with up-to-date information on the likelihood of finding a job in their field of study. Before enrolling in some private college programs, students must sign letters stating that they understand the likelihood of needing to move away to find employment. “The purpose of the private career colleges is strictly vocational training, so that's the golden thread if you will from applying, to taking the course, to getting a job at the end,” said Jeffrey Reed, director of private career colleges for the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. “The regulations really push all in that direction.” Yet Cynthia Sullivan, owner of the Atlantic Flight Attendant Academy, argues that the province should hold universities to the same standards of disclosure in the interest of fairness. CBC

Prospective private college students encounter grad employment statistics under NS legislation Top Ten 03/28/2017 - 03:30 03/28/2017 - 03:30

Montreal police issued two tickets for fighting over the weekend after skirmishes broke out during a protest held outside Concordia University. On Saturday, several groups collaborated to host an event titled, “Learn to Resist,” which was described on Facebook as a “teach-in and conference about resisting the far-right.” After learning of the event, however, a group called the Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens organized a protest, calling the event a “terrorists workshop.” Jaggi Singh, a member of QPIRG Concordia and Solidarity Across Borders, argued that the counter-protesters “hide behind their Quebec flags and their Canadian flags but they really are groups that are promoting false, exaggerated information about immigrants and about Muslims.” CBC

Event to criticize, resist far right sees groups clash outside Concordia Top Ten 03/28/2017 - 03:30 03/28/2017 - 03:30

The student association at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is pushing back against a reported 24% increase in international student fees at the school. “It's a huge increase. It isn't small, it isn't predictable, it isn't something that students could have been anticipating,” said John Perozok, NAIT Students’ Association president. The association has since published a statement condemning the tuition hike. “Of course we welcome international students and they enrich the experience here at NAIT," said NAIT spokesperson Frank Landry. “But we were in a position where international tuition hadn't increased in three years. The cost had gone up in that time and we did not want Alberta taxpayers to have to heavily subsidize their tuition.” CBC states that Landry could not comment on the school's stance towards international students who are unable to afford the new rate, or who accepted offers for the fall semester before tuition increased. CBC | NAITSA

NAIT student group criticizes 24% fee hike for international students Top Ten 03/29/2017 - 10:33 03/28/2017 - 03:30

New Brunswick’s private career colleges say that they continue to be concerned about the provincial government’s choice to exclude them from a bursary that provides free tuition to students from low-income families. Oulton College President Darcie Robichaud tells the CBC that the legislation punishes students who want to enroll in a private institution, adding that the issue limits “the opportunities for the students to make the choice of the educational institution that they wish to attend.” “We felt positive that we'd see some progress. But, to this point, we haven't had the result we were looking for,” added Robichaud. “But we will continue to be collaborative and do what we can do to have the evidence that we should be included.” CBC

NB career colleges continue push to have students included in tuition bursary Top Ten 03/28/2017 - 03:30 03/28/2017 - 03:30

A proposed freeze on professors’ salaries in Manitoba might be illegal, according to David Robinson, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Robinson acknowledges that using operating grants and tuition to influence university spending is something that provincial governments do from time to time, yet adds that placing a freeze on professors’ wages might violate legislation that considers universities to be autonomous from the government. Robinson argues that while such a cap is currently in place in British Columbia, it may also be unconstitutional. Winnipeg Free Press (Subscription Required)

Proposed MB freeze on professors’ salaries may be illegal: CAUT leader Top Ten 03/28/2017 - 03:30 03/28/2017 - 03:30

McGill University Suzanne Fortier has voiced strong support for Andrew Potter’s decision last week to resign as director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Potter resigned after coming under fire for publishing an article in which he argued that Quebec society suffered from a widespread lack of trust and cohesion. Fortier was quick to distinguish between Potter’s role as director of the institute and as a instructor at the school, stating that “[if] he had written this article as Andrew Potter [period], nothing would have happened. He wrote it as director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.” In an editorial for the Toronto Star, Chantal Hébert also expressed support for the resignation, arguing that Potter “failed to let the facts get in the way of a good rant” and that “shoddy journalism” necessitated the resignation. Globe and Mail (Fortier) | Toronto Star

McGill principal, Hébert support Potter resignation Top Ten 03/28/2017 - 03:30 03/28/2017 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University has received the green light for its new $30.6M Nursing and Population Health building, thanks to the recent announcement of an $8M contribution from the British Columbia government. The building will house TRU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Health Care Assistant programs, as well as the new Master of Nursing program. “TRU will attract the brightest students in nursing and health to a learning environment that incorporates high-calibre advanced technology, equipment and resources. said Nursing Dean Donna Murnaghan. “TRU, Kamloops and all the communities TRU serves will greatly benefit from graduates who have the knowledge and expertise to deliver the best care possible to the population.” The building is expected to be complete by Spring 2020. TRU

TRU to build new Nursing and Population Health building Top Ten 03/28/2017 - 03:30 03/28/2017 - 03:30

Thanks to a $1M donation to the institution’s Front and Centre campaign from Qualico, the University of Manitoba has introduced the new Qualico Bridge to Success program, which aims to improve the transition of Indigenous students into PSE at the school. UManitoba notes that highlights of the program include one-day summer camps prior to the summer term, the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program, and student advising provided on a regular basis. “The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a strong foundation for Indigenous students,” says Christine Cyr, director of the Indigenous Student Centre. “This program will allow us to promote Indigenous student success in meaningful and intentional ways.” UManitoba (Announcement) | UManitoba (Program description)

UManitoba introduces Qualico Bridge to Success transition program for Indigenous students Top Ten 03/28/2017 - 03:30 03/28/2017 - 03:30

The director of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada has resigned after publishing an article in Maclean’s that accused Quebec of suffering from “social malaise.” The article has provoked significant backlash from critics who include QC Premier Philippe Couillard. Last week, the director in question, Andrew Potter, cited “the ongoing negative reaction within the university community and the broader public to my column” as the reason for his departure. News about the resignation immediately drew questions about potential violations of Potter’s academic freedom. In a public message, McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier stated that Potter’s resignation had “provoked unfounded rumors and concerns regarding academic freedom," which she added was “foundational principle” for the university. Inside Higher Ed | McGill | Globe and Mail | CAUT | CBC | StarPhoenix | National Post

McGill institute director resigns amidst backlash to article accusing Quebecers of “social malaise” Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

The reported death by suicide of a student at the University of Waterloo earlier this week prompted university president Feridun Hamdullahpur to send a message to faculty, staff, and students expressing his grief and explaining the university’s response. “I have met with students and heard from faculty,” Hamdullahpur wrote, adding that “more needs to be done” at the school to improve student mental health. The president focused on the importance of having “many voices” contribute to the ongoing conversation around how to achieve this goal, and concluded by stating that “when tragedies like this happen, the University's main concern first and foremost is the student's family. We do not take lightly our obligation to ensure that they have been informed and do our utmost to respect their wishes. The University always reaches out to the families to offer any support they need. This is a very sad duty, but must be done.” CBC

UWaterloo president sends personal message to faculty following student suicide Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

The Alberta government has stated that making tuition more accessible for those who can least afford it will be a main priority for its review of the province’s tuition structure. AB Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt has confirmed with Metro that the government is considering the examples set by New Brunswick and Ontario, both of which have offered free tuition to students from lower-income families, as part of its review. “We don’t want any kid with ambition and good grades to not be able to go to university or college because they can’t afford it,” said Schmidt. The news has been well received by Council of Alberta University Students Chair Dexter Bruneau, who says he finds it encouraging to see the government considering such a model. “Alberta’s a very unique climate,” said Bruneau. “I think those systems address a lot of key problems that students face, and for that they’re definitely worth taking a look at.” Metro

AB considers “free tuition” programs in ON, NB as part of higher ed review Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

The British Columbia government has announced a significant investment to create more health care seats at postsecondary institutions across the province. The funds will be used to create additional seats at Northwest Community College, College of New Caledonia, the Justice Institute of BC, Okanagan College, Selkirk College, College of the Rockies, Camosun College, and North Island College. The funds will also support new health care seats at Vancouver Island University. “Health-care professionals play an important role in meeting an increased demand for quality health-care in their local communities,” said BC Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson. “Our government is providing targeted funding that will allow students to gain hands-on experience that will help them find success close to home after graduation.” NWCC | CNC/JIBC | Okanagan | Selkirk | COTR | Camosun/NIC/VIU

BC injects funding into health-care seats Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

The University of Calgary has received $270M over four years from the Alberta government for the renovation of the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties building. “The MacKimmie Complex redevelopment will play an integral role in helping provide quality teaching, learning and research space for our students, and will enable us to create a hub for entrepreneurial thinking serving the entire University of Calgary community in the heart of campus,” said President Elizabeth Cannon. This renovation will reportedly address building code and maintenance issues, offer centralized undergraduate and graduate student services, and see the addition of new and renewed study and academic spaces. The renovation will also allow for the creation of 500 new classroom and study spaces and see the renewal of student spaces in Nursing and Social Work. UCalgary | Calgary Herald

UCalgary to expand student spaces with new funds Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

“Canadian post-secondary education can’t continue on the same path it has followed for the past 25 years or so,” writes Crawford Kilian. The author cites recent data suggesting that in the past 15 years, Canadian college tuition has doubled, university tuition has tripled, public student debt has grown to well beyond $28B, and many who work and teach in PSE only have temporary appointments. Kilian compares and contrasts Canada’s PSE system with that of Finland, reflecting on which parts of the Nordic country’s system are feasible and unfeasible to incorporate into Canada’s. Kilian concludes by arguing that Canada has the opportunity to push its PSE completion rates ever higher while leaving students less burdened with debt. He adds, however, that any drastic expansion to PSE access could have severely damaging effects without the proper infrastructure and resources in place to support it. Tyee

Looking to Finland to address growing issues with Canadian PSE Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

Sheridan College has officially opened a new 220,000 square-foot expansion to its Hazel McCallion campus with the support of nearly $68M from Ontario. An ON release states that the new facilities will provide high-quality postsecondary education to 3,200 more students and will feature 29 state-of-the-art classrooms, 28 studios, new labs, and production spaces where students can engage in hands-on learning. “We are grateful to the Province of Ontario for its investment which has helped make our Hazel McCallion Campus expansion a reality,” said Sheridan President Mary Preece. “With its opening, we are able to increase our enrolment and offer a truly creative and innovative postsecondary experience to thousands of students from Mississauga and beyond.” ON | Sheridan

Sheridan opens new expansion of Hazel McCallion campus Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

A Truth and Reconciliation Task Force at Queen’s University has delivered its final report on how the university can meet the calls to action in the national TRC report. The task force has issued 25 recommendations, which include a call for new bridging and pathway programs to increase postsecondary access for Indigenous youth, as well as efforts to ensure Indigenous candidates are represented in administrative roles, and the creation of spaces that honour Queen’s location on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee People. “Today, our communities come together to change course,” said Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “By taking steps to ensure that Indigenous histories are shared, by recognizing that we can all benefit from Indigenous knowledge, and by creating culturally validating learning environments, we can begin to reduce barriers to education and create a more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse university.” Queen’s (1) | Queen’s (2)

Queen’s TRC Task Force delivers final report, recommendations Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

Lethbridge College has continued its partnership with Saamis Aboriginal Employment and Training Association and other partners to support a Powerline Technician program intake that is specifically designed for the Aboriginal community. Lethbridge states that on top of powerline technician-specific training, the program includes essential skills training that will improve participant success and employability. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Aboriginal people in Lethbridge and area to take part in the Powerline Technician program,” says Saamis Executive Director Anita Neefs. “This industry-supported partnership had a tremendous result last year and is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to get into a high-demand career.” The program has been funded by Alberta Labour, Community Futures Treaty Seven, and Rupertsland Institute Métis Centre of Excellence. Lethbridge

Lethbridge, Saamis partner on Powerline Technician program for Aboriginal community Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

A University of Regina engineering professor has been reprimanded by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan for plagiarizing the work of one of his master's students. CBC reports that a December 2016 document from the APEGS states that there was sufficient evidence showing that Professor Shahid Azam published an academic paper but “failed to acknowledge the contribution” of master’s student Argun Paul. Azam has admitted guilt on the matter, and the journal that originally published the paper has reportedly withdrawn it. CBC

URegina engineering professor sanctioned for plagiarizing student’s work Top Ten 03/27/2017 - 03:30 03/27/2017 - 03:30

The federal government has introduced a new budget that focuses on skills, innovation, and Indigenous learners. Among the budget’s PSE highlights is an investment of $90M over two years to support the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, a federal initiative that distributes non-repayable financial support to Indigenous students attending higher education. The budget also includes $117.6M over eight years for 25 “Canada 150” Research Chairs and $221M over five years to support Mitacs’ goal of providing 10,000 work-integrated learning placements every year for Canadian postsecondary students and graduates. Several organizations have also applauded the government's investment of $225M over four years to create a new organization to support skills development and measurement in Canada. Finally, the budget allows the Canada Student Loans Program to expand eligibility for part-time students and students with dependents. Universities Canada | CICan | Polytechnics Canada | CFS | CASA | CAUT

Canada invests in skills, WIL, Indigenous learners with 2017 budget Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo has reached out to students in one of its residence buildings to assist with grief counselling after a student died in his dorm room earlier this week, reports the Waterloo Region Record. The 19-year-old's death marks the second fatality this year to happen under similar circumstances in one of the school’s residences. “We do everything we can to assist the family and support the students as they go through the grieving process,” said Chris Read, UWaterloo associate provost, students. UWaterloo Spokesperson Matthew Grant adds that the school has 22 counsellors, two psychiatrists, a mental health nurse, and peer support groups, in addition to a health centre with physicians to help students who feel overwhelmed. Students at the school have reportedly started a petition calling for better mental health services since their peer’s death this week. Waterloo Region Record | CBC | Waterloo Region Record (Petition)

UWaterloo focuses on student wellness in wake of suicides Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

“It's a huge number,” said University of Regina President Vianne Timmons in response to the recent announcement that Saskatchewan will cut its base funding for PSE by 5% in the upcoming year. CBC reports that the most recent budget tabled by the province will also see the government decrease its overall spending in the Ministry of Advanced Education by $44M. Timmons noted that the cut will almost inevitably result in a tuition increase at URegina: “[it] will be a tough, tough year for us and tough to manage this, especially when growing. We will have to increase tuition but I'm committed to keeping the tuition increases reasonable.” University of Saskatchewan President Peter Stoicheff echoed Timmons’ surprise, adding that “I can't side step the fact that a minus five [per cent in funding] is probably the largest single budget cut we've ever had in our history.” CBC | StarPhoenix | NationTalk

“Probably the largest single budget cut we've ever had”: SK reduces PSE base funding by 5% Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

The University of Ottawa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. UOttawa states that by signing the MOU it has committed itself to strengthening Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples in three ways: by deepening the understanding of Indigenous knowledge and culture among all students, staff, and faculty members; by increasing the university’s engagement with Indigenous communities; and by exploring innovations in teaching and learning to foster Indigenous student success and increase understanding of Indigenous peoples among all students. “We are thrilled to see the University take up the challenge of the Truth and Reconciliation journey,” said Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. “We look forward to working closely together to advance Truth and Reconciliation in this country.” UOttawa

UOttawa signs MOU announcing collaboration with NCTR Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

Lambton College has announced that it has signed a new pathway agreement with Michigan’s Davenport University that will allow international students to transfer credits from Lambton towards a Master’s degree at Davenport. The bridging opportunity will require international students to meet the criteria of the agreement before having their transfer credits accepted. “We are very pleased to be able to offer an educational pathway of this level to our students,” says Chris Slade, Dean of International Education and Computer Studies at Lambton. “This agreement speaks volumes about the quality of the programs we provide and the unique features of the coursework are students are exposed to.” Lambton

Lambton partners with Michigan-based Davenport to provide Master’s pathway for international students Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

“Because governments are convinced that innovation is a good thing, they prioritize investments on activities that (presumably) lead to innovation,” writes Creso Sá of the University of Toronto. The author argues, however, that the idea that there is a direct line running from scientific knowledge to innovation and economic development has been “widely discredited.” The author argues that investing in science for the purpose of promoting innovation misses the fact that a majority of the activities driving innovation have nothing to do with science, but are rather tied up in “improvements firms make in producing, distributing and marketing their goods and services.” For this reason, Sá concludes that much of the current innovation agenda supporting science “should recognize that government agencies do not have the foresight to predict, let alone engineer, commercial technology breakthroughs.” Globe and Mail

Relationship between science, innovation has been “drastically simplified” Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

The University of Toronto has launched the tri-campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre, which will coordinate efforts between U of T’s three campuses to combat sexual assault. “I want to help create a campus where everyone knows this is a safe place and sexual assault is not tolerated no matter what your status is,” commented the centre's executive director, Terry McQuaid. The centre will provide consultations across the school's campuses, educate the community about issues such as consent and intervention, serve as the first point of contact for anyone in need, and manage the sexual violence reporting process. U of T reports that the centre has set up a temporary office on its St George campus, and that permanent locations for the centre on other campuses are expected to open in April. MetroNews | U of T

U of T opens centre for sexual violence prevention Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

International students at North Island College will have new opportunities to hone their hospitality skills thanks to a new partnership between the school and the city of Tianjin in China. The partnership will see NIC and Tianjin create a new program that will focus on developing Chinese students’ English language skills and their knowledge of the tourism sector, which is reportedly growing in Tianjin. “We developed a 6 month program that brings students here from China to, at first, learn English, and slowly blend them into some modules around tourism and hospitality, with the focus on the [growing] cruise line industry,” said NIC Executive Director of International Education Thevi Pather. The new program is set to begin in September 2017. MyComoxValleyNow

NIC partners with Chinese city on new program Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

“As professors we are careful—or we should be—not to translate our personal beliefs about students’ capabilities into our expectations of how they will perform academically,” writes Manya Whitaker for Chronicle Vitae, “but we rarely think about how students’ expectations of us affect our performance.” Whitaker says that the latter threat is often more pronounced for women or for members of racialized groups who may feel anxiety about whether they are confirming or disproving students’ stereotypical beliefs. With this in mind, Whitaker reflects on how she works to challenge students’ stereotypes by forming genuine relationships with them, later concluding that “in offering students my whole self without cautionary tape restricting our interactions, students begin to understand me beyond my social markers, and thus, begin to understand themselves in relation to their social contexts.” Chronicle Vitae

How to address students’ stereotyping beliefs about their instructors Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

The University of Alberta’s Dentistry/Pharmacy building will be restored and converted into an administrative hub, thanks to the Government of Alberta’s decision to commit $149M to the building's renovation. “I thank the government of Alberta for this timely and important investment in one of the University of Alberta’s oldest, most iconic buildings,” said UAlberta President David Turpin. “The Dentistry/Pharmacy Building has supported students and learning outcomes for nearly a century and its restoration will continue to uphold excellence in education for generations to come.” Global News reports that the building has been deemed a provincial heritage site, and that this restoration will address $78M in deferred maintenance. Global News | Edmonton Journal

UAlberta upgrades Dentistry/Pharmacy building to administrative hub Top Ten 03/24/2017 - 03:30 03/24/2017 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University has released a new report that aims to provide PSE administrators across Canada will calls to action to address systemic racism on campus. Released by WLU’s Diversity and Equity Office and the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, the e(RACE)r Post-Summit Report issues five calls to action that ask university administrators play an integral role in supporting racial justice initiatives across the sector. The calls to action include establishing a sector-wide anti-racism task force, developing and delivering sector-wide anti-racism training for senior administration and faculty on an annual basis, building a sector-wide community of practice through an online portal, providing monthly updates on the status of race and racism on North American campuses, and promoting new practices in anti-racism education. WLU | CBC | Waterloo Region Record

WLU report issues recommendations to increase diversity on Canadian campuses Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

Okanagan College has received a commitment of $15.5M from the British Columbia government to build a new Health Sciences Centre at its Kelowna campus. A college release states that Okanagan will contribute an additional $3.5M to the project for a total investment to nearly $19M. The Laboratory Building currently accommodates a number of the college’s programs, including nursing, university transfer science, and engineering technology. “The Health Sciences Centre has been a high priority for Okanagan College and today’s announcement is welcome news for thousands of students who will have the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to advance their careers in health and social development,” said Okanagan President Jim Hamilton. BC

Okanagan receives $15.5M for new Health Sciences Centre Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

The Canadian Federation of Students has announced that it is pleased to see its recommendations included in the federal government’s recent report on Taking Action to End Violence Against Young Women and Girls in Canada. A CFS release adds that the organization will now focus on making sure that the report’s recommendations are acted upon without delay. The report’s recommendations include a call for jurisdictions to discuss mandatory requirements for Canadian postsecondary institutions to implement stand-alone sexual assault policies, and to provide sexual violence intervention and sensitivity training for all students and staff at orientation. “The release of this report is an important step towards action addressing gender-based violence on campuses and in communities across Canada,” said CFS National Chairperson Bilan Arte. CFS

CFS supports inclusion of recommendations in federal report on gender-based violence Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

Algonquin College and Siemens Canada have partnered on mechatronics and dual-education programs that will serve to address Canada’s current skills gap and future needs. Algonquin reports that students will soon have access to the Siemens Mechatronics Systems certification and the Dual-Education enhanced co-op program, both to be offered through the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy (SCETA). Algonquin also announced that they will become an official partner school in the SCETA Dual Education program, which provides students with an enhanced co-op program through Siemens Canada and the opportunity for employment upon graduation. Algonquin

Algonquin, Siemens Canada partner on programs to fill skills gaps Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

Lethbridge College has stated that it is the first college in Canada to earn accreditation from the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada (CYCEAB) for its Child and Youth Care program. “When our students graduate and look to enter the industry, employers will know they are getting a graduate from a credible program who meets the highest standards in Canada,” says Marty Thomsen, Lethbridge Dean of Centre for Justice and Human Services. “They will know that we offer high-quality, current and relevant instruction that meets the needs of the child and youth care industry that benefits our students, which is always our top priority.” Lethbridge

Lethbridge program earns first-college-in-Canada accreditation Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

“I only got one [job] offer, and I’m a brand new PhD, so I assume I don’t really have the standing to negotiate anything,” writes Karen Kelskey as she reflects on her first tenure-track job offer after finishing school. Kelskey notes that many recent PhD graduates mistakenly assume that they cannot negotiate a job offer if they do not have a competing offer or a high-calibre record. Yet Kelskey contends that every applicant has the potential to negotiate certain parts of a job offer. To this end, the author offers tips on when and how to negotiate an offer, from tailoring one’s negotiating to the institution in question to knowing the norms surrounding job offers in one's field. Finally, Kelskey tells readers to watch out for “red flags” that might provoke an institution to rescind an offer. Chronicle Vitae

When should a newly minted PhD negotiate a job offer? Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

Postsecondary students in New Brunswick will have access to improved mental health literacy and on-campus mental health care thanks to the expansion of a provincial initiative, reports the Sackville Tribune Post. The New Brunswick expansion of Pathway through Mental Health Care for Postsecondary Settings program was launched earlier this week at Mount Allison University. The Tribune Post reports that the program's framework has the potential to expand to other New Brunswick campuses and could serve as a model across Canada and internationally. “We are delighted to be part of this fantastic program, which will increase our capacity to understand our students’ needs and help us to adopt the most effective programs and initiatives to help them,” said MtA President Robert Campbell. Sackville Tribune Post | MtA

MtA becomes “field testing” site for mental health initiative Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

Departments in the Arts & Humanities are becoming used to the threat of cuts, writes Robin Wilson for the Chronicle of Higher Education, but some of these departments are coping well in this environment by developing coordinated strategies for avoiding these cuts. Sally Scholz, Chair of the Philosophy department at Villanova University, is one of many leaders who have worked to develop a “tool kit” for promoting her discipline among both students and administrators. American Philosophical Association Executive Director Amy Ferrer adds that “our hope is not that this is a tool kit for threatened departments, but rather a tool kit to use proactively to help make sure administrators see how important philosophy is.” The author adds that the lessons learned from Scholz and Ferrer’s success are likely to apply to many other humanities programs. Chronicle (Subscription Required)

US Arts & Humanities leaders develop “tool kits” to help departments avoid cuts Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

Six alumni of Trent University have donated a combined $500K to support the construction of the school’s new Student Centre. A Trent release states that the donation builds on the efforts of many other generous supporters in pushing the new project toward its $16M goal. “The Student Centre project is a Trent family effort,” says Julie Davis, vice-president of External Relations and Advancement at Trent University. “We strive to create an outstanding student experience and to do so we need spaces where students can collaborate, learn and grow. The Student Centre will do just that, and I am excited to see from my office window the building under construction.” Peterborough Examiner | Trent

Trent alumni donate $500K to construction of new Student Centre Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

“Don’t let the fact that you have a PhD limit the way you see yourself,” writes Jennifer Polk for University Affairs, adding that “one of the important discoveries I made about myself after my PhD was that I wasn’t much interested in doing research for research’s sake.” Polk admits that seeing oneself as a trained researcher can be a good thing if it helps a PhD graduate find a fulfilling career. But if seeing oneself as only a researcher limits one’s sense of possibility, then Polk advises that person to look beyond this label. “If your own values and priorities may have shifted over the past little while, you’re not alone,” the author adds. “Take some time to reassess what’s important to you and see how well your current work and life align with that. This can be a scary process, but we know the alternative is even worse.” University Affairs

How PhDs can escape the limiting label of “trained researcher” Top Ten 03/23/2017 - 03:30 03/23/2017 - 03:30

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government introduced legislation on Monday that will lift a cap on PSE tuition in the province. Bill 31—the Advanced Education Administration Amendment Act—will amend legislation put in place by the NDP in 2012 and remove the requirement that postsecondary institutions tie tuition increases to the rate of inflation. The bill allows universities in the province to hike tuition annually by 5% plus inflation. “We need to make sure that we have quality education now and into the future,” said MB Minister of Education and Training Ian Wishart. “We need the finances to do that.” Student leaders from the province have said that they are disappointed, but not necessarily surprised by the move. The Manitoban | CBC (Student response)

MB raises PSE tuition cap Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

Entrepreneurship programs have a greater positive impact on women and minorities than on Caucasian men, according to research conducted by Western University’s Laurina Zhang. Working with a co-author, Zhang studied 335 undergrad students in North America who went through an entrepreneurship training program between 2011 and 2015. She found there was “an increase in the likelihood that minorities subsequently pursue entrepreneurial activity,” particularly in the technology sector, after students had participated in the program. The increase applies in both the short and long term, and Zhang argues that the difference is attributable to access to resources such as mentorship and capital that certain groups would otherwise have less access to. “What we’re showing is that for a particular group of people [minorities and women], the benefits provided by the program are very important and difficult to access in the absence of the program,” says Zhang. Globe and Mail

Entrepreneurship training programs show particular benefits for women, minorities Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

Many Canadian universities that promote the diversity of their campuses cannot provide accurate data about how their students identify racially, reports CBC. A recent CBC investigation of race and racial discrimination at Canadian universities reports that more than 60 schools say they do not collect data regarding students’ racial identity. The article notes that human rights advocates have endorsed the collection of race-based data “as a means of uncovering inequality and better understanding the needs of racialized groups.” “If you want to really serve the population, I think you first need to know who's in your student body,” said Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. “And not just at an eyeballing it sort of way, actually understanding in a much more discrete way.” CBC

Many Canadian universities cannot provide data on racial diversity Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

Many college and university students in Ontario have misconceptions about some key aspect of the Ontario Student Assistance Program, writes Cassandra Cao for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Citing a recent study performed for HEQCO by Academica Group, Cao notes that about a third of the college and university students surveyed either did not know about the repayment plan for OSAP or thought that it did not apply to them. The author adds that students were “overwhelmingly confused” about OSAP’s grace period, which allows students to postpone making payments on their student loans for up to six months after graduation before interest starts to accrue. “Clearly, there are aspects of OSAP about which students continue to misunderstand,” the author concludes. “With the bold new changes rolling out this and the next school year, we at HEQCO are eager to see how these changes will affect students’ perceptions and understanding of the program.” HEQCO

Many ON students confused about key aspects of OSAP program: HEQCO Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University has launched a new music therapy program at Homewood Health Centre, a 300-bed mental health and addiction facility located in Guelph, as a result of a partnership between the two institutions. Supported by funding from a private donor, the initiative will see Laurier’s music therapy program and research combined with Homewood Health’s expertise in mental health and addiction treatment, and will provide students with an opportunity to gain practical experience at the centre. “We think it makes a difference on many levels, certainly to patients at Homewood and students at Laurier who will gain practical experience,” said Bryce Walker, who contributed $225K towards the music therapist-in-residence position that will be leading the initiative. “Music, I think, is going to add a lot here in terms of therapy.” The Record

WLU, Homewood partner on music therapy program Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

“Rarely does a week go by when I am not asked to commit the institution to a position on some public issue beyond our campus,” writes Michael Hemesath, President of the US-based Saint John’s University. However, Hemesath notes that the issues that the institution is asked to take a side on are typically complicated, multidimensional, and emotional. In order to respond to these issues with general guidelines, Hemesath states that he now approaches them by addressing three points in particular: 1) Who ‘is’ the university and who will therefore be represented by this stance? 2) Does the issue directly and significantly affect the university’s students and/or educational mission? and 3) What is the issue’s impact on education. Hemesath concludes by noting that it is only in rare circumstances that taking an official stance on an issue helps students to pursue their educational dreams, adding that “sometimes no institutional position is truly the best position.” Chronicle

No institutional position may be the best position, says Chronicle contributor Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island has announced that it wants to keep pace with other universities in Canada by adopting a new policy designed to make accessing information about the school easier. CBC reports that unlike other provinces, PEI does not require PSE institutions to follow provincial freedom of information legislation. UPEI has had its own personal information and privacy policy in place since 2004, but its stated purpose does not include helping people access information. The new policy, which takes effect in May, establishes clear procedures on how to apply for information and entails the hiring of an information and privacy officer to enforce the policy. Holland College has announced that it has also taken steps to ensure that it deals with requests for information and privacy protection in an appropriate manner. CBC | Guardian

UPEI creates new access to information policy Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

The University of Winnipeg has received approval to create a two-year Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree which is reportedly the first graduate program of its kind in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or Northwestern Ontario. A UWinnipeg release states that the program can be pursued full or part-time, and that it will include the option to take courses in Indigenous Governance and the Public Administration graduate programs. “The MA in Criminal Justice is an important addition to the suite of innovative, multidisciplinary graduate programs offered by the University of Winnipeg,” says UWinnipeg Dean of Graduate Studies Mavis Reimer. “An important focus of the program will be on Indigenous justice issues, supporting and extending the commitment of the University to the Indigenization of its curriculum.” UWinnipeg

UWinnipeg becomes first school on the Prairies to offer MA in Criminal Justice Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

Threats against free speech and First Amendment principles in the US are very real, write Ashutosh Bhagwat and John Inazu for Inside Higher Ed, “[b]ut there is also a danger of overreacting with First Amendment bluster or ridicule, as many right-leaning critics do in deriding advocates for safe spaces as ‘snowflakes.’” The authors support the concept of the university as a space of free intellectual inquiry and debate. They add, however, that safe spaces still serve a positive purpose, and that understanding this requires people to realize that universities are not only where students learn, but also where they live. For the authors, this fact means that “the nature of the institution is neither a pure public forum nor a wholly privatized space.” After analyzing the history of campus safe spaces, the authors conclude that  “[t]he safe space, like the university itself, is a complex idea that, properly construed, can help students engage more fully in the pursuit of knowledge across differences.” Inside Higher Ed

Debates about much-maligned safe spaces require much more nuance: IHE contributors Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

NorQuest College says that it is responding to both a private and public demand for more specialized mental health and addictions recovery professionals by creating two new post-diploma programs. The college’s Addictions Recovery Facilitator and Mental Health Recovery Practitioner programs are scheduled to begin with the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 intakes, respectively. “In Alberta there are a wide range of people in professional settings—whether in schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, community organizations, or in child welfare—who interact with people with mental health or addiction issues,” says Susan Otto, a social worker and faculty member in NorQuest’s Community Studies department. “However, their formal training, right up to the diploma and degree level, often isn’t specialized.” NorQuest

NorQuest moves to fight stigma, mental illness with post-diploma programming Top Ten 03/22/2017 - 03:30 03/22/2017 - 03:30

Leaders from the Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations have called for the upcoming federal budget to fully fund post-secondary education for Indigenous Canadians. The call refers to a promise made by the Trudeau Liberals in 2015 to provide $50M to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program to assist Indigenous students pursuing PSE. “We know that words are not enough, we know that budgets are a reflection of the political priorities of the people who run our government,” said CFS National Chairperson Bilan Arte. CASA Executive Director Michael McDonald agreed that delivering on the promised Indigenous education fund is a must for the upcoming budget. iPolitics

National student groups call on Liberals to honour $50M pledge for Indigenous PSE Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

Subway has filed a lawsuit against the CBC seeking $210M in damages after a Marketplace report stated that 50% of the chicken used in the restaurant’s sandwiches is actually soy. Postmedia reports that CBC has been notified of the lawsuit but has not received a copy of it in writing. The Marketplace report drew its conclusions based on DNA testing performed by the Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory at Trent University. “We believe our journalism to be sound and there is no evidence that we’ve seen that would lead us to change our position,” a CBC spokeswoman told Postmedia. The Observer (Postmedia)

Subway seeks $210M in damages from CBC over Trent-based chicken sandwich report Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

Sault College is making an $18.2M investment into a new facility called the Institute of Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship (iE3), reports Northern Ontario Business. iE3 will reportedly support new programming in the areas of natural environment, geographic information systems, and information and communications technology, and connect the private sector with critical resources on-campus, including professors, technicians, and students. “That was the idea behind having these groups of people together, so that they can really benefit from their own specific knowledges,” said Sault Manager of Applied Research and Innovation John Coccimiglio. “Because oftentimes innovation happens at the interface between two disciplines.” Construction is slated to be complete by the summer of 2018. Northern Ontario Business

Sault makes $18.2M investment in new iE3 facility Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

The combined problem of high student-debt loads and overqualified unemployment is “a ticking time bomb” for the country, writes Geoff Johnson in the Times Colonist. Johnson examines recent research into student debt as well as StatsCan data to convey a sense of the current situation faced by many young people. The article touches on recent initiatives by the government to increase the amount of student grants that do not need to be paid back, and examines how debt impacts young Canadians’ lives after PSE. Johnson concludes by citing Francis Fong, TD Bank Economist, who predicts that unless universities, employers, and the government work together, debt and unemployment among young Canadians presents a “ticking time bomb” for the country. Times Colonist

The “ticking time bomb” of student debt, unemployment Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

The Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and its School of Management have partnered with Tourisme Montréal and the City of Montréal to create an incubator that will support entrepreneurs from the tourism, transport, culture, hotel, restaurant, and entertainment sectors. Going by the name MT Lab, the centre has been made possible in part by a $200K contribution from the City of Montreal. MT Lab will be located at UQÀM in the Pierre-Dansereau Science Complex at the heart of Montreal’s entertainment district. The incubator will offer start-ups a host of services such as conference areas and an open space for coworking with open access and mentoring. “A fine example of a university contribution to the vitality of its community, MT Lab will make the advanced expertise of UQAM and its School of Management available to start-ups, to foster innovation in key sectors of the Montréal economy,” said UQÀM Rector Robert Proulx. UQÀM

UQÀM, partners launch incubator dedicated to tourism, culture, entertainment Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

Nunavut Arctic College and Algonquin College have signed a letter of intent that will guide the two schools as they work to create new opportunities for cooperation and provide shared learning opportunities for both students and faculty members. An Algonquin release states that the letter solidifies the schools’ shared goal of providing programs that are reflective and inclusive of Indigenous peoples in Canada and that prepare a flexible and resilient workforce. “We are eager to collaborate with Nunavut Arctic College to provide students, both here in Ontario and also in Nunavut, with new opportunities,” said Algonquin President Cheryl Jensen. “These opportunities in education will help develop a skilled and engaged workforce that will contribute to our collective growth in today’s economy,” added Arctic College President Joe Adla Kunuk. Algonquin

Algonquin, Arctic College sign letter of intent for collaboration Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

“Early in my career, I struggled to say no,” writes Robin Bernstein for the Chronicle of Higher Education. The author notes that between committees, manuscripts, and “dozens of other tasks, large and small,” the pile of requests kept rising until the time finely came for Bernstein to say no. To this end, Bernstein offers five tips for refusing extra demands from peers in the workplace: volunteer someone else for the request; do not explain yourself, or conversely, explain yourself when you have an airtight reason for refusing a demand; set your own policies for accepting or rejecting requests; and finally, simply hit “delete” on email requests that are unreasonable or inappropriate. Chronicle

Learning how to say “no” to extra demands on your time Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

The Quebec Student Health Alliance has undertaken new efforts to convince student bars to join a campaign designed to help students escape potentially dangerous situations. Known as “order an Angelot,” the campaign aims to provide women and men who feel threatened at bars with an opportunity to leave safely. CBC explains that the Angelot is not a drink, but a code word that informs bar staff that the person ordering it may be in danger. Participating bars will train their staff to help students leave a bar safely, no questions asked, if the “drink” is ordered. CBC reports that the initiative is looking to replicate the success of similar campaigns in the US and Europe, and that the Health Alliance’s current goal is to recruit between 40 and 50 bars. CBC | Montreal Gazette | La Presse

New anti-sexual violence campaign ask students to order an “Angelot” to leave bars safely Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

“At a time when many American universities are reporting declines in applications from international students, some universities north of the border are seeing increases on the magnitude of 20% or more,” writes Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed. Redden lists several prominent Canadian universities that have seen applications from international students rise more than 20% over the past year. “It’s speculative at this point, and we’ll of course have to wait and see what happens in terms of enrollment, but there’s a lot of change in the world, and when there’s a lot of change, people will look for places that they would feel safe in and included,” says Richard Levin, the University of Toronto’s executive director of enrollment services and registrar. Inside Higher Ed

Does Trump’s America signal “Canada’s Moment”? Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island announced last week that it plans to launch an Indigenous advisory group to support the school in honouring the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. CBC reports that the purpose of the council is to guide, advise, and support the overall direction to be undertaken by UPEI to contribute to the reconciliation process through higher learning. “We must ensure that the perspectives of our Indigenous Peoples are included in the governance of the University,” says UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “This council will explore ideas and develop initiatives that enable the campus to change attitudes, so that Indigenous students at UPEI are welcomed and can thrive and achieve high levels of academic and personal success.” CBC

UPEI creates Indigenous advisory group in effort to address TRC recommendations Top Ten 03/21/2017 - 03:30 03/21/2017 - 03:30

The Vancouver Sun reports that the University of British Columbia is cutting its continuing studies department, which has reportedly built up $4.8M in deficits over the past four years. UBC Associate-Provost Hugh Brock, however, says that the change is part of a bigger effort to refocus what the university now refers to as “extended learning.” “I would hate to send the message that this is about cutting,” Brock said. “This is about improving what we do and how we do it.” Brock added that the school is moving the programs associated with continuing studies into other UBC departments as part of a four-year effort aimed at revamping continuing education at the university. Last Wednesday, UBC’s senate reportedly approved changing the department’s name from “continuing studies” to “extended learning.” Vancouver Sun

UBC closes continuing studies department: Vancouver Sun Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

Queen’s University has announced that it will restrict remote access to its campus networks as part of an ongoing effort to fight cyberattacks. A Queen’s release notes that universities are “increasingly being targeted by malicious attacks,” and that the new move was inspired in part by recent attacks at Carleton University and the University of Calgary. As a result, the university is introducing steps designed to reduce the number of unauthorized access attempts to access Queen’s systems. “Cybersecurity is a top priority for Queen’s. We're constantly looking to enhance our security measures in order to protect your networks and your data,” says Queen’s CIO and AVP Bo Wandschneider. “Restricting remote access to one of these two methods reduces the amount of unauthorized access attempts to campus resources, which means everyone, and their data, benefits.” Queen’s

Queen’s restricts remote network access to combat rise in cyberattacks Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

Université de Montréal has received $1M from the Quebec Economic Development Program to continue to support and conduct research through l’Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic. In particular, the observatory will be able to carry out new technological and scientific development projects, perform advanced innovation activities, and conduct maintenance on the facilities. Observatory Director René Doyon noted that the Observatory was originally closed two years ago, but was reopened thanks to UMontréal, Université Laval, various regional partners, and the federal government. Quebec Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau also spoke to the importance of the observatory and its activities to the vitality of the region. La Presse notes that the observatory supports research at the experimental astrophysics laboratories that are located on the campuses of UMontréal and uLaval. Journal de Montréal | La Presse

UMontréal receives $1M to sustain observatory Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

“I am a minority in Canada. I am a woman in a leadership position at a large organization – in my case, a university,” writes Charlotte Yates in a reflection on the under-representation of women “in everything from corporate and public leadership to universities to science labs to global decision-making bodies.” Yates calls for a cultural change that would see more women advanced to leadership roles and maintained in these positions at universities in particular, given that their student populations are primarily women. She further notes that she has launched a new equity initiative at the university. UoGuelph | Ottawa Citizen

“We need more women” says UoGuelph Provost Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

“Seniors now outnumber children in Canada. That’s a problem for engineering,” write Cristina Amon, Fraser Forbes, Jim Nicell, Marc Parlange, and Pearl Sullivan for Policy Options. As deans of engineering, the authors draw on personal experience and Engineers Canada data to warn that Canada will experience a shortfall of 100,000 engineers in the next decade as a result of retirements and growth. This shortage will deal a significant blow to the country’s innovation ambitions and economic development, the authors add, which is why Canada needs to invest in training more engineers, particularly in specialized areas. “There has never been a more important time to invest in tomorrow’s engineering leaders,” the authors conclude. “Canada’s ability to compete globally depends on our willingness to harness the top-tier engineering talent that will power economic growth in the years to come.” Policy Options

Canada needs to be proactive to address mass retirement of engineers: five deans Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

Huron University College has announced that it will partner with Harvard Business School’s HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) program to provide students of all programs with the fundamentals of business knowledge. Huron is reportedly the second university in Canada and the only university in Ontario to partner with the program. “We are immensely pleased and proud to officially become a collaborating institution with Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe program,” said Huron Principal Barry Craig. “We know our students are special. They’re not satisfied to sit at the back of a class. They want to find creative solutions to current issues. It’s our job to ensure that they have access to opportunities that will challenge them to grow as learners and citizens.” Huron

Huron cements collaboration with Harvard Business School’s HBX Program Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

McGill University has announced that last week, its second annual McGill24 day of giving raised $1.39M in 24 hours. The digital fundraising effort took place across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and various other web channels, where alumni and supporters used the hashtag #McGillProud to express their affiliation with and support for the school. Participants from around the world made over 3,500 individual gifts to support student programs, academic faculties, libraries, and more. New to this year’s campaign were challenge funds and matching gift commitments, which McGill says created thousands of additional dollars. “This is an incredible achievement and a confirmation of the power of the McGill community when it comes together,” says Gabrielle Korn, Executive Director of the McGill Alumni Association. McGill

McGill24 campaign raises nearly $1.4M in 24 hours Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

Memorial University has formally announced the launch of its Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship. The Centre was created to support and promote entrepreneurship at the institution, and is co-lead by the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “By fostering innovation among our students from the moment they enter our doors, Memorial University plays a critical leadership role in developing the entrepreneurs who will contribute to the future of this province, country and beyond,” said MUN President Gary Kachanoski. The centre received funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation; The John Dobson Foundation; and other private donors. MUN

MUN announces new entrepreneurship centre Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

First Nations University of Canada and Katimavik have announced a partnership that will see Indigenous youth provided with more opportunities for successful postsecondary learning and job skills training in order to pursue their life goals. In particular, the partnership will see Indigenous youth participate in Katimavik community service volunteer employment while studying at one of FNU’s three campuses. “This is a great opportunity for Indigenous youth to continue their higher education including their traditional culture and language”, says FNU President Mark Dockstator. “By working with Katimavik we will be able to share collective values that have been passed down countless generations in Indigenous communities with young women and men across Canada.” The two partners have also announced that they will collaborate on effective ways to engage Canadian youth from across the country in reconciliation initiatives. FNU

FNU, Katimavik partner to provide Indigenous youth with postsecondary education, job skills Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

Students at Catholic Pacific College who complete their Liberal Arts diploma will be able to transfer to the University of the Fraser Valley thanks to a new transfer agreement between the schools. CPC grads will be able to enter the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of General Studies degrees at UFV with full credit for their core coursework. “We’re excited to be collaborating with CPC on this initiative,” said Alisa Webb, UFV Associate Dean of Students, College of Arts. “Their Liberal Arts students will bring a strong skill-set to UFV and these skills align well with our revised Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies degrees.” UFV

UFV, CPC sign transfer agreement Top Ten 03/20/2017 - 03:30 03/20/2017 - 03:30

“Universities have not always been the best of neighbours,” writes Jennifer Lewington for Maclean’s, but this trend is “beginning to change as universities increasingly turn to local residents and non-profit organizations as allies, not adversaries.” To further this mission, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is conducting a seven-year national study on university-community engagement. The study’s principal investigator, Carleton University political scientist professor Peter Andrée, notes that there are three factors driving the increased emphasis on university-community partnerships. First, researchers are seeing non-academic partners as co-participants rather than as research subjects. Second, today’s students want “meaningful experiences that contribute to their education and that are developed in co-operation and collaboration with outside organizations.” Finally, the public has rising expectations for universities to serve the community and the public good. Maclean’s

Universities moving toward greater engagement with non-academic communities Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 03:30 03/17/2017 - 03:30

Canada’s colleges and smaller universities are finding better ways to serve the needs of both students and industry by offering niche business programs, writes Daina Lawrence for the Globe and Mail. Lawrence highlights the Automotive Business School of Canada at Georgian College as an example of the way that smaller institutions “not only capture students with a well-defined career path, but also answer a call from industries and communities alike that need to fill both an economic and cultural gap.” “Because these students already have the industry training, the learning curve after they join the corporation or dealership is a lot less than if they hire a [university] grad from the business program who now needs to learn all about the auto industry,” says Georgian Instructor Jim Smith. The article goes on to highlight niche business programs at Simon Fraser University, the University of Saskatchewan, Camosun College, and Cape Breton University. Globe and Mail

Smaller institutions find “niche” with specialized business programs Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 03:30 03/17/2017 - 03:30

The University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba have signed an agreement that will provide UWinnipeg-based inventors access to the expertise and services of UManitoba’s Technology Transfer Office. “This collaboration to utilize existing services makes sense for all parties,” said UManitoba Vice-President (Research and International) Digvir Jayas. “It prevents duplication by using the existing suite of capabilities available at the University of Manitoba.” The release notes that the centre will provide services such as patenting assistance, market assessment, and discussion and recommendations on commercialization strategies. Other postsecondary institutions, hospitals, and research centres have signed similar agreements with UManitoba. UWinnipeg

UWinnipeg, UManitoba collaborate on commercialization process Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 13:34 03/17/2017 - 03:30

Redeemer University has marked the official opening of its Centre for Experiential Learning and Careers. The university says that its goal is to triple the number of programs with co-op opportunities and ensure experiential learning options in every program offered by the school. A university release states that the CELC builds on the foundation of Redeemer’s new core curriculum to combine the best of a liberal arts and sciences education with experiential learning. “Today’s launch of the CELC does not signal the start of experiential learning at Redeemer,” said CELC Director Susan Van Weelden. “What today’s launch does mark is Redeemer’s firm commitment to increase experiential learning and career services across the university so that students in our liberal arts and sciences programs are better prepared to successfully enter the workforce.” Redeemer

Redeemer launches Centre for Experiential Learning and Careers Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 03:30 03/17/2017 - 03:30

Northlands College will take over the duties of providing university education in place of the defunded Northern Teachers Education Program in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, reports CBC. Last August, the Saskatchewan government announced that it would stop funding for NORTEP and the Northern Professional Access College. Opposition NDP MLA Ryan Meili has criticized the move, stating that “one has to think that this is about cutting funds.” Meili also pointed out that the ensuing change in administration from NORTEP to a southern-appointed board “takes away control from the north.” SK Minister of Advanced Education Bronwyn Eyre says that Northlands College was chosen to deliver the university-level education because of its history and the fact that it already has an established presence in northern SK. CBC | NationTalk | SK

Northlands to take over delivery of university education in northern SK Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 03:30 03/17/2017 - 03:30

The Université du Québec à Rimouski has announced that it has received confirmation for $38M in funding for a new sports facilities that will be built on land adjacent to the school's Rimouski campus. Ownership of the land will be transferred from the City, and UQAR reportedly plans to build an ice rink and a semi-Olympic size pool. UQAR Rector Jean-Pierre Ouellet praised the infrastructure investment, stating that it would enable UQAR to improve access to quality sports facilities for the university’s community and to develop new university courses. UQAR states that the new infrastructure is expected to open by the end of 2018. UQAR

UQAR receives $38M for new sports facilities Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 03:30 03/17/2017 - 03:30

In a reflection on the occasional student essay that is “so poorly written, so shoddily done, that it seems to demand a special response,” David Gooblar investigates the value of failing grades as wake-up calls for students. After a review of research and theory around the issue, Gooblar concludes that a poor or failing grade can clearly communicate to a student that they have failed to meet the expectations of an assignment or course. But the author adds that a failing grade should not stand on its own. Improvement, Gooblar determines, comes as a result of the student receiving clear feedback on where they went wrong, and concrete ways that they could improve to achieve better results in the future. Chronicle Vitae

To issue a ‘wake-up call’ for students, accompany low grades with concrete feedback Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 03:30 03/17/2017 - 03:30

Schools that gain status in large-scale ranking schemes tend to benefit much less than they lose in the event of a decline, according to a new study of institutional reputation and enrolment in Germany. Times Higher Education reports that the findings of the study call into question “whether institutions should be more heavily protected against losing their status” in such ranking systems. The study found that universities do not see a significant rise in student perceptions when they reach “elite” status; yet they lose a significant percentage of enrolments if students see their status or ranking drop. Times reports that this finding could have an impact on how other national and international university ranking systems are imagined and implemented. Times Higher Education

Schools seeking “elite” rankings status face more risk than reward, says German study Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 03:30 03/17/2017 - 03:30

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has announced three new partnerships with institutions from Germany and Italy. A new agreement with Augsburg University of Applied Science in Germany will focus on short-, medium- and long-term study opportunities in the areas of business and information technology. An agreement with Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany will expand research and education program opportunities in fields connected to autonomous vehicles, new manufacturing processes, urban mobility, and molecular sciences. Finally, an updated partnership with the University of Salerno will promote faculty and student exchanges in energy systems, business, legal studies, information and communications technology (ICT) and data analytics, materials science, environmental studies, and health and pharmaceutical sciences. UOIT

UOIT signs agreements with German, Italian universities Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 03:30 03/17/2017 - 03:30

“Being untenured is the ultimate manifestation of ‘You just have to know how and when to pick your battles,’” writes Deborah Cohan for Inside Higher Ed. The author notes that in an increasingly divisive climate, untenured professors face growing pressure not to express ideas that could alienate students or administrators. To this end, Cohan offers tips for untenured faculty, which include creating a policy prohibiting students from recording classes, finding mentors, and building good faith with members of the administration. Despite the earlier suggestion of creating a policy banning students from recording classes, Cohan concludes by advising untenured professors to “assume that everything you say and do in the classroom could show up on social media.” Inside Higher Ed

When to speak your mind as an untenured academic Top Ten 03/17/2017 - 03:30 03/17/2017 - 03:30

Ryerson University, in partnership with Sheridan College, is the only university to have submitted a formal expression of interest in expanding a university campus into Brampton, reports the Toronto Star. The expression of interest came in response to a request put out by the provincial government, which was looking for institutions interested in creating a university campus in the area. The Star reports that ON also received an expression of interest from Wilfrid Laurier University, in partnership with Conestoga College, to expand to Milton. “We have a pretty exciting vision of what both of these places will be,” said ON Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews. “Now, we’re reviewing the proposals and we’ll soon get to work with those partners to make these a reality.” Toronto Star

Ryerson, Sheridan apply to bring university campus to Brampton Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

The decision to remove a scale from the gym at Carleton University has sparked backlash from critics across North America who describe the decision as a way to “shield snowflakes from a truth which makes them uncomfortable.” Carleton’s Manager of Wellness Programs says that the decision to remove the scale was not based on complaints, but on a belief that “being fixated on weight has [no] positive effect on your health and well-being.” Other trainers based in the Ottawa area have argued that Carleton should work to educate gym members on current fitness trends rather than removing the choice to track one’s body weight. Writing for the Ottawa Citizen, Alheli Picazo argues that the fallout from the scale’s removal may in fact have the opposite of the intended effect, as “the increasingly hostile sniping between sides over the merits of the scale suggest the university has only served to create an even more unsympathetic environment for those already unsure of taking part.” Toronto Star | CBC | Ottawa Citizen

Removal of scale at Carleton gym sparks “increasingly hostile sniping” across Canada, US Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

Ontario has announced that it will support 75 projects at leading institutions across the province to help scientists discover new technologies, treatments and cures for diseases while creating high-quality jobs for people in the province. The announcement was made earlier this week at Queen’s University, which will receive $4.5M of the funding to explore cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to generate renewable energy. An ON release notes that other initiatives supported by the funding will work to develop new health technologies, support modern facilities and equipment, and promote the use of genomics to solve health issues such as common childhood cancers. ON | Kingston Whig-Standard (Queen’s)

ON invests $77M in scientific research Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

Admissions officers in some US colleges are using teamwork and collaboration to make reviewing applications more efficient, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. At one college, admissions officers have gone from reviewing applications from their own recruitment territories to reading in pairs, discussing each application as they go and making notes along the way. By cutting down on the time and energy spent on the “first read,” which is traditionally carried out alone, these professionals have significantly increased their productivity. This same practice of collaborative application review has spread outward into “committee-based evaluations,” which the Chronicle describes as a significant shift in the nature of admissions work that allows admissions officers more time to pursue professional development work while reducing fatigue. Chronicle (Subscription Required)

How some US admissions departments are reducing fatigue by working smarter Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

The University of Calgary’s Department of Economics received a $1.5M donation from the late Professor Frank Anton’s estate. Dean of the Faculty of Arts Richard Sigurdson explained that the donation would go towards supporting the Dr Frank Anton Distinguished Lecture Series in Economics, as well as the previously established John M Dalgarno and Dr Frank Anton Memorial award for full-time students registered in a thesis-based graduate program in the preferred area of agricultural economics. UCalgary notes in a release that Anton played a leading role in the development of the institution when it declared autonomy from the University of Alberta, and fathered the Department of Economics, taking on the role as first department head in 1967. UCalgary

UCalgary receives $1.5M from school’s inaugural head of economics department Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

“Recent discussions within libraries across the country have highlighted faculty anxiety and displeasure with the fate of university libraries,” write Janet Miron and Joan Sangster for the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. The authors argue that preserving space for books published in diverse time periods is necessary for teaching students how to seek out different kinds of solutions to different questions. Further, they note that converting old texts to digital formats will inevitably lead to the loss of books that are no longer considered relevant at this moment in history. The authors focus on current conversations around the use of library space at Trent University before adding that “for many of us, the consequences of not preserving, enhancing, and maintaining both digital and physical collections are deeply troubling.” OCUFA

OCUFA argues for the continued importance of books, libraries in the digital age Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

“It's become a new annual tradition: Whenever a faculty member retires, the rest of us circle the wagons to begin the delicate process of justifying why our department still needs the position,” write Andrew Carlson and Matthew Filner for Chronicle Vitae. The authors argue that a new form of “administrative creep” is causing faculty to increasingly take on an administrative mindset in which “creeping administrative work sends the message that our academic institutions serve a narrow purpose—conveying degrees as quickly as possible—rather than the deeper, more important goal of educating citizens.” The authors go on to highlight a number of different ways that faculty members are influenced by administrative approaches to higher education. Chronicle Vitae

When administrative culture seeps into faculty mindset Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

“It is high time that we stopped investing in MD/PhDs as if they were a special class of worker entitled to more than someone with ‘just a PhD,’” writes David Kent for University Affairs. Kent argues that medically trained scientists are a critical component of the biomedical research community, but adds that those holding an MD/PhD designation do not deserve to be treated as a special class of professional. Kent rejects the argument that doctors would not undertake a PhD if they were not paid more, adding that “if we happen to lose a few people along the way who are only in science or medicine for the salaries, prestige and career progression, then so be it.” The author concludes by outlining several issues stemming from the special treatment of MD/PhDs and how policy can address them. University Affairs

MD/PhDs should not be treated differently than professionals with “just a PhD”: UA contributor Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

A first of its kind program in Indigenous nationhood at the University of Victoria will now offer a graduate certificate to those who complete the program. The new certificate program trains students at an advanced level to examine the challenges and opportunities facing Indigenous nations in their efforts to revitalize their political and legal traditions and governance structures. Students will encounter case studies, forms of knowledge, and theories related to the political, legal, economic, and social realities of Indigenous nations and peoples. “There are calls for leadership and knowledge coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” says Program Director Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark. “This multidisciplinary program trains students to be ready to do that work.” UVic

UVic to offer first-in-Canada certificate in Indigenous nationhood Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

Ontario has announced that it will invest $2.6M to help project teams across the province develop new and innovative approaches to online and technology-enabled learning. 45 recipients from universities and colleges across Ontario will receive a broad range of research and innovation grants through eCampusOntario to explore technology-enabled learning and highlight best practices in student engagement. Examples of funded projects include a study of the use of gaming as a teaching method in science-based fields; evaluation of the impact of virtual simulations as a means to prepare nursing students for clinical practice; and the creation of an online space for Indigenous students to virtually gather, record and engage in stories from local Elders. ON

ON invests $2.6M to improve online, technology-enabled learning Top Ten 03/16/2017 - 03:30 03/16/2017 - 03:30

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark recently announced that the province plans to increase its number of tech graduates by 1,000 per year by 2022. BC will also look to double its postsecondary tech degree program co-op placements annually, and the Mitacs student research program will be expanded by two-thirds to over 800 internships annually. “BC’s tech community has told us their number-one priority is making sure British Columbians have the talent and skills they need so the sector can continue to grow and thrive,” said Clark. “The revised BC Tech Strategy is about giving British Columbians in all corners of the province every opportunity to build careers in tech.” A BC release outlines a number of ways that the province will continue its efforts to bolster its tech sector. BC

BC premier announces major increase in number of tech grads, co-op placements Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

A new report by StudentsNS highlights the challenges currently facing students who wish to pursue PSE in Nova Scotia. The report finds that a person’s socioeconomic background, ethnicity, language, culture, citizenship, level of parental education, disability, age, gender, and/or geographic origin may all influence the likelihood of pursuing PSE. The report focuses on the challenges facing some specific groups before making recommendations on how to improve accessibility. The recommendations include the collection of more comprehensive data on student demographics, the creation of a more inclusive and supportive public education system, the reforming of financial assistance so that it can really break down barriers, and the promotion of diversity on campuses. StudentsNS | Report

StudentsNS releases report on PSE access challenges Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

“The future of successful economies and prospering free societies will very much depend on a new type of collaboration between various players – and universities are an essential part of that,” writes Feridun Hamdullahpur, President of the University of Waterloo, in Times Higher Education. In order to forge stronger ties between universities and industry, Hamdullahpur outlines several the key points of consideration. In particular, the article discusses the importance of having an “easy-to-find” point of contact or dedicated staff who are capable of directing the company based on its needs; and the importance of gaining an understanding of the differences in culture, language, and expectations of both industry and academe. Hamdullahpur concludes by noting that well-managed partnerships between academics, industry, and other partners “allow innovation to flourish and all participants to reap benefits.” Times Higher Education

Building stronger partnerships with industry requires dedicated contact, understanding Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

The experience of a McGill University student forced to take part in a hazing ritual in 2015 “indicates that 10 years after a high-profile hazing incident at McGill that prompted policy changes at the university, the top-ranked school has failed to curb the practice,” reports Ingrid Peritz for the Globe and Mail. The author goes on to write that the university was “slow to respond [in 2015] once the student’s family complained and applied only minor sanctions against the students involved.” McGill initially announced a zero-tolerance policy toward hazing in 2005, after another hazing incident made national headlines. In its statement to the Globe, McGill says it plans to launch a new anti-hazing program before the start of the next academic year, and that it has set up a working group to recommend ways to prevent hazing. Globe and Mail (1) | Globe and Mail (2)

McGill to launch anti-hazing program twelve years after banning the practice: Globe Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

Canada’s PSE institutions and students are struggling to adapt to a world in which a growing number of graduates face precarious work, reports CBC. The article profiles several Millennial graduates who have come face to face with the a difficult new employment reality. The article also highlights the University of Regina’s UR Guarantee program, launched in 2009, which will offer a a year of tuition-free undergraduate education to any student who does not obtain a full-time job within six months of graduating. URegina associate director of student success Naomi Deren notes that the retention rate for students who use the program is 10% higher than it is for those who do not. CBC

Is the “Millennial side hustle” the new normal? Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

The increasing message of “helplessness” coming from today’s students is “part feigned and part real, but nevertheless it is a problem that is eroding academe,” writes Lori Isbell for Inside Higher Ed. The author suggests that students’ tendency to “send emails and text messages of all sorts with the most basic questions about the most obvious matters” is in fact “a deflective maneuver” designed to shift responsibility for an assignment back onto an instructor. “We might provide the most detailed of written and oral instructions,” Isbell adds, “but students will still find a reason, an occasion or excuse, to challenge those instructions as inadequate to their needs and (attempt to) shift the responsibility of the work from them to us.” Isbell concludes by asking fellow instructors not to give in to students’ deflective maneuvers, adding that she wishes more students would “take their education into their own hands.” Inside Higher Ed

Do students fake helplessness to shift responsibility?: IHE contributor Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

It has become commonplace for PSE graduates across Canada to pay off their student loans into their 40s, reports Anna Sharratt for the Globe and Mail, and the trend has at least one insolvency trustee advising young Canadians to consider declaring bankruptcy. Allen MacLeod tells the Globe that a person’s credit rating is only impacted for six years after a bankruptcy, while the struggle of paying off a student debt can last for over a decade. He adds that if someone finds that they are not able to pay down their student debt, “there’s no use having a great credit rating if you can’t service your debt.” That said, MacLeod notes that the option to file bankruptcy is not available once a person acquires assets, and he lays out a number of different tips for those struggling to pay down student debt. Globe and Mail

Ottawa-based insolvency trustee advises some student loan holders to consider bankruptcy Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

Manitoba has announced new funding and changes to the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative. These changes include increased provincial funding totaling $6.75M for 2017-2018, up to $20M in scholarships and bursaries going directly to students each year, increased fundraising matching from the government, and a new requirement for all funds to be provided directly to students rather than invested in endowments. The initiative will also be expanded to incorporate the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Canadian Mennonite University, Booth University College, Providence University College, and Steinbach Bible College for the first time. University of Manitoba President David Barnard welcomed the changes, stating that “more students will be able to achieve their goal of attending university, through financial assistance facilitated by the generous support of our government and private donors.” MB

MB announces changes, funding for scholarships, bursaries Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

Canadian universities have received funding through Mexico’s Ministry of Energy Hydrocarbon Fund, which sees Canadian researchers “partner with Mexican research institutions to modernize and improve that country’s growing oil and gas sector.” The University of Calgary will reportedly receive $44M to support four joint research projects that seek to aid energy reforms in Mexico, while the University of Alberta will receive $14M to pursue three joint research projects. “Encouraging more of these outstanding research partnerships in our universities and colleges is a clear example of the value that our co-operation brings to Albertans and Mexicans,” said AB Minister of Energy Margaret McCuaig-Boyd. “These investments help our two countries develop energy resources in sustainable ways, create employment, and develop valuable learning and research opportunities.” UCalgary | Edmonton Journal

UCalgary, UAlberta partner with Mexico on oil, gas research Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

Researchers from Brock University’s social justice research institute are teaming up with United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie to find out how many Niagara residents are currently facing precarious employment. The study will reportedly look not only at how many people face precarious employment, but what effects this employment has on their quality of life. Social Justice Research Institute Director June Corman says that many labour surveys do not ask about the social and emotional impacts of unstable or uncertain work. “So we are going to be asking those questions and do a followup with the people that we survey to determine what some of those impacts are,” Corman says. “We may also apply for additional grant money to continue the study.” St Catharines Standard

Brock partners with United Way to study precarious employment Top Ten 03/15/2017 - 03:30 03/15/2017 - 03:30

The University of Alberta says that it will look to engage new regions for international student recruitment in an effort to make its international student body more diverse by 2020. The Edmonton Journal reports that achieving this goal will require the university to redirect some of the attention that is currently focused on China, which accounts for nearly 75% of the school’s international student population. UAlberta Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President of International Programs Britta Baron says that any adverse change to the school’s relationship with China “would cause serious financial trouble for the university.” The Journal adds that since student tuition is the second largest contributor to the overall university budget, such a lack of diversity poses a financial risk to the institution. Edmonton Journal

UAlberta looks to diversify international student base, decrease dependence on China Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

A former uSask student who left medical school after being diagnosed with a mental illness is being sued by RBC for a student line of credit totaling more than $170K. Bryan Robson tells CBC that he attended medical school for roughly two years before being diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder and leaving the program. Robson says that he assumed at the time that the disability insurance attached to his student line of credit would exempt him from a debt he would never be able to pay back. After meeting with an RBC professional, however, he learned that he was not covered. Since then, RBC has filed a suit to sue Robson for the outstanding loan. In an emailed statement to CBC, the company said, “For student lines of credit, it is important to note that clients who choose not to complete or are unable to complete their studies, for whatever reason, are expected to repay the loan.” CBC

uSask student who left med school due to mental illness being sued by RBC Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

A third-year engineering major has become the first international student to be elected president of the student union at the University of Prince Edward Island. Hammad Ahmed began studying at UPEI in 2014 and has previously served as president of the school’s Society of International Students. Ahmed's campaign platform included plans to create a more inclusive campus and to foster a sense of unity among Island students, students from other parts of Canada, and international students. “When you advertise an event as a normal event it's hard to get the international community to come and be part of it,” said Ahmed. “And if you call an event international or global something it's hard to get domestic students to get involved in it.” Ahmed says that one of his goals moving forward will be the creation of more gender-neutral washrooms on the school’s campus. CBC (1) | CBC (2)

UPEI students elect first international president of student union Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

A centre at Concordia University has come under fire for an alleged violation of copyright law. Kate Taylor of the Globe and Mail reports that the school recently received complaints that its Centre for Expanded Poetics posted high-quality reproductions of entire books of poetry to an online platform without permission. Contacted at his office, centre director Nathan Brown acknowledged the centre's wrongdoing. “Posting those files was a mistake that has been corrected,” he said, adding that he will buy five copies of each posted book from the publishers. The reproductions have reportedly been taken down. Globe and Mail | Inside Higher Ed

Concordia Centre for Expanded Poetics criticized for publishing copyrighted materials Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

In an effort to make sure equipment bought with public money is used efficiently, CBC reports that a new database launched by Science Atlantic will make it easier for Atlantic Canadian researchers to share major equipment. AFRED—the online, open-access database—allows researchers to search for available research equipment at Atlantic postsecondary institutions, read brief descriptions of the equipment, and see contact information for the host facilities. Science Atlantic Chair David McCorquodale noted that the increasing the use of the specialized equipment, which is currently “not used to full capacity,” could result in benefits to both research and economic development. CBC

Science Atlantic launches database to enable sharing of high-priced equipment Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

The faculty of Langara College are helping to lead a provincewide effort to secure higher levels of funding for PSE in British Columbia. The Vancouver Sun reports that these instructors are concerned that the province is relying too heavily on the high fees paid by international students in order to fund higher education. “The rise in international students is very much on our radar,” said humanities instructor Jessie Smith, who is on the board of the Langara College Faculty Association. Working with the Open the Doors BC campaign of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, Langara faculty and students have created transit advertisements that portray BC students who are exhausted from the work required to pay high tuition and rent fees. Vancouver Sun

Langara faculty lead effort to boost BC higher ed funding Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

The president of the Students’ Society of McGill University recently became the third prominent member of the council to resign in just over two weeks. The Montreal Gazette reports that the SSMU published a brief statement last Thursday announcing Ben Ger’s resignation, citing only “personal reasons” as the cause for the departure. “Due to personal reasons, (Ger) felt that he was unable to continue in his duties as a representative of members of the Society,” the statement reads. “Ben will be missed as a member of our team and SSMU thanks him for his service to the Society.” Ger’s resignation follows those of Igor Sadikov as arts representative on March 8, and David Aird as vice-president (external affairs) on February 22. Montreal Gazette

Students' Society of McGill University president resigns Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

Olds College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have signed an MOU that will see the two schools work together to explore the demand for new collaborative programming and applied research into the developing field of smart/intelligent agriculture. “By agreeing to work together, both Sask Polytech and Olds College can provide students with enhanced learning experiences in intelligent agriculture, while providing industry with new applied research opportunities,” said SaskPolytech President Larry Rosia. “Together, along with agricultural employers, we can develop solutions to real-world, everyday agricultural challenges.” The MOU will see the two institutions collaborate with other schools to identify new ways of supporting employers and industry in this field. Olds

Olds, SaskPolytech partner on applied research and smart agriculture Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

“It’s not easy being young these days—especially where employment is concerned,” writes Polytechnics Canada CEO Nobina Robinson. While many of today’s adults might see youth as entitled or lazy, Robinson adds, “these stereotypes don’t reflect the realities of current employment opportunities,” in which youth often have access only to unstable and temporary work. Robinson reflects on how polytechnics can help address issues with youth employment before offering four key ways that Canada can improve the situation: 1) invest in better labour market data; 2) create new youth initiatives that take advantage of the existing resources at polytechnic and college employment centres; 3) bolster apprenticeships with better funding, public awareness, and programs to connect apprentices with employers; and 4) overhaul the federal Youth Employment Strategy. Montreal Gazette

Four ways to address youth unemployment: Polytechnics Canada CEO Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

Carleton University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokyo’s Waseda University that aims to provide more international study opportunities for students and research opportunities for faculty at both schools. A Carleton release states that it and Waseda are committed to global engagement through enhanced international mobility and research collaboration, as well as training programs for professionals like those at Carleton’s Global Academy. “As a capital city university with aspirations to use our Ottawa location as a global gateway, Carleton is especially well positioned to deepen academic, research and professional partnerships in Japan,” said Carleton Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Peter Ricketts. “We have approximately 250 students a year enrolled in Japanese language studies and dozens of faculty engaged in research with Japanese partners.” Carleton

Carleton signs MOU with Tokyo-based university Top Ten 03/14/2017 - 03:30 03/14/2017 - 03:30

Universities across Canada are stepping up their efforts to respond to the growing number of opioid-related emergencies and deaths, reports Tara Siebarth. Many universities are responding by distributing naloxone kits, which UBC’s Marna Nelson says are intended “for those who are designated as high-risk individuals or their friends and family.” The University of Toronto's Aaron Orkin adds that naloxone is only one part of the solution to a problem that he blames on failed public policy, particularly governments’ decisions to stop the distribution of oxycodone, which has been blamed for a rise in the use of heroin and fentanyl. The author explores the efforts being made to address the opioid crisis by universities such as UBC, Thompson Rivers University, U of T, University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, University of Calgary, and University of Waterloo. University Affairs

Universities across Canada respond to opioid crisis Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 10:20 03/13/2017 - 03:30

Dalhousie University says that it will retire a ceremonial symbol used at its convocation ceremonies due to its reflection of European colonial values. CBC reports that the ornamental mace used in the ceremonies is carved with symbols representing Lord Dalhousie, medieval scholars, and references to the European colonization of North America, symbols that Dal Art Gallery curator Peter Dykhuis says are out of step with the school’s student body. Dykhuis is chair of a committee that has been tasked with reimagining the mace in a way that better reflects the diversity of Dal and of Canada as a whole. The mace committee will review submissions for a new ceremonial object, and will consist of representatives from the Mi'kmaq and African-Nova Scotian communities, students, and other Dal community members. CBC

Dal to replace convocation mace, deems it a relic of British colonial values Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 03:30 03/13/2017 - 03:30

The University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue has announced the creation of the new Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Enjeux Relatifs aux Femmes Autochtones – Akwatisiw. UQAT states that the laboratory has been developed in response to the need for more research projects addressing Indigenous women’s issues, and that it will fulfill a number of objectives, including the creation of a research directory related to Quebec studies concerning Aboriginal women, the identification of research projects relevant to Aboriginal women in Quebec, the analysis of existing government programs, and the study of the role of Aboriginal women in territorial governance and consultation processes. Several organizations have chosen to partner with the laboratory. The laboratory will be led by UQAT School of Aboriginal Studies Professor Suzy Basile. UQAT

UQAT announces creation of new research laboratory on Indigenous women’s issues Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 03:30 03/13/2017 - 03:30

Students who mix the use of alcohol and marijuana experience a significant drop in grades compared to students who drink a moderate to heavy amount of alcohol on its own, according to a new US study. Researchers at Yale University tracked more than 1,100 students at two unnamed colleges in Connecticut over the course of two years, and found that students who drank minimal alcohol and used minimal marijuana had an average GPA of 3.10, while those who drank alcohol earned an average GPA of 3.03. The most dramatic change occurred in students who used both alcohol and marijuana, whose GPAs averaged 2.66. The study notes that these results held even when the students had similar SAT scores. Inside Higher Ed

US study finds that use of alcohol, marijuana together is linked to decline in PSE grades Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 03:30 03/13/2017 - 03:30

Bishop’s University and Brescia University College have signed an MOU that allows students who have successfully completed Brescia’s Preliminary Year Program to qualify for automatic admission into one of Bishop’s undergraduate programs. Effective Fall 2017, the agreement marks the first of its kind for the Preliminary Year Program at Brescia. “We are delighted to partner with Bishop’s in providing this new and effective pathway for our students,” says Marianne Simm, Brescia’s Vice-Principal Students. “Beyond their existing pathways at Western and our affiliate partners, Brescia’s Preliminary Year students, who are predominantly international, will now have the opportunity to pursue their post-secondary education within a similar and intimate, supportive liberal arts environment.” Brescia

uBishop’s, Brescia sign MOU providing automatic admission into undergraduate programs Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 03:30 03/13/2017 - 03:30

“It seems that the changing culture of higher education and the sheer volume of our work have made teaching for administrators as rare as spotting a leatherback turtle,” writes Richard Greenwald for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Greenwald argues that in a world where PSE administrators and professors are becoming more alien to one another, the classroom should be a place that unites them by connecting them with students and the mission of their institutions. Finally, Greenwald suggests that teaching can provide administrators with crucial insight into what is happening at their institution. “Teaching reminds us of the daily grind of education, how it builds class upon class, term upon term, year upon year,” the author concludes. “It provides a perspective that no spreadsheet can replace.” Chronicle (Subscription Required)

Administrators should teach to stay connected to students, school’s mission Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 03:30 03/13/2017 - 03:30

When it comes to predicting success in postsecondary school, a US study has determined that GPA is a better indicator than exam scores for direct entry students. The study, which looked at how high school GPA and exam performance predicted college success among first-time students entering the University of Alaska, noted that for those who delay their college entry, the results become somewhat more dependent on the type of test and their program subject area. The report authors concluded that the study provided initial evidence that high school GPA indicated a readiness for college coursework that was not typically captured by standardized exam scores, and noted that further research could lead to the development of specific grade cutpoints to be used in college readiness indicator systems. Campus Technology | Report

GPA a better predictor of success than exam scores, says US study Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 03:30 03/13/2017 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick has partnered with a vendor of Advanced Reactor power plants to research and develop a safer form of nuclear power generation. The project will specifically focus on the technology known as an integral molten salt reactor, which uses molten salts to generate power more safely than the current reactors by reportedly rendering nuclear meltdown impossible. Research work at UNB is being managed by William Cook, professor in chemical engineering and director of the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research at the university. “UNB students will benefit greatly from exposure to IMSR technology,” says Cook. “Everyone here is enthusiastic to be involved in this Canadian-grown project that holds tremendous potential to drive a new age of clean industrial-scale energy.” UNB

UNB partners with Terrestrial Energy on “zero meltdown” nuclear technology Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 03:30 03/13/2017 - 03:30

Memorial University tells CBC that a second attempt to kick-start construction of its new science building is well underway. The university is now in the process of reviewing bids for the building’s construction, which has a slated total budget of $325M. MUN’s board of regents reportedly expects to see a vendor recommended this Thursday. If accepted, the bid will require final approval from the Newfoundland and Labrador government. A university spokesperson said that the process could be completed in April, at which point construction could begin. CBC

MUN reviewing bids for construction of $325M science building Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 03:30 03/13/2017 - 03:30

Georgian College has chosen the location for its planned campus in downtown Barrie, reports CTV News. The college says that it plans to hold classes inside a 17,000 square-foot building that will be the new home for students of digital photography and imaging, digital video, graphic design, and graphic design production. “We’re excited about the possibilities this will bring, and we eagerly anticipate the first day of classes in September,” said Dean of Technology and Visual Arts Georgian Bill Angelakos in a statement. “This new leased downtown location will provide our students greater opportunities for work-integrated and experiential learning and collaboration with experts in Barrie’s vibrant creative community, as well as space to show and sell their work.” CTV News

Georgian chooses site of downtown Barrie campus Top Ten 03/13/2017 - 03:30 03/13/2017 - 03:30

“Over the past few years, a growing number of universities have warmed to teaching classes linked to today’s celebrities,” writes David Friend for the Canadian Press. Friend highlights the rise of courses such as Washington University’s “Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics,” which began in January 2017 and reportedly filled up almost instantly when registration opened. The author adds that while celebrity courses are not new to PSE, today’s versions now exist in a world where “social media has injected an immediacy into the conversation unlike ever before.” While such courses still have their critics, Friend adds, many professors have embraced them as an effective way of getting young students to talk about relevant social issues. “Let’s face it, Beyonce is a much more influential public figure than the vast majority of our political figures,” says Concordia University lecturer Marc Lafrance. Globe and Mail (CP)

Celebrity PSE courses reflect growing emphasis on media literacy Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 03:30 03/10/2017 - 03:30

The University of Toronto has announced that it will undertake a new initiative aimed at boosting the chronically low number of black students who apply to its medical school, reports the Toronto Star. A new application program directed towards black medical school applicants will be modelled on a similar process for Indigenous students that U of T says has been successful in attracting more applicants. Lisa Robinson, chief diversity officer with the faculty of medicine and a physician at Sick Kids Hospital, explains that students using the program must meet the same educational standards as all other applicants, adding that use of the program is voluntary and that there are no targets or quotas set for students of African or Caribbean heritage. “Our ultimate goal is we’re trying to seek, attract and retain students, faculty and staff who really reflect the diversity of Canadian society and Toronto,” says Robinson. Toronto Star

U of T to introduce new program directed towards black med school applicants Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 03:30 03/10/2017 - 03:30

The field of women and gender studies has always fought to gain and maintain recognition in the academy, writes Lauren McKeon, adding that the urgency of doing so is as clear today as it has ever been. McKeon chronicles the stories of how several women and gender studies programs based in Canada have fought to maintain funding, even in situations where they have “a consistent waitlist and burgeoning enrolment.” According to scholars from the field, women and gender studies—and other disciplines that seek to identify and fight social inequality—are often some of the first programs to be cut for budgetary reasons. McKeon concludes by highlighting professors’ calls for women and gender studies to become a core introductory course for first-year university students, and for the discipline to “break out of the social sciences and influence learning in such disciplines as mathematics, science and business.” University Affairs

Women’s studies programs must fight for existence despite healthy enrolments: UA contributor Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 03:30 03/10/2017 - 03:30

Queen’s University has received $1.2M in funding from eCampusOntario to develop or redesign seven online programs through the New Program Development grant program. The proposals were submitted by Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science and Faculty of Health Sciences, and cover a range of subjects including entrepreneurship and innovation, health leadership, and undergraduate research. “Our successes are a direct result of the expertise and engagement that our faculty and staff bring to the development of these innovative, well-designed courses,” commented John Pierce, Acting Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “Collectively, we remain committed to facilitating a transformative online learning experience for our students, and these new projects will contribute to that.” Queen's

Queen’s to expand, redesign online offerings with $1.2M funding Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 03:30 03/10/2017 - 03:30

Laurentian University and Cambrian College have signed an MOU signaling their commitment to collaborate on projects that enable faculty, students, and staff at both institutions to pursue large-scale research initiatives. The agreement will specifically aim to harness the resources and expertise of the two institutions in order to enhance the educational experience for student researchers, attract and develop top quality professionals, increase fundamental and applied research capacity and income, and strengthen Sudbury’s culture of innovation through postsecondary collaboration. Laurentian | Sudbury Star

Laurentian, Cambrian partner to foster research and innovation in Northern ON Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 03:30 03/10/2017 - 03:30

Participation in an online, goal-setting writing program could help reduce student attrition rates, particularly among those who are most likely to leave early, according to a new report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The study examined the effectiveness of the Future Authoring writing program among entering students at Mohawk College. The program included an online writing assignment that asked students about important aspects of their lives and how their futures could improve if they overcame bad habits and behaviours. The study found that participants in the program had an overall attrition rate that was 3.3 to 4.3 percentage points lower than those in the control group. The effects were more pronounced for students who typically have higher leaving rates, including male students, those enrolled in certificate programs and interdisciplinary studies, and those with lower high school grades. HEQCO | Report

Online writing assignment for entering students can boost retention: HEQCO study Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 03:30 03/10/2017 - 03:30

Camosun College has received $1M—the largest private donation in the school’s history—to support women seeking to complete Red Seal apprenticeships in the trades. A Camosun release reports that the donation brings the total amount raised by the college’s TRADEmark of Excellence Campaign to $7.5M. The funds will specifically support women looking to complete apprenticeships in trades such as welding, sheet metal, mechanical, and construction through the new Camosun Empowering Women in Trades Program. The donation was made by the Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation, and will help women overcome financial challenges that include transportation, child care, living expenses, and the cost of protective clothing and tools. Times Colonist

Camosun receives $1M donation to support women in trades Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 08:41 03/10/2017 - 03:30

While the role of administrator comes with substantial challenges, Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist of Inside Higher Ed state that “you don’t have to choose between being an effective leader and a happy, healthy person.” In order to maintain a work-life balance as an administrator, Misra and Lundquist recommend the following: learn to delegate duties, schedule face time, set clear expectations around online and in-person availability, organize your schedule to clarify and meet priorities, listen to criticism with an open mind, and schedule (and take) holidays that fully remove you from the workplace. Inside Higher Ed

Tips for achieving work-life balance as a busy administrator Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 03:30 03/10/2017 - 03:30

Selkirk College has signed an MOU that cements its collaborative relationship with a major Chinese leader in the ski resort industry. AXIS Leisure Management Ltd is a Beijing-based group specializing in leisure resort project development, whose founder Justin Downes is reportedly a leader from the Canadian industry who is now working on developing the ski industry in China. The new MOU specifically works to solidify cooperation between Axis and Selkirk’s Ski Resort Operations & Management Program. “It’s very encouraging to have a formal agreement signed with Axis and Selkirk College,” says Bob Falle, School Chair of Hospitality & Tourism at Selkirk. “Networking with Justin has been valuable for us as we make connections in the up-and-coming Chinese ski industry.” Selkirk

Selkirk signs MOU with Chinese ski resort leader Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 03:30 03/10/2017 - 03:30

The University of Prince Edward Island has announced that it has tightened its email security in the wake of a recent string of emails targeting a student at Université de Moncton. UPEI Chief Information Officer Dana Sanderson says that there is no way to eliminate malicious activity completely, but adds that the university will start using new filters to recognize what might be suspicious emails. “We balance, of course, the free flow of electronic information against the threat or the risk of anything malicious,” says Sanderson. “What happened at the University of (Moncton) is really an indication of people finding new ways almost every day of exploiting technology. And so as IT professionals we’re trying to always be one step ahead of these threats.” CBC

UPEI looks to tighten cybersecurity in response to uMoncton attacks Top Ten 03/10/2017 - 03:30 03/10/2017 - 03:30

“What is a career in higher education if not a stubborn failure to let go of our obsessive intellectual interests?” writes Joshua Kim in a defense of wanting to work with “unreasonably passionate colleagues.” Kim praises the academic’s tendency to pursue their career “not out of any rational career calculus,” but out of internal motivation and curiosity. As a professor in the world of educational technology, Kim further points to this drive as the source of positive change in higher education, as these professors are “unreasonably determined to leverage technology to increase postsecondary access, lower costs, and raise quality.” Inside Higher Ed

In praise of “unreasonably passionate” academics Top Ten 03/09/2017 - 03:30 03/09/2017 - 03:30

Red River College and the Province of Manitoba have announced that they have partnered on a new Pathway Program to Construction Skills, one of four employment projects being launched by MB. The program will help participants develop essential language skills, safety training, and basic construction skills before they take part in a paid work placement that will provide students with on-the-job experience. “We commend Red River College for its vision in developing this important program, which will link newcomers with employment opportunities and allow them to develop the skills needed to succeed in the workforce,” commented MB Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart. RRC reports that several industry partners aided in the development of the program. RRC | MB | CBC

Red River, MB partner on construction program for newcomers Top Ten 03/09/2017 - 03:30 03/09/2017 - 03:30

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University has introduced three new graduate degrees in fisheries science. Pending approval by MUN’s Board of Regents, the School of Fisheries will deliver a master of science in fisheries science (fisheries science and technology), a master of science in fisheries science (stock assessment), and a doctor of philosophy in fisheries science beginning in Fall 2017. “Our aim is to produce world-leading graduates who can help us understand how we can be as efficient and selective as possible in harvesting and conservation and do it in a more sustainable manner,” said Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute). A MUN release reports that the PhD program marks the first time the Marine Institute has offered a doctoral degree in its 53-year history. MUN

MUN Marine Institute to introduce three new graduate programs in fisheries science Top Ten 03/09/2017 - 03:30 03/09/2017 - 03:30

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has issued a statement condemning an email sent by the University of Ottawa's Dean of Medicine that warned faculty against expressing their political views in public. “One of the key components of academic freedom is the right of faculty to exercise free speech without the university’s censorship or reprisal,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “Historically, the majority of the most famous academic freedom cases involve professors who were unfairly sanctioned for their public comments and actions.” Robinson has asked that UOttawa ask its dean of medicine to retract his comments and to reassure faculty that no action will be taken against those who exercise their academic freedom. CAUT

CAUT calls for UOttawa dean of medicine to retract comments about faculty expressing political views Top Ten 03/09/2017 - 03:30 03/09/2017 - 03:30

Trent University President Leo Groarke says that he stands behind his school’s Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, which generated headlines around the world last week when it reported that the chicken used in Subway chicken sandwiches contained only 50% chicken DNA. Subway has since stated that its internal testing shows that the chicken strips contain 99% chicken DNA, yet Groarke says that he accepts and defends the findings at his school: “At Trent we are proud to champion independent research. Defending good science is one of the key roles of universities in society. We are proud of the work of our Wildlife Forensic DNA Laboratory, its faculty and staff. It is important to stand up for sound scientific findings, particularly when they are unpopular.” Peterborough Examiner | Trent

Trent president backs DNA lab in dispute with Subway over chicken sandwich findings Top Ten 09/25/2019 - 08:47 03/09/2017 - 03:30

First-year university students experience a sharp decline in their mental and physical health, even when they are given pedometers to encourage exercise. This is the conclusion of a recent study performed at the University of British Columbia, which gave pedometers to half a group of first-year students to track their steps and aim for a daily goal of 10,000 steps. The study found that the students given pedometers did not significantly increase their physical activity compared to those who received no pedometer. Further, it found an overall decline in all students' physical activity, health-related quality of life, and psychological well-being. “It’s a common belief that university students of this age are in the prime of their life,” says UBC Okanagan Research Coordinator Paul Sharp. “But in reality, many young adults are going through a transitional period whereby they are experiencing greater independence, exploring new worldviews in love and life, and developing new health behaviours.” UBC

University students not taking time to exercise even when given incentive: UBC study Top Ten 03/09/2017 - 03:30 03/09/2017 - 03:30

Ryerson University has announced the creation of a new research chair in the study and advancement of democracy, thanks to a $2M donation from the Jarislowsky Foundation. “Now is the right time and Ryerson is the right place for a Chair to lead the study of democracy and propose new structures and reforms to meet the emerging challenges of society,” stated Foundation President Stephen A Jarislowsky. “Ryerson University’s reputation for innovation and its deep commitment to an engaged citizenship in Toronto and beyond make it a strategic choice for this impactful position.” Ryerson

Ryerson establishes new Jarislowsky research chair in democracy with $2M donation Top Ten 03/09/2017 - 03:30 03/09/2017 - 03:30

“As universities, we are clearly facing a challenge,” writes Martha Crago, Vice President Research at Dalhousie University. “We need to ask ourselves how we will make our teaching and research relevant, understood and useful to people on both sides of the inequality gap, as well as what to do about that gap.” Crago recounts the experience of living through last November’s US election, and notes that the changing world is introducing new forms of social and political vulnerability that PSE must work to address more directly. Crago also insists that the mission to train critically engaged citizens is more important than ever, adding that, “for the citizenry to elect politicians who are dedicated to the cause of university education and research, we need to make our work, our ideas and our campuses accessible and meaningful to all, not just our students and ourselves.” University Affairs

“Academic elite” must do more to connect with broader publics: Crago Top Ten 03/09/2017 - 03:30 03/09/2017 - 03:30

Keyano College and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology have partnered to offer current students, high school seniors, alumni, and those interested in entrepreneurship an opportunity to hone their business skills. The schools will jointly offer a free course this weekend at Keyano’s Clearwater Campus with support from Alberta Innovates. Some of the concepts explored will be Lean Startup methodologies, customer discovery, and solution development. Other partners on the event include Community Futures Wood Buffalo and Wood Buffalo’s Department of Economic Development. “We are very excited to be partnering with such great organizations to offer this course in Fort McMurray,” says Nermin Zukic, Chair of Keyano's Business department. “As a College, we want to support local entrepreneurs in their journey to success. Whether that is through one of our business programs or through a free skills workshop like Jumpstart, we want to help businesses in Fort McMurray.” Keyano

Keyano, NAIT partner to teach entrepreneurship Top Ten 03/09/2017 - 03:30 03/09/2017 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan held a Building Reconciliation Forum earlier this week as part of its ongoing effort to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “We’re taking more progressive steps and being a leader in this area,” says Dallas Fiddler, President of the Aboriginal Students Union at USask. “Institutions are wondering what steps to take and our university is a leader in this area. A lot of other universities are following in University of Saskatchewan’s footsteps.” Fiddler highlights the introduction of more university scholarships, a daycare for students, and USask’s Aboriginal Student Achievement Program as examples of the positive responses the school has made to the TRC’s recommendations. Fiddler adds that “First Nations, Metis and Inuit are the fastest growing demographic in the province, so if we don’t act now, like the university is doing, we are going to face repercussions and problems in the future.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix

USask holds Building Reconciliation Forum in ongoing effort to respond to TRC’s Call to Action Top Ten 03/09/2017 - 03:30 03/09/2017 - 03:30

“Yes, Ontario has high postsecondary achievement, but are the people who are gaining access to higher education reflective of the broader population?” writes Zachary Rose, executive director of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. Rose reflects on the different barriers faced by different groups, noting that while affordability is a common barrier, others may include experience of systemic prejudice, intergenerational trauma, low expectations from teachers and guidance counsellors, and lack of family supports. “If we fail to be mindful of these diversities,” Rose concludes, “we will continue to leave some students behind, no matter how well intentioned we are.” HEQCO

ON’s non-traditional access strategy must be mindful of diverse groups, challenges: OUSA leader Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

“As targeted racialized academics, we knew we were being forced to accept loss and indignity,” write Aisha Ahmad and Minelle Mahtani of their decision not to attend upcoming US-based conferences due to the Trump administration’s revised travel ban. The University of Toronto Scarborough professors note that with border guards enjoying “an enormous amount of discretion” in detaining travelers, the risks of attending a conference in the US are too high. “One unlucky meeting with a careless border guard can jeopardize the ability of a researcher to complete their fieldwork, and thus risks their commitments made to both funding agencies and global research teams,” the authors add, noting that such a situation undermines global academic communities and “blinds us to the world at a time when we are desperate for truth and light.” Globe and Mail

Travelling to US for academic conferences poses significant risks, write U of T Scarborough professors Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

The University of Guelph recently held “stakeholder labs” as part of a new approach to foster better mental health among its student body. CBC reports that the labs aimed to engage students on their wellness needs through interactive group sessions. The sessions provided the students with an opportunity to talk through their experiences in a supportive setting while providing UoGuelph with crucial feedback for honing its mental health policies and programs. The labs came in the wake of public pressure for the university to do more to support student mental health. UoGuelph has stated that students who were not able to attend the sessions will have other opportunities to give their feedback in the future. CBC

UoGuelph holds “stakeholder labs” for student mental health Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

Alberta has announced that it will give an additional $1M to support a financial assistance program that aims to help apprentices with their training. The $1K individual grants offered through the program are available to apprentices who have not been working in their trade for at least 30 consecutive days prior to the start of training. CBC reports that nearly all of the people who stand to benefit from the program and its increased funding in 2017 will be men, citing numbers from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology that show that only 7% of those enrolled in the apprenticeship program are women. “There needs to be more work done in junior high, high school to expose young women to these different trades and technologies,” said Stevie Fuhrer, coordinator of the Women in Technology and Trades initiative at NAIT. Edmonton Journal | CBC

AB apprentice training award receives $1M boost, CBC questions benefit to women Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

“What are you going to do with your humanities degree? This is a question that almost anyone who has studied the humanities faces at some point from a skeptical relative or friend,” writes Scott Stirrett for the Globe and Mail, who argues against the “all too common narrative” that liberal arts graduates bring little for the workforce. Reflecting on his work with Venture for Canada, an organization that pairs top university graduates with startup companies, Stirrett insists that a diversity of academic backgrounds is crucial to building a successful team. The author goes on to highlight several unique benefits to hiring a liberal arts graduate before advising readers that “next time you see on a résumé someone has studied art history or political science—don’t rule the person out—he or she could be your next great hire.” Globe and Mail

Innovative workplaces require diversity of educational backgrounds Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

A law professor at Dalhousie University tells the CBC that cybercrimes like the one impacting a Université de Moncton student demonstrate a gap that currently exists between technology and current laws. Wayne MacKay argues that even though Canada has instituted a new federal law prohibiting the distribution of intimate images without consent, the law is very difficult to apply. With cases like that at uMoncton, MacKay adds, issues involving jurisdictional boundaries can make laws very difficult to enforce. “Because in the world of cyberspace, there really aren't any boundaries,” he says. “So it's not as simple as it used to be that the crime was committed in a particular country, it's dealt with in a particular country.” However, MacKay adds that there are still steps that Canada can take to seek justice in cases like uMoncton’s. CBC

Law not keeping pace with technology in uMoncton cyberattacks, says Dal law professor Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

When returning to her faculty office after a decade in administration, Deborah Fitzgerald noted one particular difference in her department: “Where did everybody go?” Noting the sudden quiet of the hallways, Fitzgerald discusses the possible reasons behind the vacancy, including technological developments and a cultural push for improved family/life/work balances. The article goes on to discuss the negative impacts this trend can have the academic community, and highlights a number of ways to reverse it. “For most of us, the bricks-and-mortar community has given us an intellectual and physical home, as well as a commitment to serve our students, our colleagues, and our institutions with integrity and energy,” writes Fitzgerald. “In this era of academic stress, we need to revisit those commitments, and figure out how to become a flesh-and-blood community once again.” Chronicle

Bring back the flesh-and-blood academic community, says Chronicle contributor Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

Olds College and Red Deer College have partnered to launch Start Up Saturdays Central Alberta, a program that will teach students and recent graduates entrepreneurship and innovation skills. The workshops in the program will cover ideation, the development of the idea pitch and business model, marketing and branding, financials and pitching to bankers and funders, and a pitch competition. “We have noticed the spirit of entrepreneurship within many Olds College students,” said Olds Entrepreneurship and Innovation Coordinator Karla Petersen. “Partnering with RDC on this initiative allows us to offer the training and expertise that our students need in order to develop an idea, or to bring an existing idea to market.” RDC

Olds, RDC partner on Business Start Up Training Program Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

Fleming College has announced that it will launch a two-semester Personal Support Worker certificate program at its Cobourg campus in September 2017. Students of the program will learn hands-on skills and theory courses related to long term care and community care, with three different clinical placements to provide career experience. “We believe there is a need in the community for additional workers with the appropriate skills to assist an aging population to stay in their homes as long as possible and as they transition to long-term care,” said Fleming Vice-President Academic Judith Limkilde. “Establishing the PSW program here will give us the ability to provide other training for health professionals in the area to assist them in keeping their skills up to date.” CHEX Peterborough | Fleming

Fleming announces that it will offer PSW program in fall 2017 Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

The University of Toronto hopes to unveil two modestly sized residences in the fall of 2018 as part of an experiment to see how it could use laneway housing to build up currently owned property. The project is pending City approval, and current residents of the proposed development area have expressed their desire to ensure that the location’s character is preserved through any construction. CBC reports that the current system for changing laneway housing is “piecemeal,” with property owners needing to file individual applications for City approval. The university will reportedly submit a municipal planning application in the next few months, but Campus & Facilities Planning Director Christine Burke says there has already been “quite of bit of buy-in,” as both the school and the Huron-Sussex Residents' Association approved a neighbourhood plan in 2014. CBC

U of T looks to develop laneway housing for future residence spaces Top Ten 03/08/2017 - 03:30 03/08/2017 - 03:30

Professors at the University of Ottawa’s faculty of medicine have expressed confusion and concern after the faculty’s dean reportedly circulated a memo warning faculty against making “personal or demeaning attacks on celebrities or politicians.” In the memo, UOttawa Dean of Medicine Jacques Bradwejn also advised faculty against expressing “politically charged sentiment” on social media accounts that identify them as a member of the faculty. Bradwejn said in an email to the Ottawa Citizen that the memo “was meant to remind our faculty members that they hold a leadership position in our society and that with it, comes the great responsibility to uphold tolerance and professionalism.” Amir Attaran, a law professor who is cross-appointed to the faculty of medicine, told the Citizen that the memo's instructions would not hold up if they were challenged. Ottawa Citizen

UOttawa dean of medicine warns faculty against expressing “politically charged sentiment” Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

“Over the last decade, students have fled the humanities,” writes Simona Chiose for the Globe and Mail, adding that in response, “universities have cancelled individual courses, or entire specialized humanities programs.” Chiose cites data from Statistics Canada to argue that the downward trend in humanities enrolments is unlikely to reverse itself in the near future, and that faculties and departments are now pursuing permanent adaptations to address the issue. “I think students are searching for connections between the content of their university courses and the significant real-world problems they see playing out every day,” said Frank Harvey, the dean of the faculty of arts and science at Dalhousie. “I remain convinced that a liberal arts degree can help them make a difference.” Chiose goes on to explore some of the ways that arts and humanities departments are looking to keep their courses relevant for students worried about their career prospects after graduation. Globe and Mail

Universities adapting as humanities enrolments decline Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

Women are much less likely than men to be reappointed as faculty deans in Canada, according to a new study by Eric Lavigne, a PhD student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. The study analyzed almost 300 appointment and reappointment announcements between 2011 and 2016, and found that 71% of reappointments were men and just 29% were women. “Women are obtaining these positions in the first instance, but these roles do not seem to hold enough of an attraction for women deans to stay on,” said Lavigne. Times Higher Education reports that in Lavgine's yet to be published study of the “maple career ladder,”  the author also finds that ethnic-minority academics are less likely to be reappointed dean than their white peers. Times Higher Education

Women much less likely to be reappointed deans: Canadian study Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick is preparing for the possibility of a new United States travel ban by declaring that it will treat applicants from affected countries as “refugees.” CTV News reports that the decision means that students from affected nations will have their applications expedited, their application fees waived, and their spaces in UNB residences guaranteed. They will also benefit from special assistance in transferring credits from US-based institutions. Other Canadian universities have already said they would waive applications fees for students from countries hit by the ban. “I think they are lucky to be accepted at UNB and I’m sure UNB will be a better place for them,” said Raghad Agha, an Iraqi student who is studying at UNB. CTV News

UNB to classify students banned by US as refugees Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

Trent University and national non-profit organization Katimavik have signed an agreement that will see the two parties collaborating on a number of initiatives in order to foster intercultural learning between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. In particular, Trent has committed to supporting the relaunch of Katimavik’s Indigenous Youth in Transition program, providing Katimavik access to its educational expertise and service in order to develop better learning approaches and tools, become a formal teaching partner for IYIT programs, and collaborate with Katimavik on ways to accredit Katimavik volunteers’ development experience. In return, Katimavik will promote Trent as a preferred place of learning for Indigenous youth and aid Trent in recruiting Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, in addition to providing Katimavik volunteers for Trent’s not-for-profit organizations. NationTalk

Trent, Katimavik partner on Indigenous youth programming Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

The British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Burnaby Campus has received a ‘jolt’ of funding from British Columbia and Canada that will allow the institution to take on a $46.9M upgrade of its existing electrical infrastructure. BCIT will use the funds to replace its 60-year-old electrical receiving station that powers about half of the Burnaby Campus, including all of the trades education programs based on-campus, in order to ensure uninterrupted operations. BCIT President Kathy Kinloch commented that the funding “also empowers us to move forward with campus planning and developments to enhance student learning and success.” BCIT | BC

BCIT receives funding to replace, upgrade Burnaby Campus electrical system Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

HEC Montréal has announced the creation of the Sales Institute, which is reportedly the first university-level centre in Canada devoted to the field of sales. The Institute will reportedly bring together professors and researchers from HEC with six partners from the private and co-operative sectors. An HEC release states that the goal of the centre is to foster a “sales culture” in Quebec and throughout Canada in order to help both reach their economic potential. “HEC Montréal is acting as a pioneer by creating the first university body devoted to knowledge transfer, training and research in sales,” says HEC Director Michel Patry. “Sales is a misunderstood field that is nonetheless an integral part of the manager’s role. What’s more, there is a clear need for this kind of institute.” As part of this new emphasis on sales, the school has introduced a mandatory course on business development into its BBA program, and will be offering various training opportunities for executives and organizations. HEC

HEC Montréal opens new Sales Institute Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

A strike action by contract faculty and teaching assistants at Carleton University only lasted an hour before a tentative deal was reached yesterday, reports CBC. CUPE 4600, which represents about 1,800 teaching assistants and 1,000 contract instructors, reportedly pursued the strike action due to concerns about salaries and job security. A Carleton release states that classes have resumed and the school is operating as usual. The St Catharines Standard reports that Brock University has also reached a tentative deal with its contract faculty and teaching assistants after two full days of negotiations working with a provincially appointed mediator. CBC | CTV News | Carleton | St Catharines Standard (Brock)

Carleton, Brock reach tentative deals with TAs, contract faculty Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

A confidential report by Toronto city staff alleges that Victoria College used false arguments to offer the city much less money than it should owe in property taxes, reports the Toronto Star. While the report has not been made public, the Star reports that the document advises Toronto city councillors to reject the school's “unacceptable” proposal to pay the city $500K in payments that are not legally required due to the school's legislative exemption from paying property taxes on its land holdings. “Further negotiation and discussion are required to see if the city can reach a satisfactory agreement. Failing that, the treasurer and city solicitor recommend the city approach the province for legislative change,” the report states. Toronto Star

Confidential report criticizes Victoria College’s offer on property tax payment Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

“Students’ demographic markers often offer some of the strongest clues about whether they ultimately succeed or fail in college,” writes Audrey June for the Chronicle of Higher Education, but officials at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro say that combining “hard-core data analysis with an emphasis on the human touch” can help institutions overcome demographic trends in student attrition. The strategy includes identifying key student groups that are at a higher risk of dropping out, as well as the creation of a “Students First Office,” which serves as a first responder for any academic, social, or financial challenges a student might be facing. Chronicle (Subscription Required)

How a US school separates demographics from destiny in student retention Top Ten 03/07/2017 - 03:30 03/07/2017 - 03:30

Recent efforts made by Canadian universities to support international students affected by Donald Trump’s travel ban are not a “kind-hearted gesture,” writes Bilan Arte of the Canadian Federation of Students. Rather, the CFS national chairperson argues that these efforts are “in fact an opportunistic marketing ploy by these institutions to recruit international students as a source of revenue.” Arte explores the financial incentives that drive universities to attract students impacted by the US ban, and provides a list of concrete steps for how schools and Canada in general can provide meaningful support to these students. “If Canada is going to establish itself as the antithesis to Trump’s America, we need more than PR statements—we need life-changing policies from our government,” Arte concludes. CFS

“Holding back my applause”: CFS chair questions university responses to Trump travel ban Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

New Brunswick's minister of post-secondary education, training and labour faced questions last week as to why some of the province’s students were turned down for a tuition access bursary (TAB) due to bad credit. CBC reports that students looking to qualify for the bursary who are over the age of 22 must submit to a credit check before getting approval. New Brunswick Student Alliance Executive Director Robert Burroughs has stated that the credit check acts as an unnecessary barrier to receiving the TAB, considering that the program offers bursaries and not loans. NB Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Don Arseneault has responded that students denied a bursary due to the credit check have the opportunity to challenge the decision, and that “it will take two to three years” for New Brunswickers to fully benefit from the TAB program. CBC

Critics ask why NB’s free tuition program requires credit checks Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

Alberta will hire an external consultant to analyze the province’s postsecondary funding model to support a top-to-bottom review as part of its Future Ready vision, reports the Edmonton Journal. The assessment will reportedly inform a new funding model for AB higher ed institutions as part of a final report that will be released prior to the 2018-2019 budgeting process for AB postsecondary schools. “The tuition freeze is only going to last for one more academic year and we need to make sure that our funding model and our tuition model are in place and out there in the general public so that every university and college can gear up for those new systems when they are in place,” stated AB Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt. Edmonton Journal

AB to hire external consultant to review postsecondary funding Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

A Saint Mary’s program designed to help at-risk youth develop better employability skills has received over $480K in federal funding. The OPtions (Overcoming Poverty) Youth Program works with at-risk youth through employability skill training and work term placements by partnering with local businesses to offer young Nova Scotians opportunities to develop their career skills through mentorship, entrepreneurship training, and on-the-job training. “A clear and pervasive commitment to social responsibility enriches the educational experience of our students, and contributes significantly to their development as active citizens,” said SMU President Robert Summerby-Murray. “Through programs like OPtions Youth, we help our community grow stronger by giving youth the tools and skills they need to fuel their own success.” SMU

SMU receives $480K for program helping at-risk youth find jobs Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

Students at the University of Moncton held a rally last week in support of a peer who became the victim of a hateful and explicit email campaign. CBC reports that an estimated 50 students attended the rally and marched toward the school’s administration building, chanting lines such as “let's stop the emails” and “I am her” in French. Some students have argued that the university should shut down its email system entirely until the sender of the messages is found. Yet uMoncton President Raymond Théberge has replied that “as a university, as a place of freedom of expression, we have to make sure we can keep communicating.” CBC

uMoncton students rally in support of woman targeted by malicious emails Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

The differences in the experiences and opportunities faced by non-tenure track and tenure track faculty members can create enough friction to erode unit cohesion and staff retention, writes Elizabeth Simmons for Inside Higher Ed. Reflecting on her experiences as a dean and as an associate provost, Simmons outlines how senior academic administrators can help make non-tenured colleagues feel valued, rewarded, included, and consulted. Simmons advises administrators to take on initiatives such as providing non-tenure track staff with comparable compensation and workplace facilities, providing staff with leadership and research opportunities, and inviting academic staff to participate in faculty meetings and discussions. Inside Higher Ed

Support non-tenure track staff to improve unit cohesion, retention Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo has become one of four North American universities selected to participate in a new artificial intelligence research program funded by Amazon. As part of the program, engineering students at UWaterloo will use knowledge from classes on artificial intelligence to develop new uses for a voice-activated virtual assistant system known as Alexa. The system uses natural language understanding and speech recognition technology to process voice queries and commands from users. “It’s evolving at incredible speed,” said Fakhri Karray, director of the Centre for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UWaterloo. “These are very exciting times for researchers, product developers and customers.” UWaterloo

UWaterloo selected for Amazon student program to develop AI Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

Queen’s University Senate has approved the closure of the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education programs offered at the institution. The program was temporarily suspended in March 2016. Queen’s notes in a release that the programs were closed for a number of reasons, which include declining interest in physical education programs throughout Canada, fewer opportunities for physical education teachers in the school system, a lack of potential faculty members with doctoral degrees in physical education and pedagogy, and a considerable content overlap with the Kinesiology programs at Queen’s. In light of the closure, Queen’s is evaluating the possible development of an undergraduate certificate program available to all Queen’s students, as well as opening the school's applied, placement-based physical education courses to students in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Queen's

Queen’s announces closure of Physical and Health Education program Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

Ottawa’s Saint Paul University says that it plans to build a new Student Life Centre thanks to the largest donation in the school’s history. Given by the Saint Paul University Oblate Fund Inc, the donation will be used to renovate existing facilities to create a centre for collaboration and innovation in student life and activities. The central meeting place will contain multipurpose rooms for study, multimedia presentations, and exhibitions. The Student Life Centre will also have a student lounge, new offices for the SPU Students’ Association, pastoral services, a reception room for various events, and an outdoor courtyard. “[This gift] will allow us to update the image of our institution and continue to pursue our objective of becoming transformational leaders while maintaining our vision: preparing our students to be the face of change in the world,” said SPU Rector Chantal Beauvais. SPU

SPU receives $3.2M donation to build new Student Life Centre Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

“Colleges and universities, as spaces known for shaping the future and creating change, should be at the forefront of implementing [parental] leave policies for faculty members, grad students and staff members,” writes Whitney Pirtle for Inside Higher Ed. The author writes that schools must be especially mindful of the demands that having children can place on graduate students, who often do not receive the institutional support that staff or faculty members do. Further, Lister argues that institutions must change their “outdated gendered and racialized perceptions of working parents,” offering a series of recommendations on how institutions can move forward on this issue. Inside Higher Ed

Grad students with children need more support Top Ten 03/06/2017 - 03:30 03/06/2017 - 03:30

Concordia University evacuated three buildings on Wednesday after the university received bomb threats targeting Muslim Students. The Globe and Mail reports that the threats, sent by email to Concordia and several media outlets, complained about Muslim students at the school—deeming speeches made at a Friday prayer service “anti-Jewish” and “anti-Christian”—and stated that three bombs would be set off in locations where Muslims students gather on campus. Classes were cancelled for the afternoon while authorities searched the campus, and no signs of explosives were found. “We are shocked that such hateful and violent expression of intolerance has targeted our community. There is no room for such threats in our society,” wrote Concordia President Alan Shepard in a statement. Montreal police have arrested and are questioning a 47-year-old suspect, although CBC reports that it is unclear if he will face charges. Concordia has since reopened its campus. Globe and Mail | Concordia (1) | Concordia (2) | Concordia (3) | CBC

Concordia evacuates three buildings in response to bomb threat targeting Muslim students Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

McGill University will be embarking on nine infrastructure projects, thanks to a $204M  investment from Canada, Quebec, and the university itself along with its partners. The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec will invest nearly $76M in these projects, which combined with $127.6M from McGill and its partners will allow the university to renovate the Montreal General Hospital to improve research, training, and innovation commercialization infrastructure. The university will also renovate and upgrade sustainable material processing facilities at the Wong Pavilion. A federal release notes that the affected facilities are at the core of ongoing research on state-of-the-art materials. “These modern facilities are needed to accelerate discoveries, provide a truly 21st-century education and prepare our students for successful careers as leaders in innovation,” said McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier. Canada

McGill to benefit from $204M infrastructure investment Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

York University and the school’s student federation have condemned the person or persons responsible for leaving swastikas and an anti-Semitic message in one of the school’s classrooms. YorkU’s Samina Sami, executive director with the university’s department of community safety, stated that YorkU immediately contacted police after finding the images. “We stand against all forms of hate, and anti-Semitism is not tolerated on our campuses and does not reflect our value of inclusion,” Sami said in a statement, adding that the defaced areas are being repaired. York Federation of Students President Chenthoori Malankov was also quick to denounce the crime, stating that “It is our firm conviction that the people responsible for this hate crime be held accountable.” The Canadian Press reports that police are currently treating the incident as a case of mischief and not as a hate crime. Globe and Mail | CBC | Montreal Gazette

YorkU condemns swastikas, anti-Semitic statement found in classroom Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

St Francis Xavier University has received an in-kind donation of advanced geoscience software with an estimated market value of $10M US over the next three years. The donation comes from Schlumberger, a major oilfield services company whose software is used by geoscientists to build sophisticated geology models. “The use of sophisticated software is now a critical skill for all students to have in order to compete for jobs in the geosciences,” said Matthew Schumacher, an environmental science instructor in the Department of Earth Sciences and the driving force behind StFX’s new collaboration with Schlumberger. “It is also my hope that the addition of this software can bring new and exciting industry research opportunities to our department.” StFX

StFX receives earth science software donation valued at $10M US Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

“Supporting applied and not-yet-applied research is not just smart but a social imperative,” writes Robbert Dijkgraaf. “However, our current research climate, governed by imperfect 'metrics' and policies, obstructs this prudent approach.” In an argument for the need for more basic and exploratory research, Dijkgraaf reflects on Abraham Flexner, an academic who wrote on ‘The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge’ in the early twentieth century. The article touches on numerous inventions and discoveries that have become foundational in human society—from electricity to quantum mechanics—that were made possible only through basic research. Dijkgraaf ends with a call on science and society to take up a broad dialogue on the importance of basic research in order to draw new minds to research and to secure necessary financial support. Chronicle (Subscription Required)

More basic research and “useless knowledge” needed to advance society Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

Assiniboine Community College’s English language program reportedly faces drastic funding cuts that will require the college to limit enrolment to 100 students, down from 600, and will see seven instructors lose their jobs. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has proposed reducing the college’s funding from $730K in 2016-2017 to $190K in 2017-2018. ACC President Mark Frison expressed surprise at the change, given previous available funding and increasing student numbers, and told CBC that he hopes that there will be a change of mind. The Winnipeg Free Press explains that newcomers need to complete a certain amount of Canadian Language Benchmark levels in order to attain Canadian citizenship, higher paid employment, and postsecondary education. ACC is the only institution in the region that currently teaches levels 5 through 8. Winnipeg Free Press | CBC

Federal cuts threaten ACC English language program for immigrants Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

The University of Fredericton has announced its acquisition of New Brunswick e-learning company Don Sayers and Associates at an approximate value of $5M. A UFred release describes the acquisition as an investment in furthering online health and safety education, both within Canada and globally. UFred has hosted a number of DSA’s online programs over the course of an eight-year partnership, and the online degree-granting school says that it plans to grow this company’s programs in the years ahead. “As an institution, our primary and most significant commitment is to our students and their success,” said UFred President Don Roy. UFred

UFred invests $5M in online health, safety education Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

The Union of Support Employees at Université Laval says that nearly 70 people are currently acting as replacement employees for striking workers on campus. La Presse reports that an inspector from QC’s ministry of labour visited the school earlier this week to assess the allegations made by the Syndicat des employées et employés de l'Université Laval. The inspector is expected to submit a report sometime next week. La Presse also reports that the union recently became aware of nearly 200 contract agents who work sporadically for ULaval. “We are supposed to represent all support staff at Université Laval, without exception,” says Union Advisor Éric-Jan Zubrzycki. The university has stated that it does not wish to comment on the union's allegations until the provincial inspector has submitted a report. La Presse

Up to 70 strikebreakers working at ULaval, employees’ union alleges Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

“My students tell me these workshops are never useful and are a waste of time for both reader and writer,” writes David Gooblar for Chronicle Vitae, describing students’ often-negative reactions to peer review sessions. The most common concern, Gooblar notes, is that classmates are often too wary of offending one another to give useful feedback, adding that “afraid to hurt someone’s feelings, or unwilling to think critically about the writing, or both, students often default to vague and unhelpful praise.” Gooblar seeks to address this common issue by laying out a framework for how to make peer review sessions more productive, which includes written feedback forms with clear breakdowns of the different elements of the writing that is being assessed. Chronicle Vitae

How to get students to stop hating peer review Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

Holland College has announced that it plans to construct a new residence building for 80 students in Charlottetown. The college says that it will acquire seven properties to secure land for the residence, and that the project remains contingent on the City of Charlottetown rezoning the properties to be consolidated and approving them for institutional use. The college adds that if the rezoning goes through, it hopes to start construction in July 2017, with the residence ready to open for September 2018. The total cost of construction is estimated at roughly $7M. Holland states that it will host a meeting to share information and answer questions for nearby residents, in addition to meetings required by the zoning process. Some residents in the affected properties have reportedly said that the announcement came as a surprise and that they are concerned about where they will live if the deal goes through. CBC | Holland | Guardian

Holland announces plans to build $7M residence Top Ten 03/03/2017 - 03:30 03/03/2017 - 03:30

“Parochialism and protectionism are the enemies of enlightenment, progress and discovery, and no institution can expect or continue to be great if it is walled off from the rest of the world,” writes McMaster University President Patrick Deane in a critique of recent developments in US travel policy. Deane notes that the very purpose of universities in the West has been to “protect the unimpeded flow of people and ideas” as a “prerequisite for learning and human advancement.” After exploring the historical context behind his assertions, Deane concludes that “where there is injustice, intolerance or exclusion, there cannot be academic freedom. Universities have therefore a fundamental and essential obligation to oppose bigotry and closed-mindedness in all its forms.” McMaster

Universities must stand up against the “enemies of enlightenment,” says McMaster president Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

Students and staff at ​MacEwan University can now change their genders or names in the university's record-keeping systems, reports CBC. MacEwan Vice-President, General Counsellor and Compliance Officer Michelle Plouffe says that the school made the move so that students would be empowered to “define their own identity,” adding that “some students had raised concerns that the system made it difficult to change to their preferred name or gender marker. … So we're making changes that allow people to be who they are.” The change has drawn applause from Kristopher Wells, director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta, who says that MacEwan’s move “keeps students in schools. When they're actually recognized for who they are it says, you exist, you matter, you have value here. And you're welcome at our post-secondary institution.” CBC | Edmonton Journal

“It keeps students in schools”: MacEwan allows students, staff to pick preferred names and genders Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

La Presse reports that legal uncertainty still persists in the wake of Maple Spring, a 40-day strike that occurred 5 years ago. Reflecting on how Quebec has reportedly never since clarified students’ right to strike, former Cégep de Sherbrooke student and student association external affairs representative Olivier Mercier expressed his concerns that any legislation introduced by the government would tend toward the neutralization of student movement. Recently, a CEGEP student has been compensated over $6K for a “delay in his professional career” caused by the Maple Spring strike five years ago, to be paid by the student association of the St-Laurent CEGEP. The small claims court dismissed the student association’s argument that the strike was the right of freedom of expression. Montreal Gazette | La Presse (Maple Spring)

Five years Later, Maple Spring effects still felt in QC Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has announced more than $51M in new funding for scholars across the country to give researchers the tools they need to conduct cutting-edge research. Canadian Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan announced that the funds will support 223 projects at 39 universities across the country. “Investments in Canada’s research infrastructure, like those we are celebrating today, are incredibly important to our nation’s future,” said Duncan. “They help us to attract and retain the very best scientists and give Canadian researchers the tools they need to perform excellent cutting-edge research, train the scientists of tomorrow and enable innovative new discoveries that improve our environment, economy and communities.” CFI

CFI issues $51M to attract, retain top research talent Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick Student Union has issued a release expressing its concern over the university’s decision to terminate current positions for live-in Residence Life staff, or Dons. According to UNBSU, the school’s Residence Life department is pursuing a restructuring that will see three full-time Residence Life Coordinators replace the Dons, with each managing three to four residences. The restructuring also includes the creation of a Residence Fellow to support students’ academics. The UNBSU claims that the removal of the Dons could negatively impact residence life for students. “The combination of insufficient consultations and weak communications only encourages students' distrust for these changes,” said Katie Beers, UNBSU Vice-President External. “The restructure and its methodology conflict with the needs and wants of students and limits access to support for many of our residence leaders.” UNBSU

UNBSU expresses concern over university’s decision to terminate Dons Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

Okanagan College has announced that it will create a new 6,000 square-foot Indigenous garden. The garden is meant to show the relationship between nature and Indigenous people, its name being a Nsyilxcen word meaning “the things that we do.” The garden will reportedly feature over 50 plants and is the product of close collaborations with local elders, historians, and members of surrounding First Nations communities. “This relationship we have with each other and the natural environment is rooted in being respectful and thankful,” said Okanagan Aboriginal Services Coordinator Anthony Isaac in a release. “We make offerings before we harvest, saying our thanks to the plants or animals for giving their lives for us and never taking too much.” Infotel | Okanagan

Okanagan to create Indigenous garden in prominent campus location Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

Keyano College has announced that it is offering online mindfulness training to all faculty, staff, and students in an effort to support mental health, improve resilience, and increase performance. Next Monday, 5000 members of the Keyano community will be invited to start the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, a program that has been used at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, UBC, WestJet, Coca-Cola, and Harvard Law School. A Keyano release states that the program has been shown by the Sauder School of Business to lower stress, increase resilience, improve teamwork, and strengthen leadership skills. “It’s a dynamic, face-paced environment at Keyano College so we want to support our community as much as possible, especially as we approach the one year anniversary of the fire,” said Debbie O’Halloran, Keyano Chair, Counselling & Accessibility Services. Keyano

Keyano to offer evidence-based mindfulness training to college community Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has received a CRJ100 aircraft for use by the school’s Aerospace programs, courtesy of Bombardier. The event reportedly marks Bombardier’s first donation of a commercial aircraft to an educational institution and symbolizes the company’s commitment to the training of a skilled workforce in Canada. The donated aircraft was originally created by Bombardier for airline operations in 1994, and spent many years in service across Europe before it was retired and transferred to the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus. “Industry partners like Bombardier are at the heart of the BCIT applied learning model,” said Paul McCullough, BCIT Vice President Advancement. “With their generous donation of the CRJ100 aircraft, Bombardier is equipping the next generation of aerospace professionals with an indispensable tool that will give BCIT students yet another competitive advantage upon graduation.” BCIT

BCIT receives CRJ100 Aircraft from Bombardier Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

Fleming College, Trent University, the Fleming and Trent student unions, the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, and PARN: Your Community AIDS Resource Network have partnered on a new campaign called #DoYouTalkConsent? “We want to encourage people to have more communication around sexual consent and what that looks like in practice,” said Amie Kroes, Fleming’s Student Rights and Responsibilities Officer. “Negotiation of consent, specifically in situations where one or both parties have been consuming alcohol, can get complicated. Seeing positive, pro-social messaging around how to negotiate consent in those cases is our goal.” Fleming | PTBO Canada

Fleming, Trent, student groups, and local organizations partner on sexual consent campaign Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

“If we are to see progress on abolishing tuition, we need to look beyond lobbying and start taking direct action,” writes Dylan Fijal, a member of the University of Manitoba Student Action Network. For Fijal, the direct action needed must take place through grassroots democratic organizing, which would see students set up departmental student associates where they do not currently exist. The effort would also involve reenergizing departmental student organizations that have become inactive, as Fijal argues that strengthening student associations and direct democracy at the departmental level will help students build a more democratic campus from the bottom up. By creating these organizations, the author concludes, students would be able to trigger the walkouts and mass protests necessary to effective substantial change and to provide “a taste of what a democratic student movement can do.” The Manitoban

Students need to democratize campus at the departmental level to fight tuition fees: opinion Top Ten 03/02/2017 - 03:30 03/02/2017 - 03:30

British Columbia’s success in attracting international students does not change the fact that the province has “virtually no strategy” to house these students, writes Douglas Todd for the Vancouver Sun. The author reports that the number of foreign students studying in BC has jumped by 44,000 in the past five years, and that four out of five of these students choose to study in Metro Vancouver, which has one of the lowest vacancy rates in the world at 0.7%.  “We have drastically increased demand with foreign students at the same time rental vacancies are almost non-existent,” says Gary Liu, a research scientist and foreign-student tutor who is also a director with Housing Action for Local Taxpayers. “Rents are going straight up. But the provincial government is doing nothing. It’s a gigantic failure on their part.” Vancouver Sun

BC has “virtually no strategy” for housing international students, say critics Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

Officials at Université de Moncton have condemned a series a hateful and sexually explicit emails that were sent to a large portion of the school’s student body this past weekend. The emails reportedly targeted a female student at the school with explicit images and shaming language. Codiac Regional RCMP are looking for a person of interest in connection with the case. “I was utterly disgusted that someone would want to hurt someone so bad and ruin their life,” said Roxann Guerrette, president of the student union FEECUM. The university has also said that it is “outraged” by the emails and that they are investigating how the sender was able to access the school’s student email list. CBC | Journal de Montréal | uMoncton (1) | uMoncton (2)

uMoncton student targeted with hateful, explicit mass email Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

The federal government’s proposal to create a laboratory for future skills development offers Canada a valuable opportunity to give its citizens the skills to succeed in a changing world, writes Harvey Weingarten of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The author finds value in the proposed FutureSkills Lab in part because the organization “focuses squarely and clearly on the importance of skills, particularly those related to success in the workplace.” For Weingarten, such an organization has the power to ask what critical skills workers will require, how these skills will be measured, and how they can be taught and learned effectively. “We often criticize government for short-term thinking and making decisions that only serve to increase its chances of re-election,” Weingarten concludes. “The FutureSkills Lab proposal is an example of strategic, innovative, long-term thinking to create institutions and processes that invest in the long-term future success of its citizens and country. On that basis alone, the proposal is refreshing and courageous.” HEQCO

FutureSkills Lab marks important step on skills development: HEQCO president Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

CEGEPs and college professionals are demanding more money to support students with learning disabilities, citing a sharp increase in the number of diagnoses among incoming students. Parents in the province have been reportedly encouraged to seek diagnoses for children who are experiencing difficulties in order to guarantee them a higher level of school services, and as a result, more young people are arriving at the college level with diagnoses of dyslexia, dysorthography, dyscalculia, attention deficit disorder, and a number of other learning disabilities. The Fédération des cégeps calculates that from 2010 to 2014, the number of students with special needs has increased from 5,000 to over 12,000. According to Suzanne Tousignant, president of the Federation of College Professional Staff, “the services offered in CEGEPs are minimal. Professionals are overworked, and burnout is a challenge.” La Presse

CEGEPs call for increased funding to address surge in students with learning disabilities Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

The Students’ Association of NorQuest College has announced that it will pledge $1M to the college’s Maximizing Opportunities campaign. The funds will support a variety of student services and facilities at NorQuest’s new Singhmar Centre for Learning, which is scheduled to open for fall term classes this year. The $1M pledge includes a previous contribution that aimed to retrofit the current Student Activity Space at NorQuest’s downtown campus, as well as a portion that will be payable over the next 10 years. “These funds will help make the student experience at NorQuest more positive and inclusive. Our expanded space in the new building will allow us to better serve and represent students,” said SANQC Representative Gordon Holub. NorQuest

NorQuest students pledge $1M to support college expansion Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

“Reaching young alumni—literally and emotionally—is a challenge for colleges,” writes Kathryn Masterson for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Masterson reflects on how changes in communication preferences, motivations, and college experiences have brought a shift to alumni relations methods. “Younger alumni—and alumni in general—they’re looking for something different,” notes Temple University VP Advancement James W Dicker. “The traditional things to give to and ways to give are kind of stale.” The article touches on methods that various US postsecondary institutions have introduced in order to better court more recent alumni, such as introducing Alumni-Engagement Officers or increasing the transparency of fundraising so that alumni can see their gifts' destination and impact. Chronicle

Young alumni require different methods of engagement Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

A member of Aurora College's board of governors was asked to resign after writing a letter opposing the decision to phase out the college's teacher education program, reports CBC. “After I sent the letter, it put me in a position where I was not in line with what the Department of Education, Culture and Employment was looking for for the future of the college,” says Lynn Napier-Buckley. “The board falls under the government. So if the government says, 'You need to make these cuts,' they have to support that decision. I couldn't support those decisions and therefore could not stay on the board.” In an emailed statement to CBC News, Aurora Board Chair Kathy Tsetso confirmed that she suggested Napier-Buckley resign, but adds that she did so on the grounds that Napier-Buckley's role as mayor of Forth Smith means that her “personal and/or professional interests compete with or are in conflict with the interests of the institution.” CBC

Aurora board member asked to resign after criticizing education cut Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

The CÉGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles will build on its 20-year history of working in Senegal by taking on two projects with the support of new funding from Colleges and Institutes Canada. The school will continue a project that it first undertook with Cégep Limoilou four years ago to train senior technicians who will work on systems dedicated to irrigation for small-scale agriculture. The second project will see the cégep support the Agricultural Technical School Émile Badiane in Bignona for the implementation of a program in the agro-food industry. The school will use the opportunity to build on earlier work related to the education of trainers following the development of an implementation plan last November. Gaspésie

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles to carry out two new projects in Senegal with CICan support Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

Saint Francis Xavier University has signed a technology collaboration agreement in an effort to commercialize an innovative gas sensor technology invented at the university. For the initiative, StFX will partner with Altus Group for the exclusive worldwide commercialization usage rights of StFX’s vehicle-based ExACT gas leak detection technology, while Altus Group’s Geomatics division will offer ExACT as a service for energy providers and regulators. The patented ExACT technology reportedly allows users to detect and map the emission of ground-sourced greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. “Altus Group is perfectly positioned to make the most of this technology, given its expertise in big data and analytics, and its great people across the country,” says StFX Project Lead Dave Risk. StFX

StFX partners with Altus Group, moving gas sensor technology towards commercial development Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

In light of the current hiring season, Paula Krebs reflects on trends she has seen in today’s faculty candidates and on what she would like to see more of. Among the five trends outlined in the article is an increased awareness among candidates of the postsecondary institution’s identity, and more realistic expectations about working conditions. The article also points out that these applicants tend to have higher levels of experience in lab or clinical settings, online environments, and in the community. On a wish list for future candidates, the author notes that she would like to see qualities such as more experience working with undergraduates, a better understanding of the students the institution serves, and a few lofty expectations to indicate ambition. Chronicle Vitae

Dean reflects on trends in today’s faculty candidates Top Ten 03/01/2017 - 03:30 03/01/2017 - 03:30

Two executives from the Students’ Society of McGill University have reportedly resigned over allegations of Anti-Semitism and sexual misconduct, respectively. The Montreal Gazette reports that Faculty of Arts representative Igor Sadikov has resigned after facing backlash for his recent “Punch a Zionist” tweet. “This is an important victory for Jewish and pro-Israel students and for tolerance in general at McGill,” said Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada. Sadikov will reportedly remain as a member of the legislative council, but will face impeachment next month. SSMU Vice-President (External Affairs) David Aird has also resigned following sexual misconduct allegations that a group of students had posted online. Allegations against Aird have reportedly been circulating since before he was elected in June 2016, and the students who posted the allegations online have reportedly expressed frustration with the SSMU for not addressing the allegations sooner. Montreal Gazette (Sadikov) | Montreal Gazette (Aird) | SSMU

Two McGill student executives resign over separate controversies Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

A new bursary program will help “make sure that New Brunswickers are choosing New Brunswick to come and study instead of maybe going elsewhere,” according to the province’s Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Don Arseneault. Under the new program, a bursary will be offered based on the size and income of a student's family. The NB government has also announced that it will cover the costs of health care for international students. Arseneault said the province wants to mirror what some neighbouring provinces, such as Nova Scotia, now offer. “We are not competing with the guy across the street anymore or the province next door, it's all around the world,” he said. About 9,000 students may be eligible for aid under the new program, which starts on August 1st, 2017. CBC

New NB bursary program aims to keep province competitive, says minister Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

Humber College and the British Columbia Institute of Technology have announced that they will partner to share and expand a first-of-its-kind healthcare-education tool. The agreement will give students from both schools access to the virtual town of Stillwell, where they will follow individual patients throughout their daily lives and address a series of critical incidents as they occur. “What’s remarkable about the characters from Stillwell, is that we’ll be able to integrate them into our state-of-the-art simulation dolls,” says James Rout, Associate Vice President, Education Support and Innovation at BCIT. “This means that when students come to our simulation labs, their robots patient dolls will also have names, backgrounds, and fulsome medical histories—just like they would see in a real hospital.” BCIT

Humber, BCIT partner to expand virtual healthcare education tool Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

Queen’s University will house a state-of-the-art water research centre, thanks to a $5M donation from geologist and resource company entrepreneur Ross J Beaty and his wife, Trisha. The donation will fund the establishment of the new Beaty Water Research Centre, which will bring together approximately 50 faculty and graduate students from a variety of fields. “The real world doesn’t have silos and pigeonholes,” said Beaty. “The real world is a very complex interdisciplinary thing, particularly when you are studying something environmental, like water, which is obviously a very, very complex thing that requires study from many, many different fields.” Queen’s Professor Pascale Champagne, the Canada Research Chair in Bioresources Engineering, noted that the new centre would bring together students and faculty to conduct research on campus and under one roof. The Whig | Queen's

Queen’s to build Beaty Water Research Centre with $5M gift Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

Nova Scotia Community College has indicated its interest in developing a mobile app that will help students from around the world find the information and guidance necessary to enroll and thrive at the school, reports the Chronicle Herald. The school has reportedly issued a Request for Information for an app developer to begin work on the project. “It’s a lot of work when you’re moving to a new country,” says Ashley Pinsent-Tobin, Manager of International Learning (Inbound). “The more information we can provide students (the more it) makes the transition to study here easier and makes them more successful when they’re here.” The Chronicle Herald reports that the proposed app could assist students with issues related to study permits, electronic travel authorization, tuition fee dates, questions about health insurance, and SIN numbers. Chronicle Herald

NSCC looks to build app aimed at supporting international students Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

Holland College has received a combined investment of $4.6M from the Government of Canada and Province of Prince Edward Island for improving and upgrading the facilities at its 84-year-old campus. In particular, the investment will see the college’s research and training space at the Prince of Wales campus in Charlottetown upgraded in order to improve specialized research and training space, improve facilities, and introduce more efficient electrical and mechanical systems. “Holland College appreciates the continued support of our federal and provincial partners,” stated Holland Director, Facilities Management Justin Dunn. “This funding will enable Holland College to perform critical upgrades to the Charlottetown Centre, which will enhance our teaching and learning environments significantly, and improve the building’s energy efficiency.” Canada

Holland receives $4.6M for infrastructure upgrades Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

Saskatchewan’s highest court has upheld Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s right to evict a students’ group from one of its Regina-based buildings, reports CBC. The group in question—Students' Association, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Inc—vacated the building last summer, but appealed to the courts to overturn the eviction. The group was reportedly evicted because it and the school could not come to an agreement over the association’s stewardship of a student health and dental plan. SaskPolytech states that it asked for a new deal because the previous arrangement “did not meet the appropriate threshold for due diligence.” A students' group at the polytechnic's campus in Moose Jaw also vacated its offices last summer after failing to reach a new deal with the school. Currently, student matters in both Regina and Moose Jaw are being handled by the former Prince Albert and Saskatoon students' associations, which have now been combined into a single association. CBC

SK appeal court upholds eviction of SaskPolytech students' group Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

Bow Valley College has announced the launch of its School of Creative Technologies, which will aim to address industry and community demand for graduates with more flexible technology and design training. A BVC release states that the School has been designed to develop programming that inspires interest in technology and design careers among non-traditional audiences. The School currently offers BVC’s Interior Decorating Diploma and is accepting applications for September enrolment in Kitchen and Bath Design, Digital Marketing, and Software Development. “By creating an interdisciplinary learning environment where technology and design professionals work and learn together, the School of Creative Technologies is poised to equip even more Albertans with the skills they need to build successful careers,” said BVC President Laura Jo Gunter. BVC

BVC opens School of Creative Technologies Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia, University of Washington, and Microsoft have announced the establishment of the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative in order to help cities and communities address urban challenges using data. “Thanks to this generous gift from Microsoft, our two universities are poised to help transform the Cascadia region into a technological hub comparable to Silicon Valley and Boston,” said UBC President Santa Ono, referencing Microsoft’s $1M gift to the project. “This new partnership transcends borders and strives to unleash our collective brain power, to bring about economic growth that enriches the lives of Canadians and Americans as well as urban communities throughout the world.” UBC

UBC, University of Washington, Microsoft establish joint centre to address urban challenges Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

George Brown College has announced that graduates of two diploma programs at the college’s School of Fashion Studies will now be able to apply their credits to a degree program in the UK. Graduates who complete GBC’s Fashion Management or Fashion Business Industry programs with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will be able to enter year two of the BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising program at the London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London. “This is a great opportunity for Fashion Management and Fashion Business Industry graduates to receive credit for their courses and complete a degree in fashion with a highly respected institution in one of the world’s fashion capitals,” commented GBC School of Fashion Studies Chair Marilyn McNeil-Morin. GBC

GBC introduces new pathway for fashion students to study in UK Top Ten 02/28/2017 - 03:30 02/28/2017 - 03:30

The Supreme Court of Canada has announced that it will hear two appeals involving Trinity Western University’s law school’s attempt to have its future graduates accredited as lawyers. The Canadian Press writes that the cases brought before the Supreme Court “pit gay and lesbian rights against religious mandates,” as TWU has been accused of discriminating against the LGBTQ community through its community covenant. TWU won an appeal in British Columbia after the province’s law society attempted to deny accreditation for its graduates, but lost a similar appeal in Ontario. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society lost twice in court against TWU and has said it does not plan to appeal. National Post (CP)

Supreme Court of Canada to hear conflicting appeals on TWU law school Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

The Canadian Bureau for International Education has announced the launch of Learning Beyond Borders, a program that partners with Canadian PSE institutions in a coordinated effort to get more students to study abroad. As part of the effort, CBIE has invited educational institutions representing all levels of education, including both postsecondary schools and K-12 school boards, to collectively improve on Canada’s low rates of study abroad participation. A CBIE release states that institutions can get involved by committing to address internal barriers to learning abroad and by participating in peer discussions with institutions across the country. A number of institutions have already joined the initiative. CBIE

CBIE launches Learning Beyond Borders initiative to boost study abroad Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

“It was disappointing to read Dr. Michael Carroll’s characterization of enrolment and research strategies at Wilfrid Laurier University,” writes Deborah MacLatchy, WLU Provost and Vice-President: Academic. MacLatchy’s response to the former dean’s critical editorial in the National Post notes that WLU maintains high admissions standards, with an entering grade average of 83.4% and a student retention rate of 88.7%. The response also highlights WLU’s high employment rate for graduates, as well as the school’s number-one ranking in Maclean’s magazine for student satisfaction in Autumn 2016. The response concludes with a defense of WLU programming that provides additional support and consideration for students with lower grades. On this issue, MacLatchy states, “My colleagues and I are happy to work at a university that is willing to err on the side of student needs and not turn away students who are capable.” WLU

WLU provost responds to National Post editorial on admissions, research practices Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

Students born outside Canada are more likely to enroll in PSE than domestic students, according to a new study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. These students were also more likely to enroll in university than college, a tendency that was especially prominent among students from higher-income neighbourhoods. By contrast, Canadian-born students living in lower-income neighbourhoods were the least likely group to register in a college or university, with nearly 45% of this group not pursuing any PSE. The study also found that regardless of place of birth, course selection and academic performance in Grade 9 courses were major factors driving postsecondary participation. HEQCO | Report

Students born outside Canada more likely to pursue PSE, says HEQCO study Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

Vancouver Community College has partnered with Samsung Electronics Canada Inc to provide students with practical hands-on training on how to operate, diagnose, and service select Samsung digital home appliances. The partnership will fall under the banner of the Samsung Tech Institute in Canada, which created the Samsung Tech Institute at Centennial College in 2015. Graduates will be certified Samsung Home Appliance Technicians upon completion of the program and will receive an Award of Achievement from VCC. “At VCC, we’re always looking for innovative ways to meet the needs of industry, and this partnership presented the perfect opportunity,” said VCC President Peter Nunoda. “The exclusive framework of knowledge students will receive and first-hand exposure to the Samsung brand and technology will directly impact the careers of our graduates.” VCC

VCC partners with Samsung Tech Institute to offer product-specific training to students Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

International students studying in the US say that they would like their professors to make more of an effort to better understand students’ diverse perspectives and to offer helpful feedback, according to a new US-based study. A survey of 662 international students at 23 colleges and universities found that many of these students want their professors to provide more feedback (35%), seek to understand international students’ perspectives (33%), make classroom materials available after class (32%), provide examples of completed assignments (32%), and provide non-US examples in course contents (28%). The study notes that due to the fact that 12% of surveyed students were native English speakers, their presence could have skewed some of the survey’s overall figures, such as the percentage of respondents who said they would like their professor to speak more slowly or clearly. Inside Higher Ed

US study looks at what international students want from their professors Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

IP Osgoode, the intellectual property law and technology program at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, has partnered with the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation to expand student-focused innovation. The new initiative will reportedly aim to support start-up companies, entrepreneurs, and inventors with business issues relating to intellectual property. “We believe the time is right to take the Innovation Clinic to the next level,” said IP Osgoode’s Founder and Director, Giuseppina D’Agostino. “Things are working well here, and we think they can also work elsewhere. Our goal is to help under-resourced inventors make their ideas come true and go to market.  We are grateful to CIGI for helping us in this endeavour, and we’re delighted that this collaboration with CIGI will allow us to continue to offer our students a unique experiential learning opportunity.” YorkU

YorkU’s IP Osgoode, CIGI forge new partnership to boost innovation Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

“The question of transgender students’ rights has provoked a national debate, but little has been heard from the people at the center of the controversy,” writes Lee Gardner for the Chronicle of Higher Education. In an interview with Gardner, Northern Illinois University Assistant Professor Z Nicolazzo discusses the difficult realities facing transgendered students in PSE, particularly after the White House’s recent decision to rescind a number of protections given to these students by the previous administration. Nicolazzo discusses how many transgendered students think of virtual landscapes and the internet in general as a better place to build community than the physical world, the pitfalls of administrative attempts to quantify the number of transgendered students at a school, and the shortcomings of nondiscrimination policies. Chronicle (Subscription Required)

US professor explores harsh challenges facing transgendered PSE students Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

Web development bootcamp provider Lighthouse Labs has gained Private Career College status in Ontario. A Lighthouse Labs release states that one of the first steps the company took after its Toronto opening was to apply to become a Private Career College, a status that now makes the school eligible for Second Career Ontario, the Canada Ontario Job Grant, and eventually, the Ontario Student Assistance Program. The status also commits Lighthouse Labs to ensure that its refund policy, code of conduct, and dispute resolution process comply with the Private Career College Act, with the college submitting financials to the ON Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development every year. Lighthouse Labs

Lighthouse Labs software development school gains Private Career College status in ON Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

Four months after revealing a $100K debt, the University of Northern British Columbia student society has announced that it is financially stable and on track to recover from its debt, thanks to long-term planning and short-term cuts. Northern Undergraduate Student Society President Arctica Cunningham said that the group has made cuts to some salaries and events in an effort to stabilize the society, and that it was able to use a loan from UNBC to pay the City of Prince George for the U-Pass system. Cunningham said the society has worked with the business community and UNBC to draft a four-year plan to help manage the budget and to create debt management and purchasing policies to guide future boards. UNBC

UNBC student society tables plan, gets help from university to tackle debt Top Ten 02/27/2017 - 03:30 02/27/2017 - 03:30

Education students in Nova Scotia will not have their graduation dates impacted by the work-to-rule job action taken by the province’s public school teachers, reports CBC. The teachers initially refused to accept education students into their classrooms when the work-to-rule action began in early December 2016. Yet after the passing of Bill 75 and an imposed contract ended the job action, the president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union said teachers would again observe the provision of the Education Act that ensures in-class practicum opportunities for student teachers. NS Education Minister Karen Casey has stated that all parties involved in coordinating the placements are now working together to “ensure that those young, soon-to-be teachers are welcome in our schools and have a placement that will certainly give them the guidance and direction, and they will learn from that teacher what makes a good teacher.” CBC

NS education students resume practicums as province’s teachers end work-to-rule Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

The New Brunswick government has announced that it is creating a program to provide assistance for postsecondary students from middle class families. CBC reports that the government faced criticism last year when it introduced its Tuition Access Bursary for students from families making less than $60K per year, as the cutoff point was seen as being too punitive for families that made only slightly more than the $60K threshold. The new Tuition Relief for the Middle Class program will pay a portion of tuition depending on a family’s size and income. The program will be implemented for the upcoming year and will only be available for those students attending public institutions from families who make more than $60K. CBC

NB to introduce tuition assistance program for middle-class families Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

“Now, there are lots of ways to respond to budgetary shortfalls caused by declining enrolments,” writes Wilfrid Laurier University Professor and former Dean of Arts Mike Carroll for the National Post, adding that one method is to lower the minimum entering average (MEA) required of students in order to receive more provincial funding. The author suggests that Ontario should find a way to change the incentive structure that currently encourages universities to make this move, adding that “[m]aking provincial funding dependent on measures of student success, like retention rates and graduation rates, would be a start.” Carroll concludes by calling on the provincial government to ensure that any university that lowers its MEAs in order to enroll more students must have the necessary resources in place to support these students. National Post

Former dean weighs in on incentive for universities to lower entrance standards Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

A cross-national research team led by researchers from the University of New Brunswick has received $5M from the Terry Fox Research Institute to help find better treatments for people with multiple myeloma. The study will be led by UNB Professor Tony Reiman, and includes researchers from centres across the country, including the University of Calgary. “Hope is what sustains all myeloma patients,” commented research participant Susan Collins. “Research offers hope for a cure.” “This is our first pan-Canadian study led from New Brunswick and we congratulate Dr. Reiman and his team for bringing together this talented group,” commented Victor Ling, Terry Fox Research Institute president and scientific director. UNB | Globe and Mail

Terry Fox Research Institute invests $5M in research effort lead by UNB Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

York University and IBM Canada have reportedly formed Canada’s first academic-industry partnership in Disaster and Emergency Management. IBM contributed $1.8M to accelerate the Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation at YorkU. ADERSIM will reportedly combine YorkU’s big data and research with IBM’s analytics capabilities in order to meet Canada's demands in emergency management and public safety. “ADERSIM is a big step towards drastically improving disaster and emergency planning in a way that could impact the safety of all Canadians,” said IBM Canada VP, Manufacturing, Development & Operations Pat Horgan. “This is a significant initiative, and we are proud to be part of it.” The project received a total of $5M from IBM, YorkU, NSERC, and the Ontario Research Fund. YorkU

YorkU, IBM Canada announce partnership in disaster and emergency management Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

Hamilton police have announced that a high-quality printer stolen from Mohawk College last November has been recovered. Police added that at the time of discovery, the printer was being used to produce fraudulent driver's license cards, health cards, birth certificates, social insurance cards, credit cards, and counterfeit money. The police reportedly happened on the printer by chance after being called to a Hamilton residence on an unrelated matter. In addition to the two individuals arrested for the printer’s theft last year, two more were arrested at the time of the printer’s discovery. The printer has since been returned to Mohawk. Hamilton Spectator | Guelph Mercury

Police recover stolen Mohawk printer used in counterfeit operation Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

A group of Queen’s University students is working to match students and companies for freelance work. Queen’s students Morgan Roff and Paul Everitt are both working with Connectiv8, a digital platform that Roff—a co-founder—says will allow students to find freelance projects that they can complete for a business. The initiative is part of an effort to address a brain drain, or what employers describe as a lack of access to qualified Queen’s students once they graduate. Roff notes that unlike an internship, the opportunities provided through the program are “the kind of thing that they [students] can do while in school.” Some of the freelance projects that students have worked on include web design, web development, updating websites, logo design, sales, e-commerce, electrical engineering, and marketing projects. Kingston Whig-Standard

Queen’s students create service platform matching students with paid projects Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations has called for faculty, students, staff, and concerned citizens from across Ontario to participate in a campaign to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty. Set for March 3, the group will take to Twitter to build on the efforts made during Fair Employment Week, a week-long initiative that took place in the fall of 2016 to promote fair work practices. Throughout the day of action, university and college community members will be invited to send their Boards of Governors a message about their priorities for the institution, including improving contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students. OCUFA

OCUFA to host “Twitter day of action” to support contract faculty Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

Anti-Semitic posters expressing doubt about the number of Jewish people killed in the Holocaust were reportedly found on windows and doors at the University of Calgary campus earlier this month. The Calgary Herald reports that UCalgary Students’ Union President Stephan Guscott condemned the posters and called for a positive response from students, noting that “these posters can throw people off and make them feel unwelcome, but what’s even more important is the response of the students, that amounts to supporting one another.” In a statement, the university noted that “along with a commitment to free inquiry, open debate and diversity of opinion, the university is committed to sustaining a safe, healthy, inclusive and respectful academy that supports excellence in teaching and research.” Calgary Herald

Posters questioning the Holocaust appear on UCalgary campus Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

“In my view, the best evaluations are those that identify problems where they exist, but also the ways and means of encouragement that can lead to improvement,” writes Robert O’Kell, professor emeritus and dean emeritus of the faculty of arts at the University of Manitoba. While some faculty members and administrators might demand that chronic underperformers be called out for their lack of productivity, O’Kell argues from personal experience that weak performance is almost never a matter of laziness or selfishness. O’Kell then delves into some of the reasons why certain faculty members might be seen to underperform. University Affairs

Performance reviews should be used to encourage, not punish: opinion Top Ten 02/24/2017 - 03:30 02/24/2017 - 03:30

“BC Budget 2017 is big on talk of putting money back in people’s pockets, but when it comes to BC students and their families, it’s short on action,” according to the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators and the BC Federation of Students. An FPSE release criticizes the province's budgeted increase of 1% for PSE operating grants, calling it “effectively stagnant” and arguing that because of it, “students and their families will be left footing more of the bill next year.” While it commends the government’s decision to lower interest rates for student loan repayments, it adds that BC must offer a “comprehensive needs-based student grant program” to address the growing issue of student debt. FPSE President George Davison further adds that the government must move beyond infrastructure investments, stating that “this cash infusion doesn’t do anything to address the past 15 years of declining operational funding or the growing unaffordability faced by students.” FPSE

Postsecondary educators, students take aim at BC budget Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

McMaster University has released a new report designed to identify and combat on-campus Islamophobia. Produced by McMaster’s Equity and Inclusion Office, the report looks to acknowledge the marginalization of both Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims on campus. Equity and Inclusion Office staff members Raihanna Hirji-Khalfan and Khadijeh Rakie were tasked with undertaking the initiative as part of the office’s education portfolio. “We wanted to be proactive in acknowledging that the demonization and marginalization of Muslims, and those perceived to be Muslim, has normalized a culture of Islamophobia where people feel justified in their discriminatory words and actions,” say Hirji-Khalfan and Rakie. “This reality makes it difficult to seek help or even name Islamophobic incidents when they occur.” McMaster

McMaster releases report to challenge Islamophobia on campus Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

Victoria College at the University of Toronto says that it expects to reach an acceptable resolution to an ongoing debate about the institution’s exemption from paying municipal property taxes. The exemption reportedly dates back to a 1951 piece of provincial legislation that exempts the institution from paying taxes on several tracts of highly valued land, even if this land is being used for commercial purposes. City staff estimate the Victoria exemption cost taxpayers $12.2M million between 2009 and 2015. “We are confident that we will able to come up with a resolution that is acceptable to both sides by the September deadline,” said William Robins, the English and medieval studies professor who heads the federated college. “We understand and respect the fiscal pressures that the city of Toronto is facing.” Toronto Star | Globe and Mail

U of T’s Victoria College confident it will reach deal with Toronto over property tax exemption Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia’s student newspaper says that after a years-long court battle, it has obtained a copy of the grading rubric for the essay portion of the school’s admissions exam. Maclean’s reports that the effort first began in 2013, when student journalist and editor at The Ubyssey newspaper, Geoff Lister, inquired into a new admissions system that UBC had introduced. The ongoing battle to access the rubric only ended when an anonymous source reportedly gave the paper what appears to be a copy of the grading rubric. UBC has not confirmed whether the rubric is genuine, and UBC Director of Undergraduate Admissions Andrew Arida has stated that “releasing the [broad-based admission] application scoring guides would allow prospective students to tailor their answers and compromise the authenticity of the response to meet UBC's requirements.” Maclean’s | CBC

UBC student newspaper reportedly obtains rubric for admissions essays after years-long effort Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

Representatives from Université de Québec à Montréal and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre recently participated in a mission to China to celebrate the inauguration of Maison de Montréal. The Shanghai-based initiative aims to develop exchanges between professors and students of UQAM and the SHNU, to enable SHNU students to take management courses in French, and to serve as a showcase for Quebec’s educational advantages. A UQÁM delegation will reportedly visit Shanghai in the near future as part of this partnership. UQÁM

UQÁM, Shanghai Normal University celebrate inauguration of Maison de Montréal Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

The skills developed while taking a PhD program may prepare students for the world outside academia better than many might realize, but a number of colleges are adjusting their curriculum to offer even better support for these graduate students in times of transition. Briana Mohan of IHE discusses how a PhD program forces students to develop time-management and self-care strategies that make up the invaluable capacity to handle the “fast-paced working environment, shifting priorities, multiple stakeholders, and competing deadlines” found in many careers. Vimal Patel of the Chronicle highlights a number of curricular changes that US colleges have made in an effort to better prepare humanities doctoral students for careers outside of academe. These changes range from the introduction of new seminars on non-academic, field-related careers to deliberately embedding career skills in established courses. Inside Higher Ed | Chronicle

Preparing the PhD for the non-academic working world Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

The Université de Sherbrooke has been awarded a total of $12M for three infrastructure projects: the optimization of its research buildings' energy efficiency; investment in two solar parks; and the building of a research complex studying hydrology, hydraulics, and the environment. $9.28M was invested by the Government of Canada and Government of Quebec, while the remaining $2.85M will be contributed by the university and other partners. “Our commitment is clear: do everything possible to help our students and professors accomplish great things,” commented QC Minister of Higher Education Hélène David. “We are making significant investments in the development of our higher education facilities, thereby ensuring that future generations have access to state-of-the-art infrastructure.” USherbrooke | Newswire

USherbrooke receives $12M for research and innovation infrastructure projects Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

Students at Western University will gain an extra week away from classes when the school institutes a new fall reading week, reports the London Free Press. School officials say that the new reading week is designed to help students reduce stress, boost academic performance, and improve their life-study balance. A campaign for the new reading week was reportedly spearheaded by Western’s students, who circulated a petition that received nearly 6,000 signatures in support of the move. “What we’re seeing is five weeks into class, most students are hitting their peak of stress and anxiety,” said Jamie Cleary, vice-­president of the University Students’ Council. John Doerksen, Western’s vice-provost of academic programming, added that with most courses running one semester, students need a block of time to complete major projects and prepare for exams. London Free Press

Western to add fall reading week in 2017 Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

The University of Alberta’s has added a major resource to its radiation therapy program by officially opening a unique training facility, reports the Edmonton Journal. Located in the basement of the Cross Cancer Institute, the facility simulates the experience that students will have as radiation therapy practitioners in the health system. When using the suite, students are able to learn how to use the equipment to deliver radiation treatments, and practice with deactivated equipment on actors and cancer institute volunteers who play the role of patients. Video and audio equipment allow students to record their performance and watch it afterwards. “What we have built here will enable our students to go onto the clinical floor with significant training in how to use the technology and then how to manage the patients,” said Sandy McEwan, chair of UAlberta's department of oncology. Edmonton Journal

UAlberta bolsters radiation therapy training with new facility Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

Red River College and the Manitoba Métis Federation have announced that a bursary fund designed to support Métis students has raised $1.2M. The announcement was made on Louis Riel Day in recognition of the bursary’s namesake. Since 2014, the MMF and Manitoba government have each contributed $600K to the RRC-based bursary, which supports eligible Métis students enrolled in certificate, diploma, or degree programs. “The Manitoba Métis Government has been privileged to help Métis students reach for and achieve their educational aspirations,” says MMF President David Chartrand. “We know education is key to building capacity within the Métis nation and we are pleased to continue our work and partnership with Red River College.” RRC | Winnipeg Sun

RRC raises $1.2M for bursary to support Métis students Top Ten 02/23/2017 - 03:30 02/23/2017 - 03:30

A new project led by a Concordia University professor is looking to expose students and community members to hateful speech in an effort to build resistance to radicalization, reports Simona Chiose of the Globe and Mail. For the past year, a team of researchers from across Canada has been working to design tools and classroom experiments that help students talk about hate in a pluralistic society. “What we want to do is to begin conversations between groups of people who may not agree with one another on issues of political and social import,” says Concordia Associate Professor of Education Vivek Venkatesh. “We need to learn how to hate in a pluralistic society—this is something that our project is trying to allow multicultural societies to express.” Globe and Mail

Concordia program looks to build resilience through exposure to hateful speech Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

Members of the University of Calgary community recently came together with City of Calgary leaders and community partners to celebrate the launch of a new municipal project designed to foster social innovation. Named Civic Innovation YYC, the initiative aims to make government more open, innovative, and transparent by fostering collaboration between the city and its citizens, businesses, and stakeholders on new ideas that can improve city services. The launch was hosted at UCalgary’s Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and featured a night of discussion on how to further the initiative’s goals. “We were thrilled … to see so many people come together with energy and enthusiasm, as engaged citizens, freely sharing their ideas on how to make our city an even better place to live and work,” says Diane Kenyon, UCalgary’s vice-president of University Relations. UCalgary

Calgary looks to UCalgary for inspiration, support with new innovation project Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

“Canada needs all of the arts, social sciences and humanities to build an inclusive, innovative, democratic and prosperous society and economy,” writes Christine Tausig Ford of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, adding that the federation welcomes the federal government’s recognition of the role that these disciplines play in the country’s prosperity. With an eye toward the 2017 federal budget, Ford suggests that the government ensure that inclusivity is a key theme of their approach to both the economy and society at large. To this end, Ford asks that the government develop a long-term plan for sustained, predictable, multi-year investment in fundamental research through the federal granting councils, as well as more meaningful, paid work-integrated learning experiences for students of the arts, social sciences, and humanities. Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Budget should reflect that humanities, social sciences are key to resilient economy Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

What started out as a quirky hobby for a student at Olds College has turned into a entrepreneurial venture in mushroom growing, reports CBC. 21-year-old Alex Villeneuve says that he first began growing mushrooms in his dorm room closet using the waste barley that was left over from brewing batches of beer. Now in his final year of Olds’ brewmaster program, Villeneuve says that faculty and administrators at his college quickly helped him turn his project into a full-fledged mushroom-growing facility, which he says will soon be supplying markets and restaurants across Alberta. Jason Dewling, vice-president of academics and research at Olds College, has commended Villeneuve’s efforts, saying that “seeing Alex take advantage of value-added agriculture, and then taking waste from that value-added in the brewery, and then turn it into another monetizing product, is exactly what we want to be contributing back to Alberta.” CBC

Olds student creates mushroom-growing business using waste from beer brewing Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

“No recent moment in Quebec’s highly romanticized history has been glorified as much as the Maple Spring,” writes Konrad Yakabuski for the Globe and Mail, but the author argues that “the true legacy of the Maple Spring has been the political paralysis of the provincial government and the most underfunded universities in Canada.” The author highlights the fact that on average, tuition fees in QC account for only 15% of university revenues, and compares this to Ontario, where tuition accounts for nearly one-third of these revenues. Yakabuski adds that even while current QC Premier Philippe Couillard has vowed to reinvest in the postsecondary system, the funding will not be enough to reverse the damage done by years of insufficient revenues. Globe and Mail

QC’s Maple Spring has left a questionable legacy, writes Globe contributor Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

CFS-FCÉÉ says that the federal government's write-off of an alleged $178.4M in student loans indicates a “need for immediate change.” The group states that this recent action brings the total amount of unrecoverable student loan write-offs since 2012 to $961.4M. “It’s time for Canada to turn the page on soaring tuition fees and mounting student debt by moving towards a universal system of public post-secondary education,” says CFS National Chairperson Bilan Arte. “No one should be forced to declare bankruptcy as a consequence of pursuing higher education or skill training.” The release references the federation’s National Lobby Week, where MPs and Senators were presented with the students’ vision for postsecondary education. CFS-FCÉÉ

CFS says government write-off indicates “Need For Immediate Change” Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

“Very little has been written on jealousy in academic life, and yet, anecdotal evidence suggests that it is prevalent in our profession,” writes Jay Daniel Thompson in an examination of jealous academics. Thompson discusses how academe’s current employment conditions and various other aspects of the industry can contribute to jealousy, and describes how this jealousy can impede an academic’s own success by consuming valuable time and energy. The author recommends accepting the feeling of jealousy when it arises, recognizing that the industry is a highly competitive one, and refocusing on one’s own academic career. Thompson further cautions academics to protect their reputation by refusing to engage in unprofessional comments about other academics, and to develop interests outside of the academy. Chronicle

Getting rid of counterproductive jealousy in the academic workplace Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

The College of New Caledonia is reportedly set to increase student tuition fees by 2% this fall to help offset inflation on fixed expenses like gas and hydro services, reports MyPrinceGeorgeNow. Fees at the school reportedly fall $300 below the BC tuition average, and CNC President Henry Reiser states that the school can no longer afford to hold off on the increase. “What happened a number of years ago was that a decision was made not to increase tuition by 2% and by compounding, the college fell further and further behind,” said Reiser. The Board also agreed to increase tuition for its new Dental Hygiene program, raising it to $28.7K. A CNC release states that this cost makes the program the second most affordable of its kind in BC. MyPrinceGeorgeNow | CNC

CNC to raise tuition 2% in September 2017 Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

Possible fines and a criminal record are among the punishments being considered for UK university students who are caught submitting papers purchased from essay mills, reports the Telegraph. The British government is reportedly considering these punishments as part of a broader strategy to combat a rise in “contract cheating,” which refers to students’ purchasing and submitting essays written by professional contractors. Last month, the Telegraph reportedly revealed that upwards of 20,000 students enrolled at British universities were paying up to £6,750 for essays in order to obtain degrees. “Essay mill websites threaten to undermine the high quality reputation of a UK degree so it is vital that the sector work together to address this in a consistent and robust way,” said Universities Minister Jo Johnson. Telegraph

UK proposals suggest that students caught plagiarizing face fines, criminal record Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

Cape Breton University and its faculty have ratified a new collective agreement. CBC reports that a key issue in the ongoing contract talks was a clause that gave the university the ability to lay off faculty members in a financial emergency, or if CBU needed or wanted to shut down a program. The faculty association said late last month that both sides had come to an agreement on the clause with the help of a provincial conciliator. Calvin Howley, vice-president of the faculty association and a member of the negotiating team, said members are relieved the contract dispute has reached a conclusion. CBC

CBU, faculty ratify new contract Top Ten 02/22/2017 - 03:30 02/22/2017 - 03:30

Montreal has much to celebrate in being recently named the top city in the world for students, writes McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier, but the city and its institutions still have much work to do to make the most of “an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill the potential of Montreal to draw talent from around the world.” Fortier highlights an aging domestic population as one of the most urgent reasons why Montreal needs to attract more immigration. The McGill principal adds that the city will also need to attract the world’s very best talent in order to maintain a vital society and strong workforce. “However, despite our city’s considerable attractions,” Fortier notes, “despite the clear benefits that international talent brings, Montreal and Quebec have room to improve.” The author offers a number of options to help Montreal move forward, which include the creation of a coordinated talent recruitment and retention strategy. Montreal Gazette | McGill

Montreal must build on success to recruit top talent: McGill principal Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

York University is poised to benefit from a combined investment of $113M from Canada, Ontario, and the university itself. A YorkU release states that the funds will be used to modernize labs in the Faculties of Science and Health, create a new building for the Schulich School of Business, and boost energy-efficient cooling and power for 85 buildings at the university’s Keele Campus. The Canadian government is slated to provide $40.8M through its Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, while the Ontario government will provide $6.6M. YorkU will invest additional funds of more than $65M to bring the total funding to $113M. “This funding will ensure that our researchers, faculty and students have the resources they need to conduct cutting-edge research that will position Canada as a leader in science, health and business innovation,” said YorkU President Mamdouh Shoukri. YorkU

YorkU to see $113M investment in campus infrastructure Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

La Cité has announced that it has joined the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie as an associate member. The Agency is reportedly the largest network of francophone postsecondary institutions in the world, bringing together more than 800 academic institutions in more than 100 countries. Under this agreement, students, teachers and researchers at La Cité have access to a wide range of services and resources. In addition to pursuing higher education in French, students will have access to a mobility grant enabling them to pursue part of their studies abroad in a member institution of the AUF and to access teaching resources and scientific studies, among other advantages. La Cité

La Cité joins world’s largest network of francophone postsecondary institutions Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

A new US-based study suggests that PSE might not be the economic equalizer that many believe it to be, reports Inside Higher Ed. After controlling for a number of factors, including the competitiveness of the college attended, the study found that the economic impact of college—in postgraduation wages—is strongly tied to the incomes of students' families, with students from wealthier families earning more than others. Study co-author Dirk Witteveen says that he believes the advantages of wealthier families pay off when parents assist their children in post-graduation job searches, noting that when “parents are better connected, they may set their children up in cities with jobs. They may be people like those doing the hiring. These are all circumstantial class-related resources.” Witteveen refers to these advantages as examples of “parental bridging.” Inside Higher Ed

“Parental bridging” among top reasons why US higher ed is not a social equalizer Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

Georgian College has announced that it will implement a series of operational decisions designed to balance its budget. The Barrie Examiner reports that these decisions include laying off administrators, reassigning teaching faculty, and selling the school’s Kempenfelt Conference Centre to help make up for an $8.6M shortfall in the now-balanced budget of roughly $195M. “We've made good decisions to sustain our future,” said Georgian President MaryLynn West-Moynes. “There are a number of moving parts in this, but one of the things that we wanted to do in this structure change was flatten the organization.” Terry Heittola, president of Local 350, notes that the union “has expressed and will continue to express concerns about how these structural changes will affect students and the quality of education delivered at the college.” Further details about the planned changes can be found at Georgian’s website. Barrie Examiner | Georgian

Georgian makes moves to offset $8.6M shortfall, balance budget Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

Online education courses are not the cost-saving measure that some higher ed stakeholders make them out to be, according to a new US-base study. The survey found that most colleges charge students the same or more to study online, and thatwhen additional fees are included, more than half of distance education students pay more than students attending in-person classes. The survey also found that the higher prices paid by students are connected to higher production costs. Researchers asked administrators in charge of distance education at 197 colleges to consider 21 components of an online course, such as faculty development, instructional design and student assessment, and how the cost of those components compares to a similar face-to-face course. The respondents indicated that nine of the components cost more in an online course, while 12 cost roughly the same. Inside Higher Ed

Running course online may be more expensive than in-class model: study Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

“After putting in the time, money and energy to complete a degree, it can be extremely discouraging to realize you no longer want to work in that industry,” writes David Tal for the Financial Post. The author notes that going back to school to take a new program will not be an option for many, and so he offers a series of steps that recent graduates can take to pursue a career path that is not related to their degree. These steps include reflecting on what makes the person happy, identifying prior skills, volunteering, and networking. “While making the switch is difficult, it’s not impossible,” concludes Tal. Financial Post

What to do when you are no longer interested in what your degree has trained you for Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

Carleton University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ashbury College aimed at enhancing student experiences by identifying areas of collaboration. Among the initiatives included for consideration in the MOU are the appointment of a member of the Carleton community to Ashbury’s board, the creation of opportunities at Ashbury to engage Carleton co-op students, and an offer by Carleton to give special consideration for select Grade 12 students at Ashbury. “Carleton and Ashbury share a commitment to education and a dedication to the local community,” said Christopher Carruthers, chair of Carleton’s Board of Governors and a life governor of Ashbury. “This agreement creates a framework for our two institutions to collaborate going forward for the betterment of students.” Carleton

Carleton looks to enhance student experience, collaboration through new MOU with Ashbury Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

Carleton University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ashbury College aimed at enhancing student experiences by identifying areas of collaboration. Among the initiatives included for consideration in the MOU are the appointment of a member of the Carleton community to Ashbury’s board, the creation of opportunities at Ashbury to engage Carleton co-op students, and an offer by Carleton to give special consideration for select Grade 12 students at Ashbury. “Carleton and Ashbury share a commitment to education and a dedication to the local community,” said Christopher Carruthers, chair of Carleton’s Board of Governors and a life governor of Ashbury. “This agreement creates a framework for our two institutions to collaborate going forward for the betterment of students.” Carleton

Carleton looks to enhance student experience, collaboration through new MOU with Ashbury Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

Assiniboine Community College has announced two new initiatives designed to help adult students finish their high school diploma and assist them in a transition to PSE. For the next two years, ACC is waiving application fees for students applying to enroll in the Mature Student High School program, which ACC offers at its campuses in Brandon and Dauphin as well as in partnership with communities throughout Manitoba. “We want to eliminate as many barriers as possible to help connect individuals to education pathways,” said ACC Vice-President Academic Deanna Rexe. “Manitoba lags behind the majority of Canada in terms of high school completion rates. Our college has an important role to play in narrowing this gap.” ACC

ACC waives fees to help adult students finish high school, enter PSE Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

Brock University and the Town of Lincoln, Ontario have signed an MOU that aims to enrich Brock’s educational opportunities while advancing Lincoln’s economic, social, and community development. A Brock release states that the latest MOU builds on a strong history of collaboration between Brock and Lincoln, and will see the two partners create a joint steering committee that explores ways of moving forward by matching the university’s areas of expertise with the town’s needs. “For the University, initiatives like this typically lead to work-integrated experiential learning opportunities, while advancing cutting-edge research and transferring Brock’s innovation into our host communities, supporting social and economic needs,” said Brock Interim President Tom Traves. Brock

Brock partners with Town of Lincoln to pursue community priorities Top Ten 02/21/2017 - 03:30 02/21/2017 - 03:30

Université Laval has become the first university in Canada to approve the full divestment from fossil fuels, reports La Presse. This week, the university’s leaders approved a motion to remove all investments related to fossil fuels from the school's portfolio. The university says that it plans to form a working committee that will include student representatives and will consider how to best manage the financial transition to greener investments. “I'm an environmentalist. It's time to move on all fronts,” said ULaval Executive Vice-President Eric Bauce at a press conference. “Money does not lead the world, but it can seriously influence it.” The announcement was met with praise from the student group ULaval sans fossiles, which formed last November to bring about the eventual divestment. La Presse

ULaval becomes first Canadian university to approve full divestment from fossil fuels Top Ten 02/17/2017 - 03:30 02/17/2017 - 03:30

A new study from the University of British Columbia shows that ideas of home are a major factor in where international university students decide to live after graduation. “A lot of research focuses on where international students go to study, but few focus on where they go after graduation,” says study author Cary Wu, a PhD candidate in UBC’s department of sociology and an international student from China. “Our study shows that migration plans for international students are far more complex than this binary of stay or return.” Wu analyzed data from interviews with more than 200 international students from more than 50 countries who attended UBC from 2006 to 2013, and found that 16% of those surveyed said that they planned to stay in Canada, citing emotional attachments, interpersonal relationships, family, or political unrest. UBC

International students’ choice of residence after graduation hinges on concept of home: UBC study Top Ten 02/17/2017 - 03:30 02/17/2017 - 03:30

A UBC alumna has told the CBC that while the school’s draft policy for addressing sexual assault is a step forward, she still has concerns about it. Glynnis Kirchmeier, who is currently involved in an ongoing human rights complaint against UBC, notes that the new policy means that “a student can expect a timely process,” which she says is crucial due to the fact that students have “such a short lifespan at the institution.” Further, Kirchmeier notes that “victims are now complainants with rights in the process” within the terms of the new draft policy, which she believes is also a step forward. Kirchmeier expressed concerns, however, with some parts of the policy, such as the university’s ability to ensure that independent investigators appointed to look into sexual assault claims will be truly independent from UBC. CBC

UBC alumna weighs in on school’s draft sexual assault policy Top Ten 02/17/2017 - 03:30 02/17/2017 - 03:30

The City of Montreal is launching a three-year research program in partnership with the Université de Montréal, Université de Québec à Montréal, and McGill University. The network will study four areas of technology in particular: cybersecurity and computer resilience, massive business and data intelligence, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of things. A group of pan-Canadian researchers, based out of Université de Montréal, will first look at the cybersecurity of Montreal's IT resources. "There has been an increase in computer attacks across the globe, especially over the past year, and the City's sites, both externally and internally, are not immune," says an official document presented to the City. Journal de Montréal

Montreal invests $10M in research for new technologies Top Ten 02/17/2017 - 08:22 02/17/2017 - 03:30

University College of the North is set to upgrade and modernize its science labs with the support of $1M from the Canadian and Manitoban governments. Located at UCN’s campus in The Pas, the labs will be brought to industry standards through the upgrading of chemical storage facilities, fume hoods, and safety devices. “This funding provides important support for science programming offered at UCN. Students taking a science minor, or studying to become nurses, science teachers, or in our natural resources program will have modern facilities similar to those that they will be working in when they graduate,” said UCN Vice President of Finance and Resources Sandra Muilenburg. “We are very pleased that the federal and provincial governments have chosen to invest in UCN.” MB

UCN to modernize science labs with $1M from Canada, MB Top Ten 02/17/2017 - 03:30 02/17/2017 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University has received two major anonymous gifts totaling $2.5M. The first donation came in the form of a $1M contribution that will provide student scholarships and bursaries across all faculties. A second gift for $1.5M is earmarked for the naming rights to TRU's future Nursing and Population Health Building. “This community continues to amaze me. The people of Kamloops rise up and empower our students and our university, creating personal opportunity and stunning new facilities,” said VP Advancement, Christopher Seguin. “This city has some of the most caring and generous donors in Western Canada, and their continued support lets TRU grow and evolve.” Both donations were announced at the university’s 25th Foundation Gala celebrations. TRU

TRU receives $2.5M in anonymous gifts Top Ten 02/17/2017 - 03:30 02/17/2017 - 03:30

Carleton University has received a Fair Trade Campus designation in recognition of its support for fairer conditions and better prices for people who grow and make products in the global south. A ceremony to celebrate the designation was attended by Carleton Assistant Vice-President Ed Kane, members of the Carleton Fair Trade steering committee, and representatives from Fairtrade Canada. “This designation is part of our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement in Dining Services and across campus,” said Kane. “Our students told us through surveys that they wanted more fair trade options available on campus. As a result, we have changed our purchasing policies around coffee, tea and some chocolate snacks.” Carleton

Carleton receives Fair Trade Campus designation Top Ten 02/17/2017 - 03:30 02/17/2017 - 03:30

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine says that it hopes to offset the costs of maintaining a modern medical library through the creation of a new endowment fund. This Wednesday, the school announced that it had created the fund to support its digital library services, which provide resources to more than 90 sites across northern Ontario. School representatives note that the weak Canadian dollar has made library services particularly expensive, and that additional funds are needed in order to give physicians, students, and other health care professionals access to crucial online information. “The library still needs to pay for the resources, the library does need more funds and hence the endowment fund,” says NOSM Associate Professor Richard Denton. CBC

NOSM creates endowment fund to offset library costs Top Ten 02/17/2017 - 03:30 02/17/2017 - 03:30

Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management is launching a new Professional Master’s Diploma in Accounting. The program has received accreditation by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario under the CPA National Recognition and Accreditation Standards for Post-Secondary Institutions, which enables graduates to accelerate their accounting careers by advancing their standing in the CPA program. “CPA accreditation continues the incredible upward trajectory of our School of Accounting & Finance and showcases the strength, academic rigour and excellence of our accounting program,” said TRSM Dean Steven Murphy. “Our students can continue their professional accounting education at TRSM and accelerate their path to the CPA designation with this new graduate program offering.” Ryerson

Ryerson launches Master’s diploma in accounting with CPA accreditation Top Ten 02/17/2017 - 03:30 02/17/2017 - 03:30

Montreal has beaten out London, Berlin, Boston, and Tokyo as the world’s best city for students, according to rankings compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds. The Montreal Gazette reports that Montreal’s desirability, affordability, and positive reviews from students propelled it from seventh place in 2016 to first place 2017. Montreal’s ranking was reportedly influenced heavily by the experience of students who have studied there. “A lot of people want to study in London, but those who have studied in London don’t necessarily have as positive an experience as they do in other places,” said Ben Sowter, head of research for QS. Other Canadian cities on the list included Vancouver (10th) and Toronto (11th). Ottawa received a first-place ranking in a category based on student perceptions. Montreal Gazette

Montreal knocks off Paris as world's top city for students Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

Just under half of Canadian Millennials with a postsecondary degree say that they would complete the same education if they could do it over again, according to a new survey released by the Counseling Foundation of Canada and a number of partners. Slightly over half of respondents said that they would pursue a different type of PSE or something other than PSE. The survey also found that Millennials’ top career priorities were a good work-life balance, financial security, wealth generation, and job flexibility. Making an important contribution to society also had a strong level of importance for some Millennials, but not for others. Counseling Foundation of Canada

Over half of Canadian PSE graduates would not pursue the same program again: study Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

The Quebec student strike of 2012 has allowed full-time university students to save $1,465 annually since that time, according to a new study. Conducted by the Institut de recherche et d’informations socioéconomiques, the study suggests that if tuition hikes planned by the Charest government prior to the strike had been carried out, a full-time student would now be paying $3.8K for the academic year rather than $2.3K. Study author Philippe Hurteau concludes that it would be difficult to attribute the cost difference to anything other than the strike, which was held to protest against tuition hikes and to increase access to higher education. “Afterwards there were, to be sure, more political, more social interpretations (of the strike),” says Hurteau. “And the (protest) movement went beyond the strike itself. … People wanted to question neo-liberalism and a lot of other things. But as far as the objectives of the strike are concerned, you cannot help but conclude it was a success.” Montreal Gazette | La Presse

QC student strike of 2012 responsible for $1.5K in annual savings per student: study Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

The Canadian Federation of Students is asking the federal government to collaborate on a plan for tuition-free PSE, reports the Orillia Packet. The CFS has prepared a document outlining some of the ways that federal and provincial governments might work toward achieving a tuition-free model across the country. The CFS also wants to see the implementation of the Post-Secondary Education Act, a piece of legislation modelled after the Canada Health Act to provide universal access to all forms of PSE with no up-front costs through federal and provincial funding. The group is also calling for a return to a funding model in which the federal and provincial governments are required to spend an equal amount on PSE. Lakehead University student Jonathan Cowper notes that between 1977 and 1996, this model was eroded by a decline in the federal share of funding. Orillia Packet | Simcoe.com

CFS visits Ottawa looking to collaborate on plan for tuition-free PSE Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

Leaders from the Mount Royal University community are expressing their grief at the loss of Jeffrey Bird and Reynold Johnson, MRU flight instructors who were killed in a plane crash on Monday. This week, MRU President David Docherty spoke to reporters to express his condolences to the families and students of the two men. “These were individuals who, flying was their life and they wanted to teach others to fly and fulfill their dreams so it’s been very difficult,” Docherty said. Both instructors are reported to have been highly experienced pilots. Calgary Herald | CBC

MRU mourns two flight instructors killed in plane crash Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia board of governors has approved the framework for an investment fund that will be free from fossil fuel companies, reports the Canadian Press. The university has rejected prior calls from advocacy groups to divest entirely from fossil fuels, but last year it established the $10M Sustainable Future Fund to invest in companies with low carbon dioxide emissions. Donors to the fund can contribute over time and the university will increase the fund if it performs well in the coming years, with potential increases of $5M in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Stephanie Glanzmann, who has been advocating for complete divestment with the group UBC350, vowed to continue the push for full divestment. “Although we’re taking this as a win, we have a long way to go,” said Glanzmann. “We intend to continue advocating and keeping a close eye on their actions moving forward.” Medicine Hat News (CP)

UBC board votes for sustainable investment fund to be free of fossil fuel companies Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

The closure of a social work program at Aurora College would negatively impact the health and wellbeing of people in the Northwest Territories, according to the Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada. Retired social worker and ASWNC board member Dawn McInnes tells the CBC that social work programs are especially important in the NWT, adding that she will regularly “break down in tears” over the proposed cancellation of Aurora’s two-year program. McInnes says she's hopeful the decision to cut the social work program will be overturned, but she knows it will take work. McInnes met yesterday with NWT Premier Bob McLeod to discuss cancelling the planned cut. CBC

“It really hurts,” says retired NWT social worker of proposed cuts to program Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

“If you’re an administrator, it’s easy to make faculty members distrust you,” writes Peter Monaghan for the Chronicle of Higher Education, who argues that it is critical that administrators understand the keys to morale-building collaboration in PSE. Drawing on interviews with both faculty and administrators, the author offers a number of tips for anyone looking to get more impact out of service committees. These suggestions include rotating service on duty-heavy committees, hiring new faculty members, and revising curricula. Other tips include asking new faculty members how they would like to serve based on their expertise and interests. Further, the author recommends that schools protect junior faculty members from excessive service duties so they can improve their chances of earning tenure. Chronicle (Subscription Required)

How to get the most out of a service committee Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

Youth who have been in the care of Manitoba’s Child and Family Services will now have more opportunity to access PSE, thanks to a $1M gift from The Joyce Family Foundation. The funds will be used to support the University of Manitoba’s Youth in Care Tuition Grants, a program that supports those who are currently in or have been in Child and Family Services to attend UManitoba. This is the first gift of its kind the Joyce Foundation has made in MB. “The University of Manitoba is grateful for the vision The Joyce Family Foundation has demonstrated in supporting this program,” says UManitoba President David Barnard. “We are committed to providing opportunities for young Manitobans facing extraordinary challenges in pursuing their paths to success and fulfillment.” UManitoba

MB youth in care receive $1M to improve access to PSE Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

The recognition of international academic credentials in Canada has found new support in a web portal launched by the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials. The new portal offers information and extensive resources to support the assessment and recognition of international academic credentials. These resources include a step-by-step guide on how to assess an academic credential issued outside Canada, a Quality Assurance Framework, and a competency profile for an academic credential assessor. Academic credential assessors across Canada will also have access to additional resources through a special interface, which will feature access to detailed profiles on the education systems and academic credentials of 12 countries, along with how they may compare to education systems in Canada. CICIC

Canada’s international credential assessors find new resource in web portal Top Ten 02/16/2017 - 03:30 02/16/2017 - 03:30

Controversy has emerged around a McGill University student representative who encouraged people on Twitter to “punch a Zionist today,” reports the Montreal Gazette. McGill, B’nai Brith, and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs have denounced the tweet, with the latter two groups expressing strong concern about the experience of Jewish students at McGill’s campus. This Monday, the board of directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University rejected by a vote of 5-4 a motion calling for the removal of the student who published the tweet. The Windsor Star reports that during the SSMU meeting, some students called for the removal of a Jewish council member who had deemed the tweet hateful. Montreal Gazette | Windsor Star

McGill Students’ Society votes against removing member who published “Punch a Zionist” tweet Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

Roughly half of Quebec’s CEGEPs are embarking on a major campaign to raise awareness about sexual violence and the notion of consent, reports La Presse, yet many non-participating institutions lack the resources to do so. Of the province’s 48 CEGEPs, 25 will reportedly participate in one of two campaigns. “In the wake of recent events ... the CEGEPs feel that they are challenged and feel that they need to do more,” says fédération des cégeps CEO Bernard Tremblay, adding that current institutional budgets do not provide many schools the resources they need to participate in the campaigns. “This is totally unacceptable,” adds Rose Crevier-Dagenais, president of the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec, who argues that institutional participation in outreach programs should be mandatory and financially supported by the government. La Presse | fédération des cégeps

CEGEPs demand more resources to end sexual violence Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

Indspire and the University of Winnipeg have partnered to support 80 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students through the creation of a new award. The University of Winnipeg/Indspire Indigenous Awards Program will provide student with demonstrated financial need with an award of $4.4K. Administered by Indspire, the awards program has been made possible through fundraising efforts and cost-sharing by UWinnipeg, as well as matching funds from the Government of Canada. “I am delighted The University of Winnipeg has shown its leadership and willingness to meet a critical need,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire. “Research shows that a lack of funding is a key impediment for Indigenous students who are striving to complete their post-secondary education.” NationTalk | UWinnipeg

Indspire, UWinnipeg partner to support 80 FNMI students in coming year Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

Students from Bishop's University have voted to double the fees used to support a refugee sponsorship program. In a referendum held last week, the students of the university voted to increase their dues payment for refugee student sponsorship from $2.60 to $5. The new fees will increase the amount contributed to the program from $12K to $24K. Additional funding will come from donations and various activities organized by the committee during the year. “Honestly, it's still a bit surprising,” says Kyanu Soulet, the executive coordinator of the sponsorship committee. “It was a magical and special moment to know that our school community is so generous and aware of what is happening in the world. It's nice to see.” The committee reportedly wants to ensure that it can accommodate a minimum of two students per year. La Presse

Bishop’s students agree to nearly double fee to support refugee students Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

The Cégep de Saint-Félicien has received a $1.3M investment from the governments of Quebec and Canada to expand and upgrade its animal health pavilion. The CEGEP will contribute an additional $709K to the project for a total investment of just over $2M. The investment will also allow the college to build a greenhouse for exotic animals, increase the school's capacity to accept animals, and expand the amount of clinic space available for the community. “During its initial construction a little over 20 years ago, there were about 30 students specializing in animal health who frequented the animal health pavilion,” said Saint-Félicien Director General Gilles Lapointe. “Today, there are almost 120 students who train in these same spaces every year. It is why this project was becoming more and more of a priority. We are happy that it can be carried out.” Canada

$2M investment to help Saint-Félicien improve specialized training in animal health Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

Northern College, Algoma University, and Durham College have joined forces to build a new online Bachelor of Computer Science bridging program. Reportedly the first of its kind in Ontario, the collaboration will be supported by $307K from eCampusOntario. The program will create an online bridging program for students to move from Computer Engineering Technician diploma programs at the participating colleges to a Bachelor of Computer Science degree program. This is reportedly the first full online path that allows learners to move seamlessly between the college and university system. “We are very excited about this collaboration that will ensure quality, accessible education, through an innovative new program,” said Northern’s Vice President, Academic and Student Success Audrey Penner. “The collaboration will build on knowledge and expertise developed within each of our institutions with regards to supporting under-served student populations by extending this support into an online forum.” Timmins Press | Northern

Northern, Algoma, Durham collaborate on online bridging program Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

Trent University has issued its first-ever debenture to investors in an effort to refinance existing debt and gather funds for capital projects. A university release notes that the school has issued $71M in senior unsecured A debentures after receiving an “A” (stable) rating due to its “reputation as an important, primarily undergraduate and liberal arts institution.” “The inaugural debenture offering is a sign of the strength of our Board’s financial stewardship. This is a groundbreaking move for smaller universities. It shows that we can, like larger universities, take advantage of the Canadian bond market and the financial advantages it provides without a discount,” said Trent President Leo Groarke. Trent

Trent moves to finance debt, raise capital with $71M inaugural debenture offering Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

“What role can and should universities play in reconciliation efforts between Canadian institutions and Indigenous communities? What’s working well and what needs to change?” writes Natalie Samson for University Affairs. Looking back on a recent conference in Ottawa, Samson recounts how Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, expressed concern that the term “reconciliation” has become a buzzword with no real action behind it at some Canadian universities. Robina Thomas, director of Indigenous academic and community engagement at the University of Victoria, reportedly used her time to identify several “actionable deeds” for universities to perform, such as developing required courses that provide students with the “knowledge of the imperial impact on Indigenous communities” and the “deep systemic violence” waged against them. The article goes on to highlight a number of other perspectives expressed at the symposium. University Affairs

Reconciliation at risk of becoming a buzzword, says NCTR director Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

Red River College has announced that it plans to redevelop and expand some of its existing programs to provide both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with an opportunity to enroll in a wider range of programs. RRC will specifically focus on its ACCESS programs, which at present restrict students to studying in the four program areas of Nursing, Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing, Business Administration and Civil Technology. A college release states that RRC will work with its community and industry partners to ensure that the redevelopment of ACCESS is also responsive to their needs. “Ultimately one of our main goals is to remove some of the existing program restrictions and provide Indigenous, immigrant and other students facing barriers to education, more training options and new and improved pathways to meaningful careers,” said RRC VP Academic Christine Watson. RRC

RRC looks to broaden access with program redesign Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

Alberta universities are “punching above their weight” when it comes to research, according to provincial PSE leaders speaking with the Lethbridge Herald. Representatives from the University of Lethbridge, University of Calgary, and University of Alberta recently travelled with provincial ministers to promote shared research and innovation initiatives at the province’s institutions. Speaking from Ottawa, AB Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt noted that “the federal government is very interested in the directions we are taking. It’s good that there’s alignment between us.” Lethbridge Herald

AB universities “punching above their weight” despite current funding, say PSE leaders Top Ten 02/15/2017 - 03:30 02/15/2017 - 03:30

Education students looking to graduate from Nova Scotia universities are being “thrown under the bus” by a work-to-rule campaign being pursued by Nova Scotia's public school teachers, according to a provincial Supreme Court judge. Justice Jamie Campbell made these comments during a hearing last Friday after five NS universities launched an injunction against the Nova Scotia Teachers Union stating that the union should be forced to accept students into the classroom. In order to graduate with a bachelor of education in Nova Scotia, student teachers must complete a minimum of 15 weeks of practicum. Before the court can decide whether to grant the universities' request to compel the union to accept education students in their classes, the judge must reportedly decide whether the universities should have standing in the case. CBC (Judge) | CBC (Injunction)

NS judge says education students have been “thrown under the bus” by work-to-rule action Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

BC has announced that it is funding the development of a new degree, titled the Indigenous Language Fluency Degree, that will help preserve First Nations languages. Community consultations were undertaken by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, who have partnered on this project with postsecondary institutions such as Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a, En’owkin Centre, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Northern British Columbia. The proposed degree program would include two years of language instruction in communities followed by two years at a public postsecondary institution. BC Colleges

BC partners with higher ed institutions on First Nations language degree Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

Cape Breton University has launched a new campaign asking members of the university community to make a personal commitment to ending sexual assault. Known as The Pledge, the campaign allows participants to make a formal commitment, either online or in-person, to become an active bystander and to pursue four core principles for ending sexual assault. These principles commit the participant to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given, and create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. “Sexual violence and assault is a societal issue that has been plaguing communities and campuses for far too long,” says CBU Interim President Dale Keefe. “I am so proud that CBU is taking charge and stepping up to lead the culture shift and create a stronger, safer community for everyone.” CBU

CBU moves to end sexual violence with launch of pledge campaign Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has received a $22M joint federal-provincial investment that will go towards renovations and an addition for the Spruce Building at its Surrey campus. The resulting facility will offer space for an additional 300 students, reduce energy consumption, and house additional education spaces such as science labs, fine arts studios, and 3D shops. “This investment by our federal and provincial governments attests to their support of our ambition to meet the needs of the scientific, creative and cultural sectors, which are all important and growing aspects of the BC economy,” said KPU President Alan Davis. BC | KPU

KPU receives $22M for renovations, new classroom space Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

Students of Laurentian University’s social work program were relieved last week to learn that the program has received accreditation for two more years, reports CBC. The program was reportedly at risk of losing accreditation, but Laurentian learned last week that its English, French, and Indigenous social work programs will receive two more years of accreditation. “The need for our program to be accredited would directly affect whether or not we could register as social workers with our college,” says Stephanie Sindori, a fourth year-student and president of the students association for the English School of Social Work. To keep its accreditation, the university reportedly needs to hire eight additional full-time and one additional part-time staff member. A Laurentian spokesperson says that the school has already posted job openings, and hiring should take place over the next year. CBC

Laurentian social work program receives accreditation for two more years Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

Universities in British Columbia and Ontario are shifting away from allowing students to investigate sexual assault allegations against their peers, reports the Canadian Press. Both provinces have mandated that postsecondary institutions establish specific policies setting out how they respond to sexual violence. While some schools have historically used panels of students to judge whether a sexual assault took place, the CP notes that universities are abandoning this practice because students do not have proper training and complainants may feel intimidated by the thought of being judged by peers. The article adds that schools like the University of British Columbia “are revising their sexual assault policies to allow for highly trained, trauma-informed investigators to handle all allegations of sexual assault made against members of their communities.” Vancouver Sun (CP)

Universities move away from student-led panels to judge sexual assaults Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

“Recent years have seen students energized by grassroots movements mobilizing for change on campuses across the country,” writes Dean Spade for the Chronicle of Higher Education, but many faculty members have come to criticize student activists. Spade lays out the common lines of argument that faculty level against student protest, then offers four suggestions for how faculty can better support students who become engaged in this way. The first is to appreciate students’ willingness to take risks; the second is to reconsider the claim that faculty or administrators have become the “victims” of entitled students; the third is to realize that wanting students to “ask nicely” for change is not seen as a viable option by activists who feel ignored; and the fourth is to consider the possible benefits of student activism. Chronicle

Suggestions for faculty who criticize student activists Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

Durham College has announced that it will receive $1M from the Regional Municipality of Durham to support its new Centre for Collaborative Education. “On behalf of everyone at Durham College, I would like to express our gratitude to the Region for its investment in our new Centre for Collaborative Education,” said Durham President Don Lovisa. “Not only is this contribution reflective of the ongoing support we’ve received from the Region over the years, it is also a vote of confidence in our vision for the CFCE – to create a 21st-century approach to learning that will enable the college to create an educational hub of excellence here in the region, while meeting the demands of students, employers and Ontario’s changing economy.” The announcement marks the second major contribution to the centre by a municipality this month. Durham

Durham to receive $1M from regional municipality Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

Ten students from the Ted Rogers School of Management and nine students from across other faculties at Ryerson University are set to travel to the United Arab Emirates for two weeks. During their visit, they will work with students from the Canadian University Dubai to pitch social innovation ideas to local business leaders and entrepreneurs. “I am extremely proud of the creativity, passion and vision our students have demonstrated in developing socially innovative ideas for the UAE,” said TRSM Dean Steven Murphy. “The opportunity to travel internationally to collaborate with students and business leaders in this region is an example of experiential learning at its finest. This initiative will help support our students in becoming future global business Leaders.” Ryerson

Ryerson students travel to UAE to pitch social innovation ideas Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

“[The] profession of literary criticism depends upon exploitation,” writes Kevin Birmingham for the Chronicle of Higher Ed. The author contends that humanities departments' increasing dependence on part-time faculty has led these departments to intentionally produce more PhDs in order to maintain a constant stream of new graduates who are willing to work for little pay and no job security. “The abysmal conditions of adjuncts are not the inevitable byproducts of an economy with limited space for literature,” the author adds. “They are intentional. … If you are a tenured (or tenure-track) faculty member teaching in a humanities department with Ph.D. candidates, you are both the instrument and the direct beneficiary of exploitation.” Chronicle

Humanities departments are guilty of adjunct exploitation, writes Chronicle contributor Top Ten 02/14/2017 - 03:30 02/14/2017 - 03:30

The Quebec government has signaled its intention to “reinvest” in universities more than five years after it promised millions in new funding, reports La Presse. QC Finance Minister Carlos Leitão said in an interview that the upcoming provincial budget will focus on “higher education, training and manpower.” Speaking to the province’s financial situation, the minister added that “the news is pretty good on this side: the government had a surplus of $1.2B as of October 31. In the fall financial update, the government announced an additional $110M for education (primary and secondary) and higher education in the next fiscal year, 2017-2018.” La Presse

QC says it plans to “reinvest” in universities, CEGEPs with upcoming budget Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

Some postsecondary students who have worked for the Canadian government continue to feel financial pressure due to wage issues associated with the Phoenix payroll system, reports CBC. “It's scary,” says Carleton University student Greg Owens. “I'm a student ... I don't have big savings accounts. I don't have an RESP. My line of credit only goes so far.” Canadian Federation of Students Chairperson Bilan Arte notes that students might also be unable to secure grants or loans in the coming year if their T4 tax forms are inaccurate as a result of the payroll problem. “It has huge ripple effects,” says Arte. “If they've been overpaid, for example, it might really hurt their chances to apply for certain programs and scholarships.” CBC

Students impacted by federal payroll issues continue to struggle Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

OCAD University has announced that it will launch a new international initiative designed to bolster Canada’s position in the world of arts and culture. Over the next five years, the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project will bring leading international artists to Toronto for a residency placement at OCADU. The university states that the new program will connect a number of select students with visiting artists and renowned scholars. “We are thrilled beyond words to realize the launch of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project,” said OCADU President Sara Diamond. “The opportunity to interact closely with ground-breaking international artists will shape the learning experience for OCADU students in a way that no classroom ever could, and heighten international awareness of Toronto as a vibrant contemporary art community.” OCADU

OCADU to connect students with world-class artists, scholars through new program Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University has formally broken ground on its new Industrial Training & Technology Centre, which will help TRU expand its trades and technology programs by additional 550 full-time student spaces. “This new facility will enable Thompson Rivers University to co-locate trades and technology programs, a move that supports our university’s contribution of relevant education and research to various industry sectors in Canada,” explained TRU President Alan Shaver. The centre was funded by the federal and BC governments, along with contributions from TRU and various donors. It is expected to be ready for use in Fall 2018. BC | TRU

TRU breaks ground on new trades centre Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

Brock University has announced plans to develop content for new online courses with the support of nearly $430K in funding from the Ontario government. $330K of the funds will be used to create an online four-year bachelor’s degree program in Adult Education, while roughly $100K will support the development of open course modules associated with the University’s Environmental Sustainability in Practice course in the Environment Sustainability Research Centre. “It makes a direct contribution to the University’s strategic goals when it comes to online learning,” said Associate Professor Camille Rutherford in the Department of Teacher Education, who added that new courses will be developed over the coming year in partnership with Niagara College. Brock

Brock to create online bachelor’s degree, additional courses with $430K funding injection Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

The University of Regina says that it plans to release a report next month detailing the results of a comprehensive survey on gender-based violence at the school. CBC reports that the program was launched as a follow-up to the university’s adoption of its formal policy to combat sexual assault in 2015. Roz Kelsey, a uRegina professor and the head of the Gendered Violence Prevention Project, says that the survey looked to measure the attitudes and behaviours of participants, their knowledge of campus policies and services, and their personal experience of gender-based violence. “We needed to get a picture of what kind of progress we were making and how we could collectively look at the problem of gendered violence on our campus,” says Kelsey. Last year, Academica Group conducted a cross-country StudentVu survey on campus safety that asked students about their knowledge of campus policies and services, as well as their on-campus experiences. CBC

uRegina to release results from campus-wide study on gendered violence Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

For Canada’s smaller universities, the challenges of fundraising are more an issue of scale than of technique, writes Brian Owens for University Affairs. The author notes that despite the smaller pool of donors to draw from, smaller institutions have a number of advantages, such as closer personal connections between alumni and their school and deeper connections with local communities. Further, some alumni from small schools who go on to hold powerful positions can access their professional networks to help support their alma maters. The author also notes, however, that smaller schools face particular challenges, such as the perception that they might not require the amount of donations that some larger schools do in order to function. University Affairs

The challenge, opportunity of fundraising for smaller universities Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

The Cégep régional de Lanaudière is set to receive $1.54M from the governments of Canada and Quebec to upgrade labs for its civil engineering technology program. A federal release notes that the upgrades are intended to help the CEGEP accommodate growing demand for enrolment in the program, and that the new investment will give students, professors, and researchers the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country's best research. “The Cégep régional de Lanaudière is very proud to see this project coming together under the Strategic Investment Fund. This collaboration between the federal and provincial governments will help our students bring cutting-edge technological skills into the job market and will benefit the entire Lanaudière region,” said Cégep régional de Lanaudière Director General Marcel Côté. Canada

Lanaudière receives $1.5M to upgrade civil engineering labs Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

Langara College is pleased to announce that it has instituted a standalone college-wide sexual violence and misconduct policy. Shaped by feedback from faculty, students, and administration, the policy outlines a variety of procedures and provides a comprehensive list of services and supports that are accessible to victims and survivors. “Langara is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive environment for all individuals who are connected to our campus, and this policy is the next step in ensuring that we continue to offer a holistic vision of services to our community,” says Langara President Lane Trotter. “Congratulations to the working committee for their efforts on this policy, which will keep our campus safe and our students supported.” Langara

Langara releases new sexual violence and misconduct policy Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

“Advice abounds for new PhDs about how to approach the job market, yet guidance is harder to find for tenured mid-career faculty members,” write Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra for Inside Higher Ed. To this end, the authors offer suggestions to those looking to return to the job market after having obtained a tenure-track job. These suggestions include reflecting on why a career move is appealing, deciding on whether one feels happy or valued at their current institution, and avoiding the appearance of arrogance. “Many people say senior job searches make them appreciate what they have in a way that they would not otherwise have realized,” the authors conclude. “While it’s time-intensive to be on the job market, it can also be a worthwhile investment, expanding your network, and introducing you to new colleagues and institutions.” Inside Higher Ed

How to embark on a successful midcareer faculty move Top Ten 02/13/2017 - 03:30 02/13/2017 - 03:30

Hundreds of professors at universities across Canada have pledged to boycott academic conferences hosted in the United States, reports the Canadian Press. Other professors and groups have reportedly gone even further, cancelling previously booked conferences or disavowing academics in the US who discourage such boycotts. The vast majority of those boycotting the US events reportedly say that their decisions were spurred by US President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. “If policy in the US proceeds in this divisive and exclusionary direction, then these sorts of decisions will become increasingly significant in terms of whether we (academics) decide to challenge the practice of privilege or enable it through our silence,” wrote University of Alberta Political Science Professor Nicole Marshall in an email to the CP. iPolitics (CP)

Canadian academics commit to boycott of US conferences Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

“Work that was traditionally considered male, such as mining, oil and gas production, wheat farming and auto manufacturing has been on a downward slide for the past decade,” while “opportunities in female-dominated industries have continued to expand,” reports CBC. Despite this shift, Ryerson University business Professor Gerald Swartz notes that men have not been moving into female-dominated industries. Swartz adds that some of the contributing factors include a lack of effort to attract men to these positions, the gender-based wage gap, and the way that boys are educated in their earlier years. Swartz explains that men and boys must be encouraged to think about alternative career options, or else “this will continue to be a problem for an entire gender.” CBC

Men not adapting to changing job market in increasingly automated world Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

A growing number of Canada’s university students are looking to pursue more ethically engaged volunteer opportunities in developing countries, reports Moira MacDonald for University Affairs. The author notes that historically, many students have pursued “voluntourism” by using volunteer opportunities to visit desirable destinations. Now, universities and their partners are reporting students’ increasing emphasis on doing good and having a meaningful exchange with their hosts. These experiences come with challenges, MacDonald notes, as many students may overestimate their abilities to solve the problems of people living in unfamiliar cultures. Further, these opportunities can propose a number of ethical challenges, which MacDonald addresses with a list of “What to look out for” when pursuing a volunteer opportunity abroad. University Affairs

Students moving from “voluntourism” to more ethically engaged volunteering Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

Citizens and scientists in the United States should learn from Canada’s time under Prime Minister Stephen Harper in order to lead the fight against ideology over science, write Alana Westwood, Kathleen Walsh, and Katie Gibbs for Nature. The authors recount how Canadians spoke out against previous governmental attempts to reduce research capacity and muzzle scientists. Further, the authors offer tips on how researchers can protect data from government interference and maintain open lines of communication between experts and the public. “Evidence has no ulterior political motives,” the authors conclude. “That is the strength of our movement.” Nature

Canada’s “dark age of science” should be cautionary tale for US Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

Red Deer College has launched a program designed to offer Aboriginal learners the opportunity to develop the practical skills, knowledge, and experience needed for fulfilling careers in welding. The Virtual Reality and Co-operative Trades – The Next Generation program will benefit from partnerships with Montana First Nation and WorleyParsonsCord, as well as federal funding that will support students with both in-class and on-the-job training. “This program really is innovative in so many ways, as it’s being offered in a unique, flexible format that allows the students to start training in their home communities,” said RDC President Joel Ward. “The programming infuses cultural teachings and learnings from the students’ elders with technical and hands-on training, offered through virtual reality welding simulators.” RDC

Innovative program provides welding training for Aboriginal learners Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

The New Brunswick Student Alliance has issued a statement voicing its support for recent changes made to NB’s Student Employment Experience Development. The organization says that it worked directly with the team responsible for SEED and that nearly all of its recommendations were included in the new changes, which included a draw for student vouchers. “Changes, particularly to the marketing and communication of the voucher program, were necessary and we are delighted that the Department was willing to take student and stakeholder concerns on board and make welcomed improvements,” said NBSA Executive Director Robert Burroughs. “The [NB] Minister’s commitment to keeping SEED a student-focused employment program is also greatly appreciated.” NBSA

NBSA applauds changes to provincial SEED program Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education has announced that it is funding partnerships to connect Aboriginal students with education and training programs in their communities. These initiatives include partnerships between the University of Northern British Columbia and the Tsilhqot’in National Government, College of New Caledonia and the Saik’uz First Nation, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council. These programs provide Aboriginal learners with both general workplace skills and job-specific skills for sectors such as construction, tourism, and education. Overall, the program is providing $9.6M to support a total of 28 partnerships between 29 Aboriginal communities and 14 public post-secondary institutions in 2016-17. BC

BC postsecondary partnerships connect Aboriginal students to jobs Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

Many PSE institutions might think that pursuing more academic prestige should be a priority moving forward, writes Michael Stoner for Inside Higher Ed, but these same institutions need to realize that the public might not care about such prestige as much as they do. The author cites recently released research to suggest that there is a “listening gap” between what the public wants and what higher ed thinks is important. In a survey, 71% of academics thought it was more important to provide a well-rounded education compared to tools for a successful career. In contrast, only 44% of the public thought that a well-rounded education was more important than providing students with tools and resources needed for specific careers. The author concludes that institutions need to be mindful of this gap and seek to address it if they wish to convince the public of PSE’s enduring value. Inside Higher Ed

How to address the "listening gap" between PSE, public Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

York University has announced that it will help address a significant shortage in big data experts and predictive analysts by offering two new certificates through its School of Continuing Studies. A university release states that the Certificate in Big Data Analytics and the Certificate in Advanced Data Science and Predictive Analytics will prepare graduates to enter the growing job market of big data in just six months. “Employers tell us that there is, and will continue to be, a significant shortage of qualified data analytics professionals. Our Certificates will quickly produce graduates with comprehensive expertise in the field without requiring working students to be out of the office,” says Tracey Taylor-O'Reilly, YorkU's assistant vice-president, continuing studies. YorkU

YorkU addresses big data talent shortage with continuing studies certificates Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

The $2K cost of room and board at the University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Hall is raising questions from some students, reports Metro. “Of course there is some of that mark-up you’re going to get with [the residence] being new and unscuffed, but it’s just disproportionate,” says Cody Bondarchuk, a former member of UAlberta's Student Union executive and current member of the university senate. By comparison, a room in the university's Shaffer Hall building reportedly costs roughly $1.3K per month. But Geoff Rode, the university's active associate vice president of ancillary services, says that the price of the new building needs to factor in the additional expense associated with paying off the building’s construction. “We strive to provide a variety of choices,” he adds, “and within that context we’re trying to provide the best value for students.” Metro

$2K rent at newest UAlberta residence raises questions from students Top Ten 02/10/2017 - 03:30 02/10/2017 - 03:30

Enrolments at Maritime universities dropped 2.3% between 2015-16 and the previous academic year, according to a new report from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. During the period studied, New Brunswick saw a 3.6% enrolment drop, Prince Edward Island saw a 2.0% enrolment drop, and Nova Scotia saw a 1.7% enrolment drop. The report notes that the decline in enrolments reflects larger demographic changes in the region, as the population of 18 to 24-year-olds living in the region dropped by 2.2%. However, Commission Chair Jean-François Richard noted that a smaller proportion of Maritime residents are also choosing to enroll in the region’s universities. “It is true that the population of potential students in the region is declining, but we have also been seeing smaller percentages of that population enrolling,” said Richard. MPHEC

Maritime university enrolments fall 2.3% Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 03:30 02/09/2017 - 03:30

“A key priority for the Ontario government as it prepares its 2017 budget must be to reverse the chronic underfunding of college education,” writes Durham College President Don Lovisa. Writing for Oshawa This Week, Lovisa argues that provincial funding for colleges in real dollars has been declining for years, even as costs have climbed. While colleges have done their best to adapt, Lovisa adds that the sector has “pretty much exhausted our ability to keep finding efficiencies.” The president also notes that the underfunding of colleges is particularly harmful considering the growing importance of helping ON residents improve their skills in a changing economy. “A vibrant and effective college system is, and will be, central to the province’s prosperity,” writes Lovisa. “If anything, the government should be strengthening college education as much as possible. Instead, we find ourselves fighting to maintain existing programs.” Durham

 

Durham president calls for an end to ON college underfunding Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 10:14 02/09/2017 - 03:30

Sexual assault on university campuses is a complex problem with no simple solutions, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a recent conference hosted by Universities Canada. The question, posed by MacEwan University Student Association President Danika McConnell, challenged the PM on the efforts currently being made across the country to address the issue of sexual violence. “I think it is not being brought to light enough,” she said. “It’s integral to have this, because if universities can’t be a place of pushing forward to end and eliminate sexual violence, I am not sure what better place there can be.” Trudeau recounted his own experience volunteering with the McGill University Sexual Assault Centre, reportedly adding that during his time at the university, not enough was done to acknowledge that there was a problem on campus. Metro

No simple solutions to campus sexual assault, says PM in Q&A Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 03:30 02/09/2017 - 03:30

A strike planned this week at Université de Québec à Montréal has been cancelled after the school and the Union of Lecturers reached an agreement in principle, reports La Presse. The union reportedly did not wish to disclose the contents of the new tentative agreement, but said that it had made gains in wages and improved work conditions. In a separate dispute, Université Laval failed to reach an agreement with its employees this week. “We've moved. The position of the university has remained the same,” said Éric-Jan Zubrzycki, counselor of the Union of Employees of Université Laval. uLaval spokesperson Andrée-Anne Stewart has said that the institution will remain open in the event of a strike, and that all courses and academic activities will be maintained. La Presse (UQÁM) | La Presse (uLaval)

UQÁM reaches agreement with lecturers, uLaval talks break down Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 03:30 02/09/2017 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo is among the top-ranked postsecondary institutions in the world when it comes to graduates who create “unicorns,” or startups that are valued at more than $1B. In a recent research report, UWaterloo placed 11th in the world for graduating entrepreneurs who founded these types of companies. Such companies include Kik Interactive, Instacart, Wish, and Jasper, all of which were founded by graduates from the school. With six grads responsible for four unicorns, Waterloo was ranked just behind the University of Southern California, and just ahead of INSEAD—a graduate school of business with campuses in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. “I think it is fantastic news,” said Jay Shah, director of Velocity, the UWaterloo program that supports startups. “There are a lot of outstanding institutions on the planet, and so I think that is a pretty outstanding ranking.” Waterloo Region Record

UWaterloo among top schools for graduates who found startups worth more than $1B Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 03:30 02/09/2017 - 03:30

The head of Canada's economic growth advisory council says that governments need to proactively address the growing income inequality caused by the loss of jobs to automation, reports the Canadian Press. Dominic Barton stated at a recent conference that roughly 40% of existing Canadian jobs will vanish in the coming decade due to automation, a trend that could greatly exacerbate income inequality. To this end, the government is currently discussing the creation of an independent organization known as the “FutureSkills Lab,” an independent organization that would consider a number of pilot training programs with financing secured from governments, business, and unions. The Globe and Mail reports that the proposed organization would also gather information on labour market needs and rigorously measure the outcomes of its programs. Times Colonist (CP) | Globe and Mail

Canada must bolster skills training as jobs are lost to automation, says economic council head Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 03:30 02/09/2017 - 03:30

“Unambivalent responses to uncomplicated meanings: This is a Manichaean formula for polarization, and a blueprint for misunderstanding—both oneself, and others,” writes Lyell Asher in a call for the higher ed community to resist providing students with the moral simplicity that they “crave.” Asher outlines the many places that this simplification can be tempting—from the university boardroom to the college laboratory—and discusses the impact that this can have on the institution and the institution as a whole. Asher goes on to discuss how teaching students to become comfortable with frustration, “the sense of waiting, of not knowing,” as well as expanding their capacity to engage with and understand complex issues, can lead to better results for the students and the community as a whole. Chronicle

Teach frustration, capacity to students instead of providing moral simplicity Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 03:30 02/09/2017 - 03:30

If the possibility of taking on a leadership role piques your interest, but you don’t know how to go about acquiring one, Judith White for Inside Higher Ed responds: “Simple answer: tell someone you are interested.” However, White cautions that this conversation does require some preparation. White advises would-be leaders to first figure out what they seek to gain from the leadership experience, prepare a list of what experience and capabilities they would bring to the role, and discuss experiences and expectations with other leaders. The article goes on to provide some recommendations on how to approach the right people the right way for this conversation. Inside Higher Ed

Interested in leadership roles? Tell someone Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 03:30 02/09/2017 - 03:30

Medicine Hat College and JBS Canada have developed a partnership that will see MHC provide leadership training opportunities for JBS supervisors. In order to meet the company’s needs, MHC developed a curriculum for the Foundations of Leadership Skills Certificate – Level 1 program that was tailored for JBS supervisors. The program will help participants develop leadership skill such as personal growth, team building, and organizational development. “We are excited about this collaboration with JBS and look forward to many future partnerships with business and industry in Brooks and Newell,” said MHC President Denise Henning. “Collaborations like this bring forth solutions and have an impact on the economic health and sustainability of our region.” MHC

MHC, JBS partner on leadership skills training program Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 03:30 02/09/2017 - 03:30

Residents in Kitchener's Doon Valley Drive area are pushing to prevent an empty parcel of land from being developed into student housing, reports CBC. In recent years, the area has reportedly seen a major increase in homes being bought and repurposed to accommodate student living, a trend that many in the area say has degraded their neighbourhood. “We want more families in the area, we don't want boarding houses,” says local resident Daryl Howes-Jones. In London, Ontario, a new report by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp has shown that London’s off-campus student housing hasn't kept pace with growing PSE enrolment. The London Free Press notes that much of the extra enrollment in London has been absorbed by the ‘secondary’ rental market that is not targeted at students. CBC (Conestoga) | London Free Press

Homeowners near Conestoga push back against student housing, London report says more needed Top Ten 02/09/2017 - 03:30 02/09/2017 - 03:30

Labour disruptions at postsecondary institutions can cause students to experience high levels of stress and confusion, according to a new report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The report identifies a number of negative effects associated with work stoppages at universities, and suggests that schools need to do more to keep students informed about the status of labour disputes as they play out. It also identifies interventions that can improve students’ experiences in the event of future strikes, and makes several recommendations for university administrators and faculty members to ease the burden on students. HEQCO | Report

HEQCO identifies strategies to counter negative impact of university labour strikes on students Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

An extreme right group recently attempted to recruit new members at Université Laval and in at least two Quebec City CEGEPs, reports the Journal de Montréal. In late January, several posters from the ultra-nationalist group Atalante-Québec were posted on the campuses of the Cégep de Sainte-Foy and Cégep Limoilou without authorization. The same posters were found the next day at uLaval. “Defend your identity: join the ranks,” said one of the posters, which were quickly taken down. Quebec’s Fédération des cégeps is currently calling for the province to provide more resources for those hoping to keep young people from radicalizing. The Journal reports that according to a study conducted last year among 1,900 students attending eight CEGEPs, reports of racism and hate speech have become frequent at the schools. Journal de Montréal

Extreme right group looks to QC university, CEGEP campuses for recruitment Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

A new centre run by Ryerson University will bring together researchers in nutrition, energy, and water in an urban context, reports the Toronto Star. Yesterday, the university unveiled plans for its $45.7M Centre for Urban Innovation in downtown Toronto. The 40,000-square-foot facility will reportedly adapt an 1886 heritage building that has been part of Ryerson since 1963. The building will be designed with many common spaces to encourage interaction among researchers, with an additional focus on pairing researchers with local startups. The building will “allow our faculty and students to develop solutions to critical urban issues,” wrote Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi in a statement. Toronto Star | Ryerson

Ryerson unveils plans for new innovation hub Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

New Brunswick has announced changes to the Student Employment Experience Development program, some of which come in response to concerns raised about the program last year. The changes include 100% funding for positions at non-profit organizations and First Nations communities, 50% funding for positions in the private sector and municipalities, and an additional 400 positions. “Putting the onus on students to make this employment opportunity better for them, in their own way, is fundamentally what the SEED program is all about,” commented Robert Burroughs, Executive Director of The New Brunswick Student Alliance. “It's about students, and student employment.” CBC

NB announces changes to student employment program Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

“Ensuring our students are successful in translating their fundamental education into career opportunities is vital for the success of our students, businesses and economy,” writes Alon Eisenstein of the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto. Eisenstein writes about how students are able to learn these skills by taking on internships with startup companies, which are “constantly revisiting their business plans, re-evaluating their potential market and developing and re-developing their products.” Reflecting on the Impact Centre’s experiences and successes, the author encourages both students and industry to further investigate these opportunities to their mutual benefit, and suggests that the government support this model for work-integrated learning. Globe and Mail

Startups provide key internship experience to postsecondary students Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

The business program at the University of Prince Edward Island has been officially renamed the Faculty of Business, in a move that Dean of Business Juergen Krause says is in keeping with the program’s growing status. When it began as a business administration program in 1969, the program reportedly had 200 students. Today, there are 800. “Historically we have grown significantly over time, in terms of student numbers, in terms of research opportunities,” says Krause, who adds that the school is looking to stay competitive with nearby universities that use the word faculty to refer to their business programs. “Students search for what is important for them and a faculty usually has a good standing.” CBC

UPEI's business program renamed as Faculty of Business Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

“Colleges and universities will undoubtedly face more student unrest” in the coming years, write Nancy Thomas and Adam Gismondi for Inside Higher Ed, which is why educators need to think about how to use this opportunity to encourage inclusive political learning and participation. To this end, the authors offer a number of suggestions for how instructors can make the most of what they call a historic opportunity. These suggestions include using examples of student activism to teach problem-based learning, provide students with opportunities to gather and identify issues worthy of discussion, and teach the best possible habits of discussion. Finally, the authors suggest that the presidents and senior leaders of PSE institutions become more public about their positions on political issues as a way of providing students with more points of engagement. Inside Higher Ed

How educators can make the most of growing student activism Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

Laurentian University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine have signed an affiliation agreement with Health Sciences North Research Institute that will enhance research collaboration between the three institutions. An NOSM release states that the institutions’ shared goal is to improve the health of Northern Ontario residents by sharing resources through technology transfers, research development, and administrative support. “The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s partnership with Health Sciences North Research Institute and Laurentian University will further enable our faculty members to continue to conduct valuable health research that will lead to improvements in clinical practice, health care, health outcomes, and education in line with NOSM’s social accountability mandate,” says NOSM Dean Roger Strasser. NOSM

Laurentian, NOSM, HSNRI partner to strengthen northern research Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

Brandon University is set to significantly increase its footprint in downtown Brandon through the acquisition of five parcels of land. A BrandonU release states that the land transfers will come at “minimal dollar value to facilitate the initiative while not straining the University’s financial resources.” “This is a truly exciting opportunity that we are ready to seize,” said BrandonU President Gervan Fearon. “We are building on the priorities of our Academic Plan and on the themes emerging from our Campus Master Plan to serve as a catalyst for growth and innovation, and to leverage the University’s capacity in support of community development. We will be pursuing a large-scale mixed-use and residence development in the downtown core that is good for BU students, faculty and staff, and for our partners.” BrandonU

BrandonU moves to acquire significant land in downtown Brandon Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

Robots have decimated employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector, and are now setting their sights on sectors that were once considered safe from automation, writes Eboo Patel for the Chronicle of Higher Education. The author notes that by some estimates, as much as 43% of the labour hours logged in the banking sector could be lost to automation in the near future. For Patel, this trend places a growing emphasis on jobs that rely on human interaction, creativity, and judgment, which the author claims are skills taught most effectively by the liberal arts. “The reason is simple,” Patel concludes. “People need interaction with other people to become better people, better citizens, and better employees. We have long relied on liberal education to produce such people, and all indications are that we will need it for many more years to come.” Chronicle

Why robots will save the liberal arts Top Ten 02/08/2017 - 03:30 02/08/2017 - 03:30

Students from all of Canada’s 22 law schools have begun working on how Canadian law can be used to support refugees turned away by the United States. The Canadian Press reports that between 300 and 500 law students from across the country worked in four-hour shifts this weekend to conduct legal research as part of a “research-a-thon,” with the ultimate goal of gathering information for the Canadian Council for Refugees to help support a potential legal challenge to the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement. “What was fascinating was to see how fast people mobilized around this,” said Pearl Eliadis, a Montreal human rights lawyer who teaches at McGill University. “There has been this amazing coalescing of lawyers, advocates, scholars around what is manifestly a deeply troubling development in international law and in Canada’s relationship with the United States.” Montreal Gazette | CBC | iPolitics (CP)

Canadian law students engage in “research-a-thon” to support refugees refused by US Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

Taking legal action against the Nova Scotia Teachers Union was a “last resort,” write the presidents of Mount Saint Vincent University, St Francis Xavier University, and Acadia University. In a nearly identical letter posted on the schools’ websites, the presidents acknowledge the frustration of all those involved in the dispute, which centres on the inability for education students to pursue teaching practicums under the current strike. The presidents note that while they are willing to change their degree requirements to help the 600 students affected by the strike, they note that they “have no authority to change the number of weeks required for teacher certification—in Nova Scotia, in other provinces and internationally.” CBC

NS university leaders explain decision to take teachers’ union to court Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

The New Brunswick government has announced that it will increase funding for some areas of PSE by just over 5% in its latest provincial budget. The Canadian Press reports that the new funding will include new grants for community colleges and money for “research and strategic initiatives.” The change will also reportedly include a 5% increase in funds available for student financial assistance in both the university and college sectors. While the budget reportedly includes additional university funding, the CP reports that details on the subject are not yet available. Hamilton Spectator (CP)

NB to increase some PSE funding by more than 5% Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

“There is an unsettling gap between our pedagogical goals and the structural rewards of university,” write Teresa Kramarz and Kourosh Houshmand for University Affairs. The authors argue that many students in PSE will avoid taking risks out of fear of receiving a lower grade, yet the growth of on-campus incubators offers students a chance to be more daring and experimental in their learning. That said, the authors note that the main goal for many of these incubators is to help students commercialize their ideas and create marketable products. The authors argue that the true goals of these incubators should be much broader and should centre on the co-creation of knowledge, experimentation, tracking of progress, and building of relationships. The authors conclude that “[a]cademic institutions remain relevant precisely because they have the luxury, if not the mandate, to invest in students’ growth, not in their ventures.” University Affairs

Incubators should invest in students’ growth, not their ventures: UA contributors Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

Part-time students, married students, and students with dependants studying in Ontario find their education unaffordable, says Danielle Pierre, a Research and Policy Analyst for the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. The claim draws on survey data from over 10,000 students that was collected by OUSA’s biennial Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey in November 2015. Among students’ primary concerns about PSE was affordability, specifically with respect to tuition, ancillary fees, and financial assistance. The affordability concerns for part-time students, married students, and students with dependants are especially compelling, notes Pierre, when one considers the fact that 79% of students surveyed worked during the summer and 38% worked during the school year to pay for school. OUSA

Affordability, quality, and accessibility rank as top priorities in OUSA student survey Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

Some participants in a University of Calgary study have expressed concerns about “pockets of perceived disrespect” and a “lack of respect for diverse voices” in campus culture, reports the Calgary Herald. The newspaper notes that the survey was part of an ongoing consultation that the university is undertaking as it moves toward the next phase of its Eyes High institutional strategy. In addition to their concerns about disrespect for certain voices, some respondents reportedly expressed concern about lingering communication gaps within the university. “The rich feedback we received through the 2016 consultation process is of tremendous value as we begin to draft an energized Eyes High strategy,” said UCalgary President Elizabeth Cannon in a statement. “It is exciting to confirm that we are on the right track and to learn where people feel we can focus to improve even more.” Calgary Herald

UCalgary study reveals concerns about “pockets of perceived disrespect” on campus Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

The Indigenous Community Planning program at UBC will continue for another five years thanks to a $500K grant, reports the Vancouver Sun. Funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the grant will allow the program to hire an Indigenous instructor and increase the program’s student intake from six to 10 students per year. ICP is offered as a masters concentration in which students attend core courses, followed by an eight-month practicum where students are sent out in pairs to spend 400 hours living in and working with an Indigenous community. “I think it’s a breakthrough way of doing planning with indigenous communities,” said program Chairwoman Leonie Sandercock. “I think we’re the first planning program in North America to recognize the need to think deeply about how to work in a good way with indigenous communities, given the range of issues affecting indigenous communities and their relationships with the Government of Canada.” Vancouver Sun

UBC Indigenous community planning program secures funding for five years Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

The proposed cutting of programs for locally-educated teachers and social workers in the Northwest Territories has garnered criticism, reports CBC. The NWT government has announced a proposed $1.9M reduction in funding to Aurora College, which will reportedly result in the cutting of the college’s four-year bachelor of education program and two-year social worker program. “We're not going to let this happen. We're already taking action to see what we can do to get this changed,” says first-year education program student Justina Black. NWT Education Minister Alfred Moses said that the programs are being cut because of low enrolment and completion rates in both programs. There are currently 29 students in the bachelor of education program and 30 students in the social worker program. CBC reports that students already enrolled in the programs will have the opportunity to finish their degree or diploma. CBC

Cuts to Aurora teacher, social worker programs spark criticism Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

Carleton University will be transforming its outdoor amphitheatre into an Indigenous learning and gathering space, which has temporarily been named Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Park. The university will consult with Indigenous students, faculty, and staff; as well as Indigenous communities and groups on the use and design of the space. “This project is a wonderful opportunity for Carleton to engage the Indigenous students, faculty and broader community in a necessary dialogue that speaks to our efforts to implement the TRC Calls to Action in a way that tangible, timely and relevant,” said Kahente Horn-Miller, assistant professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. The Carleton release outlines a number of other related initiatives that the university is currently pursuing. Carleton

Carleton transforming outdoor amphitheatre into Indigenous space Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

Georgian College has announced that it will launch 10 new programs in September 2017 that range from culinary programs to biotechnology programs. The programs include a mix of diploma, certificate, and graduate certificates; as well as two degree-diplomas to be offered in partnership with Lakehead University. Eight of the programs will be offered at the institution’s Barrie Campus; while the Mechanical Techniques – Industrial Maintenance certificate program will be available at the Robbert Hartog Midland Campus and the Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-profit Sector graduate certificate program will be offered online on a part-time basis. Georgian

Georgian announces 10 new programs Top Ten 02/07/2017 - 03:30 02/07/2017 - 03:30

The current political climate in the US may add a significant injection of cash into the Canadian economy through an increased flow of international students, Universities Canada President Paul Davidson tells the Canadian Press. According to a 2014 federal study, international students have an economic impact of roughly $11.4B on the Canadian economy, which is higher than the amount created by softwood lumber, financial services, or wheat. Davidson adds that Canadian universities have also seen a surge in interest from “Nobel-calibre” researchers who are considering a move to Canada after Donald Trump’s election in the US and Brexit in the UK. “This isn't going to happen overnight, but the phones started ringing in mid-November and they haven't stopped ringing,” says Davidson. CBC

US political climate could provide major boon to Canadian higher ed Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 03:30 02/06/2017 - 03:30

Undergraduate students at the University of Windsor have approved the construction of a new athletics facility. CBC reports that the motion to approve the construction passed with a 64% majority, with students voting to pay $125 annually in additional fees to fund the project beginning in 2019. The project received criticism from some who argued that the additional fees would unfairly burden students, but UWindsor Dean of Human Kinetics Michael Khan says that the new centre will be invaluable for students' physical and mental health. Khan adds that the next step will be to solicit written approval from all of the school’s student presidents before putting the centre to the board of governors for final approval. Khan tells CBC that he is hopeful that the new complex will be completed in three to four years. CBC | Windsor Star | Windsor Star (Criticism)

UWindsor students vote yes to $73M athletic complex expansion Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 03:30 02/06/2017 - 03:30

The National Association of Career Colleges has issued a statement calling on the Canadian government to offer international students at regulated career colleges the same access to a post-graduate work permit as those from publicly funded institutions. The release notes that 25,000 international students studying each year at a Canadian career college are currently not eligible to apply for a post-graduate work permit, an option that is open only to  international students from public institutions. “International students who attend Canada’s regulated career colleges deserve fair and equal treatment, and that includes access to the post-graduate work permit,” said NACC CEO Serge Buy. “In light of recent immigration concerns south of the border, Canada needs to ensure that all eligible international post-secondary students are welcomed to this country and have equal access to the benefits of living and studying here.” NACC

International students at career colleges need equal access to work permits, says NACC Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 03:30 02/06/2017 - 03:30

A Wood Innovation Research Lab is being built by the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George to provide students in the Master of Engineering in Wood Design Program more space to work. These students have previously conducted work through the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, which was created by the BC Government to spur research on new uses of wood and encourage new jobs and markets in the industry. “We really needed a much larger lab facility in order for our students to build much larger wood structures to do everything from testing how wood is put together to seismic events to large-scale wood models,” said UNBC President Daniel Weeks, who noted that the program has received international interest. The project received $4.5M in combined federal and provincial funding, and the City of Prince George provided UNBC with the land for the building. CBC | Prince George Citizen | UNBC

UNBC builds Wood Innovation Research Lab Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 12:28 02/06/2017 - 03:30

The University of Saskatchewan has signed an agreement with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations that will see the two work together to improve the academic success of First Nations students. The agreement also commits the USask president and FSIN Chief to each present the initiatives that their organization or institution has undertaken to support and serve Indigenous students on an annual basis. “Our young people are seeking educational opportunities that will lead to productive careers,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “These types of improved relationships will ensure our First Nation students get their educational needs met. Many of our First Nations students have graduated from the U of S and others are currently enrolled, therefore we advocate on their behalf to ensure their success in exercising the inherent and treaty right to education.” The Star Phoenix | Nation Talk

FSIN, USask partner on support for First Nations students Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 03:30 02/06/2017 - 03:30

Durham College has announced that it will receive $1M from the City of Oshawa to support the construction of its new Centre for Collaborative Education. The multi-level, 75,000-square-foot facility will be home to departments such as the School-College-Work Initiative and its affiliated Centre for Success program; the Centre for Indigenous Peoples; the Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions; and the Spark Centre; among others. “This generous donation is a strong reflection of Durham College’s longstanding relationship with the City of Oshawa,” said Durham President Don Lovisa. “It not only represents an investment in education but in the broader Oshawa community, which we have proudly been a part of for the past 50 years.” Durham

Durham to receive $1M from City of Oshawa to support Centre for Collaborative Education Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 03:30 02/06/2017 - 03:30

“[T]he climate at many colleges and universities has become more polarized,” writes Kevin Kruger for Inside Higher Ed, and the resulting rise in student activism “will not be easy for colleges and universities to manage.” The author highlights the cancellation of a speaking engagement last week at UC Berkeley that occurred when protests over the event became violent, and notes that the task of keeping students safe while creating space for dissent has grown increasingly difficult. However, Kruger adds that even as institutions “should embrace ideas all along the political spectrum, we can’t and shouldn’t be value neutral.” Institutions need to make their positions known, Kruger argues, especially on issues of inclusion, diversity, and human dignity. “Allowing student organizations to bring controversial speakers, even those who preach hatred and intolerance, will be painful and challenging to many of our students,” Kruger concludes. “But in the end, unless cost issues or safety issues are insurmountable, we must support the basic rights of free expression.” Inside Higher Ed

Dealing with controversial speakers on campus is only going to get harder: IHE contributor Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 03:30 02/06/2017 - 03:30

Camosun College has partnered with six English language schools to provide students of these schools with the opportunity to enter Camosun programs after meeting the college's English requirements. A Camosun release notes that the six schools boast recruitment offices or education consultants in a combined 55 countries.The college’s release also notes that the language providers have a presence in markets where Camosun has only recently begun recruitment efforts, such as Africa and Latin America. The agreements “mak[e] it possible for greater flexibility and suitability for the students’ personal education timeline,” said Camosun International Director Christiaan Bernard. Camosun

Camosun partners on pathways with English language providers Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 03:30 02/06/2017 - 03:30

triOS College Business Technology Healthcare and Eastern College have responded to the closure of all Canada-based HMV stores by offering $1.5K bursaries to employees who have been laid off as a result. The bursaries will also be available to the thousands of employees who have been laid off due to the closures of other retail chains including Danier, Jacob, and Smart Set. Recipients of the bursaries will be able to put them toward career training diploma programs. “As career colleges, triOS and Eastern College provide training to get laid-off employees back into the workforce,” says triOS Corporation President Stuart Bentley. “Our bursary is a financial contribution to help people explore their career options.” triOS

triOS, Eastern College offer bursaries to laid-off HMV employees Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 03:30 02/06/2017 - 03:30

“We thought, if nobody's going to help us, we'll help ourselves,” says Ladan Mowlid, President of the Black Students’ Association at Memorial University. Mowlid tells CBC that the decision to form the group in August 2016 was inspired by her discussions with peers about their experiences at the university. "I was oftentimes the only person of colour in my classroom, so I felt like that in itself was already hard to adjust to,” adds Mowlid. She explains that she has contacted the Black Business and Professional Association of Toronto to help business and commerce students at MUN find placements, and that she is hoping to help engineering students find placements as well. CBC

MUN Black Students' Association forms to provide sense of unity Top Ten 02/06/2017 - 03:30 02/06/2017 - 03:30

University campuses across Canada are hosting events this week to show support for the victims of Sunday’s shootings at a Quebec City mosque, writes Simona Chiose for the Globe and Mail, and Muslim students say that these demonstrations are necessary to help fight incidents of Islamophobia that have become more common in recent months. “We’ve had conversations with diversity leaders at universities and we have heard that they feel students need support,” said Amira Elghawaby, the communications director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). The article further discusses the ways that recent incidents have come about. While some have blamed the internet for promoting and spreading Islamophobia, Concordia University Associate Professor of Education Vivek Venkatesh notes that “citizens find ways in which these conversations have lasting value. An open Internet is a very powerful way to have a dialogue.” Globe and Mail (Subscription Required)

Campuses demonstrate much-needed support for Muslim students in wake of mosque attack: Globe Top Ten 02/03/2017 - 03:30 02/03/2017 - 03:30

Ontario’s college sector is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the launch of the new William G Davis Innovation Fund. Named for former ON Premier William Davis, the fund asks college students and alumni to compete for cash prizes by pitching innovative projects and initiatives. “When we launched the Ontario college system 50 years ago, I had hoped that we would create a meaningful and rewarding system that prepares students for a broad range of careers,” said the Honourable William Davis. “That hope was not only realized but surpassed. Today's colleges are preparing students for many of today's most challenging careers. This new fund will promote some of the truly innovative ideas being developed at colleges throughout the province.” Colleges Ontario

ON colleges ask students to pitch innovation projects with new fund Top Ten 02/03/2017 - 03:30 02/03/2017 - 03:30

When the new Emily Carr University of Art + Design campus on Great Northern Way opens for classes after Labour Day, it will be sporting a new logo and visual identity, says the Vancouver Sun. The new campus building is being built at the cost of approximately $122M, which will be the institution’s first purpose-built home. The building will feature a state-of-the-art fibre-optic network; studios for metalworking, ceramics, pottery, and sculpture; a covered outdoor area; and a 400-seat theatre. “Emily Carr University is setting out on a bold new future in a bold new building,” stated ECUAD President Ron Burnett. The new logo’s shape and colours are reportedly inspired by the painting palette of Canadian artist Emily Carr. Vancouver Sun | Straight | ECUAD

ECUAD unveils new logo ahead of move to new campus Top Ten 02/03/2017 - 03:30 02/03/2017 - 03:30

The University of Northern British Columbia is considering establishing an international high school on its campus. The Prince George Citizen reports that if the institution goes forward with the plan, a school with capacity for 50 to 100 high school students could be piloted as soon as September 2018.  The long-term intention would be to prepare students for postsecondary education in Canada. “They'll be more at home, they'll be more familiar with the place, so the transition to the university would be better,” explained UNBC Provost Dan Ryan, who added that increasing the university’s international student population would help Canadian students gain a global perspective. Prince George Citizen

UNBC considering on-campus high school for international students Top Ten 02/03/2017 - 03:30 02/03/2017 - 03:30

Students at Okanagan College say they are disappointed by the school’s recent decision to increase tuition fees beginning next year. The college’s Board of Governors has voted to increase domestic tuition by 2% and international tuition by 5%, a move that will reportedly offset a projected $1.7M budgetary shortfall by roughly $500K. The chairperson of the college board, Connie Denesiuk, said that the decision was difficult, but necessary due to lack of other avenues for balancing the budget. “Funding isn’t keeping pace with the increases in benefits, wages and utilities. We know that costs continue to climb,” said Denesiuk. The college’s student’s union has said that it wants some of the additional $500K to be allocated for mental health initiatives, including the hiring of more counsellors and the reinstatement of an on-campus nurse. Global News

Okanagan students speak out against rise in tuition fees Top Ten 02/03/2017 - 03:30 02/03/2017 - 03:30

Negative perceptions of the word “community” have led Northwest Community College to begin considering options for a new name, reports the Terrace Standard. “It’s how we fit into the world of postsecondary education. We get a lot of complaints. It’s that word ‘community’,” says Ken Burt, who says that members of the public see the word “community” as something that lowers the college’s standing. For these reasons, Burt adds, the college has also examined the “Northwest” component of its name. “We’re not even in the northwest, more like the middle west,” said Burt. “The problem with geographic locations are that they are problematic when you’re trying to expand your marketing efforts outside your region.” Terrace Standard

NWCC weighs options for name change Top Ten 02/03/2017 - 03:30 02/03/2017 - 03:30

Giving students performance feedback through a digital academic “dashboard” can help motivate some students to work harder, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Information. The researchers partnered with a digital learning company to collect data about students and present it to them at important moments in their PSE journeys. During the course of the research, students with a grade average of B or lower said they would be more likely than students with higher GPAs to use the dashboard’s feedback feature and take action on the system’s suggestions, such as talking to their professor. “What this kind of research can help us figure out is which students can benefit most from feedback,” said Stephanie Teasley, research professor in the Michigan School of Information. Inside Higher Ed

Study explores effect of data dashboards on student performance Top Ten 02/03/2017 - 03:30 02/03/2017 - 03:30

Simon Fraser University’s senate has officially endorsed an Open Access Policy that demonstrates the academic community's commitment to share its research with the broadest possible audience. Faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows at the school can satisfy the new policy by submitting an electronic copy of their published papers to the SFU library through an online deposit form. The text will then be made available to the public once the library has considered requirements for access delay. “Growing our open access, open data and open innovation activities is a key aspect of SFU’s Strategic Research Plan,” says Joy Johnson, SFU’s vice-president, research and international. “SFU is recognized as a trailblazer in open access and open knowledge initiatives, and the new OAP policy further supports our vision of being Canada’s leading engaged university.” SFU

SFU promotes public access to research with new policy Top Ten 02/03/2017 - 03:30 02/03/2017 - 03:30

Cape Breton University and the school's faculty association have reached a tentative contract agreement. In a joint release, the groups said that the agreement will now proceed to the university's board of governors and the membership of the Cape Breton University Faculty Association for ratification. CBC reports that prior negotiations had centred on the agreement’s contentious “layoff clause,” which would allow the university to lay off faculty members in certain circumstances. The school and faculty association have said that the terms of the new deal will be announced in the coming days. CBC | CBU

CBU reaches tentative deal with faculty Top Ten 02/03/2017 - 03:30 02/03/2017 - 03:30

A growing number of academics are calling for a complete boycott of academic conferences hosted in the United States because of the country's recent travel ban, reports Simona Chiose for the Globe and Mail. While academic boycotts are not unusual, Chiose notes, the most recent calls for a US boycott are unique in how quickly they have gathered support. By Tuesday afternoon, over 4,000 academics around the world had signed a petition calling for the US boycott. “What we don’t want is for academic life to go on as usual. That would erase the bodies and voices of those who cannot be there,” says University of Alberta Associate Professor of Philosophy Marie-Eve Morin. Loren Landau of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, however, argues that “if you boycott academic conferences, you are doing Trump’s work: silencing critical voices and isolating the U.S. Why organize a protest that aids the very man you’re trying to undermine?” Globe and Mail

Academics debate boycotting US conferences Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 03:30 02/02/2017 - 03:30

Five Canadian universities have made the top 40 “most international” universities in the world, according to rankings released by Times Higher Education. The rankings are drawn largely from the “international outlook” section of the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, which covers international staff, students, and co-authors. However, the ranking also factors in a measure of universities’ international reputations. The University of British Columbia was Canada’s highest-ranked university in this regard, placing #12 in the world. McGill University was the second highest-ranked Canadian institution at #23, followed by the University of Alberta (#31), University of Toronto (#32), and University of Waterloo (#34). Times Higher Education

Five Canadian institutions make THE’s “most international” universities ranking Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 03:30 02/02/2017 - 03:30

University faculty from across Nova Scotia claim that a lawsuit filed against the province’s teacher’s union by five universities “disrespects” the labour process, reports Metro. This Tuesday, the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers issued a release asking Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Mount Saint Vincent University, St Francis Xavier University, and Université Sainte-Anne to drop their suit against the NSTU for refusing to supervise student teachers. “No one wants to see students, or student teachers, harmed,” ANSUT President Marc Lamoureux said in the release. “But the decision of the five universities to sue the NSTU is an intrusion by a third party in the collective bargaining process of a certified union, and is especially troublesome given that the union membership is set to vote on the latest deal on February 8.” Metro

NS faculty association calls on universities to drop lawsuit against teacher’s union Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 03:30 02/02/2017 - 03:30

After a reported 27 years of effort, l’Institut Femmes, Sociétés, Égalité et Équité has formally been founded at Université Laval.  La Presse reports that for IFSEE Director Hélène Lee-Gosselin, this marks a formal recognition of feminist studies by the university’s senior management. “De facto equality [between men and women] is still an objective to be achieved,” said President Denis Brière at the launch of the new institute. La Presse reports that the university was able to obtain funding for the institute thanks to an unspecified anonymous donation. Lee-Gosselin states that she is currently working to create a course on gender equality that is relevant to all fields of study at uLaval. La Presse

uLaval opens new feminist institute Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 03:30 02/02/2017 - 03:30

“Over the past year, stories of ransomware attacks at universities from coast to coast have made headlines,” writes Shauna McGinn for University Affairs. While postsecondary institutions have faced cyberattacks before, Brock University Associate Professor Teju Herath says that ransomware represents an evolving and growing threat. Universities face a particularly high risk, Herath argues, because their emphasis on academic freedom makes their networks more open by nature. Further, universities typically hold significant amounts of personal and confidential information in their systems, which act as a strong incentive for hackers to attack their systems. The author concludes the article with a list of steps institutions can take to defend against cyberattacks. University Affairs

How universities can defend against ransomware attacks Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 03:30 02/02/2017 - 03:30

Memorial University and Bishop's University announced this week that they will waive application fees for students from the seven countries affected by the recently announced travel ban in the US. MUN's release expressed deep concern about the ban and pledged to provide “immediate and tangible support” to those affected by it. The release added that the school is also exploring first-semester scholarship support for students from the countries affected, and that MUN will provide further details as soon as they become available. The University of Ottawa has since announced that it will also implement a tuition fee exemption program to allow students affected by the ban to pursue their studies in the fall semester at the same tuition rates as Canadian students, among other measures. MUN | Bishop's | UOttawa

MUN, Bishop's waive application fees for students affected by US travel ban, UOttawa pledges tuition exemption Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 10:45 02/02/2017 - 03:30

Tutors, markers, teaching assistants, and other academic workers at the University of Winnipeg will receive a 10% to 23% wage hike, and a further 2% increase in August 2017 as part of a collective agreement imposed by the Manitoba Labour Board. The agreement outlines stipulations around new job postings, transparent hiring processes, paid training and orientation sessions for all employees, and more. “Congratulations to the bargaining team and to all of the student workers on this important achievement,” said Sharon Muldrew, president of PSAC Local 55600. “The working world for millennials is more and more precarious, but I want students to know that if they fight for labour justice, they can achieve it.” CBC

UWinnipeg academic workers receive 10% to 23% wage hike in first agreement Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 12:24 02/02/2017 - 03:30

“Education today, and higher education in particular, is a global project,” write Molly Land and Kathryn Libal for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Yet the authors argue that the recent travel ban in the United States “undermines core values of our institutions of higher learning, many of which have long been refuges for freethinkers, dissidents, and intellectuals.” The ban should be especially concerning to educators, the authors add, as it sends a signal to many talented scholars and researchers that America may not be a safe place for them to study and teach. “[H]owever we respond, let us do so with the awareness that the executive order is an attack on all of us,” the authors conclude. “It is an attack on our students, our colleagues, and our friends—and on the values, purpose, and vitality of higher education itself.” Chronicle

Higher education as a global enterprise is under threat: Chronicle contributor Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 03:30 02/02/2017 - 03:30

“Hopefully all the participants, including the City of Brampton, will see the tremendous advantages,” writes Terry Miller of Ontario’s current efforts to create a Brampton-based university in partnership with one of the province’s 20 universities. The author cites ON Minister Deb Matthews' claim that that “lower skill and lower paid jobs may disappear within a decade” as part of the impetus behind the effort to establish a university campus in Brampton. The city has “had a diversity advantage with its 209 cultures and 80 languages,” the author notes, adding that “[those] features make international global markets an opportunity, but everyone needs to come to the table to create those possibilities.” Miller speculates on whether the project will come up against barriers before it can gain momentum, but concludes that if successful, the project “will shape success for the thousands of people that pass through the continuum of learning in this city.” Brampton Guardian

Brampton well-positioned to take advantage of new university: Guardian contributor Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 03:30 02/02/2017 - 03:30

“[In] order to deal with the challenges that incivility poses, faculty members must move beyond seeking solutions to every case of incivility they might encounter,” writes Courtney Wright for Inside Higher Ed. Instead, the author argues that faculty should work to understand the broader forces that are driving a rise of incivility in PSE. Wright argues that this approach is necessary because it helps faculty empathize with different perspectives and understand the disparities that exist in how faculty members experience incivility in different ways. “Faculty members are on the front lines of areas pertinent to students’ educational experiences and the success of institutions of higher learning,” the author concludes. “Creating a space for faculty members to productively share—and administrators to acknowledge—these realities is vital to providing the resources and support necessary to address incivility effectively.” Inside Higher Ed

How faculty can deal with incivility in the classroom Top Ten 02/02/2017 - 03:30 02/02/2017 - 03:30

A professor and researcher at Université Laval was among the victims killed in the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec City on Sunday night, reports CBC. Khaled Belkacemi, 60, was a father and full professor at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science at uLaval. “It's a big loss,” said Hani Antoun, a retired uLaval professor. “He was a very competent and well known man in his field.” Belkacemi’s wife, Safia Hamoudi, is also a full professor and researcher in the same faculty at uLaval. “Our university community is in mourning today. We mourn the death of an esteemed member of the Faculty and the University, a devoted and beloved man of his colleagues and students,” said uLaval University Rector Denis Brière in a statement. CBC | Journal de Montréal | Montreal Gazette

uLaval professor among those killed in QC mosque attack Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia has announced the creation of a new task force in response to a ban that prevents residents of seven countries from entering the US, reports CTV News. The task force will have an initial budget of $250K and will work to determine how the university can help those affected by the ban. A release from UBC President Santa Ono states that “UBC's academic strength and stature depends upon the freedom of our faculty, staff and students to travel abroad for purposes of scholarship and study and upon our ability to welcome the most talented individuals from around the world to our campuses. Actions that restrict this movement based on a person’s nationality or birthplace go against our values as a university.” CTV News | UBC

UBC creates $250K task force to support students, faculty impacted by US travel ban Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

Five universities are pursuing legal action against the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, claiming that the group’s work-to-rule action is threatening the careers of students currently enrolled in the province’s education programs. CBC reports that Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Mount Saint Vincent University, St Francis Xavier University, and Université Sainte-Anne filed papers this Monday with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, charging that the work-to-rule action may prevent 300 education students from graduating on time. A release from the institutions states that the union is violating the province’s Education Act by not accepting or supervising student teachers. Nova Scotia Teachers Union President Liette Doucet denies the claim, stating that teachers “are in a legal strike position which gives us the right to do that.” CBC

Five NS universities launch legal action against teachers union over work-to-rule Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

“We can manage in the short term, but over the long term we are in trouble,” says Canadore College President George Burton of all small-to-medium-sized colleges in Ontario. Burton tells the North Bay Nugget that while ON’s current college funding formula “works for the larger colleges, which have economies of scale” and access to larger population centres, it does not come close to covering the costs of smaller institutions. “We do not have three years or four years to address a funding shortfall,” says Burton. “We have to address it this year. Next year will be a new ballgame.” The Nugget reports that since 2007-08, provincial funding for colleges’ operating costs has decreased each year in real dollars. “We will push our way through,” adds Burton. “We will continue doing what we should be doing to fulfill our mandate. But we can’t do it alone.” North Bay Nugget

ON college funding formula doesn’t add up for small, medium schools: Canadore president Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

Simon Fraser University has announced the creation of a new research institute that will bolster British Columbia’s healthy aging tech industry. The centre will support research in areas such as mobile technologies, smart environments, big data, visualization and simulation, and wearable devices. SFU says that the Science and Technology for Aging Research Institute “builds on a significant ‘critical mass’ of research programs that already exist at SFU and will provide a platform for future proposals.” It will also act as a conduit for collaborations with community partners, service providers, and government. “The STAR Institute is a prime example of what we can accomplish through collaboration and the mobilization of ideas for positive social and economic impact,” says SFU’s Vice-President, Research and International Joy Johnson. SFU

Healthy aging at stake for new SFU tech research institute Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

“While most university faculty, staff and administrators may not be in a position to directly influence federal immigration law or enforcement priorities, we do have the ability—indeed, we would argue, the responsibility—to mediate the impact of immigration policies on undocumented students,” write Anita Casavantes Bradford, Laura E Enriquez, and Susan Bibler Coutin. To this end, the authors offer ten ways that PSE faculty and administrators can better support immigrant students. These suggestions include learning about the laws and policies that impact undocumented students’ educational access, signaling support for students, and giving careful consideration to discussions of immigration-related issues and the current political climate in the classroom. Inside Higher Ed

Ten ways faculty, admin can support immigrant students Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

British Columbia has announced that it will continue to increase targeted funding for postsecondary training for in-demand occupations through 2017-18. While roughly 22% of the province’s $1.86B for PSE institutions is currently put toward targeted operating grants, the province is looking to increase this proportion to 25% by 2017-18. A BC release notes that the province also plans to increase targeted funding by $50M and to raise the overall amount of targeted funding for in-demand job training to $270M. The release adds that almost one million job openings are expected in the province by 2025 due to retirements and economic growth, and that eight out of 10 of these job openings will require some sort of postsecondary education or training. BC

BC to continue increasing targeted funds for in-demand job training Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

Mount Royal University and Mount Saint Vincent University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that connects the two institutions’ public relations programs. The MOU states that the institutions will explore collaborative opportunities such as credit transfers, student and faculty exchanges, collaborative programming, reciprocal work placements, and joint research and graduate student supervision. “For many years Mount Royal was the only public relations degree-granting institution in Western Canada and we considered Mount Saint Vincent our ‘sister’ program in Eastern Canada,” said Jane McNichol, chair of the Department of Public Relations in the School of Communication Studies at MRU. MRU

MRU, MSVU sign MOU for public relations programs Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick has received a $6.2M investment from Emera Inc to establish the Emera & NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies. The investment will also fund smart grid research and support an Emera Chair in Smart Grid Technologies at UNB. “Smart grid is the future of electrical power distribution,” said UNB President Eddy Campbell. “This is a compelling example of a strong academic-industry partnership that will fuel innovation and growth in the economy. We are grateful for Emera’s leadership and contribution to advancing research in this area.” The new centre will reportedly facilitate industry partnerships and applied research. UNB

UNB receives $6.2M investment for smart grid technology research Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

Eligible graduates of Fleming College’s Visual and Creative Arts Diploma program will now have the opportunity to enter directly into the second year of Sheridan College’s four-year Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design (BC&D) degree program. “A partnership with Sheridan College provides Fleming College graduates with an opportunity to seamlessly continue developing their studio practice while earning an Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design,” said Fleming's Haliburton Campus Principal Sandra Dupret. “Further, this pathway is an acknowledgment of the degree ready skills that our students develop during their studies at Haliburton School of Art + Design.” Fleming

Sheridan and Fleming sign MOU on new pathway to Bachelor of Craft and Design Top Ten 02/01/2017 - 03:30 02/01/2017 - 03:30

Canadian universities have issued “a rare political statement” by opposing the current ban on citizens from seven countries entering the United States, as well as the suspension of refugee admissions, writes Simona Chiose for the Globe and Mail. In a statement released over the weekend, Universities Canada voiced grave concerns about US President Donald Trump’s executive order, noting that it would have a “real, immediate and profound” impact on students, faculty, and staff at Canadian campuses. “University presidents and academics from across the country are saying that this is too important to stay quiet on,” says the organization’s president Paul Davidson. “This is not just a political and rhetorical statement to offer support to academics around the world, it’s about students, faculty and staff on Canadian campuses now.” A number of universities have issued individual statements expressing concern about the travel ban and offering support to students affected by it. Globe and Mail | Universities Canada

Universities Canada issues statement condemning US travel ban Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

Ontario colleges have asked Ontario Premeir Kathleen Wynne for increased funding and have called for a meeting to address a sector-wide budget shortfall that could be as large as $1.9B, reports the Globe and Mail. “The government seems to be able to find money for a number of sectors – there is money for hospitals, for school boards. … Also hundreds of millions of dollars are coming for transit. We feel we are not being heard as a system,” says Colleges Ontario Chair Fred Gibbons. A report from PricewaterhouseCoopers released last week has warned that projected budget shortfalls could threaten the long-term viability of some ON colleges. Globe and Mail

ON colleges to ask premier for funding injection in light of $1.9B projected shortfall Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

“There’s a new kind of foreign student streaming into Canada: They’re adults, typically with spouses, often with children,” reports the Vancouver Sun. The new trend is especially prominent among students from Asian countries, and is reportedly the result of Canada’s recent decision to provide foreign students with advanced immigration standing through the “fast-track” immigration program. An internal staff memo from Canada’s immigration office in the Philippines reports that “at the most recent study fair in the Philippines, most questions were from mature, married clients with children, who were interested in open work permits for their spouse and study permits for their children.” Immigration Lawyer Richard Kurland, however, warns students that they and their families are by no means guaranteed permanent resident status once the student completes their program of study. Vancouver Sun

Adults with families make up growing proportion of Canada’s international students Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia and Université de Montréal have removed advertisements from a far-right website formerly led by Donald Trump’s top adviser, reports the Canadian Press. Both schools were quick to point out that they only recently learned that their promotional material was appearing on the site. “It wasn’t Université de Montréal that chose to buy advertising on the site,” said uMontréal Spokeswoman Genevieve Omeara. “It’s programmed publicity that is placed automatically on certain websites. We took precautions to ensure it would no longer happen.” UBC’s Susan Danard added that the website “got accidentally on [the ad agency's] list and when we became aware of that we asked them to pull it, which they did.” The CP reports that the removal of the ads is part of a campaign driven by Sleeping Giants, an American activist group that works to divert advertising dollars from the website in question. Globe and Mail (CP)

uMontréal, UBC pull ads from far-right US news website Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

“Don’t be so hard on yourself,” is the message that a new University of British Columbia study is sending to first-year students suffering from stress. The university reports that “self-compassion” ranks among the top factors that help students make it through their first year of study. According to a UBC release, researchers at the school have found that students who reported higher levels of self-compassion “felt more energetic, alive and optimistic during their first semester of university. When the students’ sense of self-compassion levels rose, so too did their engagement and motivation with life.” “Research shows first-year university is stressful,” said Co-author and UBC Kinesiology Professor Peter Crocker. “Students who are used to getting high grades may be shocked to not do as well in university, feel challenged living away from home, and are often missing important social support they had in high school. Self-compassion appears to be an effective strategy or resource to cope with these types of issues.” UBC

UBC releases study on first-year student stress Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

Vancouver Community College has won an appeal against Vancouver Career College on the usage of abbreviations associated with VCC. A BC Supreme Court judge previously found that the private career college had not acted incorrectly in using the abbreviation “VCC” or “VCCollege” to attract traffic to its website, but the BC Court of Appeal reversed the judgement and ordered a permanent injunction restraining Vancouver Career College from using these abbreviations. “It is a short step to identifying the acronym ‘VCC’ with it, there being no evidence of other public institutions with those initials, and the practice of having been established in the province of identifying seats of higher learning by initials: UBC, SFU, BCIT,” said BC Court of Appeal Justice Mary Saunders of the case. VCC | The Province

VCC wins appeal against Vancouver Career College Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

University of Windsor President Alan Wildeman has announced that he will be leaving his position at the university in 2018, an announcement that surprised audience members at his annual State of the University address. “There were a lot of proverbial walks in the snow,” commented Wildeman. “You start thinking, ‘Wow, this place is really looking different.’ Maybe someone else should put their vision on the place.” “He’s been a transformative president,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “He’s been the right person at the right time. He’s done a heck of a job for the university and this community.” Wildeman has served as UWindsor President since 2008, and was renewed for a six-year term beginning in 2014. The board of governors will soon start a search for a new president. UWindsor | Windsor Star

UWindsor President announces departure from institution Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

Canadian nursing students are demanding that the current entry-to-practice exam be scrapped due to inappropriate content and a failure rate that has allegedly skyrocketed since the exam was implemented in 2015, reports CBC. The previous Canadian Registered Nurses Exam had a reported average pass rate of 87%, yet this number has dropped to roughly 70% since the introduction of the US-based National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s exam. CBC adds that the new exam has been disproportionately difficult for Francophones, with this group attaining only a 27% average pass rate. The low success rate is also having the adverse effect of encouraging schools to focus more on exam preparation rather than clinical work and training, says Bryce Boynton, president of the Canadian Nursing Students Association. CBC

Nursing students call for an end to current entry-to-practice exam Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

The University of Alberta has moved to significantly bolster its ties with India, reports the Edmonton Journal. Late last year, UAlberta President David Turpin led a small delegation to Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Delhi to secure new agreements, build on existing partnerships, and meet prospective international students through conferences and youth forums. “For so many years, when people thought about studying abroad, they thought about the UK and USA,” says Turpin. “But Canada in India right now is on the ascendancy.” UAlberta has reportedly signed a number of new partnerships with Indian institutions, which include an agreement to allow 10 Indian PhD candidates from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to pursue up to a year of joint study at UAlberta. Edmonton Journal

UAlberta turns to India for partnerships, exchanges Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

“Many people decide to get a PhD because they feel a strong personal connection to the subject matter,” writes Sarah Peterson, yet this emotional investment can make life very difficult for those who choose to pursue non-academic careers. While Peterson notes that the “false equivalence” between an academic's identity and their subject of study “can make you feel engaged, invigorated and interesting,” she also warns that doing so can alienate some people from the core values that made them pursue an academic field in the first place. The author concludes by offering four ways readers can reconnect with their core values to help guide their non-academic job search. Inside Higher Ed

Your work is not your identity, writes IHE contributor to grad students Top Ten 01/31/2017 - 03:30 01/31/2017 - 03:30

In response to proposed salary hikes for senior executives, Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews has ordered the boards of all 24 colleges in Ontario to revise their proposals for executive compensation. “Quite frankly, having some of the colleges choose comparators 10 times their own size is not in the spirit of the legislation as it was intended and it's not in the spirit of what we are trying to achieve as we move toward a balanced budget,” Matthews stated at a news conference. Matthews reportedly added that, “until they have a compensation program that is in compliance, they remain frozen.” David Brook of the College Executive Council confirmed that ON has sent commentary on the draft compensation programs to the individual colleges, board chairs, and presidents. CBC | Guelph Mercury | Toronto Star

ON tells colleges to reel in raises for leadership Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

The Government of Canada has invested $9.2M into Springboard Atlantic, an organization that allows researchers from Atlantic Canadian colleges and universities to collaborate with industry experts on publicly funded work. The funding will reportedly be used to support 30 commercialization officers—who will connect entrepreneurs with researchers to bring products and services to the market—and to support entrepreneurs and researchers in patenting their intellectual property. “The investment in Springboard Atlantic drives the regional commercialization network that facilitates industry collaborations and new ventures between Atlantic companies and institutions,” commented CEO Chris Mathis. “This increases competitiveness and retains our graduates here in the region.” Canada | Springboard Atlantic | CBC

Canada funds Springboard Atlantic to support research-industry collaborations Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

Laurentian University is looking to address a projected decline in enrolments by offering some employees incentives to leave their jobs, reports CBC. “We're being proactive now so we can sustain balanced budgets in the future,” said Laurentian University president Dominic Giroux, who added that Laurentian has balanced its budget for years and is looking to continue doing so in the event of declining enrolments caused by demographic shifts in Northern Ontario. Offers have reportedly been made to roughly 300 support staff at the school. Tom Fenske, the president of Laurentian’s staff union, says that he believes some of the workers who leave through the program will eventually need to be replaced. The school has currently only offered the incentives to staff, but school officials say they are also negotiating with Laurentian’s faculty union with an aim to offering similar packages to professors. CBC

Laurentian University creates incentive program to reduce staff Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

Holland College has announced that it will receive $5M from the Canadian and Prince Edward Island governments to refurbish Charlottetown's Culinary Institute of Canada. The funding’s announcement coincided with the launch of Nourish, a capital campaign led by the Holland College Foundation. Holland is reportedly looked to raise $7.5M in total to fund a major renovation and expansion to its teaching and learning environment at the Tourism and Culinary Centre, along with a $500K investment in student financial aid. “The funding from the federal and provincial governments puts us much closer to our objective, and demonstrates the commitment both governments have to ensuring that our young people receive a culinary education second to none,” said fundraising campaign chair Kevin Murphy. CBC

Holland receives over $5M for Culinary Institute of Canada revitalization Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

Niagara College’s ncLibraries and Learning Commons have launched the new Exploratory Digital Media Lab and Makerspace at the school's Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. The new library space features a variety of technology and equipment for filming and editing videos, recording audio, designing graphics, and creating prototypes with a 3D scanner and 3D printer. “Libraries have changed so much over the years and are no longer about books anymore,” said library technician Jaclyn Chambers-Page. “We are a space that encourages innovation and creation. We want to inspire.” The lab has received positive responses from staff and students, and Niagara This Week reports that the goal is to create a similar space at the Welland campus library. Niagara This Week | Niagara

Niagara library launches ‘Makerspace’ for students Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

A former program instructor with Nova Scotia Community College has told CBC that cuts to staff and resources are to blame for the uncertain status of a program at the school that helps black students get their high school diploma. For the past two years, low enrolments have prevented the college from running classes for the African Canadian Transition Program offered at its Akerley campus. El Jones, who worked as an instructor in the program before leaving in 2014, said that the program lost both key staff and office space before she left. “I think the result that you're seeing now is that those cuts—which weren't necessarily undertaken with the intent of stopping the program—had an effect on making the program less successful,” she said. NSCC Acting Dean of Access Jill Provoe says that the school still wishes to maintain the program long-term. CBC

Staff cuts to blame for status of NSCC black learning program, says former instructor Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

University College of the North has announced that it will reorient its approach to the delivery of trades training, beginning with the renaming of its Faculty of Trades and Technology as the College of Trades and Technology. Part of the new initiative will be the formation of a strategic council for the CTT, which will be made up of industry leaders and community members to advise on programming at the College. The college will incorporate programming currently offered by UCN’s Faculty of Trades and Technology, and will work with key stakeholders to ensure that the college’s programming helps to address the diverse labour market needs in the north. “The new college model will help to ensure that industry and communities are directly involved in aligning UCN’s trades training activities with social and economic needs in the north,” said Rob Penner, the UCN executive who will be responsible for CTT. NationTalk | UCN

UCN to revamp delivery of trades training through new College of Trades and Technology Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

The Justice Institute of British Columbia has received $1.9M from the Canadian and British Columbian governments to pursue two new capital projects. The first will be the construction of the Driver Education Centre in Pitt Meadows, a modular learning facility for students taking specialized driving courses offered primarily for police recruit and sheriff training. The second project is the replacement of the 21-year-old roof on three buildings at the main JIBC campus in New Westminster, which will help reduce winter heat loss, save on summer cooling, and reduce the carbon footprint at the institution. “These investments will improve access to specialized driving courses and save money on operating costs while reducing our carbon footprint,” said JIBC President Michel Tarko. JIBC

JIBC to improve access while saving money with two capital projects Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

St Mary’s University has announced that it will commit $807K to upgrade its library and biology and chemistry labs. The library will be upgraded in order to improve research, study, and collaboration spaces while increasing overall capacity. The renovations to the science labs will improve the safety, research capacity, and energy efficiency of the facilities. “St. Mary's University is grateful to be receiving funding to increase research and teaching capacity on campus. Structural upgrades to the biology and chemistry laboratories will significantly increase the scope and robustness of research and teaching,” said Vice-President Academic and Dean Tara Hyland-Russell. Just under $400K of the investment will come from the Government of Canada. Canada

StMU to provide more space for study, collaboration with $807K investment Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

Bishop's University has announced that it will transform its John Bassett Memorial Library into an educational resource hub with the support of over $19M from the Canadian and Quebec governments. The library project will help the school adopt active, interactive, and digital teaching methods by introducing technology upgrades and a flexible space design. The university will also use the funds to upgrade its natural sciences labs, where innovative research will be carried out under a new science program on beer microbrewing. “These infrastructure investments will have a major impact on our students’ experience and the life of the University for many decades,” said Bishop’s Principal Michael Goldbloom. “We will be in a position to see these key projects through as a result of this support from the federal and Quebec governments and financial contributions from our students, professors, employees, alumni and partners.” Canada

Bishop’s to enhance active, digital teaching methods with educational resource hub Top Ten 01/30/2017 - 03:30 01/30/2017 - 03:30

A recent StatsCan study examined 2011 National Household Survey data and the Occupational Information Network to answer the question of whether or not postsecondary graduates land high‑skilled jobs. The researchers found that skill‑level requirements in all areas of employment generally increased with higher educational levels, with a few exceptions among graduates of technical, doctoral, and law programs. They also found that skill requirements varied considerably by field of study, as graduates from programs such as architecture and engineering typically worked in jobs requiring a diverse set of skills, while those from programs such as education and the arts typically held jobs that required fewer skills. Finally, they noted greater gender differences among those who graduated from a college program compared to a bachelor program when examining skill requirements by field of study. StatsCan

“Do Postsecondary Graduates Land High‑skilled Jobs?”: StatsCan study Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

“It takes a certain skill level to be a president of a college,” says Northern College Board Chair George Kemp in response to recent coverage of proposed salary increases for Ontario college presidents. Both ON and its college sector have faced recent criticism over reports that college presidents could receive pay raises of as much as 50% after the lifting of a salary cap for non-unionized public sector employees. The Toronto Star notes that the new frameworks developed for college presidents' compensation are based on a median drawn from leaders at large entities like the LCBO, Toronto’s University Health Network, and York University. Durham College CAO Scott Blakey argues that “[w]hen I look at the requirement for the president, the skills, knowledge and expertise required to be a president at Durham is not dissimilar to what it would be at Humber or York University.” Toronto Star

Colleges speak on proposed salary increases for presidents Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

Fanshawe College has partnered with Siemens Canada on an in-kind grant valued at more than $248M. The arrangement will give students in Fanshawe’s School of Applied Science and Technology the opportunity to use NX™ software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering that the London Free Press describes as “cutting-edge software used by NASA and General Dynamics in London.” Dave Machacek, chairperson of applied science and technology at Fanshawe, notes that it can be difficult for graduates to learn the software when they begin work at a firm, and that the new partnership will help close this gap. “This investment by Siemens PLM Software will help us unlock the potential of our engineering students, ensuring they are well prepared for relevant and rewarding careers upon graduation,” adds Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. London Free Press | Blackburn News | Fanshawe

Fanshawe, Siemens Canada partner on $248M software deal Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

“For the foreseeable future, Canada will face sluggish growth, declines in job quality, and considerable gaps in both productivity and infrastructure,” writes Polytechnics Canada CEO Nobina Robinson. To add further challenges, the author notes, the country is facing mismatches in skills that lead young people to take jobs that are not aligned with their training and interests, while experienced workers are displaced when their industries decline. To address these issues, Robinson argues that Canada must develop and disseminate up-to-date information on in-demand skills; support collaboration between industry, government, and postsecondary institutions; and invest in training and retaining apprentices. Robinson closes with an argument for how polytechnic education can play a significant role in addressing these needs. Globe and Mail

How we can “future-proof” the skills of Canadians? Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

OCAD University has received $4.5M from the Government of Canada to fund the development of its Centre for Experiential Learning and the first phase of its Campus for the Connected World. The Centre for Experiential Learning will provide expanded space for OCADU’s research and innovation activities, and will be built and operated on a model of social and environmental sustainability. The Campus for the Connected World will be located on Toronto’s Waterfront and will house initiatives specific to innovation training, design thinking, Big Data design, and accelerator capacity to support emergent companies. OCADU

OCADU developments receive funding boost from Canada Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

Ontario colleges will need to cut staff and increase tuition in order to address a decade of declining enrolment, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Simona Chiose of the Globe and Mail writes that according to the report, the college sector will face a cumulative debt of $1.9B in eight years if colleges do not pursue cost-cutting measures. The problem is reportedly set to be worse for colleges in remote areas compared to those in urban areas, yet cuts to college programs in those areas could leave major regional gaps in skilled workers. ON has announced that postsecondary institutions cannot raise undergraduate university and college fees beyond 3% per year for the next two years, yet the PwC report contends that this figure is 1% to 2% below what would be required for colleges to have a chance at balancing their budgets. Globe and Mail (Subscription Required)

ON colleges to face budget challenges in face of declining enrolment: report Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

A Quebec student federation has asked its provincial government to ban all sexual relations between professors and students in cases where professors have “direct authority,” reports the Journal de Montréal. The request is one of many recommendations contained in a memorandum issued by l’Union étudiante du Québec, which represents 72,000 university students, to QC’s Minister of Higher Education Hélène David. The request excludes cases where relations might have existed prior to an authority-based connection between a professor and student. “There is a problem of aggression coming from all kinds of situations and we want to address the problem,” says UEQ President Nicolas Lavallée. Journal de Montréal

QC student association petitions province for ban on sex between professors, students Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

A former University of Guelph student has reportedly created a petition asking the school to be more transparent about mental health funding, the programs available, and the school’s response to a reported increase in students asking for counselling support. The petition comes in the wake of four student suicides that have occurred since November 1, 2016. Brenda Whiteside, associate vice president of student affairs at UoGuelph, suggests that addressing the problem will require more than simply hiring new counsellors, adding that an ideal approach will be to provide resources for students that address their issues before they need counselling. “You have to focus on a healthy lifestyle and the counselling piece is the last piece of that framework, but it’s not the only piece,” said Whiteside. Global News

Former UoGuelph student petitions school to change its mental health services following four suicides Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

Algonquin College and Shopify have entered a new partnership that will see 60 third-year Algonquin College Graphic Design students pursue experiential learning opportunities at Shopify’s company headquarters. Students will partner with local businesses to improve design aspects of their companies, while Shopify-based instructors will collaborate with Algonquin instructors to build a multidisciplinary course. “We are so proud of our collaboration with Shopify—it offers so many opportunities for us to connect our learning to the community beyond our campus” said Algonquin President Cheryl Jensen. “This program elevates the idea of co-op learning and internships and really immerses our students in a real-life working environment that is recognized as one of the best in the country.” Techopia | Algonquin

Algonquin, Shopify partner on graphic design course Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

Okanagan College has reportedly become the first postsecondary institution outside of Europe to create its own chocolate recipes. The college held a reception earlier this week to celebrate its Okanagan College Artisan Chocolate line, which featured a dark chocolate and milk chocolate option. The recipes were created by Chef Danny Capadouca and Chef Bernard Casavant. “It has been incredibly rewarding to see this project come together,” says Capadouca. “Having our own unique recipes will add a huge amount of value to the Pastry Arts program and will benefit our students. ... I’m very proud of our products and would put them up against any good quality chocolate in the marketplace.” Global News | Kelowna Now | Okanagan

Okanagan becomes first PSE institution outside Europe to develop own chocolate recipes Top Ten 01/27/2017 - 03:30 01/27/2017 - 03:30

“Raise your hand if your salary increased by more than 50% in the past five years. Nope? Didn’t think so,” writes the Toronto Star in response to recent reports that Ontario’s college presidents could receive as much as a 50% pay increase. The potential increases are reportedly due to the lifting of a five-year wage freeze on non-unionized public sector workers. The Star argues that ON needs to reign salary increases in, “[n]ot only to stop a salary race at the college level, but to manage pay expectations for other public sector workers, including those at universities, hospitals, school boards and government agencies.” The editorial lists the pay increases that a number of colleges have proposed for their presidents, with some slated to increase to as much as half a million dollars. Toronto Star

ON must rein in proposed salary increases for college presidents: Toronto Star Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 08:44 01/26/2017 - 03:30

Health Canada has recently approved Loyalist College for a Controlled Drugs and Substances License for the purpose of research and analysis using medical cannabis, which Loyalist says makes it the only college in Canada and the only Ontario academic institution with this laboratory approval. Future cannabis testing will be undertaken at Loyalist’s Supercritical CO2 Extraction Applied Research Laboratory. “In partnership with Health Canada and industry leaders, we will help to inform related decision making, continuous quality improvement and sustainable practices,” said Loyalist President Ann Marie Vaughan. “Increased R&D in this area is timely and essential moving forward.” Loyalist

Loyalist becomes first college in Canada to have laboratory approved for cannabis research Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 03:30 01/26/2017 - 03:30

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has chosen University of British Columbia President Santa Ono to serve as chief advisor on a new provincial innovation network. The Province reports that the network aims to foster collaboration between postsecondary schools and innovation-driven industries. The group, which will work with the Premier’s Technology Council, will strive to provide graduates with the skills employers need while increasing industry’s access to postsecondary researchers. “We are all part of an ecosystem that seeks to compete on the world stage, that strives to be the source of new knowledge, discoveries, and innovative products and techniques,” said Ono. “As the premier has mentioned, we are already collectively succeeding.” The Province | BC | UBC

UBC president to lead BC innovation network Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 03:30 01/26/2017 - 03:30

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced the creation of a new $20M fund that will help the province’s college students gain hands-on experience, reports CBC. The Colleges Applied Research and Development Fund will run for three years and will be designed to help students develop the skills most needed by employers. Students can apply for funding to work on research and development projects at an Ontario company, while colleges can use the money to partner with businesses and industry associations. Finally, the funds can be used to create opportunities for students to consult with companies while they are mentored by a member of their college's faculty. “By increasing access to experiential learning opportunities, where students can solve real-world challenges, we are giving them the tools they need to thrive in the workforce,” said Wynne in a release. CBC

ON premier announces $20M fund to help college students gain job experience Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 03:30 01/26/2017 - 03:30

“I’ve become one of those people—part of the nation’s brain drain—and I can assure you that it was entirely accidental,” writes Adam Crymble for University Affairs. Every year, the author writes, hundreds of Canadian travel abroad to pursue PhDs or postdocs with the aim of gaining international experience. Many of these people do not return to Canada, Crymble adds, citing several key reasons why this may be the case. These reasons can include the average length of time to complete a degree or fellowship in different countries, but also the tendency for expats to become invested in and connected to the place where they pursue their studies. “Students abroad need to be regularly reminded of why they should return,” Crymble concludes. “And this should happen from the day they board their flights to leave because it is then that the romantic connection to Canada is strongest.” University Affairs

How can Canada reverse its “accidental brain drain”? Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 03:30 01/26/2017 - 03:30

Queen’s University Professor Heather Stuart will continue to pursue important research in mental health thanks to a $1M donation from Bell Let’s Talk. The funds will be used to support the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair at Queen’s, occupied by Stuart, for at least five more years. Stuart says that the amount of attention given to mental health today is significantly higher than it was earlier in her career. “It’s just incredible the difference you can see. People are here, they are interested, they want to talk about this,” she says. “The fact that they are here and want to talk is a sea change for me. It’s unbelievable.” Queen’s | Kingston Whig-Standard

Queen's to bolster mental health research with $1M from Bell Let's Talk Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 03:30 01/26/2017 - 03:30

George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus will soon expand to include a new School of Design facility that will house the Innovation Exchange, a research hub that will allow students and businesses to collaborate. George Brown explains that the new facility will include a 200-seat flexible meeting space and a 135-seat auditorium, as well as classrooms, labs, and study spaces. The Innovation Exchange will include gallery spaces, a maker space, industry-college classrooms, and a variety of labs. “Our Innovation Exchange will be a living lab to test commercial ideas, concepts and user functionality while providing our students with hands-on experience alongside the industry’s most innovative creators," said Luigi Ferrara, George Brown’s Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology. George Brown

George Brown Waterfront Campus expanding for new School of Design facility, Innovation Exchange Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 03:30 01/26/2017 - 03:30

North Island College will help prepare students for in-demand jobs in the skilled trades through the construction of a new trades training centre. A $13.5M investment from British Columbia will allow NIC to replace its aging Vigar Vocational Centre and consolidate programs at its Campbell River Heritage Lands Education Centre campus. When complete, the facility will include a campus commons and redesigned library, along with a First Nations lounge and study area with office space for the Elder in Residence. “The new facilities will transform the delivery of North Island College programs and services in Campbell River,” says NIC President John Bowman. “Trades and apprenticeship training students will have access to state-of-the-art learning spaces and equipment.” My Comox Valley Now | NIC

NIC receives $13.5M for new trades facility Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 03:30 01/26/2017 - 03:30

Confederation College formally recognized an $8.5M contribution from its student union to its new Wellness Centre with the naming of the facility: SUCCI Wellness Centre, “Minowaadiziiwin.” Confederation explains that Minowaadiziiwin means “Lead a Good Life,” which reflects the values of the facility. “We are proud to be a key partner in this project and honoured to have the Centre named with us in mind,” said Jodi Connor, President of the Student Union (SUCCI). “This new facility will focus on more than just fitness, providing an opportunity for students to de-stress and unwind, get healthy, socialize or simply engage in quiet reflection.” Confederation

Confederation names wellness centre in recognition of student union contribution Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 03:30 01/26/2017 - 03:30

Infrastructure projects at two research spaces operated by the Université du Québec à Rimouski, as well as projects at Cégep de Rimouski and Cégep de La Pocatière, are benefiting from nearly $18M in combined investment from the Government of Canada, Government of Quebec, and the institutions themselves. According to L’Avantage, UQAR received $13M of the investment, which will be dedicated to a major redevelopment project and the improvement of existing laboratories on campus. Radio-Canada reports that Cégep de Rimouski will be upgrading its Amqui facilities with the received investment, while Cégep de La Pocatière will be renovating its library. Canada | L'Avantage (UQAR) | Radio-Canada (CEGEPs)

UQAR, Cégep de Rimouski, Cégep de La Pocatière receive $17.8M investment in infrastructure Top Ten 01/26/2017 - 03:30 01/26/2017 - 03:30

A new study of sexual violence at the University of New Brunswick has found that as many as 21% of students say they have been sexually assaulted since enrolling at the school. Jenn Richard of the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre says that while results are far too high, the release of the study shows a growing willingness for schools to report on and address sexual assault. “There is not only a conversation with students happening, but now there's a conversation happening within the institutions themselves, with administration and faculty,” says Richard. UNB Vice-President of Academic George MacLean adds that the report is “meant to be a living document. ... This research will be ongoing so we have a better sense down the road of where the trends are on campus and the types of responses that need to be put in place.” CTV News | CBC | Global News (Video) | UNB | Report

One in five UNB students report being sexually assaulted while enrolled: study Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 03:30 01/25/2017 - 03:30

Universities across Ontario will likely face financial challenges as the number of 18 to 20-year-olds living in the province drops over the next two decades, write Harvey Weingarten, Martin Hicks, Linda Jonker, and Greg Moran of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.​ In a new report on the sustainability of ON universities, the authors argue that now is the time for the province to examine the sustainability of its institutions, particularly in light of the province's current review of funding formulas, Strategic Mandate Agreements, and tuition policy framework. “While there is a sense of urgency to gain a better understanding of the sustainability landscape, there is no sense of panic about the situation at hand,” the authors write, adding that the purpose of the new report is to “start a conversation with universities and government about the pressures institutions face, the strategies they are using to meet them and the tools they need from government to do so.” HEQCO | Report

New report examines sustainability challenges facing ON universities Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 03:30 01/25/2017 - 03:30

Three students in New Brunswick have filed notice stating that they intend to sue the New Brunswick government over its Tuition Access Bursary program, reports CBC. The students argue that the program violates the rights of students at private colleges and universities by rendering them ineligible for tuition assistance that is provided for students enrolled at publicly funded institutions. Two of the students attend Oulton College in Moncton, and the third attends Crandall University, a Christian Liberal arts school in Moncton. The New Brunswick Association of Private Colleges and Universities has said that it will support the three students in whatever way it can. CBC

Private college students move to sue NB over exclusion from tuition program Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 03:30 01/25/2017 - 03:30

The University of Manitoba will construct two new research buildings thanks to $36M in support from the federal and provincial governments. The funds will be put toward the Stanley Pauley Engineering Building and the university's Innovation Hub building. Stanley and Dorothy Pauley have also donated $5M to demolish an old music annex and construct a new building that will support research and innovation in electrical and computer engineering. The MB government would not state whether the money would be counted as a contribution to UManitoba’s Front and Centre fundraising campaign. MB’s former NDP government had promised $150M to campaign, but since the 2016 provincial election, the governing Conservatives have said that they will review all of the promises made by the former government. Winnipeg Free Press (Subscription Required)

UManitoba receives $36M for research facilities Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 10:12 01/25/2017 - 03:30

“We know that there is a great shortage of engineers, and we also need to train more apprentices,” writes University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor Sir Keith Burnett. “But why do they have to be different types of people, one with greasy overalls and the other at a computer terminal?” Burnett argues that higher education systems can be damaged by a “spurious split” between the vocational and academic worlds. This distinction, the author argues, is both wrong and harmful, implying that one class of people works with their hands and another with their minds. “How about a surgeon, an architect or a musician?” Burnett asks, adding that the professional world offers innumerable examples of roles that do not fit into current conversations about skills and vocational training. Times Higher Education

Why conversations about skills need to get past hands vs minds: THE contributor Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 03:30 01/25/2017 - 03:30

Red Deer College will be embarking on two infrastructure projects thanks to a $9.5M investment shared between the college and the Government of Canada. The Green Energy Master Plan will see RDC reduce its energy costs and consumption and install new and alternative energy sources and strategies, leading to a smaller environmental footprint for the college. The Alternative Energy Innovation Labs Project will allow for the creation of a makerspace, enhancements for RDC’s Trades and Technology labs, and improvements to the ventilation in the school's Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing. RDC

Canada, RDC invest to renew infrastructure in AB Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 03:30 01/25/2017 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University will reportedly be reexamining student access to its flagship business school building after receiving complaints from students who say that they have been shut out from parts of Lazaridis Hall. The Record quotes WLU students who have petitioned for access to more study space in Lazaridis Hall, highlighting their requests for quiet spaces and access to rooms currently reserved for graduate students. “We don't think it's going to be a significant issue to overcome,” commented WLU Spokesperson Kevin Crowley, who noted that WLU agreed with the students that the building should be used efficiently. “It's not that the space doesn't exist. It's just that we have to do a little bit of negotiating.” The Record

Students ask WLU for greater access to Lazaridis Hall Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 09:17 01/25/2017 - 03:30

Unviersité de Laval says that it plans to reopen the Historic Villa Frederick-James in Percé nearly two years after announcing its closure. The reopening is reportedly part of uLaval's plan to revive its international summer schools, and the school plans to offer between four and six training programs over the summer in the picturesque Gaspé Peninsula. The school was closed in 2015 due to budget cuts from the provincial government. “What has always been said is that we would go back to Percé, but with the support of the region. It's complicated to manage this remotely,” commented Marie-Andrée Doran, vice-president of studies and international activities at uLaval. La Presse explains that a committee was set up in February 2016 to consult with local stakeholders, including the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, and to determine the best use of the historic building. La Presse

uLaval reopens historic villa in Percé, plans to revive international summer schools Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 03:30 01/25/2017 - 03:30

Humber College says that Norovirus is responsible for the illness that struck more than 200 at the college in recent days, reports the Canadian Press. The college reports that lab results received by Toronto Public Health have confirmed that the highly contagious virus struck the school’s North Campus last week. Since that time, the college has been rigorously disinfecting the campus and placing particular emphasis on common spaces and “high touch” areas. Self-serve food items have been suspended until further notice, and all open food from last week has been disposed of. Humber adds that the majority of students who have been ill have reported that they are now feeling better. Guelph Mercury (CP) | Toronto Sun

200 Humber students fall ill from Norovirus Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 03:30 01/25/2017 - 03:30

triOS College Business Technology Healthcare says that it will work to address an impending shortage of insurance professionals through a new insurance diploma and insurance specialist diploma program, reports Canadian Underwriter. Set to begin in Spring 2017, the program will focus on producing trained professionals to help replace a retiring workforce in the insurance industry, particularly those who focus on property and casualty insurance. “Companies need people who have the specific skills that belong to their industry,” says triOS CEO Frank Gerencser. “The goal of this program is to give students all the insurance specific skills that they need, as well as the workplace expertise that will help them succeed.” Canadian Underwriter | triOS

triOS to address professional shortage with new insurance diploma Top Ten 01/25/2017 - 03:30 01/25/2017 - 03:30

Billboards located around the city of Edmonton are encouraging students to avoid a long commute to class by living in residence, reports Global News. The current vacancy rate in student acommodations at UAlberta reportedly stands at 9%, which Vice President of Facilities and Operations Andrew Sharman says is a higher number than the school has budgeted for. “We would normally historically sort of max out around six,” said Sharman. “That’s what our budget was based on for this fiscal year.” The university is also projected to complete construction on three new residence towers over the next 18 months, which will add 904 spaces to the school’s existing 5,000. Global News reports that a major factor in the increase in residence vacancy rates is the state of the AB economy, which is pushing more students to save money by living with their parents. Global News

UAlberta launches billboard campaign to address residence vacancies Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

“Ontario’s universities currently receive the lowest level of public per-student funding in Canada, are not hiring full-time faculty at the rate necessary to keep pace with student enrolment, and have the highest student-faculty ratios in the country,” reports the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. In its 2017 recommendations for the ON budget, the organization highlights several strategic priorities, which include bringing per-student funding for ON’s universities in line with the rest of Canada, making new commitments to support faculty renewal, and strengthening employment laws to protect part-time faculty. Further, the recommendations call for the creation of “a new higher education data agency to collect, analyze, and disseminate key information on Ontario’s universities.” OCUFA

OCUFA releases recommendations for 2017 ON budget Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

A proposed moratorium on the construction of housing additions for students in Kingston, Ontario is “discriminatory,” says Francis Campbell, municipal affairs commissioner for the Alma Mater Society. The target of Campbell’s criticism is a report that today will go before Kingston City Council, which outlines a bylaw that might be used to prohibit student additions to homes in the neighbourhoods around Queen’s University and St Lawrence College until a permanent policy is developed. Kingston City Councillor Peter Stroud says that the bylaw is not intended to keep students out of neighbourhoods, but to stop the construction of “monster homes.” Campbell argues, however, that the bylaw will drive up rent fees by curtailing the amount of housing available to students. Kingston Whig-Standard

Kingston student leader calls proposed housing bylaw discriminatory Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

Laurentian has formally opened a new $45M 72,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in the downtown core of Sudbury, Ontario. “This is a proud day for many people at Laurentian and within the broader community,” said Laurentian President Dominic Giroux. “The McEwen School of Architecture has been ten years in the making and has been made possible through many partnerships and collaborations. It’s an uplifting example of transformative change, achieved through community alignment and a shared vision.” The facility was funded by a number of donors, including the ON government, the City of Greater Sudbury, and Rob and Cheryl McEwen. NationTalk | ON | Sudbury Star

Laurentian officially opens McEwen School of Architecture Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

Ten years ago, women were awarded more than half of Canadian doctorates, reports Lynda Gullason for the Ottawa Citizen, yet in 2015, women received only slightly more than one-quarter of the Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs. The cause of this discrepancy, the author argues, is due in part to the fact that the current system does not factor in the consideration of career interruptions due to maternity leave. While there are some CRC provisions for addressing this issue, the author argues that these provisions are not mentioned in advertised postings for the Chairs. The program’s alleged defense for these rules is that “in fairness to all candidates,” the program will not take interruptions such as maternity leave into account. Gullason concludes that “no federal monies should be released” until these problems and others are addressed. Ottawa Citizen

CRC program has power to immediately address inequity: Citizen contributor Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia unveiled its new $39M aquatic centre late last week. The new facility has been designed with sustainability in mind. The building, pool, and domestic hot water are heated by UBC's District Energy System, and evaporated water from the pool will be replenished using rain water. The facility includes a number of new features, including 50-metre, 25-metre, and leisure pools; a hot tub; a diving tank; a kid-friendly lazy river; and a rope swing. Some students expressed disappointment at the fact that there would not be a free gym, as was the case with the outdoor pool. “We've heard from lots of folks who are lamenting the closure of the outdoor pool, because there's lots of nostalgia attached to it,” said UBC Senior Director of Facilities, Recreation and Sport Kavie Toor, who supervised the project over the past 7 years. “We certainly love the outdoor pool, but the limited [seasonal] use for us really pushed us in the direction of having a larger indoor facility.” CBC | News 1130

UBC opens new indoor aquatic centre Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

Regardless of the cause, universities will eventually find themselves in a situation where they need a new president, writes Grace Karram Stephenson. The author cites Canada-based research that highlights many obstacles faced by presidential searches—especially the “trial and error” nature of the process for committees that must “learn on the spot”—and discusses potential strategies to overcome these sorts of issues. One of the greatest challenges, Stephenson notes, is the transfer of knowledge between committees and board members in charge of the search process. The author argues that rather than waiting until a search is underway, a board should always be building strong systems for knowledge transfer between different generations of members. The study also highlights the importance of succession planning, professional development, and the integration of external recruitment agencies. University World News

How to improve the presidential search process Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

Vancouver Island University will boost its ability to produce health-care professionals through the construction of a new $40M health and science centre. The 74,000-square-foot centre will reportedly include teaching labs for nursing students, as well as labs for applied research in environmental studies. The new building is expected to be completed in fall 2018 and will be paid for by $19.4M from the federal government, $16.5M from British Columbia, and $4M from the university and its community partners. “The human capital that we develop with our programs in health is going to be extremely important for the region,” said VIU president Ralph Nilson, who added that the demand for health care professionals is slated to increase in response to the aging population of Vancouver Island. Times Colonist | BC | VIU

VIU to build $40M health, science centre Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

The gap between lenient and tough graders at universities is becoming a “pernicious” problem for higher education, according to a new study. Led by Ido Millet of Pennsylvania State University’s Behrend College, the study looked at data from more than 50,000 course sections at a North American university over several years. The study found that variability occurred not only in specific departments, but also among individual faculty members. “The difference between the most lenient departments and the toughest departments is about 0.45 on the negative side and 0.5 on the positive side. That’s a huge gap: it’s like the gap between a B and an A,” Millet told Times Higher Education. The study also reportedly found that as professors’ grading leniency goes up, the reliability of grading goes down. Times Higher Education

“That’s a huge gap”: new study examines variability in PSE grading Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

Canadore is slated to create a Post Production Centre at its North Bay campus that will allow for a new post production program at the college and help address the growing needs of the Northern Ontario film industry. The facility will reportedly feature a number of new working spaces, including a post production theatre, specialized studios, a computer lab, and office space. In order to equip the facility with state-of-the-art technology, Canadore has received $875K in funding from the Canadian and Ontario governments. With the facility, Canadore states that it will be the first educational institution in Canada to receive the Dolby Premier Studio certification. Canadore (1) | Canadore (2) | North Bay Nugget | CBC

Canadore establishing Post Production Centre Top Ten 01/24/2017 - 03:30 01/24/2017 - 03:30

Athabasca University will reportedly undergo an independent third-party review to determine its long-term sustainability in light of a budget deficit and increasing financial pressures. CBC cites an internal report from 2015 suggesting that union contracts, provincial funding changes, and the remote location of the university’s headquarters would lead to insolvency within two years. The Edmonton Journal further points to the increasing costs related to upgrading Athabasca’s information technology. “My report is not designed to shut (the university) down,” said external reviewer and University of Saskatchewan Professor Ken Coates. “Athabasca University has a chance to re-invent itself and expand its current operations and model to do some really, truly exciting things.” CBC | Edmonton Journal

Athabasca to undergo third-party review to determine sustainability Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

The University of Calgary has cancelled subscriptions to as many as 1,600 journal titles in an effort to save $1.5M in costs, reports CBC. Administrators, staff, and faculty appear to agree, however, that the blame for the cuts falls squarely on the journals’ publishers. UCalgary Head Librarian Tom Hickerson tells CBC that five publishers currently control more than half the market for academic journals, and that these companies raise their prices every year. “Even if we had more money, we cannot buy our way out of this,” Hickerson says. “We really have to change the model.” UCalgary Professor of Communication, Media and Film Tamara Shepherd agrees with Hickerson, adding that “it's easy to place blame on the library for cutting them, but really the problem lies with the publishers, because there's a totally unsustainable publishing model in academic work.” CBC | The Gauntlet

“We cannot buy our way out of this”: UCalgary cuts as many as 1,600 journals Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

Canada’s MBA graduates will enter a strong job market in 2017, according to a new survey of global employers. Jennifer Lewington of the Globe and Mail reports that a poll conducted in November 2016 found that 83% of employers said that they planned to hire graduates with an MBA or specialized degree in 2017, and 58% of companies said that they planned to increase their base annual salaries in line with or above the rate of inflation. Companies also reported that their top goals for 2017 were to “overcome challenges,” maintain their current position, and/or grow. Globe and Mail

MBA grads can look forward to “promising” job market in 2017 Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

A business program at Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick has gotten rid of term papers and lectures in favour of creating a real-world work environment for its students, reports Maclean’s. The Gestion de la petite et moyenne entreprise (small and medium business management program) uses a classroom model known as SCALE-UP, in which students form groups and work on projects to support a range of real companies. In many cases, the students might create a marketing proposal, a human resources framework, or even a financial plan. “Through this model, [we are] creating conditions for them to collaborate, to use technology, and to be creative, [as well as] to gain real experience in the business field.” says Gaetan Lanteigne, the instructor in charge of the program. Maclean’s

No papers, lectures in problem-based CCNB business program Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

Camosun College is set to build a new Health education centre at its Interurban campus thanks to a combined $43.5M investment from the Canadian and British Columbian governments. The new health sciences centre will be a four-storey, 8,300-square-metre centre and will house 18 health science programs. A Camosun release states that the new building will give science students access to a better learning environment where they can hone their knowledge and skills in a clinic-like setting. “A new leading-edge Health Sciences education centre at our Interurban campus is an essential investment in the future health of our province,” says Camosun President Sherri Bell. Camosun | BC

Camosun to build Health education with $43.5M in new funding Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

Université de Saint-Boniface, the University of Moncton, and the Société franco-manitobaine have ratified an agreement that will grant admission to UMoncton’s law program to at least five Saint-Boniface graduates who meet program admission requirements. The three partners will also reportedly work together to explore ways to fund the creation of one or more scholarships specifically targeting Manitoba Francophone Students in order to encourage internships and clerk positions in Manitoba. “Young people here can come to USB knowing that their degree opens the door to law studies,” commented USB Rector Gabor Csepregi. “There are places for them in Moncton and we will help them keep their ties with Manitoba and come back. This agreement will encourage the training of the lawyers our community needs to serve its people and to defend its interests.” USB

USB signs agreement with UMoncton, SFM for law students Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

Royal Roads University will take a significant step forward in fostering innovation in research, sustainability, and intercultural understanding through the creation of its Centre for Environmental Science and International Partnership. The project will include the creation of environmental science teaching labs and applied research space, student learning commons, facilities for computer labs, wet labs, academic support, and integrated student service functions. In addition to $15M provided by the Canadian and British Columbian governments, the project will benefit from a $5M donation from philanthropist Sherman Jen and a $1.5M commitment from the university. “In a highly competitive process for the funding, an investment of this significance demonstrates federal and provincial endorsement for our efforts to create a life-changing future for our graduates,” says RRU President Allan Cahoon. RRU | BC

RRU create living laboratory for sustainability and intercultural understanding Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

Two Ontario universities are working to bolster collaboration with the cities in which they are based. Queen’s University and the City of Kingston have reportedly created an MOU that will be put to Kingston City Council tomorrow for their consideration. The agreement would see Queen’s and Kingston work closely together to pursue opportunities in innovation, economic development, and the retention of more young people within Kingston. In Hamilton, McMaster University is working with the Xperience Annex program, an initiative delivered with funding from the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, to help Hamilton youth between the ages of 18-29 with basic needs, employment, and education. Queen’s | McMaster

Queen’s, McMaster move to bolster collaboration with city governments Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

Students at NSCAD University have begun designing greeting cards to improve the lives of people in prison, reports CBC. The project has been led by NSCADU Professor May Chung and former Halifax Poet-Laureate El Jones, the latter of whom worked to gather quotes from the family members of incarcerated people to use as text on the cards. “It's something very different from what [the students] normally do,” said Chung. “This is a project about a need in society and designers can do things that can help bring about change in society.” Third-year NSCADU student Sam Lynn told CBC that the messages she read from both current and former prisoners inspired her, adding that “the love and hope that these people feel has really been inspiring and it really helped us to put a lot of effort into the project.” CBC

NSCADU students designing greeting cards for inmates Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University has announced that it has joined other progressive campuses in Canada after receiving a fair trade designation from the Canadian Fair Trade Network. The designation includes a number of requirements, including ensuring that all coffee sold on campus is fair trade. “When we talk to the student body about sustainability issues, food consistently is top of mind,” explained Tyler Plante, outreach and program coordinator in WLU's Sustainability Office. “It's something that is very tangible because they need to eat every day and we drink a lot of coffee and that's one of the main focus areas of fair trade. That's really why we chose [a] fair trade campus as one of the avenues we'd go down.” Plante further expressed interest in educating students on the meaning of fair trade products.  WLU (Fair Trade) | CBC (Fair Trade)

WLU receives Fair Trade Campus designation, discusses process Top Ten 01/23/2017 - 03:30 01/23/2017 - 03:30

Brock University has announced that it is the first Canadian university to have experiential education definitions adopted by its Senate. These definitions were reportedly developed through consultation with members of Brock’s community—including faculty, staff, and students—as well as with the University of Victoria. “You can come to Brock and have that rich university learning experience, use critical thinking, gain knowledge and graduate with a degree, but also gain the experience you require to start down your desired career path,” stated Cara Boese, Brock’s Director of Co-Op, Career and Experiential Education. Boese added that the adoption of formal definitions allows Brock to measure, track, and report on experiential education and helps faculty integrate more experiential learning into the classroom. Brock

Brock Senate adopts Experiential Education definitions in Canadian first Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 03:30 01/20/2017 - 03:30

For the first time, mature students in Ontario who apply to college or university will be eligible for the same amount of financial help as teens applying straight from ON high schools. The Toronto Star reports that mature students will now also be eligible for free tuition under ON’s plan for low-income students. ON Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews said that under the old system, a 30% tuition rebate was only offered to students for the four years following high school graduation, and that mature students did not qualify for an additional access grant directed at low-income families. “Somebody like me who went back to school as a mature student would not have been eligible for that much aid,” she said. “So it opens a lot of doors for mature students.” Toronto Star

ON tuition plan for low-income students to benefit mature students for first time Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 03:30 01/20/2017 - 03:30

The world’s most prominent index of academic journals identified as “predatory” has vanished from the internet, reports the Ottawa Citizen, and some have hinted that the list’s publisher has faced legal threats. According to the Citizen, Beall’s List—compiled by former University of Colorado librarian Jeffrey Beall—has been “the world’s main source of information on journals that publish conspiracy theories and incompetent research, making them appear real.” On Sunday, Beall’s website allegedly went blank, and a Texas-based company later hinted online that Beall had shut down the site due to “threats and politics.” “To see Beall’s work disappear would be an absolute disaster,” says University of Saskatchewan Medical Researcher Roger Pierson. “We need to do everything that we can to ensure that the work continues.” Ottawa Citizen

Prominent list of “predatory” journals disappears amidst possible threats Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 03:30 01/20/2017 - 03:30

Microsoft has announced that it will donate $7M to McGill University and the Université de Montréal and hire 40 specialists to boost research in the field of artificial intelligence. The Journal de Montréal reports that Microsoft is in the process of purchasing a Montreal “deep learning” company named Maluuba and will double the company’s workforce from 40 to 80. UMontréal will have the biggest share of the funds and will receive $6M for the Montreal Learning Algorithms Institute. “There are three gems in Artificial Intelligence in Montreal. Maluuba, which we bought, as well as [McGill and UMontréal], that we will support financially,” said Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft. Journal de Montréal

Microsoft donates $7M to McGill, UMontréal for AI research Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 03:30 01/20/2017 - 03:30

A court order in Quebec has raised concerns about the protection of privacy in academic research, reports Diane Peters for University Affairs. Marie-Ève Maillé has been told by a Quebec court to turn over lengthy interviews she conducted with 93 rural Quebec residents while she was a PhD candidate at Université du Québec à Montréal in 2010. In 2015, residents from the same area asked Maillé to testify in court as an expert witness on the social disruption allegedly caused by a proposed large-scale wind farm. Maillé reportedly agreed under the assumption that she would merely read from her findings. But due to a court order, the words and identities of the people she interviewed may be used in a civil case involving the wind farm. University Affairs

QC court order sparks concern over academic research confidentiality: UA Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 03:30 01/20/2017 - 03:30

The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University has partnered with CIBC Mellon to launch the Business Innovation Hub. Located at CIBC Mellon, the hub will bring together five Ryerson students from various fields and five CIBC Mellon employees to identify and solve key challenges facing CIBC Mellon. “Thanks to the leadership and vision of CIBC Mellon and Senior Vice President Richard Anton, the hub will enable our students to bridge the critical skills gap in today’s work force,” said Steven Murphy, Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management. “This is a game-changing approach to co-op, and I’m proud of the guidance and dedication that Richard and all of our advisory council members—more than 160 strong—demonstrate to our students and alumni.” Ryerson

Ted Rogers School of Management launches Business Innovation Hub with CIBC Mellon Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 03:30 01/20/2017 - 03:30

The UNB Student Union has partnered with the University of New Brunswick to launch a new campaign aiming to dispel the stigma surrounding discussions of sexual violence. Titled #BreakTheSilence, the campaign uses posters featuring four key statistics drawn from the UNB Sexual Assault Climate Survey conducted in 2015-2016: 1) In over 60% of sexual assault cases, both the student and the other individual had been drinking alcohol, 2) 62% of students’ experiences of sexual violence occurred in a home known to them, 3) 90% of sexual assaults happened between two people who knew each other, and 4) 1 in 5 students experienced an incident of sexual assault since coming to UNB. “Break the Silence shows students that while sexual assault is our reality, we have procedures and people in place to provide support,” said UNBSU Vice President External, Katie Beers. UNBSU

UNB, UNBSU launch #BreakTheSilence campaign Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 03:30 01/20/2017 - 03:30

“We in the US are living in an era of stunningly unreliable narration,” writes Donald Hall for Times Higher Education, adding that this “is particularly true of young adults.” Hall notes that in his 25 years as an instructor, he has observed a significant constant: “first-year students arrive on campus often not knowing how to evaluate source material, distinguish credible from problematic arguments and sort through the myriad data points and interpretations that confront them when reading through print material or scanning websites or social media updates.” Hall argues that while it is true that people can develop critical thinking skills in a variety of places, the liberal arts and sciences specialize in fostering these skills. “While an education emphasising technical skills can have its uses, we must continue to assert without embarrassment or apology that we believe in the outcome of training in the liberal arts and sciences,” Hall concludes. “Anything less is potentially catastrophic.” Times Higher Education

Students need to be taught how to spot lies, writes THE contributor Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 03:30 01/20/2017 - 03:30

The conversation around creating university campuses in Milton and Brampton, Ontario took another step forward this week as the ON Government invited universities to develop proposals for creating a campus at one or both sites. Between the two municipalities, the government plans to spend $180M, with each location expected to accommodate 1,000 students within two to five years of opening. An ON release indicates that the government expects candidate universities to demonstrate strong partnerships with colleges, as well as local communities, business, and other institutions. Wilfrid Laurier University has reportedly been collaborating with the Town of Milton for more than eight years to develop plans for a campus, but Inside Halton reports that WLU will still need to go through the proposal process. Milton Council recently passed a motion reiterating a previous endorsement of WLU's submission to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for the university. Inside Halton | Brampton Guardian 

ON invites proposals for creating university campus in Milton, Brampton Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 03:30 01/20/2017 - 03:30

Thompson Rivers University has announced that it has signed partnerships with Stenberg College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia to provide graduates with the opportunity to acquire a Bachelor of Health Science. The agreements allow graduates of JIBC’s paramedic and health sciences programs or Stenberg’s Psychiatric Nursing and Cardiology Technologist diploma programs to pursue a degree completion pathway into the TRU Open Learning Bachelor of Health Science program. TRU reports that the Stenberg graduates will leave with a BHS and will be eligible to teach clinical courses in BC after they have acquired five years' experience in nursing. “The BHS has proven to be a very effective credential for today’s health care professionals, who are looking to augment or direct their future professional development,” said TRU Director of Strategic Partnerships Don Poirier. TRU (Stenberg) | TRU (JIBC)

TRU partners with Stenberg, JIBC, allowing graduates an opportunity to acquire BHS Top Ten 01/20/2017 - 13:47 01/20/2017 - 03:30

Senior administrators at Ontario’s colleges could see their salaries rise as much as 50% when the province lifts a salary freeze for non-unionized public-sector workers, writes Simona Chiose for the Globe and Mail. Colleges are reportedly consulting on “compensation frameworks” that will determine the maximum pay that senior leaders in the public sector can receive. Chiose notes that in some cases, executives could be eligible for raises of more than $100K a year. Yet David Brook, CEO of the non-profit College Employer Council, argues that “there are no salary decisions made at this point,” adding that “it is premature and speculative to talk about salary levels. We don’t know what the actual impacts will be.” Globe and Mail

ON college executives could see pay rise as much as 50%: Globe Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

Declining enrolments may press the University of Alberta to to suspend admissions to 14 arts major and honours programs in 2018, reports the Edmonton Journal. An internal memo from the school reportedly states that some programs at the school had 10 or fewer students enrolled in each of the eight fall terms between 2009 and 2016. A total of 30 students are currently enrolled in the programs whose closures, if approved, would take effect in September 2018. UAlberta Faculty of Arts Dean Lesley Cormack says that students enrolled in these programs will be able to continue and complete their degrees, and adds that any decision to suspend enrolment in the programs will not impact the school’s staffing levels. “This is less about cost saving and more about good management so we can take finite resources and make decisions based on student demands and enrich their programs,” said Cormack. Edmonton Journal

UAlberta may need to cut arts programs with low enrolment: Edmonton Journal Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

Quebec Minister of Higher Education Hélène David has reportedly asked the CÉGEP de Matane to take legal steps to recover an alleged $215K overpayment from former Matane CEO Émery Béland. La Presse reports that an audit conducted by David’s Cabinet found two irregular payments to Béland after he left in 2014 that corresponded with the starting premium of his annual salary of $150K and a reimbursement for 110 days of vacation. Along with the demand to pursue the return of the $215K, Minister David reportedly sent a governance specialist to support and advise the Matane Board of Directors and management on how to prevent the situation from occurring again. Radio-Canada | La Presse

Former CEO of Matane required to repay $215K Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

The Canadian government has created a new online resource to offer academics and students new ways to connect and work with Canada’s public service. Natalie Samson of University Affairs notes that the platform, called GCcollab.ca, grew out of an open-source communication interface that government employees have been using for years. Samson reports that the new site allows users to create profiles, browse a newsfeed, and access an events calendar. GCollab was opened to users at five institutions in September 2016 on a pilot basis. Within a month, the tool was reportedly made available to academics and students at all universities and colleges due to significant demand. University Affairs

Canada launches new platform for collaboration between PSE, public servants Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

The University of Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association have announced a new pilot project offering specific gym time to female and non-binary students. Slated to begin in September 2017, the pilot has been informed by a UWSA-led survey in the fall of 2016 that found that 50% of female respondents indicated discomfort in using the fitness centre. A UWinnipeg release states that the pilot is “one of several new initiatives underway to promote a diverse and inclusive culture of respect within all recreation services and facilities on UWinnipeg’s campus and to offer more wellness opportunities to students who may be underutilizing programs.” UWinnipeg

UWinnipeg to pilot dedicated gym hours for female, non-binary students Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

Newfoundland & Labrador’s finance minister has stated that public institutions like Memorial University can help offset the cost of additional book taxes through a federal rebate, reports CBC. This rebate, however, will not help students who stand to face additional taxes created through the elimination of NL’s provincial book tax rebate. The rise in book costs first occurred when the NL government removed a provincial rebate on book taxes, effectively raising the tax on books. Finance Minister Cathy Bennett has pointed out that institutions can still access a book tax rebate through the federal government, but CBC reports that this rebate is not available to students. Earlier this week, MUN’s Students' Union raised concerns about the impact of the additional tax on textbooks. CBC

Federal book tax rebate to benefit NL institutions, but not students Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

The University of Toronto’s Truth and Reconciliation Steering Committee has released its final report, which calls on the school to take action in six key areas. Titled Wecheehetowin, or “working together” in Cree, the report includes 34 distinct calls to action in areas that include Indigenous research ethics and community relationships, Indigenous students and co-curricular education, and Institutional leadership and implementation. “Creating this report was a process focused on inclusivity and engagement,” said Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, coordinator of U of T’s Council of Aboriginal Initiatives and co-chair of the committee. “There was a strong emphasis on incorporating a wide range of voices from both the University and broader community.” U of T

U of T releases report on Truth and Reconciliation Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation formally announced the opening of the Community Innovation Hub earlier this week. The Hub provides a collaborative space to facilitate social innovation and entrepreneurship activities for WLU students, staff, faculty, alumni, and Brantford community members. “The Community Innovation Hub provides a space to take a trial-and-error approach in a low-risk environment. Students and community members have access to mentors, advisors, tools and technology that can support their learning,” said Schlegel Centre Executive Director Joanne Benham-Rennick. “These types of work-integrated learning programs help people develop the skills they need to gain meaningful employment or start their own enterprises.” WLU

WLU opens Community Innovation Hub, providing space for trial-and-error Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

The University of British Columbia has signed an agreement with the University of Central Asia that will see UBC design the curriculum for 22 Earth and Environmental Sciences courses that will be taught by UCA faculty. “I am excited by this initiative and the chance to partner with a new university in an often underserved part of the world,” said UBC President Santa Ono. “This partnership will not only allow UBC to have critical input into the development of new academic programmes half a world away, but will also provide UBC instructors with the chance to reflect on their own courses and how they might be improved and adapted to different learning environments.” The UCA Board of Trustees Chairman Shamsh Kassim-Lakha noted his hope that the institutions would collaborate in other academic fields, conduct joint research projects, and pursue faculty and student exchanges in the future. UCA

UBC collaborates with University of Central Asia on Earth and Environmental Sciences Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

The Norther Ontario School of Medicine has partnered with Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Health Sciences North in Sudbury to establish an accredited Medical Physics Residency Education Program. “The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is pleased to be expanding our existing partnerships with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Health Sciences North,” says David Marsh, NOSM Acting Dean and Associate Dean, Community Engagement. “The School was founded on the premise that if health professionals are trained in the North, they are more likely to stay and practice after completion of their education.” One of the program's core goals will be to increase the number of trained medical physicists working in the North. NOSM

NOSM partners to increase number of medical physicists working in the North Top Ten 01/19/2017 - 03:30 01/19/2017 - 03:30

Canada has passed the UK as the most desirable English-speaking postsecondary destination for students from the European Union, according to a new study charting the impact of Brexit on the UK’s university sector. Times Higher Education reports that a survey of 219 international students studying at UK universities found that Canada was the most desirable English-speaking nation for EU students, followed by the UK, Australia, the US, and New Zealand. The results mark a shift since the survey was conducted last year, with both the UK and US falling in student preferences. While 64% of international students said that Brexit has made the UK a less desirable place to study, 73% said that the election of Donald Trump has made the US less attractive. Times Higher Education

EU students rank Canada “most desirable” country for PSE Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

“Canada seems perpetually fixated on the ‘knowledge economy,’ no matter the political stripes of the government in power,” writes Nobina Robinson of Polytechnics Canada. The author notes, however, that even if Canada’s economy is shifting toward a cloud-based infrastructure, “we can't forget that we are flesh and blood and live in a built environment.” Robinson highlights projections suggesting that Canada will face a shortage of 250,000 individuals in the construction trades within the next 10 years, arguing that Canada cannot afford to let this gap go unaddressed if it wishes to thrive in a 21st-century economy. The author concludes that “through the onslaught of articles about automation and digitization of work, it is worth remembering that we haven't left the physical world, at least not yet.” Huffington Post

Skilled trades will remain vital in the economy of the future, writes Polytechnics Canada CEO Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

A study of sexual assault and harassment on Quebec campuses has found that over one-third of those working or studying at a QC university have experienced at least one form of sexual violence. The study, which was conducted by Manon Bergeron, a Sexology professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, included 9,000 respondents who work or study at six of the province's French-speaking universities. The study found that new students, women, minorities, international students, and those who claim to have a disability or health problem were especially vulnerable to harassment. It further noted that 90% of victims never complained or reported the situation to the university, which Bergeron believes shows both the unreliable nature of official complaint figures and victims’ lack of confidence in their institutions. La Presse | CBC

Study highlights the scourge of sexual harassment on QC campuses Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

“There is no Canadian equivalent of Harvard, with its prestige, limited enrollment and its $60,000 tuition. And really, it’s just as well,” writes Stephen Gordon for the National Post. Gordon argues that while some Canadian universities and programs have high entrance standards, gaining admission into one of these programs is “nowhere near as difficult as entering an elite U.S. college.” Gordon sees this characteristic of Canadian higher ed in a positive light, arguing that that social mobility is likely enhanced by the fact the the country’s higher education institutions are not as rigidly stratified as those in the US. “If—as available evidence suggests—Canadian social mobility is significantly greater than it is in the U.S., then much of the credit goes to the fact that there is no Canadian university that plays the prestige-signalling game that Harvard does,” concludes Gordon. “A ‘Harvard of Canada’ is the last thing we need.” National Post

There's no Canadian Harvard, and that’s a good thing: Post contributor Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

In a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, Robert Bruner describes the three qualities that make for a good dean: readiness, temperament, and purpose. In discussing readiness, Bruner highlights the importance of having accumulated leadership experience, stating that “the best deans are wise in the world, as well as ethical and effective.” Of temperament, he notes that the role does not require the dean to be a genius, but a dean must have “high self-confidence, resilience to failure, humility, and a bias for action.” Of purpose, Bruner writes that deans must feel driven by the institutional mission and values, a desire to serve stakeholders, belief in the students that will graduate from the institution, and their own capacity to bring something to the situation. Chronicle

Good deans must have readiness, good temperament, sense of purpose Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

Quebec’s Parti Quebecois leader Jean-François Lisée has called upon the province’s CEGEPs and universities to enhance their French training by assigning PSE students a mandatory French-language exit exam. The PQ leader has also called upon English institutions to add more French courses and offer students the opportunity to complete a semester in French institutions. “We see from the last census that 20% of the young Anglos between 20 and 40 declare their inability to speak French, so they clearly could not thrive in the Quebec market,” said Lisée. Dawson College’s Director General Richard Filion, however, argues that the additional exam “would be adding another condition to get their diploma, which would be different from the French system where the students wouldn’t have to go through two final exams.” Global News

PQ leader calls for mandatory French language exit exam for QC PSE students Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

A group of researchers at the University of Manitoba are set to provide vital research on how to clean up in the event of an oil spill in the Arctic, reports CBC. This week, the MB and federal governments committed $4M to GENICE, a project that will use gene-analyzing tools to study how polar marine environments can recover from oil spills. “We're losing a lot of the ice in the Arctic. We may even be ice-free in the summertime,” says UManitoba professor Gary Stern, who notes that the funded research will become crucial as melting ice opens more northern shipping lanes and increases the chance of a spill. The research is reportedly just one part of the broader climate change, sea ice, and Arctic research that will be conducted at the MB's Churchill Marine Observatory. CBC | Winnipeg Free Press | Medicine Hat News

Canada, MB commit $4M for research on how to address Arctic oil spills Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

The roles professors avoid in order to advance their academic careers “could be building blocks for another phase of her career,” writes Audrey June for the Chronicle of Higher Education. The goal of developing more administrative talent among faculty is crucial for the university, the author argues, adding that this effort can help lessen the frequency with which universities must hire external candidates to fill openings for deans, provosts, and other senior positions. However, June notes that convincing professors—particularly young ones—to consider taking on administrative roles is often a “tough sell,” as many professors think of this transition as “going over to the dark side.” The only solution to this, June argues, is changing the culture of faculties to make more room for taking on this kind of work and developing these skills. Chronicle (Subscription Required)

Profs shouldn’t be discouraged from building admin experience: Chronicle contributor Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

The Nova Scotia government has the power to significantly expand access to higher education at no cost to provincial revenues, according to a pre-budget submission from StudentsNS. One of the submission’s core recommendations is the reallocation of provincial PSE tax credits to offer better up-front support to support low-income students. StudentsNS explicitly suggests that NS follow the examples set by Ontario and New Brunswick in this regard. “Recognizing the province’s current economic landscape, the government should be maximizing each dollar spent through smarter investments,” says Annie Sirois, StudentsNS Vice-Chair and St Francis Xavier University student. “StudentsNS is putting forth realistic recommendations that will undeniably benefit the students we represent, at a sustainable cost for government.” StudentsNS

StudentsNS looks to ON, NB policies in pre-budget submission Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

Graphic Design students at Cambrian College will have the chance to earn academic credits and a paycheque at the same time thanks to a new partnership between Cambrian and four Sudbury businesses. The partnership allows six Graphic Design students to gain experience through a paid placement with local businesses and organizations that include the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Fuel Multimedia, Studio 123, and Design de Plume. The project is funded by the Ontario Centres for Excellence Voucher for E-Business and Technology Adoption program, and facilitated by Cambrian College’s applied research arm: Cambrian Innovates. Sudbury Star

Cambrian students receive credits, paycheques through industry partnership Top Ten 01/18/2017 - 03:30 01/18/2017 - 03:30

A significant expansion in the number of graduate degrees awarded in Ontario since 2004 will likely not see the same level of growth moving forward, writes Simona Chiose for the Globe and Mail. The author notes that the ON Liberal government will soon begin negotiations with the province’s universities that will result in a higher portion of funds being linked to institutional outcomes, such as graduation or employment rates. Covered in those talks will be the funding allocated to graduate-level programs. The province has reportedly invested as much as $500M in graduate education since 2004, which has resulted in 20,000 more people enrolling in master’s or PhD programs. Yet the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has announced that it will fund increases in undergraduate and graduate enrolment only within tightly defined boundaries moving forward, with an increasing focus on skills and competencies rather than credentials. Globe and Mail

ON universities will face new demand to show value of graduate degrees: Chiose Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

“Those who think that Canada is the last bastion of liberal tolerance in the West should expand their political imagination beyond the halls of power,” writes Steven Zhou for CBC. The author highlights a recent surge in xenophobic posters and messages appearing on Canadian postsecondary campuses, particularly in the wake of Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. Zhou notes that these messages demonstrate that a newly emboldened group of far right advocates are trying to push their way into mainstream conversations. “University administrations and student unions have condemned the dissemination of this kind of propaganda,” Zhou concludes, “but it will likely take more than tweets and press releases to stem the growth of such messaging on campuses.” CBC

Beware rise of right-wing populism on Canadian campuses, says CBC contributor Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

The University of New Brunswick has officially launched the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity in Fredericton, reports CTV News. The institute will offer programs for various skill levels to address the widening knowledge gap in cybersecurity education. Institute Director Ali Ghorbani says the university expects about 100 undergraduate and post-graduate students to enroll in the institute in the coming years. “Cybersecurity is no longer a networking IT problem—it affects everyone,” said Ghorbani. “(We're) facing a huge shortage of skilled professionals, so training cybersecurity professionals is something we identified as an opportunity.” CTV News

UNB creates new cybersecurity institute Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

PSE institutions in British Columbia would be wise to “cultivate new markets” for international student enrolment and avoid becoming overly dependent on China, according to a US-based analyst. Rahul Choudaha tells The Province that despite a recent jump in the number of Chinese international students coming to BC, this growth—and the overall growth in international student numbers—is slowing. However, India stands out as an exception to this slowdown, says Choudaha, who notes that enrolments from India grew 25% last year, outpacing the growth rate of Chinese enrolments. “Given the scale and the growth potential of India as a source of international students, Canadian institutions have an untapped potential in recruiting Indian students at the bachelor’s level,” the analyst concludes. The Province

BC should look to India for international students as other markets slow: analyst Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

Queen’s University has partnered with the Ethiopia-based University of Gondar on a 10-year international project on the advancement of inclusive education for young people with disabilities in Ethiopia and Africa, which is funded by a $24M USD grant from The MasterCard Foundation. The partnership will reportedly provide education at the University of Gondar to 450 African leaders, and provide 60 faculty from the Ethiopian university with the opportunity to study at Queen’s and enhance their skills in innovative pedagogy and collaborative research. “We are delighted to work on this tremendous, multi-faceted project with the University of Gondar and The MasterCard Foundation,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “Without a doubt, this collaboration will change lives and create new pathways for education in Africa.” Queen's

Queen’s partners on international project for inclusive education Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

Trent University and Sault College have signed an articulation agreement that will see graduates of the Sault Anishinaabemowin certificate program graduates enter into Trent’s Indigenous Bachelor of Education program with advanced standing and the opportunity to earn both a certificate and a degree in five years. Sault explains that the agreement will see graduates gain a teachable in Ojibwe. “Language is central to education and speaks directly to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.” explained Trent School of Education Director Cathy Bruce, director of the School of Education at Trent. “The beauty of this partnership is that the graduates are equipped with the qualifications and understandings to teach Anishinaabemowin – Ojibwe language.” SaultOnline | Sault | Trent

Trent, Sault partner on education program with a teachable in Ojibwe Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

The University of Lethbridge is reportedly proceeding with a complaint to the Alberta Human Rights Commission regarding tenured professor Anthony Hall, who was suspended without pay last year. In light of an external investigation of “virulent and anti-Semitic comments” on Hall’s Facebook page, the ULethbridge Board of Governors decided to proceed with a complaint against Hall for “publishing statements, alone and in collaboration with others, that could be considered hateful, contemptuous and discriminatory.” The Lethbridge Herald reports that Hall’s pay will be reinstated due to the expected length of the investigation. Hall has stated that he is challenging the university’s decision to suspend him without pay prior to the completion of the investigation. Lethbridge Herald

ULethbridge proceeds in human rights complaint against professor Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

Laurentian University has much to celebrate in looking back on the past five year, says the school’s president Dominic Giroux, yet it will need to continue seeking out opportunities to face the challenges that lie ahead. In an interview with the Sudbury Star, Giroux reflects on the Laurentian’s record enrolment numbers and recent successes in attracting nearly $200M in new funding. That said, Giroux notes the challenges the school has faced, such as the decision to close its Barrie campus in 2016. Further, a projected 20% drop in enrolments from Northern Ontario students by 2023 will place new pressure on the school. Giroux, however, argues that investing in modernized classrooms and labs, as well as housing and food services, will help the school remain competitive in the long-term. Sudbury Star

Laurentian president discusses successes, challenges moving forward Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

The Cape Breton University Faculty Association has stated that it will go on strike on January 23rd if it cannot reach a deal with the school’s administration by January 21st, reports the Cape Breton Post. CBUFA Spokesperson Andrew Reynolds has stated that the main point of contention between the faculty and administration is Article 39 or the “layoff clause” which, under the current offer, would allow CBU to cut faculty jobs if the institution projects a cumulative 7% deficit in revenues from tuition and provincial operating grants. The threat of a strike has generated concern among students, reports CBC, who say they are worried about having their graduation timelines disrupted by the strike. Fourth-year student Casandra Blanchard, however, says she is confident the faculty will do whatever it can to support students: “We have awesome professors, so I feel like eventually we will pull through, and they will have our back and do whatever they can to help us out in the end.” Cape Breton Post | CBC

CBU faculty set strike date, students express concern Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

A new 10% provincial book tax is creating new financial stress for postsecondary students in Newfoundland & Labrador, reports CBC. Brittany Lennox, communications director for the student union at Memorial University, demonstrated the financial burden of the tax by exploring a bookstore and collecting the required reading materials for a first year bachelor of science in psychology student. Overall, she amassed more than $110 in taxes alone. “If you look at the largest group of people buying books in the country, it's students,” said Lennox said. “And students are the least capable of paying for this tax.” According to the Canadian Federation of Students, an undergraduate student pays between $500-1000 per semester in textbooks, with textbook costs rising 2.44 times the rate of inflation since 2008. CBC

MUN students feeling squeezed by NL book tax Top Ten 01/17/2017 - 03:30 01/17/2017 - 03:30

An Ontario judge has ruled that a legal challenge to salary increases at the University of Ottawa will go ahead, reports the Ottawa Citizen. The challenge issued by the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa argues that pay raises given to UOttawa’s vice-president of research and dean of the School of Medicine violated Ontario’s public sector wage freeze. The university, however, argued that the court did not have jurisdiction over the case because only the province had the authority to challenge such pay raises. Presiding Justice Giovanna Toscano Roccamo reportedly sided with the APUO last week, in a decision that the Citizen suggests could set a precedent for future challenges at other public institutions such as hospitals, school boards, or municipalities. In an emailed statement, the university said that it “strongly believes it has an arguable case and has filed a notice of motion to ask the Court to set aside the decision.” Ottawa Citizen

ON court allows uOttawa faculty’s challenge over executive pay raises Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

Two Quebec student associations released a joint statement last week voicing their disappointment over an alleged lack of sexual assault survivors being represented in upcoming provincial consultations. The groups expressed their support for the consultations, yet AVEQ Spokesperson Kristen Perry added that “in the current public consultation process proposed by the government, we have seen no indication of adequate space or resources being provided for the direct participation of survivors and groups that work with survivors.” Both associations say they plan to continue pressuring the province not only to include the voices of more survivors, but to allocate more funding and resources to groups that are already working to prevent sexual violence and support survivors on and beyond campus. NationTalk | AVEQ (Joint Statement)

Student associations criticize lack of survivor inclusion in QC consultations Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

The University of Windsor will be the site of a new $30M Science Research and Innovation Centre, thanks to the support of nearly $15M from the federal government. Students, teachers and researchers will collaborate inside labs at the new facility to “turn discoveries into products” and allow these products to “get into market faster,” said Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains. UWindsor President Alan Wildeman echoed Bains’ comments, adding that the school’s capacity to carry out research is “going to benefit greatly from this investment. From cancer research to new materials, there is a broad range of scientific expertise at the University of Windsor.” ON | Canada | Windsor Star | CBC

UWindsor to benefit from enhanced science, innovation training Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

The University of Toronto Scarborough has received a $2M gift from philanthropist Ravi Gukathasan to support a post-doctoral fellowship in Tamil studies, along with several scholarships and a digital archive of Tamil history. Metro reports that Gukathasan grew up in northern Sri Lanka before moving with his family to England in 1974 and later to Scarborough, where he became one of only two Tamil students attending Scarborough College. “I want this campus to be a star when it comes to the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, its culture, its language, its perspective in the world,” said the now-CEO of Scarborough-based company Digital Specialty Chemicals Ltd. “The time of fighting is done, and I truly believe that our people need to be proud of our culture and our history.” Metro

“The time of fighting is done”: U of T Scarborough to create Tamil studies fellowship Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

Mobile technology offers postsecondary institutions an unprecedented ability to scale their mental health supports for students, write Mi Zhang, David Mohr, and Jingbo Meng for The Conversation. The US-based researchers discuss how a new mobile phone technology is providing students with the ability to measure their wellbeing in real time by tracking their location, social activity, interaction with their phone, and exposure to ambient light. But perhaps an even greater feature, the authors add, is the technology’s ability to send students targeted support messages when the software identifies certain patterns of depressive behaviour. The authors conclude that “by finding ways the many sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on people’s daily lives and habits … we can help college students stay healthier and reduce the workload on overtaxed professionals at the same time.” The Conversation

Identifying, treating student depression through mobile devices Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

The University of Waterloo is poised to build a state-of-the-art engineering facility in order to advance research and meet demand from expanding enrollments. Titled Engineering 7, the seven-storey building will benefit from more than $36M in investment from the federal government. The building is currently under construction and its slated to cost $88M to build, with a scheduled opening in the spring of 2018. The centre will be home to the university’s growing biomedical and mechatronics engineering programs, and will support research on disruptive technologies such as machine intelligence, mobile robotics, autonomous vehicles, and wearable biomedical devices. “Engineering 7 is more than a building,” says Faculty of Engineering Dean Pearl Sullivan. “It epitomizes the future of engineering education and the preparation of students to experience early, innovate early and incubate their ideas early, right from first year.” Canada | UWaterloo

UWaterloo to build $88M engineering centre Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

PEI has announced that it is integrating its employment assistance services to better support a skilled workforce that meets the needs of the island's employers, reports CBC. The effort will reportedly strive to ensure that service is more consistent, reduce duplication, and improve assessment tools and access to training. A major aspect of the plan will be the creation of new centres across the island that will collaborate with Skills PEI, the University of Prince Edward Island, and Holland College to make sure that students graduate with the skills that employers need most. CBC

PEI to work with UPEI, Holland to match graduates’ skills with employers’ needs Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

Wilfrid Laurier University is set to renovate and repurpose its Peters Building and improve overall efficiency at its campus with the support of new funding from the Ontario and Canadian governments. The combined government investments will total more than $17M and will help the school provide new research and teaching labs, as well as more space to train entrepreneurs and management leaders in the technology and finance sectors. Finally, WLU will use the funding to reduce energy costs by an estimated $1.4M per year, resulting in a 30% reduction in overall energy expenditure. “The Lazaridis Hall project will enhance Laurier's ability to help Canada remain a global leader in entrepreneurship and the management of technology enterprises,” said WLU President Max Blouw, adding that “the energy management funding will enable Laurier to build on our Sustainability Action Plan by increasing efficiencies, reducing costs and leading by example.” Canada | CBC

WLU to improve energy efficiency, add new space to support entrepreneurs Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

“Somewhere along the way, I got the idea that being kind and patient with myself was self-indulgent. I am unlearning this now,” writes Professor Plainspoken on the ways to avoid stress as a department chair. Reflecting on previous stressful experiences with paperwork, teaching schedules, and room assignments, as well as the maxim that “the best way to reduce stress is to stop screwing up,” the author explains that learning to let mistakes go and forgiving yourself are the best ways to reduce stress in these situations. The author concludes with the suggestion that, “should you become chair, you cannot afford not to be kind and patient with yourself.” Inside Higher Ed

Department chairs must learn to be patient with selves to avoid stress Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue has received $5M combined funding from the Quebec and Canadian governments to expand the First Peoples Pavilion at its Val-d'Or campus. The First Peoples Pavilion was established in 2009 and serves to provide training for Aboriginal students and conduct research on Aboriginal issues and concerns. “The Government of Canada is working to ensure that Inuit and First Nations youth have access to a high-quality education that will allow them to gain the skills they need to join the labour market,” said Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. “The expansion of the First Peoples Pavilion will not only provide a learning space that is culturally adapted to the needs of Indigenous students but also offer students, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, a unique space to meet and learn from each other.” Canada | UQAT

UQAT receives $5M in infrastructure for First Peoples Pavilion Top Ten 01/16/2017 - 03:30 01/16/2017 - 03:30

“The world of scholarly publishing is in serious trouble,” writes Alex Gillis for University Affairs. “The number of predatory journals has skyrocketed in the past three to four years, leading to a tidal wave of poor-quality research being published.” The author notes that in 2014, publishers launched approximately 1,000 new journals, which can make distinguishing between legitimate journals and predatory ones increasingly difficult. In some cases, the author adds, academics themselves can be complicit in the rise of these journals, “publishing numerous articles in these questionable journals to earn quick and easy academic credit at their institutions.” Further, many predatory journals are now being run out of Canadian residences in an effort to capitalize on Canada’s “brand value” as a home for journals. Gillis concludes with a list of tips for identifying predatory or illegitimate journals. University Affairs

Predatory journals look to capitalize on Canada’s academic brand Top Ten 01/13/2017 - 03:30 01/13/2017 - 03:30

A scholarship in “anti-psychiatry” created and funded by a University of Toronto professor has provoked concern among critics and other professors at the school. The National Post reports that according to U of T Professor Bonnie Burstow, “there is no such thing as mental ‘illness,’ no evidence that psychological problems stem from physical imbalances in the brain, and even less that treatments like anti-psychotic drugs actually help people.” Critics, however, say that they are concerned that the school is allowing an anti-scientific scholarship that could put mentally ill people in harm’s way. “This is a case where academic freedom should be quashed,” says U of T Professor Edward Shorter. “People will read this and think ‘Well, maybe mother doesn’t need that psychiatrist after all, it’s just a lot of bunkum.’ And then the first thing you know, someone has committed suicide.” National Post

Critics speak out against “anti-psychiatry” scholarship Top Ten 01/13/2017 - 03:30 01/13/2017 - 03:30

An Indigenous professor working on a sexual violence policy committee at the University of British Columbia has left the group after the school re-extended a speaking invitation to Vancouver Olympics CEO John Furlong. The Canadian Press reports that UBC Professor Daniel Heath Justice said in a letter to university president Santa Ono that the decision to re-invite Furlong “silenced and erased” allegations that Furlong abused First Nations students while teaching at a BC Catholic school in 1969 and 1970. “I believe that a viable and legitimate survivor-centred approach to sexual assault cannot stand with integrity alongside this deeply troubling decision,” said Justice’s letter. Sara-Jane Finlay, associate vice-president of equity and inclusion and co-chair of the UBC committee, praised Justice’s contributions and added that: “We are saddened by his resigning from the committee but we do respect his decision. Times Colonist (CP) | Maclean’s

UBC Indigenous professor quits committee after university re-invites cancelled speaker Top Ten 01/13/2017 - 03:30 01/13/2017 - 03:30

The Northern Policy Institute has commissioned a study to determine the feasibility of a new university campus in Timmins, Ontario. CBC reports that the city, which is already home to Northern College, Collège Boréal, and the small Université de Hearst, asked long-time university administrator Ken Coates to perform a study determining whether such a campus would be feasible in the long-term. In a meeting with Timmins City Council, Coates warned against going ahead with a new school without first making sure it can produce the funds necessary to sustain itself. “You can build a university tomorrow if you want to borrow $200 million and build something and hope that something happens," Coates said. The report is expected to be complete in about a month, but there has been no announcement of when it will be made public. CBC | Sudbury.com | Timmins Today

Timmins, ON looks to determine feasibility of new university campus Top Ten 01/13/2017 - 03:30 01/13/2017 - 03:30

College of the Rockies has announced that it will be building a $10M Trades Training Facility thanks to funding from the federal government, the BC government, Columbia Basin Trust, and COTR. The new facility will support 43 new full-time spaces in the electrical, millwright, and heavy-duty equipment programs, and will feature a trades yard and an engine lab. “The addition of this new facility will allow us to further expand our ability to provide trades' training that helps our students to reach their goals, secure careers in high-demand fields and to serve the needs of our communities and industry partners,” stated COTR President David Walls. The facility will be designed to the LEED Gold standard and is set to open in Fall 2018. BC Local News | COTR

COTR to build $10M trades facility for 2018 Top Ten 01/13/2017 - 03:30 01/13/2017 - 03:30

Graduates of Holland College’s paramedicine program will have the opportunity to obtain a BSc within two years of graduation, thanks to a new pathway into the Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine at the University of Prince Edward Island. “The Canadian Paramedic Association of Canada has indicated that within ten years a degree will be required to enter this profession,” said Trevor Jain, UPEI Paramedicine Program Director and Holland Medical Director of the Primary Care Paramedicine and Advanced Care Paramedicine programs. “UPEI and Holland College are poised to become national leaders within this framework, providing a tailor-made BSc program for Paramedics.” The pathway program will reportedly provide paramedics who are interested in improving their scientific knowledge and research and communication skills with a variety of opportunities to benefit their careers. Holland

Holland graduates gain pathway into UPEI Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine Top Ten 01/13/2017 - 03:30 01/13/2017 - 03:30

The Institut Nordique du Québec—made up of Université Laval, McGill University, and Quebec’s national institute for scientific research (INRS)—are releasing a seven-session program on the social and political issues facing Nunavik and other regions in northern Quebec. Students who enroll in the online “Northern Quebec: issues, spaces and