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On Wednesday, the University of Western Ontario officially launched its application for iPhones and iPads, which is available for free at the iTunes Store or through UWO's mobile launch site. With the app, users can stay up to date on all things UWO through Western News, the student-run Gazette, Mustang sports, and news releases. The app also features an events calendar and a directory search for all faculty, students, and staff. Developers have plans for a number of features to implement over the next year, including incorporating faculties and campus groups into the app. Western News | UWO iPhone App

UWO develops iPhone app Top Ten Thu, 10/07/2010 - 15:44
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Educational institutions will soon have to pay full price when creating virtual campuses in Second Life after Linden Lab, the company that runs the online universe, announced Monday it will end its generous educational discount as of January 1. The director of the Immersive Education Initiative, which provides over 3,000 educators with open access to virtual worlds, says the announcement is consistent with other recent changes by Linden Lab. Though there are other virtual world technologies colleges can uses, the director says, some have made heavy investments in Second Life and may have difficulties switching services. A number of Canadian institutions have "islands" in Second Life. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Second Life to end educational discount Top Ten Wed, 10/06/2010 - 15:49
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The family of Andrew and Marjorie McCain has made a $1-million donation to the University of New Brunswick in support of the Human Performance Lab, based in the Richard J. Currie Centre. In honour of the gift, UNB has named the facility The Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory. The facility will allow the university to expand its research opportunities and increase the quality of life for New Brunswickers. UNB News | Daily Gleaner

UNB receives $1-million donation for human performance lab Top Ten Tue, 10/05/2010 - 15:20
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Following up on its application for Apple products, Red Deer College recently launched the free RDC BlackBerry App, whose buttons include classes, campus maps, campus recreation, and academic schedule. The college has also updated its iPhone application to include new buttons such as athletics schedule, performing arts schedule, campus rec schedule, and emergency response info. RDC News Release

RDC develops BlackBerry app Top Ten Mon, 10/04/2010 - 15:27
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Last week, Georgian College launched a new-look website. The top half of the homepage features a rotating graphic banner promoting the college's music playlist, several programs, the library, and the University Partnership Centre. The website includes links to Georgian's new virtual tour and to its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Georgian College website

Georgian College redesigns website Top Ten Fri, 10/01/2010 - 16:31
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In a new Kaplan survey of US college admissions officers, 77% report that parental involvement in the admissions process is rising, and because of this, 61% say their institution has been prompted to create new initiatives for parents. While the majority of colleges are developing resources just for parents, some are cutting parents out of the admissions process entirely. One respondent says that once a student is accepted, the institution is firm about interacting with the student only, not the parents. Another reports that their office will not discuss an applicant with his or her parent unless the student allows it. Kaplan News Release

Parental involvement increasing in admissions process, survey finds Top Ten Thu, 09/30/2010 - 15:57
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The College of the Rockies held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for its new Aboriginal gathering place, which will be constructed primarily by the college's trades training students. Once completed, the octagonal structure will incorporate green technology, and will feature large open space for cultural and ceremonial events, offices, and a fully equipped kitchen. The gathering place is one of 27 being built at public PSE institutions across BC through a $13.6-million investment from the province. BC News Release

COTR breaks ground for Aboriginal gathering place Top Ten Wed, 09/29/2010 - 15:56
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Growing numbers of post-secondary students in the US are women or members of minority groups, as shown by government figures published by The Chronicle of Higher Education in this year's Diversity in Academe report. In 2008, minority students accounted for 37% of all undergraduates, up from 22% in 1988. Women now receive the majority of degrees, figures show. In 2007-08, 57% of bachelor degrees, 62% of associate degrees, and 51% of doctorates were awarded to women. Over a 6-year period, starting in 2001, white students graduated at higher rates than did black, Hispanic, or American Indians. Students attending selective institutions graduated at much higher rates than at schools that accepted all applicants. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

More minorities, women attending college in the US Top Ten Tue, 09/28/2010 - 15:32
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Yesterday Kaplan Higher Education announced its "Kaplan Commitment" program, under which students at any Kaplan institution will be able to enrol in classes for several weeks and assess whether the coursework meets their education needs before making a financial commitment. Kaplan will also conduct assessments to help determine whether students are likely to be successful. The program is in response to critics of for-profit higher education who have argued that some schools encourage students to enrol -- paying tuition in large part with federal grants and loans -- in programs they are unlikely to finish. Kaplan News Release | Inside Higher Ed

Kaplan launches debt-free trial program Top Ten Mon, 09/27/2010 - 14:20
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In a new survey of over 27,000 Canadian college and universities students, the federal government has been chosen as the top employer, with provincial and municipal governments as well as Health Canada making the top 10. Several corporate sector household names make the top 25 list, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Air Canada, Research in Motion, and Facebook. Non-profit organizations make a strong showing on the list, with the Hospital for Sick Children, the Canadian Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the David Suzuki Foundation, and Oxfam all ranking in the top 25. 56% of students surveyed said the current economic climate has them concerned about their job prospects. 57% said they would like to find an employer with which to spend their entire career. Canada's Top Campus Employers 2010

Federal, provincial governments top employers among PSE students Top Ten Fri, 09/24/2010 - 15:25

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