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According to a UBC study, students who commit academic misconduct often have personality disorders that make them manipulative, arrogant, callous, and difficult to handle. Published this month by the American Psychology Association, the research found students who admitted to cheating ranked high on tests that identified 3 personality disorders referred to as the "dark triad": psychopathy, Machiavellianism (manipulativeness), and narcissism. The study concludes that secondary and post-secondary schools have to find creative ways of discouraging cheaters because many are not afraid of punishment, are amoral, and have a strong sense of entitlement. APA News Release | Vancouver Sun | Read the study

School cheaters often narcissistic, amoral, study finds Top Ten Thu, 09/09/2010 - 18:11
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A new study published in the Journal of College Student Retention finds that frequent Facebook users are more likely to return to their initial institution after their first year. In a survey of 375 Abilene Christian University students, those who were more active on Facebook were more likely to return for their second year. On average, returning students had 27 more friends and 59 more Wall posts than those who did not come back. The study's author says the Facebook effect on campuses is twofold -- not only does the site make it easier for first-year students to find friends, but it also boosts the likelihood of students' developing deeper friendships following chance encounters. Both aspects lead to a deeper sense of connection on campus and in the classroom, the author argues. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

US study finds Facebook aids in student retention Top Ten Wed, 09/08/2010 - 16:35
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In time for the new school year, the Université du Québec à Montréal has updated its homepage. The redesigned homepage directs visitors to the university's "L'effet UQAM" promotional campaign, and to its future students portal, which was revised this summer. The portal features video testimonials from current students. The homepage also includes new entries to UQAM.tv. UQAM News (in French) | UQAM homepage

UQAM unveils new homepage Top Ten Tue, 09/07/2010 - 17:47
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The logo for Iowa-based Drake University's "Drake Advantage" campaign is a large blue "D+" -- the "D" stands for Drake while "+" represents the opportunities the institution offers students. Officials selected the logo specifically because it looks like a letter grade, which prompts people to do a double-take. It is for the same reasons, though, that some are criticizing the campaign. In response to faculty and alumni criticism, Drake concedes that faculty and staff should have be allowed to preview the campaign before it launched, but note the campaign received positive feedback in a testing with high school students. Over three-quarters of respondents said the viewbook cover grabbed their attention either a little or a lot. Close to 90% said the concept was unique from other institutional materials they have seen. Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Des Moines Register

Drake University's "D+" campaign: pass or fail? Top Ten Fri, 09/03/2010 - 17:49
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In a recent episode of "The Colbert Report," host Stephen Colbert took a look at the increasing scrutiny of for-profit higher education. Declaring his interest in the sector, Colbert announced his new for-profit school, Stephen Colbert "University" -- "the number one place for higher 'education'." Admission requirements include access to the Internet and either one letter of recommendation from Benjamin Franklin or 2 from Ulysses S. Grant. The institution offers programs in fields such as nurse impersonator, grave-robber, VCR repair, Googler, and Stephen Colbert organ farm. At SCU, its proprietor states, "we put the 'U' in 'we make money off you'." Inside Higher Ed | The Comedy Network

Introducing Stephen Colbert "University" Top Ten Thu, 09/02/2010 - 16:47
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The BC government announced yesterday a $5.2-million investment for a second year of training programs to help nearly 1,000 unemployed and low-skilled British Columbians acquire the skills needed to transition back to the workforce, get a better job, or further their education. The province is providing $1.5 million to BCIT, NVIT, Royal Roads U, SFU, and UNBC to fund additional training programs for over 250 students. $3.7 million has been provided to the labour market consortium, comprising 15 colleges and universities, to fund training for approximately 700 students across BC. BC News Release

$5 million for skills training in BC Top Ten Wed, 09/01/2010 - 17:26
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Students enrolled in private career colleges in Toronto are not eligible for the Toronto Transit Commission's new discounted monthly pass for PSE students, a move the Ontario Association of Career Colleges calls "unfair" and "discriminatory." The TTC says the exclusion had to do with budgetary concerns, given the great number of career colleges and programs, where students may be only enrolled for a couple of weeks. The TTC may consider looking to include private career college students in the discounted pass program as part of the budget for 2011. Toronto Star

Toronto career college students ineligible for discounted transit pass Top Ten Tue, 08/31/2010 - 17:16
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Oxford University Press announced Sunday that demand for the Oxford English Dictionary's online version has far outpaced that for the printed versions, raising doubt there will still be a market for the printed form. The online OED now gets 2 million hits a month from subscribers, while the current printed edition, published in 1989, has sold about 30,000 sets in total. OUP's chief executive doesn't think the newest edition will be printed. The publisher says the convenience of the online format is also affecting demand for its shorter dictionaries. The online version of the OED will be relaunched in December to include a historical thesaurus to make cross-referencing easier. Associated Press

Oxford English Dictionary may become available online only Top Ten Mon, 08/30/2010 - 16:30
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The University of Waterloo's marketing and undergraduate recruitment office sponsored a contest this summer challenging current students to produce videos representing life at the university. The entries were posted on a Facebook page where people could vote on their favourite video. The Unaccompanied Minors, a campus-based a cappella group, won the contest and $500 to spend at uWaterloo's Retail Services stores for its video "Tik Tok U-Dub," a takeoff of Ke$ha's "Tik Tok." The winning and runner-up videos are available on YouTube. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

uWaterloo MUR office names winners of student video contest Top Ten Sat, 08/28/2010 - 18:27
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The University of Winnipeg has purchased a derelict West End house that was recently condemned because of extreme squalor. uWinnipeg's senior executive officer says the university will take possession of the property in October, and will likely tear down the home, weather permitting. With the purchase of the house, uWinnipeg now owns an entire block of Spence Street, and that existing space could be developed into a multi-purpose athletic complex for soccer, wrestling, and track, the university official says. Winnipeg Free Press

uWinnipeg buys condemned home Top Ten Thu, 08/26/2010 - 15:27

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