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Former Quebec premier Bernard Landy believes the province should impose French-only college education on the children of immigrants. Landry says it's time to apply Bill 101, launched in 1977 with the goal of protecting the French language in Quebec, to the province's CÉGEPs to ensure immigrant youth are fully integrated as francophones. Among its restrictions, Bill 101 limits access to English-language elementary and secondary schools for immigrants and their children. The former premier was reacting to reports that for the first time there were more allophones (residents whose mother tongue or home language is neither French nor English) than francophones in Montreal schools last year. Canadian Press

Former Quebec premier demands French-only CÉGEP education for immigrant children Top Ten Wed, 08/25/2010 - 13:52
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New or expanded anonymous confession sites aimed at college students are cropping up, promising to be bigger and juicier than the controversial JuicyCampus, which shut down in February due a reported lack of advertising revenue. "College Gossip" not only features campus-specific message boards for hundreds of schools, but it also has a photo section where students can upload embarrassing pictures and videos of others. "CollegeACB" paid the defunct JuicyCampus $10,000 to redirect visitors from its URL to CollegeACB. The emergence of such sites will likely give college administrators grief this year, and some legal scholars argue that amending federal communication laws is the only effective way to stop such sites from materializing. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Campus Gossip | CollegeACB

More campus gossip websites emerge Top Ten Tue, 03/01/2011 - 12:33
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For a growing number of college administrators in the US, opening convocations are more than just an annual ritual -- they are part of efforts to increase first-year retention and graduation rates. Revamped 2 years ago, the University of Vermont's opening ceremony includes an address from an author whose book incoming students were assigned to read over the summer. At its ceremony, Philander Smith College gives its first-year students medallions bearing their class year, which serves to emphasize the expectation of students to graduate in 4 years, an expectation in keeping with the school's goal of improving its retention and graduation rates. Inside Higher Ed

Trend in US institutions using opening ceremonies to boost retention Top Ten Wed, 09/02/2009 - 16:51
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A new study from the US finds that post-secondary students who feel welcome, are aware of what's happening on campus, and feel like they belong are more likely to return the next year. The study finds that at the first-year level, students are more likely to stay when they are satisfied with their advisor's availability, impressed with the course content of their major, and feel that the campus is a safe place. By senior year, retention is more strongly tied to school characteristics and grade point average. Noel-Levitz News Release | Read the full report

Study finds correlation between student satisfaction, retention Top Ten Tue, 09/01/2009 - 17:25
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According to a recent poll conducted by Ypulse, 57% of US college students surveyed said their peers used social networking sites for self-promotion, narcissism, and attention-seeking. 92% reported using Facebook and MySpace regularly. Two-thirds of respondents said their generation is more narcissistic than previous ones. Self-promotion need not be perceived as a negative, say some social-media researchers and college officials, who note social networks like Facebook are a "structure to receive emotional support" and a "celebration of individuality." USA Today

Social networks fuel narcissism among college students, poll finds Top Ten Mon, 08/31/2009 - 17:41
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A growing number of institutions in the US have contracted with RoommateClick, a social-network-like service that lets students take the lead in finding a compatible residence roommate. Not only does the site remove some of the burden from residence-life officials, but it also makes students less likely to blame their school for roommate friction. RoomBug, a Facebook application in which users specify lifestyle preferences to find compatible matches, plans to release a university-based product this winter. Critics of these services argue that self-selection would foster insularity by encouraging first-year students to choose roommates that are just like them. Inside Higher Ed | RoommateClick | RoomBug

Online services allow students to shop for roommates Top Ten Fri, 08/28/2009 - 17:06
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First announced in January, "University of the People" -- billed as the "first non-profit, tuition-free online university" -- kicks off in September with 178 students ranging in age from 16 to 61. The students, coming from 49 countries, will study business administration and computer science. Although fees are waived for now, an education at the university could cost between $400 and $4,000 overall in the future, and the charges would cover exam fees. While the school's founder hopes its social-network atmosphere will encourage students to stick with it, he does anticipate a high dropout rate. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | University of the People

"University of the People" to launch next month Top Ten Thu, 08/27/2009 - 16:12
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A clerical mistake at the University of Exeter in England led 190 rejected applicants to believe they were accepted into the institution. Last Thursday, the applicants received congratulatory letters from Exeter, but later learned they had actually been rejected. The university has offered places to the affected students for next year. In another error, Exeter sent a letter to 188 students to say they had a place at the main campus, when in fact they should have been offered spots at the Cornwall campus nearly 100 miles away. The university contacted the students to say the letter was wrong, but later offered them a seat at the main campus. The Guardian

Exeter mistakenly sends rejected applicants acceptance letters Top Ten Wed, 08/26/2009 - 17:35
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On Monday, Centennial College unveiled a redesigned website. Visitors to the homepage can check out animated videos that outline the application process for full-time, part-time, and international students. The homepage includes links to the college's Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel. The majority of Centennial's programs features video testimonials on their respective pages. Centennial website

Centennial launches new website Top Ten Tue, 08/25/2009 - 15:55
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On Sunday, officials with Collège Boréal and the Métis Nation of Ontario signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to increase PSE participation among Métis individuals. The agreement will also allow Métis people to participate in developing practices and policies regarding Aboriginal teaching at Boréal. The agreement includes exposing students and staff to the history, culture, and contemporary issues of Métis in the province. Sudbury Star

Boréal, Métis Nation of Ontario form partnership Top Ten Mon, 08/24/2009 - 16:33

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