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Canada's overall score on the Canadian Council on Learning's Composite Learning Index has dropped for the first time. The national average for 2009 is 75, down from 77 last year. Calgary was the top performing city with a score of 89, followed by Victoria with 88 and Saskatoon with 86. The CLI measures youth literacy, PSE participation, high-school dropout rates, job-related training, and Internet access. CCL News Release

Canada's score on CCL lifelong learning index drops Top Ten Thu, 05/28/2009 - 17:00
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IDP Education, the largest and most successful student-recruitment firm in Australia, announced Tuesday it has plans to branch out into the US. The company's goal is to have 60 American institutions on board with them in time to recruit for the 2010-11 school year. Schools would contract with IDP to represent them abroad and pay a finder's fee for each student who enrols at their institutions, and students would pay a nominal fee for counselling and help in document preparation. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

Australian student-recruitment firm to enter US market Top Ten Wed, 05/27/2009 - 15:59
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On Monday, Ruth Padel resigned from her recently elected position of Professorship of Poetry at the University of Oxford after she admitted to publicizing charges that her rival for the position, Derek Walcott, had sexually harassed a former student in the early 1980s. Padel acknowledged that she sent e-mails to 2 journalists pointing them to a book which carries allegations made against Walcott, who was recently hired as the University of Alberta's first distinguished scholar in residence. Walcott withdrew from the Oxford competition because the allegations resurfaced. Oxford will now hold another election for the position. Oxford News | Associated Press | Agence France-Presse | Edmonton Journal

Oxford poetry professor resigns over scandal Top Ten Tue, 05/26/2009 - 16:38
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A number of American institutions are considering shaving a year off their undergraduate programs to save students time and money. Proponents of the 3-year degree model say it would work well for ambitious students who know what they want to study, while critics argue it would compromise an undergraduate's academic and social experience, and that college would veer more towards job training and away from broad-based education. Washington Post

US colleges ponder 3-year degrees Top Ten Mon, 05/25/2009 - 17:01
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At a donor recognition ceremony last Thursday. Collège Boréal president Denis Hubert announced that the school has reached over 75% of its $1-million fundraising target for its new Timmins campus. The turnover date for the new campus is set for mid-July, and its official opening is expected to take place in September. Boréal News Release | Timmins Daily Press

Boréal inches closer to fundraising goal for Timmins campus Top Ten Fri, 05/22/2009 - 16:13
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According to a new report from the Canadian Council on Learning, e-learning is considered an essential tool for lifelong learning -- it breaks down geographical and physical barriers to learning, and can be accessed when desired or necessary. Despite Canada being internationally recognized for its investment in e-learning, levels of adoption of e-learning in the country are considerably slower than anticipated. The report suggests the Advisory Committee on Online Learning's recommendations be revisited to ensure Canada takes full advantage of e-learning's potential. CCL News Release

Canada needs to take full advantage of e-learning's potential Top Ten Thu, 05/21/2009 - 15:32
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At last week's Canadian Network for Innovation in Education conference, Memorial University's Distance Education and Learning Technologies department picked up an award for excellence and innovation in the use of technology for learning and teaching. The award-winning project involved the application of Second Life in an engineering course on marine production management in which students applied the theories and principles learned in the classroom to construct their own shipyard in a simulated, immersive environment. MUN News Release

MUN distance ed wins CNIE award Top Ten Wed, 05/20/2009 - 16:40
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The Apollo Group Inc, the parent company of the University of Phoenix and Fredericton-based Meritus University, is considering purchasing BPP, the UK's only for-profit education provider with degree-granting authority. British politicians and educators interviewed by the Times Higher Education note that the potential acquisition would mark a significant change in British higher education. One Newcastle University professor says the purchase would be a great step forward in establishing a competitive education market in the country. Times Higher Education

Apollo Group may acquire British for-profit education provider Top Ten Tue, 05/19/2009 - 14:55
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St. Clair College announced last week that its Centre for Construction Innovation, currently under construction at the south campus, is on schedule to open in September. The $4.8-million facility will allow St. Clair to increase capacity in trades such as plumbing, carpentry, and power engineering by over 500 students. The centre will offer 1-, 2-, and 3-year certificate courses, as well as shorter apprenticeship programs. Windsor Star

St. Clair College construction trades centre to open in fall Top Ten Fri, 05/15/2009 - 17:00
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On Wednesday, Okanagan College unveiled an interactive online recruitment video targeting Aboriginal students. The video allows users to navigate through a day in the life of Marlaina Alton, a first-year Aboriginal student at the college. Through a series of clicks, users can follow Marlaina as she attends classes, chats with professors, and hangs out at the school's Aboriginal Centre. Users can get in contact with Marlaina through Facebook or text message by clicking on the video's "Let's Talk" button. Okanagan College News | OC Marlaina

Okanagan College launches interactive Aboriginal student recruitment resource Top Ten Thu, 05/14/2009 - 16:54

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