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Erin Millar, former national editor for Canadian University Press and founding editor of Maclean's OnCampus, and her husband Ben Coli have published The Canadian Campus Companion, designed to guide an undergraduate student throughout his or her degree. The book features information on areas such as choosing an institution, residence life, costs and budgeting, beating the campus blues, and what to do after graduation. Millar says there are similar guides written in an American context, but nothing that gives Canadian-specific information. Millar hopes students find the book useful. "It's always tough writing for this group," she says. "You want to be smart and funny and hip, but you don't want to be condescending or seem pandering." University Affairs | The Canadian Campus Companion

New book designed to guide Canadian undergrads throughout their education Top Ten 02/07/2011 - 16:01 02/07/2011 - 16:01

Several hundred St. Francis Xavier University students marched on campus Friday to protest what they said was a lack of communication by administration on new policy, which includes changes to the student-run campus police department and the campus e-mail service. In these cases, students feel StFX "failed to consult the students about their new plans." Another issue is the possibility that same-sex residences could become co-ed on May 1. That could be a problem for those students who do not want to live in a co-ed residence because they have already committed to living in the same-sex dorms, but could face a $400 penalty if they withdraw because the residences went co-ed. A StFX VP acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the dorms might create a difficult decision for some students, but added that students still have the option of living on campus, just not in a same-sex residence. Halifax Chronicle-Herald

StFX students criticize administration over lack of communication on policy changes Top Ten 02/07/2011 - 15:59 02/07/2011 - 15:59

In a submission to Parliament last week regarding Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, the Canadian Federation of Students' recommendations focus on ensuring students, teachers, and other members of the PSE community have fair access to copyrighted works and that the bill supports innovative and creative educational practices. The document recommends the proposed expansion of the right to fair dealing to include education be adopted. The submission also proposes a number of amendments be made to the digital locks provisions to stop Canadians from being criminalized for their legal uses of copyrighted works. CFS News Release | Read the submission

CFS makes recommendations for copyright reform Top Ten 02/07/2011 - 15:57 02/07/2011 - 15:57

On Friday, the University of New Brunswick Student Union (UNBSU) released its pre-budget submission to New Brunswick's PSE department. UNBSU recommends a tuition freeze that is fully funded at 4%, along with a framework that would maintain the cost of education throughout a student's degree. The document also calls for a 4% increase to the operating budgets of provincial universities. UNBSU suggests redirecting funds used for the tuition rebate to up-front grants to help under-represented students access and complete their education. UNBSU News | Read the pre-budget submission

UNBSU outlines priorities for New Brunswick's next budget Top Ten 02/07/2011 - 15:55 02/07/2011 - 15:55

Niagara College is reporting an increase of nearly 14% in first-year enrolment for the winter 2011 term. Final numbers show 854 students began their studies last month, compared to 750 in January 2010. Overall, when combined with apprenticeship and ESL programs, total enrolment now exceeds 9,000 students. "With impressive new facilities and a growing reputation for student satisfaction and success, Niagara College continues to be a top choice for students who are seeking career success," says president Dan Patterson. Niagara College News Release

New-student enrolment for winter semester up 14% at Niagara College Top Ten 02/07/2011 - 15:53 02/07/2011 - 15:53

New Brunswick's IT sector is running into problems recruiting skilled workers. The New Brunswick Information Technology Council is arguing that it is up to the province, the private sector, and educational institutions to address the issue of jobs going unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers. The council's CEO says the long-term solution is to make the technology industry an attractive career option to high school students. Another option is to search for individuals who are under-represented in the sector, such as women and Aboriginal people. According to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, women represent roughly 60% of those enrolled at New Brunswick universities, but make up fewer than 20% of those registered in computer science, engineering, and math programs. CBC

High-tech sector in NB facing skills shortage Top Ten 02/07/2011 - 15:51 02/07/2011 - 15:51

Carleton University’s student association has joined its counterparts at campuses across Canada in banning pro-life clubs, prompting national debate about free speech. This decision followed the public display of graphic posters by members of Carleton Lifeline, the school’s pro-life club. Advocates for the ban claim that it’s the provocative literature and tactics used to spread the message that are being targeted in the ban, not the groups themselves. Prior to this decision, the University of Calgary threatened to expel several Campus Pro-Life club members after an incident last spring. Here, a compromise was reached where the student union and group members agreed to hold pro-life events inside classrooms, respecting uCalgary’s wishes. School officials worry that denying pro-life groups a voice will set an alarming precedent for future debates. Canadian Press

Trend in ban on campus pro-life clubs sparks controversy Top Ten 02/07/2011 - 15:49 02/07/2011 - 15:49

According to Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey for January, the number of 15- to 24-year-olds employed was little changed last month and their unemployment rate rose by 0.6 percentage points to 14.4%, as more young people searched for work. Compared to 12 months earlier, employment and the rate of employment for Canadian youth were virtually unchanged. 15- to 24-year-olds in PEI made the most gains in January with a 2.8 percentage point increase in the employment rate in this age group, and Alberta recorded the highest youth employment rate, which sits at 61.3%. Statistics Canada | Labour Force Survey

Employment rate among Canadian youth remains steady Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 16:10 02/04/2011 - 16:10

SAIT Polytechnic announced Friday it will offer this fall a Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management, the first program of its kind in Canada. The 4-year program will apply theory, immersive learning, and technology training to address the scientific management of construction projects. The degree will be the second offered by SAIT, whose other baccalaureate degree is a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting). SAIT News Release

SAIT launches Canada's first BSc in Construction Project Management Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 16:08 02/04/2011 - 16:08

Thursday marked the official launch of Bistro Max, a restaurant operated by students in Durham College's new one-year Culinary Skills certificate program. As part of the program's Food Service Operation course, students will open Bistro Max, which is located at an Oshawa high school, to the public for a 10-week period during February, March, and April, where they will prepare and serve 3-course meals from a biweekly, rotating menu. While students currently use the high school for practical lab work, they will eventually study in the new 30,000-square-foot facility being built for students in hospitality, tourism, and food programs as part of Durham College's Whitby campus expansion. Durham College News Release

Durham College launches student-operated restaurant Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 16:07 02/04/2011 - 16:07

In its submission to the House of Commons Legislative Committee on Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada recommends a proposed requirement to destroy reproductions of lessons be eliminated, noting that requiring lessons to be redeveloped over and over again "would waste educational resources and discourage the use of online learning in Canada." Other issues and recommendations focus on statutory damages, fair dealing, digital locks, and library exceptions. Read the submission

AUCC shares its perspective on copyright changes Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 16:05 02/04/2011 - 16:05

With the $63-million capital funding now in place, construction is scheduled to start this spring on Queen's University's Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The complex, slated to open in fall 2013, will feature an acoustically-superior concert hall, a "black box" theatre, a screening room, and rehearsal space. The City of Kingston is refurbishing the nearby JT Tett Creativity Centre for local artists and arts groups. A report expected by summer will propose a sustainable model for a cultural arts facilities plan for both the university and the municipality. Queen's News Centre

Queen's set to begin construction of performing arts centre this spring Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 16:03 02/04/2011 - 16:03

Fleming College continues to grow with a 3% increase in new students who began their first term at the Peterborough-based institution last month. January enrolment at Fleming has jumped to 942 first-semester students this year from 915 in 2010, and from 854 in January 2009. The School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, based at the Frost campus in Lindsay, and the School of Law, Justice and Community Services saw the most growth in new students. Since fall 2007, total first-time fall term enrolment at Fleming has risen by more than 1,000 students, or 20%. Total fall enrolment last year increased 5% over 2009. Fleming College News Release

New-student enrolment for winter term up 3% at Fleming Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 16:02 02/04/2011 - 16:02

In pre-budget hearings late last month, Northern College president Fred Gibbons said if the Ontario government wants to see the province's college system grow and improve, it will have to spend more money. Gibbons said at the hearings that his institution is experiencing huge enrolment growth, but provincial funding has not kept pace, adding that colleges are funded at a lower level than universities and college tuition fees are kept at a lower level. Investment in colleges is necessary if Ontario is to reach its goal of 70% PSE attainment, said Gibbons, who also noted that these institutions are the solution to the gap existing between the unemployed and the skills required for emerging sectors. Timmins Times

Northern College president calls for further investment in Ontario college system Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 16:00 02/04/2011 - 16:00

After a year of work toward creating a post-secondary school in the central Alberta town of Drumheller, Hope College has now officially been registered as a non-profit institution. The college will submit a proposal to the Rural Alberta Development Fund before March 17, with a response expected within a month stating if it is accepted. Hope College will focus on the health field, with plans involving 3 different start-up diploma courses: licensed practical nursing, physical therapy assistant, and business administration. Plans are to build programs to the degree level once student enrolment grows over the first 5 years of the school's life, says the project manager for the college. The opening of Hope College is planned for fall 2012. Drumheller Mail

Health-focused college for Drumheller inches closer to reality Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 15:58 02/04/2011 - 15:58

The federal government announced Friday that PSE students in Quebec will benefit from increased federal funding to the province. For its student financial assistance program, Quebec will be receiving a payment of approximately $275 million for the 2009-10 academic year, an increase of $150 million compared to 2008-09. The payment to Quebec has increased due to changes made to the Canada Student Loans Program in 2009, as well as a 10% increase in the uptake of student loans and grants across the country. Since they do not participate in the federally run Canada Student Loans Program, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Quebec each receive an annual payment to operate their own student aid programs. HRSDC News Release

Ottawa increases transfer to Quebec student-loan program Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 15:55 02/04/2011 - 15:55

Students and union leaders in Nova Scotia say they are disappointed by the provincial government's plan to allow tuition fee increases capped at 3% and reduce university funding by 4%. Nova Scotia's representative of the Canadian Federation of Students says the current NDP government "has let students down despite promising to decrease tuition fees while they were in opposition." An estimated 2,000 students took to the streets of Halifax last week to protest the cost of PSE in Nova Scotia. Meanwhile, the president of the CUPE local representing teaching assistants and part-time faculty at Dal, MSVU, and SMU says in regards to the 4% cut in university grant funding, "we certainly don't think the reductions should come at the expense of front line staff like TAs, or full and part-time faculty." CUPE News Release | CFS News Release | CBC

Students, CUPE critical of NS university funding plan Top Ten 02/04/2011 - 15:53 02/04/2011 - 15:53

New research from Concordia University observes that young adults who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) are at far greater risk for severe mental health problems that their heterosexual peers. The study found that individuals who experienced more LGB-related stress -- arguments about sexual identity, bullying, or discrimination -- had higher "internalized homophobia" (negative feelings about oneself because of one's sexual identity) and showed increased production of the stress hormone cortisol compared to peers in more positive environments. LGB youth who displayed more internalized homophobia and abnormal cortisol activity also experienced increased symptoms of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Suicide rates are up to 14 times higher among LBG high school and college students compared to their heterosexual peers, the study's lead researcher says. Concordia News

Concordia study examines physiological impacts of homophobia among youth Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:21 02/03/2011 - 16:21

The BC Supreme Court issued a decision this week that allows the University of Victoria Students' Society to hold a referendum on whether to retain membership in the Canadian Federation of Students. The court case came after a disputed petition was circulated asking that a vote on the matter be allowed. The society's chairman says a referendum could be held within the next 2 months. According to the student leader,13 student societies submitted petitions last year regarding referendums on CFS membership. Victoria Times-Colonist | Read the court decision

UVic student union can hold CFS membership referendum, court rules Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:18 02/03/2011 - 16:18

In December, for the first time, nearly 12,500 lucky York University students wrote exams in Toronto's Rexall Centre -- lucky in part because there were no bomb threats, false fire alarms, or other disruptions. Holding 20 exams in the Rexcall Centre was part of a pilot project designed to minimize the kinds of disruptions that plague institutions during exam times and that cost so much financially and emotionally. The pilot was so successful that York U will continue to schedule final exams at the Rexall Centre throughout 2011, and the pilot will extend into 2012 to give time to develop protocols and integrate faculty and student feedback. Y-File

Designed to minimize disruptions, York U exam venue pilot project a success Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:17 02/03/2011 - 16:17

With many Montreal Island CÉGEPs experiencing a space crunch, the Lester B. Pearson School Board thinks it can help address the situation by adding Grade 12 to some of its schools. "With so many children unable to get into an English CÉGEP, there could be real need for this," says the chairman of the board, which already offers Grade 12 in its international program at a Pierrefonds high school. The chairman says he envisions the board's Grade 12 as helping students meet the eligibility requirements for a 4-year university program. Although the idea is still being studied, the board would like to launch as least one new Grade 12 next year. Montreal Gazette

Montreal school board considers adding Grade 12 to some schools Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:14 02/03/2011 - 16:14

Concordia University will hold consultations over the next few weeks on its draft academic plan, whose objectives cover research and creative activity, academic programs, student success, experiential learning, and administrative support. The document makes note of a sixth objective, known for now as "Objective X," whose focus and set actions may be identified by reviewers of the draft academic plan. In a video introducing the document, Concordia's provost invites people to help define this objective by telling the university "what really brilliant idea we've overlooked." Office of the Provost website | Read the draft academic plan

Concordia releases consultation draft of academic plan Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:12 02/03/2011 - 16:12

In a vote late last month, part-time instructors and teaching assistants at Brock University voted 80% in favour of a strike mandate. The union representing the instructors and TAs is seeking higher wages, more hours for staff, improved benefits, and a prohibition on eliminating seminars, which are run by the union's members. The union claims Brock has been largely negligent with regard to the bargaining process, and because of the slow progress, it filed for conciliation in December. Currently in negotiations with 5 unions, Brock states that while all have requested conciliation, "no strike deadlines have been set up at this time." Maclean's OnCampus | CUP Newswire

Brock part-time instructors, TAs vote in favour of strike mandate Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:10 02/03/2011 - 16:10

In its pre-budget submission to the Ontario government, the Council of Ontario Universities' recommendations focus on making sure provincial universities have the capacity to provide students with an education they need and want and, in doing so, to ensure the province has a highly educated workforce to compete on an international scale. COU's recommendations include planning and funding to support the steady growth in student enrolment, enhancements in quality so institutions can provide students with the necessary skills and experience needed in a changing work environment, and expanded learning options through online education and new credit transfer systems within the PSE sector. COU News Release | Read the pre-budget submission

COU lays out priorities for next Ontario budget Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:09 02/03/2011 - 16:09

According to a new study commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, PSE students with registered disabilities face significant financial burdens and several other obstacles that can affect their ability to successfully complete their education. Almost half of all student participants in the study expected to graduate with a total debt of over $20,000, and 81% were concerned about the amount of debt they will incur by the time they complete their education. Close to 40% were altering their PSE pursuits because of educational debt or financial barriers. The study observes that students with disabilities take longer to complete their education, and also face unique challenges in finding employment and balancing the demands of work and school. The study calls for changes to government financial aid programs for students with disabilities, concentrating more on grants than loans and extending financial assistance timelines as well as funding eligibility. HEQCO News Release | Read the study

PSE students with disabilities face significant financial challenges, study finds Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:07 02/03/2011 - 16:07

Officials in Timmins are pursuing the realization of an English-language university campus or presence in the northern Ontario city. The Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) has already approached universities asking for their interest in a university presence in the city, and it has received some positive feedback. Timmins is suggesting a number of options, which could include a satellite campus or classes held within an existing facility. The TEDC, which intends to present a business plan to the Ontario government later this year, will survey Timmins high schools from the 2 English-language school boards in the coming weeks, following up on a recent survey of the community at large, in which respondents identified a lack of local opportunities to gain higher education. Timmins Daily News

Timmins pushes for English university campus Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:04 02/03/2011 - 16:04

The University of Toronto Mississauga announced yesterday it has received a $12-million gift from retired lawyer and philanthropist Terrence Donnelly, whose donation to help build a new health sciences complex at UTM is the largest gift ever made to the campus. In recognition of the donation, UTM has named the facility the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex. Donnelly met -- and trumped -- a public challenge issued by Mississauga businessman Carlo Fidani, who called on others to step forward and match the $10-million gift he made to the complex last May. uToronto News | Healthzone.ca

UTM names health sciences complex for $12-million donation Top Ten 02/03/2011 - 16:25 02/03/2011 - 16:02

Vice-chancellors at British universities have described the UK government's proposal to curb the number of foreign students as a "hostile act" against their institutions. They warn that changes to the student immigration system would "savagely cut" recruitment, lose at least £1 billion in fees, and jeopardize the future of STEM subjects. Britain's immigration minister insists the impact would be restricted to below-degree courses, particularly those in private continuing education colleges, and that ministers would "do nothing" to prevent overseas students coming to study at "our world-class academic institutions above or below degree level." One vice-chancellor states that 30% to 50% of international students at British universities would be affected by the curbs as they went through "pathway courses," particularly in the English language, in preparation for degree-level courses. The Guardian

British universities decry proposed curbs on international student numbers Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:35 02/02/2011 - 16:35

According to the Council for Aid to Education's annual Voluntary Support of Education Survey, donations to PSE in the US rose 0.5% during the 2010 fiscal year. Adjusted for inflation, giving declined 0.6%. Overall, US universities and colleges raised $28 billion in 2010, the same amount they raised during 2006. Last year's flat giving followed a year in which there was a reported 11.9% drop in donations to higher education, the steepest in the survey's 50-year history. The survey found that the percentage of alumni who donate continued to decline, dropping to a record low of 9.8%. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Donations to US colleges grew slightly in 2010, survey finds Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:33 02/02/2011 - 16:33

On Monday, Sault College announced a new partnership with celebrity contractor Mike Homes and the Holmes Group on the institution's new home inspection technician program, the only one of its kind in Ontario. The 2-year program, which will launch this fall, was developed in partnership with the Holmes Group and other advisory groups, and is endorsed by Mike Holmes, who says he is glad to see Sault College create the program. "A program for home inspectors that's fully accredited by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is long overdue," Holmes says. "It's time to start looking at home inspection as a profession, and to start training people in the way to do it right." Sault College News Release

Sault College, Mike Holmes partner on new home inspection technician program Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:31 02/02/2011 - 16:31

Student unions in New Brunswick are concerned that a planned 4-year funding model will translate into 4 years of tuition fee hikes. While the president of UNB's student union says it's good the province is working with PSE institutions to provide a predictable funding model that will allow universities to better plan and develop, she hopes the government continues to make sure university is affordable and accessible by regulating tuition. Her counterpart at St. Thomas University says the inclusion of a tuition-fee schedule in the 4-year funding model implies that the government is planning to increase tuition fees. With New Brunswick seeking ways to cut costs, it is unlikely a tuition freeze, in place since 2008, will continue, suggests STU president Dennis Cochrane. Daily Gleaner | Telegraph-Journal

NB students worry proposed 4-year funding model will lead to tuition fee increase Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:28 02/02/2011 - 16:28

Queen's University has presented to Kingston city council a new plan outlining the future direction of university-city relations. The key areas of common concern that emerged from planning sessions are quality of life, community planning, student engagement, and economic development. Working groups in each of these areas will develop priorities and timelines for plans of action, such as engaging and retaining talented students and employees, integrating student and community philanthropic activities, and building an increased awareness for student citizenship. Supporting performance indicators and targets will be used to measure success as the plan progresses. Queen's News Centre

Queen's presents town-and-gown strategic plan to Kingston Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:25 02/02/2011 - 16:25

In presenting the University of New Brunswick's new strategic plan to community partners Tuesday evening, president Eddy Campbell outlined some of the institution's goals, which include finding ways to improve the student, staff, and faculty experience; becoming more financially responsible and resilient; and building a better university. Addressing the financial strain that has been felt throughout UNB, Campbell said he thinks "we probably need to have some very serious conversations about doing less with less." Improving support service for students, attracting foreign students, and introducing additional revenue streams will be critical in allowing UNB to pursue new research opportunities and improve academic programming, Campbell said. Daily Gleaner | UNB Strategic Plan

UNB releases new strategic plan Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:23 02/02/2011 - 16:23

According to preliminary figures, the number of Ontario secondary students selecting the University of Ottawa as their first admission choice has jumped by 7.5% to 4,860 applicants in 2011. The number of students indicating uOttawa as their second or third choice has increased by 8.8% and 8.3%, respectively. "These results clearly reflect our excellence and increased ability to make our success known to others," says president Allan Rock. Overall, applications from Ontario high school students to uOttawa this year are up nearly 7%. uOttawa News Release

More Ontario university applicants indicating uOttawa as first choice Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:21 02/02/2011 - 16:21

In its pre-budget submission to the Ontario government, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations recommends the province invest an extra $300 million a year for 4 years in university operating grants, for a total new investment of $1.2 billion by 2015. OCUFA calls on the province to freeze tuition fees immediately, and to give institutions compensatory funding for lost projected tuition fee revenue. Other recommendations include providing $100 million annually for 4 years in permanent funding for campus facility renewal, and an additional $50 million a year in the Ontario Research Fund specifically for operating transfers in support of basic research. The report states the province should ensure proposals for expanded credit transfer, the Ontario Online Institute, and the plan to recruit foreign students are funded to ensure student success. Read the pre-budget submission

Increased operating grants, tuition freeze subject of OCUFA's pre-budget submission Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:19 02/02/2011 - 16:18

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) administrators are recommending 7 programs be cut from the academic calendar this fall rather than the 13 programs initially proposed for suspension last April. NAIT's board of governors are scheduled to vote next Monday on the matter, then the decision goes to Alberta's advanced education minister for final approval. Some members of industries affected by the proposed cuts are worried that students will have to seek training elsewhere in Alberta or outside the province. Student and staff representatives, who opposed the proposed suspensions last time, are now supportive of the recommendation. The head of NAIT's academic staff association says the decision affects about 20 members, some of whom may transfer to other departments. Edmonton Journal

NAIT considers cutting 7 programs Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:16 02/02/2011 - 16:16

An arbitrator has rebuked the management of the University of Manitoba's carpentry shop for allowing racism, homophobia, and belittling and disparaging of individuals. In a ruling handed down Monday, the arbitrator concluded that uManitoba "breached its obligation to ensure, so far as reasonably practical, a safe, healthy, and respectful workplace for all employees in the Fort Garry carpentry shop." The arbitrator ordered the institution to write apologies and provide compensation of $1,000 each to several employees. A uManitoba official says a "university investigation determined changes were necessary -- including bringing in a new manager." Winnipeg Free Press

uManitoba carpentry shop management criticized for allowing offensive comments Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 16:13 02/02/2011 - 16:13

With the ubiquity of Webcams and students being accustomed to using popular video-chat services such as Skype, professors in the US are beginning to allow their students to attend traditional classes via Webcam under certain circumstances. Instructors already welcome their guest speakers using this technology, giving students the chance to interact with experts they otherwise would only read about in textbooks. Some professors even exchange guest lectures as favours. There are some downsides to classroom videoconferencing -- the technology does not always work, and it becomes an extra responsibility for instructors to facilitate such accommodations. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

US instructors embracing videoconferencing in teaching Top Ten 02/01/2011 - 16:02 02/01/2011 - 16:02

Calgary's Bow Valley College has redesigned its website to include more student-focused features. The college says those who provided input in a Web assessment were unanimous: create a website first and foremost for prospective students, and make it easy to navigate, engaging to read, and simple to take the next step of inquiry. The new-look site features videos, alumni testimonials, a new student awards portal, and links to social media pages. BVC News Release | BVC website

BVC launches new website Top Ten 02/01/2011 - 16:00 02/01/2011 - 16:00

The University of Winnipeg has forged stronger ties to India with the opening of a learning centre for young women and partnerships with post-secondary institutions in the Punjab region. The Bhanohar Education Centre, open to women in Bhanohar Village and those in surrounding villages, will help young women further their skills in reading and writing, as well as provide them with access to the world's current affairs. The learning centre features a library, computer room, and a gymnasium. uWinnipeg News Release

uWinnipeg opens education centre for young women in India Top Ten 02/01/2011 - 15:58 02/01/2011 - 15:58

With Fanshawe College officials preparing to present a business plan for the proposed downtown arts campus, one London city councillor is citing rumblings he has heard that the institution may not go exactly where he had hoped. "We were sold on the fact this was to rejuvenate the downtown on Dundas (St.)," the councillor says. "If the good part of this is not in the Dundas corridor...then I'm having issues with it." While college officials won't rule out the downtown Dundas strip as the location for the arts campus, they are not guaranteeing that will be the new home, either. Not surprised that rumours are circulating about the location given the size of the project, a Fanshawe official says the college is looking to make "a start within the next year" if it gets approval from council. London Free Press

Location decision for Fanshawe arts campus a concern for London councillor Top Ten 02/01/2011 - 15:57 02/01/2011 - 15:57

In its meeting last week, at which time members were presented with North Island College's stable enrolment report for the 2010-11 school year, the college's board of governors were informed that registrations had increased 5% over the same period last year. The strongest growth occurred in business and university transfer arts and science, which saw an increase of 702 registrations, or 10%, year-over-year. One NIC vice-president says it appears much of this growth is attributable to an increase in local secondary school students transitioning directly to the college. NIC saw some decline in demand for trades and apprenticeship programs, which typically reflects current economic conditions. NIC News Release

Enrolment at NIC up 5% Top Ten 02/01/2011 - 15:55 02/01/2011 - 15:55

The Globe and Mail has launched a new monthly series called "Leading Thinkers," giving leading thinkers the opportunity to present ideas on a number of topics to a broader audience. The first issue explored is education, specifically the battle for the brightest minds. This month's crop of leading thinkers, including UBC president Stephen Toope and Governor-General and former uWaterloo president David Johnston, discuss the globalization of education, Canada's position in the global brain market, the country's competitiveness attracting Asian students, and how international students change dynamics on Canadian campuses. The series includes several interviews with foreign students studying in Canada, getting their perspective on the globalization of education. Leading Thinkers -- Brightest Minds

Globe series focuses on globalization of education Top Ten 02/01/2011 - 15:53 02/01/2011 - 15:53

In its pre-budget submission to the Ontario government, the province's chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students requests that funding from 7 ministries be dedicated to target a number of improvements. The CFS-O recommends the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities invest $34 million in a province-wide tuition fee freeze and increase per-student funding by 2%, at a cost of $117 million. Other requests include $300 million from the Ministry of Infrastructure to address the backlog of deferred maintenance at colleges and universities, $54 million from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide health coverage for foreign students, and $10 million from the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry to expand on-campus housing at northern Ontario institutions. CFS News Release | Read the pre-budget submission

CFS-O outlines priorities for next Ontario budget Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 09:52 02/01/2011 - 15:51

As a 3-year university tuition freeze sets to expire, the Nova Scotia government announced yesterday a university funding plan meant to protect students by ensuring tuition remains at, or below, the Canadian average and help universities remain competitive and sustainable for years to come. Under the plan, the province will cap tuition fee increases annually at 3%. For local and out-of-province undergraduates, that means an average increase of about $154 and $185 per year, respectively. In making this decision, the province is rejecting consultant Tim O'Neill's recommendation to deregulate tuition fees. Nova Scotia's advanced education minister also announced that provincial universities will see a 4% reduction in their grant funding for the 2011-12 academic year. In April, the government will begin working on a new funding arrangement for universities to cover 2012-15. NS News Release | Halifax Chronicle-Herald | Canadian Press

NS to cap tuition fee increases at 3% Top Ten 02/01/2011 - 15:49 02/01/2011 - 15:49

In a motion for next Monday's meeting of the University of Ottawa's senate, one senator is calling on his colleagues to initiate president Allan Rock's commitment that the senate would work toward a consensus of shared expectations about freedom of expression. In his motion, Joseph Hickey states that events last year that saw conservative US pundit Ann Coulter's speech cancelled was "highly damaging to the reputation and image" of uOttawa. The senator is calling for discussion at all senate meetings until an adequate policy is developed and approved about the limits of freedom of speech at the university and the administration's role. 580 CFRA Radio

uOttawa senator seeks to develop policy on freedom of speech Top Ten 02/01/2011 - 15:47 02/01/2011 - 15:47

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Approval of New Canadian Law Degree Programs recommends the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) approve proposals from Lakehead University and Thompson Rivers University for a new law degree program at their respective institutions. "This development is seen as a crucial step in the lengthy and complex process of obtaining approval" for Lakehead's law school, the Thunder Bay-based institution states. FLSC council members have until February 7 to vote on the committee's recommendations. FLSC News | Lakehead Communications Bulletin | Read the committee's report

Committee asks FLSC council to approve law programs for Lakehead, TRU Top Ten 02/02/2011 - 14:57 02/01/2011 - 15:45

McGraw-Hill is developing a mobile-phone platform to teach English and college test preparation to people in India. If the software, called mConnect, is successful in India, the publisher plans to offer it in other developing nations in Asia and Africa. The platform, being developed in partnership with a Bangalore-based technology company, will launch to limited audiences this summer. The platform comes as textbook publishers compete to supply learning materials on digital devices. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

McGraw-Hill to offer mobile-based English instruction, test prep in India Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 18:39 01/31/2011 - 18:39

Under a new agreement with Blyth Educational Travel, starting in 2012, Queen's University will offer a range of undergraduate courses in international locations during spring and summer terms. Queen's will administer all academic aspects of the program, while Blyth Education Travel will handle logistical matters, including travel, accommodations, and field-trip arrangements. While exact locations have yet to be finalized, it is expected that 3 will be in Europe -- most likely France, Spain, and Italy -- while others will likely be in Australia and Costa Rica. The courses, intended for upper-year students, will feature small classes of between 10 and 25 individuals, and will be open to students from across Canada and the US. Queen's News Centre

Agreement allows Queen's to offer courses internationally Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 18:37 01/31/2011 - 18:37

Centennial College is close to finishing a deal to restore the Guild Inn property in Scarborough and expects to sign a lease with the City of Toronto "very shortly." Centennial signed a letter of intent in 2009 to restore the Guild Inn and run a Culture and Heritage Institute from the property. A new hotel could be built and run by the institution in a second part of the deal. A Centennial official acknowledges that the deal has taken longer than expected, but says the school just wants the "right sort of marriage contract in place." Centennial is completing a pair of feasibility studies, expected this month, that are related to the partnership. InsideToronto.com

Centennial set to finalize deal to revive Guild Inn Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 18:33 01/31/2011 - 18:33

The University of Lethbridge has a new location in downtown Calgary after moving from its former space at SAIT Polytechnic and settling in at Bow Valley College. Over 700 students at uLethbridge's Calgary campus have begun their January semester at BVC's renovated downtown North campus. This move builds on the efforts of both institutions to collaborate and provide better access to PSE in Calgary. Since 1996, uLethbridge has been offering faculty of management programming in Calgary, and has steadily increased its enrolment and course offerings. Program growth, both at uLethbridge and its former location at SAIT, prompted the move to larger facilities at BVC. uLethbridge News Release | Calgary Herald

uLethbridge moves Calgary campus to BVC Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 18:30 01/31/2011 - 18:30

While a recently released Statistics Canada study points to a worrying exodus of highly educated Canadians, the news is not necessarily cause for alarm, says Douglas Peers, assistance vice-president graduate and dean of the faculty of graduate studies at York University. What he sees happening is a "brain chain," where diverse and multicultural experiences are valued. While it's important for graduates to have research experiences abroad, Peers says, Canada has been taking measures to ensure graduates are not going elsewhere for lack of resources at home. One example is the $45-million Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program, which the federal government introduced in September. University World News

Canadian PhD grads' exodus to US a "brain chain," says academic Top Ten 02/01/2011 - 11:26 01/31/2011 - 18:27

According to preliminary figures, applications from Ontario high school students to McMaster University are up 6.6%, above the provincial average of 2.2%. The number of applicants who indicated McMaster as their first choice has increased 7.2%. "It's certainly gratifying," says McMaster president Patrick Deane, who says he believes the quality of the university's student experience, including its academic focus on research, is attracting more applications. While the growing demand is welcome, Deane says, it also presents a challenge. With 21,000 full-time undergraduates, McMaster is at or near capacity, so with more high school students applying, the only option is to raise entrance grades, leaving some would-be students out. Hamilton Spectator

First-choice applications to McMaster up 7% Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 18:20 01/31/2011 - 18:20

On Friday, Holland College celebrated the completion of its most significant fundraising campaign, the 2-year "Learning. For Life" capital campaign, which raised more than $6.6 million, over $2.6 million more than originally targeted. By the time of the campaign's public launch in November 2009, Holland College had brought in just over $3.3 million, and by the following January, the initial goal of $4 million had been reached. The campaign augmented the investments made by the federal and PEI governments in the college's campus development projects, including the construction of the West Prince campus. Holland College News Release

Holland College capital campaign raises over $6 million Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 18:18 01/31/2011 - 18:18

In its pre-budget submission to the Ontario government, Wilfrid Laurier University calls upon the province to invest in higher education infrastructure. Realizing Ontario's goal of a 70% PSE participation rate will require the creation of additional capacity in the system, including tens of thousands of additional spaces at provincial universities, the submission states. As for its own campuses, WLU has submitted a number of infrastructure funding proposals, including one for the proposed Milton campus. WLU News Release | Read the pre-budget submission

PSE infrastructure major focus of WLU pre-budget submission to Ontario Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 18:14 01/31/2011 - 18:14

Parti Québecois leader Pauline Marois says she remains committed to extending Quebec's language laws, under which immigrants to the province must attend French elementary and secondary schools, to CÉGEPs. Last week, the party's language critic released a report supporting the application of Bill 101 to CÉGEPs; over the weekend, the PQ held a symposium revisiting the bill. At a separate event Sunday, Marois said the only way to get into English-language CÉGEPs should be by having at least one parent educated in English in Canada. The move would help immigrants integrate into francophone society, Marois said. While the Bill 101 expansion is not yet official PQ policy, the proposal is expected to come up for debate at a party policy convention in April. CBC | L'application de la Charte de la langue française au collégial: un prolongement nécessaire (in French)

PQ continues commitment to expanding Quebec's Bill 101 to CÉGEPs Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 18:09 01/31/2011 - 18:09

To deal with a projected $1.85-million shortfall, College of New Caledonia plans to offer a limited number of one-time early retirement incentives and voluntary severance payments to full-time regular employees, who will not be replaced in the following year. CNC says it is losing some of the funding it counted on in the past, such as $400,000 in to-be-discontinued Aboriginal Services Plan funding; a possible reduction in Industry Authority Training Plan funding, which may be reduced across BC; and a continued reduction in Annual Capital Allowance funding. If layoff notices must be given out, that decision will be made by the board of governors at its February 25 meeting. Layoff notices must be issued by March 31, as outlined in CNC's collective agreement with the faculty union. CNC News Release

Facing budget shortfall, CNC to offer early retirement packages Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 18:06 01/31/2011 - 18:06

As of Friday afternoon, over 10,300 signatures have been added to an online petition calling on the chairman of the Washington Post Company to freeze all admissions to Kaplan University until the online institution changes how it attracts its students. "More and more former Kaplan students are coming forward with horror stories about the bogus classes, surprise fees and deceptive policies they encountered as they struggled to achieve the American dream," the petition on Change.org states. The petition was instigated by a group of 25 people who describe themselves as disaffected former Kaplan students. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Inside Higher Ed | Read the petition

Online petition demands Kaplan U be shut down Top Ten 01/28/2011 - 15:57 01/28/2011 - 15:57

In a national survey by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, more first-year students in the US than ever reported having above-average academic ability and "drive to achieve," but fewer than ever reported high levels of emotional health, with the percentage of students reporting good or above-average emotional health dropping from 55.3% in 2009 to 51.9% in 2010. College counsellors say the high marks for ambition and low marks for emotional health are clearly related, as students put more pressure on themselves to excel. 62.1% of students polled said the current economic climate has significantly affected their college choice. Compared to students who reported no effect, those who felt the pinch were nearly as likely to have been accepted by their first-choice college, but notably less likely to have enrolled there. The Chronicle of Higher Education (survey) | The Chronicle of Higher Education (emotional health) | Inside Higher Ed

US freshmen reporting lower levels of emotional health Top Ten 01/30/2011 - 12:29 01/28/2011 - 15:56

The University of Guelph has launched a contest in which it is looking for 3-minute videos about why it is so great to take classes in the summer. The contest is open to anyone and the deadline for submissions is February 28. The top videos will be posted to YouTube, where viewers can vote for their favourites between March 4 and 14. The video with the most "likes" wins. The winning entrant will receive either an iPad or a $500 Future Shop gift card. The second-place winner will receive either a Kobo eReader along with a $50 Chapters gift card, or a $250 Chapters gift card. The winners will be announced March 16. UoGuelph Campus Bulletin | Summer Semester Video Contest

UoGuelph video contest aims to promote summer semester Top Ten 01/30/2011 - 12:29 01/28/2011 - 15:53

On Friday, the CRTC revoked the license of CKLN-FM, a community-based campus radio station located at Ryerson University, after the license holder was found to have been in breach of numerous regulations and conditions of license. The CRTC started investigating the station in July 2009 after receiving many complaints about the station's governance structure, day-to-day management and operations, programming, and ability to remain on air. At the time, the CRTC says, the station experienced "significant infighting" and volunteers, staff, and management were locked out of the studio premises by the building manager for 7 months. Once it resumed normal operations, the licensee, CKLN Radio Inc., "lacked any significant quality-control mechanism for its programming and there was little involvement from the Ryerson University student body despite its status as a campus radio station. CRTC News Release

CRTC revokes license of Ryerson radio station Top Ten 01/31/2011 - 08:27 01/28/2011 - 15:51

In what's billed as the first formal partnership between public schools and an MBA program, the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management will begin teaching an MBA-style leadership course next month at Sir Sandford Fleming Academy, a Toronto secondary school, in a bid to help students learn the creative approach to solving problems that has become Rotman's trademark. The Toronto District School Board wants to expand the joint venture to several other high schools and even some elementary schools, as early as Grade 1. Fleming's principal hopes the Rotman brand will draw new students to his under-enrolled school. Nearly 100 students will learn the "integrative thinking" concept this year. ParentCentral.ca

Rotman to bring leadership course to Toronto high school Top Ten 01/28/2011 - 15:50 01/28/2011 - 15:50

In a survey of nearly 1,200 McGill University undergraduate students, 6% of responding first-year students and 9% of third-year students considered themselves very well prepared to enter the workforce, while 20% of first-year and 33% of third-year students felt well prepared. 15% of first-year students and 8% of students in their graduating year agreed that they were satisfied with the academic advising they had received. According to the report, many students stated that the advising they received was often "revealed to be unhelpful over time and in many cases prevented them from reaching their academic and personal goals." McGill Daily (student newspaper)

Survey reveals McGill students' concerns over workforce preparation, academic advising Top Ten 01/28/2011 - 15:48 01/28/2011 - 15:48

More students than ever before are choosing the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as one of their top 3 PSE destination choices. Applications figures show that UOIT has received 1,256 first-choice applications from Ontario high school students, an increase of 7.4% over last year, and above the provincial average of 2.4%. The Oshawa-based university has received more than 7,000 applications for the next academic year, representing a 7.3% increase compared to this time last year, and above the Ontario-wide university application pool increase of 2.2%. A UOIT official says the growth can be attributed to a number of factors, such as UOIT's wide range of market-driven undergraduate programs and state-of-the-art facilities. UOIT News Release

More Ontario university applicants indicating UOIT as first-choice institution Top Ten 01/28/2011 - 15:47 01/28/2011 - 15:47

Friday marked the official opening of Seneca College's newest community campus in Vaughan, Ontario, offering residents a range of services, such as academic upgrading, employment services, and workplace essential skills training for professionals, including a centre for entrepreneurship. Vaughan's mayor congratulated Seneca and the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for choosing the city as the location for this new campus. "By investing in people and allowing them to learn and train close to home we are helping them pursue a new career while at the same time supporting our local economy." Seneca News Release

Seneca opens community campus in Vaughan Top Ten 01/30/2011 - 12:30 01/28/2011 - 15:45

The New Brunswick government announced Friday it will work with public university presidents to establish a 4-year funding model. The province's PSE minister says this commitment to create a 4-year funding model will provide the institutions with a predictable funding base to plan their activities over a longer period of time. The PSE department states financial predictability will allow the public universities to communicate a 4-year tuition schedule to students so they can plan for the full cost of their education. A similar process will be initiated for the province's English and French community college networks. NB News Release | CBC

NB, public universities to develop 4-year funding model Top Ten 01/28/2011 - 15:43 01/28/2011 - 15:43

Late last week Algoma University hosted a 2-day conference on president Richard Myers' proposed adoption of the "Block Plan," a course delivery format developed by Colorado College and used by BC-based Quest University. (Under the Block Plan, students take one course at a time, with 3 to 4 hours of instruction per day for about 3 weeks, after which they write an exam and move on to the next block.) Algoma U's board of governors chair says "the focus is to grow the institution, becoming larger and more viable." Myers is confident that the Block Plan would actually provide faculty with blocks of research time in each semester, and that it could be implemented within the funding constraints of public universities in Ontario. Sault This Week

Algoma U holds conference to debate "Block Plan" Top Ten 01/30/2011 - 20:46 01/28/2011 - 15:38

Xtranormal, a do-it-yourself cartoon-video website, is gaining a wide following among educators as a tool for both teaching and satire. Having attracted more than a half-million views, "So You Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities," created by an English PhD student at Philadelphia-based Temple University, depicts a meeting between a literature student, who declares her intention to become a college professor, and a jaded professor, who warns the student that she will remain single forever and work 65 hours a week "trying to publish an obscure article that no one cares about in an obscure scholarly journal that nobody will read." Similar satires have been produced on other disciplines, such as law, political science, and business. Xtranormal is working on making the site more useful in the classroom, with education-specific features anticipated by midyear. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Margin Notes

Academics turn to online animation site to satirize academia Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:36 01/27/2011 - 15:36

That would be Simon Fraser University, as of January 25, when York University's Ross McMillan did a search of Canadian schools on Klout, an online company that tracks the popularity and impact of Tweets. Klout calculates a numerical score for influence based on true reach, amplification probability, and network influence. SFU tops with a score of 55.83, and rounding out the top 10 Canadian universities are uCalgary (50.53), UWO (49.93), McGill (49.12), uAlberta (48.58), Ryerson (47.63), UBC (47.21), Queen's (46.01), Carleton (44.45), and Brock (44.34). Klout recently published a list of the most influential US post-secondary schools on Twitter, on which Stanford University placed first. Studentaffairs.ca | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Which Canadian university is the most influential on Twitter? Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:34 01/27/2011 - 15:34

Algoma University "Distance" campaign, which ran in fall 2009, and again in fall 2010, earned a bronze in this year's CASSIES Awards. This is the second time a university advertising campaign has been recognized by the CASSIES since the awards were launched in 1993. Algoma U's director of advancement and external relations says the institution saw a 35% increase in applications in fall 2009 and met its enrolment goal with a 10% increase in first-year students in that same period. Currently, the university has seen a 31% increase in applications from Ontario secondary students. Algoma U News Release

Algoma U "Distance" campaign wins national marketing award Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:31 01/27/2011 - 15:31

This fall, the Niagara region will be home to Ontario's first school dedicated to low-income students whose parents do not have a college or university education. While raising concerns about stigmatizing poor children, the District School Board of Niagara has approved the school saying the current system does not serve such students well and that similar US schools have proved successful. The DSBN Academy will be located temporarily in Welland, and long-term plans for the school are to house it at either a Niagara College or Brock University campus. The school would offer a single-track curriculum of advanced courses to accelerate academic achievement for students from low-income families. After enrolling, each student is assigned to a teacher-adviser who will support them until they graduate. St. Catharines Standard | ParentCentral.ca

Low-income school planned for Niagara Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:29 01/27/2011 - 15:29

The BC government announced Tuesday a new $15-million employment and skills training program to help unemployed BC residents gain the skills, confidence, and experience needed to find employment. The province is providing $15 million each fiscal year for Job Options BC, a program consisting of 4 to 6 weeks of facilitated group work followed by another 4 to 6 weeks of work experience, preparing participants for new employment, or when appropriate, further training. When needed, those who complete the program can also access up to 6 months of additional support to help them succeed. The program is open to unemployed, non-Employment Insurance clients. BC News Release

BC launches $15-million employment and skills training program Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:26 01/27/2011 - 15:26

According to a new poll of Ottawa region residents, 55% of respondents think tuition has risen to unacceptable levels, while 65% believe the current Ontario government has not performed any better than the previous government in terms of the PSE system. Of those polled, 39% believe universities should have more freedom in the way they are managed, while 12% think the government should be more involved. 57% of respondents say they trust university professors most to develop a high-quality PSE curriculum, compared to 3% who say government should develop educational programs. 48% trust professors most to develop standards in higher education, while 9% of those polled trust government to do so. OCUFA/CFS-O News Release | Poll results

Majority of Ottawa residents polled believe tuition is too high Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:25 01/27/2011 - 15:25

In a study whose objective was to identify the difference in academic performance, if any, between learners with a high school diploma and those with a GED at Holland College and NSCC, GED students on average performed as well as high school graduates, though there were variations due to gender, sex, and program. The findings show that females and older learners performed well irrespective of program of study or diploma credential. Learners at greatest risk for poor performance were males under 25 with a GED. Policy implications for PSE institutions, as outlined in the report, include GED as a valid credential for access to higher education, support requirements in specific cases for GED learners, and additional supports for identified at-risk learners. Holland College News Release | Read the report

Study explore NS, PEI adult learners' success in college Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:47 01/27/2011 - 15:23

Following a 3-month investigation into hazing activity at the University of Alberta's Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity chapter, the university's dean of students announced yesterday the frat has been suspended as a student group for 5 years. The suspension means DKE cannot use uAlberta's name or insignia, use the university's liquor or gaming licenses, or rent university property or equipment. After a 3-year period, DKE may be able to have the suspension lifted, provided it can demonstrate good behaviour during the suspension period. In a statement, the chapter apologizes to the university, saying some of its members and alumni have engaged in conduct that violates university rules and the international fraternity's policies against hazing. uAlberta ExpressNews | The Gateway (student newspaper) | iNews880.com | CTV | UofADekes.org

uAlberta suspends frat for 5 years over hazing incidents Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:40 01/27/2011 - 15:21

A group of Simon Fraser University students and staff held a rally yesterday afternoon coinciding with a board of governors meeting in a move following what organizers claim were failed attempts to have the board listen to their concerns over SFU accepting a $10-million donation from Goldcorp. On its website, the SFU Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) states that the board's "head-in-the-sand" approach to the donation "not only effaces any questions surrounding the ethics and practices of the donor company, but also refused to acknowledge that to accept this kind of donation is to relish in the privatization of the university." A group called SFU against Goldcorp and Gentrification demands the university remove Goldcorp's name from campus buildings and projects, and introduce a transparent and accountable donation policy to be developed by SFU students, faculty, and union community. TSSU website | Georgia Straight | No Goldcorp at SFU

SFU students, staff protest Goldcorp donation Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:16 01/27/2011 - 15:16

The University of Toronto is offering a buyout worth a year's salary to about 500 faculty members and librarians 60 and older and with 10 years of service -- a fifth of the faculty association's total membership -- if they choose to retire this year. A uToronto vice-president says the package's goal was neither to cut costs nor reduce faculty, but rather to "renew" the institution's faculty by shifting teachers and researchers to areas that need them. The retirement incentive contains a promise that uToronto will start searches to replace those who accept the offer within 5 years. The package follows similar efforts at other large universities, such as UWO and uAlberta, in recent years. Globe and Mail

uToronto offers retirement incentive to profs over 60 Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:13 01/27/2011 - 15:13

On Tuesday, Indiana-based Lumina Foundation for Education unveiled a suggested national framework for defining the knowledge and skills students need to acquire before earning an associate degree, a bachelor's degree, and a master's degree. Called the Degree Qualifications Profile, the framework outlines reference points for what students should be learning and demonstrating at each degree level in 5 areas: broad, integrative knowledge; specialized knowledge; intellectual skills; applied learning; and civic learning. Lumina plans to test and refine the framework, experimenting with it in various settings. Lumina Foundation for Education News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the framework

US foundation releases framework for measuring student learning Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 14:00 01/26/2011 - 14:00

Victoria-based Royal Roads University is the first Canadian post-secondary school to receive a silver ranking from the US-based Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) through its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. This is one of several environmental initiatives in the last few months supporting Royal Roads' stewardship commitment and community outreach. The university is participating in a federally-funded project supporting the City of Colwood green energy initiative by providing community education and outreach, applied research, monitoring, and reporting as part of the city's 3-year solar power project. Royal Roads News Release

Royal Roads first Canadian PSE institution to earn AASHE silver ranking Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 13:57 01/26/2011 - 13:57

The University of Guelph's Presidential Task Force on Sustainability has released its interim report suggesting ways for the institution to enhance its environmental, economic, and social sustainability efforts. The report's recommendations include appointing a sustainability director and permanent advisory committees, creating a "sustainable action network" representing units and departments to help increase involvement, and providing a sustainability module for all incoming students. UoGuelph president Alastair Summerlee has reviewed the report and is inviting the university community to provide comments and recommendations. UoGuelph Campus Bulletin | Read the report

UoGuelph sustainability task force releases report Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 13:55 01/26/2011 - 13:55

A York University senate committee has issued a draft of the University Academic Plan 2010-15 and is inviting York U community members to comment on the draft in anticipation of a resolution to approve the document next month. According to the draft, the principles and assumptions guiding planning in the next 5 years include an emphasis on research cultures, the commitment to demonstrably enhancing student experience and success for undergraduate and graduate students, and an ongoing commitment to the diversification of academic activities in line with creating a more comprehensive university. The overarching themes of the plan are academic quality, student success, and engagement and outreach. Y-File | Read the draft

York U releases draft of academic plan Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 13:53 01/26/2011 - 13:53

Loyalist College has approached Belleville city council with a request for $1 million over 5 years to be used to purchase equipment for the college's new Sustainable Skills, Technology, and Life Sciences Centre. During her presentation to council Monday, Loyalist president Maureen Piercy said the centre was designed to be more flexible to meet program needs today but also to be able to adapt to future needs. However, she said, some of those needs are present as Loyalist requires new state-of-the-art technology for its students. Technology and equipment for the centre is estimated to cost a minimum $5 million. The college is asking other municipalities to help fund equipment purchases. Bellville Intelligencer

Loyalist College seeks funding from Belleville for centre equipment Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 13:51 01/26/2011 - 13:51

Dalhousie University's senate has approved the change of the institution's law degree from a Bachelor of Law (LLB) to a Juris Doctor (JD), a shift in designation that has occurred at many other law schools across Canada. The new designation is designed to better represent the program's status as a second degree for most students. Once the change has been reviewed by Dal's board of governors and the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, it will come into effect next academic year. Alumni will have the option of exchanging their LLB for a JD. In a plebiscite 2 years ago, the majority of participating Dal law students voted in favour of switching the degree to JD. Dal News

Dal senate approves JD designation for law degree Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 13:49 01/26/2011 - 13:49

Ryerson University's student paper reports that senior administration is well into discussions with an unnamed party for the naming rights to Maple Leaf Gardens, which the university acquired in the fall of 2009 for use as an athletic centre. Since the acquisition, Ryerson has been searching for an individual or a company to purchase the building's naming rights. Although the university is in talks with an unnamed party, no current deal has been put in place. The $60-million project is being funded by a $20-million investment from the federal government, $20 million in student fees, and $20 million from fundraising. The Eyeopener (student newspaper)

Ryerson searches for name donor for Maple Leaf Gardens Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 13:46 01/26/2011 - 13:46

The University of Alberta's student newspaper reports that a graduate student has filed a human rights complaint against the institution's cell biology department for unfair treatment after he complained about a faculty member whom he alleges made racist comments. After going to the graduate co-ordinator and department chair with his concerns, the student says he was asked by the chair to sign an apology letter for falsely accusing the faculty member of racism. The student, who declined to sign the letter, says he was denied a request for a meeting with the department in the presence of a human rights representative, and that he was asked to withdraw voluntarily from his program. The Alberta Human Right Commission's investigation is ongoing. The Gateway (student newspaper)

uAlberta grad student files human rights complaint against cell biology department Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 13:44 01/26/2011 - 13:44

The BC government has named 45 private post-secondary institutions suspected of operating illegally within the province. The list includes some schools that have been on the province's radar for years and are now believed to be out of business. BC also identifies 2 schools that were caught in a scandal in 2006 involving illegal degrees offered by Kingston College. The province says it compiled the list to help students make informed decisions about where they want to study. A spokeswoman with the Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development says BC is "the first jurisdiction in Canada to do this, but it is common practice in the US." Vancouver Sun | Read the list

BC identifies 45 suspected unauthorized post-secondary schools Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 13:42 01/26/2011 - 13:42

Quebec's education minister announced Tuesday the province is providing grants totalling $141.6 million to colleges for infrastructure maintenance and equipment renewal. The grants are part of a 5-year capital plan, which will provide funds amounting to $924.2 million for CÉGEPs. The funding announced Tuesday is included in the budget allocated to colleges for 2009-10. Of the funding, $68.5 million will go to building repairs, $52.8 million to furnishings, $15.3 million to the restoration of science labs, and $5 million to software development. Quebec News Release (in French)

Quebec announces $142-million capital investment in CÉGEPs Top Ten 01/26/2011 - 13:39 01/26/2011 - 13:39

McGill University alumnus Stephen T. Molson and his wife Nancy have made a $1-million donation to the university's men's hockey team to support coaching, player recruitment, and the team's program development. The donation matches the largest gift to a varsity sports team in McGill's history, equalling a 2007 donation to establish an endowment fund to support women's hockey. The Molsons' gift allows the team's head coach to have the support of an endowed named coaching position, to be known as the Stephen and Nancy Molson Redmen Hockey Coach. McGill's men's hockey team celebrates its 134th birthday on January 31. McGill News Release

McGill men's hockey team receives $1-million gift Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:39 01/25/2011 - 15:39

Georgian College is asking the Town of Collingwood for $1 million over 4 years to help build a permanent campus in the town. College president Brian Tamblyn says area municipalities will be hit up to cover $2 million of the $8-million project. The current campus in Collingwood has about 80 full-time and 1,100 part-time students, and Tamblyn expects those numbers to triple when the permanent campus opens in September. Georgian is also trying to develop a couple of "marquee programs" exclusive to the Collingwood campus in order to attract students from outside the region. Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin

Georgian College seeks financial assistance from Collingwood for new campus Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:37 01/25/2011 - 15:37

BC Liberal leadership candidate Moira Stilwell says that if she becomes the province's next premier, she will propose a $10-million investment over 4 years to enable the College of New Caledonia to provide new civil engineering- and bioenergy-related programs. Stilwell has also promised $10 million to Northwest Community College for infrastructure relating to mining programs, and $10 million to Okanagan College for a mountain search and rescue training centre. Moira Stilwell News Release

BC premier hopeful promises $10 million for CNC Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:36 01/25/2011 - 15:36

According to a new Statistics Canada paper, immigrants who came to Canada at age 12 or younger were more likely than their Canadian-born peers to obtain a university education by age 25 to 34. This difference increased successively from those who arrived in the 1960s to those who came in the 1980s. Among male immigrant children who came in the 1980s, nearly 32% held a university degree by age 25 to 34, compared to just over 20% of the Canadian-born comparison group. For those who arrived in the 1960s, male childhood immigrants had a university completion rate about 6 percentage points higher than their Canadian-born peers. The pattern was similar among females, although the share of women with a university degree increased faster than the share of men, for both immigrant children and the Canadian-born. Statistics Canada | Read the paper

Immigrant children more likely than Canadian-born peers to pursue university education Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:34 01/25/2011 - 15:34

In its pre-budget submission to the Ontario government, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance outlines 3 key priorities: ensuring access to PSE; adequately investing in university; and promoting student success. One recommendation on improving accessibility is to fulfill the Liberal government's platform commitment to reallocate funds spent on education tax credits to reduce students' up-front costs. OUSA calls on the province to meet the demand for growth, demonstrate progress toward a fairer cost-sharing model, and invest in quality by annually increasing university operating grants by $300 million over the next 5 years. Recommendations to promote student success include pedagogy training for all new faculty and teaching assistants and the creation of Ontario Teaching Chairs. OUSA News Release | Read the pre-budget submission

OUSA sets out priorities for next Ontario budget Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:32 01/25/2011 - 15:32

The Town of Milton announced Monday a new 3-year memorandum of understanding that outlines the intention of Wilfrid Laurier University and Milton to continue investigating the potential for a university campus on 150 acres of land on the southwest side of the community. The new MOU brings in more partners with the expertise and financial resources to round out the partnership needed to develop the broader concept of a Milton Education Village. The MOU, which needs approval by WLU's board of governors, states that the proposal requires an acceptable level of provincial funding for construction, capital, and operating costs for the campus. WLU News

New MOU supports further exploration of a WLU campus in Milton Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:30 01/25/2011 - 15:30

The University of Alberta's provost says the institution is keen on The Katz Group's idea of a "university village" in Edmonton's downtown core that could include NAIT, Grant MacEwan University, and other institutions. The Katz Group has plans to develop a new downtown entertainment and sports district, and has had talks with the city's major post-secondary schools. The provost says the proximity of the proposed arena development to uAlberta's Enterprise Square is an important factor, but Edmonton's commitment to extend the LRT line to NAIT was the clincher, noting that tying all the PSE campuses together with the LRT would help give Edmonton an "international calling card as a learning city." Edmonton Journal

uAlberta interested in "university village" in downtown core Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:24 01/25/2011 - 15:24

Serving a life sentence for fatally shooting 4 of his fellow professors in 1992, Valery Fabrikant is again pursuing a lawsuit against engineering department colleagues at Concordia University. In his $600,000 lawsuit, Fabrikant claims other Concordia staff members unfairly profited from his research and that they "extorted" his documents. The suit was thrown out in 2007, but Quebec's Court of Appeal said that was done in error and ordered it to resume. CBC

Concordia shooter renews lawsuit against colleagues Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:53 01/25/2011 - 15:22

Last July, StudentAidBC served notice to 10 private career colleges across BC that their students would no longer be eligible for government assistance because so many had failed to make required payments. In some cases, default rates are around 40%; in others, they're even higher. Among public PSE institutions in BC, default rates are about 5%. The notices drew protests from career colleges, which said they were being unfairly punished for default rates they cannot control. BC's minister of science and universities announced Monday the province is contemplating changes that may allow an institution to maintain its designation overall but not allow financial aid to a specific program. Vancouver Sun

BC cracks down on private career colleges with high loan default rates Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:21 01/25/2011 - 15:21

Meritus University, a Fredericton-based online institution owned and operated by Apollo Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix, announced Monday it is no longer accepting new students, will discontinue offering new courses for current students, and the last day of classes will be March 14. In a statement, the university says "there is a high risk that enrolment will continue to be insufficient to sustain the required quality academic and student service infrastructure we and our students demand." Meritus U will help current students to continue their programs online at uPhoenix or at another institution. Meritus U is the second Canadian online university to close in recent months. Lansbridge University, also based in New Brunswick, had its accreditation revoked by the provincial government last summer. Meritus U News | Financial Post

Meritus U to close Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 15:19 01/25/2011 - 15:19

John Lester, the director of community development at ReactionGrid, which sells space on virtual worlds to educators, tells The Chronicle of Higher Education that regarding virtual worlds in education, he thinks "the way out of the trough of disillusionment is happening," due to more published research in this area. He says it has taken long for virtual worlds to mature in PSE because at first people decided to build virtual classrooms. He told one educator, "Don't think of your classroom as a classroom in the physical world." When there's no longer a classroom, "then you're talking about an immersive learning experience that really could only happen in an immersive space." The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

ReactionGrid director sees potential for growth for virtual worlds in education Top Ten 01/24/2011 - 15:31 01/24/2011 - 15:31

Hand-held devices are fast becoming the primary way many people access the Web. One study found half of all US college students used mobile devices to get on the Internet every day last year, compared to 10% of students in 2008. But many post-secondary institutions treat their mobile website like low-stakes experiments. That mindset risks losing prospective applicants and donors through admissions and alumni portals that don't work, and risks frustrating current students who want to manage coursework and the rest of their lives with their smartphones. Schools that have put some effort into mobile have taken one of 3 paths: buying applications from educational-software company Blackboard Inc.; using an open-source platform created by MIT; or building the applications themselves. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

US colleges failing to keep up with growth of mobile web Top Ten 01/24/2011 - 15:30 01/24/2011 - 15:30

A new Canada-US study has found that one in 4 students who showed up at campus health clinics had symptoms of clinical depression, and one in 10 had recently thought of suicide. Experts suggest the reasons behind a growing number of students needing care for sometimes-serious mental-health issues may include the pressures of a society that no longer guarantees success to young university graduates, and youth being simply less equipped to cope with life's challenges. Another factor is that PSE institutions are taking in students with disabilities and mental-health problems who in the past would not have been admitted. The researchers recommend that campus health clinics ask all their patients a few questions to determine whether they might be seriously depressed, "so we can help them before it gets really out of hand." National Post

One-quarter of PSE students who visit campus clinics are depressed, study finds Top Ten 01/25/2011 - 11:49 01/24/2011 - 15:28

Keyano College's board of governors announced Friday that Dr. Kevin Nagel will assume the role of president of the northern Alberta institution on April 4, 2011, following the formal retirement of president Jim Foote. Nagel is currently a dean at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). A graduate of the Universities of Regina and Victoria, Nagel has served as both an assistant dean and dean at Alberta-based post-secondary schools since 2003. Keyano News

Keyano College appoints new president Top Ten 01/24/2011 - 15:27 01/24/2011 - 15:27

The India government is providing $2 million to fund a visiting chair at Carleton University's relatively new Canada-India Centre for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy. Each year, a professor from India will join Carleton's faculty, teach 2 classes, and give a public lecture. Carleton president Roseann O'Reilly Runte says the chair and the centre will help promote joint research and writing projects, along with cultural awareness between Canada and India. When Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009, the leaders decided to designate 2011 as the Year of India in Canada. Ottawa Citizen

India funds visiting chair at Carleton Top Ten 01/24/2011 - 15:25 01/24/2011 - 15:25

The federal government announced Thursday it will invest $55 million through NSERC's Strategic Project Grants Program in support of more than 120 research teams at universities across Canada. The 122 projects selected range from biomedical technologies, such as the non-invasive detection of osteoporosis, to the development of digital signalling of fibre-optic communications. NSERC News Release

NSERC distributes $55 million in Strategic Project Grants Top Ten 01/24/2011 - 15:24 01/24/2011 - 15:24

The Ontario government announced yesterday it has created a mobile application with which students can get up-to-date information and check their Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) application status on their smartphone. Going mobile is just one of the recent OSAP improvements the province has introduced. This year, OSAP applications will be made available months earlier and students have access to a new OSAP website. Ontario News Release

Ontario develops mobile app for OSAP Top Ten 01/24/2011 - 15:20 01/24/2011 - 15:20

The repair of 50-year-old cast-iron pipes of a campus swimming pool is one of dozens of projects the University of Saskatchewan has identified on its deferred maintenance list, a compendium of $617 million worth of required replacements or renovations. "We're on borrowed time," says one uSask official. "There's no way we can continue in this fragile environment." The institution wants the Saskatchewan government to gradually increase its annual capital grant to $50 million from last year's $12 million. The official says a long-term funding strategy is needed now because the campus, which includes more older buildings than many other universities, is aging and deteriorating more rapidly than in past decades. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

uSask facing $617 million in deferred maintenance Top Ten 01/24/2011 - 15:18 01/24/2011 - 15:18

Representatives from the federal and Ontario governments were at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus Friday to celebrate the official opening of the school's Research and Academic Centre. The project received a joint $26-million investment from the federal and provincial governments. The construction of the centre has resulted in an additional 90,000 square feet of library, research, and advanced teaching space for the Brantford campus, which will allow it to expand its student base from 2,600 to 4,000. Industry Canada News Release

WLU Brantford opens new academic and research building Top Ten 01/24/2011 - 15:17 01/24/2011 - 15:17

According to preliminary reports from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, total applications from Ontario high school students to Algoma University have increased 31.4% over this time last year. This was the highest percentage increase among provincial universities and the only double-digit increase in the province. According to OUAC figures, Algoma U was the only university in northern Ontario to see an increase in applications. An Algoma U official says over 80% of applications the institution received came from outside the Sault Ste. Marie area. Across Ontario, the number of applications by secondary students to university grew by 2.2%. Algoma U News Release | OUAC Preliminary Stats

Applications to Algoma U up 31% Top Ten 01/27/2011 - 15:31 01/24/2011 - 15:15

According to a survey by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), fundraisers for US schools, colleges, and universities estimated that giving to their institutions increased an average 3.7% in 2010 over the previous year. They also predicted further growth of 5.6% in 2011. The January CASE Fundraising Index's predicted increase of 5.6% in 2011 is almost identical to the 5.7% prediction made last July for the period covering July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011. Fundraisers at independent schools -- private, K-12 institutions -- were the most optimistic, anticipating an average 6.2% increase in giving to their institutions in 2011. Their peers at public colleges and universities were the least optimistic at 4.8%. CASE News Release

US education fundraisers anticipate rebound in giving in 2011 Top Ten 01/23/2011 - 12:23 01/21/2011 - 15:22

The University of Waterloo celebrated Friday the official opening of the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment in the Ontario resort town of Huntsville. The facility was built for use in last year's G8 summit, and now the Town of Huntsville has made it available for use by uWaterloo, primarily the environment faculty. Devoted to teaching and research activities, the Summit Centre will host research field work, meetings and conferences, and short courses and executive training courses. An ecology laboratory will be added by the end of the year. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine will also operate a research lab in the centre starting this spring. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

uWaterloo opens Summit Centre for the Environment in Huntsville Top Ten 01/23/2011 - 12:22 01/21/2011 - 15:20

Carleton University became the first university in Canada Thursday to complete a major construction project supported by the Knowledge Infrastructure Program when it opened its new Canal Building. The 6-storey, 100,000-square-foot facility will house programs in biomedical, sustainable energy, environmental, and aerospace engineering. The building is one-half of Carleton's extensive Waterfront Project. The federal and Ontario governments contributed $52.5 million to the 2 buildings, the single largest capital investment in Carleton's history. The second half of the project, the River Building, will open this fall. The 140,000-square-foot facility will house the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, the School of Journalism and Communication, and the School of Public Policy and Administration. Carleton News Release

Carleton opens Canal Building Top Ten 01/21/2011 - 15:18 01/21/2011 - 15:18

Earlier this month, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited the business programs at the University of Victoria's Peter B. Gustavson School of Business following a thorough program review, evaluation of the teaching environment, and an examination of course relevance to the needs of business. This is the second accreditation for UVic's business school, which received the European Quality Improvement System accreditation in 2007. Out of 12,000 business schools around the world, there are 66, or about half a percent, with both accreditations. The other Canadian business schools with both accreditations are Queen's, UBC Sauder School of Business, SFU, uOttawa Telfer School of Management, HEC Montréal, and uLaval. UVic News Release | Victoria Times-Colonist

UVic business school earns international accreditation Top Ten 01/23/2011 - 12:22 01/21/2011 - 15:16

According to a new study, 54% of Ontarians polled believe it is important that provincial post-secondary institutions reach out to the world and attract more international students to come and study in the province. In an apparent contradiction, 58% of respondents also feel that the primary focus should be on offering programs to students here at home. 65% believe it is important to attract professors from other nations to come and teach in Ontario. 42% think university degrees from abroad should be recognized as equivalent to university degrees awarded in Canada, while 31% hold the opposite view and 27% are unsure. 56% of respondents oppose the Ontario government's recent initiative to create 75 new scholarships aimed at foreign students pursuing PhDs at Ontario universities. OCUFA News Release

Ontarians want PSE system open to the world, poll finds Top Ten 01/21/2011 - 15:12 01/21/2011 - 15:12

The federal government announced Friday an investment of over $61 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support the work of 339 leading researchers and 245 projects at 48 universities across Canada. The funding includes more than $47.1 million awarded under CFI's Leaders Opportunity Fund, and more than $14.1 million awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a complementary program designed to contribute to the rising operating and maintenance costs of CFI-funded infrastructure projects. CFI News Release

CFI distributes $61 million in research infrastructure funding Top Ten 01/23/2011 - 12:21 01/21/2011 - 15:10

As part of an investigation into offences under the Copyright Act, RCMP officers conducted 4 searches in photocopy stores in Montreal in the past few weeks in order to end the activities of groups involved in the illegal distribution and sale of photocopied university textbooks. The RCMP stated Thursday it has seized some 2,700 counterfeit books and digests, as well as a significant quantity of material used for copying. The total value of the books seized is estimated at nearly $540,000. The RCMP arrested 13 individuals in the course of police operations. Charges under the Copyright Act could be filed at the end of the investigation. RCMP News Release | Montreal Gazette

RCMP seize thousands of illegal university textbooks in Montreal Top Ten 01/21/2011 - 15:08 01/21/2011 - 15:08

A Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench judge said Thursday the University of Manitoba did not "muzzle" math professor Gábor Lukács over academic integrity. The judge reserved her decision on the key issue before her -- whether the professor had the legal right to sue uManitoba in order to rescind a PhD awarded to a math student who had twice failed a crucial comprehensive exam and claimed to suffer from extreme exam anxiety. The judge told the professor's lawyer during his presentation of his case that the evidence indicates the university ordered Lukács to desist over privacy issues, not on discussion of academic integrity. uManitoba suspended Luckács for 3 months without pay this past fall for allegedly disclosing the student's private health information. His grievance hearing is set for June. Winnipeg Free Press

uManitoba did not "muzzle" math prof in PhD dispute, judge says Top Ten 01/21/2011 - 15:07 01/21/2011 - 15:07

Some members of a search committee for a new law dean for the University of Saskatchewan are angry after senior officials apparently overruled the committee's choice and pitched another shortlisted candidate to the institution's board of governors in a private meeting. Critics worry about the centralization of power in the hands of uSask's top administrators and the board of governors, whose meetings are closed to the public. They say this incident will make it more difficult to recruit talented people to sit on time-consuming, volunteer search committees. The board's vice-chair says the committee is "advisory" and the board is free to make the final decision. The faculty association's vice-chair says if administrators are not happy with the search committee's choice, they should not overrule it. Instead, the search should be declared "failed" and start again.  Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Top uSask administrators criticized over law dean selection Top Ten 01/24/2011 - 17:21 01/21/2011 - 15:05

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has struck an ad hoc committee to investigate the situation of clinical faculty at the University of Alberta's faculty of medicine and dentistry. The committee will investigate allegations of pressure on tenure track clinical faculty to leave tenure track positions contrary to the collective agreement, pressure from the administration on clinical faculty to accept new standards for promotion and tenure, and questionable practices regarding the appointment to administrative positions. The committee will report on its findings and make any suitable recommendations. CAUT

CAUT to investigate complaints at uAlberta medical school Top Ten 01/21/2011 - 15:03 01/21/2011 - 15:03

JusCollege.com is a new college-focused social network that connects students with businesses. The site, which offers links to services such as nearby food and spring-break trips, receives a fee from those businesses when students make purchases through the website. There are 5 campuses in the US on which the site is active, and 10 more campuses are in the works for this fall. Staff members vet student-oriented businesses on or near campuses to negotiate discounted prices for its members, who must have an .edu e-mail address to join. JusCollege.com designates 20 to 60 student representatives on each campus. The representatives receive incentives for encouraging classmates to sign up and make purchases. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | JusCollege.com

New college-oriented social network connects students with businesses Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:32 01/20/2011 - 15:32

We've recently noticed that BC-based College of the Rockies has redesigned its website. Visitors to COTR's homepage can manipulate a graphic banner, which highlights the institution's history, programs, and athletics department. One feature of the site is the "Faces of COTR," a collection of profiles of students, graduates, and instructors. The homepage includes links to the college's Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel. COTR website

COTR launches new website Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:30 01/20/2011 - 15:30

While the Life After High School program in BC is drawing praise for its efforts to find new methods of encouraging intimidated or hesitant high school students to apply to college or university, the program is raising eyebrows over the choice of schools receiving support. Among the schools on the program's list is West Vancouver Secondary School, which is located in a district densely populated with university-educated professionals whose children frequently attend elite Canadian and US universities. The list does not include any schools from east Vancouver, from north of Kamloops, or from some parts of the Fraser Valley where transition rates to PSE are low. The program's director admits that anomalies in BC's statistics on PSE transition rates made for some odd choices, as the statistics cover BC public institutions only. Globe and Mail

Life After High School program raising eyebrows over school choices Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:29 01/20/2011 - 15:29

Despite systemic barriers to online and distance education, including faculty resistance, lack of training in teaching, and lack of a system-wide approach, there is plenty of opportunity for growth and development in online learning, says a new report from Contact North, Ontario's distance education and training network. Some of the key developments anticipated this year include course redesign, improved mobile technology, open educational resources, more multimedia, learning analytics, and shared services between post-secondary institutions. The report concludes that although the growth of fully distant online learning will continue over the next few years, the rate of growth of online courses is likely to decline as market saturation is reached, and as more flexible campus-based programs are created that meet the needs of part-time students and lifelong learners. Read the report

Report provides outlook for online learning in 2011 Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:27 01/20/2011 - 15:27

Keyin College, a private post-secondary institution with campuses across Newfoundland and Labrador, is set to open a campus in Sri Lanka at the end of the month. Keyin's president says the campus will teach Canadian-certified tourism courses. Although Keyin was founded in NL, teachers being sent to Sri Lanka come from other parts of Canada. The president says the college will focus on providing tourism and hospitality courses at first, but hopes to offer more programs in the future. Keyin College News Release | CBC

Private NL college to set up campus in Sri Lanka Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:26 01/20/2011 - 15:26

The Quebec government's offer last summer of more than $1 million to Montreal Island CÉGEPs to address a space problem allowed those schools to take in more students without being penalized for exceeding their enrolment cap. That wasn't the case for off-island schools such as Collège Montmorency in Laval, which exceeded its cap and did not benefit from the agreement. There is a feeling of injustice, says a spokesperson for the CÉGEP, suggesting that the education ministry did not necessarily consider Greater Montreal, where schools are also experiencing a space crunch. Collège Montmorency wants the penalty for exceeding the enrolment cap suspended in years when demand is high. Otherwise, it wants some other measure to help the institution. Montreal Gazette

Off-island CÉGEPs seek Quebec's help with space crunch Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:23 01/20/2011 - 15:23

Canadore College reports that it broke its winter intake enrolment record last week as it welcomed 215 first-year students for the winter 2011 term. The growth represents a 54% increase in student registration compared to the previous year. A Canadore official says the enrolment increase is largely due to a concerted team effort to improve student learning access and pathways. Retention numbers are also up at Canadore with an 82.2% student retention rate. Canadore News Release

Record winter enrolment at Canadore Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:21 01/20/2011 - 15:21

Red Deer College president Joel Ward wants to stop a "brain drain" at the college, which loses 2,600 university transfer students a year to other institutions. If RDC can add more degree completion programs, Ward is optimistic that half of those students now leaving will choose to stay at the college. Ward says RDC is continually working with the Alberta government and other institutions and partners to look at ways to add more degree completion options in Red Deer. It is all part of the college's goal of evolving as central Alberta grows, which one day may lead RDC to pursue university status or some variation. Red Deer Advocate

RDC seeking more degree completion options to end "brain drain" Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:17 01/20/2011 - 15:17

A University of New Brunswick graduate student and expert on hazing in university sports says his research shows hazing continues to be pervasive at Atlantic Canada universities and that nearly all university athletes become victims of it. Based on interviews with over 300 athletes at 7 universities in Atlantic Canada in the past 4 years, the student's research found that 65% of athletes competing in Atlantic University Sports have been hazed using alcohol. The researcher says hazing continues to carry on because it is a tradition even if institutional administrations say they have done a good job of shutting it down. Last month, St. Thomas University suspended its men's volleyball team for the rest of the school year for organizing an on-campus hazing party, after which a rookie player died. CBC

Hazing at Atlantic Canada universities still a problem, researcher says Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:15 01/20/2011 - 15:15

Students, faculty, and employees of the University of Toronto gathered Wednesday to express their lack of confidence in the institution's administration and governance. Members of the newly-formed U of T General Assembly (UTGA) plan to "map out an alternative direction" for uToronto -- "one that ensures access and improved learning conditions for students, safe and dignified working conditions for workers, and the protection of academic freedom for all." UTGA argues that administration puts the interests of corporations and private donors first. Other issues include the campus closure during the G20 summit, flat tuition fees for arts and science students, and tutorial sizes. UTGA News Release | ParentCentral.ca | UTGA Project

uToronto students, faculty call for greater decision-making power Top Ten 01/20/2011 - 15:13 01/20/2011 - 15:13

After celebrating its tenth year of operation, Wikipedia is making efforts to involve academics more closely in its process. The latest is a new plan to develop an "open educational resource platform" that will gather tools about teaching with Wikipedia in the classroom. The education programs manager for Wikimedia, Wikipedia's parent company, says the goal is to get students to understand how to use and critically evaluate Wikipedia articles and then learn how to contribute to make those articles better. This academic year, Wikimedia launched the national Public Policy Initiative to recruit professors who would like their students to add content to the online encyclopedia as part of the curriculum. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Wikipedia focuses on ways to enhance student learning Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:45 01/19/2011 - 14:45

Applications from international students to Swedish universities have plummeted following the introduction of tuition fees, according to application figures for the fall term released Tuesday. Monday marked the last day that international students could apply to study at Swedish institutions for the fall 2011 term, the first which non-European Economic Area and non-Swiss students will be required to pay tuition fees. The number of applicants for master's programs dropped 73% compared to last year, while applications to international courses fell 86%. An official with the Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services says the drop was expected. The Local

International applications to Swedish institutions drop after fee introduction Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:42 01/19/2011 - 14:42

Carleton University is drawing on its Ravens sports mascot in its latest campaign to attract First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students. An employee of Carleton's Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education who oversees the campaign says recruiters try to reach young people, even those still in intermediate grades, to show them what's possible. Carleton's efforts to serve its Aboriginal student population, estimated at over 200, have grown in recent years. One of the university's Aboriginal-oriented initiatives is the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program, a first-year, full-time program meant for students who may have the potential to excel at university but do not meet traditional entrance requirements. Ottawa Citizen

Carleton uses Ravens mascot in Aboriginal student recruitment campaign Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:40 01/19/2011 - 14:40

The University of Alberta's student union is proposing a week-long fall reading break to match the break offered in February. Should students get a November break, the start date of the fall term would move to the Wednesday before Labour Day, potentially pushing it back in August, to maintain 13 weeks of instruction per semester. The student union's president says the break would give students a chance to de-stress and seek academic help, hopefully helping with retention as well. The issue will be put to a student vote in March. If approved, the plan will be presented to uAlberta's general faculties council. The earliest a November break could be added to the calendar would be fall 2012. Edmonton Journal

uAlberta student union proposes fall reading week Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:39 01/19/2011 - 14:39

PSE students in New Brunswick are hopeful that financial assistance programs will be spared as the province searches for savings. Last week, the province's finance minister announced $42.9 million in spending reductions for the fiscal year, including nearly $3.2 million out of the post-secondary education department's budget for the Repayment Assistance Plan. As a result, the future of programs such as the Timely Completion Benefit and tuition rebate is not certain. A spokeswoman for the PSE department says it is looking for another 2% reduction for next year. Daily Gleaner

NB students worry cuts to financial assistance may come Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:37 01/19/2011 - 14:37

The first-ever president and CEO of New Brunswick Community College, Marilyn Luscombe says there are many new opportunities now that NBCC operates independently from the provincial government, such as the ability to create new community partnerships, access funding sources available to independent colleges, and access more federal funding. As the "voice of the college network," Luscombe notes the importance of being responsive to each of NBCC's 6 campuses as they all have different socio-economic profiles. Other priorities include attracting international students, increasing the number of Aboriginal students, and keeping students in PSE, even if that means finding them more suitable homes at a university in NB. Times & Transcript

Inaugural NBCC president's vision for network Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:35 01/19/2011 - 14:35

Work-integrated learning (WIL) such as co-operative education, apprenticeships, and internships can help Ontario post-secondary students respond to rapid change in the Ontario labour market, according a report prepared by Academica Group and commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. In the first phase of a study of institutional and employer attitudes toward WIL, both groups view it as an important part of the student experience, preparing students to enter the labour market with relevant, transferable, and marketable skills. They cite career preparation and improved employment prospects as the top motivating factor for students. Among PSE institutions surveyed, strengthening linkages with community and enhancing institutional reputation are the most significant benefits of WIL, while for employers the key attributes are access to highly motivated and creative students and improved productivity. Research summary | Read the report

Work-integrated learning preparing students for changing labour market, study finds Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:33 01/19/2011 - 14:33

The University of Saskatchewan is recognizing Heather Ryan and her husband L. David Dubé for their $1.2-million contribution toward the expansion of its veterinary college's existing equine performance centre by naming the facility the Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre. The $2.8-million project will add 10,600 square feet to the centre, as well as vital resources to the vet school's equine education, clinical, and research programs. Construction will begin next month. uSask News Release | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

$1-million gift to uSask supports horse health centre expansion Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:31 01/19/2011 - 14:31

Georgian College is asking the Ontario government for another $10 million for its new health and wellness building. As college president Brian Tamblyn showed Training, Colleges and Universities Minister John Milloy how the facility is progressing Tuesday, he asked the province to top up the $20 million it has already invested in the project. Tamblyn says Georgian needs $12 million more to finish off the building, which is due to open in September. The college's Power of Education campaign would be asked to raise an additional $2 million to reach the new $12 million needed. Simcoe.com

Georgian College seeks $10 million more for health and wellness facility Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:30 01/19/2011 - 14:30

The Canadian University Press reports that a former Concordia University student, who once filed a $15-million lawsuit against the institution, is suing the school again. Ashraf Azar, who was expelled in 2004 on grounds of plagiarism, is asking the Quebec Superior Court to order Concordia to grant him a new disciplinary hearing on the plagiarism charges that got him expelled in the first place. In a statement of claim, Azar says he was suspended from Concordia at the time the accusation of plagiarism arose, "due to what can only be seen as discriminatory motivated 'errors' [emphasis in the original] committed by his professors with respect to his grades" and that he was not enrolled in the class in question. A hearing is set for today. CUP Newswire

Expelled Concordia student sues university again Top Ten 01/19/2011 - 14:29 01/19/2011 - 14:29

A book released Tuesday suggests that for many students, 4 years of undergraduate classes make little difference in their ability to synthesize knowledge and put complex ideas to paper. Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses cites data from student surveys and transcript analyses to show that many students have minimal classwork expectations, and then tracks the academic gains (or stagnation) of 2,300 students of traditional college age studying at a range of 4-year institutions. For example, the book reports that 36% of the students saw no statistically significant gains in their College Learning Assessment scores between their freshman and senior years. The book is already drawing critics, who say the analysis falls short in its assessments of certain teaching and learning methods. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Inside Higher Ed

New book argues US institutions failing at undergraduate education Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 16:04 01/18/2011 - 16:04

Mount Royal University, the only major post-secondary institution in Calgary without LRT service, may get 2 bus rapid transit lines in the next few years under a plan city councillors will consider today. Under the proposal, one express-style bus route for Mount Royal would ferry passengers between 2 LRT stations once the C-Train extension opens in December 2012, while the other route would serve the university from downtown, likely to begin within the next 3 or 4 years. The president of Mount Royal's student association says the 2 lines are a "good step forward," but hopes the LRT does eventually reach the institution. Calgary Herald

Express bus service considered for Mount Royal Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 16:03 01/18/2011 - 16:03

Langara College is on the hunt for a new logo to represent the Falcons athletic department following a recent college-wide rebrand. Students, professional graphic designers, and artists are invited to submit their best designs by March 1. The winner will receive $1,000 toward tuition at Langara or an iPad. The top design will be immortalized on all Falcons' uniforms, apparel, merchandise, gear, and promotion materials. Langara News

Langara launches new sports logo contest Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 16:02 01/18/2011 - 16:02

The University of Winnipeg announced Monday it is adding baseball to its family of Wesmen sports teams. Student-athletes in the baseball program will start classes and training in September, with a full slate of games beginning in spring 2012. uWinnipeg president Lloyd Axworthy says the addition of a baseball program is another example of how the university is meeting the recommendations of the President's Task Force on Athletics and Academics. One of the task force's mandates was to broaden and deepen the university's athletic programs, both from a community and competitive perspective. uWinnipeg News Release

uWinnipeg introduces baseball program Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 16:01 01/18/2011 - 16:01

On Monday, the Alberta College of Art + Design unveiled its new recruitment portal designed as an online home for emerging artists and designers to find out what becoming an ACAD student is all about. The microsite features video tours of campus studios, interviews with faculty, alumni, and students, and photo galleries showcasing the experience of being a student at ACAD. Visitors to the portal are invited to sign up for live chats with admissions recruiters, join the school's Facebook and Twitter communities, and view additional content about ACAD on YouTube. ACAD News Release | acad.ca/admissions

ACAD launches recruitment portal Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 16:00 01/18/2011 - 16:00

Monday marked the formal launch of the Carleton University OnLine (CUOL) Distance and Flexible Learning Program. CUOL will provide Carleton with the ability to extend its reach and attract new students at a time when the traditional demographic makeup of university students is forecast to decline. For over 30 years, Carleton has offered distance education through its CUTV program, where courses are delivered in a variety of methods, including a local digital TV channel. Carleton News

Carleton develops new distance learning program Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 15:58 01/18/2011 - 15:58

According to a new survey, 57% of Maritime university graduates who completed their first degree in 2007 said they were satisfied with the quality of teaching, with a further 38% saying they were very satisfied. 34% of respondents thought their program developed their skills of independent and critical thinking to some extent, while an additional 62% thought these skills were developed to a great extent. The employment rate of Class of 2007 first degree holders is down 9 percentage points compared to that of 2003 graduates 2 years after graduation. 83% of first degree holders said their university education was worth the time invested, while 70% said it was worth the financial investment. MPHEC News Release | Read the report

95% of Maritime university graduates satisfied with teaching quality, survey finds Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 15:57 01/18/2011 - 15:57

The members of the union representing administrative and support staff at Algoma University have voted 96% in favour of taking strike action if necessary to reach their contract goals. The union is seeking a pay hike equal to the 3% boost in wages Algoma U professors pocket in this contract year. The university and the union are turning to conciliation to try to reach a new contract. OSSTF News | Algoma U News Release | QMI Agency

Algoma U support staff approve strike mandate Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 15:56 01/18/2011 - 15:56

CUPE Local 1001 is the second union at the University of Windsor to vote for a strike in a week. The union comprises over 300 full- and part-time foodservices, housekeeping, grounds, and maintenance workers. A meeting to report on the progress of negotiations resulted in a vote with 93% of members in support of a strike mandate for the bargaining committee. Last week, members of CUPE Local 1393, which represents a wide range of uWindsor employees, voted 83% in favour of a strike. CUPE News

Second uWindsor union votes in favour of strike action Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 15:54 01/18/2011 - 15:54

Concordia University's board of governors announced Monday it has recommended Frederick Lowy as interim president of the institution. Lowy served as president of Concordia from 1995 until 2005, and was the last in the position to complete a full term. If his candidacy is approved, Lowy could take up his post before the end of the month. Concordia's faculty association says the departures of Claude Lajeunesse and Judith Woodsworth from the position as president in recent years, instigated by the board and resulting in significant severance packages, has tarnished the institution's reputation and eroded the university community's morale. In order to resolve the "current crisis," the faculty association adopted several motions Monday, including one calling for the resignation of the board of governors' chair and vice-chairs. Concordia News | Montreal Gazette | Globe and Mail | CBC | CUFA

Postscript: Jan 24, 2011
Concordia's board of governors announced Friday it has voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Frederick H. Lowy as the institution's president on an interim basis following the departure of president Judith Woodsworth in December. Lowy was Concordia's president and vice-chancellor from 1995 to 2005. The board chairman says Lowy's "extensive interest in the university and its culture will assure a smooth transition and provide continuity and stability during the search for a new president." Concordia News

Concordia looks to former president to lead institution Top Ten 01/21/2011 - 15:24 01/18/2011 - 15:53

According to a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, more than 50% of adult Internet users in the US look up information on Wikipedia, which celebrated its tenth anniversary on Saturday. As of May 2010, 53% of adult online Americans consult the user-generated encyclopedia, up from 36% in February 2007. 62% of Internet users under the age of 30 use the site compared to 33% of users aged 65 and older. Wikipedia use was higher among Internet users with a college degree, with 69% saying they use the site compared to 41% of users with only a high school diploma. Wikipedia is more popular than instant messaging, an activity 47% of Internet users engage in, but less popular than social networking, something 61% of users do. Agence France-Presse | Read the report

Over half of online adults in US use Wikipedia, study finds Top Ten 01/17/2011 - 16:13 01/17/2011 - 16:13

Omnicademy is a new online venture that hopes to allow professors to syndicate their courses this fall. Conceived at Louisiana State University, the company's system will let instructors upload material from classes they are already teaching and offer the courses to students at other institutions. Schools can review the courses and decide which ones they want to adopt and offer credit for. Omnicademy provides a place for students to post a status, find out who their classmates are, discuss course material, read a news feed, and view tags about recent posts. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Omnicademy

"Onmicademy" offers syndication of college courses Top Ten 01/17/2011 - 16:11 01/17/2011 - 16:11

College of New Caledonia is now eligible to receive applied research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The eligibility means students involved in applied research have new and enhanced opportunities for learning, while employees will gain enhanced knowledge, experience, and work to further CNC's reputation while participating in applied research. Under NSERC, the college can apply for 4 types of grants: Innovation Enhancement, Applied Research and Development, Applied Research Tools and Instruments, and Technology Access Centre. CNC News Release

CNC eligible for NSERC funding Top Ten 01/17/2011 - 16:09 01/17/2011 - 16:09

University College of the North's governing council has named Konrad Jonasson as the institution's interim president and vice-chancellor. A member of Cross Lake First Nation, Jonasson has served as UCN's vice-president of community-based services since 2002. He replaces Denise Henning, who was recently appointed the next president of Northwest Community College. Henning has reportedly been pushed out of UCN over her opposition to a mandatory Aboriginal course and a dispute with the school's elder-in-residence over her hiring of 2 non-Aboriginal senior administrators. Winnipeg Free Press

UCN appoints interim president Top Ten 01/17/2011 - 16:08 01/17/2011 - 16:08

With the deadline to apply for CÉGEPs just 6 weeks away, Montreal-area colleges anticipate a greater demand over last year, when Vanier, Dawson, and John Abbott Colleges estimated they had issued between 400 and 500 refusals altogether due to lack of space. Last June, the Quebec government provided more than $1 million to help ease the space crunch and to allow several Montreal Island CÉGEPs to take in more students this academic year. The schools are waiting to hear whether the province will put in place measures for them to admit more students in August. Montreal Gazette

Montreal CÉGEPs anticipate increased demand Top Ten 01/17/2011 - 16:06 01/17/2011 - 16:06

University of Alberta alumnus Alfred Sorensen has donated $5 million to the institution's School of Business. Of the gift, $2 million will be set aside for the Alfred Sorensen Global Experience Fund, which will support students interested in participating in international exchanges, study-abroad opportunities, and global internships. The remainder will support the creation of the Alfred Sorensen Chair in Energy, Environment, and Reputation Risk Management. Edmonton Journal

uAlberta alumnus donates $5 million to business school Top Ten 01/17/2011 - 16:04 01/17/2011 - 16:04

During a campaign stop in Terrace last week, BC Liberal leadership hopeful Moira Stilwell made a promise of a $10-million investment in Northwest Community College should she become premier. The funding would be used to build up the infrastructure needed to make the institution the best mining school in North America, Stilwell said. She is also proposing to increase the maximum Passport to Education incentive from $1,000 to $1,500 for high school students who choose regional community colleges. Stilwell has also promised $10 million for a rescue training centre at Okanagan College and lower student-loan interest rates. Terrace Standard | Georgia Straight

BC Liberal leadership candidate promises $10 million for NWCC Top Ten 01/17/2011 - 16:03 01/17/2011 - 16:03

According to figures released yesteday, the number of high school applicants to Ontario universities is 88,626, a 2.4% increase over last year. There are 383,403 applications, up 2.2%. This represents a 49% increase since 2000. The number of non-secondary school applicants is currently at 19,002, representing an increase of 2.6% over the comparable date last year. COU News Release

Applicants to Ontario universities up 49% since 2000 Top Ten 01/18/2011 - 10:08 01/17/2011 - 16:01

As part of school-wide restructuring, NorQuest College cut 22 positions last week, and created 17 new positions at the same time. The restructuring includes combining English as a second language and academic upgrading into one faculty. As a way to cope with uncertain provincial budgets, the Edmonton-based institution has decided to develop more extension courses outside the provincially funded system. Extension courses will bring in money for NorQuest since those who take them pay the full cost, says president Jodi Abbott. Edmonton Journal

Job cuts, more extension courses part of NorQuest restructuring Top Ten 01/17/2011 - 15:59 01/17/2011 - 15:59

The Ontario government announced Monday $73.7 million in funding over 5 years to support the development of a new credit transfer system, including a new Credit Transfer Innovation Fund to help colleges and universities develop more credit transfer options for students. The plan includes a centralized website co-ordinating the many existing agreements between institutions. Centralization is expected to ensure fewer students are paying to take courses they have effectively already taken, and keep the province from investing twice in those students. Ontario News Release | Globe and Mail

Ontario invests $74 million to facilitate student mobility Top Ten 01/17/2011 - 15:58 01/17/2011 - 15:58

Newsle.com is a new website developed by a pair of Harvard University undergraduates that offers articles and blogs mentioning friends, professional contacts, and public figures. One of the co-founders says the algorithms he and his partner developed find news articles related to the people users are following and rank them according to their timeliness and importance. The system finds information people might not share themselves, as well as material that might not rank high in a Google search. Users can control the quality and quantity of news items sent to their news feed by rating articles and adjusting settings on how much news they desire on a particular individual. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Newsle

"Newsle" tracks news items on friends and contacts Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:48 01/14/2011 - 15:48

Students can tackle test anxiety and improve performance by writing about their worries immediately prior to the exam, according to a new University of Chicago study. Researchers found that students who were prone to exam anxiety improved their test scores by nearly one grade point after they were given 10 minutes to write about what was causing them fear. The study's senior author explains that the writing exercise allowed students to relieve their anxieties before taking the test and accordingly freed up brainpower needed to complete the exam successfully -- brainpower that is normally occupied by worries about the test. University of Chicago News | Globe and Mail

Writing about fears improves exam performance, study finds Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:46 01/14/2011 - 15:46

The University of Phoenix announced Thursday the launch of its School of Continuing Education, which will draw on existing curricula already in use by the institution, enhanced by new educational offerings developed in consultation with leading scholars and employers. With an emphasis on instructing and training students in the rapidly-changing technologies, trends, and skills that are central to America's strongest and fastest-growing industries, the school will offer studies in business, IT, marketing, healthcare, and continuing teacher education. uPhoenix News Release

New School of Continuing Education at uPhoenix Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:44 01/14/2011 - 15:44

University of New Brunswick students working on an environmental project set out across campus to demonstrate that tap water was just as good as bottled water. They found that water from drinking fountains in 2 of the older buildings on the Fredericton campus contained lead and iron levels exceeding the acceptable health limits. After the student retested the fountains after letting the water run for 2 minutes and then for 5 minutes, the levels were just fine. UNB is now investigating the matter, working with a consultant and with municipal and provincial officials. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

UNB students find lead in campus drinking water Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:43 01/14/2011 - 15:43

Lakeland College's purchase of 100% of the shares of Barrhill Farms Ltd, which includes 10 quarters of land and a yard, is complete after receiving final approval from the Alberta government last month. The yard boarders the west side of Lakeland's Vermilion campus and much of the 900 acres of cultivated land and 500 plus acres of pasture land are close to the campus. The land is already being used for student labs relating to agricultural and environmental sciences programs. The land acquisition secures the continuation of the college's Student Managed Farm training model, which allows students to be actively involved in operating and managing a livestock unit or crop enterprise. Lakeland News Release

Lakeland finalizes purchase of land near Vermilion campus Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:40 01/14/2011 - 15:40

The Manitoba government announced Thursday it will fund a feasibility study of a proposed school of medicine at Brandon University. Deborah Poff, the institution's president, will chair the study, and the University of Manitoba's dean of medicine will be the vice-chairman. The purpose of the study is to assess many factors of primary care, physician recruitment, and retention, and to assess what aspects of the system are working and not working in rural and northern communities. Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba funds feasibility study of proposed Brandon U med school Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:39 01/14/2011 - 15:39

On Thursday, the union representing 230 University of Windsor employees voted 83% in favour of a strike. CUPE Local 1393 represents a wide range of employees, including trades workers, education assistants, hazardous materials technicians, Web designers, and communications officers. The local's president says the main issues are the use of outside contractors and what he calls uWindsor's "unwillingness to negotiate." The local will be in a legal strike position 17 days after ministry approval. CUPE News | Windsor Star

uWindsor employees approve strike mandate Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:38 01/14/2011 - 15:38

Support staff at the University of Manitoba have voted 87% in favour of a possible strike. CAW Local 3007 represents 450 caretakers, groundskeepers, food services, engineering, and skilled trades workers at uManitoba. The union went on strike for nearly 2 weeks in the fall of 2007, slowing down access into the institution and forcing the fall convocation to be moved off campus. Winnipeg Free Press

uManitoba support staff vote in favour of strike action Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:36 01/14/2011 - 15:36

The New Brunswick government has approved over 100 cost-cutting measures to reduce this year's projected deficit by nearly $43 million. Provincial departments were asked to achieve a 1% budget reduction within the 2010-11 fiscal year to minimize the deficit, which is forecast to reach $820 million. In the case of NB's department of post-secondary education, training, and labour, the province has accepted a reduction of nearly $3.2 million from the Repayment Assistance Plan under the Student Financial Assistance Program. The savings are realized due to a lower interest rate and program uptake. NB News Release | 2010-11 Departmental 1% Spending Reductions Accepted Action Items

NB cuts $3 million from student loan repayment assistance program Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:34 01/14/2011 - 15:34

At least 8 academic departments at Concordia University have passed damning motions against the institution's board of governors in response to president Judith Woodsworth's sudden departure last month, with demands ranging from a review of the board's structure and actions to the resignation of governors. In an open letter, the faculty representatives on the board state no formal meeting was called nor formal vote taken to decide on Woodsworth's departure. Meanwhile, the Montreal Gazette reports that Concordia's student union supported the president's departure. A past-president of the student union and board member told the Gazette that he and fellow student representatives went to see the board chair on December 1 to cite "a number of flagrant examples that exemplify (Woodworth's) lack of leadership." Globe and Mail | Montreal Gazette

Concordia faculty pass motions against board of governors Top Ten 01/14/2011 - 15:32 01/14/2011 - 15:32

In a Canadian survey of advertising and marketing executives, respondents ranked "social media/social networking" as the most annoying industry buzzword. Among the top 10 are "synergy," "innovative/innovation," "extra value/value added," "going green," "free," "ROI/return on investment," "culture change," "think out of the box," and "interactive." The study is based on 250 interviews with marketing executives from companies with 100 or more employees and advertising executives from agencies with 20 or more employees. The Creative Group News Release

Marketing professionals deem "social media" most overused catchphrase Top Ten 01/13/2011 - 16:12 01/13/2011 - 16:12

After years of dealing with rabbits on campus, the University of Victoria is now looking at going rabbit-free. The institution's feral rabbit management plan, released last June, envisaged no rabbits outside the ring road and about 200 rabbits in a tightly controlled zone within it. With most of the original population of feral rabbits already trapped and taken to sanctuaries, the plan is being revised. A no-rabbit rule should discourage anyone from dumping unwanted pets on campus, says UVic's director of facilities management, as any rabbits would be removed to be euthanized because there would be no permits in place to take them to sanctuaries. Victoria Times-Colonist

UVic aims for rabbit-free campus Top Ten 01/13/2011 - 16:22 01/13/2011 - 16:11

The University of Alberta is studying the possibility of introducing a civic planning program to its academic offerings. While no decisions have been made yet, municipal officials and industry professionals support the idea, saying a planning school would elevate the discussion of urban planning issues and ultimately improve Edmonton's livability. The absence of both planning and architecture programs at uAlberta means fewer planning and architecture professionals are attracted to Edmonton, which in turn means less understanding of the city's needs, says one local architect. See Magazine

uAlberta considers planning school Top Ten 01/13/2011 - 16:22 01/13/2011 - 16:09

In 2006, the Town of Orangeville donated 28 acres of land to Humber College to build a campus serving an anticipated 2,000 full-time students. Construction has been delayed several times, as Humber struggles to secure provincial funding for the campus. The college has not yet heard anything from the Ontario government on its most recent request for funding. The college has no intention "whatsoever to drag anything out," says the director of the Orangeville campus. There are 2 issues to be tackled, he says -- building a student population of about 450 to 600 students and receiving government funding. Orangeville Banner

Humber awaits provincial funding for Orangeville campus Top Ten 01/13/2011 - 16:22 01/13/2011 - 16:08

Officials from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) were at Wilfrid Laurier University Wednesday to collect blood and urine samples from 65 of the 90 football players in attendance for a mandatory meeting. WLU's athletic director says none of the players either refused to be tested or acknowledged using a banned substance. Canadian Interuniversity Sport officials, with help from CCES, vowed to boost testing efforts following last year's doping scandal at the University of Waterloo, which led to the one-year suspension of the institution's football program. It could be weeks before results from the WLU test are revealed. WLU News Release | Globe and Mail

WLU football players subjected to unannounced drug test Top Ten 02/25/2011 - 14:39 01/13/2011 - 16:06

In a poll conducted for the Nova Scotia Post-Secondary Education Coalition, 83% of responding Nova Scotians support reducing tuition fees and 88% think higher education should be a high or very high priority for the provincial government. Over two-thirds of respondents believe tuition fees in the province are too high. Nearly a third reported that in the past year, they or a family member did not attend PSE because it would mean taking on too much debt. Two-thirds of respondents feel government funding should make a larger portion of university funding, and close to 60% are willing to pay higher taxes in order to improve affordability at NS universities. CFS News Release | Polling results

Majority of Nova Scotians support lowering tuition fees, poll finds Top Ten 01/13/2011 - 16:20 01/13/2011 - 16:03

On Wednesday, Blackboard Inc. announced the launch of a new student services offering with the acquisition of Presidium Inc., which provides outsourced call centres and consulting services in areas such as admissions and financial aid, and also runs IT help desks for many institutions. Blackboard paid $53 million to acquire the company, which was founded in 2003 by former Blackboard employees. Presidium's offerings will remain the same in the short term under the new name Blackboard Student Services. Blackboard News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Blackboard expands into student services with acquisition of Presidium Top Ten 01/13/2011 - 16:19 01/13/2011 - 16:01

A new study on the reasons which push Quebec francophones and allophones (individuals whose mother tongue is neither English nor French) to study at an English CÉGEP identifies 3 types of factors guiding students' choice of CÉGEP: cultural, personal, and prospective. Among cultural factors, speaking English at home, and, in the case of allophones, not having a parent originating from a Romance-language country, increases the chances of choosing an English CÉGEP. As for personal preferences, the language of instruction is a dominant factor among students who choose an English college, while program availability is more critical for those who choose a French college. The study finds the vast majority of students at English CÉGEPs intend to work in English or pursue university studies in English. The study comes amid a debate in Quebec about whether to extend the province's language laws to CÉGEPs. Centrale de syndicats du Québec News Release (in French) | Canadian Press | Report (in French)

Study examines francophones', allophones' motivations for attending English CÉGEPs Top Ten 01/13/2011 - 16:23 01/13/2011 - 15:59

Given the importance of an educated Aboriginal population, the Canadian Education Statistics Council sponsored a literature review to identify key research findings relating to the challenges facing Aboriginal people as they transition from their K-12 years to PSE. The review observes the barriers to completing PSE for Aboriginal people are widely recognized and acknowledged, but persist. This persistence reflects a combination of factors, such as deeply ingrained philosophical approaches about PSE. In taking action to improve PSE outcomes, the report states, solutions must reflect and respond to differences between and within First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations. The review says more data, research, and evaluation are needed to have a better understanding of the efficacy of various approaches being used to improve Aboriginal PSE outcomes. Read the report

Report reviews literature on Aboriginal students' transitions to PSE Top Ten 01/13/2011 - 15:56 01/13/2011 - 15:56

Sources interviewed by the Winnipeg Free Press say University College of the North denied Aboriginal president Denise Henning a second 5-year term because she was opposed to a mandatory native awareness program that promoted "white guilt", and also for her dispute with the elder-in-residence over her hiring of 2 non-Aboriginal senior administrators. Northern Manitobans worry the fledgling institution could suffer from the secrecy and mystery over the governing council's decision not to renew Henning's contract. Northwest Community College announced this week it has hired Henning as its next president. Winnipeg Free Press

UCN president reportedly pushed out over opposition to mandatory Aboriginal course Top Ten 01/13/2011 - 16:22 01/13/2011 - 15:54

Organizers of what's being billed as the world's first "free, largest and most accessible high-quality university" aim to create a vehicle by which people in developing countries who do not readily have access to medical education can become physicians. Under a pilot project now being implemented, organizers hope their proposed "Global University" will start offering an online Master's of Public Health and several certificate programs later this year or early in 2012. The certificate programs will be accredited in conjunction with partners such as the University of British Columbia, Stanford University, and the World Health Organization. Pilots will be undertaken in countries such as China, Colombia, and Kenya. CMAJ News | GlobalUni.info

New free "global university" focuses on medical education Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:25 01/12/2011 - 16:25

In the US, personalized coaching has also become a front-end enrolment strategy. The University of Dayton provides its "success coaching" service through InsideTrack, whose coaches contact accepted applicants, asking them about their goals and answering questions about what classes they plan to take and services they might need. Dayton provides intensive coaching once the semester begins, and students can continue the service for a fee in the second term. Since adopting the coaching in 2008, Dayton's first-year retention rates have improved. While officials at Chestnut Hill College, which hired InsideTrack last year, hoped the calls would persuade students to enrol, the institution's enrolment management dean says the conversations were also meant to help students determine whether the school would be a good fit. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

Trend in US colleges using "success coaching" as recruitment strategy Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:23 01/12/2011 - 16:23

The University of Saskatchewan has a new-look homepage, on which visitors can manipulate a large graphic banner, which highlights selected news releases and articles. Above the banner are drop-down menus linking to academic programs, employment opportunities, activities, campus services, and research. The bottom half of the redesigned homepage includes a list of upcoming events, a schedule for Huskies games, and recent Twitter updates. The homepage includes links to uSask's Facebook page, Twitter account, and Wikipedia entry. uSask homepage

uSask redesigns homepage Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:22 01/12/2011 - 16:22

Until recently, many universities did not pay attention to the overall "university experience," nor actively try to foster bonding, says one alumni official at the University of Manitoba. Institutions have now come to see their campus traditions as a way of standing out. "Certain traditions may influence the decision to select one university over another," says an alumni official at the University of Western Ontario. Some traditions are important rites of passage. At St. Francis Xavier University, the X-ring is presented to graduating students in a formal ceremony each year on December 3, the feast day of the institution's namesake. Traditions that do not stand the diversity test are being questioned. Back at StFX, the student union officially opposes the automatic appointment of the local bishop as the university's chancellor. University Affairs

Universities coming to see campus traditions as way of standing out Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:21 01/12/2011 - 16:21

The Saskatchewan government's 2010 Education Indicators Report says non-Aboriginal students outperformed self-declared Aboriginal students in all Grade 10 and 11 subjects displayed. Male urban Aboriginal students, for example, had average marks of 55.7% in Grade 10 English A and 54% in Mathematics 10 compared to 68.4% and 68.9% for their non-Aboriginal peers. Among female urban Aboriginal students, those grades were 62.3% and 56.8%, respectively, compared to 76.2% and 73.3% for their non-Aboriginal counterparts. In terms of graduation rates, for the most recent cohort of students who entered Grade 10 in 2007-08, 74.1% had graduated by 2009-10 and 21.6% were still enrolled in school. For Aboriginal students, the comparative figures show only 32.5% had graduated by 2009-10 while 58.1% were still enrolled in school after their typical graduation. Saskatchewan News Release | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix | Read the report

Aboriginal students in Saskatchewan trailing in grades, graduation Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:19 01/12/2011 - 16:19

According to a University of Toronto study, Latino teenagers, whose 40% dropout rate is among the highest in Toronto, say they suffer in school because of racial stereotypes -- held by both classmates and teachers -- that they are poor, lazy, and criminal. In interviews and focus groups, 60 high school students told researchers they did not have the ESL support they needed, and that Spanish-speaking supports were scarce. They listed stereotypes perpetuated by their peers and occasionally teachers, such as an assumption that all Spanish speakers are poor and Mexican. The study's recommendations include that the Toronto District School Board offer a student guide in Spanish, encourage part-time job opportunities that do not interfere with school success, and develop courses in Latin American history and culture. Globe and Mail | ParentCentral.ca

Racial stereotypes affect Latino students' school success, study finds Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:35 01/12/2011 - 16:18

In a survey conducted for the Quebec Employers Council, most provincial companies are ready to support a number of recommendations aimed at improving job training and access to the job market. Expressing their view on measures that might provide students with quicker access to the labour force, 77% of respondents feel university tuition fees should be adjusted in relation to the actual cost of courses in various disciplines. 88% agree that, should there be a substantial hike in tuition fees, increased financial assistance should be made available to those in need, and a portion of this aid would then be repaid by students in relation to their employment income. Quebec Employers Council News Release

Quebec employers prepared to tackle challenge of access to skilled labour force Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:16 01/12/2011 - 16:16

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has dropped food-related research from its targeted funding areas this year and will instead concentrate on projects relating to the environment, natural resources, informational technologies, and manufacturing. NSERC says many agricultural-related topics still fall within the 4 priorities and that "food-related research, despite not being listed as a target area, continues to be a priority for NSERC funding." The move has frustrated some researchers who say it's another sign that rich nations like Canada are putting less emphasis on food research just when it is needed most. Globe and Mail

NSERC removes food-related research from targeted funding areas Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:38 01/12/2011 - 16:15

In an interview with Radio Canada International, Mel Broitman, director of the Canadian University Application Centre, cites several factors attributed to Canada's recent success in recruiting Indian students: a greater commitment among institutions to recruit Indian students, financial motivations, government policies to ease visa and permanent residency applications, and reported attacks on Indian students in Australia. Despite this success, Canada falls behind in attracting the best and brightest from India, one reason being, Broitman suggests, that the policy driving Indians to Canada is mostly at the community college level. In order to recruit top students from India, Broitman says, Canada needs to raise its international profile. RCI

Recruiter says Canada is lagging in recruiting top Indian students Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:32 01/12/2011 - 16:14

Late last month, the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations submitted to the province's education minister its recommendations on improving student assistance. Among the recommendations ANSSA lists in its report are increasing the grant portion of the student assistance package to account for, at minimum, 50% of a student's assessed need, setting a debt cap value that ensures the province's debt cap is the lowest in Canada, increasing the cap on allowable income from scholarships and bursaries, simplifying the student loan application process, and eliminating interest on student loans. In November, the NS government initiated public consultation on how to improve student assistance. A report on the consultation is expected to be delivered to the education minister this month. Read the report

ANSSA offers recommendations for financial assistance reform Top Ten 01/12/2011 - 16:12 01/12/2011 - 16:12

In a pair of studies, US researchers found that college students valued boosts to their self-esteem more than any other pleasant activity they were asked about, including sex, favourite foods, alcohol consumption, seeing a best friend, or getting a paycheque. In one study, participants took a test which supposedly measured their intellectual ability. Afterwards, students were told if they waited another 10 minutes, they could have their test re-scored using a different scoring algorithm that usually produces higher test results. Participants who highly valued self-esteem were more likely to stay to get the new scores. "They were willing to spend their own precious time just to get a small boost in their self-esteem," says the lead researcher. Ohio State University Research News

Self-esteem boosts most pleasant activity among young people, research finds Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 16:27 01/11/2011 - 15:58

In reporting its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2011, Apollo Group said Monday that although degreed enrolment at the University of Phoenix declined 3.8% year-over-year to 438,100, average enrolment during the quarter grew slightly, resulting in a modest increase in revenue. Lower degreed enrolment at uPhoenix is in part the result of a 42.4% drop in new degreed enrolment. Apollo believes the decline is a result of adverse impact on the admissions process arising from changes in the way admissions and other employees are evaluated and compensated, the full implementation of university orientation, and continued refinement of the company's marketing approaches. Apollo Group News Release

New degreed enrolment at uPhoenix drops 42% Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 15:57 01/11/2011 - 15:57

Last Friday, the Université de Montréal launched its new future students site, whose principal mission is to facilitate the process of exploration and admission of prospective students to the institution. The website features a questionnaire through which students can discover programs based on their personal competencies and professional interests, a live chat with admissions and recruitment personnel, and links to the Facebook page and Twitter account for uMontréal's future student office. uMontréal News (in French) | Future students website (in French)

uMontréal launches new future students website Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 16:28 01/11/2011 - 15:56

Over the holiday season, Confederation College sent a mob of recruiters and students to a local shopping mall wearing bright matching shirts emblazoned with the website ComeCheckUsOut.ca. Instructed not to mention who sent them, the group distributed business cards bearing the name of the site. Those individuals who visited ComeCheckUsOut.ca were redirected to Confederation's recruitment website. Hits came in from well outside the college's catchment area. ComeCheckUsOut.ca

Confederation College takes recruitment drive to the mall Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 15:54 01/11/2011 - 15:54

York University has placed first in Canada and third worldwide in a global campus sustainability survey by the University of Indonesia. The UI Green Metric Ranking of World Universities 2010 rated participating institutions based on factors such as the percentage of green space on their campus, electricity consumption, waste and water management, and the application of eco-sustainability policies and efforts. The other Canadian universities listed in the ranking are Simon Fraser University (21), the University of Alberta (22), and Acadia University (59). Y-File | UI Green Metric Ranking of World Universities 2010

York U top Canadian institution in global survey of green campuses Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 15:50 01/11/2011 - 15:50

Yesterday the University of Calgary kicked off its campus-wide consultation process for Project Next, a strategic planning effort initiated by president Elizabeth Cannon. Over the next 2 months, all institutional stakeholders and community members will be invited to learn more about Project Next and share their views on uCalgary's future by visiting the project's website and answering a series of questions designed to spark conversation using social media. Members of the university community will also be invited to participate in a series of strategy workshops to engage in detailed discussions about the institution's future. The outcomes of Project Next are expected to be complete by July. uCalgary News | Project Next website

uCalgary launches Project Next Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 15:49 01/11/2011 - 15:49

Although Trinity Western University's new 2,000-square-metre campus in downtown Richmond, BC will not be ready to welcome students until September 2013, efforts are underway to secure temporary accommodations near the new facility. Once an "executive level teaching location" is secured, the plan is to start offering enrolment in liberal arts and other yet-to-be-determined courses, with classes kicking off in the temporary location in September 2012. TWU president Jonathan Raymond envisions growing the institution to over 6,000 students in the coming years and perhaps adding space in other nearby projects. Richmond Review

TWU to open early in temporary location in Richmond Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 15:47 01/11/2011 - 15:47

A University of Victoria professor of indigenous studies says the FBI called her after she gave a lecture at a Minnesota university about Native American land rights. After her lecture in November, a student accused her of inciting violence against white people. The professor talked about a major land issue among Dakota people in the context of reclaiming that land by any means necessary. A male student who attended the lecture complained about the comment in a letter to a local newspaper, calling the professor's position terrorism. The professor says she has never advocated violence against white settlers or advocated Dakota people taking up arms to kill other people. She says the FBI called her last week to question her. She referred the FBI agent to her attorney, who has not yet been contacted by the agency. CBC

UVic professor's lecture sparks FBI call Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 15:45 01/11/2011 - 15:45

A report presented to Dalhousie University's senate Monday says undergraduate students in Nova Scotia could be paying 21% more in tuition if the provincial government does not renew its bursary program. Students enrolled in Dal's master of science program would pay 18% more, while medical students would see their tuition rise by 9%. Currently, every full-time NS university student receives a provincial government bursary. The bursary money comes from a trust, set up several years ago with one-time funding of $65 million. That funding runs out this year. The province's education minister promised Monday to renew the program, but would not say how much funding will be available. CBC

Report warns of big tuition hikes in NS Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 16:28 01/11/2011 - 15:43

In an open letter on Judith Woodsworth's departure from Concordia University, the institution's board of governors chairman states the university aims to rank among Canada's top comprehensive institutions within the next decade and be a first-choice university for students and faculty in Canada and worldwide in defined fields. "It was in this context and following discussions with members of the Board during the month of December that Dr. Woodsworth made the decision to resign." Woodsworth has confirmed in the media that she had been pushed out by the board after some members had lost confidence in her. An aide to Quebec's education minister says the minister wants to avoid a repeat of Concordia's recent experience, hoping and expecting "the board to assume its responsibilities so this does not happen again, to try to hold onto presidents and avoid paying out severance." Letter from the board chairman | National Post | Montreal Gazette

Concordia board chair speaks out on president's departure Top Ten 01/11/2011 - 15:41 01/11/2011 - 15:41

A survey of Internet users in Canada, the US, and the UK found respondents in Canada were most likely to visit online video websites in general, with just 30% never visiting, compared to 35% in the US. Internet users in Canada also checked the websites most frequently. Online video site users in Canada were more active in forwarding a video link to others, and were more likely to have received links to video content. In another survey, 41% of Internet users in Canada said they watch more online video now than a year ago, while 7% reported watching less. Video viewing frequency was highest among young people, with nearly half watching videos online at least once a day. eMarketer

Canada tops US in online video site use Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:55 01/10/2011 - 15:55

A new international consortium has been formed to develop an open-source software platform and common data standards for tracking and mapping post-secondary institutions' global activities. The UCosmic Consortium builds on an online international-data-management system developed at the University of Cincinnati in 2006. The system has proven useful to Cincinnati by allowing departments to combine resources for graduate-student recruitment to focus on strong international feeder institutions. The consortium is open to universities, associations, foundations, government agencies, and independent IT consultants worldwide. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Consortium aims to help universities map global activities Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:53 01/10/2011 - 15:53

Under coalition plans, British students will be able to leave academic education at 14 in favour of vocational training at specialist institutions. Up to 70 technical schools teaching practical skills could be opened before the next election, according to the former Tory education secretary who is heading the plan. He says the schools are a movement designed to tackle a shortage of young people with vocational skills. Critics worry the plan would create a two-tier system, with less able students at risk of being pushed into vocational courses and students forced to make important decisions about their future at too young an age. The coalition has pledged to open technical schools in at least a dozen cities across England. The Guardian

British students could finish academic education at 14 Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:52 01/10/2011 - 15:52

Shares of for-profit institutions and training schools tumbled yesterday after Strayer Education Inc. stated new student enrolments for its winter semester dropped 20%. That's a marked change from last year, when new student enrolments jumped 16% during the winter term. If the trends of Strayer's winter semester continue throughout 2011, total student enrolment will be down 5%. Rising student loan defaults and increased government regulations have begun to weigh on for-profit institutions' enrolment rates following years of double-digit increases in enrolment. This past fall, the University of Phoenix warned that it expected new student enrolments to drop 40% during the fiscal first quarter as it revised its practices amid heavy criticism from politicians and consumer advocates. Associated Press

Shares of for-profit schools drop as Strayer Education reports enrolment decline Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:50 01/10/2011 - 15:50

Lakehead University's Orillia campus has launched a new marketing campaign to help recruit prospective students and raise awareness about the expanding campus, which opened its new academic building in September. The campaign focuses on the benefits of studying at Lakehead -- Orillia. The campaign theme, "Be yourself and more," is what students feel they can be and accomplish at the institution. The campaign includes a video highlighting students, faculty, and staff, along with Lakehead's mascot Wolfie, who gets involved in campus-wide rock-paper-scissors competition with the dean of the Orillia campus during a tour of the new academic building. Lakehead News Release | Watch the video

Lakehead Orillia campus runs new marketing campaign Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:48 01/10/2011 - 15:48

An online petition has been launched in an attempt to save Mount Allison University's Memorial Library from demolition. The Save the Memorial Library Committee set up the petition a few days ago and as of 6 pm Sunday, there were 131 signatures, with the goal of gathering 10,000. The Memorial Library was built in 1927 as a tribute to students and alumni killed during World War I. Mount Allison has plans to build a new centre for both fine and performing arts, and the plans do not include restoring or renovating the Memorial Library building. Times & Transcript

Petition launched to save historic library at Mount Allison Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:46 01/10/2011 - 15:46

Northwest Community College's board of governors announced yesterday the appointment of Dr. Denise Henning as the institution's new president and CEO, effective March 1. Henning will come to NWCC from University College of the North, where she has served as president and vice-chancellor since 2006. A Cherokee/Choctaw originating from Creek County in Oklahoma, Henning has held various senior appointments at the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada. She succeeds Stephanie Forsyth, who left NWCC in September to become president of Red River College. NWCC News Release

NWCC appoints new president Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:44 01/10/2011 - 15:44

A tree-lined street where people could meet for lunch, shop for groceries, or do some window shopping close to work or home is the inspiration behind the first phase of the University of Calgary's plan to develop its West Campus lands. The university plans to start with a town centre, which will have a Main Street theme and provide another major entrance to campus. The long-term development plan for West Campus will continue to unfold this year after the Alberta government approved the creation of an arms'-length development corporation that will manage the project as trustee of uCalgary's property. UToday

uCalgary provides update on West Campus project Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:42 01/10/2011 - 15:42

In an interview with University Affairs, Canada Foundation for Innovation president Gilles Patry, who took the helm of the foundation in August, says he sees his mission as assessing and marrying the needs of the federal government, provinces, and institutions. The former University of Ottawa president believes CFI must continue with its slightly shifted direction to acknowledge the need for operation support as well as infrastructure funding. He is asking the federal government for $750 million in the 2011 budget, to be spent over 5 years, starting in 2013. Of the total "ask," $150 million would be allocated to CFI's Infrastructure Operating Fund. Patry points to South Korea and Finland as examples of countries that offset declining business R&D investments with public investments in education and research institutions, and believes Canada should adopt the same strategy. University Affairs

New CFI president's vision for foundation Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:41 01/10/2011 - 15:41

In an interview with University World News, CAUT executive director James Turk says his association will continue to advocate for better funding of Canada's university sector. The funding, he says, has been diminishing in real government dollars for the past 15 years, with tuition fees continuing to make up for most of the lost funding. Also important is the need to demonstrate how the federal government has been overly involved in setting the research agenda. While tri-council saw significant cuts in 2009 and a slight increase in 2010, new funding has been going to specific sectors such as automotive, forestry, and business. For the CFS, the focus this year will be on growing student debt. Both Turk and the CFS worry about the kind of access high fees mean for Canada's large Aboriginal community, for whom PSE funding is capped at an annual 2% growth. University World News

The challenges Canadian PSE will face in 2011 Top Ten 01/10/2011 - 15:37 01/10/2011 - 15:37

A Harvard University researcher who examined the impact of legacy status at 30 highly selective colleges concludes that legacy applicants got a 23.3 percentage point increase in their probability of admission. If the applicants' connection was a parent who attended the institution as an undergraduate, the increase was 45.1 percentage points. The study sheds light on advantages that schools themselves may not have been fully aware of. The researcher controlled for a wider range of variables, including student character and high school activities, than had traditional analyses. In doing so, the researcher found that the other, more common method underestimates the advantage for legacies. The study's author cautions that because of the size of the applicant pools at the sample institutions, legacy admits do not greatly decrease other applicants' already-long odds of acceptance. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

US study finds legacy advantage at elite schools may count more than previously thought Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 16:15 01/07/2011 - 16:15

According to Statistics Canada's latest Labour Force Survey, following a large decline in the number of Canadians ages 15 to 24 participating in the labour market in November, youth employment grew by 26,000 in December. Compared to December 2009, youth employment increased by 1.8%, below the overall employment growth of 2.2%. 15- to 24-year-olds in Ontario made the most gains last month with a 1.5 percentage point increase in the employment rate in this age group, and Alberta recorded the highest youth employment rate, which sits at 61.6%. Statistics Canada | Labour Force Survey

Canadian youth make employment gains in December Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 16:13 01/07/2011 - 16:13

According to a recent survey by the DeVry Institute of Technology, 46% of Calgarians polled believe additional education or career training will lead to increased job security for 2011. The survey showed the majority of respondents are looking for flexible education options. According to the survey, 42% of Calgarians polled would take online courses for additional career training, while 25% would attend evening classes. DeVry Calgary News Release

Half of Calgarians considering additional education in 2011, survey finds Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 16:11 01/07/2011 - 16:11

In an article published in Friday's Globe and Mail, economist Todd Hirsh states a good role model for a better way to fund higher education may be the Alberta government's dedicated capital account. Because the money is dedicated, the province cannot pull money from the account (or at least not easily) to cover increasing program spending elsewhere. The issue is not simply more funding for PSE, Hirsh writes, it is certainty of funding. When deficits hit, governments can renege on promises to maintain funding, leaving institutions in a lurch. If provinces truly believe that higher education is key to competing in the global economy, "then properly financing it is a no-brainer," writes Hirsh, adding that a "separate, long-term postsecondary spending account would help." Globe and Mail

Economist recommends provinces consider dedicated PSE spending account Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 16:10 01/07/2011 - 16:10

The University of Waterloo's Stratford campus and Japan's Chiba University have signed an agreement for academic exchange and co-operation. Both institutions have agreed to establish liaison offices at each campus next year. uWaterloo's digital media campus is the first university in North America to set up an overseas office for Chiba University. The agreement allows both institutions to co-operate in promoting both academic research and enhancing education opportunities for doctoral students and postdocs. uWaterloo Stratford News Release

uWaterloo Stratford to set up liaison office at Japanese university Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 16:09 01/07/2011 - 16:09

The University of Windsor is collecting success stories from students, faculty, and staff in an effort to boost the institution's brand across Canada. uWindsor's public relations department will begin a campaign this term to solicit stories and suggestions that best illustrate the university's new 5-point strategic plan. Public relations staff have been distributing brochures that outline the strategic plan's principal goals and give examples of the kinds of stories that may illustrate them. The public relations department has set up a microsite through which people can submit stories. uWindsor Daily News | Windsor Star

uWindsor seeks success stories to support strategic plan Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 16:07 01/07/2011 - 16:07

The Martlet, the University of Victoria's student paper, has won The Globe Student Newspaper Challenge for its submission exploring the gender gap in university. The article reports on one theory suggesting the gap begins at primary school due to the fact the vast majority of elementary teachers are women, and the mentoring position teachers have at such a young age. While some experts suggest the solution to the gap is to bring in more male teachers, one UVic women's studies professor does not believe such action will change the gap, noting that men in elementary education will be pressured to conform to the dominant image of that field. "If we don't address the context in encouraging guys to teach in lower grades, putting guys in that situation won't change anything." Globe and Mail News Release | Globe and Mail

UVic student paper article on gender gap in university wins Globe and Mail challenge Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 16:05 01/07/2011 - 16:05

Thursday marked the official opening of Algonquin College's new Mobile Learning Centre, a computer lab that delivers a collaborative learning environment using mobile and cloud computing technology. The centre intends to help students make a seamless transition between working on or off campus by providing a dedicated space to use mobile computing devices. Algonquin College president Robert Gillett says the Mobile Learning Centre "is about meeting the needs of today's and tomorrow's learner, as the college continues to deliver on its commitment to become fully mobile by 2013." Algonquin College News Release

Algonquin College launches Mobile Learning Centre Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 16:25 01/07/2011 - 16:02

Last fall, a group of researchers at Memorial University carried out a survey of the institution's current Maritime students to provide a better understanding of the underlying reasons why individuals from the Maritime provinces are pursuing studies at MUN. The researchers surveyed 2 groups of students -- those who moved to NL to study on campus full-time and those studying via distance education from their home provinces. When asked to identify the most important influence on their decision to study at MUN, 45.8% of respondents cited total cost as their primary influence. Most students in the migrant group indicated total cost as the most influential, while the most common influence among the distance ed group was program availability. Adventures in Canadian Post-Secondary Education (Dale Kirby's blog)

MUN researchers examine factors driving Maritimers to institution Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 16:01 01/07/2011 - 16:01

In a vote late Thursday, McMaster University's food service workers rejected the institution's last contract offer and set up pickets by 6 am Friday. The union representing the employees says the offer would undermine job security, reduce sick pay and vacation entitlements, and decrease take-home pay by imposing "expensive" employee benefit contributions. McMaster warned students and staff to leave early for classes or work and to be patient in getting into the campus during the day. The university says its top priority is to ensure students living in residence and those with meal plans have access to food services. McMaster Daily News | Hamilton Spectator

McMaster food services staff go on strike Top Ten 01/07/2011 - 15:59 01/07/2011 - 15:59

In US-based CareerCast.com's ranking of 200 jobs, which is based on income, work environment, stress, and career outlook, white-collar jobs dominate the best jobs list for this year, while the worst jobs of 2011 are nearly all blue-collar work. The 10 best jobs are dental hygienist, audiologist, historian, biologist, meteorologist, computer systems analyst, statistician, actuary, mathematician, and software engineer, with salaries in US dollars ranging from $63,144 to $94,178. The 10 worst jobs are construction worker, meter reader, painter, welder, emergency medical technician, taxi driver, roofer, lumberjack, ironworker, and oil rig roustabout, with salaries ranging from $21,126 to $35,126. Canoe.ca | CareerCast.com

What are the best and worst jobs of 2011? Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 16:12 01/06/2011 - 16:12

"Dilbert set in a university" is the vision the director of new-media communications at Pennsylvania-based Juniata College became attached to when he started exploring how to share the humour of academic life with a broader audience. First conceived as a comic strip, Office Hours is a humorous video series produced with the help of Juniata students, staff, and alumni. The series -- whose sixth, and possibly final, episode goes live on Monday -- features a nerdy history lecturer keen on getting a date with a new adjunct, whose job at the fictional Juniper College is in jeopardy. No one is being paid or receiving course credit for working on the series, but its producer is hoping Juniata will offer students credit to turn Office Hours into a continuing project. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Office Hours

US college produces Web series parodying life in academia Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 15:48 01/06/2011 - 15:48

Prospective students in the UK are racing to submit their university applications ahead of the tripling of tuition fees to occur in the fall of 2012. Applications submitted before Christmas grew by 2.5% compared to the same period the year before, reaching a record high of 335,795 applications seeking places for 2011 entry. In November, applications were up 20% over the previous year, following a 5% increase in October. Thousands of young people denied admission last fall have reapplied for courses, fuelling the growth in applications. Applications to professional programs and by mature students are on the rise. The Guardian

Applications to British universities hit record levels Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 15:46 01/06/2011 - 15:46

Lambton College is inviting students within the community to participate in a contest to create an original jingle for the institution. The jingle must include the phrase "Lambton College - Make It Yours." Contestants must submit two 30-second versions, with one of them being entirely instrumental aside from the phrase during the first or last 5 seconds. The winning entry may be featured in future Lambton College TV, radio, and online marketing. The contest closes February 14. Lambton College News Release

Lambton College launches jingle contest Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 16:04 01/06/2011 - 15:44

According to a new paper from the C.D. Howe Institute, while Canada has made progress in the last 20 years in terms of reducing high school dropout rates, those rates are still "unacceptably high" for boys and certain groups characterized by poverty and cultural traditions that do not emphasize formal schooling. The male share of the dropout population in Canada continues to increase, with 5 males now dropping out for every 3 females. Some immigrant groups, rural dwellers, and Aboriginal people also show a "worrisome lack" of academic achievement compared to the national average. The paper recommends educational authorities collect and use reliable data on student performance in core subjects, and experiment aggressively in initiatives aimed at improving academic outcomes for vulnerable groups. Read the paper

Male share of high school dropout population continues to climb Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 15:42 01/06/2011 - 15:42

The Canadian Institute of Marketing (CIM) has awarded accreditation to Holland College's marketing and advertising management program, providing an additional credential to graduates and a professional endorsement of the program's quality. In addition to their 2-year diploma, students who complete the program will be granted graduate membership from the CIM, a designation that gives them a competitive edge when they enter the labour force. Holland College News Release

Holland College marketing and advertising management program receives national accreditation Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 15:41 01/06/2011 - 15:41

On Monday, University of Ontario Institute of Technology students will begin classes in the former Alger Press building, whose use UOIT acquired through a 30-year lease agreement signed last February. The facility has been renovated and refurbished to house the institution's faculty of criminology, justice, and policy studies. The use of the former Alger Press building is part of UOIT's expansion into downtown Oshawa. In November 2009, the university purchased the Regent Theatre, a prominent heritage site. Oshawa Express

UOIT set to open Alger Press building to students Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 15:40 01/06/2011 - 15:40

According to a new Statistics Canada report, by 2007, 12% of the 4,200 PhD recipients who had graduated from a Canadian university in 2005 were living in the US, with the majority of those planning to return to Canada. The factor most commonly cited for attracting doctoral graduates to the US was quality of research facilities or the commitment to research in that country. In 2007, 2 years after graduating, doctorate recipients' median income totalled $65,000. Employment outcomes of PhD graduates varied across disciplines. For example, humanities graduates showed higher rates of unemployment and part-time employment. However, those who were employed had a median income comparable to graduates from other fields of study. About 56% of graduates found work in educational services, mostly in universities. Statistics Canada | Read the report

StatsCan study examines employment outcomes of Canadian PhD graduates Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 15:37 01/06/2011 - 15:37

In a survey of nearly 3,000 Canadian PSE students, 9% of respondents reported they had already participated in a study-abroad program, while another 26% said it was likely they would pursue studies abroad in the future. While 75% of respondents deemed studying abroad as too expensive or not a wise use of funds, students were nearly uniform in indicating that the "ability to work in diverse cultural settings" was important in terms of finding work. By a margin of approximately 2.5 to one, students agreed with the statement that international students enhance the in-class experience. 4 to 1, they think hosting more foreign students enhances Canada's competitiveness and its "soft power." 20% of respondents said they would support a $2,000 tuition increase to finance a year of study-abroad programs. Read the report

Survey explores students' views on internationalization in PSE Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 15:35 01/06/2011 - 15:35

Concordia University's faculty association says president Judith Woodsworth's departure late last month "has left many of us stunned and shocked," but given the institution's recent administrative history, "we should probably not have been surprised." The association points out that within the last 5 to 6 years, 5 vice-presidents have resigned, most of whom "left with very substantial monetary packages." Within a 3-and-a-half-year period, 2 presidents have stepped down and received "enormous golden parachutes." The association says faculty are owed a meaningful explanation from the board of governors for the "abrupt and puzzling" departures of 2 presidents and one vice-president academic. "On issues of governance," the association states, "we need as faculty and librarian members to write individual and collective letters to the board of governors protesting its lack of transparency and its disrespect for, and lack of understanding of, our essential role within the university." Read the letter

Concordia faculty association responds to president's sudden departure Top Ten 01/06/2011 - 15:49 01/06/2011 - 15:33

In the latest issue of International Higher Education, a professor at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) outlines "Five Myths About Internationalization." As summarized by PSE blogger Dale Kirby, these myths include foreign students as internationalization agents, international reputation as a proxy for quality, international institutional agreements, international accreditation, and global branding. The OISE professor observes that the presence of more foreign students at an institution will not necessarily help internationalize the campus, internationalization does not always lead to improved quality or high standards, and the goals of internationalization are not synonymous with those of international marketing campaigns aimed at improving a school's global brand or rankings. Adventures in Canadian Post-Secondary Education (Dale Kirby's blog)

The myths about internationalization in higher ed Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:52 01/05/2011 - 15:52

The Australian government will conduct a review of its student visa program in order to enhance the competitiveness of the country's international education sector, which has contracted following a decline in foreign-student enrolment. The review will explore ways to better manage immigration risk in the student visa caseload and discourage breaches and misuse of the program. Australia plans to reduce visa assessment levels for Indian and Chinese applicants and refine the rules for pre-paid boarding fees so they can be included in cost of living requirements in applications. Sydney Morning Herald

Australia to review student visa program Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:50 01/05/2011 - 15:50

The University of Manitoba has created an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch with which users have instant access to the institution's news headlines, tweets, podcasts, and YouTube videos. Users can become campus reporters themselves by using the application to take pictures with their device to be sent to uManitoba's news team and shared with its Facebook community. uManitoba Newsroom app

uManitoba develops newsroom app for iPhone Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:49 01/05/2011 - 15:49

Late last month, Quebec's education minister announced the launch of a campaign to promote the academic success of boys. The province has developed a microsite featuring testimonials by young men who have decided to stay in school until they attained qualifications, as well as accounts in which those who went back to school describe the difficulties they encountered. The site includes segments intended to make boys aware of the repercussions of their decision to remain in school or drop out. Quebec News Release | Istayinschool.com

Quebec launches student retention initiative focusing on boys Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:47 01/05/2011 - 15:47

As part of its efforts to save students money, the York University Bookstore has introduced a new textbook rental program. Students wishing to rent books can go to the bookstore's textbook rental portal to search for textbooks and decide on a rental time frame, which ranges from 30 to 125 days. Students will receive the books via Canada Post and can return them to the university bookstore on or before the return date. Post-secondary institutions with textbook rental programs include the University of Toronto, Canadore College, Humber College, the University of Winnipeg, St. Clair College, and Carleton University. Y-File

York U operates textbook rental program Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:46 01/05/2011 - 15:46

Stephen Jarislowsky, founder and CEO of Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., a Montreal-based investment company, has donated $1 million to the University of Victoria to help students become better prepared to do business in East Asia. With matching funds provided by the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), the gift will endow the Jarislowsky CAPI East Asia (Japan) Chair, housed in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and CAPI. The chair holder will teach in the Master of Global Business program and help ensure that students graduate with a comprehensive knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Asia cultures, as well as give them the skills needed to work and perform effectively in these cultures. UVic News Release

$1-million gift to UVic supports global business students Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:44 01/05/2011 - 15:44

Last month, Simon Fraser University's senate approved the creation of the Institute for Environmental Learning, whose key purpose is "to develop and support research on environmental learning in communities, schools, and post-secondary institutions" across BC. The Institute Steering Committee will include representatives from SFU, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, Royal Roads University, Metro Vancouver, and the BC Ministry of Education. BC Working Group and Network on Sustainability Education

SFU senate approves new Institute for Environmental Learning Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:42 01/05/2011 - 15:42

In the wake of a fire that destroyed a crumbling heritage building in downtown Toronto Monday, Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy is calling on the city's mayor and Ontario government to "get on the job" of redeveloping the site after an investigation into the blaze is completed. Levy says Ryerson is still interested in securing the property as a "gateway site" for its fast-growing downtown campus. The university has considered the property as a potential venue for an additional entrance to the Dundas subway station for years, but failed to persuade the owners to sell the land. Globe and Mail

Ryerson still eyeing fire-struck heritage building site Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:40 01/05/2011 - 15:40

In light of the pressing need for skilled workers and growing challenges within the mining industry, this may be an opportune time for officials in Timmins to convey the community's "dire need" for an English-language university in the city, states an editorial appearing in yesterday's Timmins Daily Press. The editorial notes that Timmins is the largest urban centre in Ontario without an English university (Laurentian University affiliate Université de Hearst operates a campus in the city). Such an institution would address some of the concerns about youth retention in the region and would help stimulate economic development, the editorial argues. Timmins Daily Press

Editorial calls on Timmins to explore English-language university campus Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:39 01/05/2011 - 15:39

The federal government announced yesterday an additional $10 million in funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program. The program gives funding to small businesses, public-sector employers, and non-profit organizations to hire students over the summer months. The investment will pay for an additional 3,500 jobs across the country. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time students between the ages of 15 and 30 and intend to return to school in the next academic year. Canada News Centre | CBC

Ottawa invests another $10 million in Canada Summer Jobs program Top Ten 01/05/2011 - 15:37 01/05/2011 - 15:37

Google Inc. is holding discussions with educational-software firms to help build a marketplace for online learning programs, an industry whose value was expected to approach $5 billion at the end of 2010. Games and instructional tools for teachers from some educational-software companies are already offered in the Google Apps Marketplace, an online store that launched in March. Google hopes to lure more educational developers and is ramping up efforts to generate revenue from the project. Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Google proposes app store for education software Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:40 01/04/2011 - 15:40

A number of American post-secondary institutions are allowing prospective students to submit video essays with their application. Both Tufts University and George Mason University are in their second year of formally giving students the option to submit a video, and this year St. Mary's College of Maryland officials are encouraging students to submit an "audition tape" instead of a written essay. The growing popularity of video essays worries some admissions officials. Given that college applications are "absolutely confidential records," allowing prospects to post part of an application on an external site such as YouTube "punches a peek hole" into the process and allows the general public to judge an applicant, says the dean of admissions at The College of William & Mary. Washington Post

Trend in US institutions accepting video essays Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:39 01/04/2011 - 15:39

On Monday, Brescia University College launched its "Women of Inspiration" contest, a 7-week Facebook contest that will award 2 female students in Grades 11 or 12 an all-expenses-paid trip for 2 to London. Until February 22, high school students are encouraged to go to Brescia's Facebook page to submit their answers to the question, "Which female leader has inspired you?" The grand prizes include round-trip Via Rail transportation, hotel accommodations, admission to Brescia's March Break Open House, a day at the spa, and all meals for the winners and their guests. The winners will be announced February 28. Brescia News Release | Facebook contest

Brescia runs "Women of Inspiration" Facebook contest Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:37 01/04/2011 - 15:37

College of the North Atlantic rang in the New Year with a redesigned website, whose homepage features a rotating graphic banner promoting several college programs, the school's YouTube channel, and mobile site. The homepage includes a drop-down menu for recent news release, icons linking to the college's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts, a live-chat function, and a link to CNA's e-store. CNA website

CNA launches new website Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:35 01/04/2011 - 15:35

Last month, the Newfoundland and Labrador government announced a new initiative under its Youth Retention and Attraction Strategy to help international students who have graduated from recognized post-secondary schools in the province stay in NL. Under the International Graduate Retention Incentive Program, foreign students who have graduated from a recognized PSE institution can apply to receive a one-time payment ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, depending on the length of time spent studying in NL. Applicants must have been nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program, have become permanent residents of Canada, and be living and working in the province at least one year from the date of receiving permanent residency. NL News Release

NL launches international graduate retention incentive program Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:34 01/04/2011 - 15:34

Last month, the University of Prince Edward Island kicked off a private-sector campaign to secure the remaining $3.6 million needed to fund a new facility to house the institution's School of Nursing and Department of Family and Nutritional Sciences. At the campaign launch, UPEI announced a combined $700,000 donation from Dr. Vera Dewar and the late Eileen Fulford toward the construction of the new building. Fulford's gift amounts to over $400,000 and is part of a planned donation of more than $1 million, the largest ever received by the university from an individual donor. UPEI News Release

UPEI launches capital campaign for nursing school Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:32 01/04/2011 - 15:32

Statistics Canada reported last month that spending on research and development by the PSE sector was expected to reach $11.2 billion in 2010, representing 38% of the $29.2 billion of total R&D spending intentions anticipated in Canada for 2010. The R&D spending by the higher education sector was up 1% from 2009. The business sector was anticipated to provide $13.7 billion in R&D funds, down 2.3% from 2009. As the second largest source of R&D funding, the federal government expected to increase funding by 2.5% to $5.8 billion. Statistics Canada

R&D spending in higher ed sector tops $11 billion Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:30 01/04/2011 - 15:30

Should she become the leader of BC's Liberal party and subsequently the province's next premier, Moira Stilwell would pledge $10 million of provincial money to set up a Mountain Search and Rescue Training Institute at Okanagan College's Revelstoke campus. Stilwell says the facility "would provide opportunities for local people who are interested in participating in the tourism and backcountry industry." Stilwell foresees the college awarding a range of credentials, such as avalanche planner and mountain guide. Her PSE platform includes lowering student-loan interest rates. Vancouver Province

BC premier hopeful pledges $10 million for rescue training centre at Okanagan College Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:29 01/04/2011 - 15:29

The Sooke School District, which serves communities near Victoria, is looking at including a Camosun College satellite campus in the plans for a projected new secondary school. The school district's superintendent says a satellite campus or whatever presence the college might have could also be located near the school, as long as it is accessible to students. Before that happens, the school district has joined Camosun in boosting its offerings in arts and science courses, with 5 available to high school students at the WestShore Centre of Learning and Training this semester. Victoria Times-Colonist

School district interested in Camosun satellite campus Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:27 01/04/2011 - 15:27

At a town hall session with University of Guelph employees last month, university president Alastair Summerlee noted that without the Ontario government's offer of temporary pension solvency relief to provincial universities, the institution's operations "would be seriously impaired." Ultimately, Summerlee stated, "we must restructure our pension plans." Without the relief, UoGuelph must increase current yearly payments of $22 million to $97 million. With the relief, the payments would drop to $40 million. If restructuring entails major changes requiring a new plan, the old one will have to be wound up, saddling it with debt, noted the vice-president of the university's faculty association. Guelph Mercury

Without pension relief, UoGuelph operations "would be seriously impaired" Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 15:25 01/04/2011 - 15:25

Alberta's advanced education minister is looking to cut textbook costs in half by establishing a province-wide online book depository this year. The minister says the e-books would likely include textbooks written in Alberta, as well as common first-year textbooks used in multiple institutions. Setting up a cost-effective book depository using currently available textbooks will not be easy, says the director of the University of Alberta's bookstore, who would like to see a better way for local professors to publish and share their own textbooks. An Athabasca University official says the plan could help PSE institutions deal with the current copyright dispute. Edmonton Journal

Alberta advanced education minister considers online textbook depository Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 16:03 01/03/2011 - 16:03

University of Western Ontario affiliate Huron University College announced last month the appointment of Dr. Stephen McClatchie as the institution's next principal, effective July 1. McClatchie will come to Huron from Mount Allison University, where he is currently the provost and vice-president, academic and research. A native Londoner and graduate of UWO, McClatchie has held senior administrative positions at the University of Regina. McClatchie succeeds Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, who left Huron in September to serve as president of Mount Saint Vincent University. Huron News

Huron appoints new principal Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 16:01 01/03/2011 - 16:01

The University of Calgary's board of governors has approved the transfer of 36 hectares of land to a trust that would oversee rental income of the institution's west campus development. The plan could earn the university between $50 million and $100 million for endowments over the next 25 years. A uCalgary official says development proposals will have to adhere to the general mandate of the institution, as well as support its academic and research pursuits. Calgary Herald

uCalgary approves land development Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 15:59 01/03/2011 - 15:59

Confederation College announced late last month that its existing 6 regional campuses will increase by 2 more with the addition of Wawa and Red Lake. A new regional campus will open in both communities following extensive consultation and dialogue with respective local municipalities. Starting in February, the Red Lake and Wawa campuses will offer programs in office administration, construction techniques, and mining techniques. Confederation College News

Confederation College adds more campuses to its network Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 15:58 01/03/2011 - 15:58

A complaint about perceived drug company involvement in a pain management course for University of Toronto medical students has prompted the institution to revise its curriculum. The complaint focused on students being provided a book on managing chronic pain that was funded and copyrighted by the maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller. An unpaid guest lecturer with ties to the drug firm brought the book to uToronto's Centre for the Study of Pain, which ran the pain class. The head of an informal inquiry into the complaint found no wrongdoing or actual conflict of interest, but her report states "time is of the essence" in revising the course's curriculum. Canadian Press

uToronto revises medical course over concerns about drug company influence Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 15:57 01/03/2011 - 15:57

When McGill University announced plans last spring to self-fund its MBA program by increasing tuition to $29,500 a year, Quebec's education minister at the time threatened to cut funding to McGill if it went ahead with the tuition increase. While the new education minister is still evaluating the province's next steps regarding McGill now that the university has introduced the fee hike, some new MBA students say they have already been penalized for McGill's actions. A first-year student who had applied to McGill before the changes had been promised nearly $9,000 a year in provincial student aid, but was later informed that because he enrolled in privately funded program, his loan had been reduced to $7,600. McGill plans to hike MBA fees a further $3,000 for the next cohort. Globe and Mail

McGill MBA students feel penalized by privatized tuition fight Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 15:55 01/03/2011 - 15:55

A University of Alberta mathematics professor is considering legal action to reinstate his students' grades after his department lowered them without his support this past spring. After e-mailing his students to inform them about what happened and encourage them to appeal their grades, the professor was told he was being relieved of his teaching duties. In a letter explaining the decision, the math department's chair says the e-mails the professor sent to students "disparage administration" and contain "unfounded and inappropriate" allegations. The professor has turned down a deal in exchange for his resignation and is seeking phased pre-retirement. He is consulting with uAlberta's faculty association on how best to proceed. Maclean's OnCampus

uAlberta prof asked to resign over marks dispute Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 15:53 01/03/2011 - 15:53

A veterinarian who had been employed at the University of Prince Edward Island's vet college is suing the university for $250,000, claiming he was not allowed to work there on the basis of his age. In a statement of claim, the veterinarian says he was denied a 6-month leave of absence in October 2009 and was forced to retire in December 2009. He applied for 2 positions at the vet college last year, but both were offered to younger applicants. The vet claims UPEI's conduct was related to his age. He is seeking 13 months pay and punitive damages. Last February, UPEI lost its fight at the PEI Human Rights Commission against faculty and staff who had been forced to retire. CBC

Former UPEI employee sues university over forced retirement Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 15:52 01/03/2011 - 15:52

McMaster University announced late last month that DeGroote School of Business dean Paul Bates intends to move from his position into a new role at the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington out of a desire to facilitate a resolution of difficulties within the school. A report on the conflict in the business school identified a culture of "bullying, harassment, mean-spirited sarcasm, intimidation and disrespect" that preceded Bates' appointment as dean and grew during his 6-and-a-half years in the position. McMaster president Patrick Dean says an interim dean should be in place by early March, but a search for a permanent replacement will not occur until significant changes have been made at the business school. McMaster Daily News | Globe and Mail | Hamilton Spectator | Read the full report

McMaster business dean resigns over conflict at school Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 15:50 01/03/2011 - 15:50

On December 22, Concordia University's board of governors announced that president Judith Woodsworth would be stepping down immediately for "personal reasons." In a statement, the board's chair says "Concordia has thrived under (Woodsworth's) direction, with significant progress and an enhanced reputation on the local, provincial, national and international scenes." The chair says Concordia would welcome Woodsworth back if she wished to rejoin the faculty. Apparently, sources interviewed by the Montreal Gazette and the CBC say Woodsworth had been let go. Concordia's previous president, Claude Lajeunesse, stepped down in September 2007 after 2 years in the position. Concordia News | Montreal Gazette | CBC

Concordia president leaves university Top Ten 01/03/2011 - 15:46 01/03/2011 - 15:46

At a meeting Tuesday, the City of Welland established a town-and-gown committee tasked with helping to eliminate the problems people living near Niagara College have faced over the past few years. The committee will bring together residents in wards 1 and 4, students, college administration, Niagara Regional Police, and bylaw enforcement staff. With their input, one city councillor says the municipality can then successfully develop policies that will address parking, housing, and other issues around the college. Some councillors say the committee should have landlord representation. Welland Tribune

Welland launches town-and-gown committee Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 15:49 12/16/2010 - 15:49

Northern College is now eligible to apply for federal research grants through NSERC's College and Community Innovation and Idea to Innovation programs. The institution has identified a number of areas of expertise in which it can pursue applied research funding, including water resources, cold weather construction methods and materials, and mining. "Northern College's strengths in technology, health and veterinary sciences open the door to numerous applied research opportunities that will assist northern industry to meet challenges and explore innovative solutions," says president Fred Gibbons. Northern College News Release

Northern College eligible for NSERC funding Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 16:01 12/16/2010 - 15:48

Alberta-based Olds College announced yesterday the creation of the Canadian Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship (CIRE). Initially, work within the CIRE will focus on emerging new sectors in the rural economy such as farm-fresh food sales, the production of high value food products and ingredients, and rural manufacturing enterprises. Located on 5 acres of college land, the multimillion-dollar institute will be part of an upscale hotel, restaurant, and conference centre built in close proximity to existing research and production facilities. The new venues will contain specialized learning environments designed to support the work of the institute. Olds College News

Olds College launches Canadian Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 15:47 12/16/2010 - 15:47

According to Statistics Canada, in 2008, women with less than a Grade 9 education earned on average $20,800, compared with earnings of $62,800 for women with a university degree. In contrast, men with less than a Grade 9 education made $40,400 on average, compared with $91,800 earned by those with a university degree. While the earnings gap narrowed for those with higher levels of education, women working full year full time with a university degree made about 30% less than men with a university degree. Statistics Canada

StatsCan reports 30% earnings gap between university-educated men and women Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 15:45 12/16/2010 - 15:45

A new Academica Group study, commissioned by HEQCO, observes that the PSE pathways chosen by under-represented applicants -- Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, students whose parents did not complete PSE, and students who delayed their entry into PSE after high school -- are more influenced by work and family issues. Applicants who declined a PSE offer were influenced by financial concerns, including higher-than-expected costs and insufficient financial aid. Students with disabilities were more prone to dropping out before program completion and were much less likely than other "early leavers" to feel supported in their non-academic responsibilities. Under-represented graduates were more likely to access student services and financial aid, much less likely than other graduates to receive financial support from their family, and more likely to borrow from private sources to fund their education. Research summary | HEQCO report

Academica research explores influencers of PSE pathways of under-represented students Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 16:25 12/16/2010 - 15:44

New figures from the University of Alberta show nearly 4,500 international students enrolled in full- or part-time programs at the institution in fall 2010, up from approximately 3,920 the year before. Foreign students now make up 11.7% of the overall student population, up from 6.9% four years ago. While uAlberta continues a steady climb of international numbers, the most significant year-over-year gain in 2010 was the number of new foreign undergraduate students. Nearly 530 new international undergraduate students enrolled this fall, compared to 407 the year before -- an increase of 30%. uAlberta News Release

International-student enrolment boom at uAlberta Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 15:50 12/16/2010 - 15:42

At a Stratford city council meeting Monday, it was revealed through a proposed variance to the sign bylaw for 206 Ontario Street that the University of Western Ontario's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry is interested in locating an office in Stratford. The school's dean has been in the town recently looking at expansion in Stratford. The city's mayor confirms there has been "preliminary" discussion from the Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network, which is part of the school, about locating an office in Stratford. If the Ontario Street location was selected, it would be an office, not a campus with programming, opening in the location. Stratford Gazette

UWO med school considers office in Stratford Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 15:58 12/16/2010 - 15:40

According to a financial update, Queen's University is projecting a $4.6-million shortfall, slightly larger than the $3.8-million shortfall originally forecast for this year. The primary cause of the increase in the projected deficit is the continued impact of lower-than-expected returns on investments, stemming from the 2008 economic downturn. While Queen's notes there has been some recovery in the market, it has been sluggish and sporadic. The university has also faced a few unexpected challenges in the revenue column. A detailed look at projections shows a shortfall in grant-eligible graduate enrolments. That decrease has been somewhat offset by $400,000 in accessibility funding from the Ontario government, but the result is still a $300,000 shortfall in revenue from provincial government grants. Queen's Financial Update

Queen's projects $4.6-million shortfall Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 15:39 12/16/2010 - 15:39

The University of the Fraser Valley received a $10-million boost from the BC government yesterday for the expansion and renovation of the Canada Education Park campus in Chilliwack. The $40-million project, slated for completion by next fall, includes the construction of a multi-purpose building, a new Aboriginal gathering place, and renovations to the existing engineering building that was originally part of the Chilliwack Canadian Forces Base. The 14,000-square-metre multi-purpose building will include wet and dry laboratories, classrooms, and study space. The facility will house health science programs, the teacher education program, and expanded Aboriginal access services and programs. BC News Release | Chilliwack Times

$10 million for UFV Chilliwack campus expansion Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 15:54 12/16/2010 - 15:36

Lansbridge University is suing the New Brunswick government for damages over the loss of its provincial accreditation. The private online institution has already given notice of motion that it wants the provincial order to have its accreditation revoked quashed on the grounds Lansbridge U was not given a chance to properly defend itself. A party cannot sue for damages in the same procedure in which it seeks to have a ministerial order dismissed. Daily Gleaner

Lansbridge U sues NB government for damages over accreditation loss Top Ten 12/16/2010 - 15:33 12/16/2010 - 15:33

LikeaLittle.com is an online "flirting-facilitator platform" taking Canadian campuses by storm. Over a dozen university and colleges across the country have been added to the website in a matter of weeks, with some institutions attracting nearly 2,000 student users within 24 hours of launch. Unlike "missed connection" sections in newspapers or on Craigslist, the site operates in real-time. A founding member of the LikeALittle site at the University of Western Ontario says the concept is ideally suited to those who would otherwise be too shy to engage a stranger on campus. Not everyone, however, is looking for love. The founder of the site's branch at Queen's University says part of the appeal is simply to be "wasting time with your entire school." Earlier this year, a British student who created a student-flirting website was fined by his institution for putting it into disrepute. Postmedia News | LikeaLittle.com

Online flirting site gaining popularity on Canadian campuses Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 16:21 12/15/2010 - 16:21

Tighter visa rules, attacks on Indian students, a high dollar, and closures of shady colleges have reversed Australia's fortunes as an exporter of education. Central Queensland University, where nearly half of students are full-fee payers from overseas, expects a 25% drop in international-student enrolment in 2011, which would shave off about $20 million from its budget next year. At the University of Ballarat, where 55% of its international students come from India, foreign-student enrolment dropped from 32% to 22% this year. These 2 institutions are among universities that will compensate for the decline in foreign students by increasing domestic enrolments, along with diversifying income streams and restructuring. The Australian

Drop in foreign enrolment draining Australia universities' funds Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 16:20 12/15/2010 - 16:20

Attracting the best international students to Canada is "an ever more pressing necessity," writes University of Toronto professor Clifford Orwin in a column appearing in yesterday's Globe and Mail. He says many outstanding Canadians will go wherever they expect to find a global elite of the best foreign students. "The very last thing they want is a sheltered workshop for Canadians." The Ontario government, Orwin notes, pays universities a subsidy for every Canadian doctoral student but none for an international one. In difficult times, it becomes less feasible for universities to carry foreign students, and so they cut admissions of international students. "Soon the best foreign students won't bother to apply -- and neither will the best Canadian ones." Globe and Mail

Recruiting best international students needed to keep best Canadian students Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 16:19 12/15/2010 - 16:19

College has been approved to receive funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Earlier this year, the college was made eligible to receive funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. "Adding SSHRC to our existing NSERC only strengthens our prospects for applied research," says Lethbridge College president Tracy Edwards. "It provides researchers within the college the opportunity to partner with a vast number of community-based businesses and to strengthen those relationships with existing collaborators." Lethbridge College News

Lethbridge College eligible for SSHRC funding Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 16:18 12/15/2010 - 16:18

The Saskatchewan government has made changes to The Electrical Licensing Exemption Regulations to allow employers to hire additional employees to meet the needs of the labour market. The amended regulation changes the required ratio of journeypersons to apprentices in the electrical trade to be one journeyperson to 2 apprentices. In the past, the ratios in most trades had been one apprenticeship to one journeyperson. The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission expects that apprentice numbers will grow over time as a result of this amendment. Saskatchewan News Release

Apprenticeship ratio amendment in Saskatchewan to allow more electrical trade apprentices Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 16:16 12/15/2010 - 16:16

Funds have been tentatively set aside for Alberta's long-shelved police college, the province's solicitor general said Tuesday as he unveiled a new provincial law enforcement framework. While the solicitor general said he cannot predict what the response will be from the treasury board, he does have more detailed plans for the Fort Macleod facility that would eventually train 1,400 recruits annually. The project was announced in 2006, but has now been stalled for nearly 4 years because of financial constraint. QMI Agency

Alberta police college still in the works Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 16:13 12/15/2010 - 15:55

In January, Canadore College expects to welcome 190 new first-year students in its programs for the winter semester. This growth represents a 36% increase in enrolment in addition to the upward trend in registrations Canadore experienced for its fall 2010 semester. For the fall term, colleges across Ontario have reported a 5.9% increase in enrolment. Canadore News Release

Enrolment to rise at Canadore Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 15:52 12/15/2010 - 15:52

Firefighters put out a blaze on the roof of the University of British Columbia's Henry Angus Building Tuesday morning. The fire broke out just before 10 am when a worker, using an acetylene torch to cut through a steel vault on the roof, accidentally lit some wood inside the vault. The damage was contained to the facility's roof and penthouse. Occupants were allowed back into the building by 11:30 am. At the time of the blaze, UBC had switched off the building's fire alarms due to the welding work being done on the roof. The fire was spotted through manual building monitoring. York University's Keele campus reopened yesterday following a fire Monday, which cut power to most of the campus. Vancouver Province | CBC

Fire strikes UBC building Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 16:12 12/15/2010 - 15:49

John Bergholz, the University of Windsor's chief fundraiser, has quit his post on the eve of campaign to raise $26.5 million for the institution's engineering complex. $300,000 has been raised thus far for the complex. School officials say a full-blown campaign will be launched in the new year. While some sources at uWindsor complain that effort has struggled under Bergholz, others say his innovative attempts to raise funds were frequently curbed by senior administration. "We were all blindsided by the resignation," one source told the Windsor Star. "It was a real shock." A statement on uWindsor's website cited "family reasons" for Bergholz's departure. Windsor Star

uWindsor fundraiser resigns for personal reasons Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 16:12 12/15/2010 - 15:47

A BC-based immigration consultant faces criminal charges in connection with a scheme to get temporary student visas for non-students hoping to immigrate to Canada. Gungyon Mo, also known as Jason Mo, is charged with forging transcripts from Winston College, a Burnaby-based PSE institution where approximately 40% of students come from outside of Canada. Mo also allegedly told 7 people to give immigration officials false transcripts from Winston College to support their temporary residency applications. The college's managing director says she was shocked by the allegations, which occurred between 1999 and 2009. "It's so unfair," she says. "We've been working hard to build up the reputation, and someone out there (allegedly) has been using our school to make money." Vancouver Sun

Immigration consultant charged with student visa fraud Top Ten 12/15/2010 - 15:45 12/15/2010 - 15:45

In 2011, 4 out of 5 US companies with at least 100 employees will take part in social media marketing, eMarketer estimates. That's up from 42% in 2008, and the number of marketers using social media will continue to rise through 2012, as eMarketer estimates 88% of businesses with 100 employees or more will use social media marketing. A global survey of marketers found that social media ranked third among areas on which marketers planned to focus the online marketing budget in 2011, following search/keywords and their own website. eMarketer

More marketers embracing social media Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 16:11 12/14/2010 - 16:11

The United Steelworkers of Canada has been certified to represent staff at Queen's University. The results of ballots cast in a vote last spring are 487 to 417 (53.8%) in favour of unionization. The ballots had been sealed since the March vote because Queen's and the union needed to agree on the description of the bargaining unit. The bargaining unit will encompass more than 1,200 university employees. Queen's News Centre

Queen's staff join United Steelworkers Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 16:09 12/14/2010 - 16:09

Last Friday, Acadia University and the Harrison McCain Foundation announced a 5-year, $1-million program to enhance faculty excellence in research, instruction, and community engagement. Starting next year, Harrison McCain Young Scholars Awards of $100,000 will be given annually to support 5 to 7 talented faculty members who show individual promise in one or more areas of faculty development, teaching, research, or community service. The Foundation is also providing $70,000 a year for the Harrison McCain Visiting Professorships to support both emerging and well-established scholars who wish to visit Acadia. $30,000 will be provided annually to fund 2 Harrison McCain Visitorships to support faculty who identify short-term professional development and collaborative opportunities at other institutions. Acadia News Release

$1-million donation to Acadia supports emerging scholars Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 16:07 12/14/2010 - 16:07

The University of Western Ontario approved last Friday the Cecil and Linda Rorabeck Chair in Molecular Neuroscience and Vascular Biology, made possible through a $1-million donation from Cecil and Linda Rorabeck and a $500,000 bequest from Myra Millson. UWO will match the funding to create a $3-million endowment to fund the chair, effective July 1, 2011. The chair position will be located in UWO's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the holder will be an appointed scientist at the new Centre for Molecular Neuroscience and Vascular Biology at Robarts Research Institute. Western News

Donation, bequest help fund new research chair at UWO Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 16:06 12/14/2010 - 16:06

In the latest edition of Education Matters, Statistics Canada reports that in 2007, 18,341 persons obtained a certificate of qualification as trade qualifiers in a skilled trade in Canada (a trade qualifier is someone who has not completed an apprenticeship program but has acquired enough practical work experience to write the exam to get the certificate). 94% of those persons had never taken an apprenticeship program before obtaining a certificate, while 2% had completed an apprenticeship program in another trade and 4% had discontinued their training. 3 out of 10 skilled trade workers obtained a certificate of qualification as a trade qualifier in 2 major trade groups: construction craft workers (16.2%) and electricians (14%). Women accounted for 5% of trade qualifiers. They accounted for 84% of trade qualifiers in the hairstylist/aesthetician trades, and 27% of persons who obtained a certificate of qualification in food services. Statistics Canada

StatsCan article draws profile of trade qualifiers Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 16:04 12/14/2010 - 16:04

New research briefs released Monday by the MESA Project show that female college students have greater retention rates that their male peers. The research observes females make PSE decisions earlier than males, enter PSE with higher overall grades, but are less likely to have savings for education. Researchers found that students from urban communities with populations greater than 100,000 are less likely than others to drop out of PSE, while students from medium-sized communities, whose populations are between 10,000 and 100,000, are more likely to leave. Rural students fall somewhere in between these groups in terms of drop-out rates. Urban students are most likely than others to live at home with the parents during their first year of PSE and spend the most time commuting to and from school. The research shows that Aboriginal students are more likely than others to leave PSE, despite having overwhelmingly positive attitudes toward their studies. uOttawa News Release | Read the research briefs

New research briefs contrast PSE experiences by demographics Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 16:02 12/14/2010 - 16:02

Delta Kappa Epsilon's international headquarters in the US announced last week its chapter at the University of Alberta will be "provisionally suspended" for 3 years. The decision follows an internal investigation into allegations of abuse at the chapter, where fraternity members were publicly accused of yelling at pledges, telling them to eat their vomit, and confining them in a plywood box. uAlberta has stripped the fraternity of its student-group privileges and launched its own investigation. Edmonton Journal

Frat headquarters puts uAlberta chapter under provisional suspension Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 16:00 12/14/2010 - 16:00

Yesterday New Brunswick's finance minister released a trimmed down $592.9-million capital budget, down from the $940.4 million spent by the previous Liberal government in 2010-11. The province is earmarking $19.4 million for the community college network to complete major projects underway and continue routine maintenance. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission will receive $7.5 million to fund deferred maintenance costs for universities, half of the $15 million allocated in last year's capital budget. NB News Release | CBC

NB allocates $27 million for PSE institutions in capital budget Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 15:58 12/14/2010 - 15:58

York University's Keele campus is set to reopen today after a fire in its central utilities building Monday cut off the institution's heat. The blaze, caused by a cut to a diesel gas line, damaged steam boilers and generators used to heat most campus buildings. Exams scheduled for yesterday were postponed until further notice, while today's exam schedule will continue as planned. Students living in residence who were relocated to hotels Monday night were brought back to campus by shuttle bus yesterday. Toronto Star | Globe and Mail | CBC

York U campus to reopen today after fire Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 15:56 12/14/2010 - 15:56

Lansbridge University Corp. has filed an action in court against the New Brunswick government, the province's PSE minister, and lieutenant-governor in an attempt to overturn the province's decision to revoke the private online institution's accreditation. Lansbridge U is seeking to stay temporarily the order-in-council issued by cabinet in August revoking the institution's license. If the motion were granted, the original order-in-council giving Lansbridge U accreditation would go back into effect. Daily Gleaner

Lansbridge U takes NB to court over accreditation loss Top Ten 12/14/2010 - 15:54 12/14/2010 - 15:54

3 months after Harrisburg University of Science and Technology blocked the use of social media on the campus network for 5 days, a post-mortem by the institution says that many students and professors who initially disapproved of the experiment seemed to moderate their opinions once their connections had been restored. According to surveys and focus groups, many students said that during the social-media blackout they found lectures more interesting, enjoyed greater health and concentration, and devoted more time to their homework. 44% of students and 76% of professors surveyed reported that the experiment had taught them something, such as the strengths and weaknesses of Facebook and the value of face-to-face communications. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

How Harrisburg U students, faculty fared during social-media blackout Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 16:10 12/13/2010 - 16:10

In order to reach prospective students and employees, some College of the North Atlantic departments partnered to mobilize a multimedia team of 3 recent graduates, who were selected because they are familiar with the institution and know more about what their peers what to see and hear, and therefore are more capable of reaching that market. The graduates spent 12 months visiting all 17 CNA campuses, interviewing students, staff, and faculty about life at the campus, life in the community, and about the college in general. The team compiled 113 videos, which will be added to CNA's YouTube channel and video library. The graduates also produced six 30-second commercials, several of which will be shown on cable TV throughout Newfoundland and Labrador during the next year. CNA News Release

CNA graduates help develop new marketing initiative for college Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 16:08 12/13/2010 - 16:08

The Ontario government is providing $3.37 million to the University of Western Ontario's medical school to provide more hands-on training for med students at simulation centres, through mock patient visits, and in community health centres. The school will invest in additional resources and training to improve faculty teaching skills and recruit more community-based instructors. UWO's med school is one of 5 in southern Ontario to receive provincial support. Ontario News Release

Ontario invests in medical training at UWO Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 16:22 12/13/2010 - 16:06

The federal government is providing more than $4 million in funding to the BC government to enable the province to develop a fair and timely process for recognizing foreign credentials so that skilled newcomers can find work in their fields. Internationally trained professionals will benefit from bridge-to-work and mentorship programs in various occupations. The BC government will also launch its own version of the Working in Canada online tool, with which newcomers can access current labour market information before and after arriving in Canada. BC News Release

Ottawa supports improvement of foreign credential recognition in BC Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 16:05 12/13/2010 - 16:05

An analysis of age composition of college and university students and graduates, appearing in the December 2010 issue of Statistics Canada's Education Matters, notes that today there is no longer a marked distinction between colleges and universities in terms of age of students. In 1992, 57% of university students were between the ages of 17 and 24, a share that increased to 65% in 2007. Similarly, in colleges, 69% of students were aged 17 to 24 in 2006. No real differences were observed between male and female college and university students in terms of median age. However, the age distribution of college women showed a wider range than that of their male peers. In 2006, 21.6% of female college students were over the age of 30, compared to 16% of males. Statistics Canada

StatsCan article explores age composition of PSE students Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 16:04 12/13/2010 - 16:04

A recent study conducted by a pair of York University researchers proposes a new method to measure student retention at post-secondary institutions. The study is based on a pilot project at York U where researchers undertook a prospective analysis of retention risks rather than a retrospective analysis of retention rates. The researchers say their approach could be applied to students at the start of their PSE career, and produce an accurate estimate of the actual dropout risk posed by each individual student. They propose using historical data at individual schools to develop a more specialized or tailored estimate of the probability of a student dropping out at some point in the future. The researchers suggest using interviews and focus groups to further inform institutional understanding of who drops out of PSE programs and why. Research summary | Read the report

York U researchers propose new method for measuring student retention Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 16:02 12/13/2010 - 16:02

Mohawk College president Rob MacIsaac and Brantford Mayor Chris Friel say they want to discuss keeping the college's campus in the city. While Mohawk is still committed to retaining the downtown Odeon campus, MacIsaac makes it clear that the institution's future is either downtown or outside Brantford. In September, Brantford's former mayor and last city council rejected a $10-million proposal from MacIsaac that would see the college move from Elgin Street to the former Expositor building downtown. MacIsaac says a major obstacle in trying to put together a deal is the lack of funding from senior levels of government. Friel says the city will look at the last proposal, but only to see why it did not work. Brantford Expositor

Mohawk College, Brantford plan to discuss options for local campus Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 16:00 12/13/2010 - 16:00

After fears of layoffs, officials at the University of Calgary say improved investment performance, lower utility bills, and higher student retention rates will likely put the institution's books in the black for this fiscal year. uCalgary is forecasting a 1% surplus for the current fiscal year, which ends in March. Previously, the school expected the shortfall for 2010-11 to reach $21 million due in part to an ongoing pension fund liability and the cost of a massive administrative review. Those pension funds are now being handled with the help of the Alberta government, while the review will start saving uCalgary $10 million annually. The university's vice-president of finances and services says the province is holding the institution to a 0% increase in its grants, which is contributing to projected shortfalls of up to $45 million in 2014. Calgary Herald

Budget difficulties easing at uCalgary Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 15:56 12/13/2010 - 15:56

Edmonton couple Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart announced yesterday they are giving their family home, "Soaring," its surrounding grounds along the North Saskatchewan River, and many of the home's contents to the University of Alberta. A local radio station reports the house and land is valued at around $23 million. The Mactaggarts' gifts to and support for the institution date back several decades. Their giving to uAlberta -- along with the resulting matching funds their donations have generated from the Alberta government -- totals $100 million. Last week, an Alberta couple announced the donation of their 12,300-acre ranch to uAlberta, the largest gift of land to a Canadian university. uAlberta ExpressNews | iNews 880

Couple donate home, land to uAlberta Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 15:55 12/13/2010 - 15:55

Canadian diplomats say they expect to issue student visas to up to 14,000 Indian students this year and perhaps over 20,000 visas in 2011, up from 3,152 issued in 2008. The increase comes as Canadian institutions strengthen ties in India, which is among the most promising markets for foreign students and PSE in the world. An overhaul of Canada's student visa program has played a significant role in the turnabout. Under the Student Partners Program, participating Canadian colleges work more closely with the Canadian mission in New Delhi to understand which students will likely be approved for visas. Canada is also making inroads in India with the help of a public relations disaster for educators in Australia, where racial attacks on Indian students have made headlines in the past 2 years. Toronto Star

Visa changes, violence in Australia driving more Indian students to Canada Top Ten 12/13/2010 - 15:53 12/13/2010 - 15:53

According to a new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, 8% of the American adults who use the Internet are Twitter users. Internet users between the ages of 18 and 29 are significantly more likely to use the microblogging service than older adults, the study found. Minority Internet users are more than twice as likely to use Twitter as are white Internet users, and urban residents are roughly twice as likely to use Twitter as their rural peers. The report observes that women and the college-educated are also slightly more likely than average to use Twitter. According to numbers crunched for The Chronicle of Higher Education, 18% of college students who go online use Twitter. Results from our 2010 University and College Applicant Study show that 3.5% of Canadian university and college applicants use Twitter. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the report

8% of Internet users in US use Twitter Top Ten 12/10/2010 - 15:23 12/10/2010 - 15:23

The London School of Business and Finance's Global MBA program is billed as "the world's first internationally recognized MBA to be delivered through a Facebook application." Facebook is providing the school with a pool of global students eager to click away for their MBA. Students can initially download the Facebook application to watch videos, read lecture notes and case studies, and take part in Wall discussions about a selected topic for free. If users want to work toward a formal MBA credential, tuition fees kick in. A full Global MBA program costs $23,000. Toronto Star | LSBF Global MBA Facebook application

UK business school offering MBA program on Facebook Top Ten 12/10/2010 - 15:19 12/10/2010 - 15:19

In a move that drew new rounds of student protests, British lawmakers approved last Thursday a bill to allow English universities to increase undergraduate tuition to as much as £9,000 a year from the current rate of £3,290. The increase, to take effect for the academic year beginning in fall 2012, will transform many English universities into the most expensive PSE institutions in the world. The £9,000 rate is a cap the government described as an "absolute limit," intended only to be charged by a small number of institutions, with most universities expected to set their tuition closer to a "basic threshold" of £6,000. But according to a new report, most institutions will have to charge an average tuition of nearly £7,000 to maintain current revenue levels in the face of government cuts. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

British lawmakers approve sharp increase in university tuition fees Top Ten 05/04/2012 - 12:29 12/10/2010 - 15:17

In a report released last Thursday, the US Department of Education found that Virginia Tech broke the law when it waited 2 hours before warning the campus that a gunman was on the loose, too late to save 32 students and faculty who went to class and were killed in the April 2007 shooting spree. The report rejects Virginia Tech's defence of its conduct and confirmed the institution violated the Clery Act, which required that students and employees be notified of on-campus threats. Virginia Tech could lose some or all of the $98 million in student financial aid it receives from the US government, and could be fined up to $55,000 for 2 violations -- failing to issue a timely warning and not following its own emergency notification policy. Associated Press

Postscript: Apr 3, 2012

An administrative judge has overturned a $55,000 fine the US Education Department imposed on Virginia Tech for failing to issue a timely warning on the day of the campus shooting in April 2007. The judge's decision says the 2-hour period before an alert went out ""was not an unreasonable amount of time in which to issue a warning...If the later shootings at Norris Hall had not occurred, it is doubtful that the timing of the e-mail would have been perceived as too late." Virginia Tech officials say they are "satisfied" with the judge's ruling, but that "there is no glee" given the events in 2007. Inside Higher Ed

Virginia Tech violated law in 2007 shooting response Top Ten 04/02/2012 - 16:06 12/10/2010 - 15:16

George Brown College, McGill University, and Simon Fraser University are among the 2011 winners of Canada's top 25 family-friendly employers. One reason George Brown College was selected is that all employees begin with 3 weeks' paid vacation and 5 days off during the Christmas holidays. McGill was chosen for its 12-month paid salary leave program and phased-in retirement program. SFU was selected for offering parental leave top-up to 100% of salary for 37 weeks for new biological and adoptive parents. Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers 2011

George Brown, McGill, SFU among Canada's most family-friendly employers Top Ten 12/10/2010 - 15:14 12/10/2010 - 15:14

Algonquin College announced Friday it will be the home of Ottawa's first Confucius Classroom, opened by the Office of Chinese Language Council International. The main goals of the Confucius Classroom at the college are to facilitate Chinese language instruction to people in the Ottawa area, enhance the understanding of Chinese language and culture, and strengthen educational and cultural collaboration between China and Canada. Algonquin College News Release

Confucius Classroom comes to Algonquin College Top Ten 12/10/2010 - 15:12 12/10/2010 - 15:12

Last Thursday, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology announced the appointment of Dr. Glenn Feltham as the institution's sixth president and CEO, effective March 1, 2011. A graduate of uAlberta, Queen's, and uWaterloo, Feltham will join NAIT after 6 years as the dean of the University of Manitoba's I.H. Asper School of Business. Prior to that, he was a professor in the University of Saskatchewan's College of Commerce, where he was the head of the accounting department. NAIT News Release

NAIT appoints new president Top Ten 12/10/2010 - 15:10 12/10/2010 - 15:10

Projections indicate a 7% enrolment increase for the winter 2011 semester at Niagara College. This follows a 5.5% increase for the fall 2010 term at the institution, which was in line with a province-wide increase of 5.9% for Ontario colleges. With this continued growth, enrolment at Niagara College will surpass 9,000 students this year. Niagara College News Release

Niagara College anticipates 7% increase in winter term enrolment Top Ten 12/10/2010 - 15:09 12/10/2010 - 15:09

The Manitoba government announced last Thursday a new program under which the province will fully cover the medical school costs of students who agree to work in areas of Manitoba that are most in need of doctors. Under the program, Manitoba med students will have access to up to $61,000 over 4 years in exchange for a 2-and-half-year commitment to under-serviced communities. The program is part of the Manitoba government's plan to provide all Manitobans with access to a family doctor by 2015. Manitoba News Release

Manitoba to cover med school cost for graduates working in certain areas Top Ten 12/10/2010 - 15:06 12/10/2010 - 15:06

The Supreme Court of Canada has denied the University of British Columbia Faculty Association's application for leave to appeal a BC Court of Appeal decision that upheld an arbitrator's ruling that he did not have jurisdiction over a grievance that senate policy on student evaluation of teaching violated the collective agreement. This past April, the BC Court of Appeal held the arbitrator's 2008 ruling that UBC's University Act granted authority over governance of academic matters to the senate, which the university's board of governors could not limit in any collective agreement it negotiated. CAUT Bulletin

Supreme Court turns down UBC faculty association's appeal request Top Ten 12/10/2010 - 15:05 12/10/2010 - 15:05

According to a report by the University and College Union, Britain's main faculty union, more than one-third of universities in England are "at risk" of being closed as a result of cuts in government financing. The report evaluated each of the 130 universities in Britain based on 4 factors: its reliance on teaching funds it receives from the government based on student numbers; the proportion of that funding it would lose under the financing changes; the proportion of undergraduates from low-income backgrounds; and its reliance on students from outside the European Union, who pay higher tuition. The report singles out 4 universities as being "at very high risk," 23 at "high risk," and 22 at "high medium risk." The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

One-third of British universities at risk of closing, report says Top Ten 12/09/2010 - 16:18 12/09/2010 - 16:18

We've recently noticed that Capilano University has redesigned its website. The top half of the homepage features a rotating graphic banner showcasing news and events at the institution. The easy-to-navigate site includes links to Capilano's Facebook page and YouTube channel. The university welcomes feedback on the new site through a link on its homepage. Capilano website

Capilano launches new website Top Ten 05/13/2011 - 15:06 12/09/2010 - 16:16

The University of Alberta and Athabasca University have decided not to renew their license with Access Copyright, a Canadian copyright licensing agency. Access Copyright is proposing a new agreement to the Copyright Board of Canada that would increase its annual fee to $45 per full-time student from the current fee of $3.38. This would increase uAlberta's cost by more than $1 million a year. "We cannot afford such an exorbitant increase, nor do we want to pass it on to our students," says Athabasca U's associate vice-president of research. uAlberta's provost says it's not  just about the money. "We are genuinely concerned about some of the potential restrictions in the proposed license that may threaten our ability to use copyrighted resources in the classroom and may impinge other existing laws, practices or rights.” uAlberta ExpressNews | Athabasca U News

uAlberta, Athabasca U will not renew Access Copyright license Top Ten 12/09/2010 - 16:15 12/09/2010 - 16:15

In a survey of OCAD University students, alumni, and people from all around the world on the institution's visual identity, 40% of respondents felt the university's current visual identity needed a total change and it was time for a bold, new statement. 73% stated they were very familiar or felt well informed about OCAD University. Respondents were asked to provide 3 words to describe the institution's ideal future visual identity. Responses include "original, progressive, elegant," "dynamic, enterprising, innovative," and "outstanding, funky, inspirational." OCAD U News

OCAD U releases results from survey on visual identity Top Ten 05/06/2011 - 09:37 12/09/2010 - 16:14

The School of Computing at Queen's University has a female enrolment rate of 35.8%, putting it well ahead of the Canadian average and making it a leader in North America. According to a recent study, women make up 11.2% of students with undergraduate degrees in computer science, and most computer schools have female enrolment numbers in the 10% to 20% range. Queen's has surpassed those figures in large part due to Women in the School of Computing, a group that supports female students and tries to encourage younger women to pursue computer science when they graduate from high school. Queen's News Centre

Queen's computing school leads in North America in female enrolment Top Ten 12/09/2010 - 16:12 12/09/2010 - 16:12

Trent University is moving ahead with its plan for a private-sector company to construct and operate a student residence on university-owned property at the Symons campus in Peterborough. Residence Development Corp., the company behind the project, has submitted a revised site plan application with the municipality with hopes to begin constructing a 4-building, 310- to 312-bed residence complex by the summer. The university plans to hold a public open house on the project in late January. Peterborough Examiner

Trent to move ahead with private residence plan Top Ten 12/09/2010 - 16:10 12/09/2010 - 16:10

Collège Boréal president Denis Huber-Dutrisac unveiled Tuesday new developments and upcoming projects in the central-southwestern region of Ontario, including a new college campus project in downtown Toronto. In response to its steadily growing student population, Boréal is currently preparing to open a new 30,000-square-foot campus where services now offered at its 2 locations in Toronto will be housed in one location. The campus is expected to open in September 2012. Boréal News Release

Boréal to open new campus in Toronto Top Ten 12/09/2010 - 16:09 12/09/2010 - 16:09

In an open letter to the federal government, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy warned the shutdown of stimulus funding would throw 13,000 students out of programs like the PTP Adult Literacy and Employment Programs, deprive 29,000 students of help finding summer work, and remove training and job help for 7,000 new Canadians. "The effects of the recession aren't going to end on March 31, especially for those folks who don't have a lot of education," writes Milloy, whose letter urges Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley to keep providing an extra $315 million a year for training and literacy. In response, Finley did not pledge more money but invited Ontario to submit any requests for more funding during pre-budget hearings next spring. ParentCentral.ca

Ontario calls for continued stimulus funding for skills training Top Ten 12/09/2010 - 16:07 12/09/2010 - 16:07

A move to treat University of Manitoba teaching doctors as "independent contractors" -- which critics argue could strip them of academic freedom -- is being revised. Doctors in uManitoba's faculty of medicine and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority have been locked in talks for 5 months to create a Joint Operating Division (JOD) for about 300 doctors attached to the university in teaching, research, and clinical positions. The deal-breaker about the proposed JOD is that it would strip a physician's academic freedom to speak critically of the health-care system, says Canadian Association of University Teachers executive director James Turk. According to leaked memos, one proposal calls for physicians to provide managers with advance notice and a copy of remarks that "may relate to the operations of or affect the reputation of" uManitoba or the Health Sciences Centre. Winnipeg Free Press

Plan for uManitoba teaching doctors to be revised Top Ten 12/09/2010 - 16:06 12/09/2010 - 16:06

St. Thomas University has suspended its men's volleyball team for the rest of the academic year following the death of a rookie player who attended the team's initiation party in October. Fredericton police have concluded that 21-year-old Andrew Bartlett had been drinking heavily at the party and later fell down some stairs at his apartment building and hit his head. A university review found the volleyball team gathered at an on-campus residence and later at an off-campus residence, where the hazing took place. The report states that by organizing the party, the team broke STU's statement of conduct, which prohibits team initiations. The institution is also reviewing its student conduct policies. CBC

STU suspends men's volleyball team over hazing incident Top Ten 12/09/2010 - 16:04 12/09/2010 - 16:04

In a Web-exclusive article for University Affairs, York University professor Paul Axelrod offers several reasons for questioning the usefulness of Maclean's magazine's annual rankings of Canadian universities. Axelrod argues the magazine's survey "panders to the craving for instant, simplistic and formulaic answers to complex questions." Because students are unlikely to have entirely positive or negative encounters at their university of choice, no institution has a monopoly on one type of academic (and life) experience or the other. Axelrod states the rankings tell readers nothing about an individual university's component academic strengths, or about a school's fit with a student's interests and abilities. While it is legitimate for Maclean's to ask questions about and comment on any aspect of university life, such as class sizes and available scholarships, grading each of the variables and then totalling the scores is a deeply flawed evaluation process, Axelrod writes. University Affairs

What's wrong with Maclean's University Rankings Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:46 12/08/2010 - 16:46

Starting in January, students at Canadore College will have the opportunity to save up to 55% off the cost of their textbooks through Follett of Canada's Rent-A-Text program, whose participants include Carleton University, the University of Winnipeg, St. Clair College, and Humber College. Students renting books will maintain many of the same benefits of textbook ownership, such as being able to highlight passages and write notes within margins. The University of Toronto has its own textbook rental program. Canadore News Release

Canadore joins textbook rental program Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:43 12/08/2010 - 16:43

If Quebec university students want a quality education, they should pay a fairer share of the cost than they are now, states an editorial published in yesterday's Montreal Gazette. Given the underfunding of the province's university sector, university leaders are pressing for a fee increase of 70% over the next 4 years to $3,680, still below the current national undergraduate average of $5,138. The editorial rejects student lobbyists' argument that keeping tuition low favours greater access to university education. If that were so, the editorial states, Quebec would be leading Canada in university enrolment, but university attendance among 18- to 25-year-old Quebecers is the second lowest among Canadian provinces. In addition to raising tuition, the loan and bursary system should be improved. The editorial says private enterprise should step up its contribution to the university system, along with the graduates themselves and the governments that tax them. Montreal Gazette

Montreal Gazette editorial supports tuition increases Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:39 12/08/2010 - 16:39

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada president Paul Davidson recently appeared before a House of Commons committee studying Bill C-470, an Act to amend the Income Tax Act. Davidson said the compensation cap of $250,000 per employee could undermine the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program, whose funds are administered by universities. Many of the CERC recipients likely receive over $250,000 in compensation each year, exceeding the cap in Bill C-470. As a result, Davidson said, universities would be forced not to participate in the program in order to avoid the risk of having their charitable status revoked by the minister of national revenue. Davidson also noted the compensation disclosure requirements in the bill may jeopardize the personal safety of university faculty members participating in international development projects. Read the speaking notes

AUCC appears before committee studying Bill C-470 Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:33 12/08/2010 - 16:33

At a town hall meeting Tuesday, University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman said moving certain university departments downtown could help improve the institution's reputation. Wildeman said he spends much of his days lately with the City of Windsor and the Ontario government, discussing a possible downtown move of the university's music, social work, and visual arts departments.  A move downtown would ultimately boost the university, Wildeman said. He said uWindsor must do more to tell its story, promoting its successes. Windsor Star

uWindsor president proposes moving some departments downtown Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:24 12/08/2010 - 16:24

Last Thursday, Nipissing University's board of governors unanimously approved the institution's new strategic plan, Academic Excellence: The Strategic Plan 2010-2015. The university plans to grow by 50%, launching some new programs that respond to student demand and regional opportunities. Changes will be framed by a modular curriculum, through which students can combine components from different areas of study to best match their interests, aptitudes, and career goals. Nipissing News Release | Read the strategic plan

Nipissing launches new 5-year strategic plan Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:20 12/08/2010 - 16:20

This past June, Algonquin College's board of governors unanimously adopted a report that came out of the institution's Strategic Programs and Service Planning Project, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Of 140 full-time programs, 13 will no longer be offered next fall, and another 6 remain on the chopping block. Based on students' and employers' changing demands, dozens more have been identified for growth or cancellation in the future. Algonquin has won praise from regulatory and advisory agencies in Ontario for its handling of the program restructuring project. There were a few bumps along the way. For example, horticulture industry officials opposed the proposed phase-out of the college's horticulture diploma program. Industry officials worked with Algonquin to redesign the program to train computer-literate graduates for the fast-evolving landscape industry, incorporating design, construction, organic gardening, and green roofs. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Chronicle reports on Algonquin College's curriculum review Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:18 12/08/2010 - 16:18

9 University of Ottawa undergraduate students have filed a suit in small-claims court seeking damages from the university's student federation over the implementation of the mandatory U-Pass. One of the plaintiffs says the group does not believe "other poor students should have to help pay for" the subsidized bus pass. In their claim, the students argue the referendum on the U-Pass was not administered as spelled out in the student federation's constitution. The plaintiffs are seeking $3,772.57 in compensatory damages and $250 each in exemplary damages. Ottawa Citizen

Group of uOttawa students fight U-Pass in court Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:15 12/08/2010 - 16:15

Ontario Citizenship and Immigration Minister Eric Hoskins said Tuesday he was "greatly disturbed and in fact disgusted" to learn about a University of Toronto master's thesis that calls a pair of Holocaust education programs "racist." The thesis was discussed Tuesday in the provincial legislature. Hoskins was responding to a Progressive Conservative MPP who called the thesis "disgusting." Another PC MPP, whose riding includes a large Jewish population, said the thesis was a hateful, poorly researched "piece of garbage." uToronto's provost says she has been "a little alarmed at the kinds of things being said about a piece of student work." "It would be a good idea for us all to remember that it's a student paper," the provost says. "I don't know this student, but I certainly wouldn't want to see this kind of scrutiny and unhappy attention on students in general." Toronto Star

Ontario politicians slam uToronto "Jewish racism" thesis Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:12 12/08/2010 - 16:12

Kaplan Higher Education announced Tuesday it will cut about 770 jobs, approximately 5% of its workforce. While Kaplan has not specified in which departments these positions will be eliminated, the company says declining enrolments and a strategic decision to become more selective in the students it enrols have led to a shift in Kaplan's personnel needs. The University of Phoenix announced last week it is cutting 700 jobs through layoffs, primarily in its admissions departments. Kaplan Higher Education News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Kaplan to eliminate 770 positions Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 16:10 12/08/2010 - 16:10

According to the 2009 results of the Programme for International Student Assessment, 15-year-old students in Canada continue to perform well internationally and have strong skill sets in reading, mathematics, and sciences. However, Canada's relative ranking declined in all 3 assessment domains. Canada had a mean score of 524 on the combined reading scale, well above the OECD average of 496. Canadian 15-year-old students had an average score of 527 in math and 529 in science, well above the OECD average of 497 and 501, respectively. Statistics Canada | Read the report

Canadian youth perform well in reading, math, sciences Top Ten 12/07/2010 - 18:39 12/07/2010 - 18:39

Last Friday, Mount Saint Vincent University opened newly renovated multi-purpose student space as part of its Facilities Improvement Project. Made possible by a joint $3.4-million investment from the Nova Scotia and federal governments, the new facilities offer students state-of-the-art chemistry and biology laboratories, a common gathering area, meeting rooms, and a multi-faith contemplation and reflection room. MSVU's Facilities Improvement Project includes over 40 initiatives to ensure the institution remains fiscally responsible, environmentally and economically sustainable, and that students, staff, and faculty are receiving the best experience possible at MSVU. MSVU News Release

Renovated student space opens at MSVU Top Ten 12/07/2010 - 18:37 12/07/2010 - 18:37

In an effort to boost the number of much-needed family physicians, medical students at the University of Calgary are being sent through a mandatory job-shadowing program. First-year med students will follow a family doctor through 5 half-day programs. The chair of the course says he hopes exposure to the field will encourage more students to consider family medicine instead of more highly specialized roles. Calgary Herald | CBC

Job-shadowing family doctors mandatory for uCalgary med students Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 08:10 12/07/2010 - 18:35

''We need to seek new and better ways to satisfy the hunger of our students,'' write University of Sudbury president Pierre Zundel and McMaster University president Patrick Deane in an article published by University Affairs. What is needed, they state, is a radical re-conceptualization of the teaching and learning process in which the goal becomes ''helping students learn'' instead of ''teaching.'' By thinking of teaching as helping students learn, teachers become more concerned with what the students are actually doing and begin to think more broadly about the kinds of situations in which students learn. Zundel and Deane give examples of initiatives focused on learning rather than teaching, including those at their respective institutions. University Affairs

Time to shift undergraduate education from teaching to learning Top Ten 12/07/2010 - 18:33 12/07/2010 - 18:33

The Alberta government states the annual rate of inflation will remain the foundation for the province's tuition fee regulation, but one-time, program-specific tuition increases approved earlier this year are now in place following an amendment to the regulation. Alberta's advanced education minister says his department is not considering any new market modifiers at this time and is not opening any opportunities for annual reviews and increases outside the current policy. Alberta News Release

Alberta not considering new market modifiers for tuition fees Top Ten 12/07/2010 - 18:32 12/07/2010 - 18:32

As students across the world continue to flock to Thompson Rivers University in increasing numbers, university officials intend to focus on attracting a greater number of local students in the coming years. This fall, the number of foreign students at TRU is up 15% from 2009, but domestic enrolment fell by 1%. In order to draw more students from within Canada’s borders, TRU intends to develop a more recognizable reputation nationwide to attract students from outside Kamloops and BC’s Interior. One option is to sell TRU as a destination university. Another possibility is for the institution to partner with overseas universities to offer students the opportunity to earn dual degrees. Kamloops This Week

TRU to work on attracting more local students Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 08:09 12/07/2010 - 18:29

The federal government announced Monday 5 new Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) that will share $61.1 million over the next 5 years to pursue major discoveries and product innovations and bring them to the marketplace. The centres will support microelectronic businesses, regenerative medicine technologies, medical imaging innovations, monitoring technologies used in Canada's North, and the wireless industry. Researchers from post-secondary institutions such as uSherbrooke, uToronto, and UWO are involved in the new centres. NCE News Release | uToronto News | Western News

$61 million for new commercialization centres Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 09:11 12/07/2010 - 18:28

In his annual report, released Monday, Ontario's auditor general states that buildings on provincial college campuses are deteriorating and the backlog of required maintenance is getting worse. Over the past 4 fiscal years, the report states, Ontario colleges would need to have received between $80 million to $135 million annually for infrastructure renewal -- about twice what they have been getting. The report notes that as of April 2010, the backlog of needed maintenance and repairs at colleges was estimated to be more than $500 million. This backlog has been growing annually and could reach $1 billion in 15 years. Over $70 million of the repair backlog has been classified as critical and should be dealt with in the next year, the report says. Office of the Auditor General of Ontario News Release | Read the report

More funding needed for Ontario college infrastructure Top Ten 12/08/2010 - 08:09 12/07/2010 - 18:24

Yesterday University of Alberta alumni Edwin and Ruth Mattheis donated their 12,300-acre ranch to their alma mater, making the largest gift of land to a Canadian university. The donation ensures the land will forever be a working ranch and will provide uAlberta with research and teaching opportunities in rangeland and pasture management. In light of the gift, the institution is establishing the Mattheis Chair in Rangeland Ecology and Management. The ranch, to be named the University of Alberta Rangelands Research Institute -- Mattheis Ranch, is located near Duchess, 150 kilometres east of Calgary. uAlberta ExpressNews

uAlberta alumni donate 12,300-acre ranch to university Top Ten 12/07/2010 - 18:22 12/07/2010 - 18:22

The University of Toronto has been slammed by Jewish groups, a prominent historian, and Holocaust survivors for accepting a master's thesis that deems 2 Holocaust education programs "racist." The thesis denounced the March of Remembrance and Hope, for which young adults travel with Holocaust survivors to sites of Nazi atrocities in Poland, and March of the Living Canada, which takes young Jews with survivors to Israel and Poland. The author argues the programs cause Jews to falsely believe they are innocent victims. Several Jewish groups say the thesis should have been rejected over its unwarranted claims and false statements. uToronto's provost says “freedom of inquiry lies at the very heart of our institution” and that “the best way for controversy to unfold is for members of our community to engage with the perspectives and arguments they dispute.” Toronto Star

uToronto criticized for accepting "Jewish racism'' thesis Top Ten 12/07/2010 - 18:20 12/07/2010 - 18:20

Facebook is redesigning the profile page of its users to make it more of a reflection of their real lives and emphasize the photos feature. On its blog, Facebook says the changes, to be rolled out gradually, are meant to make it easier for users to tell their story -- who they are, where they work, and the most important people in their lives. A new biography section will feature a set of the most recent photos users have been tagged in. In addition to listing their job, users can now add the projects they worked on. Users will also be able to feature important friends in their profile. Facebook Blog | Associated Press

Facebook redesigning profile page Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:25 12/06/2010 - 17:25

Saint Mary's University is looking for partners to help renovate or replace its 40-year-old Huskies Stadium, where concrete has crumbled away, creating uneven steps that are a danger to anyone walking up or down them. The university knows repairs need to be made or a new stadium built, but it cannot afford to do it alone. While SMU is not tapped out, it has already invested in other capital projects. CBC

SMU seeks partners for stadium renovation Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:22 12/06/2010 - 17:22

According to a recent poll, the majority of Canadians believe spending on higher education should be increased, even if it means paying higher taxes. The poll results show that a majority of Canadians are worried that the quality of PSE is suffering due to underfunding. Most are worried that the government is not doing enough to ensure access, and 48% of respondents say the most important thing governments can do is reduce tuition fees. 48% do not believe university and college teachers earn too much and most oppose freezing teachers' salaries. Over half of respondents believe cutting salaries would compromise PSE quality. CAUT News | Read the poll results

Majority of Canadians want PSE funding increased, poll finds Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:20 12/06/2010 - 17:20

Nelson Education's CEO laments that homegrown publications for Canadian students and educators could disappear if Bill C-32, new federal government legislation designed to overhaul the Copyright Act, becomes law. The new bill seeks to add education to fair dealing, which is the right to use copyrighted materials without permission of or payment to the copyright holder. Publishers argue the term "education" is too broad and could lead to widespread copying of textbooks, study guides, novels, and other publications that could be remotely justified as learning materials. “The risk is that well-meaning educators could be making multiple copies of these publications, completely destroying the market for our materials.” National Post

Textbook publishers worry copyright changes could hurt industry Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:17 12/06/2010 - 17:17

Once the long-form census becomes voluntary next year, university researchers say they will no longer be able to reliably use data from it. As a result, they will need more funding from the federal government to purchase substitute data from private organizations. "A lot of our researchers are now going to have to use their federal grant money to purchase private data, so in a sense it is not really saving the federal government a lot of money that way, it's adding more costs to universities and colleges," says Canadian Association of University Teachers associate executive director David Robinson. Universities' research budgets are strained already, says the University of Winnipeg's vice-president of research. "We cannot fund internally all of the requests from our researchers to begin with and any additional strain on the budget would be a problem." Canadian Press

Researchers may need more funding following census changes Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:15 12/06/2010 - 17:15

A sessional instructor at the University of Prince Edward Island led an open forum Saturday to discuss her concept of offering university courses in West Prince for local and international students wanting to improve their grasp of the English language. The instructor is proposing a core, in-depth English program, with a math component also offered. She proposes the campus offer first-year courses students would need to transfer to UPEI or any other university's 4-year program. While UPEI does offer courses in West Prince, it is not unusual for the courses to be cancelled because a minimum number of students cannot be attained or maintained. By having a cohort of international students, it would be easier to maintain enrolment numbers for other courses being offered in the area, the instructor suggests. Summerside Journal-Pioneer

UPEI prof proposes full-time university presence in West Prince Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:12 12/06/2010 - 17:12

Trent University has fallen short of its recruitment projections, which will result in revenue shortfalls next year, says university president Steven Franklin. Although Trent recorded its highest total enrolment in history will just a little more than 8,000 full-time students this year, the university had anticipated about 150 more students. Missing that mark has revenue implications for the 2011-12 budget. Franklin says Trent will have to adjust its revenue expectations and re-examine its recruitment and retention strategies. Peterborough Examiner

Trent enrolment short of target Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:10 12/06/2010 - 17:10

According to figures released yesterday, final fall enrolment numbers show over 210,000 full-time students enrolled in Ontario college programs this academic year, up 5.9% over last year. In the past 4 years, enrolment at Ontario colleges has grown by 25.6%. The figures also show a significant increase in international enrolment -- the number of foreign students attending Ontario colleges is up 47.8%. Colleges Ontario News Release

Enrolment at Ontario colleges up nearly 6% Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:41 12/06/2010 - 17:08

According to a survey of academic librarians in Ontario, the province's university libraries appear to be bearing a large share of cuts as institutions struggle with budget cutbacks. 70% of academic librarians surveyed report that workloads have increased in the last 3 years to meet an enrolment increase of 28,000 accompanied by no discernible increase in the number of librarians. 71% say universities are using staff attrition to cut costs. 69% of respondents report that organizational change or restructuring had occurred in response to budget constraints, technological advancements, and expanded student enrolment. OCUFA News Release | Read the report

Ontario university librarians concerned about budget cuts, survey finds Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:06 12/06/2010 - 17:06

A student was arrested inside a Quebec City hotel yesterday morning after allegedly storming a provincial government summit on university funding. A police spokesperson says the student was arrested for disorderly conduct, as thousands of students across Quebec began gathering for a protest outside the summit of government, education, and union officials. The rally comes the same day as a strike by about 60,000 university students across the province to protest the Quebec government's plan to end the tuition freeze. CBC

Student arrested at Quebec education funding summit Top Ten 12/06/2010 - 17:03 12/06/2010 - 17:03

According to Statistics Canada's latest Labour Force Survey, while employment among youths was unchanged last month, there were fewer young people look for work. As a result, their unemployment rate dropped 1.4 percentage points to 13.6%. Since June, the youth participation rate has declined 2.1 percentage points to 63.2% in November, the lowest rate since August 1999. 15- to 24-year-olds in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador made the most gains last month with a 1.1 percentage point increase in the employment rate in this age group in both provinces, and Alberta also recorded the highest youth employment rate, which sits at 61.9%. Statistics Canada | Labour Force Survey

Youth employment rate unchanged Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:42 12/03/2010 - 16:42

We recently reported on a trend in US colleges organizing flash mobs. The trend appears to be making its way to Canada. Late last month, a group of University of Guelph students danced on tables and stripped down to their underwear in the University Centre in a "strip mob" protest against the Senate of Canada's voting down of Bill C-311, the Climate Accountability Act. Last Thursday, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Students' Association flash-mobbed unsuspecting students with a rendition of "Footloose" in the school's Burns Rotunda. UoGuelph News | Guelph Mercury | SAIT flash mob video

Flash mobs at UoGuelph, SAIT Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:38 12/03/2010 - 16:38

For a class project in a public relations course, some British Columbia Institute of Technology students produced a mock infomercial to promote the institution. The resulting video pokes fun at "UniversiTees," with the infomercial's male co-host stating that "for a lot of people, a UniversiTee just doesn't fit." At the same time, the video underscores the benefits of a "BCITee" -- "You can wear your BCITee full time, part time, at day or at night. It will last your entire career." BCIT Update

"Are you wearing your BCITee?" Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:36 12/03/2010 - 16:36

Thompson Rivers University's Open Learning Division and The Open University of China (OUC) have signed an agreement that will see both parties establishing a joint centre at OUC in Beijing to collaborate on a broad range of academic activities, including joint research and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition training (PLAR). Starting early next year, TRU Open Learning will begin training OUC academic staff in the philosophy, practice, and application of PLAR. Delegations from China will attend training sessions at the BC Centre for Open Learning facilities in Kamloops and at TRU Open Learning's Vancouver Centre. TRU News

TRU signs agreement with The Open University of China Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:34 12/03/2010 - 16:34

4 Memorial University researchers have published the final report on their research investigating students' perceptions of effective teaching in PSE. An online survey of MUN students takes into account the opinions of students studying both on campus and via distance education, with the intention of determining if the characteristics of effective teaching in an online environment are different from those in the traditional classroom setting. The 9 characteristics of effective teaching on-campus students identified, in order of the number of times they were mentioned in the survey results, were: respectful, knowledgeable, approachable, engaging, communicative, organized, responsive, professional, and humorous. In slight contrast for distance ed students, the order was: respectful, responsive, knowledgeable, approachable, communicative, organized, engaging, professional, and humorous. MUN News Release | Read the study

MUN study explores characteristics of effective instruction in higher ed Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:32 12/03/2010 - 16:32

The University of Regina Students' Union (URSU) announced last Thursday it will seek a court injunction against the Canadian Federation of Students in a bid to push forward the CFS referendum ballot counting process. In late October, uRegina students voted in a referendum to determine whether or not the student union would remain a member of the CFS. The URSU states that provisional ballots have been verified by the university's registrar's office, but the counting delay comes as a result of a disagreement between the union and the CFS regarding the eligibility of First Nations University of Canada students to vote in the referendum. URSU News Release | Regina Leader-Post

uRegina student union seeks court injunction against CFS over referendum ballot counting process Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:31 12/03/2010 - 16:31

The University of Calgary is not considering any disciplinary action against a political science professor after he seemed to advocate the assassination of Julian Assange, the founder of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. Tom Flanagan made his remarks on a live CBC program and later apologized. uCalgary says it has received numerous complaints about Flanagan from students, professors, and alumni. In an open letter to the university's president, a number of former students wrote that Flanagan's "prompt apology is most certainly welcome, but unfortunately for the U of C's reputation, the damage has been done." A uCalgary spokesman says the professor was representing himself, not the institution, when he made the remarks and had a right to his own opinion. Calgary Herald

uCalgary prof won't be disciplined for assassination remark Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:28 12/03/2010 - 16:28

Clinical psychologist Eric Jackman has donated $5 million to the University of Toronto's Institute of Child Study (ICS). In recognition of the donation, the university has renamed the 85-year-old ICS the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. Jackman's lead gift to the $12-million ICS Building campaign launches the public phase of the campaign, of which more than two-thirds has been raised. uToronto News | Globe and Mail

uToronto renames Institute of Child Study for $5-million gift Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:25 12/03/2010 - 16:25

On Friday, Engineered Air CEO Don Taylor and his family announced a $20-million gift to the Mount Royal University Conservatory, making it the largest single private donation the university has received in its 100-year history. Mount Royal's expansion includes a $73-million integrated performance and teaching facility, slated to open in 2013. It will be named The Bella Concert Hall at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in honour of family matriarch Marybell Taylor. The gift completes the funding required to build the new Conservatory. Funding for the project includes $20 million from each of the federal and Alberta governments and $10 million from the City of Calgary. Mount Royal News Release | Calgary Herald

Mount Royal Conservatory receives $20-million donation Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:24 12/03/2010 - 16:24

A first-year Queen's University student has died and another student was taken to hospital after the pair fell through a library skylight last Thursday evening from the roof of Duncan McArthur Hall, the institution's education faculty building. The deceased has been identified as a 19-year-old male from Saudi Arabia, and the injured student is an 18-year-old male from Mississauga. Police continue to investigate the incident. This is the second fatality at Queen's this semester. On the first day of class in September, an 18-year-old male student was found dead on campus. His death is believed to have been caused by a fall from his residence room window. Queen's News Centre | Kingston Whig-Standard | Globe and Mail

Queen's student dies after falling through campus library skylight Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 16:21 12/03/2010 - 16:21

According to a new study from Ohio State University, college students who exhibit narcissistic tendencies are more likely than their peers to cheat on exams and assignments. The findings suggest narcissists were motivated to cheat because their academic performance works as an opportunity to show off to others, and they did not feel particularly guilty about cheating. While exhibitionism -- the desire to show off -- was associated with academic dishonesty, the other dimensions of narcissism -- the desire for power and the belief you are a special person -- were not as strongly linked to cheating. Ohio State U Research News

Narcissistic students OK with cheating, US study finds Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 16:29 12/02/2010 - 16:29

Athabasca University's student recruitment publications AU Viewbook and the Book of Answers have garnered the 2010 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) PR, Marketing and Communications Award in the student publications category. Wilfrid Laurier University earned an honourable mention for its 2010 President's Report in the corporate publications category. Launched in 2003, the ACU PR, Marketing and Communications Network has over 400 members across 300 institutions Commonwealth-wide. The ACU was established in 1913 and is the world's oldest inter-university network with over 500 members on 6 continents. ACU News Release | Athabasca U News

Athabasca U wins ACU marketing award Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 16:27 12/02/2010 - 16:27

Yesterday the Nova Scotia government tabled the Adult Learning Act, which will formalize the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning into law, providing governing and accountability measures to ensure the continued quality and effectiveness of adult learning. The school co-ordinates all adult learning programs, policies, and services in Nova Scotia. Programs are tuition-free, available in English and French, and offered in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College, regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community learning organizations. NS News Release

NS introduces Adult Learning Act Top Ten 12/03/2010 - 09:10 12/02/2010 - 16:25

There are just under 8,500 students enrolled at the University of Lethbridge, including its satellite campuses in Calgary and Edmonton, up from last year's enrolment of 8,200. Fuelling the enrolment growth is the increased number of adult learners at the institution, where more than 700 mature students are enrolled. There has been growth in graduate student enrolment at uLethbridge with over 500 grad students enrolled. Many graduate programs have been introduced in the last few years and the university is continuing to develop new programs. Prairie Post

Enrolment rises at uLethbridge Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 16:24 12/02/2010 - 16:24

The Alberta government is considering a joint proposal from several student lobby groups that could prevent provincial universities from imposing mandatory non-academic fees without student approval in the future. The proposal before Alberta's advanced education minister would ensure that such fees would have to be approved by an institution's student union. If the student union does not approve the fee, it could go to a referendum. A ministry spokesman says the minister will be studying the proposal further, and so far he likes what he sees. This year the University of Calgary introduced a $450 mandatory non-academic fee, and the University of Alberta has a new $290 non-instructional fee. The Gateway (uAlberta student newspaper)

Alberta reviews proposal to limit non-academic fees Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 16:22 12/02/2010 - 16:22

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced yesterday an extended deadline for completion of Economic Action Plan infrastructure projects, including those funded by the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, Canada's $2-billion infrastructure fund for colleges and universities, by one full construction season to October 31, 2011. The extension is expected to allow sufficient time for virtually all the remaining projects to be completed. AUCC and Polytechnics Canada welcome the extension. Office of the PM News Release | AUCC News Release | Polytechnics Canada News

Ottawa extends Knowledge Infrastructure Program deadline Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 16:20 12/02/2010 - 16:20

In its pre-budget submission, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada recommends the federal government introduce a 4% increase to the budgets of the 3 granting agencies in each of the next 2 years, and pump $79 million over the next 2 years into the Canada Graduate Scholarships Program. AUCC also proposes the government allocate $22 million a year for 2 years to support a major international education marketing effort. Another recommendation is to increase funding for Aboriginal graduate scholarships by $10 million per year for 2 years. AUCC also proposes earmarked funding for pilot programs to increase Aboriginal student access and retention in university programs. Read the pre-budget submission

AUCC lays out priorities for next federal budget Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 16:18 12/02/2010 - 16:18

In response to the Ontario government's stated intentions of creating an Ontario Online Institute, students, staff, and faculty have jointly released a document that identifies concerns about online learning and recommends other ways to broaden access for qualified college and university applicants. The coalition, representing over 300,000 PSE students and 50,000 professors and workers in the PSE sector across Ontario, calls on the province to spend its money on improving the existing online infrastructure for distance learning instead of establishing the Institute. The report recommends investing in existing e-learning initiatives, expanding broadband access throughout Ontario, and reducing the cost of online education for students. OCFUA News Release | Read the report

Ontario students, faculty, staff question need for Online Institute Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 16:16 12/02/2010 - 16:16

The Quebec government announced Wednesday that certain expenditures included in the calculation of student financial assistance will be increased by 2% for the 2010-11 award year. This annual indexation leads to an increase of $12.6 million in financial aid to be paid to students receiving aid this academic year. The indexation corresponds with the forecast consumer price index for Quebec in 2010. It will come into effect the first week of January. Quebec News Release (in French)

Quebec increases student aid by nearly $13 million Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 16:13 12/02/2010 - 16:13

Yesterday the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities released a study showing that the province's university sector is underfunded compared to universities in the rest of Canada. For 2007-08, the shortfall was an estimated $620 million, net of funds earmarked for financial aid. CREPUQ proposes that university funding be the subject of long-term planning with a view to at least reach parity with the rest of the country no later than 2019-20. This would involve raising tuition fees. CREPUQ would like the following proposals to be considered: 25% of any tuition hike should be set aside for income-based student financial aid; the establishment of a significant budget as part of a donation-matching program; and the possibility of establishing an income-based mechanism for the repayment of student loans. CREPUQ News Release | Study (in French)

Quebec university sector underfunded by $620 million, CREPUQ reports Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 16:11 12/02/2010 - 16:11

Google Inc. is in the final stages of launching Google Editions, its long-awaited e-book retailing venture. Google Editions hopes to transform the existing e-book market by offering an open, "read anywhere" model that is different from many competitors. Users will be able to purchase books directly from Google or from multiple online retailers and add them to an online library tied to a Google account. Users will be able to access their account on most devices with a Web browser, such as personal computers, smartphones, and tablets. Wall Street Journal

Google to open e-book store Top Ten 12/01/2010 - 16:05 12/01/2010 - 16:05

According to a study from Pennsylvania-based Wilkes University, of the 269 students surveyed, 95% of respondents bring their cellphones to class every day and 91% have used their phone to send text messages during class time. Nearly half of all respondents indicated that it is easy to text in class without their professor being aware. 99% of students said they believe they should be permitted to retain their phones while in class, and 62% said they should be allowed to text in class as long as they don't disturb other students. About 10% of students surveyed reported they have sent or received texts during exams, and 3% admitted to transmitting exam information during the test. Wilkes U News

US study examines use of text messaging in class Top Ten 12/01/2010 - 16:04 12/01/2010 - 16:04

On Friday, Polytechnics Canada will present its fifth annual Showcase on Research and Innovation at Algonquin College. The Showcase highlights the role played by polytechnic students in solving commercialization challenges by industry partners. This year's event includes projects between local businesses and Polytechnics Canada members. The event will include a keynote speech from Science and Technology Minister Gary Goodyear, who will present awards to the winning student researchers. Polytechnics Canada News Release

Polytechnics Canada to host Science and Technology Showcase Top Ten 12/01/2010 - 16:02 12/01/2010 - 16:02

On Tuesday, Douglas College launched an advertising campaign that features QR codes. When scanned, the codes will take people instantly to the college's Facebook page or to a television commercial showing what the institution is like. Other Canadian post-secondary schools are incorporating QR technology in ad campaigns or other marketing material. Ryerson University's continuing education school is using QR codes in its new advertising campaign, while the University of Guelph's handbooks feature the technology. Douglas College News

New Douglas College ad campaign features QR codes Top Ten 12/01/2010 - 16:01 12/01/2010 - 16:01

Sault College announced yesterday it will add women's basketball as a varsity sport starting in the 2011-12 academic year. A growing popularity of the sport in Sault Ste. Marie at the high school and club basketball level has allowed the college's athletics department to revitalize the program after a 6-year absence. Effective immediately, the department will begin conducting a search for a head coach to lead the program. The team will compete in the west region of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. Sault College News Release

Sault College revives women's basketball Top Ten 12/01/2010 - 15:59 12/01/2010 - 15:59

A McGill University student paper reports that a working group at the university is considering a number of changes to McGill's academic calendar, including a proposal to shorten the length of the fall and winter terms by reducing the number of hours students are in contact with their professors. Currently, standard classes at McGill give students 3 hours of contact with professors per week for 13 weeks, for a total of 39 hours per term. Any effort to reduce the number of contact hours would need extensive consultation between administration and university faculties and departments. McGill's deputy provost says there are many problems with shortening the semester, including concerns some faculties have with accreditation. McGill Tribune (student newspaper)

McGill considers changes to academic calendar Top Ten 12/02/2010 - 15:43 12/01/2010 - 15:58

Okanagan College and the Regional District of the North Okanagan announced Tuesday a new lease agreement that will allow both parties to move forward with plans to turn 10 acres of college land north of the Vernon campus into a $7.8-million multi-use sports facility, which would include an Olympic-sized rubberized track, an artificial playing field, and field houses for use by community groups, school track meets, and municipally-hosted events. Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton says the facility could allow the institution to add sporting programs to its curriculum. Okanagan College News Release | AM 1150

Okanagan College to build $8-million community sports facility Top Ten 12/01/2010 - 15:56 12/01/2010 - 15:56

Canadian citizens and permanent residents of BC who are 65 and older are now eligible to enrol in university studies courses at North Island College without having to pay tuition. To be eligible for free tuition, seniors must present proof of age, meet all course prerequisites, pay all other associated fees, and register during the add/drop period at the beginning of each semester. NIC's director of student services says there has been great interest among ElderCollege members in taking credit courses. To facilitate enrolment, the college found a way to offer senior citizens access to credit courses for free without displacing fee-paying students. NIC News Release | Comox Valley Echo

NIC offers seniors free tuition Top Ten 12/01/2010 - 15:53 12/01/2010 - 15:53

University of Prince Edward Island officials and current students from the Middle East are hoping the university's new president will draw even more Arab students to the institution. President-designate Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz is from Egypt, and he speaks Arabic, French, and English. "Having him come from Egypt, still having connections there, having done his first and second degrees there, it is undoubtedly going to open doors," says UPEI's vice-president academic. There are already over 100 students from the Middle East at UPEI, and the VP expects that number will rise. Arabic-speaking students are welcoming the idea of being able to speak with Abd-El-Aziz in their first language. CBC

New UPEI president could help draw more Middle Eastern students Top Ten 12/01/2010 - 15:51 12/01/2010 - 15:51

Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne is standing by its decision to suspend 2 students for distributing pamphlets publicizing a planned strike in April. The students were suspended for a week starting Monday under the CÉGEP's behaviour code, which prohibits activities that interfere with events organized by the school. The CÉGEP issued its first warning in March, when the suspended students were among those handing out pamphlets as the college was hosting new students writing French and English competency tests. The school says their pamphleteering might have affected parents' and students' decision to attend the college. The students again distributed anti-government pamphlets on October 20 during an open house. The students have hired a lawyer who has asked the CÉGEP to "suspend the suspensions" because they trample on the students' rights under the Canadian and Quebec charter of rights and freedoms. Montreal Gazette

Montreal CÉGEP suspends students over political pamphleteering Top Ten 12/01/2010 - 15:49 12/01/2010 - 15:49

Yesterday students in Italy and Britain took to the streets to protest high tuition fees and proposed government reforms in education. In Rome, police vans and rows of officers in riot gear blocked access to much of the city's historic centre to keep thousands of student protesters from reaching the Italian parliament. On Tuesday, Italian lawmakers were voting on a contested reform bill many students and educators say will give the private sector too much involvement in the state university system. Meanwhile, in London, students held a third day of protests over plans to triple university tuition fees. Police urged protesters to avoid the violence that marked previous demonstrations. CBC

Italian, British students protest higher education reforms Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:50 11/30/2010 - 15:50

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is running a new student recruitment campaign, whose tagline "Get a Rewarding Career" focuses on motivations and outcomes that drive PSE decision making. The campaign's creative features figurines reaching to the top of a trophy using everyday objects found on people's desks. Print, transit, online, and mobile ads went into market last month. The campaign will run in 2 phases, ending in spring 2011. Watch a video from the campaign

SAIT launches new recruitment campaign Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:48 11/30/2010 - 15:48

Humber College is the first Canadian college to offer the Canadian Master Chef (CMC) certification after signing a 5-year exclusive contract with the Canadian Culinary Institute (CCICC), overseen by the Canadian Culinary Federation. The CMC professional designation is the newest certification under the CCICC and also the highest attainable in the country. Previously, the course has only been offered in the US, Australia, and parts of Europe. Course work will begin in April 2011. Humber News

Humber first college in Canada to offer Master Chef Certification Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:47 11/30/2010 - 15:47

Monday's Globe and Mail featured a special section on Canadian colleges. The section touches on the trend in university graduates enrolling in college programs and the growing popularity of joint-degree programs. Federal policy review and alliances with foreign institutions have helped improve the acceptance rate of international applicants to Canadian colleges. The "Report on Colleges" includes an interview with Olds College president H.J. (Tom) Thompson and a profile of Humber College's comedy program. Other articles cover the real-world projects in which IT students are engaged, health-care program options at colleges, and applied research projects. The section also features ACCC's new report on programs and services for Aboriginal students.

Globe runs "Report on Colleges" Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:46 11/30/2010 - 15:46

If she were to become BC's premier, provincial Liberal leadership candidate Moira Stilwell says she would reduce the interest rate for student loans from prime plus 2.5% to prime plus 1%. Formerly the minister of regional economic and skills development, Stilwell says she will work with stakeholders to develop a student-loan model similar to other provinces. She says the long-term benefits of a stronger and more skilled labour force will outweigh the cost to government to reduce student-loan interest rates. Vancouver Province | Georgia Straight

BC Liberal leadership candidate proposes lower student-loan interest rates Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:43 11/30/2010 - 15:43

Yesterday the Association of Canadian Community Colleges released a report showing how colleges, institutes, and polytechnics are offering programs and services that support and nurture Aboriginal students through to graduation. According to the report, 90% of colleges have learning centres and tutoring support services, 80% provide help finding housing, and 71% offer specific Aboriginal diplomas and certificates. Since 2005, when ACCC published a similar report, services and programs for Aboriginal students have expanded rapidly. Enrolment has more than doubled at 2 Aboriginal institutes in Saskatchewan and BC and increased substantially at other institutions. ACCC News Release | Read the report

ACCC report highlights colleges' success with Aboriginal students Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:42 11/30/2010 - 15:42

An Edmonton city councillor says the Alberta government should step in to keep the University of Alberta's south campus expansion alive now that the city's Expo 17 bid is dead. University land south of Belgravia Road was the designated Expo site, with the goal of advancing expansion plans. Last week, the federal government terminated Edmonton's Expo bid, citing concerns over potential security costs. uAlberta's associate vice-president of facilities says "it's difficult to tell" if the loss of Expo will slow down expansion. Edmonton Journal

Alberta government urged to keep uAlberta expansion plans alive Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:40 11/30/2010 - 15:40

At a meeting this past weekend, the Canadian Association of University Teachers dropped its threat to censure the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) after a deal was reached to restore Dr. Larry Reynolds to uManitoba's faculty of medicine. A CAUT committee had concluded that the university and the WRHA dismissed Reynolds without just cause or due process. At a meeting earlier this year, CAUT decided censure would be imposed if all parties did not resolve the issue. CAUT executive director James Turk says the settlement Reynolds reached with uManitoba and the WRHA satisfies the association's concerns. Winnipeg Free Press

CAUT drops threat to censure uManitoba Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:38 11/30/2010 - 15:38

From November 20 to 24, students at Cégep du Vieux Montréal were locked out of their college. The lockout came as students prepared for a week of mobilization against the Quebec government's plan to increase tuition fees in 2012. In a news release, the CÉGEP said it made the decision to close the school in order to avoid confrontations with protesters invited by the college's student association to come to force access to the school on November 22. Despite being locked out, students kept to their strike schedule, holding a 2-day sit-in in front of the CÉGEP in an effort to start a negotiation between students and administration. Cégep du Vieux Montréal News Release (in French) | McGill Daily (student newspaper) | The Link (Concordia student newspaper)

Montreal CÉGEP locks students out over planned sit-in Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:37 11/30/2010 - 15:37

On Monday, the University of Phoenix announced it is eliminating 700 jobs through layoffs, primarily in the admissions departments. In a corporate filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Apollo Group, uPhoenix's parent company, said the job cuts were designed "to streamline our operations and to better align our operations with our business strategy, refined business model, and outlook." The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Inside Higher Ed

uPhoenix to lay off 700 employees, mostly admissions personnel Top Ten 11/30/2010 - 15:35 11/30/2010 - 15:35

In a new report, eMarketer estimates that about 15.1 million Internet users in Canada will have visited social networks at least monthly by the end of 2010, up from 13.6 million in 2009. The number of social network users will rise from 59% of the Internet audience this year to 68% in 2014, when 18.4 million Canadians will visit social networking sites at least once a month. Facebook is the top social network in Canada, followed by Windows Live Profile and Twitter. eMarketer

60% of Canadian Internet users visit social networks monthly Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 16:57 11/29/2010 - 16:57

Dr. Brian MacArthur announced this past weekend he will not seek a third 5-year term as president and vice-chancellor of Crandall University (formerly Atlantic Baptist University) when his current contract ends June 30, 2012. "It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the university through a period of growth and expansion," he says. While he has not announced plans after leaving office, MacArthur says his focus for the foreseeable future is to bring Crandall U's capital campaign to a successful conclusion. Crandall U News Release

Crandall U president to step down Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 16:56 11/29/2010 - 16:56

Humber College's business school recently held a grand opening ceremony for its new Fashion Institute, the hub of the college's Fashion Management Degree program. The facility features a retail storefront design by students working with leaders in the local fashion scene. The Fashion Institute is a shared resource for the fashion industry, gives students the opportunity to put classroom learning into practice, and will be a host venue for fashion events. Humber News

Humber opens Fashion Institute Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 16:54 11/29/2010 - 16:54

Once a male-dominated profession, veterinary medicine is attracting more women. Of the 114 students who entered the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College this fall, 87% are women. "There's something about the presence of women (in the classroom) that serves as a deterrent," says one US sociologist, whose research observes that for every 1% increase in women in veterinary college, about 1.7 fewer men apply the following year. Some argue that lower salaries for graduating vets in comparison to doctors or MBA grads make the profession less attractive to men. One male vet interviewed by the Toronto Star says he believes men are held back because their grades are not high enough. Toronto Star

Fewer male students enrolling in veterinary school Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 16:52 11/29/2010 - 16:52

At the closing of its 15th anniversary celebrations, Collège Boréal announced its new $5-million "Leading us to prosperity" campaign, whose funds will help finance new facilities at the Sudbury campus and a site consolidation in Toronto. The campaign is being conducted as part of a $26-million infrastructure project to provide for the entry of students to new programs, mostly in culinary arts, stage management, and trades. Boréal News Release

Boréal launches $5-million capital campaign for Sudbury, Toronto campuses Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 16:49 11/29/2010 - 16:49

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario announced yesterday the new Youth STEM initiative, which will provide up to $20 million for non-profit organizations to enhance or expand educational science and technology outreach programs that boost young people's awareness about the rewards of pursuing an education or career in the sciences. The initiative is a result of feedback from business leaders, academics, and community leaders in southern Ontario, who encouraged the agency to take a role in addressing the ability of youth to meet future labour market needs by developing the next generation of STEM leaders to fuel business innovation in the region. FedDev Ontario News Release

FedDev Ontario invests $20 million to encourage youth to pursue science Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 16:48 11/29/2010 - 16:48

A group of mathematicians worldwide has joined a suspended University of Manitoba professor in questioning the institution's decision to award a doctorate to a student who twice failed a comprehensive exam due to extreme exam anxiety. The 86-person group has written to uManitoba president David Barnard, accusing him of "seriously endangering" the university's reputation by granting the PhD. The letter states that to waive an exam based on the controversial diagnosis of exam anxiety reflects an improper evaluation process, calls into question the "competence" of the math department itself, and will "handicap" the career of anyone with a uManitoba math degree. National Post

Mathematicians around the world protest degree granted by uManitoba Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 16:47 11/29/2010 - 16:47

4 scientific papers have been retracted following a long-running dispute at Queen's University over self-plagiarism and "bogus authorship." The Annals of the New York Academy of Science pulled 3 Queen's papers dealing with space experiments over concerns of duplication. The fourth paper retracted was nearly identical to an earlier publication. It represents "a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system," say the journal editors who recently pulled the duplicate report, which was uncovered in 2004 as part of an alleged "academic misconduct" case involving "holus-bolus" recycling by a senior scientist at Queen's in papers published with some of his students and associates. The professors who discovered the duplication say neither Queen's nor NSERC dealt with the matter properly. University officials, journal editors, and an outside expert say allegations of plagiarism of other people's work and data falsification are unfounded. Queen's has apparently revised its policies to satisfy NSERC. Postmedia News

Queen's papers retracted over duplication Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 17:15 11/29/2010 - 16:45

The University of Calgary has filed a notice to appeal a court ruling that said the institution infringed upon the charter rights of twin brothers when it sanctioned them for non-academic misconduct for criticizing their professor on a Facebook page over 2 years ago. uCalgary says it seeks clarity on the extent to which the Charter applies to its own operations and those of other post-secondary schools in Canada. The university says filing the notice to appeal gives it more time to study the decision and how it fits with similar cases currently before the courts in other Canadian jurisdictions. Calgary Herald | CBC

uCalgary to appeal Facebook ruling Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 16:44 11/29/2010 - 16:44

A Globe and Mail survey of over 20 Canadian universities reveals a combined pension plan solvency deficit of at least $2.59 billion, which may leave institutions with no choice but to cut services in order to address the deficit. Although the Nova Scotia government has granted Dalhousie University some pension solvency relief, some cuts are likely unavoidable, says the university' assistant vice-president. Due to its pension plan losing 29% in value in 2008, the University of Toronto expects to owe another $50 million on top of the $100 million it already contributes from a $1.5-billion operating budget. Service cuts are the likely solution again after an arbitrator ruled against a proposed premium hike for faculty and librarians. The Ontario government has temporarily eased pension requirements on universities to give them time to regroup, but uToronto argues solvency tests make no sense for universities. Globe and Mail

Service cuts may loom at universities with pension shortfalls Top Ten 11/29/2010 - 16:42 11/29/2010 - 16:42

Last Thursday marked the launch of a new look and feel for Carleton University's homepage, which features a large, rotating graphic banner promoting programs and student blogs. Visitors to the site can hover their cursor over "About," "Admissions," "Academics," "Research," and "Campus Life" to bring down related links. At the bottom of the homepage visitors will find links to Carleton's YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter account. In the weeks and months ahead, Carleton will continue to add new elements to the website, and will reach out to the university community on what applications or content they would like to see. Carleton website

Carleton unveils new homepage Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:37 11/26/2010 - 15:37

A second-year St. Francis Xavier University student from Norway has been named the grand prize winner of the university's Capture the X-Factor Video Contest, where students were asked to produce and submit videos that show the ingredients that make up the institution's X-Factor. One contest judge says the winning video "nicely incorporates a message of equity, and equality for all our students no matter how they identify themselves, or how they are involved in student life -- they are all members of the X community." StFX News | Watch the video

StFX names winner in X-Factor video contest Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:35 11/26/2010 - 15:35

After being turned down in its bid to join Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Vancouver Island University's student services is redoubling efforts to build a bigger gymnasium, which would include a health and wellness centre for students and the community on the Nanaimo campus. The centre would include access to doctors and nurses for students and Harewood residents, and could help VIU in future bids for CIS designation with the Canada West Universities Athletic Association conference. A bigger gym and health centre still needs approval by the university's board of governors in the 2011-12 budget before it can become a reality. Nanaimo Daily News

VIU health centre could help university achieve CIS designation Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:32 11/26/2010 - 15:32

On Friday, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges released its 2010 showcase of college applied research and innovation projects. The showcase, titled "Accelerating Innovation, Colleges, Institutes and Polytechnics: Applied Research for Economic and Social Development," highlights 86 projects that have provided concrete results for businesses and community organizations across Canada. Over 3,700 companies were involved in applied research partnerships with colleges in 2009-10 in more than 300 areas of research specialization. ACCC offers quick summaries of the best examples of how applied research affects our daily lives. ACCC News Release | Read the showcase

ACCC releases showcase of college applied research projects Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:30 11/26/2010 - 15:30

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline Inc. announced last Thursday a $5-million donation in support of virology research at the University of Alberta's faculty of medicine and dentistry. The GSK Virology Research Support Endowment fund will be used to help sustain the operations of the Li Ka Shing Institute, where over 2 dozen researchers are studying how viruses infect cells and cause diseases, how viral infections can be prevents, and new ways to treat them. uAlberta ExpressNews | Edmonton Journal

uAlberta virology research program receives $5-million donation Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:28 11/26/2010 - 15:28

Building on a successful, 5-year collaborative partnership with Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario Power Generation announced Friday a $5-million investment over the next 5 years in the institutions. The funding will be used toward capital support for Durham College, and support for educational programs, research, equipment, bursaries, and scholarships at both Durham College and UOIT. UOIT News Release

Ontario Power Generation invests $5 million in UOIT, Durham College Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:25 11/26/2010 - 15:25

On Friday, the BC government released a new labour market strategy aimed at ensuring the province has the skilled workers in place to fill the more than one million job openings BC will have by 2019. The strategy targets 3 priority areas aimed at building the province's workforce over the next decade: increasing the skill level and success of people currently in BC; attracting and retaining top talent from across Canada and around the world; and improving productivity by creating a culture of innovation that leads to productive workplaces. One long-term outcome is that by 2020, 80% of the working adult population will have PSE aligned with the province's economic needs. BC News Release | Read the strategy report

BC launches new labour market strategy Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:24 11/26/2010 - 15:24

As of next fall, Cambrian College is suspending 6 programs due to a lack of enrolment and financial viability. The affected programs are Travel and Tourism, Mechanical Technician -- Tool and Die, Advertising, Advertising Graduate Certificate, Computer Programmer Analyst Advanced, and the Advanced Paramedic Graduate Certificate. Students currently enrolled in these programs will not be affected and will still be able to complete their studies. Sudbury Star

Cambrian to suspend 6 programs Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:22 11/26/2010 - 15:22

An arbitrator has ruled in favour of Lakehead University Faculty Association's grievance against the institution's closure last December. Lakehead administration shut down the campus for 4 days before Christmas in a bid to reduce costs. The move reduced the annual salary of professors, which drew the ire of the faculty association. In her ruling, the arbitrator states she found that "by instituting a shutdown, it was not open to the university to unilaterally reduce the annual salary of faculty members by four days." In the arbitrator's view, the university's action constituted a breach of the collective agreement between Lakehead and the faculty association. tbnewswatch.com

Lakehead breached contract with campus closure, arbitrator rules Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:21 11/26/2010 - 15:21

On Friday, Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz announced the provincial government would not be proceeding with changes to the University Act and new degree-granting arrangements in the province. In a statement, the University of Prince Edward Island said it "appreciates this decision and Premier Ghiz's leadership in finding a path forward, together with the underlying affirmation of UPEI's role and mandate as our provincial university." UPEI had challenged the province on the proposed degree legislation, arguing it could undermine the university's reputation. Charlottetown Guardian | UPEI Media Statement

PEI withdraws proposed degree legislation Top Ten 11/26/2010 - 15:19 11/26/2010 - 15:19

According to a new University of Lethbridge survey, the vast majority of Aboriginal teenagers across Canada are dreaming big when it comes to their futures, but despite their hopes and aspirations, large numbers already suspect those dreams may not realize. The surveyed teens' top values are family life, friendship, freedom, and being loved, while their top goals are getting a good education and being successful. Despite hurdles such as money, lack of social support, and fear for one's safety, Aboriginal youth exhibit the potential for resilience. They have high hopes when it comes to education, careers, home ownership, being more financially comfortable than their parents, having good and lasting relationships, having children, and being involved in their communities. uLethbridge News

Aboriginal teens hopeful, uLethbridge study finds Top Ten 11/25/2010 - 16:08 11/25/2010 - 16:08

Starting next year, graduates of Conestoga College's Business Administration program in Materials and Operations Management will have an additional credential to offer potential employers. The Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate will be awarded to all program graduates who successfully complete project-based courses in Lean Concepts & Continuous Improvement and Value Stream Mapping. The Six Sigma material and applied projects included in the course material will "provide students with the knowledge and practical skills to immediately add value in any organization." Conestoga News

Conestoga business management program earns Six Sigma accreditation Top Ten 11/25/2010 - 16:06 11/25/2010 - 16:06

Niagara College has signed a new partnership agreement with the Anishinabek Education Institute to promote excellence in PSE within First Nation Anishinabek communities. The agreement will allow for the development of native specific programs and the continued development and delivery of accredited PSE programs. It will also ensure quality programming for Anishinabek students, improve accessibility and retention to PSE training programs, respond to employment and training needs with Anishinabek communities, and contribute to Anishinabek advancement toward self-governance, economic development, and self-sufficiency. Niagara College News Release

Niagara College-Anishinabek partnership focuses on PSE programs for Aboriginal students Top Ten 11/25/2010 - 16:05 11/25/2010 - 16:05

On his blog, University Affairs' Léo Charbonneau notes that Cairo-born Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz, University of Prince Edward Island's president-designate, joins other foreign-born Canadian university presidents such as UWO's Amit Chakma, uWaterloo's Feridun Hamdullahpur, York U's Mamdouh Shoukri, uAlberta's Indira Samarasekera, and UNBC's George Iwama. Charbonneau also points out that most of them came to Canada initially for their graduate studies and stayed. Charbonneau writes that there has been much talk lately within the PSE sector and government circles about Canada needing to attract the best and brightest from around the world. "If these individuals are any indication, we are succeeding at least in one arena." Margin Notes (University Affairs blog)

Trend in foreign-born presidents at Canadian universities Top Ten 03/14/2011 - 10:26 11/25/2010 - 16:04

On Wednesday, St. Mary's University College, a private, Catholic-based liberal arts institution in Calgary, announced Dr. Gerry Turcotte will assume the role of the institution's president, effective July 1, 2011. Originally from Montreal, Turcotte has spent the last 25 years in Australia in a number of academic and administrative roles, most recently as associate provost and executive director of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, Australia's only private Catholic university. Turcotte will succeed Dr. Terry Downey, who has been president of STMU since 1999. STMU News Release

STMU appoints new president Top Ten 11/25/2010 - 16:01 11/25/2010 - 16:01

Centennial College has joined the international Scholars at Risk Network, which provides a safe haven and support to academics and graduate students who have fled conditions of political oppression in their native country. Centennial is the first and only Canadian college in a worldwide network of over 200 universities and colleges that offer a supportive environment where scholars can continue their research, develop skills, and explore teaching opportunities. Centennial is one of 5 PSE institutions in Canada taking part in the global project, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Centennial News Release

Centennial joins Scholars at Risk Network Top Ten 11/25/2010 - 16:00 11/25/2010 - 16:00

The Saskatchewan government has introduced amendments to the University of Regina Act to allow the institution to improve its governance processes and become more efficient. Amendments to the act include repealing the visitor section and enabling uRegina to adopt new processes for election of the chancellor and senate representatives. uRegina initiated the request for the updates to the legislation, and the amendments were met with general support from stakeholders during the consultation process. Saskatchewan News Release

Saskatchewan makes amendments to University of Regina Act Top Ten 11/25/2010 - 15:58 11/25/2010 - 15:58

The enrolment crisis that affected English CÉGEPs last spring does not seem to be repeating itself for the winter term. West Island CÉGEPs are reporting more normal figures, both in terms of applicants and the number of students admitted. In the spring, Montreal-area CÉGEPs were turning hundreds of applicants away due to a surge in applications. To ease the space crunch, the Quebec government allocated $1 million to allow the 3 Montreal Island English CÉGEPs to accommodate more students for this fall. The colleges say their numbers are pretty average for January. Montreal Gazette

Space crunch at English CÉGEPs tapering off Top Ten 11/25/2010 - 15:57 11/25/2010 - 15:57

Ryerson University's student paper reports that in an announcement posted on Blackboard last month, a pair of first-year engineering instructors announced 2 measures to address the "constant disruptions" in general chemistry lectures. One of them is a 3-strike policy -- after 3 warnings the professor would walk out and it would be up to students to learn the rest of the material on their own. The other is to make exam questions harder since "the class appeared to know the material well enough so as not to listen during lecture." Ryerson president Sheldon Levy says professors should ask the university for support before walking out. "Walking out doesn't sound to me like it would be in our policy," he says. The Eyeopener (student newspaper) | Maclean's OnCampus

Ryerson profs threaten to walk out over students' unruly behaviour Top Ten 11/25/2010 - 15:55 11/25/2010 - 15:55

While the University of Windsor says it can balance its budgets through 2012, the institution's number crunchers are forecasting a $70-million shortfall in faculty pension funds, which could see a return to deficits. uWindsor's chief planning officer calls faculty pensions "a significant issue" that could see the costs increasing from 6.5% of operating budgets to upwards of 10% by 2013. President Alan Wildeman predicts pensions will be an issue when administration sits down for contract talks with the faculty association. Wildeman says management may have to consider such measures as proposing different pension plans for newly hired employees and that any changes to the plan will be a bargaining issue. Windsor Star

uWindsor warned of $70-million faculty pension shortfall Top Ten 11/25/2010 - 16:35 11/25/2010 - 15:53

Carleton University's Honour Bachelor of Science Environmental Science program has been accredited by the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada. One of only 3 Canadian universities currently accredited, Carleton's program has been recognized for equipping undergraduates to be successful and competent environmental scientists when entering the labour market. After graduation and 5 years of experience, graduates can write their professional certification exams. Carleton News Release

Carleton environmental science program receives national accreditation Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 15:53 11/24/2010 - 15:53

The University of Calgary is the recipient of a number of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals' MarCom Awards. The institution's university relations office picked up a platinum award in the ads category, while the faculty of medicine earned platinum awards in the annual report and magazine categories. The faculty also won gold awards in the writing/news release and communication plan categories. UToday | 2010 MarCom Awards

uCalgary picks up international marketing awards Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 15:52 11/24/2010 - 15:52

Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is using QR code technology in its current advertising campaign, which features pictures of Chang School students in different disciplines, accompanied by testimonials about how the school helped their professional development. Each ad features the tag "The future belongs to you. Make your mark," as well as the QR code, which, when photographed by a smartphone, will bring up a website that provides an overview of the school's programs, success stories, and contact information. The ads invite students to submit their own success story at Ryerson's website for the chance to be featured in a future poster. Marketing Magazine

Ryerson continuing ed school uses QR codes in new ad campaign Top Ten 02/16/2011 - 12:55 11/24/2010 - 15:50

On Tuesday, Université Sainte-Anne announced that Allister Surette will take office as president and vice-chancellor of the Nova Scotia-based institution on July 1, 2011. Surette has been vice-president (development and partnerships) of U Sainte-Anne since 2003. Between 1998 and 2003, he was CEO of Collè de l'Acadie. Surette was elected to the Nova Scotia legislature in 1993 and held numerous political positions until 1998. Surette will succeed André Roberge, who will complete his second term and his tenth year as president and vice-chancellor on June 30, 2011. U Sainte-Anne News (in French and English)

New president at U Sainte Anne Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 15:48 11/24/2010 - 15:48

UPEI announced yesterday that Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz has been selected as president-designate of the institution. Abd-El-Aziz is currently the provost of the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, which he joined in 2006. A graduate of Cairo's Ain Shams University and the University of Saskatchewan, Abd-El-Aziz taught chemistry at the University of Winnipeg, where he also served several administrative roles. He will assume the role of UPEI president on July 1, 2011, succeeding Wade MacLauchlan, who has led the institution for nearly 12 years. UPEI News Release

UPEI appoints new president Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 15:47 11/24/2010 - 15:47

The University of Windsor is moving ahead with plans to construct a $25-million to $40-million "Innovation Centre" on campus to house a parking garage and substantial office and retail space. On Tuesday, the institution's board of governors voted unanimously to issue a request for proposals for the design of a new 5- to 6-storey structure that would include 1,000 parking spaces and 39,000 square feet of rental and office space. uWindsor president Alan Wildeman says a feasibility study is expected to be completed by June. If approved, construction of the Innovation Centre could begin as early as fall 2011. Windsor Star

uWindsor plans multimillion-dollar Innovation Centre Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 15:44 11/24/2010 - 15:44

The City of Summerside supports the Prince Edward Island government's plan to allow more universities in the province because the city would like to have one. Summerside's mayor believes a university would keep students in the city. According to a report the city commissioned 5 years ago, 70% of students who live on the eastern half of PEI who go on to university enrol at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown. On the western half of the province, 70% of students leave PEI for university. Summerside's mayor says the city approached UPEI a few years ago about offering various course in Summerside, but the institution was not interested. CBC

Summerside supports PEI's proposed degree legislation Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 16:01 11/24/2010 - 15:43

The president of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC says the provincial government should merge the 2 ministries responsible for higher education now that one minister is in charge. Last month, a cabinet shuffle saw the former ministry of advanced education and labour market development split into 2 departments -- one for colleges, the other for universities. The minister who oversaw colleges has resigned to join the BC Liberal leadership race, and the minister of science and universities is now handling both portfolios. "They split the ministry and all of the sudden now they're saying one minister could look over both," says FPSE president Cindy Oliver. "So what was the point of splitting them in the first place?" FSPE News Release | Georgia Straight

FPSE calls for merger of BC's higher ed ministries Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 15:41 11/24/2010 - 15:41

In its throne speech Tuesday, the New Brunswick government said it will provide predictable sources of multi-year funding for public post-secondary institutions. The province plans to collaborate with stakeholders to make the Timely Completion Benefit program more responsive to the needs of university and college students. In order to provide quality apprenticeship programs, the provincial government, in conjunction with the Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Board, is developing a new governance model through which these programs will be provided. The province announced it will launch new initiatives to ensure greater access to PSE for all New Brunswickers, particularly those groups of students traditionally underrepresented at the PSE level. NB News Release | NB Throne Speech

PSE funding, debt reduction program subject of NB throne speech Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 15:39 11/24/2010 - 15:39

During a speech yesterday to kick off a 2-day conference to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Canada Research Chairs program, federal Industry Minister Tony Clement announced a $275.6-million investment to fund 310 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs at 53 universities. The investment includes $13.4 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for research infrastructure associated with the new Chair awards. CRC News Release

$276 million for Canada Research Chairs Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 15:36 11/24/2010 - 15:36

McMaster University has been named the most vegan-friendly university in Canada in peta2's annual contest, retaining the title for the second year in a row. The university's Bridges Café is completely vegetarian, and this year, 75% of the café's menu items are vegan. McMaster has also started offering a local farmers' market stand, offering students fresh local fruits and vegetables. McMaster Daily News | Most Vegan-Friendly College Contest 2010

McMaster retains title of Canada's most vegan-friendly campus Top Ten 11/23/2010 - 15:23 11/23/2010 - 15:23

According to a new report, newcomers to Calgary and PSE students see themselves worse off this year compared to 2009 and have a gloomy outlook regarding their economic future. The report found that students and new, well-educated immigrants see their prospects as bleak, contrasting rosy economic forecasts by financial experts. About three-quarters of participants said they have not been able to find work, even though they have been searching for months. Most recent immigrants feel completely shut out of the labour market, despite having specialized skills or higher education. Meanwhile, most PSE students surveyed expressed frustration with tuition increases proposed earlier this year. Students are carrying a higher debt load, but feel their financial prospects are not any better with an advanced education. Calgary Herald | Read the report

Students, immigrants in Calgary not optimistic about jobs, economic recovery Top Ten 11/23/2010 - 15:21 11/23/2010 - 15:21

According to a new report by the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ), 55% of financing for full-time university students in Quebec comes from work. More than 80% of full-time students surveyed work an average of 18.8 hours per week. For part-time students, work is even more important, accounting for 83% of their financing. Financial support from parents is the second largest source for university financing at 22%. 60% of full-time students receive financial help from their parents, compared to 23% of part-time students. The report states over 60% of full-time students will go into debt, with an average debt at graduation of $14,000. 46% of part-time students will go into debt, the survey found, with the average student graduating with $11,500 in debt. According to the report, 50% of full-time students live on less than $12,200 a year, and 25% live on less than $7,400. FEUQ News Release (in French) | CUP Newswire | Report (in French)

Survey explores methods for financing university education in Quebec Top Ten 11/23/2010 - 15:20 11/23/2010 - 15:20

Yesterday the University of Waterloo launched a design competition for ideas and plans to improve the main entrance to the south campus, which has long been seen as uninspiring, even bland. Open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students, the competition requires that each team have students from at least 2 different areas of study and no team is allowed to have more than 2 graduate students. The provost's office will put $100,000 toward the implementation of the winning plans, which will be selected by a panel in May 2011. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin | Waterloo Region Record

uWaterloo invites students to fix campus entrance Top Ten 11/23/2010 - 15:17 11/23/2010 - 15:17

Improved facilities for culinary students, larger and upgraded spaces for the student advising and recruitment office, and bigger space for campus recreation are part of $4.5 million in recent campus improvements at Red Deer College. Cornerstone Dining, where hospitality and tourism students hone their skills, has been upgraded to look like a real restaurant. The newly upgraded student advising and recruitment office now has more areas for students to be able to meet with advisers and speak with them privately. Work will soon be finished on an area renovated to house campus recreation. Red Deer Advocate

RDC completes $4.5 million in campus renovations Top Ten 11/23/2010 - 15:16 11/23/2010 - 15:16

The McCain Foundation has donated $1 million to the University of Prince Edward Island's Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in support of the vet school's expansion program. With this gift, the foundation is supporting state-of-the-art learning and educational facilities through The McCain Foundation Learning Commons at AVC -- the most recent addition within the college's $45-million expansion project. UPEI News Release | Charlottetown Guardian

UPEI vet college receives $1-million donation Top Ten 11/23/2010 - 15:15 11/23/2010 - 15:15

Speaking at Dawson College Monday, federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said increased funding to promote access to higher education will be a central plank in the party's next election platform. While full details of the proposal will not be revealed until the Liberal campaign launch, Ignatieff indicated its main thrust will be to alleviate student debt and to favour access to PSE for Aboriginal students. Easing access to PSE is vital to the future of Canada's economy, Ignatieff said. Montreal Gazette

PSE to be a priority in federal Liberal's election platform Top Ten 11/23/2010 - 15:13 11/23/2010 - 15:13

As part of the jobsHere plan to grow Nova Scotia's economy, the provincial government will unveil a new workforce strategy, which aims to encourage young people to stay in school and facilitate transitions from high school to PSE and the workforce, and encourage PSE graduates to stay and work in the province. Initiatives already underway include 250 new community college seats targeting high-demand programs and professions and the graduate retention rebate. New actions outlined in the jobsHere plan include expanding recognition of foreign credentials and prior learning, strengthening the apprenticeship system by modernizing the curriculum, and growing the number of co-op, internship, and mentoring opportunities available to young Nova Scotians to support career decision making and success in the work force. NS News Release | Read the report

Further investment in training, learning part of NS economic growth plan Top Ten 11/23/2010 - 15:12 11/23/2010 - 15:12

Queen's University principal Daniel Woolf announced yesterday that he is suspending the university's fall Homecoming for another 3 years due to the continued occurrence of an illegal street party on Aberdeen Street. In 2008, then-principal Tom Williams suspended Homecoming because of the risks, associated with the Aberdeen Street event, to members of the university and Kingston community. While there has been some progress since Homecoming was suspended 2 years ago, large numbers of individuals continue to gather around Aberdeen Street. This year, there were between 1,500 and 2,000 people on the streets, with 95 arrests and 255 charges laid. In order to bring back Homecoming, Woolf "must be satisfied that the cycle of annual street gatherings has truly been broken." The decision will be reassessed in late 2013. In the meantime, Spring Reunion and Mini-U will continue to be held in late May. Queen's News Centre | Statement on Fall Homecoming

Queen's delays return of fall Homecoming Top Ten 11/23/2010 - 15:10 11/23/2010 - 15:10

London police confirm a man was arrested and weapons were seized after an employee was allegedly threatened at King's University College, an affiliate of the University of Western Ontario. The man, a contract employee at King's, faces 3 counts of uttering death threats and several weapons-related charges after firearms were seized from his apartment. Included in these threats is a King's staff member. A 34-year-old man appeared in court November 11 and was released with the promise to reappear. London Free Press | Statement from King's President

King's contract employee faces threat, gun charges Top Ten 11/24/2010 - 14:25 11/23/2010 - 15:08

York University's admissions and recruitment team has launched new ways of attracting and connecting with prospective students. New this academic year is the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, a database that collects and retains prospective student information, from their first contact up to the time they declare interest in programs of study, and beyond to submission of an application form. The CRM allows the admissions and recruitment office to provide students with information that is customized to their interests, and target specific groups or cohorts with recruitment campaigns in a more cohesive way. York U has also introduced a future student portal and an iPhone application that gives users access to news from current students and to the university's online communities. Y-File

York U launches new resources for prospective students Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 17:01 11/22/2010 - 17:01

Lambton College's paramedic diploma program has been accredited by the Canadian Medical Association, making the Sarnia-based institution one of 3 Ontario colleges to gain CMA accreditation. The program is also recognized by the Canadian Forces. Graduates could land guaranteed positions through a commitment to the Canadian Forces Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Education Plan, through which students could receive funds toward tuition, books, and academic equipment to complete their paramedic studies. Lambton College News Release

Lambton College paramedic program receives national accreditation Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 17:00 11/22/2010 - 17:00

At its Sudbury campus last Thursday, Collège Boréal held an official opening ceremony for its Centre Louis-Riel, which offers Aboriginal and Métis students a number of services in a culturally responsive environment conducive to their academic success. The centre's facilities include work stations, a seminar room, and a relaxation space. The centre also offers tutoring, help with career placement, and the application process for student financial assistance. Boréal News Release

Boréal opens Centre Louis-Riel Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 16:59 11/22/2010 - 16:59

Yesterday Nova Scotia Community College's Waterfront campus celebrated the opening of its Centre for the Built Environment (CBE). The facility is a "living" learning and research lab where students in trades and technology programs can monitor and learn from the building's renewable energy technologies in real-time. The centre features solar, wind, and geothermal energy systems, interior living walls, a green roof, and an external living wall. NSCC News Release

NSCC Waterfront campus opens Centre for the Built Environment Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 16:58 11/22/2010 - 16:58

The AUCC-organized visit by 15 university presidents to India earlier this month was seen by participants as a successful foray that could foster a deeper engagement by Canadian post-secondary schools in India. "Coming as a group, we've made a major impact in ways that we never would have if just one or two of us had come representing our own institutions," says Dalhousie University president Tom Traves. In additional to the announcement of $4 million in new scholarships and institutional partnerships, the week-long mission also saw the creation of a new alumni network, ICAN, aimed at Indian students who have studied in Canada and returned home. University Affairs

University presidents' mission to India a success Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 16:57 11/22/2010 - 16:57

Monday's Toronto Star included an 8-page section on full-time and continuing education programs at Ontario post-secondary institutions. The section covers the work of students at George Brown College's Institute Without Boundaries, who were invited by the mayor of Lota, Chile to help the city prepare for a more prosperous future. Other articles profile graduates of Centennial College's Community and Justice Services program and the University of Toronto's project management certificate. The section also features OCAD University's course on collecting contemporary art, Seneca College's aviation programs, Durham College's Community Integration through Cooperative Education program, Humber College's Teaching English as a Second Language certificate program, and Ryerson University's new certificate course in strategic marketing.

Toronto Star publishes special section on continuing education Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 16:56 11/22/2010 - 16:56

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union states the Ontario government has snubbed the International Labour Organization (ILO) by refusing to respond to the union's allegations regarding the rights of part-time college workers to unionize. An ILO report asks the province to open consultations with OPSEU to deal with the situation. Nearly 2 years ago, thousands of part-time college employees cast ballots, which have remained uncounted. In a submission to the ILO earlier this year, the National Union of Public and General Employees noted that despite amendments made to the Colleges Collective Bargaining Act, part-time employees were still being denied their right to join a union and bargain collectively. OPSEU News Release | NUPGE News Release

Ontario ignoring ILO ruling on part-time college employees, union says Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 16:54 11/22/2010 - 16:54

A University of Windsor law professor who is fighting the institution over alleged racism and sexism in its search for a new law dean now claims the school is "demonizing" her by publicly disclosing negative comments in her review process. The professor states it was unfair for uWindsor to include anonymous criticisms of her to justify the search committee's decision, and to thereby "rebroadcast...negative opinions about [her], without providing any basis for determining their weight or authority." National Post

uWindsor law prof alleges university "demonized" her character Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 16:53 11/22/2010 - 16:53

At a meeting last Thursday, the University of Prince Edward Island's board of governors passed a resolution to urge PEI's advanced learning minister "to allow sufficient time for consultation to take place with all stakeholders before making any changes to the University Act or introducing a Degree Granting Act." The university's senate has endorsed a similar statement, whose sentiment is being expressed by several groups, such as UPEI's alumni association, which has launched an online petition asking for public consultation on the proposed degree-granting legislation. The province's Opposition leader has also told Premier Robert Ghiz that Islanders should be consulted before major changes are made to higher education. UPEI News Release | Read the petition | CBC (alumni) | CBC (Opposition)

UPEI, alumni call for public consultation on degree legislation Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 16:51 11/22/2010 - 16:51

Tasked with bringing in a balanced budget for 2011-12, the University of Calgary, which is facing a $21.7-million deficit, is spending $30 million on an ongoing administrative review, and the institution is in the midst of labour negotiations with support staff, while a round of talks with faculty is set to begin early next year. uCalgary's vice-president of finances and services says he will turn in a balanced budget despite the fact a deficit budget was approved by the Alberta government last year. While the VP says layoffs are not being considered, some faculty members worry the upcoming year will be tough, with one professor telling the Calgary Herald he thinks there will be a lot of pressure to reduce support staff. Calgary Herald

Staff cuts feared as uCalgary faces $22-million shortfall Top Ten 11/22/2010 - 16:49 11/22/2010 - 16:49

According to a 30-year study conducted by researchers at Concordia University and the University of Ottawa, disadvantaged kids are more likely to drop out of high school, become young parents, and raise their own children in poverty. Of the participants who had become parents, 22.6% of mothers and 22.5% of fathers had not completed their secondary education by age 25, 40% of females and 28% of males were poor, and, on average, 35% of households were considered poor. The study found that childhood aggression and withdrawal resulted in lower school achievement. Both girls and boys who experienced academic difficulties were at greater risk for dropping out of school. Girls who failed to complete high school were at increased risk for entering motherhood at a young age and to parent in poverty, while aggressive boys were found to be at greater risk to be young parents of children who would be raised in the absence of one biological parent. Concordia News Release

Disadvantaged youth more likely to drop out, be young parents, live in poverty Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:50 11/19/2010 - 15:50

Last week, New York-based Columbia University launched a game called "The Social Experiment" to encourage students who don't know one another to talk to each other, with the incentive of possibly winning $500. To play the game, students must find others who hold passwords, which can only be revealed if the "prompt" word is said during conversation. The 10 students who collect the most passwords would win $500 each. The aim of the game is to get more students to mingle with each other in the process of foraging for passwords. While Columbia U has declined to comment on the motives behind the contest, the media has speculated the experiment is meant to counteract the mobile media culture saturating college campuses, where students are more likely to be buried in their handheld devices than poised to greet passers-by. Inside Higher Ed | Maclean's OnCampus

Columbia U "Social Experiment" pays students to talk to campus strangers Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:48 11/19/2010 - 15:48

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is the recipient of the national 2010 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award, earning gold in the education category. The award recognizes NOSM for the leadership it has demonstrated in developing a bold new approach to medical education. "This approach, which was the creation of a medical school founded on a distinctive model of distributed, community engaged learning, is designed to ensure success in responding to the health needs of the geographically, socially and culturally diverse Northern Ontario communities," NOSM states. Ryerson University and Memorial University picked up silver and bronze, respectively, in the education category. NOSM News Release

Award recognizes NOSM's approach to medical education Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:46 11/19/2010 - 15:46

Last Thursday, Shell Energy Canada and its Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) partners, Marathon Oil Canada and Chevron Canada, announced a pledge of over $2 million in long-term support for education programs and new initiatives at Alberta's Keyano College. The gift is the largest single donation Shell and its AOSP partners have made in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The funds are being directed toward establishing projects and programs, as well as new capital initiatives, including the Shell Safety Induction Centre, the Oil Sands Power and Process Engineering Lab, and a new campus in Fort Chipewyan. Keyano College News

Shell, oil sands partners donate $2 million to Keyano College Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:45 11/19/2010 - 15:45

Nunavut Arctic College staff and students and local leaders gathered in Rankin Inlet last Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the institution's Nunavut Trades Training Centre. The $23-million centre was built to support a made-in-Nunavut supply of trades people to be employed in local communities and mining operations. The 20,000-square-foot facility can accommodate over 100 students between its classrooms, computer lab, 4 furnished workshop labs, lounges, and resources library. Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut Arctic College opens trades training centre Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:43 11/19/2010 - 15:43

The City of Drummondville has received official support from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières to examine the financial feasibility of building a campus in Drummondville, which could open in 2013. Areas being considered for initial academic training at the campus include education, administration, computer science, social work, nursing, and engineering. The campus could accommodate about 1,000 full-time equivalent students in the next 5 years. UQTR News Release (in French) | Le Nouvelliste (in French)

UQTR supports Drummondville campus project Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:42 11/19/2010 - 15:42

A new study commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario observes that offering students cash in an effort to improve their marks in college or university may be more expensive than it is effective. The study involved first- and second-year students receiving financial aid in 2008-09 at the University of Toronto Scarborough. For each one-semester course, participants received $100 for obtaining a grade average of 70%, and $20 for each percentage point above a 70% grade. The findings show the financial incentives had a modest positive effect on grades, and had very small positive effects in the subsequent year, after the rewards ended. However, the researchers note, the effects were stronger for those students who had a better understanding of how the financial reward program worked. HEQCO News Release | Read the report

Financial rewards for good grades have modest effects, study finds Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:40 11/19/2010 - 15:40

According to an investigation by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, foreign-trained doctors are subject to a discriminatory treatment based on their ethnic origin in the course of the admission process leading to postdoctoral training in Quebec. Throughout the whole process, the Commission states, international medical graduates face several obstacles that disproportionately disadvantage and exclude them from medical schools in Quebec. The Commission's president is calling on all stakeholders involved in the admission process, particularly the medical schools, to revise the selection procedures and criteria which discriminate against foreign-trained doctors. In response to the investigation, the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities states provincial medical schools evaluate residency candidates, whether domestically or foreign trained, on the basis of competency and capability of succeeding in the program, and do not discriminate based on ethnic origin. CDPDJ News Release | CREPUQ News Release (in French)

Foreign-trained physicians face discrimination in accessing residency positions in Quebec, report finds Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:38 11/19/2010 - 15:38

On its website, the University of Manitoba has published its side of the story regarding its dispute with a suspended math professor over the institution's decision to award a doctoral student a PhD, despite the student having twice failed a comprehensive exam. According to uManitoba, the student aced 2 of his 3 crucial exams, wrote an exemplary thesis, and is a scholar with an above-normal number of publications. After failing the third exam, the student was told he had to withdraw from the program, but he appealed, providing documentation from a qualified psychologist maintaining the student suffered from severe, disabling exam anxiety. Under the Manitoba Human Rights Code, uManitoba was obligated to accommodate this disability. Following broad consultation with those involved with the student, the university's graduate studies dean concurred the student need not retake the third exam. uManitoba states the suspended professor has never taught the student, nor was he the student's adviser. Official statements on PhD matter | Winnipeg Free Press

uManitoba releases official statements on PhD matter Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:36 11/19/2010 - 15:36

A Seneca College flight instructor and 2 students on a training flight were killed when their single-engine plane crashed north of Pickering last Thursday evening. Around 7 pm, Durham police received a call from Pearson International Airport about a flight with which they had lost radio contact. The plane had been on its way back to Buttonville Airport when it lost contact with air traffic control. A police helicopter searched the area and found the downed plane in a farmer's field. The 3 victims, a male instructor and 2 students, one male and the other female, were believed to have been killed instantly. Out of respect, Seneca has cancelled its Seneca Week activities scheduled for this week. Seneca News | Toronto Star | Canadian Press

Seneca aviation instructor, students die in plane crash Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 15:34 11/19/2010 - 15:34

Manitoba's education minister announced yesterday the province will propose legislation requiring all young Manitobans to continue pursuing their education or training until they reach 18. Currently, students in Manitoba are required to be in school until the age of 16. Current penalties related to children under the age of 16 who are not in school would be strengthened. The education minister says she will consult widely with stakeholders about how the changes would be implemented. Alberta is considering raising its compulsory school age from 16 to 17. Manitoba News Release

Manitoba proposes increasing compulsory school age to 18 Top Ten 11/18/2010 - 15:38 11/18/2010 - 15:38

The board of governors at BC-based Northern Lights College announced Wednesday that Laurie Rancourt has been selected as the fourth president of the institution. Rancourt will join NLC after holding several senior administrative positions over a 15-year career at Collège Boréal, where she is currently the vice-president of corporate services. Prior to joining Boréal, Rancourt taught at Cambrian College. Rancourt will succeed Jean Valgardson, who will retire early next year. Rancourt's first day as president of NLC will be February 21, 2011. NLC News Release

NLC appoints new president Top Ten 11/18/2010 - 15:37 11/18/2010 - 15:37

Some prominent McGill University supporters and The Molson Foundation have made a combined $3-million donation to the university to create the Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education, named in honour of Drs. Richard and Sylvia Cruess, who are based at McGill's Centre for Medical Education. The chair will be awarded to a scholar who will reinforce the university's ability to educate talented clinicians and researchers, and who will influence the development of innovative medical curricula and teaching methods around the world. McGill News Release

$3-million gift creates chair in medical education at McGill Top Ten 11/18/2010 - 15:36 11/18/2010 - 15:36

Developed and used in the US, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) can be an effective tool to measure student engagement in Ontario's colleges, states a new study commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The report shows that 2 of the 5 benchmarks -- Active and Collaborative Learning and Academic Challenge -- predict students' performance in college. Students who responded that they frequently participated in activities related to these benchmarks had better grades and completed more courses that those who did these things less frequently or not at all. Humber College participated in the CCSSE in the winter 2009 term. It is the first and only Ontario college and the third Canadian college to take part in the survey since its launch in 2001. Report summary | Read the full report

CCSSE a promising student engagement measure for Ontario colleges Top Ten 11/18/2010 - 15:34 11/18/2010 - 15:34

On Tuesday, NSERC hosted a summit that brought leaders from academia and the private sector together with policy makers and students to identify best practices and develop innovative solutions for attracting and retaining women to careers in science and engineering. A report presented at the summit summarizes reasons for the under-representation of women in science and engineering, including stereotypes, women's lower level of self-confidence in math, girls' lack of academic preparation for a science major or career, girl's poor attitude toward science, and lack of social encouragement to pursue these fields. Possible measures identified to increase the number of women enrolled in science and engineering include mentoring programs, positive role models, exposure to professional engineering experiences, adding more women to engineering faculties, and providing a better understanding of what engineers do. NSERC Events | Read the report

NSERC summit focuses on increasing women's participation in science, engineering Top Ten 11/18/2010 - 15:32 11/18/2010 - 15:32

At a meeting last week, the University of Western Ontario's senate approved a Strategy for Enrolment Planning, under which the university will maintain the current minimum entrance requirement for first-year admission at 83% mid-year grade and 81% final grade. By the end of the upcoming 4-year planning period, UWO will try to increase its first-year international enrolment. Other recommendations for the strategy include continuing to monitor the entrance requirement gap between UWO and the Ontario average, with the objective of maintaining the current gap, and watching the incremental growth of the overall first-year class size in order to ensure the undergraduate class does not grow beyong what UWO can accommodate through its buildings and infrastructure. Western News (page 3 of PDF)

UWO senate approves enrolment planning strategy Top Ten 11/18/2010 - 15:51 11/18/2010 - 15:30

Earlier this year, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's academic council voted against cutting 13 programs. 9 of those programs are back on the chopping block for the 2011-12 academic year. The main issue is whether or not there is industry and student demand for the programs. NAIT has been holding consultations for all 9 programs to get input from students, instructors, and people working in the respective industries. NAIT's provost says there are still a number of steps needed to be taken before a final decision is made by Alberta's advanced education minister. Global News

NAIT considers cutting 9 programs Top Ten 11/18/2010 - 15:29 11/18/2010 - 15:29

At a meeting Monday, members of CUPE Local 2626, which represents teaching assistants, research assistants, correctors, and lab monitors, voted to give their bargaining committee the tool to negotiate a fair agreement. Nearly 120 members showed up at the meeting, and over 81% voted in favour of a strike mandate. The union and employer's representatives met yesterday with the help of a conciliator in hopes that a third, objective party might assist with reaching a fair contract. CUPE News Release

uOttawa TAs vote for strike mandate Top Ten 11/18/2010 - 15:27 11/18/2010 - 15:27

The Association of Atlantic Universities is siding with the University of Prince Edward Island in a dispute with the PEI government, which will introduce an act to allow other post-secondary institutions in the province to grant degrees. The AAU has written to PEI's advanced learning minister with its concerns. Dalhousie University president Tom Traves asked why the province feels the need to risk the reputation of quality institutions that already exist in PEI. A Holland College official says he welcomes new PSE institutions as long as they offer different programs. The college does not have any immediate plans to start offering degrees; its sole focus is expanding its diploma programs. CBC

AAU backs UPEI in dispute with province over degree legislation Top Ten 11/18/2010 - 15:26 11/18/2010 - 15:26

This week, York University threatened a Toronto rabbi with legal action if he continued to spread "defamatory" remarks about the university's president and did not stop encouraging non-students to protest controversial former British MP George Galloway's speech on campus Tuesday night. Last week, Rabbi Aaron Hoch sent an e-mail to 700 people on his community mailing last week informing them about Galloway's speech and asking them to "take part in protesting this outrage." In a letter to Rabbi Hoch, York U's legal counsel asked that he "remove (the message) from your web site and to direct your supporters to cease and desist the distribution of the poster." The rabbi says there was no such "poster," and that the e-mail went viral and was posted to community forums. The trigger of the university's letter was Rabbi Hoch's accusation that York U president Mamdouh Shoukri was being anti-Semitic, comments the letter calls "untrue" and harmful to the president's reputation. National Post

York U threatens rabbi with lawsuit over anti-Galloway e-mail Top Ten 11/19/2010 - 08:06 11/18/2010 - 15:24

According to a new report from the Sloan Consortium, online college enrolments in the US grew by 21% to 5.6 million last fall, the biggest percentage increase in several years. At the same time, the report's authors say online enrolment growth might begin to slow down in the near future, as the biggest drivers of growth face budget challenges and stricter recruitment oversight from the US government. Almost one million more students took a course online in fall 2009 than in the previous year, the biggest numerical increase in the 8-year history of the report, and the largest proportion increase (21.1%) since 2005. Since 2002, online enrolments have grown at more than 9 times the rate of general enrolment. Nearly a third of college students in the US take at least one online course. Inside Higher Ed

Online enrolments in US up 21% Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 15:03 11/17/2010 - 15:03

A new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows that 29,000 Ontario students in Grades 7 to 12 reported behaviours indicating they are gambling problematically. The report also found that over two-thirds of these students reported problems with substance use and/or alcohol use, and a quarter reported a suicide attempt in the past year. Delinquent behaviours were also common in problem gambling students, including theft and selling drugs. This group was 11 times more likely to report involvement in gang fights and carry a handgun, and were 20 times more likely to report selling drugs other than cannabis. The most commonly reported gambling activities among students were betting on card games and buying lottery tickets, while the least common were Internet gambling and gambling in casinos. CAMH News Release | Canadian Press

Ontario teens who gamble at greater risk for substance abuse, suicide attempts Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 15:01 11/17/2010 - 15:01

The Saskatchewan government announced Tuesday a change to the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) student category for master's and PhD graduates applying for permanent residence in the province. The change allows master's and doctoral graduates to apply for permanent residence immediately upon completion of their studies, while giving them time to transition into a career related to their discipline. Saskatchewan News Release

Saskatchewan offers fast-track residency to international graduate students Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 15:34 11/17/2010 - 14:59

BC's Selkirk College has revealed the new design for its Nelson campus performance space. The new Studio 80, now undergoing an upgrade in conjunction with the attached student residence, will feature an extra 24 seats, better soundproofing, and a "warm, vibrant" red colour scheme. The upgrade will see the stage set back slightly, with a green room, dressing rooms, and storage space taking the place of the old backstage area. While the old Studio 80 was named for the year in which it was built, the naming rights for the new space will be sold to finance the renovation. Nelson Star

Selkirk College unveils plans for Studio 80 renovation Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 14:58 11/17/2010 - 14:58

The Carleton University Students' Association (CUSA) has notified Carleton Lifeline, a pro-life student group, that the organization will not be given club status or funding unless it revises its club constitution. In an e-mail to Carleton Lifeline, CUSA states the group's club constitution is in violation of the association's anti-discrimination policy, and if the group submits a constitution that meets CUSA's criteria by today, the club will be recertified for this semester. Carleton Lifeline's president assumes CUSA's action is related to an incident involving the club last month in which the president and 4 other students were arrested on campus for attempting to display graphic posters. Carleton Lifeline News Release | National Post

Carleton student association decertifies pro-life club Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 14:56 11/17/2010 - 14:56

According to the Alberta government's latest Graduate Outcomes Survey, 9 out of 10 PSE graduates from the 2007-08 academic year are satisfied with the overall quality of their education experience. 94% of respondents said they would recommend the institution they attended, and 88% would recommend the program they completed. Most graduates surveyed felt their school offered them an opportunity to improve themselves, and most also said it provided them with a desire to continue learning. 87% believed the financial investment in their studies was worth it for the benefits gained. Alberta News Release | Read the survey report

Graduates give Alberta PSE system top marks in survey Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 14:52 11/17/2010 - 14:52

Yesterday the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students launched its province-wide "Fund the Future" campaign and policy document. The policy document recommends the provincial government progressively reduce tuition fees with the goal of ultimately abolishing them for domestic and international students at all public PSE institutions in NL. Other recommendations include expanding the current needs-based grants program, removing "tools" and "equipment" from "books" in the needs assessment formula and increasing the total allotment, eliminating the pre and during study contributions from the needs assessment formula, increasing core funding for Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic, and increasing core funding for university-based research and development. Read the report

CFS releases vision for higher education in NL Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 14:51 11/17/2010 - 14:51

Australia's Charles Sturt University (CSU), a non-profit, public university with a campus in Burlington, Ontario, is expanding its Burlington offerings to create 3 new undergraduate business degrees and another in forensic biotechnology. The institution is also waiting on approval for a new nursing degree and looking into other fields. CSU's growing curriculum means the school needs more space. The institution is now completing a $1.5-million, 11,000-square-foot expansion of its existing space, which will bring its capacity to 500 students. With CSU projecting up to 3,000 students within the next 5 years, the school is already looking at its next expansion, possibly to a free-standing, purpose-built facility. Hamilton Spectator

Australian institution expanding programs, facilities in Burlington Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 14:49 11/17/2010 - 14:49

The City of Saskatoon has donated the John Deere building, a 100-year-old downtown warehouse, to the University of Saskatchewan to serve as the home of the proposed school of architecture, a program currently under consideration by the Saskatchewan government and in the midst of uSask's own approval process. If the program is approved, the university is aiming to have an architecture school running by 2013. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Saskatoon grants uSask warehouse to house proposed architecture school Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 14:47 11/17/2010 - 14:47

Dalhousie University is asking the Nova Scotia government to give it more time to restore its underfunded pension plan. Without solvency relief, Dal says it would have to make a $12-million solvency repayment in 2011. "Given the current climate, that would be challenging to make up in terms of revenues," says the university's assistant vice-president. The most recent valuation put Dal's "solvency deficit" at $129 million, which the institution must repay according to provincial law. Dal is asking for a one-year solvency repayment holiday and 9 years to make it up. The university has argued that since it is not going to cease operations immediately, it should not be subject to the solvency test. Last spring, the province turned down Dal's request to be exempted from the solvency test. CBC

Dal asks NS government for pension relief Top Ten 11/17/2010 - 14:45 11/17/2010 - 14:45

In the middle of Ohio State University's student union one day this past spring, 69 students, professors, and staff members surprised hundreds of onlookers with a choreographed dance performance to the Glee cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," with the institution's president and mascot joining in at the end. A video of the performance on YouTube was viewed more than half a million times in its first 3 days online, and has since garnered over 1.8 million views. Ohio State U called the dance a flash mob, and such performances have become the PR tool du jour on college campuses. The dance mobs are used to liven up official events and promote campus groups. Admissions offices are even using video clips of their schools' dance mobs in their pitches to prospective students. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | Flash Mob at the Ohio Union (YouTube video)

Trend in US colleges organizing flash mobs Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:46 11/16/2010 - 15:46

Room110.com, a "Gossip Girl-type" website where students can post "updates" about each other and current affairs at their campus, reports that since its launch last week, officials at various institutions across Canada have sent letters to the student gossip site trying to have certain aspects of the site removed. Room110.com says some institutions have also tried to block its URL from campus computers. Institutions added to Room110 include UBC, York U, Ryerson, Dal, UoGuelph, McGill, McMaster, Seneca, Humber, uWindsor, uToronto, WLU, UWO, Queen's, George Brown College, and uCalgary. Room110.com News Release | Room110.com

Canadian PSE officials trying to shut down student gossip site Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:44 11/16/2010 - 15:44

Trent University joins several Canadian post-secondary institutions with the launch of a co-curricular record, an official document acknowledging student accomplishments that occur outside the classroom and are not for academic degree credit. Student leadership positions, awards, workshops, and other events can be considered for recognition on Trent's co-curricular record. Trent Co-Curricular Record

Trent launches co-curricular record Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:42 11/16/2010 - 15:42

On Monday, Association of Canadian Community Colleges president James Knight was elected chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP), a UK-based international network of colleges and associations of colleges. Knight is in the UK attending the 2010 World Congress of the Federation, whose theme this year is driving the global recovery through education. WCFP was established in 1999 to provide leadership in the delivery of applied education and lifelong learning to benefit society and the global economy. Knight will serve as chair of the organization for 2 years. ACCC News Release

ACCC president named chair of World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:41 11/16/2010 - 15:41

Some students in the Université de Sherbrooke's faculty of medicine have admitted to Radio-Canada they use Ritalin without a prescription to help them concentrate while studying. One student said he took the drug because he was so tired before exams he could barely study, while another said he and his girlfriend have taken Ritalin without a prescription to help them study. Meanwhile, other medical schools across Quebec report they are aware that the use of caffeine pills or stimulants is common. uSherbrooke's dean of medicine said he will ask students to find a better way to deal with exam stress. CBC

uSherbrooke medical students admit to Ritalin use Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:40 11/16/2010 - 15:40

For the past 6 years, Queen's University has held the top spot in Bloomberg Businessweek's biannual international MBA rankings, but this year it has fallen to the #2 spot, overtaken by France's INSEAD. Other Canadian programs making the top 10 of the international list include UWO's Richard Ivey School of Business (6), uToronto's Rotman School of Management (8), and York U's Schulich School of Business (9). This year Businessweek nearly doubled the size of the list, ranking 18 international schools in all. Other Canadian schools to make it on the full list are McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management (11) and HEC Montréal (15). Top Global Business Schools | Globe and Mail

Queen's MBA top in Canada in Bloomberg Businessweek rankings Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:38 11/16/2010 - 15:38

Last Friday, officials at Nova Scotia Community College's Marconi campus helped to prepare the "tilt up" walls for the new trades wing under construction at the campus. The 26,840-square-foot, 2-storey wing will be home to 4 programs: Automotive Service Technician, Motorcycle and Power Products, Welding and Metal Fabrication, and Heavy Duty Truck and Transport. The new $7-million wing will open next September. NSCC News Release

NSCC Marconi campus begins construction of new trades wing Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:37 11/16/2010 - 15:37

In celebration of International Education Week, BC's regional economic and skills development minister has highlighted some of the positive impacts international education has had on the province. Currently, international education contributes about $1.6 billion to the province's economy and creates close to 21,000 jobs. In 2009, over 140,000 foreign students from more than 165 countries were studying at BC's public or private post-secondary and ESL institutions. Of those, about 25,000 were specifically attending one of BC's public PSE institutions, making up approximately 6% of the total public institutions enrolment. The province's largest international partner continues to be the Asia-Pacific region, where nearly 70% of international students came from in 2009. BC News Release

International students in BC pump $1.6 billion into provincial economy Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:36 11/16/2010 - 15:36

An organization called Stop UBC Animal Research claims the University of British Columbia is ignoring provincial freedom-of-information regulations after the university missed a deadline to provide the group with informational on animal experiments. According to the organization, UBC has failed to provide any information on experiments that have used piglets, monkeys, cats, mice, or rabbits. The group has filed a complaint against UBC with the province's privacy commissioner. Vancouver Sun

Animal rights group accuses UBC of withholding information Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:34 11/16/2010 - 15:34

The First Nations Education Council announced yesterday the creation of a collegial studies centre, an important component in the founding of the new First Nations Post-secondary Institution. Scheduled to launch in Odanak, Quebec in September 2011, the First Nations Post-Secondary Institution will be accompanied by preparatory sessions for collegial students to facilitate transition from high school to PSE. Through partnerships with Dawson College and Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the school will provide a unique bilingual program, namely the First Nations Social Sciences program, accredited by the Quebec government and leading to a Diploma of Collegial Studies. First Nations Education Council News Release

New First Nations Post-secondary Institution to launch next fall Top Ten 11/16/2010 - 15:33 11/16/2010 - 15:33

Yesterday Facebook announced a next-generation online messaging service that includes facebook.com e-mail addresses. The service blends online chat, text messages, and other real-time conversation tools with traditional e-mail. The messaging system will be slowly rolled out in the coming months and adapted based on user feedback. The service will not be introduced to Canada initially. Facebook blog | AFP

Facebook launches new messaging service Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 17:04 11/15/2010 - 17:04

In a recent experiment conducted at a medium-sized public institution in the US, students using Twitter both inside and outside the classroom received higher grades than their non-tweeting counterparts. At the end of the term, the tweeters had GPAs half a point higher, on average, than did their non-tweeting peers. Students who tweeted were also more engaged. Twitter users scored higher than those who did not use the micro-blogging service on a student-engagement survey over the course of the semester -- using parameters such as how frequently students contributed to classroom discussion, and how often they interacted with their professor about course material. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Twitter use improves students' grades, engagement, US study finds Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 17:03 11/15/2010 - 17:03

American students are increasingly studying abroad in non-traditional destinations such as Peru and Chile, while US institutions are hosting a growing number of students from China, according to a new report from the Institute of International Education. Close to 128,000 Chinese students studied in the US in 2009-10, a 30% increase over the previous academic year. Chinese students represent about 19% of foreign students in the US, the highest percentage of any nation. China is followed by India and South Korea, which account for 15% and 10%, respectively. According to the report, over 260,000 American students studied abroad in 2008-09, a slight drop over the previous year and likely due to the recession. While most Americans study in Britain, Italy, and Spain, those countries have declined in popularity since 2007-08. Countries with the biggest increases include Peru, South Korea, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa. Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Canadian Press

More Chinese students studying in US Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 17:01 11/15/2010 - 17:01

To coincide with African University Day last week, African and Canadian universities announced a new $2.2-million partnership, undertaken by the Association of African Universities and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, to strengthen ties between African universities and local and regional industries to ensure the development of the skills and knowledge to meet the continent's current economic needs. As part of the partnership, individual African and Canadian institutions will team up to plan strategies for increased African university-industry linkages. For example, Ghana's University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) and Memorial University will work together to launch a co-operative education program at UMaT. AUCC News Release

Canadian, African universities form $2-million partnership Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 16:58 11/15/2010 - 16:58

According to a joint report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario and Fanshawe College, Ontario colleges could do more to ensure there are consistent practices within and across institutions to evaluate students' language skills. Assessment and upgrading practices for academically unprepared students vary across institutions, the report found. For language proficiency assessment, 62% of colleges reported some type of formal language skill assessment for some programs, while only 21% required formal assessment in all of their programs. The report states shared policies and practices or a provincial strategy would allow for better communication among practitioners and administrators, a framework for interpreting and reporting student achievements, and more seamless possibilities for transfer across institutions. Fanshawe News Release | Report summary | Read the full report

Ontario colleges need system-wide approach to improving student literacy Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 16:56 11/15/2010 - 16:56

The University of Winnipeg is planning the construction of a new 7-storey student residence. The plan for the $15.5-million residence calls for 80 to 100 units, with at least 75% of the apartments designated as affordable housing. The demand for housing is high around uWinnipeg, whose year-old McFeetors Hall residence is already full. Construction of the residence could begin in late 2011 or early 2012. Winnipeg Free Press

uWinnipeg to build new residence Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 16:54 11/15/2010 - 16:54

In a new report on budget consultations, BC's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services recommends the provincial government begin restoring the annual capital allowance allocation for PSE institutions back to pre-2009 levels. The committee also suggests the province reduce financial barriers to higher education by lowering the interest rate charged on student loans, and by establishing a provincial system of upfront needs-based grants targeted at people who are having difficulty escaping the cycle of poverty. Another recommendation is to examine the feasibility of establishing an engineering program at the University of Northern British Columbia that is appropriate for the northern region. Read the report

BC committee recommends province reinstate annual capital allowance Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 16:53 11/15/2010 - 16:53

The Saskatchewan government has contracted a business advisory firm to conduct a consultation and assessment process of the proposed merger of St. Peter's College and Carlton Trail Regional College. The 2 institutions presented the province with a joint proposal to amalgamate. Consultations will comprise focus sessions, one-on-one interviews with stakeholders, and online and written submissions. The government expects to receive a report in early 2011, and will use the findings to evaluate the proposal, particularly its alignment with provincial goals for PSE, public interest, and the success of Saskatchewan students. A decision is expected to be made in spring 2011. Saskatchewan News Release

Saskatchewan launches consultation on proposed St. Peter's College, CTRC merger Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 16:52 11/15/2010 - 16:52

Globe and Mail columnist Christie Blatchford had planned to speak at the University of Waterloo last Friday evening about her new book on the Aboriginal land dispute in Caledonia, but protesters had other ideas. As they waited for Blatchford to arrive at Hagey Hall, a handful of people occupied the stage, while others unrolled banners and shouted from the audience. One protester says the group's contention was that Blatchford's book does not explore issues central to the Aboriginal occupation, such as historic land claims and treaties. Blatchford wanted to go on with the talk, but her publicist and campus security expressed reservations about whether they could protect her. uWaterloo's assistant director of media relations says the institution will be ready for Blatchford's return visit, even in the face of protest. Waterloo Region Record

Protest results in cancellation of Blatchford talk at uWaterloo Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 16:50 11/15/2010 - 16:50

Real estate developer Richard Homburg, CEO of Homburg Canada, is pitching a plan for a new university to the Prince Edward Island government. Homburg University would focus on research and professional training in real estate, covering topics such as real estate appraisal, finance, banking, planning, and construction. If the proposal were approved by the province and the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, the university could be in operation by late 2011 or early 2012. Coming out strongly against the idea, University of Prince Edward Island president Wade MacLauchlan believes a new university in the province could undermine the reputation UPEI has built over the years. MacLauchlan is also upset he has not been kept up to date on the province's plans to allow for new degree-granting institutions, noting the proposed legislative changes require extensive consultation with Islanders. CBC

Real estate developer proposes new university for PEI Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 16:49 11/15/2010 - 16:49

The British government's recently announced plan for changing how higher education is financed envisions an average tuition rate of £6,000 at most universities, with a few charging what the government calls an "absolute limit" of £9,000. However, most universities will, in fact, end up charging the higher rate, predicts a new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute. "Those that have struggled to recruit students will initially be more cautious, but, within a few years, we believe that almost all universities will charge the maximum £9,000 fee," say the report, adding that "charging lower fees risks being identified as a low-quality or low-prestige institution." The tuition hike proposal has sparked protests in the UK. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

UK universities will opt for highest tuition fees possible, report predicts Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 16:15 11/12/2010 - 16:15

According to the second annual Managing Online Education study, a survey of 183 non-profit colleges in the US, the biggest factors holding back the expansion of online programs are lack of instructors and support personnel (61%) and budget cuts (56%). 67% reported having expansion plans hindered by "[s]tudent demand for online courses which exceeds capacity to provide these courses." Online programs will still keep growing, as 96% of respondents said they expected their schools would expand their online offerings over the next 3 years. The growth appears to be slowing slightly, though. Over the past 3 years, 27% of colleges saw their online programs grow by 20% or more, and only 13% predict that level of growth over the next 3 years. Inside Higher Ed

US report identifies internal barriers to online education expansion Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 16:13 11/12/2010 - 16:13

Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician students at Northern Lights College will soon have a hands-on training facility available on-site at the school's Dawson Creek campus. The nacelle, blades, and internal mechanisms of a wind turbine were unloaded earlier this month, and will be constructed on the campus early next year. Once in place, the equipment will provide a training tower for use by students enrolled in the Wind Turbine program, which is the only one of its kind in BC. NLC News Release

NLC building wind turbine Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 16:11 11/12/2010 - 16:11

North Island College is poised to launch an alumni association, and is asking former students to provide input on how the association should be structured. The college has set up an alumni advisory committee on which graduates can serve and participate in the project. A NIC spokeswoman says the alumni association would enable the institution to keep track of its graduates and offer them a chance to share their experiences in the real world with current students. The idea for an alumni association took root 2 years ago when a college staff committee came up with a possible framework for the association. NIC is one of the few remaining colleges in BC to form an alumni association. NIC News Release | Comox Valley Echo

NIC to establish alumni association Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 16:10 11/12/2010 - 16:10

A day before Maclean's released its latest University Rankings, University of Manitoba president David Barnard sent an e-mail to his entire staff urging them not to let the university's priorities and goals "be set by those outside the institution." No matter where uManitoba was ranked, Barnard wrote, the result was only "food for thought" and a "yard stick" for comparing universities. At the University of Saskatchewan, officials say that once students arrive on campus, they will have a better impression than the one offered by Maclean's. Cape Breton University says its position in the rankings is not a reflection of the vibrant and progressive university as it is known. The university's provost says parents and students have to look beyond university rankings to make informed decisions about PSE. Postmedia News | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix | CBU News

University officials dismiss Maclean's rankings Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 16:08 11/12/2010 - 16:08

A study commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario found that more than 70% of university professors surveyed believe research has a bigger payoff than teaching in enhancing reputation, respect of peers, and access to funds. While nearly 96% of respondents say teaching is important or very important to their professional practice, fewer (61%) believe that teaching is important or very important to their institution in judging their accomplishments. UoGuleph News Release | Report summary | Read the full report

Research more valued than teaching among university professors, report finds Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 16:06 11/12/2010 - 16:06

As it faces declining enrolments and less money, the Université de Moncton is considering cutting some programs. A report the university's senate received last month says any program that does not graduate on average at least 3 students should be reviewed. Programs to be reviewed include linguistics, chemistry, sociology, and philosophy. Even if many programs only graduate 3 students, says a uMoncton official, they may still be important to the institution either because of what they offer to the francophone community or because many of the first- and second-year courses have hundreds of students taking requirements for other programs. uMoncton is the only PSE institution in New Brunswick to see a decline in enrolment from 2009-10. CBC

uMoncton considers program cuts Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 16:04 11/12/2010 - 16:04

In response to its mention in a Toronto Star article about an Indian immigration consultant alleged to have tricked thousands of families into believing he could guarantee their children a visa to study in Canada, Canadore College states it has not been contacted by any governing body regarding fraudulent documentation of foreign student applications. As per college policy, all international students must complete a stringent academic-based application process before being accepted into a program. Should a student be granted admission, Canadore says, it is the student's responsibility to present the admission documentation to the Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate of the home country to apply for a visa and student permit. The college says it is not engaged in the process of issuing student visas, nor is it involved in determining the financial solvency of students to study in Canada. Canadore News Release

Canadore responds to article on student visa fraud Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 16:02 11/12/2010 - 16:02

42 Wilfrid Laurier University students, faculty, and staff have signed a letter of protest, sent to Ontario's training, colleges, and universities minister, after undercover police officers secretly recorded an on-campus panel discussion, hosted by the social work faculty, and used the recording to send a man to jail. One of the panellists is a G20 protester who is charged with several counts of conspiracy. As a condition of bail, he had been ordered to stay away from public demonstrations. After the protester spoke at WLU and Ryerson University, police arrested him and he was jailed for several weeks. In their letter, the WLU signatories state they are concerned the man's participation was construed as involvement in a demonstration, and they are "alarmed that our university was implicated in further silencing and criminalizing one of our guest speakers." Waterloo Region Record

WLU students, faculty decry police surveillance at on-campus talk Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 16:00 11/12/2010 - 16:00

In response to a human rights complaint of racism and sexism in its search for a new law school dean, the University of Windsor says the failed candidate and law professor who launched the complaint has a reputation for being vindictive and vengeful, and that she "lacked sufficient scholarly gravitas." uWindsor also contradicts the professor's claim she was the best of 2 failed short-list candidates. According to the university's response, the dean search committee received mostly negative feedback about the professor, including views that she was "a disruptive and divisive force" and would condemn the law school to "years of acrimony, division and dysfunction." In September, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruled it would not stop the search or appoint the professor as dean, although it maintained it has the power to do so. National Post

uWindsor rejects law dean candidate's allegations of racism Top Ten 11/12/2010 - 15:58 11/12/2010 - 15:58

As part of a broader campaign to weed out potential terrorists, Australia will include international students in a trial of biometric checks. The country's immigration department describes the screening process as a discreet, non-intrusive examination that captures a digital facial image and a 10-digit fingerprint scan. The move has raised concerns, with foreign student educators calling for it to be handled delicately to ensure negative attitudes toward Australia as a study destination are not intensified by the initiative. Starting in late 2011, Canada will require international students to submit biometric data. The Australian

Australia to collect biometric data from foreign students Top Ten 11/11/2010 - 15:23 11/11/2010 - 15:23

Tens of thousands of students marched through London Wednesday to protest government plans to triple university tuition fees, and violence broke out as a small group battled police and trashed a building containing the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party. Protest leaders said they would try to use recall powers to oust lawmakers who break an election campaign promise to abolish tuition fees. Associated Press | Reuters | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Protests over UK tuition hikes turn violent Top Ten 11/11/2010 - 15:22 11/11/2010 - 15:22

On Wednesday, Lakehead University launched the second stage of its multi-year branding and awareness campaign, which builds on the 2009-10 I Think for Myself marketing position. "The campaign continues to emphasize the Lakehead teaching experience, which helps students develop their ability to think critically, innovatively, and independently," the university says. A new crop of successful alumni is featured this year, with testimonials of how their career-related achievements stem from their educational experience at Lakehead. The campaign runs until March 2011. Lakehead News | tbnewswatch.com

Lakehead launches second stage of branding campaign Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 08:36 11/11/2010 - 15:20

At the first senate meeting of the school year, University of Victoria president David Turpin included in his report some key priorities for 2010-11 goals, approved by the institution's board of governors. Balancing the budget will continue to be a key priority for UVic. Turpin told the senate that the university community should anticipate that, even in an environment of stable funding, some "modest reductions" will be needed to offset rising costs. The president identified a focus this year on support for programs that enhance student retention and on boosting opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. Fundraising is integral to supporting students, quality programs, and aspects of capital growth, Turpin said, describing UVic as moving into a "major gift culture" where the goal is to attract larger gifts of $10 million and more. UVic Ring

UVic president lays out priorities for 2010-11 Top Ten 11/11/2010 - 15:18 11/11/2010 - 15:18

The man leading a proposal for a private university in Whistler, BC will get an opportunity to formally present the project to city council in the next few months. The proposal calls for development on 3 benches of a 77-acre site, an area made up of second growth forest and scrub-covered land, including a wetland at its southern end. The proposed university's curriculum would focus on areas such as tourism, hotel management, and the culinary arts. Pique Newsmagazine

Whistler U proposal to appear before city council Top Ten 11/11/2010 - 15:16 11/11/2010 - 15:16

New research briefs from the MESA Project show that among the lower income PSE students studied, immigrants and visible minorities are much less likely to drop out of their studies than are other students. Researchers also found that despite their successes in PSE, visible minorities, whether immigrants or not, are less likely than others to agree that "their faculty is helpful and sympathetic," and fewer say "their school is a place where they feel they belong." One of the briefs observes that immigrants, whether visible minorities or not, are less likely than their native-born peers to have themselves saved for their PSE, while visible minorities, whether immigrants or not, are more likely than non-visible minorities to have parents who had saved, especially in the case of university students. uOttawa News Release | MESA research brief 1 | MESA research brief 2

Immigrant, visible minority students less likely to drop out, study finds Top Ten 11/11/2010 - 15:14 11/11/2010 - 15:14

According to a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, getting a good job is a proven driver of college graduate satisfaction, but it is not the only thing that counts. The report observes that course-related specifics have just as much an impact on graduates' satisfaction. After controlling for labour market outcomes, it is evident that satisfaction is influenced by several aspects of education quality, such as course content, quality of instruction, and developing skills and abilities specific to the job. Report summary | Read the full report

HEQCO report examines influencers of college graduate satisfaction Top Ten 11/11/2010 - 15:12 11/11/2010 - 15:12

Carleton University's undergraduate and graduate student associations have asked for a judge to step in after the institution's administration decided to withhold the organizations' membership fees. The groups say Carleton is withholding the fees in an effort to force the associations into signing new fee agreements. Carleton states that at the suggestion of the university's financial auditors last year, it began discussions with the associations in an effort to have them provide audited financial statements to ensure the $7 million Carleton collects from students on their behalf is being disbursed by them for the purposes for which they are being collected. Carleton states both groups have resisted providing their audited financial statements to the university. CUSA News Release | Carleton News

Carleton student associations take university to court over unpaid fees Top Ten 11/11/2010 - 15:10 11/11/2010 - 15:10

The University of Manitoba's student newspaper reports that the university's faculty association has filed a grievance with the institution over the suspension of a math professor who has taken uManitoba to court over a decision to award a student a PhD without completing a comprehensive exam. The university argues that the professor violated the student's privacy by including the student's name and personal health information in the court application, therefore warranting a suspension. The faculty association is asking that the decision to suspend the professor without pay be rescinded and that he be compensated for all financial losses. The Manitoban (student newspaper)

uManitoba faculty association files grievance over prof's suspension Top Ten 11/11/2010 - 15:08 11/11/2010 - 15:08

University of Prince Edward Island president Wade MacLauchlan is upset about a provincial government plan that would give other PSE institutions the ability to grant degrees. In a letter to PEI's advanced learning minister, MacLauchlan writes that the experience of other provinces in approving new institutions has been "closer to fraud than to innovation." He says it should be a prime objective of the province to safeguard and expand UPEI's name and reputation, not to diminish the idea of a university. Charlottetown Guardian | CBC

UPEI president decries province's degree plan Top Ten 11/15/2010 - 14:10 11/11/2010 - 15:06

Teenagers who text 120 times or more a day are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who do not send as many messages, according to new research from Ohio's Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The study, conducted at 20 public high schools in the Cleveland area, found that about one in 5 students were hyper-texters and about one in 9 were hyper-networkers, those who spend 3 or more hours a day on social networking sites. Compared to heavy texters, the hyper-networkers were not as likely to have had sex, but more likely to have been involved in other risky behaviours, such as drinking and fighting. Associated Press | Postmedia News

"Hyper-texting" teens more likely to drink, have sex, US study finds Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 16:09 11/10/2010 - 16:09

Pearson Learning Solutions announced yesterday a plan to sell courses designed to prepare professors to teach online. Pearson officials say the target audience for the new courses, slated to be offered starting in January, will be institutions and systems looking to outsource training of existing faculty as they grow their Web-based programs, as well as freelancers looking to bolster their resumés as they apply for adjunct positions. The move is part of the company's strategy to expand beyond publishing into more segments of the e-learning industry. Inside Higher Ed

Pearson to sell courses aimed at preparing profs to teach online Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 16:04 11/10/2010 - 16:04

According to a new study, the average size of gifts from wealthy individuals to education at all levels in the US was $12,759 in 2009, down from $28,329 in 2007, a drop of 55%. Education organizations still received the second-largest share of donations at 19.3%. The size of all gifts from those studied dropped by nearly 35% from 2007 to 2009. Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Donations to education by the wealthy drop in US Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 16:03 11/10/2010 - 16:03

The Saskatchewan government has introduced an amendment to The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Act that will provide the institution with exemption from school and municipal taxes on property it owns, used for education purposes. The amendment will bring SIIT's legislation in line with that of other public PSE institutions. The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and SIIT's board of governors initiated the request for tax exemption on SIIT-owned property. Saskatchewan News Release

Saskatchewan amends Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Act Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 16:01 11/10/2010 - 16:01

According to new data released Tuesday, Saskatchewan continues to have the lowest number of occupational therapists per capita in Canada. The province has 25 occupational therapists per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 39. The best way to boost the number of occupation therapists would be to have a local education program, says the executive director for the Saskatchewan Society of Occupation Therapists. The University of Saskatchewan has developed a proposal for an occupational therapy program, now being considered by the provincial government. The potential program, aimed to start in 2012, would accommodate 40 occupational therapy seats and 25 speech pathology seats. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Occupational therapists scarce in Saskatchewan Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 16:00 11/10/2010 - 16:00

Despite a decade of efforts to encourage more girls to think of technical careers, the number of women enrolled in engineering programs in Canada is on decline, dropping from a high of 21% in 2001 to 17% in 2009. The dean of UBC's faculty of applied science says the decline rests squarely on the shoulders of engineering themselves, who have been focusing too much on the technology side rather than on how engineering can improve people's lives. Engineering professors interviewed by the Globe and Mail say there is still a lack of awareness of what engineers do. Some engineering schools are increasing the number of female faculty to provide more role models that will in turn help draw more young women to the profession. Meanwhile, much of the emphasis of both institutions and industry associations is getting out the message that engineering is a helpful profession. Globe and Mail

Fewer women pursuing engineering Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 15:59 11/10/2010 - 15:59

Yesterday the University of Victoria released the results of its LE,NONET Project, a 4-year national research project aimed at helping Indigenous students succeed at university. Students who participated in the project, which operated at UVic from 2005 to 2009, experienced a 100% increase in term-to-term continuation, a 20% increase in graduation rates, a 67% reduction in withdrawal rates, and one additional year of retention in their academic program. Over 90% of LE,NONET students said the program contributed to their success at UVic. Over 70% either agreed or strongly agreed that the program helped them develop their sense of Aboriginal identity. Over 73% said the project helped them feel more a part of the Aboriginal community on campus. UVic News Release | LE,NONET Project Highlights

UVic's LE,NONET Project helps improve Aboriginal students' retention, graduation rates Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 15:57 11/10/2010 - 15:57

The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology received notice yesterday from its 2 bargaining units that they are prepared to take job action as early as next week. The school's unionized employees are represented by 2 bargaining units -- Academic and Professional Services -- of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union. Earlier this week, the units submitted final offers, which SIAST rejected. When the institution turned down the offers, the bargaining units notified the conciliator that talks had ended. SIAST has begun implementing contingency plans. SIAST News Release

SIAST bargaining units serve strike notices Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 15:55 11/10/2010 - 15:55

Police in Punjab are searching for an immigration consultant alleged to have tricked thousands of local families into believing that for a fee, he could guarantee their children a visa to study in Canada. Meanwhile, the Canadian Border Services Agency is investigating 3 Ontario colleges that continued to levy hundreds of thousands of dollars in admissions fees from "a high number" of prospective students from India, never questioning why the vast majority of applicants were denied permission to travel to Canada. The Toronto Star reports that Sandeep Ohri charged thousands of dollars to help students apply and gain admission to Toronto's InterCultural Academy Institute, Brampton's Academy of Learning, and North Bay's Canadore College. Few of Ohri's clients, if any, ever made it to Canada because their visa applications were typically supported by sham bank statements and financial documents, the Star reports. Toronto Star

Indian man sought for falsely promising Canadian student visas Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 15:53 11/10/2010 - 15:53

Maclean's 20th annual University Rankings issue hits newsstands today. McGill University took the number-one spot for the sixth year in a row in the medical-doctoral category. For the third consecutive year, Simon Fraser University placed first in the comprehensive category. Mount Allison University took the top spot among primarily undergraduate universities for the fourth straight year. Maclean's ranks universities on performance measures in 6 broad areas: students/classes, faculty, resources, student support, library, and reputation. This year, the magazine reduced the reputation weighting from 22% to 20%. To correct possible bias, respondents were asked to only rate those institutions about which they have "an informed opinion." In celebration of the University Rankings' 20th anniversary, Maclean's is giving away a $20,000 scholarship. Maclean's News Release | Montreal Gazette

Maclean's releases 2010 University Rankings issue Top Ten 11/10/2010 - 15:51 11/10/2010 - 15:51

According to a new study, 62.7% of US undergraduate students surveyed have an Internet-capable handheld device, compared to 83.3% who had a laptop and 45.9% with a desktop PC. Ownership of mobile Web devices rose by more than 11 percentage points between 2009 and spring 2010, with the number of students planning to purchase such a product in the next year holding steady. The devices have also begun to play a bigger role in students' lives. In 2009, fewer than half of students surveyed who owned an Internet-capable handheld device said they used it at least one a weekly, with less than a third reporting daily use. By 2010, 42.6% reported using the devices every day and two-thirds did so at least weekly. eMarketer

Nearly 2/3 of college students have mobile Web device Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 16:05 11/09/2010 - 16:05

California-based Kno, Inc. has announced its flagship product - the Kno. The device is 2 large touchscreens joined by a hinge that specifically targets the education sector. The company refers to the Kno as a "digital textbook platform" and has partnered with several publishers to develop content for the device in a beta program that will kick off at major US post-secondary institutions this fall. Based on Linux, the Know also boats support for Adobe Flash, something that is not included on Apple's iPad. Mashable | The Kno - Tablet Textbook

Kno tablet a "digital textbook platform" Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 16:04 11/09/2010 - 16:04

According to a new report from the US-based Council of Graduate Schools, the number of new foreign students in American graduate schools increased 3% in 2010 over last year, which had no growth from the year before. Continuing a trend of recent years, the numbers from China are up 20%, while figures from India and South Korea are down. By field of study, the largest gains in first-year enrolments of international graduate students are in physical and earth sciences (up 9%), followed by arts and humanities (up 5%). The only disciplinary group showing a decline is education, which is down 7%. Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

International graduate enrolment in US up 3% Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 16:03 11/09/2010 - 16:03

According a new survey, 37% of responding Canadian teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 are interested in taking a science course at the post-secondary level, and these are teens who are currently enrolled in at least one high school science course. 82% of teens surveyed recognize that studying science opens many different career options and 84% believe that if fewer students pursue science it will have an impact on our society long-term. Teens perceive people working in science-related professions as intelligent (81%) and serious (54%), but just 4% think they are "cool." Amgen Canada News Release

1/3 of Canadian teens interested in pursuing science at PSE level Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 16:01 11/09/2010 - 16:01

Yesterday the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation released an interim report on the BC AVID Pilot Project, showing that a Canadian version of a US college-preparatory program is helping BC high school students get ready for higher education. The report observes that offering students the BC AVID program as an elective course in high school enhanced their education experience in the following ways: they were instructed in, and made more use of, a range of strategies and techniques intended to support rigorous study, and they were more likely to be enrolled in courses that are university prerequisites. The report also reveals an initial achievement "dip" whereby students offered the program typically experience lower marks in Grades 9 and 10 than they would have otherwise. However, the dip did not lead to more students failing their courses. By Grade 11, the students had recovered their grades and were less likely to fail their courses. SRDC News | Executive Summary | Read the full report

Report finds BC pilot program helping youth prepare for PSE Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 15:58 11/09/2010 - 15:58

The Canadian universities whose presidents are participating in a week-long mission to India announced yesterday funding for a series of India-specific initiatives valued at over $4 million. The centrepiece of the package is the Globalink Canada-India Graduate Fellowship Program, which will provide up to 51 awards valued at more than $3.5 million for India students who have participated in the MITACS Globalink program in 2010, an initiative that brings Indian undergraduates to Canada for summer research internships. McMaster, SFU, uToronto, UBC, uOttawa, UVic, uWaterloo, and UWO are providing funding for these new graduate fellowships. The additional investments come in the form of India-specific initiatives by participating universities including new scholarship programs for Indian students from UBC, OCAD University, Queen's, uRegina, Royal Roads U, SMU, VIU, and WLU, as well as funding for institutional partnerships for uSask and uManitoba. AUCC News Release

Canadian universities invest in India-specific initiatives Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 15:55 11/09/2010 - 15:55

Growing enrolment levels at Vancouver Island University have greatly boosted demand for the 386 on-campus housing units and many students are left scrambling to find accommodation. About 20 students are staying in a hotel as part of an arrangement established by the school in order to accommodate international students. VIU's master plan projects the institution will have an additional 1,000 on-campus housing units, including some accommodations for visitors. If there continues to be demand as VIU grows, the university will look at additional units. The private sector has begun to notice the demand for student housing. There are 2 projects that could be built within the next few years, providing more than 100 rental units geared toward students. Nanaimo Daily News

VIU students face housing crunch Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 15:53 11/09/2010 - 15:53

The Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill, which represents teaching assistants and examination invigilators at the university, is angry that posters promoting a drive to unionize the contractual positions of course lecturers have been taken down repeatedly. The group contends the move violates freedom of expression and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. The posters were placed on the doors of staff sympathetic to the cause and on bulletin boards where the association says it is allowed to post union news. McGill's associate vice-principal of human resources says the decision to remove the posters has to do with the association not following the rules. "Posters have to be signed and approved. We have limited space, and this group simply didn't follow the rules." Montreal Gazette

McGill TA association decries removal of union drive posters Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 15:52 11/09/2010 - 15:52

Mount Allison University's faculty association says the New Brunswick government should stay out of collective bargaining talks between the university and its professors. The association's president says the PSE minister's decision to appoint a conciliation board to revive failing discussions "is a waste of time and money." Labour negotiations between Mount Allison and the faculty association have to this point failed with both parties remaining far apart, says the association's president. Negotiations have been ongoing since late May, and the former contract ended on June 30. Telegraph-Journal

Province should stay out of contract talks, say Mount Allison faculty Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 15:51 11/09/2010 - 15:51

Politicians, students, and the media are divided over the Ontario government's new Ontario Trillium Scholarships, intended for international doctoral students. The province's Progressive Conservative party has launched a petition calling on Premier Dalton McGuinty to cancel the program and invest the fund allocated to those scholarships in Ontario students instead. An editorial in the Toronto Star says the scholarship plan "not only gives our universities an academic advantage on campus, it will also serve as an overseas marketing tool and an investment in future tuition revenues and economic growth that will pay dividends for Ontario." Meanwhile, a Barrie Examiner editorial questions why there is taxpayer money available to international students before there is funding available for Ontario students. The Canadian Federation of Students welcomes the increased financial support for foreign students. Ontario PC website | Globe and Mail | Toronto Star | Barrie Examiner | Windsor Star | CFS News Release

Debate continues over Ontario's new international student scholarship program Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 15:49 11/09/2010 - 15:49

In the week-long run-up to its semi-annual BIG Info session, which takes place today, the British Columbia Institute of Technology has answered potential students' questions directly using YouTube videos and social media. Individuals who submit questions to be answered by current students have the chance to win a $1,000 tuition credit. Pre-registration for the BIG Info session has hit an all-time high, surpassing last year's record numbers. BCIT BIG Info session blog

BCIT runs social media campaign for BIG Info session Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:41 11/09/2010 - 09:41

We've recently noticed that Medicine Hat College has redesigned its website. Dominating the homepage is a large, rotating graphic banner linking to information for future students, current students, international students, alumni, employees, parents and supporters, and counsellors. The homepage has a section dedicated to first-year student Ryan Carlson, the "face" of MHC, who is documenting his college experience through a blog and self-produced videos. The homepage also includes links to MHC's Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel, and Flickr gallery. MHC website

MHC launches new website Top Ten 08/17/2012 - 12:13 11/09/2010 - 09:40

A Confucius Institute opened at Saint Mary's University last Monday, making it the eighth such Institute in Canada. The establishment of the Institute is the culmination of more than 20 years of co-operation and academic and research exchange between SMU and Xiamen University. Confucius Institutes promote Chinese language, arts, culture, and history, as well as support the local teaching of the Chinese language. To date, there are nearly 300 Institutes around the world, encompassing over 50 countries. SMU News Release

Confucius Institute opens at SMU Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:39 11/09/2010 - 09:39

Memorial University's faculty of business administration has been accredited by the Canadian Institute of Management. The accreditation means the faculty's undergraduate degree programs automatically meet the academic requirement portion of the Certified in Management professional designation. The faculty's dean says the accreditation gives students an added incentive to choose one of the faculty's undergraduate degree programs. MUN News Release

MUN business faculty receives national accreditation Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:38 11/09/2010 - 09:38

Students at College of the Rockies' Cranbrook campus have a new and improved place to study and learn following the completion of the $12.74-million expansion and renovation of Kootenay Centre. The new upper-level addition and renovate area is now the central hub for student services and provides an improved entrance to the campus. The new lower-level addition includes study areas, faculty offices, and 7 new classrooms. BC News Release

COTR completes expansion of Kootenay Centre Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:37 11/09/2010 - 09:37

Yesterday's Globe and Mail featured a special section on MBA schools. The report's articles cover advice from admissions officers on MBA school applications, the debate on whether business schools are female-friendly, the latest research coming out of business schools, and early-morning MBA programs. The special section also features interviews with a Toronto Argonauts player enrolled at York U's Schulich School of Business and the dean of the Hong Kong campus of UWO's Richard Ivey School of Business. Report on MBA Schools

Globe publishes special report on business education Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:37 11/09/2010 - 09:36

Members of the Association of Atlantic Universities have completed their first-ever collaboration on publishing a common set of measures in order to provide students, their parents, and other interested parties with more accessible information about university operations and outcomes. The Atlantic Common University Data Set allows users to access and compare data based on common definitions and displayed in a similar format. Most of the data refers to the 2009-10 school year, while information about tuition and fees is provided for the current academic year. AAU website | Atlantic Common University Data Set

Atlantic universities release first common data set Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:35 11/09/2010 - 09:35

According to a new study from the Conference Board of Canada, Ontario colleges are making positive contributions to the economy, business, and individuals by stimulating applied research and development and advancing much-needed innovation. Of the 29 business-college collaborations studied, almost all have led to the development of a new or improved good, service, or process. For students, taking part in applied research projects provides industry-relevant experience, improved technical and employability skills, and entrepreneurship skills. The study observes there is an opportunity to achieve much more by further investing in Ontario colleges. According to an economic impact model undertaken by the Conference Board, boosting federal and provincial spending on R&D and directing it to colleges ($93 million) would boost Ontario's economy by nearly $150 million (constant dollars) and create 2,600 jobs between 2011 and 2014. Conference Board of Canada News Release | Read the report

Conference Board report examines impact of Ontario colleges' applied research Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:34 11/09/2010 - 09:34

If increased university participation by under-represented groups is a priority, states a new Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario report, streamlining transfer opportunities from college and university would be an effective method and would build the Ontario government's Open Ontario plan to improve student mobility. The report says a provincial body tasked with overseeing the co-ordination of and transfer between colleges and universities would improve system-wide accountability and reduce student confusion through clear, accessible, and consistent information about the transfer process. Report summary | Read the full report

Facilitating transfer process could improve PSE access, says HEQCO report Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:33 11/09/2010 - 09:33

St. Thomas University is investigating claims that a student who was found dead in Fredericton apartment building the morning of October 24 was involved in a hazing party. A report in a campus newspaper claims Andrew Bartlett, a rookie member of the university's volleyball team, was at a party the night before where new players were hazed by the veterans. STU president Dennis Cochrane has appointed the dean of students and registrar and the university's athletic director to determine whether the allegations are true. Cochrane expects a report into the matter to be completed within 2 to 3 weeks, the same time frame needed for Fredericton Police to complete their investigation into Bartlett's death. CBC

STU investigates whether student died after attending hazing party Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:32 11/09/2010 - 09:32

Apple announced Friday that the University of Oxford, Rice University, and the Open University have all added digital books to the lectures and other materials traditionally available on iTunes U. Oxford's free e-book contributions include Shakespeare's entire First Folio. The Open University added 100 interactive books, with another 200 to come by the end of the year. Rice University published 18 of the most popular textbooks from Connexions, its open-education project. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Free e-books available on iTunes U Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:28 11/09/2010 - 09:28

100 colleges and universities in the US are charging $50,000 or more for tuition, fees, room, and board in 2010-11, up from 58 institutions the year before, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education analysis of College Board data. This year marks the first time a public institution has made the list -- the University of California at Berkeley is charging out-of-state residents $50,649 for tuition, fees, room, and board. Many students at the most-expensive schools are paying significantly less than the full, published prices, thanks to financial aid. The College Board estimates that the average net price for tuition and other fees at private, 4-year colleges has fallen slightly from the level 5 years ago, when adjusted for inflation, to $21,020 this year. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

Tuition at 100 US colleges surpasses $50K Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:27 11/09/2010 - 09:27

The University of Ottawa has developed a prospective graduate student portal, whose primary goal is to provide information about the university's graduate studies programs, campus life, and the resources both on and off campus. The microsite features an events listing for education fairs, scholarship and award information, and links to Facebook and Twitter accounts. Discover uOttawa

uOttawa launches prospective graduate student microsite Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:26 11/09/2010 - 09:26

The University of Windsor signed a memorandum of agreement Friday at Henan University in China, strengthening uWindsor's commitment to internationalization. The agreement offers potential opportunities such as a scholar exchange, collaborative research for advanced graduate fellow and professional staff, and the promotion of joint projects for the identification of automotive-related executive training for Chinese professionals and government officials through uWindsor's Odette School of Business. This memorandum of agreement is the first in a series uWindsor will be signing in the next few years. uWindsor News Release

uWindsor signs agreement with Henan University Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:25 11/09/2010 - 09:25

The Kativik School Board is working toward a Nunavik version of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, an Ottawa-based college-level program for Inuit students. The Nunavik program, which could open its doors in fall 2012, will be based in Montreal because students have identified that they benefit from the independence gained in being away from home, says the school board's academic adviser. Founded in 1985, Nunavut Sivuniksavut offers students courses on land claims, Inuit history, contemporary issues, politics, and the Inuktitut language. The program is affiliated with Algonquin College. Nunatsiaq News

Nunavik school board planning college-level program for Inuit youth Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:24 11/09/2010 - 09:24

Last Thursday, North Island College celebrated the opening of its new Aboriginal gathering place at the Port Alberni campus. The gathering place is a traditional west coast style open-sided structure supported by cedar logs harvested in partnership with the Hupacasath and Tseshaht First Nations. The facility will be used for ceremonies, celebrations, classes, and will be a resource for NIC and the community. The gathering place is one of 27 being built at public PSE institutions across BC through a $13.6-million investment from the provincial government. BC News Release

NIC opens Aboriginal gathering place Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:24 11/09/2010 - 09:24

Camosun College celebrated Friday the completion of 3 of its Knowledge Infrastructure Program projects. At the Lansdowne campus, an antiquated 1914 gymnasium in the Young Building was converted into a modern fitness centre and weight room. The campus's new Alan Batey Library and Learning Commons features an electronic classroom, additional computer workstations, DVD/media view rooms, a seminar classroom, and a lounge area. The renovated Interurban Campus Centre Library and Learning Commons includes group break-out areas, computer classrooms, laptop-supported study carrels, and one-stop shopping for student learning and support services. BC News Release

Camosun completes 3 KIP-funded projects Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:23 11/09/2010 - 09:23

The McMaster Jewish Students Association is opposed to the upcoming campus visit by former British MP George Galloway, who had been banned from entering Canada last year due to his financial support to Palestinian group Hamas, which the federal government considers a terrorist organization. The association's director says the event conflicts with a university-brokered agreement called the McMaster Peace Initiative, whose signatories committed to keeping debate free, open, and in a respectful, academic tone. The director says her group will not be taking any action against the talk, but there is an overall feeling of disappointment among Jewish students. The co-president of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, one of the campus groups organizing the event, says the purpose of Galloway's talk is to foster dialogue. Hamilton Spectator

Tensions surface at McMaster over George Galloway's visit Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:22 11/09/2010 - 09:22

There is a $47.5-million deficit looming at the University of Calgary, but the institution says the short-term future is not as grim as it looks and measures have already been taken to address the shortfall that was project for 2013-14 in the university's business plan. For example, uCalgary introduced this fall a non-academic fee of $450 per student that is expected to generate $4 million this year and $12 million in 2012-13, when students stop receiving partial rebates on the fee. As of last week, the university's endowment fund had rebounded from a steep decline during the economic downturn to hit a record high of $422 million after a 30% increase in value over the last year. Calgary Herald

uCalgary facing $47.5-million deficit Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:21 11/09/2010 - 09:21

2 former University of Toronto students who were charged in connection to an on-campus demonstration in March 2008 have launched a lawsuit against the university, campus police, uToronto president David Naylor, and several other administrators. The pair allege they took no active part in the altercation between students and campus police, but the university targeted them because they were student leaders and that authorities needlessly prolonged the legal procedures that would lead to the charges being stayed by a judge. "The University of Toronto, and its staff members who have been unfairly targeted by the plaintiffs, will be defending the claim vigorously," the institution says in a written statement. Globe and Mail

Former uToronto students sue university after melee with campus police Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:20 11/09/2010 - 09:20

According to a new survey by the US-based National Association of College Stores, 76% of responding college students would pick a printed book over an e-textbook if the choice was left entirely up to them. About 13% of respondents said they had bought an e-book in the past 3 months, and most of those said they did so because a digital edition was required by their instructor. Only 8% of those surveyed own an e-reader device such as Kindle or Sony Reader. The iPhone was listed as the most popular device for electronic reading. NACS News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

College students continue to prefer printed books, survey finds Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:19 11/09/2010 - 09:19

Trent University's Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Science is the first university program to be officially accredited to the National Standard of Environmental Programs in Canada by the Canadian Environment Accreditation Commission of the Environmental Careers Organization Canada. The program's chairman hopes the accreditation is a way for Trent's reputation to expand outside of other academic programs in terms of industry and students. Trent News Release | Peterborough Examiner

Trent environmental program receives national accreditation Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:18 11/09/2010 - 09:18

As part of its applicant selection process, McMaster University's medical school has implemented a new tool called "CASPer," the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal characteristics. All applicants must complete the test, which is divided into 12 five-minute long sections. 8 of the sections include video clips presenting applicants with "situational challenges," and the remaining 4 involve "self-descriptive questions." On its website, the med school states that compared to the autobiographical sketch, the online evaluation is "significantly more reliable, predicts much more validly for subsequent performance, and requires less applicant time." Maclean's OnCampus

McMaster med school introduces online test to evaluate applicants Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:17 11/09/2010 - 09:17

Lambton College reports that it has reached a second year of record first-year enrolment. Despite a declining population of high school graduates, enrolment at the institution has risen from 2,400 to over 3,300 since 2006, with more than half of students coming from outside Sarnia. Lambton is also seeing record enrolment at its Skilled Trades Training Centre, which now trains more than 600 apprentices locally. Lambton News Release

Record enrolment at Lambton College Top Ten 11/09/2010 - 09:16 11/09/2010 - 09:16

Holland College announced Friday it is partnering with the Confederation Centre of the Arts to form the Holland College School of Performing Arts. In September 2011, the school will offer a 2-year diploma program in Contemporary Music Performance and a one-year Performing Arts Foundation certificate program, followed by the addition of a 2-year Dance Performance diploma in September 2012. A study released this summer observed the need for a post-secondary arts school in Prince Edward Island in order to renew an aging population of artists. Holland College News Release

New performing arts school at Holland College Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:43 11/08/2010 - 18:43

A new Colleges Ontario report says Ontario's colleges are helping drive the province's transition to a sustainable economy by training graduates for new "green-collar jobs." In the last 3 years, 35 new programs have been introduced across Ontario to help produce employees who are ready for innovations ranging from green business management to alternative energy engineering technology. The report highlights the contributions colleges are making in 4 areas: creating graduates with job-ready skills for green energy and the green economy; building partnerships with green innovators; providing green leadership in the community; and showcasing green facilities and equipment. Colleges Ontario News Release | Read the report

Ontario colleges driving shift to green economy, says report Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:41 11/08/2010 - 18:41

The University of Toronto's renowned Centre for Comparative Literature will stay open after its proposed closure drew an outcry from scholars worldwide and protests from students and faculty. The centre's closure was recommended in the arts and science faculty's 5-year academic plan, which called for several departments to be rolled into the new School of Languages and Literature. A number of departments and bodies threatened by the academic plan appear to be slated for survival, except for the Centre for International Studies, which will be absorbed by the expanding Munk School of Global Affairs. Globe and Mail

uToronto drops plan to close Centre for Comparative Literature Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:40 11/08/2010 - 18:40

The University of Alberta announced Thursday it has revoked the student-group privileges of a fraternity accused of subjecting its pledges to severe hazing. uAlberta's campus protection services launched an investigation late last month after an article appearing in a student paper detailed the alleged hazing incidents. The fraternity's suspension means it will no longer be entitled to the rights accompanying student-group status, such as the use of campus facilities, use of institution liquor and gaming licenses, and access to and ability to rent university equipment. An investigation under the university's code of student behaviour is ongoing. uAlberta ExpressNews | Edmonton Journal | CBC

uAlberta fraternity loses student group registration over hazing allegations Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:38 11/08/2010 - 18:38

The University of Manitoba has suspended a mathematics professor accused of violating the institution's privacy regulations with respect to the identity of a doctoral student who had been asked to withdraw from the program after twice failing a comprehensive exam, later succeeding in appealing that decision to the graduate studies dean. In a court application to have the dean's decision reversed, the professor makes reference to the student's identity and personal health information, which was "unauthorized," says uManitoba president David Barnard. In outlining reasons for the professor's suspension, Barnard calls the professor "'insubordinate' and further accuses him of 'having engaged in a pattern of behaviour with regard to [the] student which the university considers to be harassment.'" The professor is grieving his suspension through the faculty union and his students have circulated a petition calling for his reinstatement. Maclean's OnCampus

uManitoba professor suspended over privacy violation Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:30 11/08/2010 - 18:30

A Canadian Association of University Teachers investigation finds that Ramesh Thakur was unjustly fired from his position as director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) over his objection to the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the school's principal private partner, asserting a stronger role in the institution's governance. The report calls on the school's partners -- CIGI, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University -- to apologize publicly to Thakur for his termination, and calls for changes to the BSIA's governance structure to ensure the 2 universities have independent control over the school's academic mission. uWaterloo and WLU say they "strenuously" disagree with the report, arguing it is based "on flawed and incomplete interpretation of the circumstances and rationale for the decisions." CAUT News | uWaterloo News Release | Globe and Mail | Read the report

Balsillie School director unjustly fired, CAUT investigation concludes Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:29 11/08/2010 - 18:29

This week, the dean of students at Delaware-based Wesley College mistakenly forwarded to the school's 2,400 students an e-mail containing the names of 18 students at risk of flunking out. Originally sent to academic advisers, the e-mail described one student as having dug a hole "deeper than the mine shaft in Chile." When college officials discovered the error, IT staffers recalled the e-mail, but not before "a dozen or so" students had opened it. The institution has apologized to the students named in the e-mail. The breach potentially violates the school's obligations under the US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Dover News Journal | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Delaware college dean sends list of failing students to all students Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:24 11/08/2010 - 18:24

The University of Alberta's Augustana campus has reached a partnership with United International College, a fledgling liberal arts institution in China. The agreement establishes a framework for co-operation in teaching, research, student, and faculty mobility between the 2 institutions. Founded in 2005 as a joint venture of Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University, United International College describes its particular purpose as advancing internationalization and "taking the lead in implementing liberal arts education in China." uAlberta ExpressNews

uAlberta Augustana campus signs agreement with Chinese liberal arts college Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:23 11/08/2010 - 18:23

Holland College has been chosen as one of Aon Hewitt/Queen's University's 2011 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada, the only post-secondary institution to make the list. The award is based on the results of employee surveys conducted this past spring. Holland College president Brian McMillan says "the survey result is a direct reflection of our staff commitment to students and to one another, and adds to our growing reputation for excellence in training and education." Holland College News Release | 2011 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada

Holland College among Canada's 50 best small and medium employers Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:22 11/08/2010 - 18:22

The Ontario government announced yesterday it is creating 75 new specialty residency positions at provincial medical schools. The new post-graduate specialty spaces will be phased in over 5 years, with the first residences beginning training next summer. With yesterday's announcement, the number of post-graduate specialty training positions will have increased by over 80% since 2003. The province reports that by 2014, more than twice as many doctors will be graduating from Ontario's medical schools as in 2003. Ontario News Release

Ontario adds specialty residency positions to medical schools Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:22 11/08/2010 - 18:22

A province-wide shortage of trained child care workers is threatening the implementation of full-day kindergarten, warns the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care. Child care workers have been leaving the profession in droves because of low wages and poor working conditions, the coalition's co-ordinator says. The coalition says the provincial government needs to work with universities and colleges to train more early childhood educators and encourage them to stay in the field by improving wages and benefits. Ontario's education minister says she is working with the training, colleges, and universities minister on the training issue, but makes no promises on wages, as they vary widely across the province. Toronto Star

Child care worker shortage looming in Ontario, advocates warn Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:21 11/08/2010 - 18:21

College of the North Atlantic officials are crediting innovative recruitment efforts for a 10.5% increase in enrolment for the 2010-11 academic year. President Bruce Hollett says the college had to do some alternative planning because many regular recruiting activities were cancelled or postponed in order to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus last fall. As a result, enrolment projections this past January were down by over 11% compared to 2009 estimates. At a time when high school populations are declining across Newfoundland and Labrador, Hollett says it is encouraging to see that CNA is still an attractive option for students. CNA News Release

Enrolment at CNA rises despite low projections Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:20 11/08/2010 - 18:20

Overall enrolment at Maritime universities was up 1.5% in the 2009-10 school year, with 70% of students coming from the region, according to figures released yesterday by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. A breakdown of provincial statistics shows PEI with a 2.4% increase, Nova Scotia with a 1.8% increase, and New Brunswick with a 0.8% increase. Women account for 59% of Maritime university students. They outnumber men in all fields with the exception of commerce and administration (45%), engineering and applied sciences (20%), and mathematics and physical sciences (30%). 15,541 certificates, diplomas, and degrees were granted by Maritime universities in 2009, down 2.7% from the previous year. MPHEC News Release | 2009-2010 Enrolment and Credentials Granted Statistics

MPHEC releases enrolment, credential stats for 2009-10 Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:19 11/08/2010 - 18:19

At every level and in every region of Canada, more young people are attending university, with 898,000 full-time students currently enrolled, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada reports in a new brochure. The demand for university graduates in the past 2 decades has been high: of the 1.5 million new professional and management positions created, 1.3 million were filled by university graduates. "The increased demand is a direct response to the shift in Canada's labour market from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy," AUCC states. AUCC News Release | The Value of a Degree in Canada's Labour Market

The value of a degree in Canada's labour market Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:18 11/08/2010 - 18:18

The Surrey Board of Trade recently released a position paper on the state of education and its ramifications on the South Fraser region's economy. The paper points out that by 2016, one-third of graduating high school students will be from a South Fraser secondary school, yet regional cities have fewer than 100 post-secondary seats per 1,000 population compared to the BC average of 244 seats. The paper calls on the provincial government to develop and implement plans to increase the capacity at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Surrey Trade of Board News Release | Georgia Straight | Read the paper

Paper calls for more education resources in South Fraser region Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:17 11/08/2010 - 18:17

The heads of major Canadian universities say they are facing budget crunches with a 55% increase in enrolment over the last 15 years, combined with dwindling operating budgets. In a meeting with federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty this week, the administrators said that while they were pleased with the outcome of the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program, they will need sustained and balanced support from federal and provincial governments to keep top students and faculty members in the country. The administrators hope the different levels of government can continue to work together with initiatives similar to the Knowledge Infrastructure Program to make the necessary investments, without infringing on each other's constitutional responsibilities. Postmedia News

University leaders discuss budget concerns with finance minister Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:16 11/08/2010 - 18:16

The University of Ottawa has developed an online portal showcasing its French-language health programs. The microsite features video interviews with students in uOttawa's audiology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, psychology, social work, and medical programs. The students discuss the benefits of an education at uOttawa. devienspluscompetent.ca (in French)

uOttawa launches microsite for French-language health programs Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:14 11/08/2010 - 18:14

Carleton University and the University of Central Asia (UCA) have launched a partnership to pursue academic development and research. Earlier this year, Carleton approved funding for a pair of doctoral students to study toward a PhD at its School of Public Policy and Administration. Upon graduation, the students will be offered teaching positions at UCA, contributing to capacity-building in the region and a long-term relationship between the two institutions. Carleton News Release

Carleton forms partnership with University of Central Asia: Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:14 11/08/2010 - 18:14

Last Friday, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, the Saskatoon Public Schools, and the Saskatchewan Trades and Skills Centre celebrated the grand opening of the Avenue W Education Centre, which accommodates programming and services for the 3 organizations. The facility is home to several SIAST programs, relocated from the institution's Kelsey campus, along with a state-of-the-art early childhood education demonstration centre. SIAST News Release

SIAST celebrates new education centre Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:13 11/08/2010 - 18:13

Yesterday marked the official opening of Northern College's $17.3-million Centre of Excellence for Trades and Technology at its Porcupine campus in Timmins. The facility comprises over 30,000 square feet of shop space, classrooms, and work labs, complete with new computers and high-tech equipment. Northern College president Fred Gibbons says the facility will help keep people in the north, adding that students on technology apprenticeships will no longer have to leave Timmins in order to complete their programs. Timmins Times

Northern College open trades centre in Timmins Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:12 11/08/2010 - 18:12

Memorial University's medical school will no longer use pigs in the instruction of students. The dean of medicine says the school has been looking at the issue for several years and indicates the entire curriculum is under review. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has been after MUN to discontinue the practice of using pigs and stated earlier this month it planned to write to the Canadian Council on Animal Care requesting it take away the med school's Certificate of Good Animal Practice. While that was a factor in the school's decision, the dean says, it was more about looking at the best ways to educate future doctors. The dean says pigs were only used in one course offered in the spring. VOCM

MUN med school ends use of pigs Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:11 11/08/2010 - 18:11

In the latest College Sustainability Report Card, the majority of the 19 Canadian universities listed in the report have either improved their standing or remained steady compared to last year's grading. The highest grade among Canadian institutions this year is "A-," shared by UBC, uCalgary, and uToronto. McGill, UNB, UVic, and York U each earned a "B+." uAlberta, Dal, McMaster, and Queen's all received a "B." The "B-" grade was awarded to UoGuelph, uLaval, UWO, and WLU. Carleton, uSask, and uWaterloo each earned a "C+." uManitoba came in last with a "C." College Sustainability Report Card 2011

3 Canadian universities share "A-" in sustainability report card Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:10 11/08/2010 - 18:10

Students and post-secondary educators in BC are puzzled by the provincial government's decision to split the advanced education ministry into two separate departments -- one for colleges, the other for universities. The president of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC says her group's concern is that dividing PSE responsibilities between 2 ministers "may well detract from the kind of collaboration that we think is necessary and possible." The BC chapter of the CFS is calling on the province to explain the split of the advanced education ministry. Both organizations seek clarification from the 2 ministers about how they will work to ensure effective co-ordination of higher education programs, policies, and funding. FPSE News Release | CFS-BC News Release

Students, educators question BC's new PSE ministries Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:09 11/08/2010 - 18:09

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations expresses concern over a Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario paper promoting more university differentiation. OCUFA suggests the paper argues for a system of university funding that "will effectively make universities minions of government." Both the faculty group and the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students argue that this system would undermine academic freedom. The CFS suggests that taken to the extreme, this model could lead to a tiered university system of research-intensive and teaching-only institutions. OCUFA News Release | CFS-O News Release

Faculty, student groups reject HEQCO's vision for university differentiation Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:06 11/08/2010 - 18:06

In a report released Tuesday, Alberta's auditor general says the University of Calgary must do a better job of protecting against unauthorized access to confidential online information. For the fourth time, the auditor general's office repeats its recommendation that uCalgary improve controls over access security to programs and data. Numerous problems remain around the institution's research management, the auditor general says, noting that 4 out of 7 previous audit recommendations have not been met. The report also recommends that Athabasca University continue to improve its governance and oversight of information technology. Office of the Auditor General of Alberta News Release | Calgary Herald | Read the report

uCalgary must improve security of online information, says Alberta auditor general Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:04 11/08/2010 - 18:04

The University of Waterloo's "Campaign Waterloo" has ended with $613.2 million in donations, more than twice the original goal of $260 million. In what was informally dubbed "the puck in the net," $45 million was raised in the last 3 months before David Johnston left the role as president of the university to become Canada's Governor General. In all, more than 60,000 individuals made contributions to the campaign. Of those donors, 66 made gifts of $1 million or more. It is expected that uWaterloo will continue to raise $100 million each year. uWaterloo News Release | Waterloo Region Record

uWaterloo fundraising campaign raises over $613 million Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:03 11/08/2010 - 18:03

The Saskatchewan government has amended the Skills Training Benefit Regulations to increase the living allowances under the program to match the new 2010-11 student loan rates. The amendments will increase living allowance rates for single persons by $101 per month, $181 per month for single parents, and $199 per month for married couples. The changes will benefit up to 500 Saskatchewan learners. Saskatchewan News Release

Saskatchewan amends Skills Training Benefit Regulations Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:01 11/08/2010 - 18:01

The University of Regina Students' Union (URSU) has taken a stance against continued membership in the Canadian Federation of Students and is holding a referendum this week to exit the national organization. URSU's president says a growing number of students are feeling as though the CFS is not offering an appropriate amount of services for the membership fees charged annually. One key issue is that Saskatchewan has not had a CFS staff organizer for several years. The CFS's national chairman described the URSU's stance as "a very irregular situation to say the least," stating that it is vital for students to continue to work together across Canada to fight for a more high-quality and affordable PSE system. Regina Leader-Post

uRegina student union holds CFS membership referendum Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:00 11/08/2010 - 18:00

Members of the Trent University community gathered Monday to officially open the new $17.2-million Life and Health Sciences Building. The facility will house the university's anthropology, nursing, and psychology departments. Trent president Steven E. Franklin says the building will serve as a platform for the institution to "continue to build on its reputation for delivering high quality educational programs to students pursuing studies in the growing life and health sciences disciplines." Trent News Release

Trent opens Life and Health Sciences Building Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:59 11/08/2010 - 17:59

According to new figures from the University of Guelph, the institution is returning over $750 million to the community each year in direct and indirect spending. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors spent an estimated $400 million in Guelph. UoGuelph generated an additional $350 million in the form of increased business volume, with student "business traffic" representing about $85 million of that amount. The university brings over 11,600 full- and part-time jobs to the Guelph community, making it the city's second-largest employer. Including operations, business spinoffs, and research and commercialization activities, the total economic impact of UoGuelph is estimated at over $1 billion. UoGuelph News Release

UoGuelph makes $750-million impact on local economy Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:59 11/08/2010 - 17:59

York University's Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program placed first among Canadian business programs in new rankings by the Financial Times of London. The program placed 23rd overall. Other Canadian EMBAs listed in the rankings include those offered at UWO's Richard Ivey School of Business and uToronto's Rotman School of Management (tied at 29), uAlberta and uCalgary (48), Queen's School of Business (55 in partnership with Cornell University and 69 on its own). Y-File | Financial Times EMBA Rankings 2010

York U EMBA top in Canada in FT rankings Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:58 11/08/2010 - 17:58

Graduate student enrolment at Memorial University has increased by 10.3% over last year to a total of 2,954 students. Total enrolment at the university is 17,994 students, up by 2.2% from last year. Undergraduate enrolment at the St. John's campus increased by 0.6%, while enrolment at the Grenfell campus is up by 2.2%. MUN News

Graduate enrolment boom at MUN Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:57 11/08/2010 - 17:57

As part of cabinet changes announced Monday, BC's Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has been split into the Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development and the Ministry of Science and Universities. The former's responsibilities include colleges, post-secondary financing (excluding universities), and post-secondary policy and accountability (excluding universities). Among the latter's responsibilities are universities, university financing, university policy and accountability, and student financial assistance. BC News Release

BC splits up advanced education ministry Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:56 11/08/2010 - 17:56

The University of Prince Edward Island will not disclose its shortlist of presidential candidates, as some good candidates advised they would withdraw because they do not want to expose themselves or their current positions through a public process. Until this year, shortlisted candidates have given public presentations to students and staff. Now, the only people who will meet and question the candidates are the 12 members of the presidential search committee. Some UPEI faculty members say they deserve to know who is on the shortlist. "It does breed suspicion when you close a process like that down, particularly one for such an important decision," says one professor. CBC

UPEI keeps presidential candidate shortlist secret Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:55 11/08/2010 - 17:55

Dalhousie University security staff are warning students that someone is secretly filming women on the Studley campus, the largest of Dal's campuses, and posting the videos online. The university is asking anyone who notices suspicious activity to report it to campus security and police. A constable with the Halifax Regional Police confirms that at least one student has filed a complaint through Dal and that an investigation in ongoing. CBC | QMI Agency

Women at Dal being secretly filmed Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:54 11/08/2010 - 17:54

A new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario says universities should set measurable goals on their strengths, and the province should base new funding on whether those goals are met. According to the paper, the results would produce a higher education system that is more cohesive, more fluid, more sustainable, and of higher quality. A cornerstone of the differentiated approach, HEQCO states, is a comprehensive agreement between each institution and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, identifying the expectations and accountabilities of each university, including target enrolment and student mix, priority teaching and research programs, and areas for future growth and development. HECQO News Release | COU News Release | OUSA News Release | Toronto Star | Read the report

HEQCO report supports greater differentiation of universities Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:53 11/08/2010 - 17:53

At a conference in Berlin earlier this month, the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence announced that a volunteer trial audit of 2 or 3 university rankings will soon take place. An audit would provide an assessment tools for users, says IREG's vice-president, who notes that the rankers themselves need to be held accountable to possible deficits in their tabulations or flaws in their methodology. The audit process could lead to an IREG quality label to identify trustworthy rankings, thereby boosting the credibility of rankings and improving their quality. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

International organization to conduct audit of university rankings Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:51 11/08/2010 - 17:51

The University of Victoria's lip dub made its debut Friday at a screening at the university's Student Union Building. The video, set to Michael Bublé's "Haven't Met You Yet," was filmed in late September with nearly 1,000 participants. The UVic student who spearheaded the project was inspired by a lip dub produced by students at the other UVic -- Spain's Universitat de Vic. Since its launch on Friday, the video has garnered over 56,000 views on YouTube. Victoria Times-Colonist | Watch the lip dub on YouTube

UVic releases student lip dub Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:51 11/08/2010 - 17:51

Durham College announced Friday that it is now eligible to apply for funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, allowing the institution to further pursue applied research partnerships with local small and medium-sized businesses. Durham College plans to apply for funding from the College and Community Innovation Program, which is managed by NSERC in collaboration with SSHRC and CIHR. Durham College News Release

Durham College eligible for NSERC funding Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:49 11/08/2010 - 17:49

In the last 2 weeks, several Canadian institutions have received gifts ranging from $1 million to $2.4 million. McGill University's chancellor has donated $2.4 million to the university to launch an interdisciplinary research and teaching program designed to develop a new road map for the future of health care delivery. A $1.2-million bequest, the largest estate gift in the University of Regina's history, will endow the William Borden Ingram Award, providing scholarships to undergraduate arts students. A $1-million personal gift to McMaster University will establish The Cunningham Chair in Geology within the university's science faculty. Red Deer College has received a $1-million donation from the Red Deer Royals in support of new educational, wellness, and sport opportunities at the college. McGill News Release | uRegina News Release | McMaster Daily News | RDC News Release

New donations to McGill, uRegina, McMaster, RDC Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:49 11/08/2010 - 17:49

The University of Lethbridge held a grand opening ceremony Thursday for Markin Hall, the new $65-million home to the faculties of health sciences and management. The building's teaching spaces include an expanded, state-of-the-art healthcare simulation lab; an addictions counselling lab area for individual, family, and group counselling; and a unique-to-Canada finance trading room featuring real-time data from the world's financial markets. Markin Hall was a main priority in uLethbridge's "Legacy of Leadership" campaign, which raised over $35 million by its conclusion in December 2007. uLethbridge News Release | Lethbridge Herald

uLethbridge opens new home of health sciences, management faculties Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:47 11/08/2010 - 17:47

The Canadian government is increasing its scholarship aid to Haitian students and faculty members to meet some of the immediate needs of Haiti's PSE system following the earthquake in January. Among the new scholarships are 85 that will fund study trips by Haitian students and professors to Canadian institutions for one or 2 semesters. Other scholarships will go to Haitian students who will remain at home and study in online certificate programs taught in French. There will also be 20 scholarships for joint academic projects between Canadian and Haitian post-secondary institutions. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Canada boosts scholarship aid to Haitian students, faculty Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:45 11/08/2010 - 17:45

As of last week, total applications in 2010 to graduate studies at the University of Waterloo are up by 3.9% from last year's figures. New applications are still coming in for winter 2011. For this fall, applications have increased over last year by 3.8%, offers by 17.4%, and new students by 6.25%. There are 1,377 new graduate students this fall, a number subject to change when the official count is taken on November 1. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

Graduate applications, enrolment up at uWaterloo Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:44 11/08/2010 - 17:44

For the second year in a row, the University of Saskatchewan is reporting overall enrolment increases at the undergraduate and graduate level. There are 16,590 undergraduates enrolled at the institution, up by 1.87% over last year. Graduate enrolment rose by 9.24% to 2,835 students. A demographic breakdown of the study body shows an 8.69% increase in the number of both undergraduate and graduate international students (to 1,863) and a 5.77% increase in the number of self-declared Aboriginal students (to 1,722). uSask News Release

Enrolment rises at uSask Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:44 11/08/2010 - 17:44

trades people who look after maintenance at Cape Breton University went on strike yesterday. The president of the union that represents the employees says the main issue is wages. The striking workers are seeking annual wage increases of 2.9% a year over 3 years. Canadian Press

CBU maintenance workers on strike Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:43 11/08/2010 - 17:43

Yesterday the Globe and Mail released its 9th annual Canadian University Report. In terms of overall student satisfaction, UWO and McGill received an "A" and "A-," respectively, among large institutions; UoGuelph and Queen's scored "A" grades among medium-sized universities; Grant MacEwan University and Mount Royal University each earned an "A" in the small university category; and Bishop's U and Redeemer University College both received an "A" among very small universities. This year's report includes a "personality test" designed to explore what undergraduates thought about various aspects of their university's "personality." Also new this year is "Working Knowledge," a careers-oriented wealth of information designed to help students tailor their university search to complement their future career goals. Globe and Mail News Release | Canadian University Report 2011

Globe releases 2011 Canadian University Report Top Ten 10/25/2011 - 12:19 11/08/2010 - 17:42

The Sri Lankan government is offering free land and tax concessions to encourage top ranking foreign universities to establish branch campuses in the country. Sri Lanka's ministry of higher education is currently holding discussions with 23 institutions ranked among top 1,000 in the world, and 15 of them have shown a positive response, the government reports. Sri Lanka says it will provide tax holidays and free land as long as 20% of students are admitted free and the government gets a stake in the venture. Foreign institutions can either lease or buy land, and those that set up campuses outside the capital city of Colombo will get more generous tax concessions. ColomboPage

Sri Lanka wooing top foreign institutions with offers of free land, tax concessions Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:40 11/08/2010 - 17:40

Simon Fraser University has introduced a new social media and print campaign called "Think. You're Ready." The positioning line "Thinking of the World" is reinforced by visuals of street signs, maps, arrows, and traffic lights that point to what the future could look like if a student follows a particular academic path, as well as including non-academic aspects of university life. The campaign includes short YouTube videos with current students sharing their stories. Marketing Magazine | SFU Viewbook 2011

SFU launches new recruitment campaign Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:40 11/08/2010 - 17:40

Friday marked the official opening of St. Lawrence College's Wind Turbine and Trades Training Facility at its Kingston campus. The new facility provides space for about 80 apprentices in a number of trades, including wind turbine technician students. SLC also announced Friday that rooftop solar photovoltaic installations are underway at the Kingston and Brockville campus. Once completed, they will be the largest solar rooftop installations at any post-secondary school in Canada. SLC News Release (wind turbine) | SLC News Release (solar rooftop installations)

SLC opens Wind Turbine and Trades Training Facility Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:39 11/08/2010 - 17:39

Dalhousie University's board of governors is expected to vote today on the institution's new master plan, which outlines about $600 million worth of work proposed over a timeframe of approximately 10 years. There are a dozen major capital projects listed in the plan, including new academic buildings, residences, sports facilities, and altered streetscapes. Dal's assistant VP of facilities management says the plan is both a way for the university to remain competitive and to survive. "We have to attract students from outside the province in order to meet the demographic challenges and you can't do that offering crumbling buildings and cramped classrooms." CBC

Dal board to vote on $600-million master plan Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:37 11/08/2010 - 17:37

Northern College reports that enrolment at the institution increased another 13% with the start of classes last month. The growth follows an unprecedented 47% increase in enrolment last year. President Fred Gibbons says "this year is absolutely phenomenal and a testament to the work Northern College is doing to meet the needs of our communities and students." In the last 3 years, the strongest growth has been in the areas of trades, technology, and health sciences. Northern College News Release

Enrolment boom at Northern College Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:36 11/08/2010 - 17:36

The federal government announced Friday it will invest $185 million in the Canada Foundation for Innovation's newly created Major Science Initiatives (MSI) program. The funding will support a portion of the operating costs of select MSIs. Facilities eligible for the program must be owned by one or more eligible institutions, be unique in Canada, be accessible to researchers from across the country, and have received a minimum $25-million single capital investment from the CFI in the past. Industry Canada News Release

Ottawa invests $185 million in CFI's Major Science Initiatives program Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:35 11/08/2010 - 17:35

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) announced Thursday a new board of governors at the First Nations University of Canada. An interim board has been in place since February after FSIN dissolved the previous board. The 9 appointees come from across the country and have a range of professional credentials. None of the new board members is an elected chief or council member. Earlier this year, federal and provincial funding for FNUC were withdrawn due to concerns over how the university was being run. Currently, FNUC remains open through an agreement that sees government funding flowing through management at the University of Regina. CBC

New board of governors at FNUC Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:34 11/08/2010 - 17:34

The University of Western Ontario's faculty association has set a strike deadline of November 3, the first date on which unionized faculty members at UWO will be in a legal strike position. The announcement follows the filing of a no-board report on October 17 by a director with Ontario's labour ministry. There are 5 negotiation dates scheduled before the deadline. Over 1,400 full- and part-time unionized faculty members have been without a contract since June 30. Western News

Postscript: Nov 4, 2010
The University of Western Ontario has reached a tentative agreement with its faculty association, which was in a legal strike position as of yesterday at 12:01 am. Details of the agreement will not be released until after the agreement has been ratified by the union and UWO's board of governors. UWO News Release

UWO faculty set strike deadline Top Ten 01/04/2011 - 16:24 11/08/2010 - 17:33

The University of Victoria announced Friday it is renaming its business school to the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business after Custom House Currency Exchange founder Peter Gustavson. In March, Gustavson made a $10-million donation to UVic's business faculty to be used to establish an endowment for scholarships, professorships, and research. This marks the first time in the university's history that a faculty is being named after an individual. UVic News Release | Victoria Times-Colonist

UVic names business school after benefactor Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:32 11/08/2010 - 17:32

University of Alberta officials are investigating allegations surfacing in a student newspaper that a fraternity is subjecting its recruits to severe hazing. The investigation involves video footage that allegedly shows members of Delta Kappa Epsilon telling recruits to eat their own vomit, confining them in a plywood box, and forcing them to hold still in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time. If found guilty of the alleged offences, individuals within the fraternity could face sanctions ranging from a letter of reprimand to expulsion. The fraternity could also lose its student group privileges. uAlberta ExpressNews | Edmonton Journal | Edmonton Sun | CBC | The Gateway (student newspaper)

uAlberta investigates allegations of frat hazing Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:30 11/08/2010 - 17:30

According to a new report from the US-based National Association of College Admission Counseling, despite the peak number of 3.33 million high school graduates during the 2009 admissions cycle, 29% of institutions cited a drop in the number of applications they received, the highest proportion reporting a decline since 1996. This finding may be the result of changed student behaviour due to the recession. Growth in early decision, early action, and waitlist activity also may be attributed to rising uncertainty among colleges because of the trend of declining yield rates -- now standing at an average of 43% -- and the concern about the economy's effect on students' choices. NACAC News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

US colleges, applicants change behaviour in recession, report finds Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:28 11/08/2010 - 17:28

Okanagan College's communications department has launched a contest for potential students to help promote the new 2-year Media and Cultural Studies diploma program. Participants are asked to make either a poster or 30-second video to promote the program. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 tuition voucher, which can be applied toward full-time studies in an Arts program at the college for the 2011-12 academic year. The contest runs until November 30. Okanagan College News Release

Okanagan College contest invites prospective students to promote new program Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:27 11/08/2010 - 17:27

Contact North, a distance education and training network in northern Ontario, reports a record-breaking 50% increase in course registrations in 2009-10 by students in college, university, and literacy courses from small, rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities across the region. This increase was achieved as a result of the 23,219 course registrations by learners studying via Contact North's 94 local centres and its online learning technologies. This marks the first time that Contact North registrations have surpassed 20,000. Contact North News Release

Contact North registrations up 50% Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:26 11/08/2010 - 17:26

Foreign-student enrolment at Cape Breton University continues to climb with a 27% increase this fall. Currently, the university is home to nearly 500 international students from over 40 countries. Overall, there is a 5.2% increase in first-year full-time enrolment numbers. The number of students attending CBU from Cape Breton is up 14%, the first local market increase noted in some years. There is a 27% increase in students from Newfoundland and Labrador, and the number of students originating from Ontario and western Canada has remained stable. CBU News

International enrolment up 27% at CBU Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:26 11/08/2010 - 17:26

When she thinks of Red River College, of which she is the new president, Stephanie Forsyth thinks about how the institution and its students can relate to the planet, and how RRC can attract and keep students now too often unable to benefit from an education. Residences for students trying to adjust to Winnipeg are essential, says Forsyth, who may propose a working residence as hands-on training for hotel management.  On the subject of regional campuses, Forsyth suggests building a campus in small communities rather than leasing empty facilities may be preferable, and urges that government and the PSE system plan a strategy for pulling all the area facilities together. Winnipeg Free Press

New RRC president outlines vision for institution Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:25 11/08/2010 - 17:25

University of Western Ontario president Amit Chakma's priorities for the year ahead aim to advance the institution's academic mission under 5 broad areas of strategic importance: leadership; students; research intensiveness/graduate education; financial accountability; and community partnership. Among the important elements for enhancing the student experience is boosting the number of foreign students on campus. Chakma's goals include continuing to refine and execute graduate expansion plans and expand the professional master's degree programs. UWO needs to become more creative and entrepreneurial in developing new revenue streams, the president says. He seeks to continue realigning the fundraising campaign with academic priorities, developing the next long-range budget cycle in support of institutional goals while acknowledging the economic challenges facing universities and governments across Ontario and Canada. Western News

UWO president lays out priorities for year ahead Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:23 11/08/2010 - 17:23

The University of Saskatchewan will spend $36 million to construct the last half of its new 800-bed student residence, the centrepiece of its College Quarter project. Construction of the first phase began this spring and will not be finished until next fall. Since the provincial government decided not to fund the extension, uSask is taking on debt and using revenue from campus parking rate increases to fund the last 400 beds.  By approving the project now, the university will save money, says uSask's VP of finance and resources. All of the 800 beds should be open for the 2012-13 school year. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

uSask moves ahead with second phase of College Quarter project Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:22 11/08/2010 - 17:22

During the last decade, men's interest in medicine has hardly shifted, while women have been drawn to the field in even higher numbers. Medicine is considered a field where the gender imbalance could lead to labour shortfall, just as an aging population drives demand. Canadian Council on Learning president Paul Cappon says that in the last few years, some universities have been tinkering with admissions to increase the number of men in medical school, looking beyond grades to give male applicants, in particular, credit for things like community service. Med schools are doing that "surreptitiously, because it's politically incorrect to do it," Cappon says. Men still stand a better chance of being accepted into medical schools in all but 3 provinces, according to data from the entering class of 2007. Cappon says there is also an image issue at play: "If it looks like a woman's program, you'll have trouble attracting both more and women." Globe and Mail

Med schools "surreptitiously" applying different admissions practices to men Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:21 11/08/2010 - 17:21

In a report released yesterday, an expert panel appointed by the Council of Canadian Academies says academics found to have falsified data, plagiarized, and engaged in serious misconduct should be named publicly. Currently, universities and government research granting councils refuse to identify individuals who have engaged in research misconduct, citing privacy laws. Although it recognizes the importance of maintaining individuals' privacy during an investigation, the panel says "investigative findings should be reported and made public if an individual or institution is found guilty of research misconduct." The panel also calls for the creation of a Canadian Council for Research Integrity, which would facilitate research integrity practices and support members of the research community. The council would not assume responsibility for policing of research misconduct, which would continue to lie with tri-council. Council of Canadian Academies News Release | Postmedia News | CBC | Read the report

Researchers who falsify results should be identified, Canadian panel urges Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:20 11/08/2010 - 17:20

Government funding for higher education in Britain is to be cut by 40% over 4 years, suggesting that public funding for arts, humanities, and social science education may come to an end. The British government's Comprehensive Spending Review, unveiled Wednesday, includes a reduction in the PSE budget of £2.9 billion -- from £7.1 billion to £4.2 billion -- by 2014-15. The Treasury says the department that overseas higher education will continue to fund teaching for STEM subjects. No mention is made of other fields of study. The announcement suggests the UK is following the funding model set out in the Browne Review, which recommends there should be a minimum £700 million annual budget only for teaching "priority subjects," such as STEM. Times Higher Education

British government to slash higher ed budget Top Ten 06/06/2011 - 09:27 11/08/2010 - 17:18

Yesterday Dalhousie University launched its redesigned website, which one university official says reflects the enrolment goals of Dal and the Web as it wants and needs it to function in 2010: user-centric, easy to use, and more flexible to change. What many will notice upon the first visit to the site is the green, taken from Dal's colour palette and placed at the centre of the new design. The homepage provides links to video interviews with students and professors and the university's social media accounts. New features include a digital campus map built on the Google Maps interface and a tuition estimate calculator. Dal News | Dal website

Dal unveils new website Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:17 11/08/2010 - 17:17

Carleton University's Sprott School of Business is offering Canada's first program focusing on the management side of international development. The Sprott MBA International Development Management concentration was developed in order to address a critical shortage of management and leadership skills in the planning, organization, and delivery of international development and aid projects and programs. The program can be completed in 16 months, and has an internship component that is mandatory for students with less than 2 years of relevant management experience. Carleton News Release

Carleton launches Canada's first International Development Management program Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:16 11/08/2010 - 17:16

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has named David Janzen, its vice-president administration and chief financial officer, as acting president of the institution. He will hold the position until a permanent candidate is hired. Janzen succeeds Sam Shaw, who announced his retirement in July. NAIT News Release

NAIT appoints acting president Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:15 11/08/2010 - 17:15

Yesterday the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada released a brochure offering a snapshot of transformations taking place at universities across the country, as 183 capital projects are nearing completion. In 2009, the federal government launched the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program, with matching funds from provincial and territorial governments and other partners allowing post-secondary institutions to tackle over $5 billion in deferred maintenance. AUCC president Paul Davidson says the updated and new facilities "will create a rich learning environment -- an environment that will attract the best and brightest professors and students from Canada and around the world." AUCC News Release | Foundations for Education

AUCC brochure provides overview of KIP projects Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:14 11/08/2010 - 17:14

This year marks the largest enrolment intake in New Brunswick Community College's history. NBCC saw 2,805 students enrol in first -year programs, up 7.6% from last year. Applications to NBCC also rose over the past year with an increase of over 12%. The college also reports success in drawing Aboriginal students. A total of 336 had applied to first-year regular programs as of mid-September -- compared to 141 in July 2009 -- and over 200 of these applicants actually enrolled. The Aboriginal student population in regular NBCC programs is set to approach 10% for the first time. NBCC News Release | Telegraph-Journal

NBCC sets record enrolment Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:12 11/08/2010 - 17:12

The medical school admissions landscape in Canada has changed in recently years, largely due to efforts to undertake a more evidence-based approach to selecting students and measures designed to increase the socioeconomic diversity of incoming classes. The push for diversity has spurred UBC's med school to reach out to students from less affluent backgrounds and from small and rural communities. McGill has dropped the MCAT requirement for Canadian applications because a French-language version is not available. Other med schools have altered other aspects of the traditional admissions approach. McMaster has no requirement for prerequisite courses and looks only at undergraduate marks and scores on the verbal reasoning component of the MCAT. Those applying to uSask have the option to submit their MCAT or prerequisite scores only, or both sets of scores. CMAJ News

Canadian med schools modifying admissions process Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:11 11/08/2010 - 17:11

The University of Saskatchewan's board of governors has approved the institution's latest operations forecast, which outlines the operating and capital budget priorities for uSask in 2011-12 based on its planning process. The university is requesting an annual grant increase of 4.3% ($11.5 million); an annual capital grant of $35 million; one-time funding of $38 million for capital projects; and an additional 1% ($2.8 million) to maximize the potential of other opportunities for investment, such as emerging capital projects. uSask News Release | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

uSask seeks 4% increase in operating grants Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:09 11/08/2010 - 17:09

Former Lansbridge University students are caught in a money dispute between the New Brunswick government and the private online institution, which had its accreditation revoked in August. In an October 4 letter to students awaiting refunds, Lansbridge U said it set up a $150,000 security fund with the province in July 2009. Given cash flow problems, the institution says the only way refunds could be viable would be with access to this fund. In an October 13 letter to students, NB's director of post-secondary affairs says the province will not provide refunds on behalf of Lansbridge U for the fall-winter season, expecting that the institution will respect its financial obligations as per its own policy. The director says the security fund is meant to support student transition only. Daily Gleaner

NB, Lansbridge U in dispute over security fund Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:08 11/08/2010 - 17:08

The Ontario government unveiled yesterday legislation that would ban publicly-funded entities, such as post-secondary institutions, from spending taxpayers' money on lobbyists. The legislation also includes new accountability measures requiring top executives in the public sector to post their expenses online. Executives of Ontario hospitals and post-secondary schools already disclose their salaries under rules that capture every public sector employee who earns over $100,000 a year. Earlier this month, the provincial NDP revealed that 9 colleges and universities have spent $1 million on lobbyists. Ontario News Release | Globe and Mail

Ontario post-secondary presidents ordered to post expenses online Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:07 11/08/2010 - 17:07

The families of 2 Southern Alberta Institute of Technology alumni -- David Johnson and Murray Cobbe -- announced yesterday they will each contribute $5 million to the institution's $75-million "Promising Futures" campaign in support of the $445-million Trades and Technology Complex, set to open in 2012. In recognition of the donations, the west wing of the complex will be named the "Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre." The combined gift is the latest in a series of significant personal donations made to SAIT during the campaign, which includes a $15-million donation that was announced in April. SAIT News Release

Families of SAIT alumni give $10 million to institution Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:06 11/08/2010 - 17:06

For every student or alumnus who welcomes a new university marketing campaign, there are those who express confusion, apathy, or even disgust when an institution dares to define itself. Some variation on these reactions has been seen recently at several US institutions that have launched new campaigns. American University's new "American Wonks" campaign has drawn supporters and naysayers alike. Similar mixed reactions emerged this month at Purdue University, whose "Makers, All" campaign had some worried the popular "Boilermakers" rallying cry was being replaced. A wave of negative reactions to Drake University's "Drake Advantage" campaign led school officials to alter the controversial "D+" logo. College marketers are not surprised by these myriad responses -- it's all part of the process that plays out with any new campaign, and it takes time to help people understand the objectives of a new strategy. Inside Higher Ed

New US college marketing campaigns draw mixed reactions Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:04 11/08/2010 - 17:04

The University of Calgary joins 11 other post-secondary schools in making scholarly works more accessible by offering free online content as a signatory to the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE). uCalgary is the second Canadian member of COPE, following the University of Ottawa. Under the compact, each signatory commits to developing ways of underwriting reasonable publication charges for faculty-written articles published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds. UToday

uCalgary signs Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:03 11/08/2010 - 17:03

The University of Toronto has placed first in Research Infosource's annual list of the top 50 research universities in Canada. uToronto also topped the medical/doctoral category. The University of Waterloo ranked first in the comprehensive category, and the University of Northern British Columbia took the top spot in the undergraduate category. Research Infosource reports that research income growth at the top 50 universities slowed in the 2009 fiscal year. Total sponsored research income grew by only 3% -- half the rate of last year -- to $6.24 billion in Fiscal 2009, up from $6.06 billion in Fiscal 2008. Research Infosource News Release | Top 50 Research Universities List 2010 | Research Universities of the Year 2010

uToronto named top research university in Canada Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:02 11/08/2010 - 17:02

Algoma University reports that its fall 2010 student population has grown by 10% over last year. The increase brings the total student population to about 1,252, including students studying at Algoma U at Brampton and a small number of students taking social work in Timmins. The university has also seen a 14.3% increase in the number of first-year students from outside of Canada. More local students registered this year, and there are increasing numbers of students arriving from across Ontario. Algoma U now has 1,014 full-time equivalent students, pushing the institution over the 1,000 FTE benchmark. This represents an increase of 10.9% over last year in FTE students. Algoma U News Release

Enrolment rises at Algoma U Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:01 11/08/2010 - 17:01

According to a new MPHEC report, bachelor programs offered jointly by universities and colleges in the Maritimes are effective so long as the proper mechanisms are in place to ensure program integration and a seamless transition between institutions. Such programs present unique challenges for students as they move between different types of institutions, MPHEC reports. Factors associated with high student persistence and satisfaction include field of study, program structure, geographic proximity between institutions, and inter-institutional co-ordination. MPHEC News Release | Read the report

MPHEC report examines effectiveness of articulation programs Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 17:00 11/08/2010 - 17:00

At a kickoff party Monday to highlight a coming year of centenary celebrations, Wilfrid Laurier University president Max Blouw said the institution's identity will be redefined in the coming years as less and less geographically based. "Waterloo has been its historical starting point, so it has naturally had a place of prevalence," Blouw told the Waterloo Region Record. "But as the university continues to grow, can it remain a Waterloo-centric institution? I'm not sure that it can." WLU will continue to grow past 17,000 students -- it must, Blouw said, to pay for its expanding ambitions. That includes a master plan that will rebuild the Waterloo campus to address overcrowding, a new business school across the street, and plans to keep expanding a Brantford campus that now has 2,600 students. Waterloo Region Record

WLU identity to be less geographically based, says president Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:58 11/08/2010 - 16:58

Speaking before members of the Summerside Chamber of Commerce Monday, Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz brought up the possibility of no more post-secondary tuition, although it is not likely to be a policy of his government. Ghiz said he could see tuition fees potentially eliminated, under a federal initiative, in 10 years' time. With UPEI reporting its highest enrolment ever this year, "making university more accessible to young people is going to be something I'm going to continue to work on," the premier said. Summerside Journal Pioneer

PEI premier foresees tuition-free PSE Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:57 11/08/2010 - 16:57

The Saskatchewan government announced last week an $11.25-million investment to fund an increase of 170 registered nursing training seats for Saskatchewan nursing students. This increase completes the province's platform commitment to create 300 new nursing training seats. Starting in 2011-12, the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, will both grant nursing degrees. Saskatchewan News Release | uSask News Release

Saskatchewan invests $11 million to expand nursing education Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:55 11/08/2010 - 16:55

Civic leaders joined members of the Trent University community in Oshawa Monday to celebrate the official opening of the university's new Thornton Road campus in the city. The $11.5-million facility will deliver full- and part-time programs to over 1,600 students during the next 7 years. Calling it a milestone moment in the history of Trent and the City of Oshawa, Trent president Steven E. Franklin says the institution looks forward to fostering even more partnerships throughout the community, including with its education partners at UOIT and Durham College. Trent News Release

Trent opens new campus in Oshawa Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:54 11/08/2010 - 16:54

The University of Windsor is proposing a digital journalism program, potentially drawing students away from St. Clair College and its new mediaplex, a move which will harm the relationship between the 2 institutions, St. Clair president John Strasser warns. "This is direct competition with what we are doing," Strasser says. "There hasn't been any discussion with (uWindsor). It's completely unacceptable, from my standpoint." uWindsor organizers say the programs are not competitors because the university program focuses on academics. The university says it will also teach photojournalism, video, and design skills, areas of specialties at St. Clair. The college's journalism co-ordinator does not see uWindsor's proposed program as competition, noting that the bedrock of St. Clair's program is teaching writing and reporting skills. Windsor Star

St. Clair president critical of uWindsor digital journalism proposal Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:53 11/08/2010 - 16:53

In an effort called the "Learning Genome Project," the University of Phoenix is developing a new learning interface that gets to know each of its 400,000 students personally, then adapts to accommodate the idiosyncrasies of the students' "learning DNA." The interface will be designed to infer details about students from how they behave in the online classroom. For example, if students grasp content more quickly when they learn it from a video instead of from a text, the system will feed them more videos. uPhoenix is not the only institution working on such a system. South Orange Community College District has launched software called Sherpa, which mines data about students to guide them to courses, information, and services. Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

uPhoenix working on learner-centred online platform Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:52 11/08/2010 - 16:52

A pair of computer science students at Acadia University have created a mobile application for use on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. With iAcadia, users can download and play university videos, receive news stories and updates, look up phone numbers and e-mail addresses, connect to the university's searchable campus map, look up daily updated course information, call campus security, and connect to news feeds from Acadia, the student union, and student newspaper. Since its launch earlier this month, the app has been downloaded over 500 times. Acadia News

Acadia students develop campus-oriented iPhone app Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:51 11/08/2010 - 16:51

George Brown College, McGill University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Toronto were named among Canada's top 100 employers in the annual competition organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The institutions were noted for their parental leave benefits, tuition subsidies, free fitness facilities, onsite daycare facilities, and flexible work options. Canada's Top 100 Employers 2011

4 PSE institutions among Canada's top 100 employers Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:50 11/08/2010 - 16:50

Friday marked the official opening of Okanagan College's expanded trades training facility in Salmon Arm. The existing building has been expanded by 2,783 square feet, and a 6,456-square-foot covered work area has been added. The expansion means the college has capacity for an additional 144 students -- 96 in carpentry and 48 in other entry-level trades programs, such as the Gateway to the Trades, Women in Trades, and Aboriginal Careers in Trades programs. BC News Release

Okanagan College completes expansion of trades training facility Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:50 11/08/2010 - 16:50

The University of Prince Edward Island reports that enrolment at the institution has hit an all-time high. The latest figures show there are 4,600 full- and part-time students registered at UPEI, up 3.7% over last year. There are more graduate students attending the institution, as well as additional transfer students choosing UPEI in their second and third years. International-student enrolment is up 17%, with particular increases among students from the Middle East and Asia. UPEI News Release

Record enrolment at UPEI Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:49 11/08/2010 - 16:49

2 new HEQCO-commissioned studies show that the earnings gap between PSE and non-PSE graduates is widening. Based on the 2006 census, one paper indicates that both male and female college graduates ages 21 to 30 benefited from an earnings advantage of nearly 25% over high school graduates, up from 12% in the 1986 census. For young men with a bachelor's degree, the earnings difference compared to high school graduates has grown from less than 30% in 1986 to over 40% in 2006. Among women, the earnings gap has widened from about 35% to over 50%. The other report observes that field of study strongly influences PSE graduate labour market success. For example, engineering and computer science graduates generally obtain the highest earnings within 2 years of graduation. Research Summary | HEQCO Report 1 | HEQCO Report 2 | Globe and Mail

Wage gap between PSE, non-PSE grads widening, studies find Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:48 11/08/2010 - 16:48

At the University of Winnipeg's fall convocation Sunday, the valedictorian used her address to criticize the university's decision to bestow an honorary degree on federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. The valedictorian said she was "not proud to share the stage with everybody that is on it today," not naming Toews directly. Around 40 to 50 people gathered outside uWinnipeg Sunday afternoon to protest the honorary degree, holding signs condemning the minister for his public statements on crime, immigration, and same-sex issues. Some protesters said Toews' stances on these issues are at odds with uWinnipeg's reputation for being inclusive and progressive. Winnipeg Free Press | CBC

uWinnipeg students oppose honorary degree for Vic Toews Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:46 11/08/2010 - 16:46

The federal government plans to boost its efforts to attract Saudi health-sciences and medical students with an MOU in health care between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The MOU will offer opportunities for Saudi physicians and health-care personnel to receive further training in their fields in Canada. There are over 10,000 Saudi government-sponsored students studying in Canada, including 800 Saudi doctors and medical students pursuing graduate studies in Canadian hospitals and universities. Canada's ambassador to Saudi Arabia announced last month that medical examinations will no longer be required for most Saudi citizens, including students, who plan to stay in Canada for over 6 months. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada News Release | Canada International News Release | Arab News | Gulf Times

Canada seeking more Saudi medical students Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:45 11/08/2010 - 16:45

A Globe and Mail investigation found that some Chinese student recruitment agencies abuse their partnerships with Canadian schools, promising Chinese families far more than they can deliver. Often, students are charged thousands of dollars for what ends up being a semester of English-language training at private colleges loosely affiliated with the Canadian universities to which the students' family believed they were paying tuition. "The whole reason people pay money to these companies with extremely poor service is because Canadian universities lend them credibility,” says a former teacher with Aoji Education Group, a Beijing-based recruiting agency. The ex-Aoji teacher, now a Beijing-based consultant for Canadian universities, argues that these institutions must scrutinize what is done in their name. Globe and Mail

Globe investigation reveals poor service of Chinese recruitment agencies Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:43 11/08/2010 - 16:43

In her ruling favouring students who were sanctioned by the University of Calgary for online comments criticizing a professor, an Alberta judge asserted "the university is not a Charter-free zone," sparking debate in the media over whether PSE institutions should be considered part of government, and what the implications are for Canadian universities. In a Calgary Herald article, a local lawyer writes that if uCalgary "wishes to censor speech it considers offensive, it should become truly private and turn down the hundreds of millions of dollars it receives from Alberta taxpayers for the express purpose of fostering ideas and debate." Maclean's OnCampus editor Carson Jerema argues that it makes little sense to rule that universities are akin to government, especially as public support to universities, as a proportion of operating funds, is declining. While the case is not binding on other Canadian courts, it could be cited as persuasive in other courts. Some say that such a ruling may encourage other students to challenge university policies. Calgary Herald | National Post | Winnipeg Free Press | Inside Higher Ed

uCalgary Facebook case may set Charter precedent for universities Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:42 11/08/2010 - 16:42

Last Wednesday, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology signed a memorandum of understanding with China's Nanjing University of Technology that outlines a commitment to begin discussions to establish joint opportunities between the 2 institutions. The proposed areas of co-operation include projects related to research, teaching, faculty development, and service with the possibility for faculty and student exchange and the creation of a Joint Research and Development Centre. UOIT News Release

UOIT signs MOU with Nanjing University of Technology Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:12 11/08/2010 - 16:12

On Friday, Lambton College held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Fire and Emergency Response Training Centre, which received a joint $9.8-million investment from the federal and Ontario governments. The centre will double the college's capacity to train new industrial and municipal firefighters and provide new state-of-the-art facilities to improve training exercises for professional firefighters and students. Lambton College News Release

Lambton College breaks ground for Fire and Emergency Response Training Centre Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:12 11/08/2010 - 16:10

St. Francis Xavier University held a grand opening ceremony Friday for the new home of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business. Topped by a gilt dome, the $27-million complex houses 4 floors of classrooms, an auditorium, lecture halls, faculty office space, seminar rooms, a student service centre, lounges, research labs, and meeting areas. The school is named after Onex Corp. founder and chairman Gerald Schwartz, who is StFX's largest single contributor. Halifax Chronicle-Herald | Globe and Mail

StFX opens new business school complex Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:08 11/08/2010 - 16:08

New medical students at the University of Saskatchewan must now submit criminal record checks before they begin classes. Students will also have to undergo a vulnerable sector screening that details any complaints made against people working in settings with children, seniors, and people with disabilities. If a med school applicant has a criminal record, his or her application will go to a committee for review. While not a foolproof measure, the record checks should prevent some cases of patient abuse, says the admissions director at uSask's college of medicine. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Criminal background checks now required for uSask med school applicants Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:06 11/08/2010 - 16:06

The Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ), the province's professional order of nurses, announced yesterday a $4.5-million investment to improve access to continuing education for its 71,000 members, mainly in the form of distance education. The OIIQ will also offer a scholarship program encouraging CÉGEP students to go on to university and supporting the development of new specialties. For the next 4 years, beginning in fall 2011, the program will be awarding 54 scholarships every year -- one $5,000 scholarship at each of the 44 targeted CÉGEPs, one $5,000 scholarship at each of the 6 targeted universities, and four $10,000 scholarships to support the development of new specialties. OIIQ News Release

OIIQ invests $4.5 million in continuing nursing education, scholarships Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:05 11/08/2010 - 16:05

According to a study released yesterday by the Association of Atlantic Universities, Atlantic Canada's universities are a $2-billion industry. The study offers a current view of the economic impact of the region's universities, analyzing data from 2006 to 2008. The universities' direct contribution to GDP has increased 31% to $2.6 billion annually between 2004 and 2008. Direct and indirect employment generated by the institutions has increased 40% to 38,371 jobs over the same period. The study notes that personal income from the universities is $1.9 billion a year. In 2008, Atlantic universities invested $110 million in construction projects aimed at improving education services and facilitating additional research. AAU website

Atlantic universities a $2-billion industry, study finds Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:03 11/08/2010 - 16:03

Proponents of a university in Canada's North met in Yellowknife last week to discuss how to go about establishing such an institution. Participants at the 3-day workshop agreed that a northern university should not be centralized in one location, but instead have several campus spread out to serve the entire region. A pan-northern university would rely on digital technology to allow people to study closer to home, delegates said. A working group has released the following vision statement: "As northern peoples of Canada, we envision in our homelands a renowned institution centred on the teachings of the land, led by the wisdom for indigenous peoples, fostering innovation, dialogue and inspired communities." CBC | Nunatsiaq News

Northern university supporters gather for workshop Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:02 11/08/2010 - 16:02

Next September, the Université de Montréal will open a campus in Laval, offering programs in health and education. In 3 years, some 2,500 full-time equivalent students will be taking courses at the campus, which will feature 23 multimedia classrooms, 4 lecture halls, 22 classrooms for small group work, a library, a cafeteria, computer labs, teaching labs for science education, and simulation labs for science students. uMontréal News (in French)

uMontréal to open campus in Laval Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 16:00 11/08/2010 - 16:00

Last month, Algoma University president Richard Myers met with members of the university community to launch a proposal for the adoption of the "Block Plan," a course delivery format developed by Colorado College and used by BC's Quest University. Under this format, students take one course at a time, with 3 to 4 hours of instruction per day for about 3 weeks. At the end of the course, students write their exam and move on to the next block. The Block Plan system gives students and instructors the freedom to move the classroom offsite and allows faculty to develop a wealth of opportunities for foreign study, says Myers, who also notes that adopting the Block Plan would strengthen Algoma U's capacity to recruit students from abroad. The president has created a task force to study the idea, seek input from the campus community, and submit a report. Messages from Algoma U president

Algoma U president proposes adoption of "Block Plan" Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 15:59 11/08/2010 - 15:59

In court documents filed Friday, the University of Manitoba states a math professor challenging the decision to award a PhD to a student who lacks the academic qualifications does not have the right to fight the matter in court. The professor was suspended for 3 months without pay in October after he launched his legal action against uManitoba after the student, who had twice failed a critical exam, had been reinstated on the grounds the student suffers from exam anxiety disorder. Meanwhile, the university's senate has turned down a proposal to give sweeping powers to the graduate studies dean to waive the academic requirements for graduation. Winnipeg Free Press

uManitoba prof lacks right to challenge PhD issue in court, university argues Top Ten 11/08/2010 - 18:35 11/08/2010 - 15:56

Fewer international students are enrolling in business schools in the US, forcing many institutions to recruit more aggressively worldwide to preserve what they say is an essential component of a school's credibility. According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, foreign student enrolment at US business schools dropped to 24.8% in the 2009-10 academic year, down from 26.5% 2 years before. Improved schools abroad, tougher employment prospects in the US, and the expense of attending a US school have led to fewer international applications at many programs, several business school officials say. Wall Street Journal | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

International enrolment drops at American business schools Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:32 11/05/2010 - 16:32

According to Statistics Canada's latest Labour Force Survey, the employment rate among 15- to 24-year-olds in October was 54.5%, unchanged from September. The unemployment rate for this age group rose a tenth of a percentage point, from 14.9% to 15%. Youth in Prince Edward Island made the most gains in October with a 2.5 percentage point increase in the employment rate in this age group, and Manitoba recorded the highest youth employment rate, which sits at 61.4%. Statistics Canada | Labour Force Survey

Employment rate among Canadian youth unchanged Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:29 11/05/2010 - 16:29

HEC Montréal announced Friday it has obtained official accreditation from the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, an international body representing more than 100,000 members practising in 135 different countries and territories. "The CFA program is an essential international asset," says HEC Montréal's director. The business school says its students are in a good position to pass the 3 exams required to obtain the CFA charter. HEC Montréal News Release

HEC Montréal accredited by CFA Institute Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:27 11/05/2010 - 16:27

The University of Waterloo has a new tagline -- "Ideas start here." The university's Daily Bulletin says "the slogan is a new way of talking about that old Waterloo standby, 'innovation'." The "idea" or "innovation" theme is a powerful one in attracting students to uWaterloo, says Tina Roberts, the director of the university's marketing and undergraduate recruitment office. The new slogan is displayed on the university's homepage through a series of feature stories about "ideas that started at the University of Waterloo." uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

uWaterloo adopts new slogan Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:37 11/05/2010 - 16:24

The Nova Scotia government is seeking public input on how to improve the province's student assistance program. The province is holding 6 public meetings and a video conference in French this month, and welcomes submissions to the education department's website. Improving financial support for students with greatest need was a key recommendation in a review of Nova Scotia's university system. A report on the consultation will be delivered to the education minister in January. NS News Release

NS launches consultation on student assistance Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:36 11/05/2010 - 16:21

The University of Northern British Columbia has unveiled a new university plan that conveys a desire to be among the world's best universities by building on strengths related to the environment, First Nations, health and quality of life, the sustainability of northern communities, and the innovative delivery of courses and programs. The plan concludes with 6 goals: as Canada's Green University, be a leader in renewable energy; engage all undergraduate students in research or experiential learning; enrich the learning experience through new pedagogical models; increase the impact of UNBC's research by enhancing capacity and building external linkages; encourage a respectful, supportive, exciting, and friendly environment throughout the institution; and transform communities through the contributions of alumni. UNBC News Release

UNBC unveils new university plan Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:18 11/05/2010 - 16:18

At BC Colleges' inaugural conference last week, the presidents of the consortium's 11 member institutions established a vision of all the colleges working together and responding with one voice to partner with the BC and federal governments, industry, non-profit organizations, and other PSE institutions to quickly address the looming skilled worker shortage. There is a strong commitment among the presidents for collaboration to boost participation rates among high school graduates, Aboriginal learners, immigrant learners, and the under-employed. The presidents are also committed to developing a framework for system-wide education planning that effectively responds to regional economic and skills development in BC. BC Colleges News Release

Inaugural conference of BC colleges focuses on skills crisis Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:16 11/05/2010 - 16:16

The University of Calgary achieved a record high in enrolment this September with 30,838 undergraduate and graduates enrolled at the institution, up 11.1% from 2007. The first to second year retention rate of first-year undergraduates has risen from approximately 83% in 2007 to 86% in 2010. Between 2008 and 2010, new undergraduate applicants increased by 7.3%, while new graduate applicants rose by 19.3%. UToday

Record enrolment at uCalgary Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:13 11/05/2010 - 16:13

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario commissioned the Canadian Council on Learning to conduct a study to help the provincial government determine the best way to collect data on Aboriginal PSE students. The report says the adoption of a standardized self-identification question should be part of a data collection method used by all provincial PSE institutions, ideally administered through a centralized process, such as Ontario's university and college application services. The report also suggests the Ontario Education Number system should be expanded across the higher education system. While this approach would improve educational data for all students, the study states, it would be particularly useful in measuring the effectiveness of government initiatives targeting under-represented groups. Report summary | Read the full report

Report proposes new methods to collect data on Aboriginal students in Ontario Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:10 11/05/2010 - 16:09

The Ontario government's new $30-million Ontario Trillium Scholarship, intended for international PhD students, is drawing criticism from opposition MPPs. The Progressive Conservative's PSE critic is calling on the Liberal government to cancel the program and divert the funds to Ontario students. "To give $40,000 a year to foreign students, that's just wrong. The money should go to Ontario families first," says PC Leader Tim Hudak. "It's quite disconcerting," says NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, noting that Ontario students already pay the highest tuition fees in Canada. Horwath says the government should review the program and determine if it really is the best way to invest in the province's education system and in its students. Ontario News Release | Toronto Star | Toronto Sun

Ontario opposition parties criticize international student scholarship program Top Ten 11/05/2010 - 16:06 11/05/2010 - 16:06

A new survey of Internet users around the world found in September 2010 that on average, users spent 4.6 hours on social networking sites, compared to 4.4 hours on e-mail, the most common Internet activity. Nearly three-quarters of respondents checked their e-mail every day, compared to less than half who headed to social networks with the same frequency. Another report observes that growth in social profile maintenance worldwide has continued, with over 61% of frequent Internet users globally having a profile on a social networking site. eMarketer

Internet users spending more time on social media than on e-mail Top Ten 11/07/2010 - 09:17 11/04/2010 - 16:02

In the UK government's response to the Browne Review of higher education fees and finance, Britain's universities and science minister announced Wednesday that from 2012, universities will be able to charge tuition fees of up to £9,000, nearly triple the rate at some institutions. However, the government is also imposing a lower "threshold" fee level of £6,000, above which universities would face greater scrutiny to show they are making efforts to recruit disadvantaged students who might not be able to afford the tuition increase. Last month, the UK government announced that funding for higher education would be cut by 40% over 4 years. Times Higher Education | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

University tuition in UK could triple Top Ten 11/07/2010 - 09:20 11/04/2010 - 16:01

According to this year's National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), students' choices of major influence the way they learn and interact with professors. The report explores what it calls educationally purposeful activities and high-impact practices, observing that they vary significantly by area of study. For example, business-administration students do more class presentations and group projects but are less likely to discuss career plans with professors than students in biology, English, and psychology. The survey also examines the experiences of veterans, who perceive lower levels of campus support than non-veterans, and interact less often with faculty members. NSSE News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the report

Choice of major, veteran status affect students' college experiences, NSSE finds Top Ten 11/07/2010 - 09:22 11/04/2010 - 16:00

Last Friday, York University signed a memorandum of understanding with China's Beihang University. The MOU allows for the exchange of students and faculty across disciplines and offers collaborative opportunities for better research, teaching, and faculty development. York U's science and engineering dean notes that in the next decade, there will be a significant increase in opportunities for York U students to take part in experiential education activity, both domestically and internationally, as a component of their degree program. Y-File

York U signs MOU with Beihang University Top Ten 11/07/2010 - 09:23 11/04/2010 - 15:58

On Monday, the largest delegation of Canadian university presidents ever to travel abroad will begin a 7-day mission to India. The mission is organized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and includes 15 university presidents from across the country. Over the course of 7 days, the presidents will participate in a series of targeted meetings with Indian educators, government officials, and business leaders. During the mission, the university presidents will foster the development of innovative research and co-operation agreements with Indian institutions, raise the profile of Canada's PSE "brand" in India, b