Top Ten

October 18, 2006

uWaterloo Considering Liberal Arts College in Stratford

Late Monday, the University of Waterloo, the City of Stratford, and the Stratford Festival announced a memorandum of agreement for a satellite liberal arts campus, offering co-op and regular programs. UW president David Johnston says his vision "includes an international student body attracted by a unique liberal arts curriculum with its roots in culture." Ken Coates, who helped found UNBC and is UW's new dean of arts, will "explore what kind of liberal arts course offerings might complement and enhance the university's current strengths on a distinct Stratford campus." UW Media Release

Declining University Enrolment in Quebec

CREPUQ (the association of university presidents in Quebec) reports an overall dip in undergraduate enrolment in the province, and an increase in graduate enrolment. In Montreal, only McGill and Concordia showed an increase in full-time undergraduates, and Concordia is pleased its increase is twice the provincial average. At Concordia, Masters enrolments were disappointing but PhD enrolments also exceeded expectations. Concordia Journal article

UOIT to Build Power Plant

The Oshawa PUC Energy Services will build a 2.4 megawatt natural-gas-fired heat and power cogenerating plant on the University of Ontario Institute of Technology / Durham College campus east of Toronto. Ground-breaking is tentatively scheduled for early 2007, and the plant in full operation in 2008.  CNW Media Release

uGuelph Opens College of Management & Economics

On October 25th, the University of Guelph will officially open its new CME, incorporating the departments of Economics, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Marketing and Consumer Studies, and Business. "The creation of a new academic college is big news at Guelph, and we believe this business school is long overdue," said CME dean Chris McKenna. Commerce enrolment at Guelph has risen 88% in recent years, to become one of the largest departments in the country. uGuelph Media Release

Dawson College Establishes Memorial Awards

Montreal's Dawson College, with the consent of the DeSousa family, has established the Anastasia Rebecca De Sousa Memorial Award Fund, in memory of the student killed in the rampage at the College on September 13. Her family's wish is that the award captures the spirit of their hard-working, fun-loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, and niece. Students have started the fund-raising by selling $2 blue rubber bracelets. CNW Media Release

Globe & Mail Report on Private Schools

Yesterday's Globe included an 8-page section profiling extracurricular activities, bilingual programs, same-sex schooling, programs for special needs students, and IB programs as "a head start toward university." Another feature emphasized that private schools want to dispel the perception of elitism, and make their schools accessible to all. With tuition up to $28,025 a year for day students, and up to $42,975 for boarding schools, they are "working very hard" to establish endowments for financial aid. Globe & Mail

Growing Popularity of Chinese Language Studies

One of the fastest-growing curriculum trends in US schools is the study of Mandarin, sometimes in "dual immersion" programs composed of half native Chinese speakers. This autumn the US College Board initiated a new advanced placement curriculum and exam in Chinese language and literature, and about 300 secondary schools were already in a position to offer the program. In the US, PSE study in Chinese has risen as much as 50%. The College Board plans to build Chinese language programs in 2,000 public schools over the next five years. International Herald Tribune

Gallaudet Faculty Call for Resignation

Monday night, the faculty at Gallaudet University in Washington DC voted 138 to 24 in favour of a proposal calling for Jane Fernandes to resign or be removed from her position as incoming president of one of the world's premier colleges for the deaf. "Can we make it any more clear?" said one prof. "Dr. Fernandes must resign. She does not have the support of the university. It's clear. It's overwhelming." The faculty also narrowly passed a non-confidence motion in the current university president. Washington Post

Online Recruitment Gets Interactive

US college recruiters are striving to meet the high expectations of tech-savvy applicants, who expect "to converse with colleges" in a dialogue, not to be marketed to. Websites, blogs and podcasts are just the start. One university website matches current and potential students with similar interests for online correspondence. Another college has assigned instant-messaging addresses to everyone in its recruiting office. Some are using web-based recruiting and real-time prospect intelligence systems, which direct online questions to the best person to answer them, and track the most FAQs. eSchoolNews article

20% Growth in Student Volunteering

A study released Monday by the Corporation for National & Community Service found sharp growth in volunteering by US college students between 2002 and 2005. Altogether, about 30% are now volunteering, although often "episodically," most often tutoring or mentoring. The "historically significant surge" may in part be attributable to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. CNN Article