Top Ten

October 20, 2006

Canadian Forces Target University Athletes

Canada's military has reached a half-million-dollar, three-year marketing deal with Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) that makes it one of CIS's biggest sponsors, and will include visibility at sporting events and online. The military views student athletes, especially those involved in a team sport, as prime candidates for its officer training programs. "They're all fit, intelligent people who are leaders within their communities and on the field of play." Roughly 12,000 student athletes compete at 52 CIS member universities. The recruitment drive will start November 1. Globe & Mail story

Missing Data Won't Stop Maclean's Rankings

Maclean's has presented 22 Canadian universities with FIPPA requests, but managing editor Tony Keller says they have "not gotten much back from any of them," and some schools have refused to share information "so basic it will make you laugh." Nonetheless, the university rankings issue will hit newsstands November 2, using data from other sources. "If theyre going to go ahead with this it confirms that Maclean's has absolutely no validity," said Carleton president David Atkinson. Keller said Macleans will get a "head start" in the future by issuing requests to universities many months in advance. Carleton Charlatan campus paper article

York Prof Fights to Smoke Pot on Campus

York University professor Brian MacLean says he has clearance from Health Canada for medical marijuana use for an undisclosed illness, but there is no place at work where he can smoke it. Until his medical need is accommodated, MacLean is refusing to step onto campus and is holding all of his classes on policing elsewhere. MacLean says that the University of Toronto has created a ventilated room for a professor who smokes medical marijuana and wants York to do the same. CBC item

US Medical School Enrollment Climbing

For the fourth straight year, applicants to American medical schools have increased, the Association of American Medical Colleges announced Wednesday. More than 39,000 applied in 2006, an increase of almost 5% over 2005. The grade point averages and MCAT scores of this year's applicant pool were the highest in more than a decade. AAMC has called for a 30% increase in enrollments within a decade, by increasing class sizes and building new schools, in order to prevent a future shortage of physicians. AAMC media release

Europeans Plan Answer to MIT

The European Commission said Wednesday that it would resubmit proposals to create a $3 billion network of research centers out of concern that Europe's academic standards are slipping farther behind those of the United States and risk being overtaken by China's and India's. The commission hopes the European Institute of Technology network will rival the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "There is a clear consensus that Europe is falling short," as evidenced by the dominance of US universities on the Times Higher Education rankings. International Herald Tribune article

Justin Trudeau at uWinnipeg

Justin Trudeau spoke at the University of Winnipeg's Global College yesterday, on "Youth and Civic Engagement." He seeks to confront the widespread disconnect among young Canadians in the political process through his involvement with Katimavik (Canada's leading national youth volunteer-service program) and public lectures. (with thanks to Ilana Simon, University of Winnipeg)

Youth to "Pump Up the Volume" at Ryerson Saturday

A conference by, for, and about young people will take place tomorrow at Ryerson University, sponsored by the Office of Child and Family Service Advocacy of Ontario and the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson. Adults will have the opportunity to listen while youth talk about how they have had a voice and influenced change in the institutions that have a daily impact on their lives. A series of interactive sessions have been put together by youth across Canada, from Cape Breton to Vancouver. Topics include pharmaceutical management strategies in institutions, and how youth use culture and identity as a means of survival. CNW media release

UWO Social Science Plans for Graduate Growth

Already the University of Western Ontario's largest faculty, the Social Science faculty plans "to be the premier Social Science faculty in Canada for both undergraduate and graduate education, and to have research leaders in every discipline represented in the faculty." The draft academic plan identifies seven themes for research activities across disciplines, and proposals are pending to create a new Canada Research Chair in Health Geography, a Bioarchaeology Centre for the Study of Health and Disease in Antiquity, and a Neuroimaging Centre for Brain and Mind. Western News article

College Prep Business Booming

Many education trends in the US are echoed in Canada up to a decade later. Could this one be next? US university applicants are increasingly hiring college counselors, in some cases for thousands of dollars, to help them navigate the admissions process, fine-tune their essays, prep for the SATs, and package their applications. College admissions officials across the country admit it works. Some counselors even guarantee results. Membership in the National Tutoring Association has increased from 800 in 2001 to nearly 5,000 today. Bucks County Courier Times