Top Ten

October 24, 2006

Financial Times Ranks World's Top EMBA Programs

The UK-based Financial Times has released its annual ranking of the world's top 85 executive MBA programs, and 6 Canadian programs made the list: UWO's Ivey (#24), UofT's Rotman (#26), UofA/UofC's Haskayne (#46), Concordia's Molson (#68), Queen's (#73), and Athabasca (#82). This year's rankings mark a drop for Ivey and Queen's, and a rise for Haskayne, Molson, and Athabasca. Athabasca's is the only online EMBA included in the list, and currently has over 1,000 students enrolled world-wide. The ranking is based on a survey of business schools and a survey of alumni who graduated in 2003. Financial Times Rankings  Athabasca Media Release

Female Enrolment in Engineering Studies in Decline

Although females are a growing force on most post-secondary campuses in Canada, in engineering studies female enrolment is static or declining. The Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWIE) created "Go ENG Girl" to address this issue, by showcasing the diversity and opportunity of engineering careers to girls in grades 7 through 10, and their parents. The University of Western Ontario reports twice the turn-out for this year's event. Western News

Professor Evaluations More Important than Credentials

A recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that students care more about teaching quality than professorial rank when evaluating professors, and that professors who receive good evaluations from one class typically continue to do so in future, and to have students who earn better grades. Based on data analysis at one unidentified US university, the study found that whether an instructor teaches full-time or part-time, does research, has tenure, or is highly paid has no influence on a college student's grade, likelihood of dropping a course or taking more subsequent courses in the same subject. Abstract

"Freshman 15" Only Half That

A Brown University Medical School study of weight gain among college students found that the "Freshman 15" is more like 5 to 7, but it is followed by the "Sophomore 2 or 3." Males gained 5.6 pounds and females gained 3.6 pounds, with the large majority of that weight gained in the first semester. Possible explanations include more drinking (alcohol contains calories), more socializing that involves eating, high-fat foods in dorm cafeterias and less physical activity. Associated Press

US Charitable Giving Rises 13%

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports in its annual survey of the 400 most successful US fundraising institutions that donations rose a median of 13% last year, matching the largest rise in the past 16 years. The list includes 129 educational institutions, including top-20 Stanford, uWisconsin - Madison, and Harvard. Community foundations averaged 42% growth, far more than PSE institutions. Almost 5% of the rise can be attributed to Hurricane Katrina relief, and Warren Buffet's donation of most of his $44 billion fortune also had big impact. Chronicle of Philanthropy

Cancer Drug Developer Speaks at Robarts

Mark Greene, developer of the targeted breast cancer drug Herceptin, is slated to speak to medical researchers and laypeople alike at a November 1 cancer symposium at the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario. Following the day-long symposium, he will be awarded the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine, in recognition of his contribution to cancer research. RRI Event Information

US Colleges Understate Crime Statistics

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that campus crime data shared with applicants seems to be consistently lower than crime rates reported to the FBI, particularly because most institutions report burglaries (thefts involving trespassing) but not larcenies, or in some cases sexual assaults. Northeastern University, for example, reported only 5 campus burglaries to the campus community, but counted 345 larcenies in a report to the FBI. Some schools fail to count unsolved burglaries as crimes at all. Harvard appears to be the most honest in its reporting. Wall Street Journal

Students are Strategic about Drinking

New research presented Friday at a US conference on safe and healthy campuses focused on "pre-party" drinking (a small group of students drinking together in a dorm room or other private space prior to an actual party or social event). An exploratory survey of 114 students in Pennsylvania found that male and female students alike sought a certain "buzz" so they could save money at a bar later. Men were more likely to drink beer; women to drink vodka. Researchers feel students lack social skills and possess a deep sense of anxiety that requires them to have a drink in hand.