Top Ten

October 25, 2006

Canadian University Research Income Growth Slows in 2005

Yesterday, Research Infosource released its annual list of Canada's Top 50 Research Universities. Total sponsored research income grew 3.2% to $5.2 billion in 2005, the smallest increase in six years. The University of Toronto remained in top position with $708.6 million. The Université de Montréal moved up to second position with $429.3 million, and McGill University dropped to third with $423 million. Next in line came uAlberta, UBC, McMaster, uCalgary, uOttawa, Laval, and UWO. Three universities were singled out for "Research University of the Year" in their categories: Toronto, Waterloo, and Lakehead. Lakehead also topped the list for growth, with an 87% increase over 2004. McMaster was tops for "research intensity" (funding per full-time faculty). Quebec was the only province whose universities recorded a net decrease in research funding.

Ivey Business School Joins UN Global Compact

UWO's Richard Ivey School of Business is the first Canadian business school to join the United Nations Global Compact, an organization formed in 1999 to bring business, NGOs, labour and civil society together to support university environmental and social principles. Ivey says the move emphasizes corporate ethics, social responsibility, environmental and human rights concerns. Other members include Harvard Business School, Wharton, uPenn, and MIT. Media Release

Colleges Embrace Environmentalism

Colleges and universities across the US are embracing green campuses and energy-efficient classrooms, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's conference provided a spectacular cross-section. "The environment is hot, and not just as a research topic." NYU plans to purchase 118 million kw of wind power. Arizona State U is opening a new School of Sustainability. UC Berkeley has committed to an 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Harvard has installed low-flow toilets. One of the most popular projects is the "green roof." Several universities have named "Directors of Environmental Stewardship" or "Sustainability Coordinators." Inside Higher Ed

Canadian Parents Saving for PSE

Yesterday, USC Education Savings Plans released results of its Hopes & Dreams Survey, showing that 96% of parents felt PSE was extremely important for their children, and 80% were concerned about the financial burden of tuition. 48% indicated they plan to purchase an RESP, and 43% already have. RESPs were most popular in Alberta, Ontario, and BC, and were least popular in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Media Release

Monster Employment Index Up in September

Employment website announced on Friday statistics for September showing increases in online recruitment for occupations in Natural and Applied Sciences, Sales and Service, Trades and Transportation, and management positions. Natural and Applied Sciences, which includes IT, computer engineering and computer services, also posted the strongest gains last month. Online recruitment fell most for jobs in the arts, culture, recreation and sport category, and also in the healthcare sector. Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta saw the highest gains. Media Release

Germany Names "Teutonic Ivy League"

Last week, a German government committee anointed three institutions as elite universities, out of 376 in the country -- Karlsruhe, the University of Munich, and the Technical University, also in Munich. The long-awaited decision entitles the schools to more than $100 million each over the next five years. German universities are perceived to have been in a decades-long decline, and "cutting the great from the merely good" was seen as essential to compete internationally. The committee also selected 18 promising graduate programs and 17 research clusters for special funding. International Herald Tribune

UBC Teacher Evaluations to Become Public

UBC's student association, the Alma Mater Society, will bring back "Yardstick," an online collection of teaching evaluations from each faculty. Evaluations were posted online between 1994 and 2002, but were ended because UBC administration promised something better. AMS has lost patience after four years of delay. Various UBC faculties interpret privacy guidelines differently, and share different amounts of data -- or none. Administration and AMS are hoping to come up with "something better than" Ubyssey Article

Today@Academica will Skip Thursday

Sorry, I'll be visiting Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie today, so there will be no newsbrief tomorrow morning. Academica's Top Ten will return Friday morning, and will attempt to cover the news from both days. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for reading!