Top Ten

October 27, 2006

Dalhousie Best Place for Scientists to Work

The Scientist, a prestigious US journal, surveyed 1,623 tenured or tenure-track life scientists, and based on 39 criteria Dalhousie University is the best non-commercial scientific institute in which to work in Canada. The top five also included uAlberta, McMaster, UBC and uCalgary. The top criteria for Canadian scientists included job satisfaction, gender equality, tenure processes, peer relationships and research resources. The Scientist

Maclean's Editor Blogs on Universities

If you haven't already come across it, Maclean's university guide editor Tony Keller is maintaining a regular blog describing his ongoing access to information challenge against Canada's universities. He takes uCalgary to task (where he has been trading exchanges with administration in the campus newspaper), criticizes UofT president Naylor's argument that research excellence equals teaching excellence, and wryly observes that Lakehead may have withdrawn from the Maclean's survey, but promoted its rank as "#1 value-added university" for months. The Maclean's university ranking issue comes out November 2nd. Tony Keller's "UniBlog"

University Enrolment Down in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia universities report an overall decline of 2.2% in FTE enrollment this year, the biggest decline in five years. Cape Breton University reports a decline of 7.5%, while Acadia and Saint Mary's report a 6.1% decline. Enrolments are up, on the other hand, at NSCAD and St. Francis Xavier. Apparently, Acadia has recently laid off staff. CBC item

Mapping the Brands of Canadian Universities

Applicants perceive Canadian universities in multiple tiers based on reputation for academic quality, and reputation for student life experience, a recent study by Academica Group has shown. The 2006 University Applicant Survey has allowed the creation of a two-dimensional map of the Canadian higher education landscape, showing subscribing institutions the competitive set of schools with which their applicants judge them similar. Details (PDF file)

Ivey Student on Cover of Canadian Business

Danille Traub is one of the 34 MBA students profiled in this week's Canadian Business magazine, and is featured on its cover, along with the headline: "MBA: More Bucks Annually." She's also an MBA student at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Canadian Business

City Tech College in Vancouver Closed

Another BC private college is being investigated for alleged irregularities involving foreign students. City Tech College is the subject of a lawsuit by a group of students and an investigation by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, both concerning student loans. About 70 students claim school officials helped them with applications for student loans that they werent eligible to receive. CBC item

Ryerson Announces New Photography Gallery and Research Centre

Yesterday, Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy announced the $8 million Ryerson Photography Gallery and Research Centre, to be housed in the School of Image Arts building at the heart of campus. It will house the University's Black Star Historical Photography Collection, open to tourists and the public, as well as hosting expanded graduate studies in Photographic Preservation, MFA in Documentary Media, and Collections Management (the only program of its kind in the world). Media Release

Gallaudet Bulldozes Student Protesters

For almost a month now, campus tensions have been escalating at Washington DC college for the deaf Gallaudet University. More than 100 protesters were arrested by police last week. On Wednesday the confrontation reached another incredible peak when the university used a front-end loader to clear out a student camp, injuring several students in the process. Jane K. Fernandes, former Provost and now president-designate, has refused to step down. A majority of faculty have called for her resignation, and 20 trustees have scheduled an emergency meeting Sunday. Washington Post

NCAA Considering Canadian Schools

USA Today reported on Wednesday that the NCAA is indeed considering the membership of Canadian schools in the US athletics league. A committee of university presidents will decide in January. Final approval couldn't come before April 2008. The University of British Columbia and St. Clair College, in Windsor Ontario, are apparently interested. Simon Fraser University unsuccessfully sought NCAA membership in 1998. MSNBC item