Top Ten

March 23, 2007

Smaller Schools have Happier Students

The 2nd annual Maclean's University Student issue hit the stands yesterday and the top story suggests that students at smaller schools are finding more satisfaction than those at the country's larger institutions.  Students at smaller schools were more likely to say that they would go back to university again if they had the opportunity.  Queen's, Western, Guelph and Waterloo were the exceptions to the rule, being larger schools that still achieved high student satisfaction.  CTV  

2007 3M Fellows Announced

10 faculty representing 8 universities across Canada have been chosen as 2007 3M fellows, determined by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is a prestigious national teaching award recognizing teaching excellence and scholarship.  UBC and uAlberta each had two faculty on the list.   Brock   University , uOttawa, Simon Fraser University , uToronto, Memorial University and uSaskatchewan also each had a faculty member honoured.  Brock News Release  

BC Students Lean Towards Trades

More BC high school students received scholarships for success in the Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) program this year than any other.  24% more students received the $1,000 award this year than last.  The program allows students to start training for a career in trades while in their final years of high school.  Over 1,400 students participated in the program this year, showing more students are showing an interest in trades.  BC News Release  

Acadia Invests $8 Million in Sustainability

Acadia U niversity will be spending $8 million to lower its hydro consumption through use patterns and improved environmental and operating efficiency.  The school will be working with Johnson Controls, a global leader in building efficiency and power solutions.  It is estimated that  utility-related operating costs will be reduced by $680,000 annually, and annual greenhouse gas emissions will also be cut by more than 13 million kilograms as well.  Acadia News Release  

Concordia Launches 2 New Faculty Logos

To go along with its overall rebrand, Concordia   University has now launched new logos for two of its four faculties.  The John Molson School of Business and the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science have adopted new looks that incorporate the "open book" and "rising sun" imagery of the University's new brand.  John Molson's name was emphasized rather than the JMSB acronym, whereas the Engineering faculty went with a strong acronym appearance.  The Concordia Journal  

uGuelph Approves 50% Extra for Friendly Eggs

uGuelph has voted in favour of serving "cruelty-free" eggs starting in September.  Staff and students agreed to cover the 50% increase in cost that will go along with consuming free-range eggs (from chickens who were never caged).  uGuelph is the first campus in Canada to adopt such a policy, and consumes approximately 250,000 shelled eggs per year.  uToronto, SFU, UBC, Concordia and McGill are all said to be considering the shift to free-range as well. CTV  

BCIT Raffles Course Fees to Create Visibility

To create buzz in the competitive BC higher education industry, the British Columbia Institute of Technology is raffling off five vouchers for $500 off part-time programs.  The contest is being offered as an effort to stay visible in the eyes of potential students.  No ticket purchase is necessary to be eligible for the prize -- any student that registers for a part-time course by March 31 will be put in the draw.  The Province

Diamond Grads Struggle to Find Jobs

Yellowknife's Aurora  College has cancelled the spring session of its diamond-cutting and -polishing program this year due to low enrolment and a drop in employability.  The 22 week program has previously placed graduates in jobs with factories, mines and sales operations right out of school.  More recent classes however have had less luck at finding employment.  CBC