Top Ten

March 27, 2007

New uRegina Lab comes to $60 Million

uRegina is receiving a $23.6 million provincial contribution towards an addition to its laboratory building. The finished building will house more than 30 research teams, including 100 graduate students, and is expected to attract high-calibre researchers, teachers and students to Regina .  Since 2002, Saskatchewan has previously invested $36.6 million in the project.  The first floor of the new facility is scheduled for use as early as May.  Saskatchewan News Release

Staff Response Saves uCalgary Gymnasium

Quick reactions by the Kinesiology building's Facility Management staff prevented millions in damages last Friday morning, when a pipe beneath uCalgary's pool ruptured.  The pipe was connected to the pool's pump system and resulted in thousands of gallons of water flooding into a mechanical room below.  Water was diverted away from the Jack Simpson gym into the Varsity locker room, which has several floor drains.  The gym floor would have been destroyed if the room was flooded.  uCalgary News Release

New Legislation Raises Price of High School in BC

BC school boards are now accountable for their achievements, particularly with Aboriginal students.  New legislation aims to restart increases in student achievement that have levelled off in recent years, as well as increase the number of BC students that graduate from high school.  School fees, which were declared illegal last year, have also been reinstated for BC students.  Schools are not allowed to charge students for some programs and equipment.  BC News Release | BC News Release | CBC

New Brunswick Community Colleges Prepare for Cuts

New Brunswick 's conservative party is quick to point to the province's new budget as the cause of deep cuts hitting community colleges across the board.  Most departments at each of the 11 NBCC campuses have been told to tighten their budgets.  In some cases, entire programs are being cut, such as practical nursing (Shippagan campus) and applied internet ( Dieppe campus).  The Liberals have refused to comment on which programs might be lost, and has only stated that programs have always been reviewed annually and adjusted to fit the needs of the industry and students.  CBC

Food Services Strike at Huron Shuts Down Campus & Traffic

Students at Huron University College were barred from campus yesterday morning, when members of the school's Food Services staff took to the picket line.  The strike began after an unsuccessful meeting with Compass Group Canada, which operates Huron's dining hall.  Workers are demanding a salary increase and improved sick time provisions, among other items.  The staff has been without a contract since summer 2006.  3 student residences will be affected by the strike, although Compass says it will ensure students continue to be fed.  Western News | The London Free Press

Facebook Dominates in Canadian Youth Websites

Facebook is absolutely booming in Canada . While still ranked below MySpace in other countries, it sits three comfortable rankings above its monster-sized peer in Canadian traffic rankings.  As the #5 top-visited site in Canada , Facebook also sits ahead of heavyweights like YouTube, CBC and Wikipedia -- and it is adding 10,000 new users every day.  73% of its users login daily.  While the Facebook demographic has shown some signs of shifting to an older average as it expands, it remains an invaluable method of approaching Canada 's young people.  Forward Newsletter (by Youthography)

Saying No to Media Rankings of Universities

Could it be that Canadian universities, recently boycotting the Maclean's rankings, have led the way for their US counterparts? It is the season where US college and university presidents sit down to fill out the US News questionnaire, but administrators of about 12 smaller liberal arts colleges are asking schools to boycott this year's survey.  What started as a public statement against the tool by Sarah Lawrence's president has been taken up by schools across the country who are glad to have finally caught the media's eye for what they feel are serious faults with US News' annual school rankings.  Commercial Appeal

"Legacy" Students Less Likely to Achieve

Children of alumni are reported to be more likely than minority students or athletes to have academic trouble in college, if admissions preferences were involved in their acceptance, according to a study by researchers at Princeton University .  The more a college stretches the required admissions average for these students, the lower that student's grade point average is likely to be once they begin studies.  Colleges that commit to admitting the offspring of alumni are also shown to have the highest dropout rates among this "legacy" demographic.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

New Website Aims to Personalize Admissions

Zinch.com is a new website that allows high school students to post profiles including their talents, hobbies and passions -- aka all the things that don't show up on their transcripts or in standardized testing.  Schools are able to search the website to locate their applicants, as well as any students with particularly desirable interests/skills.  The site was pioneered by three students at Princeton University .  There are no charges for students; admissions officials face a fee if they would like a student's contact information.  The site currently has 451 student profiles and is aiming for 20,000.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)