Top Ten

March 29, 2007

Doubling the Med Students in BC

British Columbia is putting $40 million into the UBC Clinical Academic Campuses at key teaching hospitals throughout the province.  The funds will allow UBC's Faculty of Medicine to graduate more "BC-trained" doctors to work in local communities.  The government has committed to doubling the number of doctors in training by 2008. The number of undergraduate first-year medical student spaces at UBC was 128 in 2003, and will be 256 in September 2007, through collaborations with uVic and UNBC.  BCMoH / BCMAE News Release

uWaterloo Accountancy breaks Ground on New Home

Construction on the new home for uWaterloo's School of Accountancy began earlier this week.  The $12 million facility will come in the form of a 52,000 square foot addition to the JG Hagey Hall of the Humanities, almost doubling the size of the building.  Accountancy is the highest-demand program at uWaterloo, with more than 3,000 applicants for 165 available spots this fall. High school applicants will need 90% averages to make the cut. KW Record

Many Canadian Youth Simply Uninterested in PSE

  In line with Academica Group's research into the psychographics of high school "drifters" who apply to college or university but are not particularly motivated, the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation has recently released a new study showing that many young Canadians do not attend PSE simply due to lack of interest.  A survey of 5,000 non-PSE students in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Alberta found that one-third were kept out of higher education by financial issues, but fully 40% by "lack of interest or direction." Half of the students that began programs and later dropped out faulted lack of interest, poor program fit or career direction. The Globe & Mail 

Globe Report on Business Schools Published

Yesterday's Globe & Mail included a section featuring Canadian MBA programs, interviewing faculty and students, profiling recent trends and statistics related to graduate business programs. 78% of surveyed executives say they would select a candidate with an MBA over one without, all other things being equal.  Students are increasingly being drawn to specialized MBA programs. Schools are competing fiercely for faculty with commerce PhDs, often competing with private-sector industry. After several years of downturn, the Globe reports that MBA enrolments are increasing, and that what was once a ticket to the corner office is now simply a prerequisite for entry-level management positions.  The Globe & Mail | The Globe & Mail

Group Work, All-Nighters, and MBA Debt

Also in the Globe section, a soon-to-be Schulich MBA sits down with his peers from Rotman, the Ivey and Schulich to talk about their experiences as MBA students.  Those with commerce undergrad degrees found the transition to MBA much more challenging than expected. Although case competitions occasionally require all-nighters, most get to bed "early" -- before 2:00am. They estimate that a student considering an MBA should plan on accumulating between $50,000 and $100,000 in debt to complete the program.  The Globe & Mail

uAlberta Nursing Student Grades Apparently Leaked

Some uAlberta nursing students are demanding an apology -- and improved information security -- from administration, after they claim their grades were accidentally sent to all 1st and 2nd year students in the after-degree nursing program.  The email allegedly contained the names and student IDs of several senior students, as well as placement requests, grades, and academic standing (such as whether the student happened to be on academic probation).  The students say they were not notified by the faculty, but heard about the email from friends.  Excalibur (York U Student Newspaper)

Web Video Tours of NSCC Campus, Still Under Construction

Nova Scotia Community College has launched a series of preview videos showcasing its new Dartmouth waterfront campus, as part of the school's Metro recruitment "Get Out There!" campaign.  The videos feature one of the school's Public Relations students for comic relief, and are available both on the institutional website and on YouTube.  The new campus is scheduled to open in September 2007.  Get Out There!  |  NSCC News Release

US Ivy League Implements Bell Curves

Princeton University took a stand with a strict "grade-deflation" policy that limited A grades to an average of 35% of students across departments.  Students say the policy has caused skyrocketing stress levels, changed how they pick classes and deal with classmates.  Difficult classes are now avoided rather than seen as an appealing challenge or investment.  Classmates might still share notes, but do so warily and with the knowledge that only 3 in 10 students can earn top marks.  Columbia , Harvard, Cornell and uPennsylvania have all made similar attempts to curb grade inflation, but Princeton 's is by far the strictest. When Cornell circulated class averages to reinforce the effort, students instead used the information to select courses where A's were most likely.  USA Today

Multi-Tasking All Show, No Results

Glibly cautioning readers to wait until they are off the expressway to read their article, the New York Times profiled recent findings that multi-tasking has found its limits.  Despite the popularity of doing almost everything with cell phone in hand, iPod in ears, and an instant messenger blinking at the bottom of your monitor (and on your mobile), the wave of multi-tasking is reducing the speed and quality of human performance.  Recent research shows that the young people, who are supposed to excel in the multi-tasking universe, actually matched older participants when faced with interruptions during a simple task.  The younger participants completed the task faster only when they were not interrupted. The New York Times | The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)