Top Ten

April 3, 2007

BC invests in international opportunities for its students

: A $10 million endowment establishing the One World Scholarship, and an additional $1 million endowment for the Pacific Horizon Scholarship, will increase the opportunity for BC PSE students to study overseas through co-ops, internships and other approved study or experience-based programs. BC News Release

Haskayne Dean makes Globe business section

The new dean of uCalgary's Haskayne School of Business was treated to a very pointed interview by the Globe & Mail's Gordon Pitts, printed in yesterday's business section. First question: why does Haskayne have trouble keeping deans?  (Answer: circumstances and good reasons, none of which reflect negatively on the school.)  Waverman is 65 years old at the start of his 4.5 year contract -- uCalgary has no age limit on hiring.  Waverman spoke on Alberta 's oil boom, as well as the possibility of developing an MBA stream that specializes in global natural resources management. The Globe & Mail

EMBA programs compete aggressively for executives

EMBA programs are the priciest degrees in the market, and Canada 's business schools are going all out to fill each of the $95,000 spots in their programs, says the National Post. Aside from reputation and quality of programming, EMBA programs are offering enticements such as fully-loaded laptops, gourmet in-class meals, fitness classes, golf tournaments and catered networking events.  Business schools outside Toronto, such as Queen's and Ivey, are opening satellite campuses closer to students' workplaces. The National Post

Dalhousie students win national business competition

A team from Dalhousie University took first place in the annual IBK Capital / Ivey Business Plan Competition, which took place at the Richard Ivey School of Business at UWO this past weekend. The team's business plan was named the best of those competing, and the members were awarded $25,000 in cash.  uToronto teams took both second and third places, and a cumulative $15,000.  UWO News Release

Lakehead to launch Aboriginal HBEd

As of January 2008, Lakehead University 's Faculty of Education will offer a four-year Honours Bachelor of Education in Aboriginal Education.  The program will be the first program of its kind offered by an Ontario university, to focus on Aboriginal education and pedagogy. Graduates will have an understanding of culturally appropriate education grown out of Aboriginal philosophies, as well as an understanding of the needs of Aboriginal learners at the primary/junior level.  Lakehead University News Release

Carleton launches website redesign

Carleton University has rolled out a new look for its website after several months of planning, collaboration and testing by a cross-departmental team. The goals of the redesign were to make the website's information "crisper," more consistent in format, and easier to find. The team selected the Luminis Content Management Suite (CMS), which will keep the look and feel consistent across the site and change the way information can be added and updated.  The new design was launched on Carleton's homepage as well as the Athletics and Public Affairs sections of the site, with more departmental sections on the way. Carleton News Release |   See the site

Ontario high schoolers loathe to leave

Even though Ontario moved to a 4-year curriculum several years ago, about one-third of high school students are sticking around for a fifth year anyway.  "I'd just like to spread my courses out and get the whole high-school experience instead of just rushing through high school and focusing on my marks and going off to university. I'm trying to enjoy it on my way through..." Students remain in high school the extra year, and sometimes even longer, because they lack the credits needed to graduate, to upgrade marks, or to make sure they get all the courses that appeal to them -- sometimes because of previously failed classes, time off school, or simply to accommodate a busy extracurricular schedule.  Half of those that stuck around in 2006/07 had already graduated.  The KW Record

Recruiting the low-income demographic

Funding is the cry from both schools and students, particularly as Canada heads into an era where attracting low-income applicants will be necessary to maintain current levels of PSE enrolment. Whether for prestige and quality of education, or to provide hands-on training, colleges and universities often resist raising student-faculty ratios -- an in-house way of combating the rising cost of education.  Particularly in the US , a cultural belief that only the best is valuable is driving competition for a select few institutions through the roof, and lessening the value of a more affordable education.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) | CMSF News Release (February)

MySpace marketing - maybe not?

Always a topic for those interested in capturing the attention of youth, MySpace is inevitably aging as it becomes popular with a broader audience.  A key fact to remember, for those considering MySpace marketing and recruitment, is that social networks are designed for interaction between mutually consenting individuals -- not for institutional campaigning.  Further, the appeal of MySpace and its predecessors was partly based on novelty.  The impressive 64.4 million visits the site received in February can seem very attractive to advertisers, but also scream a warning that the "cool" is gone -- trendsetters may already be moving on to newer, more innovative pastures. Bob Johnson's Blog