Top Ten

August 2, 2007

Fake student visas used as easy way into Canada

Because of short staffing, the Canadian Border Services Agency will only be able to investigate a small number of the possible “bogus” foreign students and diploma mills in BC.Foreign-student visas in BC have increased from 22,000 in 1995 to 43,000 in 2005.While most foreign students are felt to be legitimate, hundreds of cases of educational fraud have been caught in the province.If discovered, the students are deported.The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) | CanWest News

Toronto considers 2+2 models and a new undergrad campus

Toronto might do well to look “west” for a solution to the anticipated PSE space crunch.Alberta and BC institutions offer smoother transfer opportunities between colleges and universities where 2+2 models are much more common.On the other hand, many Ontario universities do not recognize college credits.Starting higher education in a college environment can be more affordable, offers lower student to teacher ratios and can be a less shocking transition for students coming out of high schools.Another proposed solution to Toronto’s space is the creation of a new university in partnership with an existing institution.The Globe & Mail | The Sault Star

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice-chief resigns from FNUC board

Lyle Whitefish, the board of governors chair at the First Nations University of Canada, has stepped down.Whitefish was also the vice-chief of the Federation ofSaskatchewan Indian Nations responsible for education.It has been suggested that FNUC’s close relationship with politicians might infringe on academic freedom at the institution and Whitefish hopes that his resignation will help the university attain autonomy.FNUC is currently on probation with the AUCC, pending changes to be made to the school’s governance.CBC

Executives from China visit uVic for high tech business education

uVic is running a “high tech business” summer school for custom groups of execs.19 executives from a high tech community in China will study at the BC institution for three weeks this month and head home with a “comprehensive introduction” to Canada’s business environment.uVic business faculty will deliver a custom curriculum covering service management, marketing, leadership, supply chain management, and venture capital.The program is also connected with uVic’s Vancouver Island Technology Park, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Commerce Association and the Chinatown Lions Club.uVic Media Tip

Trent announces new research institute

Trent University has announced the creation of the Institute for Watershed Science. Originally a collaboration between Trent, Fleming College and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the project was meant to take advantage of the watershed science expertise housed at Trent.Going forward, with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment added as a full partner, the former Watershed Science Centre has been formally approved as a Research Institute.Trent News Release

US students average 19.2 hours online per week

The fact that 95% of US college students use the Internet at least once a month is not shocking.Full-time students at 4-year US colleges are spending an average of 19.2 hours per week on the web, up from the 2006 average of 18.2.Further, more than 80% of students use social network sites regularly.Every day activities such as course scheduling, reserving laundry machines and scouring menus can all be done online at most campuses.“College students are always online.It’s so integrated into other routines, its no longer an activity unto itself.”eMarket er

Private student blogs spread across the US

The Off the Record blog network is a privately operated chain of student bloggers covering 22 different institutions across the US.Written “by students, for students,” these blogs are outside the reach of your marketing department.More than 100 students contribute to the network and these numbers are growing: 50 schools will be covered as of September.Students earn $500 per term to post daily on the network, and their content is kept anonymous.Col lege Web Editor | CollegeOTR

Students enjoy non-traditional living experiences (sometimes)

Overcrowding in student residences is a fairly common problem in the US, according to the Association of College and University Housing Officers.Administrators struggle to find space for incoming students, and the students cope with “alternative” solutions and loss of privacy in many cases.Popular solutions are converting study areas into sleeping spaces, and renting out space in nearby hotels.While sleeping in a study room with 5 peers might not be what most students expect, some report enjoying the experience and even request to be left as is when traditional rooms became available.The Prince George Citizen

Social network gadgets can triple your traffic

All the social network “add ons” rushing out of the gate have been shown to drive users back to the owner’s homepage (i.e. the Hot or Not Facebook application drives traffic back to  They also, however, pump up traffic at the social networking sites themselves.  One network saw its traffic triple when “widgets” were offered.  Another saw it quadruple.  “Widgets” allow you to track traffic statistics, click through patterns and all sorts of other valuable information – on top of generating hits back to your homepage.  Biz Report

uChicago swaps applicant essays for PowerPoint Presentations

uChicago’s Graduate School of Business has added a PowerPoint presentation to its application requirements.“In four slides or less, please provide readers with content that captures who you are.”The associate dean of admissions feels that the presentations will give a better sense of their applicants, and will give admissions officers a break from essays – which apparently are boring.The Chronicle of Higher Education | | eSchoolNews