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August 13, 2007

uAlberta receives record applications

uAlberta received a record-breaking 19,000 applications for the approaching school year.  Applications to uAlberta as well as other nearby institutions dropped in 2005, and only recovered slightly in 2006, making the boost in 2007 a welcome surprise. The increase in applications was driven primarily by students outside of Alberta. uAlberta hopes for more growth in the future, particularly for its BA programs, which see many accepted students choose other BA-granting institutions in the area. Edmonton Journal 

Lowering the admissions bar in BC?

According to an article in last Friday's Province, UBC, SFU, and uVic (among others) lowered their admissions standards in order to keep classrooms full.  The article suggests that PSE standards would be better preserved if universities worked to create a more attractive environment for students, rather than simply lowering the admissions bar.  The item suggests that BC schools should probably look to Toronto for students?  Vancouver Province

uWinnipeg president makes public statement supporting indigenous rights

The president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg has issued a public statement in support of the final vote to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  "This decision will have profound importance for 370 million indigenous women, men and children."  After holding a national conference of university presidents and aboriginal leaders in May, uWinnipeg announced its intention to become Canada's #1 choice for Aboriginal students.  (uWinnipeg Email News Release) | CBC (May 2007)

Memorial invites feedback on Grenfell's independence

Memorial University has launched an online public forum for members of both the university community and the public to air opinions on Sir Wilfred Grenfell College's bid for independence.  Comments are to be submitted via email, and will be moderated by the university and then posted to a public log of opinions.  Only "libelous or offensive" content will be held back, and authors will be given the opportunity to revise their submissions.  Read the Comments | Background Information

OCAD, UOIT consider new names

2 Toronto-area universities are seeking new names. The Ontario College of Art & Design simply isn't a college any longer. Is the University of Ontario Institute of Technology a university or an "institute of technology" (usually a college, in Canada). The Toronto Star reports that UOIT wants to move its image closer to a research institution.  Ryerson went through a similar transition in 1993 (when it became a polytechnic) and 2002 (when it became a university). Toronto Star 

Special constables sworn in at Fanshawe

Although special constables are used on two-thirds of Ontario university campuses, Fanshawe College has launched what is believed to be the first special constable force on a Canadian college campus. The special constables, sworn in by the local police department, have authority beyond standard guards or security officers, and are able to make arrests for minor offences that otherwise would require police to be called, such as liquor violations or trespassing. (Fanshawe Email News Release) | T he London Free Press 

Cumberland College receives $2.1 million for new campus

$2.1 million from the Saskatchewan provincial government will give Cumberland Regional College students a facility of their own.  The college currently operates out of the LP Miller Comprehensive High School.  The new facility will triple the College's space to 11 classrooms/labs, 8 program support areas, as well as 18 offices and 12 staff workstations.  Saskatchewa n News Release 

Calgarians help solve student housing crisis

SAIT and uCalgary's appeal for student housing is being taken up by the community.  The number of public listings on uCalgary’s student housing website has increased from 135 to 250 over the last week.  2 additional students were hired to answer incoming calls from landlords. AM 770 

Nova Scotia launches grad student loan relief programs

Nova Scotia has announced 2 new programs to help graduate students pay off their student loans. Students who need respite from repayment in order to complete internships or apprenticeships, in particular, will benefit.  The Payment Deferral Program will allow students to finish their residencies before going into repayment, but interest will still apply.  Another program will allow students to take up to 54 months to repay – previously only 30 were allowed.  CBC | Nova Scotia News Release 

Facebook profiles of roommates concern parents

College housing officials report an increase in roommate re-assignment requests in 2007-2008, and blame Facebook.  Parents of incoming students are apparently looking up prospective roommates on Facebook, and pre-emptively requesting re-assignments based on the students' online profiles. Parents are most often citing "party-related content and photos" as the reason for their concern.  USA Today