Top Ten

August 16, 2007

Independent Grenfell would be Canada's most expensive

A report by the Newfoundland & Labrador government indicates that an independent Sir Wilfred Grenfell College would be the most expensive university to operate in Canada. Currently operating at $11,000 per student, an independent Grenfell would likely cost $12,000 to $14,000 per student. The report observes that this is even more costly than Mount Allison University, currently Canada's most expensive. CBC 

Northern Ontario institutions to collaborate on Social Work degree

Ontario will provide $120,000 toward increased collaboration between Sault College, Algoma University College, Northern College and Lakehead University.  The schools will create degree-level programs in social work that share a common, accredited curriculum and will accommodate 20 to 30 students per year, in Timmins and Sault Ste Marie.  This is one of 12 projects funded through the College-University Consortium Council change initiative.  The Sault Star 

Loyalist students and grads happy with new animation program

Students in the Loyalist College animation program are praising the department for a curriculum that they say is diverse and well-balanced, covering topics from web design to gaming.  Students applaud the school's tuition rates, which are lower than other animation programs in the marketplace, and its smaller class sizes. The first graduates of Loyalist's 3-year animation program headed off into the workforce only 3 months ago. The Belleville Intelligencer

SFX hosts Gaza / West Bank Peace Camp

St. Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish NS, will be host to a unique summer program over the next 2 weeks.  20 young adults from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the heart of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and one of the world’s most "volatile" regions, will spend the next 2 weeks at Peace Camp.  The program will attempt to break negative stereotypes and create understanding, trust, and mutual respect between conflicting parties.  Canadian Press 

Student blogs on uCalgary homepage

The University of Calgary has launched 2 separate streams of student blogs, linked from its website homepage.  "Field Notes" includes posts from uCalgary researchers in the field around the world, providing insights on the research experience.  "PURE Experiences" includes posts from undergraduate students that have received the Programs for Undergraduate Research Experience awards. uCalgary Blogs 

Academica shares student research and web portal best practices

Chris Skinkle, Paris Meilleur and Dale Dubilowski of Academica Group will be in Toronto today presenting on student research and student portal best practices to student union delegates at the 2007 Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) conference. Academica has invested heavily to advance open source portal technology for application in PSE markets -- watch for more on our new website, to launch in September. OUSA 

Canadian swimmers sweep World University Games

The World University Games have joined the big leagues of the Asia Games, the Winter Olympics, and the Commonwealth Games -- all venues of positive doping tests, although the exact number of incidents has not been released.  Canada's student athletes have been fueling headlines on a more positive note, with stories of success in the swimming pool: 10 medals, including 4 golds, were earned by Canada’s swimmers.  Maclean's 

Modular dorm rooms of the future

The Association of College and University Housing Officers International has assembled a book of possible dorm designs, based on finalists in a design contest.  Residence buildings of the 21st century are envisioned as being made of stacked modules, each containing two student rooms, as well as portions of corridor and common area. Module furniture would be selected to create the type of room desired, from traditional double room to a studio apartment. Chronicle of Higher Education | Winning designs 
Professors and students claim constitutional right to date: Despite his lack of personal experience with student relationships, a 57-year old psych professor at UCLA says faculty have the constitutional right to choose who they date, even if that person is a student.  He has authored a book on the topic, entitled Romance in the Ivory Tower, due out in September. UCLA joined the ranks of schools forbidding professor-student relationships in 2003. uWindsor is in the process of enacting a policy regarding emotional relationships, even non-sexual ones, between faculty and students. The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

New Zealand invests in attracting international students

New Zealand's government is investing the equivalent of $7.6 million Cdn in making itself more attractive to international students.  Currently 93,000 students from 150 countries around the world choose to pursue higher education in the isolated Oceanic country.  International education is New Zealand’s fourth largest export earner, bringing in $2 billion a year.  The New Zealand Herald

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