Top Ten

August 20, 2007

Schulich ranked #1 by Forbes Magazine

The Schulich School of Business at York University has been ranked the number one school of business in Canada by Forbes Magazine.  Schulich was also ranked fourth in the world 2-year MBA rankings (not including the US). The Forbes rankings consider return on investment experienced by 2002's MBA graduates.  Overall, Schulich placed 10th in the world (ahead of UC Berkley, Stanford, and London Business School).  The Sauder school at UBC came in 7th of the non-US global list, and McGill's Desautels came in at 11.  Forbes Magazine | Schulich News Release 

uWaterloo's Kitchener campus delayed until spring

Construction delays will prevent uWaterloo's new health sciences campus from opening as scheduled in January 2008. 102 pharmacy students and 15 medical students were scheduled to begin their programs at the new downtown Kitchener campus in January. The medical students will attend class from September to mid-December at McMaster's DeGroote School of Medicine, as planned, and officials hope to confirm a substitute Kitchener location for the winter term as soon as possible.  The pharmacy students will study on uWaterloo's main campus.  KW Record 

uWindsor staff file for countdown to legal strike

uWindsor and the Canadian Union of Public Employees have reached an impasse in their negotiations, and the union has asked the conciliation officer to file a "no-board" report with the Ministry of Labour. This will effectively start a countdown to a legal strike or lockout to take place in early September.  Votes to strike have been nearly unanimous by technical, professional and trades staff at the university.  The university is charged with pursuing "work casualization," which would increase casual and part-time positions, seen as negative for students and employees.  CUPE News Release 

New private law enforcement school to open in Halifax

Ravensberg College, a private law enforcement and security college, is scheduled to open within the next month in Halifax.  25 students will be led by 12 instructors, as well as guest speakers.  Equipment for all students will be entirely provided by a school-owned store.  Graduates of the 13-month program will receive a diploma in law enforcement foundations.  Ravensberg will offer a broad curriculum covering private security, defense tactics, baton use, criminal justice, weapon deployment and corrections.  Chronicle Herald 

Acadia launches "Tides are Turning" campaign

Acadia University has launched a $75-million fundraising campaign, with the goal to be "the leading liberal undergraduate university in the country, by every measure." Acadia is applying community engagement and "the notion of environmental stewardship" to all disciplines. The "Tides are Turning" campaign will fund a new facility dedicated to creating a collaborative, multidisciplinary atmosphere, a new sciences building, new academic initiatives, the creation of an environmental trust, and investments in student financial aid and student life.  "Tides are Turning" microsite 

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Boomers drive evening, distance ed at Loyalist

Loyalist College printed a record number of course calendars for this fall, in response to a dramatic increase in demand for part-time, night and distance courses. Baby boomers over age 55 are the demographic pushing the increase.  108,000 copies of the 90-page calendar were printed, up 13,000 from previous years.  The fall term is the school's busiest for night courses.  Correspondence and on-line courses represent a third of enrolment each term.  Belleville Intelligencer 

Princeton tops US News rankings

US News & World Report's annual school rankings were released last week, with few big surprises. Princeton University once again took first place, with Harvard and Yale following close behind.  Seton Hall University (NJ) averaged the most debt per student ($37,724), and has 61% of its grads carrying debt.  Harvard had the lowest acceptance rate and the highest graduation rate.  US News Rankings | Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) 

76% of US colleges to use social networking in 2007/08

An informal survey of higher ed staff at this year's EduWeb conference found that 66.7% of institutions are targeting undergraduate students with online marketing efforts. 90% used email marketing in the last year, 76% plan to use social network marketing, and 60% plan to use search engine marketing in the next year. 45.2% say their biggest struggle is finding room in the budget. Video marketing and advertising climbed from 26% last year to 67% this year, while mobile advertising jumped from 10% to 20%.  40.6% used independent research agencies (like Academica Group!) to uncover online and research habits of prospective students.  Click Z

Incoming freshmen may be held back by technology

Incoming freshmen are using the web to meet their future campus colleagues in advance, but the technology may also make the transition to campus life more difficult for students, who will also use communication tools to stay in touch with hometown friends and family. Home connections can become a "crutch," interfering with the development of new relationships on campus. Although physically "at school," students will remain "at home" emotionally -- defeating much of the purpose of leaving home to study.  Washington Post