Top Ten

September 5, 2007

Campus attack causes Carleton to triple security

Over the weekend, a female student was sexually assaulted and beaten in a campus lab at Carleton University. A description of the assailant has been distributed via email to all students and staff. Carleton has tripled security patrols, and provided a special presentation on campus safety procedures to students in residence.  A student who uses the same lab as the victim says she feels comfortable with Carleton's security and urges the public "not to take this as a reflection of Carleton security."  CTV | Carleton News Release

SAIT opens Edmonton campus with apprenticeship program

Calgary-based SAIT Polytechnic has opened its fourth campus -- in Edmonton, previously NAIT territory.  The new campus will focus on offering the Recreation Vehicle Service Technician program, which has been previously missing in the Edmonton marketplace.  Starting this month, the campus will take in 4 classes of 15 apprentices each over the course of its first year.  The campus plans to take 4 classes of 20 in the 2008-09 school year.  SAIT News Release

Nova Scotians share student concerns about PSE access

A poll commissioned by several labour unions, including the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers, finds that 90% of Nova Scotians are concerned with access to PSE.  While access to college and university is sometimes seen as a priority only for students, this study shows that the general population reflects the concerns of students. Nova Scotians also support needs-based grants, says the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations. ANSSA  

SMU launches prospective student video site and virtual tour

Saint Mary's University has launched a new video microsite, "SMUtube," that offers an inside look at student life at the south end campus in Halifax, NS.  Members of the university community are able to upload their own videos, and prospective students are presented with a personalized selection.  The site also offers a video virtual tour of the university. SMUtube

UBC offers parent and international student orientations

UBC took a three-pronged approach to welcoming the Class of 2011 this weekend: separate orientation activities were held for students, parents and international students. Incoming international students were oriented in Canadian culture, campus resources, academic success skills, study permits, entry visas, health insurance and employment. More than 1,000 parents of incoming Canadian students signed up for  UBC's parent orientation, and 400 signed up for international student parent orientation. UBC website

SFU comes in 6% over enrolment target

Simon Fraser University has achieved first-enrolment numbers that are 6% above its target.  New-student orientation sessions came in over-quota, and mini-orientations will be held over the next week to make sure incoming students are "properly supported." SFU's Central City campus saw a 37% enrolment increase from last year.  SFU News Release 

Despite predictions, PSE participation soars in BC

Last year, more students enrolled in BC's public universities and colleges than in any other year. The number of university students in the province increased by 3,000 in 2006-07, and the number of college students increased by 5,000.  The number of international students increased by 11.4% (to 10,588). Students who identified themselves as Aboriginal increased by 16% (to 17,250).  BC News Release

Centennial opens new media innovation centre

Centennial College's Centre for Creative Communications has opened its first satellite location, Centennial College @ Wallace Studios in west-end Toronto.  The campus will be a "media innovation centre to provide applied, hands-on training in an industry-based media and design production environment."  Film and television production, interactive media, digital animation, and game design programs will also be offered. Cent ennial College News Release

Business schools offer green MBAs

Business schools are responding to a surge of interest in sustainable development. The Chronicle of Higher Education offers a great definition of this new area: "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."  Green issues are suddenly at the forefront, and schools such as MIT, Stanford, Case Western, Cornell, and UC-Berkeley are rolling out MBA programs that focus on sustainable development.  < em>Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

Philip Bliss joins Academica Group as first COO

To manage our phenomenal growth and integrate emerging web technologies into our service offerings to universities and colleges, Academica Group has appointed its first-ever Chief Operations Officer, veteran marketing entrepreneur Philip Bliss. Phil founded and managed Canada's fifth-largest private agency, and has worked with a broad range of national and international accounts, including the Smithsonian Institution and George Brown College. Academica media release