Top Ten

November 21, 2007

Acadia distributes strike salary-savings directly to students

Acadia University will award students who continue their studies at Acadia in Winter 2008 with a one-time $275 credit ($375 for international students).  The credit comes from salary savings accumulated during a 15-day faculty strike at the university at the start of the Fall 2007 term.  The Acadia Student's Union lobbied for the strike-related student refund.  The administration hopes that the gesture will show "future alumni" that their patience was appreciated.

Negotiations to resume with Saskatchewan university union

 The Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina and CUPE 1975 will return to negotiations tomorrow for 2 days.  2,400 support workers are now in their third week on the picket line.  Classes have continued fairly smoothly, although some clinics connected with uSaskatchewan's medical school have been cancelled.  A lab class at uRegina has been cancelled because community participants (children) involved in the class have not been crossing the picket line. 

uWaterloo renames "School of Accounting and Finance"

The University of Waterloo has announced that its school of accountancy will be renamed as the School of Accounting and Finance.  The new name is meant to reflect changes in the school's strategic direction.  It is hoped that the change in name will also help the School attract from a broader pool of faculty.  The new name "will increase our visibility and showcase the breadth and depth of our programs." 

OCAD unleashes new website / portal

The Ontario College of Art & Design, "the university of the imagination," has launched a new website including audience-specific navigation with sections for visitors, prospective students, current students, faculty and alumni.  In addition to an events calendar, online gallery, and open discussion forums, the site features an online registration portal, MyRecords, and a new student services portal providing access to email, course resources, printing services and more.

Lethbridge College to announce "green homes" community project

Lethbridge College, the City of Lethbridge and Cedar Ridge Quality Homes (a local business) will unveil their new collaborative "green home" project this afternoon.  The project will "promote, validate and educate the community" on using green materials, construction methods and home conservation practices.  The project's name and logo, designed by a student at the college, will also be unveiled.

79% of Canadians pursue PSE by mid-20s

According to 2005 data, 79% of Canada's young people enter some form of higher education by the time they reach their mid-twenties.  This is a substantial increase compared to a rate of 54% just 6 years earlier.  The majority of the increase is attributed to increased university enrolment: 40% of the respondents reported attending university, compared to only 21% in 1999.  75% of respondents had completed a PSE program by ages 24-26, and 16% of these were continuing their education further.  15% dropped out of PSE.

35,600 new professors needed in Canada by 2016

According to a new report by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Canadian universities will need up to 35,600 new faculty by 2016 to replace aging instructors and keep up with increasing enrolment numbers.  21,000 faculty are expected to retire over the next decade, and it is estimated that between 3,600 and 13,600 professors will need to be added on top of this to meet enrolment needs.  Universities will need to hire faculty at a much faster rate to meet demand as the current hiring rate lags behind 37% student enrolment growth. 

CCL releases Aboriginal learning models

The Canadian Council on Learning has released 3 "interactive, online learning models" that propose a new approach to measuring Aboriginal learning.  Traditional approaches to learning measurement have focused on the classroom rather than taking a more "holistic" perspective appropriate to the Aboriginal community.  There is a model each for First Nations, Metis and Inuit learners -- and all three emphasize lifelong learning. 

In Ontario, smoking is in decline but drug abuse on the rise

21% of Ontario grade 7 to 12 students admit to having taken a prescription pain drug for non-medical purposes within the past year, and three-quarters of them obtained the medication at home.  Use of OxyContin has risen from 1% in 2005 to 2% in 2007.  Illicit drug use among Ontario's high school students was previously in decline, but apparently has now stabilized.  Cigarette smoking is at an all-time low of 12%, but  26% of students report smoking marijuana, and 61% drinking alcohol. 

University students increasingly "swirl" between institutions

As more and more PSE institutions establish transfer agreements and offer online courses, students are increasingly "swirling" between institutions to complete their degrees.  A 2005 study of US students found that 59% of undergraduates attended more than one institution -- an increase of 10% over the past 20 years.  Some students take college courses while attending a university; others enroll at one school and transfer to another for financial or personal reasons.