Top Ten

December 18, 2007

SkoolPool™ dashboard tracks PSE applicants on Facebook

Yesterday, Academica Group launched SkoolPool's much anticipated Trendspotter Dashboard, which provides daily statistics on Facebook users considering PSE. The SkoolPool applicant community, which has been growing steadily, includes prospective students from all over the world, from Canada and the US to the UK and China, as well as Turkey and Lebanon. Check out which schools are rising fastest, and why! (Hint: they're Canadian.) More detailed statistics will of course be available to subscribing institutions. 

Canada's student athletes receive more than $14 million in awards

Canada's universities issued $6.9 million in athletic award money to Canada Interuniversity Sport athletes in 2006-2007.  Student athletes received a further $7+ million in other categories such as academic excellence.  Athletic awards are not exclusively an American phenomenon -- according to CIS, 50% of Canadian athletes receive financial support to pursue sports and education in Canada. 

Auditor says 5 uCalgary residences need to be demolished or fixed

With 900 students sitting on uCalgary's waiting list and the highest off-campus rental rates in the country, an external auditor is calling for uCalgary to either tear down and replace 5 residence towers or invest tens of millions in much needed repairs.  Even with the recommended repairs, the buildings would only be expected to last another ten years.  The 5 buildings include a total of 454 beds.  "They need new paint, new carpet, all new flooring, all new lighting, all new appliances, and new kitchens."  Administration says a plan will be in place by February.

uOttawa law professor launches aggressive Copyright campaign

Dr. Michael Geist, chair of internet and ecommerce law at the University of Ottawa, has been vocally campaigning against a copyright law that would restrict the use of digital works via sites such as YouTube and Facebook.  Geist's Facebook page, "Fair Copyright," has earned 23,000 supporters since its launch.  (See also his blog and YouTube video.) The Chronicle of Higher Education speculates that Geist's campaign may have led to Ottawa's decision to postpone introducing the bill until at least late January.

Canada leads world in green MBA's

According to an article in the Toronto Star, Canada's business schools are seeing the "green" in being green.  Business schools are "falling over themselves" to attract prospective students with eco-friendly curricula.  According to a Schulich School of Business MBA student, being a "greenie" is no longer a minority experience, and green grads are being sought out by businesses, rather than having to work their way in.  Canadian business schools are leading the world when it comes to green business education: Schulich placed 3rd globally, and first in Canada, for MBA programs that incorporate social and environmental issues. 

uCalgary to phase out plastic bags in 2008

The University of Calgary is saying goodbye to plastic.  The campus bookstore is discontinuing plastic bags as of 2008, following a trend started by major grocery retailers.  "The management team wants to be more environmentally friendly and offer a reusable, bio-degradable cloth bag instead of plastic."  Plastic bags do not decompose and can lead to contamination of soil, waterways and oceans -- even entering the food chain when consumed by animals.

St. Lawrence launches triple-credit school-to-college-to-work program

St. Lawrence College, in Kingston Ontario, has teamed up with nearby school boards to help lead more students into college programs.  "Triple Play -- Dual Credit" is a School-to-College-to-Work pilot project that allows Ontario high school students to take college courses while still completing their secondary school diploma.  The students are also enrolled in a co-op education program.  The Triple Play program will expose students to college programs, and help them earn related work experience. 

Ryerson joins league of highest accredited computer programs

Ryerson University's Computer Science program has been awarded the highest level of accreditation by the Canadian Information Processing Society. CIPS is the highest standard of quality assurance for computer science programs at Canada's universities. There are 18 universities in Canada that have accredited computer science programs. Graduates of the programs are designated as Information Systems Professionals.

Social media ad spending to top $80 million in 2007

Social marketing is hot -- not only with kids, but with advertisers as well. Advertising budgets are expected to have pushed more than $80 million into popular sites such as Facebook and MySpace by the end of the year (2007). Facebook showed 125% growth over the last year, due largely to the opening of its membership to the general public. MySpace had a much more modest 19% growth, but still earns almost three times as many unique visitors as Facebook (but not in Canada.)

uGuelph says bring a living tree home for Christmas

Environmental interest is inspiring a third option for your holiday tree.  Rather than artificial trees, or throwing away a cut tree after the season, more and more Canadians are opting for a "living tree."  A living holiday tree is balled and burlapped, or housed in a pot, and then easily replanted on your property after the holidays.  uGuelph horticulturalists recommend the trend as another step we can take for the environment and also a nice annual tradition to plant the tree each year.  Living trees should be housed in a shed or garage before coming into the home, to ease them into warmer temperatures.