Top Ten

January 24, 2008

Collision kills 3 Carleton students

About 2:00am Wednesday, three Carleton University students were killed in a tragic accident involving an SUV and an OC Transpo bus, a short distance from campus. Another student remains in hospital in critical condition. President Samy Mahmoud said the news was devastating, offered condolences to the families, and asked that campus flags be lowered to half-staff. Police are investigating whether alcohol may have been a factor.

uAlberta receives $168 million from province

The Alberta government has announced $168 million in new funding for health-related facilities at the University of Alberta.  The university will add cutting-edge pharmaceutical labs and health research facilities, thanks to the investment.  Funds will be split between renovation, expansion, and technology to enhance the educational experience.  The government previously invested $246 million in uAlberta's Health Research Innovation Facility.

...and uCalgary receives $97 million

The University of Calgary will benefit from $97 million in capital funding from the Alberta government.  $37.5 million will go towards the Taylor Family Digital Library project, on top of $25 million donated by Don and Ruth Taylor in 2006, and a previous $113 million investment by Alberta.  $42.5 million will upgrade the Health Sciences Centre.  $17.1 million will replace, repair and upgrade the roofs of multiple buildings. 

$63 million in Atlantic Innovation funding

Nova Scotia Community College researchers have been awarded $3 million for watershed quality research, through the Atlantic Innovation Fund.  The project will bring together both researchers and private partners to commercialize a suite of technology products.  St. Francis Xavier University has announced receiving $1.8 million for its Environmental Sciences Research Centre.  A total of $63 million was awarded to researchers throughout the Atlantic region.

$125 million, PSE savings campaign for Sask

The government of Saskatchewan has launched Phase 3 of its campaign promoting planning and saving for PSE.  The 5-year campaign leads with the slogan "I'm not getting any younger," and encourages parents to start saving for their children's education early.  The campaign also hopes to increase parents' understanding of the saving options available to them.  $214,000 has been committed to the campaign over the next 5 years.  The province has also reconfirmed its commitment to increase operating funds for PSE institutions by $125 million over 4 years. 

Mediator says STU union is being unreasonable

St. Thomas University's faculty union is urging its members to reject the administration's "final" offer.  The external mediator brought in to facilitate negotiations has ruled that faculty should accept the university's pre-lockout salary offer, and finds the union's demands "unreasonable." Faculty will vote on the offer today and tomorrow.  STU has a plan in place that will allow the delivery of a full-length term if classes resume by Monday, January 28. 

NL implements Desire2Learn across the province

Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic, and Newfoundland & Labrador's K-12 education system will benefit from a $1.3 million investment to bring Desire2Learn technology to the province.  Desire2Learn is an e-learning technology that will provide a common system for the province's educators, from grade school through PSE.  Approximately 1,000 NL high schoolers are taking courses online. CNA has 4,000 online course registrations across 350 communities, and Memorial University reports 15,000 online course registrations in the past year.

Ontario applicants flocking to new, satellite campuses

Newer and satellite university campuses are receiving more than their fair share of Ontario's university applicant pool, according to OUAC's numbers and the observations of Maclean's Joey Coleman.  UOIT, Ontario's youngest university, saw a 24.4% jump in applications this year.  uGuelph's satellite Guelph-Humber campus earned 30.2% more first-choice applications.  And as we reported yesterday, Wilfrid Laurier's Brantford satellite saw a 31% increase in first-choice applications.

uWindsor Engineering Centre to be built on campus

Despite the best efforts of Windsor's mayor, the University of Windsor's board of governors has overwhelmingly voted to build its new Centre for Engineering Innovation on campus -- rather than in the city's downtown core.  The board feels that building the new facility on campus is the best decision for students, who have been vocal about the need for on campus improvements.  Apparently uWindsor applicants have been known to reject offers from the school because "the campus doesn't look as nice as expected." 

Applications keep users on Facebook longer

Facebook is Canada's #1 website, and is used by as many as 85% of university applicants, but MySpace is still a strong player in the social networking game.  According to a recent report, MySpace dropped to 72% of all US traffic to social network sites in December, while Facebook rose from 10.5% to 16%.  Time spent on MySpace per visitor dropped by 2%, while time spent on Facebook increased by 100%, jumping from 9:56 minutes to 19:51 minutes.  Facebook applications, such as Academica Group's SkoolPool, are credited with increasing the length of Facebook visits.  "Installing and using applications is now a key Facebook activity." (Forgive us for saying that if your college or university hasn't yet checked out SkoolPool, you should really take a look!)