Top Ten

May 26, 2008

Michael J Fox receives honorary law degree from UBC

Canadian-born actor Michael J. Fox, star of Family Ties, Back to the Future, and lately numerous animated films, was awarded an honorary law degree last Thursday by the University of British Columbia. Born in Edmonton and raised in Burnaby BC, Fox said he'd been fortunate to take on many roles in life -- actor, husband, father and Parkinson's advocate. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which supports Parkinson's research, has raised more than $120 million. CTV | CBC | Watch the video

UPEI launches new Bachelor of Integrated Studies

Starting this fall, the University of Prince Edward Island will offer a Bachelor of Integrated Studies for mature students who want to combine part-time study with full-time employment and/or family responsibilities. Students in the program will complete 30 courses instead of the usual 40 in arts, science, and business. 8 of the courses will cover an area of the students' personal- or career-related interests. Students will also be eligible for prior learning assessment, such as the presentation of a portfolio. UPEI News Release

Royal Roads to offer MA in Tourism Management

Beginning this September, Royal Roads University will offer a Master of Arts in Tourism Management to meet market demands and provide greater choice for students in this growing industry. The program will include 4 areas of study -- leadership, destination development, sustainable tourism, and applied research. The new degree complements existing programs in International Hotel Management, and is designed to advance the careers of people working in or supporting the tourism industry. BC News Release | Royal Roads News Release

Acadia U proposes cuts to discretionary spending

Acadia University is proposing cutting back on discretionary spending, reducing funding for travel, advertising, training and equipment. A spokesman for the university in Wolfville NS says the cutbacks are not set in stone, but budget officers across campus are coming up with estimates showing major reductions in discretionary funds, and some departments are looking at cuts of up to 25% in that portion of their budgets. The Association of Atlantic Universities' executive director says the budget cuts are simply a financial reality for many PSE institutions in the Maritimes. Halifax Chronicle-Herald

Mary Blais co-presents "Extreme Makeover, College Edition"

If you're attending the Association of Canadian Community Colleges conference in Prince George BC today, do drop by session M3.3 at 1:15pm to see Academica Group's Mary Blais co-present with Lethbridge College's president, Tracy Edwards, and Executive Director of Advancement Steven Dyck. "Learn how an institution with a stale-dated visual identity created a new and vibrant look that has translated into a competitive advantage." ACCC Conference 2008 | Lethbridge Case Study

COU releases statistics on 2005 graduates

The Council of Ontario Universities has released key results from its Survey of 2005 Ontario University Graduates. 6 months after graduation in 2005, the overall average of employment rates for graduates of undergraduate degree programs was 94%, and almost 97% after two years following graduation. About 77% of respondents employed full-time considered their work either "closely" or "somewhat" related to their university education 6 months after graduation, and 84% after 2 years. Graduates from medical programs, such as dentistry, optometry and pharmacy, enjoyed 100% employment rates 6 months after graduating. COU Grad Survey Highlights

BC Alumni Ambassadors Network set up in Beijing

On Friday, BC Premier Gordon Campbell launched the BC Alumni Ambassadors Network in Beijing, inviting alumni of BC's PSE institutions and BC expatriates living in China to become ambassadors of the province. The network will allow ambassadors to connect with the premier, other members of government, and each other. The network engages expatriates, especially graduates of BC's PSE system, living and working in Asia to help foster business and social connections. The program first launched in Hong Kong last November, and the network is now being rolled out across the Asia Pacific. BC News Release | BC Alumni

Concordia website wins CASE bronze

Concordia University's main website won a bronze medal in the "Complete Web Sites" category of the CASE Circle for Advancement Program, tying with 3 other universities. The site was redesigned to accommodate marketing messages, allow visitors to the site to conduct business with Concordia more effectively, and make the site easier to navigate. "The judges pointed to the fresh approach embodied in this design and the intuitive navigation that one judge termed 'brilliant.' We also appreciated the well-written content and compelling messaging." News@Concordia 

Professor creates "Thank You Professor" website

A business professor at Temple University in Philadelphia has created a professor rating website partly in response to the childish comments he saw on sites like "Thank You Professor" allows students to write thank-you notes for faculty members of the university's business school. More than 200 comments flooded the site the first week it went live. Samuel D Hodge Jr., the site's creator, converts each note into a letter to the professor being praised, then makes sure the faculty's dean gets a copy. Ohio State University has a similar thank-you note site. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | Thank You Professor

"YouTomb" tracks censored YouTube videos

Students from MIT have developed a website that preserves information about removed videos from YouTube (which erases all data of such videos), and analyzes what kinds of clips are taken down. "YouTomb" is tracking more than 220,000 videos that might be removed in the future, and has detected over 18,000 yanked videos since the project began a few weeks ago. While the site does not allow users to see the video themselves, the students, members of a group called MIT Free Culture, hope the data about the videos could be helpful to researchers. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | YouTomb