Top Ten

August 20, 2008

Court ruling stalls Concordia international student tuition hike

On Tuesday, the Quebec Superior Court ordered a temporary injunction on Concordia University's plans to raise international student tuition by as much as 10%. The 10-day safeguard order allows the university and its student union to discuss the proposed tuition hike and elimination of the Administrative Fee Bursary. The student union took Concordia to court over the issue, alleging that it was illegal for the university to conduct a closed-door meeting via teleconference to discuss increasing fees. A Concordia official says the court did not rule on the legality of the session, which the university maintains was legal. CSU News Release 1 | CSU News Release 2 | Maclean's OnCampus | Montreal Gazette

NAIT pushes for $1 billion in Alberta government funding

In its most recent business plan, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology outlines a host of challenges it will face over the next 4 years. The school, operating well over capacity, is struggling to keep up with infrastructure and equipment renewal, as well as program funding. NAIT shoulders a disproportionate amount of capital funding over other Alberta schools, and with even less provincial funding projected for 2010/11, the school may face enrolment cuts. NAIT is requesting a government investment of $1.25 billion over the next decade. NAIT Business Plan | Edmonton Journal

$100 million for MUHC research centre

The Canada Foundation for Innovation announced on Wednesday a $100-million investment in the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, making it the largest grant CFI has ever awarded. The funds will go towards a new state-of-the-art medical research centre to complement MUHC's facilities on the Glen Campus. The grant will be matched by funding from the Quebec government and private donations. McGill News Release | CFI News Release

$21 million for Conestoga campus in Cambridge

On Tuesday, the Ontario government announced $21 million in funding for Conestoga College to build a new campus in Cambridge, including a School of Engineering and Information Technology and Trades. The campus will allow Conestoga to expand its skilled trades programs, such as robotics and civil engineering. The campus, whose construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2010, will offer 200,000 square feet of additional learning space and accommodate 3,000 new students. Ontario News Release

$9 million for Mohawk transportation centre

The Ontario government announced yesterday $9.2 million in funding for the Gerald Marshall Transportation Centre at Mohawk College. Expected to open in September 2009, the centre will train students for careers as auto mechanics, truck and coach technicians, and servicers. Through the facility, Mohawk will boost enrolment in its skilled trades programs to 870 students a year. Ontario News Release

uOttawa opens Nursing Best Practice Research Unit

On Wednesday, the University of Ottawa officially opened its Nursing Best Practice Research Unit. Launched in March 2007, the unit supports an active network of health-care professionals, policy makers, students, educators and researchers to promote the practice of evidence-informed nursing. The facility will accommodate professors, graduate students, and research staff. uOttawa News Release

3/4 of female Carleton students feel safe

Almost three-quarters of female undergraduate students at Carleton University feel safe on campus, according to a university-sanctioned survey. 34% said they felt safer on campus than anywhere else in Ottawa. Two-thirds of female students said they weren't aware of the locations of campus emergency phones and pathways. The survey results were released yesterday along with the report on Carleton's safety audit, which was conducted following the sexual assault of a female student on campus last September. Ottawa Citizen

Racist graffiti found at uWindsor

On Wednesday, racist graffiti targeting a visible minority was discovered in a University of Windsor washroom. Campus police have removed the comments and are investigating the incident. In a statement, the university denounced the action and is seeking community help in identifying the culprit. Earlier this month, a homophobic message was found carved in a men's washroom at Wilfrid Laurier University. uWindsor Daily News

Waterloo Region schools launch efforts to tackle cheating

In an effort to curb cheating, the University of Waterloo will introduce an Office of Academic Integrity this fall. First-year students will be asked to participate in an online tutorial in which they are presented with different scenarios and decide what would be the right thing to do. uWaterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College will work with local school boards to educate high school students about expectations when entering PSE. CTV (video)

55% of US college students contemplate suicide

A new study from the University of Texas found over half of 26,000 college students surveyed have had suicidal thoughts. 55% of undergraduate and 50% of graduate students surveyed said they have thought of suicide, while 8% and 6%, respectively, have made an attempt. 6% of undergraduates reported a serious consideration of suicide 12 months before answering the study, compared to 4% of graduate students. The study's authors suggest a new treatment model focusing on suicidal thoughts and behaviours, instead of the current approach of solely targeting students in crisis. APA News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | USA Today