Top Ten

October 8, 2008

FNUC receives $2-million "bailout" from Saskatchewan

On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan government and the First Nations University of Canada signed an agreement that allocates up to $1.6 million in provincial funding for the university. The agreement allows for a one-time government funding to assist FNUC with salary and other operating costs. An additional $400,000 will fund a strategic and operational review to support FNUC's long-term sustainability and accountability. Last year the school ran a $1-million deficit. Saskatchewan News Release | Regina Leader-Post | CBC

Apple Inc demands BC computer school remove apple logo

In August, Apple Inc sent a threatening legal letter to the Victoria School of Business and Technology urging it to stop using an apple as its logo. The computer school's logo is a blue-and-green apple with a mountain in the centre, while Apple's is silver with a bite taken out of it. In a response, the school's president calls Apple a "bully" and says its logo does not infringe on Apple's trademark. The school's website displays both logos side-by-side and polls visitors about whether Apple has a point. Globe and Mail | The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | VSBT website

Enrolment boom at VIU

Enrolment at Vancouver Island University has jumped 9% for the fall term, reversing a trend of declining enrolment in recent years. The increase comes as a "bit of a surprise" to the school -- earlier this year VIU made staffing cuts because of declining enrolment and funding cuts. The rise in enrolment is being attributed to the school's new university status, 3 new degree programs, and "better quality support" services for students. Nanaimo Daily News

Georgian College seeks approval for $65-million building

In order to alleviate space constraints, Georgian College is seeking approval to build a $65-million health and wellness building that would boost enrolment by 3,000 students. The facility would combine some health-related courses from the Barrie and Orillia campuses into one place. Georgian's plan for growth includes the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, slated to open next fall. The college has also formed a new partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, making it Georgian's 7th university partner. Barrie Examiner

NBCC opens trades facility

On Tuesday, the New Brunswick Community College officially opened its new trades facility at its St. Andrews campus. The $3-million facility replaces a 30-year-old structure formerly known as the Annex, and provides space for over 60 more students. The facility houses classrooms, labs, shop and mechanical space. NB News Release

Update on Hamilton Education Centre

Although McMaster University's self-imposed deadline has passed without a formal agreement on how the Family Health and Education Centre will be funded, operated and shared, the parties involved in the project say a deal is still likely. The City of Hamilton, the local public school board, and McMaster plan to build a shared facility that will house a university medical clinic and the city's public health department. The parties are currently in talks about technical and legal issues. Hamilton Spectator

Dal seeks public input on campus plan

Dalhousie University is seeking input from members of the university community and the public on its master campus plan. The plan will have 3 timeframes: the first year; 5 years; and 10 years. Themes for consideration in the plan are parking and infrastructure issues, environmental sustainability and energy conservation, student housing, and strategies for connecting the campuses and the buildings on them. Dal News

uCalgary grad students want to leave CFS

The University of Calgary's Graduate Students' Association is looking to drop its membership with the Canadian Federation of Students because the group has done a "poor job" and is an "ineffective federal lobbying organization." A petition has been sent to the CFS' national office, initiating a referendum next April that will give uCalgary graduate students a direct say in their federal lobbying direction. Students at the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and Cape Breton University have recently voted in favour of leaving the CFS. UToday

NCES release US college enrolment data

According to a report released Tuesday by the US-based National Centre for Education Statistics, 25 million students attended US colleges during the 2006-2007 academic year. Of these, 21.6 million were undergraduate students. In that year, 4-year institutions awarded 2.4 million degrees, while 2-year schools conferred nearly 564,000 degrees. 58% of degrees awarded by 4-year schools were given to women, as were 63% of degrees at 2-year schools. Inside Higher Ed | Read the full report

Wi-Fi essential to US college students

According to a new survey by the Wi-Fi Alliance and Wakefield Research, 90% of US college students say Wi-Fi access is as essential to education as classrooms and computers. Nearly 3 in 5 said they wouldn't attend a school that didn't offer free Wi-Fi. 79% believe college would be a lot harder without Wi-Fi access. 48% of respondents said they would give up beer before giving up Wi-Fi. W-Fi Alliance News Release | Campus Technology