Top Ten

November 21, 2008

Niagara College launches $16.5-million capital campaign

Last Thursday, Niagara College launched its $16.5-million "Building Futures" campaign targeting the school's major campus redevelopment plan. The campaign has already received support from the college's student union, which announced a $10-million pledge on behalf of current and future students. This gift will go towards the construction of a new student centre, athletic centre, and library and learning commons at the Welland campus. Niagara College News Release | Niagara Falls Review

Ontario private career college goes bankrupt

Mobile Dynamics Canada, a private career college located in Richmond Hill Ontario, closed its doors last week after going bankrupt. The college's president said the school was hit hard by the market downturn and had no choice but to declare bankruptcy. Arrangements are being made to refund tuition to students. Mobile Dynamics, which has a campus in Phoenix Arizona, trains students in car audio installation. Niagara Falls Review

Kwantlen student reported missing

Sahil Sharma, a 20-year-old male Kwantlen Polytechnic University student from India, has been missing since November 13. After his classes that day, he left the Surrey campus at 6 pm and "simply vanished." With the co-operation of Sharma's family, RCMP in Surrey have made a number of inquiries in hopes of finding him. There is no indication of any drug or medical issues. Kwantlen News

York adjusts course schedules due to strike

All courses at York University will require adjustments now that the strike by teaching assistants and contract faculty has reached the 14-day mark. The modifications could mean anything from shortened exam periods to changes in the number of assignments required for a course. No talks between CUPE and York have been scheduled. Meanwhile, international undergraduate business students, as well as domestic business undergrads preparing for exchanges, will return to classes today. Toronto Star | CBC | Globe and Mail | York classes to resume for some students

BC professors call on province to boost PSE funding

The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC is urging British Columbians to write to their MLAs about improving funding to the province's PSE system. The key actions the BC government must take to solve the funding crisis are to restore the millions of dollars cut from expected operating grants, increase annual per-student funding to offset the effects of inflation, provide full funding for each new student space, and provide $10,000 for every unfunded graduate student space. CUFABC News

Enrolment down at Sault College

Enrolment at Sault College is down slightly this year, dropping 2% from 2007. Part of the declining enrolment is being attributed to the relatively steady economy in the region. Officials at the college expect numbers to rise in January, when the aircraft structural repair program moves to London under a pilot project with Fanshawe College. The school will also allow students to begin the personal support worker and mechanical techniques-millwright programs in January. Sault Star

UNB hit by economic downturn

In a statement released last Thursday, University of New Brunswick president John McLaughlin outlines the impact the current market turmoil is having on the university. UNB's endowment fund has lost its 20% of value as of the end of October. The school's 2 pension funds are also affected, suffering losses of between 15% and 20%. While there are no plans to trim the university's operating budget or capital program, McLaughlin asks all departments to be cautious with financing, and that they seek his approval when hiring staff. UNB News Release | Saint John Telegraph-Journal

Mount Allison unveils redesigned homepage

Last Friday, Mount Allison University launched its new website. The vibrant redesigned homepage features colourful tabs at the top to direct visitors to admissions, programs, and campus life. Visitors can change the large graphic in the centre, which displays pictures of students and sports teams. The bottom half of the site includes links to news releases, external news, and events. MTA website

Postscript: Feb 24, 2010
Mount Allison University recently updated the design of its homepage, which underwent a transformation in November 2008. One new component of the revised homepage is the "Our People" feature on the right-hand side of the page, linking to profiles of current students, alumni, and faculty. Mount Allison website

Wilfrid Laurier operates virtual campus tour

Wilfrid Laurier University runs an online virtual tour of its campuses in Waterloo and Brantford. Visitors can create a customized tour of each campus by selecting a choice of faculties, campus venues and services, and local activities. Users can browse the campuses by destination and through interactive maps. The tour homepage features quick facts and a quiz about the university. The portal also includes student testimonials. WLU Virtual Tour

Minnesota establishes online learning initiative

Last Thursday, the governor of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities announced a goal to have 25% of all MNSCU credits earned through online courses by 2015. Last year, over 9% of all registered credits at state institutions were through online courses. Other steps the state is taking to become a leader in online learning is to make an online course mandatory for high school graduation, offer a $150 bonus to online students, and encourage state institutions to improve student access and support to online courses. MNSCU News Release