Top Ten

November 24, 2008

University Canada West sold

University Canada West, a private institution located in Victoria, has been sold to Eminata Group, a Vancouver-based educational conglomerate that owns 30 education centres across Canada. While the exact purchase price has not been disclosed, the deal far exceeds $10 million and involves taking over all UCW's debts and that of its shareholders. The school has been on the verge of bankruptcy and failed to attract enough students since opening in 2005. Eminata hopes to go global with the school, attracting up to 700 students worldwide. Victoria Times-Colonist

CAUT to vote on censuring FNUC, Acadia

Later this week, the Canadian Association of University Teachers will vote on censuring the First Nations University of Canada and Acadia University. The vote on censuring FNUC comes after several years of crisis at the university, which is experiencing declining enrolment and a deficit. 2 former employees have been charged with fraud. CAUT may also censure Acadia for acting "inappropriately" in firing former dean Colin Wightman from his tenured position. CAUT News | Maclean's OnCampus

Queen's students, alumni plan own Homecoming on Facebook

Queen's University students and alumni have turned to Facebook to plan their version of fall Homecoming after the university decided to shift the event to the spring. 2 events posted on Facebook -- "Queen's Homecoming 2009" and "Aberdeen Street Party" -- are to take place on the weekend of September 25-27, 2009. The former event has nearly 3,900 confirmed guests. Facebook users have also set up groups to protest the introduction of a spring Homecoming. One group urges alumni to suspend gifts to Queen's. An online petition is circulating to get the university to reverse its decision. Kingston Whig-Standard | Ottawa Citizen | Queen's Homecoming 2009 (login required) | Aberdeen Street Party (login required) | Don't Cancel Queen's Homecoming!!! | Suspended Homecoming? Suspend Affinity | Don't Cancel Homecoming | Bring Back Queen's Homecoming petition

uCalgary pro-life group may be arrested for displays

University of Calgary Campus Pro-Life, a student group, will risk arrest and possible expulsion by holding an on-campus protest this week that includes the display of graphic posters. After refusing to comply with uCalgary's request to make the posters less visible, the group received a letter last month from the university threatening legal action. Groups members will be considered trespassers and be subject to arrest, fines, suspension, or expulsion. A uCalgary lawyer says the Charter of Rights and Freedom does not apply to universities, and freedom of expression protection does not cover trespassers. CBC

Construction boom at Medicine Hat College

Alberta-based Medicine Hat College is experiencing a construction boom, as there are up to 10 capital projects on the go. One major project underway is a power engineering and technology training centre, slated for completion in February. The college will add more space for trades programs through the construction of a trades and technology building. 2 major projects -- a $22-million visual communications building and a $55-million sports and wellness centre -- are awaiting approval from the provincial government. Prairie Post

Georgian College opens marine training facility

Last Friday, Georgian College officially opened its Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre at its Owen Sound campus. The first of its kind in Canada, the $8-million facility features 4 state-of-the-art simulators of ship bridges and engine rooms, as well as a world-class full mission ship simulator. Georgian College News | Owen Sound Sun-Times (slideshow)

Brandon U opens Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies

Brandon University held an official launch last Friday for the Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies. The centre is designed to promote the research activities of graduate students in the education faculty. The centre will work with educators in Aboriginal and rural communities on improving teaching and leadership practices through a research-driven process. Brandon U News

"This is the world famous UBC sports medicine clinic?"

It's an embarrassing remark to hear, says the director of the sports medicine division at the University of British Columbia. He and the other founders of the clinic are dismayed by "how run down it's become." "The university has to take some of the heat for what's happened. I can't believe they've let it fall into such a state." Senior administrators plan to move the clinic into a new community health sciences building, although that depends on funding and could be years away. Clinic staff would prefer to stay where they are with a new facility. Vancouver Province

Dal launches online self-help program

Dalhousie University has launched "Feeling Better," an online program designed to aid students experiencing some symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. The program takes a cognitive behaviour therapy approach, whereby students will learn to clarify their worst thoughts, then examine and change them. The program consists of 7 modules students work through at their own pace, with regular phone or e-mail contact from a program coach. Feeling Better takes about 2 months to complete. Students will be screened for the program, which is not intended for those with more serious problems, such as eating disorders and manic depression. Dal News | Feeling Better

SFU shares news on Twitter

Simon Fraser University's Public Affairs and Media Relations department has joined the Twitter bandwagon to share university news. Twitter/SFU keeps users up-to-date with "tweets" on news releases and SFU News stories. Twitter/sfupamr will connect users with "Pam R." -- the "voice" of the department.  Twitter/SFU | Twitter/sfupamr