Top Ten

January 19, 2009

Edmonton-based Christian college to close

Due to the slumping economy and declining enrolment, Taylor University College, a Christian-based institution located in Edmonton, is terminating its liberal arts programs this June. Taylor hoped to become affiliated with the University of Alberta, but the provincial government decided not to provide funding for an affiliation agreement. The school will continue to operate its seminary and theological training centre. Taylor is working with other university colleges to ensure affected students can transfer with full credit. Edmonton Journal | Letter to Returning Students from the President

US academic denied entry into Canada

Dr. William Ayers, an education professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, was refused entry into Canada Sunday night. Ayers, a founder of a radical group responsible for several bombings in the US in the early 1970s, says he "couldn't be a possible threat to Canada." The executive director of the University of Toronto's Centre for Urban Schooling, at which Ayers was scheduled to speak, says Ayers' being turned back at the border is an issue of academic freedom. Toronto Star

First black graduate of Queen's needs "adequate recognition"

A small group of Queen's University student leaders has been trying to get a campus building named after Robert Sutherland, the university's first black graduate whose bequest to Queen's upon his death in 1878 rescued the university from financial turmoil. The Queen's board of trustees rejected the proposal at a closed-door meeting in December. Principal Tom Williams will report back to the board in March on additional ways the university could recognize Sutherland's contributions. Globe and Mail

Ontario university applications reach record levels

Ontario universities have received its highest number of applications since the double cohort year of 2003, according to data from the Council of Ontario Universities. 84,300 applications were submitted by provincial high school students, up 1.1% from last year, and up 42% from 2000. Submissions from non-secondary school applicants -- former high school, mature, transfer, and out-of-province students -- rose nearly 10%. COU News Release | Canadian Press

uOttawa president offers home to students affected by transit strike

The University of Ottawa has launched a program whereby university employees and residents living within walking distance of either of uOttawa's 2 campuses offer free, temporary accommodation to students having trouble getting to school due to the OC Transpo strike. uOttawa president Allan Rock has volunteered to take in 2 students. The university has partnered with Ottawa's 3 other institutions to link their respective shuttle services to help students get to classes. uOttawa News Release

Hinton plans to expand PSE options in town

The Town of Hinton Alberta is creating a business plan to bring a standalone, full-time post-secondary campus to the area. Accredited PSE in Hinton is currently offered through the Yellowhead Regional Education Consortium. The Town would initiate the process by building partnerships with Alberta colleges and convincing the provincial government that this is a feasible business opportunity. The plan will go before Hinton council in April. Hilton Parklander

uPEI opens Aboriginal student centre

Today, the University of Prince Edward Island will officially open the Maoi Omi Aboriginal Student Centre, where students can study, socialize, and have access to mentoring and support services. The centre is part of a larger federally-funded project that involves the creation of a transition program to boost non-financial support for Aboriginal students and to ensure their success in PSE. uPEI News Release

$1 million for VIU nursing program

Vancouver Island University received a $1-million donation yesterday for its nursing program, making it the largest gift the school has ever received from a single individual. The money, donated by Sidney Sharman of Nanaimo BC, will support an endowment fund to assist nursing students. Nanaimo Daily News

Dal to offer Environment, Sustainability and Society program

Dalhousie University is running a series of print ads and has launched a microsite to promote a new academic program to be offered this fall. A first in Canada, the Environment, Sustainability and Society program is paired up with degrees from a variety of faculties. The program will be taught by teams of professors who will debate real-world situations, and student will gain hands-on experience by working with community partners. The ads and microsite state the new program "will change the way a whole new generation of leaders thinks about sustainability." Environment, Sustainability and Society

UNB launches "U Shoot for the Loot" video contest

The University of New Brunswick is offering current students the chance to win $2,500 in tuition credit through a new video contest. The "Only One U Shoot for the Loot" contest asks students to create a video illustrating their positive experience and feelings about UNB. The grand prize winner will be chosen by judges. At the end of the contest, public voting will determine the "People's Choice Award" winner, with the prize being a $250 pizza party. The contest runs until March 15. U Shoot for the Loot