Top Ten

February 10, 2009

Ontario must prepare for increased demand for PSE

According to a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, the province needs to address the projected increase in demand for higher education in the next decade. Another big challenge for Ontario is to understand what obstacles are keeping students from attending PSE or dropping out before graduation. The report also finds there is little evidence about how people are using the province's PSE system and what is working. HEQCO News Release | Globe and Mail | Read the full report

Alberta to launch online centralized application system

In 2010, students applying to Alberta post-secondary institutions will use a Web-based centralized system for applications. Although those using Apply Alberta will have to give fees to each school, they will not have to pay the $10 access fee for their academic transcripts. In the future, the system will be a hub for student loans, bursaries, and transfer information. BC and Ontario are the only other provinces with centralized applications, and the latter has separate systems for colleges and universities. Calgary Herald

Partial tuition refund at York

York University announced yesterday that all students would be able to drop a fall or a full year course and transfer their tuition fees in the form of financial credit for upcoming semesters. The news pleases the York Federation of Students, which has collected more than 20,000 signatures urging university administration to provide a minimum 12% tuition refund for all undergraduate students because of the strike. The YFS plans to meet with York administration to discuss implementing a tuition refund for graduating students. YFS News Release

MUN acting president recommended for top position at UNB

Memorial University acting president Eddy Campbell has been unanimously selected as a proposed candidate for the presidency at the University of New Brunswick. In a statement, Campbell says he is "excited by this new opportunity and eager to explore it further." The recommendation comes a year after the Newfoundland and Labrador government rejected Campbell for the top position at MUN. The NL government has been heavily criticized for its involvement in MUN's presidential search. Message from MUN president | UNB News Release | Canadian Press

uCalgary president to step down

University of Calgary president Harvey Weingarten announced yesterday that he will step down next year. During Weingarten's tenure, which began in 2001, the university has completed or planned $1.5-billion worth of capital projects and improvements, and annual fundraising has increased over 5-fold, peaking at more than $100 million annually in pledges and donations. Weingarten says uCalgary "is well-positioned for the future, so it is time for me to move on." UToday | Calgary Herald

International student enrolment boom at uMontreal

In the last decade, foreign student enrolment at the Université de Montréal and its affiliates École Polytechnique and HEC Montréal has doubled to 5,600. Since 1998, 10% of those who have graduated from uMontreal have been from outside of Canada. 52% of international students at the university are from Europe, and 28% hail from Africa. uMontreal News Release

uToronto siblings challenge deportation order

Steve and Trisha Sherman, students at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus, are fighting to remain in Canada after they received deportation orders last month that they must return to their native Guyana by today. Immigration Canada rejected the siblings' refugee status application on the basis that the Shermans attended university illegally because they did not come to Canada on a student visa. The siblings attended high school in Canada and live with their grandparents. An online petition and a Facebook group have been launched to pressure politicians to review the case. CTV

Teen fined $18,000 for uRegina residence damage

On Monday, a 19-year-old man pleaded guilty for his role in the flooding of a University of Regina residence, which caused over $80,000 in damage. Steven Schneider has been ordered to pay $18,000 for his share of the damage, as well as serve a 12-month suspended sentence with probation. In August, a uRegina student involved in the incident received a $50,000 restitution order and an 18-month conditional sentence. Regina Leader-Post

RDC capital campaign reaches $15-million mark

Red Deer College's $35-million "Building Communities Through Learning" campaign has hit the $15-million mark with the help of a $250,000 donation from Quinn Oilfield Supply Ltd, whose gift will be matched by funds from the Access to the Future Endowment. The campaign is supporting the college's proposed Centres for Sport & Wellness and for Health Education. RDC News Release

$2 million for TRU scholarships

On Saturday, Alvin Grunert, a retired prison guard, made the largest individual gift to Thompson Rivers University by donating $1.5 million to create endowed scholarships for top students in each of TRU's schools and faculties. Grunert was motivated to make the donation because he was unable to attend university after leaving the family farm in Saskatchewan back in 1943. "If I can step up here and change the world tonight, what will you do tomorrow?" TRU News Release