Top Ten

February 26, 2009

Ontario ombudsman investigates Cambrian, MTCU over students' complaints

The Ontario ombudsman's office is investigating Cambrian College and the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities after 11 students enrolled in Cambrian's health information management program filed complaints to the office over the program not being accredited. A group of students from the program have written to the ministry asking that it not provide funding for a new health sciences building at Cambrian. The Special Ombudsman Response Team is investigating the college's conduct, as well as the ministry in its role in monitoring and approving the program. Sudbury Star

uWindsor may make cuts to sports teams

As it struggles with a projected $5-million budget shortfall, the University of Windsor has been looking at its 15 varsity sports teams to find savings. The president of uWindsor's student union says that so far, 4 teams face being cut: rugby, golf, curling, and women's fastball. Student athletes have been e-mailing university president Alan Wildeman and circulating petitions in a campaign to save the programs. Students say cutting any teams would impact recruitment and institutional revenue. Instead of cutting individual programs, the athletes suggest a 4% cut to the athletic budget. Windsor Star

"Financial difficulty" at Canadore

Canadore College is facing some "financial difficulty," and it will be another few weeks before the college will learn whether it will finish the year in the red or black after Canadore approved a budget with a $3-million deficit last summer. The school is filling only essential positions, but has not resorted to job cuts. Despite the budget crunch, the future looks good for Canadore as it has seen a major increase in confirmed enrolment. 907 students are confirmed to start at Canadore this fall, compared to 354 at this time last year. North Bay Nugget

Student charged with arson after WLU washroom fire

A 28-year-old distance education student from Hamilton has been charged with arson in connection to a fire at a men's washroom at Wilfrid Laurier University that caused $10,000 in damage. The blaze, allegedly set in the evening of Feb 10, was quickly put out by firefighters, but the building suffered smoke and water damage. No one was hurt in the incident. Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Status change sparks application boom at UFV

Applications to the University of the Fraser Valley, formerly the University College of the Fraser Valley, are up 30% over this time last year. Interest from international students is also up significantly. The application boom is being attributed to the school's status change and new brand, which was developed by Academica Group. Other factors contributing to UFV's application spike include the economic downturn, positive results in the Globe and Mail's Canadian University Report, and faculty involvement in recruitment efforts. UFV News Release

Sault College to house nurse practitioner clinic

A Sault Ste Marie Ontario MPP announced on behalf of the provincial government last week that a new nurse practitioner clinic will open at Sault College at the end of the year. The province has committed to provide operational funding and, if needed, additional capital support for the new clinic. Sault College president Ron Common says "we are pleased to offer the services and resources of the campus to improve access to health care in the Sault." David Orazietti MPP News Release | Sault College News Release | Sault This Week

Georgian College opens renovated Aboriginal Resource Centre

Last Wednesday, Georgian College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the newly-renovated Aboriginal Resource Centre at its Owen Sound campus. The facility provides spiritual guidance, support, and information on Aboriginal culture and resources. The centre also serves as a social venue for students and members of the community. Georgian College News

Further federal support essential to success of Aboriginal learners

At its Summit on Aboriginal Education in Saskatoon this week, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada discussed with leaders from 40 national and regional Aboriginal organizations initiatives to eliminate the achievement gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners. Ministers heard from participants that more support from the federal government is critical to the success of Aboriginal learners. Other issues raised include the limited participation in PSE and the education funding gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners. CMEC News Release

Canadians concerned about PSE access, cost

According to the Canadian Council on Learning's third annual Survey of Canadian Attitudes toward Learning, released Monday, just 49% of Canadians believe post-secondary institutions do a good or excellent job of ensuring all qualified students are able to attend. 63% feel that students from low-income families have less of an opportunity to get a higher education. 82% believe that PSE students have to borrow too much to pay for school, while 93% agree or strongly agree that cost should not prevent qualified and motivated students from accessing PSE. CCL News Release | Read the full report

Giving up Facebook for Lent

Last year, abstaining from Facebook for Lent was wildly popular among college students. This Lenten season, a surprising number of adults are giving up the social networking site for 40 days. Likening Facebook to candy and "the best party in the world," some older users say the digital sacrifice won't be easy. A number of quitting-Facebook-for-Lent groups have popped up on the social network, but since members of such groups are trying to give up the site, no members will be logging in to comfort each other during their days of trial -- in theory, at least. Wall Street Journal