Top Ten

March 25, 2009

NB seeks federal funding for new Fredericton college campus

In an application for federal stimulus funding, the New Brunswick government included a new community college campus for Fredericton, which the provincial Liberals promised in the 2006 election. The ministers of PSE and Business have spoken to federal cabinet ministers about the project, and discussions have been positive. Although it's too early to say where the campus would be located, rumours suggest it would be built somewhere near the University of New Brunswick. Daily Gleaner

Mohawk College proposes $80-million renovation

Mohawk College's Fennell campus, in Hamilton Ontario, could undergo an $80-million upgrade and expansion beginning as early as this summer. Noting that the 42-year-old campus is in need of renewal, president Rob MacIsaac has scheduled a series of "extraordinary" meetings over the next month to pitch the proposal to the school's board of governors. Should the project be approved, MacIsaac hopes Ottawa will contribute $40 million in infrastructure funding. Hamilton Spectator

uWinnipeg senior administrators accept pay cuts

The University of Winnipeg announced Tuesday that its senior administration has volunteered to take pay reductions starting April 1 as part of the university's action to support student scholarships and bursaries, as well as to meet pension obligations. The recession has affected the school's endowment fund, which provides the majority of funding to student financial awards. A recent court decision regarding uWinnipeg's pension plan is also affecting its operating budget. The voluntary pay cuts will save the university approximately $250,000. uWinnipeg News Release | CTV

Waterloo approves Perimeter Institute expansion

Waterloo city council has unanimously approved a 54,000-square-foot addition that will wrap around the front of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics. Construction of the project, which could cost up to $35 million, is slated to begin this summer and take 16 to 18 months to complete. Kitchener-Waterloo Record

ABU students left out of NB debt relief program

Students and politicians in New Brunswick are questioning why the provincial government is excluding students from Atlantic Baptist University from new measures to reduce student debt. One Conservative MLA says the school saves the province money because it operates without government funding, and its students should not be punished as a result. A government spokeswoman says ABU is not included in the debt cap because private universities fall outside the parameters of the program. The spokeswoman would not say why the province would not include private universities in the program. Times and Transcript

Yukon College may be able to grant degrees

A bill currently before the Yukon legislature may enable Yukon College to award bachelor degrees. If the bill passes, it would likely be at least 5 years before the college can issue its first degrees. The school has a partnership with the University of Regina to offer territorial residents bachelor degree programs in social work and education. CBC

Alberta town awaiting promised police college

The town of Fort MacLeod Alberta is still waiting for the province to deliver on its promise of establishing a $100-million police training centre in the municipality. The police college, expected to train as many as 400 police officers and 1,000 peace officers a year, was first announced in 2005 in response to recommendations made by MLAs in 2002. Alberta's Solicitor General says that due to the economic downturn, the province is still trying to figure out a funding formula that will work. Edmonton Journal

uCalgary works on new academic plan

The University of Calgary is in the process of developing a new academic plan. A draft of the plan, available online, outlines the university's core priorities, which include student success, excellence in research and scholarship, interdisciplinary education and research, and return to community. UToday | Read the draft academic plan

Brandon U, Assiniboine sign credit transfer agreement

Last week, Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College signed an agreement called the Connect 20/20 Memorandum of Understanding, under which the 2 institutions will work together to improve courses credit  transfers, as well as increase access for staff and faculty to college and university resources. The new agreement also encourages collaboration in research, teaching and learning, facilities, programming, articulation agreements, housing, student recruitment, and government relations. Brandon U News | CTV

"University Junction" provides undergraduates with academic resources

"University Junction" is a new free online network for undergraduate students to access academic resources such as class notes and lectures. After logging into the site with their university e-mail address, students are prompted to add their classes, enabling access to material other users have uploaded that has been deemed useful in preparing for tests or assignments. The site also includes a chat function. Co-created by a recent McGill University graduate student, the website is currently accessible to students at 56 campuses across North America. The Gateway (student newspaper) | University Junction