Top Ten

April 9, 2009

$455 million for BC campus infrastructure

Last Wednesday, the federal and BC governments announced over $455 million in funding for 29 capital projects at post-secondary institutions across BC. Among the projects are "green" infrastructure at the University of British Columbia ($68 million), chemistry building upgrades at Simon Fraser University ($50 million), and a new Cowichan Place campus for Vancouver Island University ($27 million). BC News Release | BCIT News Release | UBC News Release | VIU News Release | UNBC News Release | SFU News Release | NIC News Release | Penticton Western News

Fire strikes Moncton Flight College residence

A section of a residence housing 180 students from the Moncton Flight College was destroyed last Thursday in an early morning fire. The damage is estimated to be $500,000, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. CanWest News Service | Canadian Press

MUN student placed on probation for threatening professors

A 19-year-old female student at Memorial University has been placed on 2 years probation after threatening 2 professors from the university last fall. Rebekah Swain continues to be suspended from MUN pending a decision by university officials. CBC

UNB implements wage freeze, hiring cap

In an effort to trim its operating budget, the University of New Brunswick will freeze the salaries of the university president, vice-presidents, and deans, as well as those of non-unionized staff from 2009 to 2011. UNB will also limit new hires to one-year terms, and positions will be filled if they are "deemed to be necessary to the university at this time." 2-year term positions or other arrangements will only be considered under "truly exceptional circumstances." All budget units have been cautioned to carefully manage discretionary spending. UNB News Release | Saint John Telegraph-Journal

uWinnipeg seeks voluntary concessions from employees

To make up for a budget shortfall, and also to avoid layoffs, the University of Winnipeg is asking employees for millions of dollars in voluntary concessions. Management has already given up 3% to 10%, whether by reducing pay, passing up wage increases or increments, or by donating to scholarship funds. The economic downturn has left uWinnipeg's endowment funds a little over $1 million short to meet scholarship and bursary commitments. Winnipeg Free Press

Kwantlen plans $20-million expansion at Richmond campus

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is proposing a $20-million expansion of its Richmond campus to accommodate a growing number of programs it will offer with its new status as a full university. Early plans entail a 40,000-square-foot structure built on stilts above Kwantlen's existing parking lot. The university plans to offer 17 new degree programs by September 2010, many of which will be offered in part or whole at the Richmond campus. Richmond Review

ABU launches $7-million capital campaign

Atlantic Baptist University has launched its "Future Foundations" campaign to raise $7 million to support the university's $24-million expansion project. The fundraising campaign is tentatively scheduled to coincide with ABU's 60th anniversary in September. New Brunswick Business Journal

NSCAD rumoured to end 24-hour studios

Student leaders at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design are concerned about a reported proposal by administrators to end 24-hour access to studios as part of cost-cutting measures. The president of the university's student union says locking the doors at 11 pm would affect enrolment, as all-day access appears to be one of the school's main draws. An NSCAD spokeswoman says the school's president is unaware of plans to reduce studio hours, and the move would not save the school a lot of money anyway. CBC

CAUT, AAUP call for enhanced standards for overseas campuses

In a joint statement issued last week, the Canadian Association of University Teachers and the American Association of University Professors recommend domestic institutions have particular responsibilities to academic and non-academic employees at branch campuses abroad to ensure fair treatment and wages. The organizations expect every US and Canadian college and university undertaking any international initiative to abide by UNESCO and International Labour Organization standards. CAUT News | Inside Higher Ed | Read the statement

University Canada West unveils new website

 We've recently noticed that University Canada West, a private institution based in BC, has a redesigned website. The easy-to-navigate includes videos featuring student, faculty, and administration testimonials about the school's approach to education. University Canada West website