Top Ten

May 20, 2009

$159 million for Manitoba campus infrastructure

The federal and Manitoba governments announced yesterday $159 million in funding over 2 years for 10 infrastructure projects at post-secondary institutions across the province as part of Ottawa's $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The University of Winnipeg will receive over $41 million for its Science Complex and College for the Environment. Red River College is getting $20 million to convert the Union Bank Tower into a culinary arts and hospitality training centre. Industry Canada News Release | Manitoba News Release

$9 million for fisheries research

The federal government announced Tuesday $8.8 million in funding as part of a new 5-year initiative led by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to support 23 research projects in fisheries and aquaculture at universities across Canada. Memorial University is receiving the lion's share of funding with $2.25 million for 6 projects. NSERC News Release

$3 million for rural teacher education professorship at UBC

Dr. Donald Rix, founder of MDS Metro Laboratories, and his daughter Laurie have donated $2.5 million to the University of British Columbia to establish the Eleanor Rix Professorship in Rural Teacher Education, making it the largest gift UBC's education faculty has ever received. The professorship will explore the best ways to support and equip teachers for the challenges presented by teaching in rural communities. UBC News Release | Vancouver Sun

Lakehead could face potential $50-million deficit

Lakehead University president Fred Gilbert says that unless the university implements some changes, it could face a possible deficit ranging between $35 million and $50 million in about 5 years. Because Lakehead cannot have deficit budgeting, it must find ways to reduce expenditures, which may mean layoffs. Lakehead's vice-president of administration and finance says the university needs to change the way it does business or else "we'll be just like GM." He says the university could achieve savings by reducing class sizes, consolidating programs, and enhancing fundraising efforts. Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal

Better communication of information may persuade more students to pursue PSE

According to a new report from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, limited access to information about PSE is a significant barrier to higher education. Based on focus group discussions involving high school students and parents, the study found that exploring the full range of PSE options with students earlier on and increasing the level of detail of information shared with them as they mature may encourage students to pursue further studies after high school. The report's findings suggest there is a strong need to present information about PSE alongside information about careers. Read the full report

86% of 2008 BC college graduates working

According to the recent BC Diploma, Associate Degree, and Certificate Student Outcomes Survey (formerly known as the BC College and Institute Student Outcomes Survey), 86% of 2008 graduates were working. Former students from applied programs were more likely than those who took arts and science to be working only. 86% of employed respondents who graduated from applied programs reported that the knowledge and skills gained from their studies were very or somewhat useful in performing their jobs. 95% of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their education. 2008 DACSO highlights

RDC halts disability and community studies program

Red Deer College will suspend its disability and community studies program next school year due to declining enrolment. Although current students going into their second year will be able to complete their diplomas, no new students will be taken into the program in the fall. The college plans to consult stakeholders until the fall to see what other kind of program could be put in place. Red Deer Advocate

Saskatchewan expands Aboriginal bursary program

The Saskatchewan government announced Tuesday that it will extend the eligibility of its Aboriginal Bursary Program, currently available to University of Regina students, to students attending the University of Saskatchewan Edwards School of Business, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. At SIAST and SIIT, the bursary will focus on the areas of business, trades, and technology. Students who qualify for the bursary will receive $2,500 per semester or $5,000 per academic year. Saskatchewan News Release

SFU becomes a partner in 2010 Games

Simon Fraser University is joining other Metro Vancouver institutions taking part in the VANOC Community Contributor Program. During next year's Winter Olympics, SFU will provide parking spaces at its Burnaby campus to serve as a park-n-ride location for ticketed spectators. The university will take a 2-week break in classes during the Games to give students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to volunteer at the Olympics. To accommodate the extended break, the university has adjusted dates for the spring and summer terms next year. SFU will also work with VANOC to provide training and meeting facilities. VANOC News Release | SFU News Release

MUN distance ed wins CNIE award

At last week's Canadian Network for Innovation in Education conference, Memorial University's Distance Education and Learning Technologies department picked up an award for excellence and innovation in the use of technology for learning and teaching. The award-winning project involved the application of Second Life in an engineering course on marine production management in which students applied the theories and principles learned in the classroom to construct their own shipyard in a simulated, immersive environment. MUN News Release