Top Ten

May 27, 2009

Mount Allison capital campaign reaches over $64 million

Mount Allison University's JUMP campaign has garnered more than $64.6 million, representing over two-thirds of the $86-million goal to be met by 2014. The campaign, launched in 2007, is the most ambitious in the university's history. Mount Allison News Release

Universities should be upgraded, not expanded

David Foot, renowned demographer and bestselling author, argues that Ottawa's $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program should focus exclusively on upgrading existing buildings and equipment instead of new campuses or student spaces just when enrolment numbers are about to decline in most parts of Canada. Foot suggests a nation-wide strategy that looks to better use and improve existing facilities, as well as finding ways to support students willing to move to less populated areas in the country for PSE. Globe and Mail

uSask presents vision for land use

At an on-campus open house Tuesday, the University of Saskatchewan outlined future use of university land. After 2 separate review processes, uSask administrators have determined which of the 1,865 acres the school owns will remain part of the core campus and what will be marked as "endowment" property. Land deemed as "core" has the potential to hold another 5 million square feet of space. Any development on the land would need to have the potential to generate around $1.5 billion before uSask would consider conversion for commercial purposes. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Trent proposes expanded presence in Oshawa

For decades Trent University has operated a branch site at the Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology campus, and now the university is looking to open its own campus in Oshawa using a former school site, as well as a new facility to be built on part of the Oshawa Civic Auditorium lands. Trent plans to continue the arrangements it has with UOIT and Durham College. Should the proposed campus be realized, it could be ready by September 2010. Durham Region News

Ottawa invests $3 million in skills training for Aboriginals in Saskatoon

Last week, the federal government announced a $2.9-million investment in skills and employment training for Aboriginals to lead to long-term jobs in the Saskatoon residential construction industry. The project is being funded through Ottawa's Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program. HRSDC News Release

PSE an important election issue for Nova Scotians

According to a survey by Research Corporate Associates, 77% of Nova Scotians believe PSE should be an important issue in the current provincial election campaign. 82% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 agree PSE should be an important election issue, more than any other age group surveyed. 85% of high school graduates feel PSE should be an election priority, compared to 74% of those who have some higher education experience or have completed PSE.

UoGuelph vet college opens large-animal isolation unit

On Monday, the Ontario Veterinary College, based at the University of Guelph, opened a state-of-the-art large-animal unit in which potentially infectious animals will be separated from other patients. The 9,000-square-foot facility features 12 separated stalls, video monitoring from a central station, and sophisticated diagnostic equipment. UoGuelph News Release

uCalgary football player banned from CIS over steroid use

Duncan McLean, a University of Calgary football player, is ineligible to participate in Canadian Interuniversity Sport for 2 years after testing positive for a toxic anabolic steroid. According to a statement from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports, upon notification of the tests results, McLean waved his right to a hearing and admitted to violating the centre's anti-doping rule. uCalgary's director of athletics says the university is fully supportive of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and hopes that this incident sends a strong message to individuals both at the university and throughout CIS. CCES News Release | CBC

Alberta aims to increase high school graduation rates

In order to keep students engaged and motivated to stay in school, the Alberta government is investing $4.2 million to support school jurisdictions as they work to boost high school completion rates. Under the High School Completion Framework, the province will work with school jurisdictions to identify barriers to graduation and develop plans to enhance existing programs that fit the needs of the school community. The province hopes to increase its 5-year high school completion rate to 82% by 2012, up from the current rate of 79.5%. Alberta News Release

Australian student-recruitment firm to enter US market

IDP Education, the largest and most successful student-recruitment firm in Australia, announced Tuesday it has plans to branch out into the US. The company's goal is to have 60 American institutions on board with them in time to recruit for the 2010-11 school year. Schools would contract with IDP to represent them abroad and pay a finder's fee for each student who enrols at their institutions, and students would pay a nominal fee for counselling and help in document preparation. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)