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June 17, 2009

Report from Jewish groups recommends changes at York

According to a report from a commission of Toronto-area Jewish organizations, York University instructors should be forbidden to express personal political views unrelated to the classes they are teaching. The commission compiled hundreds of submissions from students, faculty, and Jewish community members following incidents at York earlier this year. The report recommends York set up a confidential hotline for students to report "abuse of the podium" incidents, and no longer allow Vari Hall to be booked for political purposes. The list of recommendations was given to the university's Task Force on Student Life, Learning and Community. National Post

McMaster pitches $30-million medical isotope plan

On Tuesday, a representative from McMaster University's research reactor told a House of Commons committee that the reactor is capable of producing 4 times the Canadian demand for medical isotopes in as little as 18 months. McMaster would need $30 million in operating costs over 5 years on top of the $22 million in infrastructure funding the university recently received for its reactor. Apart from the Chalk River reactor, McMaster's reactor is the only one in Canada that can produce the molybdenum-99 isotope, which it used to do in the 1970s. Toronto Star | CanWest News Service | Canadian Press

Georgian College "Power of Education" campaign reaches $17 million

Georgian College's $25-million "Power of Education" campaign has now reached $17 million with $1 million raised in an internal fundraising effort. The campaign is supporting the college's expansion project, which includes the $65-million Centre of Health and Wellness. Barrie Examiner

Ontario college applications up over 8%

Colleges Ontario reports an 8.54% increase in applications to first-year, full-time programs at the province's 24 colleges this year. As of Monday, the Ontario College Application Service had received 144,889 applications for first-year programs starting this fall, compared to 133,553 applications at this time last year. In January, Colleges Ontario reported a 10% increase in winter applications. Colleges Ontario News Release

StatsCan analyzes Canada PSE graduates' low earnings situation

In an examination of the characteristics of college- and university-educated workers in low-earnings situations, Statistics Canada found that working on less than a full-time, full-year basis and being self-employed were key factors in graduates falling in the lowest earnings category. After taking employment characteristics into account, the analysis found that college- and university-educated women, older workers, and residents of NL, PEI, and NB were more likely to be in a low-earnings situation. Individuals working in areas such as management, health, and science were less likely than those in other occupations to have low earnings. Statistics Canada

No nursing "brain drain" in Saskatchewan

According to the 2007-2008 Graduate Exit Survey for the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan (NEPS), nearly 89% of last year's students had a confirmed job as a graduate nurse before graduating, up from 85.4% in 2007 and 59% in 2005. Over 93% reported that they planned to stay in the province upon graduation. In a follow-up survey of 2006 NEPS graduates, 88.5% were currently working as a nurse last year, and over 85% were employed in Saskatchewan. 98% of 2003 graduates were employed as a nurse in 2008, and more than 80% of those working in Saskatchewan reported that they planned to stay in the province. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix | NEPS Reports

uPEI to discontinue credit card option for tuition payment

Effective July 1, 2010, the University of Prince Edward Island will no longer offer credit cards as a tuition payment option. The move would reportedly save uPEI $125,000 a year in transaction fees. The university's student union is lobbying against the policy, arguing that it would hurt students. In April, Dalhousie University announced it was considering discontinuing the credit card payment option. CBC

Postscript: Jun 22, 2009
University of Prince Edward Island officials say the decision to drop the use of credit cards to pay tuition will not hurt students, as the university's student union argues. With a year lead-in to the policy change, the university controller says systems will be set up to ensure students do not come across any hardships. An online banking system will likely be used for Canadian students, while measures will be introduced to help process tuition payments for international students. CBC

Camosun launches interactive community report

Yesterday Camosun College unveiled its 2009 Community Report, available online only. The main page of the interactive portal features a graphic of a refrigerator with colourful magnets bearing words such as "Dare," "Embrace," and "Lead." Clicking on the fridge brings up an introductory video featuring Camosun president Elizabeth Ashton. Visitors to the site can click on the magnets to read stories about the college's developments and achievements in the last year. The site encourages feedback on all aspects of the report. Camosun Community Report 2009

The benefits of bar-code scanners at college fairs

At US-based National Association for College Admissions Counseling-run college fairs, college representatives can rent scanners to swipe the printable bar codes students bring after entering pertinent information in an online form. Instead of filling out inquiry cards, students have more time to chat with more admissions representatives. Scanning eases the frustration of trying to decipher illegible handwriting. For representatives of Virginia-based James Madison University, which has its own scanning system, there's no need to lug or ship as many cards back to campus, or to manually enter as much information into databases. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Lessons learned from failed Molson "Campus Challenge"

In November 2007, Molson Canada pulled its "Campus Challenge" Facebook photo contest following outrage from universities and student groups, who accused the company of promoting excessive drinking. After a follow-up meeting with student deans at their national conference, Molson introduced a policy in which it does not promote its products in campus dormitories, understanding that many underage students reside there. Molson subscribes to the LIAM approach to social media, which is the reverse of the MAIL concept (monitor, assess, interrupt, lead conversation). Marketing Magazine