Top Ten

June 24, 2009

CAUT condemns attacks on Iranian students, academics

In a letter sent to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, the Canadian Association of University Teachers asks that he put an end to the widespread violence by security forces targeting universities, lecturers, and students. In one incident, Iran's secret police raided a student residence at Tehran University and attacked its occupants, leaving at least 5 students dead. In protest against recent crimes and attacks, scores of faculty from several universities have resigned. The letter calls for the immediate release of a Tabriz University lecturer and others who have been detained for exercising their right to protest. Read the letter

Ontario MTCU receives 300 complaints

According to the Ontario ombudsman's annual report, released Tuesday, the province's Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities had a total of 300 complaints in the last fiscal year. 137 complaints were about OSAP and 58 were related to colleges. The report states that universities, which fall outside the ombudsman's jurisdiction, were the subject of 49 complaints. Reports on investigations into Cambrian College's health information management program and the closure of Bestech Academy are currently being finalized. Ombudsman Ontario Annual Report 2008-2009 -- Facts and Highlights | Read the full report

uWinnipeg to leave 5% of faculty positions unfilled

Like Brandon University, the University of Winnipeg plans to leave about 5% of its professors' positions vacant as part of its efforts to balance its budget. In a bid to meet pension and scholarship obligations, university management has agreed to salary freezes or reductions. The university is also relocating programs from leased off-campus sites to its main campus. Meanwhile, the university's board of regents has approved the downtown expansion plan. uWinnipeg News Release 1 | uWinnipeg News Release 2 | Winnipeg Free Press | U of W expansion plan approved

Enrolment boom at Mohawk College's Brantford campus

In the last 2 years, enrolment at Mohawk College's Brantford campus has more than doubled, exceeding a goal set by the school's board of governors over 2 years ago. A campus revitalization plan implemented in March 2007 called for the enrolment of 1,881 students by 2011, and involved the introduction of new courses and transfer of some programs offered at the main campus in Hamilton to Brantford. In September 2008, the number of students enrolled at the Brantford campus was approximately 1,900. By next September, the school expects to have between 2,300 and 2,500 students. Brantford Expositor

Saskatchewan below target for PSE student enrolment

In the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce's mid-year report card on its growth strategy targets, post-secondary enrolment is currently below the targeted level. The chamber of commerce has projected that by 2030, there will be 120,000 PSE students in Saskatchewan, and data from the chamber of commerce indicates enrolment is on a steady decline. The province is currently meeting its target for PSE graduates in the workforce. Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce News Release | Read the report card

Bow Valley breaks ground for south campus

Yesterday Calgary-based Bow Valley College held a groundbreaking ceremony for its $193-million south campus, part of the college's multimillion-dollar redevelopment and expansion project that is slated for completion in 2013. Last September, the Alberta government committed $119 million to Bow Valley to add 3 more floors to the south campus building. Once the project is complete, the college will double its capacity to accommodate 20,000 students a year. Bow Valley News Release

SIAST installs wind turbine at Moose Jaw campus

This week, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology installed a wind turbine at its Palliser campus in Moose Jaw. The institution will use the 1.3 kW turbine to collect data on aspects such as wind speed and noise levels as part of an applied research project. The turbine will also generate electricity for the campus. An event to officially open the wind turbine will take place this fall.

Carleton students unveil plans to redevelop Batawa

Over 20 design and architecture students from Carleton University will present today their vision for reinventing Batawa Ontario, where Bata Shoes manufactured its products for 60 years before the factory closed down in 1999. In a partnership between Carleton and Sonja Bata, whose husband Thomas transplanted his family's shoe business to Ontario in the 1930s, the students spent 6 weeks in Batawa to generate ideas to redevelop the community. Both the university and Bata hope the partnership will extend into a long-term relationship in which every faculty at Carleton would be involved in rejuvenating the village. Globe and Mail | Ottawa Citizen

CNA Facebook page, mascot microsite win international awards

College of the North Atlantic has picked up 2 silver Awards of Distinction for its Facebook page and Nanuk's Notebook -- a microsite dedicated to the college's polar bear mascot -- in the 15th Annual Communicator Awards, administered by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. CNA has also received an Award of Distinction from the International Association of Business Communicators' Pinnacle Awards for the re-launch of its mascot. CNA News Release | CNA Facebook page

uToronto launches microsite for students' parents

The University of Toronto recently launched a new Web portal for parents, guardians, and family members of the institution's students. The site covers topics such as academic and financial matters, residence and campus life, and health and safety. The site includes feature articles whose themes correspond with stages of the school year. Family members can subscribe to an e-newsletter that includes relevant uToronto news and articles written by university experts. The site and the newsletter will promote special events which relatives and guardians are welcome to attend. uToronto News | U of T Family Website