Top Ten

August 4, 2009

uManitoba researcher sanctioned over falsified results

A former researcher at the University of Manitoba has been sanctioned by the institution after an internal investigation found that he produced fake results published in the prestigious science journal Nature, which retracted the study last winter. In a statement published in a university newsletter, uManitoba says that the researcher, who resigned when the initial allegations of academic fraud surfaced, will "never be recommended for an academic appointment of any kind at the university." uManitoba Bulletin | Winnipeg Free Press

St. Paul's becomes university college

St. Paul's United College, an affiliate of the University of Waterloo, is now officially known as St. Paul's University College. The school's principal says the name change "expresses more effectively to our audience the type of education we provide and ensures that all who wish to participate are welcome." Renison University College, another uWaterloo affiliate formerly known as Renison College, received the "university college" designation last summer. uWaterloo News Release

Push for Arctic university grows

More voices are being added to the call for a university in Canada's North. The director of University of Alberta-based Canadian Circumpolar Institute suggests a conference or a workshop involving government officials from the education sector to discuss how to facilitate an Arctic university. A group in Iqaluit is working on a proposal for a university which would allow Inuit to study closer to home, as well as develop northern experts. The former chair of the Canadian Committee for International Polar Year says having professors and researchers based in the North would make a big difference. CBC

Northern Ontario institutions expand recruitment initiatives to address excess capacity

Administrators at post-secondary schools in northern Ontario are ramping up recruitment efforts in order to utilize extra space on campuses. Northern College is capitalizing on niche programs such as health sciences, and is considering cutting low-enrolment programs at its Porcupine campus so that it can expand its health sciences courses. The college is offering new programs at different times during the year to meet market demand for specific skills. Laurentian University, hoping to attract 500 more students, is expanding its recruitment initiatives to include increased advertising, retention efforts to prevent attrition, and scholarships and bursaries targeting Aboriginal and francophone students. Canadian Press

More Iranian grad students choosing to study in Canada

Like the University of Alberta, a number of universities in Canada have noticed a spike in graduate applications from Iran, even before the political unrest in the Middle Eastern nation this summer. According to figures from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the number of graduate students hailing from Iran tripled between 2002 and 2006. In 2006, Iran ranked 6th among countries that send students to Canada. At McGill University, Iran moved up from 14th in 2003 to 8th in 2008. The increased enrolment at McGill is being attributed in part to a targeted recruitment campaign -- the university advertises fellowship opportunities to students in select faculties at prestigious Iranian institutions. Canadian Press

uToronto top Canadian university in HEEACT ranking

The University of Toronto has been named the #1 Canadian university -- placing 11th overall among 500 institutions -- in a ranking compiled by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan, which measures the performance of scientific papers for international universities. Other Canadian institutions listed include UBC (31), McGill (36), uMontréal (71), uAlberta (87), McMaster (94), uCalgary (145), uOttawa (196), UWO (199), uLaval (203), Queen's (254), Dal (276), uManitoba (284), uWaterloo (286), uVic (317), UoGuelph (330), uQuébec (384), SFU and uSask (tied for 390), York (425), and uSherbrooke (442). uToronto News | 2009 HEEACT Ranking

Uproar over CUSA appointment of Carleton student involved in Shinerama controversy

After his inaccurate description of cystic fibrosis led the Carleton University Students' Association to temporarily drop its annual Shinerama fundraiser last November, student councillor Donnie Northrup resigned from his seat. This summer, CUSA acclaimed him and 2 other students to vacant council seats, a move that is prompting a group of Carleton students to petition to have the 3 removed from office and an election held for the seats. One student expresses disappointment that Northrup was acclaimed "when he was one of the least likely people to get elected to that position on the entire campus." Ottawa Sun

Georgian College launches new cinema ad campaign

Georgian College recently unveiled a new marketing campaign in Cineplex Odeon movie theatres throughout central Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. The campaign focuses on the theme "Georgian can take you places," and was developed for full-time and continuing-education programs. The 15- and 30-second spots feature current students and graduates talking about where the college can take or has taken them. The ads end with a call-to-action for, an alternative URL for the college's homepage. Georgian College News | Watch the ads

Unemployed grad sues New York college for tuition

A 27-year-old graduate of Monroe College, based in New York, is suing the school to regain the $70,000 she spent on tuition because she has not found work since graduating in April. The graduate alleges the college's career advancement office did not fulfill its promise of providing her with leads and career advice. Monroe says the lawsuit is without merit, and insists it assists graduates in their careers. New York Post

New Web resource provides "hard-to-find" information about online colleges

"College Choices for Adults" is a new US-based website listing specific information, such as alumni survey and NSSE results, about 12 institutions that primarily offer online education to adults. The online resource strives to provide reliable information without in-your-face marketing, and the colleges have agreed to publicize information that is "often hard to find elsewhere." A third party has been entrusted with quality assurance of the data reported. The Chronicle of Higher Education observes the site has significant information gaps. For example, there is no data on whether students who enrol in the programs actually complete them. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | College Choices for Adults