Top Ten

August 28, 2009

$10-million lawsuit claims George Brown misrepresented business program

2 former George Brown College students have come forward with allegations that the Toronto-based institution misled them into taking an international business management program that left them unqualified in their field, just days after Ontario's ombudsman released his report on his investigation into an unaccredited program at Cambrian College. The pair claim George Brown didn't confer 3 important industry designations it had promised. Last October, the students launched a lawsuit against George Brown and are seeking $10 million in damages. A court date has been set for January. Toronto Star | Canadian Press

Conestoga to build skilled trades campus in Ingersoll

Last Thursday, the federal government announced $3.3 million to support the construction of a 12,000-square-foot skilled trades training centre for Conestoga College in Ingersoll Ontario. The campus could launch in January with the use of available classroom space at a local high school. Industry Canada News Release | Waterloo Region Record | Woodstock Sentinel-Review

Redeemer receives $2 million for soccer facility

The federal and Ontario governments announced last Thursday $2 million to fund the construction of a shared-use soccer facility at Redeemer University College. The field, to be the second soccer pitch on the school's campus, will have an artificial turf surface and be covered with a fabric structure from November to April to allow year-round use. Redeemer News Release

First-year enrolment up 36% at Sault College

Kudos to Academica Group's long-time recruitment marketing clients at Sault College. As of August 25, there are 1,248 first-year students registered at the College, up 36% from the same time last year. Overall enrolment is expected to increase 26% for the fall term. The enrolment boom is being attributed to the economy, which has led many adults to return to the classroom. The college is reporting that some 120 students are registering through Ontario's Second Career Program. Sault College News Release | Sault Star

UNB, STU expect rise in first-year student numbers

Although officials at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University anticipate a slight decline in overall enrolment this year, they say continued increases in the number of first-year students will help offset a downward trend. A UNB spokeswoman says the school is prepared to meet its expectations for new first-year students this fall, and it is "particularly pleased" with the rise in applications from international students. A spokesman for STU believes the recession and the institution's use of social media for recruitment are contributing to the rising enrolment of first-year students. Telegraph-Journal

Overcapacity at John Abbott College

Record enrolment at John Abbott College, a Montreal CÉGEP, has resulted in the school being 218 day students over capacity, which is set at 5,700. Another 2,000 students could be taking evening, credited or non-credited courses, bringing the total to more than 7,900. To accommodate students this year, the college plans to use every available classroom and space, as well as 3 portable classrooms. Although CEGEPs like John Abbott College expected to meet or exceed capacity this year, enrolment is expected to decline in the next few years. Montreal Gazette

Faculty at Algoma U eligible for tri-council funding

Algoma University has been approved for Tri-Council Institution Eligibility, which means its faculty have new access to grant programs administered by the National Science and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. To qualify for tri-council funding, schools must be members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, provide evidence of research activity and achievement, and adhere to ethical and financial guidelines. Algoma U News Release

TWU becomes member of Royal Society of Canada

Trinity Western University recently joined the Royal Society of Canada, which is dedicated to fostering education and advancement of knowledge in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The society consists of over 1,900 "Fellows" -- scholars selected by their peers for their contributions in their respective fields of arts, humanities, and sciences. TWU is the first private university in the country to have received an institutional membership. TWU News

Study finds university graduates earn more than college, trade school grads

A new study by researchers from Ryerson University and the University of Guelph finds that a university degree may reap greater financial rewards for graduates than college or trade school credentials. Based on Statistics Canada data, the study finds that university graduates earned, on average, 20% more than those with a college education. Men with a college education made 14% more money than males who finished high school only. Women who graduated from college earned, on average, 21% more than females with a high school education. Ryerson News Release

Online services allow students to shop for roommates

A growing number of institutions in the US have contracted with RoommateClick, a social-network-like service that lets students take the lead in finding a compatible residence roommate. Not only does the site remove some of the burden from residence-life officials, but it also makes students less likely to blame their school for roommate friction. RoomBug, a Facebook application in which users specify lifestyle preferences to find compatible matches, plans to release a university-based product this winter. Critics of these services argue that self-selection would foster insularity by encouraging first-year students to choose roommates that are just like them. Inside Higher Ed | RoommateClick | RoomBug