Top Ten

September 24, 2009

MacEwan officially a university

The Alberta government announced yesterday that Grant MacEwan College will now be known as Grant MacEwan University. The school will not embark on becoming a research institution, and has no plans to drop its certificate and diploma programs. Earlier this month, Mount Royal University, formerly Mount Royal College, was awarded university status. Alberta News Release | Edmonton Journal

NSERC distributes $45 million for strategic research networks

The federal government announced yesterday $45 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for 9 new Strategic Research Networks across the country. Each network will receive $5 million over 5 years. The new networks are based at UBC, UoGuelph, uToronto, McGill, McMaster, and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. NSERC News Release

Atlantic institutions sign transfer agreement

Colleges and universities in Atlantic Canada have signed a memorandum of understanding fostering greater collaboration among schools and improving completion times. The MOU encourages transfer agreements between and among public universities and colleges in the region. The MOU also recognizes that participating institutions are responsible for overall evaluation and programming, and will make these decisions based on their respective standards. Holland College News Release | Read the MOU

York professor claims "campaign of reprisal" against him by university

York University professor David Noble is asking a human rights tribunal to find the institution has penalized him for his outspoken criticism of the university. Noble has called York's former practice of cancelling classes on Jewish holidays discriminatory, and has accused the university of having a pro-Israeli bias. Appearing before the tribunal this week, former York president Lorna Marsden and current president Mamdouh Shoukri denied any retaliation against Noble. Toronto Star | York U chief denies "threat of reprisal"

uCalgary pro-life club, charged with trespassing, puts up controversial display on campus

Campus Pro-Life, a student group at the University of Calgary, launched its controversial on-campus campaign again Wednesday, weeks before several club members are scheduled to face a judge over charges they trespassed on campus when they put up the display last year. In November 2008, uCalgary officials asked the club to turn their graphic posters inward. When it didn't, police laid trespassing charges against 6 group members. Their trial is set for November 4. Calgary Herald

Kingston police prepare for unofficial Queen's homecoming parties

Although Queen's University has shifted its Homecoming weekend from the fall to the spring as part of efforts to terminate the unsanctioned Aberdeen Street party, students and alumni are planning to attend informal reunions or "non-homecoming" parties this weekend. Police are preparing to keep order on Kingston streets. Officers plan to break up crowds before they swell in size, mounted units will be used for crowd control only if necessary, and makeshift arrangements have been made in the event numerous individuals are taken into custody. Globe and Mail | Kingston Whig-Standard

uMoncton launches new strategic plan

Last weekend, the Université de Moncton's board of governors approved a new 3-year strategic plan, which focuses on 5 areas: student population, academic programs, university relations, administration, and infrastructure projects. uMoncton has met its goal of 5,000 full-time students attending the school for the 2009-10 academic year. Helping offset the decrease in the number of graduates from francophone schools is the number of international students enrolling at uMoncton. Foreign students represent 10.5% of the university's student population this year. uMoncton News Release (in French) | Times and Transcript

Record enrolment at Red River College

Red River College, based in Manitoba, reports that its enrolment figures have hit another record high with a 3.3% increase in full-time students this fall. Significant jumps in enrolment are found in advanced diploma (17.7%) certificate (9.9%) and apprenticeship (8%) programs. Full-time enrolment has also risen 16.8% at the college's 5 regional campuses. Red River College News Release

OIART launches new website

Yesterday the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, a private college based in London, unveiled a new-look website. The easy-to-navigate, boldly-designed site features video interviews with instructors, students, and industry leaders. The institution has also introduced a YouTube channel showcasing student projects. OIART website | OIART YouTube channel

Free academic upgrading courses at NBCC

The New Brunswick government announced Monday that starting October 19, New Brunswick Community College will offer free academic upgrading courses to adults. The program will include a comprehensive orientation, online content delivery, e-mail and telephone support, and regularly scheduled evening tutorial sessions. The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick began offering free high school courses Monday. NB News Release