Top Ten

November 17, 2009

McMaster TAs being "punished" for strike, union argues

The union representing McMaster University teaching and research assistants returning to work after a strike says the university is punishing them by reducing their first-term hours by 8%. "It seems like a very mean-spirited thing for them to do." McMaster says the union and the institution negotiated the return-to-work agreement, and the cut represented the length of time the TAs and RAs were off the job. Hamilton Spectator

Globe publishes "Report on Colleges"

Yesterday the Globe and Mail ran a special 4-page section on Canada's colleges. The "Report on Colleges" includes an interview with Algonquin College President Robert Gillett on the college's membership in Polytechnics Canada. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, is becoming a popular field of study. Colleges are experiencing rising enrolment among mature students. The report includes a feature on College of the North Atlantic's Qatar campus, and explores why more students are attending college after undergraduate studies at university. When it comes to equipping young people to find work in their chosen field following graduation, Canada's community colleges have been a success story, says ACCC president James Knight. Research activity is booming at Canada's colleges, CEGEPs, institutes, and polytechnics.

Alberta considers lifting tuition cap

3 years after the Alberta government announced it was capping post-secondary tuition rates for up to 10 years to ease the burden on students, the province is allowing cash-strapped institutions to apply for increases in their base tuition amounts for professional programs for the 2010-11 academic year. With the government forecasting deficits exceeding $10 billion over the next few years, Alberta colleges and universities have been told to expect a 0% increase in provincial funding for the next year and in 2011-12. While the province isn't "right now" considering removing the inflationary tuition cap, Alberta's advanced education minister says it must review the rates and funding models in other provinces to see how Alberta compares. Calgary Herald

Canada must boost support of colleges, institutes, and polytechnics

If Canada's colleges, institutes, and polytechnics are to keep pace with its international competitors, the federal government must quickly ramp up its support for these institutions, says Association of Canadian Community Colleges president James Knight. While the ACCC praises Ottawa for implementing the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the program falls short of the estimated $7 billion required to modernize and expand Canada's colleges, institutes, and polytechnics. In terms of capital investment, ACCC calls for a 5-year program that would make $2.5 billion available to leverage matching provincial, private sector, and institutional investments. The association also recommends Ottawa increase its current research and development funding by $150 million and create an applied research and development fund. ACCC News Release

Chatham-Kent approves St. Clair campus site plan

On Monday, Chatham-Kent council approved the site plan for a health complex, trades and technology centre, and 5 new student residence blocks at St. Clair College's Thames campus. The campus development is expected to attract an additional 200 students. According to a staff report, construction could begin as early as this month. In September, the federal government announced nearly $8 million to support the health complex project at the campus. Chatham Daily News

Sauder top Canadian business school in UTD ranking

The University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business placed first among Canadian business schools in terms of the number of articles published in the most influential management research journals, according to a ranking by the University of Texas at Dallas' School of Management. Sauder placed 28th among the top 100 North American schools, and 31st among the top 100 international schools. Other Canadian business schools on the top 100 North American list include uToronto's Rotman (31), UWO's Ivey (42), McGill's Desautels (56), York's Schulich (58), uAlberta (60), uCalgary's Haskayne (69), SFU (75), HEC Montréal (79), and Queen's (80). All of the schools mentioned above are listed among the Top 100 international schools. UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings

Holland College launches virtual campus tour

Holland College has set up on its website an interactive map of its campuses across Prince Edward Island. Visitors to the virtual tour can click on blue markers on the map to bring up 3D illustrations, 360° panoramas, photographs, videos, and location information of various centres. The virtual tour was developed by 3 graduates of the college's photography and digital imaging program. Holland College virtual tour

MSVU unveils new website

Yesterday Mount Saint Vincent University launched a redesigned website. The homepage is dominated by a large graphic banner that links to university mission and vision statements, distance education offerings, and the athletics and recreation page. Visitors to the site will find links to information pertaining to prospective students, current students, mature students, alumnae, parents, guidance counsellors, and prospective employees. The homepage includes news headlines and event listings, as well as links to MSVU's Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel, and Flickr gallery. MSVU website

Ontario invests in study-abroad opportunities

Last Thursday, the Ontario government announced a $3.5-million investment in Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarships to support nearly 1,400 post-secondary students as they complete a portion of their studies abroad. Universities and colleges may award $2,500 scholarships to students participating in study-abroad programs that are longer than 8 weeks, and colleges may give out $1,250 scholarships for opportunities lasting longer than 4 weeks, but less than 8 weeks. The province is also investing $150,000 a year for 3 years in the World University Service of Canada to help deliver its Student Refugee Program. Ontario News Release

Lethbridge College names transportation school for gift

Lethbridge College announced yesterday the development of the Crooks School of Transportation, naming the school after community leaders Art and Mary Jane Crooks, who made a substantial gift towards the revisioning and retooling of the college's Centre of Innovation in Trades and Sustainable Technologies. Alberta's Access to the Future Fund is matching a portion of the Crooks' donation, bringing the total contribution to the school to $2 million. Lethbridge College News Release | Lethbridge Herald