Top Ten

January 15, 2010

NL premier "tears a strip off" Grenfell leadership

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams criticized Sir Wilfred Grenfell College senior administration last Thursday for what he called a "snotty" letter in response to measures to increase Grenfell's independence from Memorial University, which fall short of the complete administrative autonomy Grenfell had been promised. Williams says the institution must prove to the province it warrants the full extent of autonomy it has been seeking: “Only if someone steps up to fill John Ashton’s shoes will it work. This government will not throw tens of millions of dollars at Grenfell, just so that it can sink or swim.” Holly Pike, Grenfell's acting principal, says the letter was to indicate Grenfell is still committed and serious about autonomy. Senior officials from Grenfell and MUN met last week to discuss plans to move the Corner Brook campus towards independence. Western Star | VOCM | Grenfell News

Canadore breaks ground for Parry Sound campus

Canadore College held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for its new Parry Sound campus, a project that received over $6 million from the federal and Ontario governments. The 15,000-square-foot campus will increase access to a number of programs, such as skilled trades, health sciences, and hospitality and tourism. The campus will allow Canadore to double its enrolment by the 2011 fall term. Canadore News Release

La Cité opens campus in Hawkesbury

Last Thursday, La Cité Collégiale officially opened its new campus in Hawkesbury, Ontario at a French-language Catholic high school. The new campus, which focuses on trades programs, is the result of a partnership La Cité struck with the local French-language public and Catholic district school boards. The campus has enrolled about a hundred students since the beginning of the month. La Cité News (in French) | Radio-Canada (in French)

BC to offer partial HST rebate to universities, public colleges

The BC government announced last Thursday a rebate program for public bodies, including universities and colleges, to ensure that, on average, these institutions will not pay any more provincial HST after harmonization than they currently pay in PST. When the HST comes into effect July 1, BC intends to provide rebates of 75% of the provincial portion of the HST for eligible universities and public colleges. The University of Victoria's executive director of financial services says the school is quite pleased with the announcement, as uVic estimated it would be a "$7-million issue" if didn't get a rebate. BC News Release | Victoria Times-Colonist

Survey finds favourable ROI for Ryerson MBA graduates

According to a salary survey of graduates of Ryerson University's MBA program, students who were employed within 6 months of finishing school earned an average annual salary of $85,327. The survey found that students who were employed prior to enrolling in the MBA program increased their salary by an average of $22,000 annually after completing the degree. Over 100 graduates from 2007 to 2008 in the full- and part-time program were polled. Ryerson News

Douglas College eligible for NSERC funding

BC-based Douglas College announced last week that it is now eligible to compete for and administer funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The College's science and technology dean says achieving NSERC eligibility status is a very significant step for the school, setting the stage for it to develop research programs in pure and applied sciences and engineering. Douglas College is waiting for the outcome of its eligibility application to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Douglas College News

First-generation immigrants struggling in Canada's education system, study finds

According to a study by a Queen's University PhD candidate, first-generation immigrant youth in Canada performed below average in math and science in recent testing, suggesting these students may be struggling to succeed in the education system. The study looked at the results of 2,636 13-year-old first-generation immigrant students from BC, Ontario, and Quebec who participated in the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. The results show those students' math and science results were "substantially below" the trend study's scale average of 500. Because the assessment was administered in only 3 provinces, the study's author believes more research using nationwide data is needed. Queen's News Centre

uAlberta develops new research site

The University of Alberta recently launched a redesigned research website, representing a portal to information, stories, and videos about research from across the institution. The site highlights the university's research strength in a number of disciplines, such as arts and humanities, health, and science and technology. The site features links to research and funding news, and listings for research-related events. University of Alberta Research

Winners announced in Mohawk College video contest

Last month, Mohawk College unveiled the winners of its video contest, which asked students to create 3-minute videos on why they chose to attend the institution. A humourous entry describing the education at Mohawk as an affordable, life-changing experience was awarded the first prize of $1,000. A pair of students won the second-place prize of $500 for their video on the school's diversity and hand-on training. 2 entries tied for third place -- one video highlights the college's reputation for keeping up with technology, and the other portrays Mohawk as a fun and welcoming environment for newcomers seeking to upgrade their language skills. Watch the videos

New York Times Co. to offer online-education certificates

This spring, the New York Times Company, in conjunction with several colleges, will begin awarding certificates to students who pay to take courses through its online course delivery and networking platform, going beyond its previous involvement focusing on individual, non-credit courses. While the Times and its partnering colleges have always charged for access to the courses, students wanting credit towards a certificate will have to pay extra. Inside Higher Ed