Top Ten

February 2, 2010

uWindsor beefs up security over reports of shower voyeurs

Female residents of a co-ed residence are sharing rooms for safety following 3 reports of men spying on women as they shower. The most recent incident happened last Thursday at Electa Hall, the third such report since November. Since the latest incident, campus police have increased foot patrols within the residence, and uWindsor will install a new lock system in the dorm. Some residents are criticizing the university for not alerting them about the incidents as soon as they occurred. uWindsor Daily News | Windsor Star

Review clears city, campus police in arrest of UWO student

London police and University of Western Ontario campus police did not use excessive force in the on-campus arrest of a 22-year-old student in October, according to yesterday's release of a review into the confrontation, part of which was caught on video posted on YouTube. London's police chief says the video only captured a portion of the incident and does not tell the whole story. Charges against the student were dropped last week. Western News | London Free Press

Conference Board gives Canada a "D" in innovation

In its How Canada Performs report card, the Conference Board of Canada awarded the country a "D" in innovation, placing Canada 14th out of 17 peer nations. Of the dozen indicators used to measure innovation performance, Canada received 9 Ds, 2 Cs, and a B -- the latter based on the number of scientific articles published per one million population. Although Canada is well supplied with educational institutions and conducts well-respected scientific research, the report card observes, it lags behind other nations in successful commercialization of scientific and technological discoveries. The Conference Board recently gave Canada a "D" in PhD production. Conference Board of Canada News Release | Globe and Mail | Read the report card

Ontario colleges ask provincial labour board to organize faculty vote

Instructors at Ontario colleges will be given a chance to vote on what management calls its final offer. The colleges have asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to start preparing a final offer vote at all the schools. The board will determine the date of the vote. The request to the province follows a decision Monday by OPSEU to set a strike date of February 11. College Compensation and Appointments Council News Release | Canadian Press | CBC

Postscript:  Feb 4, 2010
Instructors at Ontario colleges will have the opportunity to vote on the college's final offer on February 10, the day before OPSEU's strike deadline. The Ontario Labour Relations Board will oversee the vote to be held at all 24 colleges. College Compensation and Appointments Council News Release

Ontario urged to accommodate growing demand for college spots

Ontario's PC Critic for Colleges and Universities argues the Liberal government should have known it would create problems for secondary school students with the Second Career program. High school seniors are competing with laid-off workers for admission to provincial colleges, and the former will not be given priority. In a news release issued Monday, Jim Wilson states a lack of planning by the premier "risks leaving thousands of Ontario students stranded without solid job or education opportunities." Wilson suggests converting closed factories and stores into college classrooms to ensure as many would-be students as possible are accommodated in the fall. Jim Wilson MPP News Release | CTV

Gender gap in education in Ontario may have peaked, HEQCO paper finds

According to a Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario research note released Monday, provincial university enrolment data over the last 5 years suggest the growth of the gender gap may have reached its peak. "It may be premature to refer to the male PSE student as one who is in crisis or disadvantaged." With regards to economic outcomes of higher education, the gains made by women in educational attainment have not resulted in full equality in occupational choices and earnings. The paper states the findings suggest that, although males lag behind academically, they are not at a disadvantage within the labour market. Read the research note

ACC unveils "game plan"

On Monday, Assiniboine Community College held a hockey-themed staff development session for the release of its new strategic plan, titled "The Game Plan -- 2009-2012." Goals outlined in the plan focus on student success, economic and social contribution, sustainable growth, and learning culture. The college's current strategic objectives -- or "plays" -- include Phase 2 construction of its trades and technology centre, the establishment of a justice institute, and the expansion of the Parkland campus. ACC News Release | The Game Plan -- 2009-2012

NB to establish community college corporations

As part of changes that will be made to the province's community college system, the New Brunswick government will introduce an act establishing anglophone and francophone community college corporations in the legislative assembly in the near future. To ensure the autonomy of the colleges, the corporations will each have a board of governors. Each board will have the mandate to choose its respective president, who will be charged with leading each community college corporation. NB News Release

uManitoba begins health sciences library expansion

Monday marked the start of the $2.7-million renovation to the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library at the University of Manitoba's Bannatyne campus. When the library opened to the public in 1996, over 9,000 square feet were left undeveloped to accommodate future additional space and resource needs. The expansion project, which received $1.37 million under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, will involve 12 new group study rooms, a new boardroom, a redesigned Information Commons, and redeveloped spaces for the Aboriginal health collection. uManitoba News Release

Exit poll reveals high satisfaction among Queen's undergraduates

Most Queen's University undergraduates surveyed continue to be very satisfied with their experience at the institution, according to a new report. In the university's 2009 exit poll, 80% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the anchor statement, "Overall, my experience at Queen's was excellent." Business students reported the highest level of satisfaction, with 94% rating their experience as excellent. Queen's News Centre | 2009 Exit Poll