Top Ten

February 4, 2010

Saskatchewan pulls funding for FNUC

Saskatchewan's advanced education minister announced Wednesday that, effective April 1, the province is withdrawing $5.2 million from the First Nations University of Canada after having "lost confidence in the governance and management" of the institution. The government will work with post-secondary schools to determine the best way to support students already enrolled in FNUC classes through August 31. Student Support Teams comprising government, uRegina, and uSask officials will meet with FNUC students to answer questions and help them prepare for the next academic year. Saskatchewan News Release | Statement from uRegina president

uCalgary loses accreditation in China

China has removed the University of Calgary from its list of accredited institutions, a move university officials suspect is linked to the Dalai Lama receiving an honorary degree during his visit to Calgary last fall. In December, school officials learned that China's education ministry had taken uCalgary off its website without official communication explaining its actions. A spokeswoman with the Chinese consulate in Calgary says the decision was not sudden and was related to something last year. "They know the reason and they know the result before it happened." Consulate officials had relayed concerns to uCalgary representatives about the Dalai Lama's visit at a meeting last spring. The university is now trying to determine what impact the move will have on Chinese nationals who have obtained a degree or are pursuing one from the school. Calgary Herald

Provincial cuts pose financial challenges for CNC

In a letter to the College of New Caledonia, BC's advanced education minister states the school's annual capital allowance and operating grant funding for 2010-11 will be reduced, resulting in over $1 million in cuts. While it's too early to say what programs and services may be affected, CNC's president says the school is not anticipating major cross-college reductions. The president notes some infrastructure improvements will have to be postponed, and CNC's financial challenges will be far greater in future fiscal years if funding continues along the same path. CNC News Release

uOttawa student president charged with swearing at police

The president of the University of Ottawa's student federation has been charged with causing a disturbance by allegedly swearing at police during an incident Tuesday at one of the federation's campus offices. While removing a person trespassing on university property, police were confronted by another individual questioning the right of the officers to be in the student government's offices. Police have also charged a 24-year-old uOttawa physics student for trespassing. The student, who had been banned from campus since December, was meeting with the director of the student appeal centre at the time of the arrest. Ottawa Citizen | Maclean's OnCampus

Ontario college applications up 14%

Applications to full-time fall programs at Ontario colleges have risen by 14% this year, according to figures released yesterday by Colleges Ontario. Overall, 100,495 individuals have applied. Applications from high school students jumped by 8.6% over last year, and among those who did not apply directly from high school, applications increased by 20.2%. Colleges Ontario News Release

Most Maritime students continue with first-entry university

Nearly 80% of Maritime students remained enrolled at the same university one year after admission, and almost 60% graduated within 6 years, according to a new report from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. Students enrolled in applied or professional programs and those from outside the Maritimes were more likely to persist and to graduate, the report found. While men and women were equally likely to return to the same school after their first year, women were more likely to graduate within 6 years. MPHEC News Release | Halifax Chronicle-Herald | Read the report

Toronto approves York U development framework

In December, Toronto city council approved a plan for York University that provides for development of 56 hectares of surplus land owned by the institution. Within 25 years, the playing fields and parking lots currently forming the campus perimeter could be replaced by office towers, a research park, and 9,000 homes in a high-density residential development, including 1,100 units of affordable housing. With the guidelines in place, York can now work on its own business plan. Toronto Star

BCIT students, faculty to virtually connect during Olympics closure

While classes are cancelled during the Winter Games, British Columbia Institute of Technology students will have the opportunity to virtually connect to fellow students and faculty. Using web conferencing technology, faculty can continue to conduct classes, answer questions, and collaborate with students. BCIT students and instructors can access the web conference software through a simple Internet connection and headset. BCIT News Release

"Rant Like Rick" contest back at MUN

Yesterday Memorial University launched its fourth annual "Rant Like Rick" student recruitment campaign. Based on the rant component of CBC's The Rick Mercer Report, the competition asks high school students to produce a video of themselves ranting on a topic important to them. $10,000 will be awarded to the first-place winner, and runner-up prizes include 2 tuition vouchers worth $2,250 each. The contest is open to Grade 11 and 12 students who will be eligible to attend MUN in September 2010 or 2011. MUN News Release

McGill students form Wikipedia club

In what might be the first officially sanctioned Wikipedia club on a post-secondary campus, Students Supporting Wikipedia was recently granted interim status from McGill University's student government. The main purpose of the club is to raise funds and contribute information to the online encyclopedia. The group hopes one of its continuing moneymakers will be on-campus donation boxes with the message "If you used Wikipedia today, put in a quarter." The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)