Top Ten

March 25, 2010

$310 million to expand PSE seats in Ontario

As outlined in its 2010 budget, the Ontario government will invest $310 million to add 20,000 new spaces to colleges and universities this September, as promised in the province's throne speech early this month. The government aims to improve students' ability to navigate the province's PSE system by providing additional resources to support the implementation of a credit transfer system. Ontario News Release

Education priority in NS government's 4-year strategy

In its throne speech yesterday, the Nova Scotia government announced a 4-year vision to make life better for families while working to improve the province's finances. Noting that "students are a cornerstone of the strategy to grow the economy," the government plans to invest another $2 million in the Nova Scotia Community College to make room for 250 more students. The province will contribute $31.5 million over the next 2 fiscal years to support post-secondary infrastructure projects. The throne speech states NS will provide a tax rebate of up to $15,000 over 6 years to university graduates and up to $7,500 to college graduates who stay and work in the province. NS News Release

McMaster part-time students make $1-million tribute to outgoing president

McMaster University's part-time student association announced Tuesday a $1-million gift to the institution as a tribute to outgoing president Peter George, who retires on June 30 after 15 years as the head of the school. The donation will help fund a new liberal arts building, which has been a priority for George. The new facility will provide much-needed space for current and new undergraduate, graduate, and research programs in social sciences and humanities. McMaster News Release | Hamilton Spectator

Dal, Holland College football clubs join AFL

At its annual general meeting last weekend, the Atlantic Football League welcomed new football clubs at Dalhousie University and Holland College into its franchise. The Holland College Hurricanes and Dal Bengals are expected to join the league this fall. The UNB Saint John Seawolves, UNB Fredericton Red Bomber, and Moncton Junior Raiders made up the league last fall in its first-ever season. Dal News | Holland College News Release | Telegraph-Journal

Infractions may cost WLU men's rugby team varsity status

Wilfrid Laurier University's men's rugby team is in jeopardy of losing its varsity status due to a series of infractions, including unauthorized beer drinking on the team bus, lacklustre on-field performance, and the team's unacceptable fitness level. Also on this list is a brawl between a team member and a University of Waterloo student in a WLU campus pub last fall. The captain of the self-funded rugby team says it has drawn up its own code of conduct, above and beyond the university's, to address such incidents in the future. Waterloo Region Record

CFI practices deemed "world's best"

The Canada Foundation for Innovation is the most successful research funding organization of its kind worldwide, according to a new international review panel report. The panel observes that for over a decade, the CFI has been a key player in rebuilding the country's status as a destination of choice for research talent and collaboration. The report states the CFI's foundation model gives it the autonomy and flexibility needed to promote excellence through rigorous funding competitions. The organization's programs and processes, the report notes, "involve world's best practices that are worthy of emulation." CFI News Release

Kingston postpones vote on Queen's arts centre contribution

Queen's University is disappointed that Kingston city council has delayed its final approval of $6 million in municipal funding for the university's Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Queen's principal Daniel Woolf says the city's funding pledge is critical to securing $30 million from the federal and Ontario governments, and the university hopes to be back before city council for a vote as soon as possible. Queen's News Centre

Some form of PSE needed to "get along" in society, OISE survey finds

In a new survey from the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 68% of those surveyed think some form of higher education is needed to "get along" in this society. 37% believe that people have more education than their jobs require, compared to 24% who think that people have too little education related to their jobs. 72% think university graduates outnumber jobs available. However, 57% of respondents disagree that the number of students admitted to PSE programs should be based primarily on the availability of jobs for graduates. On the subject of access to PSE, 75% think students from low-income families have a worse chance of entering higher education than those from high-income families. 55% believe Aboriginal students and 28% think black students are less likely to undertake PSE than white students. uToronto News | Read the survey

U of King's College president to step down

Dr. William Barker, president of University of King's College, recently announced he will step down from his post next year. Barker, who has served as the head of the Halifax-based institution since September 2003, will end his term as president on June 30, 2011. Following an administrative leave after his departure, Barker is expected to take on a teaching position in Dalhousie University's English department. Metro Halifax

"A Few Good Minds" connecting SFU graduate business students, alumni

In January of last year, a number of students in Simon Fraser University's one-year full-time MBA program initiated an online project dedicated to following MBA candidates and alumni through their journey as students and professionals. The site, titled "A Few Good Minds," includes written and video profiles of current students and graduates. Beyond connecting members of the SFU business community, the site also provides insight into the university's MBA programs for prospective students. The website includes tips on applying to MBA schools, listing best practices for preparing for the GMAT and admissions criteria to SFU's graduate business school. A Few Good Minds