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April 14, 2010

uAlberta student dead after chemical scare in dorm

A University of Alberta student was found dead in a residence room after a chemical scare Tuesday morning prompted the evacuation of uAlberta's HUB Mall and Rutherford Library. Emergency crews received a call about an unconscious individual in one of the apartments in HUB Mall, and that a potentially deadly chemical may have been released in the building. Fire officials did not detect measurable quantities of any harmful chemicals, but did confirm there was "a chemical release" in the apartment where the dead student was found. People were allowed back in the buildings in the early afternoon. uAlberta Emergency Notification | Edmonton Sun | Edmonton Journal | CTV | CBC | iNews 880

Female student sexually assaulted at York U sues university

A young woman sexually assaulted by 2 men who broke into her dormitory room is suing York University for $3.5 million in damages, claiming the school failed its duties to protect students in on-campus residences. The lawsuit lists over 20 ways that York U allegedly failed to meet its legal obligations for  security at Vanier residence when she was sexually assaulted in 2007. The 2 former students convicted of sexually assaulting the woman are also named as defendants in the court documents. One of the men convicted was sentenced yesterday to 8 years in prison. National Post | CTV

Cambrian closes day-care centre, lays off maintenance staff to address shortfall

Facing a projected $7.5-million shortfall, Cambrian College has decided to shut down its day-care centre and reduce its maintenance workforce. Other operating efficiencies the college is implementing include an early retirement incentive program, an increase in parking rates, and the hiring of a management company to operate Cambrian's residence. The college says the economic downturn, the decrease in base funding from the Ontario government, the costs for improvements to technology, increased costs for salaries, and the effects of inflation on other operating costs have affected Cambrian's financial stability. Cambrian News Release | Northern Life

$26 million for Brock fine arts complex

The Ontario government announced yesterday a $26.2-million investment over 4 years towards a new home for Brock University's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The school will relocate to the Niagara Centre for the Arts, planned for downtown St. Catharines. Last May, the federal and Ontario governments each committed $18 million to support the construction of the arts centre. Brock News | St. Catharines Standard

uToronto mistakenly sends acceptance notice to rejected applicants

Last Friday, an e-mail sent to 169 applicants to the University of Toronto's speech language pathology program appeared to be an acceptance letter. 3 days later, the applicants received notice that the acceptance e-mail was sent to them as a result of an administrative error. uToronto's graduate studies dean says a single line of code was missing from the e-mail list that caused the error, and the e-mail was meant to follow up with students who had been accepted into the program. Toronto Sun

85% of Ontario college graduates find work within 6 months

According to Key Performance Indicators (KPI) data released yesterday for Ontario colleges, nearly 85% of the 2008-09 graduates found work within 6 months following graduation. 93% of employers were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of college graduates they hired. Close to 80% of graduates reported satisfaction with the usefulness of their college education in achieving their goals post-graduation. Over 76% of students were satisfied with the overall quality of learning experience, knowledge and skills acquired, services, programming, and resources available to them. Colleges Ontario News Release | KPI Results

Manitoba introduces changes to UCN Act

On Tuesday, the Manitoba government announced proposed amendments to the University College of the North Act that would bring UCN governance in line with other universities in the province. Proposed amendments would include transferring the authority over academic matters from the governing council to the learning council to ensure consistency between UCN and other Manitoba universities. The changes would also see UCN's fiscal year end on March 31 of every year, which is consistent with other universities in the province. Manitoba News Release

Ontario urged to extend health-care coverage to foreign students

The Ontario chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students is calling for Ontario Health Insurance Plan coverage to be extended to international students, who have been excluded from OHIP since 1994. A CFS-O representative says foreign students are forced to pay for an expensive private health insurance plan that provides limited emergency coverage. Petitions delivered to Ontario's health minister are part of the CFS-O's "Healthcare without Borders" campaign. CFS News Release

US study finds links between resources and time-to-degree rates

A new study from the US-based National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that the increase in the length of time needed to complete a baccalaureate degree in recent decades is concentrated among students who enrol at less competitive 4-year institutions and at community colleges. Results suggest that declines in collegiate resources in the less-selective public sector increased degree-completion time. Researchers speculated that enrolment growth decreases resources per student. The study found that for every 1% increase in a state's population of 18-year-olds, time to degree increases by 0.71 years, and among those outside the top 50 institutions, the increase is 1.11 years. Inside Higher Ed

Distance ed enrolment doubles at American community colleges

According to a study published by the Instructional Technology Council, for the 2008-09 academic year, enrolment in distance education at community colleges in the US grew 22% over the 2007-08 school year, up from a growth rate of 11% in the previous year. The report's author believes one reason that distance learning has grown more quickly at community colleges than it has in general is because community colleges are more enthusiastic about it than universities are. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the report