Top Ten

April 28, 2010

Fanshawe strategic plan focuses on expansion

As stated in its 2010-11 strategic plan, Fanshawe College is proceeding with an ambitious capital plan to add vital learning space and technology over the next 5 years. A key project under development is the Centre for Applied Transportation Technologies, to be completed by March 2011. Fanshawe is working with the City of Woodstock and other partners to secure $14 million needed for a major renovation at the Oxford County campus. The college is also moving ahead with discussions to establish an applied and performing arts school in downtown London. As the college continues to grow, learning space is an important issue. Fanshawe set another fall enrolment record last year with over 13,000 full-time enrolments. The school is working hard to accommodate high local demand, keeping an eye on the Ontario government's plan to add 20,000 new spots for PSE students across the province. Fanshawe News Release | Fanshawe Strategic Plan 2010-11

Mohawk College campus renewal project reflects shift in teaching philosophy

Monday's issue of the Hamilton Spectator included a front-page story on Mohawk College's Fennell campus renewal project, focusing on the Centre for Learning, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, slated to open in January. The Spectator reports that the construction and renovation of the campus expresses a fundamental shift in Mohawk's philosophy about teaching and learning. The institution is shuffling departments over the next 2 years to consolidate faculties in "real world" clusters to make it easier for students to learn by creating environments resembling workplaces instead of classrooms. Hamilton Spectator

NAIT opens Centre for Building Environment Technology

On Tuesday, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology officially opened the $4.5-million Gateway Mechanical Services Centre for Building Environment Technology with the unveiling of a plaque bearing the name of Bill Ohe, the founder of Gateway Mechanical Services. The centre has allowed NAIT to increase capacity for Building Environment programs to 90, an increase of more than 95% over historical capacity. NAIT News Release

New sustainable energy lab at Cambrian

On Monday, Cambrian College unveiled its Sustainable Energy Lab, a new applied learning lab for students in the college's Energy Systems Technology program. The lab is a portable construction trailer complementing the 3 Living Labs opened for the program last September. This past school year, third-year students in the program were challenged to modify two-thirds of the lab space using energy efficient technologies to reduce the lab's energy consumption. The students completed a number of modifications, such as the installation of solar photovoltaic panels. The unmodified portion of the lab was transformed into a workshop complete with workbench, vise, drill press, and band saw. Cambrian News Release

Dal to make course, professor evaluations public

After years of debate, Dalhousie University has decided to share the results of course evaluations in all faculties with students this September. Dal uses the information collected from students when considering promotions and tenure for faculty members, but in the past has kept the results confidential. The university is still working out its rules, but professors have the option to not disclose their results, and there will be no commentary. CBC

Good job-education match yields higher earnings

Those with a good job-education match earned higher salaries on average than those with a poor job-education match, observes an article in the April 2010 online edition of Statistics Canada's Perspectives on Labour and Income. This relationship was especially evident in highly specialized fields such as health and education. The wage gap between a good match and a poor match rose as the level of education increased. In 2006, nearly 60% of PSE graduates between the ages of 25 and 54 considered their job to be closely related to their education. University graduates were more likely to say that their job was closely related to their students. Statistics Canada | Highlights

Lakehead Orillia dean speaks on development of new campus

A guest speaker at the April meeting of the Orillia Canadian Club, Dr. Kim Fedderson, dean of Lakehead University's Orillia campus, discussed the origins of a permanent campus in the town, the building of the first phase of the new campus, and the hopes for its future expansion. At the present time, enrolment is exceeding expectations and the extra space needed has been acquired nearby. 3 programs will continue downtown when the new facility is opened, and new programs are being developed in media studies, environmental sustainability, and criminology. The campus, due to open in August, will have space for 2,000 students with enrolment of nearly 1,000 expected this fall. The 3-phase plans means Lakehead could grow to accommodate 12,000 students. Orillia Packet & Times

Laurentian launches dual credit program for Aboriginal students

Former prime minister Paul Martin was in Sudbury Tuesday to sign a partnership agreement between his Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, Laurentian University, and Sudbury's 2 English school boards, launching a pilot project designed to encourage First Nation and Métis youth to attain more education. The project will enable Aboriginal youth to earn high school and university credits at the same time. Laurentian is the only university in Ontario approved by the province to offer a dual credit program. Spread over 3 years, the program will allow 60 students to take courses at Laurentian in 3 streams -- native human services, commerce, and environmental studies. Laurentian News Release | Sudbury Star

Labour needs subject of MOU between Sault College, Métis Nation of Ontario

Yesterday Sault Collge and the Métis Nation of Ontario signed a memorandum of understanding designed to help address the labour needs of Métis people in the province by increasing participation in and access to the college's programs and services. Yesterday also marked the grand opening of the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Centre at Sault College. The centre will provide all interested individuals in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area with a client-based approach to pursuing careers in the skilled trades. Sault College News Release

MUN names winners of "Rant Like Rick" contest

Memorial University announced Tuesday the winners of this year's "Rant Like Rick" competition. Kyle Aucoin, a high school senior from Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia, won the $10,000 grand prize for his rant on the amount of time his peers were spending on Facebook, and what celebrities are doing on Twitter. Grade 12 students Avineet Sekhon of St. John's and Micah Brown of Richmond, PEI earned the runner-up prizes of free tuition for 2 semesters at MUN for their videos. Sekhon ranted about the stress surrounding high school graduation, and Brown commented on the importance of supporting all ages' music. MUN News Release | Rant Like Rick 2010 Winners