Top Ten

May 3, 2010

NLC to close campuses, lay off staff

Faced with a $2.5-million shortfall, BC-based Northern Lights College has had to make "difficult decisions" in order to balance its 2010-11 budget. This includes closing campus operations in Atlin and Dease Lake. Staffing reductions will impact 26 employees, including non-unionized staff and unionized faculty and support staff. The college is also cancelling its Applied Business Technology Online program, reducing the number of deans from 4 to 3, and cutting out-of-region travel budgets for all departments. NLC News | energeticcity.ca

FNUC plans to sell Saskatoon campus

First Nations University of Canada president Shauneen Pete announced yesterday that the institution will sell its satellite campus in Saskatoon as part of a major financial overhaul. Cuts to faculty and staff are also expected to take place at FNUC's other campuses in Regina and Prince Albert. All students from the Saskatoon campus will be able to complete their degrees. Regina Leader-Post | CBC

Booth College to become university college

A Manitoba NDP MLA recently introduced legislation that would make official the status of William and Catherine Booth College, a Winnipeg-based theological institution and seminary affiliated with the Salvation Army, as a university college. As part of its upgrades to a university college, Booth now requires its students to meet university entrance standards. The University of Manitoba has amended its admission standards so that future Booth graduates in administration, arts, business, and social work can apply to uManitoba's graduate studies faculty. Booth's president hopes the name change will become official in time for the start of fall classes. Last year, the Manitoba government allowed Booth to market itself as a university college. Booth News Release | Winnipeg Free Press

St. Clair breaks ground for Centre for Applied Health Sciences

St. Clair College held a groundbreaking ceremony last Friday for its $32-million Centre for Applied Health Sciences. College president John Strasser says St. Clair's current complement of up to 1,500 health sciences students will expand by at least 20% -- or up to 300 students -- in the centre's first year. The centre, to open in 2012, is expected to offer courses in cardiopulmonary technology, dental assisting and hygiene, nursing, physiotherapy, radiology technology, and respiratory therapy. Windsor Star

BC to oversee UBC's land-use planning

Last Thursday, the BC government introduced legislation to transfer control of local land-use planning for the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus from the Metro Vancouver regional government to the province. In consultation with the province's advanced education ministry, the community and rural development minister will be the approving authority for the land use plan for the campus. Late last year, Metro Vancouver warned UBC to take responsibility to govern itself or face a contentious zoning bylaw. UBC News Release | Vancouver Sun

Trent board approves multi-year strategic enrolment plan

Last Friday, Trent University's board of governors approved the 2010-13 Multi-Year Enrolment and Retention Plan, providing a framework for the institution to grow its enrolment in Oshawa for the next 3 years and strategically boost Trent's overall student numbers at both campuses by 6%. An important priority in the plan is the continued promotion of the school's expanded presence in Durham Region and the eastern GTA, where it intends to promote its full- and part-time degree programs and electives. Under the plan, Trent's Oshawa enrolment will grow from 782 students (2009-10) to more than 1,125 students (2012-13). Trent News Release

Drug reform dispute in Ontario affects pharmacy students' internships

Students at the University of Waterloo's pharmacy school are worried they will not get the chance to practice their profession due to a battle between the Ontario government and provincial pharmacies. The province plans to bar pharmacies from accepting $750 million a year in professional allowances from generic drug companies, money the pharmacies say they use to provide extra services. Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall recently announced they would be cancelling hundreds of supervised work terms and internships across Ontario. The pharmacy school's director says 3 co-op terms have already been cancelled, and the impact is unclear for students looking for spots in the fall. Waterloo Region Record

Policy group wants UPEI to be under provincial freedom of information act

The Atlantic Institute of Market Studies, a Halifax-based policy group, says the University of Prince Edward Island should be included under the province's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A research manager with the institute believes UPEI does not have the right to withhold information. The outgoing president of the university's student newspaper society says UPEI has routinely turned down her requests, including one asking how much money the university's president makes. In an e-mail sent to the CBC, UPEI states it considers salary information of its employees to be private. PEI's attorney general says he would want to meet with UPEI officials before taking any steps to include the university under the act. CBC

MUN launches new website

Yesterday Memorial University unveiled a redesigned website. Dominating the new-look homepage is a graphic banner linking to the university's latest annual report. The new site focuses on campuses and services, with an "Explore Our Campuses" menu on the right-hand side of the homepage with links to pages about MUN's 6 campuses. Later this month, the university will launch a new virtual tour for St. John's that uses maps, photography, and video to take visitors around the campus and city. MUN website

Arizona institutions losing students due to immigration law

In a letter released last week, the University of Arizona's president says the school is losing some top students because of the state's new immigration law, which allows local police to require anyone whom they reasonably suspect of being in the US illegally to provide proof of their lawful presence -- a law many view as encouraging racial profiling. The president writes that families of a number of out-of-state students have notified U. of Arizona they are changing their plans and will send their children to schools in other states. An Arizona State University spokesman says the university has received "several phone calls of applicants saying they won't come now." Letter from U. of Arizona president | Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)