Top Ten

May 4, 2010

Pro-life group sues UVic student government

Youth Protecting Youth, a pro-life group at the University of Victoria, filed a BC Supreme Court petition Monday, claiming it has illegally been denied club funding on campus. The lawsuit against UVic's students' society says it has not received the funding normally given to student clubs since September 2008, and was not given official club status for the current academic term. The suit seeks reinstatement of club status and the payment of all funds denied since 2008. Victoria Times-Colonist | CBC

UQAM professors denounce 9/11 Truthers lecture

Some professors at the Université du Québec à Montréal argue that conspiracy theories do not have a place at the university following a lecture Monday night given by a pair of US academics who deny the 9/11 attacks were carried out by terrorists. "I think it's a shame to see UQAM's name associated to such a movement," one professor told La Presse. "It doesn't help the credibility of a research institution that tries to demonstrate that it employs serious people." US experts at other Quebec universities, including McGill University and Université Laval, have spoken out against the lecture. UQAM administrators say they will develop a formal policy for outside groups renting campus space for events, but the university defends its right to have contentious speakers talk on campus as part of free speech. CBC

$16 million for uSask-based Canadian Light Source

The federal and Saskatchewan governments announced last Friday nearly $16 million in combined investments to help the University of Saskatchewan-based Canadian Light Source (CLS) with its operating platform. Western Economic Diversification Canada is pledging $4 million over the next 4 years, bringing its total commitment since Budget 2008 to $5 million. Along with a $44-million contribution NSERC announced last fall, the federal government has invested almost $49 million in the CLS. Saskatchewan is investing $11.7 million in operating funding over the next 4 years, starting with a $1-million contribution in 2010-11. WEDC News Release

Funding agreements signed for FNUC

Saskatchewan's advanced education minister announced yesterday the signing of a $5.2-million funding agreement between First Nations University of Canada, the University of Regina, and Meyers Norris Penny Limited (MNP). Under the agreement, MNP will administer the funding and provide regular financial reports. uRegina and FNUC have signed 2 additional agreements -- a Liaison Agreement and an Administrative Services Contract - to facilitate strong support to FNUC in the areas of administration, financial management, and governance. The minister says the signing of the agreements has enabled him to continue to lobby the federal government to invest in the partnership. Saskatchewan News Release

Career-college students more likely to miss loan payments

According to a Globe and Mail investigation, students attending private colleges are twice as likely to miss student-loan payments as their peers at public colleges and universities, costing taxpayers over $227 million in a recent 3-year period. Figures compiled by the Globe show that career-college students made up just 17% of the recipients of federal student aid, yet represented over 30% of the value of delinquent loans. Loan repayment records of all schools posted on the federal government's CanLearn website show a gap between the abilities of students from private and public institutions to repay government aid. The figures also indicate recurring problems at several career colleges, with some showing over two-thirds of students missing payments year after year. Globe and Mail

York U business school to build campus in India

York University's Schulich School of Business has entered into an understanding with GMR Group, one of the world's leading infrastructure developers, to build a Schulich campus in Hyderabad, India. The campus will be the first full-fledged campus of a major, top-ranked international business school in India. Schulich will initially offer its 2-year MBA program to 120 students at the Hyderabad campus, along with its executive education programs. Subject to approval under the Foreign Educational Institutions Bill currently before the Indian parliament and final approval by the boards of York U and GMR Group, admissions would start no later than 2013. York U already offers an MBA program in Mumbai. Y-File

uOttawa to open communication school in Egypt

Yesterday the University of Ottawa and the Canadian International College (CIC) announced that the university will open a new academic unit, the Canadian School of Communication, in Cairo, Egypt this September. The school will offer a fully accredited academic program leading to an honours BA with a specialization in communication awarded by uOttawa. In addition, the university's engineering faculty will partner with the CIC's School of Engineering. The school will offer undergraduate courses and programs of study in engineering and computer science that will closely mirror those offered at uOttawa, facilitating students exchanges between the 2 institutions. uOttawa News Release

uWinnipeg to offer world's only MDP program in Indigenous Development

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced yesterday it has awarded the University of Winnipeg an international grant of $800,000 USD that will go towards establishing a unique and specialized Master's in Development Practice (MDP) with a focus on Indigenous Development. uWinnipeg is the only university in the world to specialize in Indigenous Development within the MDP program. The program could begin as early as August 2011, subject to the approval of the university's senate and Manitoba's Council on Post-Secondary Education. uWinnipeg joins a global network of 22 universities which use funds from the Chicago-based foundation to offer an MDP program. uWinnipeg News Release | Winnipeg Free Press

CÉGEP campaign encourages more adults to return to school

On Monday, the Féderation des cégeps launched a Quebec-wide advertising campaign designed to encourage a greater number of adults to return to college to learn, improve themselves, or retrain. The campaign, whose theme is "Mon retour au cégep" (My Return to College), will air on TVA-affiliated television stations for 4 weeks this spring and will carry on in the fall in time for the CÉGEP registration period for adults. One of the ads is available on YouTube. Fédération des cégeps news release (in French) | Watch the ad on YouTube (in French)

8 out of 10 profs have a social media account, survey finds

According to a US survey released yesterday, 80% of responding professors, with little variance by age, have at least one account with either Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, LinkedIn, Flickr, Slideshare, or Google Wave. Close to 60% kept accounts with more than one, and a quarter used at least 4. 52% reported using at least one of them as a teaching tool. Among the survey respondents, YouTube was the preferred teaching tool, with over a fifth of professors using material from the video-sharing website in class. Facebook and LinkedIn were the most popular tools for communicating with colleagues. About 10% of respondents instructed students to create content within a social media community as part of an assignment. Inside Higher Ed | Read the survey