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May 17, 2010

Inaugural Canada Excellence Research Chairs announced

The federal government announced yesterday the 19 inaugural recipients of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs. For each chair, universities will receive up to $10 million over 7 years to support chairholders and their research teams in undertaking ambitious research programs. The chairs have been awarded to uWaterloo, McMaster, uManitoba, uLaval, uAlberta, Dal, uSask, uToronto, UBC, UPEI, uOttawa, UWO, and uSherbrooke. CERC News Release

Alumnus' gift supports uManitoba environment faculty expansion

Clayton H. Riddell, a geological sciences graduate of the University of Manitoba and namesake of the university's faculty of environment, earth and resources, is donating $2.5 million to the institution to construct a new floor atop the faculty's main building. The added floor to the Wallace Building will house new specialized laboratories and classrooms needed to accommodate the influx of graduate students and researchers who will come to uManitoba as a result of the new Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change. The $8-million addition will be named the Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility, after Nellie Cournoyea, the first female premier of a Canadian territory. uManitoba News Release

Laurentian fundraising campaign boosted by $2 million in donations

FNX Mining Company and Power Corporation of Canada have pledged $1 million each to Laurentian University's "Next 50" fundraising campaign. The gift from FNX will support the training of geologists and engineers, while the donation from Power Corporation of Canada is earmarked for graduate fellowships. Laurentian has now raised $32 million of the campaign's $50-million goal. Northern Life

TD predicts Canadian PSE needs more resources

According to a new report from TD Economics, higher education in Canada is under significant pressure to meet 5 demands: educate an ever-rising percentage of the population; help equalize economic and social outcomes across the population; provide an important component of lifelong learning; be an engine of innovation; and deliver quality education in an efficient manner. TD predicts that, relative to 2009 spending, PSE in Canada will need an additional $400 million in 2010, rising to an additional $2.7 billion by 2016. Alberta and Ontario can expect higher-than-average funding pressures because of population growth. TD Economics News Release | CanWest News Service | Read the report

Application boom at Montreal English CÉGEPs

The increase in applications to Montreal Island English CÉGEPs this fall is double the hike at French CÉGEPs, according to figures from the Service Régional d'Admission du Montréal métropolitain, a centralized service that manages applications for 32 colleges in Quebec. The overall rise in applications for this fall at Montreal Island CÉGEPS is 8.7%, compared to 17.2% at anglophone colleges. At Vanier and Dawson Colleges, where applications are up 24% and 20% respectively, more students are being turned away. When the leaders of English CÉGEPs meet this month, the subject of how to manage the increase will be on the agenda. Montreal Gazette

Queen's founding member of Matariki Network of Universities

Queen's University is a founding member of a new international group of universities called the Matariki Network of Universities. The network has been established to enable the institutions to enhance diversity, share ideas, expertise, and international best practices. The other member universities are Dartmouth College (US), Durham University (England), University of Otago (New Zealand), University of Tübingen (Germany), the University of Western Australia, and Uppsala University (Sweden).  Queen's News Centre | Matariki Network of Universities website

Discipline cases increase at uWaterloo

According to a report from the University of Waterloo's committee on student appeals, 781 undergraduates and 18 graduate students were involved in discipline cases in 2008-09, up from 617 undergraduates and 3 graduate students the year before. Of the undergraduate cases, 253 were classified as "cheating," 265 as "unauthorized co-operation or collaboration," 84 as "unauthorized resubmission of work," and smaller numbers of cases under the headings of "unauthorized aids or assistance," "violation of examination regulations," "impersonation," and "theft of intellectual property." Among the graduate student offences, 15 were labelled as "plagiarism" and 3 as "cheating." uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

CAF report highlights best practices of high school to apprenticeship transition programs

Last Thursday, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum released a report based on discussions among apprenticeship stakeholders who attended the CAF's High School to Apprenticeship Transition in Canada forum in February. Key findings include the need to communicate the benefits of participating in transition programs, recognize learner achievements, and get buy-in from key players. Forum participants recommend hosting information sessions for parents on PSE options for youth, validating learners' progress in transition programs by offering certificates and awards, and enhancing the performance of transition programs by increasing flexibility and adaptability. CAF News Release | Read the report

Extend RESP benefits to all Ontario foster children, report urges

A report released yesterday from the Laidlaw Foundation calls on the Ontario government to press Ottawa to give children in foster care the same educational support as children who live with their families. The report says it would cost the federal government about $8 million annually to set up educational savings accounts for the approximately 18,000 Ontario children who are Crown wards. Under the current system, children under age 6 in state care have federal grants redirected to an RESP, while older children do not get the same benefit from the federal programs. The report states Ontario should call for a change in federal policy so that all children in state care can have access to the federal money to use towards post-secondary education. Laidlaw Foundation News | | Read the report

Increasing yield through admissions interviews

In the US, college admissions interviews offer applicants the opportunity to learn if a school is the right fit for them and to demonstrate interest in the college. For colleges, the interviews are an opportunity to sell themselves. Admissions interviews conducted by recent alumni, instead of college staff, can simultaneously boost the impact on yield and enhance alumni engagement and ultimately support of their alma maters. Do Canadian universities conduct widespread admissions interviews? Please leave a comment on our website if you know of any. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)