Top Ten

May 18, 2010

McMaster, Mohawk College discuss shared campus

Speaking at the Hamilton Economic Summit Monday, the leaders of McMaster University and Mohawk College said they have begun talking about a shared core campus. McMaster president Peter George said the university would like to relocate more of its programs downtown, and suggested the current discussions are centred on digital media, art, and music programs. Mohawk College president Rob MacIsaac said the institution's board of governors supports a venture in downtown Hamilton and the college has explored several other opportunities in the past. Hamilton Spectator

McMaster reconsiders senior citizen tuition proposal

McMaster University's board of governors was to vote earlier this month on a proposal to start charging full tuition to students 65 years and older, starting in 2012, but voted to send the idea back for more study following a presentation from the school's part-time students association. The association's executive director says charging seniors full tuition creates an unfair hurdle for seniors on fixed incomes. The tuition proposal was driven by the issue of access. With classroom space at a premium, McMaster wanted to make sure fee-paying students were not denied space to make room for non-paying seniors. Hamilton Spectator

Audit uncovers irregularities within NSCC Truro student association

The student association at Nova Scotia Community College's Truro campus is under temporary suspension after accounting discrepancies within the association were uncovered in a campus audit. A college official says the results of the review indicated there were some irregularities, but it was not a significant amount of money and cannot be attributed specifically to individuals. The official says the college takes the matter very seriously and is exploring options to strengthen student governance and how financial information is reported. Truro Daily News

Centennial launches Centre for Children's Entertainment and Media

Yesterday Centennial College announced it is launching its Centre for Children's Entertainment and Media in support of the growing, multi-billion-dollar children's entertainment industry. The centre will offer opportunities to explore media literacy and diversity in children's entertainment, as well as research into youth branding markets. Centennial plans to sponsor student special projects that could lead to innovative products and services, in addition to granting scholarships, awards, and seals of approval for the industry research. Centennial News Release

ACCC calls for dedicated PSE transfer fund

In its submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges underlines the need for transparency and accountability for federal transfers for higher education and increased investment to meet the demand for advanced skills. ACCC recommends the federal government establish a dedicated Post-Secondary Education Transfer Fund to ensure that federal transfer payments earmarked for PSE are used as intended. ACCC suggests Ottawa engage with the provinces and territories to ensure the transfer payments are allocated such that colleges receive a proportionate share to meet the advanced skills needs of industry. The association also recommends the government examine all federal programs with the goal of eliminating fragmentation, short-term funding, and inequities for learners. Read the submission

RRU signs 4 agreements with Chinese institutions

Royal Roads University has signed 4 agreements to deliver academic programs to Chinese citizens, in China and in BC. The agreements are with Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada, the China Youth Centre for International Exchange, the Tianjin University of Technology, and Jinhua College of Profession and Technology. The agreements involve joint delivery of programs and the development of training and education programs. RRU News Release

Holland College, Anyang Normal University sign joint venture agreement:

Holland College has reached an Educational Joint Venture agreement with Anyang Normal University and Henan Province, China. The agreement enables the college to jointly deliver the Business Administration and Sports and Leisure Management programs with the university. Since 2000, Holland College has signed a number of Educational Joint Venture agreements with partnering Chinese colleges and institutes. The primary objective of these agreements is to share educational methodology and create educational and career opportunities for students in China and in Canada. Holland College News Release

Concordia business school unveils new website

Concordia University's John Molson School of Business recently launched a redesigned website. A rotating graphic image on the homepage promotes the first edition of the school's Behind the Research newsletter. The homepage includes links to news from the school, media mentions, information sessions, and event listings. Through the website, visitors can access the business school's Facebook page, LinkedIn group, flickr gallery, and Twitter account. John Molson School of Business website

Are Canadian institutions falling behind in learning technology innovation?

No, says Ken Coates, dean of the faculty of arts at the University of Waterloo. The idea of handing out the latest in technology to students, as several US institutions are doing with iPads and other Apple devices, is not a new concept, even to Canadians. In 1996, Acadia University launched a laptop rental program, which has moved to a student-owned computer model. While the iPad is a nice piece of hardware, Coates says it's important to remember when moving learning-specific technology forward that every program and course cannot be fulfilled by one blanket solution. Brian Lamb, manager of emerging technologies and digital content at UBC, says handout technology and mobile apps seem to be more geared towards recruitment and student life than learning and education enhancement. Because Canada has far fewer institutions than the US, Lamb says, it has greater possibilities to collaborate on best practices in learning technology and learn from each other. Maclean's OnCampus

Hong Kong overhauling education system

In an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Hong Kong's education secretary says education reforms in the Chinese territory are part of a continuing effort to turn it into a major academic hub in southeast Asia and to forge stronger global partnerships with American institutions and others. Hong Kong is revamping both secondary and higher education, moving towards an American model. It is switching from a 3-year undergraduate model to a 4-year one, increasing efforts to attract scholars and students from overseas, and introducing new curricula into its high schools and 12 post-secondary institutions to foster creative thinking. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)