Top Ten

May 28, 2010

$10-million gift to UTM supports medical education

Mississauga businessman Carlo Fidani has donated $10 million to the University of Toronto in support of medical education and the $37-million Health Sciences Complex at the university's Mississauga campus, scheduled to open in August 2011. The complex will house the new Mississauga Academy of Medicine, one of the most advanced sites for training family medicine and community-based primary care physicians in Canada. Fidani's gift is the single largest donation ever made to UTM. uToronto News

Saskatchewan town concerned over proposed CTRC, SPC merger

The Town of Watrous, Saskatchewan has raised several concerns about the proposed amalgamation of St. Peter's College with Carlton Trail Regional College. One town councillor says the town believes the merger cannot legally occur without changes to the Regional Colleges Act, and is concerned that this project is going forward without regard to the legislation. Town council is "seriously questioning what the future of regional education services will be," suspecting that once the amalgamation process goes forward, services will be centralized. Watrous is not supporting the proposed merger if centralization of services is a goal. Town of Watrous News Release

Women will account for greater share of US college enrolment, study reports

A new study from the US Education Department projects that by 2019, women will account for 59% of total undergraduate enrolment and 61% of total graduate enrolment at American post-secondary institutions. At the end of the 2007-08 academic year, women accounted for 62% of all associate degrees, 57% of all bachelor degrees, 61% of all masters, and 51% of all doctorates being awarded. The report observes that despite their overall gains in higher education, women continue to be under-represented in certain fields. As of 2007-08, women earned 17% of all bachelor degrees awarded in engineering and engineering technologies, and 18% of all bachelor degrees in computer and information sciences and support services. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the report

uManitoba breaks ground for ARTLab

The University of Manitoba held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for its Art and Research Technology Laboratory (ARTLab), which received over $18 million from the Manitoba government and $15 million under the federal government's Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The 70,000-square-foot ARTLab will feature Gallery One One One, art studios, a soundstage, workshop space, digital labs, and a lecture theatre. The ARTLab is one of several capital developments part of Project Domino, the largest and most ambitious redevelopment project in uManitoba's history. uManitoba News Release

Quebec offered recommendations on "reform" cohort's transition to CÉGEP

With the first cohort of high school graduates who have learned exclusively under Quebec's "new" curriculum heading to CÉGEP, the Conseil supérieur de l'éducation has come up with advice for Quebec's education department about the transition from high school to college. Recommendations include that CÉGEP instructors better understand the changes introduced by the high school education reform and help bring about decisions on the changes needed to knowledge, teaching, and evaluation practices at the college level; that the education department support "formalizing dialogue" between high school and CÉGEP teachers; and that long-term assessment be carried out across the province to document the effects of the education reform in secondary school as well as changes to general admissions conditions for CÉGEPs. Montreal Gazette | Read the report

Ontario enhances PSE access in the north

The Ontario government is providing northern Ontario residents with improved access to more post-secondary education and training opportunities through enhanced distance learning services. The province is supporting the upgrade and expansion of information technology to provide Contact North, a distance education and training network in northern Ontario, with the necessary equipment and bandwidth for its audio-conference, video-conference, and e-learning technologies. Contact North recently reported that course registrations in winter 2010 were up 61% from the year before. Ontario News Release | Contact North News Release

Day-care centre to open at SIAST Kelsey campus

In August, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology will open a new day-care centre at its Kelsey campus in Saskatoon, which has been without a day-care centre since 1999. The centre will also serve as a demonstration centre for students in SIAST's early childhood education program. The campus's project manager of early childhood education sees the lack of day care as a barrier for student success, with a recent SIAST study showing this is particularly true for First Nations and Métis students. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

PSE part of Saskatchewan AE minister's mission to India

On Tuesday, Saskatchewan Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris will lead a delegation of government, industry, science, and university officials to India. The 10-day mission includes a series of meetings with Indian government and university representatives in an effort to increase both economic and education ties between the 2 jurisdictions. PSE participants in the mission include representatives from uSask, uRegina, and SIAST. Saskatchewan News Release

"We need to travel smarter, not harder"

At the New England Association for College Admission Counseling's annual conference last week, admissions officials discussed how admissions representatives could plan their recruitment trips more efficiently and effectively. Factors complicating questions about the effectiveness of admissions travel include a weak economy, the changing demographics of college-bound students, and the rise of social media as primary means of communicating with today's wired youth. These factors, some officials said, had led them to scale back on high-school visits and college fairs recently. The assistant director of admission at Boston-based Simmons College urged her colleagues to collect data to evaluate their travel strategies, figuring out, for example, whether or not high-school visits help them enrol a significant number of students. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Google introduces course-scheduling system

Google has launched a new course-scheduling system called CloudCourse that could potentially have implications for post-secondary education. Integrated with Google Calendar, the system allows users to schedule classes, look up user profiles, and sync the service's data with internal university systems. One potential use for CloudCourse would be to manage class rosters with tools allowing users to a look at enrolled versus waitlisted students, record student attendance, and change a student's enrolment status in a course. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Google Open Source Blog | CloudCourse