Top Ten

September 10, 2010

New name for Grenfell

Memorial University's board of regents has accepted a recommendation to change the name of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College to Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. The recommendation was based on a report from a task force committee that spent the spring and summer conducting consultations and research on a new name for the campus. Last December, the Newfoundland and Labrador government announced new measures of autonomy for Grenfell, including a suggestion that its name be changed to more clearly reflect its status as an institution offering university education. MUN News

York U lawsuit over strike dismissed

An Ontario Superior Court judge has dismissed a motion to certify a $250-million class-action lawsuit against York University for damages arising from the 3-month strike in 2008-09. In a decision released last Thursday, the judge ruled that the student who was the representative plaintiff did not have the evidence to support his claims that when York U shut down during the strike, it breached its duty to students or caused them to suffer. Toronto Star | CBC

uWindsor law dean candidate files human rights complaint against institution

A University of Windsor law professor is asking the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to force the institution to appoint her dean of law after her candidacy was ruined by accusations of plagiarism and, she alleges, racism and sexism. The professor is also seeking payments for "injury to dignity" of $60,000 from uWindsor, and $15,000 from her colleague who raised the accusation of plagiarism. In her complaint, the professor alleges her colleague "sabotaged" her candidacy in a "personal attack," which the university used as a "convenient pretext" to dismiss her candidacy with "indecent haste." All of this, she claims, was motivated by racism and sexism, and the school's refusal to accept a woman of colour as a dean. A uWindsor spokeswoman says the allegations are a surprise and are taken very seriously. The university has hired a lawyer to prepare a response to the human rights complaint. National Post

Postscript: Sep 30, 2010
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that the University of Windsor may continue its search for a new law dean, despite a rights issue raised by a former candidate for the position. A uWindsor law professor had asked the tribunal to suspend the search for a dean until it reviews her case, in which she claims her candidacy was ruined by accusations of plagiarism, and also by racism and sexism. Windsor Star

CBIE outlines priorities for 2011 federal budget

In its pre-budget submission, the Canadian Bureau for International Education recommends the federal government invest at least $22 million a year over the next 5 years to promote Canada as a study destination and to attract fee-paying students from around the world. The organization also recommends the government continue to increase its investment in post-secondary scholarships for foreign students, especially those from developing countries. CBIE suggests Ottawa should invest in a major study/work abroad program providing top-up grants or airfare support to students participating in their home institutions' programs, as well as expand HRSDC's International Academic Mobility program. Read the pre-budget submission

NB Tories plan 4-year tuition schedule for PSE institutions

As part of its higher education platform, New Brunswick's Progressive Conservative Party would ask the province's colleges and universities to commit to a 4-year tuition schedule so students can accurately prepare and budget for their education. The party's other PSE-related proposals include enhancing international recruitment, creating 4-year rolling grants to institutions to facilitate long-term planning and growth, and increasing bursary money for low- and middle-income recipients by $3.5 million. NB Progressive Conservatives News Release | CBC | Telegraph-Journal

Enrolment rises at Fleming

According to preliminary enrolment numbers, about 5,980 students began classes last week at Fleming College, representing a 5.7% increase in overall enrolment over last fall. With final figures to be confirmed at the end of the registration period, 3,400 students are currently registered in first semester classes, exceeding projections and currently more than 2% ahead of last year. These results follow an 18% increase in incoming students in fall 2009. At Fleming's Frost campus, overall enrolment is up 8%. The Haliburton campus welcomed 85 full-time students last week, up 35% from last September. Fleming News Release | Haliburton Campus News Release

Algonquin College breaks ground for Perth campus renewal

Last Thursday, Algonquin College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new main building on the Perth campus, which will not only accommodate 40% more students, but is also designed to become Perth's greenest building. The new 42,000-square-foot campus will feature a student commons, new trades workshops, and academic classrooms that will use natural ventilation and daylight. The $10-million project will be completed in 2011. Algonquin College News Release

TRU opens gathering place at Williams Lake campus

Thompson Rivers University held an opening ceremony last Thursday for its new gathering place for Aboriginal students at the Williams Lake campus. The octagonal pit house-style gathering place is partially set into the ground and has a conical living roof, planted with natural grass sod in the style of winter pit houses once used by Interior Salish peoples. The gathering place is one of 27 being created at public post-secondary schools across BC through a $13.6-million investment by the provincial government. BC News Release

Huron launches new website, mobile app

We've recently noticed that Huron University College has a redesigned website. "Huron promises an education that will launch a lifetime of experiences," the University of Western Ontario affiliate states on its homepage. The site features student and faculty testimonials and a virtual campus tour. Huron has also developed a free mobile application for future and current students to stay informed of campus news and events. Huron website

Gen Y, employers differ on importance of knowledge economy skills

In a new survey commissioned by George Brown College, one-third of Generation Y admit to being "somewhat familiar" with the concept of the knowledge-based economy, while employers are nearly twice as familiar. Close to 60% of employers believe the shift to the knowledge-based economy has already occurred, compared to just 16% of Gen Ys. Both groups are at odds over what skills are important in the workplace. For example, about two-thirds of Gen Ys believe communication and teamwork to be important to employers, while 80% of employers consider such skills extremely important. The groups do agree on other issues, including the belief that IT, financial services, and science and technology will be key economic drivers over the next decade. George Brown College News Release | Toronto Star