Top Ten

September 27, 2010

FedDev Ontario launches $80-million Graduate Enterprise Internship

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario announced Friday a new program to support science and engineering graduates in southern Ontario. The Graduate Enterprise Internship will provide up to $80 million over 4 years to programs that offer science and engineering graduate students and recent graduates of undergraduate programs internships and mentoring opportunities with small- and medium-sized businesses. FedDev Ontario News Release

uWinnipeg cancels cuts to disability student services

The University of Winnipeg announced Saturday that it will not proceed with proposed cuts to disability student services, and will instead hire additional staff to accommodate students with special needs. An internal memo that was leaked to the media revealed a number of potential cuts to services for students with disabilities. uWinnipeg states the memo was sent prematurely and senior executives had not approved the decision to reduce such services. uWinnipeg has seen a 20% increase in the number of students with disabilities this year. The rising demand for services has been a challenge for the institution, which has not seen any increase in provincial grant funding for these services. uWinnipeg News Release | Winnipeg Free Press | CBC

SFU opens contemporary arts centre

Friday marked the official opening of Simon Fraser University Contemporary Arts, located in the Woodward's redevelopment project in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The $81.5-million, 11,000-square-metre Goldcorp Centre for the Arts features public space, performance venues, teaching studios, a 350-seat theatre, a multi-media lounge, and a lab for new media. The centre offers degree programs in art and culture studies, dance, film, music, theatre, visual art, as well as an interdisciplinary master of fine arts degree. BC News Release

Ontario distributes $10 million for college equipment upgrades

The Ontario government announced Friday that the province's 24 colleges will receive $10 million this year to update resources and equipment as part of the 3-year, $60-million investment from the College Equipment Renewal Fund. The institutions can purchase a variety of equipment and materials, such as software for teaching purposes, books or electronic material for libraries, and tools for use in shops. The investment's purpose is to ensure students graduate with the knowledge and skills employers need. Ontario News Release

Kwantlen sets record enrolment

As of September 17, enrolment at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is up 7% to 10% across all its 4 campuses from the year before and the institution is now operating at full capacity. The increased enrolment is attributed in part to the record-high transition rate for high school students entering directly into university following graduation across BC, as well as Kwantlen's university status, formalized in 2008. Kwantlen News Release

Law school admissions becoming more competitive

It's more difficult to be accepted by a Canadian common law school than it is at virtually any other law school in the English-speaking world, says the former dean of uSask's College of Law. Last year, there were about 24,000 applications for fewer than 2,700 seats at Canada's 16 common law schools. The president of the Council of Canada Law Deans says law schools try to balance admissions standards and enrolments against the availability of articling opportunities. There is indication that some law graduates face challenges in securing articling positions. The director of career services at UBC's law school says it's taking some students longer to find positions, and they're not always getting their top choice in terms of geography. Lawyers Weekly

Confederation College president to retire

Confederation College president Pat Lang announced Friday her retirement, effective July 2011. "It has been a privilege of a lifetime for me to serve the citizens of Northwestern Ontario for the past ten years," Lang says. The college's board of governors will undertake a national search for a new president as soon as possible. Confederation College News Release

BMO gift to uToronto funds scholarships, Rotman expansion

BMO Financial Group has donated $2.5 million to the University of Toronto to support the expansion and renovation of the Rotman School of Management, and to improve access to PSE for students from disadvantaged communities or non-traditional education backgrounds. Rotman will receive $1.75 million to refurbish its Financial Research and Training Lab, which will be renamed the BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab in honour of the gift. The remainder will be used to establish the BMO Financial Group Access to Higher Education Awards. uToronto News

Ottawa invests in uSask Diefenbaker Building renovation

The federal government has pledged $1.33 million to rejuvenate the University of Saskatchewan's Diefenbaker Building, which was built in 1979 to house the papers, memorabilia, and personal library bequeathed to the university by the former prime minister. The $2.65-million renovation project includes improvements to the museum's environmental controls and upgrades to the gallery space, the exhibition preparation and conservation area, storage areas, and museum offices. uSask On Campus News

Kaplan launches debt-free trial program

Yesterday Kaplan Higher Education announced its "Kaplan Commitment" program, under which students at any Kaplan institution will be able to enrol in classes for several weeks and assess whether the coursework meets their education needs before making a financial commitment. Kaplan will also conduct assessments to help determine whether students are likely to be successful. The program is in response to critics of for-profit higher education who have argued that some schools encourage students to enrol -- paying tuition in large part with federal grants and loans -- in programs they are unlikely to finish. Kaplan News Release | Inside Higher Ed