Top Ten

June 24, 2011

More infrastructure funding for Ontario institutions

The Ontario government continues to roll out infrastructure funding for colleges and universities. On Thursday the province announced $4.2 million for the Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre at Confederation College. On Friday the government pledged $6 million for Fanshawe College's new School of Applied and Performing Arts, $30 million for the renovation of the University of Ottawa's Learning Centre and Morisset Library, $16 million for the expansion and renovation of Carleton University's MacOdrum Library, and $6.6 million for Algonquin College's Digital College project. Ontario News Release (Fanshawe) | Ontario News Release (Confederation College) | Ontario News Release (Algonquin College, Carleton, uOttawa)

Ontario college support staff to hold strike vote next month

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union announced last week that members of the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Support Staff have set a strike vote for July 14. A majority vote in favour of a strike mandate would authorize a walkout if the bargaining team decides that a contract settlement cannot be reached at the negotiation table. OPSEU News

Laurentian to launch School of Mines

At a meeting last week, Laurentian University's senate approved the creation of a School of Mines, which the institution hopes will become the world's leading mining-education centre. The school will cover the full spectrum of the mining cycle from exploration to environmental rehabilitation, including cultural and economic sustainability, management, native studies, and occupation health and safety. "When students worldwide think about mining, we want Laurentian to be top of mind," says the university's director of mining initiatives. The senate also approved the program for Laurentian's architecture school. Laurentian News | Sudbury Star

CBU business school launches $12-million fundraising campaign

On Friday Cape Breton University's board of governors approved a $1-million investment toward the construction of a new building for the Shannon School of Business. The $8-million facility is a major component of the school's $12-million Cornerstone Campaign. Construction of the building is set to break ground as soon as possible. The Shannon School of Business has so far raised $9.2 million through private and government sector commitments. CBU News

Manitoba institutional presidents sign credit transfer MOU

The presidents of Manitoba's public colleges and universities have signed a memorandum of understanding that will make it easier for students to transfer between post-secondary schools and receive credit for prior learning. A task group will develop a plan for appropriate articulation agreements and credit-transfer agreements between post-secondary institutions to ensure students receive maximum benefit from prior learning. Options may include articulation and credit-transfer agreements, dual-credit courses, co-op programs, and priority areas where prior learning will be assessed. Manitoba News Release

UWO to welcome largest first-year class ever

The University of Western Ontario is bracing for its largest first-year intake ever, with approximately 5,100 students planning to arrive on campus this fall. The institution had projected its first-year enrolment to be 4,800 in the 2011-12 academic year, an increase from the past target of 4,350 students. This also surpasses UWO's plan of growing its first-year intake to 4,900 students by 2013-14. In order to fulfil its first-year residence guarantee, the university will reduce the number of residence spaces for upper-year students and will use London Hall -- traditionally dedicated to upper-year students -- as a first-year residence. Western News

Demographic, enrolment trends in Atlantic Canada good for region, says AAU

The population of 18- to 21-year-olds in Atlantic Canada continues to decline, while more and more young people are enrolling in the region's 17 universities. In a new policy paper, the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) states this 30-year-old trend is positive for the region. As Atlantic Canada's population ages, one key to the region's future will be educating the next generation of knowledge workers at the region's universities. Increasing university enrolment across Canada in general, and in Atlantic Canada in particular, will help drive our ongoing economic success, states AAU. Read the policy paper

StatsCan article explores income of immigrants who pursue higher education in Canada

Comparing the evolution over an 8-year-period of the employment income of immigrants who began PSE in Canada in the second or third year following their arrival with that of immigrants who did not do so, a new Statistics Canada articles observes that women who began higher education in Canada have better outcomes, even when taking into account individual characteristics known at the time of immigration. For men, the differences between those who began higher education and those who did not are significant only with regard to the growth rate for employment income. The article states that the evolution of employment income relating to pursuing PSE in Canada does not differ significantly depending on whether immigrants had a university degree on arrival or not. Read the article

Trent launches first-ever integrated plan

On Thursday Trent University approved its first-ever integrated plan, which follows the approval of a new vision, mission, and strategic directions for the institution in 2010. The integrated plan identifies 4 priorities for 2011-12: commitment to academic excellence (including an academic plan); commitment to strategic enrolment management; commitment to achieving financial stability; and commitment to strengthening community engagement. Trent News Release | Read the integrated plan

Loyalist College opens technology and trades training centre

Last week Loyalist College officially opened its Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre, a project that received a $16.6-million combined investment from the federal and Ontario governments through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. Combining "green" space and new space, the centre will showcase the integration of green design and technologies into a learning environment. The facility will be dedicated to a wide range of skills training, including programs in manufacturing, skilled trades, biotechnology, and environmental sciences. Loyalist College News