Top Ten

July 4, 2012

UNBC support staff approve strike action

With a voter turnout of 75%, CUPE support staff at the University of Northern British Columbia have voted 91% in favour of strike action. CUPE 3799, which represents more than 300 support workers at the university, has been negotiating for a new collective agreement for over 2 years. Further talks are not scheduled to resume until September. Issues for the support staff include job security and a meaningful wage increase. CUPE BC News

uManitoba anticipates enrolment growth with large Grade 12 class

The biggest Grade 12 class in Manitoba in a decade has University of Manitoba officials expecting undergraduate enrolment to grow by at least 2% this fall. There were more students in Grade 12 in Manitoba this past school year than in any other year in the past decade -- 18,393 in total. The province's graduation rate has steadily improved, rising from 71.1% in June 2002 to 83.5% in June 2011. uManitoba's director of enrolment services says the institution not only sees an increase in new students, but also forecasts a higher retention rate and fewer dropouts. Meanwhile, University of Winnipeg officials say enrolment is running 6% ahead of what it was on July 3, 2011. Winnipeg Free Press

Brandon U health studies school becomes faculty

Brandon University announced Tuesday that its School of Health Studies is now a faculty. To achieve faculty status, the school had to meet certain criteria, including having "an independent School Council reporting directly to the Senate," reaching a sizable number of students and faculty, implementing graduate programs, conducting noteworthy research, and maintaining a worthy performance record. Brandon U News

CIVICUS denounces Bill 78

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation joins the UN in denouncing Quebec's Bill 78, which the organization says shows "that the challenges of state pushback against protest...are not limited to developing countries and those without elected governments." CIVICUS has also stated its support for the call made by its Montreal-based partner, the Institute du Nouveau Monde, for the establishment of an independent consultative commission on university financing and PSE access to help find a solution amenable to the different parties in the tuition fee conflict in Quebec. CIVICUS News Release

SSHRC distributes more than $6 million under Connection Program

Last month SSHRC announced $6.3 million in Public Outreach Grants, part of the council's Connection Program, to researchers at PSE institutions across Canada for research-related events and outreach activities. The funding awarded is supporting 95 public outreach projects. The projects involve Canadian and international researchers covering a wide range of topics, including history, education, and First Nations communities. SSHRC News Release

Ryerson engineering programs earn CEAB accreditation

All 8 of Ryerson University's undergraduate engineering programs have achieved accreditation status by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), which accredits undergraduate engineering programs that provide academic training for licensure as a professional engineer in Canada. Graduates of CEAB-accredited programs are permitted to join Professional Engineers Ontario, or its counterparts in other provinces, and to describe themselves as Professional Engineers after completing a work period under the supervision of a licensed engineer, and after passing exams in law and ethics. Ryerson News Release

JIBC expands advanced care paramedic program to Kelowna, Victoria

The Justice Institute of British Columbia's School of Health Sciences is expanding its Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program to Victoria and Kelowna. The regional offerings will be delivered in parallel with the main ACP offering at the institute's New Westminster campus. The expansion was initiated in response to feedback from students around BC that the financial and personal impact of relocating in New Westminster was a barrier to registering for the ACP program. JIBC News

Mount Royal becomes probationary member of CIS

Mount Royal University's Cougars Athletics will join the ranks of Canadian Interuniversity Sport as the university has been accepted as a probationary member. The Cougars will begin competition in the conference this fall, with the participating teams being men's and women's basketball, soccer, hockey, and volleyball. Mount Royal News

"Learn now, lecture later" model emerging in education, US survey finds

According to a new report from CDW-G, 47% of teachers surveyed said they are moving beyond the lecture-only model, and 71% of students and 77% of teachers reported using more classroom technology today than they did just 2 years ago. 88% of respondents reported challenges to making the shift away from the lecture-only model, with the lack of budget continuing to be the top obstacle for both high schools and PSE institutions. The report observes that high school and PSE teachers both want laptops, netbooks, tablets, and digital content to help them move away from the traditional lecture model. CDW-G News Release

UK visa changes have impact on MBA applications

International-student applications to MBA programs in the UK have been hit by unwelcoming government changes to visa policies, according to a survey from the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Applications to full-time MBA courses, where foreign students represent 90% of the intake, were down by a fifth in 2011 compared to the previous year. AMBA's chief executive says there had been a "huge amount" of poor press in India over the last 15 months that had given the impression that the UK was closing its doors to foreign students. However, there "hasn't been such an impact" in China, she says. The removal of the right to stay and work in the UK for 2 years after completing a degree has also hit recruitment, the AMBA official says. Times Higher Education