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September 4, 2012

Dal-NSAC merger official

Yesterday was the first formal day of operation for Dalhousie University's Faculty of Agriculture and the institution's new Agricultural campus. The merger between Dal and Nova Scotia Agricultural College officially took effect on September 1. Students will not notice any changes in their programs this year, and there will be many systems and processes that will take more time to fully integrate. As the agriculture faculty moves forward, students and faculty can expect to see new interdisciplinary programs, more course offerings, expanded research opportunities, and other developments that will attract more local, national, and international students and faculty to Truro-Bible Hill. Dal News

Tyndale unveils new brand

Toronto-based Tyndale University College & Seminary has revealed a refreshed brand. "Inspire," "move," and "challenge" are words that encapsulate 2 years of research, focus groups, and interviews with students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The redesigned logo maintains 3 main elements from the previous edition that pay homage to Tyndale's history: the founding year (1894), the Greek phrase "douloi Cristou" (meaning "servants of Christ"), and an updated design of the lamp with a flame. The new logo uses a bolder font for the name "Tyndale," with smaller fonts used to provide the variations for the institutional name. Tyndale's decision to refresh its brand coincides with preparations to consolidate operations onto its Bayview property. Tyndale's Brand Refresh

McGill fundraising campaign set to exceed $750-million target

Having already surpassed $700 million in donations and closing in on the initial $750-million goal, McGill University's fundraising campaign is expected to reach that target this fall and exceed it by the time the campaign comes to an end in April 2013. Having weathered 2 tough years of economic downturn, which saw a noticeable drop in private giving, the campaign enjoyed a bounce-back last year with a sharp rise to nearly $85 million -- a 30% increase over the previous year. Individuals account for about three-quarters of donated dollars, and the remainder comes from foundations and corporations. More than 90% of funds raised are earmarked for specific purposes, largely in support of students through the funding of scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, internships, and support for advising. Other donations have been directed to programmatic and research support, as well as to infrastructure projects. McGill Reporter

Admissions policies have Alberta students heading to BC, Saskatchewan

Increasing numbers of Alberta students are leaving the province to attend the Universities of British Columbia and Saskatchewan, which have revised their admissions policy to make it easier for Alberta students to earn seats and scholarships. UBC is reporting a 3% increase in the numbers of Albertans this month now that it is known the university adjusts its high school averages upward to reflect the fact that half of Alberta students' final grades are based on diploma exams. A full two-thirds of Albertans who applied were admitted to UBC, a 13% increase over last year. uSask is reporting a 35% increase in enrolment among Albertans after it introduced a new admissions policy for Alberta curriculum students. Under this policy, these students are admitted based on their in-class marks or their diploma exam marks -- or a mix of both, whichever grade is higher. Calgary Herald

Enrolment rises at Canadore

Over 15% more students have chosen to attend Canadore College this fall, the institution reports. The college is welcoming students from nearly 400 communities across Canada and approximately 15 countries. International enrolment continues to be healthy for the fall 2012 semester, with students arriving from China, Tobago, and Botswana. Apprenticeship numbers for Canadore's trades and technology programs remain steady over last year. Canadore News

Provincial funding adds health-education seats at Camosun

The BC government announced last week funding to create an additional 64 health-education spots at Camosun College. The province is providing $506,100 in one-time funding to the college for 32 full-time spaces and 32 part-time spaces in the health care assistant program for 2012-13. The funding is part of an investment of nearly $2.4 million to support an additional 261 students in health-care programs at 9 PSE institutions in the province. BC News Release

uToronto study finds grads chose careers with clear understanding of potential salaries

In a new study, a pair of uToronto researchers found that new graduates chose their careers with a clear-headed understanding of their potential salaries. The higher the expected earnings in a discipline, the greater the enrolment. The researchers found that this cold calculus influenced the decisions of students who graduated with degrees in business, engineering, health sciences, and education. Even those who studied fine arts and humanities were sensitive to price signals: the lower the wages earned by previous cohorts of graduates, the less likely students were to make this their field of study. There is one big exception: students choosing the social sciences were more likely to do so, the lower their expected future earnings. The researchers draw the implication that to some important degree the market works: a higher salary in a particular occupation signals a relative shortage and encourages more people to get the necessary qualifications. Globe and Mail

Telfer to offer French MBA program in France

In January 2013, the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management plans to offer a French MBA in collaboration with the École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Metz, an engineering school in the eastern industrial region of France. The program targets European professional engineers, many of them Metz alumni, who are considering a move into management. With tuition of $38,000 that includes a study trip to Ottawa, students will receive a uOttawa degree. The marks the first time Telfer is offering a degree program in Europe, where many MBA programs are offered in English. The partnership with Metz is in keeping with Telfer's strategic plan through 2014-15. Over the next 3 years, Telfer hopes to negotiate one or 2 more arrangements similar to Metz, with a likely geographic focus on French-speaking Europe and North Africa. Globe and Mail

MSVU unveils new homepage, social media hub

Last week Mount Saint Vincent University went live with its revamped homepage. The redesigned homepage features a large, rotating graphic banner that highlights Orientation Week, MSVU's "be part of something big" portal, the ProjectTwenty12 fundraising campaign, athletics and recreation, and research. MSVU has also introduced a new Social Media Hub, which includes links to the social media accounts of the university and of its academic programs and resources, departments and associations, organizations and initiatives, and student societies. MSVU Homepage | MSVU Social Media Hub

City Colleges of Chicago faculty union approves performance-pay system

The American Federation of Teachers chapter that represents nearly 1,500 full-time professors and professional staff in the City Colleges of Chicago system announced Saturday that members had voted to accept a contract that removes the "step" increases that reward seniority annually. The contract also created a bonus system under which all faculty members in the union could earn bonuses based on 8 metrics on student outcomes, such as graduation rates and movement from remedial to credit courses. In April, the union representing part-time adult education instructors in the City Colleges of Chicago system agreed to a contract that based raises in part on student performance. Inside Higher Ed