Top Ten

September 21, 2012

PQ government scraps tuition fee increase, Bill 78

On Thursday Quebec Premier Pauline Marois followed through on her election pledges and scrapped the former Liberal government's university tuition fee hike, as well as repealed Bill 78, which the Liberals had adopted in the spring as an emergency measure to rein in boycotting students. Marois said tuition fees would be maintained at $2,168 annually without taking back additional money the Liberals had invested in student financial aid in an effort to make the tuition fee increase more palatable. The measure will not cost more than $20 million in the current fiscal year, the premier said. The next move will be to hold a summit within the next 100 days to debate a new funding formula for PSE institutions and the possibility of tuition-free university. Marois said everything will be on the table, including her proposal to index university tuition to increases in the cost of living. Globe and Mail | Montreal Gazette

$29 million for trades facility renewal at Camosun

On Thursday the BC government announced a $29.2-million investment to renew trades facilities at Camosun College's Interurban campus. Existing buildings will be retrofitted and refurbished to modernize and better utilize the space. A new 45,000-square foot facility will be added to accommodate the marine and metal trades, and a new 35,000-square foot building will be added for the mechanical trades. The renewal will accommodate an extra 370 new, FTE students in the trades training program. The project responds to growing demand at Camosun; trades-related training at the institution has increased by nearly 40% in the past decade. BC News Release | Camosun News | Victoria Times-Colonist

$5 million for Laurentian architecture school

The federal government announced Friday a $5-million contribution to the construction of Laurentian University's architecture school. The funding will enable Laurentian to build a new 65,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that will feature a variety of classrooms, lecture and exhibition halls, offices, and specialized educational spaces such as labs, studios, and workshops. The investment will also help the institution renovate 2 existing facilities to accommodate its space requirements. The school will be located at the current Market Square location in downtown Sudbury. Students will start attending classes there in fall 2013. By 2018, the school will accommodate about 400 students, as well as 40 faculty and staff members. FedNor News Release | CBC

CAUT report finds Queen's administration violated prof's academic freedom

A Canadian Association of University Teachers investigatory committee report states that Queen's University administration violated the academic freedom of history professor Michael Mason and that it "acted callously and irresponsibly" in its handling of complaints with respect to Mason's teaching. In October 2011, Mason's class was cancelled and the course subsequently reassigned to another professor after he was accused of racism for quotations he included in his lectures from historical documents he felt showed the persistence of colonial attitudes in contemporary times. The committee concludes that the professor "discharged his duties diligently and in keeping with both disciplinary conventions and professional standards." The committee recommends that Queen's issue a letter of apology to Mason and place it in his file and publish it in the university newspaper. Another recommendation is for the Queen's history department to create a bursary in Mason's name to offset damage to his 4-decade career as a historian. The institution is also called upon to develop appropriate administrative policies and mechanisms to respond to student complaints. CAUT News | Report

uWaterloo celebrates opening of Quantum-Nano Centre

Friday marked the official opening of the University of Waterloo's Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre. Shared by the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, and housing uWaterloo's Nanotechnology Engineering degree program, the 285,000-square-foot Quantum-Nano Centre will give researchers the cutting-edge tools and collaborative opportunities they need to investigate and develop technologies unimaginable even 10 years ago. Canada News Centre | uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

uToronto Munk School of Global Affairs opens restored location

The University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week for its newly renovated and restored building. Expanding from its existing site at Trinity College, the school's additional building houses the flagship Master of Global Affairs program and the new Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, and doubles the amount of space for students, faculty, and staff. Following a complete restoration and renovation, the facility is now equipped with a state-of-the-art boardroom, 4 new meeting spaces, a library and reception space, and dedicated teaching and student spaces for Master of Global Affairs students. uToronto News

uManitoba business school launches admissions category for Aboriginal students

Starting in September 2013, the University of Manitoba's Asper School of Business will admit up to 10 new students under its new Canadian Aboriginal Ancestry Admissions Category. This new category allows the business school to admit Aboriginal students who meet a standard, pre-set GPA that does not change from year to year. The new admissions category is similar to that in place in other faculties, such as Education and Nursing, and builds on uManitoba's Pathways to Indigenous Achievement, which focuses on 4 directions: supporting students; building partnerships and supporting communities; sharing Indigenous knowledge and research; and celebrating First Nations, Métis, and Inuit successes. uManitoba News

NB releases statistical profile of public universities

88% of graduates from New Brunswick's publicly-funded universities are working 2 years after graduation, according to a statistical profile the provincial government released Thursday. The profile found that the average salary for university graduates who are working in New Brunswick was nearly $48,000 and that approximately 80% of provincial residents who graduated were still in New Brunswick 2 years later. The profile also includes data on credentials offered at the universities, faculty salaries, expenditures, and research income. The profile includes Mount Allison University, the Université de Moncton, St. Thomas University, and the University of New Brunswick, and was compiled by the province's PSE department using data from the institutions and from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. NB News Release | Statistical Profile

Algonquin College aims to offer co-ops to all students

Every full-time student at Algonquin College will have the opportunity to participate in a co-op placement by 2017, says president Kent MacDonald. He says co-ops can range from formal credit opportunities to working with businesses under the college's applied research program. With the current level of business opportunity participation at 70%, the target is achievable, MacDonald says. "It allows (students) to get out of the official environment and build experience within the community," he says. "That commitment is important to us: when you come to Algonquin College, you will leave here having that focus." Ottawa Business Journal

First-year enrolment at Olds College up 9%

Alberta-based Olds College reports that first-year enrolment numbers are up by 9%. This year 63 more first-year students enrolled at the college compared to 2011-12 and that number is expected to rise. The college states that the new Grant MacEwan University applied science transfer degree program and Chinook's Edge dual credit program were instrumental to this year's enrolment record. Other factors that contributed to the enrolment growth include a substantial national and international recruitment strategy with the college's Broncos Athletics, some of whose teams are new members of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. Olds College News Release