Top Ten

October 25, 2012

George Brown College launches $60-million fundraising initiative

Yesterday the George Brown College Foundation announced "Success at Work," a $60-million fundraising campaign to support the Toronto-based college's $250-million expansion vision. The largest in George Brown's history, the comprehensive, multi-year campaign aims to garner funds to support student learning and capital growth. The campaign is expected to run through 2020, but is already one-quarter of the way toward its goal thanks in part to a $4-million donation from the John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation. In recognition of the contribution -- the largest individual gift in George Brown's history -- the institution's nursing school will be named The Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing. George Brown's student association has made a pledge of a projected $6 million over 10 years, primarily to fund scholarships and bursaries. George Brown College News Release | Success at Work

uToronto announces $6 million in gifts to Boundless Campaign

At a recent gala event in Hong Kong to celebrate the Asia-Pacific launch of the University of Toronto's Boundless Campaign, the institution's VP advancement announced 2 gifts to the campaign. Daisy Ho, a uToronto alumna and chair of the University of Toronto (Hong Kong) Foundation, has made a $2-million donation that addresses 2 priorities for the institution. The gift will support an award to attract some of the brightest international visiting academic fellows to the Rotman School of Management. It will also establish a new undergraduate program to encourage and support student research on contemporary China and student exchanges with Chinese institutions. An anonymous benefactor has contributed $4 million to create a Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies at University College. With these gifts, uToronto has now raised $1.12 billion toward the campaign's $2-billion goal. More than $17 million has been raised in the Asia-Pacific region since the campaign started. uToronto News

Proposed Durham College-UOIT partnership would see clear apprenticeship-to-PhD pathways

In its strategic mandate submission, Durham College proposes forming a first-in-Ontario college-university laddering partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology that would see students move seamlessly from apprenticeship to PhD, should they choose to do so. "This partnership will provide more student choice and access to experiential learning and more credentials, in less time, with reduced costs and graduates with broad skill sets that will benefit the economy," the document states. "This partnership will also establish, where feasible, entry pathways into UOIT post-graduate programs, from college degree programs." Durham lists several measures of success in the document, including growth in enrolment by 11% to 10,000 post-secondary students, growth in international enrolment by 85% to 500 students, and growth in the variety of credentials offered, including the introduction of the institution's first 4-year degrees and conversion of appropriate 3-year diplomas to 3-year degrees. Durham College News | Durham College SMA

International enrolment in Canada up 12%

Canada is increasingly an education destination of choice for top university students worldwide, reports the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. New university enrolment figures from all provinces, with the exception of Quebec, indicate that the number of international students in these provinces have risen by 12% this fall. (Figures from Quebec are expected next month). Enrolment among Canadian students has risen this year at both the undergraduate (2%) and graduate (3.4%) level. AUCC says the overall upward trend in enrolment shows the value that students continue to put on PSE in Canada. AUCC News Release

HEQCO report explores factors influencing grad students' satisfaction

Using data from the 2007 and 2010 Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey, a new HEQCO report explores what influences graduate students' satisfaction with various aspects of their educational experience. The report found that grad students who were male; lived on campus; married, with children; of Black or Latin American visible minority status; received financial support in the form of scholarship/fellowship/bursary; or enrolled in Health Science or Business/Management were, in general, the most satisfied. Students who were the least satisfied were Asian or of mixed origin; with more than $10,000 in educational debt; had an employment income; received financial support through loans/savings/family assistance; or stayed longer in their programs. Compared to domestic students, international student were, in general, more satisfied with their student life and faculty supervisors, but less likely to choose the same institution if they were to start over. While PhD students' satisfaction levels have dropped slightly, the study observed greater satisfaction with the quality of professional skills development they received in 2010 compared to 2007. Research Summary | Full Report

OUSA report calls for tuition freeze for Ontario-wide cost sustainability

On Wednesday, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance released a report suggesting the provincial government can reclaim fiscal sustainability for students, families, and government by implementing a tuition freeze and developing more efficient and fair payment processes. Released in 2 parts, the document examines how freezing or limiting tuition increases benefits students, low- and middle-income families, and the government, and how to revise tuition payment processes to make the system more fair and accessible. OUSA calls on the province to suspend tuition increases in an effort to help Ontario meet its stated goal of balancing the budget by 2017-18. OUSA recommends a tuition freeze of at least one year. Should tuition rise after the freeze, the alliance recommends that the government cap increases at the rate of inflation. OUSA News Release | Part 1 | Part 2

NS invests in mobile training equipment, lab

Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter announced Tuesday a $2.3-million investment to help more Nova Scotians develop skills and receive training they otherwise would not be able to access. The investment will provide Nova Scotia Community College with $775,000 for mobile training equipment and $1.5 million for a mobile training lab, both of which can be used by students anywhere in NS, not just on campus. The government says employers of apprentices will also benefit from the mobile units, which can offer apprenticeship training where it had not been previously available. NS News Release

MacEwan new member of AUCC

On Wednesday, AUCC accepted Edmonton-based MacEwan University into its membership. In order for it to gain membership, MacEwan showed through evidence and site reviews that it has the academic goals, administrative structure, and governance appropriate for a university. It also met criteria such as offering undergraduate degrees to half of its registered students, faculty qualifications, and quality assurance processes. MacEwan's policy environment and student services were deemed appropriate, and its libraries and learning environments also reflected the standards expected of AUCC member institutions. With MacEwan's inclusion, AUCC now represents 95 Canadian public and private non-profit universities. AUCC News Release | MacEwan News

Concordia unveils new website

Concordia University's redesigned website went live Wednesday, treating visitors to a lighter, more consistent look and feel, and a better-structured navigation. On the homepage and News & events section in particular, campus-wide events take centre stage, and Facebook and Twitter feeds from official Concordia accounts have been added. The upgraded News & events section lists more of the latest stories according to popular topics. It also features its own search mechanism by all news topics and keywords, as well as a right-hand rail that promotes information for the media, accolades garnered by the campus community, and the latest videos, podcasts, publications, and reports. The next website redesign, slated for next spring, will be transformational and stem from the implementation of Concordia's new content management system, which the university's director of Web communications describes as "our most ambitious project ever." Concordia News | Concordia Website | Before-and-After Comparison

MSVU, RMC produce "Gangnam Style" parody videos

Students at Mount Saint Vincent University and Royal Military College have joined their counterparts at several other Canadian universities in filming parodies of the hit Korean single "Gangnam Style." MSVU's video, produced by the institution's recruitment team, shows students, varsity athletes, the mascot Monty Mystic, a security guard, a dog, and president Ramona Lumpkin doing the invisible horse dance. In RMC's video, the school mascot, a Paladin knight, brings the Gangnam Style fever to campus. The mascot recreates the elevator dance scene with a cadet, drops in on some female Highland dancers to get them in on the horse dancing action, and monitors -- even gets frustrated by -- a group of mascots attempting Gangnam Style moves. MSVU Video | RMC Video