Top Ten

May 13, 2013

Huron launches new brand

Turning 150 in December, Huron University College unveiled last week its new visual identity. The process for a new look began with community consultations led by Academica Group starting in fall 2011.The refreshed brand includes a new logo that emphasizes Huron's connection to Western University through the use of colour and font choice, as well as Huron's history and tradition through elements in the shield. The new logo features an updated colour palette, a slightly modified shield, and Huron's founding year (1863). Most notable is the incorporation of the Western U purple and a Pantone shift in red to a richer shade. To further highlight Huron's position as an affiliate of Western U, the Hellmuth font was used within the logo. A custom font created for Western U's refreshed visual identity in 2012, the Hellmuth typeface is named after Bishop Isaac Hellmuth and pays homage to these institutions' shared founder. Huron News | Purple Goes with Red (video)

Job cuts to come at UPEI

The University of Prince Edward Island's board of governors has approved a 4% tuition increase as part of its effort to address a $9-million shortfall. UPEI president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz says the tuition increase helped the institution post a balanced budget. There are spending cuts in the budget as well, but details are not yet available. Abd-El-Aziz says jobs cuts cannot be avoided given that three-quarters of UPEI's expenses are salaries and benefits. The president says administration will work hard over the coming weeks to keep job reductions to a minimum. UPEI News Release | Charlottetown Guardian | CBC

MRU eliminates disability program

Alberta’s budget cuts have caused Mount Royal University to cut a program with a near 100% employment rate. Graduating around 35 people a year, the Disability Studies program trains students to identify various disabilities and educates them on working with individuals with disabilities. The program cut is coming alongside millions of dollars in cuts to support funding and the closure of the Michener Centre, a major care centre for people with disabilities. MRU states the reason for the cut is the fact that the program will not become a degree program, as the University of Calgary already offers a comparable 4-year program. One recent MRU program graduate feels the cuts put “a lack of value on people with disabilities and the people that support them.” CBC

uAlberta medical and dentistry school reminds people of the benefits it provides

Facing an expected $10-million budget cut, the medical and dentistry school at the University of Alberta is touting the economic benefits it provides to the province. According to dean Douglas Miller, the faculty contributes approximately $2 billion annually to the local economy, by way of external research grants, patents, and job creation. Cutting back on the number of admitted students may be an answer in the future, but even with 50% of graduates remaining in Alberta, the province is still short of doctors. There will be no changes to the enrolment numbers for the upcoming fall though. Further details on funding cuts in different faculties are expected in the weeks ahead. Edmonton Journal

uManitoba developing campus mental health strategy

Last year, presidents and senior administrators from 36 Canadian PSE institutions convened to discuss campus mental health at an Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada workshop. The workshop galvanized its members, including University of Manitoba president David Barnard. The result is the creation of uManitoba's first cohesive campus mental health strategy. Launching in early 2014, the strategy will be based upon an assessment of uManitoba's current approach and practices used to support positive mental health, and an identification of areas in need of development and enhancement. Cross-campus consultations will take place and include student, staff, and faculty focus groups, as well as staff and faculty surveys about student mental health. The strategy will complement the Outstanding Workplace Initiative and its important work to date to help uManitoba be a thriving workplace. uManitoba News | Mental Health at uManitoba

Fewer undergrads, more grad students in Maritimes universities

With overall enrolment up 7% over the last 10 years, Maritimes universities are admitting more students in master’s and PhD programs than ever, with one in 7 students now in a graduate program, according to new data released by the Maritimes Provinces Higher Education Commission. Concurrently, there are less undergraduate students enrolling, and less students from the Maritimes in general, with only 68% of students coming from the Maritimes. International student enrolment has increased significantly, with more than 120% growth in 10 years. Most of these international students are coming from China and Saudi Arabia. There has also been a shift to more students coming from other parts of Canada to study at Maritimes universities, most from Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. Enrolment in Maritimes universities surpassed 70,000 students in 2011-12. MPHEC News Release | Report

UNBC announces inaugural recipient of Northern Exposure Award

Lukas Bosch, a Grade 12 student from Regina, will be the University of Northern British Columbia's Campus Correspondence for the 2013-14 academic year. The inaugural Northern Exposure Award recipient was named following the end of a social media campaign that saw 27 videos submitted to the contest, more than 13,000 votes cast, and 46,000 views from across Canada. In his video, Bosch talks about sustainability, the importance of immersing oneself in the natural environment, and his passion for arts and culture. As Campus Correspondent, Bosch will write a blog, produce videos, take photographs, and engage with the community through various social media platforms, all with an eye toward highlighting the UNBC experience by drawing on the activities of a student living it day-to-day. As part of the award, Bosch will receive tuition for the 2013-14 academic year, accommodation in the student residence, and a $2,000 credit with the campus bookstore and food services. UNBC News Release

MacEwan joins Canada West as probationary member

The Canada West Universities Athletics Association has admitted MacEwan University as a probationary member, effective September 2013. "We've gone from being MacEwan College to MacEwan University, so everything we're doing is focused on making that transition complete -- and athletics is a big part of it," says MacEwan president David Atkinson. "The public relations advantage is enormous." The MacEwan Griffins currently compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and will do so again in 2013. Under Canada West's 3-year probationary terms, teams do not compete in the first year. The Griffins will begin league play in September 2014 in men's and women's basketball, cross-country, soccer, and volleyball. To pass the probationary period, the teams have to be competitive and show signs of improvement. Canada West has also granted full member status to the UBC Okanagan Heat. MacEwan News | Edmonton Journal | UBC Okanagan News

uOttawa president addresses relevancy of university education

Last Thursday Allan Rock delivered a speech to the Canadian Club of Ottawa that focused on the relevancy of a university education, specifically in the arts and humanities. Frustrated with media accounts that a university degree will not earn graduates positions in their field, Rock gave numerous examples of graduates who have turned their arts degrees into meaningful employment, whether in their field or in another. He also cited statistics from a recent employment survey that stated more than 93% of 2009 graduates surveyed reported they had a job 2 years after graduation; 82% of these were working full-time in their field. Rock was also supportive of the need for skilled trades workers, but rather than favour the usefulness of college education over university, he stressed the importance of the 2 collaborating, and the need for easier transfer of credits and programs. uOttawa News Release | Ottawa Citizen | Speech

US bill revives effort to track graduate employment, salary

The latest version of a US bill to track graduate employment and salary data, called the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, has created controversy over the federal unit record database ban, instated in 2008. Whereas previous versions of the bill called for the amalgamation of state longitudinal databases, which would avoid confronting the federal ban, this newest version would require the 2008 ban to be re-examined. Although support for unit records has grown over the last 6 years, lobbyists are skeptical that there will be legislative success for such a bill in the near future. A softer bill, called the Investigating Postsecondary Education Data for Students Act, is expected to be introduced this week. This bill would enable further investigation into what data is needed by prospective students and families making decisions about PSE. Inside Higher Ed