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March 25, 2014

Montreal students told they can't vote in Quebec election

Some Montreal university students from out of province are being told they can’t vote in the Quebec election due to various residency and identification rules, CBC reports. McGill University Residence Life Managing Director Janice Johnson says, “We have heard from several students that despite showing up at the electoral division office with appropriate documentation for them to be able to register, they are being turned away because they are only 'temporary' residents of Quebec.” Quebec law states that to be eligible to vote in an election, one must have lived in the province for the past 6 months. CBC News

Queen’s receives $10 million for stadium revitalization

Queen’s University has received a $10-million gift from Queen’s alumnus and University of Guelph football coach Stu Lang, which will go towards the revitalization of the George Richardson Memorial Stadium. A Queen’s news release explains that the stadium, built in 1972, has significant infrastructure deficiencies, and no longer meets the needs of today’s athletes, coaches and teams. Plans for the new stadium have not yet been finalized, but the Globe and Mail reports that by 2016 it “will likely be refashioned in a bowl shape with artificial turf, a pavilion, boxes, a concourse and what Lang calls ‘an Ivy League old-school feel.’” Queen’s News Release | Globe and Mail

uLethbridge to submit official concern on drilling in area

The University of Lethbridge Board of Governors will be submitting a Statement of Concern with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) on Goldenkey Oil’s 3 proposed wells in west Lethbridge. The uLethbridge board says drilling the wells would have a negative impact on residential property values and the future development of the area. The statement will point out that the Alberta government has mandated a task force on the development of an urban drilling policy, and will request that no drilling take place until the policy has been introduced. “The proposed Goldenkey project has the potential to affect our university’s reputation and the city’s ability to develop lands in west Lethbridge,” says Board Chair Gord Jong. “The Board agreed that raising our concerns about the project to the AER is an important step as it is clear that drilling within Lethbridge’s municipal boundaries will impact our institution.” uLethbridge plans to make the statement public once it is submitted. uLethbridge News Release

Laurentian reorganizes programs, creates new faculties

Laurentian University will be reorganizing its faculties and departments, creating new faculties in health, education and graduate studies. “This re-alignment of some of our academic programs will help to promote interdisciplinary studies, and the development of new programs and new program options in the future,” says Laurentian VP Academic Robert Kerr. The creation of a Faculty of Health is one of the outcomes identified in the university’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, which called for professional health programs to be united into one faculty to position Laurentian as a leader in inter-professional health education and research. Laurentian explains that the new graduate studies faculty reflects the growing importance of the university’s 38 master’s and PhD programs; applications to graduate programs are up 60% for fall 2014. Laurentian News Release

uWaterloo’s Velocity startup incubator receives $1 million

The University of Waterloo’s Velocity startup incubator has received a $1-million donation from entrepreneur and angel investor, Mike Stork, which will allow the university to grow its Velocity Fund. Since its inception in 2011, the fund has awarded more than $750,000 in grants to young entrepreneurs through yearly business competitions. "We are tremendously grateful to Mike Stork for this generous investment,” says uWaterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur. “Mike is one of the most successful angel investors in Waterloo Region with close ties to the University of Waterloo and, in particular, Velocity." Stork is a member of uWaterloo’s Board of Governors and an active volunteer for Velocity. uWaterloo News Release

Conestoga opens Centre for Entrepreneurship

Conestoga College has opened a new Centre for Entrepreneurship (C4E) at its Doon campus. The C4E offers a variety of full- and part-time programs that aim to provide students with the tools, advice and experience to become successful entrepreneurs. “C4E is an ideal fit with the college’s focus on career-focused education that contributes to the prosperity of the community,” says Conestoga President John Tibbits. “The development and growth of small business is essential to our region’s economic success.”  The centre includes 4 key service areas: the BMO Small Business Centre for student new business ventures, the Great-West Life New Enterprise Hotel startup incubator, RBC Ventures Lab for entrepreneurship teaching, and Scotiabank International Business Office for aspiring entrepreneurs who are new to Canada. Conestoga News Release

uOttawa’s Telfer business school launches new website

The Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa has launched a new website that is responsive to any screen size and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets. The site also has a new visual design, with more photos and easy-to-find links to various sections of the website. The website is compliant with the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, making it more accessible for users with disabilities. In 2011, Telfer launched a new microsite called "Linked with Leadership" to promote the business school’s brand; the microsite and new website share a similar look and feel. Telfer News Release

McMaster’s DeGroote school of business gains new accreditation

McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business has earned accreditation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) for its new Graduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy. Graduates of McMaster’s Honours Commerce (BCom) and MBA programs who have successfully completed CPA-accredited courses in addition to the graduate diploma program will be granted direct entry into the first official module of the CPA Professional Education Program, allowing them to bypass 4 study modules normally required first. McMaster News Release

Harvard Business School launches first MOOCs on its own platform

The Harvard Business School has launched its first MOOC using its new online platform called HBX. "The HBX faculty team has thought carefully about how to create an online offering that mirrors the energy you find in an HBS classroom and that allows students to benefit from the diversity and experiences of other students," says HBS Professor Bharat Anand. The first offerings on the platform are called Credential of Readiness (CORe), a series of 3 courses geared towards “undergraduate students, graduate students in non-business fields and people just starting business careers.” While the courses won’t be for credit, students will receive a credential certifying their completion. HBS will also keep students’ transcripts on file to be shared with prospective employers or PSE institutions. Campus Technology

Rise of MOOCs results in need for scrutiny on cheating

The growth of online education has created a need for PSE institutions to find new ways to prevent plagiarism and cheating. Coursera has begun asking students to sign an honour code at the beginning of their courses, on which they pledge not to cheat. The MOOC platform also offers software that recognizes students’ typing speeds to verify identity, preventing somebody else from taking a test on their behalf. Future Learn officials say their courses are focused on "encouraging people to learn for their own benefit, not to produce a piece of paper to impress someone else.” They have a “less-robust” approach to tackling dishonesty as a result. The Guardian