Top Ten

September 16, 2015

Professor suspected of killing colleague in office now dead, say authorities

A Delta State University instructor suspected in two fatal shootings, including that of a fellow professor, died Monday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while fleeing police, authorities said. Police were called to the campus when one of the college’s professors was shot and killed in his office, prompting a campus lockdown. Delta State officials said that no students were injured in the shooting. Global News | Globe and Mail | Toronto Sun | CBC | New York Times

15 Canadian schools in 2015–16 QS World University Rankings top 400

15 Canadian schools have placed within the top 400 of this year’s QS World University Rankings. McGill was the highest ranked Canadian school on the list, placing #24 overall. This year’s rankings also reflected some negative movement, with uOttawa falling from #218 to #284 and uAlberta falling from #84 to #96 since last year. Other Canadian universities making the list’s top 100 included uToronto (#34) and UBC (#50). MIT placed first overall, with Harvard coming in second and the University of Cambridge coming in third. Montreal Gazette | Edmonton Journal | Ottawa Citizen | QS | Full Rankings

Ryerson, YorkU, uToronto remove posters advertising “White Students Union”

Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and York University have reported that they are taking down posters on their campuses that appear to promote a union for white students. The posters feature an image of two young white men posing in front of the CN tower with the words “White Students Union!” and a link directing people to the website of Students for Western Civilization. All three universities said the posters and the group were not sanctioned on their campuses, with Ryerson officials adding that the material was “offensive” and in contravention of school policy. No representatives from the group behind the posters could be reached for comment. Globe and Mail | Global News | National Post | CBC | Toronto Star | VICE

CICan releases election priorities, calls to boost innovation

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has released a statement outlining the organization’s priorities for the upcoming election. According to the organization, the priorities are connected to “simple and straightforward recommendations for Canada’s leaders that would contribute to the country’s long-term prosperity.” The priorities include increased funding for college and institute applied research to boost innovation, investment in college and institute infrastructure and development, and support for reconciliation efforts by improving Aboriginal access to PSE. The priorities outlined in the statement were developed through consultations with key members and partners representing over 40 sectors of the Canadian economy. CICan

uManitoba, RRC receive $500 K for engineering program expansion, creation of hybrid pathway

The engineering program offered at the University of Manitoba has received $500 K from Manitoba to expand its engineering program by 18 students. The funding will also be used to develop a new hybrid pathway with Red River College. “Civil, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineers are in demand in our province,” said Premier Greg Selinger, “and increasing the number of engineering graduates is necessary to create more good jobs and keep our economy growing.” uManitoba has the only accredited engineering program in the province, and is operating at or above capacity. MB | uManitoba | RRC | Winnipeg Free Press | CBC

uWaterloo creates HeForShe scholarship program for female students

The University of Waterloo has allocated $288 K for 24 scholarships for outstanding female students as part of a long-term campaign to achieve sustainable gender equity. The HeForShe IMPACT Scholarships will award six female STEM applicants with $12,000 each. uWaterloo is aiming to boost female enrolment in outreach programs to 33% by 2020; 28% of this year’s first-year engineering students are female, up from last year’s record-breaking 27%. “[uWaterloo’s] commitment to women in STEM is unparalleled,” said UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson. “This scholarship programme is a perfect example of how the HeForShe movement is generating tangible change around the world.” Waterloo Region Record | Betakit | uWaterloo

ACC releases master plan for North Hill campus

Assiniboine Community College has released the final campus master plan for its new North Hill campus. Rather than establishing strict expectations, the document acts as a decision making strategy guide for the campus’s future development. By outlining the physical structure of campus without describing the specific expectations of each building’s purpose, the plan gives ACC the flexibility to accommodate any issues or opportunities that emerge in the future.The document was presented to the college’s board of governors in early 2015 and was unanimously adopted. ACC | Brandon Sun | Master Plan

CNA, Habitat for Humanity sign MOU to build affordable housing

The College of the North Atlantic and Habitat for Humanity of Newfoundland and Labrador have signed an MOU committing them to the development of affordable housing for lower income families in the province. The agreement, which will last two years, sets the process for the allocation of resources, as well as providing for CNA student learning opportunities. “The significance of this agreement will be felt throughout the province,” said CNA President Ann Marie Vaughan. “This is a unique opportunity for the college and its students to give back to the communities that we reside in.” The Telegram | CNA

NorQuest celebrates 50th anniversary

NorQuest College has officially turned 50 and is celebrating this milestone with a look back to its humble beginnings in the years and months leading to its launch in 1965. The institution held a party on its campus last Saturday, and among its attendees was Don McFadyen, a retired high school shop teacher who was part of NorQuest’s first ever graduating class. McFadyen was unemployed and living in Edmonton in the early ’60s when he first decided to give NorQuest’s fledgling program a chance. Yet he would go on to graduate from vocational education at the University of Alberta before teaching in Alberta for 25 years. NorQuest’s website has included a story celebrating the achievements of McFadyen and countless other students like him who continue to benefit from college’s programming. NorQuest

Chamber of Commerce calls on federal parties to address skills gap

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC), in an event held yesterday at NAIT in Edmonton, has called on federal parties to address Canada’s skills gap as a component in their platforms. “The employment landscape is changing in Canada,” said CCC President Perrin Beatty. “The demand for high-skilled workers is growing while the need for low-skilled workers is declining. We need to make every effort to align education with our employment market.” While he did not have numbers for Alberta, Beatty said this gap costs the Ontario economy $24 B annually in lost GDP. The CCC has released a new report, titled Fragmented Systems: Connecting Players in Canada's Skills Challenge, which makes five recommendations to address the issue, including better labour market information and immigration reforms. CBC | Edmonton Sun | Edmonton Journal | CCC