Top Ten

June 27, 2016

Ontario grads who immediately move to US should reimburse tuition subsidies, say top CEOs

A group of Ontario CEOs is arguing that graduates who leave for jobs in the US immediately after finishing PSE should reimburse the province for the tuition subsidies they have received. Jane Taber of the Globe and Mail writes that this demand stems from rising concerns about top Canadian talent moving to Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York for higher salaries and better workplace perks. The CEOs are members of the recently formed Council of Canadian Innovators, a group looking to ensure that Canada enjoys suitable benefits from the investments it makes in higher education. “We must look at Ontario’s heavily subsidized tuition as not just a carrot but also a stick,” said CCI's Executive Director Benjamin Bergen. “We should examine if an Ontario graduate leaves for Silicon Valley, the merits of reclaiming our collective investment in their education.” Globe and Mail

uLethbridge begins largest building project in school history

The University of Lethbridge has begun construction on a new research and science building, a 36,000-square metre project that reportedly marks the largest building initiative ever undertaken in the school’s history. The Destinations Project will benefit from $248M in provincial funding and will provide space for 450 additional uLethbridge students. “The positive economic and social impact of this infrastructure on the communities we serve cannot be overstated,” said uLethbridge President Mike Mahon. “This new space will enhance innovation through partnerships with industry and increase community engagement by making science accessible to southern Albertans.” Lethbridge Herald | uLethbridge

UBC faces criticism on Galloway firing

UBC’s recently announced decision to fire author Steven Galloway has drawn criticism from a number of external parties, reports the Vancouver Sun. The Faculty Association has released a statement explaining that it takes issue with “the university administration’s misleading public and private comments regarding Professor Galloway.” Vancouver Writers Fest Artistic Director Hal Wake argues that “the information that the university has provided publicly is partial, selective and intended to create a particular narrative,” and Wake encourages UBC to release more information in the form of the judge’s findings. Citing privacy concerns, UBC has stated that it will not comment further on the allegations or investigation. Vancouver Sun | Globe and Mail

Successful Brexit vote leaves UK higher ed in deep uncertainty

Higher ed representatives in the UK are concerned about what a British exit from the European Union will mean for the country’s postsecondary institutions. Leading up to last Thursday’s referendum, 100 of the UK’s vice-chancellors had signed an open letter expressing fears about what leaving the UK would mean for international research collaborations, enrolment, and faculty exchanges. The Conference Board of Canada has released a report that highlights these concerns and discusses how new constraints on academic mobility and collaboration might impact the UK financially. The report also notes that while a Brexit will not significantly impact Canadian PSE in particular, “the raising of barriers between the EU and U.K. will present fresh challenges to Canadian policy-makers who will need to ensure this new reality is reflected in new and existing international agreements.” Conference Board | Inside Higher Ed | Times Higher Education (anti-intellectualism) | Times Higher Education (blog) | BBC (EU students) | Times Higher Education (Brain Drain Fears)

Federal Minister “made it happen,” says MUN President on new building project

Memorial University will receive $100M from the federal government to complete its new core science building, reports CBC. The funds for this project were reportedly slated to come from the Newfoundland & Labrador government, but the province will now contribute $25M to the project. MUN President Gary Kachanoski said that the project was initially deemed ineligible to receive federal money through the New Building Canada Fund, but added that Canada’s Minister of Public Services and Procurement Judy Foote “made it happen.” “For me it was part of our university,” said Foote. “We only have the one university, and we need state of the art buildings here.” CBC | Telegram (1) | Telegram (2) | VOCM | NTV

Cumberland becomes first Canadian institution to sign Declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership

The Cumberland College Board of Directors and Cumberland College First Nations and Métis Advisory Panel have recently passed the motion to sign the Declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership, reportedly making it the first postsecondary school in Canada to do so. The declaration established by Canadians for a New Partnership pledges to “build a new partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of this country—a partnership based on the principles of mutual respect, peaceful co-existence and equality,” and aims to bring people together in a national dialogue. “We are incredibly proud to be breaking new ground by supporting the declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership,” said Cumberland College President Tom Weegar. NationTalk | CFNP

Laurentian secures international EPAS accreditation

Laurentian University has secured international EPAS accreditation for the on-campus Bachelor of Business Administration program and the Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration, which is reportedly Canada’s only business degree in Sports Administration. The accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development is awarded to high quality management programs with an international perspective. “It’s a visible assurance of quality for current and future students, alumni and employers,” explains Laurentian Dean of the Faculty of Management Stephen Havlovic. “As a bilingual university working in a very competitive higher education environment, it was important for us to be globally recognized for the excellence of our programs.” Laurentian (EN) | Laurentian (FR)

National, multi-institutional SALTY project gets $2M

A multi-institutional research project evaluating the programs, practices, and policies used in residential long-term care facilities across Canada, called “Seniors – Adding Life to Years” (SALTY), has received $2M from a number of health research foundations and societies. The four-year project, led by Mount Saint Vincent University researcher Janice Keefe, will include researchers from the University of Alberta, York University, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Victoria; as well as those from Interior Health and the Vancouver Island Health Authority. “The focus on late life care in nursing homes makes this project unique and urgently needed. Nursing home care in late life is under-researched and undervalued,” says Keefe. “This project brings together the leading researchers and influencers of change in long term care in Canada.” MSVU | YorkU

New deal with NS universities “gives province teeth,” says minister

A new MOU between the Nova Scotia government and the province’s 10 universities will give the province more power to enforce accountability and transparency, says NS Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. The new agreement provides stable funding for the universities with annual increases of 1%, yet also obligates the universities to meet certain outcomes to receive this funding. Students Nova Scotia has issued a release commending the new agreement as “a positive step,” while expressing regret that it allows for the “de-regulation of tuition for out of province students, international students and those studying Medicine, Dentistry, and Law that will negatively impact many students in the province.” CBC | StudentsNS

US Supreme Court defends consideration of race in PSE admissions

The US Supreme Court last week ruled to uphold the practice of considering race in admissions decisions at the University of Texas at Austin. The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that the four-to-three decision to uphold the practice shows “that the high court is unlikely to declare such policies unconstitutional anytime soon.” The decision was issued as part of the case of Fisher v University of Texas at Austin, a lawsuit brought on by a white applicant who sued the university over its “affirmative action” policy after being denied admission in 2008. Chronicle of Higher Education