Top Ten

September 14, 2016

Dawson celebrates resilience on 10th anniversary of campus shooting

Dawson College recently celebrated the resilience and compassion of its faculty and staff on the 10th anniversary of an on-campus shooting that killed a student and wounded 16 others. “We want to celebrate the resilience of our community,” said Richard Filion, Dawson's director general. “This ability to recover and even draw strength from a sudden shock has driven this community.” The college hosted a public ceremony in its memorial Peace Garden in remembrance of the event. “On this sad anniversary, we remember and honour the memory of the victims of this tragedy,” commented Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Our thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones, and all those whose lives were forever changed that day.” CBC | Global News

UCalgary to enhance treatment of bone, mobility disorders with new $13.2M centre

Researchers at the University of Calgary are set to improve outcomes for people with bone and joint disorders, thanks to the opening of a new centre for Mobility and Joint Health at the Cumming School of Medicine. A UCalgary release states that the centre will benefit from a combined $13.2M investment from the federal government, Alberta government, industry partners, and private donors. The new centre will reportedly help researchers to develop new technologies for the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of bone and joint conditions. “The University of Calgary’s Centre for Mobility and Joint Health represents a huge stride in our multi-disciplinary approach to chronic medical conditions,” says UCalgary President Elizabeth Cannon. UCalgary | Marketwired

UBC sexual assault policies need substantial revision, says expert panel

The University of British Columbia should make comprehensive changes to the way it prevents and responds to sexual assaults, according to a report provided to UBC by an expert panel. The Canadian Press reports that the panel has urged the university to make sweeping changes to counter a sense of “general mistrust” on campus. UBC President Santa Ono commended the panel “for a thoughtful, comprehensive report that will help inform dialogue and spark further engagement on campus as we work to improve our policies and practices for addressing and responding to sexual assault.” The report includes consultations with various on- and off-campus stakeholders, and includes a number of recommendations to the institution. Huffington Post (CP) | CBC (CP) | Report

UNB discusses increase in cyberattacks, four point strategy for handling attacks

The University of New Brunswick has seen a dramatic increase in cyber attacks recently, which is a sign of how “how out-of-control cyber crime and cyber attacks are getting” according to David Shipley, UNB Director of Strategic Initiatives for Information Technology Services. Shipley explains that the number of attacks has climbed over the last four years from an average of one million attacks per week to over 50 million, and discusses UNB’s four point strategy for best defending against them. According to the article, large institutions such as universities are attractive targets because they house valuable information, such as personally identifiable information and patented research data, that can be sold for substantial amounts of money. CBC

Urban, Inuit-focused postsecondary program in Nunavik secures funding

The Kativik School Board has secured the funds to open Nunavik's first urban, Inuit-focused postsecondary program, reports Nunatsiaq Online. The program received a $660K grant through the federal government as well as funding from various regional programs. It will be accredited through John Abbott College and is slated to begin delivering classes in 2017. “We’ve been working on this project for a very long time,” said Kativik School Board chair Alicie Nalukturuk. “It’s important for young people to gain that positive self-identity in order to pursue different things in their lives.” School board officials have reportedly discussed hosting the program in Montréal with Nunavik’s Avataq Cultural Institute, which would give students access to a wealth of Inuit cultural resources. The program would also have a Nunavik-based component. Nunatsiaq Online

Fleming, Algoma sign wide-ranging diploma-to-degree agreement

Fleming College and Algoma University have reportedly signed a new agreement creating a diploma-to-degree pathway between the institutions that will benefit students from a variety of disciplines. The agreement allows graduates from Fleming’s diploma, advanced diploma, or certificate programs to apply to and obtain credit for courses in one of six Algoma bachelor programs. More specific transfer pathways within Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences will reportedly give students the opportunity to obtain a diploma and degree within four years. Fleming

Student Aid Alberta projects 10% growth in loan applications

Student Aid Alberta is preparing for an expected 10% increase in student aid applications in the 2016-17 academic year, reports the Calgary Sun. Current projections anticipate that Student Aid Alberta will issue $579M in loans to roughly 77,000 students for the coming year, compared to $537M for 70,461 students last year. Executive Director Maggie DesLaurier adds that the increase in applications has been partly due to changes in aid qualification requirements: “We’ve made a number of enhancements in the program to ensure we have better targeted financial supports to students who need it so the increased uptake over the years can be attributed to that as well.” Calgary Sun

NOSM to improve Northern ON healthcare access with new partnership 

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine plans to enhance access to health professionals in Northern Ontario thanks to a new collaboration agreement with HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency. The goals of the new collaboration include increasing the number of health professionals in the region, collaborating to match communities with specific needs, and reducing communities’ dependence on temporary locum health professionals. “Through this partnership, [we] will work together and with our community partners to develop sustainable health systems in the North—ensuring communities attract and keep the health professionals who provide the care their citizens need,” said NOSM Dean Roger Strasser. NOSM

Five ways teaching and learning will change by 2030

Times Higher Education contributor Petra Hauptfeld-Göllner writes about the five ways that she anticipates learning in postsecondary schools will change by 2030. Hauptfeld-Göllner suggests that a majority of information will be relayed to students through online methods that do not require in-class attendance, that lecture halls will be replaced by study labs to allow for more participatory learning, and that the role of the teacher will shift towards that of a guide. The author also anticipates that students will become “personal information managers” who engage with information in a personally meaningful way, and that the increasing value of digital literacy will come to complement traditional approaches to academic writing. Times Higher Education

Durham, UOIT share $900K gift to support student scholarships, bursaries

Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology have received a $900K gift to create new scholarships and bursaries for students who wish to pursue PSE. The gift comes from long-time Oshawa resident Anne Sabat, who passed away in 2015. Durham College President Don Lovisa says that thanks to the gift, “more students will be able to continue their post-secondary education and go on to lead successful and fulfilling lives.” UOIT President Tim McTiernan adds that the “Sabat family legacy will live on in our graduates, the entrepreneurs, economic builders, creators and thinkers who will shape our future.” Durham | UOIT