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September 20, 2016

Tim Hortons co-founder makes largest donation in Holland history

Holland College will create 25 new annual entrance bursaries thanks to a $2M donation by Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce. CBC reports that the donation is the largest private gift ever made to the college, and that the funds will go into a permanently invested endowment to support the bursaries. Holland will reportedly recognize the gift by naming its new home for student academic services as The Joyce Family Centre for Academic Support. “The Joyce Family Foundation is building a legacy for the future by empowering students to develop into confident, skilled, independent contributors to society,” said Holland President Brian McMillan. “Their investment in Holland College will help to remove the financial, academic, social, and physical barriers facing students, allowing these bright and talented young people the opportunity to realize their dreams.” CBC | The Guardian (PE) | Holland

BC survey finds success for former apprenticeship students

A survey of over 2,800 former apprenticeship students in BC has found that the completion of trades apprenticeship training leads to well-paying jobs. The survey found that 97% of these students were in the labour force compared to 82% of the BC population, and that 91% were employed. Employed students also were highly likely to be working full-time (98%), and respondents overwhelmingly stated that their employment was very or somewhat related to their in-school training (92%). “This survey shows that our support for the skilled trades is helping apprentices to find their fit in our diverse, strong and growing economy,” said Shirley Bond, BC Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. BC

The impact of big data on Canadian PSE retention, graduation

“If Canadian universities were private corporations, their customer turnover rates would be ruinous,” writes Simona Chiose for the Globe and Mail. Chiose cites data showing that up to 20% of students leave university without finishing, while 20% to 50% leave their initial program. The author explores how universities are now turning to big data and “predictive analytics” to help identify and support students who are most at risk of dropping out. The author concludes that while these efforts might have a significant impact on graduation and retention rates, it is important to remember that “no matter how thinly and carefully the data are sliced, no university should forget that education can be transformative in ways that predictive analytics can’t foresee.” Globe and Mail

NBCC Saint John campus to get new trade education facility

The New Brunswick Community College in Saint John has received $15.89M from the federal and New Brunswick governments for a new trade education facility. The facility will improve the scale and quality of the trades programs offered at the Saint John campus, and will aid NBCC in the creation of multi-functional spaces that will provide flexibility for future classroom and shop programming needs “NBCC makes a significant contribution to New Brunswick’s socio-economic prosperity,” said Susan Murchison, NBCC Board of Governors chair. “Aging infrastructure is a challenge to maintaining and growing that contribution. This investment in a new trades facility at our Saint John campus will ensure that NBCC can continue to play an important role in developing a highly-skilled workforce here in New Brunswick.” NB | NBCC

Brock Goodman School of Business to undergo $22M expansion

Brock University’s Goodman School of Business has announced that it will be undergoing a $22M expansion that will help connect students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and local businesses. The expansion will include the introduction of new space that will feature four new and nine refreshed classrooms, a Bloomberg research lab, and additional seminar rooms and offices. “At Goodman we have an active and engaged body of students, and this inspired space will be a catalyst for unrestricted learning and a foundation for successful careers,” commented Barry Wright, Interim Dean of the Goodman School. The project was made possible by a major gift from the family of Brock Chancellor Emeritus Ned Goodman, as well as a $10M commitment from the Ontario Government. Brock

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Georgian becomes first ON college to receive CAFCE co-operative program accreditation

Georgian College has reportedly become the first college in Ontario to receive accreditation for its co-op programming from the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. A Georgian release states that the school has received accreditation for twelve of its co-operative education programs, making the college a destination of choice for those looking for hands-on career training. “Receiving the CAFCE accreditation emphasizes our commitment to co-operative education and our view that co-op is an experiential learning opportunity facilitated with integrity, holding tremendous value,” said Megan Fenton, Manager of Georgian’s Co-operative Education and Career Success. “Being the first college in Ontario to achieve this accreditation provides confirmation we are a leader in co-operative education and the work we do meets the rigorous standards set out by CAFCE for co-op excellence.” Georgian

YorkU fires staff member for Facebook posts deemed anti-Semitic

York University has reportedly fired a staff member for creating a series of social media posts that critics have deemed anti-Semitic. A letter obtained by the Star states that YorkU Laboratory Technologist Nikolaos Balaskas was terminated last week for publishing a series of Facebook posts that “target identifiable groups” and “denigrate particular religious faiths including those of the Jewish faith.” Amanda Hohmann, national director for B’nai’s Brith’s League for Human Rights, applauded the firing, stating that “it was very heartening to see that the administration took a step like this, that they’re actually listening to our community.” Toronto Star

McMaster explores Arctic health policy with new course collaboration

McMaster University is looking to address issues with mental health and access to health care in Canada’s Arctic through a new global health course created in collaboration with the University College of Southeast Norway. Titled Global Transitions in Local Communities, the course will be offered in January 2017 and will complement the MSc Global Health program that McMaster delivers through a network of partner universities from around the world. “Our Global Health program is opening up access to education in underserved communities, and in the process, increasing faculty and student mobility, and preparing future leaders to interrogate policies with a unique global health focus,” says Andrea Baumann, Associate V-P, Global Health and Director of McMaster's MSc Global Health program. McMaster

How Canada can take advantage of the “new geography of innovation”

Innovation is being increasingly driven by diverse networks of people working in dense urban neighbourhoods, write University of Toronto President Meric Gertler and MaRS Discovery District CEO Ilse Treurnicht. The authors add that “Canada, happily, is well positioned to take advantage of this shift in the geography of innovation,” and the current question is “whether our governments have the political will to capitalize on this momentum.” Gertler and Treurnicht position Toronto as a world-leading example of a place-based innovation cluster and argue for the importance of investment in these areas. The authors conclude that “the geography of innovation is changing. This shift has serious consequences for policy-making. And as cities become the leading engines of innovation, Canada will fall behind unless it embraces downtown density as a driving force in the new economy.” Toronto Star

Professional torment and the problem of university “mobbing”

“Unlike bullying, an individual form of harassment in which a typical scenario consists of a boss victimizing an assistant, mobbing is a serious organizational deficiency,” writes Eve Seguin for University Affairs. The Université du Québec à Montréal professor examines the problem of mobbing, or the strategic effort to ostracize and bully a colleague into resignation or retirement, as one that is potentially widespread in Canadian PSE. Seguin adds that while such collective bullying happens in all workplaces, the “consequences for targets are more damaging in universities than in other work environments.” The author concludes that professors and faculties must do more to recognize when a colleague is being strategically ostracized by a group and to make better efforts to fight against it. University Affairs