Top Ten

June 19, 2017

McGill medical program taken off probation

McGill University’s medical program has been taken off probation by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools. The move comes nearly two years after the program was criticized by a CACMS report that cited “frequent violations” in the students’ workload policy and a “lack of confidence (among students) to report mistreatment due to fear of reprisals and fear of lack of anonymity/confidentiality.” The CACMS’s most recent report found that McGill’s program complies with 11 of the body’s 12 accreditation standards, and has accredited McGill’s undergraduate program “for an indeterminate term” while the school addresses some final issues. “This positive outcome reflects the extraordinary work of many individuals on campus and in our teaching network,” said McGill Dean of Medicine David Eidelman. Montreal Gazette | McGill

Social media posts can “wreck your life”: career counsellor to students

Students often think they have much more control over who sees their social media posts than they actually do, writes Thao Nelson, but offensive posts can often have lasting negative impacts on these students’ lives. Nelson cites a recent case in which Harvard University rescinded admission offers for some incoming freshmen who participated in a private Facebook group sharing offensive memes. The truth, Nelson adds, is that a recent survey of over 350 college admissions officers found that 35% used social media to screen applicants. Further, there has been a 600% increase in the number of employers using social media to screen candidates since 2006. With this in mind, Nelson offers tips on how students can build a more positive online reputation and become more professional on social media. Maclean’s

Interest from students, industry fuels rise in business school mentor programs

A growing interest from both students and industry has led to an evolution in business school mentorship programs over the past five years, writes Jennifer Lewington for the Globe and Mail. While these programs tend to vary by school, the author adds, they share some common elements: students and mentors meet face-to-face throughout the school year, with the stipulation that students are responsible for setting the agenda and are expected to seek advice and not jobs from their mentors. The article highlights the specific efforts of business schools at Simon Fraser University, the University of Ottawa, McGill University, and the University of Alberta toward enhancing and growing their student-mentor programs. Globe and Mail

UNB partners with Canadian Armed Forces to bolster cybersecurity

The University of New Brunswick has partnered with the Canadian Armed Forces in an effort to enhance online security through training and research. Falling under the newly released Canadian Defence Policy, the new partnership will see UNB assist the Canadian Armed Forces with research on how to better mitigate online threats, in addition to providing training for positions that will be created as the new national policy is introduced. “We can provide short term or long term professional degree programs for national defence staff and on the research side we can also provide skills to people in order to work on the type of problems that they have right now,” said Ali Ghorbani, the director of Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at UNB. Global News

ON faculty voice frustration over lack of consultation on Strategic Mandate Agreements

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations has issued a statement expressing professors’ frustration over what they see as a lack of meaningful consultation on the province’s new Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMAs). The statement alleges that the process for developing the SMAs has not included meaningful consultation with faculty, and that this failure to consider and incorporate faculty input raises significant concerns about the legitimacy of the SMAs. OCFUA adds that the government should require institutions to provide evidence of meaningful consultation with faculty before beginning negotiations with university administration, and again before any final SMAs are approved. OCUFA

UQÀM, Maisonneuve partner on computer science program

Université du Québec à Montréal and Collège de Maisonneuve have partnered on multiple Diploma to Bachelor (DEC-BAC) and Diploma to Certificate (DEC-certificate) programs,  which will allow computer science students to gain both a college diploma and a university bachelor’s degree or certificate. The program pathways have been designed with the objective of allowing students to receive continuous education across the two institutions without taking repetitive courses between college and university. To this end, students holding the diploma in Computer Science will be exempted from select courses in the degree program, pending their performance score. UQÀM

NAIT joins Eclipse Foundation

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has become a member of the Eclipse Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation based in Ottawa. Eclipse reportedly works on open-source projects with a variety of groups, including commercial developers, consumers, academic and research institutions, and individual developers. “NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration and NAIT’s Centre for Innovative Media will be using Eclipse software to provide additional value within applied research projects in energy, forestry, agriculture, manufacturing, and the environment,” said NAIT Centre for Innovative Media Interim Director Wade Muri. “We feel our relationship with Eclipse is a natural fit, and an extension of the work we have already been delivering to the community.” NAIT

RDC, Collegiate Sports Medicine partner to provide students with mentorship, learning opportunities

Red Deer College has entered a partnership with Collegiate Sports Medicine that will see RDC lease space in the new Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre and create new student learning and mentorship opportunities. In particular, students will have mentorship opportunities in areas such as entrepreneurship, business, kinesiology and therapeutic medicine. “This partnership will allow for greater experiential and practicum opportunities for students, collaborations between faculty and staff at Collegiate and will enhance therapy services available to student athletes and the sports community,” said Dean of the School of Health Sciences Linda Moore Martin. RDC

Brock, Niagara, Niagara Workforce Planning Board partner on economic growth

Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory, Niagara College’s School of Business, and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board have agreed to collaborate on economic, business, and labour research. In particular, the groups will coordinate on activities such as research activities, partner projects, and joint forums with Niagara-based community partners. Charles Conteh, Director of Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO), stated that the partnership will help researchers gain a “panoramic view” of how the economy, business, and labour interact as the region develops. “The MOU we’ve signed today reflects our shared goals of aligning the skills and knowledge of our workforce with the current and future needs of Niagara’s business and industry,” stated Niagara President Dan Patterson. Brock | Niagara

URegina business lecturer to face prosecution for investments that cost clients $324K

A financial adviser who teaches business and investment at the University of Regina is being prosecuted by an investment industry watchdog for allegedly mishandling the money of five investors. CBC reports that an initial hearing for Darryl Yasinowski took place last Thursday with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). IIROC investigators allege that between May 2010 and October 2014, Yasinowski executed “unsuitable” high-risk investments for the five clients, losing a total of $324K, including about $40K in fees. A URegina spokesperson has said that the institution “takes allegations of this nature very seriously,” adding that “these allegations relate to activities outside his employment with the University of Regina. The university will await the results of the investigatory process.” Yasinowski has denied the allegations. CBC