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July 27, 2017

Invest in co-op students to drive company innovation: Ryerson dean

“Here’s a reality many business leaders confront at some point: corporate cultures can eat innovation strategies for breakfast,” writes Steven Murphy, dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. Murphy notes that many businesses have tried to address this issue by creating external incubators with mixed results. But another way to catalyze innovation, Murphy notes, is to invest in co-op students. The author recounts how his school recently collaborated with CIBC Mellon to have five Ryerson students partner with five CIBC Mellon employees for four months. Murphy highlights the rules of the engagement and the benefits that these students brought to the company, noting that their success could be replicated in similar projects. Globe and Mail

NL education task force suggests changes to teacher training

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has released its Task Force Report on Improving Educational Outcomes, which calls for new approaches to inclusive education in the province. Among the report’s 16 recommendations is a call for Memorial University to include two courses on exceptionalities within its education program, in addition to meeting with the NL government annually to discuss how the university’s programs align with the needs of NL schools. Further, the report calls for a full review of the Teacher Training Act and to increase oversight to provide more direction and resources for the professional development of teachers. CBC

SPU creates School of Social Innovation

Saint Paul University is looking to change the way people approach society’s challenges by creating five new degree programs and creating a collaborative workspace geared toward social innovation. The initiatives are part of the university’s new Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation. “When communities are grappling with problems and decide to solve them themselves, without directly appealing to the government or the private sector, that’s social innovation,” explains the school's director, Simon Tremblay-Pepin, who adds that the school will also pursue innovative course structures in addition to teaching methods and content. SPU says that it expects the school's new collaborative space will be ready for the Fall 2017 term. University Affairs

Indigenous students from across Canada learn about traditional approaches to science at FNU

Youth from across Canada spent last week learning about Indigenous approaches to science at a national science camp hosted by First Nations University of Canada. The First Nations and Inuit National Science Camp saw more than 40 youth aged 12-15 gain exposure to a variety of science careers and PSE options. “It's a really great opportunity to see these young students being able to learn about some of the teachings we have to offer here ... and also an opportunity to share what they already know,” said Heather O'Watch, a project assistant for the camp and a summer student at FNU. CBC

Students more likely to read course alerts that offer comparisons with their peers: study

Students are far more likely to read messages that deliver good academic news or compare their performance to that of their peers, according to new research released by Blackboard. The study examined data from 3,679 students who received a total of 22,227 notifications in 414 courses at four institutions, and found that messages telling students that they were in the bottom 5% or top 10% of a class had an open rate that was ten points higher than that of messages about grades generally rising or falling. “Information about activity relative to others is not something that students would otherwise have access to (in contrast to personal grade trends, which students can easily monitor themselves),” state the study’s authors. Campus Technology

Trent receives $300K from international alumnus to support new student centre

The Trent University Student Centre has received a $300K from international alumnus and Trent supporter Justin Chiu. A Trent release reports that the gift will contribute to “enhancing the exceptional student experience at Trent that [Chiu] personally attributes to helping him become the dynamic and successful business leader he is today.” “Dr. Chiu’s vision and dynamism has resulted in projects that have transformed Singapore’s waterfront and changed many other horizons throughout Asia,” said Julie Davis, vice-president of external relations and advancement at Trent. “Through his philanthropy and leadership, he helps extend that vision to the waterfront of Trent University with a vibrant new Student Centre.” Trent

One-quarter decline in Chinese youth population should raise concern for Western universities: report

“One of the central challenges faced by Western universities that now have a heavy reliance on Chinese students has been highlighted in a new set of data,” reports Times Higher Education. According to a new report, the Chinese population of youth aged 18 to 24 is projected to shrink by one-quarter from 2015 to 2025. The article notes that this number could pose significant challenges for Western schools that have become reliant on Chinese enrolments, noting that between 2006 and 2015, the number of Chinese students enrolled in many Western countries almost doubled. The report adds, however, that India is projected to have almost the same number of 18 to 24-year-olds enrolled in Western universities in 2025 as China did in 2010. Times Higher Education

SIIT, FNU receive combined $5M from federal government

The federal government has announced that it will invest $5M to support initiatives that will help First Nations Students pursue and complete their postsecondary studies. $2M of the funds will go toward the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies to determine how longer-term sustainable funding provides lasting benefits for Indigenous students and the Institute. In addition, $3M will be provided to First Nations University of Canada to develop a National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education. “We are honoured to work closely with both institutions and to support these First Nation-led initiatives that encourage students to be proud of who they are, pursue their dreams and fully participate in the Canadian and global economies,” said Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett. Financial Content (INAC)

How to spend the rest of the summer preparing for the next academic hiring season

“So you’ve been on the academic job market, and it didn’t pan out. Let’s begin, then, by acknowledging that if you didn’t get a job in your first or second year out, you’re not alone by far,” writes David Shorter. The author notes that these words might be cold comfort to those looking for academic jobs, and thus focuses on the one thing that recent PhD graduates can control in their job search, which is how they approach their search for the limited jobs available. The author outlines several things a graduate can do with the remainder of their summer to give themselves the best chance for success in the next academic hiring season. These tips include publishing and throwing out old job search materials in order to start afresh. Inside Higher Ed

UPEI hosts Indigenous student orientation day

The University of Prince Edward Island hosted an orientation day yesterday to show Indigenous high school students and recent graduates how they will be supported at the school. CBC reports that the day gave these students a chance to tour campus, meet professors and staff, and learn about university life. Jenna Burke, Aboriginal student mentor at UPEI, says that Indigenous students have been doing well at the school, and that “our success rates for graduation are higher than ever before. … But there are still a lot of families that are, maybe they're first generation graduates in their family, or maybe there's been no one that's gone on through post-secondary. So something like this to show them that they do belong here is really important, and that they're supported, and that it can be fun.” CBC