Top Ten

October 3, 2017

Toronto’s Massey College suspends “master” title, apologizes for professor’s racist comment

Massey College, an independent residential college affiliated with the University of Toronto, says that it has stopped referring to its head as “master” and has apologized for an incident last week that deeply offended members of the school's community. The incident reportedly took place last week when Hugh Segal, the head of the college, who has the formal title “master,” joined a table with Massey Emeritus History Professor Michael Marrus and several junior fellows at the college. At that point, Marrus reportedly turned to a black junior fellow and made an inappropriate remark playing on the racist connotations of the term “master.” Students at the table have since submitted a formal complaint and have received the support of almost 200 faculty and students at the university in a petition. Marrus has reportedly resigned from his position at the school. Globe and Mail (1) | | Globe and Mail (Marrus resignation) | Toronto Star

QC’s ASSÉ student union anticipated to begin dissolution

An association representing nearly 70,000 PSE students in Quebec was slated to begin dissolving this past weekend. The Montreal Gazette reports that the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante, or ASSÉ, was one of three major student associations that emerged during Quebec’s Maple Spring movement in 2012. Earlier this month, the association was recommended for dissolution by one of its member organizations, the Association étudiante du cégep de Sherbrooke. AÉCS spokesperson Lara Mouillet has accused ASSÉ of lacking transparency and failing to provide financial statements, among other issues. Montreal Gazette | La Presse

YorkU’s Schulich School of Business named top business school in Canada by Forbes

The Schulich School of Business at York University has been ranked the top business school in Canada and eighth in the world among two-year MBA programs outside the US by Forbes. The 2017 Forbes “Best Business Schools” global survey measured the Return on Investment (ROI) experienced by MBA graduates from the Class of 2012 five years after obtaining their degrees. Schulich was also jointly ranked fourth in the world among all two-year MBA programs (both US and non-US) in terms of “Years To Payback” – the length of time it takes a business school’s graduates to recoup their investment in an MBA degree. YorkU

UoGuelph president joins “mental health housecall” initiative to support student wellbeing

Administrators, staff, and faculty at the University of Guelph have come together to pay mental health housecalls to students living in residence as part of an ongoing effort to promote mental wellbeing on campus. Participants in the effort include UoGuelph president Franco Vaccarino along with other administrators, faculty members, and counsellors. “We had some students who had faculty visit and they said, ‘it's nice to know that I'm one of 300 in that lecture, but that individual made time to come through so now I know that they're approachable and they care about me and it's not just their job,’” said Patrick Kelly, who oversees the program. CBC

New Student Centre Opens at Trent University with $10.5M from students

Trent University has officially opened its new Student Centre with the support of $10.5M in funding from its student body. A Trent release notes that in the spring of 2013, Trent students voted yes to a levy that would provide the student funding to the new centre. This funding was later combined with philanthropic support from the Trent community to complete the $16M project. “The Student Centre is a partnership between the University, its students and donors who care about Trent,” said Trent President Leo Groarke. “In that way, the Student Centre is a physical manifestation of what Trent is.” Trent | Peterborough Examiner | PTBO Canada

Ryerson submits second bid for Niagara Falls digital zone

Ryerson University has submitted a second bid for federal development grant funding to establish a digital zone in downtown Niagara Falls. “We remain a partner in the application process,” said Niagara Mayor Jim Diodati. “As you are well aware, should the application be approved, it would have to come back to council for council to consider any formal agreement with our partners.” The first bid was turned down in 2016, and while he has not seen the application, Diodati stated that Ryerson has been working on its second application “for quite some time.” The mayor stated that the city would likely provide a financial commitment, which could include city-owned buildings and/or land. St Catharines Standard | Niagara This Week

UQAM signs agreement to offer eMBA program in Vietnam, is re-accredited in China

The Université du Québec à Montréal and the National University of Economics of Hanoi have formally signed an agreement that will see UQAM offer its executive MBA program at the  Vietnamese university. The program will be offered in two areas of specialization: health services management and property management. UQAM has also reported that its École des sciences de la gestion and the China University of Mining and Technology have obtained re-accreditation of the joint executive MBA program being offered to Chinese students in Shanghai and Beijing. The program was first introduced in the Republic of China in 2003 and currently has 160 active Chinese students. UQAM (1) | UQAM (2)

RRC introduces new Nurse Prescriber program

Red River College has announced the creation of a new Nurse Prescriber advanced certificate program that will train nurses to act as a Registered Nurse Authorized Prescriber or RN (AP). The creation of the program follows on the news that Manitoba will bring the nurse prescriber role under Regulated Health Profession Act as of next May. “Red River College had to move quickly to help nurses and their employers adapt to the new requirements of provincial legislation, particularly those RNs who are currently working as prescribers and will now need to meet the new requirements,” says Christine Watson, RRC’s Vice-President, Academic. Within the program, nurses will be able to specialize in either travel health or reproductive health and sexually transmitted or blood-borne infections. RRC | Winnipeg Free Press

UQAR, Cégep de Riviere-du-Loup, local school board partner on labour training

Université du Québec à Rimouski, the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup, and the Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup school board have partnered to introduce a new, integrated service for training local labour in the Rivière-du-Loup region. The initiative stems from work done by Riviere-du-Loup to redefine its economic development model, and the identified need for consolidated training offerings. The action plan for the program includes joint programming, diversification of training offerings, intensified networking opportunities, and the introduction of technological tools for information and training. UQAR

MtA joins international partnership on Open Greek and Latin Project

Mount Allison University’s Classics department has partnered with the United States’ Harvard University, Tufts University, and the University of Virginia, as well as Germany’s Leipzig University to develop the Open Greek and Latin Project (OGL). The international, interdisciplinary project provides free, online access to all source texts written in Classical Greek or Latin from antiquity to c. 600 CE, which increases accessibility for researchers. “Digitizing resources like this is very important for many fields in the humanities—classics, but also religious studies, history, philosophy, and others,” explained MtA Classics department head Bruce Robertson. “There’s a lot of potential for additional research with a large digital collection like the OGL.” MtA