Top Ten

November 6, 2017

GBC, Fanshawe, Lambton top list of Canada’s best 50 research colleges

George Brown College, Fanshawe College, and Lambton College have taken the first, second, and third spots in this year’s rankings of Canada’s Top Research Colleges. Released by Re$earch Infosource, the rankings revealed significant gains by GBC, which rose from #19 to #1, and Fanshawe, which rose from #32 to #2. Lambton remained steady in the #3 spot, which it also occupied in last year’s rankings. Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe and Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Iles rounded out the top five, respectively. Re$earch Infosource

YorkU to open new maker space in Markham

York University will officially open its new innovation and entrepreneurship centre, YSpace, in downtown Markham today. A YorkU release says that the centre will offer students, members of the community, and startups a large-scale co-working space and a maker space where they can access training programs for entrepreneurs, connect with other organizations in the community, and build virtual or actual prototypes. The new entrepreneurship centre is reaching out to community and private sector partners to promote and support creativity in the community that will be home to YorkU's Markham Centre campus in 2021. YorkU

How universities can be more transparent about PhD employment outcomes

“For the past 20 years, expert panels of scientists have recommended universities track and report the career outcomes of their PhD alumni,” writes Maren Wood. The author notes that in her work in the US, she learned two key factors to tracking outcomes: determining the successful methods for collecting data on PhD career outcomes and harmonizing the career taxonomies being used. Without following similar methods of career categorization, universities cannot make direct comparisons in their job outcomes, adds Wood. University Affairs

Ground broken on new Anishanabek Skills, Innovation, and Research Centre

Stakeholder have held the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new $2M Anishinabek Skills, Innovation and Research Centre at the Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute. “I strongly believe that a lot of our band membership are moving towards the trade sector and with this new initiative, I am guaranteed that the program will be full to capacity,” said United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising Tribal Chair and Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation Chief Patsy Corbiere. Kenjgewin Teg Elder-in-Residence Roberta Oshkabewisens led a morning thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking. The building is expected to be completed by 2018, and the centre is expected to help meet the region’s anticipated skilled trades shortage. Manitoulin Expositor

MUN student paper stops print edition for one semester to save costs

Memorial University's student newspaper has announced that it will only run online editions this semester in order to cope with mounting debt and production costs. Karen Silver, who took over as editor-in-chief of The Muse in June, says that miscommunication and a high staff turnover rate over the past few years have taken a toll on the paper’s finances. “I don't think anybody before me realized how bad it was because the editor-in-chief really doesn't have a hand in the business side of it,” she told CBC Radio's St John's Morning Show. Silver said that the change will save the paper roughly $14K in bi-weekly printing costs over the semester. CBC

Dal Medical School receives eight-year accreditation

The Dalhousie University Medical School’s undergraduate medical education program has received accreditation for an eight-year term. The accreditation process included a self-examination, a student-led review of curriculum, preparation of a comprehensive series of documents, and an in-depth site visit by accreditation representatives. “We’re very proud of the efforts and results of the two accreditation processes we’ve recently completed, and look forward to continued success with the postgraduate accreditation process,” said the medical school's Senior Associate Dean Darrell White. Dal

Creating the best reappointment, tenure, promotion file

How can you put your best foot forward when putting together your tenure and promotion file? This is the question that Anna Ortiz, Don Haviland, and Laura Henriques ask as part of an ongoing series about managing the reappointment, tenure, and promotion process. The authors note that a typical file should include a copy of one’s CV, a narrative about one’s professional journey, and documents providing evidence of one's accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. Together, these three components of the file should tell a compelling story about the candidate’s accomplishments, conclude the authors. Inside Higher Ed

Holland, YorkU establish transfer pathways for performing arts students

Holland College and York University have signed an articulation agreement that will benefit Fine Arts students at the two institutions. Graduates from Holland’s School of Performing Arts programs will receive a block of 48 credits toward a YorkU Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which requires 120 credits to complete. “Agreements such as this ensure that SoPA students transition into university to pursue their educational and artistic aspirations without having to go through the arduous process of applying for credit transfers on a course by course basis,” said Gaylene Carragher, Director of Holland’s SoPA. Holland

ON Bill 148 must address unequal pay, precarious work: OCUFA

“The review of Ontario’s labour laws has brought new momentum to addressing unpredictable scheduling, the lack of equal pay for work of equal value, and the fact that many contract faculty do not have access to benefits,” writes the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. OCUFA encourages those who agree to send a letter to ON Premier Kathleen Wynne asking the provincial government to amend and pass Bill 148. “Through advocacy around Bill 148, university faculty are working with new allies,” says the release. “And students, staff and faculty on campus are working through cross campus alliances to achieve wins for campus workers.” OCUFA

NorQuest signs CICan protocol, offers space for Downie-Wenjack Legacy Room

NorQuest College says that it has become the first institution in Western Canada to dedicate a special space for a Downie-Wenjack Legacy Room, and the first postsecondary institution in Edmonton to sign the CICan Indigenous Education Protocol. “Today we have also launched our NorQuest College Indigenization Strategy,” said NorQuest President Jodi Abbott. “More than words on paper, it will help guide our day-to-day work. It is a living document that provides us with a holistic approach to reconciliation and decolonization.” Abbott noted that signing the CICan protocol marked a commitment to making Indigenous education a priority at the college. NorQuest