Top Ten

November 21, 2017

ON college students who dropped out because of strike will be eligible for tuition refund

Students in Ontario who quit college because of the recently ended five-week strike will be eligible for full tuition refunds, said ON Minister of Advanced Education Deb Matthews yesterday. Students who remain enrolled will also be eligible for up to $500 in financial aid. The Waterloo Region Record reports that the aid for full-time domestic and international students will cover unexpected costs such as child care, rebooked train and bus tickets, and January rent. The aid will reportedly come from the net savings colleges have accumulated by not paying their striking staff during the labour dispute. Waterloo Region Record

McGill CIRM gets $3.25M boost from BMO Financial Group and McConnell Foundation

McGill University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM) has received a combined $3.25M from BMO Financial Group and the McConnell Foundation. The money will go toward supporting an advisor position and a visiting professorship, as well as enhancing CIRM’s operations and footprint in the city, and developing research awards. “We are very grateful for these generous gifts from BMO Financial Group and the McConnell Foundation,” said McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier. “We look forward to the innovative ideas and projects that will grow out of this Centre, and we are committed to contributing to them, to moving forward with work that will truly touch us where we all live – the great City of Montreal.” McGill

Visions of university “bankruptcy” underlie broader effort to reduce higher ed to market effects: Warner

It is impossible for a public institution to go bankrupt, writes John Warner in an essay critiquing those who prophesize about the impending disruption of higher ed. Warner argues that bankruptcy is only applicable to businesses that are subject to profit and loss, which public institutions are not. While public institutions can have troubled balance sheets, Warner notes, they can only shut down if they are “allowed to starve,” which is ultimately a decision of policy makers and not markets. The author adds that arguments about university bankruptcies are part of a “deliberate mythmaking strategy” that “wants us to believe there is no such thing as a public institution. There are only markets.” Inside Higher Ed

UVic’s Gustavson School of Business receives $600K funding top-up from Goldcorp

The University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business has received a $600K from Goldcorp Inc to ensure that sustainability and social responsibility are an integral part of its programming, courses, and research. Goldcorp has pledged the funds in addition to its $1.25M commitment to UVic’s Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation. “I envision this [funding] will allow us to continue on our trajectory and maintain the momentum we have built up here,” said Monika Winn, the centre’s director. Winn noted that it is too soon to say if the funding will allow for the hiring of new staff, but said that it would allow the centre to continue bringing postdoctoral fellows to the school to conduct research. Times Colonist

UAlberta institutes new training module to help protect nursing students

The University of Alberta has incorporated a new training module into its curriculum to help protect nursing students on placements. The introduction of the new module follows a “unique cluster” of attacks against nursing students by patients last year that initiated a review of the university’s environment, health, and safety department. “We see this module as providing knowledge to the student,” said Linda Youell, Director of Undergraduate Services at UAlberta's Faculty of Nursing. “It’s a tool in the tool kit but they have to learn how to apply it when they get into a real clinical situation.” Edmonton Journal

Listen to your body when considering career choices: Godbee

“The absence of a strong yes is actually a no,” writes Beth Godbee of the intuitions one should follow when considering a new career move. Godbee advises readers against acting according to an internal sense of “should,” and instead recommends that individuals listen to their bodies when considering choices about the future. In order to do so, the author offers five recommendations, which include keeping an emotional journal and listening to a set of bodily signals when considering difference options. Godbee concludes by reiterating that when it comes to career choices, anything that is not a strong “yes” is in fact a “no.” Inside Higher Ed

SNP launches Mohawk language learning app

Six Nations Polytechnic has launched an app designed to help people learn the Mohawk language. The institution says that the app, which is available for both Apple and Android, comes in the wake of a successful app launched last year that taught the Cayuga language. The school says users can browse different categories to explore greetings, numbers, places, feelings, clans and nations. Users can listen to words and play games to test their knowledge while also gauging their reading, listening, and speaking skills. Times Colonist

Waterloo warns Chinese students of fake kidnapping scam

International students from China studying in Southwestern Ontario are being warned about a scam in which they are told to go into hiding while their families are informed that they have been kidnapped. CBC reports that the scam has already targeted people in Toronto and Hamilton, although there have been no reported incidents of families transferring money to the fake kidnappers. The University of Waterloo has issued a scam alert in the wake of these events, noting that while it has not received any reports of such activity, “the safety of our students is paramount, which is why we want to make sure they're aware of things such as this.” Waterloo Regional Police have also issued a warning about the scam. CBC

TD gives $1M to Western for data analytics teaching and research

Faculty at Western University are set to build on their school’s strength in data analytics with the support of $1M from TD Bank Group. A Western release notes that the funding will support data analytics research whose applications can span from measuring ecosystem degradation to predicting vulnerabilities in financial systems. “This is a substantial investment from an outstanding, long-term philanthropic partner,” said Western President Amit Chakma. “New technologies are churning out massive amounts of data and TD’s generosity demonstrates their confidence that Western’s faculty and students will translate that data into solving highly complex issues facing Canada and the world.” Western

UCalgary unveils new Indigenous strategy

The University of Calgary has released its Indigenous Strategy, titled ii' taa' poh' to' p, to its campus and the broader community. A university release states that the strategy is the result of nearly two years of community dialogue and campus engagement, which used community dialogues, focus groups, and a public survey to involve people from the university, Indigenous communities, and community stakeholders.& “We are working towards authentic reconciliation, walking together with Indigenous communities on parallel paths, while creating an ethical space for authentic conversation that will enhance mutual understanding and respect,” said UCalgary Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dru Marshall, who also chaired the Indigenous Strategy Steering Committee. UCalgary