Top Ten

March 2, 2018

UofT tops Canadian institutions in QS rankings by subject

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has released its 2018 World University Rankings by Subject, and the University of Toronto has taken the top spot in Canada for every category. UofT placed #22 in the world for Arts & Humanities, #43 for Engineering, #13 for Life Sciences and Medicine, #23 for Natural Science, and #34 for Social Sciences and Management. The University of British Columbia and McGill were most commonly the next highest-ranked Canadian institutions in each subject, with UBC placing #31 and McGill placing #32 in the Life Sciences and Medicine category. QSQS (Full Rankings) | Newswire

BC Human Rights Tribunal agrees to investigate complaint against VIU

The BC Human Rights Tribunal has stated that it will investigate a complaint against Vancouver Island University made on behalf of female employees and students who say that they were harassed by a middle-aged male student who harboured “infantilist fetishes.” The Province reports that the tribunal initially did not accept the complaint, which was filed last July by VIU’s former director of human rights and workplace safety, Katrin Roth. Roth was given an opportunity in August 2017 to file more information, and last week, tribunal chairwoman Diana Juricevic said she was prepared to accept the complaint with conditions and certain deadlines. A February 23 statement from the president’s office at VIU said that “VIU has not received the materials that were submitted and has not had an opportunity to respond.” The Province | Straight.com | VIU (1) | VIU (2)

GPRC degrees to be responsive to regional employment needs, says president

Less than a week after receiving permission to grant degrees, Grande Prairie Regional College says that its new degree programs will work to reflect local employment needs and retain young people in the region. “We will be able to put nuances in our degree programs that meet the specific needs of this region,” said GPRC President Don Gnatiuk, noting that programs such as education, nursing, animal science, and business could potentially be developed. “Ever since I've been here, people have made it clear, 'Please keep my kids at home,’” added Gnatiuk. “What happens is they go off somewhere else, they find other lives, and off they go. And then they don't come back.” CBC

UWindsor unveils $73M sport and recreation centre design

The University of Windsor has unveiled design plans for its $73M Lancer Sport and Recreation Centre, the Windsor Star reports. In addition to replacing the school’s aging St Denis Centre, the facility will serve as a recruitment tool for new students, said Dean of Human Kinetics Michael Khan. UWindsor students reportedly provided input on the facility through several referenda. “They really wanted to have a sense of a home court for Lancers basketball and volleyball which was not happening in the existing field house,” stated Craig Goodman of C&P Architects. Construction is reported to begin in 2019. Windsor Star

WLU, police partner up against St Patrick's Day Ezra street party

Wilfrid Laurier University will work with police to crack down on the Ezra street party planned for St Patrick’s Day, according to Vice-President of Student Affairs David McMurray. “Laurier has actively discouraged this (party) right from the start and has spent an incredible amount of time and effort with multiple people trying to manage the situation,” said McMurray. McMurray and Waterloo police chief Bryan Larkin both stated that there will be a greater police presence this year. McMurray added that last year’s Ezra street party was flooded with people who had no affiliation either with WLU or the University of Waterloo. “People have to remember the majority of students don't go to Ezra street and don’t want anything to do with it,” he said. CBC

MRU faculties collaborate on Public Safety and Security Research Group

The Public Safety and Security Research Group (PSSRG), a new initiative between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Continuing Education at Mount Royal University, focuses on the “how” of prevention and response, according to its coordinators. “We are interested in how can we plan spaces, how can we have procedures for law enforcement, how can we educate members of the public who might be the first on scene or in the middle of the scene. How can we educate them in order to mitigate or prevent these kinds of actions?” says Kelly Sundberg, a co-founder of PSSRG. The group has also been in contact with postsecondary institutions in Australia and Tel Aviv to develop a course on the different forms that violence assumes. MRU

UBC med students lobby for improved mental-health, addictions services for BC youth

The British Columbia legislature hosted a delegation of medical students from the University of British Columbia on February 26, the Georgia Straight reports. According to a media release, students from the delegation spoke to MLAs from the province’s three legislative parties about mental health and addictions services for youth. “B.C. lacks a full spectrum of youth substance use services, which should include prevention, assessment, and specialized services,” read the release. “Withdrawal management services, long term recovery services, and seamless transitions between hospital to community-based care should be youth-specific.” The medical students also drafted a list of recommendations that they believe will improve the province’s new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. Georgia Straight

Making the case for digital marketing

To stay competitive, higher education communications professionals need to “understand and apply digital marketing as part of their toolkit,” asserts Paul Redfern, vice president for communications at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Redfern recommends a five-step strategy that starts with small experiments using paid social media such as Facebook ads. After implementing measures that assess the outcomes of the social media strategy, Redfern suggests a resource allocation plan that “includes time to train, time to plan and execute, time to track and report, and time to provide analysis to inform ongoing strategy.” The author’s final two steps involve generating more resources and finding a mentor with a proven track record in digital marketing. Inside Higher Ed

NS introduces legislation strengthen apprenticeship system

Nova Scotia has introduced new legislation to ensure that skilled trades work is performed safely by trained and certified tradespersons. An NS release notes that amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualification Act will give the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency additional tools and authority to enforce certification requirements in the compulsory certified trades. “With these changes, we are strengthening the province’s apprenticeship system, and giving peace of mind to tradespeople and consumers who pay for their expertise,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. NS

Study reports that wealth can influence parental involvement, student success in US universities

Affluence can dictate student success in the American undergraduate classroom and beyond, a recent study published in Sociology of Education suggests. The study reports that while wealthy parents helped their children navigate academics, social life, and application processes for prestigious programs, low-income students often felt adrift. Although American postsecondary institutions provide free resources such as career advising, the authors find that their delivery models are often flawed. Josipa Roksa, one of the study’s authors, remarks that “the institutions often time [sic] portray that there are all of these resources available. It gives these parents a false sense of security thinking that their students are being taken care of, that there are people to guide and mentor them, and that just doesn’t happen.” Inside Higher Ed