Top Ten

March 14, 2018

UWaterloo to spend $1.2M for 15 additional counsellors

The University of Waterloo has released a report that includes 36 recommendations to improve UWaterloo's mental health infrastructure. The university states that it will “invest $1.2 million to increase the number of mental health professionals in counselling services on campus from 22 to 37, including counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists.” CBC reports that the added complement of mental health specialists will improve the total ratio of counselling staff from 1 per 1,370 students to 1 per 1,000. CTV adds that additional recommendations include shifting co-op placements to a student’s second term, striking a committee to review the experiences of marginalized students, and a 24/7 counselling services available by phone, video, and internet. UWaterloo | The Record | CTV News

“No concrete evidence” of student cheating on ethics exam: URegina provost

In response to recent allegations of student cheating on a University of Regina ethics exam, URegina Provost Thomas Chase stressed to the Canadian Press that “we have allegations from two students, but no concrete evidence or names at this point for the incident that was alleged to have taken place.” According to CBC, Engineering professor George Sherk left his teaching assistants to invigilate an exam for his law and ethics class, after which the school received reports from two students who witnessed others cheating. CBC added that URegina has not imposed any disciplinary measures, as the students who reported the cheating did not provide any names. Star Phoenix | CBC

McGill celebrates official launch of Indigenous Health Professions Program: Eniethi’nikonhraiéntho’

McGill University officially launched its Indigenous Health Professions Program earlier this month. At the official launch, the program also received the Mohawk name Eniethi’nikonhraiéntho’, which means “we’ll plant a seed in their mind.” “We are moving toward the restoration of the meaning and practice of indigenous ways of knowing,” said midwife Katsi Cook at the launch. “It is my radical hope that with this new program we will launch more love, compassion, and kindness into the world.” IHPP Director Kent Saylor is collaborating with Indigenous consultants and the McGill Faculty of Education on initiatives such as the Eagle Spirit Camp, which encourage Indigenous students to consider healthcare careers. McGill

UCN to offer new Primary Care Paramedic program

University College of the North has announced the launch of a Primary Care Paramedic Certificate program. A release states that graduates of the program will be able to assess patient conditions and injuries for emergency medical care, administer emergency care, safely secure and transport patients, provide therapeutic interventions, both identify and liaise for individuals that could benefit from additional resources in the community. “University College of the North is delighted to be able to provide training for this critical health care profession,” said UCN President Doug Lauvstad. “This program helps to ensure we are meeting our mandate to respond to labour market demands in the northern communities we serve.” MB | UCN

State-of-the-art residence follows partnership between Ryerson, CSCI

Ryerson University states that it has completed construction on a 30 floor, 593 unit residence for undergraduates. The outcome of a partnership with Canadian Student Communities, Inc, the new residences will reportedly provide 30% more residential space for Ryerson students. “We’ve needed this for a while. We’ve had large waitlists for housing in the last little bit, and many of our first-year students are living off-campus, so this is a great chance for more students to live on-campus with the great supports that we provide, in a state-of-the-art building,” said Ian Crookshank, Ryerson’s director of housing and residence life. Ryerson

Ethicists, lawyers, call for investigation into USask prof following 3M settlement

University of Saskatchewan toxicologist John Giesy has denied allegations that he helped 3M suppress research about cancer-causing chemicals, deeming the allegations to be part of a smear campaign by the State of Minnesota, CBC reports. USask administrators have defended Giesy, citing his numerous accomplishments in protecting the environment. However, University of Manitoba ethicist Arthur Shafer called USask’s decision not to investigate Giesy “mind-boggling” after reviewing emails between Giesy and 3M. CBC

Against the rise of the student experience industry

The emphasis on a student’s experience in PSE has reached a point where it is actively working against a student’s education, writes Wilfrid Laurier Associate Professor Jonathan Finn. The author notes that as state funding for PSE has declined, universities have had to do more to recruit and retain students, which has led to a growing number of task forces and departments devoted to improving the student experience. The author adds that the replacement of the word “education” with “experience” in many institutional strategies results in “short-term gain in the form of immediate student satisfaction and positive metrics, but long-term pain in a less well-educated and capable citizenry.” University Affairs

La Cité receives $850K to expand research, innovation activities

Le Bureau de la recherche et de l’innovation at Collège La Cité will receive more than $850K through the Ontario Centers of Excellence to continue and expand its research activities. The funds will be used to conduct research projects related to biotechnology, agri-food, and intelligent prototyping. ON Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Mitzie Hunter notes that these projects will encourage students to explore their full potential, integrate into industries, and help maintain the competitiveness of ON's research and development sector. Iddé

BVC renames two Centres of Excellence to reflect diversity in program offerings

Bow Valley College has renamed its two Centres of Excellence to better reflect the diversity of programs that they offer. A BVC release states that its Centre for Excellence in Foundational Learning will now be known as the School of Foundational Learning, and the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement will be the School of Global Access. “Over the years, we have successfully introduced thousands of learners to language and workplace skills training programs,” says School of Global Access Dean Elza Bruk. “From this strong foundation, we now have the opportunity to further advance this work to better serve an increasingly interconnected world.” BVC

Queen's Smith School of Business launches North America’s first graduate business degree in AI

Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business says that it has launched North America’s first graduate business degree in artificial intelligence. A Smith release states that the new Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence will help fill the talent gap for much-needed managers who can apply AI strategies to business decisions. The program's content will be delivered by Smith faculty and adjunct faculty from the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. “AI is being considered for every function within organizations, from operations to marketing and customer experience, to finance and forecasting,” said Smith Associate Dean of MBA and Masters Programs Elspeth Murray, adding that “the challenge is bridging the power of technology with the needs and context of the organization.” Queen's