Top Ten

March 19, 2018

BrandonU to cut 15% of senior administration

Following the Manitoba provincial government’s announcement of a 0.9% cut in support for postsecondary institutions, Brandon University has cut nine senior administrative positions, the Brandon Sun reports. The school is also reportedly poised to raise tuition by 6.6%. According to a press release, three Associate VPs, the University Librarian, and the Dean of Graduate Studies will be amongst those cut. “As much as possible, we are insulating students from the direct impact of these unavoidable cuts,” said BrandonU Acting VP Meir Serfaty. “We are committed to providing students with a quality education and all of the supports they need to succeed.” BrandonU Inerim President Steve Robinson explained that the 6.6% tuition hike will amount to an additional $25 per class. BrandonU | Brandon Sun

UBC opens $11.6M Chan Gunn Pavillion

The Chan Gunn Pavilion, a $11.6M sports medicine and exercise science building at the University of British Columbia, opened its doors last Thursday. In addition to a clinic, rehabilitation space, and research labs, the pavilion will reportedly include a gym dedicated to recovery strategies for people with cancer and other chronic diseases. The building’s namesake is said to have developed a technique of non-surgical pain treatment. “We are honoured that UBC has devoted part of this building to building on my life’s work in helping people,” stated Chan Gunn, who made the donation with his wife, Peggy. UBC

Mental health recommendations to help UWaterloo’s students flourish: president

While many Canadians express empathy for those struggling with mental health challenges on Bell Let's Talk Day every January 31st, University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur writes that “[t]he conversation about mental health in our community extends well beyond one day in the middle of winter.” To that end, UWaterloo’s president pointed to the university’s recent move to improve the school’s mental health infrastructure, and emphasized the need to go beyond helping students cope through systemic changes and improvements. “It will take all of us working together with empathy, compassion and courage to shine a light and to keep the conversation going,” concludes Hamdullahpur. The Record

Centennial works with industry partners in wake of #MeToo

Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts has integrated anti-harassment training into its curriculum, the Toronto Star reports. According to the Star, the It’s Your Shift Sexual Violence and Intervention Training program consists of five online modules, job aids, resources, and guidelines intended to foster a “healthy and inclusive workplace.” The new curriculum emerged from a partnership between the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association, Tourism HR Canada, and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation, the Star adds. “OTEC is extremely proud to have developed this timely training program and to partner with Centennial College to make It’s Your Shift available to its students,” stated OTEC President Victoria Behune. Toronto Star

Professors can learn from struggling students: Diehl

Professors have an obligation to actively engage with average and below-average students, argues Paul Diehl. While top students might affirm a professor’s sense of professional accomplishment, Diehl adds, they will likely succeed regardless of their teacher. Lower-achieving students, meanwhile, can pose a true test of a teacher’s aptitude. Furthermore, the author notes that weaker students might be struggling with external pressures that they might not voluntarily disclose. For Diehl, an important aspect of teaching involves reaching out to those students. Insider Higher Ed

SMU receives $11M from NS to grow entrepreneurial ecosystem

Nova Scotia will invest $11M toward the proposed Entrepreneurship, Discovery and Innovation (EDI) Hub at Saint Mary’s University, according to a university press release. The EDI aims to connect SMU students and faculty with community entrepreneurs and businesses. “Since I became President, we’ve made entrepreneurship a strategic direction for the university and we’ve been working and investing in this field,” said SMU President  Robert Summerby-Murray. “We are incredibly pleased and honoured by this significant investment in the future of Saint Mary’s and Nova Scotia.” SMU

Concordia receives $10M gift to establish Centre for Real Estate, support bursaries and scholarships

Concordia University has received a $10M gift that it will use to establish a Centre for Real Estate in the John Molson School of Business, in addition to supporting student bursaries and scholarships. The gift comes from alumni Jonathan and Susan Wener. “Jon is one of our most remarkable supporters and his leadership and guidance have helped transform our university into the next-generation institution it is today,” said Concordia President Alan Shepard. “Thanks to Jon and Susan’s generous gift, the Centre for Real Estate will produce cutting-edge education and research that responds to an increasingly complex and fast-paced world.” Concordia

When professionals don’t find meaning in their work

“It’s hard to achieve a sense of balance when your work isn’t at least somewhat inherently rewarding and connected to your values,” writes Liz Koblyk. The author notes that even in cases where one has a reasonable workload or supportive environment, stress is all but inevitable if a person feels like their work does not have meaning. There is also a difference, Koblyk adds, between knowing the value of one’s work in an abstract sense and feeling it in an emotional sense. “If it’s hard to come up with new ideas, if the new ideas you come up with aren’t exciting or at least intriguing, or if you catch yourself habitually procrastinating with a certain type of work, those are signs to consider what would make you feel excited, proud, humbled, curious, or rewarded,” the author concludes. University Affairs

Queen’s signs agreement with 10 colleges to create Bachelor of Health Science degree pathways

Queen’s University reports that it has signed agreements with ten Ontario colleges which will allow students enrolled in a one-year health-centred certificate program to gain advanced standing in a Queen’s online health degree. The new articulation agreements will allow graduates of the colleges’ Pre-Health Sciences advanced pathway who enroll in the Queen’s online Bachelor of Health Sciences program to receive credit for roughly one semester of courses. “These agreements are an example of our commitment to collaboration and innovation within the higher education system,” said Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf. Queen’s