Top Ten

April 13, 2018

McGill, Concordia under pressure to respond to misconduct allegations

According to the Montreal Gazette, over 700 students and professors walked out of class at McGill University to protest the “mismanagement of sexual misconduct allegations against professors at both Concordia and McGill universities.” Last week, the Students’ Society of McGill University submitted an open letter that alleged the administration continued to ignore ongoing complaints of abuse against at least five professors in the Faculty of Arts. CBC adds that Concordia students, meanwhile, are demanding that they be included in the decision-making process for reforms being considered by administration. Montreal Gazette | CBC

Union rejects YorkU’s call for binding arbitration

In a bid to salvage the remainder of the school year, York University President Rhonda Lenton reportedly asked the union to agree to binding arbitration. CUPE 3903 refused Lenton’s request, however, and stated to CBC that the university has made no effort to negotiate. Lina Nasr, a doctoral student and member of the union’s bargaining team, stated that arbitration would “set a bad example.” “In the six weeks of the strike they have only met with us once. They need to make an effort to actually negotiate,” Nasr added. President Lenton has responded to CUPE 3903 insisting that with only six weeks remaining in the school year, the university is “at that point of last resort” where binding arbitration is necessary. CBC

Treaty 6 Grand Chief calls Elder’s dismissal at UAlberta a setback in reconciliation

Wilton Littlechild, Grand Chief of Treaty 6, told CBC that he is “very concerned” about the sudden dismissal of Elder Marilyn Buffalo from the University of Alberta. In December 2016, UAlberta reportedly hired Buffalo as a Senior Adviser on Indigenous initiatives in the Office of the Provost. According to CBC, Buffalo accepted a two-year contract extension in January, but the university abruptly let her go on February 22nd. A termination letter drafted by Deputy Provost Wendy Rodgers stated that “a different leadership approach” would “be necessary to move forward the University of Alberta's reconciliation efforts.” CBC

SK budget forces URegina’s hand on layoffs: Timmons

The University of Regina has no choice but to introduce layoffs due to the most recent Saskatchewan budget, says university President Vianne Timmons. Global News reports that provincial funding for universities will remain at 2017-18 levels, which were reduced by 5% from 2016-17. “It’s going to be a challenging budget for us, because we have costs that we can’t control that are increasing all the time,” Timmons said. “So last year we actually did lay-off over 20 people, so we did have to lay-off full time people. We will be doing the same this year. We will be having to cut positions.” Global reports that in addition to the layoffs last year, 11 vacant positions at URegina have gone unfilled. Global News

CapilanoU University One program to offer path into PSE for Indigenous students

Capilano University says that this fall, it plans to launch its University One for Aboriginal Learners program, which aims to help Aboriginal, Métis, and Inuit students establish an academic foundation to prepare them for university.  The program will consist of several 100-level credit courses focused on reading, writing, and problem-solving skills, and will initially take in a small cohort of between 10 and 16 students. The program evolved out of discussions with First Nations communities, said CapilanoU First Nations adviser David Kirk. “The history of education for our people has not been the greatest,” said Kirk. “The whole intention (of residential schools) was to take away our language, our culture and our connection to the land. It takes generations to heal from that.” North Shore News

County of Simcoe donates $1M to Lakehead Orillia

Lakehead University has received a $1M donation from the County of Simcoe to support its Orillia campus. “The County of Simcoe has been extremely supportive of our Lakehead Orillia campus since its inception in 2006,” said Lakehead Interim President Moira McPherson. “These contributions have supported the growth of teaching, community service and research activities on campus, which can be seen through the successes of our students.” Lakehead Orillia Principal Dean Jobin-Bevans noted that the donation will be key to supporting student engagement and the campus' future plans. Lakehead

Ryerson to launch Master of Health Administration in Community Care

The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University has announced that it will launch the Master of Health Administration in Community Care. The program, reportedly the first of its kind in Canada, aims to “address the demand for skilled managers in private, public and not-for-profit organizations that plan, coordinate, and deliver clinical and supportive community healthcare.” Program Director Karen Spalding added that the program is also designed to promote home and community care as career destinations, rather than short-term stints as people wait for jobs in hospitals. According to Ryerson, the program will consist of four terms, with modules that cover performance management, comparative health policy, and information technology for home and community care. Ryerson

UQAM introduces two graduate programs in marketing strategies

The Université du Québec à Montréal has announced that it will introduce two new marketing programs in Fall 2018. According to a UQAM news release, the Graduate Diploma in Marketing provides foundations in integrated marketing communication, market research, omni-channel marketing, and strategic sales management. The accelerated Graduate Program in Marketing reportedly enables students to specialize in digital or strategic marketing, or marketing communications. UQAM Marketing Professor Francine Rodier states that the program is designed with the schedules of working professionals in mind. UQAM

After goodbye letter, Bartram responds to career advice

In a follow up to her viral “farewell note” to the academy, Erin Bartram has drafted an op-ed for those who would offer career advice to those who abandon the professoriate. Bartram argues that unsolicited advice might not necessarily be welcome, and adds that the advice-giver might want to consider their own motivations. Additionally, Bartram notes that departing PhDs come from myriad social and fiscal contexts, so any advice would have to take personal context into account. She closes by encouraging would-be advice-givers to listen to those who leave the academy. Chronicle of Higher Education

MUN launches K-6 STEM teacher education program

Memorial University’s Faculty of Education has launched a new program that the university says will help to position it at the leading edge of STEM teacher education in Canada. Aimed at university students who are completing a degree, the two-year post-degree program will reportedly qualify graduates to teach school children at the kindergarten to Grade 6 levels. “The program responds to increasing local, national and international focus on the sciences, digital technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in schools,” said Faculty of Education Dean Kirk Anderson. “It’s an exciting time to be in the Faculty of Education—elements of this program are unique and it’s the first of its kind in the country.” MUN Gazette