Top Ten

September 20, 2018

Universities must move from policy to prevention on sexual assault, say experts

“Policies help colleges and universities take a public stance on sexual assault and misconduct, but they accomplish very little in terms of the justice we’d normally expect,” reports the Ottawa Citizen. The article explores some of the mechanisms by which schools have attempted to prevent sexual assault, including bystander training, sexual-assault resistance training, and consent education training. Experts caution, however, that “these mechanisms only deal with violence after it’s happened. What matters most is pairing policy with proven prevention efforts.” Ottawa Citizen

Strike possibility looms at USudbury as union cites wage gaps

The Laurentian University Faculty Association, which represents teaching staff at the University of Sudbury, states that USudbury workers will be in a position to walk-out or strike in mid-October. “Faculty at the University of Sudbury are paid significantly less than their colleagues at Laurentian University and that gap continues to grow,” said LUFA President Fabrice Colin. “This issue has been raised in every round of bargaining since the faculty unionized in 2002 and the university has yet to address it seriously.” According to CBC, full-time faculty have been offered a 12.2% salary increase over the next three years, increasing the average annual salary from over $119K to $134K. CBC

MHC introduces dual credit welding program for high school students

Medicine Hat College is working with local high schools to offer students dual-credit courses through its apprenticeship welding program. “This is an excellent opportunity for students to experience hands-on learning in a college setting while earning credits to fulfill both high school and post-secondary requirements,” said MHC Dean of Trades and Technology Dennis Beaudoin. A release states that students will attend MHC for two full days a week. At the end of the course, they will write the First Period Welding Apprenticeship Certificate Exam. MHC

Western launches Ivey Academy to revolutionize executive education

Western University’s Ivey Business School has launched the Ivey Academy, which it describes as a first-of-its-kind executive education experience. “The Ivey Academy fills a gap in Canada’s learning and development market, with companies typically seeking and hiring multiple vendors to meet their needs,” said Mark Vandenbosch, Acting Dean at Ivey. “We are the first business school to clearly address the needs of a fragmented and vendor-weary market by bringing all aspects of executive learning and development – for both the individual and the organization – under one roof.” The Ivey Academy is described as a full-service learning and development destination that mixes top-ranked university-based executive education with strategic design, talent assessment, and leadership coaching. Western

George Brown partners with Riipen for experiential learning

George Brown College has partnered with Riipen, a platform that offers real-time experiential learning. According to a George Brown release, Riipen facilitates partnerships between industry and faculty to provide projects based on current industry challenges, unlike academic case studies that can be years out of date. "This partnership is a demonstration of our commitment to experiential learning. It gives us the tools and resources that will help students transition to the workplace, and provides valuable, relevant experience that they need to be successful," said Dario Guescini, George Brown Director of Work-Integrated Learning. George Brown

TÉLUQ redesigns Bachelor of Administration degree, introduces new concentrations

The Université TÉLUQ has announced that it has revised its Bachelor of Administration degree to improve student learner and foster their perseverance and success. In addition to the general and bilingual pathways that were previously offered, the new degree will include concentrations in areas such as accounting and finance, entrepreneurship, management, and financial planning. As part of the program revisions, the program’s core curriculum has been redefined, new educational innovations have been implemented, and the student portal has been improved. TÉLUQ

Dal student, citing discrimination, files human rights complaint

Amit Malik, a Dalhousie University student with juvenile macular degeneration, has filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission on the grounds that the university failed to make proper accommodations for his condition, CBC has learned. Malik’s lawyer, Barry Mason, stated that although he is confident his client could win the case, it might be dropped by the Human Rights Commission because it cannot handle its present case load. "If they don't have the resources to do it, then the legislation should be in place to allow people to take these cases to the Supreme Court to have them heard on the merits of the case," said Mason. Dal representative Janet Bryson declined to comment, citing privacy reasons. CBC

UWindsor plans to open first foreign student recruitment office in India

The University of Windsor is in the process of creating its first foreign student recruitment office, with the plan to place the office in India. “The idea is to help improve the student experience,” said UWindsor Associate Vice-President of Enrolment Management Chris Busch. “The information will be more authentic because it’ll come directly from the University of Windsor.” The Windsor Star reports that the office will likely be located in a main city such as New Delhi or Mumbai, and that it will serve Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Windsor Star

JIBC introduces on-campus option for online bachelor program

The Justice Institute of British Columbia has announced that it will launch an on-campus version of its online Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management program. “The need for people with the skills required to help communities in an emergency or disaster has only continued to grow since the program was launched online in 2010,” said Sarah Wareing, Dean of the School of Public Safety at JIBC. “This on-campus offering aims to meet the needs of a growing group of younger students looking for an on-campus experience as they pursue these dynamic and meaningful career paths.” A JIBC release states that it will welcome its first on-campus cohort in September of 2019. JIBC

Indspire survey finds Indigenous postsecondary students need more funding, supports

A new survey by Indspire has found that Indigenous students continue to face barriers when it comes to accessing postsecondary education. According to a release, the survey coincides with a meeting between Indspire and Universities Canada that focuses on greater Indigenous success. Indspire President and CEO Roberta Jamieson stated that the survey revealed the areas where institutions and government need to improve. “We are making gains, that is clear. But Indigenous students need us to join hands with others, show them we can together meet their needs and ensure reconciliation is a vital part of their post-secondary spaces.” Indspire | Survey summary (PDF)