Top Ten

December 13, 2018

UoGuelph looks to transform business education with $7M gift

The University of Guelph has received $7M from John F Wood. A UoGuelph release states that the gift will go toward the John F Wood Centre for Business and Student Enterprise, which will provide students with access to the latest innovations and methods for teaching business effectively in an ever-changing world. “The world is facing challenges that require new and sustainable business ideas and solutions, and our students are the change-makers,” said UoGuelph President Franco Vaccarino. “Their ideas, solutions and innovations have the potential to transform lives.” UoGuelph (ON)


Dal panel recommends that university issue apology for historical injustices

A panel assigned to investigate Dalhousie University’s history of racism and links to slavery has recommended that the school issue an apology, reports CBC. During its investigation, the panel also found that George Ramsay, or Lord Dalhousie, supported slavery and made disparaging remarks about African refugees from the War of 1812. CBC adds that the panel stopped short of suggesting that the school should change its name. “Hundreds, if not thousands of black people from Canada and all over the world have passed through Dalhousie. They have gotten distinguished degrees,” said Afua Cooper, the panel’s Chair. “Folks like these … helped to create a new Dalhousie University.” CBC (NS)


Bloomberg Businessweek announces best business schools of 2018

Bloomberg Businessweek has announced its 2018 Best B-Schools global rankings. The rankings were based on a survey of over 26,000 MBA students, alumni, and recruiters, as well as job-placement and compensation data from each school. The authors found that most students were hired into the consulting, financial, and technology industries. Eight Canadian business schools were featured in the overall rankings: Western University’s Ivey Business School (#56), Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business (#66), McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management (#87), Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business (#95), the University of Alberta (#103), Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management (#115), and HEC Montreal (#119). Bloomberg (Rankings) | Bloomberg (Methodology) (National)


Algonquin officially opens and names new spaces dedicated to Indigenous cultures, heritage

Algonquin College has completed a $44.9M construction project dedicated to experiential learning and Indigenous cultures and heritage. The facility includes an Indigenous gathering circle and outdoor classroom, an Indigenous Learning Commons, and a space for Indigenous oration and storytelling. “When we gather [...] we will be warmed by the central fire that will burn brightly in the heart of our College,” said Algonquin President Cheryl Jensen, “a reminder of our spark of innovation, our passion for learning, and our commitment to a shared future.” Toronto Star NationTalk | Algonquin (ON)

Tackling the myths that “lying liars” tell about the humanities: Hanlon

Many humanists blame the general forces of “neoliberalism” for the public attacks made against their disciplines, writes Aaron Hanlon, but the author argues that these attacks stem simply from “disciplinary prejudice based in ignorance.” To this end, Hanlon takes on four myths about the humanities. One such myth is that the humanities teach “non-cognitive” or “soft” skills, a claim that wrongfully implies that strong written and communication skills are divorced from analytical thinking or problem solving. Another is the notion that humanities professors attempt to convert students to left-wing political ideologies, which the author works to debunk by citing research that demonstrates post-secondary education does not make a student more politically progressive. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) (International)

MRU introduces new Indigenization strategy

Mount Royal University has launched a strategic plan to help rebuild relationships with Indigenous people. According to the Calgary Journal, MRU’s plan consists of five goals: Indigenizing Mount Royal University; culturally respectful Indigenous research; bridge-building with Indigenous education stakeholders; support for Indigenous learners; and respectful inclusive curricula and pedagogies. Kevin Lamoureux, Head of Education for the National Center of Truth and Reconciliation, told the Journal that Indigenization strategies need to destabilize universities. “There needs to be a further conversation to invite people to recognize that reconciliation is not an act of pity we do for Indigenous people,” he said. “[I]t's something we're doing to heal our nation.” Calgary Journal (AB)

OCUFA responds to Auditor General’s report on OSAP

OCUFA has called the Ontario Auditor General’s recent report about OSAP “inaccurate” and “irresponsible.” According to OCUFA, the Auditor General’s claim that non-repayable grants for low-income families has produced only a 2% increase in enrolments is misleading, as an accurate measure of its effectiveness would require disaggregated data that controls for income. Because the program is income tested, the authors add, “it should be inferred that the 25% increase in uptake is, in fact, from families who would otherwise be incurring high levels of debt.” OCUFA adds that the Auditor General glosses over the fact that the tuition scheme was designed to reduce student debt, and that the report’s recommendations overstep the boundaries of the Auditor General’s roles and responsibilities. OCUFA (ON)

STEM employment rate for women higher in YK than national average: report

A new report has found that employment for women in the STEM fields is higher in the Yukon—at 83%—than the national average of 77%. The report also finds, however, that 56% of female applicants who applied to computer support technician and information technology programs in YK did not get in, compared to 33% of men. The report points to this discrepancy as possible evidence of unconscious bias in the application review process. Moreover, twice as many men hold managerial positions than women. The report was produced by the Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology Associate Chair at Yukon College. NationTalk | CBC (YK)

NB Institute for Research, Data, and Training opens satellite campuses at UMoncton, UNBSJ

Université de Moncton and the University of New Brunswick's Saint John campus are now home to satellite locations of the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training. The site at UMoncton is reportedly the first data facility of its kind in Canada to house both federal and provincial administrative data securely. The NB-IRDT provides researchers with secure access to government data in order to implement evidence-based policy, stretch public dollars, anticipate the needs of a changing population, and encourage growth. “This work, and the projects that result from it, will allow government decision-makers to adapt and improve our programs to provide the greatest benefit to the greatest number of people,” said Judy Wagner, Clerk of the Executive Council Office with the Province of NB. UNB (NB) | UMoncton 

UQAT, CEGEP Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Espace o Lab celebrate inauguration of VR room, studio

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the library at Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and Espace O Lab have inaugurated a virtual reality room and a digital studio for prototyping. The new spaces will allow for consultation on virtual reality projects and 3D printing, as well as a collaborative digital creation project. Library Director David Fournier-Viger explained that the new spaces will allow for the creation and appropriation of new technologies to develop digital literacy, as well as bringing together the university, college, and local communities. UQAT (QC)