Top Ten

January 10, 2019

A New Year’s resolution for Reconciliation in Canada

“While progress has been made on many fronts, Indigenous people are still at the negative end of most socio-economic indicators,” writes Kory Wilson, executive director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. The author writes that despite the enormity of the social challenges, there is still reason for hope. Wilson outlines the efforts made by BCIT, which include the signing of the Indigenous Education Protocol of Colleges and Institutes Canada, and enriching its campus through Indigenous wisdom, knowledge, and traditions. “I ask that this year all Canadians make a renewed pledge to reconciliation — in your hearts, in your homes, in your workplaces,” Wilson concludes. “Ask yourself what you can do to make your community better and how you can be a partner in reconciliation.” BCIT (BC)

ULethbridge Calgary launches graduate programs in health sciences management

The University of Lethbridge has launched two new graduate programs in health services management at its Calgary campus. The Master’s and graduate certificate programs are designed for health-care practitioners and entry-level management. Students in the graduate certificate program will be able to transfer into the master’s program during or following the graduate certificate. “The programs have been developed for professionals who work in the health-care sector and have a health-related baccalaureate degree or business management degree,” said Robert Wood, dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. “Students study on a part-time basis with weekend delivery and ongoing support through blended learning.” ULethbridge (AB)

“Regular” job market is no cake walk for PhDs: Bartram

PhDs who decide to leave the academic job market do not necessarily face any easier road to success in the “regular” job market, writes Erin Bartram. The reason, the author adds, is because the same forces that are eliminating full-time work and pushing instructors to part-time status in the post-secondary sector are also at work in the non-academic job market. Bartram explores a number of challenges faced by academics looking to enter non-academic jobs, which include continuing misperceptions of those with a doctoral education, employers’ doubts about the transferability of skills learned in a PhD program, and the competition that exists around all stable, good-paying jobs. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)

Trade schools invest in high-tech welding, fabrication training

The introduction of new welding and fabricating labs and programming indicates that welders and fabricators are in demand, writes Rob Colman of Canadian Metalworking. Colman highlights the new Smart Welding Lab at George Brown College, which is reportedly the most advanced lab of its kind in the country, as a positive response to this demand. “Welding is becoming very high tech,” said Thomas Hunt, lab operations and development at GBC’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies. “Once students are there for 16+ hours a week doing a hands-on, extensive welding program with the theory to back it up, they will truly benefit from the technology the college has invested in.” Canadian Metalworking (National)

COTR, Andorran university establish new agreement on international exchange 

College of the Rockies and the University of Andorra have established an agreement that will increase international study opportunities for COTR students. The agreement allows COTR business students to pay domestic tuition and student fees at the college while studying at the university in Andorra, and to transfer the credits they earn at the university back to their program. “I’d never heard of Andorra before and knew nothing about it,” said COTR student Andrew Crozier, who will be taking advantage of the new partnership. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to go, so I can explore the unknown and get the type of experience that staying in Cranbrook won’t get me.” COTR (BC)

Crandall, Cypriot college sign articulation agreement benefiting business students

Crandall University has signed an articulation agreement with the College of Business Studies in Nicosia, Cyprus. The agreement enables students at CBS to complete the first two years of an International Bachelor of Commerce degree in Cyprus and the final two ears at Crandall. Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for the federal Post Graduation Work Permit. “This agreement with CBS creates a great opportunity for Crandall to increase its student population in a time of declining domestic enrolments, and to provide students from CBS a unique Canadian educational experience,” said Crandall University Dean of International Academic Programs Dannie Brown. Crandall U (NB)

Visual learner? Auditory learner? There’s no such thing, says growing body of research

Nearly everyone has heard of the theory of “learning styles,” writes Greg Toppo, but fewer might know the extent to which this concept has been debunked in scientific journals. In fact, the number of times that educators reference this theory appears to have remained steady or risen in the years since the evidence debunking it first gained momentum. The author explores how identifying with a certain learning style has become so common among the population that it has reached the level of what some researchers call a “neuromythology,” or a popular idea that endures despite little evidence supporting it. Inside Higher Ed (International)

BC to partner with post-secondary institutions on climate action plan

Post-secondary institutions in British Columbia will play a central role in the province’s new climate action plan, reports The Ubyssey. The CleanBC plan aims to reduce pollution from energy consumption in the province, and the CleanBC Labour Readiness Plan, developed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, involves a plan to execute on the CleanBC strategy.  According to George Hoberg, a professor in the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs who specializes in environmental policy, the plan is “quite ambitious.” But Hoberg adds that BC will not meet its target of reducing 2007-level emissions by 40% by 2030 without changes outside of the plan. Ubyssey (BC)

CEGEP programs that pay the most and least to grads

The Journal de Montréalhas published a summary of the CEGEP programs that yield the greatest and lowest salaries. The top gross weekly salaries were held by graduates of programs in navigation ($2,237), mineral technology with a specialization in geology ($1,671), marine mechanical engineering ($1,496), metallurgical engineering technology ($1,138), and hearing aids ($994). The lowest gross weekly salaries were in horticultural production of ornamental crops ($478), professional music and song techniques ($489), crafting techniques for jewelry ($489), crafting techniques for leather goods ($507), and theatrical interpretation ($539). Journal de Montréal (QC)

Brock professor returning to classroom after three years for sexual harassment apologizes for actions

A Brock University professor who is returning to the classroom after being disciplined for sexual harassment has apologized for his behaviour. “I regret my past behaviour, and if I could undo it, and the harm I caused, I absolutely would,” said Professor David Schimmelpenninck, adding that “over the past three years, I have worked very hard to address my problems and done everything the university has asked of me.” Students and advocates against sexual misconduct have contested Schimmelpenninck’s return to the classroom, while Brock’s Faculty Association has defended Schimmelpenninck’s right to return to teaching. CBC (ON)

PS Brock cancels professor's return

CBC reports that Brock University has cancelled the second-year history course to be taught by Schimmelpenninck. A statement issued by the university declined to comment on the specifics behind the decision. "The university takes very seriously the right of every member of the Brock community to work and study in a respectful and safe environment," the statement read, adding that "Brock will be accelerating the previously scheduled review of its Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy."

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