Top Ten

March 12, 2020

Boréal launches applied research centre

Collège Boréal has inaugurated Research & Innovation Boréal, a centre of applied research for innovation. The centre will support projects in businesses and community organizations through research partnerships. “Research & Innovation Boréal facilitates access to applied research projects through an array of services to business and public organizations," said Boréal Director of Research and Innovation Robin Craig. "Our expertise allows us to develop new solutions and propose new approaches that aim to modernize industrial, entrepreneurial and social practices.”  Boréal  (ON)

NIC to offer Indigenous Language Fluency certificate

North Island College has announced the creation of an Indigenous Language Fluency certificate that is set to launch this fall. The certificate expands on the college's current Indigenous language offerings in Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwak’wala. “This new certificate is a response to local Indigenous communities and individuals from those communities who were concerned about the critical state of their languages,” said NIC Aboriginal Education Facilitator Sara Child. “I have no doubt that this will be an empowering journey that will change the perspectives of our students and their communities, and transform how we do education.”  NIC  (BC)

UMantioba renames Faculty of Engineering in honour of $20M donation

The University of Manitoba has renamed their Faculty of Engineering to honour the donors of a $20M investment, Gerry and Barb Price. The Price Faculty of Engineering will be transformed by the gift through the creation of seven endowed faculty member positions over ten years, greatly enhancing the capacity of the undergraduate engineering program. “The transformational gift announced today will position the Price Faculty of Engineering to offer outstanding engineering programs through the 2020s and beyond for the benefit of not just our students, but also, through our graduates and research, to the future well-being and prosperity of Manitoba and Canada,” said UManitoba Dean of the Price Faculty of Engineering Jonathan Beddoes. UManitoba (MB)

ON court requires Ryerson to recognize, release withheld funds to student union

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice has required Ryerson University to release student fees it has been withholding from the Ryerson Students' Union. Ryerson's decision to withhold the funds was tied to allegations against a former RSU president who allegedly misused the RSU credit card. In a statement, Ryerson explained that the injunctions mean that the school "will continue to recognize the RSU as the official student government of full-time undergraduate and all graduate students until the resolution of the legal claim by the RSU."   Ryerson   | RSU | CBC (ON)

Business schools seek to address Indigenous knowledge gap

While Indigenous issues and their impact on the business world are of increasing interest to business schools across the country, writes Dene Moore, institutions are facing delivery challenges. The article highlights schools such as Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, which offers an executive MBA in Indigenous business leadership, and Dalhousie University's Rowe School of Business, which includes Indigenous relations in the school's ethics, leadership, and management courses. However, SFU Beedie Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Andrew Gemino notes that there is a significant lack of people and resources crucial to the successful creation and delivery of such programs.  Globe and Mail  (National)

UWindsor announces recovery program for students battling addiction

The University of Windsor has announced the Lancers Recover Program to help people living with substance-use disorders or people in addiction recovery. "Last semester, …  I found about a dozen students on campus who already identified as being in recovery and were very interested," said UWindsor Psychology Professor Onawa LaBelle. "And then I've come across staff and faculty also in recovery, maybe not interested in the same sense … but [who are] definitely supportive." CBC reports that the program will be one of only two such services offered by Canadian universities, whereas nearly 140 recovery programs are offered at US postsecondary institutions.  CBC  (ON)

UQÀM, IEPG to offer dual-diploma for masters in political science

The Université du Québec à Montréal has partnered with France's Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble (IEPG) to offer a dual-diploma option for their maîtrise en science politique program. The first year of the program will take place at UQÀM, while the second year will be held at the IEPG. The program also features a four-to-six-month internship with an international organization. For the first year of the program, student intake will be limited to five students from each institution. The program hopes to eventually be open to 10 students from each institution.  UQÀM  (QC)

RDC still on track to become university despite cutbacks

Red Deer College President Peter Nunoda has stated that plans to transition the college to Red Deer University will proceed despite recent provincial cutbacks. In March 2018, the Government of Alberta gave RDC approval to pursue becoming a university and develop full degrees. RDC Chairman of the board of governors Guy Pelletier said he had expected AB to give final approval this spring, but does not anticipate any changes that would prevent the school's transition. RDC President Peter Nunoda said he has received no indication from AB Advanced Education that the transition is no longer “under consideration.” Red Deer Advocate (AB)

Holland College takes occupational health and safety program online

Holland College has launched an online version of their Occupational Health and Safety Technology program to increase accessibility. “Many prospective students have been introduced to Occupational Health and Safety through various industries such as welding and construction," said Holland College Occupational Health and Safety Technology Program Manager Michele Oliver. "With the new delivery method, students can continue to work while they study, and then complete six-weeks of on the job training to receive their occupational health and safety technician certificate.”  Holland College  (PE)

Tips for instructors transitioning courses from in-person to online

With the possible disruption to social gatherings presented by the coronavirus, there is increased discussion around planning for the use of online learning as a continuity plan for most universities and schools, write Stephanie Moore and Charles B Hodges. Recognizing that many contingency plans are created at the institutional level, the authors offer a planning guide for those who need to transition an in-person course to a digital one. The authors recommend becoming familiar with and making use of one's institutional LMS to share materials and communicate with students. Other tips include: decide whether synchronous meetings are really necessary; use one's LMS to facilitate student-student support and communications; and consider implementing flexible deadlines.  Inside Higher Ed  (International)