Top Ten

December 18, 2020

Royal Roads launches dual graduate business degree

Royal Roads University has launched a dual graduate business degree that will allow students and alumni the ability to achieve both a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management and a Master of Global Management. Students will spend their first year in either one of the programs before then taking the required courses in the other program to complete their dual degree. Students will be required to take specialized courses and complete an applied research project. While the dual degree can be taken in 26 months, students also have the option to graduate from one program and flexibly work on the second. “The dual MBA and MGM degree is an example of the responsive, adaptive nature of Royal Roads and its programs,” said William Holmes, RRU Acting VP Academic and Provost. Royal Roads (BC)

Durham launches Behavioural Science Technician program

Durham College has launched an interdisciplinary Behavioural Science Technician (BHTN) program which focuses on Applied Behaviour Analysis. The program will include theoretical, research-based, and applied courses. Students will learn how to assist with programs for clients in education, family support services, mental health treatment, gerontology, and other settings. “In addition to the core competencies taught in this program, there is also a strong emphasis placed on ethics, professionalism and interpersonal communication, which isn’t common amongst other college behavioural science programs,” said Durham executive VP, Academic Elaine Popp. “When you combine that with the focus on service needs across a client’s lifespan from a bio-psycho-social perspective, DC students will graduate with a greater breadth of knowledge which creates more career opportunities.” Durham (ON)

King’s, Huron join Post-Secondary Education Collaborative Agreement

King’s University College and Huron University College have joined six other postsecondary institutions as a signatory to the Post-Secondary Education Collaborative Agreement. The agreement provides a framework through which the institutions can provide support for Indigenous postsecondary students. “As a signatory to the agreement, King’s will work with all partners to further improve outcomes for students and their families,” said King’s Dean of Students Joe Henry. “This is fully consistent with our ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation with First Nations communities.” King’s (ON)

McGill investigates allegations of sexual assault after petition gains over 50,000 signatures

CBC reports that McGill University is investigating allegations of sexual assault after a petition started on Monday gained more than 50,000 signatures. The petition alleges that several young women were sexually assaulted in residences and on campus this fall by a first-year student. The petition further alleges that McGill has known about the allegations but not acted. McGill’s deputy provost for student life and learning Fabrice Labeau says that McGill is aware of the allegations and that they are investigating the situation. CBC | Montreal Gazette (QC)

Adapting to post-administrative roles: Opinion

Finding a professional niche after being demoted from an administrative role can be a challenge, writes George Justice. The author describes some ways to move past resentment and take initiative to pursue meaningful work and connections. Justice gives tips on how to adjust to post-administrative life, including scheduling conversations with those you enjoyed working with, volunteering on interesting projects, enjoying not taking a leadership role, and being part of the solution to toxic problems through teaching students with openness and creativity. “There are plenty of places where we ex-administrators can make a difference, and enjoy being a small part of the gradual solution,” writes Justice. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

COVID-19 cases confirmed at Algonquin, UWindsor

Two postsecondary institutions in Ontario have recently reported COVID-19 cases. Algonquin College has reported a COVID-19 outbreak on their Pembroke campus, with three staff members testing positive. Algonquin reports that they are remaining open and are working with the district health unit to ensure public safety. The University of Windsor has had three new campus COVID-19 cases confirmed, which they report are unrelated to each other and to previous cases. UWindsor is working with public health and says that there is no additional risk to the community. Ottawa Citizen | UWindsor (ON)

StatCan reports college and polytechnic increase in revenue, expenditures for 2018/2019

Statistics Canada has released a report on the increase in revenue and expenditures of public colleges, CEGEPs, and polytechnics in the 2018/2019 year. The report says that the largest source of funding comes from provincial and territorial governments, and that the revenue from student fees has grown. The largest expenditures at these institutions are for salaries and benefits, while spending on sponsored research and student support has declined. Capital spending has also decreased as a percentage of total expenses. StatCan (National)

RRC, MB to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing microcredential, increase testing for teachers

Red River College and the Government of Manitoba are launching the Laboratory Essentials for COVID-19 Testing microcredential in COVID-19 rapid test administration. The course will teach students in the health and sciences fields how to administer the COVID-19 rapid test. “The micro-credentials Red River College has created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic generate more opportunities for professionals with the necessary experience to leverage their existing training,” said RRC president Fred Meier, “while updating and enhancing their skills to align with current provincial health-care demands.” CBC (MB)

BC universities to collaborate on $1M “Living with Water” Theme Partnership project

The University of British Columbia will be leading the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions’ new $1M, “Living with Water” Theme Partnership project. The focus of the four-year project is to develop new tools that will address aspects of flood response that currently are lacking. The project will address community values and Indigenous knowledge, decision-support tools, and governance arrangements. UBC will conduct the project in collaboration with the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Northern British Columbia, as well as other organizations or groups. UVic | (BC)

UCN announces extension of voluntary withdrawal date

The University College of the North has extended their voluntary withdrawal date to allow students to withdraw from Fall Term courses as late as January 8th. The move is intended to alleviate some of the pressures students are facing due to the pandemic. Extending the withdrawal date allows students more control over their GPAs through allowing them to withdraw from courses without academic penalty. “This is a very stressful time for students,” said Dan Smith, VP Academic and Research at UCN. “The delay in the VW date allows students to make choices that will affect their academic careers for the better while giving them some relief from the pressures that they face during the pandemic.” UCN (MB)