Top Ten

September 27, 2021

York launches Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership

York University’s Schulich School of Business has officially launched the Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership. The centre was made possible by a $5M donation from the Krembil Foundation and Robert Krembil. York states that the Krembil Centre will become a leading global hub at Schulich that will feature executive training and degree programs, offer significant scholarship supports, and engage in collaborative research activities with industry and health care organizations. The Centre will also establish the Krembil Chair in Health Management and Leadership, which will be held by Krembil Centre Director Joseph Mapa. York (ON)

ULethbridge establishes Evelyn Hamilton Chair in Liberal Education with $2M donation

The University of Lethbridge has announced the creation of the Evelyn Hamilton Chair in Liberal Education, thanks to a $2M donation from Art and Mary Jane Crooks. The position will be based in ULethbridge’s School of Liberal Education and will focus on instilling the liberal education goals of rigorous inquiry, the pursuit of knowledge, and critical thought grounded in evidence-based reasoning. “This Chair is a great fit for the vision we have for the School of Liberal Education and we are absolutely thrilled to have this happening,” said Dr Shelly Wismath, dean of the School of Liberal Education. The investment for the new chair was provided as part of the university’s SHINE campaign. ULethbridge (AB)

QS releases QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Quacquarelli Symonds has released the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, which examine the pathways into employment that postsecondary institutions around the world create for their graduates. The top five institutions in the world were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Sydney, and Harvard University. Several Canadian universities placed within the top 100 institutions, including the University of Toronto (#21), University of Waterloo (#24), Western University (#43), McMaster University (#81), and the University of Alberta (#99). Newswire | QS (Rankings) (International)

UManitoba breaks ground on concert hall

The University of Manitoba has announced that construction has begun on a $24M concert hall at the Fort Garry campus. The concert hall will have 409 seats, state-of-the-art acoustics, and a stage that can accommodate both a full choir and an orchestra. The hall will host a variety of different performances, including orchestral, choir, opera, and theatre performances. “To have a real bona fide concert hall in the south part of the city is something very new, and very exciting to think what that could mean for Winnipeg,” said UManitoba faculty of music dean Edward Jurkowski. The hall will be the only concert hall venue in south Winnipeg, and construction is scheduled to be completed in fall 2023. CBC (MB)

Discussing critiques of the tenure system: Opinion

Academic tenure is receiving a variety of complaints at the moment, writes Steven Mintz, with criticisms coming from both the left and the right. The author discusses a variety of perspectives on tenure, including arguments that it has created a “caste system” and that it emphasizes publications over service and other kinds of work. Mintz argues that serious discussions of tenure should focus on ensuring that diverse candidates have an equal chance to gain tenure, and that an institution has appropriate standards and expectations. The author also argues that accountability should be strengthened, and that those who are not tenured faculty should be able to access job security, rights to due process, and professional development and advancement opportunities. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

Portage, Fleming, UWindsor announce new courses for industry preparation

The University of Windsor, Fleming College, and Portage College have announced new courses that will help students to prepare for the workplace. UWindsor has launched a Project Management Professional exam preparation course that will review topics related to the PMP Certification Exam, as well as a Certified Agile Project Manager course that will prepare students to write the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, the Scrum Master Certification, and the Certified Agile Project Manager exams. Fleming is offering a free six-week construction program that will teach students fundamental construction skills and provide them with a two-week paid placement. Portage’s Community Adult Learning Program has partnered with Community Learning Network to create the Foundational Learning Instructor Micro-Certifications, which CALP staff and volunteers can take to develop their literacy and numeracy instructional skills. Portage | UWindsor | Fleming (AB | ON)

BCIT, Concordia acquire cutting-edge software for students

The British Columbia Institute of Technology and Concordia University have recently announced partnerships or donations that will allow their students to develop their skills with cutting edge technology. Concordia has received a donation of ARGUS software licenses worth over $1M from Toronto’s Altus Group that will allows students at the Jonathan Wener Centre for Real Estate to get a jump start on the industry. BCIT has become an Adobe Creative Campus, which will enable students, staff, and faculty to use the Adobe Creative Cloud’s suite of tools on their laptops or other devices both on and off campus. BCIT | Concordia (BC | QC)

Western announces external investigation, mandatory training for students

Western University has announced that it will invite an external investigator to examine the events on and around September 10th. “It would be good to not be defensive about what we got right and what we got wrong,” said Western President Alan Shepard, “and I think it will be easier to see that if we have an external person or team.” Western Senate member and professor James Compton told the London Free Press that faculty at the university are unhappy with the way that the “party culture” at Western escalated to “tragic” results this year, and expressed interest in having an external and independent person investigating the events. Western has also launched mandatory sexual violence awareness and prevention training for its students as part of a new student safety action plan. London Free Press | Western (Training) (ON)

Students call for protection of lacrosse programs at McGill, Laurentian

Lacrosse players at McGill University and Laurentian University are calling for lacrosse programs to be protected at their institutions. The Montréal Gazette reports that McGill has cancelled nine of its sports this season, including its Level 2 lacrosse team. Indigenous students such as Isaiah Cree from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation in upstate New York have expressed shock at the decision, noting that the lacrosse team has a very high number of Indigenous players on it. The Sudbury Star reports that Laurentian’s lacrosse team has lost its varsity designation as part of Laurentian’s restructuring. Laurentian lacrosse athletes and coaches are reportedly “determined” to see the club keep going and are collaborating to ensure that the team can continue. Montreal Gazette | The Sudbury Star (QC | ON)

Teaching about climate change without addressing the issues: Opinion

A new editorial by Dr Heather Short, former professor at John Abbott College, describes the issues she encountered with teaching students about climate and ecological crises without giving them a framework for prevention. Short argues that teaching students about how science predicts the future is unfair if they are not given the tools with which to address it. It is also unjust of a generation that has benefitted from resource extraction, she writes, to give students the responsibility of addressing the ecological and climate crisis. Short says that students need honesty and transparency, and need to hear that older generations are willing to sacrifice to work on ecological issues. CBC (Editorial)