Top Ten

October 18, 2021

SLC launches standalone Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree

St Lawrence College is launching a four-year, standalone Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree which will provide students with a new pathway to acquiring nursing education. The program will be funded through an investment of up to $876K from the Government of Ontario which will aim to increase enrolment in SLC’s nursing education programs and support 48 additional practical nursing seats and 48 additional Bachelor of Nursing seats. “The ability to grant our own nursing degree brings an important credential to regions where St. Lawrence College is located, and this funding will help us train more nursing professionals at a time when the need is high,” said SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. ON (ON)

SLC launches standalone Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree

St Lawrence College is launching a four-year, standalone Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree which will provide students with a new pathway to acquiring nursing education. The program will be funded through an investment of up to $876K from the Government of Ontario which will aim to increase enrolment in SLC’s nursing education programs and support 48 additional practical nursing seats and 48 additional Bachelor of Nursing seats. “The ability to grant our own nursing degree brings an important credential to regions where St. Lawrence College is located, and this funding will help us train more nursing professionals at a time when the need is high,” said SLC President Glenn Vollebregt. ON (ON)

Selkirk College receives funding for two new student housing facilities

The Government of British Columbia has announced that it will be investing $24.5M in building new student housing at Selkirk College. The new facility on Selkirk’s Castlegar Campus will provide 112 new beds, while the facility on the Silver King Campus, which will be the campus’ first student housing, will provide 26 beds. “Equitable access to an affordable post-secondary education is fundamental to our mission,” said Selkirk President Angus Graeme. “These new units will enable us to address the local student housing crisis and support more students with secure and stable housing. Having the opportunity to live affordably on campus near the classrooms and services means that students can focus on being successful in their courses and programs.” Selkirk (BC)

UWinnipeg, MMF create Dr Annette Trimbee Indigenous Excellence Scholarships

The University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) has announced the creation of the Dr Annette Trimbee Indigenous Excellence Scholarships to honour Vice-Chancellor and Red River Métis Citizen Dr Annette Trimbee. The scholarships, which are funded through $250K from the MMF and a matching sum from UWinnipeg, will provide up to $10K per year to outstanding Red River Métis, First Nations, or Inuit students who are continuing their undergraduate education. The scholarships are renewable for up to five years. “Education has a transformational effect on people’s lives,” said Dr Annette Trimbee. “I am so pleased that deserving Indigenous students will benefit from this award as they explore their dreams and fulfill their potential.” UWinnipeg says that the award is one of its “most prestigious and highest value scholarships.” UWinnipeg (MB)

UoGuelph receives over $3M in ORF funding for antimicrobial stewardship research

The University of Guelph has received over $3M from the Ontario Research Fund (ORF) to support antimicrobial stewardship research. UoGuelph researcher Dr David Kelton has received $959K for research on solutions that will improve responsible use of antimicrobials in Ontario’s dairy sector, while Dr Shayan Sharif has received over $2M for work that focuses on antimicrobial alternatives in poultry production. Other investments include funding to study drug resistance in fungal pathogens. “The University of Guelph is a global leader in advancing One Health knowledge and antimicrobial stewardship is an essential component of One Health and vitally important to a sustainable future,” said UoGuelph VP, research Dr Malcolm Campbell. “This provincial funding for our world class researchers will help ensure that this crucial work flourishes.” UoGuelph (ON)

How campus administrators can prioritize self-care: Opinion

Campus administrators need to prioritize self-care in order to support others, writes David D Perlmutter. Perlmutter offers a selection of tips administrators can use to manage stress and promote their own wellbeing. The author encourages administrators to accept the importance of their physical and mental health, prioritize important tasks and question what is really necessary, pare back on overly complicated processes, and ensure the life-work balance of themselves and others by keeping realistic expectations. Additionally, Perlmutter encourages administrators to make time to invest in their health and to find validation from trusted peers. “[S]elf-care is not selfish,” writes Perlmutter. “Indeed, it will help both the mission and the people you serve.” The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial)

NLC to bring postsecondary opportunities to Town of Drayton Valley

Northern Lakes College has announced that it will be bringing accessible postsecondary education to the Town of Drayton Valley through signing a lease on space within the Town’s Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC). The agreement will allow NLC to bring its Supported Distance Learning programming to the centre by offering dedicated classroom space for distance learning students. NLC has also hired an Access Facilitator to support students, and is partnering with the Town to facilitate local jobs. “Our Supported Distance Learning model means that we don’t need a full cohort of students in any specific program to make it accessible in a community,” said NLC President Dr Glenn Mitchell. “This dedication to accessibility is why, at Northern Lakes College, we count our success one student at a time.” NLC (AB)

UOttawa, ON partner to offer French-language technological education teacher program

The University of Ottawa and the Government of Ontario have partnered to offer an accelerated French-language teacher education program for technological education teachers. UOttawa will be offering flexible French-language teacher training to people who have vocational training in technology. The program will be offered in a hybrid mode which allows students to complete the requirements on campus and online, and will take only 14 months to complete. “We are grateful for this investment from the provincial government which will strengthen francophone and Francophile students’ ability to acquire new knowledge in French,” said UOttawa President Jacques Frémont. “By training more future teachers in various technology-related fields, the University of Ottawa will in turn continue to help bolster Ontario’s innovation economy and the Franco-Ontarian community.” ON (ON )

CMTN opens new Wii Gyemsiga Siwilaawksat student housing building

Coast Mountain College has announced that its Terrace campus has opened a new student housing building called Wii Gyemsiga Siwilaawksat, which will replace old CMTN housing. The building has 108 student beds, two suites for visitors, and an Elder suite. The building’s design was informed by CMTN’s Indigenous community, and includes Indigenous art and a cultural space in addition to amenities such as shared kitchens, collaboration areas, and a computer lab. CMTN has also opened the renovated Spruce Building Library, called Waap Sa’mn. “We know that safe, comfortable and inspiring places to live and study give students a boost when it comes to concentrating on their schoolwork,” said Laurie Waye, interim president, CMTN. “We are so excited to be opening the doors of these exceptional facilities to students this fall.” BC (BC )

CAUT releases investigative report on PWIAS

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has released an investigative report that has found that the University of British Columbia’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) has had a “history of failed governance” which contributed to “challenges around academic freedom.” The issues were raised by Philippe Tortell, former PWIAS director, and investigated by the University of Alberta’s Kevin Kane and University of Northern British Columbia’s Jacqueline Holler. The investigators found that PWIAS and its faculty were required to align with UBC’s “existing research clusters,” which raised significant questions concerning the research-related academic freedom of the PWIAS faculty members and, indeed, research-related academic freedom at UBC.” The report recommends PWIAS undertake governance reforms to “protect and support academic freedom.” CAUT | CAUT (Report) (National)

Holland College launches additional Practical Nursing program to meet demand for nurses

Holland College has announced that it is launching an additional Practical Nursing program to meet the demand for health care professionals in Prince Edward Island. The two-year program will start in January and will run on the Prince of Wales Campus. Students will complete 160 hours of practicum with a licensed practical nurse and be prepared to work in a variety of health-care settings such as long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals. Graduates must write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam for their initial licensure. “We are all well-aware of the shortage of health care professionals in Prince Edward Island and across the country,” said Holland College President Dr Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald. “This additional offering of the Practical Nursing program will help address the problem.” Holland College (PEI)