Top Ten

November 16, 2021

Canadian postsecondary institutions feature prominently in AASHE 2021 Sustainable Campus Index

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has released its 2021 Sustainable Campus Index. The index ranked institutions according to institution type and according to 17 impact factors including buildings, campus engagement, curriculum, investment & finance, and wellbeing & work. Overall, Canada’s postsecondary institutions held the highest average scores of any region. Several institutions appeared in the top ten rankings for each of the impact factors, with the most frequently named institutions being Thompson Rivers University, Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke, and the University of Calgary. Nova Scotia Community College, Mohawk College, and Fleming College were ranked among the top performers for Associate Colleges; Ontario Tech University joined TRU in the top performing Master’s Institutions; and USherbrooke was ranked among the top performing Doctoral Institutions. AASHE (International)

U of T, UManchester, UMelbourne form post-pandemic alliance

The University of Toronto, the University of Manchester, and the University of Melbourne have formed a post-pandemic alliance that will see the universities collaborating to share expertise, resources and opportunities. The alliance will include student exchanges and joint research projects, global classroom programs for students, and researcher access to specialist facilities. “The University of Toronto is excited to build on its strong, long-standing relationships with our peer institutions in Melbourne and Manchester,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “This new collaboration will amplify our individual strengths and enhance our collective contributions in teaching, research and innovation across a wide range of disciplines.” UManchester (ON)

Newcomer students start Ripples 2 Waves to teach other immigrant students about NS history

A group of international students have collaborated to start Ripples 2 Waves, an organization that helps teach other young newcomers about the “untold” history of Nova Scotia. Elissama Menezes, a student who immigrated in 2018 to complete her master’s degree at Dalhousie University, said that international students noticed a gap in newcomer programming and education. Ripples 2 Waves' first event included a tour of the Africville Museum and a talk with a former Africville resident. “It’s very important for us to not come here and be part of the problem,” said Hasan Sinan, one of the event organizers. CBC (NS)

Humber sanctions 34 realtors who engaged in academic misconduct, RECO terminates registrations

Humber College has sanctioned and suspended 34 realtors after they engaged in “deliberate and organized misconduct” on program examinations. The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) has been notified and has terminated the registrations of 34 individuals based on their failure to complete the educational courses required to practice under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act. Humber will be reviewing previous exams for misconduct or suspicious behaviour, and students who have engaged in misconduct will be sanctioned and suspended from the program or have their pre-registration status rescinded. “The Real Estate profession rests on a foundation of honesty and integrity,” read a release from Humber. “Our program seeks to uphold these values.” The Star | Humber (ON)

Free resources to augment remote, hybrid learning

Campus Technology Content Editor Dian Schaffhauser has compiled a list of free software and services to help K-12 teachers and postsecondary instructors prepare for remote and blended learning in the new year. Schaffhauser writes that many organizations have put more thought into the resources they are offering to help instructors in online and blended learning. The list includes a wide variety of software and software add-ons, such as websites that support visual communication, texting apps, learning management systems, audiobook and textbook platforms, and student life resources. Campus Technology (Editorial)

McGill announces transformation of Royal Victoria Hospital site through Indigenous engagement

McGill has announced that it will be transforming part of the old Royal Victoria Hospital site into a learning and research complex. Through the project, the main Royal Victoria heritage buildings will be transformed into the New Vic Project, which will bring together professors from more than 20 departments, as well as students and staff. The New Vic will be designed in keeping with McGill’s commitment to reconciliation and will include efforts to engage Indigenous peoples in the process. McGill says that this is important when considering how to move forward in light of allegations of potential unmarked graves near the Allan Memorial Institute. “Since the early days of the New Vic Project, the voices and experiences of Indigenous people have been considered an integral part of the design process,” said McGill Provost Christopher Manfredi. McGill (QC)

Polytechnics, colleges strive to support Indigenous students, ensure inclusivity: Opinion

In a recent Globe and Mail article, Marlene Habib discusses the ways that polytechnics and colleges in Canada have worked to ensure inclusivity for Indigenous students. Habib highlights Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Indigenous Education Protocol, as well as the work of two of the 69 institutions that have signed on to the protocol: British Columbia Institute of Technology and Humber College. At BCIT, Indigenous students are supported by the Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships team, elders contribute to the community, and a free Indigenous awareness course is made available. Meanwhile, Jason Seright, dean of Indigenous education and engagement at Humber, describes initiatives such as the college’s cultural exchange program with Otago Polytechnic, its growing Indigenous staff, and its goal of ensuring all staff complete cultural awareness training by 2023. The Globe and Mail (National)

UQAM launches new graduate program in secularism

The Université du Québec à Montréal has launched a new graduate program that will train students in secularism. “Laïcité: analyse et intervention” will launch in Fall 2022 and will train participants in analyzing and applying the principles of secularism. Students will learn the theoretical foundations of secularism, how it can be experienced, and tools and steps for mobilization. The program takes a year to complete, and includes a theoretical and critical introduction, a hands-on workshop-style course, a study trip to Lyon, and working sessions with the Institut supérieur d’étude des religions et de la laïcité. UQAM (QC)

Talk featuring conspiracy theorist on UBC campus cancelled

A talk scheduled by an external group to take place at the University of British Columbia has been cancelled by UBC. The talk, which was scheduled by the UBC Students for Freedom of Expression, included a speaker who CTV News says is known for promoting conspiracy theories. CTV News says that the topic of the event was a recent short film that alleges that the discoveries at former residential schools have been exaggerated. “The university has reviewed the requested event booking and conducted an assessment of the event,” read a release from UBC. “We believe proceeding with this event would adversely affect campus and community safety.” UBC | CTV News | Daily Hive (BC)

YorkU, Oak Valley Health form local health partnership

York University and Oak Valley Health have signed a MOU to form a local health partnership that will advance medical education, research collaboration, and the health of the local community. Strategic areas outlined in the MOU include future medical education partnerships, research capacity and opportunities, clinical placements and experiential learning opportunities, continuing education and development, and health and wellness partnerships. “We are pleased to partner with Oak Valley Health to further enhance the future of medical education and the training of the next generation of world-class health professionals,” said YorkU President Rhonda Lenton. YorkU (ON)