Top Ten

February 1, 2022

St Clair approves cybersecurity, greenhouse operator/technician programs

St Clair College has approved new programs in the areas of cybersecurity and greenhouse operation in order to meet the needs of the labour force. Three graduate certificate programs in Cybersecurity – Automobility will launch in Fall 2022 and will train students in the necessary skills to support cybersecurity in the automotive sector and the broader manufacturing and supply chain industries. The Fall 2023, St Clair will offer a two-year Greenhouse Operator/Technician diploma program that will prepare students for work in the greenhouse sector. Students will complete the program through in-class and online learning, lab work, and greenhouse visits, and will have the opportunity to specialize in pest management or production in their second year. St Clair (ON)

Negotiations break down between administration and faculty associations at ULethbridge, MRU

CBC reports that negotiations at two universities in Alberta have recently broken down. The faculty association at the University of Lethbridge is anticipating a potential strike vote later this week and, if faculty vote in favour of it, a strike could begin as early as next week. One of the key focuses of the negotiations is wages, and other issues include workload and faculty representation on ULethbridge’s budget committees. A strike is likely at Mount Royal University, reports CBC, as negotiations between the institution and its faculty association are in a deadlock after almost two years. Key issues include wages, increasing workloads, and the need for contract employee job security and recognition. CBC (ULethbridge) | CBC (MRU) (AB)

BCcampus releases OER book club facilitation guide on antiracism

BCcampus has released a new open educational resource that will help its users lead conversations about anti-racism through book clubs. Book Club Facilitation Guide: How to Be an Antiracist, developed by Royal Roads University faculty member Olaolu Adeleye, facilitates discussion around a variety of themes, including self and schemas, society and systems, schools and syllabus, and solidarity and success. The guide will provide postsecondary educators with a way to start discussions and consider how their course material and approaches impact the learners in their classes. “The guide will help educators shift to a place of reflection: moving from rebuttal and debate to understanding and appreciation,” said Adeleye. “The intention isn’t about getting it right; rather, it’s about catalyzing further conversation and personal reflection.” BCcampus (BC)

Institutions stand alongside Williams Lake First Nation after residential school graves news

As people across Canada mourn with Williams Lake First Nation after the announcement of possible unmarked gravesites of children at the former St Joseph’s Mission residential school site, several postsecondary institutions and schools have made announcements to publicly stand alongside the nation. Brock University’s Aboriginal Student services team is offering students a space to meet with elders to mourn. Fleming College has asked community members to wear orange to recognize the unmarked graves. The University of Saskatchewan held a virtual gathering and asked participants to wear orange shirts to show solidarity. Selkirk College has encouraged community members to continue to learn about the past to further reconciliation. Thompson River University shared links to emotional, mental, and spiritual health supports and resources and urged the community to remember the children and stand in support of the First Nation. Selkirk | NationTalk (USask) | Brock | Fleming | Castanet (National)

MtA launches array of new programs for Fall 2022

Mount Allison University has launched a selection of new programs for Fall 2022. The new offerings include a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies degree, a Bachelor of Arts Joint Major in Computer Science and Music, new options for Visual and Material Culture Studies, a Language and the Mind degree minor, and a Certificate of Arts Administration. “These programs all address real-world issues and will help prepare Mount Allison students for professional training and careers in a myriad of fields,” MtA Provost and VP, Academic and Research Dr Jeff Hennessy. MtA

UManitoba launches UM Arts Career Apprenticeship Program

The University of Manitoba has launched the UM Arts Career Apprenticeship Program. The pilot program will give UManitoba Bachelor of Arts graduates the opportunity to gain a year of paid work experience with local employers who are interested in hiring and mentoring arts graduates. The initiative will provide participants with exclusive employment opportunities as well as support preparing their applications with the goal of encouraging recent graduates to stay in the Winnipeg area. “Our students graduate with exceptional job-ready skill sets and this program is a perfect way to help them get over the hurdle of finding that first job,” said UManitoba Dean of the Faculty of Arts Dr Jeff Taylor. UManitoba

CMCC Doctor of Chiropractic program achieves CCEC, CCE accreditation

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College has announced that its Doctor of Chiropractic program has achieved accreditation from both the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC) and the Council on Chiropractic Education in the US (CCE). The CCEC has approved the program for eight years, which is the maximum approval period. The accreditation with CCEE will also allow graduates to apply for licensure in the US. “These are outstanding accomplishments,” said CMCC President David J Wickes. “We have a great institution and degree program. I’m thankful to have such a strong team at CMCC driving us to excellence in education, clinical care, and research.” CMCC

Report brings up issues around treatment of contract workers

A new report by Contract Worker Justice @SFU has raised issues around the treatment of Service Pros and Chartwells Canada employees who are contracted out to work at Simon Fraser University. The report says that cleaning staff and food-service workers experience a variety of issues such as unfair pay, unsafe practices, and undignified treatment. The coalition says that the workers’ wages are lower than the living wage in the area, and that contract employees do not receive the same benefits as regular SFU employees such as childcare on campus, tuition waivers for their children, libraries, or internet access. The report’s authors have called on SFU to improve the working conditions of the employees by bringing them in-house. “Whether those companies are in-house or contracted, SFU is committed to ensure all workers are treated fairly,” read a statement from SFU. CBC | CBC Radio | Burnaby Beacon | Report (PDF)

Leading with positivity to encourage change: Opinion

Postsecondary leaders should lead groups with positivity to encourage change, write Michael Paul Nelson and Thomas H DeLuca. Nelson and DeLuca describe how responding with “Yes, and…” to new ideas and proposals encourages people to share with their leadership. The authors recommend responding positively, even to ideas that may be redundant or undeveloped, but to recommend resources the individual can use to develop their idea. Nelson and DeLuca say that as the individual goes through the process of honing their idea, the flaws will likely become obvious or they will find the suitable niche for their project. “Going forward, the academy must avoid appointing negative, dismissive leaders; the rippling impacts and the squandered opportunities will be too significant a loss,” write Nelson and DeLuca. Inside Higher Ed

Holland College launches Supportive Care Assistant Microcredential

Holland College has launched a Supportive Care Assistant Microcredential that will prepare students to work in long-term care facilities. Students will spend six weeks completing online training in areas such as professionalism, supportive assistance, communication, and infection control and safety, before proceeding into a 280-hour work placement. The microcredential can be used on its own or be stacked with other microcredentials to fulfill the requirements for a larger credential. The program is offered free of charge, and students who complete it can receive a $5K stipend to support furthering their education in a related program. Holland College (PEI)