Top Ten

February 8, 2022

QC creates Observatoire sur la réussite en enseignement supérieur

In order to improve the proportion of the Quebec population with a postsecondary credential, the Government of Quebec has invested nearly $3M to create the Observatoire sur la réussite en enseignement supérieur. The organization will be created out of the Consortium d’animation sur la persévérance et la réussite en enseignement supérieur (CAPRES), a consortium based out of the Université de Québec that focuses on issues in higher education such as accessibility, perseverance, and student success. ORES will work to improve knowledge transfer and dialogue between postsecondary institutions in order to improve the system as a whole. It will formally launch in Autumn 2022. La Presse | CAPRES (QC)

SK signs MOU with Philippines, Mexico to build ties between postsecondary systems

The Government of Saskatchewan has signed two global MOUs that will create and strengthen ties between SK’s postsecondary institutions and those of other countries. An MOU signed with the Potosino Council of Science and Technology in Mexico will create new opportunities for information and education exchange, promotion, and research collaboration; while an MOU signed with the Republic of the Philippines will support the creation of opportunities and collaboration in areas such as student and faculty exchange, research, and cultural experiences. The MOUs are a key part of SK’s larger International Education Strategy. SK (Philippines) | SK (Mexico) | Global News (SK)

Apology issued after joss paper given to U of T students at graduate residence

An apology has been issued after the University of Toronto reportedly gave joss paper with the words “Hell bank note” on it to students at its graduate residence. The Star says that while envelopes of money are traditionally given as symbols of good luck and prosperity for the new year, students at the residence received envelopes with joss paper, which is used during funerals and is meant to be burned for the dead. South China Morning Post says that it is also sometimes used as a death threat or to intimidate people. U of T apologized in a statement, saying that “incorrect bank notes were unintentionally placed into the red envelopes” and that all the envelopes had been taken by the time they realized the mistake. “The University of Toronto deeply regrets this error,” read the statement. The Globe and Mail | The Star | South China Morning Post (ON)

ULFA members vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike

Faculty at the University of Lethbridge have voted in favour of a strike. A strike could begin as early as Thursday at 11:00 AM if a settlement cannot be reached. The University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA) members voted 92% in favour of the strike, and the organization has filed a strike notice. Classes that are in session at the time that the strike begins will be allowed to be completed. “I think this really shows a profound sense of dissatisfaction with how things have been going at the U of L,” said ULFA President Dan O’Donnell. “I think it’s also evidence that for faculty members enough is enough.” CBC (AB)

Retired ULaval professor donates $1M to law faculty

Université Laval has received a $1M donation for its Faculté de droit from retired ULaval professor Jacques Deslauriers. The donation, which is the largest from a single individual in the faculty’s history, will be used to support master’s degree students studying civil law. The funds will bolster scholarships for students, civil law research, and the updating process for three of Deslauriers’ reference works. Deslauriers says he wants to see the majority of the funds distributed during his lifetime. Journal de Montréal (QC)

Sheridan, Supply Chain Canada partner to increase efficiency in gaining professional designation

Sheridan College’s Pilon School of Business has partnered with Supply Chain Canada to streamline the process for Sheridan graduates looking to achieve the Supply Chain Management Professional™ (SCMP™) Designation. Graduates of Sheridan’s Business Analysis and Process Management diploma will be able to pursue the SCMP designation and enter into the workforce with increased employability, improved earning potential, and better advancement opportunities. “I am extremely proud that our Business Analysis and Process Management postgraduate certificate program meets the stringent standards to partner with Supply Chain Canada,” said Pilon School of Business Associate Dean Keith Barnwell. “This agreement will provide graduates of our program with a unique value-added proposition that will help them secure a competitive advantage with employers.” Sheridan (ON)

Making department chair positions more appealing to compensate for the challenges: Opinion

The role of department chair is one that “almost no one wants,” writes Megan Zahneis in a recent article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and faculties should consider taking the steps to improve the position. Zahneis discusses the challenges of being a department chair during the pandemic and recounts the stories of department chairs who found the combination of added responsibility and their desire to create change to be exhausting. The author recommends that faculties make chair positions more appealing by providing a more appropriate level of compensation, ensuring that becoming chair does not damage scholars’ advancement opportunities, providing initial and ongoing training, and publicly recognizing the contributions of chairs. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription) (Editorial)

Dal nursing students in pediatric, perinatal care moved to long-term care placements

Nursing students from Dalhousie University who have been specializing in pediatric and perinatal care are expressing frustration after being told to complete placements in long-term care homes in order to help alleviate the health care shortage, reports CBC. Students were reportedly not given an option to complete their placements in pediatric or perinatal settings due to concerns around COVID-19. Students told CBC that they are missing curriculum during the placements, experiencing stress associated with the changes, and are worried about the institution setting a precedent of changing programs without consulting students. Students are calling for flexibility in their assignment and exam deadlines, as well as opportunities to complete their original placements in a simulated setting. CBC (NS)

AlgomaU signs MOU, exchange agreements with two Belgian universities

Algoma University has signed an MOU and exchange agreements with Thomas More University of Applied Sciences and Howest University of Applied Sciences in Belgium. The collaboration will allow AlgomaU’s undergraduate students to study and complete research and internships in Belgium. Staff and faculty will also be able to take part in exchange programs, online learning, and research opportunities. “This agreement adds diversity to our portfolio of international partnerships, by bringing Belgian perspectives to Algoma and providing important language-learning and international cross-cultural academic opportunities for Algoma University students,” said AlgomaU VP Academic and Research Dr Donna Rogers. AlgomaU | Northern Ontario Business (ON)

UVic adds Kwench workspace in downtown Victoria

The University of Victoria has added Kwench, a workspace in downtown Victoria that will provide space for academics, industry, and others to access programming and services. Kwench will build on the work of UVic’s start-up incubator, the Coast Capital Innovation Centre, with an additional location for free programming and supports. “By moving into Victoria’s downtown core, UVic can help cultivate a collaborative and dynamic innovation ecosystem in our region,” said UVic VP of Research and Innovation Lisa Kalynchuk. Around half of the participants in the Coast Capital Innovation Centre are from underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, and Indigenous peoples. Saanich News | Douglas Magazine (BC)