Top Ten

April 19, 2022

SAIT to receive $41M from AB to renovate John Ware building, increase student seats

SAIT has received new funds to support the renovation of its John Ware Building and increase its student capacity by 150 seats. The Government of Alberta will provide $41M over three years to redevelop the interior of the John Ware Building, including the modernization of interior spaces and improvement of technology to improve student experiences. The funding will also be used to create a new Centre of Excellence for SAIT’s culinary program and develop flexible spaces that are designed for diverse programming. “Our province’s investment in SAIT enables us to further enhance our learning space to match the quality of education we provide our students in the hospitality and tourism sector, which is vital to the Alberta economy,” said SAIT President David Ross. SAIT | AB | Calgary Herald (AB)

BC announces expansion of Accessible British Columbia Act to postsecondary institutions

The Government of British Columbia has announced that it will be expanding the Accessible British Columbia Act to include a variety of public-sector organizations, including postsecondary institutions. Institutions will be required to establish accessibility committees, accessibility plans, and public-feedback mechanisms to meet the requirements of the Accessible British Columbia Regulation. BC will allocate $3M over three years to help organizations meet the new legal requirements. “For too long, people with disabilities have had to live with too many barriers,” said BC Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility Dan Coulter. “Integrating accessibility into every area of everyday life is key to building a better community for everyone.” Kamloops Now | BC (BC)

Lakehead to receive $5.5M to support [email protected]

Lakehead University has announced that it will receive $5.5M over five years to support the Enhancing Prevention of Injury and Disability @ Work ([email protected]) Research Institute. The funds will allow [email protected] to expand its occupational health and safety work, support new studies, and provide funding to hire 11 new faculty, research associates, and graduate students. The funding will support [email protected] in reducing workplace mental health stigma, designing injury prevention programs, and identifying and addressing barriers to training that reduces risk of workplace injury. “Focussing on Northern Ontario’s workforce, with emphasis on Indigenous communities and equity seeking groups, the Center will conduct high-quality, community-based, transdisciplinary research in the areas of work-related injury, both physical and mental, and disability prevention,” said Lakehead President Dr Moira McPherson. Nation Talk | TB News Watch (ON)

Report shows that African students face additional barriers to gaining study permits: Study

A new report examining the study permit process has found that implicit biases within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada may be affecting how applications are processed. The report says that applications from African countries may be especially affected and mentions “widespread” stereotyping and racist references to African nations. CBC says that Nigeria had only 12% of its applications accepted in the first half of 2020, while countries such as Japan and Korea saw acceptance rates of over 90%. In addition, the Nigerian Student Express program requires a higher burden of proof and requires students to complete language proficiency tests, though most study applications coming through this program are denied. CBC (National)

Sault receives $2M from ON to support school of engineering

Sault College will receive $2M to support the construction of a new School of Engineering. The funding comes from the Government of Ontario’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. “We’re going to have laboratory space for the students with process automation and mechatronics equipment in it,” said Sault VP of operations Colin Kirkwood. “We’re going to have a space that’s dedicated for student projects, and the projects are going to be done in partnership with industry.” The Sault Star reports that the college plans to spend $5.3M to upgrade learning spaces for students in its four-year mechatronics engineering degree program, which was launched in late 2020. Sault | Sault Star | CTV News (ON)

CBU announces renaming of health, counselling centre as Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre

Cape Breton University has announced that its health and counselling centre has been renamed the Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre. CBU held a small gathering to celebrate the renaming, unveil new signage, and share the institution’s future plans for CBU’s health and counselling services. The centre will provide support to students and community members in a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive environment that will ensure that individuals from diverse backgrounds are able to access care that is appropriate for them. The centre is named for Nancy Dingwall, who worked with student-athletes and the community at CBU’s physiotherapy clinics prior to her retirement in 2013. CBU (NS)

Saint-Jérôme to offer tuition free restaurant, hotel management programs

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme has announced that it will be offering its restaurant and hotel management programs at no cost this Fall. Gestion d'un établissement de restauration will be offered on Saint-Jérôme’s campus, while Gestion hôtelière will be offered in collaboration with the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality of Quebec at a variety of Mont-Tremblant hotels. Students will be supported in finding accommodation as they enter the program. The programs take three years to complete and will count toward a bachelor’s degree in administration at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Journal de Montréal (QC)

Job seekers should strive to take jobs they are passionate about: Opinion

Those who are about to take jobs in postsecondary education that they are not excited about or interested in should pause and consider how their decision may impact their lives, writes Irina Filonova. Reflecting on her work as a career coach, Filonova argues that those who quickly leave a job they are dissatisfied with without taking the time to find a more suitable role or organization may find themselves in a similar position, leading to regret and languishing. The author recommends that job seekers increase their self-awareness by exploring their own ambivalence, envisioning themselves in 10 or 20 years, and being patient for the right job to come along. “[Y]ou already have everything you need to honor your truth and to design a rewarding career where you can grow, flourish and have fun,” writes Filonova. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) (Editorial)

Acadia students to receive compensation after four-week strike

Students at Acadia University will be receiving compensation for the four-week faculty member strike. Payments of $600 for full-time domestic students and $700 for full-time international students will be applied to student accounts. The compensation stems from a proposal made by the Acadia Students’ Union (ASU) and ensures that any potential savings made by the institution went back to the students. “Throughout the course of the strike, students made it very clear that some form of financial compensation acknowledging the impacts of the strike was among their top priorities,” said ASU executive member Megan Cyr. CTV News reports that a payment provided after a strike in 2007 set a clear precedent for the circumstances in 2022. CTV News | CBC (NS)

Considering assessment strategies post-pandemic: Opinion

In a recent article for The Conversation, Louis Volante (Brock University), Don A Klinger (University of Waikato), and Corrie Rebecca Klinger (UWaikato) discuss the challenges with assessing the grades that high school students received during the pandemic. The authors argue that though high schools are gradually returning to “normal,” students have been affected by the changes and inconsistencies in policies throughout the pandemic and are concerned about their admission to postsecondary studies. The authors argue that pre-pandemic graduation rates were below 75% at Canadian universities, showing that reliance on high school grades is not a “foolproof” admissions method. The authors say that the changes brought on by COVID-19, such as pass/fail grading systems, could create an opportunity to revise grading and reporting processes in the education system. The Conversation (Editorial)