Top Ten

June 7, 2022

UNBC establishes Environmental Solutions Innovation Hub

The University of Northern British Columbia will be establishing an Environmental Solutions Innovation Hub through an investment of over $1.9M from the Pacific Development Agency of Canada. The hub will be housed in UNBC’s Northern Analytical Laboratory Services lab and will support the development of new materials and technologies that can be used to address water management, mining, forestry, bioenergy, and other environmental issues in Northern BC. The funding will allow UNBC to procure advanced instruments and personnel needed to perform chemical and physical analytical work in aid of local and regional natural resource-based firms. “[This funding] will enable us to continue to meet our mandates of education, research, and community service,” said NALS head Dr Hossein Kazemian. “We are working on solutions to air, water and soil pollution that will offer benefits to our region and the world.” PacifiCan | UNBC | CKPG (BC)

Dal brand gets a refresh, new identity

Dalhousie University has refreshed its brand with the launch of a new logo and brand identity as part of its Third Century Promise strategic plan. The Communications, Marketing, and Creative Services (CMC) team used research from key audiences and stakeholders to develop Dal's brand identity. The new brand identity is based on four brand pillars: research impact, academic excellence, engaging community, and extraordinary location. The new logo retains Dal's eagle crest while simplifying its design with cleaner lines and shapes. "All these brand elements combine to ensure that Dalhousie is recognizable, wherever you come across us," says Dal CMC AVP Matt Proctor. Dal (NS)

UAlberta no longer requires Nigerian students to present proof of English proficiency

The University of Alberta will reportedly no longer require students from Nigeria to present proof of an English proficiency test. The Premium Times reports that the change came about after Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi, a Nigerian postdoctoral research fellow in Canada, called attention to the fact that students in all levels of Nigerian education study in English. Igbalajobi requested that UAlberta consider exempting all students from Nigeria from the English Language Requirement, instead of only students from selective Nigerian universities. UAlberta reportedly responded by noting that Igbalajobi’s request “surfaced an important issue of discrepancies between ELP exempted countries as listed across Canadian post-secondary institutions” and said that the university would both add Nigeria to its list of exempt countries and work with other U15 institutions to make the list consistent. Premium Times | Legit Nigeria (AB)

Bird Construction Group files civil action against UPEI

Bird Construction Group has filed civil action against the University of Prince Edward Island, claiming that UPEI owes money for services relating to the university’s new Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation, reports Salt Wire. Bird Construction Group alleges that UPEI breached its contract and that the institution owes the company $3.4M as well as pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of legal action, and any other relief deemed appropriate by the courts. UPEI has responded by saying that it has paid the organization just under $14M for the $13.57M contract and that the group breached its obligations to complete the work on time. Salt Wire (1) | Salt Wire (2) (PEI)

Postsecondary institutions should offer hybrid options to support students: Opinion

Postsecondary instructors should continue to offer digital options for their classes, even as teaching in-person returns to normal, writes Robert Phillips. Phillips urges instructors to take a hybrid approach to their courses to provide flexibility for students in a variety of positions. The author argues that virtual options are more accessible for students with disabilities, provide more comfortable communication options for introverted students and non-native speakers, and ensure that students who are temporarily unable to leave their home countries have access to classes. Additionally, Philips writes that virtual classes may contribute to a balanced lifestyle, save students money, and reduce commuting. Philips recommends that institutions continue hybrid teaching if they can to ensure education is as accessible as possible. Times Higher Ed (Sub. Req.) (Editorial)

Trent launches Intergenerational Housing Pilot Project for seniors, students

Trent University has launched an Intergenerational Housing Pilot Project that will match older adults and students to create affordable housing and support aging in place. Trent’s Centre for Aging & Society (TCAS) has collaborated with Canada HomeShare on a pilot project that will partner seniors with postsecondary students. Students will have access to housing with a reduced rent in exchange for up to seven hours of support work, which could include running errands, companionship, or household tasks. The program aims to support aging in place while also providing affordable housing solutions to students. Canada HomeShare will ensure participants’ safety through vulnerable sector screening and safety checks, and social workers will provide ongoing support to program participants. Trent | Peterborough Examiner (Sub. Req.) (ON)

MSVU establishes Kinu Tourism Program

Mount Saint Vincent University is establishing a new Indigenous cohort tourism education program called the Kinu Tourism Program. The program was developed in collaboration with Indigenous community leaders and aims to remove barriers to education and support future opportunities for Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs. The program is reportedly the first of its kind in Canada. “[W]e are working to build Mi’kmaw tourism opportunities that will welcome the world to Mi’kma’ki while working with the mainstream tourism industry to find ways to address reconciliation with our Mi’kmaw people,” said NS Indigenous Tourism Enterprise Network Executive Director Robert Bernard. The Kinu Tourism Program is funded with over $1.9M from the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiative Program. News Wire (NS)

King’s UC announces approval to offer courses needed for CHRP designation

King’s University College has announced that it is now approved to offer the courses required for students to achieve their Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation. The King’s School of Management, Economics and Mathematics (MEM) received Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) approval to offer all of the required CHRP courses. “We’re excited that King’s now offers all nine of the courses applicants must complete before writing the CHRP exam, and that these courses are pre-approved by the Human Resources Professional Association of Canada, the licensing body for the CHRP designation,” said King’s UC MEM Assistant Professor Jeannette Eberhard. Students who completed courses in 2021-2022 can have these courses retroactively applied to their CHRP designation. King’s UC (ON)

Portage, N-APPL partner to give CAF members credit for previous experience, training

Portage College has announced that it has partnered with the National Advanced Placement & Prior Learning (N-APPL) to help Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members turn their military training and experience into credits. As a member of the N-APPL program, Portage will allow CAF members to gain advanced entry to diploma or degree programs and to gain block credits for their previous learning. The program will enable eligible current members and Veterans to fast-track their studies by receiving up to nine credits towards a Business program or six credits toward a Community Social Work program. “We reviewed the training plans, competencies, and skills that members earn as they receive their credentials and recognized clear instances of leadership, communications, and organizational management,” said Robin Tizzard, Dean of Health, Human Services and Business at Portage. Portage | Lakeland Connect (AB)

Combatting commodification with student cohorts, community-building: Opinion

The commodification of higher education has detracted from the real goal of higher education: intellectual and personal growth and discovery, writes Steven Mintz. Mintz argues that institutions should prioritize providing a transformational, relationship-rich education and offers some suggestions on how to do so. The author recommends that institutions empower individual faculty members to organize themed student cohorts that reflect a wide variety of interests and recognize active participation in these cohorts on transcripts with a special designation. Mintz also writes that students should be given more opportunities to build relationships with faculty and encourages institutions to showcase undergraduates' research and creative achievements. Such community building initiatives can help combat the commoditization of higher education, writes Mintz. Inside Higher Ed (Sub. Req.) (Editorial)