Top Ten

June 14, 2022

AB grants to support dual credit learning for high school students

The Government of Alberta has announced up to $4M in grants to support dual credit learning experiences for students in grades 10-12. Schools can use the grants to offer dual credit courses – which will count towards both a high school diploma and a postsecondary credential – in topics such as health care, trades, agriculture, and business administration. $1M of the funding will go towards supporting new or existing dual credit programming, while $3M will go towards the purchase of new equipment or facility upgrades to support programming. “We are working to create a more integrated education system that better meets the needs of students, industry and institutions,” said AB Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides. “Dual credit learning opportunities empower high school students to begin their post-secondary education with relevant, recognized skills and training.” AB | Nation Talk | Red Deer News Now (AB)

Dal celebrates official re-opening of Cox Institute

Dalhousie University is celebrating the official re-opening of the Cox Institute. The Cox Institute was badly damaged by a fire in 2018, and needed significant rebuilding due to water and fire damage. The renovations included bringing the building up to current building and fire codes, reconfiguring layouts, and replacing and upgrading equipment. “We’re so happy to celebrate our opening,” said Dal Ag Campus Principal David Gray. “Our entire university community supported the Faculty of Agriculture to get us to this moment. … [N]ow we have a bright and modern facility for our students, faculty and staff. It’s a space in which we can continue to make an impact. It’s been a group effort and the result is remarkable.” Dal (NS)

McGill, U of T, UBC lead in QS World University Rankings 2023

The QS World University Rankings 2023 have been officially released and several Canadian universities have appeared among the top institutions. The leading institutions for Canada were McGill University (#31), the University of Toronto (tied for #34), and the University of British Columbia (#47). Other institutions in the top 250 included the University of Alberta (#110), Université de Montréal (tied for #116), McMaster University (#152), the University of Waterloo (#154), Western University (tied for #172), the University of Ottawa (tied for #237), the University of Calgary (#242), and Queen’s University (tied for #246). The top institutions internationally were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, and Stanford University. QS (Rankings) | QS (Release) | Calgary Herald (International)

ULethbridge expands Early Star Experience to second-year students

The University of Lethbridge has expanded its Early Start Experience course to second-year students who have not had on-campus opportunities due to the pandemic. The Early Start Experience gives students the opportunity to meet others, develop the skills they need to succeed in a university environment, and find out what supports are available and how to access them. “The first semester is often the hardest for first-year students and coming to campus for the first time, even if you are in your second year, can be daunting,” said Dean of the School of Liberal Education Dr Shelly Wismath. “The ESE … helps them learn this whole new system with its own culture, rules and standards.” ULethbridge (AB)

TÉLUQ, UQAT launch joint master’s degree in preschool education and elementary education

Université TÉLUQ and the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue have collaborated to launch a joint master’s degree in preschool and elementary education. The degree will be offered to school service centre workers who have a bachelor’s degree, but not a teaching certificate. The degree is offered entirely online to ensure that it is accessible, flexible, and convenient for those who are already working in schools and are looking to secure their teacher’s qualifications. Journal de Montréal (QC)

Selkirk expands into Trail, BC with permanent campus

Selkirk College has bought the Greater Trail Community Centre in Trail, British Columbia, and will be using the space as a permanent campus. The college purchased the campus from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary for $1, and the Government of British Columbia will be investing $1M into upgrading technology and classroom spaces. The Trail campus will house several of Selkirk’s programs and will offer dedicated spaces for new courses and housing. Selkirk’s Technology Access Centre is also located at Trail, and will enable student collaboration with the Trail campus on advanced manufacturing and materials applied research. BC (BC)

Students speak up about positive impacts of WLU’s ISOW program

Students who have come to Canada from countries affected by war are speaking up about the benefits of Wilfrid Laurier University’s International Students Overcoming War (ISOW) program. The ISOW program provides students from areas affected by war with an opportunity to come to Canada to study. So far, 23 students from conflict zones have received scholarships from the program. CBC shares the story of Alik Sarian, who came to Canada in 2016 from Syria to study at WLU through the ISOW program. Sarian described the program as life-changing, as it has enabled her to imagine a future in Canada. The program, which was started in 2014, is funded by an $8 student tuition fee. “The way we like to contextualize the levy is by saying a cup of coffee from Starbucks can change someone’s life,” said Sarian. “I'm here to say that it does. It changed my life.” CBC (ON)

UQO professor suspended, fined for inappropriate behaviour

A professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais has been suspended and fined for engaging in sexually inappropriate behaviour with research centre members and a doctoral student. CBC reports that the Order of Psychologists of Quebec’s disciplinary council found that, between 2011 and 2016, psychology professor Stéphane Bouchard maintained an environment conducive to comments of a sexual nature in his research centre. Bouchard has also been found guilty of inappropriate behaviour, including “crude language or language with a sexual content and behaviours of the same nature” with a doctoral student. Bouchard has been suspended for 10 months and has been fined $5.5K. CBC | Radio-Canada (QC)

NWT allocates $1.7M to Indigenous Knowledge, science research projects

The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced that it will fund six new projects under its Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program. $1.7M will go toward monitoring and research projects conducted by Indigenous governments, Indigenous organization, universities, and territorial and federal government departments. The projects focus on topics related to Indigenous Knowledge and science, such as a study of how mine cleanup efforts may be affected by climate change and the development of a new approach to monitoring Akaitcho water quality. "These projects help us to better understand environmental changes impacting caribou, water, and fish in Northwest Territories," says Shane Thompson, NWT Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. NWT | NWT (Projects) | Cabin Radio (NWT)

Addressing the shortage of peer-reviewers: Opinion

Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Education reports that journals are currently facing a shortage of peer-reviewers. After the disruption created by the pandemic, fewer academics are willing to accept article-review requests unpaid and more are returning late or rushed reviews. Simultaneously, submissions to journals have not decreased. Flaherty speaks to a number of experts in the field, who discuss the possible causes of the situation, such as a diminished number of tenure-track faculty, and debate solutions such as paying reviewers for their time and expertise and curbing revise-and-resubmit responses. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)