Top Ten

September 14, 2022

UMontréal, Maple Bear partner to support teacher training

The Université de Montréal has partnered with Maple Bear Global Schools to support training teachers in French as a Second Language (FSL) instruction. UMontréal offer training to French as a second language teachers employed by Maple Bear, develop teaching materials, and give Maple Bear students the opportunity to attend a summer school at the university to absorb French Canadian culture. Maple Bear graduates will have the opportunity to study at UMontréal campuses. UMontréal will also verify that Maple Bear has met specific educational criteria and host scientific sessions at Maple Bear’s annual symposium. The partnership will focus on supporting the next generation of students, who will have more global and linguistic opportunities. UMontréal (QC)

Trent, Fleming launch four new pathways to degrees

Trent University and Fleming College have launched four diploma-to-degree pathways that will allow Fleming graduates to continue their learning at Trent. Graduates from select environmental sciences diploma programs at Fleming will be able to enter Trent’s Environmental and Resource Science degree with seven credits, while eligible graduates of Fleming’s Police Foundations program will also receive five credits toward the Policing and Community Well-Being program at Trent’s GTA campus. “This new agreement will provide students with the opportunity to benefit from both hands-on learning and theoretical teaching, preparing students for success in fields that are growing across Canada,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. Fleming | PTBO Today (ON)

UBCO launches comprehensive resource guide for “first-gen” parents

The University of British Columbia Okanagan’s Student Development & Advising department has compiled a comprehensive resource guide for parents who have a student transitioning to university. The guide is targeted towards first-generation students and their parents. It includes resources such as a calendar that notes the common stressors for each month and information on where to find academic, social, and financial resources. The calendar is designed to help parents feel connected as they gain insight on what students may be experiencing. The guide also includes additional resources that parents can use to understand how they can best support their student and how to navigate the transition from high school to postsecondary. UBCO (BC)

Centennial unveils new brand platform: “Be Ready.”

Centennial College has unveiled a new brand platform and narrative that focuses on how the college prepares its students: “Be Ready.” The new declaration encourages students to be ready with their potential and prepare for success, and reflects Centennial’s pledge to provide students with the skills, perspective, and experience that they need to set themselves apart. "By shifting our focus from one of function to one of aspiration, we are able to connect with prospective students on an emotional level and give them a sense of meaning behind their choice,” said Centennial Director of Marketing and Creative Services Bruce Williams. Newswire (ON)

Focus on relationships and investment when fundraising, not manipulative sales tactics: Opinion

In a recent article for Inside Higher Ed, Kathy Johnson Bowles shares tips for those who are tasked with fundraising for their institution. Johnson Bowles writes that conventional approaches such as manipulative sales tactics and emphasizing the institution’s need rarely work, and typically end up alienating and offending potential donors. Instead, focusing on the institution’s relationships with donors by involving them in a project’s visioning process and ensuring they know their gift will be used effectively to support success tends to be a more successful approach. The author also warns readers about common mistakes, such as assuming that visible wealth will correlate with generosity or implying that potential donors owe the institution. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)

Three arrested following attack in Collège de Maisonneuve computer room

The Montréal police department has confirmed that they have arrested three suspects after a young man was attacked inside Collège de Maisonneuve. The victim was reportedly surrounded by a group in a computer room before being attacked with a weapon. He was later taken to the hospital and is stable. The reason for the attack reportedly remains unknown. TVA Nouvelles reports that some students have denounced the college for announcing the attack via the Omnivox platform rather than issuing an alert through the intercom system. Montreal Gazette | Journal de Québec | TVA Nouvelles (QC)

STU launches major, certificate in digital media

St Thomas University has launched two programs: A major in Digital Media and Creative Arts and a Certificate in Digital and Media Literacy. Students completing the interdisciplinary major will learn about digital platforms and their relationships to the arts and society, with programming drawing from departments such as Journalism, Fine Arts, Human Rights, and Native Studies. The program includes hands-on experience in the form of internships and other activities. The Certificate in Digital and Media Literacy, which students in the major can also take, provides workshops and experiential learning opportunities so that they can apply their understanding of digital and media literacy in real-world settings. STU (NB)

UCalgary receives gifts from city, industry to support research work

The University of Calgary has made two announcements about recent gifts and investments that support ongoing research and initiatives at the university. The City of Calgary invested $350K into UCalgary's Civic Commons Catalyst Initiative, which is focused transforming Calgary’s downtown using innovative solutions for economic recovery, downtown reinvention, and impactful investment. “The transformation of downtown Calgary will yield benefits citywide for generations to come,” said Ward 7 City of Calgary Councillor Terry Wong. The now-closed Canadian Energy Pipeline Association also announced that it would be gifting $865K to the university’s Pipeline Engineering Centre in order to ensure the association's legacy lives on. UCalgary (1) | UCalgary (2) (AB)

Western launches minor in Black Studies

Western University’s Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies has launched a minor in Black Studies. The minor is open to all Western students. The minor was developed by the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, and Information and Media Studies and covers topics such as Black history, culture, and heritage from local, national, and global perspectives. “Students who enrol in Black Studies courses will not only learn more about what it means to be Black in our society but will also be well-positioned for careers in a variety of sectors tackling issues of equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Western AVP, EDI Opiyo Oloya. Western (ON)

Next steps when a new hire turns down a position at the last moment: Opinion

A new faculty hire who turns down their position at the last moment presents a particularly difficult challenge to the department left to replace them, writes Kevin Dettmar in his latest advice column. Dettmar writes that there is no “appealing” solution in this situation, but that a department can address the issue in three ways: Hiring a temporary instructor, which may result in a disappointing experience for students; Looking for an in-house replacement, which may raise concerns around expertise and workload; or by cancelling the class, which impacts the reputation of the institution. The author recommends engaging in conversation with both the faculty member and the dean to establish what went wrong and how to ensure that it does not happen again. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)