Top Ten

September 21, 2022

Institutions announce plans, events for National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Several institutions have made announcements of their plans for the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG) will be celebrating its grand opening as part of a Commemoration Day being held in Sault Ste Marie. Algonquin College will be hosting ceremonies, speakers, a chili and bannock lunch, and a film screening, as well as unveiling a commemorative sculpture by Barry Ranger. Medicine Hat College and the Miywasin Friendship Centre will host a public outdoor event that will include a walk led by Indigenous and community leaders, stories of resilience, a blanket ceremony, an honour song, and round dance. British Columbia Institute of Technology is launching the “We Will Always Remember” project in advance of the day. “We want Canadians to learn, reflect and dialogue, but more importantly, go beyond these activities and commit to action and advancing reconciliation in their personal and professional lives for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation,” said BCIT Indigenous Initiatives and Partnership Executive Director Kory Wilson. Newswire (SKG) | Algonquin | MHC | Nation Talk (BCIT) (National)

Durham, NAIT partner to increase professional development opportunities

Durham College’s Professional & Part-time Learning (PPL) has partnered with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology to give students additional professional development opportunities. The partnership includes access to a variety of courses on topics such as cybersecurity, crisis communications and management, and digital video editing. “By partnering with NAIT, our team at PPL will lead the way in providing students with a much broader array of professional courses,” said Durham PPL Executive Dean Jean Choi. “As industry leaders, DC understands and recognizes that professional education requires a flexible and innovative approach to learning to meet the needs of the student, and that is what this partnership is all about.” Durham (ON | AB)

Canada announces $20M donation to QES program

The Government of Canada has announced that it will be honouring the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a $20M donation to the Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) program. The QES program is led by the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) in collaboration with Universities Canada and with support from Community Foundations of Canada. The gift will enable QES recipients to participate in international experiences that advance their research and studies. “This gift will ensure that generations of youth have the opportunity to develop a global outlook, empathy, and understanding – all of which are essential for navigating the complexities of today’s world,” said RHF President Teresa Marques. Universities Canada (National)

Cambrian launches Bachelor of Business Administration degree

Cambrian College has launched an honours bachelor degree in business administration. Students in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree can major in accounting, data analytics, or digital marketing, or pursue a General Business Administration degree. The degree includes a 14-week internship and a capstone applied learning project. The program will also provide students in Cambrian’s business diploma program with a pathway to a degree without leaving the college. “[W]e’re listening to what employers want and what students are seeking, and we feel that our Honours BBA responds to what we have heard,” said Cambrian Dean, School of Business Dr Parvinder Arora. Cambrian says it is the first college in northern Ontario to offer a degree of this kind. Cambrian | CBC (ON)

Queen’s, UVic, UBC appear in Business School Rankings

Financial Times has released its Business School Rankings – Masters in Management 2022 rankings. The rankings evaluate Masters in Management programs from around the world for their performance in areas such as graduate employment outcome and school diversity using alumni survey responses and institutional data. 100 business schools are included in the final rankings. Three Canadian postsecondary institutions appeared in the rankings: Queen’s University Smith School of Business (#61), the University of Victoria: Gustavson School of Business (#76), and the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business (#100). Financial Times (Rankings) | Financial Times (Method) (National)

UCalgary launches ScaleUp program to help AB companies become globally competitive

The University of Calgary has launched the ScaleUp program, a pilot program that will support Alberta companies that are interested in scaling into competitive global companies. ScaleUp is a nine-month program that will train executive teams so that they are prepared to focus on commercialization and sustainable growth. The aim is to give companies the knowledge needed to grow five times their revenue, capital, or team within 2-3 years after completing the program. The pilot focuses on cleantech companies in energy and agriculture. “[Alberta has] the infrastructure to support scale, and some of the largest funders of cleantech research and projects are from traditional energy companies, many of which are headquartered in Calgary,” said ScaleUp director Hannah Hemphill. UCalgary (AB)

Women’s studies programs need protection, space to combat eroding gender equality: Opinion

In the face of eroding gender equality and concerns about reversal of women’s rights victories, women’s studies programs are more important than ever, write Jacquie Gahagan, Adwoa Onuora, and Tegan Zimmerman of Mount Saint Vincent University. Gahagan, Onuora, and Zimmerman write that though women have fought for human rights victories in Canada, issues such as barriers to education, gender-based and sexual violence, systemic racism, and discrimination continue to affect women. The authors argue that protecting Canada’s women’s studies programs anchors, protects, and ensures that women’s rights victories continue to be key considerations in the future. “Women’s studies programs must be given space to intensify the work of preparing learners to take action in communities and embolden leaders to reject the violent erasures created by the growing wave of misogyny,” write the authors. The Conversation (Editorial)

USherbrooke, Nestlé Health Science partner on ketotherapeutic research

Université de Sherbrooke and Nestlé Health Science have announced a partnership to further research in the area of ketotherapeautics. Néstle has invested $1M in the establishment of a Clinical Research Chair in Ketotherapeautics at the university. “We will use the BENEFIC results to further research on the potential benefits of ketones in neurodegenerative disorders,” said USherbrooke Professor Stephen Cunnane, who will be the first holder of the research chair. “I am extremely proud of this partnership. This new research chair could help lessen the devastating impact that brain disorders have on the quality of life of many older people.” USherbrooke | USherbrooke (PDF, EN) (QC)

Carleton launches endowment fund to support Ravens Football with $1M donation

Carleton University has announced a new endowment fund that will support Ravens Football: The John Ruddy Endowment Fund. The fund is supported by alumnus and former Ravens player John Ruddy, who provided an initial investment of $1M. Carleton has plans to raise $5M in additional revenue for the fund over the next few years. The funds will be used to enhance and create supports for athletes, including academic mentorship, specialized coaching, recruitment programs, and financial aid. Carleton (ON)

A discussion of non-credit credentials and the need for more data: Opinion

Two recent opinion pieces discuss the challenges associated with short-term, non-credit credentials in the United States. In The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Lee Gardner writes that students often take non-credit credentials so that they can start their career quickly and at a low cost. Gardner cautions that, since few states collect non-credit enrolment data, there is little information available on the program outcomes or career impact. Employers may additionally find it challenging to determine whether the non-credit programming prepares employees to fill a role. In a response published in Inside Higher Ed, Matt Reed highlights the importance of Gardner’s observation that second-level data, such as data around how long graduates lasted in their new roles, often goes unreported. Reed writes that this is particularly important because it can help to clarify whether a labour shortage stems from an absence of trained individuals or is the result of poor working conditions and pay. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) | Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)