Top Ten

September 23, 2022

CFI announces over $64M in CFI funding for 251 research projects

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced an over $64M investment in 251 research projects at 40 institutions through the John R Evans Leaders Fund. The funding will focus on supporting institutions in recruiting and retaining researchers by providing funding for labs, equipment, and facilities. Projects that are receiving funding through the fund include a project out of the University of British Columbia on identifying sources of atmospheric humidity, a project at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue on the needs of adults with autism, and a project at the Université de Moncton on optimizing artificial intelligence to inspect electrical infrastructure. National Post (National)

Georgian announces new designation as military-connected college

Georgian College has become a military-connected college. The new designation will see Georgian offering military-connected students scholarships and academic, social, and mental health supports to ease their transition to civilian life. “Becoming a military-connected college creates value at Georgian in several ways,” said Georgian Dean, engineering and environmental technologies Dr Rebecca Sabourin. “We’re supporting an underrepresented and underserved student population by fostering learning in a post-secondary environment, and these graduates, some of whom can receive federal funding, will have an economic impact on the community and the region.” Georgian | Barrie Today (ON)

Judge rules on NAIT tuition hike

An Edmonton judge has made a ruling on the legality of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s recent tuition hike. The NAIT students' association first sought judicial review in February 2021, arguing that tuition was increased at above a legal rate and that students should have been consulted about it. The judge accepted NAIT's defense that the tuition increase occurred due to the removal of a tuition cap, as well as the students' associations' argument that procedural fairness was breached. The Alberta Students’ Executive Council issued a statement arguing that the judicial review “exposed many of the deep-seated structural programs present” in the postsecondary sector, including that students are not empowered to fulfill their role on campus. CBC | ASEC (AB)

Carleton announces official opening of Nicol Building, Ericsson-Carleton Mobile Wireless Lab

Carleton University has announced the official opening of the Nicol Building and the Ericsson-Carleton Mobile Wireless Lab. The celebration had previously been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Carleton will also be celebrating the official opening of the Ericsson-Carleton Mobile Wireless Lab, which is a research and development-focused 5G lab that includes an Ericsson Indoor Solution – 5G Radio Dot System network. Carleton says it is the first in Canada to have a lab that gives graduate students and researchers access to a private, standalone 5G network. Carleton (1) | Carleton (2) (ON)

Instructors must include ethics as a design element when designing courses: Opinion

In a recent article for BCcampus, Gwen Nguyen discusses the necessity of including ethics as a design element when developing courses. Nguyen writes that those designing curriculum must navigate the “gray” areas of instructional design by prioritizing ethical engagement with tools, especially in the digital environment. The author encourages the use of the holistic framework of ethics as design, which considers the impacts and outcomes of problems; and reflection-in-action, which includes sustained internal dialogue regarding the design problem. Nguyen provides a list of questions for designers to consider on decision points such as copyright, learner privacy, accessibility, diversity, sustainability, and efficacy. BCcampus (Editorial)

UNB launches law clinic to provide low-income clients with free legal services

The University of New Brunswick has launched a law clinic that will provide low-income clients with access to free legal services. Students will participate in the UNB Legal Clinic as part of a class that gives them the opportunity to provide those who are in need with free representation and civil case file management. They will be supervised by faculty member Jeannette Savoie, who explained that students will deal with cases related to tenancy, employment, social assistance, and small claims for low-income individuals who are in vulnerable situations. “Sometimes when people are vulnerable, they don’t always know that they have those kinds of rights,” said Savoie. The clinic will be located in an experimental hub in downtown Fredericton where nursing and social work students currently work. CBC (NB)

UCalgary joins alliance with Curtin University, University of Aberdeen to address global issues

The University of Calgary has joined a tripartite alliance with Curtin University and the University of Aberdeen to co-develop solutions on global energy transition, climate change, and sustainability challenges. The alliance will enable interdisciplinary collaboration in areas such as energy transition, artificial intelligence, and health; will create opportunities for student and staff mobility; and will provide opportunities for the development of joint research centres, collaborative academic programs, and industry linkages. “With this new strategic alliance, our universities are transcending borders and academic disciplines to consolidate scholarly excellence,” said UCalgary President Dr Ed McCauley. UCalgary | UAberdeen (AB)

Building diversity through an anti-racist culture, not quotas: Opinion

Postsecondary institutions that are hoping to build diversity in their leadership teams need to focus on developing an anti-racist culture rather than quotas, writes Alexander C Kafka. Kafka writes that focusing on quotas can lead to disappointment and disillusionment in a competitive hiring environment, and instead recommends using methods such as a triage approach that prioritizes equity audits and taking the time to identify the areas that most lack diversity. A cycle of constant improvement in these areas can help cultivate a culture that nurtures diversity and makes it easier to retain diverse individuals, writes Kafka. The author goes on to discuss strategies institutions can use to provide effective anti-bias training. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req). (Editorial)

Ottawa, Waterloo implement measures to crack down on student partying

Two cities have recently implemented new measures to address student problem behaviour related to partying, reports CBC. In Ottawa, city leadership has let students know that if problem behaviour occurs during the Panda Game, an annual football game between the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton University Ravens, the game will be cancelled next year. “It’s a reality that the policing cost and the reputational cost for both the city and the universities … are putting this tradition in jeopardy,” said Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury. The City of Waterloo is preparing for an in-person homecoming celebration at Wilfrid Laurier University. The city council reinstated a special nuisance noise bylaw this weekend and Waterloo Regional Police Service is asking students to act responsibly. The university said that it will have an increased police and special constable presence on campus and in nearby neighbourhoods this weekend. CBC (Ottawa) | CBC (Waterloo) (ON)

CPS cuts ties with US college following investigation into accreditation

Calgary Police Service is ending all affiliation with the California-based College of Certified Psychophysiologists, following a Global News investigation into the college. The investigation found that the college has no recognized accreditation and issues degrees that “aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.” CPS reportedly paid approximately $30K for “various forms of supplemental training” including PhDs in psychophysiology, online courses, and certificates in police mental wellness. A CPS spokesman stated that anyone providing mental wellness care to officers requires education from recognized schools. Mount Royal University Associate Professor Dr Kelly Sundberg told the Calgary Herald that CPS’s decision to work with the unaccredited organization instead of a local university was “embarrassing” and “concerning.” Calgary Herald | Global News (AB)