Top Ten

October 4, 2022

George Brown unveils new Future of Work pilot building for hybrid workers

George Brown College has unveiled a new building that will support college employees who would like to work flexibly. The Future of Work pilot building is a hub in downtown Toronto for hybrid workers that will foster collaboration and a positive work culture. The building is equipped with sit-stand workstations, wellbeing spaces, sound-proof pods, executive lockers, and more for workers who plan to be on campus for activities and meetings at least two days a week. “The pilot space represents a new approach to working and an opportunity to support the diverse needs and working styles of employees, while also enhancing learning environments for students,” said George Brown President Gervan Fearon. Newswire (ON)

UFV achieves Age-Friendly University status

The University of the Fraser Valley has announced that it has achieved Age-Friendly University (AFU) status, which it says is a first for a postsecondary institution in British Columbia. To achieve the status, UFV completed an audit and report on its age-friendly initiatives. The university has pledged to support older student enrolment through initiatives such as ensuring physical accessibility when planning additions and renovations, supporting those who are pursuing second careers or lifelong interests, and breaking down stereotypes around older students. “Receiving the AFU status shines a light on the work that we have been doing and what needs to be done in order to support this ageing demographic and integrate them within UFV,” said UFV Centre for Aging and Research Director Dr Shelley Canning. UFV (BC)

Admitting students by major comes with unique benefits, opportunities for tailoring: Opinion

In a recent article for Inside Higher Ed, editor Scott Jaschik discusses the effects of admitting students to postsecondary institutions by major. While admission by major can affect competitiveness within specific programs, several institutions noted that admitting students to a specific major came with several benefits. These included making it possible to provide tailored supports such as major-specific academic advising, networking opportunities with faculty and students, and career services. Others noted that admittance by major helps ensure students can enrol in the necessary classes and complete their degrees efficiently; aligns student interest with program capacity; and allows institutions to have different admission standards, which can support diversity. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)

Unsanctioned street gatherings, parties near Dal result in arrests, tickets

A large unsanctioned street gathering near Dalhousie University on Saturday night resulted in arrests and tickets. A police news release estimated that over 4,000 people attended an unsanctioned event related to Dal’s homecoming celebration. Dozens of summary offence tickets were reportedly issued as revellers set off fireworks into the crowd and toward residences, and prevented emergency responders from accessing injured individuals or breaking up the parties. Dal President Deep Saini released an apology to the community that stated that Dal will be investigating and disciplining those who were involved in planning the parties. Dal | CBC | The Star (NS)

Dozens attend Vancouver protest against health care fee for international students

A rally was recently held in Vancouver to call for the removal of a health care fee that British Columbia charges international students. A fee of $75 is charged to all individuals with a study permit, which protest organizers argue is unfair when international students already pay high tuition fees and rent. Protestors marched from Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station to Health Minister Adrian Dix's office on Thursday. “[The fee is] very exclusionary and very unjust,” said recent graduate Rahil Adeli. “A fair society should be equitable for everyone, and it doesn’t matter if I pay this fee or not, we need to speak up for the rights of all people, our friends, everyone in our society.” CTV News (BC)

Events after Panda Game leads to arrests, tickets, discussions about game’s future

Seven people were arrested and dozens were given tickets after the annual Panda Game between the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Police will reportedly be providing the universities with a list of those arrested so that institutions can apply student conduct rules. Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury called the efforts made to break up this large gathering “not sustainable.” “Police [are] doing their own debrief. The university is doing its own debrief. I’m doing my own debrief with the community. And we’ll come back to the table with recommendations,” said Fleury. City leadership previously warned students that problem behaviour after the Panda Game would lead to the game’s cancellation next year. CBC | The Star (ON)

Maclean’s announces launch of DegreeHub for prospective students

Maclean’s has partnered with Vox Pop Labs and Athabasca University to launch a new resource for students called DegreeHub. Building on Maclean’s annual compilation of university rankings, the platform allows students to provide information about their motivations in order to receive a personalized list of university programs that could be a good fit for them. The matches are informed by graduate and alumni feedback about programs in Canada. Prospective students are able to save this information and share it with friends. Maclean’s | DegreeHub (National)

USask faculty members call for implementation of additional COVID-19 measures

Faculty members at the University of Saskatchewan are calling for the university to implement a mandatory mask mandate and other additional measures as COVID-19 cases rise. Over 100 individuals recently signed a letter asking for masks to be made mandatory and normalized on campus and for N95 masks to be supplied on campus. “We’re all back on campus, which is wonderful, but we’re in smaller spaces and reinfection is a reality,” said USask Professor Julie Boughner. “So it’s just one other way that we can protect ourselves, protect our students, keep everyone in the game, keep everyone in the classroom.” Chair of USask’s Pandemic Response and Recovery Team Dr Darcy Marciuniuk said that students are happy with the protocols that are currently in place. Global News | CTV News (SK)

St Mary’s opens new teaching tipi

St Mary's University has completed the set-up of a teaching tipi on its campus. The tipi will stay up from spring to fall, but will be taken down when it snows. The space will be used as a gathering space for Indigenous students on campus, for hosting Elders on campus, and for discussions about Indigenous ways of knowing. Faculty and staff members will also be welcome to use it as a space for workshops and small classes. The tipi was commissioned with guidance from St Mary's Indigenous Advisory Council and built with the Tsuut'ina Nation. St. Mary’s (AB)

Societal outcomes of the educational purposes of higher education: Study

In a recent paper published in Higher Education, researcher Paul Ashwin studied how the societal outcomes and purposes of higher education have been discussed in the journal over the last 50 years. Ashwin examined papers on the societal purposes of higher education that were published in the first 80 volumes of Higher Education. As higher education has become more stratified, the author found that most papers aligned with the models for higher education that posit a single societal educational purpose for higher education systems. In turn, there was less discussion of the outcomes served by different types of higher education. In the future, Ashwin suggests that the discussion around higher education needs to be refocused from the idea of “the University” to the purposes of higher education systems, which would help to better understand the diversity within higher education systems and the increasing vertical stratification therein. Higher Education (Study)