Top Ten

October 6, 2022

AB invests $15M into expanding 12 community apprenticeship programs

The Government of Alberta has announced that it is investing $15M over three years into expanding 12 community apprenticeship partnerships. Existing and new apprenticeship partner grants will receive $5M in funding each year from the Alberta at Work initiative, with a focus on supporting the expansion and promotion of apprenticeship opportunities in the province and increase support for interested students. Lethbridge College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are involved in the projects receiving funding. The new funding builds on a recent $15M investment into expanding apprenticeship funding. AB | NAIT (AB)

UNB opens new computer science lab, names digital transformation chair

The University of New Brunswick has formally opened the $1M Shankar Computer Science Laboratory, in addition to naming the inaugural Barrett Chair in Entrepreneurship for Digital Transformation. The new computer lab includes 74 workstation class machines and 70 machines that are globally accessible, enabling students to use them from their homes. It was created thanks to a donation from UNB alumnus Subramonian Shankar. UNB and the McKenna Institute also recently named Dr Kenneth Kent as the inaugural Barrett Chair in Entrepreneurship for Digital Transformation. The position is funded by a $2.5M donation from New Brunswick business leaders Edward and William Barrett, and will focus on driving digital progress in the province. UNB (1) | UNB (2) (NB)

Durham, Metrolinx partner on transit station naming

Durham College has partnered with Metrolinx to acquire naming rights to the Oshawa GO transit station. The 10-year agreement will see the station being called by a new name: Durham College Oshawa GO. The move is reportedly the first of its kind in the province, and Durham will use the new name to position itself in the community as an educational leader. New signage has already been unveiled on the transit station building, and additional communications will be rolled out, such as a special “next stop” passenger announcement, transit signage, and system maps and schedule updates. Durham (ON)

How professors can accidentally encourage imposter syndrome: Opinion

In an article for Inside Higher Ed, Dr Angelica S. Gutierrez writes about how professors’ comments and actions can exacerbate students' imposter syndrome in the classroom. Professors often forget that students are impressionable and can be deeply affected by their instructor’s words. Guitierrez point to comments, such encouraging students to change their major when they fail a test, or behaviours, such as not paying full attention to a student during office hours, that can have an unintended impact on students. Instead, professors should stay attuned to students’ needs and help them develop the skills they need to succeed, and be fully present when meeting with or talking with students. This, Gutierrez argues, is how professors can instead help alleviate feelings of imposter syndrome in students. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

UBCO announces development of on-campus food hub

The University of British Columbia Okanagan and its student union have announced the development of an on-campus food hub called Picnic. Picnic will focus on addressing increasing food insecurity that is being experienced by students through an expanded student food bank, a farmers’ market, a community garden, and a nutrition education centre. It will offer a variety of supports such as a free breakfast program, access to low-cost meals, and community meals focused on different cultures. Infotel reports that the hub could include a low-cost grocery store in the future. The project is funded by the student union, UBCO, and KGH Foundation. Infotel (BC)

NorQuest, BCW in Action partner to expand opportunities for Black women and girls

NorQuest College has partnered with Black Canadian Women in Action (BCW in Action) to expand opportunities for Black women. The partnership will provide education and lifelong learning opportunities to Black women and girls in Alberta with the goal of reducing poverty by increasing opportunities. To support this goal, NorQuest and BCW in Action will share strategic resources, knowledge, and experience; collaborate on initiatives such as the creation of a business incubator program specifically for Black women and supporting applied research projects; and deliver tailored learning pathways through NorQuest’s language programs. NorQuest (AB)

Rankings can demonstrate systemic issues that render them inaccurate: Opinion

Reflecting on a recent scandal related to the US News World Rankings, Akil Bello discusses the issues with subjectivity and exclusivity surrounding postsecondary rankings. Bello explains that Columbia University provided fraudulent data to the ranking publishers and was “assigned competitive set values” by the editors, exposing how influential editor opinions are on rankings. Rankings further face issues surrounding their method and measurement, provide an advantage the wealthiest institutions, and tend to reflect editors’ values rather than an objective metric. Bello advises readers to be aware of how these issues and institutional influence can change rankings, which results in serious consequences for uninformed students if they make their admissions decision based on rankings. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)

Western faculty vote 91% in favour of strike

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association members have voted 91% in favour of strike action "if necessary," as negotiations with Western University continue. UWOFA stated that this show of support strengthens their ability to negotiate for better provisions for the recognition of faculty, equitable workloads, health and wellness, and job security. Last month, the union stated that the university had declined 20 of its 55 proposals, while another 20 had not received a response prior to the strike vote. The union represents 1,500 faculty and 50 librarians and archivists at the university. CBC | CTV News | London Free Press (ON)

Fire damages observatory housing research satellite run by UCalgary, USaskatchewan, AU

The Resolute Bay Geomagnetic Observatory in Nunavut, which houses the Resolute Bay Incoherent Scatter Radar, was recently damaged in a fire. The observatory’s living quarters were fully destroyed, reports Nunatsiaq News, and the building housing the generator suffered smoke and water damage. The radar, one of two in the observatory, was established and operated by the University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan, Athabasca University, and SRI International in order to study Earth's space environment. UCalgary is currently working with Nunavut RCMP to assess the damage done in the fire, reports CBC. There were no reported injuries or casualties as a result of the fire, and the RCMP are reportedly investigating two suspects in connection with the fire. CBC | Nunatsiaq News (Territories)

Canada’s copyright regime needs input from additional voices to support an update: Opinion

In a recent article in University Affairs, Michal Jaworski discusses challenges with Canada’s copyright regime and compensation for writers. Jaworski writes that in the decade since 2012 – the year that parliament amended copyright law to include copying for educational purposes – the publishing community has become increasingly concerned about the losses Canadian authors have suffered from educators adopting liberal interpretations of their rights. The author discusses the implications of Canadian educational institutions increasing spending on classroom content, declines in author revenues, and increased access to digital content. He concludes with a call for the federal government to create a statement of intent that will focus on ensuring Canada’s copyright regime is effective for everyone. University Affairs (Editorial)