Top Ten

October 18, 2022

University of Niagara Falls Canada to launch in 2024

Ontario is set to have a new private university: the University of Niagara Falls Canada. The new university will be located in downtown Niagara Falls and will welcome its first class of students in 2024 after it receives approval from the Government of Ontario. The university will have a focus on flexibility, with multiple intakes each year and all classes offered in three formats: in-person, online, or hybrid. The university has received approval to offer five programs that will prepare students to work in the digital world, including an Honours Bachelor of Science, an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Data Analytics, a Master of Management, and a Master of Arts in Digital Media and Global Communications. The University of Niagara Falls is a subsidiary of Global University Systems Canada. Newswire | Niagara Falls Review (ON)

BrandonU receives Brandon Sun archives

Brandon University's SJ McKee Archives has received more than 50,000 photographic negatives from the Brandon Sun archives. The collection includes negatives from the 1970s to early 2000s. The university’s long-term goal is to research, describe, digitize, and preserve the photos, and to work toward giving the public access to visual records of the Westman region. “The Brandon Sun photo collection adds vital new elements to our holdings, and also helps preserve the history of our area,” said BrandonU archivist Christy Henry. “Working with members of the community, ensuring the preservation and eventual access to records that document the people and places of the region are essential functions of the archives and also key parts of the University’s new strategic plan.” Brandon Sun | BrandonU (MB)

Collège Boréal to receive over $8M to develop French-language programming

Collège Boréal will receive over $8M in funding from the governments of Canada and Ontario. The funding will support the college as it develops French-language bachelor’s degrees that will meet the labour and training needs of Northern Ontario. It will also support increased access to education for those located in rural regions. Canada will provide $5.1M over three years towards the project, while ON will provide $2.9M. “Thanks to this generous investment by the federal and provincial governments, our competent teams are ready to set up bachelor’s degree programs that will prepare the next generation of Francophone and bilingual citizens,” said Collège Boréal President Daniel Giroux. Newswire (ON)

Effectively delivered online learning will help education continue during crises: Opinion

Educators need to figure out how to effectively deliver online learning in preparation for future crises, writes Royal Roads University Professor George Veletsianos. Veletsianos writes that the move back toward in-person education is short-sighted, since online education is useful in emergency situations and helpful for those who are unable to access in-person education. Online education can be as good or better than in-person education, but it should be purposefully designed to be effective, writes the author. “If one thing is certain right now it is that our world is filled with crises and uncertainty,” writes Veletsianos. “In times like this, foresight and proactiveness are key. Ditching online learning is myopic. We will need it. It’s not a question of if – it’s a matter of when.” Veletsianos | Globe and Mail (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)

URegina’s La Cité recognized as faculty

La Cité universitaire francophone has been officially recognized as a faculty within the University of Regina. The designation allows La Cité to develop further programs in French and make new partnerships with other faculties and postsecondary institutions. Students and the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF) celebrated the designation for helping Francophone culture flourish and grow within Saskatchewan. “Making La Cité a full faculty like others within the University is a strong symbolic statement about the importance of French-language education,” said URegina President Dr Jeff Keshen. “[B]ut even more importantly, it will enhance the University’s ability to continue fulfilling the academic aspirations and university educational needs of Saskatchewan people.” URegina (SK)

Conestoga opens new innovation lab, receives leadership gift to support new campus

Conestoga College has opened a new innovation lab, which is part of the Conestoga Entrepreneurship Collective. The lab is located at the Communitech Hub in Kitchener. It will broaden the opportunities for student entrepreneurs within the Waterloo region, and will provide a collaboration space for Venture Lab program tech entrepreneurs. Communitech will provide programs and services to support those using the lab. Conestoga has also received a leadership gift from the Cowan Foundation that will support expansion of the college’s new Skilled Trades campus. “We are deeply grateful for the leadership of The Cowan Foundation in supporting Conestoga’s efforts to address the needs of our growing community, foster innovation and create new opportunities,” said Conestoga president John Tibbits. Conestoga (1) | Conestoga (2) (ON)

Dal partners with SJAM to offer temporary use of recreation facilities

Dalhousie University has partnered with St Joseph’s-Alexander MacKay elementary school (SJAM) to give the school’s elementary students access to a gymnasium. SJAM is currently using temporary classrooms that do not have access to a gymnasium as they wait for new classrooms and a new playground to be ready. Dal partnered with SJAM so that the school can access the university’s rec facilities, which gives students a place to be active during the school day. “SJAM is a special school and is a place of learning for many African Nova Scotian students, said Dal director of African Nova Scotian Community Engagement Jalana Lewis. “The student body is vibrant and diverse. It’s great that Dal staff, faculty and student athletes came together to welcome their temporary neighbours to the community.” Dal (NS)

UWinnipeg, Brock, UWindsor take steps towards reconciliation and decolonization

The University of Winnipeg, Brock University, and the University of Windsor have all taken recent steps towards reconciliation and decolonization. UWinnipeg permanently installed the Treaty One and Métis flags on campus during a special ceremony. The flags recognize that UWinnipeg sits on traditional Indigenous lands. Brock had its Spirit Bear, Entiohahathé’te, meaning “the path will be bright” in the Kanien'keha (Mohawk) language, attend the Convocation stage for the first time. The Spirit Bear is part of an initiative to address the inequalities faced by Indigenous children, youth, and families. UWindsor hosted an event unveiling a commissioned painting by Ojibway artist John Williams. The painting, called “Crazy Star,” was commissioned as part of a proposal to expand Indigenous representation in Social Work, and hangs in the School for Social Work's Windsor Hall. Nation Talk (UWinnipeg) | Nation Talk (Brock) | UWindsor (ON | MB)

How professors can help students develop critical reading skills: Opinion

In an article for Inside Higher Ed, Alice S Horning writes that postsecondary institutions and instructors urgently need to help students develop their reading skills. Horning writes that a pre-pandemic study examining nearly 2,000 student citations showed that students were usually only using quotations from the first page or two of their sources, and that only around 6% of the citations summarized the source. The author recommends that faculty in all disciplines teach students reading skills through activities such as having peer groups write 25-word summaries of reading sections, having students synthesize opposing views, and discussing a variety of reading approaches with students. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)

Georgian, Lambton announce new programs to meet labour needs

Georgian College and Lambton College have announced new programs that aim to meet labour needs. Georgian College will be launching seven new programs in Fall 2023, including certificates, diplomas, and graduate certificates. Programs include College Foundations, Digital Content Creation and Strategy, Game Design and Simulation, Jewellery Design, Bench Skills and Business, Maajii – Anishnaabemdaa (Start Speaking the Language), Medical Laboratory Assistant, and Visual and Digital Media Arts. Other new programs include a Protection, Security and Investigation diploma which will be launched in September 2023, and a Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology graduate certificate to be launched in January 2024. Lambton College is developing a new micro-credential that will support modular orientation training at long-term care facilities. Lambton has received $997K for the project from the Ontario Micro-credential Challenge Fund and a Community Impact Award. Georgian | Lambton (ON)