Top Ten

October 20, 2022

NOSM U receives $10M from FDC Foundation of Mississauga

NOSM University has received $10M from the FDC Foundation of Mississauga to support physician training in Northern Ontario. The funds will be used to provide dollar-for-dollar matching for gifts made toward student financial aid. The gift is the initial contribution for a $50M Student Endowment Fund that will focus on enabling students who may face socio-economic barriers to education to become physicians. “Alleviating our student debt burden is our best shot at recruiting the most diverse and motivated future physicians for Northern Ontario,” said NOSM U President Dr Sarita Verma. “At NOSM University, integrity is the foundation of everything we do. Social accountability is in our DNA; equity, diversity and inclusion have been our aim. Raising funds for our students is proof of our commitment to social justice.” TB News Watch (ON)

FNU partners with VMware to provide digital training program for students

The First Nations University of Canada has partnered with VMware, Inc to provide 400 students with access to VMware's digital training program. The online curriculum includes entry-level and advanced courses that focus on helping students achieve technical certifications. Foundation courses include Getting Started in Information Technology and Core Technical skills; and specialized courses include Network Virtualizations, Cloud Automation, App Modernization, and more. “We are pleased to partner with VMware to offer the introductory and selected advanced courses to FN students who are interested in developing the digital skills necessary to lead a positive change in their communities,” said FNU VP, Academic, Dr Bob Kayseas. NationTalk (SK)

ON announces $25M investment to support Indigenous-focused training, apprenticeships

The Government of Ontario has announced $25M in funding to support economic development in Indigenous communities. The funding will support a variety of programs and partnerships over three years. $7.7M will go toward supporting economic development training opportunities in communities, and $4M will go toward reducing financial barriers for Indigenous apprentices. “Indigenous communities welcome this funding to help businesses and organizations,” said Ontario Regional Chief, Glen Hare. “First Nations communities continue to struggle to recover after the COVID-19 pandemic, and this funding will assist with the economic recovery and development for business and entrepreneurs.” ON (ON)

Campuses should respond to climate change through taking a “default veg” position: Opinion

Campuses should offer plant-based foods as a default to respond to climate change, writes Dalhousie University Associate Professor Kathleen Kevany. Kevany writes that a “default veg” position would normalize plant-based dishes in dining halls, campus catering, conferences, and other events. Caterers could make plant-based foods more attractive and more plentiful while still offering meat dishes for those who choose them. The author argues that as leaders in sustainability, universities should shift to a “default veg” approach to reduce meat consumption and support more sustainable food habits. “Communing over food – sharing a meal and the comfort that comes with it – creates community,” writes Kevany. “So where better than a university to serve food that serves the interests of us all?” University Affairs (Editorial)

Cambrian partners with Devant to help students, alumni, land their careers

The Career Centre at Cambrian College has partnered with Academica Group’s Devant to help students and alumni land their future careers. The Cambrian-branded platform Elevate Your Career, powered by Devant will offer access to job boards, career fairs, live expert panels, an AI mock interview, and much more. “Our students’ ongoing success is always our top priority. We know that they aspire to do meaningful work in careers that are fulfilling, so we want to give them every resource we can to help them find and secure those types of opportunities,” says Renee Scott, Director of Student Success and Recruitment at Cambrian College. “We believe that taking a proven tool like this and coupling it with the exceptional educational experience Cambrian provides really puts students in a position to thrive after graduation.” Cambrian (ON)

Holland College opens Business Analytics Centre

Holland College has opened a new Business Analytics Centre. The centre is a hub that provides students with project-based experiential learning opportunities. It will also provide expertise to businesses in the region, and will enable them to access state-of-the-art software and equipment for use when collaborating with students under faculty supervision. “Holland College’s Business Analytics Centre supports the development and growth of regional businesses while developing a highly skilled workforce of data analytics and project management specialists,” said Holland College President Dr Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald. The centre has received $750K from the federal government’s Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Holland College (PEI)

Dal TAs start strike, CBU enters conciliation with faculty union

Dalhousie University’s teaching assistants and part-time instructors have gone on strike, while Cape Breton University has entered conciliation with its faculty association. Dal TAs, as well as some part-time instructors and markers represented by CUPE Local 3912 went on strike on Wednesday. A key issue is TA and part-time instructor salaries. Dal’s campus will remain open during the strike, though union members will not be teaching, marking, or holding exams. At CBU, the Cape Breton University Faculty Union and the university have jointly agreed to conciliation to negotiate a new collective agreement. The two are engaging in discussions on topics such as salaries and human resource needs. CBC | Global News | CBU (NS)

Builder chairs $15M BILD Alberta campaign to support apprenticeship students

A $15M campaign has been started to support apprenticeship students at postsecondary institutions such as the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The BILD Alberta campaign, which was started by Jayman BUILT CEO Jay Westman, has already raised $7M to support students, elevate the trades as a career choice, and support the industry. Funds will be dedicated to supporting apprenticeship and pre-employment students, and a portion will fund youth engagement activities to build awareness of the trades as a career. “Supporting student awards not only removes their financial barriers, but also gives them the help and encouragement to succeed and make a real difference in their chosen field,” said NAIT President Laura Jo Gunter. NAIT (1) | NAIT (2) (AB)

Postsecondary institutions should raise teaching standards to retain students: Opinion

In an article for Inside Higher Ed, Susan N Khan argues that postsecondary institutions should have higher standards for their instructors. Khan writes that while K-12 teachers are required to demonstrate their competence through gaining a license and passing standardized tests, faculty in higher education are rarely taught how to teach, design instructional material, or assess students' learning. Khan argues that, since traditional institutions’ main advantage over online programs is the expertise of their faculty and staff, they should maximize this advantage by training faculty and staff to expertly transfer their knowledge. The author writes that this may help institutions counter the movement of students towards online programs and alternative education. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

EleV program sets goal to support 100,000 Indigenous Youth

The Mastercard Foundation has announced its goal of reaching 100,000 youth through the EleV program. The EleV program, established in 2017, supports Indigenous youth in gaining postsecondary education and pursuing meaningful work. The program has partnered with Indigenous-led organizations and higher education institutions that have close ties to Indigenous communities, such as the University of Lethbridge. Through the EleV program, the Mastercard Foundation will invest $500M into Indigenous youth and will work with partners across Canada on growth sectors such as clean energy, eco-tourism, and digital technology. “Our deep partnership with the Blackfoot Confederacy allows us to find innovative new ways to support success for Indigenous students across the education system because they know the challenges and the solutions,” said ULethbridge President Dr Michael Mahon. Nation Talk (National)