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Retired and the living is easy – on campus

Betting on the actual completion date of a new residential development can be a high-stakes game. But if all goes according to plan, the University of British Columbia will be home to a 180-unit seniors’ residence within two years, making it only the second Canadian university to jump on a trend that’s been making waves in the U.S. for two decades.

September 8, 2008
The search is on at the top

When it comes to selecting a new president, universities follow a distinctive – and to an outsider somewhat perplexing – process. Presidential search committees tend to spend the better part of a year scouring the globe in search of potential candidates.

September 8, 2008
Teaching and learning | Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
The rise of the monoglots

When Professor Lorin Card surveyed his students’ opinions last year about the university’s second-language requirement, some in the class expressed only grudging acceptance of the policy – if that. “Students resent the fact that they have to ‘learn’ another language and many don’t take much out of the educational experience,” wrote student Julie Ferris.

August 5, 2008
Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
Academe’s stepchild

Last October, Ian MacRae stood in front of a roomful of academics, administrators and students in Moncton to accept the Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, for the best doctoral thesis in the humanities and social sciences. This was an opportunity, he’d decided, to let university administrators know in a public way that he thought his chosen field, comparative literature, had become an undervalued stepchild in the Canadian academic family.

August 5, 2008
Technology | University and society
Presidents who blog

Thanks to the Internet, it’s continually a new world in terms of communications, and Alastair Summerlee is the first to admit that he doesn’t always quite get it. “I’m perplexed by the incredible popularity of things like YouTube and Facebook,” says the president of the University of Guelph.

August 5, 2008
Research and innovation | University and society | Natural sciences and engineering
A ray of hope on the dark seas

Economics is known as the dismal science, but with numerous apocalyptic reports on the state of the world's fisheries, one could be forgiven for awarding the gloomy title to fisheries research. Canada has had a front-row seat to the drama of our depleted oceans with the collapse of the cod stocks off Newfoundland in the early 1990s, shutting down an industry that had thrived for more than 500 years.

June 9, 2008
Teaching and learning | Humanities and social sciences | Natural sciences and engineering | Programs and curriculum
Home economics for a new generation

Remember those days in high-school home economics? If you're female, you probably do. You concocted a scrumptious tiramisu, devotedly coddled that egg in a basket, or laboured over sewing that apron.

June 9, 2008
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