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BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | February 06 2013

Canadian universities have been slow to move but may have to keep up with the international trend, observers say.

What’s the value of a degree? To answer that question, a growing number of universities are adopting student learning outcomes as a means of ensuring the quality of their degr...
Margin Notes
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 05 2013

Overeducated, underemployed graduates are not the new normal, as CBC doc claims.

I watched the CBC’s recent documentary, “Generation Jobless” (which aired on Jan. 31 but can be viewed now anytime on the Internet), and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. I kept asking myself, what exactly was the message the documentary was trying to ...
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | February 04 2013
A central part of my research project is the way organizations communicate, and the organizations I focus on are universities. So when it comes to undergraduate education and university experience, an important question I think we need to ask is this: what's the message that students receive from un...
Margin Notes
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | January 29 2013

There are a number of plausible reasons.

I, like many others, was fascinated by the slogans, symbols and spectacle of Quebec’s mass student protests last year, known colloquially as the printemps érable, or maple spring. The conflict began as a protest against the then Liberal government’s plan to raise tuition fees by $325 a...
In my opinion
BY FERZANA CHAZE | January 23 2013

They face different challenges than mature or international students.

Immigrating is a stressful rite of passage. For a growing number of newcomers to Canada, the rite of passage continues well after arrival. A majority of immigrants to Canada have entered under the eco...
BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | January 18 2013

AUCC offers searchable database as one-stop shop for information.

A new online resource for Aboriginal students, featuring a database of for-credit programs and support services offered by 77 member institutions, was launched Jan. 17 by the Association of Universities ...
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | January 07 2013
Happy 2013 to our readers! We’ll start this year with a summary of our autumnal posts capturing the third quarter of activity at our new University Affairs home. Both Jonathan and I have enjoyed the transition and are looking forward to a year packed with good discussion and constructi...
Careers Café
BY JO VANEVERY | November 26 2012
The core of your PhD program is research and the production of a dissertation. Although you need much more than this to successfully transition into the next phase of your career, your research and dissertation should be a high priority for you. Whether you are...
BY JENEFER CURTIS | November 14 2012

Students’ mental health seen as a priority by many administrations.

Acting on the knowledge that university-age youth are among the most vulnerable to mental illness, Canadian universities are taking concrete measures to deal with mental illness on campus. “Many universities have highlighted this issue for immediate institutional action,” said Robert Campbell...
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | November 12 2012
This past weekend, I attended the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Administrators in Ottawa. As with most inaugural meetings, there was a combination of excitement and confusion but it appeared that the overall theme was one of identi...
BY ROSLYN DAKIN | November 07 2012

Some faculty wary of ECO Canada initiative, while others welcome the move.

Annie booth teaches a course on First Nations resource management at the University of Northern British Columbia, but she remembers how difficult it was 17 years ago to get that...
BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | October 17 2012

Non-profit organization undertakes pilot study in Ontario and B.C.

Could helping high-school students complete postsecondary application forms boost participation rates among those least likely to pursue higher education? A recently-completed pilot study in British Columbia and Ontario aims to find out. Currently, the onus of applying to a university or college ...
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 10 2012

Next step is “to win an NCAA national championship.”

It’s official: Simon Fraser University’s Clan sports teams are now full members “with all the rights and privileges” of the U.S. National Collegiate Athletics Associatio...
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 10 2012

Common reading program starts at Queens.

For the first time this fall at Queen’s University, all first-year undergraduate students studying full time received a free copy of Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill. Queen’s thus joins a handful of other Canadian universities to offer common reading programs for incoming students. Stud...
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | October 09 2012
In my Continue reading, I made the argument that the government is wasting money training a multitude of postdoctoral fellows for jobs that only a fraction...
Careers Café
BY NICOLA KOPER | September 24 2012
One of the best benefits of teaching graduate students is being given the opportunity to meet so many extraordinary people from all over the world. Our department is like many at Canadian research universities; typically, 25-50% of our graduate students are from outside of Canada. This provides a ri...
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | September 10 2012
Satisfaction levels increase in academic science as careers progress and are highest at the full-professor level ("Continue reading," PDF). While this is usually preceded by a doubling in...
BY TIM JOHNSON | September 10 2012

Academics need the media to help publicize their work, but when important findings are distorted it can lead to decades of distrust.

It wasn’t the message they’d meant to send – not at all, as a matter of fact. When Andrew Weaver and Neil Swart of the University of Victoria’s school of earth and ocean sciences published
BY DANIEL DROLET | September 10 2012

Watching porn on a laptop during class, taking a cellphone call in the middle of a lecture, repeatedly interrupting with comments and jokes – there are many ways for students to disrupt a class.

Zopito Marini, a professor at Brock University who holds the Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence, has studied what he calls civil behaviour – or lack of it – in classroom settings. He says disruptive or uncivil behaviour is anything that diminishes the teaching and learning opportunitie...
Careers Café
BY JO VANEVERY | August 20 2012
The imminent beginning of a new academic year seems like a good time to broach this difficult topic. Before you make another tuition payment, it's a good idea to make a conscious decision about whether doing a PhD is still the right path for you.

How do you feel?

This is a serious questio...