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Leading Thoughts
BY IVAN JOSEPH | July 06 2022

Expanding our thinking about support for international students.

I want to tell you a story about the international student experience. As postsecondary leaders, student stories can help us focus on the human impact of our decisions. When we can connect to what students are going through, we can think more holistically about the policies and procedures we put in ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/leading-thoughts/nobody-does-anything-alone/
News
BY SHARON ASCHAIEK | June 29 2022

The $2 million Health Canada initiative will help a handful of institutions better support students’ well-being.

Demand for mental health services has long outstripped supply at Canadian universities, and COVID-19 has only made matters worse. Research shows that since the pandemic began, disorders related to anxiety and depression have risen across the country, https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/new-pilot-project-harnesses-peer-support-to-boost-mental-health-services/
Global Campus
BY ABU ARIF, NATASHA CLARK & DANAI BÉLANGER | June 22 2022

‘We learned that we have the strategies and knowledge to solve problems.’

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged institutions like never before. For the first time in their careers, international student advisors and their colleagues were pushed to their limits to adapt to an ever-changing environment and had to meet the needs of their students with compassion and cultural comp...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/global-campus/immigration-advising-during-covid-19/
Features
BY CHRISTIN WRIGHT-TAYLOR & UYOYO DAPO-AJAO | June 13 2022

Internationalization asks Canadian higher education to adjust systems and norms to better meet this new body of students arriving in our classrooms.

As colleges and universities move back to in-person instruction, lessons from online learning implemented during the pandemic have revealed special insights for supporting international students studying in Canada. Over the last 10 years, internationalization of Canadian higher education has boom...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-pandemics-remote-learning-environment-shows-promise-for-international-students/
In my opinion
BY ANDIE BURAZIN | June 07 2022

The journey back from pandemic-enforced online learning will be a steep learning curve for everyone.

When will we be back in person? What will the transition from online to in person look like? Once in person, should assessments continue to be online? What have my students learned while being online? In the summer of 2021, as I considered the 2021-2022 academic year, I found myself with more uncert...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/snapshots-from-a-bumpy-academic-year-through-a-math-professors-lens/
Responsibilities May Include
BY LORNA MACEACHERN & CHANTELLE THAUVETTE | June 06 2022

Goal setting helps graduate students approach studies mindfully, normalizes challenges around future goals.

In our work at McGill University, we have spoken to hundreds of graduate students about their post-graduation plans. We know through projects like Continue reading that most PhD students go on to careers they find...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/addressing-graduate-students-anxieties-measuring-the-impact-of-individual-development-plans/
News
BY MATTHEW HALLIDAY | June 01 2022

The federal government is instead earmarking $1 billion to create an agency inspired by initiatives in Finland and Israel.

Few words are as popular with campaigning politicians as “innovation”– and last year’s federal election campaign contained plenty of innovation-themed promises from both major parties. Among the most noteworthy was an idea in both the Liberals’ and Conservatives’ platforms to develop a n...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/a-requiem-for-carpa-how-ottawa-is-rethinking-innovation-policy/
Global Campus
BY ZUZANA SCHMIDTOVA RITZER | May 20 2022

We need to minimize the impact the pandemic has had on international learners.

As international student offices emerge from the last two years, we must ask ourselves where additional resources are needed to ensure we can minimize the impact the pandemic has had on international learners. The students I am writing about here are those who plan to stay in Canada after graduation...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/global-campus/international-student-offices-must-respond-to-the-pandemics-disruption-of-students-life-cycle/
News
BY MICHAEL RANCIC | May 11 2022

The move signals ‘a new chapter,’ after years of grassroots advocacy, consultation and committee work.

Following a years-long process, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) announced its name change from Ryerson University in late April. The new name was unanimously approved by the institution’s board of governors and put into effect immediately. This change is the first of many steps for TMU to...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/ryerson-university-officially-changes-its-name-to-toronto-metropolitan-university/
Features
BY JOEL BELLIVEAU | May 09 2022

Learning to know oneself and the world.

quote class="classic">The following is an adapted version of a presentation the author gave at the Sommet des États généraux sur le postsecondaire en contexte francophone minoritaire (Summit of the National Dialogue on postsecondary education in francophone minority context in Canada) a...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/postsecondary-teaching-cultural-reproduction-and-universality-in-the-canadian-francophonie/
Media Scan
BY HANNAH LIDDLE | May 02 2022
CBC News Continue reading Funding part of a three-year $121-million investment in francophone education in minority settings. ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-may-1/
In my opinion
BY FANIE PELLETIER & ELAINE STOTT | April 07 2022

Strategic investments are needed to support all stakeholders in the transition to research equity.

Canadian science could benefit enormously if all research articles in the country were made freely available to anyone immediately upon publication. But there are significant barriers that need to be overcome to achieve this. Last year, 30 per cent of Canadian research was published as paid open ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/is-canada-ready-for-open-access/
In my opinion
BY JAMES SOUTHWORTH | April 06 2022

Rather than transmitting course content, in-person class time should be dedicated toward deep and transformative learning.

After two years of remote teaching and learning, we are facing some strong headwinds. Habits have changed. Students have grown accustomed to learning course content in an asynchronous manner. This comes with many benefits. With more autonomy over when, where and how they learn, students have the fle...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/will-covid-forever-flip-learning/
In my opinion
BY MARIA ASSIF, SONJA NIKKILA & SHIVON SUE-CHEE | March 23 2022

One thing we are hopeful about is that as a result of the pandemic, our pedagogy will have to become more flexible and dynamic.

For most of us in North America, March 2020 marks the first COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent life-altering decisions and consequences. In education, we shifted to online teaching and learning almost instantaneously, and we extended ourselves to do what we do best: teach and inspire. We attended doz...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/finding-our-way-back-home-a-vision-of-post-pandemic-classrooms/
Sponsored Content
BY SARAH REUTER | March 07 2022

Thanks to new technologies it’s never been easier to have an inclusive, hybrid classroom.

March 2020 was a turning point for postsecondary institutions around the world. As lecture halls sat empty and classes resumed through a screen, centuries-old methods and processes of both teaching and learning were transformed. Now, nearly two years into the pandemic, it’s safe to assume that ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/magazine/sponsored-content/adapting-to-the-campus-of-the-future/
Media Scan
BY HANNAH LIDDLE | February 03 2022
The Ottawa Citizen Continue reading As Canada transitions towards a gre...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-feb-3-2022/
In my opinion
BY WILLEMIEKE KOUWENHOVEN, SARAH GRASEDIECK & EDRIS MADADIAN | January 26 2022

Redefining how university and institutional administrations see this vulnerable population of highly skilled workers is an important first step toward countering inequity and mending the gender gap in academia.

This past summer, the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) proposed to its members to change the French version of its name, l'Association Canadienne des Stagiaires Postdoctoraux (ACSP). The reason behind this proposed change was to remove the word “stagiaire” which translates to...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/how-administrative-ambiguity-and-devaluating-language-hurts-canadian-postdocs/
Media Scan
BY HANNAH LIDDLE | January 20 2022
CTV News Continue reading Freeland floated the idea of the tax credit in last year's fe...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-jan-20-2022/
Media Scan
BY HANNAH LIDDLE | January 17 2022
Times Higher Education Continue reading Trudeau government set to fulfil campaign promise for version of legendary U.S. innovation agency, amid mixed expert assessmen...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-jan-15-2022/
Responsibilities May Include
BY SAMANTHA CHANG, CRISTINA D’AMICO & MICHAL KASPRZAK | January 10 2022

Educational development is an alt-ac career that leverages teaching experience and ‘enhances the work of colleges and universities, with a focus on teaching and learning.’

Continue reading for graduate researchers have grown over the past decade. Inside the university, these careers can be as diverse as grant...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/finding-your-voice-in-educational-development/