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In my opinion
BY MERIC GERTLER | January 06 2022

The higher education community must act as a guiding light as we return to more in-person activities.

quote>Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was written in November 2021, before the Omicron variant forced the shutdown of campuses across the country.quote> Many of Canada’s university campuses continue to come back to life this winter, as in-person activity ramps u...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/what-do-universities-owe-canadians/
News
BY TARA SIEBARTH | December 31 2021

December 23, 2021

 

Winter 2022 semesters will mostly start online across the country

  British Columbia Most universities in British Columbia are planning on returning to in-person learning for the Winter 2022 semester. This comes after a...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-december-2021/
Features
BY UA/AU | December 30 2021
As an eventful 2021 comes to an end, here are the stories and issues that shaped the year in Canadian higher education. Re-enjoy some of our award-winning content during your holiday break. And in the spirit of the season, share this newsletter with anyone in your network who may not know about UA. ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/2021-canadian-higher-education-in-review/
It’s never just academic
BY ALEXANDRE BEAUPRÉ-LAVALLÉE | December 07 2021

The University of Ottawa’s report on academic freedom is only the latest in a long list of reports that miss the opportunity to bring the discussion to a higher level.

The saga of academic freedom at the University of Ottawa is likely coming to a close. The committee on academic freedom has submitted its report, and while it will probably have an effect on U of Ottawa, https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/its-never-just-academic/the-bastarache-report-wont-set-any-precedents-but-i-hope-im-wrong/
In my opinion
BY EMIL MARMOL & TYLER EVANS-TOKARYK | November 30 2021

How a course on the science of learning evolved into the importance of mental health in academic skills development.

Our experience teaching a first-year transition course has highlighted the challenges that students have faced during the pandemic. The course presents peer-reviewed scholarship on the science of learning and explores recent research on the most effective ways to develop and practice foundational ac...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/what-the-pandemic-taught-us-mental-health-is-a-necessary-condition-for-learning/
News
BY TARA SIEBARTH | November 30 2021

November 24, 2021

USask will bring back in-person lectures of 200 or more students

The University of Saskatchewan is announcing more in-person instruction for the winter team, according to the https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-november-2021/
Global Campus
BY LYN-MARIE FARLEY & YASSIN SAGNIA | November 29 2021

The way forward should be collaborative if we are to retain the students we recruit.

According to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), at the end of 2020 there were 530,540 international student study permit holders in the country. That represented a 17 per cent decrease from the previous year – a first in almost two decades – as reported by the Canadian Bureau fo...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/global-campus/leveraging-campus-partnerships-to-nurture-international-student-persistence/
Graduate Matters
BY ALAA ALSAAFIN, KEVIN KUANG, MARIA MERCADO, NANA LEE & REINHART REITHMEIER | November 11 2021

Making sure your program content is curated to your specific audience is key.

In an effort to support trainees in their transition from academia to a career, a group of graduate students and faculty members in partnership with the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences organized the Life Sciences Career Expo (LSCE), a multi-day career conference for life science trainees ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/graduate-matters/five-lessons-learned-planning-a-virtual-life-sciences-career-conference/
Features
BY JULIE CAFLEY | October 27 2021

An expert on leadership in higher education explores the reasons women are less likely to be appointed president, and why so many have unfinished mandates.

“Any unfinished presidential mandate is a failure in board governance – they either hired the wrong person or they fired the wrong person.” Those are the words of David Turpin, former president of the universities of Victoria and Alberta. My own work, as a rese...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-struggle-for-gender-equity-in-university-leadership/
In my opinion
BY PATRICK SANAGHAN | October 25 2021

Lessons learned from successful campus implementation efforts.

Over the past 30 years I have helped facilitate 120 strategic plans on campuses in the United States and Canada. Most plans are well written and aspirational. But when it comes to implementing them, unfortunately many campuses are less than successful. Over the past two years I have done a “deep d...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/7-tips-for-executing-a-strategic-plan-successfully/
Career Advice
BY GABRIELLE BREWER | October 18 2021

Universities need to offer more opportunities and resources to the 80 per cent of graduate students who will not end up as tenure track professors.

I find it troubling that an overwhelming majority of graduate students don’t know where their PhD is going to lead them. Simply asking, “when will you be finished?” or “what do you want to do after your PhD?” can be viewed as taboo. With tenure track position availability on the decline, a...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/empowering-the-other-80-per-cent-changing-graduate-student-career-outlooks-through-mentorship-programs/
News
BY SHARON ASCHAIEK | October 13 2021

Particularly in the initial phase of the public health emergency, these unsung university staff did most of the heavy lifting to rework face-to-face courses.

More than 18 months into the pandemic, we have learned much about the extreme efforts university administrators, professors and students have made to adapt to our radically different circumstances — but what about the contributions of instructional designers? The professionals who support the e...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/how-instructional-designers-enabled-the-great-shift-to-digital-learning-amid-covid-19/
Sponsored Content
BY BRAD SAFFER | October 04 2021

The lockdowns over the past year have reinforced the need for ongoing, equitable access to high-speed connectivity.

Postsecondary institutions are seeing big changes play out on their campuses as they settle in to their “new normal” on campus. In Fredericton, St. Thomas University is getting ready to support international students needing to spend two weeks in quarantine, Wilfrid Laurier University is hold...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/magazine/sponsored-content/to-thrive-this-fall-universities-and-colleges-are-going-to-need-to-embrace-hybrid/
Graduate Matters
BY CHELSEA CHEN | October 04 2021

Some say doctorates are designed for the pure love of research and to advance scientific knowledge, but this model excludes students who wish to pursue non-academic careers.

Few decisions dramatically influence the course of one’s life. Shouldn’t educational choices, such as a doctorate degree, be one of those? As an aspiring psychotherapist, I began researching possible educational pathways that ranged from a doctorate-level clinical psychology degree to two-year m...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/graduate-matters/to-pursue-or-not-to-pursue-a-doctorate/
News
BY TARA SIEBARTH | September 30 2021

September 29, 2021

Thirty people sent to hospital after Fake Homecoming at Western

The Continue reading repor...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-september-2021/
Career Advice
BY REBECCA MAYMON, LAURA NILSON & CLAIRE EDRINGTON | September 23 2021

Three grads share their paths leading to careers outside of the academy.

While it is well established that an academic career as a faculty member is only one possible outcome for someone who has earned a PhD, we are only starting to understand the myriad of post-PhD career paths. Clarity in understanding how PhD earners continue contributing to knowledge, economic and so...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/where-can-a-phd-in-stem-lead/
News
BY MARK CARDWELL | September 14 2021

For many schools, preventing possible infections means mitigating a perfect storm of conditions for binge drinking.

You would think Stine Linden-Andersen would be feeling nervous these days, as a clinical psychologist who specializes in high-risk behaviours and dean of student affairs at a small Quebec school with a reputation for partying. Not one but two cohorts of exuberant undergraduate students have arrived ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/universities-weaning-alcohol-from-welcome-weeks-as-covid-threat-persists/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | September 08 2021
The Toronto Star Continue reading Ryerson’s School of Journalism announced the renaming of the university’s newspaper an...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-sept-8-2021/
News
BY UA/AU | August 31 2021

August 30, 2021

B.C. universities to require rapid testing or proof of vaccination

British Columbia’s public health officer, Bonnie Henry, has said universities can only mandate double vaccination for staff and faculty, not students. But univers...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-august-2021/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | August 26 2021
The Globe and Mail Continue reading J...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-aug-26-2021/