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Mar 25, 2024 • NL

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has released its 2024-25 provincial budget. The budget includes $298M for Memorial University’s core operating grant; $71M for College of the North Atlantic’s core operating grant; $170M to support skills and for workers; $70M for Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine; and $6.5M to help Memorial offset students’ campus renewal fees and support accessible, affordable education. Memorial President Neil Bose said that the budget “did not include any surprises for Memorial University. We anticipated the decrease in our operating grant and have been planning towards that.”

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Mar 25, 2024 • ON

Russia has labelled Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy “undesirable” organizations. The country asserted that both university faculties are part of a campaign to “discredit the Russian Federation and incite anti-Russian sentiments” and have met with representatives from “countries with anti-Russian orientation.” Carleton subsequently advised anyone affiliated with the school to avoid travelling to Russia or Belarus, as they “could be subject to criminal punishment.” Simon Fraser University Associate Professor Nicole Jackson told the Vancouver Sun that targeting postsecondary institutions could be seen as an attack on academic freedom.

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Mar 25, 2024 • AB, BC, ON

In a recent article for Maclean’s, Tamar Satov explores the ethics of applicants using AI tools like ChatGPT to craft their admission essays. Satov speaks to several members of the Canadian postsecondary sector—such as Allyson Miller (Toronto Metropolitan University), Marisa Modeski (Western University), Matthew Ramsay (University of British Columbia), Rahul Kumar (Brock University), and Sarah Elaine Eaton (University of Alberta)—about their experiences with and perspectives on AI technologies. The author concludes that while AI could be used ethically to develop skills (e.g., using ChatGPT to learn about structuring an admissions essay), many believe it should not be used as a replacement for critical thinking. When a student uses AI or a hired writer to fabricate their personal statement, Satov writes that “everyone loses”: the student who may not have the traits to succeed in the program they applied to; the school because the student may not complete the program; other applicants who didn’t get in; and society “because we don’t get the best students graduating into the community.”

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Mar 25, 2024 • National

A Statistics Canada analysis of the postsecondary graduating class of 2020 has found that many graduates’ employment and further education plans were affected by the pandemic. In 2020, 30% of graduates lost their job or were laid off, 25% had an employment prospect cancelled, and 10% experienced a delay or cancellation of the start date of a new job. Three years out from their respective graduation dates, StatCan reported that the class of 2020 had a similar employment rate to the class of 2015; but the unemployment rate of those who experienced pandemic-related changes to their employment was twice as high as that of their classmates. In terms of educational plans, StatCan states that one third of graduates changed their plans for further education, with 21% delaying or cancelling their further studies plans and 9% opting to take on new education.

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Mar 25, 2024 • NB, ON

Algoma University and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick have announced new programming options to meet their regions’ needs for skilled workers in social work and community service. AlgomaU has launched a Bachelor of Social Work program at its Brampton campus that will cover topics such as key social justice issues and how to provide integrated, intersectional solutions. CCNB will launch a two-year technical program in social and community service this September at its Campbellton and Dieppe campuses. The program is recognized by the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers, an organization that plans to regulate paraprofessionals in social work in the future; graduates will be eligible to register with NBASW after its regulatory authority is sanctioned.

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Mar 25, 2024 • MB

The Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba are providing $7.9M to support 54 research projects that advance sustainability in the agriculture and agri-food sectors. This funding is available to key stakeholders in the agriculture industry, including postsecondary institutions, industry organizations, primary producers, and communities. “Researchers at the University of Manitoba welcome this valuable support to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural systems and tools that will benefit producers and consumers,” said University of Manitoba Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Dean Dr Martin Scanlon.

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Mar 25, 2024 • ON

Western University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Makerere University (Uganda) to build on their existing relationship. The universities will partner to provide student internship and exchanges, co-develop research projects, and explore more joint programming opportunities. The partnership will involve several Western faculties, including Engineering, Health Sciences, and Science. “Makerere has many programs aligned with our faculty including their health professional programs, so there are more opportunities for both educational connections as well as research collaborations,” said Western Health Sciences Dean Jayne Garland.

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Mar 25, 2024 • NS

NSCAD University has received a $936K gift from the Dalglish Family Foundation in support of student projects, visiting artist programming, and new photography equipment. NSCADU Director of Teaching and Learning Noelle Peach explained that the benefits of the photography equipment will be felt across the university, as “the Photography program serves not only students within the program, but also a wide cross-section of students exploring multi-disciplinary practices and students needing to document and archive work completed in other disciplines.” NSCADU says this is the largest gift it has received from a donor outside of Atlantic Canada.

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Mar 25, 2024 • BC

Selkirk College has officially opened a new student housing option on its Silver King Campus. The 36-bed housing facility includes fully furnished rooms, including two accessible suites; modern study spaces; common kitchens; a student lounge; and an Indigenous gathering space. This residence is one of two new student housing developments planned by Selkirk; the other 112-unit building is expected to open at the Castlegar Campus in September. “This project not only provides affordable and accessible options for students, but it helps ease pressure in the regional housing market,” said Selkirk VP of College Services Kerry Clarke. “It’s a welcome addition to a campus that is so important to student outcomes that help strengthen our region overall.”

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Mar 25, 2024 • NS, ON

The Black Health Education Collaborative (BHEC)–cofounded by Dalhousie University Assistant Professor Dr OmiSoore Dryden and University of Toronto Assistant Professor Dr Onye Nnorom–has launched a primer to advance inclusion and equity in the Canadian healthcare system. The Black Health Primer comprises a set of online courses about Black health and anti-Black racism in medicine and public healthcare. The primer is designed for students, faculty, educators, and practitioners in Canada. “By providing education on the issues that Black communities are facing in their everyday lives, the racism they encounter in health care and better anti-racist approaches to care, we […] believe the primer can improve the quality of care Black Canadians are receiving,” explained Nnorom.

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