30 juin 2013

Extra years in university questioned

By Jordan Press. Unemployment rate may be higher for those holding MAs than those with BAs. When it comes to get-ting work, having a master's degree doesn't appear to provide employment seekers with any sort of edge, according to new data from Statistics Canada.
The unemployment rates for students with a master's degree were either equal to or higher than rates for their counterparts who had only a bachelor's degree, according to National Household Survey data released Wednesday.
Generally, the employment rate is higher for university graduates than for other categories of education: About 82 per cent of university grads were employed in Canada in 2011, compared to about 56 per cent of those who had no certificate, diploma or degree, the survey found. Read more...

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Opinion: Free speech integral to campus life

By John Carpay. The choice between upholding the free speech rights of unpopular minorities or pandering to the popular mob has long daunted those in authority. Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis attacked the free expression rights of Communists and Jehovah's Witnesses - both highly unpopular minorities in his province in the 1950s. A Quebec City bylaw prohibited the distribution of literature unless first approved by the chief of police. The chief of police would, of course, never approve of a Jehovah's Witness tract with a title like Quebec's Burning Hate for God and Christ and Freedom. The bylaw and an act to "protect the province against Communist propaganda" were ultimately invalidated by the Supreme Court of Canada, which recognized the importance of free speech for unpopular minorities long before the charter came into force. Read more...

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How university degrees are distributed nationally

By Kirsten Smith. Ontario is the smartest province, if one counts university degrees, according to the 2011 National Household Survey.
Rank of provinces and territories by population aged 25-64 with a university degree.
- Ontario 28.9 per cent
- British Columbia 27.3 per cent
- Yukon 25.8 per cent
- Alberta 25.6 per cent
- Nova Scotia 23.4 per cent
- Quebec 23.3 per cent
- Northwest Territories and Manitoba 22.7 per cent; Prince Edward Island 21 per cent; Saskatchewan 19.6 per cent; New Brunswick 18.8 per cent; Newfoundland and Labrador 16.4 per cent; and Nunavut 13 per cent. Read more...

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More young aboriginal women turn to higher education

By Michael Woods. There's a glimmer of hope in some otherwise bleak numbers about the education of Canada's Aboriginal Peoples: young indigenous women appear to be making clear educational strides. University of Saskatchewan Prof. Ken Coates, Canada research chair in regional innovation and a leading expert on aboriginal issues, told Post-media News this week there's anecdotal evidence that indigenous women in their 30s and 40s are returning to college - thus establishing themselves as role models for their children, who are then more likely to go on to their own post-secondary education. Read more...

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Aboriginal education still in crisis

A serious, sustained investment to improve the state of First Nations education on reserves would be money wisely spent, not just for the sake of individual young Canadians raised up to their full potential, but for Canada as a whole.
The aboriginal education gap, reaffirmed in bleak national survey figures released this week, continues to be a serious economic drag on the country and it cries out for an innovative action plan.
The arguments against another self-defeating taxpayer handout for our aboriginal communities do not hold water. Aboriginal youth are Canada's fastest-growing demographic group at the same time that this nation is being challenged with a looming labour shortage. Read more...

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Independent committee should oversee Quebec’s universities: Conseil national des universités (CNU)

By Laura Beeston. Four months after the summit on higher education wrapped, the second in a series of reports on the future of Quebec’s universities and colleges was made public Thursday. The document, written by former UQAM rector Claude Corbo, proposes the creation of a Conseil national des universités (CNU) — a public, independent committee made up of 13 members appointed by the government to keep tabs on Quebec’s 18 universities.
The 121-page report sites various parties at the summit calling for an intermediary between universities and the government for better cohesion and coordination of development of academic affairs.
In 1993, a similar committee was abolished, but nearly all of the academic stakeholders at February’s summit, including students, called for its re-institution. Corbo’s report states that this body would “play an advisory, not coercive” role on university affairs.
The re-introduction of the CNU would not take any power away from university boards and the Education Department. The CNU “will have moral authority,” Corbo told The Gazette in an interview, explaining Quebec is the only province in Canada without some kind of advisory board on university affairs. Read more...

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MBA grads may not be the stereotypes you imagine

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Sarah Wachter. MBA graduates in the popular imagination probably look something like this: a man or woman in a custom-tailored Italian suit losing sleep on spreadsheets and racing through airports racking up frequent flyer miles while rising through the ranks of a consulting firm (or a multinational or a global bank). He or she boasts a hefty pay packet and a meagre personal life, enjoyed on the fly in-between mega-deals. But a new INSEAD case study peeks behind the veil of such clichés to reveal a richer and more nuanced picture of the lives and work of MBA graduates. Read more...

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National Research Council funding priorities miss the point

By . Christian Paradis, the minister of Industry and State (Agriculture) recently announced that in response to the continuing challenges facing the global economy, the Canadian government has elected to shift the National Research Council of Canada’s research priorities toward delivering support and services driven by market and industry demand. This sentiment was echoed by Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) who, in response to the 2011 report on the impact of federal support for research and development, is working to continue transitioning the NRC into a research and technology organization dedicated to supporting business research and development. Read more...

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Pitching “the pitch”

By . For reasons best known to the gods of coincidence, I’ve recently been in several formal networking situations. In those situations, some people have used pitches, and others have not. Here is what I have noticed about pitches:
1) If the conversation is going to last more than 10 minutes, it might just make sense to make your pitch right at the start. In fact, forget about it being a pitch – it’s an introduction to who you are in the context of the work you want to do. So, when you’re launching that informational interview, go ahead and say why you’re considering the career that you are, and what made you think you might be good at it. This helps shape the direction of the conversation and lets the other person know why you’re there. Read more...

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While the journalism industry contracts, journalism programs continue to expand

By . If you take a look at Canada’s J-Source journalism website, under the “business of journalism” category, you would quickly conclude that journalism as an industry continues to decline. On the site you’ll find article after article on media layoffs, buyouts, dropping advertising revenue, the shuttering of regional and ethnic newspapers, and on and on (and those examples are from just the last six weeks). However, journalism programs at colleges and universities are a growth industry, said Janice Neil, an associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University and editor-in-chief of J-Source. Read more...

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