It’s that time of the year again, time to pick my classes for the coming academic year. I usually decide on my courses in five steps.
1) Read the academic calendar to find courses that interest me. 2) Print out a calendar grid for timetabling. Write all potential courses into the timetable to discover conflicts. Continue Reading →
A lot of what was in the report was common-sense. The major flaw with the report is the constant call for the creation of new bureaucracies. A lot of the ideas could, and should, be implemented within the existing bureaucracies of N.B. higher education. This WG report creates layers of red-tape that will ultimately result in no changes in the system that would not have occurred without the report. Way to go New Brunswick, you’ve managed to outpace British Columbia in messing up your post-secondary system. Continue Reading →
After nearly two years of fighting against public disclosure, McMaster University released the contract of its president Peter George to The Hamilton Spectator today. The contract — posted by The Spectator on it’s website — reveals that George will receive a golden handshake of nearly $1.4 million after his scheduled July 2010 retirement. The money will be paid over 14 years at a rate of $99,999 a year. (George will have served 15 years as president upon his retirement)
This figure is significant as it is the maximum full-dollar amount the university could, under the rules of disclosure in place when the contract was signed in 2005, pay George without revealing the payment. Until 2006, Ontario universities were exempt from freedom of information. Continue Reading →
I will be updating this post as I read New Brunswick’s latest post-secondary review which was released today.
Week’s after the report was leaked to the media, the New Brunswick government finally released the report of its “Working Group” on post-secondary reform. You may recall last year the “Commission on Post-Secondary Education” released a comprehensive report which, among other things, called for the creation of a first-rate Polytechnic school to replace third-rate University of New Brunswick – Saint John. It upset the inmates stakeholders and the government quickly announced they were turning the asylum over to the inmates the creation of a post-secondary “Working Group” (WG) ran by the stakeholders to create a new vision for post-secondary education in New Brunswick. So, after weeks of delay, we have a fancy webpage for the report which includes a big picture of Premier Shawn Graham releasing the document – wait two pictures and video of the release! 17:19EDT: What do you call a polytechnic which is not really a polytechnic when you know you should have a polytechnic but don’t want to upset stuck-up people by calling it a polytechnic? Continue Reading →
Monte Solberg didn’t get moved in today’s mini-cabinet shuffle. This means I get to continue chasing him, especially since he got a free pass last time we saw each other. Continue Reading →
UBC hates the environment, loves making money from selling bottled water. Continue Reading →
David Akin of Canwest News Services says his sources are telling him that briefing papers are being made ready for a new minister federally in Human Resources. This means Monte Solberg may be moving – and I get a new minister to chase for answers – in an expect cabinet shuffle. Solberg has done a decent job in his current portfolio – one of the larger departments – and is a capable politician. At first, I dismissed the spectulation as typical capital rumour mill. However, I’ve noticed that Monte’s hasn’t been doing many photo-ops lately. Continue Reading →
British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell announced his election cabinet in a shuffle today. I immediately looked for who the new minister of advanced education would be. Turns out the new minister is same as the old. I guess Campbell does not care about higher education this election cycle. Continue Reading →
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is making another public transit announcement at a GO Transit station tomorrow. I always find these announcements to be ironic since they usually involve speeches about encouraging the use of public transit but everyone – including the transit officials – shows up in a car. (Some of them show up in carpools)
I also enjoy the releases. I’ve heard a few times from transit officials that one of the obstacles preventing people from using public transit is a lack of information – most people don’t know how to use public transit to get from point A to point B.
So, when they send out a release, you’d think they would include directions on how to get from point A to point B? You’d be incorrect – they do include directions but only on how to drive to the announcement! Continue Reading →
A Columbia University professor who garnered international attention after a noose was discovered hanging from her office door last fall has been fired over allegations of plagiarism, according to a report from the Associated Press. Administrators at Columbia’s Teacher’s College said in a letter to faculty Monday that they had rejected professor Madonna G. Constantine’s appeal of the plagiarism charges. Bill Anderson, a spokesman for Teachers College, said Constantine had been terminated, but that she could challenge the dismissal. Constantine was sanctioned in February after an investigation found she used others’ work without attribution in papers she published in academic journals. She was allowed to keep her job and to appeal the ruling. Continue Reading →