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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Universities need to revisit their founding stories

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Universities need to revisit their founding stories

Universities pride themselves on their founding stories. These stories, however, tend to privilege dominant institutional narratives and reproduce settler memories — and erase institutional participation in the dispossession of Indigenous Peoples from their lands. In our preliminary research on Indigenous presence at Western University with Sally Kewayosh, a filmmaker and instructor with the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, we find […] … learn more→

After the Shanghai ranking, think of other models of scientific excellence

After the Shanghai ranking, think of other models of scientific excellence

If it is not lacking in irony, the invitation launched in April 2022 by the Chinese president to the universities of his country to leave, almost 20 years after its invention, the Shanghai ranking may constitute a pivotal moment to promote d Other Models for Ranking Higher Education Institutions. The European Union seems particularly well equipped to […] … learn more→

Why women’s studies programs in Canada are more important than ever

Why women’s studies programs in Canada are more important than ever

As we witness the reversal of women’s rights worldwide, it’s clear that women cannot become complacent about protecting their civil liberties. According to the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda, the world is not on track for meeting its goal of gender equality for women by 2030. Although Canada has committed to gender equality, there is still an ongoing struggle for women […] … learn more→

Is it the same to evaluate than to qualify?

Is it the same to evaluate than to qualify?

We all remember the emotion (not always positive) that ran through the classroom the day they “gave us the note” of a specific test or exam. Especially in the primary stage (it is in these first courses where students face this numerical qualification process), “getting” a 5 or an 8 or the subtle differences between a […] … learn more→

Negative feedback is part of academia (and life) – these 6 strategies can help you cope

Negative feedback is part of academia (and life) – these 6 strategies can help you cope

Imagine you have years-worth of research and it is dismissed by a 15-word rejection letter from a journal editor. That has happened to us. Or peer reviewers write demeaning, anonymous commentary about your work. That has also happened to us. Or student evaluations critique your appearance or the way you speak. Yes, that’s also happened to us. Academics also […] … learn more→

Back to school: lessons from American universities

Back to school: lessons from American universities

Whatever the country, the academic year generally begins with a time dedicated to informing newly enrolled students. A welcome period to which French establishments are increasingly attentive to help each student get off to a good start and fight against dropping out, while only 29.6% of baccalaureate holders entering the first year validate a license in three years […] … learn more→

Student enrollment falls at colleges and universities that are placed on probation

Student enrollment falls at colleges and universities that are placed on probation

Whenever a college or university gets sanctioned by the agency that provides its accreditation, fewer students enroll in that school. That’s what I found in a study in which I examined whether the sanctions influence how students decide which schools to attend. In my analysis, I looked at whether schools given a warning or placed on probation […] … learn more→

5 challenges of doing college in the metaverse

5 challenges of doing college in the metaverse

More and more colleges are becoming “metaversities,” taking their physical campuses into a virtual online world, often called the “metaverse.” One initiative has 10 U.S. universities and colleges working with Meta, the parent company of Facebook, and virtual reality company VictoryXR to create 3D online replicas – sometimes called “digital twins” – of their campuses that are […] … learn more→

Educators can help make STEM fields diverse – over 25 years, I’ve identified nudges that can encourage students to stay

Educators can help make STEM fields diverse – over 25 years, I’ve identified nudges that can encourage students to stay

Jen, a student I taught early in my career, stood head-and-shoulders above her peers academically. I learned she had started off as an engineering major but switched over to psychology. I was surprised and curious. Was she struggling with difficult classes? No. In fact, Jen’s aptitude for math was so strong, she had been recruited […] … learn more→