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Aches, Pains, and Office Strains

Statistics Canada has estimated that 20% of the current Canadian workforce (3.5 million) is 55 or older, with that expected to increase to 25% by 2021. Universities have realized a rapid increase in technology that has changed the way employees and students physically interact with their workspaces.  This intersection of demographics and technology has resulted … Continue reading "Aches, Pains, and Office Strains"

January 22, 2018


Mobilizing Collaborative Leadership in Response to Modern Challenges in Higher Education: Carleton Leader

Universities are facing numerous emergent challenges in the higher education landscape that require us to challenge our thinking of traditional constructs and notions of leadership.  The establishment of Carleton Leader five years ago demonstrates the university’s intention in setting an innovative course in developing its leadership capacity, and in so doing, a commitment to a … Continue reading "Mobilizing Collaborative Leadership in Response to Modern Challenges in Higher Education: Carleton Leader"

January 19, 2018


Addressing Climate Change: U of T’s Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – An Innovative Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund

The Utilities Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF), established in 2012, is UofT’s innovative approach to implementing a green revolving fund. This forward-looking project directly satisfies the commitments made by the university in the President’s 2016 report Beyond Divestment: Taking Decisive Action on Climate Change, as well as the mandate of the Committee on the Environment, Climate … Continue reading "Addressing Climate Change: U of T’s Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – An Innovative Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund"

January 11, 2018


Boosting Student Registration Rates at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)

Using the Lean 6 Sigma continuous improvement approach to boost new UQAC student registration rates. Defining the issue: Due to delays in issuing official admission decisions (acceptance/rejection letters) and in taking follow-up action aimed at converting acceptances into registrations, UQAC was losing students to other universities. Not all accepted applicants go on to register. This … Continue reading "Boosting Student Registration Rates at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)"

February 1, 2017


YU START: York’s Online Transition Program

Responding to the identified need for a more comprehensive, efficient and effective way to enrol, transition and orient incoming students, York University created YU START. Piloted in 2012 and launched in its current form in 2015, YU START is an online transition tool that offers new undergraduate students an Online Enrolment Tutorial, an interactive University … Continue reading "YU START: York’s Online Transition Program"

January 25, 2017


Incorporating Sustainability into University Governance: Sustainability Strategy 2016-2018

The University of Manitoba’s Sustainability Policy outlines a commitment to excellence and leadership based on a strategy of broad engagement and integrated planning across the entire University community. In response to the Policy, the Sustainability Committee and the Office of Sustainability undertook broad engagement to identify priorities for the University. Based on the results, the … Continue reading "Incorporating Sustainability into University Governance: Sustainability Strategy 2016-2018"

January 25, 2017


Queen’s New (Activity-Based) Budget Model

Queen’s New Budget Model has had a profoundly positive effect on the university.  Planning for the new model began in March 2012. Over  the following four months, the development of the actual model benefited from a very considerable amount of consultation, and a great deal of hard work by many people.  The first fiscal year for which … Continue reading "Queen’s New (Activity-Based) Budget Model"

January 24, 2017


THE SMRT (Sexual Misconduct Response Team): An Innovative Approach to Sexual Violence Response on Campuses

Statistically, it is known that 1 in 4 women will experience sexual misconduct in her lifetime. These experiences can be traumatic for students, impacting their ability to eat, sleep and concentrate. Over time, trauma can have serious long-term, negative effects on a student’s educational experience. A campus environment in which individuals feel comfortable coming forward … Continue reading "THE SMRT (Sexual Misconduct Response Team): An Innovative Approach to Sexual Violence Response on Campuses"

January 16, 2017


Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – U of T’s Unique Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund

The Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) is a unique approach to implementing a green revolving fund. It provides comprehensive funding to facilitate projects that result in reducing the University’s environmental footprint and utilities consumption. The URRF, established in 2012, has been very effective in reducing utilities usage and expenditures. The fund provides comprehensive funding for … Continue reading "Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – U of T’s Unique Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund"

January 12, 2017


The SMRT (Sexual Misconduct Response Team): An Innovate Appraoch to Sexual Violence Response on Campuses

Statistically, it is known that 1 in 4 women will experience sexual misconduct in her lifetime. These experiences can be traumatic for students, impacting their ability to eat, sleep and concentrate. Over time, trauma can have serious long-term, negative effects on a student’s educational experience. A campus environment in which individuals feel comfortable coming forward … Continue reading "The SMRT (Sexual Misconduct Response Team): An Innovate Appraoch to Sexual Violence Response on Campuses"

January 12, 2017


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