April 2014 Faculty at Mount Allison, UNB lack confidence in administration Recent votes of non-confidence at both Mount Allison University and the University of New Brunswick are strong indicators of faculty frustration and growing concern over lack of transparency, disrespect for staff and “years of mismanagement” at the schools. Alberta universities in disarray in wake of 2014 spending plan Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner may have restored $32.5 million to the province’s universities in his recent budget, but that still leaves institutions more than $100 million short of what they were promised by former premier Alison Redford when the Conservative leader first came to power just two years ago. The neglect of science The sorry state of Canada’s researchers has strong parallels with the plight of Canadian workers in general. Young workers have difficulty finding proper jobs, experienced workers lose their jobs, and once unemployed, workers have great difficulty finding subsequent employment. Another turning point in UNB history? The first day was the strangest. After more than 30 years of signing collective agreements, faculty and librarians at the University of New Brunswick were on the picket lines in early January this year. Nobody had been there before, at least not at UNB, and everybody had things to learn. Saskatchewan educators question choices made in provincial budget Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions will be receiving increases in operating grants, according to the 2014–2015 provincial budget released on March 19. But academics are warning the average two per cent funding commitment outlined in the budget is not sufficient to counteract troubling trends. CAUT launches investigation into faculty of architecture at uManitoba CAUT has appointed an ad hoc investigatory committee to examine and report on alleged problems in the faculty of architecture at the University of Manitoba. The committee is to determine whether there has been interference with the duties and responsibilities of the heads of the department. CAUT hires new associate ED CAUT has hired Jess Turk-Browne as associate executive director responsible for overseeing the administration of all financial and office functions in the organization. She has more than a decade of professional experience as a senior manager in a non-profit and international context. Manitoba budget preserves post-secondary funding The first budget from Manitoba Finance Minister Jennifer Howard was greeted with a mixed reaction from the post-secondary community. Newfoundland replaces loans with grants The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is maintaining the long-running post-secondary tuition freeze, while also phasing out student loans and reintroducing a grant program in its place, according to the recent provincial budget announcement. CCPA creates interactive map of tuition fees The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s latest research innovation is an interactive map that shows how paying for full-time undergraduate university has changed since 1975. It answers questions like: With so many more people going to university, is the experience getting more similar or more dissimilar across Canada? Higher education in the digital age In his Ethics (I.3,) Aristotle notes: “a well-schooled man is one who searches for that degree of precision in each kind of study which the nature of the subject at hand admits.” Digital currents Social media has irrevocably changed how people consume the news. With the distinction between professional and citizen journalists blurring like never before, Digital Currents illuminates the behind the-scenes efforts of television newscasters to embrace the public’s participation in news. University expansion in a changing global economy This is a study of higher education in the world’s four largest developing economies — Brazil, Russia, India and China. Already important players globally, by mid-century, they are likely to be economic powerhouses. Feminist history in Canada In the late 1970s, feminist historians urged us to “rethink” Canada by placing women’s perspectives and experiences at the centre of historical analysis. Forty years later, women’s and gender historians continue to take up the challenge. Teaching in blended learning environments Teaching in Blended Learning Environments provides a coherent framework in which to explore the transformative concept of blended learning. It can be defined as the organic integration of thoughtfully selected and complementary face-to-face and online approaches and technologies.