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Canada’s Top Undergraduate University 2018: Mount Allison

This year, the primarily undergraduate school in Sackville, N.B., opens a new arts centre and welcomes its first Indigenous elder-in-residence


 
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    When you can walk completely across campus in 10 minutes, it’s easy to get involved in university life. That’s what students love about Mount Allison University—and one of the reasons it’s been ranked top undergraduate school a total of 19 times. Another reason: the school is devoted to the undergrad experience. With a student body of just 2,300 and a high student-to-teacher ratio, Mount Allison prides itself on having a close-knit community.

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    Located in Sackville, N.B., the campus feels quaint and welcoming. Ivy-covered red-brick buildings dot the verdant grounds. A tranquil pond that turns into a skating rink in the winter serves as a popular gathering spot. Students can browse the works of famed artist Alex Colville (an alumnus) at the artist’s studio, which was donated to the university, and at the Owens Art Gallery, the oldest university art gallery in the country. With roughly 80 per cent of undergrads living in residence, campus life is central to the Mount Allison experience, although downtown is only five minutes away.

    Recently, the 178-year-old school has been dedicated to promoting and supporting Indigenous cultures. In 2016, dubbed the Year of Indigenous Knowing, students and faculty were encouraged to learn about and work toward reconciliation. A new designated Indigenous gathering space, called Mawita’mkw, was opened on campus and serves as the base for Mount Allison’s first elder-in-residence, Gilbert Sewell from Pabineau First Nation in New Brunswick. The school also launched a new Indigenous studies course and advisory council. In 2017, called the Year of Indigenous Action, the university continues its efforts by increasing outreach to Indigenous high school students and inviting Indigenous speakers, including Ian Campeau of A Tribe Called Red and Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

    Mount Allison boasts top-notch liberal arts and science programs, with a focus on collaborative, hands-on learning. In 2014, the school opened the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts, its first new building in more than three decades. The modern-looking space includes studios, galleries and a 100-seat theatre. The new Centre for Environmental Innovation, slated to open in 2018, will be an environmental science facility that will further the study of climate change and its effects on marine and freshwater ecosystems.

    Students are encouraged to practise their skills beyond campus borders as well. One example is the Community-Based Participatory Research Methods class, during which sociology students volunteer with Sackville organizations. Another experiential learning success story: commerce students in a 2016 entrepreneurship class opened and now operate Sackville’s first nanobrewery. And most recently, a student group was awarded $20,000 to help develop a company that turns waste like potato peels into sustainable building materials.


     

    Canada’s Top Undergraduate University 2018: Mount Allison

    1. The question is that a Liberal Arts Degree worth anything anymore? Too many degrees in the wrong areas? e.g. ‘The College Bubble’.

      “The Medium is the Message”Marshall McLuhan
      Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
      Opening the door to the poor to an education now this is real inclusiveness.

      Students use ranking systems like this ranking system now e.g.
      ‘Disruptive Innovation’ e.g. Rate my school/professor http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/
      because it is coming from real students in real-time.

      Getting students is one thing retention rate another.

      Parents care about a return on investment e.g. the University of Regina. They don’t want their kids living back at home with huge debt and no prospect of getting a good job/career.

      The UR Guarantee Program will support you through every step of your university experience to successful employment

      “According to the province, 98% of University of Regina graduates find employment and the university’s 704 co-op education placements last year represents a 24% increase in five years.”

      “Our studies show the reasons student leave [without graduating]is not for academic or financial reasons but because of a lack of connection and engagement [with the university]” says Regina president Vianne Timmons. She wants to boost the current proportion of students who return after first year. The promise of a successful career”

      I can’t say the same thing about Mount Allison University(MTA).

      I can remember one time and MTA is not alone in this.
      Talking to an individual a white male taking his fifth year writing a thesis on the Aboriginal people’s in Canada at MTA etc…He was a History Major. I ask him when did Canada become a country he did not know and said it did not matter. I beg to differ, it does matter. Core knowledge e.g. Foundation Year does matter.

      Liberals art degrees these days are nothing more than a hodgepodge of useless microaggressions served up buffet style. Not about getting a quality education.

      Demian Hammock, Diploma of Advanced Studies Human Resources Management.

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