Metro: More learning needed at Nova Scotia universities, new report suggests

May 22, 2014

The next time someone hears about the ranking of a Canadian university, or how many tenured professors they have on staff, Jonathan Williams hopes they question whether students are really learning.

Williams, the executive director of Students Nova Scotia, said their new report Focus on Learning: A Student Vision for Improving Post-Secondary Education in Nova Scotia, illustrates the need for schools to track and improve student learning through outcomes and other tools. More

Grad student scholarships on the books

May 6, 2014

Graduate students will soon be able to compete for provincial government-funded scholarships worth up to $15,000 per year.

Kelly Regan, the minister of labour and advanced education, announced the funding for the new scholarships Friday, heralding the program as a tool to lure high-quality students to the province and spur the economy.

“Graduate scholarships will help our universities attract the best and brightest minds to Nova Scotia,” Regan said.

Political scientist: Scrapping program for students, lack of help for municipalities will plague Nova Scotia Liberals

May 6, 2014

The decision by the province to scrap a program for post-secondary students and a lack of assistance for struggling municipalities will plague the Liberal government for at least the short-term, Cape Breton University political scientist Tom Urbaniak says.

Finance Minister Diana Whalen presented a $9.9-billion budget Thursday. It includes an increase of $455 million in expenditures, most of which was already promised by the previous NDP government. The loss of the graduate retention rebate that gave grads a maximum annual tax credit of $2,500 to stay in Nova Scotia following school could prove problematic for the Liberals, Urbaniak said.

Nova Scotia budget, first for Liberals since election, forecasts $279M deficit

May 6, 2014

University students in Nova Scotia are losing a tax credit aimed at keeping them in the province while funding will be increased to improve student-teacher ratios in classrooms in a provincial budget Thursday that was short on cuts and new spending.

Finance Minister Diana Whalen made no secret of the fact the Liberal party’s first budget since it was elected in October would contain a deficit, and the government is forecasting a shortfall in 2014-15 of $279 million.

Students call on Nova Scotia to help youth

May 6, 2014

When Karen Foster and her husband moved back to Nova Scotia in 2012, the university graduates accepted they’d be making less than they would elsewhere.

But Foster, a sociologist who’s written two books and studies youth employment and Atlantic Canadian economies, said that’s no reason for new grads to be shortchanged.

She was one of about 40 people to address the province’s law amendments committee on Monday night to discuss the cancellation of the graduate retention tax rebate.

NS students worry about the future after province scraps grad rebate

May 6, 2014

Students and student advocates in Nova Scotia lined up Monday night to tell the government exactly what they think about the elimination of the graduate retention rebate.

The Liberals’ most recent budget replaced the nearly $50 million rebate program with other, less costly programs that encourage employers to hire graduates.

About 75 people turned up at Province House to participate in the Law Amendments Meeting and challenge the government on the move.