ON Universities Blog

Our blog captures a behind-the-scenes dialogue about the research, initiatives and programs that are so important to the postsecondary sector in Ontario.

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Why paying for tuition no longer means carrying a pesky monkey on your back
May 16 2017 | Council of Ontario Universities

Did you know, starting this September, students with financial need from families with incomes of less than $50,000 per year will have average tuition fully covered by the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)?

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University Consortium Expands Courses and Opens Doors for Internationally Trained Nurses in Ontario
Council of Ontario Universities May 9, 2017

Did you know that if you are a skilled, internationally ...

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In Profile: 2017 COUPN Awards Winners
Council of Ontario Universities May 2, 2017

As National Nursing Week approaches, our thoughts turn to the nursing students, faculty, researchers, preceptors, agency leaders and partners who demonstrate excellence in their field ...

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How I made It: A Successful Guelph PhD Grad Shares His Story
Council of Ontario Universities July 6, 2016

As convocation season comes to a close and undergraduates decide whether to launch into the work world, or to continue their studies, ...

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Celebrating Ontario nurses: Q & A with Karen Frecker
Council of Ontario Universities May 12, 2016

Recent grad and COUPN Award winner for excellence in nursing Karen Frecker shares her experiences in nursing school and in the workforce It’s ...

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Turning IDeAs into Action
Council of Ontario Universities May 10, 2016

Back in 2014, Nick Schoenhoff was the second runner-up in the Council of Ontario Universities’ annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition for designing an interactive campus map ...

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eCampus Ontario: Expanding Virtual Choices for Students
Council of Ontario Universities May 3, 2016

A student's journey through the postsecondary system can often take many twists and turns. Recognizing that, eCampus Ontario offers students the ...

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Nursing prof receives COUPN Award for out-of-the-box teaching style
Council of Ontario Universities April 20, 2016

COUPN Award winner and Nursing prof Jason Kirenan talks about the impact of nursing and how to make tough concepts stick ...

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Real World Learning: A Co-op Success Story – Q & A with Christina Hassan
Council of Ontario Universities March 16, 2016

Co-op Education Week is a time to celebrate students, co-operative education and work ...

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PhDs are Important Contributors to Ontario’s Success – and Not Just in Universities.
Michael Snowdon January 26, 2016

I have a PhD… in the Humanities… and I’m employed. Gainfully employed, in fact – ...

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Five things I wish my younger self knew
October 5, 2015

University was not on my radar screen when I was in high school. Having left home at 16, I was focused on my part-time job, paying my room and board, and finding a full-time job ...

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10 reasons to invest in your future and visit the Ontario Universities’ Fair
Carla White September 16, 2015

Your days of summer vacation have come to an end and as a Grade 12 (or even Grade 11) student you ...

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COU releases its 2013-14 Annual Report to the community
Bonnie Patterson and Max Blouw June 19, 2015

Ontario’s universities are playing a critical role in the social, cultural and economic success of our province, and indeed our country. The past ...

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Celebrating nursing week at Ontario university schools of nursing
Alice Ormiston May 14, 2015

Nursing week is a great opportunity to celebrate the many innovative programs and collaborative initiatives going on at ...

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Why shutting out 30% of Canadians from university doesn’t make sense
April 15, 2015

The following commentary by COU President and CEO Bonnie M. Patterson was published in the Toronto Star  on April 13, ...

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Storify: Premier’s tour of Ontario postsecondary
Council of Ontario Universities January 20, 2015

Premier Wynne kicked off her 10-day tour of Ontario campuses. First stop - Laurentian University's Model Parliament in Ottawa!  

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Quotes from Premier Wynne on postsecondary education
Council of Ontario Universities January 20, 2015

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne did a 10-day tour of Ontario postsecondary campuses from January 9-19, where she met with students to engage with them on ...

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Leveraging skills and talent of Ontarians key to economic growth, says Premier Wynne
Council of Ontario Universities January 9, 2015

Education is a cornerstone of Canadian democracy, and leveraging the skills and talent of ...

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Exam Survival Guide for Students
Rachel Gardner November 25, 2014

It’s that time of year again: sweatpants become the dominant fashion trend, coffee shops fill with the glare of laptops, and chocolate and candy purchases soar at local convenience stores… ...

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Why turning diplomas into degrees is a bad idea
October 14, 2014

October 10, 2014 Bonnie Patterson Posted with permission from QP Briefing The following is an op-ed column from Bonnie Patterson, president and chief ...

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Let your university education speak for itself
October 9, 2014

Blog originally posted on The Huffington Post The fall back-to-school period is always so infused with optimism. The fresh-faced first-year students descend in ...

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Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDs
Allison Sekuler September 11, 2014

Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDsAllison Sekuler, McMaster University’s Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies ...

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Researching Ontario universities: The top 5 resources
Carla White August 19, 2014

There are so many great Ontario universities to choose from! Help make the choice easier by following these tips! Summer may be nearing its end, but ...

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From experiential learning to full-time career: Maya Blomme
March 28, 2014

Read more stories like Maya’s in COU’s Experiential Learning report!

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How one co-op student saved Shell Canada $1 million a year
March 27, 2014

Read more stories like Dominic's in COU's Experiential Learning report!

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