Registrars, more than gate-keepers
i was very pleased to read the story of L.A. Wade,
a registrar at the University of Toronto who helps
students who’ve left school to transition their way
into university (“Remarkable transitions,” June-July issue). This is such an important story
because most people believe the role of registrar
is to be a gate-keeper, which is unfortunate. I
believe registrars should be actively seeking, creating and promoting pathways to education, and
Ms. Wade is a good example for us all in this way.
The university I work at, Trinity Western Uni-
versity, has a similar program that we call Fresh-
man Academy, designed for students who may
have left high school before being admissible to
university in the traditional way. These students
are often marginalized in similar ways to those
described by Ms. Wade, or they have made mis-
takes or choices that bar them from further
education. It’s a very successful program, staffed
and supported by faculty who are committed to
helping these students become fully admissible
and prepared to complete their first degree. We
have found that it is crucial to have the courses
in this program taught by faculty who under-
stand the barriers faced by these students, and
can help them overcome them. Long live regis-
trars like Ms. Wade!
Mr. McMillan is university registrar at Trinity Western University.
Wanted: historian who can cook
Dr. Nelson is correct in thinking that there are
few food historians who actually cook (“Historian
brings a passion for food from kitchen to classroom,” June-July). I ran a food studies program
in the U.S. for four years and it was always a challenge to find a historian who was not afraid of
hands-on activities. The fact that there are few
universities that offer food studies courses, and
even fewer that have kitchen facilities that can
be used in class, compounds this issue.
My big question is: when will we have a
proper food studies (all disciplines) program in
sur le web
Un sociologue parmi
Guy Rocher, l’un des
sociologues les plus
respectés dans le monde.
Experts say the definition
of disability is changing.
Jackie Chan Loves You
An award-winning short
story by UPEI instructor
The “other” university
What we know about
our sessionals, from a
new HECQO report.
What’s new online! Nouveautés en ligne!
Canada? It’s time. Who will step up to the plate?
(No pun intended.)
Dr. Black is a fellow at Collegium de Lyon, École normale supérieure
de Lyon, France.
Support for student parents at Queen’s
in janice allen’s opinion piece titled “
Grad-student parents need better institutional support” in the June-July issue, she writes: “Most,
including the universities of Toronto, Calgary,
McGill and Queen’s, offer no paid parental leave
for graduate students who are supported through
the university.” In fact, at Queen’s University we
offer maternity-parental leave funding for fund-ing-eligible PhD students who have been granted
maternity or parental leave, and we have done
so since 2011.
Dr. Brouwer is vice-provost and dean of graduate studies at