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Details scarce on how college’s financial value to be weighed: Humber News

Humber College does not yet know how the performance-based funding will impact the bottom line.

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Though the details are currently scarce surrounding the future financing of post-secondary instituitions including Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber, the college may aim to align the provincial government’s new performance measures with its Strategic Plan, a spokesperson told Humber News in a report on Monday.

A provincial budget was released on April 11 that included legislation to quantify 60 per cent of a university or college to “performance outcomes” instead of the previously Liberal-mandated 1.2 per cent, dropping the 38 metrics by which institutions are judged on to 10.

The campus administrations themselves will individually assist the government determine on how they are measured, with Humber College spokesman Andrew Leopold telling Humber News that “we’re going to have to work with the ministry to identify what our areas might be”.

Leopold was referencing the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities led by Progressive Conservative parliamentarian Merrilee Fullerton.

During Humber’s process specifically, Leopold told Humber News that the college will look to align its performance measures with the “work that we’re already doing moving forward”, and learn from the Ontario government what “they’re looking for from the colleges”.

Leopold said Humber may want to use performance metrics that align with its Strategic Plan, including things like providing accessible education and having a healthy, inclusive campus. But it is too soon to know exactly how the college will be measured.

This is not the only file where the education ministry is leaving stakeholders in the dark about major changes to the system. For institutions, student unions and campus publications, the Student Choice Initiative has yet to be fully understood.

IGNITE’s Board of Directors deferred their annual budget to be essentially scrapped and re-proposed over the summer because of a lack of information outlining what funding is compulsory after introducing optional student fees earlier this year coming into play in September.

Leopold’s statement to Humber News that it is essentially too soon to know the performance-based funding measures would work for the college is the first time that the administration has detailed their response to how it would approach the budget.


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Humber to mark violence against women day

A ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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Humber College will on Friday mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with an Indigenous guest speaker.

The ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m., though the event page does not list a definite location.

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Top events on campus: Week of Dec. 1

Weekly round up of the top events at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber North for week of Dec. 1.

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This is our weekly round up of what we consider the top events that are happening at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber College North Campus. All events on campus are free unless stated otherwise. 

Monday, Dec. 2

Humber Networking Event

The Humber students of the Fitness and Health Promotion will be hosting the 2nd annual networking event. This event will feature presentations from three alumni of the program featuring their academic experience and their current career path. Refreshments will be provided.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North
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Friday, Dec. 6

Humber Spin-A-Thon 2019

The department of Health Wellness and Science will be hosting the 10th-annual United Way Spin-A-Thon. Donations will be accepted for the United Way Organization. Refreshments will be provided and there will be prizes to be won.

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North, Concourse E135
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Mental health resources are a tap away

Stress levels are rising as exams approach.

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There are a variety of websites and apps that will assist in students’ mental health and wellness throughout the school year and with exams approaching, stress levels are rising across the campuses of Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Last Saturday was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and it was designated to those who have lost individuals to suicide. It was also a day to take a moment to realize the individuals that have attempted suicide in their life, who may have committed suicide and many whom have thoughts about suicide.

Suicide is a topic that is rarely approached due to the stigma around mental health and the lack of knowledge that society may have.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, or SWAC, provided The Avro Post with a list of websites and apps that students can have access to on their own time.

Crisis and general support consists of The Lifeline, which is an app that provides you with a good amount of numbers to call or websites to attend, 7 Cups, a website and app that provides you access to online listeners and therapists. As a warning, 7 Cups may be triggering to some because the listeners are not professionally trained.

Be Safe: You deserve help is also another app option.

When depression and mood support is required, Stigma is an option that Android users can use, Intellicare, an app that consists of 12 mini apps may come to benefit, and there are mood trackers like Mind your Mood, Youper or Emoods Mood Tracker.

Anxiety can be managed through the support of apps such as: Stop, Breathe & Think, Self-Help for Anxiety, Mindshift and B2R – Breathe to Relax. One app that can support both depression and anxiety is Sanvello.

For stress management, there are apps like Healthy Minds, Happify, Headspace (for students there is a subscription that only costs $10 a year) and Calm.

The first semester of a long academic year is coming to a close, but there are supports available for the inevitable stress that comes with it. ■

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