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Postsecondary students with psychiatric disabilities face special challenges: study

Why do students with psychiatric disabilities (PD) fare worse in postsecondary education than students with learning disabilities (LD)? A study by researchers Dr. Robert C. McEwan, Counselling and Accessibility Services, and Robert Downie, Institutional Research, attempts to answer that question. The McEwan-Downie study followed two groups of college students – one PD group and one LD group -- and compared graduation rates, grade point averages, cognitive and academic abilities, disabilities support system integration and other factors in an effort to find out why the college success rate for PD students is significantly lower. Results of the study were recently published in the prestigious international Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. To find out what they discovered and why it's important, read their paper, College Success of Students with Psychiatric Disabilities: Barriers of Access and Distraction.

Research funding environment heats up as summer temperatures cool down

Summer may be cooling down, but the research funding scene is just heating up. Fall/early winter are prime times for multiple competitions from the country's largest research funding agencies. Our just-updated External Funding Opportunities webpage features more than 20 opportunities in health, media, IT, science, technology, engineering and social sciences and humanities. Of particular interest is the New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This grant (deadline December 1) helps new researchers develop skills in health and health policy research. For arts and business researchers, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) research grants program (deadlines November 10, March 16, 2015), teams non-profit/industry associations with academics for research that furthers growth in Ontario's cultural media industries – interactive digital media, music, book and magazine publishing, and film and television. Of course, there continues to be many funding opportunities for industry-driven research in science, technology and engineering. For more information on these and other opportunities – as well as on getting involved in research at Fanshawe in general -- contact the Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) at research@fanshawec.ca.