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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Data Visualization for Student Success

Using big data for actionable decision making.


Christopher Collins, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Information Visualization, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Science
Riley Weagant, MSc Candidate, Computer Science, Faculty of Science

In collaboration with the Ontario Tech University Registrar’s Office and supervised by Dr. Christopher Collins, student Riley Weagant designed a visualization dashboard. The visualizations on this dashboard are populated using Ontario Tech student data collected between 2003 and 2015. This project aims to bring attention to possible factors affecting a student’s decision to stay at the university or to withdraw. Specifically, how to address common factors that can be changed by the university including course scheduling, program maps, the way students are advised, etc.