43,000 Canadian University Students Score their Schools



    University Report Card 2007 is Canada's largest, comprehensive survey of
    undergraduate students

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Over forty-three thousand students from 53
Canadian universities have spoken. They've scored their schools on over 100
different aspects as diverse as academic quality, class size, campus
atmosphere, campus pubs and bars, and career preparation. The student scores
combined with in-depth articles on topics such as the impact of technology on
campus, tips for applicants from admissions officers, and the urgent need for
more post-graduate activity create The Globe and Mail University Report Card
2007, available in today's newspaper and online at globeandmail.com/education.
    The University Report Card, presented in association with The Strategic
Counsel and Educational Policy Institute, is the largest comprehensive survey
of Canadian undergraduates and is designed as an essential resource for high
school students and their parents as they contemplate university options.
"Selecting a university is a daunting and complex task," comments University
Report Card editor Simon Beck. "The University Report Card provides the most
useful insights - those of the current students - together with timely
articles on the topics and trends shaping today's university experience."
    This year's report draws from the largest pool of students yet: 43,000
respondents representing 53 schools, up from 32,700 students at 49 schools in
2006.
    The Globe and Mail has also created a dedicated education website at
globeandmail.com/education, which includes searchable survey results,
articles, news and commentary on education, and 15-minute campus video tours
of 20 universities shot by three recent university grads. The website is a
one-stop school selection resource.

    Western Continues its Run

    The University of Western Ontario continues its run as the top-scoring
large university in a range of categories including: over-all student
satisfaction (A); campus atmosphere (A+); and student services (A-). This
year's Report includes a profile of Western and its strategy for satisfaction
and success.

    The Advent of the iGeneration

    This year's University Report Card takes a close look at the impact of
communications technology on academic life and the student experience. From
laptops in the classroom, campus WiFi networks, professor podcasts, and
student reliance on Wikipedia, to continuous social networking, technology is
affecting all aspects of the student experience. While universities adapt to
the opportunities and challenges of technology, today's students have to cope
with the impact of continual connectivity, which can result in what one expert
calls "continuous partial attention."
    Schools that score well for their quality of technology offerings
include: Acadia University (A), University of Ontario Institute of Technology
(A+), McGill University (A-), University of Western Ontario (A), and
University of Guelph (A-).

    Student Types

    "With each edition of the University Report Card, we have made
significant improvements. The 2007 edition is no different," said Tim
Woolstencroft, Managing Partner, The Strategic Counsel. "We added a new twist
to the regular ratings of Canadian universities - we asked University Report
Card participants to describe their fellow students on campus."

    
    Some selected results:
    -  Athletic: St. Francis Xavier, Bishop's, Wilfrid Laurier, Saskatchewan
       and Western;
    -  Fun-loving: Western, Guelph, Redeemer;
    -  Tech-savvy: Alberta, Ryerson, Waterloo, Brock;
    -  Environmentally-conscious: Quebec, Laval, Victoria, Ontario College
       of Art & Design;
    -  Politically-active: Concordia, Queen's, Winnipeg, Trent, Mount
       Allison;
    -  Studious: McGill, Queen's, King's University College;
    -  Commuter: Toronto, York, University of British Columbia, Alberta,
       Ryerson.

    Selected Results

    The following are top line results from selected categories. For full
results, go to www.globeandmail.com/education.

    Most Satisfied Students

    Large Universities (enrolment of 22,000+)
    University of Western Ontario                   A
    University of Alberta                           A-
    University of Waterloo                          A-

    Medium (enrolment of 12,000 - 22,000)
    University of Guelph                            A
    Queen's University                              A
    Université de Sherbrooke                        A
    Wilfrid Laurier University                      A

    Small (enrolment of 4,000 - 12,000)
    University College of the Fraser Valley         A
    Nipissing University                            A
    St. Francis Xavier University                   A

    Very Small (enrolment of less than 4,000)
    The King's University College (Edmonton)        A+
    Bishop's University                             A
    Concordia University College of Alberta         A
    Redeemer University College                     A
    St. Thomas University                           A
    Trinity Western University                      A

    Quality of Education

    Large
    University of Western Ontario                   A
    McGill University                               A-
    McMaster University                             A-
    Ryerson University                              A-
    University of Waterloo                          A-

    Medium
    University of Guelph                            A
    Queen's University                              A
    Wilfrid Laurier University                      A

    Small
    University College of the Fraser Valley         A
    Nipissing University                            A
    St. Francis Xavier University                   A
    University of Winnipeg                          A

    Very Small
    Concordia University College of Alberta         A+
    The King's University College (Edmonton)        A+
    Trinity Western University                      A+

    Campus Atmosphere

    Large
    University of Western Ontario                   A+
    Université Laval                                A-

    Medium
    University of Guelph                            A+
    Queen's University                              A+

    Small
    St. Francis Xavier                              A
    Nipissing University                            A-
    Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology        A-

    Very Small
    Acadia University                               A
    Bishop's University                             A
    The King's University College (Edmonton)        A
    Mount Allison University                        A
    Redeemer University College                     A
    St. Thomas University                           A
    Trinity Western University                      A

    Campus Pubs and Bars

    Large
    Université Laval                                A-
    Université du Québec                            B+
    University of Waterloo                          B+
    University of Western Ontario                   B+

    Medium
    Queen's University                              A
    University of Guelph                            A-
    Wilfrid Laurier University                      B+

    Small
    St. Francis Xavier University                   A-
    Saint Mary's University                         A-

    Very Small
    Acadia University                               B
    Brandon University                              B
    Mount Allison University                        B
    University of Prince Edward Island              B
    St. Thomas University                           B

    Food Services

    Large
    University of Western Ontario                   B-

    Medium
    University of Guelph                            B+

    Small
    Nipissing University                            C+
    Thompson Rivers University                      C+
    University of Regina                            C+

    Very Small
    Mount Allison                                   C+
    University of Prince Edward Island              C+
    

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For further information: Niya Nikitova: (416) 969-2654 or
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