Does Size Matter on Campus?



    
    Canadian University Report finds students score smallest universities
    higher
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Canada's undergraduate university students have
made their voices heard and given the country's smallest universities higher
ratings than the large institutions for overall satisfaction and quality of
education. This is one of the findings of The Globe and Mail's Canadian
University Report available in today's newspaper and online at
www.globecampus.ca. The Report is presented in association with The Strategic
Counsel and the Educational Policy Institute.
    Now in its seventh year, this annual survey of undergrads captures their
opinions on different aspects of their university experience from quality of
teaching, course availability, and academic reputation to campus pubs and
bars, food services, and facilities. This year's Report reflects ratings on 19
different topics, provided by 43,000 students from 55 Canadian universities.
In total, students considered more than 77 different factors in the survey.
All ratings are available at www.globecampus.ca with the Campus Navigator
tool.
    The Canadian University Report also includes articles and interviews on
topics related to the current university experience including:

    
    -  the pressure from students to improve universities' environmental
       policies and practices and examples of how universities have
       responded;
    -  the revolutionary impact and potential of iPod technology for
       teaching; and,
    -  the push for commercialization of university research and the
       resulting creeping influence of the private sector on campus.
    

    "The Canadian University Report is a primer for any university-bound high
school student and their parents," explains Simon Beck, Editor of the Canadian
University Report. "The best way to understand the university experience is to
hear about it directly from the students that are currently attending."

    
    Most Satisfied Students

    The following universities earned the highest marks for overall student
satisfaction:

    -  University of Western Ontario earned the only A grade for large
       universities (enrollment over 22,000);

    -  University of Guelph scored the top mark (A+) for medium-sized
       universities (enrollment 12,000-22,000);

    -  Nipissing University, St. Francis Xavier and University of the Fraser
       Valley all earned A grades in the small universities category (4,000 -
       12,000);

    -  The King's University College (Edmonton) and Trinity Western
       University both earned A+ scores for overall satisfaction among the
       very small universities (less than 4,000 enrolment.)
    

    Small is Cool

    "There are definite trends and patterns in the results," comments Tim
Woolstencroft, Managing Partner, The Strategic Counsel, which managed the
survey and data analysis.
    "Across many categories you see the smaller universities scoring higher
for the overall experience, ability to access faculty and courses, class size,
and atmosphere, whereas the large universities struggle in these areas."
    Among the top scores earned by the smallest universities (enrollment of
less than 4,000):

    
    -  The King's University College (Edmonton), and Trinity Western
       University both earned A+ scores for overall satisfaction;

    -  The King's University College (Edmonton), Mount Allison University,
       Redeemer University College, and Trinity Western University all scored
       A+ for quality of education;

    -  Concordia University College of Alberta, and Trinity Western
       University won A+ grades for quality of teaching;

    -  Six very small universities and one small university (enrollment
       4,000- 12,000) were given A+ marks for student faculty interaction.
       No large universities received that grade and the highest mark awarded
       the large universities (enrollment 22,000+) was B+ to Concordia
       University;

    -  12 of 14 of the smallest universities scored A+ for class size,
       whereas no large or medium-sized university earned an A+ in the
       category.
    

    Leaving a Bad Taste

    Food services remain an area of common dissatisfaction. Most universities
received C or D grades for their food services. The top performing
universities in this area scored A-: University of Guelph and The King's
University College (Edmonton.)
    Campus bars and pubs scored slightly better overall with top marks of A-
going to Université Laval and Queen's University.

    Selected Results

    The following are top line results from selected categories. For full
results, go to www.globecampus.ca

    
    Most Satisfied Students

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

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

    Small (enrolment 4,000 - 12,000)
    A  Nipissing University, St. Francis Xavier University,
       University of the Fraser Valley
    A- University of Lethbridge, University of Ontario Institute of
       Technology, Saint Mary's University, Trent University,
       University of Winnipeg

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

    Quality of Education

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

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

    Small (enrolment 4,000 - 12,000)
    A  University of the Fraser Valley, Nipissing University,
       University of Ontario Institute of Technology,
       St. Francis Xavier University, University of Winnipeg
    A- University of Lethbridge, Saint Mary's University, Trent University

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

    Class Size

    Large Universities (enrolment of 22,000+)
    A- Ryerson University
    B+ University of Western Ontario

    Medium (enrolment 12,000- 22,000)
    A  Wilfrid Laurier University
    A- Brock University

    Small (enrolment 4,000 - 12,000)
    A+ University of the Fraser Valley, Nipissing University,
       St. Francis Xavier University, University of Winnipeg
    A  University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Lakehead University,
       Laurentian University, University of Lethbridge, University of Ontario
       Institute of Technology, Thompson Rivers University, Trent University

    Very Small (enrolment less than 4,000)
    A+ Acadia University, Bishop's University, Brandon University,
       Cape Breton University, Concordia University College of Alberta,
       The King's University College (Edmonton), Mount Allison University,
       Mount St. Vincent University, University of Northern British
       Columbia, Redeemer University College, St. Thomas University, Trinity
       Western University
    A  University of Prince Edward Island, Royal Roads University

    Food Services

    Large Universities (enrolment of 22,000+)
    B- Université du Québec
    C+ Université Laval, McMaster University, Université de Montréal,
       University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario

    Medium (enrolment 12,000- 22,000)
    A- University of Guelph
    B- University of Victoria

    Small (enrolment 4,000 - 12,000)
    C+ Nipissing University, University of Regina, Thompson Rivers University
    C  University of Lethbridge

    Very Small (enrolment less than 4,000)
    A- The King's University College (Edmonton)
    B  Mount Allison University

    Campus Pubs/Bars

    Large Universities (enrolment of 22,000+)
    A- Université Laval
    B+ Université du Québec, University of Western Ontario

    Medium (enrolment 12,000- 22,000)
    A- Queen's University
    B+ University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Small (enrolment 4,000 - 12,000)
    B+ Lakehead University, Nipissing University, Saint Mary's University
    B  University of New Brunswick, University of Regina,
       St. Francis Xavier University

    Very Small (enrolment less than 4,000)
    B+ Bishop's University, Brandon University
    B  Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Mount Allison University,
       St. Thomas University
    

    Methodology: Overview

    The 2008 Canadian University Report reflects the opinion of more than
43,000 current undergraduate students. The results are derived from the
answers to more than 100 questions. A mean score for each university is
calculated based on the responses of students who attend that school.
Universities are assigned a letter grade that matches their mean scores. For
full details on the methodology and scoring, see the Canadian University
Report (pg. 52) or go to www.globecampus.ca.

    The Globe and Mail

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CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multi-media company, which also owns CTV Inc.,
Canada's number-one private broadcaster.





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