Students grade their universities - Maclean's 2009 student issue

    PLUS: an exclusive interview with Michael Ignatieff; eating gourmet on
    $50 a week; and more bangs for your Botox buck

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Do smaller universities do a better job of
teaching students? Which school offers the most opportunity to work closely
with professors? Which has the most supportive campus? How do Canada's
universities compare?
    For 19 years, Maclean's magazine has published its highly respected
annual university rankings, helping students plan undergraduate careers by
evaluating Canada's universities according to objective criteria. This
companion issue, the University Student Issue, seeks the expertise of students
themselves for answers on where schools are excelling - and where they are
still not making the grade.
    In this fourth annual student review, Maclean's presents the results of
two national student surveys: the National Survey of Student Engagement and
the Canadian Undergraduate Survey Consortium. Commissioned by the universities
themselves, these surveys ask more than 150 questions of thousands of
undergraduate students.
    The surveys' results show that smaller universities continue to
outperform larger ones. Only three big research-intensive universities -
Queen's, McGill and McMaster - appeared among the top 10 in "enriching
educational experience," and no larger universities made it on the top 10 in
student-faculty interaction, active and collaborative learning or supportive
campus environment. The student surveys also show Canada's universities
lagging behind their American peers. The good news? Canadian universities have
taken these results as a wake-up call, and they're starting to take steps to
improve undergraduate education and life.

    More University Student content:

    -   Advanced Placement: How thousands of kids are earning university
        credit - while still in high school
    -   Take this test: Could you pass English 101? How about first-year
        chemistry, biology, art history or several other subjects? Go online
        to and find out.

    For more tools to help students plan for higher education, go to


    -   Inside Michael Ignatieff's head - an exclusive interview: Maclean's
        editor-in-chief Kenneth Whyte talks at length to Liberal leader
        Michael Ignatieff about how he got to be leader, Harper, the
        coalition, the economy and his thoughts on torture.
    -   The making of Ignatieff: Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes explores how
        a team of upstarts and old pros got behind the Liberal leader.

    -   More bangs for your Botox bucks: Strategic grooming is the way to go
        in these frugal times.
    -   Eating on $50 a week: It's not as tough as it sounds: Mussel up to
        some gourmet strategies.

    About Maclean's

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8-million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit

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