Love them or hate them, university rankings are a reality in today’s competitive world of post-secondary education. This past week, the Globe and Mail came out with its annual Canadian University Report 2013: Student satisfaction survey results.1 Queen’s University faired extremely well in these rankings and was ranked second overall amongst medium-sized universities. Our overall rating was an “A-“.
Drilling down into the scores for “Health and Medical students”, student satisfaction was equally high. The abbreviated table below illustrates that our students are very satisfied with their experiences here at Queen’s.
Although different surveys use different tools to generate a “report card”, the Globe’s methods focus primarily on data gleaned from student satisfaction response surveys. 3
It is my view, that despite all of the idiosyncrasies of the various rating systems, and the controversies they generate, academic administrators need to pay attention to these metrics. If for no other reason, our aspiring students care about the rankings, they impact our international reputation, and our brand is contingent on maintaining them.
If you have any views about university rankings, comment on the blog, or better yet…please stop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.
- http://www.globecampus.ca/navigator2/queens-university/ (screen shot from “health-medical” section of the report)