Queen's steady in latest university rankings
Queen’s ranks second in Maclean’s 18th annual survey of Canadian universities, in the prestigious medical/doctoral category; and receives the most A+ grades of any university surveyed in the Globe and Mail University Report. In the 2008 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Queen’s performs better than other Ontario universities in four of five benchmarks of effective educational practice. On the fifth benchmark, we are equal to our competitors.
This marks the third time that Queen’s has placed second in the Maclean’s rankings, tied this year with the University of Toronto. McGill University remains in the number one position.
“Given the budgetary constraints and other pressures facing universities at present, it is gratifying to see that, by measures currently employed at Maclean’s, Queen’s continues to be at the forefront of higher education in Canada,” says Vice-Principal (Academic) Patrick Deane. “We attend to these and all indicators in an effort to strengthen our programs and enrich the educational experience available to our students.”
Overall, Queen’s achieves the highest Maclean’s scores in its class in the following categories:
• the number of research awards per full-time faculty;
• the percentage of operating budget per full-time student;
• the number of library holdings per student;
• student retention between first and second year (93.4 per cent)
• the proportion of students who graduate (88.5 per cent).
Queen’s maintains or improves its score on 14 of 16 rankings in the Maclean’s survey, most notably moving to 4th from 8th for total research dollars, and to 2nd from 5th for scholarships and bursaries.
In the Globe and Mail University Report, Queen’s ranked in the category of a medium university (size 12,000 to 22,000). Queen's placed at the top in the following areas: Quality of Education, Academic Reputation, Quality of Student Services, Libraries, Most satisfied students, and Diversity of Extra-Curricular Activities.
In the NSSE survey, Queen’s improves its score on all five indicators of effective education. These include supportive campus environment; active and collaborative learning; enriching educational experience; level of academic challenge, and student-faculty interaction.
The NSSE survey asks undergraduate students from Canadian and American universities 100 questions to assess how engaged they are in their schools.
In another national ranking entitled Canada’s Innovation Leaders, prepared by Research Infosource Inc., Queen’s has jumped to 4th from 7th place in research intensity, and recorded the largest overall increase in funding of the top 16 Canadian institutions measured in the annual ranking of Canada's top 50 research universities.
The survey was published in both the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen.
One of Canada's leading universities, Queen's has an international reputation for scholarship, research and a diverse and vibrant learning environment. With its strong tradition of public service, the University has helped to shape Canadian values and policies, educating many of the country's most notable political and cultural figures.