Queen's University

Students rate Queen's tops in Globe and Mail survey

 
2008-10-24

Queen's received more A pluses than any other university in the Canadian University Report published on October 23 in the country's largest national newspaper.

Queen's received more A pluses than any other university in the Canadian University Report published on October 23 in the country's largest national newspaper. 

Describing themselves among the most satisfied students in Canada, Queen's undergraduates surveyed expressed the highest degree of satisfaction with the quality of their undergraduate education experience and the academic reputation of their school, giving an A+ rating to both.

“Surveys like this are invaluable because the data reflects actual students' experiences at their schools,” says Talia Radcliffe, President of the Alma Mater Society. “With regards to Queen's, where its students have a high level of engagement in campus life through both extracurricular activity and direct participation in university governance, the results from this survey are especially significant.”

Ranked in the category of a medium-sized university (size 12,000 to 22,000), Queen's was also tops with students this year in the quality of teaching they receive; the availability and variety of courses offered; the buildings and facilities on campus; library facilities and services – receiving one of only two A pluses across all size categories; campus technology; and extracurricular activities.

“Queen's has long had a reputation for a highly engaged student body, combining academic rigour with a wide range of activities and opportunities for involvement outside the classroom,” says Principal Tom Williams.  “The satisfaction of our students is reflective of not only the quality of education and teaching but also of the broader student experience, the many opportunities for participation in activities that range from recreational and athletic to civic, national and international service to the broader community.”

Results in food services improved at Queen's this year.
 
"While I'm pleased with the results, Queen's Hospitality Services continues to improve and offer new concepts including Gord's, a new outlet located on Leonard Field with an emphasis in healthy choices. Plans for next year incorporate a complete re-vamping of our meal plans", says Bruce Griffiths, Director of Housing and Hospitality Services.

The expected opening of Phase 1 of the Queen's Centre next fall positions Queen's to move up in the athletics and recreation category, which currently lags behind the University's  academic reputation.

“We believe that the Queen's Centre, presently in phase one of construction, will dramatically transform athletics and extra curricular life at Queen's in the years to come,” says Vice-Principal Academic Patrick Deane.

First introduced in 2002, the survey results come this year with a new name, the Canadian University Report, and a new fresh look. The Report has increased its survey base this year to 43,400 – 10,800 more than last year — and graded student satisfaction with 55 universities.

It provides a unique view for potential students and their parents of what it's like to be a student on university campuses across the country – studying, eating, sleeping and playing.

Considered the only comprehensive survey of students, it grades everything from class size, curriculum facilities, career preparation and campus quality of life.

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