of Guelph Earns Top Marks in National Surveys
Students name U of G a leader among universities
U of G has received top marks in two national surveys
- one focusing on student opinions of educational quality
and the other looking at public accountability and external
Guelph was ranked the No. 1 university in Canada for campus
atmosphere and technology resources in the University Report
Card, a survey of Canadian students published by the Globe
and Mail Oct. 15.
The survey of more than 126,000 undergraduate students
from 64 schools across Canada asked a broad range of questions
within nine main categories and a series of subcategories.
Students who took part in the survey are registered on studentawards.com,
an online scholarship search service that has more than
650,000 registered users. More than 26,000 students responded,
including 847 from U of G. Data from 58 of the schools are
included in the survey results.
In the main categories, U of G was ranked second among
all Canadian schools in student services, third in quality
of education and fourth in off-campus life. In the various
subcategories, Guelph was ranked among the top three universities
in campus food, quality of teaching, campus safety, availability
of course material online, availability of professors outside
the classroom, online resources and personal counselling.
"We are delighted that our students named U of G as
a leader among Canadian universities, especially in areas
such as campus safety, student services and campus food,"
says Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student
Prof. Maureen Mancuso, acting provost and vice-president
(academic), adds: "We are very pleased with the high-level
rankings across all the categories. It's rewarding to see
our students recognize our efforts in so many different
areas. Ultimately, this national recognition is a tribute
to the quality and dedication of our faculty, staff and
The University Report Card, like other surveys and rankings
of Canadian universities, provides future students with
an important source of information to help them decide which
institution fits their needs best, says president Alastair
Summerlee. "It's an attitudinal study of student views,
specifically the views of students registered with the scholarship
website, and is just part of the information that is available
to students about universities."
U of G was also named the country's top comprehensive university
and second among all institutions in public accountability
and external reporting, according to the annual Canadian
University Accountability Survey.
The findings of the survey, which has been conducted since
1988 by Wilfrid Laurier University professors and is the
only survey in Canada that looks at university accountability,
appeared recently in Canadian Accounting Perspectives, published
by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association.
The survey examined 2002 data from 45 schools, rating them
on an accountability disclosure index of one to 100. Points
are awarded for depth, clarity and quality of information
in 26 categories such as financial, operating and mission
statements, investments and research summaries.
U of G received a score of 90.6, with Queen's University
receiving the top score of 90.9. They were the only two
universities receiving scores in the 90s. Three universities
received scores in the 80s, and the average score was 57.5.
"This is the first time Canadian universities have
earned such high scores," says William Banks, a professor
in Wilfrid Laurier's School of Business and Economics, who
leads the survey. He adds that Queen's and Guelph's scores
also compare favourably with the best in Australia, New
Zealand and the United Kingdom.
U of G was also the top comprehensive school in last year's
survey, placing fourth overall.
"The University has always taken the responsibility
of self-assessment and public accountability very seriously,"
says Summerlee. "We have ongoing internal reviews and
performance assessments based on our own indicators of excellence,
and it's very rewarding to have those efforts recognized
nationally for excellence in public accountability as well."