Students Give U of G Top Marks

October 25, 2011 - News Release

The University of Guelph is celebrating a decade of receiving top marks from its students. In the 10th annual University Report Card published today by the Globe and Mail, U of G once again received high grades for everything from quality of teaching to student satisfaction to campus atmosphere.

“Students tell us they come to Guelph because of our reputation for being a caring, learner-centred university with a first-class academic program and a strong residential environment,” said president Alastair Summerlee.

“It’s gratifying to have our students give us top marks in those very categories year after year in the University Report Card. It tells us that we are doing our job of making the Guelph learning experience personal and unique.”

U of G received A’s for campus atmosphere and environmental commitment, as well as A-minuses in key areas including student satisfaction and campus technology.

Those marks earned Guelph the No. 1 ranking (including several tie rankings) in eight categories, including campus atmosphere, academic counselling, student residences, buildings and facilities, and information technology.

U of G professors received A–minuses for teaching and learning, academic reputation and student/faculty interaction.

“Our faculty are dedicated to ensuring the quality of the student learning experience,” said Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic).

The Globe and Mail survey is based on the opinions of 33,000 current undergraduate students across Canada. Universities are awarded letter grades in 19 categories.

The survey groups universities based on enrolment as large, medium, small and very small. Guelph ranks in the medium category.

In all, U of G earned two A’s and eight A-minuses on its report card, and its grades were among the top three in nearly 80 per cent of all of the categories. A detailed listing of the survey and the full University Report Card are available online.

U of G was also highlighted in a University Report Card story on campus sustainability. The story discusses Guelph's longtime commitment to sustainability, including conservation initiatives such as the Energy Conservation Fund, retrofitting and the community energy plan.

The University Report Card is the first in a series of annual surveys and rankings of Canadian universities that will be released this fall, including the Maclean’s rankings issue to appear this week.

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