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UVic, uWaterloo, McGill take top spots in Maclean’s university rankings

January 29th, 2014 Posted in Canada, Education

Maclean’s magazine this week released its annual Canadian University Rankings, which lists the top universities in 3 separate categories. Of the “comprehensive” universities, those with a significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, the University of Victoria has taken top spot from Simon Fraser University, which has fallen to 2nd this year. The University of Waterloo remains at number 3. Of the “primarily undergraduate” institutions, Mount Allison University holds on to the number one position, with Acadia University jumping from 4th to 2nd this year. In the “medical doctoral” category, of universities with a broad range of PhD programs, research, and medical schools, McGill University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto remain in the top 3 spots, respectively, from last year.

2014 University Rankings: Primarily Undergraduate results

October 31st, 2013 • Macleans.ca

Mount Allison holds on to first place while Acadia moves up

The Maclean’s University Rankings place schools into one of three categories to recognize differences in levels of research funding, diversity of offerings and breadth and depth of graduate and professional programs. Universities in the Primarily Undergraduate category, ranked here, are largely focused on undergraduate education, with relatively fewer graduate programs and graduate students. Be sure to check out the other two ranking categories, Medical Doctoral andComprehensive, and our methodology. For dozens of charts, our reputation survey, student satisfaction results and stories about what’s new on campuses, buy the 130-page Maclean’s University Rankings, on newsstands and iPads.

2014 Ranking School Last Year
1 Mount Allison (1)
2 Acadia (4)
*3 Lethbridge (3)
*3 UNBC (2)
5 Saint Mary’s (*8)
6 Trent (*5)
*7 UPEI (*5)
*7 St. Francis Xavier (7)
9 Bishop’s (*8)
10 Lakehead (12)
11 Moncton (10)
12 St. Thomas (11)
13 UOIT (15)
*14 Laurentian (*13)
*14 Winnipeg (*13)
16 Brandon (16)
17 Mount Saint Vincent (17)
18 Cape Breton (18)
19 Nipissing (19)

* Indicates a tie

2014 University Rankings: Comprehensive category results

October 31st, 2013 • Macleans.ca

Victoria passes Simon Fraser to take the top spot

The Maclean’s University Rankings place schools into one of three categories to recognize differences in levels of research funding, diversity of offerings and breadth and depth of graduate and professional programs. Universities in the Comprehensive category, ranked here, have a significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including professional degrees. Be sure to check out the other two ranking categories, Medical Doctoral and Primarily Undergraduate, and our methodology. For dozens of charts, our reputation survey, student satisfaction results and stories about what’s new on campuses, buy the 130-page Maclean’s University Rankings, on newsstands and iPads.

2014 Ranking School Last Year
1 Victoria (2)
2 Simon Fraser (1)
3 Waterloo (3)
4 New Brunswick (4)
*5 Guelph (5)
*5 Memorial (*6)
7 Carleton (*6)
8 Regina (9)
9 York (8)
*10 Ryerson (12)
*10 Wilfrid Laurier (11)
*10 Windsor (10)
13 Concordia (13)
14 UQAM (14)
15 Brock (15)

* Indicates a tie

2014 University Rankings: Medical Doctoral category results

October 31st, 2013 • Macleans.ca

McGill, UBC and Toronto hold their top three positions

The Maclean’s University Rankings place schools into one of three categories to recognize differences in levels of research funding, diversity of offerings and breadth and depth of graduate and professional programs. Universities in the Medical Doctoral category, ranked here, have a broad range of Ph.D. programs and research, as well as medical schools. Be sure to check out the other two ranking categories, Comprehensive and Primarily Undergraduate, and ourmethodology. For dozens of charts, our reputation survey, student satisfaction results and stories about what’s new on campuses, buy the 130-page Maclean’s University Rankings, on newsstands and iPads.

2014 Ranking University Last Year
1 McGill (1)
2 UBC (2)
3 Toronto (3)
4 Queen’s (4)
5 Alberta (5)
6 McMaster (6)
7 Dalhousie (7)
8 Ottawa (10)
*9 Calgary (8)
*9 Western (11)
11 Montréal (12)
12 Saskatchewan (9)
13 Laval (13)
14 Manitoba (15)
15 Sherbrooke (14)

* Indicates a tie

The Maclean’s Personalized University Ranking Tool

November 2nd, 2012 • Macleans.ca

The Maclean’s ranking tool lets you mix and match data from the most recent edition of theMaclean’s University Rankings to build your own, customized university ranking.

Maclean’s ranks Canadian universities on a range of performance indicators in six broad areas, assigning a weight to each indicator that determines how much it contributes to the final score. The ranking tool lets you select whichever indicators matter most to you and lets you decide how much weight you want to give to each indicator.

For example, Maclean’s weights the Student/Faculty Ratio indicator at 10%. That means each university’s performance on this indicator contributes 10% to their final score. If you place a high value on access to your professors, you can weight this indicator at a higher percentage. You can customize a ranking based on this indicator and just two or three others but give 50% of the weight to Student/Faculty Ratio. Or you could choose this indicator along with up to six others, but still give Student/Faculty Ratio the heaviest weight. You decide.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TOOL

How it works:

Select the performance indicators that most interest you. You can select up to seven at a time.
Then click NEXT.

Assign a weight to each of the indicators that you have chosen based on how much you want each to contribute to the final score. The total must add up to 100 per cent.
Then click NEXT.

Select the universities you wish to compare. You can choose all universities, or select by region, such as universities in the West, Ontario, Quebec or the Atlantic region. Or you can create your own list of up to 49 individual institutions.
Then click NEXT.

Our ranking tool will perform the calculations using the indicators, weights and schools that you have chosen. Voila! Your own personalized ranking of Canadian universities.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TOOL

CLICK HERE TO GO TO A DESCRIPTION OF THE INDICATORS

Note: Ranking for the Personalized University Ranking Tool is not calculated in the same way as the annual Maclean’s university rankings. Though the two use common data, the rankings use a statistical percentile method and are three separate rankings, one for each of the three categories of universities: Primarily Undergraduate, Comprehensive and Medical-Doctoral. As such, results obtained from this online tool may not agree with the Maclean’s annual rankings, even if the same set of weights are applied to the indicators.

Maclean’s ranking indicators

November 2nd, 2012 • Macleans.ca

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TOOL The annual Maclean’s rankings assess Canadian universities on a range of performance indicators in six broad areas. The Maclean’s ranking tool lets you create a customized ranking by selecting whichever indicators matter most to you, and deciding how much weight to give to each indicator to contribute to the [...]

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TOOL

The annual Maclean’s rankings assess Canadian universities on a range of performance indicators in six broad areas. The Maclean’s ranking tool lets you create a customized ranking by selecting whichever indicators matter most to you, and deciding how much weight to give to each indicator to contribute to the final score.

Here is a description of each indicator used in the Maclean’s ranking tool.

STUDENTS/CLASSES

Student Awards 
Maclean’s calculates the number of students over the past five years who have won national academic awards. The list includes almost 40 fellowship and prize programs, encompassing more than 17,500 individual awards. Each university’s total of student awards is divided by its number of full-time students, yielding a per student count.

Student/Faculty Ratio
To gauge students’ access to professors, Maclean’s measures the number of full-time-equivalent students per full-time faculty member. This student/faculty ratio includes all students, graduate as well as undergraduate.

FACULTY

Awards per Full-time Faculty
Maclean’s calculates the number of faculty over the past five years who have won major national awards from more than 40 awards programs covering a total of 854 awards. To scale for institution size, the award count for each university is divided by each school’s number of full-time faculty.

Social Sciences and Humanities Grants
Maclean’s measures the success of faculty in securing research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), taking into account both the number and the dollar value received in the previous year, and dividing the totals by each institution’s full-time faculty count.

Medical/Science Grants
Maclean’s measures the success of faculty in securing research grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), taking into account both the number and the dollar value received in the previous year, and dividing the totals by each institution’s full-time faculty count.

RESOURCES

Total Research Dollars
Maclean’s measures total research dollars, including income from sponsored research, such as grants and contracts, federal, provincial and foreign government funding, and funding from non-governmental organizations. This figure is calculated relative to the size of each institution’s full-time faculty.

Operating Budget
This section examines the amount of money available for current expenses per weighted full-time-equivalent student. Students are weighted according to their level of study—bachelor, master’s or doctorate—and their program of study.

STUDENT SUPPORT

Scholarships & Bursaries
This indicator calculates the percentage of a university’s operating budget spent on scholarships and bursaries.

Student Services
This indicator calculates the percentage of a university’s operating budget spent on student services.

LIBRARY

Expenses
This indicator calculates the percentage of a university’s operating budget allocated to library services.

Acquisitions
This indicator calculates the percentage of the library budget spent on updating the collection. In acknowledging a shift from the traditional library model—books on shelves—to an electronic access model, this measure includes spending on electronic resources.

Holdings per Students
This indicator calculates the number of volumes and volume equivalents per number of full-time-equivalent students.

REPUTATION

Reputational Survey
Maclean’s solicits the views of university officials at each ranked institution, high school guidance counsellors from every province and territory, the heads of a wide variety of national and regional organizations, and CEOs and recruiters at corporations large and small. Respondents rated the universities on quality and innovation.

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