Western scores big
in survey, but so does Trent
By Laura Katsirdakis
Yesterday The Globe and Mail published the second annual University
Report Card, a ranking of Canada’s schools based on the
opinions of current students from each institution. It asked
students to evaluate their university in categories ranging
from quality of education to the quality of food on campus.
Western was given quite a favourable review, being ranked in
the top five for most of the main categories. In the category
of quality of education, however, Western was ranked sixth,
behind Trent University (first) and Brock University (second).
“[The Report Card] was jointly produced by Uthink and Strategic
Counsel as a tool for universities and students,” said
Tessa Mintz, director of client services at Uthink. “There
was a need for first hand experiences [in evaluating universities].”
The survey was conducted online, Mintz explained, noting only
registered university students in Canada were able to contribute
to it. “[The survey consulted] students from every walk
of life,” she said.
“We wanted to provide a voice for students,” Mintz
noted. The survey was conducted between Apr. 2 and May 15,
2003. The universities included in the published report had between
235 and 1,532 respondents from each school.
Mintz pointed out the full report, including unedited student
comments, is available online at www.universityreportcard.com. “The
Web site allows people to look through the rankings and sub-rankings,
and compare them,” Mintz said.
“Western ranked in the top five in 23 out of the 46 categories,” said
Western President Paul Davenport. “This just shows that
our faculty and staff are doing an outstanding job in providing
quality education to students.”
Davenport said that, in the introduction to the survey written
by Strategic Counsel chair Allen Gregg, Western was listed
as one of the five schools getting it right. “This
is high praise and it is well deserved,” he added.
“This really shows that we’re one of the paramount
universities [in Canada],” said University Students’ Council
President Paul Yeoman. “Western was ranked high in academic
potential and in potential outside of the classroom,” he
said, adding he was pleased to see positive rankings with respect
to services offered by both the USC and the university.
“[The survey] is a joke, that’s all I have to say — Trent
and Brock are known as joke universities,” said first-year
psychology student Debrah Igra, when asked about the quality
of education ranking.