Report card 2012: Students grade McGill in annual CUR survey

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

McGill ranked or tied for first in four categories in the Globe and Mail’s annual Canadian University Report (CUR) in which current undergraduates rate their university on everything from quality of teaching to residences to research opportunities. For this year’s report, released Oct. 23, about 31,000 undergraduates from across Canada completed a survey of some 150 questions. The CUR assigned letter grades to each institution based upon the results of this survey.

All U15 universities (Canada’s leading research-intensive schools) were listed in the Large category (enrolment over 22,000) with the exception of Dalhousie, Queen’s and Saskatchewan, which were in the Medium category (enrolment between 10,000 and 22,000).

Letter grades were assigned to 19 main categories with McGill ranking first or tied for first among the 12 large universities in information technology, city satisfaction, reputation with employers, and libraries. The University also was second or tied for second in three categories (work-play balance, student residences and buildings and facilities) and third or tied for third in three more (most satisfied students, research opportunities and recreation and athletics). McGill received its lowest rankings in course registration (tied for 11th); academic counseling (tied for 12th); instructors’ teaching style (tied for 10th) and class size (tied for 10th).

McGill maintained or improved its grade in every category compared with last year’s edition of the survey – improving its grade in 11 categories and getting the same grade in seven others. One new category was added this year.

It should be noted that invitations to participate in the survey were sent to more than 9,000 randomly selected McGill undergraduates. Only 478 chose to participate, yielding a response rate of only 5.15 per cent.

For the complete results, go here

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