Mount Allison University again had an excellent showing in The Globe and Mail’s annual Canadian University Report. The University was awarded A grades in 10 categories and improved its marks in half the categories, while maintaining its grades in the rest of the measures.
The 11th annual report, released on Oct. 23, surveyed 31,000 undergraduate students at 58 universities across Canada, asking their opinions on everything from the quality of teaching and learning to research opportunities to how well their school helps them balance work and play.
With approximately 2,600 full-time students, Mount Allison is one of 15 schools included in the category of those with enrolment under 4,000.
Mount Allison scored A’s for quality of teaching and learning, class size, student-faculty interaction, campus atmosphere, buildings and facilities, and reputation with employers. The University received A- grades for most satisfied students, instructors’ teaching style, research opportunities, and libraries.
“I am pleased with our improvement in this year’s report, especially in the area ofreputation with employers,” says Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell. “Mount Allison constantly strives to improve so it can provide students with a rich, high quality, and perhaps most importantly, relevant experience.”
Mount Allison has always been known for the quality of its teaching, its small class sizes (a16:1 student-teacher ratio), and the level of its student-faculty interaction, but it has been making a concerted effort over the past four years to increase its reputation with employers — work that has paid off in an increase from an A- last year to an A this year. In addition, in last year’s Maclean’s magazine University rankings issues, heads of organizations, CEOs, and recruiters ranked Mount Allison in the top ten in the country for offering the highest quality experience.
This year’s Canadian University Report also features a piece by Campbell entitled Go Small, which addresses the advantages of attending a smaller university.
The results of the Canadian University Report’s survey are calculated using the answers from approximately 100 questions. For eachquestion, a mean score for a university is calculated using the responses of students who attend that school. Letter grades are assigned based on those scores.