Rankings of universities in Canada

Rankings of universities in Canada

August 30, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Several publications in Canada release annual
rankings of Canadian Universities. Most notably, rankings of universities in Canada is published
annually by news magazine Maclean’s under the name Maclean’s University Rankings. Other
publications include online sources such as The World University Rankings and CollegeSage’s
annual Canadian University Rankings. The primary aim of the rankings is to inform potential
undergraduate applicants about Canadian universities based on a range of criteria, including student
body characteristics, classes, faculty, finances, library, and reputation. The rankings are
split into three categories: schools that focus on undergraduate studies with few to
no graduate programs, schools that have both extensive undergraduate studies and an extensive
selection of graduate programs and schools that have a professional medical program and
a selection of graduate programs. A notable difference between rankings in the United
States and Maclean’s rankings, however, is that Maclean’s excludes privately–funded
universities. In 2012, the Higher Education Strategy Associates
published a study ranking Canadian Universities based on research strength. The study ranks
Canadian Universities in two broad fields: Science and Engineering, and Social Sciences
and Humanities. Starting in 2014, YOUniversityHub.com launched
its 2015 Ultimate Guide to Canadian Universities, which focuses mainly on undergraduate education.
This guide was created by surveying more than 550 undergraduate students in Canada across
9 key categories. The guide includes rankings, university profiles, and statistical analysis
of its own data as well as publicly available data in order to provide students with unique
insights. Maclean’s rankings
The data below is from the 2014 Maclean’s University Rankings.
Medical/doctoral universities The top category of universities in Canada
are referred to in the the Maclean’s rankings as “Medical/Doctoral” universities. They offer
a broad range of PhD and other graduate programs and have medical and other professional schools.
Below are the most current rankings of these universities. Comprehensive universities 2014
Comprehensive universities have a significant degree of research activity and a wide range
of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including professional degrees. Primarily undergraduate universities
Primarily Undergraduate universities are largely focused on undergraduate education with relatively
fewer graduate programs and graduate students. Criticism
The University of Calgary produced a formal study examining the ranking methodology, illuminating
the factors that determined its rank and criticising certain aspects of the methodology. The University
of Alberta, the University of Toronto and University of Manitoba have expressed displeasure
over the ranking system. Beginning in September 2006, over 20 Canadian
universities, including several of the most prestigious and largest universities such
as the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Concordia
University, McMaster University and Dalhousie University, jointly refused to participate.
University of Alberta president Indira Samarasekera wrote that Maclean’s initially filed a “Freedom
of Information” request but that it was “too late” for the universities to respond. Samarasekera
further stated, “Most of [the universities] had already posted the data online, and we
directed Maclean’s staff to our Web sites. In instances where the magazine staff couldn’t
find data on our Web site, they chose to use the previous year’s data.”
Higher Education Strategy Associates’ rankings The data below is from the 2012 study ranking
Canadian universities based on the research contribution of the average professor at a
given university, and was published by the Higher Education Strategy Associates.
Science and Engineering Social Sciences and Humanities
YOUhub’s Rankings The data below is from YOUhub’s 2015 Ultimate
Guide to Canada Universities. The ranking system uses simply an average across all 9
categories to come up with the overall score. More details about the specifics can be found
on their website. Also, when people purchase the Ultimate Guide to Canadian Universities,
it not only includes the results across the 9 categories, but also the 57 criterion that
made up those 9 categories. Moreover, people can download an additional tool that allows
them to put in their own weightings for each category or criterion, ultimately creating
their own customized university rankings. Finally, it also has actual reviews from current
university students for each university. Overall Rankings
References External links
Rankings – Macleans On Campus Rankings – Higher Education Strategy Associates
Higher Education Strategy Associates YOUhub’s Ultimate Guide to Canadian Universities