Friday, 02 November 2012 02:01
The good news just keeps rolling in for the University of Lethbridge.
On the heels of its positive grades in the Globe and Mail university report card and being named Research University of the Year 2012 in the undergraduate category, the U of L took third place in the primarily undergraduate category of the 2013 Maclean's University Rankings, its highest ranking ever.
"It's fantastic. We're really pleased," said Andy Hakin, vice-president academic at the U of L. "To go to third in our category of primarily undergraduate institutions was just wonderful."
The U of L jumped up a notch from last year's rankings, no small achievement.
"It's been a steady progression over the last few years," Hakin said. "Even on the reputational side we've made such positive moves in that area."
The U of L saw a big change in its rankings in the student services support category where the U of L went to sixth place from 16th the year before. Improving student services has been part of the U of L's quest to become a destination university.
In addition to providing a quality academic experience, the U of L has focused on providing things like study spaces, student mentors and curriculum experts. Student services are also being restructured and a new vice-president has been appointed to oversee the area.
"It's not hand-holding. It's just there to make sure people don't come off the rails, that we're there to lend a helping hand," Hakin said.
The U of L continues to be strong in research and in obtaining medical and science research grants. Money from research grants gets re-invested into positions for students as they learn to become researchers.
"This year one of the really nice changes has been within the primarily undergraduate category. Of 19 institutions we went, in the reputational survey, from fifth overall to second," Hakin said.
Among all 49 universities in the Maclean's rankings, the U of L moved to 21st spot from 29th for the best overall reputation. Hakin said that's an impressive result considering the overall rankings compare the U of L with universities like McGill.
"It just really affirms the U of L is getting the message out that this is a quality place to come," Hakin said.
In the medical doctoral category, the top three spots were taken by McGill, the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.
The top three spots in the comprehensive category were taken by Simon Fraser, the University of Victoria and the University of Waterloo. In the primarily undergraduate category, Mount Allison University took top spot with the University of Northern British Columbia taking second place.
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