In August, 2006, The University of Lethbridge joined more than 20 other Canadian Universities in declining to participate in the 2006 ranking process, so the data set for this survey was obtained by Maclean’s through other means.
“As this information shows – and as we already know through past rankings and other surveys -- we continue to do well in a number of key categories, including our class sizes, our medical/science research grants, and our awards per full-time faculty,” said U of L President Bill Cade.
The U of L maintained or increased its position in 14 of 22 individual rankings, and dropped one overall ranking from 13th place to 14th place.
“However, it is unfortunate that Maclean’s did not take the advice of the universities which declined to participate in this year’s survey to produce a document that more accurately reflects who we are and what we do as educational institutions,” Cade said.
“We said in August that the methods by which we were to be ranked had the potential to mislead people about making a thorough choice about their university experience. We also expressed our collective concerns to Maclean’s in a manner that we hoped would have some effect on this process.”
“The U of L and other institutions are independently surveyed by a number of organizations including (in our province) the Alberta government, a recent external survey by the Globe and Mail, companies such as Research InfoSource, and continuing survey by a consortium Canadian Universities,” Cade said.
“Our financial information is public, as are a number of key performance indicators put forward by the Alberta government. We also have a website which brings all these factors together so that people can see for themselves the information we are required to provide to the public.
"Going to university is a huge decision, and we are confident that we provide people with the information they need to make an informed choice. We would also invite people to call us, or drop by the campus for a tour.”
The University of Lethbridge Accountability website, which includes employment, financial and other survey indicators pertinent to the University of Lethbridge, can be found here: http://www.uleth.ca/accountability
Prospective students can learn more about the U of L by visiting this website:
A recent Globe and Mail survey of students can be found here:
The Research InfoSource Rankings information, in which the U of L placed 3rd nationally in the undergraduate category, can be found here:
U of L Communications and Public Relations Contact:
Bob Cooney, Communications and PR Officer (403) 382-7173