Volume 13, Number 18  May 19, 2006

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Sticking with the survey

At a time when a growing number of Canadian universities are withdrawing from the next Maclean’s survey of graduates, the president of the University of Saskatchewan believes it is better to work for change than drop out.

The Universities of Toronto, Alberta, Calgary, and British Columbia, McMaster University, Carleton, and Ryerson University have all announced they will not distribute the survey to their alumni, citing questions about the methodology.  The results make up part of a June issue on student experience.

Peter MacKinnon said the U of S has expressed its concern about the ranking survey being input-based, measuring only things like size of budget, library holdings and student averages.  “We have indicated to Maclean’s that the student experience and the perspective of graduates would be an important component of a better survey,” he said.  “Accordingly, our position to date has been that we would prefer to work to improve the survey of current students and graduates rather than withdraw.”


For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca


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