Queen’s continues to rank among the top five medical doctoral universities in the country according to Maclean’s magazine’s 2010 rankings.
This latest scorecard follows last month’s Globe and Mail’s University Report. The Globe report is a student experience-focused ranking in which Queen’s scores more “A”s than any other large, medium and small university, and is one of four universities with the most A+ marks. The Maclean’s methodology and weighting puts more emphasis on research, resources and size.
“These surveys, when looked at together, reflect the fact that Queen’s is not only research-intensive, especially for its size, but that we also excel in providing a first-class student experience,” says Tom Harris, V-P (Advancement), who is Acting Principal while Daniel Woolf is in India with other Canadian university presidents. “One of the hallmarks of being at Queen’s is that we balance excellent teaching and research in a great learning environment.”
In this year’s Maclean’s survey, Queen’s is top in the country for the percentage of faculty who win national awards, the amount of operating dollars that go to students for educational opportunities and research, library holdings, the proportion of students who graduate and student retention.
Retention rates, measured as the number of students who go on from first year to second year, range from a low of 70.3 per cent at Brandon University to a high of 95 per cent at Queen’s University.
Queen’s is second in Canada for percentage of students who have won national awards, and the percentage of operating dollars devoted to scholarships and bursaries.
In the medical-doctoral category, Queen’s is ranked fifth overall, down from third last year.
“We recognize rankings play a role in recruitment and reputation,” says V-P Harris. “We certainly pay attention to them, but focus more on our own metrics for measuring success against our own goals and aspirations.”
The full Maclean’s results are in a special issue of the magazine available November 11.