Survey puts UWinnipeg among Canada’s best for class size, diversity & innovative programs

The University of Winnipeg continues to be one of Canada’s top undergraduate universities, particularly in the areas of class size, quality of education and environmental commitment, according to today’s Globe & Mail Canadian University Report 2011. Also new this year Globe researchers asked six “personality questions” and UWinnipeg students ranked their school in the Top-10 amongst all universities in Canada for diversity and innovation.

UWinnipeg ranks 1st or 2nd in Canada in five important categories including class sizes (1st), libraries and environmental commitment (1st), quality of education and course availability. As well, UWinnipeg increased its’ ranking over last year in the libraries category. 

Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg

“The annual Globe and Mail Survey is important because it is the students themselves who rank their academic and student life experience,” said UWinnipeg President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy. “Our students tell us again and again that they value our small class sizes and the personal attention they receive from our professors. We are also gratified to see that this year, UWinnipeg has been singled out for innovative programs and diversity of our student body (1st in Western Canada). And we are very pleased that our students have placed us 1st in Canada for our on-going environmental commitments.”

Axworthy noted the Globe survey was completed before the University opened its’ newest eco-friendly building, the Buhler Centre, which houses UWinnipeg’s popular Division of Continuing Education programs and is poised to house the Faculty of Business and Economics.

GLOBE & MAIL RANKINGS 2011 – UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG 

SUBJECT IN CANADA IN WESTERN CANADA
Class Sizes 1st (with six others) 1st (with four others)
Environmental Commitment 1st (with two others) 1st 
Libraries 2nd (with seven others) 1st (with five others)
Quality of Education     2nd (with five others) 2nd (with one other)
Course Availability 2nd (with five others) 2nd (with two others)
Buildings & Facilities 3rd (with five others) 2nd (with three others)
Career Preparation 3rd (with seven others) 2nd (with two others)
Satisfaction with City    3rd (with seven others) 2nd (with three others)
Most Satisfied Students 3rd (with seven others) 3rd (with two others)
Quality of Teaching 3rd (with five others) 3rd (with one other)
Student-Faculty Interaction 3rd (with eight others) 3rd (with three others)
Food Services  3rd (with three others) 3rd (with one other)
Recreation & Athletics 3rd (with five others) 3rd (with two others)
Atmosphere 3rd (with nine others) 3rd (with three others)
Student Residences 4th (with three others) 2nd (with one other)
Technology 4th (with four others) 3rd (with one other)
Ease of Course Registration 4th (with three others) 4th (with one other)

GLOBE & MAIL “PERSONALITY” QUESTIONS 

For the first time students were also asked six “personality” questions about their school. UWinnipeg scored highly in the following: 

  • “Does your university have a diverse student body?” – 8th in Canada, 1st in Western Canada 
  • “Is your university innovative / open to new approaches and programs?” – 8th in Canada, 3rd in Western Canada 

Daria Lukie

“Choosing what university to go to was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.  Being here, I know I definitely made the right decision.” Daria Lukie Business Administration and Accounting student

In the survey, UWinnipeg was rated alongside 20 other universities across Canada, including eight from Western Canada, with student populations between 4,000 and 12,000. The Globe & Mail Canadian University Report 2011 is based on results from responses to more than 100 questions from more than 38,000 undergraduate students at 53 universities. The survey was conducted by the Globe & Mail with its partners the Strategic Counsel and the Higher Education Strategy Associates. The full survey results may be seen at: http://www.globecampus.ca/navigator/.

MEDIA CONTACT

Diane Poulin, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7135, C: 204.293.1167, E: [email protected]