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August 14th, 2006

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07:34 pm - Universities refusing to participate in Maclean's rankings
I am proud to say that Ottawa University (my university) along with 10 others across Canada have declined to participate in this year's Maclean magazine's yearly university rankings.  Maclean's methods to arrive at the results of those ranking numbers and just how adequate those numbers are when shaping life-altering decisions for students has long been a topic of debate.  Full article here

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Date:August 15th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
Wow, I never thought they'd do that.
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Date:August 15th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
That's only because UOttawa FAILS at the rankings. Even if the school refuses to participate, it's just another way to ignore the insanely high levels of student disatisfaction.
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Date:August 15th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
But Maclean's rankings are far from perfect anyway. Every year they just rank Waterloo as number 1 which is b/s. Just because Waterloo excels at computer engineering, and thanks to the ITech explosion in this last decade they've managed to gain a ton of money doesn't mean they're number 1 in every single freaking field. Plus it's all b/s anyway, all these stupid rankings are, Oscars, Nobel prize, all these crappy rankings are complete nonsense because they're comparing things that are incomparable in the first place. It's like comparing people, some people are strong in one thing and weak in others, you can't stick a template on every person and say one's better than another. If you ask me, all these stupid petty copetitions needs to be eliminated starting with that Maclean's one.

Whatever the administration's personal reasons may be for doing so, whether it's because they truly think Maclean's sucks or if it's just to cover up their own inefficiency, I'm proud of them for taking the stand that they have. A student's worth comes from the student themselves, not from which university he or she chose to attend. Hell even George Bush managed to get into Yale and that's the number 1 or 2 university in the United States, what does that say for the validity of these rankings?
Date:August 16th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Hmm...I'm going to take a median appraoch to this, but in all honesty, I agree for the most part. I think rankings, history, cultural references (ie. Harvard=best law school, as an example),etc. should not be the only contributing variables to consider for students choosing a university to study at. But I think by not participating in one of the most influential sources of post-secondary information in the country is a tad questionable. If Maclean's statistical and methodological process are doubtful, then the magazine is liable to publish its sources and collection methods in order to substantiate its claims to the "top" university rankings. As in your case, going to Ottawa U can't be a bad choice, seeing as it is the national university and garners credibility at many levels. Credibility may be behind my reasoning to remain at McGill (or as it is known, Harvard of the North). Ciao-James

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