Globe report strong for U of L

The 10th Globe and Mail University Report Card results are out for 2013, and the University of Lethbridge has maintained or increased its letter grades in a majority of categories.

"This is a good snapshot of how we are doing in terms of our teaching and interaction with students, services to students, facilities and overall student satisfaction," says U of L President Mike Mahon. "The results are on par with other surveys we participate in that measure a variety of performance standards, and it is important for us to have that feedback as we plan for the future."

Mahon says that as the U of L moves into a new strategic planning phase, and undertakes a number of projects that enhance the student experience on campus – including new residences, a proposed science complex, changes to on-campus food services, renovations to buildings, parking lots and new and updated programs/services, knowing what students think is crucial.

"We are working very hard to make the U of L Alberta's Destination University. We are already attracting more than 70 percent of our student population from outside our community, and we want all our students to have the best possible experience here. Their continued input, through this survey or other surveys we conduct, will help us move the U of L forward in a variety of ways."

The Globe rankings present numerous categories that measure a variety of markers, from student satisfaction to class sizes.

The rankings are derived from a survey that was e-mailed to more than 6,000 full-time U of L undergraduate students. Of that group, more than 500 students (approximately 8 per cent) responded.

2013 2012 Grade

Most Satisfied Students B+ B+ Same
Work-Play Balance B B Same
Campus Atmosphere A- A- Same
City Satisfaction B+ B Increase
Academic Counselling B B Same
Recreation and Athletics A- A- Same
Student Services B Not Available
Environmental Commitment B B- Increase
Student Residences B- C+ Increase
Food Services D Not Available
Buildings and Facilities B B+ Decrease
Libraries A- B+ Increase
Information Technology B+ B Increase
Reputation with Employers B+ B+ Same
Career Preparation B+ B Increase
Career Preparation – Co-op B Not Available
Course Registration B B- Increase
Class size A- A Decrease
Research Opportunities B B+ Decrease
Instructors' Teaching Style B+ B+ Same
Student-Faculty Interaction A- A- Same
Quality of Teaching & Learning A- A- Same