Queen??s University to withdraw from Maclean's

Canadian Universities Forum (discussion group)

Subject: Queen??s University to withdraw from Maclean's
Queen??s University to withdraw from Maclean??s
Wednesday August 23, 2006

After careful consideration, Queen´s University has decided to withdraw from the annual Maclean´s survey of Canadian universities.

In recent years, there has been considerable concern in the university community about the methodology used by Maclean´s in their ranking of Canadian universities. We are now seeing the withdrawal of 11 of Canada´s universities, a development that can only further erode the credibility and value of the survey.

This was a difficult decision. Queen´s has participated in the past in the survey because of our desire to work with other universities and Maclean´s to ensure that prospective students and their families have valid information upon which to make their decisions. Accordingly, Queen´s is leaving the door open to future participation should Maclean´s address concerns about methodology that have been expressed by the university community. We would welcome an opportunity to participate in a dialogue between Maclean´s and our sister universities about how the survey could be modified to strengthen the integrity of the information that is being reported.

Queen´s has been highly rated for public accountability by the Canadian University Accountability Survey and we remain committed to the public disclosure of information, particularly that which may assist prospective students in their decision making. Consequently, we will be reviewing the University´s website to ensure that we continue to provide easy access to key information and data.

Dr. Karen Hitchcock

Principal and Vice Chancellor


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