The University of Western Ontario tied for 10th place amongst medical doctoral Canadian universities with the University of Ottawa in Maclean's magazine's annual university rankings.
Fred Longstaffe, Provost & Vice President (Academic) points out Maclean’s methodology differs from the Globe and Mail survey, which reflects student opinion.
“Maclean's methodology, which relies heavily on Statistics Canada data, seems to gather a different and more highly variable picture from year to year than the Globe & Mail report, which surveys our students directly to indicate on a consistent basis, for several years in a row, a No. 1 ranking for most satisfied students,” he says.
He says lessons can be learned from all university surveys, adding Western will look at Maclean’s rankings in detail to identify which areas the university can improve upon.
Longstaffe says people shouldn’t just rely on rankings to form an opinion about a university.
“Western is part of an Ontario consortium of universities that shares and posts data that individuals can use to make their own evaluation of a university – based on the criteria that they think is most important,” he says.
The Common University Data Ontario (CUDO) can be accessed directly from Western's website by clicking on the 'Public Accountability' button.
A list of institutions ranked in the medical doctoral university category is available online.