In two major surveys, students get the chance to grade their own universities.
READING THE RESULTS
The charts on the following pages list universities, including affiliates and second campuses, that have taken part in NSSE surveys or the 2009 CUSC. Each chart lists the universities in descending order of achievement. In NSSE benchmark results, universities appear according to their senior year scores; responses to student satisfaction questions are ordered according to the percentage of survey participants who chose the highest level of satisfaction (e.g., “excellent”).
The NSSE and CUSC surveys include more than 150 questions. The results we publish—the five NSSE benchmarks, plus two satisfaction questions each from NSSE and CUSC—are the broadest and most representative of the student experience.
Some universities have completed the NSSE survey four or five times since 2004—others as little as once. As we are displaying results from the most recent year that an institution participated in the survey, readers should bear in mind that the data are from various years. This year’s NSSE charts include 14 universities that took part in the survey in 2009, 37 from 2008, four from 2007 (Lethbridge, Mount Allison, UNB’s Fredericton campus and UNBC), one from 2006 (St. Thomas) and one from 2005 (Regina). The average NSSE score shown in each chart, however, is derived from 2009 results only. (There were fewer participating schools in 2009 than in 2008 as most institutions do not conduct the survey two years in a row.)
First-year student data are not displayed for Royal Roads University as it does not offer first-year courses. Similarly, there are no results for senior-year students at Mount Royal University as it received university status only last year. Data for the three affiliate colleges at the University of Western Ontario are displayed separately from the main institution’s.