League tables

by Chris Bertram on October 31, 2003

There’s much to amuse in David Cohen’s “survey of education journalism”:http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/columnist/story/0,9826,1074093,00.html in today’s Guardian. Those of us who are fed up with league tables evaluating and ranking university departmant can take heart from one published by Canada’s Globe and Mail which awarded high marks to some nonexistent institutions: York’s medical school and the medical and law schools at Waterloo. The methodology does seem somewhat suspect:

bq. According to the market research firm responsible for the rankings, the results had been based entirely on student responses to an online survey on issues such as the quality of teaching assistants, class size, availability of courses and the library services at their colleges.

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Shai 11.01.03 at 12:00 am

I noticed the University of Toronto is pretty low on the library list, when in fact it has ~9.3 million books, not only the largest university library in Canada, but somewhere in the top 5 in North America.

I had a good laugh, anyway.

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