April 12th, 2024

University moves up Maclean’s rankings

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on October 14, 2023.

The University Lethbridge has leaped up in the annual Maclean's University Rankings report which was released this week. Herald photo by Alejandra Pulido-Guzman

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com

The University Lethbridge has leaped up in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings report which was released this week.

The university jumped five spots in the primarily undergraduate classification for 2024 moving up to sixth out of 20 schools in the class.

The university says the ranking is line with previous years. It was ranked as high as second in 2021.

An increase in student scholarship support paved the way for the U of L as it moved from 16th to seventh overall in that category. The U of L’s reputational ranking rose six spots to put it in fourth overall.

The U of L also ranks fourth in library acquisitions and sixth in total research dollars.

In a statement, university president and vice-chancellor Digvir Jayas said “it is evident the University of Lethbridge is consistently among the best post-secondary schools in the country, which has been reflected in the Maclean’s rankings over a number of years.”

Jayas was formally installed in his new position in a ceremony Friday afternoon at the university.

Maclean’s every fall ranks 50 Canadian universities with the schools divided into three classes including Medical Doctoral, Comprehensive and Primarily Undergraduate. Twelve indicators are used to determine the overall rankings.

For the third straight year, the U of L ranks as class leader in securing medical/science grants. For the past six years, the school hasn’t finished out of the top two.

“The research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students on campus are endless and reflect a depth and breadth of activity across disciplines,” says Dena McMartin, the university’s vice-president (research) in the release.

“We also saw a three-spot jump in social sciences and humanities grants and it speaks to the excellence of our researchers throughout our campuses and the work they are doing on a daily basis.”

Topping the rankings in the U of L’s class is Mount Allison University.

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Scholarship support, library acquisitions, research $’s and securing grants….all about the $…how about ranking for the production of thinking grads who are not indoctrinated with the woke agenda and leftist ideology of the ivory tower unionist academics who have made their nests in the coulees…..