Trinity Western University

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TWU scores an A+ for ‘Quality of Education’ five years running

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Canada’s students have spoken. As reported in The Globe and Mail 2011 Canadian University Report – surveying the opinions of more than 35,000 current undergraduates – students gave Trinity Western University an A+ in principal categories: Quality of Education, Student-Faculty Interaction, Class Size and overall Atmosphere. This year marks a fifth consecutive A+ in quality of education for TWU, something achieved by no other university in Canada.

“We work very hard on the issue of quality,” says TWU President, Jonathan Raymond, Ph.D. “We listen carefully to our students and stakeholders because of our fundamental belief in the importance of continuous improvement.”

TWU earned more A range grades than any other post-secondary institution in British Columbia; ranking it higher than UBC, SFU, and UFV.

Business and commerce students ranked TWU as number one in its size category (under 4,000 students) for quality of education and career preparation. Arts and humanities students also ranked TWU best in class for quality of education and the second in class for career preparation.

Across all disciplines TWU topped the category of preparing graduates for employment, on par with University of Waterloo, Queen’s University and two other schools across the country.

This comes as no surprise to Dr. Raymond who says, “We’re mindful that quality education is more than a transaction – behind the ratings is the pursuit of whole person development and transformation.” With programs such as the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa and the School of Business Mentor Program, students are encouraged to perform in leadership roles during their time at TWU. Graduates have said this focus prepared them for their future careers.

Other categories TWU excelled in, rating from an A to an A-, were Ability to Attract Top Faculty and Lecturers, Attractiveness of Campus, Labs and Research Equipment, Technology, Ease of Course Registration, Reputation of the University among Employers, Most Satisfied Students and Quality of Teaching.

TWU professors are committed to teaching. With an average class size of 25, students have access to one-on-one personal interaction – even in first-year classes where many students at larger schools get lost in the crowd.

This year’s Canadian University Report enquired about ‘campus personality’ and published the overall top ten results with no categories for large or small schools. According to the survey, when asked if TWU were locally-focused or globally-focused, students ranked TWU third in Canada for: “Is more engaged with global issues,” just behind University of Toronto and McGill.

TWU also ranked third in the nation for “Has an academic environment that tries to be nurturing and supportive of its students.” Further, TWU ranked fourth for “Doesn’t prioritize particular programs, tries to spread resources evenly across all areas.”

The Globe and Mail, in partnership with a consulting company called Higher Education Strategies, annually polls more than 35,000 undergraduate students in Canada, asking them more than 100 questions about their university.

The grading scale was based on a 1-9 score of satisfaction. 8.2 + is A+, 7.8-8.2 is A, and 7.4-7.8 is A-.

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  • Last Updated on November 1st, 2010 at 10:28am
  • Author: Jennifer Watton
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