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Thursday, June 18 • 3:45pm - 4:15pm
CON08.13 - Tuning into students: Social impact of institutional rankings

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Maclean's magazine, in November 2014, published its 23rd annual rankings of Canadian universities. Indeed, the ranking of universities has become a popular exercise with which to assess and promote higher education in North America. The ranking approach is similar to that used by publications such as Consumer Reports, in which goods or services are assigned scores, and then assigned relative rank standings. We present a data-based perspective on a multi-year analysis of Maclean's rankings of Canadian universities, including Spearman rank correlations, Wilcoxon rank sums, and a cluster analysis. More importantly, we discuss the relative social impact of these rankings on student welfare as they attend (and later exit from) university. Session attendees are invited to share the perspective from their own institution.

Cramer, K. M., & Page, S. (2007). Calibrating Canadian universities: Rankings for sale once again. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 22, 4-13.

Page, S., Cramer, K. M., & Page, L. (2010). Canadian university rankings: Buyer beware once again. Interchange, 41, 81-89.

Thursday June 18, 2015 3:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Cypress 2 Room

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