Royal Roads University gets top marks from students in national survey
MacLean's ranks Royal Roads University #1 among Canadian public universities based on the National Survey of Student Engagement
MacLean's magazine has once again ranked Royal Roads University first among Canadian public universities for 'academic challenge' and 'active and collaborative learning'.
MacLean's ranked 62 Canadian universities based on the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The Survey is a student evaluation of the quality of education and level of satisfaction at universities in Canada and the USA.
According to the NSSE results, Royal Roads University ranked 1st among public universities in and 2nd overall in two categories:
- 'level of academic challenge'
(intellectual demands placed on students through assigned readings, written reports, and coursework that emphasizes judgment)
- 'active and collaborative learning'
(student involvement, teamwork, presentations, community-based projects)
Royal Roads also ranked 1st in the same two categories in Maclean's 2010 ranking. Maclean's Magazine compiles the rankings based on five benchmarks of effective educational practice.
"Our University continues to distinguish itself in a very strong field of Canadian post secondary institutions," said Dr Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University. "The quality of our educational model and student experience is the bedrock of our success. With 17,000 graduates in over 60 countries around the world, our team-based, applied and experiential model has proven to be very successful."
In the 2011 survey, students were asked to evaluate their entire educational experience. 84% rated their experience at Royal Roads University as either excellent or good – placing RRU 12th out of all the institutions.
Royal Roads students also ranked the University 11th overall when asked if they would take their education again at the same institution.