Univer­sity of Leth­bridge achieves high­est-ever sec­ond place po­si­tion in Maclean’s Univer­sity Rank­ings

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The Univer­sity of Leth­bridge achieved its high­est-ever po­si­tion in the annual Maclean’s Univer­sity Rank­ings Re­port, plac­ing sec­ond over­all in the pri­mar­ily un­der­grad­u­ate clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

Mov­ing up three spots from its fifth place rank­ing a year ago, the Univer­sity bet­tered its pre­vi­ous best stand­ing, a third-place rank­ing spot that it oc­cu­pied for six con­sec­u­tive years, 2013-2017. At the heart of the surge was the Univer­sity’s con­tin­ued fo­cus on in­vest­ing in its stu­dents and push­ing the bound­aries of re­search across all dis­ci­plines.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to see the ef­forts of our fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents rec­og­nized, be­cause it takes our en­tire com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether to achieve suc­cess,” says Dr. Mike Ma­hon, pres­i­dent and vicechan­cel­lor. “We strive at ev­ery level to pro­vide the best stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence, aca­demic ex­pe­ri­ence and re­search ex­pe­ri­ence for our com­mu­nity of learn­ers and teach­ers. We be­lieve we of­fer the best op­tion in the coun­try and one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences in the world, so it is grat­i­fy­ing to see this re­flected in the rank­ing met­rics.”

The Univer­sity saw gains in four of the 13 main rank­ing cat­e­gories, while main­tain­ing its stand­ing in sev­eral other key ar­eas. One such area was the per­cent­age of its fund­ing de­voted to stu­dent ser­vices, which ranked fourth of the 19 schools in the pri­mar­ily un­der­grad­u­ate clas­si­fi­ca­tion. It’s a met­ric where the U of L has been amongst the top five schools for six con­sec­u­tive years.

“There is a cul­ture of sup­port for our stu­dents that ex­ists on cam­pus, it’s in ev­ery­thing we do and is in­te­gral to our stu­dents achiev­ing their aca­demic goals,” adds Ma­hon. “More than the re­sources we in­vest in stu­dent ser­vices, it’s an at­ti­tude amongst our fac­ulty and staff that I be­lieve truly sets us apart from other schools.”

The Univer­sity con­tin­ues to bol­ster its rep­u­ta­tion as one of the top re­search in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try, with fac­ulty mem­bers and stu­dent re­searchers at both the un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate lev­els earn­ing sub­stan­tial fund­ing awards. The U of L ranked sec­ond of 19 schools in med­i­cal and science grants re­ceived, the sixth con­sec­u­tive year it has ranked ei­ther first or sec­ond, and jumped two spots to sev­enth over­all in so­cial sciences and hu­man­i­ties grants.

“There is a breadth of re­search ac­tiv­i­ties across the in­sti­tu­tion that has po­si­tioned the Univer­sity as a ma­jor driver of dis­cov­ery, cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion,” says Dr. Robert Wood, vice-pres­i­dent (re­search). “Our suc­cess in med­i­cal and science grants is con­sis­tently among the best in the coun­try in our cat­e­gory and in­cludes many pro­fes­sors who are world-lead­ers in their re­search ar­eas. The growth of our hu­man­i­ties, so­cial sciences, and arts port­fo­lios con­tin­ues a trend that has seen more-and-more of our fac­ulty mem­bers across the univer­sity rec­og­nized for their ground-break­ing re­search and cre­ative ac­tiv­ity.”

U of L over­all stu­dent sat­is­fac­tion also jumped two spots, plac­ing the in­sti­tu­tion eighth over­all, while the rep­u­ta­tional rank­ing among its 19 peers also rose to sixth over­all, a jump of one po­si­tion.

“Our fo­cus is and al­ways has been on pro­vid­ing an un­par­al­leled learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for our stu­dents, re­search ex­pe­ri­ences at both the un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stages of their aca­demic ca­reers and grow­ing a re­search pro­gram that bet­ters the lives of peo­ple in south­ern Al­berta and be­yond,” adds Ma­hon. “To have that rec­og­nized ex­ter­nally and show­cased na­tion­ally is very good news.”

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Univer­sity of Leth­bridge proved again why it is a top aca­demic in­sti­tu­tion in all of Canada.

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