In the national reputation ranking, the U of S finished eighth overall. There was movement up in all four indicatorsâbest overall, highest quality, most innovative and leaders of tomorrowârevealing people across Canada are taking notice of what is happening at the U of S.
The survey, which has come under some scrutiny across the country over the years for its methodology, is merely one tool the U of S uses to assess its performance. "If you take 15 institutions and rank them, it doesn't tell you if the universities are a little different or vastly different. People might infer from the survey that there is more difference between the universities than there actually is." said U of S Provost and Vice-President Academic Brett Fairbairn.
"We don't pay a lot of attention to any one ranking. We look at external sources like the Maclean's ranking and the Globe and Mail's Report Card because the public has legitimate interest in them and we want to be transparent and accountable," comments Fairbairn. "Internal assessments to periodically check how we are progressing toward our integrated plan, like the new Achievement Record, are just as, if not more, important as these external assessments.
"The U of S is a solid, high-quality institution and it's a credible medical-doctoral university. We're an up and coming university."
For more information on institutional planning and assessment at the U of S, visit www.usask.ca/ip.