The 2010 MacLean’s University Rankings are now available, and Cape Breton University’s position is not a reflection of the vibrant and progressive university that it is known as.
“If the ranking method does not change, our overall results will continue to remain the same,” says President John Harker. “The process does not place value on the categories that would see CBU move forward, and until it does, we do not expect to see improvements.”
In reality, of the categories important to undergraduate universities, CBU continues to do well in several, but these categories are not calculated in the overall reputational ranking for universities of CBU’s student population. CBU placed in the top ten in categories including average class size, student services, total research dollars, and in international student enrolment.
According to Dr. Robert Bailey, CBU’s Vice-President, Academic and Provost, “Parents and students have to look beyond the MacLean’s report, and any other university rankings, to make informed decisions about post-secondary education. It is important that students research various institutions, and that they evaluate their options keeping in mind their academic and personal goals.”
Cape Breton University continues to be the university of choice for Cape Breton students, a growing number of non Cape Breton Canadian students and a substantially growing number of international students from more than 40 countries. Earlier this fall, CBU reported positive enrolment numbers for the 2010-11 academic year, with an overall increase of 5.2 per cent in first year student enrolment.
To meet the needs of CBU’s growing and diverse student body, the campus continues to evolve, with the opening of Harriss Hall, CBU’s newest residence and first dining hall, and the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex, a state-of-the-art community health centre. Construction of CBU’s Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment, which will stimulate world-class research that involves and inspires our undergraduate students, is expected to be complete in spring 2011.