The inappropriate ranking of Canadian universities: Grayson

November 9, 2020

In a recently published academic article, York University Professor J Paul Grayson takes a look at the Maclean’s magazine rankings and their use of NSSE student satisfaction data. Rather than a definitive hierarchy, Grayson concludes that data used by Maclean’s instead suggests that institutions can be divided into various “satisfaction clusters,” and that there are more similarities between and among Canadian universities than differences. The author urges caution to students and parents who use the rankings to assess the merits of different universities for enrolment decisions, as well as to institutions who may be tempted to “view one’s institution as ahead of the pack” or use the rankings to make policy decisions. Canadian Journal of Higher Education (National)