Maclean’s rankings: LU cracks top 10 but falls three spots for reputation – by Heidi Ulrichsen (Sudbury Northern Life – November 1, 2016)

Laurentian University fell three spots in Maclean’s Magazine’s reputational survey, and it ranks near the bottom when it comes to social sciences and humanities grants and the percentage of professors with Ph.D degrees.

That’s the bad news. But in the overall rankings, Laurentian has cracked the top 10 in its category for the second time in three years in the magazine’s annual Canadian university rankings edition.

Maclean’s breaks Canada’s universities into three categories — medical doctoral, comprehensive and primarily undergraduate. Laurentian is in the primarily undergraduate category along with 18 other universities.

The universities are ranked on the broad categories of students, faculty, resources, student support and reputation, with several sub-categories in each of these areas.

Like it did in 2014, Laurentian received a 10th-place overall ranking in its category. It ranked 11th last year. This is a vast improvement over 2009, when it ranked 18th in its category.

For the second year in a row, the University of Northern British Columbia ranked first in the primarily undergraduate category, while our northern neighbour Nipissing University ranked last.

Lakehead University in Thunder Bay tied with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology for 11th spot. LU president Dominic Giroux said while he’s always cautious not to “fall in love” with the numbers, he’s “pleased” with the results.

“As you know, it was one of the aspirations of our 2012-2017 strategic plan to be ranked among the top 10 in our category,” he said.

Given there’s 19 universities in the primarily undergraduate category, that means Laurentian is in the middle of the heap.

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