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University Of Ottawa Gets A Big Failing Grade

Posted April 12th, 2010 in Canada and tagged , by Adrian MacNair

“ I’m guessing the scores to get into the University of Ottawa are not very challenging. ” — Ann Coulter, March 23, 2010

This is one point upon which I think most people are in agreement.

A 2008 national survey of students asked “if you could start over, would you go to the institution you are now attending?” Senior University of Ottawa students responded with answers that placed the U of O 52nd out of 53 ranked Canadian Universities.

Well as Macleans Magazine’s 2009 rankings show, the University of Ottawa has managed to maintain its commitment to failure:

Level of Academic challenge: 39 out of 52
Student-Faculty interaction: 50 out of 52
Active and collaborative learning: 48 out of 52
Enriching educational experience: 43 out of 52
Supportive campus environment: 52 out of 52

Satisfied with quality of teaching: 29 out of 31
Satisfied with decision to attend U of O: 29 out of 31

Senior year students ranking of education experience: 53 out of 53
Senior year students who would go to their school if given chance again: 52 out of 53

UPDATE

Wow, just noticed this. The 2010 results are in and Ottawa is dead last again.

9 Responses so far.

  1. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    You reap what you sow.
    This is a well deserved self-inflicted wound. Funny that the article, amongst all the other valid reasons for U of O’s decline, does not mention the leftist victim cult climate that pervades the whole campus. that has to count for a few points.
    Parents… don’t let your kids grow up to be U of O grads… pick a real university.

  2. dupmarNo Gravatar says:

    I note the University of Calgary tied with the University of Ottawa in terms of student satisfaction, apparently the Coulter effect is working its magic.

    The Citizen article mentionned there are 37,922 students attending the University of Ottawa, and what, perhaps 200 people protested the Coulter event. Hardly a hotbed of leftwing radicalism as many of your blogging tory co-bloggers would have us believe. From the Citizen article, I would conclude student dissatisfaction is related to too rapid expansion, too many students per classroom, limited course offerings and such.

    Keep in mind, though, very few Canadian universtities are attempting to do what the University of Ottawa is doing, offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in both English and French, which gives one the opprtunity to obtain a degree and obtain a level of language proficiency in the second language at the same time.

    Given that Canada does have two officials languages, is a member of the Francophonie, etc., I am surprised more institutions haven’t followed the University of Ottawa’s lead down this path.

    Instead we get the perennial blogging tory complaint about how it’s so unfair political leaders, Supreme Court justices and the Governor General are expected to speak both official languages when the opportunities for such cultural exposure are non-existent in broad areas of the country.

  3. byngNo Gravatar says:

    and U of Regina rates low also- everybody would be well advised to keep their offspring from going anywhere near these festering marxist cesspools

  4. Regina was 45th place. 20% rated excellent, 58% good. Trinity Western [a faith-based school] scored 1st place with 74% excellent, and 21% good. We can assume 5% didn’t like it. By the same math we can assume 22% didn’t rate Regina very well. U of O had 15% excellent, 50% good, and I guess 35% said it blows.

  5. Marc,

    Instead we get the perennial blogging tory complaint about how it’s so unfair political leaders, Supreme Court justices and the Governor General are expected to speak both official languages when the opportunities for such cultural exposure are non-existent in broad areas of the country.

    I wouldn’t have put my son in French immersion if I believed that crap.

  6. dupmarNo Gravatar says:

    Adrian,

    I didn’t imply you were making complaints with respect to bilingualism or that this affected your perception of the University Of Ottawa, simply that many of your co-bloggers on the blogging tory aggregate do voice such complaints.

    I did obtain one graduate degree from the University of Ottawa, did enjoy the experience, and was active concurrently in the Progressive Conservative club on campus, but we didn’t raise a holler about bilingualism, which would have been pretty silly given our attendance at this institution, or pursue political campaigns which sought to test the limits of tolerance, just so we could complain after about being “targeted”.

  7. real conservativeNo Gravatar says:

    Yikes, U of O, keeps the trend going. Glad to see that York (my Alma..), had a good score.

  8. old white guyNo Gravatar says:

    womens studies and basket weaving 101. heh.

  9. StanNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad the administration at the U of Zero wouldn’t spend more time on their real duties and less on silencing opinions they disagree with.