BU performs well in annual Maclean's Magazine rankings

12.10.2017 19:03
By: Craig Becker

University earns praise for student-faculty ratio

Brandon, MB. (CKLQ) - If having one-on-one time with professors is an important part of your university career then BU is the place for you, according to Maclean's magazine, who give the university high marks for their student-faculty ratio. 

There are about 12 students for every faculty member, and impressively low class sizes, especially in third- and fourth-year classes, the magazine says.

“Students who choose Brandon University tell us they are attracted to our supportive, welcoming environment, and small classes are a big part of that,” said Interim BU President Dr. Steve Robinson.

“Our investments in a personalized education help students truly engage with their learning, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

BU’s robust funding for student supports helped improve the university’s placement in the annual rankings of Canadian universities.

Overall, BU has moved up one spot and now sits at 16th place in the primarily undergraduate category.

“While rankings are always somewhat subjective, it is gratifying to see that Brandon University is doing many things right, and we are investing in areas where we can continue to improve,” Robinson says.

“We track our own performance regularly, but surveys like these help us to identify trends across the country, and we value the annual opportunity to pause and take stock.”

In several measures of research, BU performed very well among its primarily undergraduate counterparts, sitting at 6th nationally for social sciences and humanities research grants as well as 7th nationally for citations of scholarly work.

“We are extremely proud that the research efforts of our talented and ambitious faculty have been recognized in this year’s rankings,” says Acting VP (Academic) Dr. Meir Serfaty.

“We have had tremendous recent success in attracting new grants for research here at BU and of course, one of the benefits of our small size is that so many students will benefit from these opportunities by taking part in research opportunities that may not be available to them at larger universities.

Macleans also ranked BU's support for its library and for student services as among the best in Canada.

“Today’s libraries are much more than reading rooms, and we continue to invest in the John E. Robbins Library to ensure it is a modern space on campus for learning of all kinds,” Robinson says.

“Along with providing ample space for traditional studying and reference, our library is a spacious and welcoming environment for learning events, for art, and for displays.”

While BU’s commitment to student services was ranked highly by Maclean’s, responses to their student satisfaction surveys show there is still room for improvement.

“Students tell us they are looking for quality academic supports, vibrant student life, opportunities for experiential learning and forceful action against sexualized violence — all areas that we are investing in,” Serfaty says.

“We have a new co-operative learning coordinator and a dedicated sexualized violence prevention coordinator, and we have new policies in place that are both compassionate and proactive."

"We are rolling out new and expanded academic support programs to improve retention. We have recently improved our residences, and we have ambitious projects in the works for new-style student residences.”

With ongoing sustainable growth in enrollment, an ambitious downtown development initiative, and a new Campus Master Plan to guide the next few decades, Brandon University says it is poised for continued success.

“It is important that Brandon University students, staff, faculty and alumni are proud of their connection to BU, and all Canadians should be proud of the exceptional quality of post-secondary education that is available from coast-to-coast,” Robinson says.

“As we celebrate our 50th year of providing Brandon University degrees, we continue to invest in the needs of our community, and what matters most to us are the connections we forge right here in Brandon, in Westman, and throughout Manitoba.”