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In the Nov. 8 issue of the Thursday Report you tried to prepare
us to expect the worst from the Macleans annual rankings
of Canadian universities. This years ranking as reported in the
Nov. 19 issue of Macleans is no exception in conveying the
bad news to Concordians. This year we have been pushed to the bottom (11th)
of the ranking list of comprehensive universities, replacing last years
occupant of the infamous position, Regina University, which has moved
up to the 7th rank. Last year we were at number 9.
We may argue and question the validity of the Macleans findings,
or ignore it altogether, or take appropriate actions which might improve
our chances of faring better in the future. Very often, I wonder if in
some way Concordia is fundamentally different from those universities
that do better in the ranking study. I do not know what is happening in
other universities, but I sincerely believe that if Concordia adopts any
one of the following necessary steps then we might to do better:
1. Get rid of the Concordia University Faculty Association.
2. In certain Faculties, like the John Molson School of Business, dismantle
the departmental structure. Departments create boundaries real or imaginary.
It is impossible to cross them. They throttle creativity and encourage
greed and elitism.
3. Encourage faculty members to teach those courses they can most effectively
teach even in departments (or Faculties) other than their own.
4. Make the entire process of reappointment, merit, tenure and promotion
5. Abolish tenure.
I wonder how many potential students may be discouraged to apply to Concordia
after reading the article in Macleans about university rankings
for 2001. I know many of the currently enrolled students, particularly
exchange students from overseas, are not very happy, to say the least.
We owe it to our students to keep on trying our best to improve Concordias
position in the ranking list. At the end of the day, they are really the
ones who are affected if the potential employers take any notice of Macleans
annual rankings of Canadian universities.
S.K.Goyal, Professor, Department of Decision Sciences & MIS,
John Molson School of Business