In the annual ranking of Canadian
universities published by Macleans magazine on Nov. 19, Concordia
dropped from 9th to 11th in its designated category of comprehensive universities.
It appears that once again, the criteria for comparison chosen by the
magazine penalize Concordia for its accessibility, growth and chronic
This year, the university welcomed the largest influx of students in its
history admissions are up 12 per cent. However, because entrance
requirements in most programs have not been substantially raised, Concordia
has dropped in several categories, including average entering grade and
the proportion of students with an average on entrance of 75 per cent
Admitting more students also negatively affects the calculation of several
budget and library resource categories that are based on the budget-per-student
Because Concordia is renewing and increasing its faculty complement (52
new tenure-track hires in 2000, 68 in 2001), it finds itself negatively
affected in several ranking criteria related to faculty. Some new faculty
members are in the process of completing their PhDs and beginning their
research careers. This again lowers our results in several categories,
including faculty with PhDs and external research grants per full-time
Nonetheless, Concordias success in recruiting out-of-province and
international students is reflected in the rankings (first and third),
as well as the attention to the quality of teaching in the class size
section and student services areas (despite limited budget resources).
Our strong alumni support is also reflected (third in the overall ranking).