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UOIT achieves significant prominence in Maclean's 2009 University Student Issue

Level of academic challenge ranked number one against other universities

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has once again drawn attention from a prominent news publication after being ranked number one against 58 other universities for its level of academic challenge in the Maclean's 2009 University Student Issue. The nationally acclaimed magazine recently published its annual issue, which highlights the results of two highly influential surveys, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC).

Among its other scores, UOIT was ranked second overall for both the Active and Collaborative Learning, and Enriching Educational Experience categories, seventh for Student-Faculty Interaction and above the NSSE average in first-year students' evaluations of their entire educational experience and whether they would chose UOIT again if they could start over.

"UOIT is absolutely delighted to be ranked so highly by its students when you consider that the list reflects experiences at leading universities across the country," said Dr. Richard Marceau, provost, UOIT. "It's an honour to receive such terrific feedback and strongly reinforces that UOIT's technology-intensive approach to education is resonating with students. These results cover a broad spectrum of the university experience, from academic challenge, to our collaborative learning approach and our high-tech base - all of which assist our students now and will continue to do so well into the future."

NSSE results are based on the experiences of first- and fourth-year undergraduate students and designed to measure student engagement as an evaluation of the quality of education delivered by each surveyed institution. CUSC primarily focuses on student satisfaction.

In six short years, UOIT has built an outstanding reputation for the quality of education and exceptional experiences that it provides students. From its leading-edge learning environment to world-class professors who challenge and inspire their students, UOIT remains committed to providing students with the skills that they require to meet the needs of today's knowledge-based economy.

The Maclean's issue follows closely on the heels of The Globe and Mail's annual Canadian University Report, which for the second consecutive year accorded UOIT top marks for its high-tech education. The report profiled 55 Canadian universities. For more on the Globe report, click here

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