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Students rank UM among top Canadian universities in Maclean’s survey

March 11, 2022 — 

Maclean’s magazine recently released the results of their annual Student Satisfaction Survey of Canadian universities. Over 19,000 students voluntarily participated in the online survey, which asked students to assess their post-secondary institution on topics like opportunities for experiential education and extracurricular activities, the accessibility of mental health services, quality of life in on-campus housing and whether they think their university is doing enough to prevent sexual assault on campus.

Feedback through third-party surveys like Maclean’s are a valuable opportunity for the University of Manitoba to gauge its progress on priorities like innovative teaching and learning, transformative research and scholarship, an academic environment strengthened by Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, and a student experience that is outstanding.

For 2021, UM increased its rankings among leading Canadian universities in many key areas.

UM was ranked second among the 15 doctoral universities for quality of mental health services, reflecting the continued efforts by staff and faculty to expand mental health services and foster a supportive environment for students.

On the issue of sexual assault prevention, UM ranked third as it continues to implement the recommendations of the Sexual Violence Path Forward report, acting on the university’s overall commitment to integrity, respect and accountability.

UM also ranked third on promoting Indigenous visibility. Through expanded efforts to advance Indigenous-led research and learning, and implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report, UM continues to foster an anti-racist campus environment that embodies our shared values of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

“As a university, we are committed to the success of our students, and we recognize that this success is not limited to academic achievements,” says Laurie Schnarr, vice-provost (students). “We continue to make strides in our commitment to foster a safe, equitable and supportive learning environment for all students, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or physical ability. We are proud of the progress that we have made in areas like sexual assault prevention, Indigenous visibility and mental health services. We know that there is still more work to be done and we remain committed to achieving our goal of cultivating a campus environment where all students thrive.”

To view Maclean’s full university rankings from their student satisfaction survey, click here.

Ranking highlights: University of Manitoba

Overall ranking: 8 out of 15

Mental health services: 2

Sexual assault prevention: 3

Promoting Indigenous visibility: 3

Experiential learning: 5

Residence living: 6

Admin staff: 6

Student life staff: 7

Extra-curriculars: 8

Academic advisors: 9

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