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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Aww hell...

So while everyone's been spending their time this week reviewing safety reports or deciding whether the university should be responsible for fixing downtown, no one seems to have noticed that the Maclean's rankings came out this week. Goody!

You may recall last year that Windsor and a group of a ten other schools boycotted the survey and refused to participate. I have no idea if the same holds true for this year, but I do know that Windsor placed [wait for it] in the exact same place as last year, rounding out the top 10 comprehensive universities, which has gotta suck for Concordia [see the list, sans details, here].

I don't imagine there's anything groundbreaking in the numbers this year, and I guarantee the PR will look exactly the same as it always has, with the added spin of the new investments being made on campus.

New for this year is the inclusion of a law school ranking. Law's always been one of those programs that university boosters cite as an example of a program with a quality reputation, along with business. According to the survey, Windsor's law school placed 14/16. Though to be fair, Queen's placed fifth, and during after dinner drinks with that Queen's VP last summer, she cited law specifically as a program she'd like to axe, since no one knows they have it. Conversely, at Lady Trail's school, they'd rather have the children go anywhere but Toronto or York. Further proof these sorts of rankings have nothing to do with what the school actually accomplishes, and everything to do with the perception of the name attached.

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