More top marks for TWU

TWU students again gave their university top marks in the NSSE and CUSC surveys.

In Maclean’s Fifth Annual Student Issue, released February 22, Trinity Western University again earned top marks based on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Canadian University Survey Consortium study (CUSC). The NSSE survey measures how well a university follows educational best practices, while the CUSC measures student satisfaction. Both surveys are based on student responses, giving students the chance to rate their own university experience.

TWU ranked in the top three universities in Canada (out of 56) in nine of the 11 categories reported in Maclean’s. The University ranked first in Canada in the categories “enriching educational experience” and “seniors happy with their university experience.”  It scored second in Canada in five categories, and third in two others.  

The University improved on its rankings from last year, which was the first year Maclean’s included TWU in the report. Last year, TWU ranked in the top five Canadian universities in eight of 11 categories, including a first-place ranking for “enriching educational experience.”

TWU President, Jonathan Raymond, Ph.D., says, “I’m not surprised that smaller schools, especially those based in the liberal arts tradition like TWU, performed so well in these surveys. These schools are more engaging and lead to a greater impact on the students’ lives. This is why our students do so well after TWU, and have such an excellent track record of getting into medical schools, law schools, and other professions.”

TWU’s high rankings in Maclean’s complement the university’s four consecutive A+ ratings in The Globe and Mail annual Canadian University Report for quality of education.

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Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2010-02-25
Author: Caleb Zimmerman