In Canada, McLean’s is the newsmagazine that publishes college and university rankings. This year, 11 Canadian universities have announced that they will not return the magazine’s questionnaire. The list includes the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, and Dalhousie University.
In a joint letter to McLean’s, university officials challenged the reliability of the magazine’s rankings methodology. They said the McLean’s surveys rely on questionable formulas, and that survey response rates are so low that the survey’s results cannot be regarded as representative or unbiased.
University officials said they would re-consider participation in McLean’s rankings if and when a more credible survey methodology is developed. In the meantime, the universities say they publish information similar to that measured in the rankings on their websites, for the information of potential applicants.