A+ coming too easy for MRU
When we’ve shut our mouths long enough to stop complaining about parking, and we’ve stepped out of the glow of our deservedly fancy centennial celebrations, we’re going to realize there’s something else that’s really important here at Mount Royal University.
Last fall, the Globe and Mail published their annual Canadian University Report. 2010 was Mount Royal’s debut in the rankings and impressed judges (i.e. students) enough to earn nearly straight-As in categories including “Most Satisfied Students,” “Quality of Teaching” and “Food Services.” At the Reflector, we’ve been sure to make this fact known amongst our peers, particularly those outside our campus (yes, the Other University in town was all kinds of average in the report).
But now, a few months after publication of the report, we’re stepping back to think about how representative the survey really is. The A grade students gave the university for “Quality of Education” should be taken with a grain of salt.
What are we comparing our Mount Royal education to? Some MRU students have likely studied elsewhere, but the majority of us don’t have much to honestly make that distinction between an excellent education and one that is just OK.
Who is making sure we’re getting the most out of our hours spent here? To a great extent it’s up to each of us to make sure we get our money’s worth out of school. But what if we’re missing out on opportunities because we don’t know what we’re missing and we’re not forcing faculty to raise the bar?
Push aside all the stellar classes you’ve had. Now think about how many classes you’ve sat through without being pushed to any limit other than your ability to stay awake. Think about how many times you’ve written a paper in 48 hours but still received a solid grade for.
Make sure that when you cross the stage at the end of your time at Mount Royal, you do so with more than a diploma to show for it.