Conestoga news

April 10, 2002 1:14 PM

Conestoga Again Achieves #1 Overall Rating

For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, composite results from the independent Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys show Conestoga as the overall #1 rated community college in Ontario.

“This is extremely positive news,” says President John W. Tibbits. “These surveys have been in existence only four years, and our continuing leadership shows the value of Conestoga to our region, our employers, and our students and graduates. It shows that we are ready to take the step of offering applied degrees. Indeed, it shows we are ready to take the major step of becoming a polytechnic institute.”

The KPI surveys are conducted annually for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities by an outside research firm. There are four surveys in all: graduate employment, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction and student satisfaction. Taking the composite scores from the four surveys (the graduate employment rate, plus the responses of “very satisfied” and “satisfied” from the three satisfaction surveys) Conestoga emerges with an overall average of 87.65, best among the 25 colleges.

On each of the surveys, the Conestoga result exceeded the provincial average.

Conestoga topped all colleges on the student satisfaction survey, with 81.4 per cent of respondents either “very satisfied” or “satisfied”. Conestoga also showed a significant gain on the employer satisfaction survey, from 91.6 per cent last year to 93.1 this year. The graduate employment number -- 92.0 per cent – held very close to last year’s result and the graduate satisfaction number was 84.1 per cent, well above the provincial average. Conestoga students rated their college the best in the province when it comes to the quality of facilities, resources and services available to students.

“I am proud of our students and their high regard for Conestoga College,” President Tibbits says. “I am also very proud of our employees, who are so important to our success. With this record of achievement and excellence, the College is poised to move forward in pursuit of our vision: becoming a national, and even an international, leader in applied skills research and education. In this way, we can create wonderful opportunities for our students and be a vital part of enhancing the global economic presence of our region.”

From: Public Affairs Office, 519-748-5220, ext. 3336 For KPI result charts, go to: