Conestoga news

April 6, 2006 3:34 PM

Eight Straight: Conestoga Again Achieves #1 Overall

For the eighth straight year, composite results from the independent Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys show that Conestoga College is the overall #1 rated public college in Ontario.

Two outside professional research firms conduct the KPI surveys annually for the province’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Four independently administered surveys measure graduate employment, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction and student satisfaction. Taking the composite score of 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 88.9, best among the 21 colleges of applied arts and technology and the three institutes of technology and advanced learning.

Furthermore, Conestoga’s performance on the graduate employment survey (93.7 per cent graduate employment success by 2004-05 graduates six months after graduation) is the best of any Ontario public college or institute measured. This marks the second consecutive year and the third time in four years that Conestoga has been tops in this important measure.

"These results certainly are extraordinary, but they clearly indicate that Conestoga is committed to all aspects of what constitutes quality in education, and that we act on our commitment,” says Conestoga President John Tibbits. "We believe that the student experience and, by extension, the future benefits enjoyed by employers gain the greatest value when we place emphasis on sound curriculum, good teaching, practical applications of knowledge, functional and attractive facilities, proper instructional equipment, useful learning resources and effective, adaptable support services.”

The KPI surveys have been in effect for only eight years, so Conestoga’s eighth consecutive top overall rating means that no other Ontario college or institute has ever occupied the position that Conestoga maintains.

Composite chart attached (pdf, 38k)