Upper Canada College continues to provide an outstanding learning and working environment, according to results from 2013 online surveys of students, parents and employees.
UCC received a high or very high rating for “quality of overall educational experience” from 91.6 per cent of students, while 79 per cent of parents gave a high or very high rating to their “general level of satisfaction with UCC.”
The quality of teaching was given a high or very high rating by 83.4 per cent of students and 76.5 per cent of parents, while 76.6 per cent of boys gave those same favourable scores to the statement “I feel that UCC encourages a love of learning.”
The parent and student ratings were slightly higher on average than those awarded in similar surveys from 2012, showing that the College is moving in the right direction with its strategic plan and efforts to give more individualized attention and support to boys, communicate more clearly and frequently with parents, and offer program enhancements.
“Overall, we’re pleased with the survey results, but we don’t want to just pat ourselves on the back and call it a day,” says UCC principal Jim Power. “Everyone connected with the College — administrators, staff and faculty members, governors and volunteers — is continuously striving to make improvements to further solidify its position as one of the most respected independent boys’ schools in the world. But these results show we’re moving in the right direction.”
Using a five-point scale, where five points was the highest possible rating, UCC received a rounded score of four or more in all 13 categories of the student survey and all 12 categories of the parent survey.
Boys gave the College its highest ratings of 4.3 for “quality of overall educational experience” and “help is available when I need it,” followed closely by “my Form adviser/House adviser takes an active interest in my welfare” at 4.2.
Parents of day students gave their highest rating of 4.1 to “general level of satisfaction with UCC,” “class size” and “communications from UCC to me.” “Quality of teaching,” “there is at least one trusted adult my child can talk to at UCC” and “I am pleased with my son’s interaction with faculty” received scores of 4.0.
Parents of boys in boarding were even more impressed with UCC, rating the “overall boarding experience” a 4.3. Boarding students gave the school a 3.8 rating in the same category, while conferring their highest marks to “my peer relationships in boarding,” “access to computer technology,” “common rooms” and “study time requirements.”
A survey of faculty and staff members indicates that the College is also a desirable place to work, as they gave a 4.3 rating to “satisfaction with working at UCC.” Scores were just as impressive in the four other categories included in the survey, as the statements “I am proud to work at UCC,” “I feel a sense of belonging at UCC,” “I would recommend UCC as an employer” and “I have a strong sense of collegiality with my peers” all received ratings of between 4.2 and 4.5 and showed small improvements over 2012.
The surveys were administered using SurveyMonkey and answered by 625 students in Form 6 and above, 424 parents, and 187 faculty and staff members.