College Portrait – Student Expectations

Student Experiences and Perceptions

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

In addition, institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Result from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the 2006-07 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

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Group Learning Experiences

99% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.

66% of seniors tutored or taught other students

76% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports


Active Learning Experiences

82% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class

23% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member

49% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience

72% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work

9% of seniors participated in study abroad

100% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year


Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

93% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success

73% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent

72% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities

98% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor’s standards or expectations


Student Satisfaction

75% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again

81% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent

70% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive


Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

55% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible

66% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic

98% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance

91% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class



Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

71% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else’s point of view

93% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds

59% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity