LCSC receives high marks in NSSE report
Lewis-Clark State College has long been described as an institution of higher learning which places an above average emphasis on the wellbeing, education, and future of each student on an individual--teacher-to-student--level, and a report by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) released on Thursday helps validate such a claim.
NSSE`s report, titled "Fostering Student Engagement Campuswide," presents detailed results from a 2011 survey of 416,000 first-year students and seniors attending 673 U.S. colleges and universities.
The survey showed LCSC as having substantially higher scores than similar institutions in the categories of "Student-Faculty Interaction" and "Supportive Campus Environment."
According to specific sections in the report, 61 percent of LCSC`s first-year students said they received prompt written or oral feedback from faculty compared to 53 percent of first-year students at peer institutions. For seniors, LCSC had 73 percent say they received such feedback, while the total was just 60 percent at peer institutions.
When asked if they had talked about career plans with a faculty member or advisor, 50 percent of LCSC`s seniors and 38 percent of its first-year students said they had, while 38 percent of seniors and 26 percent of first-year students at peer institutions confirmed having had such a conversation.
When asked if they had discussed grades or assignments with an instructor, 72 percent of seniors from LCSC said they had, compared to 61 percent of seniors at peer institutions.
Conducted in the spring of 2011, 270 first-year students and 136 seniors at Lewis-Clark State completed the survey.
Results specific to LCSC showed that 88 percent of first-year students and seniors rated their overall educational experience at LCSC as good or excellent. And when asked whether they would choose the same institution if they could start over again, nearly 86 percent of first-year students and seniors reported that they probably or definitely would choose LCSC again.
The survey, now in its 12th year and with nearly 1,500 four-year institutions having participated to date, is used as a means to identify major trends in higher education on a national scale. It is specifically designed to evaluate the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices empirically linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes, including student satisfaction, persistence, and graduation.
This year`s report, sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is available online at: www.nsse.iub.edu