Freshman Students Score 100% on Positive Ties with Faculty

A recent report shows that 100 percent of first-year Newman University students who responded to a survey feel they have a positive relationship with their professors. That figure is just part of a report showing the results of Newman students who participated last Spring in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), an annual survey of university freshman and senior students nationwide designed to measure students’ engagement with educational activities. The 100 percent score is 29 points higher than the survey average, 28 points higher than the average for institutions of similar size to Newman, and 23 points higher than the average for Catholic higher education institutions.

The survey also showed that 75 percent of Newman senior students felt their relationships with staff members were positive compared to 52 percent nationwide, and 87 percent said their courses “emphasized synthesizing ideas into new complex relationships” compared to 75 percent nationwide. Other results include:

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NSSE 2008
First-Year Students
9a. LAC Spent more than 10 hours/week preparing for class (studying, etc.) 78% 56% 53% 57%
1n. SFI Discussed grades or assignments with an instructor. 86% 54% 52% 50%
1o. SFI Talked about career plans with a faculty member or advisor 64% 35% 32% 32%
7b. EEE Participated in community service or volunteer work 66% 46% 38% 38%
8b. SCE Positively rated their relationships with faculty members 100% 77% 72% 71%
Seniors
1r. LAC Worked harder than you expected to meet and instructor’s expectations 74% 63% 61% 59%
2c. LAC Said courses emphasized synthesizing ideas into new complex relationships 87% 78% 75% 75%
9a. LAC Spent more than 10 hours/week preparing for class (studying, etc.) 62% 53% 55% 56%
1n. SFI Discussed grades or assignments with an instructor. 70% 62% 63% 59%
8c. SCE Positively rated their relationships with admin. personnel and offices 75% 59% 57% 52%


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