Students give Newman high marks in national survey

Aug 23, 2012

Newman University students are engaged, challenged and highly satisfied with their overall experience at the university, according to findings in the just-released report of the 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

The NSSE asks students at hundreds of colleges and universities each year to reflect on the time they devote to various learning activities, and on their academic and social experiences at the institution they attend. For the 2012 survey, 206 first-year and senior Newman students responded to questions related to Academic Challenge, Active Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction, Enriching Educational Experience and Supportive Campus Environment – topics which are linked to previous research on student engagement and success.

Among the highlights of the survey:

  • 95 percent of first-year Newman students rate their experience as “good” or “excellent.”
  • 91 percent of first-year students feel the institution places substantial emphasis on academics.
  • 91 percent of first-year students say their faculty are available, helpful and sympathetic.
  • 89 percent of seniors would choose Newman again if they could start their college careers over.
  • 85 percent of first-year students feel that Newman provides substantial support for their academic success.

The National Survey of Student Engagement is conducted by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, Bloomington, Ind. About 320,000 students in the United States and Canada participated in the 2012 survey. For more information, visit the NSSE Web site.