Forest City, Iowa - A national survey of college freshmen and seniors has shown that Waldorf College provides a supportive campus environment and scores very highly in student-faculty interaction
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) assesses numerous aspects of the student experience at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the country. The survey results, compiled into the NSSE’s The College Student Report, provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.
“The results from NSSE reaffirm what we have always known about Waldorf,” said Dr. Bob Alsop, president of the College. “We are superior when it comes to providing a supportive campus environment and student faculty interaction. In these two areas, we outperform more than 90 percent of the colleges and universities who took the survey.”
Students at more than 750 colleges and universities participated in NSSE this year. Over 1400 institutions have participated in the survey since 2000.
“The reason we took the survey was to measure how we compare with other institutions, and also how well we meet our mission,” said Dr. Scott Searcy, interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college at Waldorf. “These are scores that indicate the faculty engagement with the students, and the student engagement with academics. We are very pleased to see the results closely related to our mission.”
The survey was divided into five categories: academic challenge, active learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment.
Waldorf College fared well in most categories, especially when compared to a peer group of colleges similar in size and scope. Eighty-one percent of Waldorf’s first year students indicated that they received prompt feedback from faculty members, compared to 64 percent from the peer group. In another category, 86 percent of Waldorf’s first year students felt their college had a substantial commitment to their academic success, compared with 81 percent from the peer group.
Waldorf’s commitment to service also showed up on the survey. Among seniors at Waldorf, 75 percent indicated that they had participated in community service or volunteer work, compared with just 56 percent from the peer group.
“Waldorf College is strong in so many areas, however, we look forward to continually working to improve the student experience at our institution.”
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