Louisiana Tech University
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.
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In addition, institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results 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.
77% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
56% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
18% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
80% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
49% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
94% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
58% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
76% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class
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Group Learning Experiences
97% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
66% of seniors tutored or taught other students
32% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports
Active Learning Experiences
5% of seniors participated in study abroad
97% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year
Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success
94% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
71% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
59% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non- academic responsibilities
95% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations
82% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
86% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
87% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive
Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff
Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas
64% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
80% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
60% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity