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Louisiana Tech University

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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.

CLICK HERE for examples of how LA Tech evaluates the experiences of its students.

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

Student Satisfaction

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


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