|Viterbo performs well in NSSE
How do colleges and universities define success—by job placement rates, which are impressive? a high starting salary? graduates who secure positions of power? Or is there a more profound way to demonstrate meaningful achievement? These measures, however imperfect, are attempts to define the value of a college education.
At Viterbo, we are very proud of recently released results from the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) which indicate that Viterbo University students rate their college experience higher than that of their peers at comparable schools. The NSSE Survey measured how connected—engaged, that is—our students are to the university and our mission.
Each year the NSSE asks students at hundreds of colleges and universities to reflect on the time they devote to various learning activities. The topics explored are linked by previous research on student success in college. Results from NSSE can provide prospective students with insights into how they might learn and develop at a given college. The survey serves as a standardized guide to gauge the amount of student involvement and interaction with their respective school regarding learning, campus environment and personal development.
The institutions then use this data as a tool to review and improve the overall student experience and success through policies, practices and offerings at the undergraduate level. The information gathered is valuable to prospective students, parents, counselors, advisors and researchers as an unbiased review of an institutions efforts to interact with students in their learning experience.
Viterbo's overall participation rate was outstanding. The freshmen participation rate was 51 percent, compared with 29 percent from all NSSE participants. Fifty-seven percent of our seniors participated, compared with 31 percent from all NSSE participants
See 2007 population chart
See 2006 population chart
The results are impressive and reveal that a Viterbo education is indeed a powerful influence in the lives of our students and their respective communities. Anyone wishing more details should contact Naomi Stennes-Spidahl, Director of Assessment and institutional Research 608-796-3081 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See 2007 Charts and information
See 2006 Charts and information
Click here for a interactive comparison on USA Today’s Web site of Viterbo and other schools that participated in the NSSE survey.