Viterbo University Student Engagement Measured at Highest Level

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 the results of a recent survey which measured how connected—engaged, that is—our students are to the university and our mission.

In fall 2005, Viterbo’s incoming freshmen took the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE). In spring 2006, these same students participated with our seniors in taking the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Each year the NSSE asks students at hundreds of colleges and universities to reflect on the time they devote to various learning activities. 

Viterbo's overall participation rate was outstanding. The freshmen participation rate was 52 percent, compared with 33 percent from all NSSE participants. Fifty-six percent of our seniors participated, compared with 36 percent from all NSSE participants.

See 2007 population chart -- NEW

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 at 608-796-3081 or

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