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NSSE 2008

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Springfield College and the National Survey of Student Engagement, (NSSE). Again this year, our NSSE benchmark scores indicate that the College meets or surpasses the benchmark scores of our peer institutions for all 5 measures of effective educational practice identified by the NSSE research.

Specific highlights of the 2008 Springfield College results include:

Student Success

  • First-year students at Springfield College report a greater level of engagement in all five (5) measures of Effective Educational Practice than at our peer institutions. These differences are statistically significant and reflect the Springfield College focus on student success and on the positive relationships formed between our first-year students and the faculty, staff, and upperclass students of the College;

Student Satisfaction

  • SatisfactionFirst-year students at Springfield College also report a greater level of satisfaction than first-year students at peer institutions, with the support provided to them to succeed academically, to thrive socially, to cope with non-academic responsibilities, and for their participation in campus events and activities;

Focus On Personal Development

  • DevelopmentIn addition, more first-year students at Springfield College than at peer institutions report that the College has contributed to their personal development in writing and speaking clearly and effectively, thinking critically and analytically, using computing and information technology, and working effectively with others;

Effective Educational Practice

  • PracticeA comparison of the measures of Effective Educational Practice between our first-year students and our senior students show that Springfield College students make substantial progress over their four-year education in meeting greater levels of academic challenge, becoming more involved in active and collaborative learning, developing personal relationships with faculty members, and in participating in enriching educational experiences. As seniors, they continue to demonstrate a lower level of need for support services on campus;

Higher Level of Engagement

  • EngagementAt the senior level, Springfield College students report a significantly higher level of engagement in four (4) critical aspects of the college experience than do seniors at peer institutions. The higher level of engagement in active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, in enriching educational experiences, and with a supportive campus environment reflect the close faculty-student relationships that develop at the College—both in the classroom and in the many co-curricular activities offered at the College. Students cite, in particular, their ability to discuss their career plans with a faculty member; their work with faculty members on activities outside of the classroom, including research projects; and the preparation they receive for work-related knowledge and skills;

Participation in Community-based Projects

  • NSSE The College’s unique mission “to educate students to provide leadership in service to humanity” is affirmed by the NSSE responses of both first-year and senior students, who score well above students at peer institutions in their participation in community-based projects; their participation in co-curricular activities, field, or clinical experiences; community service and volunteer work; and in contributing to the welfare of their community.

A Cut Above the Rest!

Overall, both first-year students and seniors at Springfield College rate their educational experience at the institution higher than first-year and senior students at peer institutions.

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