Meredith Ranks High in Student Engagement Survey

Meredith College students gave the College high marks in the 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

The NSSE surveys first-year students and seniors. Meredith's mean benchmark scores of both first-year and senior students surpassed the average scores of students at the participating colleges and universities in the national sample.

The benchmark areas are Level of Academic Challenge, Active and Collaborative Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction, Enriching Educational Experiences and Supportive Campus Environment.

According to the 2009 NSSE survey,
•87% of seniors would choose Meredith again if they could start their college career over;
•90% of first year students feel Meredith places substantial emphasis on academics, and 82% of these students feel Meredith has a substantial commitment to their academic success; and
•66% of seniors have participated in some form of practicum, internship or field experience. One-third of seniors reported that they had done research with a faculty member, and 34% had studied abroad.

Seniors in particular reported high levels of engagement, rating Meredith higher in Level of Academic Challenge, Active and Collaborative Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction and Supportive Campus Environment than students at peer institutions and other women’s colleges.

Meredith is one of the 640 colleges and universities that participated in the 2009 NSSE. The College participates in NSSE because it provides feedback on effective educational practices and reflects how involved students are in experiences that lead to learning and personal development.

Date Submitted: 2009-11-18

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