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Student Activities and Involvement at U Idaho

The goal of assessment is to improve academic programs and services. One method we use to do this is to provide questionnaires to students during their time with the University of Idaho and after they have graduated. Survey data are information that can be used for the assessment of student learning outcomes. Some of the surveys we administer in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment are listed below. All of our surveys are confidential, and data are used only in the aggregate.

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 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.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 93% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 64% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 33% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 91% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 23% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 48% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 62% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 15% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 93% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 96% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 76% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 64% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 92% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 66% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 84% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 95% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 74% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 69% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 84% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 39% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 86% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 88% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 84% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive