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Student Activities and Involvement at CUNY John Jay

Students’ experiences at John Jay College have been evaluated using CUNY’s Student Experience Survey, the National Survey of Student Engagement, and most recently, Noel-Levitz’s Student Satisfaction Inventory. A brief overview of each instrument follows.

CUNY Student Experience Survey (CUNY-SES)
The CUNY-SES includes questions pertaining to students’ experiences with, attitudes towards, and satisfaction with the college’s resources (e.g., classes, technology) and services (e.g., academic support, administrative offices). During the Spring 2012 semester, 248 John Jay students completed the survey. The majority of respondents were female (64%). The prominent ethnic group was Hispanic (42%), followed by White/Caucasian (26%) and Black/African-American (26%). Students varied in class standing: 20% were freshmen, 22% were sophomores, 31% were juniors, and 27% were seniors. For a synopsis of the survey’s results, please visit http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/3_CUNY_2012_CUNY_Student_Experience_Survey.pdf.

National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE)
NSSE provides survey data on students’ assessment of their academic, social, and intellectual experiences, and evaluation of the overall quality of their collegial experience. Specifically, results from the NSSE survey offer insights into how students participate in both educational and extra-curricular activities, how they perceive the college environment, and how they evaluate their educational and personal development in college. During the Spring 2012 semester, 253 freshmen and 236 senior students at John Jay completed the survey. Among freshmen, the majority of respondents were female (69%) and the prominent ethnic group was Hispanic (46%). Among seniors, the majority of respondents were female (60%) and the prominent ethnic groups were White/Caucasian (26%) and Hispanic (24%). For a synopsis of the survey’s results, please visit http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/2012_NSSE_Results.pdf.

Noel-Levitz's Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI)
The SSI asks students to assess their satisfaction with, and rate the importance of, various aspects of the college. Items were organized into 12 scales: Academic Advising, Campus Climate, Campus Life, Campus Support Services, Concern for the Individual, Instructional Effectiveness, Recruitment & Financial Aid, Registration Effectiveness, Responsiveness to Diverse Populations (rated for satisfaction only), Safety & Security, Service Excellence, and Student Centeredness. Additional questions focused on general satisfaction with the college and the importance of particular factors in students’ decision to enroll at John Jay. During the Spring 2013 semester, 407 students completed the survey. The majority of respondents were female (56%). The prominent ethnic group was Hispanic (42%), followed by White/Caucasian (22%) and Black/African-American (16%). Students varied in class standing: 21% were freshmen, 22% were sophomores, 30% were juniors, and 27% were seniors. For a synopsis of the survey’s results, please visit http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/2013_Noel_Levitz_Student_Satisfaction.pdf.

 

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

  • 73% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 37% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 12% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 73% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 15% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 29% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 35% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 3% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 91% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 90% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 65% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 63% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 94% 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

  • 46% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 74% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 93% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 64% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 61% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 90% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 65% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 79% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 83% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 64% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive