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Student Activities and Involvement at UW-L

A college education is a transforming experience that affects not only students' knowledge and intellectual skills, but contributes to significant changes in their personal and social development. Research indicates that activities outside the classroom as well as maturational processes can influence students' learning and development as much as what happens in their classes (Ewell, 1993; Light, 1992; Pascarella and Terenzini, 1991; Kuh, 1993). UW-L participated in the NSSE yearly from 1999 to 2004, and in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2014. UW-L will continue participate every 2 to 3 years from this point forward.

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 v2 (NSSE2). 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

  • 98% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 98% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 25% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 87% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 29% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 60% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 11% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 23% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 96% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 99% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 67% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 76% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 91% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 95% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 84% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 69% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 93% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 48% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 91% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 94% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 84% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 88% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)