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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, and 2011. 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 (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

  • 98% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 53% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 29% 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
  • 20% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 53% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 71% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 22% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 99% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 98% 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
  • 75% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 97% 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

  • 63% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 87% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 97% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 69% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 60% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 95% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 36% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 89% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 95% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 91% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive