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Student Activities and Involvement at UW-P

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Student engagement represents two critical features of collegiate quality. The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research studies show are linked to student learning. Both features are measured by student responses to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Institutions use their NSSE data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved through changes in policies and practices more consistent with good practices in undergraduate education. This information is also used by prospective college students, their parents, college counselors, academic advisers, institutional research officers, and researchers in learning more about how students spend their time at different colleges and universities and what they gain from their experiences.

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

  • 94% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 95% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 21% 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)
  • 23% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 40% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 12% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 12% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 87% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 92% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 69% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 59% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 86% 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

  • 94% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 75% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 76% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 85% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 75% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 78% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 83% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 79% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 81% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)