The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) recently released its newest report, Fostering Student Engagement Campuswide – Annual Results 2011. The report is the result of a national-scope survey designed to provide data to colleges and universities to assess and improve undergraduate education, inform accountability and accreditation efforts, and facilitate national and sector benchmarking efforts.
With one of the foci of Clayton State University’s new strategic plan being student success and support for students, it is worth noting that many of the survey’s findings about Clayton State, taken from Clayton State students, tracked directly to student success.
Highlighting the data on Clayton State was the finding from an NSSE survey of 603 randomly-selected Clayton State students that 92 percent of the University’s freshmen reported that Clayton State provides substantial support for academic success, in comparison to 79 percent of freshmen elsewhere in Georgia. In addition, 90 percent of Clayton State seniors reported that the University emphasizes studying and academic work, compared to 82 percent of seniors reporting elsewhere in Georgia.
Clayton State’s level of student support was also benchmarked in efforts like feedback from faculty to students, relationships between students and administrative personnel and offices, and the overall concept of providing support for academic success. Two-thirds of Clayton State first-year students said they received prompt written or oral feedback from faculty (compared to 57 percent statewide). Two-thirds of Clayton State seniors said they had positive relationships with administrative personnel and offices (compared to 56 percent statewide). On the subject of academic success, a high percentage of Clayton State seniors, the most knowledgeable group among the student body, said that the institution “provides substantial support for academic success.” The total here was 80 percent, surpassing the statewide average of 72 percent.
Clayton State students also performed well in the classroom, where 71 percent of first-year students contributed to class discussions (compared to 59 percent statewide).
Annual Results 2011 is sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The entire report can be downloaded from the NSSE website at nsse.iub.edu.