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Bringing Together Survey Results of the UNLV Student Experience. Sunny Gittens , Campus Life Assessment Angelina Hill, Academic Assessment Peter Kim, Academic Advising. Bringing Together Survey Results of the UNLV Student Experience. National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2009

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Bringing together survey results of the unlv student experience

Bringing Together Survey Results of the UNLV Student Experience

Sunny Gittens, Campus Life Assessment

Angelina Hill, Academic Assessment

Peter Kim, Academic Advising


Bringing together survey results of the unlv student experience1

Bringing Together Survey Results of the UNLV Student Experience

  • National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

    • 2009

  • Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI)

    • 2008

  • Academic Advising Survey

    • 2007

  • Graduating Senior Exit Survey

    • 2008/2009

  • Alumni Survey

    • 2009


  • Overview

    Overview

    Key Demographics of UNLV Undergraduates

    Satisfaction with Academic Experience

    Impact of Academic Advising

    Sense of Community/Campus Life


    Key demographics undergraduates

    Key Demographics: Undergraduates

    Institutional Analysis & Planning, Current Student Profile


    Key demographics undergraduates1

    Key Demographics: Undergraduates

    Institutional Analysis & Planning,

    Current Student Profile


    Key demographics undergraduates2

    Key Demographics: Undergraduates

    Institutional Analysis & Planning, Current Student Profile

    Survey data – multiple sources


    Key demographics undergraduates3

    Key Demographics: Undergraduates

    • Graduate or professional school

      • 36% of undergraduates plan to attend graduate or professional school [SSI]

      • 23.7% of graduating seniors anticipated going to grad or professional school [Exit Survey]

      • 45.0% of alumni reported that they completed or were currently enrolled in grad or professional school [Alumni Survey]


    Time spent

    Time Spent

    • Preparing for class

      • Never -- Less than 2% [Graduating Senior Exit Survey, Alumni Survey]

      • Many reported preparing for class a great deal

        • Over 35% of Alumni reported having prepared very often

        • 24% of graduating seniors report preparing at least 11 hours/week

    • Socializing or relaxing

      • Never -- Less than 8% [Graduating Senior Exit Survey, Alumni Survey]

      • More reported socializing a great deal

        • 34% of freshman report socializing at least 16 hours /week [NSSE]

        • 15% of graduated seniors report socializing at least 16 hours/week

        • 15% of alumni reported having socialized very often


    Time spent1

    Time Spent

    • Work unrelated to major

      • Many report never engaging in work unrelated to major

        • 39.8% (Graduating senior exit survey), 34.0% (Alumni Survey)

      • Over 20% of alumni report engaging in work unrelated to major very often (23% of graduating seniors responded > 31 hours/wk)

    • Work related to major

      • More graduating seniors indicated never working related to their major than did alumni

        • Never: 52.5% (Graduating senior exit survey), 28.0% (Alumni Survey)


    Time spent2

    Time Spent

    • Average hours per week spent:

      Freshman Seniors

      Preparing for class12.714.7

      Working6.512.5

      Student organizations3.73.6

      Watch TV / Socialize12.811.3

      Commuting7.56.6

      In the Student Union4

      In the SRWC4

    National Survey of Student Engagement

    NOTE: Data related to working and student organizations is impacted by percentage of students reporting zero hours.


    Overall experience at unlv

    Overall Experience at UNLV

    • 80% of freshman and 73% of seniors rated their overall UNLV experience as good or excellent

    • 77% of freshman and 68% of seniors would attend UNLV again if they had to make the decision over

    National Survey of Student Engagement


    Academic experience

    Academic Experience

    • Quality of Instruction & Program

      • ~ 75% of undergraduates reported satisfaction with each [SSI]

      • ~ 90% of graduating seniors reported satisfaction with each

      • ~ 75% of alumni reported satisfaction with each

        • Alumni gave lower ratings, but out of the 15 services & experiences they were presented, they rated these and their overall academic experience the highest


    Academic experience1

    Academic Experience

    • Quality of Relationships with Faculty

      • ~ 67% of freshman and seniors rated faculty as available, helpful

        • How students rated quality of relationships with faculty was one of the four best predictors of how they rated their overall experience

    • Faculty qualities associated with positive relationships:

      • Provides prompt feedback

      • Interactions outside of class

      • Communicate via email

      • Talk about career plans / educational goals

      • High expectations

    National Survey of Student Engagement


    Academic experience2

    Academic Experience

    • Activities associated with student learning and retention:

      • Prompt feedback from faculty

      • Diverse perspectives included in class

      • Put together concepts from different courses

      • Worked hard to meet instructors standards

      • Discussed course concepts outside of class

      • Ask questions in class

      • Class presentations

      • Group projects

      • Service learning projects

    National Survey of Student Engagement


    Academic experience3

    Academic Experience

    • Students rated Instructional Effectiveness as 6.20 in importance and 4.95 in satisfaction [7 point scale]

      • Nearly all faculty are knowledgeable in their field ~ 76%

      • The instruction within my major field is excellent ~ 75%

      • The quality of instruction I receive in most of my classes is excellent ~ 71%

      • Faculty are usually available after class and during office hours ~ 76%

      • Faculty provide timely feedback about student progress in a course ~ 67%

      • Faculty care about me as an individual ~ 63%

      • Graduate teaching assistants are competent as course instructors ~ 68%

      • Adjunct faculty are competent as course instructors ~ 68%

    Student Satisfaction Inventory


    Academic experience4

    Academic Experience

    • Students attribute their best UNLV experience to the following:

      • Faculty/Instruction

      • Quality of the Curriculum/Degree Program

      • Campus Community/Fellow Students

    • Students attribute their worst UNLV experience to the following:

      • Faculty/Instruction

      • Quality of the Curriculum/Degree Program

      • Parking/Traffic

    Advising Survey (2007)


    Academic experience5

    Academic Experience

    • The following factors were most related to alumni having an excellent opinion of the university:

      • Overall academic experience

      • Quality of instruction

      • Quality of program

      • Experience with faculty


    Academic experience6

    Academic Experience

    • Alumni rated the following as having the most critical impact on their current overall opinion of UNLV, in addition to value and respect for the degree:

      • Accomplishments of faculty

      • Accomplishments of alumni

      • Accomplishments of students

      • Success of athletic teams was rated as having the least impact.


    Experience with advising

    Experience with Advising

    • Ratings of the quality of academic advising and academic support were two of top four predictors of how students rated their overall experience [NSSE]

    • Academic advising was most related to alumni’s overall opinion of the university in comparison to other services (career, tutorial & remedial, financial aid, library, campus activities, leadership opportunities) [Alumni Survey]


    Experience with advising1

    Experience with Advising

    • 65% of freshman and 57%of seniors reported UNLV provides “quite a bit” or “very much” of the support you need to succeed academically.

    • 73% of freshman and 62% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising as good or excellent

      • Amount & type of contact with advisor affected satisfaction ratings.

    National Survey of Student Engagement


    Experience with advising2

    Experience with Advising

    • Students rated Academic Advising as 6.26 in importance and 4.81 in satisfaction [7 point scale]

      • My academic advisor is knowledgeable about requirements in my major ~ 72%

      • My academic advisor is approachable ~ 70%

      • My academic advisor is concerned about my success as an individual ~ 65%

      • My academic advisor helps me set goals to work toward ~ 64%

    • Out of 12 scales in the SSI, Academic Advising rating improved the most between 2005 and 2008.

    Student Satisfaction Inventory


    Experience with advising3

    Experience with Advising

    • Graduating Seniors rated academic advising by faculty and by advising centers very similarly

      • Faculty: 86% satisfied, Advising centers: 87% satisfied

    • Alumni gave lower ratings

      • 61% satisfied


    Experience with advising4

    Experience with Advising

    • Student Satisfaction with Academic Advising:

      • Average satisfaction rating = 4.43 (on 6-point scale).

      • Students rated an overall preference for individual advising sessions of 4.88 (on 6-point scale).

      • 72% of UNLV students prefer to see the same Academic Advisor

    • Characteristics of Good Academic Advisors:

      • Communication

      • Professionalism

      • Personal Connection

      • Availability

      • Accurate Information

    Advising Survey (2007)


    Experience with advising5

    Experience with Advising

    • Course Availability and it’s Impact on Advising:

      • Difficulty with full classes

      • Difficulty with days and time of classes

      • Difficulty with availability of required courses

      • Difficulty with number of course selections

    • Graduating seniors were least satisfied with availability of courses than any of the 17 services & experiences they rated.

    Advising Survey (2007)


    Sense of community campus life

    Sense of Community / Campus Life

    • Quality of Relationships with other Students

      • ~ 67% of freshman and seniors rated other students as friendly, supportive

        • How students rated quality of relationships with other students was one of other top four predictors of how they rated overall experience

    • Activities linked with positive student relationships:

      • Involvement in student organizations [40% of students]

      • Community service [45% of students]

      • Study groups [70% of students]

      • Group project assignments [85% of students]

    National Survey on Student Engagement


    Sense of community campus life1

    Sense of Community / Campus Life

    • Students rated Student Centeredness a 5.86 in importance and 4.66 in satisfaction [7 point scale]

      • Enjoyable experience to be a student ~ 69%

      • Students are made to feel welcome ~ 69%

      • Most students feel a sense of belonging ~ 65%

      • I feel a sense of pride about my campus ~ 68%

      • Intercollegiate athletics contributes to strong sense of school spirit ~ 63%

    Student Satisfaction Inventory


    Sense of community campus life2

    Sense of Community / Campus Life

    • According to the Advising Survey, the level of student connectedness to campus community most attributed to a student’s best UNLV experience.

      • 32% of UNLV students described student activities, student organizations, and the campus community as the reason for their best UNLV experience.

    Advising Survey (2007)


    Conclusion

    Conclusion

    • The academic experience is what matters most.

      • Relationships with faculty in & outside the classroom

      • Students consider academic advising and academic support to be key to their overall experience

    • Encouraging students to be a part of the campus community enhances their experience.

      • Academic and social student organizations

      • Group projects, study groups, service projects


    Questions

    Questions?

    • Thanks for attending!

    • Future inquiries can be directed as follows:

      • NSSE & SSI: Sunny Gittens

      • Advising Survey: Peter Kim

      • Alumni Survey: Angelina Hill

      • Graduating Senior Exit Survey:

        Bea Babbitt, Lindsay Couzens


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