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Hartwick College Shares NSSE Student Survey Results

January 10, 2014

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) has recently shared the results of its latest survey. These findings, titled A Fresh Look at Student Engagement, enlisted the opinions of nearly 335,000 first-year and senior students attending 568 U.S. bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities during the spring season of 2013, including students at Hartwick College.

Findings in the survey provide a view of student engagement in effective educational practices. Hartwick students, in particular, gave high marks to their experiences with student-faculty interaction and enriching educational experiences. Among many points, the survey revealed that:

  • 67 percent of Hartwick seniors had completed an internship or field experience, compared with only about 48 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed
  • 58 percent of Hartwick seniors had worked with a faculty member on a research project, compared with only about 23 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed
  • 17 percent of Hartwick first-year students held a formal leadership role or planned to in a student organization, compared with only about 12 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed
  • 11 percent of Hartwick first-year students said they had completed or planned a study abroad experience, compared with only 3 percent of first-year students at other universities in the survey

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information from first-year and senior students about the nature and quality of their undergraduate experience. Since its inception, more than 1,500 bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States and Canada have used NSSE to measure the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as persistence, satisfaction, and graduation.

The study provides information to students and parents in the college search process and gives campuses insight into effective teaching and student learning. Full details of the report can be found on the NSSE website at nsse.iub.edu.

For more information on Hartwick's NSSE survey results, please contact Dean of Assessment and Retention Dr. Robert Drake at 607-431-4408 or draker@hartwick.edu

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
E-mail: capullov@hartwick.edu 
Phone: 607-431-4031