AHU earns significantly high rates of satisfaction on student engagement survey

News Lisa M Esser

AdventHealth University (AHU) scored significantly higher than comparable institutions in several areas of undergraduate student engagement and satisfaction, according to the 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

“There is a distinct and unique value for attending AdventHealth University. The NSSE results indicate that students have many positive experiences and a high quality of education in their academic programs,” said Sandra Dunbar-Smalley, DPA, AHU’s provost.

According to their website, the NSSE’s student survey “annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about first- and senior students’ participating in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development.” Nearly 300,000 students from 531 institutions were surveyed in 2019.

The survey identifies 10 engagement indicators:

  • Higher-Order Learning
  • Reflective and Integrative Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Discussions with Diverse Others
  • Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Effective Teaching Practices
  • Quality of Interactions
  • Supportive Environment

NSSE sends the results to participating institutions to compare their students’ responses. Some of the most significant results from the NSSE, include:

  • A total of 94% of first-year AHU students rated their educational experience as “excellent” or “good” compared to the average 84% score of all NSSE-surveyed institutions.
  • Among senior students surveyed, AHU scores were comparable to the top 10% of all participating institutions in 7 out of 10 key engagement indicators, including learning strategies, diverse discussion, and effective teaching practices.
  • Scores in areas such as student-faculty interaction, academic rigor, collaborative learning, and campus environment were significantly higher than the average for all NSSE-surveyed institutions.

“The NSSE is a widely used national survey that provides valuable information to AHU regarding student engagement. AHU administers this survey every two years and uses the results to improve our institution,” said Joseph Hawkins, director of institutional effectiveness at AHU.

AHU analyzes these results each year to determine where it has been successful as well as to implement changes for areas that need attention. The 2019 report shows many improvements from the 2017 survey; scores improved in 9 of the 10 engagement areas for both first-year and senior students.

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