ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University freshmen and seniors who participated in a recent national survey reported more active learning, enriching educational experiences and more faculty interaction than many of their counterparts at other institutions around the country.
Nearly 600 first-year students and seniors from Winthrop completed the survey in spring 2006.
Winthrop’s results in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) exceeded those of its peers at other master’s granting universities in many of the five benchmark categories, according to Daniel Weinstein, executive director of Winthrop's Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
"NSSE has been an important tool for the university especially insofar as the national comparisons we can make between Winthrop and other similar institutions around the country. Winthrop faculty and staff take these results seriously and incorporate these findings into programmatic and service improvements," Weinstein said.
The five benchmarks are: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interactions, enriching educational experiences and a supportive campus environment. Instead of rating colleges on the basis of their institutional resources and public reputation, like some college guidebooks, the NSSE results provide information to students and parents regarding effective teaching and student learning.
Winthrop’s students were among 260,000 freshmen and seniors at 523 four-year colleges and universities to complete the survey.
Some of the highlights of Winthrop’s results include:
The National Survey of Student Engagement is supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts and cosponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and The Pew Forum for Undergraduate Learning. Winthrop has participated every year since 2001.
For more information, contact Weinstein at 803/323-2169.
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