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Eighty-four percent of first-year Northwest students believe the University places substantial emphasis on academics and provides substantial support for their academic  success, according to the results of a national study. The Northwest percentages exceed the national results in both categories as well as a several others.

Eighty-four percent of first-year Northwest students believe the University places substantial emphasis on academics and provides substantial support for their academic success, according to the results of a national study. The Northwest percentages exceed the national results in both categories as well as a several others. (Photos by Darren Whiitley/University Relations)

Jan. 31, 2013

Students give Northwest high marks in national engagement survey

Northwest places an emphasis on hands-on learning opportunities on its campus, as well internships and other industry-based experiences that help them be successful in their fields. Those examples are a key to 90 percent of first-year students at Northwest rating their experience as “good” or “excellent” and 87 percent of seniors saying they would choose Northwest again if they could start over their college career.

Northwest places an emphasis on hands-on learning opportunities on its campus, as well internships and other industry-based experiences that help them be successful in their fields. Those examples are a key to 90 percent of first-year students at Northwest rating their experience as “good” or “excellent” and 87 percent of seniors saying they would choose Northwest again if they could start over their college career.

Ninety percent of first-year students at Northwest Missouri State University rate their experience as “good” or “excellent” and 87 percent of seniors said they would choose Northwest again if they could start over their college career.

The figures, which are among the findings in the 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), represent a continuation of what Northwest students have been saying for several years. Northwest consistently outperforms its peers and national groups in student satisfaction.

Comparing Northwest students’ satisfaction to the NSSE overall findings, 88 percent of first-year students surveyed nationwide rated their college experience as “good” or “excellent,” and 82 percent of seniors surveyed nationwide said they would select the same institution again.

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said the report provides a snapshot of the comprehensive educational experience the University offers its students while highlighting its focus on student success.

“Research shows engagement leads to enhanced chances for success, and our faculty and staff embrace that, along with our mission of focusing on student success – every student every day,” Jasinski said. “Northwest students are presented with numerous opportunities to build their resumes on our campus, through hands-on learning opportunities, as well as off-campus industry-based experiences such as direct work experiences, internships and networking events. All of these types of opportunities are keys to our high student satisfaction marks and the reason 95 percent of our graduates are finding work with six months of leaving Northwest.” 

A total of 817 Northwest students responded to the survey, giving the University high marks in a number of categories. Northwest also scored higher than national averages in the following areas:  

  • 89 percent of seniors discuss career plans with faculty, compared to 82 percent nationally
  • 84 percent of first-year students believe Northwest places substantial emphasis on academics, compared to 83 percent nationally
  • 84 percent of first-year students say Northwest provides substantial support for their academic  success, compared to 79 percent nationally
  • 81 percent of first-year students report their peers are friendly, supportive and give them a sense of belonging, compared to 79 percent nationally
  • 63 percent of students, by the time they are seniors, participate in community service or volunteer work, compared to 59 percent nationally

NSSE is an annual survey of students at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. The survey results aim to provide prospective students with insights into how they might learn and develop at a particular college or university.

The latest report, “Promoting Student Learning and Institutional Improvement: Lessons from NSSE at 13 – Annual Results 2012,” details information from a 2012 survey of 285,000 first-year students and seniors attending 546 U.S. colleges and universities.

For more information, including full survey results, visit http://nsse.iub.edu/.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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