Mercer continues to score significantly higher than its peers on a major survey of student engagement and learning. The National Survey of Student Engagement results for the University showed Mercer had achieved above its peers in all five benchmark areas of the study.
The survey also confirmed the University’s outstanding performance in overall learning. The first-year and senior-year satisfaction rates of Mercer students were higher than those of Mercer’s peer institutions in rating the entire educational experience. Among undergraduate students at the regional academic centers and on the Macon campus, more than 90 percent of students stated they found their experience to be “good or excellent.”
“The results of this year’s survey were very encouraging,” said Dr. Barry Jenkins, vice provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Mercer. “The results tell us that we are engaging our students at a very high level and that we are providing a high-quality educational experience. The results also show that our adult students in our centers are engaged as well, and I think that is very laudable.”
Mercer students also rated faculty highly for availability and helpfulness, compared with Mercer’s educational peers in the Carnegie Master’s classification. Additionally, Mercer students reported that they planned to participate or had participated in a culminating senior experience at a higher rate than students at other peer institutions. And in a reflection of University’s long history of service, 85 percent of Mercer students said they had participated in a community service or volunteer work as a student, in comparison to 75 percent of students reporting volunteer work at peer institutions.
Mercer scored significantly higher in four of the five benchmarks of the study including: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment. Mercer was slightly above its peer group in the category of student-faculty interaction.
The NSSE is administered each spring to first-year and senior-year undergraduate students at participating schools. Mercer opts to have its students sampled each year from its Macon campus as well as the University’s four regional academic centers. The survey assesses student involvement in the educational opportunities provided by colleges and universities nationwide. In this year’s survey, approximately 323,000 first-year students and seniors on 610 college campuses nationwide participated in the survey, according to NSSE.
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