Agnes Scott Students More Academically Engaged than Peers at Other Colleges, Says Survey

Friday, January 21, 2011

Agnes Scott College students responding to The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) report being more engaged in many areas than students at peer colleges nationwide.

The NSSE is an annual survey that provides information on the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are linked to learning, personal growth and other important student outcomes such as persistence in college, satisfaction and graduation. The 2010 survey included responses from 362,000 first-year and senior students attending 564 U.S. colleges and universities.

When compared to responding students at other undergraduate, liberal arts colleges in the U.S. and undergraduate students nationally, a larger percentage of Agnes Scott students say they have had enriching educational experiences.
Some of the most significant findings include:

• 67 percent of Agnes Scott first-year students reported reading more than 10 assigned books or book-length assignments during their first year at the college, compared to 50 percent among liberal arts colleges in Agnes Scott’s peer group and 37 percent nationally.
• 82 percent of Agnes Scott first-year students said that the college substantially encourages contacts among diverse peers, compared to 62 percent of peer institutions and 59 percent nationally.
• 72 percent of first-year students said they had had serious conversations with students of another race or ethnicity, compared to 56 percent at peer institutions and 52 percent nationally.
• 64 percent had participated in community service or volunteer work, compared to 42 percent at peer institutions and 40 percent nationally.
• 86 percent of Agnes Scott seniors said that they’d completed foreign language courses during their time at the college, compared to 59 percent at peer institutions and 41 percent nationally.
• 67 percent of seniors reported completing a culminating senior experience (capstone, thesis, comprehensive exam), compared to 50 percent at peer institutions and 33 percent nationally.

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Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.