Queens Ranks Among Top Schools in National Survey of Student Engagement
First-year and senior students say they are having such enriching experiences at Queens University of Charlotte that most would choose the university again if they had to start the college selection process over.
This and other findings come from the 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Each year, the survey asks randomly selected first-year and senior students a series of questions to determine the quality of undergraduate experience as well as their level of engagement with academic and campus life.
Queens performed better than the national average in each of the survey's five benchmark categories:
- Academic Challenge
- Active and Collaborative Learning
- Student-Faculty Interaction
- Supportive Campus Environment
- Enriching Educational Experiences
Queens' scores were particularly strong in the areas of academic challenge and active learning. The university performed in the top 10 percent nationally for these two categories.
"Decades of research demonstrates that student engagement is a meaningful indicator of successful classroom instruction during the college years and beyond, which means that the National Survey of Student Engagement represents a strategic scorecard for measurement," said Dr. Pamela Davies, president of Queens University of Charlotte. "As reflected in our mission at Queens, we seek to provide transformative educational experiences to prepare individuals for purposeful and fulfilling lives. We strive to ensure our students have rewarding opportunities both in and outside of the classroom, and we use the feedback from our students through NSSE as a baseline of understanding how well we are achieving our goals."
- The university's renowned John Belk International Program offers students the chance to broaden their global perspective, experience another culture and discover another part of the world. Language immersion, international internships and study abroad opportunities are offered all over the world. Recent study tour destinations include Australia, China and Tibet, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany and Great Britain.
- More than 90 percent of all students actively participate in service learning experiences that range from local volunteer opportunities to Queens' annual service and mission trip to Guatemala.
- All undergraduate students complete at least one professional internship and also participate in a required "World of Work" course, which prepares students for a smooth transition from college to the workforce.
- A focus on small class size and a long-standing commitment to excellence in classroom teaching means instructors spend more time and energy engaging and challenging students on an individual level. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has awarded the university with five North Carolina Professors of the Year over the past 18 years.