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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 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) which measures collegiate quality. Each year, the survey invites first-year and senior students to complete a series of questions to determine the quality of undergraduate experience as well as their level of student engagement within academic and campus life.

Queens performed better than the national average in each of the survey's four thematic categories:

  • Academic Challenge
  • Learning with Peers
  • Experiences with Faculty
  • Campus Environment

Most notably, the university performed in the top 10 percent nationally for two categories, academic challenge and learning with peers. Queens' scores were particularly strong in two areas of academic challenge: high-order learning and reflective and integrative learning. Queens first-year students' exposure to community-based projects scored 30 points higher compared to the average for southeast private institutions, and the institution offers 15% more courses with a service learning component. Similarly, Queens scored 30 points higher as seniors acknowledged their participation in the following areas: study abroad programs, internships and a culminating student experience. Queens seniors also reported conducting 20% more research projects with Queens faculty members compared to other southeast private schools. Overall, seniors scored Queens significantly higher than Carnegie Class and NSSE 2013 and 2014 competitors in 9 out of the 10 student engagement indicators.

"Decades of research tell us that student engagement is one of the most meaningful indicators of student success in the college years and beyond, which means the National Survey of Student Engagement represents a critical scorecard for measurement," said Dr. Pamela Davies, president of Queens University of Charlotte. "At Queens 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."

At Queens:

  • 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 recognized members of our faculty as North Carolina Professor of the Year five times over the past 19 years.
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