NSSE 2011 results
First-year and senior students say they are having such enriching experiences at Queens University of Charlotte that nearly all of them would choose the university again if they had to start the college selection process over.
This and other findings come from the 2011 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 their undergraduate experience as well as their level of engagement with academic and campus life. For the 2011 survey more than 416,000 students from 673 colleges and universities were surveyed.
Queens performed better than the national average in each of the survey's five benchmark categories and in the top 10 percent nationally in all five:
- Academic Challenge
- Active Learning
- Student-Faculty Interaction
- Supportive Campus Environment
- Enriching Educational Experiences
"Decades of research shows that student engagement is one of the most important indicators of student success during the college years and beyond, which means that the National Survey of Student Engagement is one of the more important and strategic scorecards we have at our disposal," said Dr. Pamela Davies, president of Queens University of Charlotte. "Because our mission at Queens is to provide transformational experiences, we spend a lot of time and energy to make sure our students have meaningful opportunities for engagement, both in and out of the classroom. The feedback of our own students through the NSSE is critical in terms of helping us understand how well we're hitting the mark."
Queens' scores were particularly strong in the areas of enriching educational experiences and student-faculty interaction. Factors considered in those categories include opportunities to travel and study abroad; the percentage of students who participate in service learning and volunteerism; and the degree to which faculty and students work closely and collaboratively.
- More than 90 percent of all undergraduate students study/travel abroad through the university's renowned John Belk International Program. During the second semester of their junior years, all students study a region of the world-its history, art, culture, economy, politics, and language--and then travel as a group with faculty to that region. Queens students have studied in diverse locations including South Africa, Greece, Vietnam, Spain, Ireland, Micronesia, Tibet and Australia.
- 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. This is reflected in the university's unparalleled number of North Carolina Professors of the Year. With five of these prestigious awards, Queens has more N.C. Professors of the Year on its faculty than any other college or university in the state.