Each year, Judson College administers
the National Survey of Student Engagement to evaluate the education experience
of freshman and senior students. NSSE includes five benchmarks of effective
educational practice: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative
learning, student-faculty interactions, enriching educational experiences and
supportive campus environment.
According to Judson Senior
Vice-President Dr. Mark Tew, Judson was among the first colleges to participate
in this survey. He feels it is helpful in giving faculty a level of feedback
based upon quantifiable data, not simply student opinion. Additionally it
allows faculty to compare responses with other universities across the nation.
Generally speaking, Judson College compares very favorably in all
categories, but especially with regard to active and collaborative learning and
student-faculty interaction, said Tew.
Active learning means students are
involved with their education and are asked to reflect on what they're learning
in various settings. Collaborative learning means students work together in
mastering challenging material and solving problems. For first-year Judson
students, the benchmark score for active and collaborative learning is 48.4
percent, while the national average is 41.8 percent. The active and
collaborative learning for Judson seniors is 51.5 percent, the national average
being 50.1 percent. Judson students also scored well in the student-faculty
interaction section, traceable to the college's current 1:12 faculty/student
ratio. Judson's freshmen score for student-faculty interaction is 49.4 percent,
while the national average is 37.2 percent. Senior students scored 51.7 percent
with the national average at 44.2 percent.
At Judson, we want our
students educational experience to progress with excitement to its
culmination, said Tew.