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National Survey of Student Engagement - NSSE

Class of 2016 is welcomed to Misericordia University during the convocation ceremony

At Misericordia University, our students discover more than just an outstanding education with truly personalized attention. They discover an opportunity to pursue success in life. They develop the skills to excel at their chosen career and a desire to be leaders and serve the community.

A leading national survey measures this best.

Seniors and freshman students at Misericordia University gave the institution of higher education significantly higher marks in several important categories than other colleges and universities in MU's peer group, according to the 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Students at Misericordia University overwhelmingly reported that the university provides a supportive campus environment and also supports active and collaborative learning. “Students perform better and are more satisfied at colleges that are committed to their success and cultivate positive working and social relations among different groups on campus,’’ the NSSE report states about the importance of a supportive campus environment, and active and collaborative learning.

“Students learn more when they are intensely involved in their education and are asked to think about and apply what they are learning in different settings,’’ the report adds. “Collaborating with others in solving problems or mastering difficult material prepares students to deal with the messy, unscripted problems they will encounter daily and during and after college.’’

The students also rated their educational experience as positive, felt their institution’s intellectual and creative work was academically challenging and felt they completed a significant amount of service to humankind in the greater community, according to the survey.

NSSE is designed to obtain information from colleges and universities nationwide about student participation in programs and activities. More than 285,000 randomly selected first- and fourth-year students from 546 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada participated in 2012. The results help institutions confirm “good practices” in undergraduate education and provide a benchmark by which schools can determine an accurate measure of quality education. Results include comparisons to similar colleges and all schools participating in the survey. This year’s survey included 388 Misericordia students.

“Perhaps the best measure of a university is what its own students say about it,” said Michael A. MacDowell, president of Misericordia University. “This prestigious national survey confirms what students and their parents have told us anecdotally for years, namely that Misericordia provides a caring environment inside and outside the classroom with both challenging academics and solid career preparation.”

In the study, 92 percent of Misericordia University first-year students said the university provided the support they needed to succeed academically compared to 81 percent at all other schools surveyed. Freshman respondents also stated they forged quality relationships with other students (92 percent) and faculty members (95 percent).

Ninety-four percent of MU seniors rated their educational experience as good to excellent. 90 percent of seniors said they would choose Misericordia again if they could start their college career over again. Eighty-six percent of MU seniors reported acquiring job or work-related knowledge and skills at Misericordia, compared to 76 percent nationally.

The supportive environment at Misericordia University extends outside the classroom as well. The university was ranked 12 percentage points higher by freshman, and 10 points higher by seniors in the area of helping students cope with non-academic responsibilities, including family and work issues. As many as 97 percent of seniors gave the highest rating available when asked about the quality of the relationships they have forged with other students, saying they are friendly, supportive and offer a sense of belonging. By the time they were seniors, 36 percent of Misericordia students participated in a community-based project as part of a regular service-learning course, compared to 20 percent nationally.

THE BOTTOM LINE Misericordia University students learn how to succeed. They acquire job related skills in a challenging academic enviroment where close friendships are common. It is a supportive campus environment that provides a first-class education and the tools needed to succeed in your career and in life.

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National Survey of Student Engagement 2012 (NSSE)

To represent the multi-dimensional nature of student engagement, NSSE developed five indicators of effective educational practice. These "benchmarks" are created from clusters of NSSE questions that best represent these practices. The table below summarizes key benchmark results for MU. The "+" symbol indicates that MU's score is statistically higher than the respective comparison group. The "-" symbol indicates a score lower than the comparison group and the blank spaces indicates there are no significant differences.

  Class Misericordia Catholic C&U Cross
APPS
NSSE 2012

Level of Academic Challenge (LAC)
How challenging is your institutions and creative work?

First-Year
Senior
56
61

 
 


+

+

Active and Collaborative Learning (ACL)
Are your students intensely involved in their education?

First-Year
Senior

47
56

 
+

+
+
+

Student-Faculty Interaction (SFI)
Do your students work with faculty members inside and outside the classroom?

First-Year
Senior
36
48

 


+


+

Enriching Educational Experiences (EEE)
Do your students take advantage of complementary learning opportunities?

First-Year
Senior
25
38
 -
 -
 -
 -
 -
 

Supportive Campus Environment (SCE)
Do your students feel the college is committed to their success?

First-Year
Senior
71
68

+
+

+
+

+
+