Saint Mary's freshmen and seniors were polled in spring 2012 on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and the results were extremely positive. Saint Mary’s students scored above comparison colleges on most measures, especially on the level of academic challenge, where our students scored significantly above the average of the top 10% of all 569 schools in the survey.
They also scored higher than several comparison groups on the four measures - active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and, to a lesser extent, supportive campus environment.
A separate comparison of NSSE results from six surveys administered from 2001 through 2012 showed significant improvement, with a more than 20 point gain between the freshman and senior years for the same classes in the “enriching educational experience” category; a 15 point gain in “level of academic challenge,” a 10 point gain in “active and collaborative learning,” and a nearly 9 point gain in “student-faculty interaction.”
Detailed results are available on SMC’s Institutional Research NSSE web page, and more will be added as they become available.