Ambrose University College places well in NSSE
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
In the February 20 issue of MacLean’s magazine, Ambrose University College appeared in the 2011 results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
A survey of both freshmen and seniors from a variety of academic institutions, the NSSE evaluates “five Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice: level of academic challenge, student–faculty interaction, active and collaborative learning, enriching educational experience and supportive campus environment” according to MacLean’s.
Vice President of Student Life Wally Rude is pleased with Ambrose’s placing.
"Ambrose did very well in the rankings," he said. "Ambrose was above the NSSE 2011 average for all four questions reported. In addition, Ambrose ranked very high compared to other institutions from across Canada."
Among first–year students who were asked how they would evaluate their entire educational experience at their learning institution, Ambrose ranked eighth of 62 institutions. Ambrose ranked ninth of 62 institutions when first–year students were asked if they would attend the same institution in which they are currently enrolled.
Rude adds that Ambrose students also gave very high marks for having a supportive campus environment.
"The results confirm that we are doing very well in creating an educational environment that is student–focused," he said. "We are surprised at just how well we are doing in comparison to some well–established and well–respected institutions, such as the [University of Calgary] and [University of Alberta]."
Along with the high rankings from Ambrose students, administrators hope to continue to raise scores in all areas, especially in areas or student populations that ranked moderately. Senior–year students’ response to the question “How would you evaluate your entire educational experience at this institution?” ranked Ambrose 22nd out of 63 institutions. Senior–year students’ response when asked, “If you could start over again, would you go to the same institution you are now attending?” placed Ambrose 20th out of 63 institutions.
Rude finds these results constructive.
"Rankings like this help Ambrose as a learning community in a number of ways," he said. "They allow Ambrose to evaluate how well we are doing in comparison to other faith–based and larger research institutions. They also give us direction in developing and implementing plans that will improve the educational learning environment and experience for students."
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