Students rate Louisiana Tech educational experience 'good or excellent' in NSSE survey

Nov 16, 2010 | General News

Nine out of ten first-year and senior students at Louisiana Tech University said they would rate their entire educational experience at the University as “good or excellent,” according to a 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) report released by the University of Louisiana System.
Ninety percent also said that, if given the chance to start over in selecting a college or university to attend, they would choose Louisiana Tech again.
“It has often been said that Louisiana Tech has a private school feel at a public school price,” said Pamela Ford, dean of enrollment management and marketing and public relations at Louisiana Tech.  “What students have told me this means to them is that individual classes and the university as a whole are just the right size for getting to know their professors well and for getting involved on campus.” 
“Given that faculty also hold students to a high academic standard translates to a good economic value for the educational dollar.”
The objective of the survey is to gauge student opinions and perspectives on all facets of academic and student life for the institution’s undergraduates.  Louisiana Tech plans to use this data to improve the overall educational experience for its students, supplement state accountability and accreditation efforts, and support the mission and vision of its Tech 2020 strategic plan.
In addition to the aforementioned responses, 89 percent of first-year students and 78 percent of seniors said the quality of academic advising at Tech was “good or excellent.”  Eighty percent of first-year students and 83 percent of seniors responded “favorable” when asked about the quality of their relationship with faculty.
“The responses we’ve received from our students confirm that the University’s faculty and administration are meeting and exceeding expectations through their commitment to academic quality and student success,” says Dr. Kenneth Rea, Louisiana Tech’s vice president for academic affairs.   “The survey results show that our students recognize the value of their overall educational experience at Louisiana Tech.”
The NSSE survey was administered online to Louisiana Tech students during the 2010 spring quarter.  Students classified as freshman and seniors were sent a series of invitation emails soliciting voluntary participation.  Both populations received and responded to the same set of questions.
NSSE annually collects information from hundreds of four-year colleges and universities around the nation about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.