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Survey asks students about UCA

Posted: November 21, 2012 - 4:56pm
Students at the University of Central Arkansas sit on benches at the new amphitheater and chat on a warm October day. A survey shows most UCA students are satisfied with their educational experience at the university. SCARLET SIMS PHOTO
Students at the University of Central Arkansas sit on benches at the new amphitheater and chat on a warm October day. A survey shows most UCA students are satisfied with their educational experience at the university. SCARLET SIMS PHOTO

A survey of students at the University of Central Arkansas shines a light on what kind of education students feel they are getting from the public institution.

The 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) student experience survey asked 570 UCA students about academic challenges, learning, student-faculty interaction, educational experiences and campus environment, spokesman Jeff Pitchford said in email Wednesday.

NSSE is an auxiliary unit within the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) in the Indiana University School of Education, according to its website.

NSSE releases an annual report on four-year colleges and universities. Students nationwide are surveyed on student participation in programs, activities the schools provide and personal development, according to the group’s website.

“The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college,” according to the website.

About 584 colleges and universities are participating in NSSE 2012 with about 328,860 students completing the survey, according to the website.

Most UCA students, or 93 percent, who participated in the UCA survey rated their university experience as "good" or "excellent." About 88 percent of seniors said they’d choose UCA again if they could start their college experience over.

Other findings are that 27 percent of UCA students read more than 10 assigned books or packs of course readings during the school year, according to the survey.

Results from the survey can help prospective students choose a university and succeed, according to a summary of the report by NSSE.

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