Students rank Bryan high on Noel-Levitz survey
January 10, 2014

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Results from a national survey indicate Bryan students are more satisfied with their college experience than are their counterparts at other four-year private schools.  For the 16th year Bryan students have participated in the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory completed by 249,985 students from private institutions across the country. 
 
"While many schools consider exceeding national averages on some of the scales as a great success, Bryan students have once again rated their satisfaction higher than peers at other private colleges on all 12 scales,” stated Vice President of Enrollment Management Michael Sapienza.
 
Dr. Matt Johnson, director of institutional effectiveness and planning, said information gathered from this survey helps the college administration categorize institutional strengths and weaknesses: “It identifies what academic and support services the student body thinks are most important, and allows students to rate their satisfaction with these services.  These responses give us a good sense of how students perceive various programs and services across the campus.  Having this information allows us to evaluate what we are doing and make changes that can lead toward improved services for students.”

Individual questions in the survey were ranked on a seven-point scale, with “7” indicating the highest satisfaction.  Responses from Bryan students, grouped into the 12 broad categories addressed by the survey, are reported below, along with Bryan’s top 20 ratings. 
 

12 Scales - Student Satisfaction Inventory

Bryan 
College

4-Yr
Privates

Mean
Difference

Instructional Effectiveness 5.90 5.51 +0.39
Academic Advising 6.19 5.52 +0.67
Student Centeredness 5.83 5.43 +0.40
Concern for the Individual 6.09 5.34 +0.75
Campus Climate 5.76 5.35 +0.41
Recruitment and Financial Aid 5.67 5.13 +0.54
Safety and Security 5.25 5.04 +0.21
Registration Effectiveness 5.60 5.19 +0.41
Service Excellence 5.68 5.24 +0.44
Campus Support Services 5.83 5.48 +0.35
Campus Life 5.54 5.01 +0.53
Responsiveness to Diverse Populations 5.63 5.29 +0.34


Overall, when Bryan students responded to the question "If you had to do it over, would you enroll here again?” Bryan’s score was 5.83 compared with 5.21 for other institutions.

Bryan Students' Top 20 Individual Items

Item
Bryan
College
My academic advisor is approachable. 6.55
My academic advisor is knowledgeable about requirements in my major. 6.40
My academic advisor is concerned about my success as an individual. 6.37
Nearly all of the faculty are knowledgeable in their field. 6.35
On the whole, the campus is well-maintained. 6.34
Library staff are helpful and approachable. 6.22
Residence hall staff are concerned about me as an individual. 6.21
I am able to experience intellectual growth here. 6.20
The campus is safe and secure for all students. 6.20
Faculty care about me as an individual. 6.14
My development of a Christian worldview has been enhanced at Bryan.* 6.14
Bryan has assisted me in integrating my faith with the content I learn in the classroom.* 6.14
The quality of instruction I receive in most of my classes is excellent. 6.13
The campus staff are caring and helpful. 6.12
The instruction in my major field is excellent. 6.12
Males and females have equal opportunities to participate in intercollegiate athletics. 6.10
This institution shows concern for students as individuals. 6.08
This institution has a good reputation within the community. 6.05
Counseling staff care about students as individuals. 6.03
Tutoring services are readily available. 6.02
   
*Noel-Levitz allows school-specific items to be added to the basic survey.