Students give Bryan top ratings on national survey

June 3, 2014

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 14th year Bryan students have participated in the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory completed by 305,000 students from 468 private colleges and universities.

“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 for Enrollment Management Michael Sapienza.

“The survey asks students to respond to 98 questions that allow them to indicate their level of satisfaction with items related to the quality of their experience with various programs and services that Bryan College offers,” said Matthew Johnson, director of institutional effectiveness. “Of the 98 questions, 10 relate directly to the mission and educational goals of Bryan College.”

Responses from Bryan students, grouped into the 12 broad categories addressed by the survey, are reported below. With the Bryan students’ responses are responses from students at other institutions, using a 7-point Likert scale:

12 Scales – Student Satisfaction Inventory Bryan
4-Yr Privates Mean
Student Centeredness 5.87 5.37 +0.50
Campus Life 5.58 4.92 +0.66
Instructional Effectiveness 5.89 5.44 +0.45
Recruitment and Financial Aid 5.69 5.06 +0.63
Campus Support Services 5.93 5.40 +0.53
Academic Advising 6.02 5.45 +0.57
Registration Effectiveness 5.71 5.13 +0.58
Safety and Security 5.14 4.93 +0.21
Concern for the Individual 5.97 5.26 +0.71
Service Excellence 5.68 5.16 +0.52
Responsiveness to Diverse Populations 5.66 5.21 +0.45
Campus Climate 5.73 5.29 +0.4

Overall, when Bryan students responded to the question “If you had to do it over, would you enroll here again?” Bryan’s score was 6.01 compared with 5.22 for other institutions.

“One of the reasons we administer the Noel-Levitz survey is to find an objective measure of what students think about their Bryan experience,” Mr. Sapienza said. “We want students to have a positive experience, so the survey results help us know where to focus our attention to continue to achieve that goal.”
Bryan Students’ Top 20 Individual Items

Item Bryan
My academic advisor is approachable. 6.34
Nearly all of the faculty are knowledgeable in their field. 6.32
On the whole, the campus is wall-maintained. 6.24
My academic advisor is knowledgeable about requirements in my major. 6.22
I am able to experience intellectual growth here. 6.18
There is a commitment to academic excellence on the campus. 6.18
My development of a Christian worldview has been enhanced at Bryan.* 6.10
The instruction in my major field is excellent. 6.09
This institution shows concern for students as individuals. 6.09
Students are made to feel welcome on this campus 6.08
The campus staff are caring and helpful. 6.08
It is an enjoyable experience to be a student on this campus. 6.06
The quality of instruction I receive in most of my classes is excellent. 6.06
Tutoring services are readily available 6.06
Library staff are helpful and approachable. 6.06
My academic advisor is concerned about my success as an individual. 6.05
Computer labs are adequate and accessible 6.05
Residence hall staff are concerned about me as an individual 6.03
Bryan has assisted me in creating a desire to make a difference in today’s world. 6.02
Males and females have equal opportunities to participate in intercollegiate athletics. 6.01