Students give Bryan top ratings on national survey
December 14, 2009

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Bryan College students are more satisfied with their college experience than are their counterparts at other four-year private schools, a national survey again has found.

For the 12th year Bryan has participated in the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory of students at private institutions. This year, 253,294 students at 368 schools responded.

“Since the first year Bryan participated in this survey, findings have been unmistakably clear that our students’ rankings have exceeded on average the way that students in other CCCU and four-year private colleges rank their institutions.“ Dr. Ken Froemke, Bryan's accreditation liaison said.

Michael Sapienza, vice president for enrollment management, explained that the survey's 89 questions are grouped into 12 areas (listed in the following table) and are based on a seven-point scale, with seven representing the most satisfied attitude. "While many schools consider exceeding national averages on one or two scales a great success, Bryan students have once again rated their satisfaction higher than peers at other private colleges in each of the 12 scales.”

12 Scales
(ranked highest to lowest by Bryan students)

Bryan

4-Yr Privates

Mean Difference

Concern for Individual

6.17

5.20

+.97

Student Centeredness

6.13

5.32

+.81

Academic Advising

6.05

5.36

+.69

Campus Climate

6.04

5.23

+.81

Instructional Effectiveness

6.01

5.38

+.63

Campus Support Services

6.01

5.33

+.68

Responsiveness to Diverse Populations

5.88

5.13

+.75

Recruitment/Financial Aid

5.87

5.00

+.87

Service Excellence

5.86

5.10

+.76

Registration Effectiveness

5.84

5.07

+.77

Campus Life

5.70

4.83

+.87

Safety and Security

5.17

4.86

+.31


Overall, when Bryan students responded to the question “if you had to do it over, would you enroll here again?” Bryan’s score was 6.29 compared with 5.21 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

On the whole, the campus is well-maintained.

6.46

I am able to experience intellectual growth here.

6.40

This institution shows concern for students as individuals.

6.37

My development of a Christian worldview has been enhanced at Bryan.*

6.37

Nearly all of the faculty are knowledgeable in their field.

6.36

Faculty care about me as an individual.

6.34

This institution has a good reputation within the community.

6.33

Students are made to feel welcome on this campus.

6.32

The campus staff are caring and helpful.

6.30

It is an enjoyable experience to be a student on this campus.

6.29

My academic advisor is knowledgeable about requirements in my major.

6.29

My academic advisor is approachable.

6.28

Bryan has assisted me in integrating my faith with the content I learn in the classroom.*

6.28

There is a commitment to academic excellence on this campus.

6.26

Faculty are usually available after class and during office hours.

6.26

Library staff are helpful and approachable.

6.24

Residence hall staff are concerned about me as an individual.

6.24

Tutoring services are readily available.

6.21

My academic advisor is concerned about my success as an individual.

6.20

I can easily get involved in campus organizations.

6.18


* Noel-Levitz allows school-specific items to be added to the basic survey.