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A national survey of college students found that
William Woods University students are far more
likely to attend cultural events than students at
other schools—something administrators attribute
to WWU’s innovative LEAD (Leading, Educating,
Achieving and Developing) program, now celebrating
its 10th anniversary.
Each year the National Survey of Student Engagement
(NSSE) asks students at hundreds of colleges and
universities, including William Woods University,
to reflect on the time they devote to various learning
activities. The topics explored are linked to previous
research on student success in college.
When asked, “How often have you attended an art
exhibit, play, dance, music, theater or other
performance?” 86 percent of WWU first-year students
reported “often” or “very often.” That’s compared to
30 percent of all first-year respondents to the NSSE
survey. Of WWU seniors, 61 percent said “often” or
“very often,” compared to 24 percent of all senior
respondents to the NSSE survey.
In addition, 79 percent of WWU first-year students
and 77 percent of seniors report participating in
co-curricular activities, compared to 59 and 53
percent respectively on the NSSE
The report from the National
Survey of Student Engagement
(NSSE), “Major Differences:
Examining Student Engagement
by Field of Study—Annual Results
2010,” details results from a 2010
survey of 362,000 first-year
students and seniors
attending 564 U.S. colleges
and universities.
NSSE’s annual survey results
provide diagnostic, comparative
WilliamWoods University
Volume 1, Issue 3
November 15, 2010
Survey Shows WWU
Students Engaged
in Campus Life
information about effective educational practices at
participating colleges and universities. The results
can be used to inform improvement efforts.
“Since WWU began administering the survey in 2004,
it has improved in several of the five categories,” Dr.
Katricia G. Pierson, associate dean of academic
assessment, said. “Faculty review the results each
fall and then, either through committees or through
individual endeavors, develop ways to improve and
strengthen student engagement. I believe faculty
commitment is reflected in the improved scores.”
Included among those surveyed this year were 181
randomly selected William Woods students, who
answered questions on fve major topics, all of which
improved from 2004:
1. Academic challenge,
up from 52 to 53.7
2. Active and
learning, up from
48.2 to 59.6 percent
3. Student-faculty
interaction, up from
45 to 53.2 percent
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Heather Cieszynski, Jennie McFadden, Alicia Claxton, Tessa Harmon and
Amanda Almich model their completed kimonos.
Senior Jennie McFadden models a kimono for other students
during a LEAD event presented by Bonita Harmon (right).