NSSE - Enriching Educational Experiences

Complementary learning opportunities in and out of class augment academic programs. Diversity experiences teach students valuable things about themselves and others. Technology facilitates collaboration between peers and instructors. Internships, community service, and senior capstone courses provide opportunities to integrate and apply knowledge. 

 

UW-L

UW-System

Carnegie Peers

 

Meana

Mean

Effect Sizeb

Mean

Effect Size

Freshmen

24.8

22.9***

.16

26.4***

-.12

Seniors

41.3

39.0***

.14

37.7***

.20

a Scores are averages based on a 100 point scale on which higher scores indicate higher levels of endorsement.  * = p < .05, ** = p < .01, *** = p < .001

b Effect size indicates “practical significance” of the mean difference.  In practice, an effect size of .2 is considered small, .5 moderate, and .8 large.  Effect sizes below .2 generally do not suggest means are practically significant.

Enriching Educational Experiences

Data based on 2008 NSSE. UW-L First-Year n = 882, Senior n = 983.

 

Enriching Educational Experiences Items

  • Participating in co-curricular activities (organizations, publications, student government, sports, etc.)
  • Practicum, internship, field experience, co-op experience, or clinical assignment
  • Community service or volunteer work
  • Foreign language coursework and study abroad
  • Independent study or self-designed major
  • Culminating senior experience (comprehensive exam, capstone course, thesis, project, etc.)
  • Serious conversations with students of different religious beliefs, political opinions, or personal values
  • Serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity
  • Using electronic technology to discuss or complete an assignment
  • Campus environment encouraging contact among students from different economic, social, and racial or ethnic backgrounds
  • Participate in a learning community or some other formal program where groups of students take two or more classes together