Enriching Educational Experiences Benchmark 2011

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Complementary learning opportunities enhance 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.

(Graph shows benchmark scores.)

NSSE Questions Used to Calculate the Benchmark Score:

  • Participating in co-curricular activities (organizations, campus publications, student government, social fraternity or sorority, etc.)
  • Practicum, internship, field experience, co-op experience, or clinical assignment
  • Community service or volunteer work
  • Foreign language coursework / Study abroad
  • Independent study or self-designed major
  • Culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, comprehensive exam, etc.)
  • Serious conversations with students of different religious beliefs, political opinions, or personal values
  • Serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity than your own
  • Using electronic medium (e.g., listserv, chat group, Internet, instant messaging, etc.) 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