ACT opinion survey of students gives Southeastern high ranking
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Students at Southeastern Louisiana University have a high general level of satisfaction with the university, its services and programs, according to the results of an annual opinion survey just released.
In this year’s American College Testing (ACT) Student Opinion Survey, Southeastern received a mean rating of 4.09 on a 5-point scale by its students when asked to evaluate the institution in general. The score exceeds the national average of 3.93 and a University of Louisiana System average of 3.92.
That specific category asked students questions designed to evaluate the institution on opportunities for personal involvement in campus activities, campus media such as the student newspaper, radio and TV stations, racial harmony, student government, attitudes of non-teaching staff toward students, and the university’s “general concern for you as an individual.”
“We’re pleased that our ranking in this category has consistently been high over the last several years,” said President John L. Crain. “Southeastern places significant importance on making the university an attractive environment for students to learn and participate in extra-curricular activities as part of the university experience.”
The ACT Student Opinion Survey is offered to colleges and universities as a means to objectively gauge the perceptions students have of a higher education institution’s general environment, programs, services, facilities, rules and policies.
“The survey is confidential, so students generally are not hesitant to state their opinions,” Crain said. “It allows us to see our institution from the student’s perspective, so we place considerable weight on their comments and suggestions.”
According to the survey, academic advising services, the availability of an advisor and the value of information provided were at or above the national and UL System means for satisfaction by Southeastern students.
Other areas receiving high marks were library facilities and services, recreational and intramural programs, and services involving veterans, personal counseling, career planning and job placement, social activities and cultural programs.
Regarding the overall college environment, areas rated at or above the national and UL System means included class size relative to the type of course, the attitude of faculty toward students, instruction in the student’s major field and out-of-class availability of instructors.
The survey was conducted in the spring semester. Approximately 1,300 students – almost 10 percent of the semester’s enrollment – took part in the survey.