Coker Excels in All Five NSSE Benchmarks


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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Nov. 17, 2011 –  The Coker College experience meets or significantly exceeds the performance of all three institutional comparison groups in all five benchmarks of effective educational practice according to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement.

“The 2011 NSSE data tangibly confirm what we intuitively know, which is the critically important role that close faculty-student interactions play in the best educational experiences,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt.

“It’s not a coincidence, for example, given Coker’s enviable 10:1 student/faculty ratio, that our students would report that they are challenged and engaged beyond their expectations.  The NSSE data may not come as a surprise, but the report is one that any college president would welcome,” Wyatt added.

Mike LeFever, president and CEO of South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, also credits dedicated faculty and staff for Coker’s strong report.

“The most recent results of the NSSE student assessment demonstrate the commitment of Coker's faculty and staff to providing students with a comprehensive, holistic education in a collaborative, supportive environment," LeFever said.

Through its 2011 student survey, NSSE collected information from 416,000 first-year students and seniors attending 673 four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

The five benchmark areas are: level of academic challenge; active and collaborative learning; student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment.  Coker’s results were compared with three groups – participating private colleges in the Southeast region of the U.S.; participating comprehensive baccalaureate institutions; and all participating institutions.

“Recognizing that the real, value-added benefit of NSSE survey results is the support they lend to data-driven decision-making, we are committed to building on areas of particular strength – such as the enriching educational experiences and our supportive campus environment – and finding ways deepen and expand curricular and co-curricular programs to ensure that we continue to challenge students to achieve more than they imagined possible,” said Provost Tracy Parkinson.

Among the coming enhancements to its academic program, beginning in the fall of 2012, Coker will add a debate team, wind ensemble, glee club, college-community chorale and a gospel choir.  In addition, next fall, Coker will add men’s volleyball to its athletic offerings.


IPEDS: 217907

‘○’indicates no significant difference; ‘+’ indicates a significantly higher score.

 

For more information about NSSE, visit http://nsse.iub.edu/.  For information about admission to Coker College, visit http://www.coker.edu/future-students.html.

 

Photo:  Davidson Hall, a signature building on the campus of Coker College.

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Established in 1908, Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 

 
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