Student perspectives on HLC self-study
Question: Do UW-Parkside students feel the university is achieving its mission?
Question: Is UW-Parkside exposing students to diversity issues through curriculum?
Question: Are UW-Parkside faculty available to students outside the classroom?
The answers students give to questions like these are important to everyone at the university. A recent poll of 101 University of Wisconsin-Parkside students revealed that our campus is strong on a number of important issues.
"The purpose of the survey was to obtain a 'snapshot' of the student perspective in areas of interest to our campus and to the Higher Learning Commission," said Kim Kelley, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness and HLC co-chair with Rob Barber.
Asked how well they thought UW-Parkside was achieving its mission, 52 percent of respondents "strongly" agreed while 33 percent of students "somewhat" agreed.
"So, while we can always improve," Kelley said, "we were glad that, when asked, the majority of our students think we are making an effort to reflect our mission through our programs, activities, and its representatives."
On diversity and inclusion, more than 83 percent of students said they were exposed to diversity-related issues through the curriculum. Nearly 63 percent of students said they also gained exposed to diversity issues through extracurricular activities. Kelley said those percentages indicate the university is making a successful effort through both the curricular and co-curricular activities to give students an opportunity to learn about diversity.
On community engagement, 75 percent of our students "strongly" or "somewhat" agreed the university helps and works with our community.
Gauging students' level of knowledge of our academic programs and the accessibility of our faculty, 73 percent of respondents believe we keep students informed about our academic programs (43% strongly agreed, 30% somewhat agreed).
Sixty two percent of our students strongly agreed that faculty are available to them outside of the classroom, another 30 percent "somewhat" agreed. That means 92 percent agreed that our faculty are available to them outside of class.
Students were also asked if the university provides the support necessary for their success. Fifty seven percent strongly agreed, another 27 percent somewhat agreed."So, generally, based on this small survey of our students, we are doing a great deal that is positive and making a difference in their lives. We also have some opportunities to improve," Kelley said. "The accreditation team wanted you to know what students are thinking and to share with you that there is much that is positive at UW-Parkside!"