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June 7, 2007

Students rate ULM higher than national average

Students at the University of Louisiana at Monroe have rated ULM higher than ever before — breaking a record for student satisfaction at the institution and surpassing student satisfaction at the national level.

ACT conducted the Student Opinion Survey, asking students to rate such areas as academics, services, and facilities of their institutions on a 1-5 scale, with 5 being the highest. ACT released a report based on 48,324 student records from 43 public post secondary institutions across the country. Student satisfaction at ULM is 3.99, above the national average of 3.93 out of 5.0.

This is no surprise to ULM President James Cofer. He credits much of ULM’s success over the past five years to the diligence of faculty and staff.

“The initiatives of our faculty and staff both inside and outside the classroom are working. The things our faculty are doing with our students are clearly what they want and what they need. These survey results reflect that,” he said.

Students also noted their appreciation for faculty and staff, giving high marks regarding the attitude of faculty toward students, value of advice from advisors, preparation for future occupations and the availability of faculty outside the classroom.

They also praised facilities and programs at ULM, such as the new Student Union Building, study areas, classroom facilities, Aramark food service, library facilities and services, recreational programs, computer services, college-sponsored social activities and job placement services — all areas that ranked higher than national norms.

Most importantly to Cofer, students ranked campus security and “concern for you as an individual,” also well above the national average. “That’s what’s really important to us,” he said.

It takes the entire ULM community to continue such significant success, Cofer said.

“Everyone has a part to play in the renaissance of this campus, and students appreciate that,” he said. “We’re competitive against national norms. We’re where we want to be, and we’re headed in the right direction.”

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