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November 5, 2010

ULM and other schools rated high in annual survey

Brook Sebren, president of the ULM Student Government Association, did not express surprise at survey results showing 86 percent of University of Louisiana System students rated their educational experience as "Good" or "Excellent." Nor was he shocked to learn that at least 83 percent would attend the same institution if they had a chance to start their educational experience over, according to The National Survey of Student Engagement.

"These results do not surprise me at all," he said. "My experience at the University of Louisiana at Monroe has been extremely rewarding with everyone – from faculty to staff – coming together to push you to the next level. The universities in the UL System care about the success of their students."

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) released the results on Thursday, Nov. 4. NSSE is an annual survey of first-year students and seniors, and this marks the first year that all eight ULS schools participated in the survey.

The NSSE survey was completed by 362,000 students from 564 U.S. colleges and universities. Other significant findings included:

• 97 percent said their university provides the support they need to help succeed academically;

• 97 percent said they are acquiring a broad general education;

• 94 percent said they are acquiring job or work-related knowledge and skills;

• 79 percent rated the quality of academic advising as "Good" or "Excellent;"

• 76 percent rated faculty members as available, helpful or sympathetic;

• 60 percent rated administrative personnel and offices helpful, considerate and flexible; and

• 82 percent rated relationships with other students as friendly, supportive and a sense of belonging.

"Students are our customers and this national survey affirms they believe they are getting a good return on their investment," said UL System President Randy Moffett.

The full survey results including campus breakdowns can be found at

Click here for a PDF of the survey results.

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