How we measure the student experience

Measuring the student experience at Marquette is a big part of what we do. We want to know what students like best — surveys show us it’s a lot — and what we need to work on.

So how do exactly do we do that? We begin by making sure Marquette maintains the most rigorous of academic environments. We’re accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutes of Higher Education, as well as other discipline-specific accrediting agencies.

Learning outcomes

Marquette’s assessment of student learning is conducted in three levels: the course; the major, program or unit; and the institution. The assessment system ensures that every academic program — including undergraduate majors, University Core of Common Studies curricula, certification programs and graduate programs — has specified learning outcomes and a system of assessment to measure the outcomes.

Measuring student engagement

But we also know that student learning takes place outside the classroom, and that includes our residence hall communities and the literally hundreds of opportunities students can dive into: organizations, faith activities, service activities, internships and co-op work experiences.

For just one example, see what our students think in the National Survey of Student Engagement, which ranks how students say they are engaged with their course work, professors and campus community in five benchmark categories.

Also, read the findings of our survey of juniors and graduating seniors, which reports high rates of student involvement and community service.

Students on campus

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NSSE

NSSE (pronounced Nessie) uses a 100-point scale to enable institutions to compare their students’ quality of participation and student experience with other institutions. In 2007, Marquette outperformed its peers in all five areas measured by NSSE. View the results.

Assessment

Marquette faculty and staff are committed to an ongoing process of assessment, reflection and improvement of student learning. We view assessment of learning as a natural concern of the teacher-scholar, a concern rooted in Jesuit pedagogy. View the Assessment website.