Making the Grade
Students give Redeemer high marks in surveys reported in Maclean's
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February 14, 2014

Students often get graded by their university (or at least, its faculty). So it is always interesting when students have the chance to grade their university. On February 14, Maclean’s magazine released the results of two surveys of Canadian university students, and Redeemer students have given their university an excellent report card! Redeemer students have participated for many years in the Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) survey. In it, students were asked to rate their level of satisfaction on several aspects of their university experience. About Redeemer, students said: I am satisfied with my decision to attend this university – 98%. Generally, I am satisfied with the quality of teaching I have received – 97%. Overall, I am satisfied with the help I received in deciding my program and course selection – 99%. I am satisfied with the average size of the classes – 100%. Professors treat students as individuals, not just numbers – 97%. Most of my professors are reasonably accessible outside of class to help students – 97%. Most of my professors encourage students to participate in class discussions – 94%. These results are a combination of the “Strongly Agree” and “Agree” or “Satisfied” and “Somewhat Satisfied” responses. This year, for the first time, Redeemer students were also surveyed for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This survey targets first-year and senior-year students with questions about their university experience. Our NSSE results showed that: 95% of first-year students rated their entire educational experience as excellent or good. 94% of first-year students definitely or probably would choose again to attend Redeemer. 91% of senior students rated their entire educational experience as excellent or good. 83% of senior students would definitely or probably attend Redeemer again if they could start over. “We’re very pleased with these results from our students,” says Dr. Doug Needham, Provost and Vice President, Academic. “Redeemer emphasizes a whole-life education that focusses on students’ success inside and outside the classroom, and these scores reflect that work.” The scores suggest that there are some areas where Redeemer could improve. “There are some areas where our students are not as satisfied as they are in other areas, and we will certainly seek to improve those scores,” promises Dr. Needham. “I want to thank our students who participated in these surveys last year,” says Dr. Needham. “And thanks to all of those — the students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and others — who have contributed to making Redeemer worthy of such scores.”

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