Western Carolina University’s commitment to engaged learning has earned high marks in a report from the National Survey of Student Engagement’s (NSSE). 

Each year NSSE asks first-year and senior students at hundreds of universities to reflect on the time they devote to various learning activities and their perceptions of their University and faculty. The results are often used by prospective students to evaluate how much a given institution will allow them to learn, grow and develop.

Based on the 2007 NSSE assessment of first-year students and seniors, WCU ranked in the top 50% of the nation in two of the benchmarks, Active and Collaborative Learning (PDF) and Student Faculty Interaction (PDF), and above our peers in Level of Academic Challenge (PDF) and Enriching Educational Experiences (PDF).

Students at Western reported that by their senior year 54% had participated in some sort of practicum, internship, field experience, co-op, or clinical experience. In addition, WCU has one of the highest percentages of students participating in undergraduate research, sending finalists to the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) every year in the recent past.  Read more about WCU's NSSE highlights.

Engagement on campus through academics and service learning and research is a persistent theme supported by the Chancellor’s 2007 Opening Address and the recent Quality Enhancement Plan (PDF) that will set the direction of the university for the next ten years. Faculty and students alike are engaged in helping people solve problems and improve lives throughout the region and across the state and nation.

For more information on WCU’s NSSE results contact:

Melissa Canady Wargo, Director of Assessment
Western Carolina University
HFR Administration Building 450
Cullowhee, NC 28723
E-mail: wargo@wcu.edu


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