Nessie is slang, of course for the NSSE, the National Survey of Student Engagement, which has issued its national report
. This table
tells some grim tales about our first-year students. Only 11% of full-time students spent more than 25 hours per week studying, yet 81% reporting earning "mostly A's" or "mostly B's". Less than 20% spend time outside class discussing ideas with faculty; less than that do work with faculty on something other than their courses. There are some things that appear positive, according to the article
on Nessie in the Chronicle of Higher Ed this morning (subscribers only):
- About 90 percent of students rated their college experience as "good" or "excellent."
- Approximately 60 percent of seniors and 37 percent of freshmen did volunteer work.Unfortunately, less than 10% get their news from print media -- more than half use the TV.
No wonder liberals are worried about Fox!