2008-Western Student Priorities and College Strengths Summary-Wood

2008-Western Student Priorities and College Strengths Summary-Wood








Western Student Priorities 2008-2009 --- Plus College Strengths
Noel-Levitz Survey Results
2008 Challenges – Peer Comparison --College level -- based on low satisfaction/
highest importance (in importance order) and/or having a significant mean difference from
peer colleges
Gap Mean Difference
15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
1.07 -0.05
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
1.11 0.01
29. Faculty are understanding of students’ unique life
circumstances
1.06 0.01
80. The college helps me identify resources to finance my
education
1.05
---23. Faculty are fair and unbiased in their treatment of
individual students
1.00 -0.06
52. The college does whatever it can to help me reach my
educational goals
1.00 0.05
13. Financial Aid awards are announced to students in time
to be helpful in college planning
1.35 -0.02
65. Students are notified early in the term if they are doing
poorly in class
1.21 0.06
39. The amount of parking space on campus is adequate
2.10 -0.48***
2008 Strengths – Peer Comparison – College Level -- based on the high satisfaction/high
importance (in importance order) and/or having a significant mean difference from peer
colleges
Gap Mean Difference
70. I am able to experience intellectual growth here
.49
0.11*
69. There is a good variety of courses provided on this campus
.57
0.16**
64. Nearly all classes deal with practical experience and
applications
.60
0.24***
77. The college webpage provides me with the college
information I need
.62
----61. Faculty are usually available after classes and during
office hours
.62
0.05
31. The campus is safe and secure for all students
.64
0.16***
32. My academic advisor is knowledgeable about my
program requirements
.65
0.47***
58. Nearly all faculty are knowledgeable in their field
.68
0.07
73. Classes are offered at college locations (campuses)
that meet my needs
.69
----66. Program requirements are clear and reasonable
.70
0.10*
3. The quality of instruction in vocational/technical
programs is excellent
.79
0.11*

Age Related Priorities – College level
Age 25 and older
15.
8.
23.
80.
13.
65.
63.

Gap in Satisfaction

I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
Classes are scheduled at convenient times
Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
Financial aid awards are announced in time
Students are notified early if doing poorly
Students “get runaround” on campus

1.15
1.14
1.02
1.01
1.26
1.11
1.02

Under 25

15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
29. Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
80. The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
52. This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals
23. Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
7. Financial aid is available for most students
39. Student parking space on campus is adequate

1.05
1.09
1.09
1.07
1.04
1.11
1.13
2.18

Gender Related Priorities – College level
Female
15.
29.
46.
8.
23.
80.
13.
7.
52.
78.
65.
24.

I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
Faculty provide feedback/progress in courses
Classes are scheduled at convenient times
Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
Financial aid awards are announced in time
Financial aid is available for most students
This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals
Help is readily available to students whose grades fall below average
Students are notified early if doing poorly
Parking lots are well-lighted and secure

1.22
1.17
1.05
1.22
1.28
1.19
1.48
1.02
1.13
1.11
1.29
1.15

Male
39. Student parking space on campus is adequate

1.70

Degree Related Priorities – College level
Associate Degree students

15.
29.
8.
23.
80.
52.
13.
65.

I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
Classes are scheduled at convenient times
Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals
Financial aid awards are announced in time
Students are notified early if doing poorly

1.13
1.07
1.17
1.15
1.04
1.04
1.34
1.24

Transfer students

76. Western courses can generally be transferred to a 4-year
university toward a degree
1.69
18. The quality of instruction in classes is excellent
1.04
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
1.34
32. Academic advisors knowledgeable of requirements
1.00
46. Faculty provide feedback/progress in courses
1.28
7. Financial aid is available for most students
1.20
80. The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
1.66
15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
1.34
77. The college webpage provides me with the college information I need 1.13
40. Academic advisors knowledge of transfer requirements
1.68
23. Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
1.21
78. Help is readily available to students whose grades fall below average 1.37
29. Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
1.12
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time
1.74
20. Financial aid counselors are helpful
1.36
5. Registration personnel are helpful
1.04
52. This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals
1.34
63. Seldom get “run-around” on campus
1.50

Vocational/Technical program students
39. Student parking space on campus is adequate
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time

1.63
1.11

Enrollment Status Related Priorities - College level
Day Students
15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
29. Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
80. The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
52. This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals
23. Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time
65. Students are notified early if doing poorly

1.11
1.12
1.09
1.09
1.07
1.12
1.38
1.26

Evening Students
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time

1.27
1.27

Class Load Related Priorities – College level
Full-time student
80.
29.
8.
13.
23.
65.

The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
Classes are scheduled at convenient times
Financial aid awards are announced in time
Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
Students are notified early if doing poorly

1.09
1.01
1.02
1.33
1.08
1.27

Part-time student
15.
8.
23.
52.
63.

I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
Classes are scheduled at convenient times
Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals
Students get “run-around” on campus

1.24
1.26
1.05
1.06
1.12

Division Related Priorities
Health and Public Safety
18. The quality of instruction in classes is excellent
15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
29. Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
32. Academic advisors knowledgeable of requirements
46. Faculty provide feedback/progress in courses
66. Program requirements are clear and reasonable
3. Instruction in vocational/technical programs is excellent
23. Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
71. Registration processes and procedures are convenient
80. The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
41. Admissions staff are knowledgeable
52. This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals
7. Financial aid is available for most students
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time
35. Policies and procedures for registration/course selection are adequate
24. Parking lots are well-lighted and secure
39. Student parking space on campus is adequate
78. Help is readily available to students whose grades fall below average
65. Students are notified early if doing poorly

1.09
1.39
1.47
1.05
1.20
1.02
1.06
1.57
1.01
1.25
1.00
1.36
1.06
1.22
1.53
1.07
1.16
2.57
1.09
1.17

Industrial
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
39. Student parking space on campus is adequate
65. Students are notified early if doing poorly
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time

1.06
2.15
1.16
1.13

Business
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time

1.05
1.21

Family and Consumer Sciences
15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
76. Western courses can generally be transferred to a 4-year
university toward a degree
40. Academic advisors knowledge of transfer requirements
7. Financial aid is available for most students

1.05
1.63
1.11
1.06

80.
8.
78.
60.
65.

The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
Classes are scheduled at convenient times
Help is readily available to students whose grades fall below average
Billing policies are reasonable
Students are notified early if doing poorly

1.23
1.19
1.10
1.05
1.59

Campus Related Priorities (Note: Other than at the Lacrosse
Campus, survey responses at the extended campuses were not
large enough to provide reliable results, and some services are
limited or not available at the extended campuses.)

Lacrosse campus
15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
29. Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
80. The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
23. Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
52. This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time
39. Student parking space on campus is adequate

1.05
1.09
1.00
1.02
1.09
1.00
1.35
2.39

Tomah
73.
8.
7.
13.
80.

Classes are offered at campus locations that meet my needs
Classes are scheduled at convenient times
Financial aid is available for most students
Financial aid awards are announced in time
The college helps me identify resources to finance my education

1.07
1.36
1.02
1.47
1.07

Viroqua
73. Classes are offered at campus locations that meet my needs
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
69. A good variety of courses are provided on campus
3. Instruction in vocational/technical programs is excellent
29. Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
35. Policies and procedures for registration/course selection are adequate
49. Admissions counselors respond to needs/request
65. Students are notified early if doing poorly
52. This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals

1.18
1.25
1.16
1.02
1.46
1.10
1.02
1.72
1.11

15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts

1.08

Mauston
73. Classes are offered at campus locations that meet my needs
74. Western offers an adequate number of classes on-line
15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
23. Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
37. Faculty consider differences as they teach a course
52. This school does whatever it can to help me reach my educ. goals
61. Faculty are usually available after classes and during office hours
69. A good variety of courses are provided on campus
67. Channels to express students complaints
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
46. Faculty provide feedback/progress in courses
80. The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time
16. The college shows concern for students as individuals

1.60
1.20
1.27
1.23
1.52
1.22
1.20
1.40
1.88
1.08
1.10
1.21
1.24
1.06

Black River Falls and Independence
73. Classes are offered at campus locations that meet my needs
3. Instruction in vocational/technical programs is excellent
76. Western courses can generally be transferred to a 4-year
university toward a degree
18. The quality of instruction in classes is excellent
15. I am able to register for classes I need with few conflicts
16. Concern shown for students as individuals
23. Faculty are understanding of students’ circumstances
78. Help is readily available to students whose grades fall below average
80. The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
13. Financial aid awards are announced in time
29. Faculty are fair/unbiased in treatment of students
46. Faculty provide feedback/progress in courses
8. Classes are scheduled at convenient times
7. Financial aid is available for most students
24. Parking lots are well-lighted and secure
34. Computer labs are adequate and accessible

1.57
1.12
1.25
1.09
1.65
1.50
1.36
1.24
1.28
1.82
1.19
1.45
1.26
1.31
1.04
1.07

Sparta
76 . Western courses can generally be transferred to a 4-year
university toward a degree
80. The college helps me identify resources to finance my education
64. Classes practical experience applicable
7. Financial aid is available for most students
71. Registration processes and procedures are convenient
61. Faculty available after class and during office hours
67.
11.
73.
62.
75.
72.
6.
2.
5.
53.
63.
56.

Channels to express students complaints
Security staff respond quickly in emergencies
Classes are offered at campus locations that meet my needs
Bookstore staff are helpful
Personnel in the Welcome Center are helpful
The Welcome Center is open during hours which are convenient
for most students
My academic advisor is approachable
Faculty care about me as an individual
Registration personnel are helpful
Assessment course placement procedures are reasonable
Students get “run-around” on campus
Business office hours are convenient

1.67
2.50
2.00
1.67
3.00
2.33
1.00
3.00
2.00
1.34
1.67
1.00
1.17
1.25
2.75
1.00
1.65
2.00

Program Related Priorities -39- (based on items with the highest gap). To
be determined by program staff. (Note: Some program survey reports
do not provide reliable results due to the small number of student
respondents. Respondents from one class or from a few students in the program
may show significant differences compared to students in another class of the
same program.)

Other Priorities-Western compared to Peer Colleges
1. Institutions commitment to commuters

-0.17**

The asterisks in the mean difference column indicate statistical significance. The key is as follows:
* Difference statistically significant at the .05 level
** Difference statistically significant at the .01 level
*** Difference statistically significant at the .001 level