Report Overview Results Survey Instrument Profile of Participants Research Outreach Order the 2006 Report

First-year Benchmarks

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Carnegie Classification Key:
DRU-VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
DRU-H: Research Universities (high research activity)
DRU: Doctoral/Research Universities

Master-L: Master’s Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Master-M: Master’s Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Master-S: Master’s Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)

Bac-AS: Baccalaureate Colleges - Arts & Sciences
Bac-DIV: Baccalaureate Colleges - Diverse Fields


Variable Scale DocRUVH DocRUH DocDRU MastersL MastersM MastersS BacAS BacDiverse Top10 Top50 NSSE 2006
Level of Academic Challenge Percentile 95 78 78 79 79 78 80 81 79 83 81 79
Percentile 75 65 65 66 65 66 67 69 66 73 69 66
Median 55 55 56 55 56 57 60 56 65 60 56
Percentile 25 46 45 46 46 47 48 51 46 56 50 46
Percentile 05 32 32 32 32 33 33 37 33 43 36 32
Active and Collaborative Learning Percentile 95 76 81 81 81 81 81 81 81 86 83 81
Percentile 75 57 62 62 62 62 62 62 62 71 67 62
Median 48 48 52 48 52 52 52 52 57 52 48
Percentile 25 38 38 38 38 38 43 43 38 48 43 38
Percentile 05 24 24 24 24 24 29 29 24 33 29 24
Student-Faculty Interaction Percentile 95 78 78 83 78 83 83 89 83 94 89 83
Percentile 75 50 50 56 56 56 56 67 56 72 61 56
Median 33 39 39 39 39 44 44 39 56 44 39
Percentile 25 22 22 28 28 28 28 33 28 39 33 28
Percentile 05 11 11 11 11 11 17 17 17 22 17 11
Enriching Educational Experiences Percentile 95 71 69 72 68 69 73 79 70 83 76 71
Percentile 75 54 50 54 50 51 55 62 51 69 59 52
Median 42 37 40 36 39 40 50 39 58 47 39
Percentile 25 30 26 28 25 26 28 36 25 47 34 26
Percentile 05 14 11 13 11 11 12 17 12 30 17 12
Supportive Campus Environment Percentile 95 83 89 89 89 89 92 89 92 97 94 89
Percentile 75 64 69 69 69 72 72 72 72 81 75 69
Median 53 56 56 56 58 61 61 61 69 64 56
Percentile 25 42 42 42 44 47 47 50 47 56 50 44
Percentile 05 22 25 22 25 28 28 31 28 36 31 25