Report Overview Results Survey Instrument Profile of Participants Research Outreach Order the 2007 Report

Senior Benchmark Items

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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


items Options Doc RU-VH Doc RU-H Doc DRU Masters-L Masters-M Masters-S Bac-AS Bac-Diverse Top 10% Top 50% NSSE 2007
Number of assigned textbooks, books, or book-length packs of course readings None 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
1-4 27% 29% 28% 29% 30% 26% 18% 29% 16% 23% 28%
5-10 39% 40% 39% 39% 38% 38% 35% 39% 31% 38% 39%
11-20 21% 19% 20% 19% 19% 21% 27% 19% 28% 23% 20%
More than 20 12% 11% 12% 12% 12% 14% 19% 12% 24% 15% 12%
Number of written papers or reports of 20 PAGES OR MORE None 53% 52% 51% 50% 50% 49% 39% 50% 33% 44% 51%
1-4 39% 40% 40% 41% 42% 43% 53% 42% 52% 46% 41%
5-10 5% 6% 7% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 9% 7% 6%
11-20 1% 1% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3% 2% 2%
More than 20 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3% 2% 1%
Number of written papers or reports BETWEEN 5 AND 19 PAGES None 10% 11% 9% 9% 9% 7% 4% 9% 3% 6% 9%
1-4 46% 47% 44% 45% 46% 42% 35% 45% 31% 40% 45%
5-10 31% 29% 31% 31% 30% 34% 39% 31% 40% 35% 31%
11-20 10% 10% 11% 11% 11% 13% 16% 11% 18% 14% 11%
More than 20 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 5% 5% 4% 8% 5% 4%
Number of written papers or reports of FEWER THAN 5 PAGES None 6% 7% 6% 8% 7% 7% 4% 7% 6% 6% 7%
1-4 33% 36% 34% 36% 34% 30% 28% 33% 28% 30% 35%
5-10 29% 27% 28% 27% 26% 28% 30% 26% 29% 28% 28%
11-20 18% 17% 17% 16% 17% 20% 21% 19% 20% 19% 17%
More than 20 14% 13% 14% 13% 15% 15% 17% 15% 17% 16% 14%
Coursework emphasized: ANALYZING the basic elements of an idea, experience, or theory, such as examining a particular case or situation in depth and considering its components Very little 2% 1% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2%
Some 15% 14% 14% 15% 15% 14% 11% 15% 7% 11% 15%
Quite a bit 43% 44% 43% 43% 43% 44% 41% 44% 37% 42% 43%
Very much 40% 40% 41% 40% 41% 40% 48% 39% 54% 46% 40%
Coursework emphasized: SYNTHESIZING and organizing ideas, information, or experiences into new, more complex interpretations and relationships Very little 4% 4% 4% 4% 3% 2% 2% 3% 1% 3% 4%
Some 24% 24% 22% 23% 22% 21% 17% 23% 12% 18% 23%
Quite a bit 41% 41% 41% 41% 41% 43% 40% 41% 38% 41% 41%
Very much 32% 31% 34% 33% 34% 35% 40% 33% 48% 39% 33%
Coursework emphasized: MAKING JUDGMENTS about the value of information, arguments, or methods, such as examining how others gathered and interpreted data and assessing the soundness of their conclusions Very little 6% 6% 5% 5% 4% 4% 4% 4% 3% 4% 5%
Some 26% 25% 23% 23% 23% 22% 21% 23% 16% 21% 24%
Quite a bit 38% 40% 39% 40% 40% 41% 41% 40% 38% 40% 39%
Very much 29% 30% 33% 32% 33% 33% 35% 33% 43% 36% 31%
Coursework emphasized: APPLYING theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations Very little 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 3%
Some 19% 17% 17% 17% 16% 16% 16% 16% 13% 15% 18%
Quite a bit 37% 38% 37% 38% 38% 40% 38% 38% 35% 37% 38%
Very much 41% 42% 43% 41% 43% 43% 44% 43% 50% 46% 42%
Worked harder than you thought you could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations Never 9% 7% 6% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 4% 6% 7%
Sometimes 41% 38% 35% 35% 34% 34% 35% 34% 29% 33% 37%
Often 35% 37% 38% 39% 38% 40% 38% 39% 41% 38% 37%
Very often 16% 18% 22% 21% 22% 21% 21% 22% 26% 22% 19%
Hours per 7-day week spent preparing for class (studying, reading, writing, doing homework or lab work, analyzing data, rehearsing, and other academic activities) 0 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0%
1-5 16% 19% 18% 20% 20% 19% 13% 19% 12% 16% 18%
6-10 25% 26% 26% 28% 27% 27% 23% 28% 23% 25% 26%
11-15 20% 19% 20% 19% 19% 20% 21% 19% 19% 20% 19%
16-20 16% 15% 15% 14% 14% 15% 18% 15% 18% 16% 15%
21-25 9% 9% 9% 8% 9% 8% 11% 8% 11% 10% 9%
26-30 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 7% 4% 7% 6% 5%
More than 30 7% 7% 6% 5% 6% 6% 7% 6% 9% 7% 6%
Institutional emphasis: Spending significant amounts of time studying and on academic work Very little 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 3%
Some 20% 20% 20% 20% 17% 17% 13% 20% 12% 15% 19%
Quite a bit 46% 46% 46% 47% 47% 49% 44% 46% 42% 44% 46%
Very much 31% 32% 32% 31% 33% 33% 41% 32% 44% 39% 32%
Asked questions in class or contributed to class discussions Never 4% 3% 2% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2%
Sometimes 36% 31% 25% 26% 23% 19% 19% 21% 22% 23% 28%
Often 33% 33% 33% 33% 34% 32% 31% 34% 32% 33% 33%
Very often 28% 33% 40% 39% 42% 48% 48% 44% 45% 42% 36%
Made a class presentation Never 7% 6% 5% 5% 5% 4% 2% 4% 2% 3% 6%
Sometimes 43% 38% 32% 31% 30% 28% 32% 29% 22% 28% 35%
Often 32% 35% 36% 38% 37% 39% 42% 40% 39% 40% 36%
Very often 17% 21% 26% 26% 28% 29% 24% 27% 37% 30% 23%
Worked with other students on projects DURING CLASS Never 13% 11% 10% 9% 10% 9% 12% 9% 7% 8% 11%
Sometimes 45% 44% 41% 41% 40% 41% 49% 42% 36% 40% 43%
Often 28% 30% 31% 33% 33% 33% 28% 34% 33% 33% 31%
Very often 14% 15% 18% 17% 17% 17% 11% 15% 24% 18% 16%
Worked with classmates OUTSIDE OF CLASS to prepare class assignments Never 6% 7% 7% 8% 8% 10% 5% 8% 3% 5% 7%
Sometimes 34% 34% 34% 36% 34% 36% 37% 37% 26% 30% 35%
Often 33% 33% 34% 33% 34% 33% 37% 36% 37% 37% 34%
Very often 27% 26% 25% 22% 24% 21% 21% 20% 34% 28% 24%
Tutored or taught other students (paid or voluntary) Never 41% 42% 43% 46% 43% 46% 35% 40% 35% 38% 43%
Sometimes 37% 36% 36% 34% 35% 33% 37% 37% 36% 36% 36%
Often 13% 13% 12% 12% 12% 11% 15% 13% 16% 14% 13%
Very often 9% 9% 9% 9% 10% 10% 13% 10% 13% 11% 9%
Participated in a community-based project (e.g., service learning) as part of a regular course Never 60% 56% 48% 53% 49% 47% 47% 45% 38% 44% 54%
Sometimes 27% 28% 32% 29% 31% 32% 34% 34% 35% 34% 29%
Often 9% 10% 12% 11% 13% 13% 12% 13% 16% 14% 11%
Very often 5% 6% 8% 6% 7% 8% 7% 8% 11% 8% 6%
Discussed ideas from your readings or classes with others outside of class (students, family members, co-workers, etc.) Never 5% 4% 4% 5% 4% 5% 2% 4% 3% 3% 5%
Sometimes 35% 33% 32% 33% 32% 31% 28% 34% 29% 31% 33%
Often 37% 38% 37% 37% 38% 38% 40% 37% 38% 38% 37%
Very often 23% 25% 26% 25% 25% 26% 30% 25% 30% 27% 25%
Discussed grades or assignments with an instructor Never 6% 5% 5% 5% 4% 4% 4% 3% 2% 3% 5%
Sometimes 41% 38% 36% 36% 34% 34% 33% 30% 25% 31% 37%
Often 31% 33% 33% 33% 34% 34% 35% 37% 37% 35% 33%
Very often 22% 25% 27% 26% 28% 28% 29% 30% 36% 30% 25%
Discussed ideas from your readings or classes with faculty members outside of class Never 32% 30% 29% 29% 26% 26% 16% 22% 14% 21% 29%
Sometimes 45% 44% 44% 43% 44% 44% 46% 45% 43% 45% 44%
Often 15% 17% 17% 18% 19% 19% 24% 21% 25% 21% 18%
Very often 8% 9% 10% 10% 11% 11% 14% 12% 18% 13% 10%
Talked about career plans with a faculty member or advisor Never 19% 18% 18% 18% 15% 17% 8% 12% 7% 11% 17%
Sometimes 45% 43% 42% 41% 40% 39% 37% 37% 30% 37% 42%
Often 22% 24% 24% 24% 27% 26% 31% 29% 32% 29% 24%
Very often 13% 15% 17% 16% 18% 18% 24% 22% 31% 23% 16%
Received prompt written or oral feedback from faculty on your academic performance Never 7% 5% 5% 5% 4% 4% 2% 3% 2% 3% 5%
Sometimes 37% 33% 31% 31% 30% 27% 25% 29% 24% 27% 32%
Often 43% 44% 44% 44% 45% 46% 48% 46% 46% 47% 44%
Very often 14% 18% 20% 19% 21% 23% 24% 22% 29% 23% 18%
Worked with faculty members on activities other than coursework (committees, orientation, student life activities, etc.) Never 50% 49% 49% 50% 46% 48% 29% 39% 24% 35% 48%
Sometimes 31% 31% 29% 30% 31% 29% 38% 34% 38% 36% 31%
Often 12% 13% 13% 13% 15% 15% 20% 17% 22% 18% 13%
Very often 7% 7% 9% 7% 9% 8% 13% 10% 16% 11% 8%
Work on a research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements Have not decided 14% 16% 18% 19% 18% 17% 11% 16% 11% 14% 17%
Do not plan to do 52% 52% 52% 52% 53% 55% 52% 55% 47% 51% 52%
Plan to do 11% 13% 13% 13% 12% 10% 8% 11% 9% 10% 12%
Done 23% 19% 17% 16% 17% 18% 29% 18% 33% 24% 19%
Had serious conversations with students who are very different from you in terms of their religious beliefs, political opinions, or personal values Never 8% 10% 10% 11% 12% 10% 6% 11% 6% 7% 10%
Sometimes 33% 35% 35% 35% 37% 37% 34% 38% 30% 34% 35%
Often 31% 30% 28% 29% 27% 29% 31% 28% 33% 31% 30%
Very often 27% 26% 27% 25% 23% 24% 29% 23% 32% 28% 26%
Had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity than your own Never 11% 12% 12% 14% 16% 14% 11% 15% 8% 10% 12%
Sometimes 34% 35% 33% 34% 37% 36% 37% 38% 32% 35% 35%
Often 29% 28% 28% 27% 25% 26% 26% 26% 28% 28% 28%
Very often 27% 26% 26% 25% 23% 24% 26% 21% 32% 27% 25%
Institutional emphasis: Encouraging contact among students from different economic, social, and racial or ethnic backgrounds Very little 21% 20% 18% 18% 17% 17% 16% 19% 17% 18% 19%
Some 36% 36% 34% 35% 34% 34% 35% 36% 35% 35% 35%
Quite a bit 27% 28% 29% 29% 30% 30% 29% 27% 28% 28% 28%
Very much 16% 16% 19% 18% 19% 20% 19% 18% 20% 18% 17%
Hours per 7-day week spent participating in co-curricular activities (organizations, campus publications, student government, fraternity or sorority, intercollegiate or intramural sports, etc.) 0 38% 46% 52% 55% 51% 52% 25% 46% 25% 33% 47%
1-5 32% 31% 27% 25% 27% 24% 34% 29% 35% 34% 29%
6-10 14% 11% 10% 9% 10% 10% 17% 10% 17% 15% 11%
11-15 7% 5% 4% 4% 5% 5% 9% 6% 9% 7% 5%
16-20 4% 3% 3% 3% 3% 4% 6% 4% 6% 5% 3%
21-25 2% 2% 1% 1% 2% 2% 3% 2% 3% 2% 2%
26-30 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1%
More than 30 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 3% 3% 2%
Used an electronic medium (listserv, chat group, Internet, instant messaging, etc.) to discuss or complete an assignment Never 10% 12% 10% 12% 12% 11% 13% 12% 8% 10% 11%
Sometimes 29% 27% 27% 28% 27% 27% 31% 27% 29% 28% 28%
Often 27% 27% 27% 26% 26% 27% 26% 27% 28% 27% 27%
Very often 34% 34% 36% 34% 35% 34% 29% 35% 35% 34% 34%
Practicum, internship, field experience, co-op experience, or clinical assignment Have not decided 7% 8% 9% 10% 8% 9% 6% 5% 4% 6% 8%
Do not plan to do 17% 17% 16% 16% 16% 20% 17% 14% 14% 15% 16%
Plan to do 19% 23% 25% 27% 24% 20% 12% 21% 13% 16% 23%
Done 57% 51% 51% 48% 52% 51% 66% 60% 69% 63% 53%
Community service or volunteer work Have not decided 8% 10% 10% 12% 11% 9% 6% 9% 5% 7% 10%
Do not plan to do 17% 17% 17% 18% 17% 17% 13% 16% 13% 14% 17%
Plan to do 11% 14% 15% 16% 15% 14% 9% 14% 8% 10% 14%
Done 63% 60% 59% 54% 58% 60% 72% 62% 74% 69% 59%
Participate in a learning community or some other formal program where groups of students take two or more classes together Have not decided 12% 14% 14% 17% 17% 16% 12% 15% 10% 11% 15%
Do not plan to do 57% 54% 49% 49% 47% 49% 57% 50% 56% 54% 52%
Plan to do 6% 7% 10% 10% 9% 9% 5% 9% 5% 6% 8%
Done 25% 25% 28% 24% 27% 26% 26% 27% 30% 29% 25%
Foreign (additional) language coursework Have not decided 5% 8% 9% 11% 11% 10% 4% 9% 4% 5% 8%
Do not plan to do 39% 41% 42% 46% 47% 46% 26% 46% 28% 35% 42%
Plan to do 7% 8% 9% 10% 10% 8% 4% 9% 5% 6% 9%
Done 49% 43% 39% 33% 33% 36% 65% 36% 63% 53% 41%
Study abroad Have not decided 11% 12% 14% 15% 14% 13% 7% 13% 7% 9% 13%
Do not plan to do 63% 65% 65% 66% 66% 65% 54% 69% 52% 60% 64%
Plan to do 9% 9% 8% 9% 8% 7% 6% 8% 8% 8% 9%
Done 18% 14% 13% 10% 11% 14% 33% 11% 33% 23% 14%
Independent study or self-designed major Have not decided 10% 13% 14% 15% 14% 12% 7% 12% 6% 9% 13%
Do not plan to do 67% 62% 61% 59% 57% 58% 58% 56% 63% 64% 61%
Plan to do 7% 9% 9% 10% 10% 9% 5% 9% 5% 6% 9%
Done 16% 17% 16% 16% 19% 20% 30% 23% 27% 21% 17%
Culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, comprehensive exam, etc.) Have not decided 11% 11% 12% 13% 13% 11% 5% 10% 6% 8% 11%
Do not plan to do 36% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 16% 21% 28% 26% 27%
Plan to do 24% 30% 32% 31% 33% 30% 24% 33% 19% 25% 29%
Done 29% 33% 33% 30% 30% 36% 55% 37% 47% 41% 32%
Institutional emphasis: Providing the support you need to thrive socially Very little 26% 25% 27% 27% 24% 25% 19% 25% 14% 19% 26%
Some 41% 41% 39% 40% 38% 38% 41% 39% 33% 37% 40%
Quite a bit 24% 25% 24% 24% 27% 27% 30% 25% 35% 30% 25%
Very much 8% 9% 9% 9% 11% 11% 11% 11% 18% 13% 9%
Institutional emphasis: Providing the support you need to help you succeed academically Very little 7% 6% 6% 6% 4% 4% 3% 5% 2% 3% 6%
Some 30% 28% 26% 26% 22% 20% 17% 23% 16% 19% 26%
Quite a bit 44% 44% 43% 44% 44% 45% 44% 44% 43% 44% 44%
Very much 20% 22% 25% 25% 30% 32% 36% 29% 38% 34% 24%
Institutional emphasis: Helping you cope with your non-academic responsibilities (work, family, etc.) Very little 44% 41% 39% 40% 35% 34% 29% 35% 24% 29% 40%
Some 38% 37% 36% 36% 36% 37% 43% 37% 37% 39% 37%
Quite a bit 14% 16% 17% 17% 20% 19% 20% 19% 25% 22% 17%
Very much 5% 7% 8% 8% 10% 10% 8% 9% 14% 10% 7%
Quality: Your relationships with other students Unfriendly, Unsupportive, Sense of Alienation 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
2 3% 2% 3% 2% 2% 1% 2% 2% 1% 1% 2%
3 5% 5% 5% 5% 3% 4% 4% 4% 3% 3% 5%
4 11% 10% 11% 11% 10% 10% 8% 9% 7% 8% 10%
5 22% 21% 20% 21% 19% 18% 19% 19% 17% 17% 20%
6 31% 30% 29% 29% 29% 30% 31% 30% 30% 30% 30%
Friendly, Supportive, Sense of Belonging 28% 31% 31% 32% 36% 35% 35% 36% 42% 39% 31%
Quality: Your relationships with faculty members Unavailable, Unhelpful, Unsympathetic 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 0% 1% 0% 1% 1%
2 3% 2% 3% 2% 2% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 3%
3 7% 6% 5% 5% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 5%
4 16% 14% 13% 13% 11% 10% 8% 10% 9% 9% 13%
5 27% 26% 24% 23% 20% 21% 19% 20% 20% 21% 24%
6 28% 29% 30% 30% 33% 33% 35% 33% 33% 33% 30%
Available, Helpful, Sympathetic 17% 21% 25% 25% 30% 32% 34% 31% 34% 32% 24%
Quality: Your relationships with administrative personnel and offices Unhelpful, Inconsiderate, Rigid 6% 6% 5% 6% 4% 4% 4% 4% 3% 3% 5%
2 9% 9% 9% 8% 7% 7% 8% 7% 5% 6% 9%
3 14% 12% 12% 11% 10% 9% 11% 11% 8% 9% 12%
4 22% 22% 21% 21% 20% 19% 20% 19% 19% 19% 21%
5 22% 21% 20% 21% 21% 21% 23% 22% 23% 22% 21%
6 17% 17% 18% 18% 20% 21% 20% 20% 21% 21% 18%
Helpful, Considerate, Flexible 11% 12% 14% 15% 18% 20% 15% 18% 21% 19% 14%