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The November 4th release of the results of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s “2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)” determined again that Nichols College ranks among top colleges.
Every year NSSE asks fourth-year students at hundreds of colleges and universities to reflect on time they devote to various learning activities to determine student success in college. The Dudley, Mass., campus scored higher in key categories than the average of 13 of Nichols College’s peers and higher than the NSSE 2010 average.
The findings, based on benchmarks of effective educational practice, are superior in three key areas:
1. Level of Academic Challenge: Challenging intellectual and creative work is central to student learning and collegiate quality. Nichols promotes high levels of student achievement by emphasizing the importance of academic effort and setting high expectations for student performance.
2. Active and Collaborative Learning: Nichols students learn more when they are intensely involved in their education and asked to think about what they are learning. Collaborating with others in solving problems or mastering difficult material prepares students for the messy, unscripted problems they will encounter daily and after college.
3. Student-Faculty Interaction: Nichols students learn firsthand how experts think about and solve practical problems by interacting with faculty members inside and outside the classrooms. As a result, Nichols professors become role models, mentors and guides for continuous, life-long learning.
"The results from NSSE can provide prospective students with insights into how they might learn and develop at Nichols College," says Thomas Cafaro, vice president for enrollment and marketing. "We encourage students and parents to visit our campus and see firsthand how our culture is committed to helping our graduates thrive."