TTU students most satisfied with their educational experience

Students at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville are some of the most satisfied in the state with their education experience, according to a recent survey by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Tennessee Tech students expressed a higher percentage of satisfaction in all six areas surveyed -- in terms of education, involvement, personal development, learning, advising, and curriculum and instruction -- than those at any other public university in the state.

"Students expect quality when they come to Tennessee Tech ... and thatUs what they get," said Tennessee Tech President Angelo Volpe. "Our students are challenged, motivated Q but most of all, theyUre happy with the education they receive here. For all of the Tennessee Tech community, this is one of our university's most rewarding achievements."

The survey, conducted on the campuses of public colleges and universities across the state, asked students to rate educational experiences at their institution and within their specific major of study. The survey is one of 10 standard categories on which an institution is rated for performance funding by the state. If a school achieves numbers above the state norm or improves its performance from a previous survey, then it earns a perfect score for the category.

Tennessee Tech improved its scores from the 1993 survey, exceeded all the state mean results, had the largest number of students who participated and earned the highest scores of all public universities in Tennessee in all six categories.

"The specific goal of the performance review is to assess the outcome of a student's educational experience," said Rebecca Tolbert, associate vice president of academic affairs and survey administrator. "I think our students have heard Tennessee Tech is a quality institution, and this shows that they believe it is."

The survey, a 77-item scaled instrument, was administered to a representative sample of 2,476 sophomore, junior and senior students at Tennessee Tech last March. Sections asked students to assess the skills they have gained at the university, the quality of their educational experience, their satisfaction with university services and the frequency they have used library materials, written papers and completed other projects characteristic of university research traditions.