Senior Student Survey Findings

Luther College seniors were much more likely than seniors at either of the two comparison groups shown below to study abroad and complete a culminating senior experience (senior project or thesis).

Senior Student Participation in High-Impact Practices

"Which of the following have you done (during your time at) this institution?"

College activity Luther College Regional Privates* Regional Publics**
Engage in a practicum, internship, or other field experience 72% 74% 65%
Conduct collaborative research with faculty 48% 39% 34%
Study abroad 72% 39% 25%
Participate in a learning community 30% 33% 29%
Culminating senior experience 94% 74% 46%

How Senior Students Evaluate Contributions of College

"How much has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in the following areas?"

Area of growth Luther College Regional Privates* Regional Publics**
Work-related skills 2.9 3.1 3.0
Critical thinking 3.5 3.5 3.4
Effective writing 3.3 3.3 2.9
Effective speaking 3.1 3.2 2.8
Quantitative analysis 2.8 2.8 3.0
Developing ethics/values 3.0 3.1 2.7
Working with others 3.2 3.2 3.1

4 = Very much, 3 = Quite a bit, 2 = Some, 1 = Very little.

* Regional Privates: Augsburg College, Augustana University (S.D), Buena Vista University, Central College, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, Concordia College at Moorhead, Drake University, Loras College, and Wartburg College.

** Regional Publics: Iowa State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Northern Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Source: 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement