Luther College seniors were much more likely than seniors at either of the two comparison groups shown below to study abroad, learn a foreign language, and indicate their college experience had contributed to their developing ethics/values.
Compared with seniors in the Liberal Arts Midwest comparison groups, they were much more likely to indicate their college experience had contributed to their development of work-related skills.
Compared with seniors in the Universities Midwest comparison group, they were much more likely to indicate their college experience had helped them acquire a broad general education and develop critical thinking, effective speaking, the ability to work with others, and the capacity for community engagement.
"Which of the following have you done (during your time at) this institution?"
|College activity||Luther College||Liberal Arts Midwest*||Universities Midwest**|
|Engage in a practicum, internship, or other field experience||71%||68%||54%|
|Conduct collaborative research with faculty||31%||38%||28%|
|Learn a foreign language||91%||80%||54%|
|Participate in a learning community||29%||25%||26%|
"To what extent has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in the following areas?"
|Area of growth||Luther College||Liberal Arts Midwest*||Universities Midwest**|
|Broad general education||3.60||3.56||3.22|
|Working with others||3.32||3.22||3.13|
|Contributing to community||2.93||2.79||2.45|
4 = Very much, 3 = Quite a bit, 2 = Some, 1 = Very little.
* Liberal Arts Midwest: Beloit College, Grinnell College, Lake Forest College, Macalester College, Monmouth College, St. Olaf College
** Universities Midwest: Iowa State University (Ames), University of Iowa (Iowa City), University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), University of North Dakota, University of Northern Iowa, University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Source: 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement