Senior Student Survey Findings

Luther College seniors were much more likely than seniors at either two of the comparison groups shown below to study abroad, learn a foreign language, and indicate their college experience had contributed to their developing ethics/values.

As compared to 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. As compared to 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, develop critical thinking, develop effective speaking, the ability to work with others, and the capacity for community engagement. 

Senior Student Participation in High Impact Practices

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

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%
Study abroad 74% 65% 23%
Learn a foreign language 91% 80% 54%
Participate in a learning community 29% 25% 26%

How Senior Students Evaluate Contributions of College

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

Luther College Liberal Arts Midwest* Universities Midwest**
Broad general education 3.60 3.56 3.22
Work-related skills 3.09 2.67 3.00
Critical thinking 3.55 3.62 3.40
Effective writing 3.33 3.43 3.06
Effective speaking 3.08 3.17 2.87
Quantitative analysis 3.00 3.01 3.14
Developing ethics/values 3.14 2.91 2.62
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