Alaska Pacific University employs a range of assessment tools to assure and improve the quality of its programs. These include nationally bench-marked instruments as well as internal measures.
National Survey of Student Engagement – NSSE
The National Survey of Student Engagement [NSSE] annually assesses the extent to which undergraduate students (first year and seniors) are involved in educational practices which have been linked through research to high levels of learning and development. Through benchmarking APU responses against those of other institution, the survey allows APU to talk more productively about student engagement and its importance to student learning, collegiate quality, and institutional improvements. It assesses levels of engagement in five areas:
- Level of academic challenge
- Active and collaborative learning
- Student-faculty interactions
- Enriching educational experiences
- Supportive campus environment
For further information on NSSE, see www.nsse.iub.edu.
Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey
Each spring all APU students are surveyed regarding their satisfaction with their college experiences—academic and student life. These results are benchmarked against other institutions. For further information about Noel-Levitz SSS, see www.noellevitz.com.