Student Experiences and Perceptions
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students
find the most helpful.
Following are the selected results from the 2013 University of Michigan Asks You (UMAY) survey, which is conducted as a member of the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) national consortium. The questions have been grouped in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
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Group Learning Experiences
- 97% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
- 96% of seniors helped a classmate better understand the course material when studying together.
- 71% of seniors participated in student organizations and clubs, with 30% of seniors devoting at least 6 hours a week to these.
Active Learning Experiences
- 88% of seniors agreed that most faculty encouraged group work and study.
- 93% of seniors agreed that most faculty encouraged student interaction in class.
- 44% of seniors participated in a small, research-oriented seminar with faculty in the last year.
- 53% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work.
- 33% of seniors participated in study abroad.
- 97% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year.
Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success
- 90% of seniors agreed with the statement: "The University of Michigan has a strong commitment to undergraduate education."
- 86% of seniors were satisfied with the quality of academic advising by faculty.
- 80% of seniors were satisfied with the quality of academic advising by staff.
- 50% of seniors ofte nraised their standards for acceptable effort due to the high standards of a faculty member.
- 95% of seniors extensively revised a paper at least once before submitting it to be graded.
- 90% of seniors sought academic help from an instructor or tutor when needed.
- 91% of seniors would attend the University of Michigan if they started over again.
- 92% of seniors were satisfied with their overall academic experience.
- 89% of seniors were satisfied with their overall social experience
Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff
- 91% of seniors reported that there are open channels of communication between faculty and students regarding student needs, concerns and suggestions.
- 93% of seniors reported that students are treated equitably and fairly by the faculty.
- 86% of seniors agreed that faculty provided timely feedback.
- 60% of seniors worked with a faculty member on an activity other than coursework.
- 73% of seniors knew two or more professors well enough to ask for a letter of recommendation.
Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas
- 44% of seniors reported that they often tried to appreciate the world from someone else's perspective during class, while 58% did this often outside of class.
- 97% of seniors reported that they had gained a deeper understanding of other perspectives through conversations with fellow students of a different race or ethnicity.
- 89% of seniors agred that diversity is important at the U-M; 88% agreed taht it was important to them personally.