How we measure the student experience
Measuring the student experience at Marquette is a big part of what we do. We want
to know what students like best — surveys show us it’s a lot — and what we need to
So how do exactly do we do that? We begin by making sure Marquette maintains the most
rigorous of academic environments. We’re accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutes
of Higher Education, as well as other discipline-specific accrediting agencies.
Marquette’s assessment of student learning is conducted in three levels: the course;
the major, program or unit; and the institution. The assessment system ensures that
every academic program — including undergraduate majors, University Core of Common
Studies curricula, certification programs and graduate programs — has specified learning outcomes and a system of assessment to measure the outcomes.
Measuring student engagement
But we also know that student learning takes place outside the classroom, and that
includes our residence hall communities and the literally hundreds of opportunities
students can dive into: organizations, faith activities, service activities, internships
and co-op work experiences.
For just one example, see what our students think in the National Survey of Student Engagement, which ranks how students say they are engaged with their course work, professors
and campus community in five benchmark categories.
Also, read the findings of our survey of graduating seniors, which reports high rates of student involvement and community service.