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Measures of Success

What Our Students Say
Green Mountain College students say their professors at GMC are more than just teachers—they are role models and mentors for continuous, life-long learning. GMC students also say they are intensively involved in their education and engaged in community service. They collaborate with each other in solving problems, and grapple with real-world issues in preparation for the complex challenges they will encounter in life after college. How do we know? The data is reflected in the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the most comprehensive assessment of effective practices in higher education. The survey includes data from students at 744 colleges and universities across the country.

Survey Highlights
In all five categories, Green Mountain averages were above, and in most cases dramatically above the national averages, for both first year students and seniors.

First year students gave us very high marks relative to our peers on:

  • Connecting learning to societal problems of issues
  • Including diverse perspectives in course discussions or assignments
  • Trying to better understand someone else's views by imagining his or her perspective (empathy)
  • Combining ideas from different courses when completing assignments (multidisciplinary approach)
  • Contributing to the welfare of the community through courses that include service learning.

Seniors similarly gave us high marks on those items. They also said that they were more engaged than most other schools in:

  • Discussing course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class
  • Participating in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching or clinical experience
  • Working with a faculty member on on activities other than coursework
  • talking about career plans with a faculty member.

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