More evidence: active students are happier at Purdue
Much of the data we review in the Division of Student Affairs points to an important fact about life on campus: students who get involved tend to get more out of their college experience. And they tend to be happier and more successful, too.
The latest confirmation of this principle comes from the 2013 Purdue Student Satisfaction Survey. You can delve into the survey data here. There's a tremendous pile of information there, including dozens of charts breaking student opinion down by demographics and hundreds of student comments and suggestions. But the following chart makes the point quite simply:
The red bars in the chart reflect opinions of students who have experienced a large number of campus programs and services. The blue bars are students who've done fewer things on campus. There's no exact definition of "less or "more" and in this case we assume that students who rated fewer than 10 campus programs on the survey were "less involved" and those who rated more than 30 programs were "more involved."
At the right side of the chart where students are "Most Satisfied," the red bar (more involved students) is higher. The number value are left out to keep the chart simple, but the chanrt shows clearly that the more programs and services a student "taps into" on campus, the more satisfied they tend to be.
The survey addressed 109 specific programs, services, resources and facilities. They included everything from urgent care at the PUSH health service to entertainment activities presented by the Purdue Student Union Board, from the Purdue Police patrols to career counseling at the Center for Career Opportunities, and from the climbing wall at the recreation center to Dean of Students counseling services. Some of the questions were about things all students do such as registering for classes through myPurdue. Others were about things fewer students do or are even aware of.
Purdue's Division of Student Affairs does assessment on its programs, and on learning outcomes in general. Contact Andy Zehner at email@example.com or 46743 to find out more.