Universities should be about learning, not satisfaction

Posted in Teaching on August 11th, 2017 by steve

“Another year, another National Student Survey (NSS) has been published. The NSS asks students about different aspects of their university experience, and then ranks universities for overall ‘student satisfaction’ levels. The NSS has been widely criticised …” (more)

[Ieuan Joy, spiked, 11 August]

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Student satisfaction levels welcome – Archibald

Posted in Teaching on August 11th, 2017 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed the National Student Survey results for universities in the north, which show high levels of satisfaction of final year students with their degree courses …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 August]

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NI students happy with university courses

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2017 by steve

“The majority of NI students were satisfied with their degree courses this year, a UK-wide survey suggests. The National Student Survey (NSS) found 85% of final year students at NI universities said they were satisfied with the quality of their course …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 9 August]

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Trinity Below National Average in Student Engagement and Satisfaction, According to New Report

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The results of a national survey of 30 third-level institutions has revealed that Trinity scores lower than the national average in the areas of student engagement and satisfaction, with only 38% of Trinity respondents claiming to have had a positive interaction with administrative and office staff …” (more)

[Aisling Curtis, University Times, 18 December]

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Some quick thoughts on the Irish Survey of Student Engagement

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I always read the Irish Survey of Student Engagement and it is generally a good read. It has evolved over the years from being a sort of customer satisfaction survey to a survey that, while still having a student-as-customer feel to it, tries to measure the extent to which our third level education system is consistent with a certain philosophy of education …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 December]

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Growing evidence of anti-female bias in student surveys

Posted in Teaching on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Holland“A new study provides further evidence that students rate female lecturers more harshly than male academics in course evaluations. Researchers examined five years’ worth of evaluations from Erasmus University Rotterdam’s International Institute of Social Studies and found that female lecturers were 11 percentage points less likely to receive an average score of at least four out of five from their students …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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More than 27,000 students provide feedback on their higher education experience in national survey

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The results of a national survey of third level students, published today (Thursday 5th November 2015), will help Irish higher education institutions to enhance the quality of education they provide …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 5 November]

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Many students feel they are not learning job skills, survey says

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Significant numbers of students in higher education feel they are not learning skills which will contribute to their chances of getting a job, a new national survey indicates. More than 27,000 students from 30 universities, colleges and institutes of technology responded to a Higher Education Authority-funded study this year aimed at gathering students’ experiences of college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 November]

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NSS results unrelated to teaching quality, study claims

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2015 by steve

UK“Research by University of Oxford academics provides evidence that student satisfaction scores are unconnected to exam performance. Student satisfaction scores should not be used to measure teaching quality because they have no discernible link with exam performance, a leading University of Oxford academic has claimed …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 17 September]

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The National Student Survey should be abolished before it does any more harm

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“The annual ritual of the publication of the National Student Survey (NSS) results has triggered fevered data dissection at universities across the UK this week. But the analysis, and the subsequent press releases and poster campaigns, represent merely a stage in a continual cycle of NSS-driven activity …” (more)

[Joanna Williams, Guardian, 13 August]

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Leaving Cert students in favour of exam reform, study finds

Posted in Teaching on February 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students are keener on the idea of school-based assessment than their Junior Cert counterparts, according to a survey of teenagers who are preparing for State exams …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 February]

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Sorry students, you need to work harder

Posted in Life on January 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This is data extracted from studentsurvey.ie. Students just aren’t working hard enough …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 27 January]

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Students wouldn’t cut drink for good of health

Posted in Life on November 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“As alcoholic liver disease rises, particularly in younger people, fewer than one in 10 college students said they would curb their drinking for the good of their health …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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Open University ‘top for students’ in Northern Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2014 by steve

“The Open University remains the top university in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction for the tenth year running, according to a survey. The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) were released on Tuesday …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 August]

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Most students considering emigration, survey finds

Posted in Life on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“The majority of Irish students don’t smoke, don’t take illicit drugs and are actively contemplating emigration, if the results of a recent student survey are to be believed. More than three-quarters (76%) of the 4,631 students of students surveyed are either considering emigration, or have already determined it as a preferred course of action following graduation …” (more)

[Ciaran D’Arcy, Irish Times, 3 July]

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20% of students are now in ‘serious financial difficulty’

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“The numbers going to college continue to rise, but almost one in five Irish students say they are in serious financial difficulty. The sense of well-being among Irish students is also a cause for concern. These are among the findings of a major, 10,110-student survey across Irish third-level colleges …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 June]

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National Student Survey shows low smoking, drug consumption and €1.7 billion contribution to economy

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2014 by steve

“Our National Student Survey showed not only low alcohol, smoking and drug consumption levels but also an almost €1.7 billion contribution to Ireland’s economy …” (more)

[Hannah Popham, Campus.ie, 26 June]

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Academics at British university object to giving student evaluations too much power

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“Academics at the University of Surrey are considering a vote of no confidence in their vice chancellor, Christopher Snowden, over a new teaching evaluation method based on student satisfaction scores. Under a staff assessment program introduced this term, lecturers are expected to achieve at least 3.8 points out of 5 in module evaluation questionnaires …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Inside Higher Ed, 29 May]

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DITSU survey results: cigarettes, alcohol, and exams

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2013 by steve

“Three quarters of DIT students would like a campus on which smoking is permitted only in designated areas, as opposed to a ‘totally smoke-free campus’, on current campuses and the future Grangegorman site …” (more)

[Al McConnell, The Edition, 19 December]

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New National Student Survey Aims to Enhance Quality of Higher Education

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2013 by steve

“A newly launched national survey of third level students will use student feedback to help Irish third-level institutions enhance the quality of education they provide …” (more)

[Catherine O’Callaghan, University Times, 16 December]

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