Senior Student Survey Findings

Luther College seniors were much more likely than seniors at either of the two comparison groups shown below to study abroad and complete a culminating senior experience (senior project or thesis).

Senior Student Participation in High-Impact Practices

"Which of the following have you done (during your time at) this institution?"

College activity Luther College Liberal Arts Midwest* Iowa Privates**
Engage in a practicum, internship, or other field experience 67% 71% 67%
Conduct collaborative research with faculty 47% 47% 33%
Study abroad 70% 54% 30%
Participate in a learning community 28% 31% 30%
Culminating senior experience 91% 82% 72%

How Senior Students Evaluate Contributions of College

"How much has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in the following areas?"

Area of growth Luther College Liberal Arts Midwest* Iowa Privates**
Work-related skills 2.8 2.9 3.1
Critical thinking 3.6 3.6 3.5
Effective writing 3.4 3.4 3.2
Effective speaking 3.1 3.2 3.1
Quantitative analysis 2.7 2.7 2.8
Developing ethics/values 3.1 3.1 3.0
Working with others 3.2 3.2 3.2

4 = Very much, 3 = Quite a bit, 2 = Some, 1 = Very little.

* Liberal Arts Midwest: Beloit College, Concordia College at Moorhead, Gustavus Adolphus College, Knox College, Lawrence University, The College of Saint Benedict, and Saint John's University.

** Iowa Privates: Buena Vista University, Central College, Drake University, Loras College, Simpson College, Wartburg College.

Source: 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement