Go back

University scores top marks with grads

Austin Peay students rank their educational experience slightly higher than students at other state universities in many categories, according to newly released data from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

The Enrolled Student Survey, part of a performance-based funding program, was administered to students at campuses across the state. Scores were released to individual universities last week.
Austin Peay students rank their educational experience slightly higher than students at other state universities in many categories, according to newly released data from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

The Enrolled Student Survey, part of a performance-based funding program, was administered to students at campuses across the state. Scores were released to individual universities last week.

APSU scored higher than the state average in 24 of 37 categories, and above available national norms in 12 criteria. Highest rated were categories titled “educational experience” and “academic experience,” response items that allowed students to rank their overall learning experience.

Austin Peay students also ranked their “ability to grow as a person” and “ability to lead” as a result of their university experience higher than students in other universities. Their ranking of their ability to write effectively, understand math concepts and understand global concerns was slightly higher, also.

The University received slightly lower scores in the categories of social experience and cultural experience.

“We strive to meet the expectations of our students in all categories,” says Dr. Houston Davis, associate vice president for academic affairs. “These surveys provide evidence that, generally, we're doing that.”

Davis says he is particularly pleased that APSU students were “more satisfied with their academic experience” than students at other universities.

“We hope to continue to improve in all areas,” he adds.
—Debbie Denton