St. Ambrose University is committed to a model of continuous improvement. As such, a cycle of surveying and reviewing of programs and perceptions is utilized. This list inludes a few of the ongoing tools used.
The NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development through The College Student Report . The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. St. Ambrose University uses its data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved through changes in policies and practices more consistent with good practices in undergraduate education. This information is also used by prospective college students, their parents, college counselors, academic advisers, institutional research officers, and researchers to learn more about how students spend their time and what they gain from their experiences.
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St Ambrose University partners with Noel Levitz to administer the Student Satisfaction InventoryTM to strengthen the quality of the student experience through precise, comprehensive satisfaction assessment. The Student Satisfaction Inventory provides SAU with measures of student satisfaction and priorities that can be used to improve student quality of life and learning. This information is used to inform the strategic planning process, guide student retention practices, and chart progress towards a campus goals committed to student development.
St Ambrose University also partners with Noel Levitz to administer the Adult Student Priorities SurveyTM to assess adult students in adult education programs. SAU uses this information to determine what is important to adult students, as well as their satisfaction with programs. The survey encompasses the full range of adult student experiences.