Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University has been selected to participate in the national Learning-To-Improve Project. Based on student responses to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Eastern has demonstrated improved performance over time in three key areas: active and collaborative learning, faculty-student interactions, and a supportive campus environment. The project -- undertaken by NSSE staff and funded by the Spencer Foundation -- aims to capture practices at Eastern and other exemplary institutions that resulted in these improvements.
Graduating seniors at Eastern rate the University as an institution "committed to their success" and "cultivating positive working and social relations among different groups on campus." Freshmen report increased interaction with faculty in and out of the classroom, along with increased opportunities for collaboration with classmates to solve problems and to master difficult material.
"These positive results reflect the core values - academic excellence, engagement, inclusion, integrity, empowerment, and social responsibility - that inform Eastern's commitment to student success," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "We are encouraged by this recognition from our students and honored to participate in projects such as Learning to Improve."