June 5, 2007

College Receives Good Grades from Students in Survey

More than 1,000 students rated Western Nevada College high in a representative sample survey conducted on the Carson City, Fallon and Douglas campuses in February. The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory survey provided student opinions on quality of instruction, faculty and staff knowledge and helpfulness, facilities, campus security, parking, cost, financial assistance, and more.

The respondents listed "the quality of instruction received in most classes was excellent" as the No. 1 strength for Western Nevada. Other strengths included the ability for students to register for classes with few conflicts, the ability to experience intellectual growth, the fact that nearly all faculty are knowledgeable in their fields, the ease of applying for classes online through the college's web site, and campus safety and security.

Students gave two ratings for each item: the importance of each issue raised, and their satisfaction level regarding that issue. Western's ratings were compared with results from more than 200 other community, technical and junior colleges that participated. In the summary, WNC ranked higher than the other colleges in how the college has met students' expectations, in students' overall satisfaction with their college experience, and whether they would enroll again.

The survey is part of the college's strategic plan to improve student success by regularly gauging student opinions and assessing college practices and programs.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu

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