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Trinity Student and Alumni Reports of Skill Enhancement

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Survey findings on student learning and engagement

Trinity, in cooperation with other selective liberal arts colleges, has conducted a series of surveys gauging student engagement in various aspects of the academic and intellectual life of the college and on the development of core skills that are the goals of a liberal education. Below are some of the findings from those surveys.

Enhancement of Seniors’ Skills

Pct Reporting "Moderate” or "Great” Progress

1990-1994

1996-1997

1998-1999

2000-2001

2002-2003

2004-2005

Enhanced for most

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think analytically and logically

88%

86%

89%

86%

89%

89%

Function independently

85%

 

88%

77%

91%

85%

Synthesize ideas and info

83%

81%

83%

80%

88%

85%

Understand self

88%

82%

86%

83%

88%

85%

Gain in-depth knowledge of field

86%

78%

91%

77%

83%

85%

Formulate create original ideas and solutions

80%

 

87%

79%

82%

85%

Acquire new skills and knowledge on own

91%

 

93%

74%

83%

80%

Ability to write effectively

87%

78%

84%

81%

78%

79%

Plan and execute complex projects

79%

 

79%

69%

85%

78%

Awareness of social problems

78%

 

75%

74%

87%

77%

Learn on own

 

90%

88%

70%

81%

77%

Communicate well orally

81%

70%

85%

78%

76%

77%

Evaluate and choose courses of action

76%

 

81%

66%

78%

75%

Function effectively as a team member

68%

 

67%

74%

92%

74%

Understand/Identify moral and ethical issues

75%

 

81%

70%

83%

73%

Lead and supervise tasks and groups

67%

66%

71%

77%

79%

73%

Self-esteem

78%

75%

71%

73%

79%

73%

Arts appreciation

63%

53%

63%

61%

78%

73%

Placing current problems in perspective

75%

61%

78%

59%

74%

73%

Broad knowledge/education (in arts/sci)

71%

67%

77%

66%

62%

72%

Broad knowledge in arts/sciences

71%

67%

76%

58%

62%

72%

Resolve interpersonal conflicts positively

 

 

 

79%

79%

70%

Organize time effectively

 

61%

64%

62%

71%

59%

Relate well to different races, nations, religions

66%

61%

51%

57%

51%

55%

Less often enhanced

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use quantitative tools

54%

42%

62%

53%

57%

48%

Evaluation of science role in society

54%

 

58%

46%

60%

46%

Understanding nature and process of science

 

32%

43%

47%

54%

43%

Foreign language knowledge

27%

 

32%

26%

29%

30%

 

  

Trends in Average Seniors’ Skill Enhancement

1 = Not at all, 4 = Greatly

  

Enhancement of Groups of Skills by Academic Year, 2000-2006
1 = Not at all, 4 = Greatly

 

Trends in Alumni Reports of Enhancement of Skills: 
Percent Reporting "Moderate” or "Great” Enhancement

Sorted by amount of enhancement reported by 1990s graduates in 2005

Surveyed in…

1996, 1999

2005

Graduated in…

70s

80s

90s

80s

90s

Enhanced for most

 

 

 

 

 

Write effectively

80%

75%

82%

67%

74%

Synthesize and integrate ideas and information

69%

71%

77%

70%

66%

Acquire broad knowledge in the arts and sciences

64%

63%

69%

65%

65%

Acquire new skills and knowledge on own

79%

75%

77%

63%

60%

Appreciate art, literature, music, drama

67%

63%

63%

60%

57%

Place current problems in historical perspective

62%

63%

66%

55%

54%

Formulate creative and original ideas

70%

65%

70%

54%

54%

Enhanced for some

 

 

 

 

 

Communicate well orally

65%

56%

60%

44%

53%

Develop self-esteem

63%

55%

64%

49%

51%

Understanding self

61%

56%

64%

45%

48%

Function effectively as member of team

46%

44%

55%

40%

47%

Develop awareness of social problems

23%

39%

49%

37%

45%

Use computers

15%

29%

44%

25%

41%

Identify moral and ethical issues

53%

46%

49%

38%

37%

Relate to different peoples, religions, cultures

41%

36%

41%

31%

33%

Lead and supervise tasks and groups of people

34%

34%

47%

29%

32%

Rarely enhanced

 

 

 

 

 

Use quantitative tools

38%

40%

35%

31%

30%

Understand role of science and technology in society

22%

28%

28%

22%

27%

Read or speak foreign language

24%

24%

26%

23%

24%

A healthy lifestyle

17%

22%

26%

18%

23%