Achievement Indicator: Students Experience Extensive Contact with Faculty, Staff, and Other Students

Rationale for this indicator as a valid measure of achievement

This is one of two achievement indicators for the LEARNING core theme about student ENGAGEMENT. The objective is that students experience an engaging learning environment founded on extensive personal contact among faculty, staff and students in and out of the classroom. This indicator focuses on student-faculty contact while the other focuses on experience-based learning.

WSU’s mission includes an expectation that there will be “extensive contact among faculty, students and staff in and out of the classroom.” Students’ perceptions of these contacts provide direct evidence, and relative class size and faculty/student ratios provide secondary evidence that the institution is meeting this expectation.

Acceptable achievement thresholds for metrics assessing this indicator are

  • Senior student ratings on the quality of relationship with faculty members will be above the national NSSE average

  • WSU’s average class size for all classes will be held below 22 students per section.