Students find favorable their SouthArk experiences

South Arkansas Community College students still have a few notches to climb in reaching their five-year goal of buoying critical thinking skills, according to the most recent Community College Survey of Student Engagement which shows them ahead of their statewide counterparts.

Whereas SouthArk students ranked their ability to think critically and analytically as a direct result of the college at a 3.10 on a scale of 1-4, statewide colleges listed their abilities at a 3.01. Still, both were bounds beyond the 2012 cohort, which listed their skills at a 2.94.

During the October board of trustees meeting, Stephanie Tully-Dartez, the director of institutional effectiveness and research, explained that the listing means students’ responses signified the college’s contribution to their abilities around the “somewhat” and “quite a bit level.”

“So they’re still not totally sure, which is where we want them to be,” she said.

The critical thinking component is a recent addition, required by the accreditation board.

In other areas, students founds themselves challenges significantly by exams, responding on a scale of 1-7, that tests challenged them at a 5.27 level. As a result, studying levels were also high at a 3.22 ranking on a scale of 1-4.

Drawbacks continued to echo statewide trends and showed displeasure with the child care system (1.45 and 1.29, respectively SouthArk and the state), and apathy toward school activities, both listing participation levels between nil and less than 1.5 hours per week.

Overall, students didn’t seem to find the school lacking, listing their experience at SouthArk as a 3.22, as opposed to students statewide who ranked their colleges at 3.28.

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