Survey shows FSC
actively involved in campus life
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2003) - Florida
Southern College joined 437 other colleges and universities in the
United States to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement
(NSSE) this past spring. Survey results from 2001-2002 data indicate
FSC students were more actively involved than students at peer institutions
both in the classroom and within the community.
Seventy-five percent of students participated in volunteer work,
giving back more than $370,500 (based on minimum wage) to the community
in volunteer services. Students also took part in more campus events
and activities, including lectures, cultural events, sports, Greek
life, and other organizations. Classroom participation also ranked
high, with freshman students presenting in class frequently and
seniors leading discussions, making presentations, or working with
others in the learning experience.
"We were very pleased when the results came back," Susan Conner,
vice president for academic affairs said. "Our student/faculty ratio
of about 12:1 provides the right environment, and we have a strong
commitment to the active engagement of faculty and students in shared
The NSSE is designed to obtain information from colleges and universities
nationwide about student participation in college programs and activities.
The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their
time and what they gain from attending college.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.