AVON PARK —Graduating students continue to rate South Florida State College highly in many areas according to the graduate student survey that was recently made available to SFSC administration, faculty and staff, the college said in a prepared statement.
Each year graduates are given the opportunity to reflect upon their college experiences through the survey. This information is used to improve the college experience for future students by identifying strengths in SFSC’s programs and areas that need further development. Students answer questions relating to academic programs, intellectual and personal growth, student services and preparation for a career or continuing education.
“The overall satisfaction with the institution remains high and unchanged from previous years,” said Chris van der Kaay, SFSC’s chief information officer. “It’s rare to see several student satisfaction rates above 90 percent at a college or university. According to student perception, we’ve been adequately meeting their needs and at the same time it shows a few areas where we can make improvements.”
In conjunction with the findings, the survey reaffirms “SFSC’s decision to partner with a new bookstore and develop a new website.”
Of the 688 respondents, 99 percent rated their undergraduate experience positively and indicated they would recommend SFSC to others.
Consistent with previous years, over one-fourth of respondents noted that being near their family and the college’s convenient locations were their primary reasons for selecting SFSC.
Van der Kaay said students were highly satisfied with areas such as SFSC’s disabled student services (100 percent), science laboratories (100 percent) and the college’s student handbook (100 percent). Students also offered high praise for SFSC’s faculty and staff.
“Our Quality Enhancement Plan, or Guide to Personal Success, has been most successful,” said van der Kaay. “GPS focuses on supporting first-year students. Not only are we seeing an increase in the number of students indicating they are more satisfied, but a growing number report that they are using these services more often in comparison to previous years.”