November 16, 2011
WOOSTER, Ohio, Nov. 16, 2011 – Graduates of residential
liberal arts colleges are more likely than their peers from private and
flagship public universities to be highly satisfied with their undergraduate
experience, and to feel well prepared for life and work after college,
according to a national study released Tuesday.
The study was commissioned by the Annapolis Group, a consortium
of 130 of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, including The College of
Wooster. It was based on 2,700 telephone interviews conducted in 2002 and again
Seventy-six percent of the liberal arts graduates gave their
college experience high marks for preparing them for their first job, compared
with 66 percent of flagship public university graduates. Seventy-seven percent
rated their overall undergraduate experience as “excellent,” compared to 59
percent of private university graduates and 53 percent of those from flagship
Liberal arts graduates were more likely than any of the
other groups to report benefiting from interaction with high-quality,
teaching-oriented faculty, and having professors who challenged them
academically and personally helped them meet those challenges.
They were also more likely to report participating in
faculty-directed research or independent study, a proven high-impact
educational practice. Fifty-six percent of liberal arts college graduates, 42
percent of private college graduates, and 35 percent of flagship public
university graduates did so. One hundred percent of Wooster’s graduates
participate in faculty-mentored undergraduate research.
“On virtually all measures known to contribute to positive
outcomes, graduates of liberal arts colleges rate their experience more highly
than do graduates of private or public universities,” said James H. Day, a
principal of Hardwick Day and director of the study.
The College of Wooster is an independent liberal arts college, nationally recognized for excellence in teaching and a curriculum built around mentored undergraduate research. Every Wooster senior works one-on-one with a faculty adviser to create an original research project, written work,
performance or art exhibit. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.
1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, Ohio 44691. (330) 263-2000
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