Above: Acting President Steve Hudson announces that Niagara College is once again Number One in Student Satisfaction at a morning event in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Acting VP Academic Sean Kennedy stands with SAC president Brian Costantini, newly elect president Katryna McKenna and Nitro after the announcement was made at the Welland Campus.
Niagara College is back at the head of the class in terms of student satisfaction in Ontario, according to results of the provincial Student Satisfaction Survey released today.
The Key Performance Indicator Student Satisfaction Survey shows that 85.7 percent of Niagara College students are satisfied with their experience at Niagara College – a 2.6 percent jump over last year’s result, and more than 2 percent higher than the provincial average of 83 percent.
“Our faculty and staff dedicate themselves to our students’ success, and we’ve made tremendous investments in our facilities, equipment and learning resources over the past few years,” said Acting President Steve Hudson. “We’re very pleased that our hard work is reflected in this year’s results.”
On the employment side, the results show that 85.4 percent of Niagara College graduates were employed within six months of graduation, and 93.7 percent of the employers were satisfied with the NC grad that they hired. More than 77 percent of Niagara College graduates said they were satisfied with their Niagara College education.
“What this shows is the value of a college education in today’s rapidly changing economy,” said Hudson. “College graduates are getting jobs, and they’re showing themselves to be well prepared and ready to hit the ground running.”
The KPI survey is administered at all 24 Ontario colleges each year by an independent research firm for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
The student satisfaction portion of the survey measures satisfaction in four key areas of college life. Niagara College’s results show:
• 91.1 percent of students said they are satisfied that their program is providing the knowledge and skills that will be useful in their future careers (up 1 percent over 2010-11);
• 86.6 percent said they are satisfied with the overall quality of the learning experiences in their program (up 1.5 percent over 2010-11)
• 83.6 percent said they are satisfied with the quality of the facilities and resources at the College (up 3.4 percent over 2010-11);
• 81.7 percent said they are satisfied with the overall quality of the services in the College (up 2.1 percent over 2010-11).
The results also show an overall graduation rate of 65.7, which is an increase over last year’s graduation rate of 64.2 percent, and ahead of the provincial average of 65 percent.