National survey helps Wingate track success

Wingate, NC – A national survey among college students shows that underprepared and historically underrepresented students earn higher grades and are more likely to stay in college if they are actively engaged or connected with their university. Such a trend identified by the National Survey of Student Engagement provides a new source of evidence about college quality based on what students have to say about their college experience.

Since 2006, Wingate University has participated in such a survey sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to measure student involvement or engagement on its main campus.

In the most recent survey of freshmen and seniors conducted in 2009, Wingate University outperformed its peers and the national average in terms of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning and supportive campus environment. When compared to its peer institutions, students at Wingate spend more time each week preparing for class and more students participate in community service or volunteer work. The majority of students surveyed (88%) said the institution emphasizes studying and academic work. One of largest differences between Wingate and its peers is in the area of study-abroad experiences.

Twenty-seven percent of students at Wingate had an opportunity to participate in a study-abroad experience compared to eight percent in the peer group.

“Students and their parents are looking for the best value in higher education today,” said Dr. Jerry McGee, president of Wingate University. “Along with their personalized classroom experience, the majority of our students who live on campus all four years build invaluable lifetime relationships with their peers.”

Wingate University was compared in the survey to eight peer group universities and 640 institutions nationwide. The universities use information gathered from the surveys to evaluate the impact of specific campus programs to enhance the student experience.
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers more than 40 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the doctor of pharmacy and the doctor of education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.