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Wofford College highlighted in USA Today article

Monday, August 29, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is featured in today’s edition of USA Today for its recognition as one of 20 colleges that “create a campus culture that fosters student success.” The article details Wofford and other colleges’ inclusion in “Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter,” a book based on research conducted at Indiana University-Bloomington.

The USA Today article was accompanied by a photograph of a class being conducted on the lawn of Wofford’s historic Main Building.

Wofford was among 20 colleges selected to participate in the first Project DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practices) study in 2002-2003. Project DEEP is a study conducted by the Center for Post Secondary Educational Research at Indiana University-Bloomington to determine why certain campuses score exceptionally well on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

The USA Today article by Alvin P. Sanoff, reads, in part:

“Every college in America seems to appear on some kind of ‘best’ list. There’s the U.S. News rankings of ‘Best Colleges,’ Princeton Review’s top ‘Party Schools,’ Kiplinger’s ‘Best Values In Public and Private Colleges,’ and that’s just for starters.

“Now a group of higher-education researchers has come up with a new list, one that parents and prospective college students might find especially instructive: 20 schools that create a campus culture that fosters student success. The list is not a ranking; it's an effort to identify diverse institutions that do an especially good job of educating students.

“‘They all add value to the student experience,” says Indiana University professor George Kuh, who led a team of 25 researchers to compile the list.

“The 20 schools run the gamut from large public research institutions such as the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Kansas-Lawrence to small private liberal arts institutions such as Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.

“What sets the schools apart, researchers say, is that when factors such as the academic quality of the students they admit are taken into account, the institutions have above-average graduation rates and do an outstanding job of involving students in their education. Research shows that student involvement is a key component of academic success.

“Kuh says data showed the schools “were all places where something good was going on.” Three to five researchers visited each school twice for a total of up to six days to determine why students at the schools succeed. Kuh and his colleagues have published their research in a new book, Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter (Jossey-Bass).

“Focusing the spotlight on these institutions, Kuh says, provides a road map for other schools.”

For the full article, go to: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2005-08-28-colleges-success_X.htm.