New survey highlights dramatic increase in RIT student satisfaction

For the first time, rating tops national average in Noel Levitz survey




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A. Sue Weisler

More than 2,000 RIT students completed the most recent Noel Levitz survey.

Efforts extending more than a decade to enhance the campus experience for students at RIT have reached a critical milestone. New data indicates that overall student satisfaction has improved to the point that it now surpasses the national average for private institutions of higher learning.

Noel Levitz, a higher education consulting firm, has reported the results from its most recent survey, which was completed by more than 2,000 RIT students. For the first time, RIT received an overall student satisfaction rating that is “significantly higher” than the average of private colleges and universities in the U.S., according to RIT President Bill Destler.

“The data reflects improvement in students’ perceptions of their experience at RIT in their academic programs, their student life and their business interactions with the campus at all levels,” he explains.

Since 2000, RIT’s student satisfaction ratings from Noel Levitz had lagged behind the average, but strategies employed at RIT to improve overall satisfaction in the past decade have consistently reduced that gap with each survey.

“I want to especially note the progress made during Al Simone’s tenure as president,” Destler says. “This has been a long haul, and this kind of improvement results from the collective efforts of everyone at RIT including those working in every division of the university.”

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A. Sue Weisler

More than 2,000 RIT students completed the most recent Noel Levitz survey.

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Noel Levitz reports a consistent rise in RIT’s student satisfaction rating since 2000, which now surpasses the national average for private college and universities.