As the cost of attending college has increased over the previous decade, there has been more scrutiny about whether the investment in a college education is worthwhile. New data from the 2014 National Satisfaction and Priorities Report shows that half of students at four-year institutions show dissatisfaction in this area.
The report features responses from nearly 600,000 students at 728 institutions nationwide that administered the Student Satisfaction Inventory™ (SSI) between the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2014. The majority of students responded that they were satisfied with their overall college experience and that they would probably re-enroll at their campuses if they had to do their college experiences all over again. These results have remained steady or slightly improved for all four sectors compared to a year ago.
While the majority of students indicate they are satisfied with their experiences, there are still many areas where there is room for improvement on the national level, including satisfaction with tuition. The report looks at student satisfaction for the statement, “Tuition paid is a worthwhile investment.” As the table below shows, only half of students at four-year institutions expressed satisfaction with this item.