Every year, Noel-Levitz compiles national data on the satisfaction and priorities of nontraditional students, and each year I am struck by how satisfied these students are with their educational experience in general. However, there are still areas where institutions can improve the quality of the experience for these students.
This is the second blog in a series about our recently released national reports. My last blog reviewed the factors influencing nontraditional students’ decisions to enroll. This blog takes a closer look at the 2012 National Adult Student Priorities Report and the 2012 National Online Learners Priorities Report. (Download them from the Noel-Levitz Web site.)
How do the satisfaction levels of adult and online learners compare to those of “traditional” students? To answer that question, I looked at data from students who took the Adult Student Priorities Survey and Priorities Survey for Online Learners, then compared their responses to students who completed the Student Satisfaction Inventory, which is taken primarily by traditional-aged students. (Note that some nontraditional students may have completed the Student Satisfaction Inventory in the traditional-student data sets.)