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1 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Comparative Alumni Research Comparison of 1990s Graduates to Earlier Graduates Lutheran Educational Conference of North America Lord of Life Lutheran Church Maple Grove, MN Monday, April 21, 2008

2 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Alumni Survey Methodology Telephone surveys with Lutheran and Non-Lutheran graduates of the following institutions (800 each):  Lutheran colleges  Other private colleges  Flagship public universities  Other public colleges and universities Graduating classes of interviews completed Balanced by region of the country

3 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Part I: Trends in Education Among Graduates of Lutheran Colleges and Flagship Public Universities Recent graduates of Lutheran Colleges were more likely than their older peers to experience many aspects of interaction with faculty and students. In nearly every case, graduates of Lutheran Colleges continue to be more likely to experience these interactions than graduates of Flagship Public Universities.

4 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Definition of Flagship Universities Flagship public universities = 147 public universities designated as “national universities” in U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, They offer a full range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. Many place strong emphasis on research and receive funding for their research endeavors.

5 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Many Small Classes with Fewer than 20 Students Q.1 Please tell me how much you personally benefited from your college offering …(rating a 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=did not benefit at all, and 5=benefited very much) S S = Significant difference between decades

6 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Professors Who Challenged, But Helped Meet Those Challenges S = Significant difference between decades Q. 2 How much did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never, and 5=always) S

7 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Personal Interaction with Professors S = Significant difference between decades Q.1 Please tell me how much you personally benefited from your college offering …(rating a 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=did not benefit at all, and 5=benefited very much) S

8 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Found a Mentor in College S = Significant difference between decades Q. 4 Who, if anyone, did you meet at your college who was a mentor or role model for you? S S

9 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Conversations with Professors Outside of Class S = Significant difference between decades Q. 2 How much did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never, and 5=always) S

10 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Active Involvement Recent college graduates (from both Lutheran Colleges and Flagship Public Universities) were more likely than their older peers to say they experienced active classroom involvement and personal development …

11 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Extensive Classroom Discussions S = Significant difference between decades Q. 2 How much did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never, and 5=always) S S

12 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E The Integration of Values and Ethics in Classroom Discussions No significant difference between decades Q. 2 How much did your college experience include the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=never, and 5=always)

13 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E No significant difference between decades There Was a Sense of Community Among Students Q.12 How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=strongly disagree and 5=strongly agree)

14 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E No significant difference between decades Their College Helped Them Integrate Faith into their Daily Lives Q.12 How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=strongly disagree and 5=strongly agree)

15 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Active Participation Recent college graduates were more likely than their older peers to say they experienced college- sponsored activities outside of the classroom.

16 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Participated in a College-Sponsored Internship S = Significant difference between decades Q. 5 While in college, did you participate in…? S

17 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Participated in Off-Campus Study* No significant difference between decades Q. 5 While in college, did you participate in…? * includes international study and other off-campus study experiences

18 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Involved in Volunteer or Community Service Activities S = Significant difference between decades Q. 6A Were you involved in any of the following? Q.6B Did you have any leadership role in…? Had a leadership role: S 24%18% 34% S18%28%

19 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Involved in Varsity Athletics No significant difference between decades Q. 6A Were you involved in any of the following?

20 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Financing the College Education Compared to older graduates, 1990s graduates had greater responsibility to pay for the cost of their education. Recent Lutheran College graduates are also more likely to have worked during the college school year. However, this had little negative impact for the Lutheran College graduates (compared to Flagship Public University graduates) on the ability to graduate in four years.

21 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Received a Scholarship or Grant to Attend College S = Significant difference between decades Q. 13 Did you receive a scholarship or grant to attend college? S S

22 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Took Out Loans to Attend College S = Significant difference between decades * of those taking out loans Q. 14 Did you take out loans to attend college? Q.15 Were the loans a good investment on your part? Loan was a good investment :* S 99% S91%96%90%95%94%

23 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Graduated in Four Years or Less S = Significant difference between decades Q. 18 How many years did it take for you to complete your undergraduate degree? S

24 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Satisfaction Compared to older graduates, 1990s graduates of Lutheran colleges are more enthusiastic about their education.

25 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E “Completely Satisfied” with Quality of Education S = Significant difference between decades Q. 7 How satisfied are you with the overall quality of the education you received from your college? (Rating 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all satisfied, and 5=completely satisfied) “Satisfied” (4 or 5): 91%86%84%92%85%91% S

26 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Trends in Education: Outcomes Compared to older graduates, 1990s graduates of Lutheran colleges rate their colleges as...

27 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E S = Significant difference between decades More Effective in Helping Them to Be Leaders Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective) S S

28 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E S = Significant difference between decades More Effective in Helping Them to Write Effectively S Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)

29 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E S = Significant difference between decades More Effective in Helping Them to Speak Effectively S S Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective)

30 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Compare what the 90’s graduates report compared to 70’ and 80’s Involvement with church or religious organization. Sense of purpose in life. Moral principles that can guide actions

31 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Q.20 In the past five years, have you been involved in the volunteer activity, that is donating time or money to church or religious organizations? S = Significant difference between decades S S Involved in Past Five Years With Church or Religious Organizations

32 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Their College Was Effective in Helping Them Have a Sense of Purpose in Life Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective) No significant difference between decades

33 D I S C O V E R A G R O U P O F C O L L E G E S T H A T H A S F A I T H I N Y O U R F U T U R E Their College Was Effective in Helping Them Develop Moral Principles that Can Guide Actions Q.10 How effective was your college in helping you develop the following? (rating 4 or 5 on a five-point scale, where 1=not at all effective and 5=extremely effective) No significant difference between decades


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