2009 NSSE and FSSE Results: Comparing faculty and student perceptions of a supportive campus environment
The illustration below compares faculty and student perceptions about the quality of students’ relationships with key groups of people (i.e. other faculty, other students, and administrative personnel) on campus. In particular, it compares the percentage of faculty and students who agree that other faculty members, other students, and administrative personnel provide high quality supportive relationships to students.
Bar chart 1: Percentage of faculty and students who perceive student relationships with others on campus are of high quality
- On average, it seems as though students hold a higher regard for peer relationships on campus when compared to faculty perceptions of the same relationships. For example, 59% of first-year and 65% of seniors believe their relationships with other students are friendly and supportive while only 55% of faculty agree.
- As for the quality of student relationships with faculty, only one in two first-year students perceive faculty as being supportive while about three out of five seniors (58%) believe the same. The majority of faculty (55%) thought their relationships with students are of high quality.
- Faculty and students tend to largely agree students’ relationships with administrators are not as supportive as other constituents on campus. Less than one third of faculty, and only a slightly larger percentage of first years (35%) and seniors (34%), agree the quality of students’ relationships with administrators are of high quality.