News of the College May 2005

Is Reed changing? Answers from Seniors

A short answer to the question "Is Reed changing?" is "of course it is, and in other respects, it isn't."

According to Reed's Director of Institutional Research Jon Rivenburg, graduates of Reed's Class of 2004 were twice as likely as graduating seniors from other colleges to choose their alma mater again. Here is data based on a survey of graduating seniors from 34 national, liberal arts colleges, and over 11,000 student responses, using a weighted average of responses.

Reedies were more likely than their peers from other schools to be satisfied with:

  • their access to faculty outside class,
  • their interaction with faculty,
  • computer services and support,
  • library facilities and resources,
  • students' voice in politics, and
  • student government.

In addition, they were more likely to be very satisfied with their instruction in the arts and humanities, mathematics and sciences, and social sciences. They were also almost three times as likely to say they will pursue a doctoral degree.

The Class of 2004 was about a third as likely to be pleased with Reed's climate for minorities than seniors from the other schools. In comparison, Reedies also rated themselves lower on their relationship skills. End of Article

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