Mattoon, IL -(Effingham Radio)- Most Lake Land College students reported Lake Land was their first choice of institution when deciding where to go to college, a recent study indicates. According to the Spring 2018 Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory Survey, 81 percent of students listed Lake Land College as their first choice, up from 73 percent in 2015.
Survey results support the college’s enrollment reports that annually indicate Lake Land College is the top choice among the in-district seniors seeking a higher education.
In addition, students ranked affordability and academic reputation as top reasons for choosing Lake Land. Specific rankings include 1. Cost, 2. Financial aid, 3. Academic reputation, 4. Personalized attention prior to enrollment and 5. Geographic setting.
“The fact that geographic setting was listed as the fifth top reason, rather than first, second or third, defies the misconception that students mostly choose Lake Land simply due to geographic location,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said. “Our affordability and academic reputation continue to be reported by our students as most important to them.”
The survey results also indicated Lake Land College was meeting or exceeding expectations of its students in every area measured by the national study. A majority, or 77 percent, of Lake Land students were more satisfied than their peers at community colleges nationwide.
“Our spring 2018 student satisfaction survey results support the fact that the Lake Land family strives to exceed our students’ expectations,” Bullock said.
Some of the areas where Lake Land College exceeded the expectations of its students were in academic advising/counseling, instructional effectiveness, academic services, and responsiveness to diverse populations.
The Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory Survey was administered every year between 2002 through 2009 and once every three years since 2012. Survey responses were based off of 761 students enrolled in day and evening courses, on and off campus courses and online courses.
Survey results can be found at lakelandcollege.edu. Under the “About Us” drop-down, click on “Institutional Research.”
Lake Land College District 517, located in Mattoon, Illinois, serves the second largest community college district in the state, with a total population of 189,869. The Lake Land College district comprises all or part of 15 counties and 31 public school districts in rural east central Illinois. Counties served by Lake Land College include: Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby.