Achievement

Report on Student Achievement and Institutional Effectiveness

Learning Outcomes

When asked to identify (CUSC 2011, question 19) where Briercrest contributes most to a student's development, students ranked the following as the top ten ways (each being said to have helped much or very much): 

Spiritual development 93.1%
Moral and ethical development 81.6%
Written communication skills   78.0%
Thinking logically and analytically 73.9%
Ability to address issues in personal life 73.6%
Effective study and learning skills 71.2%
Interpersonal skills 69.0%
Self-confidence   67.9%
Leadership skills    67.3%
Persistence with difficult tasks 65.7%

 

When compared to other contexts, Briercrest is far more likely to provide opportunity to participate in activities to enhance your spirituality (worship, meditation, prayer, etc.) (see Table 1; NSSE 2012, question 6). 
Table 1:  During the current school year, about how often have you done each of the following? 

 

 

Briercrest

Canada Avg

CCCU Avg

NSSE Avg

Participated in activities to enhance your spirituality (worship, meditation, prayer, etc.)

First Year

3.51

1.70

3.12

2.04

Seniors

3.64

1.71

3.07

2.12

When compared to other university contexts, Briercrest is far more likely to contribute to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in areas well aligned with the Briercrest mission (see Table 2, NSSE 2012, question 11):

Table 2:  To what extent has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in the following areas? 

 

 

Briercrest

Canada Avg

CCCU Avg

NSSE Avg

Writing clearly and effectively

First Year

3.27

2.80

3.06

3.04

Seniors

3.65

3.04

3.27

3.16

Understanding yourself

First Year

3.15

2.66

2.99

2.84

Seniors

3.55

2.74

3.14

2.89

Developing a personal code of values and ethics

First Year

3.33

2.48

3.07

2.74

Seniors

3.53

2.56

3.22

2.79

Contributing to the welfare of your community

First Year

2.95

2.20

2.86

2.49

Seniors

3.34

2.29

2.96

2.52

Developing a deepened sense of spirituality

First Year

3.59

1.77

3.20

2.13

Seniors

3.75

1.66

3.17

1.97

Alumni of 10, 5 and 2 years report that the top eight areas where Briercrest contributed greatly (5 on a scale of 1 to 5) to the development of skills, knowledge, and abilities were (Alumni 2013, question 10): 

Written communication skills 56.6%
Ability to interpret scripture 53.1%
Moral and ethical development    50.0%
Effective study and learning skills   49.1%
Thinking logically and analytically 49.1%
Ability to address issues in personal life 49.1%
Ability to contribute to the work of the church    49.0%
Depth of character 48.4%

 

When alumni look back, they say that these statements are greatly descriptive (5 on a 1 to 5 scale) of them (Alumni, 2013, question 27):

I look back on my experience at  BCS with pleasure    60.0%
I speak positively about BCS to others 58.5%
I believe BCS prioritizes scripture (understanding and response) 57.9%
I believe BCS is a great place to become a thoughtful disciple of Jesus 54.7%
I believe BCS prioritizes transformation (development of people) 54.3%
I encourage prospective students to attend BCS 52.6%
I am pleased with the quality of BCS education today 51.6%

 

Institutional Effectiveness

When ranked among Canadian universities by means of the NSSE survey (2012) and as reported in Macleans magazine, Briercrest is among the top five of the 69 participating universities in three categories (Table 3).
Table 3:   NSSE 2012 Benchmark Results as reported by Macleans

 

First-Year Results

Senior-Year Results

Rank

Enriching Educational Experience

 

Quest

36.8

70.9

1

Briercrest

23

48

2

Canadian University College

28.2

46.1

3

Trinity Western

27.8

44.4

4

Queen's

27.8

41.1

5

NSSE 2012 Average

28.2

40.1

7

 

 

 

 

Supportive Campus Environment

 

Quest

83.8

76.2

1

Hearst (Laurentian)

64.5

72.2

2

Briercrest

70

71

3

Bishop's

71

70.4

4

Huron (Western)

60.9

69.4

5

NSSE 2012 Average

63

60.2

22

 

 

 

 

Level of Academic Challenge

 

Quest

71.8

75.6

1

Royal Roads

n/a

67

2

Hearst (Laurentian)

49.7

63.4

3

Briercrest

53

63

4

Trinity Western

54.8

62.1

5

NSSE 2012 Average

54.3

58.3

16

       

 

Students agree strongly with statements about the faculty and learning experience (CUSC 2011, question 15b):

At this university, professors treat students as individuals, not just numbers 76%
My learning experiences at this university have been intellectually stimulating 64%

Most of my professors are reasonably accessible outside of class to help students

64%

 

According to the Student Satisfaction Inventory (2013, question 114), 80% of students describe Briercrest as their first choice.

In this survey, students indicated the top 15 areas of satisfaction were (SSI, 2013):

Nearly all of the faculty are knowledgeable in their field (question 68)  6.53
This institution has a good reputation within the community (question 51)  6.47
I am able to experience intellectual growth here (question 39)  6.43
The campus is safe and secure for all students (question 7)  6.42
There are equal opportunities for men and women to learn and grow at Briercrest (question 76) 6.38
The campus staff are caring and helpful (question 2)  6.31
This institution shows concern for students as individuals (question 59) 6.30
There are adequate role models for me at Briercrest (question 82) 6.28
Faculty care about me as an individual (question 3)   6.27
The quality of instruction I receive in most of my classes is excellent (question 58) 6.26
There is a commitment to academic excellence on this campus (question 41) 6.23
Briercrest has helped me establish relationships for the future (question 79) 6.23
Faculty are usually available after class and during office hours (question 65) 6.23
Briercrest is a good place to be challenged about a life of discipleship and allegiance to Christ (question 75) 6.22
It is an enjoyable experience to be a student on this campus (question 29)    6.18

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of the education you have received at BCS (satisfied or very satisfied)? 97.3% (CUSC 2011, question 20).
When compared to other types of contexts for a university education, Briercrest students are more confident about their sense that they would attend Briercrest again (NSSE 2012, question 14):
Table 4:  If you could start over again, would you go to the same institution you are now attending?

 

 

Briercrest

Canada Avg

CCCU Avg

NSSE Avg

If you could start over again, would you go to the same institution you are now attending?

First Year

3.61

3.23

3.42

3.26

Seniors

3.43

3.07

3.36

3.22

Students rated their overall satisfaction with their experience here thus far (SSI 2013, question 100):

1 - Not satisfied at all 0.4%
2 - Not very satisfied  1.8%
3 - Somewhat dissatisfied   3.3%
4 - Neutral 2.2%
5 - Somewhat satisfied  13.3%
6 - Satisfied  43.2%
7 - Very satisfied   33.2%

 

All in all, if students had it to do over again, would they enroll here? (SSI 2013, question 101):

1 - Definitely not  1.5%
2 - Probably not 1.8%
3 - Maybe not  2.6%
4 - I don't know 6.3%
5 - Maybe yes 10.7%
6 - Probably yes 23.6%
7 - Definitely yes 52.0%

 

Graduate Placement

Alumni are now working in the following industries (Alumni 2013, question 13): 

Industry Category      Percentage
Community and Social Service Occupations (including church)    23%
Education, Training, and Library Occupations  15%
Management Occupations    10%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations  8%
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4%
Sales and Related Occupations   4%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations  3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations    3%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations    3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations  1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 1%
Healthcare Support Occupations 1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations  1%
Transportation and Materials Moving Occupations   1%

 

When asked to describe how a Briercrest education prepared them for their current job, students described the contribution as follows (Alumni, 2013, questions 16): 

My Briercrest education developed transferable skills (problem solving, interpersonal, communication, etc.) 65.2%
My Briercrest education developed skills directly related to the job (technical skills, ministry skills, teaching skills, etc.) 50.7%
My Briercrest education was a necessary credential 26.1%
My Briercrest education introduced me to this vocation/calling 17.4%

 

Alumni indicate that 51% have at some point worked full-time in what is sometimes referred to as a traditional career ministry (pastor, missionary, para-church worker, etc) (Alumni, 2013, question 17).


Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

1=Never, 2=Sometimes, 3=Often, 4=Very often

1=Very little, 2=Some, 3=Quite a bit, 4=Very much

577 Canadian and US universities participated in NSSE in 2012.

1=Definitely no, 2=Probably no, 3=Probably yes, 4=Definitely yes