Commitment to Academic Excellence
Point Park University is committed to a quality student experience and academic excellence. As such, we conduct annual student surveys as part of our benchmark and continuous improvement efforts.
In addition, we celebrate the students who embody academic excellence such as those on our Dean's List. The Dean’s List publicly acknowledges superior academic performance of full-time students who have successfully completed 12 or more credits during the semester. To appear on the Dean’s List, a student must have earned a Term Quality Point Average (T.Q.P.A.) of 3.50 and no grade less than a "C".
Full-time students become eligible for the Dean’s List at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Upon the completion of 12 credits, part-time students become eligible for Dean’s List recognition at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students in this category must maintain a cumulative Q.P.A. of 3.50 or higher and earn no grade lower than "C" in that semester.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) obtains, on an annual basis, information from hundreds of four-year colleges and universities nationwide about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.
Point Park University began administering NSSE in 2007 and will continue with this assessment tool every other year.
The Point Park University School of Business NSSE results for 2011 provide data for the School of Business and University-level benchmark comparisons: Carnegie Master’s Medium institutions and Middle States Peers. Green highlights note the statistically significant positive items for the School of Business, with a significant differentiation higher than our peers or the rest of the university. Yellow highlights indicate items that need improvement, which provides key information to consider in developing plans to address students’ needs.
Student Satisfaction Inventory
The Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) is a key measure of student satisfaction. Three areas of measurement (scores) can be examined from the data: importance, satisfaction and performance gaps. A combination of these three scores provides key information for institutions to consider in developing plans to address students’ needs. Any item with a mean rating that falls in the top half of importance and in the top quartile of satisfaction is defined as a “strength”. Any item with a mean rating that falls in the top half of importance and in the bottom quartile of satisfaction is defined as a “challenge”. The size of the performance gaps for each of these items is then used to measure how well the University is meeting students’ expectations. The SSI assists Point Park in identifying areas that students are most satisfied with, as well as the areas that require improvement. Point Park University conducts annual SSI reports (click here for the most recent Point Park University SSI) in an effort to continually be responsive to student needs.