Colleges pay close attention to the results of various national surveys that assess and rank institutions of higher education.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks first-year and senior students about a wide range of educationally purposeful activities. The recent 2013 NSSE report highlighted two specific engagement indicators of Trinity in regard to “campus environment” and “learning with peers.”
The areas noted for “significantly higher” averages when compared to other Great Lakes private schools were “Quality of Interactions” and “Collaborative Learning.” The College also considers these areas to be strengths that reflect the kind of community Trinity strives to nurture. Students continuously comment on the mentorship relationships they have with professors who deeply care not only about students’ academic success but also their social and spiritual development.
Among Trinity’s freshmen and seniors, scores showed the College ahead of comparison groups in “courses that included a community-based projects”, a High-Impact Practice (HIP). Every year, students log thousands of hours volunteering in the community and even overseas as part of on-campus courses, Interim courses, and study abroad semesters.
Additionally, Trinity seniors scored participation in field experience as the second highest performing area. 100% of Trinity students gain professional work experience through internships locally and in the global city of Chicago or deepen their understanding of their major through intense research in field education opportunities.