Recent History – 2000
July 3, 2000
The results of the 1999 Key Student Outcomes Indicators for BC indicate consistently high ratings for NLC for yet another year. Former students of Northern Lights College and 20 other provincial colleges and institutions were surveyed, by an independent agency, to gather data about their post-secondary experiences in the areas of skill development, overall satisfaction and employment outcomes.
“The survey results confirm what we already know about NLC, that our students receive some of the best education in the province,” said Jim Kassen, NLC College president.
“We were able to compare our institution’s Key Student Outcome Indicators to determine which were statistically significant as either higher or lower than the provincial average. By doing this we are able to get an overview of our performance.
“And, a majority of these indicators are significantly higher than the provincial average, including student overall satisfaction with studies, quality of teaching, usefulness of training in performing a job, and gross full-time salary.
“In fact, 10 of these measures show NLC as rating highest in BC.”
Other important survey results, show 84 per cent of former students in the College’s applied programs (programs which lead to employment in a specific field, i.e. business, social work, mechanics, forestry, etc.) are employed, with 78 per cent of these individuals being employed in a training-related job.
As well, student’s ranked the College second in the province for having had their main goals for enrolling achieved, whether it was for job skills or a credential.
“Our instructors and staff can be proud of their efforts to provide students with well-designed educational programs,” Kassen continued.
“The outcomes survey lets us know how well we are doing, and it gives us the opportunity to improve and develop our service to students. It is particularly important to us, because it is what our graduates say about us, and that is who we are here for.”