Following on from last week’s article, this article looks at the top 20 institutions for NSS question 14; “Any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively” as well as the top 20 improved institutions. Timetabling is typically regarded as one of the key factors that affect this question, due to the communication of timetabling changes and the effectiveness of this process directly affecting the students. Therefore any positive and negative timetable communication impacts are very likely to be reflected within the results for this question.
As with before only those institutions that have received +250 student responses via the NSS survey have been included within the tables shown below, however links have been provided below the tables that include all of the results.
Those institutions with less than 250 students have been removed so that those with larger cohorts of students can compare their results against other institutions of similar size.
This first table highlights those institutions that recorded the highest NSS results for Q14 “Any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively” in 2015.
As this table indicates Loughborough University recorded the highest NSS results for question 14 in 2015 (90%) and also recorded the highest percentage of students answering “5” for this question. The University of Buckingham recorded the second highest results for question 14 with 89%, with Coventry University and The University of Surrey recording the third highest results, with 88%. Coventry University is one of the larger Universities included in the top 20 table shown above, however The University of Leeds recorded the highest sample size and response rate of all those institutions in the top 20 table and recorded a 85% value of Q14.
Another useful tool for measuring success in relation to the NSS Q14 “Any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively” is to determine how this year’s results compare to the last. The following table highlights the top 20 institutions that have seen the greatest rise in NSS results for Q14 in 2015 compared to 2014.
As with the Q13 results Liverpool Hope University has seen the greatest increase in results for 2015 with a total increase of 21% – a huge increase from last years results. Buckinghamshire New University recorded the second highest increase (13%) whilst Ravensbourne and London Metropolitan University recorded the third highest increase in results (12%). Manchester Metropolitan University recorded the highest sample and response rate of those institutions included in the top 20 table above.
Only one of those institutions that have seen the greatest increases in results for this question are also included in the top 20 table, that being The City University with a 2015 result of 84% – a 10% increase in comparison to 2014.
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