Educational Benchmark Study

The Real Impact of Student and School Characteristics on Student Success

The Imagine America Foundation (IAF) and Wonderlic have teamed up to identify the key influencing factors of student satisfaction, academic achievement, and gainful employment.  Through a survey conducted by Wonderlic, approximately 3,500 current and past students responded and the results are in!

At the heart of our research is developing educational benchmarks that can be used to help future students have the best overall educational experience. Our analyses clearly demonstrate that student engagement has the greatest impact on educational outcomes.

Student engagement occurs when students make a significant, psychological investment in their learning and take pride in incorporating what they learn into their lives.

Our findings show that both student and school characteristic can positively affect student engagement.  It is perhaps not surprising that engaged learners have more positive educational outcomes. Indeed, students who invest in their learning demonstrate great success.


Student Characteristics: Who is Likely To Be an Engaged Learner?
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  • Who is likely to achieve academic success?
  • How should we match students to programs?
  • Once students enroll, how do we keep them in our program?

Enrolling the right students is critical to improving your program retention rates and guiding successful students to gainful employment. In the first webinar we will provide an introduction to our research and we will discuss student characteristics that drive student engagement and educational outcomes.

School Characteristics: How Do Schools Drive Engagement?
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  • What can we do now to improve student outcomes?
  • Why is it important to benchmark our progress?
  • When and how do we start engaging students?

Student perceptions about the enrollment process, admissions representative, advisor, faculty, classes, and campus resources all play a vital role in affecting student engagement. In the second webinar we will discuss school characteristics that drive student engagement and educational outcomes.

Tying It All Together and Next Steps: A Bright Outlook for Engaged Students
November 14, 2012 at 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST

  • What is our reward for improving student and school characteristics?
  • What is the first step towards improvement?
  • How do we know that our program is making improvement?

Both student characteristics and school characteristics impact student engagement. In this webinar we will compare educational outcomes between engaged and disengaged students. Which of the following do you think is affected by Student Engagement?

  • Grade Point Average
  • Attendance rate
  • Intention to repay student loans
  • Perceptions of programs
  • Graduation rate
  • Employment status