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High-Impact Learning: Strong Results on National Survey

by Nicole Hackett, Student Public Relations Writer

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Cedarville University received high marks in the 2020 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

The NSSE is administered by the Indiana University School of Education. Survey results for 2020 were gathered from nearly half a million first-year and senior students at 521 U.S. and 63 Canadian universities.

Of the Cedarville students who responded in the 2020 NSSE, 95% said they had experienced a high-impact learning activity at Cedarville, such as service-learning, learning community, research with faculty, internship, study abroad, and culminating senior experience. 

“Cedarville graduates need to understand their field, master the skills demanded of it, and critically analyze information of all types to be successful in their vocation,” explained Dr. Thomas Mach, vice president for academics and chief academic officer.

“Faculty and staff alike are committed to intentional discipleship because career success is not the most important objective for graduates at Cedarville. The end goal is producing disciples of Christ who use their vocations as platforms for gospel ministry.”

According to the results from the survey, 92% of seniors also answered positively to the prompt that they “perceived gains in thinking critically and analytically.” In addition, 86% of seniors answered positively to the prompts that Cedarville contributed to “developing or clarifying a personal code of values and ethics”, and Cedarville also contributed to “working effectively with others.”

“At Cedarville, we are humbled by this expression of students in the areas of high-impact learning, critical thinking, and ethics,” said Mach. “These areas of focus are a product of our mission to ‘transform lives through excellent education and intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority.’”

“Faculty recognize that they are preparing students for the call God has placed on their lives and that demands excellent preparation. The investment Cedarville faculty and staff make in the lives of students helps them solidify their faith in God, their understanding of the Bible, and their commitment to live lives of integrity.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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