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Assessment & Research Findings

This page compiles recent assessment and educational research at UNF. The infographics below present findings and themes from our assessment efforts. If you have questions about the data shared below, please contact the Office of Assessment.



UNF Living Learning Communities: A Lasting Impact 

Ospreys who live and learn in Living Learning Communities tend to earn higher grades, complete credits at higher rates, and persist and retain than other on-campus students and off-campus students.

Living Learning Communities Lasting Impact


10 Things We Learned about First-Years through Assessment in 2018-19   

A synthesis of findings about first-year Ospreys across assessment projects in 2018-19.

10 Things We Learned about First Years through Assessment in 2018-19



How Can We Help Ozzie Graduate?  

Ospreys who engage in high impact practices, lead and participate in clubs and organizations, and who report a strong sense of belonging have better academic outcomes.


Help Ozzie Graduate


Help Ozzie Graduate 2

Get Involved! Extracurricular Involvement and Academic Success @ UNF

A third of all students attended extracurricular Campus Life events in 2017-18, with students living on campus being more likely to attend events.  Attending events is generally associated with higher GPAs, though that relationship plateaus at different points based on students' class levels.

Get Involved


UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library & Student Success

First-years who visit the library in their first semester have twice the odds of persisting to the next semester, and those who visit around 20 times per semester tend to have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Library Fact Sheet

First Year Satisfaction with Advising  

First Year Ospreys are more satisfied with their advisor interactions than they were in 2014, representing growth exceeding that of state and national peers.

 First Year Satisfaction with Advising

 Chicken or Egg? First Year Advising and Student Success   

Student satisfaction with the quality of their interactions with advisors is related to a variety of academic behaviors.

Chicken or Egg First Year Advising and Student Success


Academic Buoyancy: First Year Advising & Student Success

Having academic buoyancy means having the capacity to overcome challenges that are part of everyday academic life (Martin, 2013). A combination of four NSSE 2017 survey items serves as a proxy for being buoyant, and it is related to a number of positive student behaviors and perceptions.


Academic Buoyancy First Year Advising Student Success

What Challenges do Ospreys Face?  

Each year, UNF collects information from students on the challenges they face in persisting through to graduation. Graduating seniors provide feedback via the Graduating Senior Survey, and graduate students provide feedback via the Campus Life Survey. 

Different Challenges Ospreys Face

High Impact Practices & Senior Ospreys

High Impact Practices (HIPs) are deep, meaningful learning experiences such as internships, service learning, and study abroad. Every two years, UNF collects information on first-year and senior student engagement in HIPs via the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). (Design inspired by: National Survey of Student Engagement. (2017). Lessons from the field–Volume 4: Digging deeper to focus and extend data use. Bloomington, IN: Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University School of Education.)


High Impact Practices


How do Senior Ospreys Use their Time?  

Juggling school, work, family, and social obligations is challenging for many students, and how students choose to use their time has important implications for their learning and academic success. Every two years, UNF collects information on first-year and senior student time use via the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).


 How Do Senior Ospreys Use Time

Studying Learning through Assessment 

The Annual Student Learning Report 2017-18 describes how UNF faculty use the assessment process to study student learning at the program level.  The report juxtaposes faculty and student views of learning. (Accessible PDF of the UNF Annual Student Learning Report 2017-18)