UCSBC students are in a class of their own, as they’ve outperformed other universities by far in a new survey.
In a new study, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found that students at the university are more likely to succeed in their academics than their peers in other Canadian institutions.
“Students who completed their bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 were twice as likely as students who completed the degree with less than a GPA to achieve a degree with high honors and doctorate degrees,” the report said.
The NCES also found that the percentage of students who received a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field increased from 36% in 2012 to 45% in 2016.
“The increased graduation rate among UCS students may be due to higher levels of STEM participation, especially in the undergraduate pipeline,” the NCES said.
“The increase in STEM participation also suggests that STEM students are more motivated to graduate, especially since they have a higher probability of earning a bachelor or master degree.”
While the overall U.S. university system fared poorly in the survey, it had some positive news.
According to the NCE, the percentage who received their undergraduate degree from an accredited U.K. university rose to 55% in 2015 from 48% in 2014.
In comparison, the percent of U.D. students who earned a bachelor degree from a U.C. Berkeley or UC Berkeley, both in California, increased from 19% in 2013 to 25% in 2017.
“This finding indicates that U.B. students are doing well and that UCS graduates are doing very well in the U. S.,” said Michael Berenson, director of NCES’ College of Education and Information Systems.
“We believe UCS is the most diverse, diverse university in Canada.”UCSB Chancellor Mark DiStefano was able to capitalize on this momentum by creating a new program for students that focuses on academics.
This program, which is still in the design stage, will be the first of its kind in the country.
“What is really exciting about the program is that the students are already engaged and they are learning how to apply what they have learned to their life as individuals,” DiStefero said.
The program will have a focus on helping students get a graduate degree.
“As we get to know each other and we see how each student feels about the university, I think that we’ll be able to find a way to work together in a collaborative way to get more students to graduate,” he said.
While there are plenty of other institutions that have students in STEM fields, UCS has a reputation for teaching the most in the field.
That has led to the popularity of this program.
“I think it’s a big step forward,” said student Erica Lee.
“It’s going to help a lot of people and it’s going at a very young age.”
Students are encouraged to work on projects that will be used to help their academic performance.
The first project will be to create a “counseling guide” to help students with their academic problems.
The next project will look at how to make connections between the university and the community.
It will also be to help other students learn more about the college’s history and culture.
The first semester of the program begins next month.