The University of West Georgia first participated in the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE) in 2003. The survey is one tool used to measure institutional effectiveness. The faculty version of the survey, Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE), was first administered in 2013 in order to provide data on faculty expectations of students that complement students' reported experiences and perceptions.
The National Study of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual national survey administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research to first year and senior students at participating institutions. The goal of the survey is to gauge students' experiences in college, both inside and outside the classroom.
The NSSE questionnaire was updated in 2013. Changes range from minimal adjustments to entirely new content. The new indicators fit within five themes of engagement: (1) academic challenge, (2) learning with peers, (3) experiences with faculty, (4) campus environment, and (5) high-impact practices. Items with minimal or no change are amenable to trend analyses, whereas major changes, deletions, and new items are not.
Data from survey administrations conducted prior to 2013 can be classified into five benchmark categories: (1) academic challenge, (2) active and collaborative learning, (3) student-faculty interaction, (4) enriching educational experience, and (5) supportive campus environment. Provided below are the results for 2003-2011.
The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) was designed to complement the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is administered to undergraduate students. The faculty version focuses on: (1) faculty perceptions of how often students engage in different activities; (2) the importance faculty place on various areas of learning and development; (3) the nature and frequency of faculty-student interactions; and, (4) how faculty members organize their time, both in and out of the classroom. FSSE is designed to measure faculty expectations for student engagement in educational practices that are empirically linked with high levels of learning and development.
NSSE/FSSE Topical Modules
UWG participated in the Experiences with Writing topical module for both NSSE and FSSE in 2013. This module is the result of an ongoing collaboration between NSSE and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. The questions touch on three content areas: interactive writing processes, meaning-making writing tasks, and clarity of writing expectations.
NSSE/FSSE Combined: Experiences with Writing Combined Report (PDF) 2013
This module asks about both institution-supported and faculty-driven assessment efforts such as surveys and other tools (e.g., portfolios) that are used to gather information about student educational experiences and learning. The module complements questions on the core FSSE survey on how faculty spend their time and the extent that faculty use effective teaching practices.
This module includes a set of items only for first-year students and a set only for seniors. The first-year items focus on academic perseverance, help-seeking behaviors, and institutional commitment, while the senior items explore post-graduation plans, links between the academic major and future plans, and confidence in skill development.