What is FSSE?
The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) was designed to complement the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is administered to undergraduate students. This instructional staff version (for faculty, instructors, and graduate students who teach) focuses on:
- Instructional staff perceptions of how often students engage in different activities.
- The importance instructional staff place on various areas of learning and development.
- The nature and frequency of instructional staff-student interactions.
- How instructional staff organize their time, both in and out of the classroom.
The project is coordinated by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. FSSE is designed to measure instructional staff expectations for student engagement in educational practices that are empirically linked with high levels of learning and development.
Since 2003, 233,074 faculty from 777 different institutions have responded to FSSE.
FSSE is a web-based survey. It is administered nationally to faculty, instructors, and graduate students who teach at baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities that are concurrently administering NSSE or have participated in NSSE in the previous year.
Each institution selects its sample from instructional staff who teach at least one undergraduate course in the current academic year. Institutions provide the names and email address of instructional staff to be surveyed. All other aspects of the survey administration are handled by FSSE. Faculty/instructor responses to the survey remain anonymous to their institution, while graduate student responses are identifiable. Additional details regarding FSSE administration can be found in the Administering FSSE section of our website.
Why should institutions participate?
The information from faculty, instructors, and graduate students at your institution can be used to identify areas of strength, as well as aspects that your campus may decide warrant attention. The results are intended to be a catalyst for productive discussions related to teaching, learning and the quality of your undergraduates’ educational experience.
The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) survey instrument is copyrighted and the copyright is owned by The Trustees of Indiana University. Any use of survey items contained within Faculty Survey of Student Engagement is prohibited without prior written permission from Indiana University. For guidelines on acceptable use of the FSSE logos in Web and print material, or to access downloadable copies of low resolution FSSE logos, please see our Logo Use Policy.