Introducing the updated FSSE survey!
We are pleased to announce that an updated version of FSSE launched in 2013 to complement the updated version of NSSE, which also launched in 2013. The update maintained FSSE's focus on gathering information from faculty members who teach undergraduates in order to contribute to discussions related to teaching, learning, and the quality of undergraduates’ educational experiences.
Look for the following in the updated FSSE instrument:
- A new format that combines Course-Based questions and Typical-Student questions
- Refinements of existing measures and scales
- New measures related to effective teaching and learning
- Improved clarity and applicability of survey language, including terms related to online instruction
- Updated terminology, primarily related to technology
- The opportunity to add modules or consortium questions corresponding to items asked on NSSE
We encourage institutions to consider the implications of this transition for their assessment and improvement plans. FSSE staff members are available to consult on these issues. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the box below.
View the Webinar, FSSE 2.0: What to Expect in 2013, to learn more.
How Has the Survey Changed?
A multi-year process of planning and testing was used to update the survey. The process was scholarly, rigorous, and collaborative, and involved:
- Consulting with campus users and a variety of field experts
- Gathering ideas and feedback from other interested partners
- Examining NSSE and FSSE’s psychometric properties, including years of Experimental items
- Pilot testing in 2012
Modules: Additional Question Sets
New customization options include topical modules, or short sets of questions, on focused areas such as academic advising, civic engagement, development of transferable skills, experiences with diversity, writing, and technology. Additional modules will be developed over time.
Institutions often use FSSE to corroborate NSSE results and gain a better understanding of student engagement on their campuses. Higher education is constantly changing, with increasing demands for diagnostic and actionable data, and rapid adoption of new technologies for learning, distance learning programs, faculty development, high-impact practices, diverse and global curriculum development, and so on. The FSSE coincides with and parallels the update of NSSE in 2013. The updated survey will respond to recent developments in higher education and ensure FSSE continues to provide institutions with the best available information regarding the faculty role in student engagement.
Share Your Ideas and Feedback
Opportunities to contribute to FSSE development are available. Here’s how: