Many options are available to customize FSSE administrations and reports in ways that maximize value for individual campuses as well as for groups of institutions that elect to participate in FSSE as a consortium or state system.
One of the important ways FSSE is customized for all participating institutions is in the survey administration process. Although FSSE handles various aspects of survey administration, the intent is for instructional staff (faculty, instructors, graduate students who teach, etc.) to recognize that their college or university is soliciting their feedback. To achieve this, campuses customize the initial invitation message. Using an optional institutional logo for the online survey also reinforces the idea that individual colleges and universities administer FSSE.
Another key aspect of customization is the population you choose to survey. FSSE can be administered to faculty/instructors only, to graduate students who teach only, or to both groups at the same time. You will indicate your preference for the population you will survey during the registration process.
Additional survey and report customization options include the following:
FSSE participating institutions may append up to two FSSE topical modules - short sets of questions on designated topics such as academic advising, civic engagement, experiences with diversity, technology, and/or writing. Modules allow for deeper exploration of important areas based on campus needs. Participants may add up to one module for no extra cost, while adding a second module costs $250. Note that consortium members may only administer one module. Modules for graduate students who teach are limited to experiences with diversity, technology, and/or writing.
NSSE consortium participants additionally have the opportunity to add parallel consortium questions to a FSSE administration for faculty/instructors but not for graduate student instructors. Additional information about NSSE consortia is available here . The NSSE consortium coordinator is responsible for finalizing FSSE consortium questions and recruiting institutions for participation. Participating institutions receive a report of instructional staff responses to these consortium questions as well as faculty responses to consortium questions in their FSSE data file. The cost of adding FSSE consortium questions is $200.
DISCPLINARY AREA REPORT
Detailing engagement results by disciplinary categories has become increasingly important for many campuses as they try to inform department-level assessment. NSSE introduced the Major Field Report in 2009 to help make results more useful to programs and departments. FSSE introduced a parallel Disciplinary Area Report in 2012. For the purpose of this report, institutions may regroup the 138 student-reported majors and instructional staff-reported disciplines into as many as ten new categories to match their profile of degrees offered. While default disciplinary groupings are available, FSSE strongly recommends institutions customize their Major Field Report and Disciplinary Area Report.