FSSE Topical Modules
FSSE institutions may choose to append topical modules on a variety of topics to the core survey. These modules are short sets of questions on salient issues in higher education, and they allow campuses to explore important topics in greater depth.
Institutions may add one topical module to the core survey at no charge and select a second module for $150. Institutions asking consortium questions can append no more than one module to the core instrument. The decision to add a second module, or a first module for consortium participants should be considered carefully. Modules lengthen FSSE's duration and might result in increased survey abandonment. Please note that respondents will receive module questions before consortium questions.
This module examines the quality of academic advising and the extent to which advisors have assisted students in their academic progress. The module complements a question on the core FSSE survey about perceptions of the quality of student interactions with academic advisors. Similar NSSE set available.
Adapted from a project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, this module asks faculty to assess institutional emphasis on conflict resolution skills and examines how often students are encouraged to engage with local or campus and state/national/global issues. The module complements questions on the core FSSE survey about the importance of service-learning, perceptions of student participation in community service or volunteer work, and course emphasis on becoming an informed and active citizen. Similar NSSE set available.
Adapted from a project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, this module examines student engagement in activities that develop useful and transferable skills for the workplace. The module complements questions on the core FSSE survey about course emphasis on higher-order learning, importance of reflective and integrative learning, and course emphasis on student development in a variety of areas. Similar NSSE set available.
This module examines opportunities for students to engage in activities that promote greater understanding of societal differences. The module complements questions on the core FSSE survey about students’ experiences with people from different backgrounds, the importance of diverse perspectives in course discussions and assignments, and the importance of encouraging contact among students from different backgrounds.
This module-the result of an ongoing collaboration between NSSE and the Council of Writing Program Administrators-touches on three aspects of good writing assignments: interactivity, meaning-making, and clarity. The module complements questions on the core survey about how much writing students are assigned, the nature of course assignments, and emphasis on developing written expression. *Module available for graduate student instructors. Similar NSSE set available.
This module—added for 2017—examines environments, processes, and activities that engage and validate cultural diversity and promote greater understanding of societal differences. Questions explore faculty use of inclusive teaching practices and intercultural learning; perceptions of institutional values and commitment regarding diversity; and opportunities for diversity-related programming and coursework. The module replaces the Experiences with Diverse Perspectives module. Similar NSSE set available.
Developed in partnership with EDUCAUSE, these questions examine the role of technology in student learning, focusing on student use of technology, the extent to which institutional support is valued, and communication. The module complements questions on the core FSSE survey about emphasis on learning with peers, perceptions of students’ interactions with others, and the importance of technology in academic support. *Module available for graduate student instructors. Similar NSSE set available.
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 asks about aspects of professional development for teaching such as how important it is for faculty to receive assistance in various areas, and how often they participate in different professional development activities and practices. The module complements questions on the core FSSE survey asking how much time faculty spend working to improve their teaching and the extent to which they display effective teaching practices.