Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)

The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) elicits information from instructional faculty around the country concerning faculty perceptions of student engagement, the importance faculty place on various areas of learning and development, the nature and frequency of faculty-student interactions, and how faculty members organize their time. FSSE is a project of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and is administered in tandem with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

In addition to the core FSSE questionnaire (Spring 2021), St. Olaf also administered the Academic Advising and Inclusiveness & Engagement with Cultural Diversity modules to parallel those sent to students as part of the NSSE.

FSSE was completed in Spring 2021 by 123 St. Olaf teaching faculty (47% of those with an FTE of 0.5 or greater and at least 0.67 of their workload assigned to teaching or organized activity).

Summary Results

Report to the Board of Regents
The academic Assessment Committee prepares a report to the Board of Regents in the Fall detailing the results of surveys administered the prior year. The report linked above includes results from the 2021 FSSE, as well as two companion surveys administered that year, the BCSSE and NSSE, and the HEDS Alumni Survey.

Detailed Results

As of the latest FSSE administration, all results (including those from prior years) are reported on an interactive Tableau dashboard created by staff at the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. The dashboard can be found here (note that due to the size of the dataset and number of visualizations, the dashboard can be slow to load).

FSSE-NSSE Combined Report
Drawing on similar questionnaire items in FSSE and NSSE, this report provides side-by-side comparisons of faculty and student perceptions of student engagement.