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).

FSSE questionnaire (Spring 2015)
FSSE questionnaire (Spring 2013)

Summary Results

FSSE 2015 Snapshot
A concise set of key findings from the Spring 2015 administration.

FSSE 2013 Highlights
A concise set of key findings from the Spring 2013 administration.

Detailed Results

FSSE Spring 2015

FSSE Item Frequency Distribution
Faculty responses to each item in the main body of the FSSE questionnaire, including comparisons between faculty teaching upper division and lower division courses.

FSSE Diverse Perspectives Module
Faculty  responses to each item in the supplementary Experiences with Diverse Perspectives Topical Module Topical Module, which 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.

FSSE Writing Topical Module
Faculty  responses to each item in the supplementary Experiences with Writing Topical Module, which 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.

NSSE-FSSE 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.

FSSE Spring 2013

FSSE was completed in Spring 2013 by 154 St. Olaf teaching faculty  (59% of those with an FTE of 0.5 or greater and at least 0.67 of their workload assigned to teaching or organized activity). Results suggest that St. Olaf teaching faculty devote around 21-30 hours per week to teaching activities and that they expect students to spend an average of 7 hours per week preparing for class.   They also give high ratings to the quality of interactions student have with their peers and with faculty.  Approximately 96% of faculty think that making themselves available when needed is “very important,” and 100% report that listening closely to advisees’ concerns and questions is “very important.”   Approximately 88% of teaching faculty perceive the college to be placing substantial emphasis on students contributing to the well-being of their community.

FSSE Item Frequency Distribution
Faculty responses to each item in the main body of the FSSE questionnaire, including comparisons between faculty teaching upper division and lower division courses.

FSSE Academic Advising Module
Faculty  responses to each item in the supplementary Academic Advising Topical Module, which examines  academic advising at an institution and the extent to which advisors believe they have assisted students in their academic progress.

FSSE Civic Engagement Module
Faculty  responses to each item in the supplementary Civic Engagement Topical Module, which asks faculty to assess institutional emphasis on conflict resolution skills and examines how often students are encouraged to engage with local, state, national, and global issues.

NSSE-FSSE 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.