What is the NSSE?

The National Survey of Student Engagement (nicknamed the Nessie) collects information about first-year and senior students' participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

What is the FSSE?

The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) was designed to complement the NSSE. Faculty, graduate students, and others with an instructional role will be asked to complete the survey. The survey focuses on perceptions of student engagement, the priorities of instructors in relation to student learning, the nature and frequency of instructor-student interactions, and how instructors organize their time in concert with other expectations of their role.

How will UAH use my responses?

Institutions, including UAH, use their data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved through changes in policies and practices.  We will receive data comparing how our students respond to how students at other schools respond, giving us insight into what we do well and where we can improve.

The NSSE and FSSE are important components of our larger assessment plan that supports our ongoing accreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The NSSE & FSSE projects are approved and governed by the Indiana University-Bloomington Institutional Review Board.

How do I take the survey?

The NSSE survey opens in early March. First-year and senior students will receive more information and a link to the survey from nsse@nssesurvey.org.

The FSSE survey opens in early April. Faculty, graduate students, and others teaching at least one course this academic year will receive more information and a link to the survey on or around April 5, 2022.

I have questions about the privacy of my responses. Where can I learn more?

FSSE Confidentiality: https://nsse.indiana.edu/fsse/administering-fsse/confidentiality/index.html

NSSE Informed Consent Statement: https://survey.indiana.edu/nsse/survey/2020/test/consent/1/edit.cfm?sectionList=consent,closing&packaged=true

Where can I get more information?

Please contact Dr. Suzanne Simpson, Assistant Provost, at oir@uah.edu. You can also reach their office at 256-824-6686.