FSSE (Faculty Survey of Student Engagement)














The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) was designed to complement the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is administered to undergraduate students. The faculty version focuses on:

  • Faculty perceptions of how often students engage in different activities.
  • The importance faculty place on various areas of learning and development.
  • The nature and frequency of faculty-student interactions.
  • How faculty members organize their time, both in and out of the classroom.

The project is coordinated by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. FSSE is designed to measure faculty expectations for student engagement in educational practices that are empirically linked with high levels of learning and development.

Since 2003, more than 211,000 faculty members from more than 850 different colleges and universities have participated in the survey.

Administration Details

FSSE is a web-based survey. It is administered nationally to faculty at baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities that are concurrently administering NSSE or have participated in NSSE in the previous year.

Each institution selects its sample from faculty who teach at least one undergraduate course in the current academic year. Institutions provide the names and email address of faculty to be surveyed. All other aspects of the survey administration are handled by FSSE. Faculty responses to the survey remain anonymous to their institution. Additional details regarding FSSE administration can be found in the Administering FSSE section of Indiana University website.

Why should institutions participate?

The information from faculty members who teach undergraduates can be used to identify areas of strength, as well as aspects that our campus may decide warrant attention. The results are intended to be a catalyst for productive discussions related to teaching, learning and the quality of our undergraduates’ educational experience.

Copyright Information

The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) survey instrument is copyrighted and the copyright is owned by The Trustees of Indiana University. Any use of survey items contained within Faculty Survey of Student Engagement is prohibited without prior written permission from Indiana University.