Surveys

The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) collects data about entering students prior academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the coming college year. The BCSSE is administered to first-year, incoming transfer, and delayed-entry students. BCSSE had common content for all students regarding their academic expectations and perceptions for the coming year. Examples include student expectations to work collaboratively with their peers, as well as expectations regarding academic help seeking. There are also BCSSE questions specific to first-year, transfer, and delayed-entry students. These targeted questions provide a more in-depth understanding of each of these unique groups of students. 

BCSSE 2019 Reports:

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) measures students’ engagement in their university education through questions that explore students' behaviors and experiences. The survey is administered at San Francisco State every three years, and the results are compared with the results at other CSU campuses and at other institutions in the same Carnegie Class. The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) measures faculty perception of students’ engagement in their university education based on faculty experiences teaching undergraduates.  Results from the 2017 administration of the surveys are posted below.  For results and analyses of earlier surveys, please contact San Francisco State's Office of Institutional Research.

NSSE 2017 Analysis & Reports:

NSSE Dashboard Notes:

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Graduating seniors are given the opportunity to participate in the San Francisco State Senior Exit Survey at the time they apply for graduation. The online survey consists of 40 items and is designed to capture student satisfaction with their San Francisco State experience. 

Recent San Francisco State Senior Exit Survey reports are posted below.

San Francisco State Senior Exit Survey Reports:

The fall 2017 Students who Left Survey was a collaborative effort conducted by San Francisco State University’s First-Year Experience Team, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Office of Developmental Studies. The central goal of the study was to identify common factors which contribute to first-year students not retaining. View the PowerPoint Presentation below: