College-wide assessment by source of evidence
Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)
The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) elicits information from thousands of college-bound students around the country about their high school academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations of college. BCSSE results have been used at St. Olaf to inform faculty development programs, guide academic advising, and inform programs for incoming first-years.
BCSSE is designed to provide baseline data for the administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement later in the academic year to spring-semester first-years and seniors. The questionnaire examines the time and effort that entering first-year students devoted to educationally purposeful activities in high school, and that they expect to devote during their first year of college. It also examines what they expect their institutions to provide them to support their learning and personal development.
National BCSSE website
BCSSE is a project of the Center for Postsecondary Research in the Indiana University School of Education. Since it was first launched in 2007, over 250 colleges and universities have administered the instrument, and nearly 300,000 students have completed it.
BCSSE results and reports
Participating institutions receive a variety of reports that compare their students’ responses with those of students at peer institutions. Comparisons are available for each item on the questionnaire and for the five BCSSE scales: high school academic engagement, expected first-year academic engagement, academic persistence, academic preparation, and importance of campus environment. BCSSE institutions also receive an advising report for each participating student, which can be shared with students’ faculty advisors.