National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) documents the extent to which first-year and senior college and university students engage in educational practices that research has found to be related to learning and development. NSSE was created to accomplish two core objectives: (a) to refocus the national discourse about the quality of teaching and learning, and (b) to provide colleges and universities with diagnostic, actionable information that can inform efforts to improve the quality of undergraduate education. Since its first national administration in 2000, more than 1,500 bachelor's-granting institutions—from research universities to baccalaureate colleges—have adopted NSSE as an important component of their assessment programs. NSSE results inform accreditation self-studies, benchmarking efforts, faculty development programs, strategic plans, improvement initiatives, recruitment materials, and more.

Director: Leonard Taylor

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)

The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) was designed to complement the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) by asking about the views and practices of instructional staff (faculty, instructors, graduate students who teach, etc.) FSSE asks about instructional staff perceptions of student engagement, the importance placed on various areas of learning and development, the nature and frequency of interactions with students and how instructional staff organize their time.

Project Manager: Allison BrckaLorenz

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)

The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) measures entering first-year students' high school academic and cocurricular experiences as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the first college year. BCSSE results, especially when examined alongside NSSE data from the following spring, can inform initiatives to enhance the first-year experience with recognized effective educational practices. BCSSE results may be used in many ways including: (a) academic advising, (b) retention efforts, (c) first-year program design and evaluation, (c) accreditation and self-studies, (d) faculty and staff development, and (e) recruitment.

Project Manager: James S. Cole

Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE)

The Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) documents dimensions of quality in legal education and measures the extent to which law students engage in educational practices that are empirically linked to learning and other desirable outcomes.

Director: Meera Deo

Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

The Carnegie ClassificationTM has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four and a half decades. Starting in 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. Derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, the Carnegie Classification was originally published in 1973, and subsequently updated in 1976, 1987, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015 to reflect changes among colleges and universities. This framework has been widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.

Director: Victor M. H. Borden

Charting the Future

Charting the Future is a Lilly Endowment Incorporated (LEI) funded project at Indiana University that seeks to improve the flow and attainment of students through Indiana’s K-through-Workforce pipeline using a set of integrated strategies. The strategies include: collaborating with Indiana K12 schools to improve student readiness for career and college; Partnering with Ascend Indiana (a non-profit talent initiative) to modernize IU’s array of career development programs and services for students from high school through adulthood; and using curricular analytics to identify and remove barriers to the academic progress and attainment of IU’s under-served students (low income, first-generation, and historically excluded students of color).

Director: Victor M. H. Borden

College and University Teaching Environments (CUTE)

The College + University Teaching Environment (CUTE) survey was designed to measure instructional staff (faculty, instructors, graduate students who teach, etc.) perceptions of institutional support for instruction and meeting instructor needs. More specifically, these items collect data about faculty practice, support, needs, and motivations in order to help institutions looking to improve the ways in which they support their faculty as well as promote discussion between higher education scholars working to improve inequities within the professoriate.

Director: Allison BrckaLorenz

National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE)

The National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE) works with colleges and universities to cultivate culturally engaging campus environments where diverse students thrive. They aim to create and utilize tools to assist postsecondary institutions in their efforts to examine, understand, and improve their campus environments and maximize success among diverse student populations. The Institute moves beyond typical climate assessments that tend to focus on challenges in the environment. Instead, the institute focuses on the types of environments that engage and support college students from all backgrounds. 

Associate Director: Lucy A. LePeau

Thriving in College: A National Study of LGBTQ+ Students

The Thriving in College: A National Study of LGBTQ+ Students project is a longitudinal, mixed-methods study investigating and exploring the ways that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students succeed and thrive in college. Most of the existing literature examines the negative campus climate and barriers that LGBTQ+ college students face. This study departs from that approach by using asset-based framing to focus on how these students succeed and how institutions can best support and serve their success. Within the mixed (congruent, equal status design) study, quantitative and qualitative data is collected at three time points throughout participants’ second and third years of college. The quantitative portion uses survey instruments, created using critical quantitative approaches, to examine the experiences that influence LGBTQ+ students’ learning and success. The qualitative portion includes semi-structured interviews to focus on how LGBTQ+ students thrive in college and how their collegiate experiences vary by material conditions, social identities, and institutional profiles/resources. The sampling plan is a groundbreaking approach to studying LGBTQ+ collegians, with steps included to reduce selection bias and qualitatively ensure a participant pool that oversamples Students of Color and represents a diverse set of institution types, academic majors, and additional social identities. The quantitative portion of the study is housed at Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research, directed by Dr. Cindy Ann Kilgo. The qualitative portion of the study is housed at The University of Iowa’s Center for Research on Undergraduate Education and Colorado State University, directed by Dr. Jodi L. Linley and Dr. Alex C. Lange.

Director: Cindy Ann Kilgo

College-In-Prison Survey of Student Engagement (CIPSSE)

The College-in-Prison Survey of Student Engagement (CIPSSE) is a nationwide assessment and research project that works with participating college-in-prison programs to collect data, provide reports, and support program leaders with improvement efforts. College-in-prison programs will be able to use this data to evaluate the quality of their educational programs, assess the student experience, and compare their programs to similar programs across the United States.

Co-PIs: Allison BrckaLorenz and Robert Gonyea