University Surveys

Discontinued Surveys

Making Achievement Possible (MAP-Works) 

About MAP-Works

MAP-Works is an assessment system that enhances a student’s ability to make a successful transition to college. MAP-Works enables student success by providing customized, relevant information to students and by alerting faculty/staff so that they can initiate proactive intervention to reduce a student’s risk of failure and to help students get the most out of their college experience. Begun at Ball State University more than 20 years ago, MAP-Works provides a proactive approach to help students better transition to college life and meet both their academic and personal goals. In 2007, Ball State partnered with Educational Benchmarking to pilot a fully integrated online version, taking advantage of technology to provide immediate feedback, both to the students themselves, as well as to professional support staff who could initiate early proactive efforts. Fall 2008 debuted Map-Works as a nationally available tool and benchmarking instrument to help colleges work with at-risk students early in their first semester and address their college transition issues.

Western's History with MAP-Works

Traditionally a paper survey that had it's origins at Ball State University, Western was one of 9 colleges to participate in the online version in Fall 2007 and has continued its participation on a regular basis through Fall 2011. In Fall 2011, the survey was compared in a pilot study with the Noel-Levitz College Student Inventory survey, with CSI ultimately being chosen at a key element in a campuswide retention effort beginning with the new freshmen incoming class for Fall 2012.

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE, "Fessie)

About FSSE

A companion to the NSSE, the FSSE measures how engaged faculty think their students are in the academic and personal development. A key factor are where there are "gaps" between what faculty perceive and what students report, providing an opportunity for improvement to narrow the gap.

The FSSE is designed to evaluate how faculty members perceive the level of effective student engagement, both in terms of faculty expectations and faculty perceived realities. When compared with NSSE data collected from student, it enables a college to look at discrepancies between how involved faculty think students are in effective student engagement practices and how involved students report themselves as being. Where discrepancies exist that are important to mission of the institution, strategies can be developed to help address concerns.

In addition, the FSSE asks faculty to self-report the time they spend on teaching, research/creative, and service activities, as well as the format/teaching style of their typical undergraduate class. The FSSE also asks faculty about the extent to which their students are prepared to contribute to society, and the willingness of faculty to adapt their teaching efforts to meet the learning styles of today's undergraduate students.

Western's History with FSSE

Western began using the FSSE in spring 2007, as a companion to NSSE which has been in used since spring 2005 and the BCSSE which has been in use since summer 2005. The goal of using the full complement of the family of SSE instruments it to measure the level of effective student engagement and use the results to enhance opportunities for student success at Western.

Western's FSSE Results


First year Experience (FYE) Surveys

Fall 2005 began Western's new mandatory First Year Experience program for all new incoming freshmen. Designed to help new freshmen successfully transition to collegiate life, the program was unique among most FYE programs nationwide in that it took advantage of already pre-existing courses, rather than add additional courses to an already extensive General Education and degree program curriculum.

Added to the traditional offering of these courses, only freshmen were allowed to enroll, class size was limited to no more than 20 students, and faculty were encouraged to take advantage of a co-curricular component that not only exposed students to learning outside of the classroom, but also was designed to stimulate classroom discussion and enhance faculty-student interaction.

Each semester, from Fall 2005 through Spring 2008, all students enrolled in FYE courses, as well as their instructors and peer mentors, were asked to complete online evaluations to help measure the strengths and weaknesses of the developing program so that improvement needs can be addressed. The results of these surveys during the first three years of Wesstern's FYE program are provided on a semester by semester and trend basis as an archive of the program's progress through its initial 3-year period.

FYE All Semesters Index


Beginning College Student Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE, "Bessie")


The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) is the college entry level sibling of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). While the NSSE has been measuring the experiences of freshmen and senior college students during the spring of each year since 2000, the BCSSE is designed to measure the expectations of new college freshmen. BCSSE results can then be compared with their later NSSE responses to assess how well student expectations were realized, providing an important yardstick to help ensure that students are not only prepared for the academic and personal experiences they will encounter in college, but also that these expectations are effectively met.

Western's History with BCSSE

WIU began using the BCSSE in Fall 2005 to profile its freshmen class so that efforts to meet the expectations of students could be enhanced. BCSSE provides Western with an important yardstick to help ensure that our students are not only prepared for the academic and personal experiences they will encounter in college, but also that Western effectively meets these expectations. Western again conducted the BCSSE, moving to the summer orientation period, in 2006 and 2007.

Western's BCSSE Results