Faculty Survey of Student Engagement

The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) is designed to complement NSSE by measuring faculty members’ expectations of student engagement in educational practices that are empirically linked with high levels of learning and development. In addition to measuring faculty members’ expectations of student engagement in educational practices complementary to information gathered by NSSE, FSSE also collects information about how faculty members spend their time on professorial activities, such as teaching and scholarship, and the kinds of learning experiences their institutions emphasize. UAB participates in FSSE concurrently with NSSE on a three-year cycle. More information about FSSE is available at fsse.iub.edu.

First Destination Survey

The UAB First Destination Survey (FDS) is a very brief electronic survey administered each term to graduating students. The results tell us what UAB students are doing or what they plan to do when they graduate. The information collected relates to graduate school, career plans, salary and qualitative information pertaining to preparation for life after graduation.

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information from first-year and senior students about the nature and quality of their undergraduate experience. It measures the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as student satisfaction, persistence, and graduation. UAB participates in NSSE every two years. More information about NSSE is available at nsse.iub.edu.

Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory

The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) provides information for use in improving student learning and life by identifying how satisfied students are as well as what issues are important to them. It covers a wide range of institutional activities and services, from academics to student services to extracurricular activities. The SSI will be administered on a three-year cycle. More information about SSI is available at ruffalonl.com.

Student Learning Outcomes

UAB academic programs measure student learning through expected outcomes both inside and outside of the classroom throughout the academic program. These assessment practices help UAB to focus on the design and improvement of educational experiences to enhance student learning and support appropriate outcomes for each educational program.

HEIghten

The ETS HEIghten® Outcomes Assessment tool is a used to show evidence of students' learning and skill levels in areas of the core curriculum. The HEIghten® Outcomes Assessment is a comprised of modular, computer-delivered assessment exams that enable UAB to measure the student learning outcomes (SLOs) that are essential for academic success.

The results of the HEIghten® Assessment are used to provide evidence of learning to faculty, accrediting bodies, policymakers, students their families, and employers. Faculty may use the data to inform decision making for curricular enhancements to improve the overall learning experience and benchmark students’ scores in comparison with similar higher education institutions.

Currently, the HEIghten® Assessment is administered with junior and senior students, utilizing the following modules:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Written Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy