• 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 two-year cycle. More information about FSSE is available at fsse.iub.edu.

    UAB Faculty consistently place great value on learning and high impact practices, especially internships and capstones. Service learning and research with faculty are also highly favored. Two areas where UAB faculty and student responses are in agreement are Higher-Order Learning and Additional Academic Challenge. There are some contrasts in NSSE and FSSE results. For example, students report a lower frequency in student‐faculty interactions than do faculty. The differences in the FSSE and NSSE results indicate that a large amount of high-quality interaction and learning occurs outside of the classroom.

    At 44.6%, the 2020 FSSE response rate was the highest UAB has seen in recent years. The rate of response in 2016 was 40%, and the rate was 24% in 2018.

  • 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

    What is the HEIghten®?

    The Heighten® Exam is a test designed to measure knowledge and skills obtained by undergraduate college students. It includes material usually covered in the core curriculum or general education courses. This test is intended for use by colleges and universities in assessing the extent to which students are meeting the specified learning outcomes of their general education programs. This information is ultimately used to improve the quality of instruction and learning.

    Why should students try their best on this test?

    By taking the HEIghten Exam, you enable UAB to get the data it needs to prove the effectiveness of your general education program — ensuring that you and future students earn the highest quality degree. It is designed to assess students’ skill levels in critical cross-disciplinary areas: Critical Thinking, Written Communication, and Quantitative Literacy. The HEIghten Exam is also used to evaluate, inform teaching and learning, and gauge program effectiveness. A student’s best effort will help faculty obtain more valid and reliable data for decision making. Remember you get $50 in BlazerBucks for completing the exam.

    How long is it?

    The entire test will be approximately 2 hours and will consist of two 45-minute modules.

    How is it scored?

    Scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing, so you should try to answer every question.

    What does UAB do with the information?

    Results of these tests are compared and used for the overall improvement of UAB’s Signature Core Curriculum in adherence to accreditation standards.

    When and Where is the test given?

    Fall 2021 registration is now closed.

    Additional Questions: Email ETS HEIghten Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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