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Institutional Effectiveness coordinates and administers a range of surveys relevant to student engagement and University strategic planning (Click to view the survey cycle). We survey entering freshmen, currently enrolled students, seniors, and alumni.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The NSSE (pronounced: nessie) is designed to measure student engagement, i.e., academic challenge, learning with peers, experiences with faculty, and campus environment. It targets first-year and senior students. For more information about NSSE, please visit the NSSE website.

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)

The BCSSE measures new students' prior academic experiences and their expectations for the coming college year. The fall 2021 administration also included some questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about BCSSE, please visit the BCSSE website.

CIRP Freshmen Survey

The survey asks questions pertaining to student values, goals, concerns about finance, and more. The overview of the CIRP Freshman Survey is available at the  UCLA CIRP Overview page.

Freshman (in-house)

We developed a survey for new freshmen. Similar to CIRP Freshman Survey, it assesses incoming freshmen's background, aspirations, expectations, finances, and views of themselves.

Transfer (in-house)

We developed a survey for new transfers. It assesses incoming transfer students' background, aspirations, expectations, finances, and views of themselves.

Senior Surveys (in-house)

We developed a survey targeting graduating seniors. It assesses graduating seniors’ learning experiences, interaction with faculty members, study habits, and plans after graduation.

Alumni Survey (in-house)

We developed a survey to assess our alumni's employment status, salary, and attitudes toward Cal State LA.