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The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey has provided data on incoming college students for more than 50 years. The CIRP Freshman Survey provides a snapshot of what incoming students are like before they experience college by examining established behaviors in high school, academic preparedness, admissions decisions, expectations of college, interactions with peers and faculty, student values and goals, student demographic characteristics and concerns about financing college. More than 15 million students at more than 1,900 institutions have participated in the survey since it was created.
The College Senior Survey (CSS) is designed as an exit survey for graduating seniors. The CSS focuses on a broad range of college outcomes and post-college plans including: academic achievement and engagement, student-faculty interaction, cognitive and affective development, student goals and values, satisfaction with the college experience and degree aspirations and career plans. The CSS can be used as a post-test to The Freshmen Survey, which can be used to assess growth and change over time.
Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about first-year and senior students' participation in programs that institutions provide for learning and personal development. Survey results help to understand how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. More than 6 million students and over 1,600 institutions have participated in the survey since 2000.
The FSSE was designed to complement the NSSE. FSSE is designed to measure instructional staff expectations for student engagement in educational practices that are empirically linked with high levels of learning and development. The survey focuses on: instructional staff perceptions of how often students engage in different activities, the importance instructional staff place on various areas of learning and development, the nature and frequency of instructional staff-student interactions and how instructional staff organize their time. More than 250,000 instructional staff from over 800 institutions have participated in the survey since 2003.