The first-year assessment plan is a growing plan to assist in collecting data from students at various points throughout their first year. The intent is to provide student behavior related to the matriculation process, student satisfaction, student success both personally and academically, longitudinal data, and to measure the impact on student retention and other programs. The plan helps to inform the institution on the things we were learning about from our students and their experiences. Evidence of student learning includes results of assessment activities. This may include evidence of indirectr (e.g. surveys) and direct (e.g. portfolio) student learning as well as institutional performance indicators. 

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) - national survey that collects data about entering college student's high school academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during their first year of college. This is administered during Orientation, prior to fall classes beginning. 

BCSSE Institutional Reports

2016 (PDF) or 2016 (Excel) | Class of 2020 Infographic Sheet

2015 (PDF) or 2015 (Excel)

How to Access & Use the Advising Report 

BCSSE Advising Report Guide

The guide describes and explains the importance of seven critical areas focusing on expectations, commitement, engagement, and preparation. The student individual reports who took the BCSSE survey are available to advisors through Advising Notes in Starfish. Watch Video

Conversation Catalyst Sheet Advisors have compiled and shared a list of questions they asked as they looked through students' BCSSE Advising report.

Orientation Program Evaluation

This survey includes common questions/themes for Orientation evaluation process and obtains immediate feedback regarding Orientation experience. At the end of Orientation (New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation, Online Orientation Completion) students are asked to complete an online survey detailing their experiences. The data compiled gives the orientation and college staff instant feedback on student's throughts on presentations, their Orientation Leaders, and the advising staff.