Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement 

The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) collects data about entering college students’ high school academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the first college year.


UNF administered BCSSE to all entering first year students prior to the start of classes in fall 2011. Results from BCSSE will be paired with results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), administered in spring 2012, providing an in-depth understanding of first-year student engagement at UNF. 


BCSSE and NSSE results will be used in combination with existing institutional data to answer institutional research questions about retention and writing, for example:

  • How does engagement, both in high school and in the first year of college, impact likelihood of enrolling for a second year?
  • How do expectations of college affect the likelihood of enrolling for a second year?
  • What kinds of engagement experiences during the first year are most effective in preventing attrition of students whose high school engagement and/or expectations of college put them at high risk of leaving?
  • What are the high school experiences and college expectations of entering freshmen with respect to writing, and how do they correlate with success in college-level writing-intensive courses?
  • To what extent do students think they are prepared for college-level writing? What curricular or advising interventions would help those students who feel least prepared? 

Detailed BCSSE Results

Interpreting the Means Report

Means Report

Interpreting the Frequency Report

Frequency Report

In addition, a summary of the aggregated results will be posted on UNF's College Portrait website.