BCSSE

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement

About this survey:

The BCSSE is a national survey designed to collect data about entering college students' high school academic and co-curricular experiences and students' expectations for their first year of college. At UNC Charlotte, this survey was administered in mid-August 2017 to all incoming freshmen.

This survey is composed of items related to 9 engagement indicators

  • Quantitiative Reasoning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Discussions with Diverse Others
  • Academic Perseverance
  • Acadmic Difficulty
  • Academic Preparation
  • Importance of Campus Environment

How to navigate this survey's results:

Navigate the survey results using the submenu links in the leftside column or using the links provided below. The results of this survey can be further explored using the dropdown menus at the top of each graph. 

Tip for viewing dashboards: Click on the full screen mode using the button on the bottom right corner of each dashboard.

Survey Respondents

Engagement Indicators

High School Academics

Grades

High School Academic and Cocurricular Engagement

Portrait of a typical week

Time spent on assigned reading

Time allocation in high school vs college

Perceived academic preparation for college

Collaborative learning

Discussions with diverse others

Anticipated challenges during first year of college

Anticipated perseverance with academic goals

Anticipated student-faculty interaction experiences

Campus environment considerations

Plans for paying for college

Commitment to success and social network at UNCC

Filter options for the results include the following:

The format for the below descriptions is: Filter name: definition of filter options

College: Students can be affiliated with academic programs in the College of Arts and Architecture, the Belk College of Business, the College of Computing and Informatics, the Cato College of Education, the William States Lee College of Engineering, the College of Health and Human Services, or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. College affiliation was determined by Banner records in Spring 2018.

Resident Status: In-State (NC) resident (R) or out-of-state/ non-resident (N) for admissions and tuition purposes.

Gender: Male or Female

Race/Ethnicity: African American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, International, Muliple, Pacific Islander, Unknown, or White as determined by Banner records.

GPA: Students' semester GPA on a 4.0 scale at the end of their first semester at UNC Charlotte (Fall 2017), as determined by Banner records, grouped into categorical bins (e.g., 3.0 to 3.5).

First Generation Status: Students self-reported information on the BCSSE survey about their parental educational attainment recoded into “Either parent/guardian holds a bachelor’s degree" or “Neither parent/guardian holds a bachelor’s degree".

Some pages contain additional filter options:

Type of High School: Home school, Public, ‘Private, not religiously-affiliated’, ‘Private, religiously-affiliated’ Other (GED, etc.)

High School Grades: Students' self-report whether most of their high school grades were A+,A,A-,B+,B,B-,C+,C,C-, or if grades were not used in their high school curriculum.

SAT/ Act Composite Scores: Students' combined SAT Math & Reading scores or ACT composite scores, recoded into categories of "900 or lower, "901-1000", "1001-1100", "1101-1200", "1201-1300", "1301-1400", "1401-1600".

SAT Math: Based on survey respondents' self-reported SAT Math scores, the mean and standard deviation of these scores were calculated. Student's SAT scores were then categorized into Below Average (more than 1 standard deviation below the mean), Average (within 1 standard deviation, plus or minus, from the mean), Above Average (more than 1 standard deviation above the mean). 

SAT Reading & Writing: Based on survey respondents' self-reported SAT Reading & Writing scores, the mean and standard deviation of these scores were calculated. Student's SAT scores were then categorized into Below Average (more than 1 standard deviation below the mean), Average (within 1 standard deviation, plus or minus, from the mean), Above Average (more than 1 standard deviation above the mean). 

ACT: Composite: Based on survey respondents' self-reported ACT scores, the mean and standard deviation of these scores were calculated. Student's scores were then categorized into Below Average (more than 1 standard deviation below the mean), Average (within 1 standard deviation, plus or minus, from the mean), Above Average (more than 1 standard deviation above the mean). 

Are you (or will you be) a full-time student this fall terms? Yes or No

This institution was your: First choice, Second choice, Third choice or lower.

Are you an international student or foreign national? Yes or No