Special Projects

Survey Action Research

The Office of Special Projects within Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment supports program and grant development; leads the implementation of the Education Advisory Board (EAB) data dashboards for advising; oversees and coordinates national student surveys; and conducts other analytical studies in the department.

Program & Grant Development: The office is responsible for coordinating, developing and spearheading the writing of institutional and programmatic grants as deemed appropriate by the President and Provost.

Education Advisory Board Student Success Collaboration: The office is responsible for coordination, training and implementation of this advising platform which is being institutionalized across all disciplines and units involved with undergraduate advising. Primary responsibilities include working closely with the EAB-SSC Consultant to facilitate adoption of the platform and integration of advising tools across the university.

National Student Surveys: The office is responsible for coordinating the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, and the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+). The NSSE and FSSE are administered biannually and the CLA+ is administered annually.

  • NSSE collects information about first-year and senior students' participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. A variety of reports are available comparing our students' responses with those of students at self-selected groups of comparison institutions. Comparisons are available for ten Engagement Indicators, six High-Impact Practices, and all individual survey questions. Each November, NSSE also publishes its Annual Results, which reports topical research and trends in student engagement results. NSSE researchers also present and publish research findings throughout the year.
  • FSSE was designed to complement the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is administered to undergraduate students. The faculty version focuses on:
  • Faculty perceptions of how often students engage in different activities.
  • The importance faculty place on various areas of learning and development.
  • The nature and frequency of faculty-student interactions.
  • How faculty members organize their time, both in and out of the classroom.
  • CLA+ measures critical-thinking, problem solving, scienti­fic and quantitative reasoning, writing, and the ability to critique and make arguments. Member institutions use CLA+ results to evaluate students’ strengths and areas requiring further attention, sometimes placing results on transcripts to demonstrate that they have, indeed, graduated students with the skills needed to succeed beyond college. Students themselves use CLA+ results as a credential, illustrating to graduate schools and prospective employers their talents as 21st century thinkers.

Senior Director of Special Projects
Director, Education Advisory Board-Student Success Collaborative, Pilot Advising Project
Jeannie Kim-Han, MA, GPC
(310) 243-3304


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Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment