What is CLASSE?
CLASSE is a classroom-level adaptation of NSSE developed by Bob Smallwood of the University of Alabama and Judy Ouimet of Indiana University Bloomington. NSSE has authorized this approach to examining student engagement at the classroom level. Institutions using CLASSE enter a no-cost licensing agreement to administer CLASSE surveys on their own campuses.
CLASSE is composed of two instruments: CLASSEStudent asks students how frequently they engage in various educational practices within a specific course; CLASSEFaculty asks the instructor of that course how important the various educational practices are in facilitating student success. Student and faculty outcomes are then contrasted to identify important and valued educational practices that are occurring less frequently than desired or expected.
Classroom-level insights about the quality of student engagement can aid institutional efforts to enhance the adoption of engaging educational practices. CLASSE results can help pinpoint engaging pedagogical practices, shape teaching and learning experiences, and inform faculty development activities. CLASSE is a useful complement to institution-wide student engagement results provided by NSSE and faculty results from the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE). Combined, these instruments help focus campus efforts to improve student engagement.