The Social Support and Connectedness Inventory (SSCI) seeks to reveal the extent to which a student feels connected on their campus and supported. The assessment was designed to be administered 6-8 weeks into the semester to students in any class year. The SSCI provides factor scores for seven (7) factors.

Quick facts about the SSCI

  • 49 Items
  • Seven (7) factor areas
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Esteem/Emotional Support
    • Social Companionship
    • Academic Support
    • Connectedness to Institution
    • Connectedness to Students
    • Connectedness to Campus Organizations & Resources
  • Administered via website
  • Mobile-friendly

Factor Descriptions and Sample Items

Factor Description Sample Item
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion The extent to which you feel your campus is inclusive  
Esteem and Emotional Support The extent to which you which you feel you matter at your institution My instructors display a personal interest in me and my learning.
Social Companionship The extent to which you feel you belong with others at your institution If I feel lonely, there are people I can talk to.
Academic Support The extent to which you feel supported in your classes by faculty and staff If I am struggling with an assignment, I can get the help I need.
Connectedness to Students The extent to which you are connected to a supportive group of peers I enjoy sharing ideas and experiences with other students on this campus.
Connectedness to Institution The extent to which you feel you are an important part of the campus community This institution is a good fit for me.
Connectedness to Campus Organizations and Resources The extent to which you find the outside-the-classroom experience supportive Staff who work in campus offices are supportive of students.

Origin of the SSCI

The original items for the SSCI were generated by the product and data science teams at Anthology in conjunction with professionals in the field based on literature on marginality and belongingness. The original set of 49 items is in research phase available to Beacon member campuses. After initial data collection is finished, a regression analysis will be used to identify the most impactful items and factors.

Administering the SSCI

To administer the SSCI follow the same procedure for administering all assessments in Beacon. To begin select "Create Administration" from the Administrations page. Full set-up instructions can be found here.

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