sample SENSE surveyThe Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a product and service of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, is a well-established tool that helps institutions focus on good educational practice and identify areas in which they can improve their programs and services for students.

Administered during the spring to mostly returning students, CCSSE asks about institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention. CCSSE serves as a complementary piece to the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), with a more broad focus on the student experience.

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Registration Now Open for Fall 2016 Entering Student Survey

Registration for the 2016 Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) is currently underway. The Center invites community and technical colleges to participate and gain valuable insight into the entering student experience.

Data from SENSE provide a view into students' crucial first steps on their path to success in the college. If you would like more information about this survey or how it ties in with the Center's other work, please contact info@cccse.org.


CCSSE Refresh Coming in 2017

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The Center recently looked back on over ten years of CCSSE survey data and reported those findings in Engagement Rising. Informed by this analysis of CCSSE data, member college feedback, and cognitive interviews with community college students, we are pleased to announce the Center's newest survey-related project: the CCSSE Refresh. This process of survey review and revision began in 2014 and will culminate in the release of an updated CCSSE survey instrument for the spring 2017 administration.


Colleges familiar with the survey in its current form will see that on the surface very little has changed. The CCSSE Refresh was never intended as an overhaul of an already-successful instrument for data collection and benchmarking. Rather, the CCSSE Refresh consists of a series of small edits that will improve the quality of data available to colleges and make the survey more relevant in relation to changes in the community college field. All of the CCSSE Refresh revisions were made with member colleges in mind, as the continued success of CCSSE ultimately depends on the survey's continued relevance and usefulness to the institutions it serves.

Top 10 Questions About the CCSSE Refresh



CCSSE 2015 Results Released

The Center is pleased to announce that the results from the 2015 administration of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) are now available through the online reporting system. The online reporting system allows member colleges to view results through standard reports as well as through a custom report request platform.

Please contact the Center at info@cccse.org with any questions.


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