The Center's Mission
The Center for Community College Student Engagement, a research and service initiative of the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, provides important information about effective educational practice in community colleges. The Center assists institutions and policymakers in using information to promote improvements in student learning, persistence, and attainment.
Surveys & Related Projects
The Center conducts a collection of national surveys:
- Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
- Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE)
- Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE)
- Community College Institutional Survey (CCIS)
The Center also operates several related initiatives.
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For more information about Center projects, select one of the tabs in the upper-left corner of the website.
See more video clips on the Center's YouTube Channel.
Center Releases Special Report on Aspirations and Outcomes for Men of Color in Community Colleges
As community colleges across the country respond to mounting calls for dramatic improvements in college completion, a necessary component of that work is to recognize and then close the persistent and troubling attainment gaps across a diverse population of students. This fact, among many others, prompted the Center to develop a special report, Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges, as well as an accompanying video.
While Center data show that higher engagement is associated with better outcomes within every racial and ethnic group, an unsettling finding is that Black males and Latinos report being less successful than their White male peers when engagement levels are equal across the three groups.
To assist colleges in addressing these issues of equity and achievement, the Center also offers a new tool for conducting focus groups with men of color.
The Center's work on improving outcomes for men of color has been generously supported by The Kresge Foundation.
Please also see the related news release.
As Kay McClenney’s Retirement Approaches, Evelyn Waiwaiole Selected As New Center Director
Kay McClenney, founding Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, has announced her plan to retire on May 2, 2014. In light of this transition, the Department of Educational Administration and the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin have selected Evelyn Waiwaiole as the new Director of the Center, which is part of the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the department. Evelyn’s appointment will take effect upon Kay’s retirement.
For more information, please read the following official, related documents:
- Center news release
- Department letter announcing new director
- Kay’s retirement announcement
- Department statement on both McClenneys’ retirements
Register Now for Fall 2014 Entering Student Survey
Interested in learning more about students’ earliest experiences in college and what may be impacting retention patterns? The Center invites community and technical colleges to participate in a national administration of its entering student survey. Registration for the 2014 Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) is currently underway.
Engagement Matters: This Issue Covers a Multitude of Center Activities
In a year of intensive work on several major grant-funded initiatives, the Center is in the midst of producing major reports and related resources for the community college field. This issue of Engagement Matters offers many examples of these happenings.
Also featured is a Director’s Note reflecting on the Center’s history and growth. After over a decade founding and leading the Center, Kay McClenney will retire at the end of April.
Center Teams With NSSE on New Initiative: Engaging Latino Students
In this unprecedented endeavor, invited pairs of community colleges and baccalaureate institutions from urban areas will partner in work to strengthen Latino student engagement, transfer, and college completion. Each institution will send a team to an institute, where the institutional pairs will examine student cohort data and engagement survey data to create a concrete, collaborative action plan.
Center Releases Report Identifying High-Impact Practices
A Matter of Degrees: Engaging Practices, Engaging Students is the second in a three-part series to present key findings from a multi-year Center initiative—Identifying and Promoting High-Impact Educational Practices in Community Colleges—and describes the relationships between students’ participation in particular practices and their levels of engagement in college.
The report brings together survey responses from entering students, experienced students, faculty, and institutions. Data sources include results from recent administrations of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), and Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE); the SENSE and CCSSE 2012 special-focus items on promising practices; and findings from the Community College Institutional Survey (CCIS).
Please also see the related news release.
The Center’s work on identifying and promoting high-impact practices has been generously supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation.