The Center's Mission
The Center for Community College Student Engagement, a research and service initiative of the Community College Leadership Program 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.
Here are some other links you might find helpful:
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.
Registration for the 2014 Administration of CCSSE is Open Through Oct. 31, 2013
Each year, hundreds of colleges administer the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), an assessment tool unlike any other. Institutional data from the survey have informed numerous program redesigns and have served as evidence in accreditation documentation. All community and technical colleges are invited to register for the 2014 CCSSE administration.
During CCSSE 2014 registration, colleges have the option of simultaneously electing to participate in the 2014 administration of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE). The Center offers a 20% discount off both surveys if they are administered in either the same calendar year or academic year.
Space is Filling Up Quickly for the Center's First-Ever Regional Student Engagement Workshop
Colleges in the Midwest are invited to participate in the upcoming Strengthening Student Engagement Workshop on June 17, 2013, in Overland Park, Kansas. This FREE event, held in conjunction with the National Benchmarking Conference at Johnson County Community College, features a plenary luncheon as well as a variety of breakout sessions.
The Center previously hosted an annual workshop in Austin and is now periodically taking the show on the road for member colleges’ convenience. Please join us in kick-starting this new endeavor!
Students Speak – Are We Listening?
Center's New Book Now Available to Order
Who best can inform community college leaders' understanding of what really matters in promoting student success? Since 2002, the Center for Community College Student Engagement has highlighted student voices as the best source of information about students' own experiences.
Students Speak – Are We Listening? Starting Right in the Community College, a newly released book and companion DVD, is now available for purchase through the American Association of Community Colleges.
Authors Kay McClenney, the Center's director, and Arleen Arnsparger, project manager of the Center's Initiative on Student Success, bring forth student voices to help community college leaders better understand student goals and expectations, students' sense of their own readiness for college, their concerns as they begin college, and how their college experiences shape either their success or the lack of it.
The DVD accompanying the book presents video clips from the Center's student focus groups that bring students' stories to life and will help prompt conversations about student success among college faculty, administrators, staff, and community members. The DVD also contains a focus group toolkit college leaders can use as a guide for conducting student focus groups on their own campus.
Center Releases National Report, a First Look at Promising Practices in Community Colleges
A Matter of Degrees: Promising Practices for Community College Student Success is the first in a series of reports by the Center for Community College Student Engagement exploring 13 promising practices for strengthening community college student engagement and success.
A Matter of Degrees presents key findings from a multi-year Center initiative, Identifying and Promoting High-Impact Educational Practices in Community Colleges, and brings together survey responses from entering students, experienced students, faculty, and institutions. Data sources include results from recent Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) and Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) administrations, the SENSE and CCSSE 2011 special-focus items on promising practices, and the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE) three-year cohort, plus preliminary findings from the newly launched Community College Institutional Survey (CCIS).