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.
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.
A Few Team Openings Remain for the 2015 High-Impact Practices Institute
The Center is hosting the 2015 High-Impact Practices Institute on March 29-31, 2015. If your college is interested in registering a team, please contact email@example.com to learn more about eligibility requirements. Space is limited to 25 college teams and there are only a handful of team spots left!
Registration is Underway for Spring 2015 CCSSE Administration
The Center invites community and technical colleges to participate in the 2015 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). CCSSE provides information on student engagement by asking questions that assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are correlated highly with student learning and student retention.
Center Releases Special Report on Strengthening the Role of Part-Time Faculty
Nationally, over half of community college classes are taught by part-time faculty, yet due to college policies and practices, part-time faculty are often not invited into their institutions as full partners in promoting student success. This disconnect can have negative consequences for student engagement and achievement.
A special report released by the Center, Contingent Commitments: Bringing Part-Time Faculty Into Focus, aims to help college leaders more effectively engage part-time faculty so more students have access to the educational experiences and supports they need to succeed in college.
The Center also offers a new campus discussion guide to assist in building knowledge and understanding that can help colleges create new systems that better support part-time faculty.
The Center’s work on strengthening the role of part-time faculty has been generously supported by MetLife Foundation.
Please also see the related news release.
Evelyn Waiwaiole Steps in as New Center Director with Kay McClenney’s Retirement
Kay McClenney, founding Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, has retired, effective 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 selected Evelyn Waiwaiole (pictured) as the new Director of the Center, which is part of the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the department. Evelyn’s appointment is now in effect.
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
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.
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.