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.

Using Data to Shed Light

Surveys & Related Projects

The Center conducts a collection of national surveys:

The Center also operates several related initiatives.

Quick Links

Here are some other links you might find helpful:

To learn more about the Center, please feel free to give us a call at 512-471-6807.

See more video clips on the Center's YouTube Channel.


Check out the newest issue of Engagement Matters

Engagement Matters Volume 11 Issue 2

Engagement Matters is the Center’s venue for providing project updates, previewing survey and focus group findings, and highlighting member college stories. This issue of Engagement Matters, the first to come from the Center under new leadership, offers all of the above!


Center Releases Final Report on High-Impact Practices

A Matter of Degrees

A Matter of Degrees: Practices to Pathways is the third report 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. The report describes relationships between selected student outcomes and student participation in high-impact educational practices. It also sets forth the critical next-level challenge in community college work: strengthening student success by identifying the educational practices that matter most and integrating them into intentionally designed academic and career pathways.


The section of the Center website devoted to the high-impact practices initiative provides background, context, and resources to support colleges in this important work. These materials include key design principles for effective educational practice and a campus discussion guide to prompt thoughtful conversations about high-impact practices, whether already in place or under consideration. Pathway design resources are also available for colleges.

The Center’s work on high-impact practices has been generously supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation.

Please also see the related news release.



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 to learn more about eligibility requirements. Space is limited to 25 college teams and there are only a handful of team spots left!


Center Releases Special Report on Strengthening the Role of Part-Time Faculty

Contingent Commitments 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

Evelyn Waiwaiole 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:


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