Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson
Community Colleges of Spokane

“The Center data is valuable for Community Colleges of Spokane because it’s indicative of how engaged our students are in comparison to peer institutions and across the two colleges in the district.”

CCSSE Registration

The Center’s Mission

The Center for Community College Student Engagement, a service and research initiative of the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy 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 other stakeholders in using data to inform discussions that can lead to increased student success.

Surveys & Related Projects

The Center conducts a collection of national surveys:

The Center also operates several related initiatives.

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

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AACC Launches Guided Pathways Resource Center

The Guided Pathways Resource Center is a new website that offers more than 300 tools and resources for colleges undertaking the challenging work of designing and implementing guided pathways.

The Center is one of the eight key national partner organizations in the Pathways Project, generously funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Resource Center materials have been selected—and often authored or produced—by members of this Pathways Collaborative. The Center’s materials include the Pathways Toolkits and Pathways Modules.

The site is structured around the guided pathways model, which outlines the many aspects of guided pathways work. The site also offers a pathways coaching guide, a collection of tools for leaders, and an engagement toolkit. It includes collections of materials from AACC Pathways Institutes as well.


Registration Now Open for CCSSE 2019

Registration for the 2019 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is currently underway. The Center invites community and technical colleges to participate and gain valuable insight into institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention.

All CCSSE 2019 participating colleges will receive five special-focus survey items on Guided Pathways. Colleges not opting to administer a standard or custom additional item set will receive 15 additional items on Guided Pathways, free of charge. Review the items here.

For more information, please contact


Center Releases Latest Issue of Re-Engaging Data

In Re-Engaging Data, the Center shares additional findings from national report data.

This issue explores how two groups of students—those who are current or former members of the military and students who take or who have taken developmental courses—experience some aspects of advising services differently than their peers.


Center Executive Director Evelyn Waiwaiole named Phi Theta Kappa International Honorary Member

Evelyn Waiwaiole Center Executive Director Evelyn Waiwaiole will be named an International Honorary Member of Phi Theta Kappa during PTK Catalyst 2018, the Society’s annual convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, April 19-21. This recognition is considered PTK’s highest honor for a non-member. The award is not given every year, but only when the Society identifies an individual who has provided extraordinary support to PTK. During 100 years of the PTK’s existence, fewer than 40 recipients have been named.

“It is an honor to be named an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa,” Waiwaiole said. “PTK does such extraordinarily good work, representing so many students at our nation’s community colleges. I am privileged to be named a member.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions.


Center Releases New Report on Academic Advising and Student Engagement

Report cover for Show Me the Way: The Power of Advising in Community Colleges

With survey findings collected from over 130,000 community college students across more than 200 institutions, Show Me the Way: The Power of Advising in Community Colleges confirms that students who receive more advising—more time with advisors and more in-depth discussions in their sessions—are more engaged.


Sixty-two percent of first-term students and 78% of returning students report meeting with an advisor, yet the advising experience is not the same for all of these students. Eighty-six percent of returning students say that an advisor explained which classes they needed to take in order to reach their academic goals, and 65% report that an advisor helped them develop an academic plan. Only 53% report that an advisor spoke with them about their commitments outside of school.

The report’s supporting materials include discussion questions for the college community to consider as well as video clips from focus groups that the Center conducted with students and advisors. These supporting materials can be used to spur internal conversations about colleges’ own advising models. The report also includes a link to student and advisor focus group guides that can be used to capture different perspectives about the advising experience.


Executive Director Evelyn Waiwaiole and Center staff facilitated a webinar on Show Me the Way on Tuesday, February 27. You can view a recording of the webinar here.

Please also see the related news release.


Check Out the Center’s Spring E-News Update: Engagement Matters

The Center publishes Engagement Matters twice a year as a venue for providing project updates, previewing survey and focus group findings, and highlighting member college stories. This issue features a preview of the Center’s upcoming national report on academic advising, highlights a member college using student voices in a unique way, and introduces the SENSE 2018 Pathways special-focus module.


The Pathways Project - Guiding Students to College Completion

Pathways Project logo

Implementing guided academic and career pathways at scale—for all students—is the shared commitment of 30 colleges selected, through a highly competitive national process, to participate in the Pathways Project led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).


The Center is part of the national partnership, which is focused on building capacity for community colleges to implement a pathways approach to student success and college completion. Partners are Achieving the Dream, Inc., the Aspen Institute, Community College Research Center, Jobs for the Future, the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, and Public Agenda. These organizations have participated actively in the college selection process and also are substantively involved in designing and delivering a model series of six two-day institutes, each focusing on key elements in a fully scaled pathway model for community colleges. The Project is funded through a $5.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.



Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Research and Service Initiative—
Program in Higher Education Leadership | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy  | College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
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