Center surveys—the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE)—have long been a resource and a standard for measuring student engagement on community college campuses. However, what is not well-known is that these tools can assist institutions in making its case for meeting accreditation standards. While Center survey data are not direct measures of student outcomes, they are measures of student behaviors: Center surveys measure the extent to which students are engaged in educationally meaningful activities that are empirically linked to student success. If used systematically over time, Center survey data can provide deep insights on the appropriateness of institutional goals and demonstrate the extent to which an institution is meeting its educational objectives. This guide serves as a tool for utilizing Center survey data (pre-2017 CCSSE and current SENSE) to support accreditation work. Please note that an additional guide will be released with the CCSSE 2017 results.
One of the most powerful ways institutions can utilize the following information is by understanding how other institutions have worked with Center survey data in the accreditation process. Please see the vignette section below for examples of how others have incorporated Center survey data into accreditation work.
If your institution would like to share how it has used Center survey data in the accreditation process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-471-6807.
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Higher Learning Commission
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges