In accessing the CCCSE database and using the CCCSE data
search tools, the user agrees to the following CCCSE policy positions
regarding responsible and appropriate uses of the survey data.
- CCCSE supports uses of survey data for benchmarking effective
educational practices, for targeting and monitoring progress in quality
improvement, and for public reporting in ways that serve to increase
understanding of collegiate quality and to support institutional efforts
to improve undergraduate student learning and retention. CCCSE
especially supports public reporting of student engagement results in
ways that enable thoughtful, responsible institutional comparisons while
encouraging and celebrating institutional diversity.
- CCCSE does not support the use of student engagement survey
results for the purpose of ranking community and technical colleges.
Such uses would obscure complex dimensions of institutional performance
and student behavior.
- Because of differences in institutional focus, student characteristics,
and resources, comparisons of survey results from two single institutions
serve little constructive purpose and may in fact be wholly inappropriate.
CCCSEs data search tools therefore provide group comparisons,
using aggregated data from at least three institutions.
- Appropriate interpretation of survey data will take into account
the institutional context (mission, size, urbanicity, program mix,
and so on) as well as the characteristics of a particular institutions
student population for example, the proportions of full-
vs. part-time students, traditional college-age vs. nontraditional-age
students, students who are academically underprepared as they enter
the institution, and students with various educational goals.