sample SENSE surveyThe Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a product and service of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, is a well-established tool that helps institutions focus on good educational practice and identify areas in which they can improve their programs and services for students.

Administered during the spring to mostly returning students, CCSSE asks about institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention. CCSSE serves as a complementary piece to the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), with a more broad focus on the student experience.

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CCSSE Refresh Coming in 2017

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The Center recently looked back on over ten years of CCSSE survey data and reported those findings in Engagement Rising. Informed by this analysis of CCSSE data, member college feedback, and cognitive interviews with community college students, we are pleased to announce the Center's newest survey-related project: the CCSSE Refresh. This process of survey review and revision began in 2014 and will culminate in the release of an updated CCSSE survey instrument for the spring 2017 administration.


Colleges familiar with the survey in its current form will see that on the surface very little has changed. The CCSSE Refresh was never intended as an overhaul of an already-successful instrument for data collection and benchmarking. Rather, the CCSSE Refresh consists of a series of small edits that will improve the quality of data available to colleges and make the survey more relevant in relation to changes in the community college field. All of the CCSSE Refresh revisions were made with member colleges in mind, as the continued success of CCSSE ultimately depends on the survey's continued relevance and usefulness to the institutions it serves.

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Fall 2015 Entering Student Survey!

Interested in learning more about students’ earliest experiences in college and what may be impacting retention patterns? The Center invites community and technical colleges to participate in a national administration of its entering student survey. Registration for the 2015 Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) is currently underway.

CCSSE 2014 Results Released

The Center is pleased to announce that the results from the 2014 administration of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) are now available through the online reporting system. The online reporting system allows member colleges to view results through standard reports as well as through a custom report request platform. Please contact the Center at info@cccse.org with any questions.


The Center Releases Expanded Tools

Center staff have recently updated and expanded tools for member colleges. The Tools page contains multiple resources for colleges to use while preparing for a CCSSE administration, communicating about survey results, and working with those results to improve student engagement.

Among the tools on the Preparing for Administration page is a talking point document to share with faculty and staff and a sample participant news release to communicate information about an upcoming administration with the college community at large.

The Working with Results page contains tools for colleges to use as they begin to explore their CCSSE data, including a data narrative exercise. This tool can be used in a group setting to develop a data-driven story that takes shape as data are shared and discussed.

The Sharing Results page houses several key communication templates, including a Drop-In Overview Report template and a Drop-In Overview Presentation template, both customizable for colleges to use when sharing CCSSE results.

The Focus Group Toolkit contains materials for organizing focus groups as well as sample focus group discussion guides for entering students, returning students, faculty, and student services staff.

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