sample SENSE survey

The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), a product and service of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, helps community colleges discover why some entering students persist and succeed and others do not.

Administered during the 4th and 5th weeks of the fall academic term, SENSE asks students to reflect on their earliest experiences (academic and services-related) with the college. SENSE serves as a complementary piece to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), with a more narrowed focus on early student experiences.

Data Use Policy

In accessing the Center database and using Center data search tools, the user agrees not to use results for the purpose of ranking community and technical colleges. View the full data use policy.

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Registration Now Open for CCSSE 2017

Registration for the 2017 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.

The CCSSE instrument has been updated with a series of changes—edits to some items, removal of a few outdated items, and the addition of several Promising Practices items—that will improve the quality of data available to colleges and make the survey more relevant in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 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.

For more information, please contact info@cccse.org.


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2016 Entering Student Success Institute

The Center for Community College Student Engagement will host the 2016 Entering Student Success Institute November 6-8 at the historic Omni La Mansión del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Participants will take advantage of expert guidance by the Institute's Resident Faculty to explore their SENSE data in order to better understand the entering student experience and its impact on the pathway to college completion.

Each team will depart the Institute with a customized short-term action plan, which will include concrete “next steps” to support their ongoing work toward implementation of a data-informed and evidence-based entering student success agenda.


SENSE 2015 Results Released

The Center is pleased to announce that the results from the 2015 administration of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) 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.


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