Why SENSE?

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.

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Would you like to learn more about SENSE? Here are some links to get you started:

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Registration is Underway for Spring 2015 CCSSE Administration

Community College Survey of Student Engagement The Center invites community and technical colleges to participate in the 2015 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). CCSSE provides information on student engagement by asking questions that assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are correlated highly with student learning and student retention.

To learn more, review the various Membership Options and take a look at the survey instrument. Registration is open through October 31. 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 SENSE 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 SENSE 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 SENSE results.

The Accreditation Guides suggest ways for institutions to incorporate SENSE into regional accreditation and include suggested timelines for administering SENSE as part of the accreditation process and a map that links SENSE data to regional standards.

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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