Today’s community and technical colleges are facing unprecedented challenges. Across the country they are confronted with this conundrum:  Serve more students who are increasingly arriving underprepared for college work with decreasing financial support. Nationally, nearly 50% of entering students drop out before their second year. Other students stay in school, but struggle to complete developmental sequences.

The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) helps community and technical colleges focus on the “front door” of the college experience. Grounded in research about what works in retaining and supporting entering students, SENSE collects and analyzes data about institutional practices and student behaviors in the earliest weeks of college. These data can help colleges understand students’ critical early experiences and improve institutional practices that affect student success in the first college year.

SENSE is administered during the fourth and fifth weeks of the fall academic term to students in courses randomly selected from those most likely to enroll entering students. Students respond to the survey in class, and member colleges receive survey reports including data and analysis they can use to improve their programs and services for entering students. Specifically, SENSE data should be useful in improving course completion rates and the rate at which students persist beyond the first term of enrollment.

Participate in the Survey of Entering Student Engagement — and get the data you need to ensure that entering students are starting right.

For more information about the Survey of Entering Student Engagement, please contact us at info@cccse.org or 512-475-6526.

Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Research and Service Initiative—
Program in Higher Education Leadership | Department of Educational Administration  | College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
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