Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson
President
Sinclair College

“Sinclair has issued Center surveys on a periodic basis since 2002. We leverage CCCSE and CCFSSE for external benchmarking and to objectively measure students’ and faculty’s perception of student engagement. This information allows us to critically assess and improve upon institutional strategies to increase student success.”

The Center’s Mission

The Center for Community College Student Engagement, a service and research initiative of the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, provides important information about effective educational practice in community colleges. The Center assists institutions and other stakeholders in using data to inform discussions that can lead to increased student success.

Surveys & Related Projects

The Center offers participation in a collection of national surveys:

  • Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
  • Companion surveys:
  • Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE)
  • Survey of Online Student Engagement (SOSE)
  • Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE)

The Center also operates several related initiatives.

Quick Links

Here are some other links you might find helpful:

To learn more about the Center, please feel free to give us a call at 512-471-6807.

Tribal Colleges: Making culture and language interesting Guided Pathways - Component Three: Stay on the Path Mindset: Understanding relevance of coursework improves confidence

See more video clips on the Center’s YouTube Channel.


Center Announces New Executive Director


Dr. Linda García

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Center Releases Latest Issue of Re-Engaging Data

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In Re-Engaging Data, the Center shares additional findings from national and special report data.

This issue explores the intersection of academic mindset and guided pathways.

 

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Check Out the Center’s Fall E-News Update: Engagement Matters

Engagement Matters

The Center publishes Engagement Matters twice a year as a venue for providing project updates, previewing survey and focus group findings, and highlighting member college stories.

This issue features how one member colleges has shared data with academic leadership, features survey results on career goals and explorations, and offers suggestions for questions that have helped institutional researchers get more from their data.

 

Center Releases Report on Academic Mindset and Student Success

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            Releases New Report on Academic Mindset and Student Success

With survey findings collected from over 80,000 community college students across 159 institutions, A Mind at Work: Maximizing the Relationship Between Mindset and Student Success indicates that students who have more productive academic mindsets are more engaged and have higher GPAs.

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Academic mindset encompasses students’ beliefs about the ways learning and intelligence work. Almost 70% of students agreed that they could change their intelligence a lot, and 82% agreed that they were confident they could keep up with their coursework. While the majority of students are confident in some areas of academic mindset, student responses indicating a nonproductive mindset tended to cluster in two areas: testing and math.

The report’s supporting materials include discussion questions for colleges, a tool that connects Center survey items with the four components of academic mindset, focus group guides, and video clips from focus groups that the Center conducted with students and faculty about academic mindset.

Watch a webinar on A Mind at Work facilitated by Center Executive Director Evelyn Waiwaiole and Rachel Beattie, the director of productive persistence for Carnegie Math Pathways at WestEd.

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Center Releases Report on Student Experiences at Tribal Colleges

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            Experiences at Tribal Colleges

Preserving Culture and Planning for the Future: An Exploration of Student Experiences at Tribal Colleges aims to share a narrative of the students who attend these unique institutions.

Over 1,000 students across 25 tribal colleges responded to the 2017 Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), which collects information from students about their experiences from the time they decide to enroll in college through the third week of their first term. Over 2,400 students across 22 tribal colleges responded to the 2018 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), which gathers information from students in the spring term about their experiences throughout the academic year.

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The report’s supporting materials include focus group guides and video clips from focus groups that the Center conducted with tribal college students, faculty, and staff.

Executive Director Evelyn Waiwaiole and Assistant Director of College Relations Linda García hosted a webinar on Preserving Culture and Planning for the Future. View the webinar here.

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