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CCSSE Survey

What is CCSSE, CCFSSE and SENSE?

The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is an assessment tool that provides information on student engagement, a key indicator of learning and, therefore, of the quality of community colleges. The survey, administered to community college students, asks questions that assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are correlated highly with student learning and student retention.

The Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE) elicits information from faculty about their perceptions regarding students' educational experiences, their teaching practices, and the ways they spend their professional time—both in and out of the classroom. Faculty and students are asked similar questions enabling us to compare perceptions of engagement for faculty and students.

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.

Please study the responses and use them to investigate your areas of interest. To help assess the value of the survey to the college, let the CCSSE committee know what you learned by submitting this summary form (docx) to the CCSSE committee.

To jump start your study of our survey responses, view the Guide To Our Survey Results below (or read a pdf copy) and read the "Seven Things To Know About Our CCSSE Survey" that highlights seven interesting findings identified by the CCSSE committee.

Key Resources from the Slides
Seven Things To Know About Our CCSSE Survey
CCSSE Benchmarks Guide
Data Narrative Exercise (items grouped by area of interest)
Copy of slides (pdf)

2013 CCSSE Survey

Key Findings Report (PDF)

Published by CCSSE, this gives a summary of our overall engagement category scores, and highest and lowest survey item scores, compared to the cohort. (PDF)

All Students

Frequencies (PDF | Excel)
Frequency reports present the observed frequencies of occurrence (counts and percentages) of the values for each survey item, excluding demographic survey items. These reports are useful for understanding how data are distributed across response categories.

Means (PDF | Excel)
Means reports present an average for each survey item that has scaled responses (e.g., strongly agree to strongly disagree) and compare average item responses between member colleges and various groups. Means are not run on dichotomous items: those with only two response options (e.g., yes/no; enrolled/not enrolled). These items are summarized in the frequency reports.

Engagement Benchmarks (PDF)
Benchmark reports consist of tables showing the college's scores on each benchmark, followed by means and frequency tables of items in each benchmark. Benchmarks are used to compare each institution’s performance to that of similar institutions and with the CCSSE Cohort.

Less Than Full-Time & Full-Time Enrollment Status

These reports display responses by enrollment status. Note that a student's enrollment status is self-reported on the survey. CCSSE assumes part-time students are underrepresented in the sample and adjusts their weight accordingly.

Frequencies (PDF | Excel)
Means (PDF | Excel)
Benchmarks (PDF)

Columbus State Community College Custom Survey Items

Columbus State added 20 additional questions to the survey. Below are the responses for all students and separated by enrollment status.

All Students
Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Less Than Full-Time & Full-Time (Enrollment Status)
Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

CCSSE Special-Focus Items - Promising Practices

These items assess participation in activities that CCSSE has determined are promising practices for student success, particularly new college students.

All Students
Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Less Than Full-Time & Full-Time (Enrollment Status)
Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Achieving the Dream Consortium Reports

Compares responses among ATD schools, the CCSSE cohort and Columbus State.

All Students
Benchmarks (PDF) | Means (PDF | Excel) | Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Less Than Full-Time & Full-Time (Enrollment Status)
Benchmarks (PDF) | Means (PDF | Excel) | Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

2013 Faculty Survey (CCFSSE) Reports

CCFSSE reports enable participating institutions to view faculty perceptions of student engagement alongside student responses. The side-by-side tables, while illustrative, are not entirely equivalent -- that is, CCSSE asks students to report about their experiences across the period of the current academic year, while faculty are asked to describe their practices in a specific selected course, as well as to indicate their perceptions of student experiences at the college more generally.

Use this Crosswalk Guide to compare related student and faculty survey questions.

Student and Faculty Frequency Distribution for comparable items  (PDF | Excel)
This report summarizes the observed frequencies of occurrence (counts and percentages) of the values for generally equivalent items from  faculty (part-time, full-time, and all faculty) on CCFSSE, and all student data.

Faculty Frequency Distributions for faculty-only questions  (PDF | Excel)
This report summarizes the observed frequencies of occurrence (counts and percentages)  for all faculty survey items that do not appear on the student survey. Data are presented for part-time, full-time, and all faculty respondents.

Faculty Promising Practices Frequency Distribution (PDF | Excel)

This report summarizes the observed frequencies of occurrence (counts and percentages) from the Promising Practices faculty survey items. Data are presented for part-time, full-time, and all faculty.

2013 Survey of Entering Student Engagement

Key Findings Report (PDF)
The booklet provides college-specific data in an easy-to-read and easy-to-share format including: benchmark comparisons between your college, top-performing colleges, and the SENSE cohort; highlights of the aspects of highest and lowest student engagement at your college; and selected results from five SENSE special-focus module items on Promising Practices.

All Entering Students 2013 Cohort
Means (PDF) | Frequencies (PDF)

Entering & Returning Students at Columbus State Community College
Means (PDF | Excel) | Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Standard Reports for Columbus State Community College

All Entering Students
Benchmarks (PDF) | Means (PDF | Excel) | Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Less Than Full-Time & Full-Time (Enrollment Status)
Benchmarks (PDF) | Means (PDF | Excel) | Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Achieving the Dream Consortium Reports

All Entering Students
Benchmarks (PDF) | Means (PDF | Excel) | Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Less Than Full-Time & Full-Time (Enrollment Status)
Benchmarks (PDF) | Means (PDF | Excel) | Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

2010 CCSSE Survey Results

What are you learning from CCSSE/CCFSSE? Submit a feedback form.

We want to you to share how you are learning from and applying CCSSE/CCFSSE findings to your concerns. Use the feedback form to share a summary. If you have a formal report or document we can add it as a resource below.

Can engagement explain achievement gaps? A look at 2010 data. (April 2013)

CCSSE Background

About the CCSSE Survey

CCSSE Validation Study

2013 Demographic CCSSE Profiles

National Demographic Profile

CSCC compared to schools of similar size and 2013 CCSSE Cohort

Completion Rates

Gender-Race-Enrollment Status Participation

Age Group Participation