Research and Institutional Effectiveness

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE):

The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) provides a much-needed tool for assessing quality in community college education. CCSSE results help colleges focus on good educational practice — defined as practice that promotes high levels of student learning and retention — and identify areas in which community colleges can improve their programs and services for students.

Each year, CCSSE releases the results of its survey, which is administered directly to community college students at CCSSE member colleges during randomly selected classes. The survey asks questions about institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention. Results are public, and they are presented for the full CCSSE population, various subgroups within the full population, and individual colleges. Results include national benchmarks and institutional benchmark scores for five key areas of engagement.

Link to CCSSE website

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Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE):

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.

Link to SENSE website

SENSE Reports:

The SENSE survey was administered during the fourth and fifth week of the fall semester to a sample of KC developmental and first college-level math and English classes identified by SENSE.  The survey focuses on the responses of entering students (first semester in college at KC).  Link to Understanding SENSE Survey Results  

SENSE has six national benchmarks of effective practice with entering students: Early Connections; High Expectations and Aspirations; Clear Academic Plan and Pathway; Effective Track to College Readiness; Engaged Learning; and Academic and Social Support Network.  The six benchmarks summarize weighted results of individual survey items allowing for custom comparison reports (Link to Custom Reports) of respondent groups within a college or with other college groups.  Some of the results are posted here:

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For information about Research and Institutional Effectiveness:

Staci Martin
Vice President, Institutional Planning
(903) 983-8651
McLaurin Admin. Building (ADM), 209
Robin Huskey
Research and Institutional Effectiveness
(903) 983-8620
McLaurin Admin. Bldg., 209
Ronda Callaway
Executive Assistant, VP of Institutional Planning
Research Data Specialist - RIE
(903) 988-3702
McLaurin Admin. Building (ADM)