Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

2007 CCSSE Survey Results

Students who are engaged in meaningful educational activities are more likely to be successful.  The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) focuses on institutional practices and student behaviors that promote student engagement.  CCAC administered the survey instrument, Community College Student Report (CCSR), in spring 2007 to collect baseline information for the Achieving the Dream (ATD) project.  The survey will be administered again in 2009 and 2011 to determine if improvement efforts had a positive effect on levels of student engagement.

Sharing Information, Using Information –
The survey results will be shared throughout the fall 2007 semester.  Multiple sessions on each campus will be scheduled in September and October to give faculty and student services staff the opportunity to view and discuss the results.  CCSSE encourages institutions to develop a culture of evidence – an institutional standard of using data to drive decisions.  Sharing and objectively discussing data can be difficult.  When used effectively, however, data can help identify areas for improvement so that efforts and resources are allocated to improve student success.   

About CCSSE Benchmarks –
CCSSE clusters thirty-eight of the most important survey questions into five conceptually related categories called benchmarks.  Standardized scores are calculated for each category, making it possible to compare our performance in the five areas and with groups of similar colleges.

Benchmark Categories

Survey Items

Active and Collaborative Learning            

4a, 4b, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i, and 4r

Student Effort

4c, 4d, 4e, 6b, 10a, 13d1, 13e1, and 13h1

Academic Challenge

4p, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 6a, 6c, 7, 9a

Student-Faculty Interaction

4k, 4l, 4m, 4n, 4o, and 4q

Support for Learners

9b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 9f, 13a1, and 13b1

A Blank Survey Instrument

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Fast Facts

CCSSE Overview - all-college day handout
Competing Priorities – August 30, 2007
Differences between Part-time and Full-time Students – September 13, 2007
Active and Collaborative Learning – September 27, 2007
Student Effort – October 11, 2007
Academic Challenge – October 25, 2007
Student-Faculty Interaction– November 8, 2007
Support for Learners – November 22, 2007
Using Data to Make Improvements - January 07, 2008

The Entering Student Experience

CCAC’s CCSSE Results – Faculty – Fall 2007
CCAC’s CCSSE Results – Student Services – Fall 2007
CCSSE Results: One Year Later – Fall 2008

Student Engagement Tool Kit - contains simple techniques for increasing the amount of engagement in the classroom.
Student Course Feedback Form – An end-of-course evaluation form based on student engagement items from the CCSSE survey intended for local use
Classroom Observation Form – A professional development tool intended for mentor or peer review of a class session

CCAC’s Spring 2007 Survey Administration
Research behind CCSSE
CCSSE Highlights Showcases how community colleges have used CCSSE results
Committing to Student Engagement – 2007 Findings
Committing to Student Engagement – 2007 Findings Executive Summary


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