By CCW Staff  /  
2014 July 31 - 02:41 am

Using Data To Improve Learning

The Center for Community College Student Engagement, a research and service initiative of the Program in Higher Education Leadership 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 policymakers in using information to promote improvements in student learning, persistence, and attainment.

With its unrelenting focus on student engagement data, the Center has established itself as a leading voice in community college improvement efforts.

Member colleges—those that have administered the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and/or the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE)—represent over 79 percent of public, associate-degree granting institutions in the United States.

Since its launch in 2001, the Center has surveyed more than 2 million students from nearly 900 community and technical colleges, cumulatively representing a total credit enrollment of 6.6 million students.

In conjunction with CCSSE, the Center also offers to colleges the ability to capture the faculty voice through its Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE), which over the years has collected about 90,000 individual responses from 485 colleges. The Center’s newest survey, the Community College Institutional Survey (CCIS), assesses the extent to which promising educational practices are designed and implemented at colleges across the country.

Each of these four surveys collects data from a particular perspective, and together they provide a comprehensive understanding of educational practices on community college campuses and how these practices influence students’ experiences. All are research-based tools appropriate for multiple uses, such as benchmarking and accreditation.

Online registration is now open for institutional participation in the 2015 surveys. For more information, please visit Also available on the Center website is a calendar of events detailing Center presentations, workshops, and exhibits; free copies of publications, including national reports, newsletters, and articles; and many more resources.

Online registration is now open for institutional participation in the 2015 surveys. For more information, please visit

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