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ERIC Number: ED529079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Committing to Student Engagement: Reflections on CCSSE's First Five Years. 2007 Findings. Executive Summary
Community College Survey of Student Engagement
The Community College Survey of Student Engagement ("CCSSE") this year celebrates five years of helping community colleges better serve their students. With its unrelenting focus on using data to improve students' educational experiences, "CCSSE" has established itself as a leading voice in community college improvement efforts. More important, "CCSSE" has helped a growing number of college leaders change the way they think about their work. College faculty and administrators who once made decisions based on their personal perceptions now increasingly base decisions--about everything from allocating resources to selecting teaching strategies--on evidence. And perhaps most significant, over the past half decade, "CCSSE" and its member colleges have learned a great deal about how to engage students so they will be more likely to attain their academic goals. This year, in honor of its fifth anniversary, "CCSSE" presents the results of its annual survey in terms of lessons learned and strategies that work. The following are five lessons learned by "CCSSE" in its first five years of work: (1) Be intentional; (2) Engagement matters for all students, but it matters more for some than for others; (3) Part-time students and faculty are the reality of community colleges--and typically are not adequately addressed in improvement efforts; (4) Data are its friends; and (5) Look behind the numbers. "CCSSE" offers the following strategies; (1) Set High Expectations and Clear Goals; (2) Focus on the Front Door; (3) Elevate Developmental Education; (4) Use Engaging Instructional Approaches; and (5) Make Engagement Inescapable. [For the full report, "Committing to Student Engagement: Reflections on CCSSE's First Five Years. 2007 Findings," see ED529080.]
Community College Survey of Student Engagement. 3316 Grandview Street, Austin, TX 78705. Tel: 512-471-6807; Fax: 512-471-4209; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Houston Endowment Inc.; James Irvine Foundation; Lumina Foundation for Education; MetLife Foundation; Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Authoring Institution: Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)