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ERIC Number: EJ791854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Santa Fe Community College and the CCSSE: Using Data to Make Meaningful Change
Reynolds, Chantel
Assessment Update, v19 n5 p4-6 Sep-Oct 2007
Like many institutions, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) has struggled to move beyond anecdotal sketches of student experiences to a more detailed picture of student engagement supported by methodically and systematically collected quantitative data. In 2004, as part of its ongoing commitment to data-informed or data-based decision making, the college enthusiastically joined a New Mexico consortium of community colleges participating in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Each fall, the director of the SFCC Testing Center convenes the CCSSE Workgroup, composed of faculty from all four instructional divisions, staff from counseling and advising, and program directors from academic support units. This group reviews the sample responses, identifies patterns, determines what additional data are needed, and makes recommendations to the campus community. By the middle of the semester, workgroup members report to their constituent groups via departmental meetings, staff and faculty senates, deans and department chairs, and senior management. Key findings and recommendations are posted on the SFCC Web site, along with follow-up reports on the preceding year's survey. Thus, CCSSE data are widely distributed, and at every opportunity, they are integrated into discussions on student learning, planning, budgeting, and operations. This article discusses how CCSSE data help SFCC make real improvements in the experiences of its students. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico