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Thursday, March 13, 2014

What constitutes quality in the community college experience? Research shows that for many groups of students, the more actively engaged they are, the more likely they are to learn, to persist with their studies, and to attain their academic goals. Student engagement, therefore, is a valuable measure for assessing the quality of colleges’ educational practices and identifying ways they can help more students succeed. Orange Coast College is excited to join this effort by participating in a prominent national survey focused on, student learning, effort, support, and academic challenge, as well as student-faculty interactions in community colleges, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). The survey is a project of the Center for Community College Student Engagement and the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin.

After an extensive review of student surveys, OCC's Institutional Effectiveness Committee recommended to replace the college's prior survey, the Community College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CCSSEQ), with the CCSSE. CCSSE assesses institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention. The items focus on how students spend their time, the nature and quality of their interactions with faculty members and peers, and what they have gained from their classes and other aspects of the college experience. In addition to the standardized questions from CCSSE, college-specific questions are included to complement the survey.

How will CCSSE Results Benefit OCC?
1. Benchmarking - Comparing OCC’s performance by to national norms from community and technical colleges across the country.
2. Diagnosing - Identifying areas in which OCC can enhance students’ educational experiences.
3. Monitoring - Documenting and improving institutional effectiveness over time.

Next week, instructors whose classes are selected for survey administration will be notified by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Classes were randomly selected by the Center for Community College Student Engagement and are a representative sample of Orange Coast College students. It is crucial that the classes chosen to participate complete the survey to maintain this representativeness. The efforts of instructors participating are greatly appreciated and will benefit the entire college. Data collection will run through April 30, 2014.

To learn more about CCSSE visit or contact Sheri Sterner ( ) or Gabrielle Stanco ( ) in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.