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The college participates in several national surveys to better understand first experiences of entering students (SENSE), engagement and learning by students at all levels (CCSSE), faculty perceptions of student engagement and learning (CCFSSE), and general education outcomes (ETS Proficiency Profile or PP).
We also conduct an internal survey of those who have completed an award through the Graduating Student Survey. Students may also complete course/instructor evaluations at the end of each semester.
SENSE, an initiative of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, helps colleges discover why some entering students persist and succeed and others do not. Administered during the fourth and fifth weeks of the fall academic term, the survey allows colleges to learn what is working and what needs improvement in their intake processes and students’ earliest classroom experiences with the goal of improving entering student retention and outcomes.
We participated for the first time in fall 2010 and will continue on a triennial basis. Reports below highlight benchmarks of Effective Educational Practices.
Each spring since 2001, students from community colleges around the country participate in CCSSE, which asks questions about institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention. CCSSE results help colleges focus on good educational practice – defined as practice that promotes high levels of student learning and retention – and identify areas in which community colleges can improve their programs and services for students.
Cochise College has participated three times – 2007, 2008, and 2011. Since we are on a triennial administration cycle, our next survey date will be spring 2014. Survey results are released each summer and college comparisons can be made with subgroups as well as nationally. Results below include national and institutional benchmark scores for five key areas of engagement.
USA TODAY has an interactive website, from 2008, with CCSSE data to communicate the importance of student engagement and illustrate how community colleges are addressing the learning needs of their students.