CCSSEE - De`Marcus Jackson - Columbia State Community College

Community College Survey of Student
A Brief Report of Columbia State’s 2009
Survey Results
Prepared by
De’ Marcus Jackson, M.S.
Instructor of Psychology
What is the CCSSE?
The Community College Survey of Student
Engagement (CCSSE) is an assessment tool
which utilizes five benchmarks that gauges
community college effectiveness.
The five benchmarks are:
Active & Collaborative Learning
Student Effort
Academic Challenge
Student-Faculty Interaction
Support for Learners
Community colleges use this survey
information to sustain strengths as well as to
improve upon weaknesses within the areas of
teaching, learning, and student success.
Check your e-mails…I recently sent an
overview of the national 2009 CCSSE results
that provides a comprehensive explanation of
this assessment tool. Please read this report.
Student Engagement
 Finding and implementing ways to strengthen
student engagement is the proverbial “holy
grail” of most academic institutions.
 Upon receiving our 2006 CCSSE survey
results, Columbia State set out to enhance
overall student engagement.
 The Student Engagement Committee (SEC)
was established to review the CCSSE survey
results and implement strategies that would
significantly improve Columbia State’s
effectiveness in educating and engaging our
student population.
 The Student Engagement Committee is
composed of volunteers—staff and faculty who
have committed their precious time at seeking
to enhance student engagement. Their service
to this committee is sincerely appreciated. 
Work of the Student Engagement Committee
 Most the activities of the Student Engagement Committee since 2006 has
centered on the benchmark of active & collaborative learning. But, the other
benchmarks have been of significant focus also.
 Activities of the SEC have included dynamic roundtables and panel discussions,
workshops, and other professional development activities. The main goal of all of
these activities was to learn more about the nature of student engagement here at
Columbia State and ways to evolve it.
 Arguably, all of the benchmarks are strongly interrelated and not mutually
exclusive, an insight that will hopefully be explored during the next stages of
strategic planning.
Brief Overview of 2006 CCSSE data
 In 2006, the national percentage of all community colleges
surveyed (447 total), on all benchmarks, was 50%.
 Columbia State’s benchmark percentages were compared
against this national average.
 Columbia State’s 2006 CCSSE results were as follows:
 Active & Collaborative Learning, 50.7%
 Student Effort, 49%
 Academic Challenge, 47.1%
 Student-Faculty Interaction, 46.8%
 Support for Learners, 45%
Brief Overview of 2009 CCSSE data
 Active & Collaborative
Learning, 50.7%
Student Effort, 49%
Academic Challenge,
Interaction, 46.8%
Support for Learners,
What does this all mean?
 I plan to forward all employees the
more detailed 2009 CCSSE report that
further breaks all of this information
down. You can review the report for
 Still, a cursory review of the data for all
students shows that Columbia State
definitely has room for tremendous
growth in all benchmarks.
 As Columbia State moves forward, we
must all—faculty, staff, and
administration—work together to make
our college the most effective 2-year
institution of higher learning in
The puzzle of Education requires
teamwork to solve!

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