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Key Findings from 2010 Community College Survey of Student Engagement

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Author: Center for Community College Student Engagement


The CCSSE 2010 report, “The Heart of Student Success: Teaching, Learning, and College Completion,” presents key results broken out according to the five CCSSE benchmarks of effective educational practice in community colleges: active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, and support for learners.

The report sheds light on characteristics of community college students, how and what they are learning, and how decisions and initiatives on the institutional level can impact their experiences.

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  1. cathy montoya says:

    Hello, HCCS is getting ready to distribute this survey. I am new to community college service and read the survey results with interst. One thing that I noticed was an absence of mentioning the library or the librarians role in engaging students or in teaching students how to manage and discern information. Libraries are traditionally a large part of the academic infrstructure and many librarians are considered “faculty” because of our unusual teaching role. Are librarians part of the process with the CCSSE or its faculty survey? At a time when libraries and librarians are increasingly called to justify a place at the academic table, this might be a perfect place to help others understand that librarians provide an “intellectual process” and not just a “mechanical process” in providing information resources as well as teaching faculty and students how to use them. The library as collaborative space and as a resource certainly helps to engage students and encourage their success.

    Thank you for allowing me to make these observations and to comment.

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    Arleen Arnsparger Reply:

    Hello, Cathy,
    Thank you for your comment and your questions. In fact, since the Community College Survey of Student Engagement was first created, we have met frequently with librarians and library association leaders who have been involved in the conversation about measures of student engagement. The surveys administered by the Center for Community College Student Engagement are designed to measure student engagement, specifically in those practices that research and systematically collected data show make a difference in student outcomes, including persistence, learning, GPA, and graduation rates. If you take a look at the survey instruments on the CCCSE website you’ll find the complete surveys with embedded links that will take you to the research that supports each question on the survey.

    There is no question that we all have seen and heard about outstanding examples from individual colleges about the impact of librarians and library services on individual student success. And surely we are witnessing the evolution of libraries as we see the successful integration of technology and academic support services into the more traditional library setting. We frequently invite and would welcome information that would point us to systematically collected data about the impact of library usage on student outcomes. In our work we help identify those practices, grounded in research and data, that made a difference for students and bring that evidence to college leaders throughout the country to help them focus their energies and resources on those practices that have the greatest impact on student success.

    Thank you for the work you are doing to support student success. There is no question that librarians and library services are important to students — with a research and evidence base to build upon, we would welcome the opportunity to explore the addition of a special-focus survey module that would contain survey items related to community college libraries and library usage.

    Arleen Arnsparger
    Project Manager
    Initiative on Student Success
    Center for Community College Student Engagement

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