The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a product and service of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, provides information about effective educational practice in community colleges and assists institutions in using that information to promote improvements in student learning and persistence. The Center’s goal is to provide member colleges with results that can be used to inform decision making and target institutional improvements. Student engagement, or the amount of time and energy students invest in meaningful educational practices, is the underlying foundation for the Center’s work. The CCSSE survey instrument is designed to capture student engagement as a measure of institutional quality.
The CCSSE is comprised of two broad constructs: model of effective educational practices (MEEP) and model of best fit (MBF). Within the MEEP construct, there are five subscales: (1) Active and Collaborative Learning, (2) Student Effort, (3) academic Challenge, (4) Student-Faculty Interaction, and (5) Support for Learners. Within the MBF construct, there are nine subscales, including (1) Faculty Interactions, (2) Class Assignments, (3) Exposure to Diversity, (4) Collaborative Learning, (5) Information Technology, (6) Mental Activities, (7) School Opinions, (8) Student Services, and (9) Academic Preparation. In order to keep the CCSSE survey fresh and relevant for the community college field, items for special-focus topics were developed. More information about special-focus topics can be found at http://www.ccsse.org/aboutsurvey/aboutsurvey.cfm.