Engaging Community Colleges First Look by alicejenny

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									ACT ON FACT
Using Data to Improve
Student Success




           National Community College Hispanic Council
    Sam Echevarria, Senior Research Associate
    Community College Survey of Student Engagement/CCSSE
    The University of Texas at Austin




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
   RAISE YOUR HAND…
    …if you’ve ever attended a community college.

    …if you graduated from a community college.

    …if you earned a degree while attending college
    part-time and working at least 20 hours per week.

    …if you ever stopped out of college for any reason.

    …if you were the first in your family to attend
    college.




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
   RAISE YOUR HAND…
    …if you ever had to choose between buying
    groceries and buying books for your college
    classes.

    …if English is your second language.

    …if in the course of your college daily life you
    found yourself in the minority (race, class, gender)
    in most situations.

    …if you can name an individual who made a
    significant difference in your college education.


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Test Your Community College IQ!



    What percentage of community college
    students attend part-time?



    Answer: 63% (22% at 4-year
    colleges)

Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Test Your Community College IQ!



    What percentage of community college
    students plan to earn a degree?



    Answer: 79% (More than 70% cite
    transferring as a primary or
    secondary goal)
Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Test Your Community College IQ!



    What percentage of community college
    students plan to earn a certificate?



    Answer: 48%


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Test Your Community College IQ!
    Yet…what percentage of community college students
    earn an associate degree or certificate 6 years after
    entering college?



    Answer: 25%

    Yet…what percentage of community college students
    actually transfer?



    Answer: 25%
Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Test Your Community College IQ!

    What’s the national dropout rate (not
    returning for sophomore year) for
    students attending public two-year
    colleges?



    Answer: 48% (compared to 32%
    for public four-year colleges)


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
                                                 CCSSE Overview




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    CCSSE: A Tool for Improvement
     CCSSE helps us:

             Assess quality in community college education

             Identify and learn from good educational practice

             Identify areas in which we can improve




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    CCSSE: A Tool for Community Colleges
 CCSSE data analyses include a three-year
 cohort of participating colleges.

           The 2007 CCSSE Cohort includes
            more than 310,013 community
            college students from 525
            community and technical colleges
            in 48 states, British Columbia and
            the Marshall Islands.

           The 2008 CCSSE Cohort includes
            more than 343,000 community
            college students from 585
            community and technical colleges
            in 48 states, British Columbia, and
            the Marshall Islands.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement
       CCSSE: A Tool for Improvement


                         The foundation of the research-based survey
                         questions is a 300 Page Annotated
                         Bibliography.



                         See it on the CCSSE Website!

                         www.ccsse.org


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
  The Hispanic Student Success Consortium (HSS)
            The Hispanic Student Success (HSS) Consortium is a
    group of colleges that are designated by the federal government as
    Hispanic-Serving Institutions (those with at least 25% Hispanic full-
    time equivalent enrollment and of the Hispanic student enrollment
    at least 50% are low income) and/or hold current membership in
    the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).
             In its fifth year, the HSS Consortium brings together 26
    institutions across seven states to build collaborative and
    networking relationships and to highlight promising practices
    through publications and at national and regional community
    college conferences. This consortium also adds questions to the
    Community College Student Report and will use CCSSE data and
    comparative reports to make informed decisions about how to
    improve these unique institutions.


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
  The Hispanic Student Success Consortium (HSS)
    A total of 32,020 Hispanic students from HSS
    community colleges have participated in CCSSE. The
    HSS colleges have an Hispanic student enrollment
    average of 44%. The following states are or have been
    represented in this consortium:


          • Arizona                              • Massachusetts
          • California                           • New Jersey
          • Colorado                             • New Mexico
          • Connecticut                          • New York
          • Florida                              • Texas
          • Illinois
Community College Survey of Student Engagement
         The Hispanic Student Success Colleges
 Austin Community College             El Paso Community College             Phoenix College
 Brookhaven College                   Estrella Mountain Community College   Pueblo Community College
 Bunker Hill Community College        Galveston College                     Richland College
 Capital Community College            Gateway Community College             San Antonio College
 Central Arizona College              Glendale Community College            San Jose City College
 Citrus College                       Harold Washington College             Santa Fe Community College
 Coastal Bend College                 Houston Community College System      South Mountain Community College
 Cochise College                      Howard College                        South Texas College
 College of the Desert                LaGuardia Community College           Southwest Texas Junior College
 College of the Mainland              Modesto Junior College                St. Philip's College
 Community College of Denver          Mountain View College                 Texas State Technical College Harlingen
 Del Mar College                      Mt. San Antonio College               The Victoria College
 Dona Ana Community College           North Lake College                    Union County College
 Eastern New Mexico University -      Northwest Vista College               Ventura College
 Roswell
                                      Oxnard College                        West Hills College Coalinga
 Eastfield College
                                      Palo Alto College                     West Hills College Lemoore
 El Camino College
                                      Pasco-Hernando Community College      West Hills College NDC
 El Camino College Compton Center
                                      Passaic County Community College      Wilbur Wright College
 El Centro College

Community College Survey of Student Engagement
      CCSSE-HSS Hispanic Student Characteristics
    64% Full-Time
    38% Male
    70% Aged 24 or less
    45% Non-English Native Speaker
    21% Married
    34% Children in Household
    57% First-Generation (Neither parent attended college)
    83% High School Diploma
    69% Developmental (Previously taken developmental course)
    68% 0-29 College Credits
Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Why Student Engagement?

             20 years of research on undergraduate student
              learning, persistence and success

             1 year of really cool research in the community
              college field – CCSSE Validation Study

             1 year of studying the power of Relationships




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Student Engagement

    …the amount of time and energy
    students invest in meaningful
    educational practices




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Student Engagement

           Institutional practices


           Student behaviors


              Highly correlated with student learning and
              retention

Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Student Engagement

          …It’s unlikely to happen by accident.

                It has to happen by design.




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Students are more likely to persist
    and learn if they…

          • Establish meaningful relationships
              with faculty and staff

          • Feel connected to the college
          • Navigate through college systems,
              processes and procedures



Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Students are more likely to persist
    and learn if they…

          • Establish meaningful relationships
              with peers

          • Make a connection between now and
              their future (setting goals)

          • Are active & engaged learners


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
CCSSE Benchmarks
    Benchmarking – and Reaching for
    Excellence

    The most important comparison: where
    you are now, compared with where you
    want to be.




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    CCSSE Benchmarks for Effective
    Educational Practice
    The five CCSSE benchmarks are:

             Active and Collaborative Learning

             Student Effort

             Academic Challenge

             Student-Faculty Interaction

             Support for Learners


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
       CCSSE Raw Benchmarks of Effective
             Educational Practice
       Comparison Group – Hispanic Students – 2004-2008 HSS Consortium

                                                 Full-time   Part-time   % Change

                 Active and Collaborative          40.9        34.9        -15%
                 Learning

                 Student Effort                    51.0        45.3        -11%

                 Academic Challenge                59.8        54.0        -10%

                 Student-Faculty                   40.3        33.7        -16%
                 Interaction

                 Support for Learners              50.1        44.0        -12%


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
       CCSSE Raw Benchmarks of Effective
             Educational Practice
       Comparison Group – Hispanic Students – 2004-2008 HSS Consortium

                                                 2004   2008   % Change

                 Active and Collaborative        36.5   37.3      2%
                 Learning

                 Student Effort                  46.7   47.1      1%

                 Academic Challenge              54.7   56.5      3%

                 Student-Faculty                 33.6   37.0      10%
                 Interaction

                 Support for Learners            44.5   47.2       6%


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Looking at CCSSE data, each college has
    specific strengths. It’s important to:

    Identify your strengths and build on them.

    Target weak areas and design strategies to
    improve them.




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
                        Learning from CCSSE Results




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
                                 Student Voices:
                                    Advising




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
            Support for Learners:

            Students perform better and are more satisfied at colleges that are
            committed to their success and cultivate positive working and social
            relationships among different groups on campus.



            Do our perceptions match our
            students’ experiences?



Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    Support for Learners


    What are your Most Important Services?

    How often do students use them or how satisfied
    are they?




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
     Support for Learners
    Most Important Services

             [very or somewhat important]
    94% Academic Advising and Planning
    90% Computer Lab
    88% Career Counseling
    85% Financial Aid Advising
    84% Skills Lab

    79% Peer or other Tutoring
    77% Transfer Credit Assistance
Community College Survey of Student Engagement
     Support for Learners
    How often do students use their “Most Important Services”

          [sometimes or often]
    78% Computer lab

    65% Financial Aid Advising

    64% Academic Advising and Planning

    62% Skills Lab

    48% Career Counseling

    44% Peer or other Tutoring

    42% Transfer Credit Assistance
Community College Survey of Student Engagement
                                 Student Voices:
                                  Financial Aid




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
Building a Culture of Evidence
    “Rules of the Universe”
          1. The center of community college work is
             student learning, persistence, and success.

          2. We can’t get better at what we’re not willing
             to look at.

          3. Every program, every service, every
             academic policy, every college is perfectly
             designed to achieve the exact outcome it
             currently produces.


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    “Rules of the Universe”


          4. If nothing changes, nothing changes.

          5. Neither organizations nor individuals
             are good at accomplishing things they
             never actually decided to do.




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    What can you do?

    Start with the truth.

    Understand the facts.

    Share the facts.

    Act on the facts.

    Track progress by measuring outcomes.


Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    What can you do?
    1. Identify key areas aligned with college mission
       and strategic plan.
    2. Start with the benchmarks.
    3. Look at individual survey items.
    4. Disaggregate the data.
    5. Distinguish between “best” and “typical.”




Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    What can you do?
    6. Involve the college community.

    7. Design strategies and set targets.

    8. Share the data and plans to address them.

    9. Measure effectiveness.

    10.Scale up efforts that are working. Modify and
      discontinue those that are not.



Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    What can you do?




         11. REPEAT!




Community College Survey of Student Engagement

								
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