The CCSSE is a national survey which assesses student engagement. Results are highly correlated with student learning and retention. Results from the CCSSE are used as a benchmark for college-wide accreditation and monitor the institutional effectiveness of CPTC for continuous quality improvement.
CCSSE benchmarks measure: 1) Active and Collaborative Learning, 2) Student Effort, 3) Academic Challenge, 4) Student-Faculty Interaction, 5) Support for Learners.
When do we administer the CCSSE?
The CCSSE is administered once every two years. It was last administered to students enrolled in a random sample of CPTC credit courses in spring 2014.
How do we administer the CCSSE?
The CCSSE is administered as a pencil-and-paper survey and is designed to be completed in one 50 minute class period. Someone other than an instructor administers the survey but we ask instructors to be available for questions at the time of the survey.
CCSSE selects a random sample of courses from our class schedule based on their start time. Students under 18 years of age are not sampled nor are dual-enrollment courses offered to high school students.
Other courses excluded from the sample include: noncredit classes, lower level ESL, online classes, practicums, internships, clinical courses, labs associated with lecture when both enroll the same students, hybrid classes without a regular meeting time and location during the survey period, classes that begin after the survey administration dates, courses with less than 3 students, and separate listings of cross- listed courses.