Ninety-five percent of the approximately 1,000 Southeast
Community College students surveyed last year indicated that they
would recommend the College to a friend or family member.
SCC recently administered the Community College Survey of
Student Engagement. When evaluating their entire educational
experience at SCC, 88 percent of students surveyed rated their
experience as good or excellent.
Dr. Jack Huck, SCC president, said the survey assists the
college in promoting improvements in student learning and
"These are great outcomes," Huck said. "We will analyze the data
and determine how we can improve the student experience."
When asked, "How supportive friends and family are" of attending
SCC, 78 percent of the student surveyed said their friends were
"quite a bit" or "extremely" supportive, and 88 percent said their
family was "quite a bit" or "extremely" supportive of their
Rod Rhodes, director of instructional effectiveness and research
at SCC, said 1,018 respondents submitted usable surveys.
"The data in CCSSE will be extremely valuable to the College in
a variety of areas, including both the instructional division and
student services," Rhodes said. "The survey results provide
information on student engagement, which is a key indicator of
learning. Research shows that the more actively engaged students
are, with college faculty and staff, with other students, and with
the subject matter, the more likely they are to learn and to
achieve their academic goals."
Rhodes provided the following profile data:
- 78 percent of
the student respondents reported attending college full-time;
- 68 percent of
the student respondents were between the ages of 18 and 24;
- 53 percent of
the student respondents were male;
- 82 percent of
the student respondents identified themselves as
- 23 percent of
the student respondents were first-generation, meaning neither
parent has earned a degree higher than a high school diploma, nor
has college experience;
- 46 percent of
student respondents work 21 or more hours per week
To assist colleges in their efforts to reach for excellence,
CCSSE reports national benchmarks of effective educational practice
in community colleges. Benchmarks are used to compare each
institution's performance to that of similar institutions and with
the CCSSE Cohort.
Benchmarks are Active and Collaborative Learning, Student
Effort, Academic Challenge, Student-Faculty Interaction, and
Support for Learners. A number of questions are asked on the survey
as they relate to each benchmark.
This was the second time SCC administered the CCSSE.
Rhodes said SCC's next steps will include comparing the 2013
results with those from 2011.
"Questions we need to ask include, 'are there trends in the data
that fit with SCC's strengths' and 'are there trends in the data
that amplify areas where SCC needs improvement' "
View the survey for more detailed information.