Infolist Update: JCCC Needs SENSE

Posted May 6 on the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

A message from Dr. Calaway and the Entering Student Success Institute Planning Team
This fall, JCCC will be participating in a research field test of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE). Administered within the fourth and fifth weeks of the fall semester, this survey focuses on institutional practices and student behaviors in the earliest weeks of college.

Survey data will be collected, analyzed, and reported back to the college, further supporting our institution’s efforts to understand the critical early student experience and to improve practices in ways that will increase student success in the first college year. The project is part of CCSSE and the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Research shows that student engagement is strongly related to student success in community colleges. Understanding students’ earliest experiences can help us enhance student learning, retention, and success.

The survey will be administered in classes randomly selected by SENSE to ensure a representative sample and to preserve the integrity of the survey results. Instructors whose classes are selected for survey administration will receive detailed instructions prior to the start of the semester.

JCCC is intent on being a leader in education, and this survey can assist us to improve course completion rates, as well as the rate of student persistence to the completion of their educational goals. You may learn more about SENSE from the project Web site at:

If you have any questions about SENSE, please contact the Survey of Entering Student Engagement office at 512-471-6807 or on the Web site

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