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Student Engagement Surveys

Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCSSE)

The Center for Community College Student Engagement has designed several surveys that address different aspects of engagement, which is an important aspect of learning and provides a measure of the College’s success. Pima Community College has participated in three surveys:

  1. Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) 
  2. Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE)
  3. Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) 

You can access results from the three surveys below, and we will post the new results as they become available. In some cases, the reports provide summary information; in other cases detailed tables of results are provided.

Contact for additional resources and documents, including the code books, raw data and appendix reports.

CCSSE offers resources and tutorials to help navigate and understand the findings.


Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)

CCSSE is an assessment tool that provides information on student engagement, a key indicator of learning and, therefore, of the quality of community colleges. The survey, administered to community college students, asks questions that assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are correlated highly with student learning and student retention.

All Students

Benchmarks (PDF | Excel)    ||    Means (PDF | Excel)    ||    Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Part-Time & Full-Time (Enrollment Status)

These reports display responses by enrollment status (self-reported by students on the survey for the current academic term).

Benchmarks (PDF | Excel)    ||    Means (PDF | Excel)    ||    Frequencies (PDF | Excel)

Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE)

The Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE) elicits information from faculty about their teaching practices, the ways they spend their professional time, both in and out of class, and their perceptions regarding students' educational experiences.

CCFSSE reports enable participating institutions to view faculty perceptions of student engagement alongside student responses. However, the side-by-side tables, while illustrative, are not entirely equivalent: That is, CCSSE asks students to report about their experiences across the period of the current academic year, while faculty are asked to report their perceptions of their students' engagement experiences in a specific selected course.

Student and Faculty Comparison Report: Compares the frequencies for responses to similar survey items from the faculty and student surveys. (PDF | Excel)

Faculty-Only Responses: Contains frequency distributions from PCC's faculty for all faculty survey items that do not appear on the student survey. Data are presented for part-time, full-time, and all PCC faculty respondents. (PDF | Excel)

Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE)

The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), a product and service of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, helps community colleges discover why some entering students persist and succeed and others do not. Administered during the 4th and 5th weeks of the fall academic term, SENSE asks students to reflect on their earliest experiences (academic and services-related) with the college. SENSE serves as a complementary piece to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), with a more narrowed focus on early student experiences.

Entering & Returning Students at Pima Community College

Means PDFExcel   ||   Frequency PDF | Excel

All Entering Students

Benchmarks PDF    ||    Means PDF | Excel    ||    Frequencies PDFExcel

Part-Time & Full-Time (Enrollment Status) Entering Students

The results in these reports break out results by enrollment status, which is self-reported on the survey. CCSSE assumes part-time students are underrepresented in the sample and adjusts their weight accordingly.

Benchmarks PDF    ||    Means PDF | Excel    ||    Frequencies PDFExcel

Special-Focus Modules

In addition to the SENSE questions, students were asked to answer two additional sets of items called Special-Focus Modules:

  • The Financial Assistance is designed to help institutions understand students' experiences with the FAFSA and potential reasons for not completing it.
    • SENSE 2017 Financial Assistance Codebook Word
    • SENSE 2017 Financial Assistance Frequency Report PDF | Excel
  • The Promising Practices for Community College Student Success is designed to help your institution explore students' participation in promising practices—such as first-year experience, early alert, and accelerated developmental education—for which there is evidence of effectiveness in strengthening student learning, persistence, and attainment.
    • SENSE 2017 Promising Practices Module Codebook Word
    • SENSE 2017 Promising Practices Frequency Report PDF | Excel

 For more information, contact the Office of Strategy, Analytics, and Research (STAR).