Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

CCSSE Survey Administration – Spring 2007 Overview

What is CCSSE?

The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is designed to provide information on learning-centered indicators of quality for community and technical colleges nationwide. The survey instrument, The Community College Student Report (CCSR), is a versatile, research-based tool with multiple uses. Understanding these learning-centered indicators is important because research shows that students who more frequently read, write and interact in positive ways with their teachers and peers gain essential skills and competencies and are more likely to achieve their educational goals (Kuh, 2000). CCSSE provides colleges with this vital information about their learning environment and educational practices. The results from the survey will be useful for diagnosis, benchmarking performance and monitoring progress of improvement efforts associated with the Achieving the Dream initiative.

The Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE) is offered as a companion to the Community College Student Report. The survey 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.

Key Participants

  • Students in randomly selected classes will be asked to participate in the paper and pencil survey administered during a regularly scheduled class session.
  • All faculty teaching credit courses will receive an invitation to participate in the online CCFSSE survey.
  • Survey Administrators are responsible for the administration and collection of surveys.
  • The Campus Coordinator oversees and supports activities associated with survey administration. 

Contact Information



Phone Number    

Email Address

       Campus Coordinator    

Mary Kate Quinlan - CO    


       Survey Administrator

Yvonne Burns - A


       Survey Administrator

Charles Martoni - B


       Survey Administrator

Mary Lou Kennedy - N


       Survey Administrator

Renee Clark - S


Key Steps

  • Mid-February: Submit Course Master Data File
  • Late-February: CCSSE randomly selects courses for survey administration
  • March 5: Faculty teaching selected courses are notified by letter
  • March 12 - 21: Survey Administrators contact faculty to schedule a day for survey administration
  • April 9 - 20: In-class survey administration
  • May 25: deadline for submitting completed surveys
  • July 31: CCAC receives results
  • November: CCSSE issues a national report

Availability of Results

The college will receive the institutional report in July.  Results will be posted to the website and communicated in various forms throughout the fall 2007 semester.

For More Information

Contact the campus coordinator or visit the Community College Survey of Student Engagement website.