The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) focuses on
institutional practices and student behaviors that promote student engagement.
CCAC completed its fourth administration of CCSSE in spring 2013. Results from
previous surveys have been used to focus efforts on increasing the amount of
active and collaborative learning in the classroom; bridging academics and
support services; and improving student effort.
The survey results will be shared throughout the fall 2013 semester.
CCSSE encourages institutions to develop a culture of evidence – an
institutional standard of using data to drive decisions. Sharing and
objectively discussing data can be difficult. When used effectively, however,
data can help identify areas for improvement so that efforts and resources are
allocated to improve student success.
About CCSSE Benchmarks – CCSSE clusters thirty-eight of the most important
survey questions into five conceptually related categories called benchmarks.
Standardized scores are calculated for each category making it possible to
compare our performance in the five areas with groups of similar colleges.
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NewslettersBenchmark Changes – August 2013Biggest Improvements – September 2013Need for Improvement – October 2013
PresentationsStudent Engagement at CCAC – Fall 2013Sharing Strategies for Student-Faculty Interaction – Summer Faculty Institute 2014
ToolsStudent Engagement Tool Kit -
contains simple techniques for increasing the amount of engagement in the
classroom.Student Course Feedback Form – An end-of-course evaluation
form based on student engagement items from the CCSSE survey intended
for local useClassroom Observation Form – A professional development tool
intended for mentor or peer review of a class session