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.
2016 CCSSE Survey Results
Students who are engaged in meaningful educational
activities are more likely to be successful. The
Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
focuses on institutional practices and student behaviors that
promote student engagement. CCAC completed its fifth
administration of CCSSE in spring 2016. 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; improving student effort and
increasing the amount of student-faculty interaction.
The survey results will be shared throughout the fall 2016
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 items 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.
Active and Collaborative
4a, 4b, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i, and 4r
4c, 4d, 4e, 6b, 10a, 13d1, 13e1, and 13h1
4p, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 6a, 6c, 7, 9a
4k, 4l, 4m, 4n, 4o, and 4q
Support for Learners
9b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 9f, 13a1, and 13b1
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NewslettersCCSSE Newsletter - October 2016CCSSE Newsletter - December 2016CCSSE Newsletter - January 2017
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
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