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The Office of Research and Planning is currently coordinating two national student surveys that are being conducted with our students during Spring semester 2017. These surveys are the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the new Survey of Online Student Engagement (SOSE).
Since March 1st, the CCSSE has been underway on campus. As of March 24th, 41 courses have
already submitted completed survey results. Thank you, everyone, for helping to make
this survey a great success!!
Based at the University of Texas at Austin Program in Higher Education Leadership, the CCSSE has been conducted at MJC since 2006, while the SOSE is a new survey of online students which is being pilot tested at MJC and other two-year colleges nationwide in 2017.
Several hundred colleges across the U.S. will be participating in the 2017 CCSSE and the SOSE. 15 colleges from California besides MJC are participating in the 2017 CCSSE survey, including Bakersfield College, Barstow Community College, Berkeley City College, Butte College, Cerro Soso Community College, City College of San Francisco, College of Alameda, Crafton Hills College, Fresno City College, Laney College, Merritt College, Norco College, Palo Verde College, Porterville College, and Santa Monica College.
47 out of the 48 Spring 2017 courses recommended by CCSSE have agreed to participate in this survey (98% of total recommended courses). In accordance with CCSSE specifications for course and student participation, our target goal is to survey at least 1500 MJC students in day and evening courses.
(1) When is the CCSSE being conducted on campus? The month of March is the designated month for conducting the survey. We anticipate
that approximately 95% of participating courses will be surveyed by the end of March.
(2) How long does it take? The survey takes approximately 45 minutes.
(3) Are instructors being notified if their class has been recommended for the survey? Instructors whose courses have been recommended by CCSSE are being contacted in advance in order to schedule the desired date for administration of the survey in their classrooms.
(4) How many classes and which classes are being surveyed? A total of 48 specific course sections have been recommended by CCSSE to participate in the 2017 survey. The actual course sections recommended by CCSSE for survey participation are available here.
(5) What is the actual survey process? Administration of the surveys in classrooms on both campuses will be assisted by a team of MJC Student Success Specialists affiliated with the MJC Office of Access, Retention & Student Success.
(6) What do the surveys look like? The 2017 CCSSE standard survey instrument, which will be completed by students using pencil (provided), is available here. The custom questions specific to MJC are available here.
IMPORTANCE OF MJC PARTICIPATION IN THE 2017 CCSSE
The year 2017 represents the 6th time that MJC has participated in the CCSSE since
2006. The previous results of this survey have enabled us to assess our overall institutional
effectiveness in terms of 10-year key performance trends.
In 2017, the results of this survey will allow us to share with our campus community and other stakeholders just how much we have accomplished in our hard work at promoting and measuring our accomplishments--and our areas of continuing needed improvement--from the perspective of our students.
*** Earlier this month, CCSSE released an important new report based on its summary of previous nation-wide survey results from several hundred community college campuses. This report is a "must-read" for all at MJC who have interest in issues of how our students manage their finances in order to attend MJC. The report is called Making Ends Meet: The Role of Community Colleges in Student Financial Health.
In 2017, MJC is providing a field test of the new Survey of Online Student Engagement (SOSE). This survey is designed as an online survey for students who are only enrolled in online courses at MJC during Spring 2017.
The link for the online SOSE was announced by Mike Smedshammer via Canvas during the week of March 6th. We estimate that as many as 1750 MJC online students will be eligible to participate in the SOSE.
As of March 17th, more than 130 eligible students have already participated.
The survey will remain open until approximately April 30. Estimated completion time
for this survey is 15 minutes. A copy of the SOSE survey instrument is available here.
Questions about the CCSSE and SOSE surveys at MJC may be directed to Scott Kerlin, who is serving as MJC campus coordinator for the CCSSE.
*** For details about the previous offering of the CCSSE at MJC visit the CCSSE 2015 information page.
Scott Kerlin, Ph.D.
Director, College Research and Planning
Phone: (209) 575-6727
James Palmer, MBA
College Research Analyst
Phone: (209) 575-6220
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