Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE)--Data Brief

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Introduction

In the fall of 2009, Tarrant County College District (TCCD) administered the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) to 1526 students across the District. SENSE is a Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) survey instrument given during the fourth and fifth weeks of the fall semester to entering students to document their first experiences. It is important to note that the SENSE survey is voluntary, and some questions may not be completed by all participants.

Benchmarks

The SENSE data is broken into six benchmark categories as follows:

  • Early Connections
  • High Expectations and Aspirations
  • Clear Academic Plan and Pathway
  • Effective Track to College Readiness
  • Engaged Learning
  • Academic and Social Support Network

After reviewing TCCD’s SENSE data, Early Connections and Academic and Social Support Network were identified as the two benchmarks most in need of improvement.

early connections benchmarkEarly Connections

The Early Connections benchmark is an indicator of how connected entering students feel to the college.

Graph 1 presents TCCD student responses to four of the items that comprise the Early Connections benchmark category.

 

Graph 2 presents TCCD student fifth early connection benchmarkresponses to the fifth Early Connections benchmark item “a specific person was assigned to me so I could see him/her each time I needed information or assistance.”

 

 

 

 

Academic and Social Support Network

academic and social support benchmarkThe Academic and Social Support Network benchmark is an indicator of how informed entering students feel about various College services and course information as well as forming a support network with instructors and students. Graph 3 presents TCCD student responses to items that comprise the Academic and Social Support Network benchmark.

 

Contact

Kimberly Beatty, Ed.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success
1500 Houston St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
817-515-5636
kimberly.beatty@tccd.edu

 

 

Updated August 27, 2013

 

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