The data and resulting institutional reports that are produced from Center
surveys are owned by each participating college, and said colleges allow the Center
to analyze and report the data in aggregate form.
In accessing the Center online reporting systems, the user agrees to the following
Center policy positions regarding responsible and appropriate uses of the survey data:
- The Center supports uses of survey data for benchmarking effective educational
practices and for targeting and monitoring progress in quality improvement. The Center
does not support the use of student engagement survey results for the purpose of
ranking community and technical colleges. Such uses would obscure complex dimensions
of institutional performance and student behavior.
- Because of differences in institutional focus, student characteristics, and resources,
comparisons of survey results from two single institutions serve little constructive
purpose and may in fact be wholly inappropriate. The Center's reporting tools therefore
provide group comparisons, using aggregated data from at least three institutions.
- Appropriate interpretation of survey data should take into account the institutional
context (mission, size, urbanicity, program mix, and so on) as well as the characteristics
of a particular institution's student population — for example, the proportions of
full- vs. less than full-time students, traditional college-age vs. nontraditional-age
students, students who are academically underprepared as they enter the institution,
and students with various educational goals.