Cohort Data Overview


About the Online Reporting System
CCSSE 2016 Cohort Overview
Student Respondent Profile
CCSSE Sampling
Communications Tools

Welcome to the online reporting system for the 2016 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). These webpages are best viewed in Internet Explorer 9 or later, Chrome, or Firefox. JavaScript is advised for full functionality.

About the Online Reporting System

The online reporting system contains multiple resources for colleges to utilize in accessing and understanding their institutional report results. Brief descriptions of information contained within the options in the left vertical navigation bar are outlined below:

Understanding Survey Results: This page provides basic information about excluded respondents, types of available institutional reports, weighting, and student-level breakout definitions.

Standard Reports: This page contains the college’s standard 2016 Institutional Reports and data file.

Faculty Survey (CCFSSE) Reports: This page contains frequency reports for colleges that participated in CCFSSE and example reports for those that did not.

Custom Report Requests: This page provides colleges an opportunity to request custom benchmark, means, and frequency reports with optional comparisons and breakouts.

Completed Report Requests: Custom reports will be housed on this page for 15 calendar days from the date of report creation.

Feedback: The Center welcomes college feedback on the CCSSE online reporting system—how it has worked for you and what you would like to see in the future. The Center will periodically roll out new features as they are developed. If you have questions or concerns while using the online reporting system, you may also e-mail CCSSE.

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CCSSE 2016 Cohort Overview

CCSSE utilizes a three-year cohort (2014 through 2016) of participating colleges in all of its data analyses, including the computation of benchmark scores. This cohort is referred to as the 2016 CCSSE Cohort. The 2016 CCSSE Cohort includes 701 institutions from 46 states, the District of Columbia, three Canadian provinces, plus Micronesia, Guam, and the Marshall Islands. Three-hundred twenty-six are classified as small (<4,500), 156 as medium (4,500-7,999), 143 as large (8,000-14,999), and 76 as extra-large institutions (15,000+) credit students. One hundred thirty-four of the colleges are classified as urban-serving, 163 as suburban-serving, and 404 as rural-serving.

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Student Respondent Profile

Characteristics of 2016 Cohort Respondents

Student Characteristic
Survey Respondents
All Students at CCSSE Member Colleges

Enrollment Status
   Full-time students
   Less than full-time students




   White, Non-Hispanic
   Black or African American
   American Indian/Native American
   Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander
   International Student/Foreign National



Percentages may not total 100% in each category due to missing data and/or rounding.

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CCSSE Sampling

In CCSSE sampling procedures, students are sampled at the classroom level. As a result, full-time students, who by definition are enrolled in more classes than less than full-time students, are more likely to be sampled. To adjust for this sampling bias, a statistical weighting procedure is applied to CCSSE results when analysis contains both full-time and less than full-time students. Weighting is uniquely calculated for each institution and is based on the most recent publicly available IPEDS enrollment figures. As an additional option, colleges can choose to produce reports via the Custom Report Requests page with the statistical weighting feature disabled if they feel this is more appropriate. More information on weighting can be found on the Understanding Survey Results page.

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Communication Tools

The Center has created a variety of tools for colleges to utilize in working with their data and sharing their institutional results. These resources are available in the Tools section of the CCSSE website, including four key communication templates, the CCSSE and CCFSSE Drop-In Overview Report Templates and the CCSSE and CCFSSE Drop-In Overview Presentation Templates.

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Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Research and Service Initiative—
Program in Higher Education Leadership | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy  | College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
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