Pierpont Fashion and Interior Design Students Participate in National Survey
Students in the Applied Design program at Pierpont Community & Technical College are participating in an important survey that provides the institution with valuable data on how it is meeting the challenge to provide an engaging environment for student learning. The second year students in APPD 2202 Advanced Apparel Design and APPD 2260 Contract Design have been selected to complete the CCSSE survey this spring. The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a product and service of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, is a well-established tool that helps institutions focus on good educational practice and identify areas in which they can improve their programs and services for students.
Administered during the spring to mostly returning students, CCSSE asks about institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention. Community colleges have long distinguished themselves through their efforts to put students first and their emphasis on teaching and learning. Innovations in curriculum, teaching strategies, and support services for students are hallmarks of these institutions. Yet while community colleges often pioneer new strategies, they don’t have sufficient access to tools that help them assess their initiatives and measure their progress toward key goals. This survey helps to capture student attitude of how well the college is doing to meet their goal of maximizing student learning.
Today, community colleges are being asked to rise to new challenges. Across the country, community colleges must respond to the increasing expectations for quality, performance, and accountability set by governing boards, state and federal governments, accrediting organizations, and the public. Key among those expectations is that colleges should emphasize assessment and improvement of student retention and student learning. To respond effectively to these challenges, community and technical colleges need assessment tools appropriate to their unique missions and the characteristics of their diverse student populations. CCSSE is meeting that need.
Pierpont is among community colleges nationwide that now have a reliable and appropriate tool for assessing institutional quality as it directly pertains to the student learning experience. Within their own campus communities, participating colleges are using the concrete feedback provided by the survey to identify and implement needed changes in policy and practice. Pierpont has participated in the CCSSE survey several times in past years. Results from this data collection are carefully reviewed to plan for new ways to improve the educational experience for students.
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