Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles – February 12, 2015
Research shows that the more actively engaged students are — with college faculty and staff, with other students, and with the subject matter being learned — the more likely they are to persist in their college studies and to achieve at higher levels. Identifying what our students do in and out of the classroom, knowing their goals, and understanding their external responsibilities can help us create an environment that can enhance student learning, development, and retention.
Westchester Community College has an opportunity to participate this spring in a national survey focused on teaching, learning, and retention in community colleges, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). The project is part of the Center for Community College Student Engagement and the Program in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin.
The survey will be administered in classes randomly selected by the Center to ensure a representative sample and to preserve the integrity of the survey results. Faculty whose classes are selected for survey administration will receive specific information from the office of Institutional Research and Planning in the next few weeks.
WCC is intent on being a leader in higher education, and this survey can assist us in improving course completion rates, as well as the rate of student persistence to the completion of their educational goals.
Belinda S. Miles