New CCSSE report gives WITC high marks
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s results from the 2013 Community College
Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) indicate that an overwhelming majority of
WITC students feel that personal connections they experience at the college are
critical to their academic success.
participate in CCSSE to continually improve the quality of education we offer
our students.” says Bob Meyer, president of WITC. “Quality is about the student
experience — about what we do to engage our students, help them achieve their
educational goals and ultimately improve the quality of their lives through
five benchmarks that allow colleges to monitor their performance in areas that
are focused on teaching, learning and student success. These benchmarks
encompass 38 engagement items on the survey that reflect a variety of aspects of
students’ learning experiences.
the findings, 96 percent of survey respondents would recommend WITC to a friend
or family member and 94 percent of students rated their educational experience
at WITC as good or excellent.
perspective of what the results say, WITC isn’t just a place to get a quality
education, WITC is the place to be for connecting with fellow students, faculty
and staff and provides services that help students accomplish their goals,” said
Jennifer Kunselman, research and data coordinator at WITC. “Nearly three-fourths
of CCSSE respondents have accomplished their goals at WITC or will return to
WITC within the next 12 months.”
study also found at WITC students report strong relationships; find instructors
to be available, helpful and sympathetic; and that staff are helpful,
considerate and flexible.
CCSSE survey — administered directly to community college students at
participating colleges —helps participating institutions assess quality in
community college education, focus on good educational practice, and identify
areas in which they can improve programs and services for students. Washington
Monthly, an independent national magazine, utilizes CCSSE and IPEDS data to rank
colleges and in 2013 they ranked WITC fourth in their listing of “America’s 50
Best Community Colleges.”
will use the results in many ways, from improving and adding services to assist
students, with marketing, to its Quality Review Process, as well as Strategic
Planning for the direction of the college.
shows that the more actively engaged students are — with college faculty and
staff, with other students, and with the subject matter — the more likely they
are to learn and to achieve their academic goals. CCSSE’s national benchmarks of
effective educational practice in community and technical colleges address five
areas, including: active and collaborative learning; student effort; academic
challenge; student-faculty interaction; and support for learners.
“Students that attend WITC build strong relationships with each other and
college staff that not only help them succeed while learning, but also face the
many challenges along the way,” Kunselman said. “The study shows that a large
portion of our students face multiple responsibilities while they are attending
WITC. Many have long commutes to the WITC campus they are attending, they have
jobs in addition to taking classes, and many have families that are dependent on
their care. The relationships that students build at WITC help them face these
challenges and play a big part in their succeeding at WITC.”