US Community College Version of NSSE Released

November 28, 2006

Last week, the results of the sixth annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (Cessie) showed that academic advising is very important to the majority of students -- more than student aid advising, child care, or tutoring -- but that up to 41% rarely or never participated in it. Full-time students fared better than part-time students on several measures, including faculty-student interaction and time spent with advisors. 43% of students indicated that faculty are the best source of academic advising. 64% say that "memorization" is emphasized at their colleges. 38% spend five or fewer hours per week preparing for class. Unlike the NSSE results, which are confidential, CCSSE results are posted online at www.ccsse.org. Chronicle of Higher Education (requires subscription)