Last year marked a momentous occasion for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCCSE) as we proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary. One of CCCSE’s shining achievements is the successful implementation of the Improving Large-Scale Student Engagement Survey for Younger Learners project. This groundbreaking pilot survey was specifically tailored to focus on dual enrollment students — a vital and often overlooked segment of our educational community. By capturing the unique perspectives and challenges faced by these young learners, CCCSE has expanded its reach to encompass a broader spectrum of the student population, fostering a deeper understanding of their needs and aspirations.
In line with CCCSE’s commitment to holistic student well-being, we are thrilled to announce the commencement of a new and transformative project — the Mental Well-Being and Academic Success initiative. This visionary project, generously funded by The Kresge Foundation, aims to delve into the mental health and well-being of community college students. By conducting comprehensive research, CCCSE and its partner institutions will gain a better understanding of the diverse mental health needs across different student populations.
With this invaluable knowledge, educational institutions can develop targeted and empathetic support systems, ensuring that students receive the care and assistance they require to thrive academically and personally. As a result, these focused student supports will pave the way for improved outcomes, creating a positive ripple effect that will resonate far beyond the classroom.
Through these exceptional projects, CCCSE continues to drive positive change and empower students to navigate their educational journeys with confidence and purpose. The impact of CCCSE’s research extends well beyond statistical data; it serves as a catalyst for creating a more compassionate, inclusive and supportive learning environment for all.
As we celebrate the incredible legacy of CCCSE and its 20 years of trailblazing achievements, we are inspired to forge ahead with renewed vigor. Together, we can build on this foundation of excellence and chart a course towards an even brighter future for community college students across the nation.
Here’s to 20 years of transformation and to many more years of enlightening the path of education!