SENSE General Overview
The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) helps community and technical colleges focus on the “front door” of the college experience. SENSE collects and analyzes data about institutional practices and student behaviors in the earliest weeks of college. These data can help colleges understand students’ critical early experiences and improve institutional practices that affect student success in the first college year.
SENSE is administered during the fourth and fifth weeks of the fall academic term to students in courses randomly selected from those most likely to enroll entering students.
MVC SENSE 2009 Overview
The SENSE survey was administered during the Fall 2009 semester (September 14 – 25, 2009) to a sample of 78 MVC classes identified by SENSE. These classes included ENGL-1301, MATH-1314, DMAT, DWRI, and DREA-0093. A total of 719 MVC students responded to the survey, and 387 (54%) were identified as entering students (first semester at MVC). The survey results focus on the responses of the 387 MVC entering students.
SENSE has six national benchmarks of effective practice with entering students. The six benchmarks summarize weighted results of individual survey items allowing for comparisons of respondent groups within a college or with other college groups. This 8 page report compares MVC Summary benchmarks with a group of other DCCCD colleges and with four other groups of Texas community colleges.
This 19 page report lists all individual SENSE survey items with frequency distribution of MVC student reponses for all students, entering students, and returning students. Frequency reports show the number and percentage of respondents for each survey item response option.
Means reports present an average of all responses for a particular type of survey item. These analyses compare average item responses for survey items that have scaled responses (e.g., strongly agree to strongly disagree) between member colleges and various groups (e.g., similarly sized colleges), or between subgroups within a college. Means reports also provide a t-test statistic, effect size, and a visual indicator of whether these two means are practically different.