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SENSE Results Fall 2012 (Survey of Entering Student Engagement)

The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE)

Introduction: The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), a product and service of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, helps community colleges discover why some entering students persist and succeed and others do not.

Administered during the 4th and 5th weeks of the fall academic term, SENSE asks students to reflect on their earliest experiences (academic and services-related) with the college. SENSE serves as a complementary piece to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), with a more narrowed focus on early student experiences.


SENSE Sampling:  In SENSE sampling procedures, students are sampled at the classroom level. The survey was administered in classes randomly selected from those courses most likely to enroll entering students, with a random sample pulled from all first college-level English and math courses and all developmental reading, writing, and math courses, excluding ESL courses.

In Fall 2012 MVC Administered the SENSE Survey.

  • 97 MVC classes / 53 faculty (many faculty had 2 or more classes surveyed)
  •  1101 total students surveyed
  •  537 self identified as “Entering Student”
  •  520 were not excluded (did not indicate entering or returning student, under age 18, etc)


 Fall 2012 Student Respondent Profile
520 MVC Entering Students

Enrollment Status:    Full-time – 26%    Part-time – 74%

Age:   18-19 Yrs – 23%     20-21 Yrs – 18%    22-24 Yrs – 14%    25+ Yrs – 45%

Gender:    Male – 41%    Female – 59%

Ethnicity:   Hispanic – 50%    Black – 27%     White – 15%     Asian – 5%    Other – 2%

SENSE Survey Results - MVC 2012

Key Findings for Mountain View College  The SENSE Key Findings booklet is an individually tailored executive summary. The booklet provides college-specific data in an easy-to-read and easy-to-share format including: benchmark comparisons between your college, top-performing colleges, and the SENSE cohort; highlights of the aspects of highest and lowest student engagement at your college; and selected results from five SENSE special-focus module items on Promising Practices.

SENSE benchmarks are groups of conceptually related survey items that focus on institutional practices and student behaviors that promote student engagement—and that are positively related to student learning and persistence from the time the student has first contact with the college through the end of the third week of class. Benchmarks are used to compare each institution’s performance to that of similar institutions and with the SENSE Cohort. The six SENSE benchmarks are: early connections, high expectations and aspirations, clear academic plan and pathway, effective track to college readiness, engaged learning, and academic and social support network.

Benchmark Report - MVC Compared to ECC, EFC, and Lonestar-N Harris
Benchmark Report - MVC Compared to all Texas Colleges


Means and Frequency Reports: Responses to individual SENSE survey items are summarized in two formats–means and frequencies. 

Means reports present an average for each survey item that has scaled responses (e.g., strongly agree to strongly disagree) and compare average item responses between member colleges and various groups (e.g., similarly sized colleges), or between subgroups within a college (e.g., male & female).  Means are not run on dichotomous items: those with only two response options (e.g., yes/no; enrolled/not enrolled). These items are summarized in the frequency reports.

Frequency reports present the observed frequencies of occurrence (counts and percentages) of the values for each survey item, excluding demographic survey items.  These reports are useful for understanding how data are distributed across response categories. Please note that counts and percentages on frequency reports are subject to rounding.

2012 Means Report - MVC Main Survey

2012 Frequency Distribution - MVC Main Survey