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Partially supported by grants from Houston Endowment Inc. Lumina Foundation for Education MetLife Foundation

Co-sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Published by the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

© 2009 Permission granted for unlimited copying with appropriate citation.

Please cite this report as: Center for Community College Student Engagement. (2009). Making Connections: Dimensions of Student Engagement (2009 CCSSE Findings). Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin, Community College Leadership Program.


Quite appropriately, this 2009 CCSSE National Report is dedicated to community college people who are making connections.

To the teachers who design educational experiences that intentionally connect students to faculty and to one another — and who help students consistently connect their studies to their lives.

To the advisors and counselors who connect students to resources, to services, and to their potential futures.

To the social networking innovators and early adopters, all a-Twitter with their Facebook- ingYouTubeLinkedIn possibilities for engaging students more effectively.

To the learning technologists, media specialists, instructional designers, webmasters, and IT staff who make the gadgets and the gizmos go, and the whatzits and whatchamacallits work, in the interest of student learning and success.

To the leaders who work to connect the college community to a shared vision of student success and a shared belief that all students, given the right conditions, can learn.

To the students who connect with one another, providing encouragement and support

  • and who make it so clear to us that in their often heroic efforts to achieve educational

goals, connections matter.

Kay McClenney, Director Center for Community College Student Engagement

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