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Overview of the 2009 CCSSE Cohort

Each year, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement is administered in the spring during class sessions at CCSSE member colleges. All CCSSE data analyses use a three-year cohort of participating colleges. e 2009 CCSSE Cohort includes data from all colleges that participated in CCSSE from 2007 through 2009.

An overview of the 2009 cohort’s partici- pating colleges and their students follows. Details are available at www.ccsse.org.

More than 400,000 students from 663 institutions in 48 states as well as Brit- ish Columbia, the Marshall Islands, Nova Scotia, and Ontario are included in the 2009 CCSSE Cohort.

2009 CCSSE Cohort respondents gener- ally reect the underlying student population of the participating colleges in terms of gender and race/ethnicity. Part-time students, however, were underrepresented in the CCSSE sample because classes are sampled rather than individual students. (About 29% of CCSSE respondents are enrolled part- time, and 71% are enrolled full-time. IPEDS reports the national gures as 60% part-time and 40% full-time.) To address this discrepancy, CCSSE results are weighted by part-time and full-time status to reect the institutions’ actual proportions of part-time and full-time students.

2009 CCSSE Cohort member colleges enroll a total of 4,317,841 credit stu- dents — approximately 65% of the total credit-student population in the nation’s community colleges.

2009 CCSSE Cohort respondents are 59% female and 41% male. ese gures mirror the full population of CCSSE Cohort community college students, which is 58% female and 42% male.

Of the 663 participating colleges, 331 (50%) are classied as small (up to 4,499 students), 162 (24%) as medium (4,500–7,999 students), 112 (17%) as large (8,000–14,999 students), and 58 (9%) as extra large (15,000 or more stu- dents). Nationally, 55% of community colleges are small, 21% are medium, 15% are large, and 9% are extra large.

According to the Carnegie classica- tions,* the 2009 CCSSE Cohort includes 125 (19%) urban-serving colleges, 142 (21%) suburban-serving colleges, and 396 (60%) rural-serving colleges. Fall 2007 data indicate that among all U.S. community colleges, 17% are urban, 21% are suburban, and 62% are rural.


CCSSE respondents

National percentages

White Latino/Hispanic Black International** Asian Native American Other

65% 12% 12% 6% 5% 2% 4%

58% 14% 13% 2% 6% 1% 8%

2009 CCSSE Cohort respondents range in age from 18 to 65 and older.

With respect to race/ethnicity, 2009 CCSSE Cohort respondents and the national community college population may be compared as follows:

**International students are not citizens or nationals of the United States and are in the country on a visa or temporary basis.

*CCSSE uses the Carnegie Classifications (from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) to identify col- leges as urban-serving, suburban-serving, and rural-serving.

Note: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding and inclusion of the International category.

Sources: 2009 CCSSE Cohort data; IPEDS, fall 2007.

For more information about CCSSE and the 2009 surve , visit www.ccsse.org.

Noteworthy Facts

The 2009 CCSSE membership (colleges that administered the survey in 2009) includes statewide participation in Maine, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming and state-based participation in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

2009 was the fifth year of participation for the Achieving the Dream Consortium, the sixth year of participation for the Hispanic Student Success Consortium (Hispanic- Serving Institutions/Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities), and the sixth year of participation for the Texas Small Colleges Consortium.

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