About the Survey

Over two decades of investigating community college student engagement has taught CCCSE that it is crucial for community colleges to consider the student experience to enhance access and foster positive outcomes for students. Therefore, if colleges are to equitably support dually enrolled students, it is imperative that they understand the experiences of those students, especially those who are underrepresented. Thus, in collaboration with an advisory panel of experts, the Dual Enrollment Survey of Student Engagement (DESSE) was created.

View DESSE’s areas of focus here.

DESSE’s Survey Instrument

CCCSE collected feedback from the fall 2022 DESSE pilot participants and made a few adjustments to the instrument based on that feedback. These adjustments are reflected in the spring 2024 survey instrument.

DESSE Pilot Survey-Spring 2024

DESSE Pilot Survey-Fall 2022

Survey Development Advisory Committee

The following advisory panel of experts provided guidance on the development and refinement of DESSE:

Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President, Lorain County Community College 

Dr. Shari Camhi, Superintendent, Baldwin Union Free School District 

Dr. Naomi Castro, Senior Director, Career Ladders Project 

John Fink, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University 

Angela Guadian-Mendez, Director of Student Completion, Alamo Colleges District 

Dr. Larisa Harper, Provost, Zane State College 

Dr. Melinda Karp, Founder & Principal, Phase Two Advisory 

Dr. Amanda Sterk, Former Director of Dual Enrollment, Florida Southwestern State College 

Dr. Jason Taylor, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah 

Amy Williams, Executive Director, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships