At the start of each year I select a word that sets an intention on how I want the year to flow. My word of the year for 2020 is IMPACT. This word came to me as I reflected on the journey that prepared me to be the new executive director for the Center for Community College Student Engagement (the Center).
In 2013, Laramie County Community College (LCCC or L-Triple-C as the locals refer to it) began a journey towards renewal, transformation, and a deep commitment to improving student outcomes. To say it was needed would be an understatement. With a lackluster 13% three-year graduation rate, the lowest persistence and completion rates in the state of Wyoming, and a culture that had lost its way, the institution was teetering on the brink. Fortunately, supported by the good work of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (the Center), LCCC has found its way.
Marisol Garza is a long-time community college professional, currently enrolled as a full-time student in the Program for Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas. As a graduate research assistant for the Center and a member of the research team, she engages in work to help advance our understanding of students’ experiences on community college campuses.
To maximize the benefits of participation, colleges are encouraged to share findings from the surveys both internally and externally. To facilitate this, the Center has developed several tools, available through the CCSSE and SENSE Sharing Results pages.