Wor-Wic Students are More Active Learners
October 29, 2004

Results of the 2004 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) indicated that students at Wor-Wic Community College are more actively engaged in their education than students at other community colleges in the U.S.

The college recently learned that it exceeded state and national averages on 92 percent of the items on the CSSEE, a survey of community college students designed to measure the amount of time and energy students invest in meaningful educational practices.

The nationally-normed survey was administered by the University of Texas at Austin to 524 Wor-Wic students in randomly-selected classes during the spring semester. Wor-Wic’s results were compared with those of other community colleges that participated, including nine in Maryland and 142 in other states.

According to CCSSE, the more actively engaged students are -- with their teachers, other students and the subject matter -- the more they learn and the more likely they are to achieve their academic goals. CCSSE’s national benchmarks of effective educational practices cover five areas: active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student-faculty interaction and support for learners.

CCSSE has identified Wor-Wic as one of a handful of community colleges that, when compared to other colleges of similar size, are demonstrating outstanding performance on one or more of the benchmarks. CCSSE indicated that they plan to highlight Wor-Wic in its print and Web-based publications when the national survey results are released this month.

Wor-Wic received exceptionally high ratings in academic computer use, information technology and using the Internet for assignments. Wor-Wic students also rated the college’s computer laboratories high in both importance and satisfaction.

Areas where students indicated room for improvement include the degree to which they work on assignments with classmates outside of class, participation in college-sponsored activities (campus publications, student government, etc.), use of career counseling services and satisfaction with child care.

“We have already begun making plans to open a child care center on campus next fall,” said Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic. “We will also be using the results of this survey to improve other services for our students and as a baseline against which future ratings can be measured.”