UC Blue Ash College

Survey of Entering Student Engagement

The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) helps community and technical colleges focus on the "front door" of the college experience. Today, UC Blue Ash College, serves more students who are increasingly arriving under-prepared for college work with decreasing financial support. Grounded in research about what works in retaining and supporting entering students, SENSE collects and analyzes data about institutional practices and student behaviors in the earliest weeks of college. These data can assists us in understanding students' critical early experiences and improve our institutional practices that affect student success in their first college year.

SENSE is administered during the fourth and fifth weeks of the fall academic term to students in courses randomly selected from those most likely to enroll entering students. Students respond to the survey in class, and member colleges receive survey reports including data and analysis they can use to improve their programs and services for entering students. Specifically, SENSE data should be useful in improving course completion rates and the rate at which students persist beyond the first term of enrollment.

2014 SENSE Reports

2012 SENSE Reports

2009 SENSE Reports

2009 SENSE Frequency Distributions

Frequency reports show the number and percentage of respondents for each survey item response option. For example, of 1,000 students responding to a given survey item, 324 students (32.4%) responded strongly agree; 263 students (26.3%) responded agree; 175 students (17.5%) responded neutral; 124 students (12.4%) responded disagree; and 114 students (11.4%) responded strongly disagree.

2009 SENSE Means Summary

Means reports present an average of all responses for a particular type of survey item. These analyses compare average item responses for survey items that have scaled responses (e.g., strongly agree to strongly disagree) between member colleges and various groups (e.g., similarly sized colleges), or between subgroups within a college. Means reports also provide a t-test statistic, effect size, and a visual indicator of whether these two means are practically different.

2009 SENSE Benchmarks

To assist colleges in their efforts to reach for excellence, SENSE has introduced national benchmarks of effective practice with entering students. Research shows that the more actively engaged students are early in their college experience with college faculty and staff, other students and the subject matter, the more likely they are to learn and to achieve their academic goals. SENSE benchmarks focus on institutional practices and student behaviors that promote student engagement and that are positively related to student learning and persistence from the time the student has first contact with the college through the end of the third week of class.


Contact Information

Muntz Hall - Room 140
Phone: 513-745-5736
Email: ucbair@ucmail.uc.edu