Take responsibility for your own education

Do your homework. Study for your tests. And for your own sake and the school’s, put more effort in your education.


The results of Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE,) have been collected, counted, and analyzed.


In spring 2012, randomly selected classes of Citrus College participated in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, this data instrument provides information about student engagement and the amount of time students invest in meaningful educational practices.


The survey measures five benchmark areas that address key areas of student engagement. The first benchmark is “Active and Collaborative Learning,” second is “Student Effort,” the third is “Academic Challenge,” the fourth is “Student-Faculty Interaction,” and the last one is “Support for Learners.”


Citrus scored in “Active and Collaborative Learning” a score of 49.4 compared to the national average of 50.0 with Citrus scoring in 2010 a score of 49.8.  Citrus scored in “Support for Learners” a score of 51.5 compared to the national of 50.0 with Citrus scoring in 2010 a score of 54.6. In “Academic Challenge,” Citrus scored 50.0 compared to the national average of 50.0 with Citrus scoring in 2010 a score of 51.9. In “Student-Faculty Interaction,” Citrus scored 49.4 compared to the national average of 50.0 with Citrus scoring in 2010 a score of 50.3.


Comparing Citrus scores to the national average of 300 other Community Colleges which participated is “not that bad.” Comparing Citrus 2012 scores to Citrus 2010 scores is even worse.


Citrus was almost even with the national average in four of the categories. However, we bombed in one category: Student Effort.


The national average for “Student Effort” is 50.0. Citrus scored a weak 47.9, that is a 3.1 percentage below par, and that is not acceptable. In comparing it to 2010 scores from 50.7 to 47.9, is even worse with a 3.8 percentage difference.


Here are two examples of questions from CCSSE in the “Student Effort” category.


In the category it begins by saying “In your experiences at this college during the current school year, about how often have you done each of the following?”


It follows by presenting the questions “skipped class” or “came to class without completing readings or assignments,” are one of two questions on the Student Effort category.


The results on the two questions are not pretty, and it follows with “skipped class” with 48.1 percent of students saying “Never,” 47.2 percent saying “Sometimes,” 3.2 percent saying “Often,” and 1.6 percent saying “Very Often.”


In response to a question as to how often they came to class without completing readings or assignments” is as follow, with students answering 30.5 percent saying “Never,” 56.4 percent saying “Sometimes,” 9.6 percent saying “Often,” and 3.5 percent saying “Very Often.”


Surprised? Who wouldn’t be after seeing those two results. Almost half of students answering they have either skipped class or not completed regular homework assignments is staggering, almost half of students!


There is something wrong with these numbers and it needs to change.


The job of the student is to study. If employees do not show up to work on time and they do a poor job, they are fired. If students don’t study, they won’t get the grade they need to transfer to the school they’ve been dreaming of.


For the sake of your education and the education being given by the teachers of Citrus, students must carry out their responsibilities, which is quite simple, come to class with your assignments completed and study for your tests.