SSI Glossary

ACC Snapshot is a summary of key accountability measures in which ACC seeks to evaluate its quality and its students' success at an institutional level. It measures things most associated with the complex, diverse mission of the community college. While the College has hundreds of accountability and effectiveness measures (from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), specialized instructional programs' accreditation agencies, and its own Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability) the ACC Snapshot seeks to provide a quick glance at how well ACC is fulfilling its mission statement to promote student success.

ACC Student Success Initiative is an institutional commitment to enhance learning and success for all students regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race or socio-economic. Included on the website is a link for students with suggestions for student success strategies.

Achieving the Dream is a multiyear national initiative to help more community college students succeed, particularly student groups that traditionally have faced significant barriers to success, including students of color and low-income students.  

Closing the Gaps by 2015 has four goals: to close the gaps in student participation, student success, excellence, and research. 

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) provides a focus on educational activities and practices that research shows are related to student success: how students spend their time; what they feel they have gained from their classes; how the college supports their learning; and how they assess the quality of their interactions with faculty, counselors and peers.

Course Redesign requires the review and revision of entry-level lower division academic courses . . . "to improve student and learning and reduce the cost of course delivery through the use of information technology." 

Cultural Competence is the capacity to anticipate cultural needs and changes, recognize opportunities for equity, and function effectively in the context of cultural differences.

Data Cube is a compilation of research data that can be easily manipulated by the user to arrange data according to the needs of the user. An independent data set.

Discipline Specific Snapshot provides department/discipline-level measures to assist departments monitor and improve their service to students. The departmental snapshot is designed to provide program and departmental level data to assist faculty in evaluating the effectiveness of their programs in advancing student success. Through this evaluation, strengths and weaknesses can be explored and faculty can identify initiatives to improve student success.

Early Intervention Program assists instructors in identifying students who are falling behind in their academic course work.

FERPA. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects the privacy of student education records.

FIRST TIME IN COLLEGE STUDENTS (FTIC) definition for the purpose of requiring on-line or in-person TOP attencance, and evaluation of TOP.

First Time in college Students are new students to ACC but exclude the following groups:

  • Students with transfer credit
  • Early College Start (ECS) students
  • Early College High School (ECHS) students
  • Students with a prevously earned degree
  • Visiting students - students who have been enrolled at their home institution, and enroll at ACC (mainly in the summer) to transfer those courses back to their home institution.

Gateway 19 Courses is a term used by ACC to refer to the ACC courses (are those) with the highest enrollments and also the highest attrition and failure rates. To create a college-wide commitment to the Student Success Initiative, ACC's definition of gateway courses includes more courses from a greater variety of disciplines than is common in the general literature.

NCAT (National Center for Academic Transformation) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the effective use of information technology to improve student learning outcomes and reduce the cost of higher education. NCAT provides expertise and support to institutions and organizations seeking proven methods for providing more students with the education they need to prosper in today's economy. 

Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) determines what aspects of college life matter most to ACC students and how satisfied they are with them. 

Servant-Leadership maximizes the potential of individuals, both those who are served and those who lead. Faculty can use multiple servant-Leadership concepts while working with students. 

Service Learning courses offer students opportunities to apply their education in service to the community. Success Equity is the practice of enhancing students' academic, social, and cultural capital so that all students have the opportunity to navigate the college experience and succeed academically.

Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) surveys new students and their experiences in the first few weeks of attending a college to collect data about institutional practices and student behaviors that may affect student success in the first year of college.