Student Life Studies wanted to understand their clients' experience when doing assessment projects with the department. This survey was administered with clients who utilized services through Student Life Studies during the 2019-2020 academic year.
New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) provides outreach to Aggie families because they understand how families contribute to students’ college success. According to its website (https://familyprograms.tamu.edu/), the Aggie Parent & Family Program collaborates with campus partners to “work with parents to help them understand the student experience, support student learning, and empower students to take personal responsibility for their social and academic choices.” New Student and Family Programs wanted to gather feedback about parents and family members’ communication with the university as well as to understand the experience parents and families receiving communication regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Student Assistance Services is one of the units in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life. According to its website (https://studentlife.tamu.edu/sas/), Student Assistance Services (SAS) “seeks to connect Texas A&M University students with the appropriate guidance, resources, and support to address a variety of personal and academic matters.” Students are often referred to Student Assistance Services for a variety of reasons such as concerning behavior, student death, sexual violence, withdrawal from school, student welfare checks, and general consultation. Student Assistance Services wanted to gather feedback on the experience of students who meet with staff in their office. This is the second time this assessment project has been conducted.
The Becky Gates Children’s Center (BGCC or the Center) conducts annual assessments of the parents/guardians of the children who attend the Center to evaluate and continue to provide high-quality services for those children and their parents/guardians. The assessment focuses on parents/guardians’ overall satisfaction, their experience with their child’s teacher and classroom, as well as the management of the Center. Additionally this year, the survey included some questions related to the online learning opportunities provided by the Center this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the ninth time that Student Life Studies has worked with Becky Gates Children’s Center in administering this assessment.
In an effort to learn more about former undergraduate students’ experiences while at Texas A&M University and the role their education has played since graduation, a survey was sent to students who graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in 2012, 2015, and 2018. Former students were asked about several financial obstacles they faced while at Texas A&M University.
In an effort to learn more about former undergraduate students’ experiences while at Texas A&M University and the role their education has played since graduation, a survey was sent to students who graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in 2012, 2015, and 2018. Former students we asked about diversity and inclusion topics and experiences.
In an effort to learn more about former undergraduate students’ experiences while at Texas A&M University and the role their education has played since graduation, a survey was sent to students who graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in 2012, 2015, and 2018. Former students were asked about food insecurity they faced while at Texas A&M University.
Every couple of years, Disability Resources gathers feedback from faculty members to understand how they can best work with faculty to serve students. Disability Resources wanted to understand faculty’s satisfaction in working with the department, level of being prepared for online instruction this summer, and preferred method for receiving information.
Mi Casa es Su Casa are a series of dinners hosted by faculty and staff for students throughout the academic year. Sponsored by MSC CAMAC, these dinners intend participants to network with other students and faculty and staff, and gain a better understanding of opportunities that can open in the future. This year three dinners were held - two in the fall semester and one in the spring. After the November and February dinners participating students were sent surveys in effort to better understand their experience. The hosts were sent a survey after the last dinner to also gain a better understanding of their experience with the student organizers and what improvements or changes they recommend for next year's events. The following report summarizes the results of both the surveys.
Sex in the Dark is a workshop conducted by Health Promotion (HP) to increase the knowledge of students in regards to their sexual health. Learning outcomes developed for Sex in the Dark workshop include participants reporting increased knowledge of healthy sexual behaviors, and able to recite the proper steps to apply a condom as a result of attending the workshop.
This year a survey was developed intending to measure participants’ learning, as well as gauge participants’ overall impression of the program and perceptions of the facilitators of the program. The following report summarizes the results of the survey, and includes recommendations based on those results.
Disability Resources wanted to assess the overall satisfaction of the students registered with the department to understand their experience working with the department staff, as well as specific changes based on the university moving to a remote environment due to COVID-19. This is the sixth time Disability Resources worked with Student Life Studies to assess the students registered with their office.
The Memorial Student Center (MSC) Freshmen Leadership International (FLI) coordinates one major international travel experience for its members each year over spring break. MSC FLI went to Costa Rica again this year from March 7-13, 2020 for this international travel experience. MSC FLI indicated the following outcomes for participants:
• Participants demonstrate a willingness to step out of their comfort zone to try something new.
• Participants use reflection as a tool to examine their leadership skills and privilege in a global context.
• Participants experience teamwork within a diverse group of peers.
• Participants will explore, question, and empathize with other cultures.
Trip participants were assessed at different points during the experience to gauge how well the outcomes were met and the overall impact of this experience. Student Life Studies has worked with MSC FLI to assess this Costa Rica trip since 2013.
The Department of Student Activities wanted to better understand students’ experience as it relates to their membership in one of the Freshman Leadership Organizations (FLOs). Specifically, Student Activities wanted to look at students’ expectations from their FLO experience, if students actually received what they expected, if there were any unexpected benefits due to their membership, and if students would recommend their FLO to new incoming students. Additionally, the department wanted to learn how supported students felt by their FLO and if this changed as the university moved to a remote environment. Student Life Studies worked with Student Activities last spring for the first time to assess students’ experience in Freshman Leadership Organizations.
The Utilities Challenge (U-Challenge) is a project where teams of students utilized data about the residence halls to learn about the proficiency of the buildings and propose ways to increase the efficiency in the buildings (https://reslife.tamu.edu/living/sustainability/u-challenge/). As part of the project, 4-6 students make up a team, and each team gives a 15-minute presentation about their research and findings discussing the utility systems of the residence halls and suggestions for improving these systems. The Department of Residence Life wanted to assess the students involved in this project to understand their experiences, what they gained from participating, and gather ideas to improve the project in the future. While this was the fourth year for the project, it was the first time Student Life Studies assisted in the assessment.