The Gilbert Leadership Conference (GLC) is a committee of the Student Government Association (SGA). According to its website (http://www.glctamu.com/), the Gilbert Leadership Conference is a seven-week leadership development program. The conference was founded in 2006 as a legacy of David Gilbert, the conference namesake, and strives for the freshmen delegates to incorporate character, service, and involvement into their lives starting their first semester on campus.
A pre-conference evaluation and conference evaluation were developed to understand the delegates’ experience in the weeks leading up to the conference as well as the actual conference. This is the third year the Gilbert Leadership Committee worked with Student Life Studies to assess the conference.
Howdy Week staff wanted to capture assessment data about students’ experiences attending different activities from the week, specifically the Class of 2022 Photo and the Summer Reading Program. Additionally, Howdy Week Coordinators of signature events were asked for feedback. This was the third time Howdy Week has formally assessed the events through Student Life Studies.
According to its website (http://fishcamp.tamu.edu/), Fish Camp “welcomes the freshmen class to Texas A&M each year with the purpose of giving them an opportunity to have fun, make friends, and learn more about life at Texas A&M.” Furthermore, Fish Camp “is led by A&M students who are passionate about making the first year of college a success for freshmen!” Fish Camp, a four-day extended orientation camp through Texas A&M University, provides a transition from high school to college for about 6,500 incoming freshmen, out of the approximately 11,000 students in the freshman class. Freshmen attend various programs to learn about campus life, Aggie traditions, and a variety of services and resources to help students succeed. Additionally, freshmen are divided into smaller Discussion Groups (DGs) to meet other students and have the opportunity to ask questions in a smaller environment.
This year, the seven sessions ran from July 27th through August 17th, 2018. Fish Camp has partnered with Student Life Studies to assess participants’ camp experience since 2000.
According to its website (http://venturecamp.tamu.edu), Venture: Base Camp is the “premiere outdoor extended orientation experience set to take place both on the Texas A&M main campus and in the Texas Hill Country. Base Camp is sure to provide you with many fun and exciting activities, including camping, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, team building activities, and so much more.” Venture: Base Camp is a collaborative effort between Extended Orientation in the Department of Student Activities and Outdoor Adventures in the Department of Recreational Sports for admitted entering freshmen or transfer students starting in the fall semester. This was the fourth year of the program and Student Activities and Rec Sports working with Student Life Studies to assess the effectiveness of the camp experience.
Student Assistance Services wanted to conduct a needs assessment with the students in the former foster and adopted Aggies program to better understand how to serve them and assist them in being successful at Texas A&M. This was the first time this assessment has been conducted.
The Department of Residence Life developed FACTION, Freshmen in Action in fall 2018. FACTION is a Living Learning Community for freshmen at Texas A&M. Programs and activities are focused on the following topics, which connects to the name of the community: Academics, Community, Transition, Identity, vOcation, Nexus. Residence Life wanted to learn more about the students’ in this new learning community, the experiences they bring with them to college, and how their first couple of weeks went.
The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU), a national survey provided to all Texas A&M undergraduate students in spring 2017. Students were asked a series of questions about their political beliefs, experiences, and interactions with others who might have different political views.
The Graduating Senior Survey was administered to students receiving a bachelor’s degree in the academic year 2017-2018. Several questions asked about leadership and involvement. The results indicate that, on average, graduating seniors held leadership position in one organization and were actively involved in 2.7 organizations while at Texas A&M. The results are disaggregated by gender, first generation status, and ethnic origin.
Student Life Studies wanted to assess the clients who utilized the department’s services to understand their satisfaction and how they use assessment results in making program improvements. Student Life Studies has conducted various forms of a client assessment since 2005.
Student Life Studies provides training and educational workshops on a variety of assessment topics for staff members in the Division of Student Affairs. In order to meet the needs of staff members, Student Life Studies conducts a survey every three years to understand staff members’ experiences and needs related to assessment. Student Life Studies uses this information to develop training programs and resources for the Division of Student Affairs. This is the fourth year Student Life Studies has conducted this survey; the previous surveys were completed in the summers of 2009, 2012, and 2015.
The DSA New Staff Orientation half-day workshops held during 2017-2018 were mandatory for new staff within the DSA to attend. Three workshops were held throughout the year, on September 15th January 26th and May 25th to ensure new staff could attend a workshop near to their start date within the Division. Topics included the history and culture of Student Affairs at Texas A&M, current strategic initiatives, scope of services and resources available through the DSA (http://dsastaff.tamu.edu/NSO). Participants were also provided information regarding how to get involved in networking opportunities within and outside of the Division. At the end of the NSO participants receive surveys to provide feedback regarding their experience at the orientation. The attached report summarizes the results of those surveys.
University Center & Special Events values high quality customer service and administers a customer satisfaction survey during the year to gather feedback from clients and understand their experiences. The department worked with Student Life Studies to assess customer satisfaction starting in 2009. However, the survey and process changed in the 2015-2016 academic year, with another revision to the assessment in 2017-2018. The attached report summarizes the results of the surveys taken during the year.
The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Staff Wellbeing and Appreciation Committee worked with graduate students in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program in developing a survey to understand division staff’s current behavior in the areas of wellbeing and appreciation, as well as what they needed in these areas. Additionally, the SAAHE students worked with Student Life Studies for the administration and analysis of the survey. This is the first time a survey focused on these topics has been conducted with staff in the Division of Student Affairs and the first assessment for this division-level committee.
In 2018, within ODSL, the Health Promotion offices and the former office of CLEAR (Consensual Language, Education, Awareness and Relationships) merged under Health Promotions. With that merger, presentations offered through the office of CLEAR now fall under the guise of Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs. In early fall 2017 the CLEAR staff contacted Student Life Studies to develop assessments that could measure presentation participants level of satisfaction with the various presentations and its facilitators. Per its website https://studentlife.tamu.edu/clear/descriptions/ the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs presentations include In their Shoes, Love the Way You Lie, Consent 101, Sexual Violence, Healthy Relationships, Dating Violence, Man/Lady Box, Stalking, Sexual Harassment, and Overview. This is the first time that Health Promotions: Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Student Life Studies have worked together to assess the CLEAR presentations. The attached summary highlights the survey results from 25 presentations held during the 2017-2018 academic year.