Every couple of years, Disability Services gathers feedback from faculty members to understand how they can best work with faculty to serve students. This year Disability Services and the Center for Teaching Excellence wanted to gather information to understand how faculty and staff may be incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in their work with students. This is the fourth time Student Life Studies has assisted Disability Services in conducting this type of assessment. The other times were in 2011, 2016, and 2018.
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. Student Life Studies has worked with Student Activities previously to assess different aspects of students in Freshman Leadership Organizations, but this was the first time for this specific topic.
The Department of Recreation Sports worked with Student Counseling Service, Student Health Services, Residence Life, Health Promotion in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, and Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP) to offer De-Stress Fest. This program was scheduled on May 1, 2019, which was the day before spring semester finals began. The come and go program is designed to teach students the importance of self-care and for students to participate in activities to lower stress.
Participants were assessed with a short pre-test as they came to the program and again with a short post-test as they left the program to gauge how well students learned about self-care and the effectiveness of the program.
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 8-14, 2019 for this international travel experience. Trip participants were assessed at different points during the experience in order to gauge how well the outcomes were met and the overall impact of this experience. This is the tenth time Student Life Studies has worked with MSC FLI to assess this trip.
One accommodation offered through Disability Services is peer notetaking for classes. As part of the accommodation, students can volunteer to serve as a peer note taker to take lecture notes and upload the notes on Google Drive for students approved for this accommodation.
Disability Services wanted to gather feedback from the volunteer students who take notes to make improvements to this accommodation service. Disability Services has worked with Student Life Studies before and has assessed the students who receive this accommodation previously; however, this was the first time to assess the student volunteers taking the notes.
The 2019 International Women’s Day Conference, Balance for Better, was held on the evening of Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The conference included performances, presentations, and small group discussions, as well as dinner. The Women’s Resource Center wanted to assess the effectiveness of the conference. This is the third time Student Life Studies has worked with the Women’s Resource Center to assess this conference.
Fish Camp, an optional four-day extended orientation camp, provides a transition from high school to college for about 6,500 incoming freshmen. Fish Camp has assessed different aspects of the program since 2000. Fish Camp wanted to assess the freshmen who did not attend Fish Camp to understand their first semester at Texas A&M and find out if there are things Fish Camp can do in their marketing and programming for more students to attend. This is the fifth time Fish Camp has specifically sought feedback from non-participants. The last time non-participants were assessed was in 2016.
Academic Peer Mentors (APMs) offer weekly presentations related to study skills and techniques. Academic Support Initiatives (ASI) wanted to assess the effectiveness of these presentations offered by the APMs. The results will be used to ensure the identified learning outcomes for each presentation are being met and improve the presentations. This is the second time Student Life Studies worked with ASI to assess these presentations.
Student Life Studies administered an electronic survey with students in the spring 2017 semester. The survey focused on skills students gained through their college experience and what specific experiences are contributing to those skills.
The MSC is the student union programming area at Texas A&M University and is responsible for providing leadership development opportunities for students and services to student organizations and the entire university population. The MSC staff wanted to gather feedback from the student body to identify students’ interests and needs regarding campus programs, understand students’ preferences for scheduling, costs, and marketing campus programs, and to gauge students’ awareness of the MSC committees. The MSC worked with Student Life Studies on similar projects in 2011 and 2013.
According to its website (http://studentlifestudies.tamu.edu/about), Student Life Studies “provides leadership in assessment and planning to the Division of Student Affairs and to student organizations, maximizing program effectiveness and emphasizing student learning.” One goal for Student Life Studies is to educate and develop staff within the Division of Student Affairs about assessment. To accomplish this goal, the department coordinates assessment training for division staff members. The department hosted an assessment training that was held in the afternoon on both December 18 and 19, 2018.
While Student Life Studies offers assessment training regularly, this specific one focused on training participants how to write quality survey questions, effectively develop a survey, and utilize Qualtrics to create their own survey. Student Life Studies staff developed the following learning outcomes for this training:
• Recognize good practice and tips in survey development.
• Compose a survey using at least three different questions types in a logical order.
• Design the survey accurately in Qualtrics.
Student Life Studies wanted to assess the effectiveness of the training and the intended learning outcomes. While Student Life Studies has assessed previous training workshops, this was the first time this training was done or assessed.
In the fall 2018, MSC Aggie Cinema committee assessed students who attended fall 2018 film events hosted by MSC Aggie Cinema, using the Net Promoter Score. Committee members also wanted to know about student awareness of their MSC Aggie Cinema Loyalty Card. This report presents and summarizes the results of that short survey.
In fall of 2018, all First Time in College (FTIC) students were invited to complete a survey about their expectations, goals, and adjustment to college. This report addresses issues surrounding financial concerns and resources.
In fall of 2018, all First Time in College (FTIC) students were invited to complete a survey about their expectations, goals, and adjustment to college. This report addresses health and wellbeing, particularly around stress, mental health, physical health, and knowledge of resources.
In fall of 2018, all First Time in College (FTIC) students were invited to complete a survey about their expectations, goals, and adjustment to college. This report examines how new students expect to allocate their time during their first year in college and manage their time and stress.