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.
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.
On January 16 -18, 2020, the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) held its 32nd annual conference at Texas A&M University. A series of surveys were developed to assess the student participants’ experience attending the conference overall, the organizations at the Career and Graduate School fair, 16 participants’ experience at the Charles E. Williams II Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), and the 72 attending advisors. The following report summarizes the results of those surveys, and recommendations based on the results.
The Memorial Student Center (MSC) Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee (WBAC) annually sponsors The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Breakfast. This year’s program was held on January 14th, 2020; attendees were surveyed at the breakfast to help MSC WBAC better understand their experience, and to improve future programs. The following report summarizes those survey results.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center (GLBT Resource Center) wanted to assess the experience of both the mentees and mentors who participated in its Mentorship program during the 2018-2019 academic year. Student Life Studies (SLS) and the GLBT Resource Center worked together to assess the Mentorship program after its initial launch in the 2013-2014 academic year; this is the fifth time SLS has assisted in developing the survey for the participants of the program. The attached report summarizes the results of the assessment and provides comparisons to previous years as appropriate.
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 Veteran Resource and Support Center (VRSC) at Texas A&M University developed a needs assessment to better understand the student veteran population, the resources they are currently using and identify short-fall of resources that student veterans’ need. This is the third time Student Life Studies has worked with Veteran Resource and Support Center in conducting this survey, sent to slightly more than 1000 Texas A&M University student veterans. The attached report summarizes the results of the needs assessment.
Attached includes two assessment summaries presented in one report for the offices of New Student and Family Programs regarding the experiences of First Generation Freshmen of the Texas A&M class of 2022. The first report highlights the results of focus groups in which first generation freshmen participated. The second report presents specific results from the 2018 First Time in College (FTIC) Survey, comparing differences in response results between First Generation and Not First Generation students for questions related to the topics (themes) that arose as a result from focus group and financial matters in general that were explored in the 2018 FTIC survey.
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.
In January 2019, the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) held its 31st annual conference on the campus of Texas A&M University. A series of surveys were developed to assess the approximately 515 student participants’ experience attending the conference overall, the organizations at the Career and Graduate School fair, 24 participants’ experience at the Charles E. Williams II Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), and the 59 attending advisors’ experience. The following report summarizes the results of those surveys.
The Texas A&M Memorial Student Center (MSC) provides leadership development opportunities for students through its 21 programming committees and resource areas. MSC leadership wanted to assess how MSC committee members and executive teams perceived the diversity initiatives instituted toward creating an inclusive student union. The following report summary the survey results.
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 describes new students’ sense of belonging, pride being a student, and feeling welcome.
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.