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.
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.
The Step IN, STAND Up campaign on the Texas A&M University campus invites Aggies to Step In and Stand Up against sexual harassment and sexual violence. Per its website, https://stepinstandup.tamu.edu/, the campaign proclaims, “It is up to us – students, faculty, and staff – to step in as active participants to end sexual harassment and sexual violence in our community, and stand up to support the survivors of these behaviors. What harms even one of us harms us all.” As an educational component of the campaign, the STAND Up workshop “is designed to assist individuals in learning positive and helpful ways to have conversations with individuals who have been involved in a traumatic event.”
The Offices of the Dean of Student Life (ODSL) Health Promotion trains the STAND Up workshop facilitators and coordinates the workshops. In the fall of 2017, ODSL contacted Student Life Studies for the second time to help develop an assessment for the workshops, in effort to measure its learning outcomes and participant satisfaction with the presentations. Workshops held for primarily faculty and staff and those held for students were assessed. The attached report summarizes the results of those assessments.
The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Committee on Student Learning in the Co-Curricular (CSL) promotes the understanding, implementation, assessment, and improvement of transformative learning student experiences ans provides resources for DSA staff who facilitate co-curricular learning experiences for students. As the Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing High Impact Practice (HIP) experiences and assessing students’ learning through their involvement in these experiences, CSLAT wanted to assess students involved in one or more division High Impact Practice to understand their learning and skills developed through these experiences. The committee developed assessment questions to be included on the existing Texas A&M Graduating Senior Survey, administered through the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation (OIE&E). This report summarizes the results of responses to those questions included in the Graduating Senior Survey.
The Leadership Education for APIDA Development (LEAD) Conference intends strengthening the campus identity and development of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) students on campus. Facilitated by the Department of Multicultural Services and the Asian Presidents’ Council, the purpose of the conference is to support and advocate for the APIDA community. Student Learning outcomes identified for students attending the inaugural conference, on April 22 2018 were:
• Identify current issues and needs of the APIDA community
• Learn how their personal values connect to leadership and social change
• Engage in networking with their peers to positively impact their communities
• Address the social and educational needs of the APIDA community
The attached report summarizes the results of the survey provided to the attendees at the end of the conference. Survey intended to measure conference attendees’ satisfaction with the conference as well as what they gained from attending.
The GLBT Resource Center Mentorship program offers support and guidance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning students (LGBTQ) within Texas A&M University. In 2016, this program was awarded a Division of Student Affairs College Completion Grant, intending to sharpen its focus on retention, persistence, and graduation of students involved in the program. By connecting these students with a mentor who is like them, the Mentorship program proposes that its student participants will gain efficacy in persisting to graduation at Texas A&M University. The attached report summarizes the results of an end-of-year survey sent to both participants of the mentorship program (mentees) and the mentors.