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 MSC Spencer Leadership Conference focuses on leadership development through the exploration of three pillars: Self-Aware Leadership, Innovative Leadership, and Selfless Leadership. Approximately 44 student delegates attend pre-conference programs during the fall semester, and attend the conference held in Dallas in January. The conference includes programs and small group discussions featuring leaders in business, industry, education and public service. Delegates were surveyed to assess their experiences and learning during the conference as well as during pre-conference events. The following report summarizes the results of those surveys, and details recommendations based on those results.
Approximately three weeks prior to commencement, (December, May, and August), students graduating with a bachelor’s degree are asked to complete a graduation survey. The topics cover topics such as university learning outcomes, high impact practices, diversity and inclusion, satisfaction, and post degree plans. This executive summary addresses leadership and involvement in student organizations.
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.
Memorial Student Center (MSC) Abbott Family Leadership Conference (AFLC) sponsored two separate conferences, one in San Antonio (January 23-27, 2019) and one in Houston (March 20-25, 2018). MSC AFLC also sponsored additional pre-conference events that included all delegates. Different students attended each conference. MSC AFLC addresses four “pillars” in their pre-conference events and at both conferences: ethics, importance of family, service, and values. Evaluations of each conference and surrounding pre-conference events also included assessing delegates’ awareness, knowledge and application of the four pillars as a result of their participation. The following report details the results of those evaluations.
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.
Each spring the Memorial Student Center (MSC) Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA) hosts a conference to provide “programs for students across Texas, the nation, and the world to exchange ideas and discuss the role of the United States in the global community.” The theme for SCONA 64 was “Extinguishing the Flames of Fury: U.S. Strategy and Response in the Face of Global Terror” and was held February 14-16, 2019. SCONA 64 utilized speakers and team facilitators with first-hand experience in the topic to guide delegates in the creation of a policy paper. The following report summarizes the results of a survey assessment completed by student participants of the conference.
The MSC Spencer Leadership Conference focuses on leadership development through the exploration of three pillars: Self-Aware Leadership, Innovative Leadership, and Selfless Leadership. Held in Dallas, approximately 44 student delegates attend programs and small group discussions featuring leaders in business, industry, education and public service. The following report summarizes the results of a survey intended to measure the delegates learning and satisfaction from attending the 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
MSC FISH is comprised of approximately 90 freshmen, 18 assistant directors (often sophomore leaders), and seven executive directors (often upper-class students). The structure of the organization includes four subcommittees, which is where most of the work for their programs happen. Each member has the opportunity to serve on one of the four subcommittees to plan and implement a variety of programs and projects. Additionally, MSC FISH has nine “schools” each lead by two assistant directors and includes 10 freshmen. The schools are the social aspect of the organization such as hanging out, planning gatherings, and going on road trips.
Student Life Studies has worked with MSC FISH for 11 years to assess the experience of its members. The MSC FISH leadership team developed learning outcomes in the fall of 2011 for each level of membership in the organization and this year’s assessment was focused on measuring the outcomes for the freshmen.