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.
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.
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.
VRSC sponsors Vet Camp, an orientation specifically for veterans held in the fall and spring prior to the first day of classes which is designed to prepare new student veterans for academic success by identifying resources and networking connections. The attached report summarizes the results of assessments completed by participants during the Spring 2018 Vet Camp and one completed half way through the spring semester.
The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) sponsor Grad Camp every fall that brings together new graduate students for a once in a lifetime learning and network experience in Aggieland. GPSC held two Grad Camps in the fall of 2017; August 17 and August 24, 2017. The summary report provides the results of the assessment of campers during both Grad Camp, and the counselors who participated in the program.
T-Camp is an extended (three day), optional orientation camp for students who have previously attended another institution and are transferring to Texas A&M University for the fall semester. Participants travel to Trinity Pines in Trinity, Texas and stay in cabins. Two sessions of T- Camp were held; Session One was held on August 7-9, 2017 and Session Two was held on August 11-13, 2017. T-Camp is led by students currently attending Texas A&M and who have familiarity with transferring. The camp student staff is made up of directors, co-chairs, teamers, and counselors. Their goal is to help new transfer students establish relationships with fellow students and learn Texas A&M traditions. This report summarizes the results of assessments of both the camper and co-chair/counselor experience with T-Camp 2017.
Howdy Week is coordinated by New Student & Family Programs in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life and takes place just before the fall semester at Texas A&M University. This week is full of events and opportunities for new and returning students to become familiar or reacquainted with the Texas A&M University campus, fellow Aggies, and the Bryan/College Station community. Howdy Week was held August 20-27, 2017. Howdy Week staff wanted to capture assessment data about students’ experiences attending different activities from the week, specifically the Class of 2021 Photo, the Faculty Reading Program, and Howdy Week Coordinators of signature events.
There were two sessions of Venture: Base Camp over the summer. The first one, Alpha, took place on July 10 – 15, 2017 and Bravo, the second camp, was scheduled July 17 – 22, 2017. During this six-day camp, students went rock climbing, swimming, and canoeing; had discussion groups; learned about Aggie traditions; and took a campus tour/scavenger hunt. This was the third year of the program and the third time to work with Student Life Studies to assess the effectiveness of the camp experience.
Howdy Camp is an extended (three day), optional orientation camp for students who have previously attended another institution and are transferring to Texas A&M University for the spring semester. Sponsored by Aggie Transition Camps (ATC) this year's event was held January 7-8. The attached provides a summary of results of surveys sent to campers, counselors, teamers and co-chairs involved with Howdy Camp to assess their experience with the event.
T-Camp is an extended (three day), optional orientation camp for students who have previously attended another institution and are transferring to Texas A&M University for the fall semester. Participants travel to Trinity Pines in Trinity, Texas and stay in cabins. T-Camp is led by students currently attending Texas A&M and who have familiarity with transferring, and sponsored by the student organization Aggie Transition Camps. The two sessions in the fall were held on August 8-10 and August 12-14. The attached summary report provides the results of the surveys used to assess the experience of the campers and those students who participated as counselors, teamers and co-chairs for ATC.
Grad Camp is an extended orientation event hosted by the Graduate and Professional Student Council (student organization) every fall that brings together new graduate and professional students in effort to familiarize them with Texas A&M University campus, traditions and resources available to them on campus during their student experience in Aggieland. Current graduate students serve as counselors. The attached report summarizes the results of the surveys sent to counselors and participants to assess their experience with Grad Camp.