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.
Yearly the Becky Gates Childrens Center surveys parents and guardians of the children who attend the center in effort to gauge the effectiveness of their services and the parent and guardian satisfaction level with the Center. The attached reports on the results of that survey for the 2017-2018 school year.
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.
Assessment Boot Camp: Scaling Up Your Assessment (https://studentlifestudies.tamu.edu/learning-center/assessment-boot-camp-scaling-up-your-assessment/) was an advanced half-day professional development opportunity for division staff members. The training focused on determining the most appropriate assessment method, designing good questions, and interpreting analyzed results. Student Life Studies wanted to assess the Assessment Boot Camp participants to understand the effectiveness of the training and determine if the identified learning outcomes were met.
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.
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 (formerly the Graduate Student Council) created Student Research Week (SRW) as a one-day poster event in 1994. This year, the program celebrated its 21st annual research extravaganza March 19-23, 2018. Feedback was collected from the judges and competitors who participated in the SRW programs regarding their experience in registering and participating in SRW. The attached report summarizes the assessment results which covers the responses from both groups.
According to the Health Promotion website (http://studentlife.tamu.edu/hp), Sex in the Dark is a program hosted by the student organization The Sex Project. The Sex Project “strives to empower individuals to make informed decisions regarding sexual and reproductive health by providing awareness, education, and advocacy to the Texas A&M University student body and surrounding communities.” Sex in the Dark is a Q&A-style program that can be requested year-round by any student group. The attached report summarizes the program participants' learning and satisfaction with the workshops they attended within the 2017-2018 academic year.
In 2016, MSC CAMAC was awarded a Division of Student Affairs College Completion Grant to fund two featured programs. Those programs include the current and growing Mi Casa es Su Casa, which provides a support system for Hispanic students through interaction with Hispanic professors as the latter prepares a home cooked meal in their home, and a new initiative, MSC CAMAC Amig@s. A peer mentoring program pairs current MSC CAMAC members with first-year and/or first-generation Latina/o students, and has established four core pillars; academics, identity, culture and legacy. Benefits to becoming an MSC CAMAC Amig@s mentor includes developing interpersonal relationship, time management skills, and gaining leadership experience. Mentees benefit from one on one meetings with their mentors, colegas (Texas A&M faculty or staff), and are given opportunities to develop transferable skills, like communication and time management skills. The attached report summarizes the results of five assessments given to both mentees and mentors regarding their training and experience with the program during different points of time during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Every couple of years, Disability Services gathers feedback from faculty members to understand how they can best work with faculty to serve students. Disability Services wanted to understand faculty’s training needs as it relates to serving students with disabilities and working with the Department of Disability Services. This is the third time Disability Services has conducted an assessment with faculty members, the last time being in 2016.
Every three years, Disability Services assesses the students registered with the department to understand their experience with the department and the services provided. In the 2018 spring semester, Disability Services served 2,882 students, an increase of 64% compared to the students registered in 2015 when the last survey was administered. This is the fourth time Disability Services has worked with Student Life Studies to assess the students registered with their office.
Residence Life wanted to explore how living on-campus contributed to students’ experience at Texas A&M University. These results will be used by Residence Life to make improvements to the on-campus learning experience. This is the third time that Student Life Studies and Residence Life have worked together on this project.
As part of the DSA College Completion Grant, identity-conscious programs and mentoring opportunities were planned throughout the 2017-2018 academic year for these student populations. Programs included topics such as academic connections, money management, stress management, and finishing the semester strong. Through these events, AFAM and Aggie Familia students were able to connect with faculty, staff, and other students to establish and build a community with people, programs, and resources.
The grant planning committee worked with Student Life Studies to understand students’ experience over the 2017-2018 academic year. While several assessments have been conducted as part of the Aggie Familia/AFAM initiative, this was the first time for assessing the students’ overall experience at the end of the academic year.