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.
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.
Department of Multicultural Services (DMS) currently provides free, group and one on one tutoring to undergraduates at Texas A&M University. DMS wanted to assess the satisfaction of the tutored students with a variety of aspects of the Tutoring Program and whether coming to the tutors helped with the student's academic confidence. A survey was sent monthly to student who were tutored, and the attached report summarizes the results of their responses over the 2015-2016 academic year.
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.
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 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.
Every spring Off Campus Student Services (OCSS) in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University hosts the Housing Fair, which provides students an opportunity to interact with property managers/vendors, so they can make housing decisions for the summer and fall. The 2016 Housing Fair was held on February 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MSC Bethancourt Ballroom. The attached report summarizes the results of this year’s survey sent to attendees later in the semester, intending to assess whether students who attended the fair used the resources offered to find housing for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.
Every spring Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University hosts the Housing Fair.The 2017 Housing Fair was held on February 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center. In order to host this large-scale event, Housing Fair recruits staff and student volunteers. These volunteers assist with checking students and volunteers in, handing out resources, helping off campus properties load and unload their booth, and many other jobs. OCSS wanted to understand the experience of the volunteers who help run this event. This is the first time the volunteers have been assessed, and attached are the results of that assessment.
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.
Family Weekend is a special time dedicated to Aggie parents and families. This annual weekend is organized by the Family Weekend Committee, comprised of eight student leaders and supported by the Office of New Student & Family Programs, in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life. This year Family Weekend was held April 7-9th 2017 and consisted of events and activities such as Aggie Ring Day, athletic events, awards ceremonies, receptions or Open Houses, and a Yell Practice. Additionally, there are events sponsored by academic colleges, university departments, and student organizations. The Family Weekend Committee and New Student & Family Programs wanted to gather feedback on this new event to assist in making improvements for future years; the summary report attached provides the results of the survey sent out to to families on a listserv and also through a link on the on the Family Weekend website.
Fish Camp, a four-day extended orientation camp through Texas A&M University, provides a transition from high school to college for about 6,000 incoming freshmen, out of the approximately 10,000 students in the freshman class. Students are bused from College Station to Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine, Texas; the seven Fish Camp sessions ran from July 29th through August 19th. Fish Camp is a student lead sponsored organization. The attached report summarizes the results of the survey sent out to freshmen who attended Fish Camp to assess their experience during Fish Camp as well as their experiences with their counselors and fellow attendees a few weeks into the fall semester.
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.
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.