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.
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.
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.
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) completely revamped their website, first showcasing in the fall of 2019. Early spring 2020 a series of student focus groups were held to understand student use and obtain their feedback regarding changes and improvements that were needed to further update the website to better meet students' needs. This report summarizes the feedback shared by the students during those focus groups, with recommendations for updates.
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.
Disability Resources wanted to assess the overall satisfaction of the students registered with the department to understand their experience working with the department staff, as well as specific changes based on the university moving to a remote environment due to COVID-19. This is the sixth time Disability Resources worked with Student Life Studies to assess the students registered with their office.
Division of Student Affairs (DSA) staff members who used the DSA Marketing & Communication services during the 2018-2019 academic year were surveyed regarding their overall satisfaction with these services. The following report summarizes the results of that survey.
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.