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.
Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training is an international movement built on the premise that individuals can systematically and measurably reduce the levels of power-based personal violence found in their community. Students, staff and faculty who participated in the Green Dot Bystander Intervention training classes at Texas A&M University are surveyed to assess the program and how it affected their understanding these related concepts. The follow report summarizes the response results of the evaluations provided to Green Dot Training participants during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Green Dot is an international movement built on the premise that individuals can systematically and measurably reduce the levels of power- based personal violence found in their community. Based on the social diffusion theory and social psychological research, Green Dot reinforces the belief that each person has the power to incite change in their social environment. The Division of Student Affairs offers Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training to students, faculty and staff; the attached report summarizes the results of the survey used to assess the participants experience with Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training.
Health Promotion (HP) staff offer a variety of presentations for classrooms, student organizations and residence halls on health-related topics to promote healthy lifestyles, health maintenance, disease/injury prevention and interpersonal violence protection for Texas A&M University students and the campus community. After each presentation, participants were surveyed to ascertain their satisfaction with each presentation, whether the topics presented are relevant to them, and to gain insight into future improvements needed. The following report summarizes those survey results for presentations held during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Health Promotion (HP), a unit within the Offices of the Dean of Student Life ,offers a variety of opportunities for students to focus on leading a healthy life while at Texas A&M University. Health Promotion regularly offers an Alcohol Education Workshop for students who violate campus alcohol policies. Health Promotions staff wanted to learn about how participants identify how they have made a behavior change, so this year’s assessment asked workshop participants 1) what they could have changed about their behaviors that would have changed the outcome of their incident based on what they learned, and 2) identify obstacles and barriers they may encounter in changing those outcomes. The assessment given at the end of the workshop provided the participants the opportunity to reflect on the purpose of the behaviors which led them to the workshop, behavioral changes that could have prevented the incident(s), and analysis of those obstacles and barriers that may have affected those planned changes. The attached summary report highlights the results of the assessment.
Health Promotions (HP), a unit within the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, regularly offers an Alcohol Education Workshop for students who violate campus alcohol policies. Students who receive a sanction to attend the workshop must meet with an HP staff member prior to their workshop, attend the workshop, then come back for a follow-up meeting with the HP staff member approximately two weeks after participating in the workshop. Health Promotions staff wanted to focus on learning about how participants identify how they have made a behavior change, so this year’s assessment asks students participating in the workshop would change the outcome of their incident based on what they learned, and identify obstacles and barriers they may encounter in changing those outcomes. The attached report summarizes the results of a survey students received after completing the workshop,
Health Promotions within the Offices of the Dean of Student Life (ODSL) and the University Police Department (UPD) collaborate to facilitate the interpersonal violence prevention workshop UPD Women’s Self Defense. The workshops are open to women on-campus and it was offered seven times during the fall and spring semesters 2018-2019. A paper survey was distributed at the end of each workshop to assess the participants’ experience and efficacy in learning the self-defense tactics observed and practiced in the workshop. The following report summarizes the aggregate results from the responses to the survey.
Health Promotions, within the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, regularly offered Drug Education Workshops until the 2018-2019 academic year for students who violate campus drug policies. Per Health Promotions staff, the Drug Education Workshop (DEW) was primarily an educational workshop focused on how drugs work and the effects of drugs on the body. Health Promotions and Student Life Studies completed a qualitative assessment of written reflections students attending the Drug Education Workshops in 2016-2017 submitted to Health Promotions prior to attending the DEW workshops. The purpose of the qualitative assessment was to inform content and format of future drug education workshops or interventions to best serve this specific student population. The following report summarizes the results of that qualitative assessment.
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.
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.
Howdy Week staff wanted to capture assessment data about students’ experiences attending different activities from the week, specifically the Class of 2022 Photo and the Summer Reading Program. Additionally, Howdy Week Coordinators of signature events were asked for feedback. This was the third time Howdy Week has formally assessed the events through Student Life Studies.