In January 2018, the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) held its 30th annual conference on the campus of Texas A&M University. Program outcomes for this year's SBSLC included giving participants the opportunity to participate in workshops that will educate them on issues of leadership, community, health, relationships, culture, race and ethnicity. Participants would also be able to connect with with corporations and graduate schools in efforts to gain admissions into graduate programs or obtain internship and employment opportunities. SBSLC staff developed surveys to evaluate participants' and their advisers' experiences with the Career Fair, Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), the overall conference, and events specifically developed for advisers. Individual workshop surveys were also developed, however the results of those surveys are not included in the attached report which highlights the results of the participants evaluations of the overall conference, career fair, ALI and adviser experience.
In January 2019, the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) held its 31st annual conference on the campus of Texas A&M University. A series of surveys were developed to assess the approximately 515 student participants’ experience attending the conference overall, the organizations at the Career and Graduate School fair, 24 participants’ experience at the Charles E. Williams II Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), and the 59 attending advisors’ experience. The following report summarizes the results of those surveys.
In July 2016, a survey was developed and delivered to assess DSA staff satisfaction with DoIT customer support, focusing on the areas of workstation, software and end user support. The survey results were intended to provide information regarding the customer satisfaction level which would be used to improve the customer service that the DoIT Service Desk provides to the staff within the Division of Student Affairs. The attached report summarizes the results of the survey..
In order to assist with running the residence halls and university apartments, the Department of Residence Life employs graduate students as Graduate Hall Directors (GHD) to work in the residence hall communities. The Graduate Hall Director works with both the staff and residents to develop a comfortable living and learning environment coinciding with the mission and goals of Texas A&M University. GHDs fill many roles in their communities including conflict mediation, personal and disciplinary advising, student development programming, and supervision for the Resident Advisors (RA).
Graduate Hall Directors have the opportunity to build supervision skills and develop several transferable skills. Residence Life wanted to explore how the GHD position contributed to the Texas A&M University graduate learning outcomes (http://catalog.tamu.edu/graduate/university-information/) and understand how this position impacted graduate students’ educational experience. The attached report summarizes the results of that assessment.
In the fall 2018, MSC Aggie Cinema committee assessed students who attended fall 2018 film events hosted by MSC Aggie Cinema, using the Net Promoter Score. Committee members also wanted to know about student awareness of their MSC Aggie Cinema Loyalty Card. This report presents and summarizes the results of that short survey.
In the fall of 2018, the Student Conduct Office (SCO) within the Offices of the Dean of Student Life determined they wanted to assess the learning and overall experience of students attending the Ethics and Decision Making (EDM) Workshop. In conjunction with Student Life Studies, a paper survey was developed that was distributed to student participants near the end of each workshop. The survey intended to assess whether students could identify and list influences on their values and decisions, and understand strategies for making decisions. The survey also requested participants’ feedback regarding the workbook used in conjunction with the workshop, as well as the effectiveness of the facilitators. The attached report summarizes the survey results from the spring 2019 semester
In the fall of 2018, University Art Galleries wanted to assess their student visitors’ experiences visiting the Forsyth and Stark Galleries. A short electronic survey was developed and sent via email to students who visited the galleries from September 2017 through August 2018. The following report summarizes those survey results.
Memorial Student Center (MSC) Abbott Family Leadership Conference (AFLC) sponsored two separate conferences, one in San Antonio (January 23-27, 2019) and one in Houston (March 20-25, 2018). MSC AFLC also sponsored additional pre-conference events that included all delegates. Different students attended each conference. MSC AFLC addresses four “pillars” in their pre-conference events and at both conferences: ethics, importance of family, service, and values. Evaluations of each conference and surrounding pre-conference events also included assessing delegates’ awareness, knowledge and application of the four pillars as a result of their participation. The following report details the results of those evaluations.
Mi Casa es Su Casa, sponsored by MSC CAMAC, provides an opportunity for students to interact with faculty as the latter provides dinner in their home for the students. This report summarizes the assessment results from the student survey regarding their experiences at three dinners held throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Generally very positive, the students' indicated they enjoyed the dinners, and the opportunities to connect with other students and professors at Texas A&M. And, because of this experience 98% agreed they were more likely to feel comfortable approaching Texas A&M faculty.
MSC FISH is comprised of approximately 90 freshmen, 18 assistant directors (often sophomore leaders), and seven executive directors (often upper-class students). The structure of the organization includes four subcommittees, which is where most of the work for their programs happen. Each member has the opportunity to serve on one of the four subcommittees to plan and implement a variety of programs and projects. Additionally, MSC FISH has nine “schools” each lead by two assistant directors and includes 10 freshmen. The schools are the social aspect of the organization such as hanging out, planning gatherings, and going on road trips.
Student Life Studies has worked with MSC FISH for 11 years to assess the experience of its members. The MSC FISH leadership team developed learning outcomes in the fall of 2011 for each level of membership in the organization and this year’s assessment was focused on measuring the outcomes for the freshmen.
MSC Town Hall wanted to survey the student body to determine what type of artists and entertainment would appeal to students. The is the sixth needs assessment type of survey that Student Life Studies has worked with MSC Town Hall on administering since 2011.
Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University hosts the annual Housing Fair. According to the OCSS website, during Housing Fair “off campus properties present information about their properties to Texas A&M students, faculty and staff. Students can walk around and visit the various properties’ tables and gather informational materials, as well as pick up the latest copy of the Off-Campus Survival Manual.” This event has traditionally been held during the spring semester; however, due to feedback from previous years the annual Housing Fair was moved to the fall semester and held on October 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center. OCSS wanted to assess both the students’ experience attending Housing Fair and the vendors (properties) who set up booths during the fair.
Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life created a three-hour class for off campus Texas A&M students who have been found in violation of College Station’s noise ordinances. The course was developed in conjunction with the police department, OCSS, Student Conduct Office in Student Life, the Texas A&M Student Government Association, and the municipal court. A College Station judge can assign the course as an option for first-time violators. Students pay to enroll in the class, and if they successfully complete it, the judge will reduce their sanction. The attached report summarizes the assessment of the participating student's experience with the course immediately following it and another follow-up survey sent approximately six weeks after students completed the course.
Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life created a three-hour class for off campus Texas A&M students who have been found in violation of College Station’s noise ordinances. The course was developed in conjunction with the police department, OCSS, Student Conduct Office in Student Life, the Texas A&M Student Government Association, and the municipal court. A College Station judge can assign the course as an option for first-time violators. The workshop curriculum includes discussion of the city codes, seeing the issues from another’s perspective, being a good neighbor, conflict management, and party planning skills.