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.
One accommodation offered through Disability Services is peer notetaking for classes. As part of the accommodation, students can volunteer to serve as a peer note taker to take lecture notes and upload the notes on Google Drive for students approved for this accommodation.
Disability Services wanted to gather feedback from the volunteer students who take notes to make improvements to this accommodation service. Disability Services has worked with Student Life Studies before and has assessed the students who receive this accommodation previously; however, this was the first time to assess the student volunteers taking the notes.
One goal for Student Life Studies is to educate and develop staff within the Division of Student Affairs about assessment. To accomplish this goal, the department coordinated a series of training workshops throughout the year for division staff members. The following assessment topics were covered during the 2015-2016 academic year:
Using assessment results for program/service improvements
Selecting the best assessment method
Understanding quantitative and qualitative data
Documenting student learning
Sharing assessment results
Using assessment results to create action plans
Student Life Studies wanted to assess the session participants to understand the effectiveness of the workshops and the intended learning outcomes. The attached report summarizes the results of the variety of assessments used by Student Life Studies during the sessions in 2015-2016.
One goal for Student Life Studies is to provide quality assessment services to facilitate client planning and decision-making. Student Life Studies wanted to assess clients who utilized the department’s services to understand their satisfaction and use of assessment results in making program improvements. Student Life Studies has conducted various forms of a client assessment since 2005. The attached report summarizes the results of the survey sent to clients during the 2015-2016 academic year.
One goal for Student Life Studies is to provide quality assessment services to facilitate client planning and decision-making. To measure this goal and associated outcomes, the department conducted focus groups with clients to understand the effectiveness and quality of the services offered. Focus groups are conducted approximately every three years, with the first focus groups being completed in summer 2009. The attached report summarizes the results coming out of the focus groups.
One of Student Life Studies' goals is to provide quality assessment services to facilitate client planning and decision-making. To measure this goal and associated outcomes, the department conducted focus groups with clients to understand the effectiveness and quality of the services provided. Focus groups are conducted every three years; this assessment summary reports the results of the focus groups conducted in the summer of 2016.
Parents’ Weekend is a special time dedicated to Aggie parents and families. This annual weekend is organized by the Parents’ Weekend Committee, comprised of 18 students and supported by the Office of New Student & Family Programs, in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life.Aggie Family Game Night was a new event this year sponsored by the Parents’ Weekend Committee, New Student & Family Programs, and the 12th Man Foundation (organization which fund raises in support of Texas A&M Athletics). This event, scheduled on Friday evening,featured board games, dominoes, bingo, and performances from various student organizations.The Parents’ Weekend Committee and New Student & Family Programs wanted to gather feedback on this new event to assist in making improvements for future years. The attached report summarizes the results of that assessment.
Peer Advisers for Veteran Education (PAVE) is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campus in order to help them navigate college life. This summary report documents the assessment of learning of the 2016-2017 PAVE peer advisers and team leads from their participation in the program, specifically in the areas of interpersonal and written communication.
Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) is a “peer support program that connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campus in order to help them navigate college life, identify challenges they are facing, refer them to appropriate resources on or off campus, and provide ongoing support to their academic and personal ventures.” The PAVE program originated as a collaboration between the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Department of Psychiatry, and the Student Veterans of America. The Texas A&M University Veterans Resource and Support Center (VRSC) started offering student veterans the PAVE program in 2014. In the 2016-2017 academic year, over 120 student veterans participated, linked to approximately 15 Peer Advisors who assisted these incoming student veterans. Additionally, Peer Advisors were assigned one of three Team Leads, who were responsible for the management, coordination and training of their assigned Peer Advisors.
In 2016 PAVE was designated as a Division of Student Affairs High Impact Practice (HIP) for the participating Peer Advisors and Team Leads. The VRSC contacted Student Life Studies to provide assistance in assessing the defined learning outcome and the reflection exercise for the Peer Advisors and Team Leads. Rubrics were developed to measure interpersonal and written communication skills, adapted from the Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs Student Leader Learning Outcomes (SLLO) project interpersonal and written communication rubrics. The attached report summarizes the results of the assessment activities completed by the Peer Advisors and Team Leads.
Recreational Sports offers a variety of exercise classes to members. Most of the attendees are students, but faculty, staff, spouses, and community members can also join with a membership fee. Each class is taught by a trained instructor. Classes are offered at a variety of times during the day and week. Department staff wanted to assess the exercise classes to address concerns and make improvements.