Mi Casa es Su Casa are a series of dinners hosted by faculty and staff for students throughout the academic year. Sponsored by MSC CAMAC, these dinners intend participants to network with other students and faculty and staff, and gain a better understanding of opportunities that can open in the future. This year three dinners were held - two in the fall semester and one in the spring. After the November and February dinners participating students were sent surveys in effort to better understand their experience. The hosts were sent a survey after the last dinner to also gain a better understanding of their experience with the student organizers and what improvements or changes they recommend for next year's events. The following report summarizes the results of both the surveys.
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.
New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) provides outreach to Aggie families because they understand how families contribute to students’ college success. According to its website (https://familyprograms.tamu.edu/), the Aggie Parent & Family Program collaborates with campus partners to “work with parents to help them understand the student experience, support student learning, and empower students to take personal responsibility for their social and academic choices.” New Student and Family Programs wanted to gather feedback about parents and family members’ communication with the university as well as to understand the experience parents and families receiving communication regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
On January 16 -18, 2020, the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) held its 32nd annual conference at Texas A&M University. A series of surveys were developed to assess the student participants’ experience attending the conference overall, the organizations at the Career and Graduate School fair, 16 participants’ experience at the Charles E. Williams II Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), and the 72 attending advisors. The following report summarizes the results of those surveys, and recommendations based on the results.
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 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. Student Life Studies conducts focus groups approximately every three years to learn about clients’ experiences working with the department. Student Life Studies staff will use the data collected to improve services provided for Division of Student Affairs staff.