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.
Replant Day is coordinated by the Replant committee, part of the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University. It is a one day environment service project open to all Texas A&M students, providing them an avenue for environmental service by participating in a yearly tree planting event throughout the Bryan/College Station community. The attached report summarizes the results of the survey used to assess participants' experiences with Replant Day held on October 17, 2016.
Residence Life provides a variety of housing options for approximately 10,000 undergraduates, graduates, and members of the Corps of Cadets each year; 7,500 of these students live in traditional residence halls and apartments and 2,500 in the Corps of Cadets. Residence Life wanted to explore how living on-campus contributed to students’ experience at Texas A&M University. These results will be used by Residence Life to make improvements to the on-campus learning experience. Spring 2017 was the second year that Student Life Studies had assisted Residence Life with this assessment project.
Residence Life wanted to explore how living on-campus contributed to students’ experience at Texas A&M University. These results will be used by Residence Life to make improvements to the on-campus learning experience. This is the third time that Student Life Studies and Residence Life have worked together on this project.
Sex in the Dark is a workshop conducted by Health Promotion (HP) to increase the knowledge of students in regards to their sexual health. A survey was developed and distributed during the workshops intending to measure participants’ learning, as well as gauge participants’ overall impression of the program and perceptions of the facilitators of the program. This is the second year that Student Life Studies has worked with Health Promotion to assess the Sex in the Dark workshops; the following report summarizes the results of the surveys distributed during the 2018-2019 workshops.
Sex in the Dark is a workshop conducted by Health Promotion (HP) to increase the knowledge of students in regards to their sexual health. Learning outcomes developed for Sex in the Dark workshop include participants reporting increased knowledge of healthy sexual behaviors, and able to recite the proper steps to apply a condom as a result of attending the workshop.
This year a survey was developed intending to measure participants’ learning, as well as gauge participants’ overall impression of the program and perceptions of the facilitators of the program. The following report summarizes the results of the survey, and includes recommendations based on those results.
Since 2005, Memorial Student Center (MSC) Committee for the Awareness of Mexican-American Culture (CAMAC) has featured the program Mi Casa Es Su Casa, an opportunity for students to interact with faculty as the latter prepare a home cooked meal in their residence. The program intends to provide a chance for participants to network with other students and gain a better understanding of opportunities that could open in the future. The MSC CAMAC leadership wanted to understand the students and hosts experiences with the program. This year dinners were held in mid-October, November, and February. The following report summarizes the results of both the student participants and the hosts' experiences with the program.
Since 2005, MSC CAMAC has featured the program Mi Casa Es Su Casa whose purpose is to develop
a support system for Hispanic students, especially freshmen and transfer students. It is an opportunity
for Hispanic students to interact with Hispanic professors as the latter prepare a home cooked meal in
their house. The 2016-2017 year dinners where hosted monthly from September through April, except
December, January and March. The MSC CAMAC leadership wanted to understand the student experiences with the program,
especially its effect on the participating students’ motivation to stay in college through graduation. A
survey was designed to collect this information and given to students after their participation in each
dinner; the assessment results are highlighted in the attached report.
Sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC), Student Research Week provides an forum for undergraduates and graduate students to present their research. This 5-day event includes opportunities for students to participate as presenters (both oral presentations and poster presentations), volunteers at the event and graduate students can also act as either content or laymen judges of the presentation. The following report summarizes assessment results measuring the experience of both participants and judges through surveys sent to each.