The Department of Residence Life was initially awarded a Division of Student Affairs College Completion Grant for the 2016-2017 academic year to create a support network for under-represented students living on-campus, specifically Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino students. This grant was renewed for the 2017-2018 academic year. Following from the Aggie family ideal, the Black/African-American group was referred to as AFAM and the Hispanic/Latino group was named Aggie Familia.
As part of the grant, identity-conscious programs and mentoring opportunities are planned throughout the 2017-2018 academic year for these student populations. Programs include topics such as academic connections, money management, stress management, and finishing the semester strong. Through these events, AFAM and Aggie Familia students will be connected with faculty, staff, and other students to establish and build a community with people, programs, and resources. The planning committee coordinated an End-of-Semester Celebration for the students in both groups, which was held on December 5, 2017. The event included a keynote speaker, time to socialize/network with students and mentors, and the opportunity to reflect on the fall semester.
The grant planning committee worked with Student Life Studies to collect data from students reflecting on their semester. While other assessments have been conducted as part of the Aggie Familia/AFAM initiative, this was the first time this specific event or reflection was assessed.
The Department of Student Activities wanted to better understand students’ experience as it relates to their membership in one of the Freshman Leadership Organizations (FLOs). Specifically, Student Activities wanted to look at students’ expectations from their FLO experience, if students actually received what they expected, if there were any unexpected benefits due to their membership, and if students would recommend their FLO to new incoming students. Additionally, the department wanted to learn how supported students felt by their FLO and if this changed as the university moved to a remote environment. Student Life Studies worked with Student Activities last spring for the first time to assess students’ experience in Freshman Leadership Organizations.
The Department of Student Activities wanted to better understand students’ experience as it relates to their membership in one of the Freshman Leadership Organizations (FLOs). Specifically, Student Activities wanted to look at students’ expectations from their FLO experience, if students actually received what they expected, if there were any unexpected benefits due to their membership, and if students would recommend their FLO to new incoming students. Student Life Studies has worked with Student Activities previously to assess different aspects of students in Freshman Leadership Organizations, but this was the first time for this specific topic.
The Department of Student Activities was awarded a Division of Student Affairs College Completion Grant which funds the MaroonLink Student Engagement Support Graduate Assistant service and support based position within the Department of Student Activities.The position focuses on supporting University constituencies (students, student organizations, DSA departments, and faculty) in their use of MaroonLink to further the mission, vision, and goals of the University and Division of Student Affairs. Features available in MaroonLink can be used by individual students and student organizations alike. Student Activities wanted to measure student engagement, connection and leading through their use of MaroonLink. Beginning with the fall 2016 Texas A&M freshmen (Class of 2020), various MaroonLink user data was to be analyzed to establish a baseline, and will be subsequently reviewed and compared at least in yearly intervals. Attached summary report provides the results of that attempt to establish the baseline during the fall 2016 semester.
The Department of Student Activities was awarded a DSA College Completion Grant which funded the MaroonLink Student Engagement Support Graduate Assistant to support and market MaroonLink to students, student organizations, DSA departments and faculty. The assessment summary report attached highlights the Class of 2020 cohort's use of Maroonlink to record their connection, engagement and leadership from fall 2016 through the end of fall 2017.
The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Committee on Student Learning in the Co-Curricular (CSL) promotes the understanding, implementation, assessment, and improvement of transformative learning student experiences ans provides resources for DSA staff who facilitate co-curricular learning experiences for students. As the Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing High Impact Practice (HIP) experiences and assessing students’ learning through their involvement in these experiences, CSLAT wanted to assess students involved in one or more division High Impact Practice to understand their learning and skills developed through these experiences. The committee developed assessment questions to be included on the existing Texas A&M Graduating Senior Survey, administered through the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation (OIE&E). This report summarizes the results of responses to those questions included in the Graduating Senior Survey.
The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Staff Development Team (SDT) develops and facilitates three New Staff Orientations throughout the academic year. The half-day workshop offers new staff the opportunity to meet others, learn about the DSA as well as introduces staff to additional professional networking opportunities. A paper survey was given out to attendees at the end of each workshop to assess their experience and provide feedback for the Staff Development Team to improve future New Staff Orientations. The attached report summarizes the aggregate results of those surveys.
The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Staff Wellbeing and Appreciation Committee worked with graduate students in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program in developing a survey to understand division staff’s current behavior in the areas of wellbeing and appreciation, as well as what they needed in these areas. Additionally, the SAAHE students worked with Student Life Studies for the administration and analysis of the survey. This is the first time a survey focused on these topics has been conducted with staff in the Division of Student Affairs and the first assessment for this division-level committee.
The DSA New Staff Orientation half-day workshops held during 2017-2018 were mandatory for new staff within the DSA to attend. Three workshops were held throughout the year, on September 15th January 26th and May 25th to ensure new staff could attend a workshop near to their start date within the Division. Topics included the history and culture of Student Affairs at Texas A&M, current strategic initiatives, scope of services and resources available through the DSA (http://dsastaff.tamu.edu/NSO). Participants were also provided information regarding how to get involved in networking opportunities within and outside of the Division. At the end of the NSO participants receive surveys to provide feedback regarding their experience at the orientation. The attached report summarizes the results of those surveys.
The Gardens Apartments rents to Texas A&M graduate students, married students, students with a dependent child or children, international students, US military veteran students, students who are at least 21 years old or undergraduate students who have completed at least 30 semester hours or 2 semesters in residence at a 2 or 4 year college. Due to some changes, specifically the addition of the Peer Mentoring Program, the Gardens Apartments staff assessed current residents’ preferences regarding sponsored programs offered for all residents, as well as the residents’ perception of and experience with the Academic Peer Mentor program. The attached report summarizes the results of that assessment.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center (GLBT Resource Center) wanted to assess the experience of both the mentees and mentors who participated in its Mentorship program during the 2018-2019 academic year. Student Life Studies (SLS) and the GLBT Resource Center worked together to assess the Mentorship program after its initial launch in the 2013-2014 academic year; this is the fifth time SLS has assisted in developing the survey for the participants of the program. The attached report summarizes the results of the assessment and provides comparisons to previous years as appropriate.
The Gilbert Leadership Conference (GLC) is a committee of the Student Government Association (SGA). According to its website (http://www.glctamu.com/), the Gilbert Leadership Conference is a seven-week leadership development program. The conference was founded in 2006 as a legacy of David Gilbert, the conference namesake, and strives for the freshmen delegates to incorporate character, service, and involvement into their lives starting their first semester on campus.
A pre-conference evaluation and conference evaluation were developed to understand the delegates’ experience in the weeks leading up to the conference as well as the actual conference. This is the third year the Gilbert Leadership Committee worked with Student Life Studies to assess the conference.
The Gilbert Leadership Conference (GLC) is a committee of the Student Government Association (SGA)./), The Gilbert Leadership Conference is a seven-week leadership development program based on three pillars: character, service, and involvement. Thirty-two freshmen delegates are selected in late September, and their experience culminates with a 4-day conference, held November 17 - 20 2016. A pre-conference evaluation and conference evaluation were developed to understand the delegates’ experience in the weeks leading up to the conference as well as the actual conference. The attached report summarizes the results of those evaluations.
The Gilbert Leadership Conference (GLC) is a committee of the Student Government Association (SGA).founded in 2006 as a legacy of David Gilbert, the conference namesake, and selects freshmen delegates to participate to learn about the Texas A&M values and conference pillars.. Starting in early October and for the seven weeks leading up to the conference, delegates learn about character, service, and involvement and how to incorporate these values into their lives during the first semester on campus. The experience culminates with a four-day conference, held in November 9-12, 2017 in Dallas, TX. While at the conference, delegates listen to various speakers, participate in a service project, and interact with the Gilbert family. The attached report summarizes results of the pre-conference and conference evaluations delegates complete.
The GLBT Resource Center Mentorship program offers support and guidance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning students (LGBTQ) within Texas A&M University. In 2016, this program was awarded a Division of Student Affairs College Completion Grant, intending to sharpen its focus on retention, persistence, and graduation of students involved in the program. By connecting these students with a mentor who is like them, the Mentorship program proposes that its student participants will gain efficacy in persisting to graduation at Texas A&M University. The program outcomes were as follows:
• Create tangible support systems for students through interactions with faculty and staff in a mentoring capacity.
• Enhance the dialogue around LGBTQ+ student support amongst faculty and staff.
• Generate a sense of community for LGBTQ+ faculty and allies.
• Of the students who participate in the mentorship program, 90% will be retained in the program from the active mentorship year to the next full academic year.
Attached reports the summary of results of a survey sent to both mentors and mentees to assess their experiences with the GLBT Resource Center mentorship program.