According to its website (http://studentlifestudies.tamu.edu/about), Student Life Studies “provides leadership in assessment and planning to the Division of Student Affairs and to student organizations, maximizing program effectiveness and emphasizing student learning.” 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 coordinates assessment training for division staff members. The department hosted an assessment training that was held in the afternoon on both December 18 and 19, 2018.
While Student Life Studies offers assessment training regularly, this specific one focused on training participants how to write quality survey questions, effectively develop a survey, and utilize Qualtrics to create their own survey. Student Life Studies staff developed the following learning outcomes for this training:
• Recognize good practice and tips in survey development.
• Compose a survey using at least three different questions types in a logical order.
• Design the survey accurately in Qualtrics.
Student Life Studies wanted to assess the effectiveness of the training and the intended learning outcomes. While Student Life Studies has assessed previous training workshops, this was the first time this training was done or assessed.