2008-2009 Assessment of Learning Outcomes


Learning Outcome

As a result of participating in student activities, students will develop a more balanced lifestyle, be more engaged with the university community and express a positive attitude toward their university experience.
 

Method

Student Government Association and Campus Union Board members trained in team building, goal setting, budgeting and other leadership skills during an August 2008 off campus training program. Those who participated in the training program and served in leadership roles during the academic year completed a survey at the conclusion of spring semester to assess the status of their leadership skills.
 

Results

Balanced lifestyle — 90% felt that participating in student activities has helped them to clarify their personal values. Community engagement — 87% indicated that their appreciation of other cultures had increased and all but one (97%) reported an increased participation in social activities. 87% also felt it had helped them to establish meaningful new relationships. Positive attitude — 90% of the leaders responded that their leadership experience had been very positive and 95% would recommend Student Government and Campus Union Board involvement to friends.
 

Changes as a result of assessment

The Student Activities Director will develop pre/post training assessment as well as an end of the year assessment for the 2009 — 2010 leadership cohort to evaluate skills identified as student leader competencies by the National Association of Campus Activities and their influence on student activities learning objectives. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
 

Learning Outcome

As a result of serving in organization leadership positions, students will demonstrate leadership, increased confidence and critical thinking skills.
 

Method

Student Government Association and Campus Union Board members trained in team building, goal setting, budgeting and other leadership skills during an August 2008 off campus training program. Those who participated in the training program and served in leadership roles during the academic year completed a survey at the conclusion of spring semester to assess the status of their leadership skills.
 

Results

Demonstrated leadership — While 73% felt that the experience had improved their leadership abilities, 93% reported that their skills had been utilized to help them become a better leader. All but one (97%) indicated that serving in a student leadership position had improved their time management skills and 90% reported improved communication skills. Increased confidence — 93% credited leadership involvement for improving their ability to express themselves. Critical thinking skills — 83% felt that their involvement had increased their ability to resolve conflicts including an increased ability to solve their own problems.
 

Changes as a result of assessment

The Student Activities Director will develop pre/post training assessment as well as an end of the year assessment for the 2009 — 2010 leadership cohort to evaluate skills identified as student leader competencies by the National Association of Campus Activities and their influence on student activities learning objectives. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
 

Learning Outcome

As a result of utilizing PirateCard services, students will develop a better understanding of personal finance management and demonstrate increased personal financial responsibility.
 

Method

The Card Services office surveyed 133 students (Residential and Non-Residential) who utilized the PirateCard regularly in conjunction with Dining Services. The office of Housing and Residence Life also included a question regarding both outcomes on their EBI (Educational Benchmarking Instrument) survey that received 171 responses.
 

Results

Basically half (50.4%) of the Dining Services respondents either somewhat or strongly agreed that using the PirateCard to purchase goods and services on campus had improved their understanding of personal finance management. 45.1% somewhat or strongly agreed that utilization of the PrateCard helped increase their awareness of personal financial responsibility. 34.9% of the EBI respondents reported improvements for both areas of this learning outcome
 

Changes as a result of assessment

The Associate Director of Card Services Office will further promote the financial management features of the PirateCard via Family Navigate program workshops and the Parents newsletter. The Director will also develop an alternate means of evaluating card use by residential students and continue to research and identify ways to reinforce the learning outcomes related to student financial management and personal financial responsibility.