2009-2010 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 leaders completed the National Association of Campus Activities Student Leader Competencies inventory prior to the August 2009 leadership-training program. These results were then compared to a follow-up inventory completed by the same cohort in April 2010.

Results: 24% of the student leaders surveyed noted an improvement in stress management. This in turn, contributes to their attainment of a more balanced lifestyle. 26% became more engaged in the university due to increased awareness of Armstrong’s resources and policies.

378 AASU students responded to an April, 2010 Campus Union Board Programming Survey. 77% of those respondents indicated that participation in CUB events had helped them meet people and 80% indicated that their participation had increased their connection to AASU. 68% also felt that CUB programs had enhanced their ability to be a successful student.

Changes as a result of assessment: As a result of this assessment Student Union and Activities will continue efforts to involve more students in programs /events sponsored by this department as well as others within the Division of Student Affairs and throughout campus.

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

Method: Results of the pre and post NACA Leader Competencies inventories above were also used to measure this outcome.

Results: Leadership - 39% of the respondents to the NACA Leader Competencies post assessment noted improvement in their ability to chair meetings. 21% said they were more capable of delegating tasks and responsibilities and 19% indicated they were better at retaining organization members.

Confidence – 37% of the leaders expressed more confidence in preparing budgets. Likewise, 16% felt more confident in both their group communication and organizational goal setting skill. The post assessment also yielded double-digit improvement in writing memos, letters and reports (17%) and publicity and promotion skills (14%).

Critical thinking – Post assessment respondents reported an improved ability to make decisions (15%), resolve conflicts (16%) and manage crisis situations (22%).

Changes as a result of assessment: Low post inventory improvements to other areas may reflect unreasonably high ratings of some personal skill levels on the original assessment rather than a lack of improvement on the post assessment. For example; the overwhelming majority indicated above average skills in time management (69%) verbal and non-verbal communication (82%) and providing and receiving praise and criticism (88%) prior to the training program. This may simply reflect the high self –esteem associated with Millennial students. As a result of this the Director will investigate other assessments that may be more appropriate for future outcome measurement.