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Volunteer Services Learning Outcomes

 

2011-2012 Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome: 80% of volunteers who participate in Treasure Savannah will learn about the community organization where they volunteered.

Method: Organizations that Armstrong partner’s with through Treasure Savannah are asked to provide information on their organization including a background of the organization, mission, and an overview of the services that the organization provides to the community so that participants have a better understanding of how their work as volunteers work is meaningful to the organization’s mission.  Participants are asked to complete a survey at the conclusion of their volunteer experience.  Approximately 50 percent of participants completed the survey.

Results: 84% of respondents indicated that they learned about the organization with which they volunteered using a survey developed by the Office of Student Union and Activities.

Learning Outcome: 85% of participants in Treasure Savannah will feel more engaged in the Savannah community.

Method: Many of the participants in Treasure Savannah are freshman and sophomore students who are still acquainting themselves to the Savannah community.  Participating in Treasure Savannah allows these students, especially those who are not from Savannah to become more aware of the city and opportunities and challenges within the community.  Participants are asked to complete a survey at the conclusion of their volunteer experience.  Approximately 50 percent of participants completed the survey.

Results:98% of respondents indicated that as a result of participating in Treasure Savannah they felt more engaged into the community.

Changes as a Result of Assessment
The results above were combined from both fall and spring Treasure Savannah events.  In 2012-2013 more emphasis will be put to ensuring that the participants learn about the organization.  The event also will work to grow in participation with alumni and online students.

Learning Outcome: Armstrong students will become more exposed to different cultures globally through international volunteer programs.

Method: Armstrong led its first Service Abroad Trip during May 2012 in Orange Walk Belize.  Nine students spent ten days in Orange Walk Belize painting a school as well as the students lead a recreation hour in different classes each afternoon with the students of the school. 

Results: There was no formalized assessment tool used this year as this was Armstrong’s first year leading a international service based trip. 

Changes as a Result of Assessment
During the 2012-2013 year, Armstrong will be leading a group of students on its second international service based trip.  The 2013 trip will be to Costa Rica where students will be doing a variety of projects throughout the country.  A formalized assessment tool is being developed to assess the students who participate in this volunteer opportunity.