Student Affairs Assessment
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Here are some changes we made because of student feedback:Saxons Fall Into Service Day 2012

(1) Based on a survey from the Center for Student Involvement, the Student Activities Board chose to pursue Huey Mack and Rubblebucket for a big concert. Data indicated AU’s diverse music tastes which led to two very different bands sharing the stage.

(2) Based on our 2014 survey of students living off campus,  Student Affairs moved from a mandatory off-campus living seminar in Nevins Theater offered twice a year to an online quiz that students can take anywhere, at any time.

(3) Residence Life put more TVs into lounges based on student feedback from the 2014 Winter break survey, and we are piloting a program for International Student break housing because of data from our 2015 survey

(4) In the 2015 Residence Life winter survey, we found that students in the suites find it hard to find the RAs.  Going forward, RAs in the suites will be sitting regular desk hours in an RA office in the lounge of their buildings.

(5) Following a focus group with Orientation Guides, AU researched and invested in a mobile app (Rave Guardian) to promote campus safety, which is free to all AU students, faculty and staff.

Recent Projects

Residential Experience Survey (1/16):  We asked each student who lives on campus to complete this survey about residence hall facilities, programs, staff, and other aspects of living on campus.  View the summary.

Campus Climate Survey 2015 (4/15): We surveyed students with 60 items on the topic of sexual assault and violence to measure the extent of the problem, context of the incidents, the student’s views on disclosure and reporting, perceptions of overall climate of the university, knowledge of policies and re-sources, their experience with intimate partner violence, the readiness to help when observing an incident and confidence to intervene as a bystander. View the summary.

Alfred Experience awareness (9/14): Now that we have met the strategic goal of agreement on the AU Student Affairs Experience, we need to know if our staff is aware at all levels of the division. View a summary of our pre- and post-test results.

Student-Athlete Experience (5/14): The athletic director invited all graduating seniors to complete a survey sharing their experience as a student-athlete. View the summary.

Career and Professional Aspirations (5/14): We participated in a national study about utilization of the Career Development Center, outcomes of utilizing career-related information/advice, sources of career advice and the perceived helpfulness of that information. View the summary.

Residential Experience Survey (1/15):  We asked each student who lives on campus to complete this survey about residence hall facilities, programs, staff, and other aspects of living on campus.  View the summary.

Graduate Assistant Work-Life Balance and Satisfaction (12/13). We wanted to see how the GAs in our division liked their jobs, and how stress was affecting them as they balance work with being a student. View the summary.

Off-Campus Living Survey (10/13):  We asked off-campus students to help us improve off-campus living seminars and to share some of their experiences off campus. View the summary

Parent Orientation survey (8/13). We made some big changes to parent orientation this year. Parents were asked to tell us about their experiences during check-in day so we could see how well these changes worked. View the summary.

Equestrian Center recruitment value (5/13). English and Western riders, equestrian minors and boarders were asked to tell us what place the EC had in their decision to attend Alfred University. View the summary.

Student Employee work quality and diversity (5/13):  We asked all the students who work in a Student Affairs department for their perceptions of whether they were having a quality work experience, so that we can make sure we’re giving you skills for the future.  We also wanted to be sure that we were hiring a diverse student workforce. View the summary.

Mental Health Consortium Survey (4/13). We participated in a national study about student mental health, and received results specific to our campus as well as compared to the national study. View the summary.

Recreation and Fitness Study (3/13). We asked a sample of students to tell us about recreation, intramurals, and fitness programs on campus, and the impact of all those on their health. View the summary.

Orientation and New Student Programs (9/12):  We asked everyone who participated in orientation about their perceptions, which were then compared against a national study as well as private universities. This is the third year we've completed this survey. View the summary from orientation 2012.

Campus Activities and Student Involvement (4/12): We wanted to find out if our clubs, organizations and activities were meeting your needs. View the summary.

Code of Conduct and Academic Integrity (4/12):  We wanted to know if students understood the policies, felt they were educational and fair, and their experiences going through either the judicial system or the academic integrity process.  We then compared our results against a national study as well as other private universities. View the summary.

Civic Engagement (4/11):  We wanted to know the degree to which our students engaged in community service, service-learning, volunteerism, and other aspects of involvement in a community, compared to national and private universities. View the summary.

Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (2011 and 2009) - we participated in two editions of this nationally benchmarked study to see how our programs help our students grow as social change leaders. Summaries are available here: 2011 and 2009

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Kathy Woughter, VP for Student Affairs