Campus Life regularly assesses events and programs against planned learning outcomes and Student Life & Enrollment’s Student Success Outcomes as part of ongoing evaluation for continual improvement and growth in student learning.
As outlined in the Student Life & Enrollment Master Assessment Plan, Campus Life’s annual assessment plan is prepared annually to support the Student Life & Enrollment strategic plan, is reviewed by the Assessment Contacts Committee, and is implemented by Campus Life professional staff.
Two primary assessments are scheduled for the 2013-14 academic year:
Involvement, Leadership & Service Needs Assessment
This assessment will:
- gauge the interest and needs of LSU students related to activities, leadership development, involvement, and service;
- determine best venues and times to offer such initiatives;
- understand the use of the services of Campus Life; and
- have a qualitative measure of learning related to the divisional Student Success Outcomes.
The assessment will be delivered via e-mail to a random sample of LSU undergraduate, graduate, and Veterinary Medicine students during the fall 2013 semester as a survey instrument through Student Voice. Approximately 95% of the survey is quantitative, but there are approximately 5% qualitative questions with open-ended responses.
The results of this assessment will be used to improve current practice by assisting to:
- make budget decisions and plan programs and initiatives for the following year;
- qualitatively understand divisional Student Success Outcomes and how students learn; and
- prepare for and determine future directions of Campus Life.
Student Leader Learning Outcomes Assessment
This assessment will:
- measure Campus Life student leaders’ growth from their baseline at the beginning of their term through their exit of the position.
The assessment will be delivered via e-mail to Campus Life student leaders (approximately 50 students in six organizations) during January 2014 (baseline) and December 2014 semester (exit) as a pre-post test instrument through Student Voice. Rubrics will be used to measure learning on a continuum.
The results of this assessment will be used to improve current practice by assisting with:
- advising models and leadership development for positional leaders;
- training, advising, and evaluation of student leaders; and
- real data on student learning (obtained with select student leaders).