One of the primary functions of Student Affairs Research, Assessment, and Planning is to help departments develop the capacity to collect, interpret, and leverage data to strengthen the quality of students’ educational experience and campus environment.
The Assessment Spotlight is a semiannual educational gathering of Student Affairs staff and campus partners where we highlight promising assessment practices. A brief summary of the session's key findings are described below with a link to the full presentation.
Success of Black and Latino Men at Rutgers University–New Brunswick
The primary purpose of this study was to develop, through an anti-deficit framework, an understanding of the social and academic forces assisting Black and Latino undergraduate men at Rutgers–New Brunswick to persist toward graduation.
Findings made clear the need to acknowledge Black and Latino men as more than a community of students who may need resources but one that aspires beyond their undergraduate education.
View the research report and graphs below to learn more about the social and academic forces assisting Black and Latino men at Rutgers to persist toward graduation.
Food Insecurity Among Students at Rutgers–New Brunswick
Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
The program has succeeded in connecting some food insecure students to services. But there is room to improve. We have discussed recommendations and potential improvements and/or changes to the program with Rutgers Student Health.
Explore the presentation and graphs below to understand how food insecurity impacts Rutgers students.
Numbers tell an important story about our first-year students. The team at New Student Orientation and Family Programs (NSO) presented how they interpret the information gathered from a variety of data sources including but not limited to a pre- and post- student surveys and instant poll quantitative and qualitative data. Together we dug into numbers, shared the student insights, and identified trends of this ever-changing generation. The most important opportunity from this session was passing the torch between NSO and the departments that support first-year students as they transition into the academic year and persist through graduation. To this end, we discussed how the data presented impacts all of our day-to-day work. Specifically, some of NSO’s discoveries of R 2018–2019 were that our new students were experiential learners and have short attention spans.
Thus, the recommendations shared with participants were the need for intentional/structured engagement opportunities, reinforcement of learning, and space to process and breathe. Participants were encouraged to think about how Student Affairs will provide resources and experiences that meet these student needs.
Explore the presentation and graphs below to understand what NSO learned about our 2018–2019 incoming class and how our program achieves its student learning.
In fall 2017, over fifty percent of undergraduate students at Rutgers–New Brunswick participated in the National College Health Assessment (NCHA). The fall 2018 Assessment Spotlight identified common threads between the 2017 NCHA findings and the data from our student health offices: Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS), Residence Life Student Support.
Participants engaged in important dialogue about what we are doing at the institutional, divisional, departmental, and individual levels to cultivate wellness at Rutgers–New Brunswick. This session used an ecological model to communicate the systems that impact student health and wellness on campus.
View the presentation and graphs below to learn more about the intersection between the mental health incident timeline, sleep deprivation, and overwhelming feelings.
Questions? Contact Us
For more information about Assessment Spotlight, please contact Dr. Dayna Weintraub, director of Student Affairs Research, Assessment, and Planning, at 848-932-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.