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 bi-annual educational gathering of Student Affairs staff and campus partners where we highlight promising assessment practices. During the 2018-2019 academic year, we featured Health Outreach Promotion and Education (HOPE), Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services (CAPS), and Residence Life Student Support. The spring Assessment Spotlight featured New Student Orientation and Family Programs (NSO). A brief summary of the sessions key findings are described with a link to the full presentation.
Fall 2018 Assessment Spotlight
Over fifty percent of undergraduate students of Rutgers-New Brunswick participated in the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) in Fall 2017. The fall 2018 Assessment Spotlight identified common threads between the findings from the 2017 National Collegiate Health Assessment (NCHA) with data from Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) and 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 University- New Brunswick and in the student experience. The session an ecological model to communicate the systems that impact student health and wellness on campus. We encourage you to explore the presentation and learn more about the intersection between the mental health incident timeline, sleep deprivation, and overwhelming feeelings.
Spring 2019 Assessment Spotlight
Numbers are great and they tell an important story about our first-year students. The team at New Student Orientation and Family Programs presented how they make meaning of the numbers and information gathered from a variety of data sources including but not limited to a pre- and post- student survey and instant poll quantitative and qualitative data. Together we dug into numbers, shared the words of our students, 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 engaged in discussion of how the data presented impact all of our day-to-day work. Specifically, some of NSO’s discoveries of R 2018-2019 were that our new students were experiential learnings 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 important student needs. Please view the presentation to learn more about what NSO learned about our 2018-2019 incoming class and how the Orientation program achieves its student learning.
Spring 2020 Food Insecurity Assessment Spotlight
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 FI students to services. But there is room to improve. We have discussed recommendations and potential improvements/changes to the program with RSH.
Fall 2020 Assessment Spotlight
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 college men at Rutgers University–New Brunswick (RU–NB) to persist toward graduation. Findings elucidate the need to acknowledge the presence of Black and Latino men as more than just a community of students who may need resources but one that aspires beyond their undergraduate education.
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.