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Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education January 24, 2013 — Freshman Survey: This Year, Even More Focused on Jobs by Libby Sander
Today’s freshmen are focused on the future. They are certain they’ll finish their degrees in four years, despite evidence to the contrary; they want to land good jobs after graduation; and they increasingly aspire to be well-off.
Eighteen colleagues participated in 16 hours of orientation to student affairs, Evergreen, and working higher education this past December. Fourteen participants completed an evaluation of the program and shared the following observations:
100% of respondents indicated that the program was useful, enhanced their understanding of Student Affairs at Evergreen, and their familiarity with colleagues. Read the rest of this entry »
”As part of the President’s commitment to holding colleges accountable for cost, value and quality, the Administration has launched a College Scorecard to help empower students and families with more transparent information about college costs and outcomes, so that they can choose a school that is affordable, best-suited to meet their needs, Read the rest of this entry »
“For more than four decades, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles have surveyed the nation’s incoming freshmen to learn more about their backgrounds, views, and expectations. Use this interactive graphic to see how their attitudes and self-images Read the rest of this entry »
Submitted by Sara Martin, Director of Academic Advising and Interim Director of Career Development
Career Centers are quite varied across the landscape of higher education institutions. Some have depth in many areas (discernment, resume writing, interview preparation, job search assistance, hosting recruiter visits, career fairs, maintaining credentials files, and so on) while some have more of a focus in a few of these areas. Our Career Development Center has engaged with students in particular on career/life planning, self-knowledge, discernment and articulation of career aspirations, knowledge, and job skills. Read the rest of this entry »
Where is the Best Place to Invest $102,000 — In Stocks, Bonds, or a College Degree? by Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney
As the college class of 2011 graduates in the aftermath of the Great Recession, some graduates are struggling to find a good job—or any job at all. Read the rest of this entry »
The Washington State Council of Presidents press release on December 3rd announced the newly released Dashboard which was “initially created in 2011 following passage of the House Bill 1795, The Higher Education Opportunity Act in an effort to better inform policy makers, students and their families, Read the rest of this entry »
Student Affairs is currently conducting the National College Health Assessment with all undergraduate students enrolled in programs at the Olympia campus. The survey launched Week 8 and will conclude at the end of the quarter. Please encourage students with whom you come in contact to participate in the survey by checking their Evergreen email account and responding to the survey invitation. Read the rest of this entry »
In Student Activities, qualitative data from the Student Leadership Activity Reports shows a significant number of students asking for specific leadership workshops to enhance their coordinator experience, so staff developed a fall leadership workshop series and a full leadership training program. As documented in the department 2012-13 Assessment Plan staff will assess Read the rest of this entry »
The data Police Services had gathered regarding satisfaction was outdated and not useful or applicable so the department launched a new data collection system. Dispatchers send brief email satisfaction surveys to anyone receiving services (lock outs, escorts, jump starts) and the Director reviews the survey results quarterly with staff. As documented in the 2012-13 Assessment Plan available on the Student Affairs Assessment Planning website the department will identify and document appropriate modifications to service provision based on this data.
Assessment Plans for 2012-13 reflect how various functional areas plan to focus assessment efforts on during this academic year. For example, the Residential and Dining Services 2012-13 assessment plan conveys the intention to respond to survey data indicating that students do not see the value or appreciate the actual costs of living on campus by increasing
Assessment Plans for 2012-13 reflect how various functional areas plan to focus assessment efforts on during this academic year. For example, the Student Employment Office assessment plan conveys the intention to implement efforts to generate more job postings on CODA to respond to the high demand from student users of the clearinghouse for job opportunities.
Assessment Plans for 2012-13 are coming in and it’s exciting to see what colleagues have planned to explore this academic year. For example, the Children’s Center student employees provided feedback last year about the level of support and training received and the Center staff are instituting a revised training program in response, which will be assessed in turn, in an effort to continue providing quality care AND provide a quality student employment experience.
The Student Affairs Assessment Planning website provides an inventory of assessment work across the division.
Last month about 20 colleagues participated in the Qualitative Research 101 workshop offered by the Staff Development Committee. Cheryl Simrell King, MPA faculty, facilitated the session and provided insight into the value of qualitative research and some guidance about how to pursue this type of assessment. Andrew Beattie, Assistant Director for Operations in Recreation and Athletics, shared the following observation after participating in the workshop: Read the rest of this entry »
The NASPA Foundation supports the discovery of new knowledge through research and innovation in the field of student affairs. This is achieved through a continued commitment to funding selected grant proposals.
The Foundation invites proposals from all members of the profession, encompassing all aspects of the field of student affairs. Read the rest of this entry »
Student Affairs gives considerable attention to the establishment and implementation of specific goals. Goals are initially formulated by our Deans and Directors group and then vetted with the entire division during a summer retreat. Read the rest of this entry »
For the practitioner-scholars among us … two opportunities for funding to support research were recently announced:
Staff in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment generates a report titled, Student Affairs Indicators for 2012, which pulls select data very salient to Student Affairs from three survey sources. Some interesting highlights include: Read the rest of this entry »
Winter Quarter Greener Commuting Event
Wednesday, February 15th, from 1 to 3 in S2 A1105
This event is highly interactive and full of surprises and food!
The Commute Trip Reduction survey is live! You may access the survey any time this week. It will take about 5 minutes to complete. There is a concerted effort to reach 100% participation. Read the rest of this entry »
Total FTE is 4,510 and head count is 4,526 (4,228 undergraduate and 228 graduate) which is 232 students or 5% fewer students than fall quarter. Winter 2011 the head count was 4,549.
811 students are living in the residence halls, with 11% attrition from Fall. This number is consistent with Winter 2011. This is a 91% occupancy rate.
Staff in Institutional Research and Assessment partnered with Student Affairs to identify data points from a variety of surveys they administer that provide information about students’ experience that are largely within Student Affairs’ purview to influence. Read the rest of this entry »
Every other year, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment surveys Evergreen undergraduate alumni one year after having received their baccalaureate degrees. What follows are highlights from the 2010 Alumni Survey of the Class of 2009. Read the rest of this entry »
At the fall division meeting on September 9th all participants were asked to complete a survey about professional development opportunities in the hope that the results would assist the Student Affairs Seminar Committee with offering programs that are more likely to meet the needs and interests of staff in the division. About 47% of all staff in the division completed the survey with 48% of respondents reporting they were between the age of 31 and 50; 49% reporting five or fewer years of professional experience in student affairs; and 61% reporting five or few years working at Evergreen. Read the rest of this entry »
Those tasked with leading assessment in their department convened November 22nd for the first of three meetings planned for the year. The purpose of the meeting was to assist everyone present with their respective assessment work and to learn what resources and support could further the Student Affairs Assessment Initiative. Read the rest of this entry »
Laura Coghlan, Director of Institutional Research, shared results from Evergreen’s participation in the spring 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement on Tuesday, November 1, at the second Student Affairs Seminar of fall quarter. Participants had an opportunity to review the Institutional Research report, NSSE 2001-2010 Trends. NSSE assesses student engagement in educational practices that are associated with high levels of learning and development. Read the rest of this entry »
I think it’s safe to say that student affairs practitioners rarely get into our specific line of work because of our love for assessment – it’s much more likely that we are motivated by our desire to work with students directly and that we draw our satisfaction from interaction, dialogue and support. I came to appreciate assessment relatively recently, only after seeing how it is a key component in helping us assist students and how, when done well, it can elevate the work we all do. Read the rest of this entry »
Full-time equivalent enrollment of 4,843 which is 17 students more than fall 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
Student Affairs conducted eight Student Voice surveys in the last two years using designed to obtain student feedback and perspectives on a number of areas. Over the course of fall quarter, the Vice President will be sharing summaries of these surveys with the community. Respondent demographics, aggregate survey responses, and all of the briefings may be found at the Student Affairs Assessment site. Please share observations or potential action items that might be warranted in light of the data provided by the surveys with Art Costantino directly or with Wendy Endress or Michael Sledge. Read the rest of this entry »