The Newsletter for SDSU Student Affairs
Rey Monzon, director of Student Testing, Research and Assessment, along with his staff, has spent the last year developing a “culture of evidence” by analyzing data to show the real impact that our programs and services have on students. Intuitively, we all know that our services make a difference, but now we have the data to back it up.
Just to highlight a few:
Students who attend orientation have a higher success rate than those who do not. Quite simply, students who did not attend orientation were more likely to have lower grade point averages and less likely to continue to their second year. The data also confirmed that parental support is key. Students who brought a parent or guest to orientation had higher GPAs and were more likely to continue to their second year than those students who attended orientation alone.
|Fall 2005 to Fall 2006
|Did Not Attend||73.9%|
|Attended Without Guest||78.2%|
|Attended with 1 or More Guest||81.5%|
|1st semester||1st year|
|Did Not Attend||2.43||2.47|
|Attended Without Guest||2.52||2.55|
|Attended with 1 or More Guest||2.72||2.75|
Academic success rates are much higher for students living in the residence halls, and are even higher for those residence hall students who are live in learning communities (LC). This was borne out by data that compared academic probation rates.
|Residence||On Academic Probation|
Look for more information on the impact of Student Affairs programs and services in future issues of The Bridge as Monzon and his office continue assessment in our culture of evidence.