Student Affairs Core Theme Indicators
Weber State University has engaged in an exciting planning process through which we have formulated three core themes of access, learning, and community. Each of the programs and services within the university in some way contribute to the fulfillment of these themes and the mission of Weber State. Within Student Affairs, we have identified a few of the objectives with specific applicability to our services. These objectives with their corresponding indicators are identified below.
Core Theme 1: AccessObjective B. Achievement: Students progress in their programs of study
Institutional Indicators. Achievement Indicator 2. Graduates have “next step” success.
Rationale for Indicator: Next-step success reflects the value added by a WSU degree. The measurements include placement and how graduates self-report about the completion of their educational goals. Most students consider beginning a career or getting into a program to further their education as a primary outcome they desire from their years at WSU. Graduate placement rates are an indicator of next-step success.
Acceptable Threshold: For associate degree graduates, more than 80 percent of WSU students will either continue their education or be employed within 3 months of graduation. For bachelor degree graduates, more than 80 percent of WSU students will either continue on to graduate school, or be employed within 3 months of graduation. Of those applying to graduate school more than two-thirds will be accepted, and for those seeking employment more than two-thirds will be employed in jobs relating to their major. Finally, for those seeking masters degree, post-graduate acceptance in graduate programs will equal or exceed 90 percent, and for those seeking employment more than 80 percent will be employed in their major field.
Core Theme 2: LearningObjective B. Support: Students receive effective support services.
Support Indicator 1. Students are satisfied with student support services
Rationale for Indicator: Student satisfaction with services is an indicator of quality of support. In some cases such as tutoring, learning outcomes are indicators of the efficacy of academic support services.
Metricsa. Student satisfaction with student support services.
The following satisfaction data is captured through surveys of WSU student support services. The Likert scale is 5 for strongly agree, 4 for agree, and 3 for neutral.
Acceptable Threshold: Academic support services will have a positive impact on student learning. The assessment results of individual services can be found at http://www.weber.edu/SAAssessment/learning.html. Outcomes that departments measure and the tools they use can be found at: http://www.weber.edu/SAAssessment/learningoutcomes.html
Core Theme 3: CommunityObjective A. Education: Weber State contributes to pre-K through 12 education in the region.
Education Indicator 2. WSU promotes preparation for higher education
Rationale for Indicator: WSU also contributes to pre-K through 12 education by assisting in the preparation of pre-college students. Current programs and measures focus on the preparation of targeted populations that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The measures include the number of students who participate in preparation programs and the number of participants who later enroll in a college or university.
Metricsa. Target populations enrolled in WSU pre-college outreach programs
The following graph represents the growth in pre-college outreach programs over time beginning with Upward Bound in 2005. Educational Talent Search was added in 2006-07; GEAR UP was added in 2008-09; and the Student-to-Student outreach program began intentional outreach to select groups of students in 2010-11.
Acceptable Threshold: The five-year moving average of participants in pre-college outreach programs will show a positive trend.
b. WSU pre-college outreach participants enrolling in a college or university
Acceptable Threshold: The percent of targeted outreach students who enroll in post-secondary education will exceed 70%.