Student Affairs Assessment
Division of Student Affairs

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: Access

Objective C. Opportunity: Weber State provides access to higher educational opportunity.

Opportunity Indicator 2. Student enrollments reflect diversity and inclusion.

Rationale for Indicator: This indicator monitors efforts to provide access for people of the region who are historically under-represented in higher education.


a. Enrollments by ethnicity

Minority students as a percentage of WSU student body

Acceptable Threshold: WSU’s enrollment of ethnically diverse students will increase proportionally to overall enrollment.

b. Enrollments of economically disadvantaged students

Acceptable Threshold: The number of economically disadvantaged students that WSU serves will be maintained at XX%.

Core Theme 2: Learning

Objective 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.


a. 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: Student ratings on satisfaction with support services will average above “satisfied” on university surveys.

The following data is from NSSE, which includes a question about general support services: "Is Weber State helping you cope with your non-academic responsibilities (work, family, etc).”

Is Weber State helping you cope with your non-academic responsibilities (work, family, etc)

Acceptable Threshold: Student ratings of help received in coping with non-academic responsibilities will be comparable to the national NSSE average.

The following data is from the Noel-Levitz survey of student satisfaction, which includes the question: "Academic support services adequately meet the needs of students."

Academic support services adequately meet the needs of students.

Acceptable Threshold: Student ratings on satisfaction with academic support services will trend towards the national Noel-Levitz average.

b. Learning outcomes


Acceptable Threshold: Academic support services will have a positive impact on student learning. The assessment results of individual services can be found at  Outcomes that departments measure and the tools they use can be found at:

Core Theme 3: Community

Objective 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.


a. 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.

Target Population Enrollment in Outreach

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

This following chart includes Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Programs. In the coming year, intentional interactions with Student to Student will be added.

Acceptable Threshold: The percent of targeted outreach students who enroll in post-secondary education will exceed 70%.

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