Housing, Residential Living, and Dining Assessment within the Division of Student Affairs: Part 4

Posted on 4/6/2016 9:36:00 AM

The Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining (OHRLD) uses a wide range of assessment processes to plan, deliver, monitor, and continuously improve its programs and services. 

For the past 17 years, OHRLD has distributed the ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers–International)/Benchworks Resident Assessment. The instrument is designed to assess residents’ perceptions on a wide range of housing, residential living, and dining-related topics. Along with demographic data, the survey includes a series of standard variables with scaled response options that comprise 20 factor areas (clusters of questions that describe a broader concept). Additionally, the assessment allows for the development of up to 20 institutional-specific questions to enable data-gathering efforts to be customized to address areas of focus within OHRLD and the Student Affairs Division.

For spring 2016, all on-campus residents on the Indiana and Punxsutawney campuses, 18 years of age or older, received the Web-based assessment via IUP e-mail. During a three-week period (from January 24 through February 14), a total of 704 residents (20.2 percent) responded to the survey. Results continue to be analyzed and used as a data source to provide evidence of department effectiveness, to ensure services and resources are aligned with identified student needs, and to plan department priorities for the coming academic year.

The following are several findings from the spring 2016 survey:
OHRLD Spring 2016 Survey Chart

1Response Options: (1)-not at all, (2), (3), (4)-moderately, (5), (6), (7)-extremely                       

2Institutional-Specific Question – Response Options: (1)-not at all, (2)-to a small degree, (3)-to a moderate degree, (4)-to a large degree

Please contact the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining for further information on the ACUHO-I/Benchworks Resident Assessment, and for additional information regarding assessment processes within that department.

To learn more about Student Affairs assessment, please visit the division’s Strategic Planning and Assessment website or the Student Affairs website.