Consisting of three offices (Student Leadership, Greek Life, and Program Coordination, Communication, and Assessment), the Center for Student Life (CSL) uses multiple assessment processes to guide the planning, delivery, and evaluation of student-centered programs and services that are aligned with
the needs and interests of the university and surrounding community.
One example is the CSL-sponsored
Six O’Clock Series, which “provides IUP students, employees, and community members an opportunity to learn about current issues and approach familiar topics from a new perspective” (Six O’Clock Series website). Programs take place on Mondays at 6:00 p.m.
during the fall and spring semesters, and attendees have an opportunity to complete a written evaluation at the event, which also generates data on participation, satisfaction, and achievement of learning outcomes unique to each event.
For fall 2015, combined attendance at all Six O’Clock Series events totaled approximately 938, from which 625 evaluations were received, representing a response rate of 66.6 percent.
The following are several findings from the fall 2015 Six O’Clock Series evaluations:
The fall Six O’Clock Series events covered a diverse range of topics. Two examples included
Demi’s Story on October 5, and
The Mystical Arts of Tibet on October 19. Demi’s Story discussed the topic of dating violence, including how others can “intervene to protect a friend or loved one in an unhealthy relationship.”
The Mystical Arts of Tibet included a chanting and dance performance as part of a week-long schedule of events featuring 10 Tibetan monks who were in residence at IUP.
The following are examples of outcomes-based findings from each event as assessed using the evaluation’s response option scale1:
1Response scale: (1) — not accurate, effective, helpful, (2), (3), (4), (5) - very accurate, effective, helpful
2Attendance at event — 143
3Attendance at event — 290
Please contact the
Center for Student Life for further information on the Six O’clock Series evaluations, 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.