Projects & Reports 2004-2012

Following is a list of assessment projects conducted by staff/departments in the Division of Student Affairs and, in many cases, reports that have been written by staff in Student Affairs Assessment. For more information, contact Student Affairs Assessment at sa-assessment@northwestern.edu or 847.491.8431.

2012

Office Assessment Project Description Method Type Report Name
Student Affairs Assessment Residential Communities The purpose of this project was to assess the whether the original six goals of the residential community initiative were achieved. Quantitative/Survey and Qualitative/Focus Groups Program Evaluation Residential Communities: Second Year Assessment Results 2011 – 2012
Student Affairs Assessment Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership The purpose of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is to examine influences of higher education on college student leadership development. The study also directs significant attention to the examination of college experiences and their influences on leadership-related outcomes. Quantitative/Survey Outcomes Report on Northwestern University’s Participation in the
2012 Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership
Student Affairs Assessment Profile of the College Student Experience The Profile survey instrument was designed to provide an accurate portrait of today’s college students’
experiences with volunteerism, activism, campus diversity, technology, and campus safety.
Quantitative/Survey Needs, Assessment, Campus Climate,
Benchmarking
N/A
Multicultural Student Affairs Perceptions of Racial/Ethnic Campus Climate The purpose of the campus climate focus groups was (1) to explore students’ perceptions of the racial/ethnic climate at Northwestern University; and (2) to listen to their ideas for how it could be improved. Qualitative/Focus Groups Campus Climate Students’ Perceptions of Racial/Ethnic Campus Climate
Northwestern University
Student Affairs Assessment Consortium – Campus Activities and Involvement This survey explored preferred means to find out about campus activities; student participation in various campus activities, including their level of involvement and whether they hold leadership positions; outcomes of participating in campus activities; reasons for not participating in campus activities; and students’ perceptions of campus activities involvement in the co-curriculum. Quantitative/Survey Satisfaction, Outcomes,
Needs, Assessment,
Benchmarking
N/A
Student Affairs Assessment Consortium – Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Survey The Student Conduct Survey explores student awareness of student conduct policies, outcomes of participating in the judicial affairs process, and perceptions of institutional rules, policies, and procedures’. Quantitative/Survey Satisfaction,
Needs, Assessment,
Benchmarking
N/A
Health Promotion and Wellness Core Survey of Alcohol and other Drugs A national survey about alcohol and other drugs. This survey helps us determine the patterns of alcohol and other drug consumption and examine attitudes and perceptions of alcohol and other drug use among college students across the country and at Northwestern University specifically. Quantitative/Survey Needs, Assessment, Campus Climate,
Benchmarking
N/A
Norris Center ACUI-EBI College Union/Student Center Assessment This survey explored students’ perceptions of the student center, including cleanliness, overall environment, dining services, food variety/quality/price, and the extent to which the union/center enhances life and leadership. Quantitative/Survey Satisfaction,
Benchmarking
N/A
New Student and Family Programs 2012 New Student Survey Undergraduate student evaluation of Wildcat Welcome. Quantitative Satisfaction N/A

2011

Office Assessment Project Description Method Type Report Name
Residential Services ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Assessment The ACUHO-I/EBI Survey measures student satisfaction with services, programming, and facilities, learning, and the overall on-campus living experience. Quantitative/Surveys Satisfaction,
Benchmarking
A Review of Four Years of ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Assessment Results (2012)
Off Campus Life Off-Campus Living The purpose of this study was to better understand the living situations and needs of off-campus students and to assist the Director of Off-Campus Life in providing valuable programs and services for these students. Quantitative/Survey Needs, Assessment

Off- Campus Report (2011)

Health Promotion and Wellness National College Health Assessment The ACHA-National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHA II) is a national research survey organized by the American College Health Association (ACHA) to assist college health service providers, health educators, counselors, and administrators in collecting data about their students' habits, behaviors, and perceptions on the most prevalent health topics. Quantitative/Survey Needs, Assessment, Campus Climate,
Benchmarking
NCHA-II Web Spring 2011 Northwestern University Executive Summary
Religious Life Spirituality On the 2011 Enrolled Student Survey, students were asked to indicate how much their Northwestern experience had contributed to “knowledge, skills and personal development” in a variety of areas, two of which included “Seeking meaning and purpose in life” and “Being aware of spiritual traditions in my community and across cultures.” Students who indicated that their experience had contributed “quite a bit” or “very much” to their learning and development in either of these two areas were invited, via email, to share their stories. Qualitative/Reflection Campus Climate,
Learning
Preliminary Look at Spirituality at Northwestern
New Student and Family Programs 2011 New Student Survey Undergraduate student evaluation of Wildcat Welcome. Quantitative Satisfaction N/A

2010

Office Assessment Project Description Method Type Report Name
Student Affairs Assessment Consortium – Mental Health The purpose of this study was to explore the mental health issues of today’s college students. Quantitative/Survey Needs, Assessment,
Benchmarking
Undergraduate Mental Health at Northwestern (2010)
Student Affairs Assessment Sexual Violence Four data sets were reviewed and information related to sexual violence was summarized. Quantitative/Surveys Needs, Assessment A Review of Existing Data Sets: Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence
Student Affairs Assessment Senior Focus Groups on Satisfaction The purpose of this focus group project was to increase our understanding of student satisfaction and dissatisfaction with Northwestern. Qualitative/Focus Groups Satisfaction Report: 2010 Senior Focus Groups on Satisfaction
Residential Services ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Assessment The ACUHO-I/EBI Survey measures student satisfaction with services, programming, and facilities, learning, and the overall on-campus living experience. Quantitative/Surveys Satisfaction
Benchmarking
N/A
Student Affairs Assessment Consortium – Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Survey The Student Conduct Survey explores student awareness of student conduct policies, outcomes of participating in the judicial affairs process, and perceptions of institutional rules, policies, and procedures’. Quantitative/Survey Satisfaction,
Needs, Assessment,
Benchmarking
N/A
Student Affairs Assessment Consortium – Student Union and Programming Survey The Student Union and Programming provides data on
utilization of the Student Union and participation in programming, outcomes of participating in Student Union events and programs, outcomes of student employment in the Student Union, and satisfaction with the Student Union.
Quantitative/Survey Satisfaction, Outcomes,
Needs, Assessment,
Benchmarking

N/A
Health Promotion and Wellness Core Survey of Alcohol and other Drugs A national survey about alcohol and other drugs. This survey helps us determine the patterns of alcohol and other drug consumption and examine attitudes and perceptions of alcohol and other drug use among college students across the country and at Northwestern University specifically. Quantitative/Survey Needs, Assessment, Campus Climate,
Benchmarking
N/A

2009

Office Assessment Project Description Method Type Report Name
Residential Services ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Assessment The ACUHO-I/EBI Survey measures student satisfaction with services, programming, and facilities, learning, and the overall on-campus living experience. Quantitative/Surveys Satisfaction,
Benchmarking
N/A
Fraternity and Sorority Life AFA/EBI Fraternity/Sorority Assessment The AFA/EBI Fraternity/Sorority Assessment measures student satisfaction with housing, safety and security, fraternity/sorority programming, and the overall fraternity/sorority experience. Quantitative/Surveys Satisfaction,
Benchmarking
N/A
Student Affairs Assessment Consortium – Campus Activities and Involvement This survey explored preferred means to find out about campus activities; student participation in various campus activities, including their level of involvement and whether they hold leadership positions; outcomes of participating in campus activities; reasons for not participating in campus activities; and students’ perceptions of campus activities involvement in the co-curriculum. Quantitative/Survey Satisfaction, Outcomes,
Needs, Assessment,
Benchmarking
N/A
Student Affairs Assessment Consortium – Diversity, Multiculturalism, Inclusion This national survey of college students was designed to provide information on student involvement in campus activities, perceptions of campus safety, opinions about diversity and campus climate, and other topics. Quantitative/Survey Satisfaction, Campus Climate,
Needs, Assessment,
Benchmarking
N/A

2004-2008

Office Assessment Project Description Method Type Report Name
Residential Services ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Assessment-2008, 2007 The ACUHO-I/EBI Survey measures student satisfaction with services, programming, and facilities, learning, and the overall on-campus living experience. Quantitative/Surveys Satisfaction,
Benchmarking
N/A
Student Affairs Assessment Profile of the College Student Experience-2008 The Profile survey instrument was designed to provide an accurate portrait of today’s college students’
experiences with volunteerism, activism, campus diversity, technology, and campus safety.
Quantitative/Survey Needs, Assessment, Campus Climate,
Benchmarking
N/A
Fraternity and Sorority Life AFA/EBI Fraternity/Sorority Assessment-2006, 2004 The AFA/EBI Fraternity/Sorority Assessment measures student satisfaction with housing, safety and security, fraternity/sorority programming, and the overall fraternity/sorority experience. Quantitative/Surveys Satisfaction,
Benchmarking
N/A
Health Promotion and Wellness Core Survey of Alcohol and other Drugs-2006 A national survey about alcohol and other drugs. This survey helps us determine the patterns of alcohol and other drug consumption and examine attitudes and perceptions of alcohol and other drug use among college students across the country and at Northwestern University specifically. Quantitative/Survey Needs, Assessment, Campus Climate,
Benchmarking
N/A