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Assessing College Wide SLOs using a Student Perception Survey: A Tale of Two SLOs Jeanne Edman and Brad Brazil Cosumnes River College
I. Assess two college wide SLOs using a student perceptions survey: A. “Be actively involved in campus life and express a sense of engagement with the campus culture.” B. “Develop a foundation for cultural pluralism, a rejection of previous personal prejudices, and knowledge of and comfort with others unlike themselves.” II. Examine whether student perceptions predict academic success
Academic success is linked to a feeling of campus belonging. Campus climate is an important factor for academic success among ethnic minority students. Academic self efficacy is associated with academic success. Are these relationships true among community college students?
Little is known about the impact of student perceptions on academic success among community college students. However, African American and Hispanic students have less success obtaining educational goals than Asian and White students. We will assess two college wide SLOs by ethnicity
1703 students volunteered to complete the survey. Demographic comparisons for 1513 students who provided student ID. Courses represented all major divisions Questionnaire took approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
Cultural Congruity (Gloria) Social Support (Peer and Mentoring, Gloria) Academic Self Efficacy (Bandura) Campus Environment (Gloria) College wide SLOs were derived from these instruments
Comparison of Social Items by the following ethnic groups: Asian (N=552) African American (N=195) Caucasian (N=366) Latino (N=246) The following slides include only the two extreme scores on the likert scales related to cultural fit and social support
“Be actively involved in campus life and express a sense of engagement with the campus culture.”
What percentage of students are involved in 4 or more student clubs or activities? A. More than 60% B. 40-60% C. 20-39% D. 5-19% E. less than 5%
Approximately what percentage of students report having NO mentor? A. 40% B. 50% C. 60% D. 70%
Which ethnic group reports the highest number of friends on campus? A. African American B. Asian C. Caucasian D. Latino
Which ethnic group values their social life most? A. African American B. Asian C. Caucasian D. Latino
Answers 1. B (Asian) 2. C (African American/Latinos) 3. D (more than 60%) 4. B (Asian) 5. A (African American)
Scale Score and GPA means by Ethnicity Statistical differences as follows: Asians lower cultural congruity than other groups African Americans higher academic self efficacy than other groups African Americans lower GPA than other groups Latino lower GPA than Asians and Caucasians Asians higher social score than Caucasians
Relationship between GPA and Perception scores African Americans: No relationship between Cultural congruity, social support, mentoring, academic self efficacy and GPA. Asians: Academic self efficacy correlated with GPA. Caucasians: Cultural congruity positively correlated with GPA, social support negatively correlated with GPA. Latinos: Mentoring and Academic efficacy correlated with GPA.
Explanations for low campus involvement Very diverse community, many activities to participate in off campus/daily life
Students Cultural Activities From Cross-cultural psychology assignment (some examples) African American student attended a Jewish Passover ceremony White student attended the Native American ‘Yurok salmon festival’ Heterosexual male student participated in a gay activist march White male and Korean female students attended African American Baptist church services A Sunni Muslim described attending a Shi’a Muslim funeral A Jewish female attended a Hindu wedding
“As a returning student at 36 yrs of age, a lot of the social things are inconsequential to me. I work 40+ hours, am a single mom – don’t have a lot of time for much else. School has been motivating though and I can always find help”. “I have no social life because I have to work (some people have kids). At most serious colleges, no one tries to make friends”. “I’m not in school to really socialize. I just want to learn. Having a full time job makes it a bit difficult though”.
Findings Fail to support previous findings among University students: in lack of relationship between student perceptions and academic success among African Americans. African Americans have the highest levels of cultural fit and academic efficacy. Cultural congruity is associated with Academic success only among Caucasians. Mentoring was not associated with Academic success among Asians, Caucasians and African Americans.
How is the data used? Assessing SLOs at the college level. Stimulating campus discussions on equity issues. Obtaining student feedback as to the findings of the survey. Development of student support programs and courses. Providing data to support the planning process. Providing student perception data to improve campus teaching and learning.
Data dissemination/Discussion Presented the findings from the SLO/diversity survey to the following groups: Spring 2009. Cultural competence committee Faculty senate College planning committee Student services administrators College assessment committee College research meeting
Questions Why is social support and mentoring not associated with academic success? How can you explain the lack of relationship between academic efficacy and GPA among African American and Caucasian students? What implications does this have for the classroom? What are some possible explanations for the finding that cultural fit was only associated with GPA among Caucasian students? What are some possible explanations for the lower cultural congruity scores among Asian students?