ERIC Number: ED260313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Student Affairs Educational Activities Research: A Method for Measuring and Documenting Performance Achievement.
Preston, Frederick R.; Schetlin, Eleanor M.
Although much has been written in support of a student development role for the student affairs professional, research documentation is lacking on the contributions made by student affairs staff to the development of students. A simple research methodology, which could be easily replicated on college campuses, to begin providing these missing data was field tested at one state university. Student affairs personnel completed a three-part questionnaire covering their contributions to the educational climate of the campus, research activity, and the publishing of professional books, journals, and in-house publications. Each educational/instructional response was to include the topic, academic format and developmental focus of all presentations made, and other relevant information. The results described a broad range of activities for these student affairs professionals: credit-bearing courses; student staff development lectures, seminars, or workshops; staff presentations to off-campus groups; consulting experiences; a continuing education conference; activities promoting student, faculty, and staff interaction; informational lectures and research projects; and various publications. This evaluation approach should be appropriate to most campuses wishing to document the activities of their student affairs personnel. (Response data are presented in tables to provide a useful method for quantification, a clear display of the divisional activities, and a detailed statement of the academic credentials of the persons sponsoring each activity.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Boston, MA, March 24-27, 1985).