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  • 1. Capturing Involvement Data OnlineMakes Assessment EasierThe Office of Student Organizations and Leadership at California State University at Sacramentoquantifies the link between student leadership and academic performance.Assessment Study OverviewPURPOSE OF THE STUDYCalifornia State University at Sacramento (“Sac State”) invests tive effects of serving as a club leader for underrepresenteda great deal of money and resources in support of co-curricular minorities, transfer students, commuter students, and otheractivities in an effort to foster student engagement; therefore, non-traditional students on campus.it is necessary to assess if such an initiative actually enhances The OIR found that no matter what the starting point forstudent success. The purpose of this study was to determine students coming in was, student involvement had a positivewhether students who participated in co-curricular activities impact on graduation and retention rates.during their college career, in this case serving as club leaders,achieved higher academic performance than their uninvolved “With OrgSync, our office keeps muchpeers. better records and it’s easier than ever toORGSYNC: INVOLVEMENT DATA COLLECTION MADE EASY gather student involvement data.”When Sac State performed its first assessment in 2009, the - Tom Carrollprocess of collecting student involvement data to send to theOffice of Institutional Research (“OIR”) was time consuming Assistant Director, Office of Studentand inefficient. It took five advisors two days to sort through Organizations & Leadershiparchived paper records and find the names of students who JUSTIFICATION FOR FUNDING & RESOURCESwere once leaders on campus. For the 2011 assessment study, Sac State used easy-to-pull The 2009 and 2011 assessment studies supported Tomstudent involvement data collected in OrgSync. In minutes, the Carroll’s position that “Good assessment provides resourcesdepartment ran a ‘User Report’, pulled student ID numbers and for student success.” By proving that students were learn-leadership information for each student, and sent the data off ing and developing in their programs, the Office of Studentto the OIR for analysis. “With OrgSync, our office keeps much Organizations and Leadership at Sac State has received thebetter records and it’s easier than ever to gather student in- support and funding needed to help its programs flourish.volvement data. Before OrgSync, the thought of doing assess- THE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVEment on organizations was daunting because it was so difficultto get the data. Now, the data is accessible and conducting The Office of Student Organizations and Leadership createdassessment is possible,” said Tom Carroll, Assistant Director of the Leadership Initiative in 2009 to encourage leadership andthe Office of Student Organizations and Leadership. involvement amongst non-traditional students. After expe- riencing success on a small scale, the office used the results from the studies during its budget review process to request2011 Assessment Study Results additional funding and resources. The results of the assessment quantified the benefits ofINVOLVEMENT INCREASES SUCCESS - QUANTIFIED leadership for non-traditional students and validated the needThe results of the study confirmed and quantified the link for leadership programs. As a result, the Leadership Initiativebetween student involvement through organization leadership received additional funding, grew from less than one full-timeand academic performance. By tracking and pulling key cohort staff member to six, and has seen its membership increasedata from OrgSync, Sac State was able to pinpoint the posi- from 70 to 700 students in one academic year. ®
  • 2. FULL CIRCLE GRANTIn 2011, Sac State’s Student Activities The Impact of Involvementdepartment was awarded the Full Circle No matter what the starting point for students coming in, student involvement has aGrant, a $1.8 million federal grant to bolster positive impact on graduation and retention rates.recruitment, retention, and graduation ratesamong Asian American and Pacific Islanderstudents. NON -CL Club Leaders Non-Club Leaders UB The campus submitted data from its in- LE AD ER CLUB LEvolvement assessment study, which quan- AD S ER Stified the success resulting from student All Students (Native Freshmen)involvement amongst non-traditionalstudents. The study identified the key 72% 6 YEAR Club Leaders were 4x more likely to graduate GRADUATION**cohorts who typically struggle in college within six years than Non-Club Leadersand showed that those students see more 39%success as a result of being in a leadershiprole at Sac State. 33% GapNext Steps for Sac StateEASE OF ASSESSMENT YIELDS VISION 94% 92%With the task of collecting and sharingdata no longer an obstacle, Sac State has 67% Underrepresented Minorities (Native Freshmen) 59%a vision for expanding their data-driven 52% NON-CLUB LEADERS The was a 35% performance gap between theknowledge base. Proposed future studies graduation rate of Underrepresented Minority CLUB LEADERS 32%will focus on broadening the scope of the Club Leaders and Non-Club Leaders.assessment to include all students, includeother campus departments now using 2-Year 3-Year GraduationOrgSync, and measure learning outcomes (6-Year)for all campus programs. 90% 91% Tom Carroll 71% Assistant Director 64% Commuter Students (Native Freshmen) 57% Student Organizations & Leadership NON-CLUB LEADERS 39% Club leaders significantly outperformed other CLUB LEADERS 916.278.6595 students across all metrics tested. tcarroll@csus.edu 2-Year 3-Year Graduation (6-Year) 88% 85% 73% 74% 67% 58% Transfer Students NON-CLUB LEADERS CLUB LEADERS Club Leaders were 1.8x more likely to graduate within four years 2-Year 3-Year Graduation (4-Year)Find This Online at www.OrgSync.comFor more information | Call us : 972.907.0900 x 201 or Email: sales@orgsync.comThe assessment reports produced by Sac State may be found by visiting the following links:2009 - The Impact of Extracurricular Activity on Student Academic Performance: http://goo.gl/YiOCf2011 - Student Leadership and Academic Performance -- A Study of Student Club Leaders: http://goo.gl/ruao9