Veterans' Year One Evaluation


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Veterans' Year One Evaluation

  1. 1. Center of Excellencefor Veteran Student Success Evaluation By: CREAL Presentation By: Antonio Banks S
  2. 2. Overview Of PresentationS Introduction of CenterS Objectives/ Goals of CenterS Progress of Center So FarS Evaluation ModelS Current Evaluation EffortsS FindingsS Future Steps For Evaluation
  3. 3. Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success IntroductionS $318,000.00/ 3 year grant provided by the US Department of Education as an initiative to increase overall student support services for veteran students.S Staff Overseeing Project S Susan Leavy, Director S Joseph Chang, Project Coordinator S Katherine Baeza-Pruitt, Assistant Coordinator
  4. 4. CEVSS Goals/Objectives OverviewS Transitional Support from military life to an academic environment is important to retaining veteran studentsS Providing veterans with accurate information that is easily accessible can have a significant influence on veteran enrollment, persistence and completion.S Veteran women are in need of unique support resources and services to foster achievement in a challenging academic environment.S Academic advising and personal support critical to retention
  5. 5. Progress MadeS Created Expanded Veteran Student OrientationsS Improve website & increase internet assistance for student veteransS Utilize social mediaS Mentor TrainingS Open HouseS Discussion GroupsS Focus Groups around veteran student experience (3 in Spring ‘11)
  6. 6. Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success InterventionsS Academic Enrichment Intervention S University 300 course (Implemented next fall) S Veteran-Specific tutors in Math/English S Orientation tailored for veteran students S Student Tracking of Persistence via Student Tracking and Early Alert Retention System (STEARS) / Sun Hye Moon
  7. 7. Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Interventions (Cont.d)S Additional Student Support: S Support Groups S Veteran Student Services Websites S Peer Mentoring S Veteran Specific Counseling and Psychological (CAPS) S Subsidized Child Care
  8. 8. Evaluation Model CEVS Program Theory CEVS Program Activities CEVS Program Outcomes· Transitional Support from military life to an academic · Veterans Advisory Board working to improve, integrate environment is important to retaining veteran students veterans’ services. · Increased veteran student enrollment by· Providing veterans with accurate information that is easily · Expanded four hour orientation to ease the transition of 10% accessible can have a significant influence on veteran adjusting from military to academic life and 10 week enrollment, persistence and completion. · Increase veteran student persistence by transitional support University 300 course 20%; expected 70% of students will· Veteran women are in need of unique support resources and · Individual action plan for each veteran student who chooses to services to foster achievement in a challenging academic participate; includes math tutoring and writing center graduate in four-year span environment. assistance via University Learning Center. · Increase veteran student four-year· Academic advising and personal support critical to retention · Weekly Female veteran’s support group graduation rates by 3% · Two-day professional development workshop for CAPS to · Specified services for women veterans handle military veteran counseling implemented and utilized · Create a Center that is self-sustaining beyond the three years it is funded by the CEVS Program Goals grant. · Establish a Veterans Support Advisory Board That will support the Program Coordinator to ensure a single point of contact for veteran students· Improve veteran student’s academic performance through University 300 course.· Increase veteran student enrollment, retention, and graduation rates through improving non-academic resources.· Increase outreach to non-traditional, underserved veteran students· Create specialized support systems for female veterans. CREAL Evaluation Activities CREAL Evaluation Outcomes CREAL Evaluation Goals · Focus Groups · Student Academic Persistence and · Monitor veteran student’s persistence from · Formative evaluation for adjustment of project graduation rates one year to the next strategies · Student participation in the CEVS programs · Annual evaluation to focus on accomplishments · Monitor and assess the effectiveness of each and services of the specific objectives. of the programs implemented by the CEVS · Survey of veteran students and faculty to assess · Document program design and value of the Veterans Advisory Board implementation · Student Assessment of Learning Gains survey *Annual report on program outcomes along with recommendations for program improvement. *Using surveys, focus groups, document analyses, and observations for data collection purposes
  9. 9. CREAL Evaluation Actions in Baseline YearS Coordinating with CEVSS leadership groupS Representatives at first two focus groupsS Qualtrics baseline survey examining veteran student demographics, and access to academic & student support servicesS Developing action plan for subsequent year.
  10. 10. Findings Demographics of Veteran Student Levels of Satisfaction with Educational Variables60% Respondents Perception and Value ofof Veteran Specific Services Perceived Access Student Support Services 70% 90%50% White/ Caucasian 80%40%70% 60% 9% African American/ Black30%60% 50% 50% 13% American Indian/ Alaska20% 40% Native 80% 85% Extremely Satisfied10%30% 61% 45% 71% Asian American/ Asian Somewhat Satisfied 40% 4% Extremely Valuable 47% 50%0%20% 36% Neutral Very Valuable 29.63% 27.27% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific 10% 30% 24.07% 23.64% 20.00% 22.22% Islander 16.67% Somewhat Unsatisfied 5.56% 3.70% 3.64% 5.45% 16.36% 3.64% 3.64% 11.11% 3.70% 1.85% 16.36% 7.27%1.82% 3.64% 5.56%3.70% 3.70% Somewhat Valuable 10.91% 1.82% 1.82% 0.00% 0% 13% ExtremelyVery Invaluable Mexican American/ Chicano Unsatisfied 20% Veterans Student Veteran Students Veterans Campus Weekly General Counseling and Peer Mentoring Opinion Female No Weekly Services Website Orientation Events Discussion Group Psychological Program Extremely Invaluable Veterans Support Puerto Rican Services (CAPS) Group 10% 2% Other Latino Neutral or No Opinion Extremely Effective 13% Somewhat Effective Somewhat Ineffective Extremely ineffective 9% 0% 6% Other Ethnic / Career Womens Veterans Titan Financial Aid Student Rec Childrens Titan Cultural Center Center Services Bookstore Center Center Student Centers Union
  11. 11. CREAL Evaluation Action Plan Next YearS Analyzing number of students who persisted from 2010- 2011 academic year to 2011-2012 academic school yearS Specialized focus on quality and quantity of services being offered for women veterans S Support Group Assessment, Feedback, Evaluation S Monthly Brunch Assessment, Feedback, EvaluationS Analyzing barriers and supports for persistence: S Personal S Environmental S Academic