IE Newsletter | March 2017

As part of the Core Curriculum assessments, all freshmen students in Alpine and all seniors in Alpine and RGC received an email invitation on February 20th to participate in the annual NSSE administration. All eligible students are urged to respond to the survey by March 31st to provide valuable information about the university learning environment. The National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE) is being administered for Freshman and Seniors. Eligible students who complete the survey are automatically entered into a raffle for a FREE IPad Air 2 or $100 gift card to the Sul Ross Book Store. As of March 6, 2017 our response rate is 13.6%, Help us reach our goal of 27% for this year!!
Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR) Conference

During the last week of February, Alejandra Villalobos Melendez represented SRSU at the TAIR Conference. It was a great opportunity to learn more about what other Texas institutions are doing and learning ways to make IR at SRSU more efficient. Additionally, Alejandra focused on learning how other universities are using existing data to build more in-depth analyses aimed to increase student success and to learn about developing data trends in higher education. To highlight, Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development at Gallup, provided a thoughtful examination of what he sees as ‘The Real Data Revolution’ in higher education – based on findings from a nationally representative large-scale survey of universities conducted as a partnership between Gallup and Purdue University. You can read Mr. Busteed’s thought-provoking article on the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship Magazine.
Danielle Lucero, Joey Velasco, Chris Estepp, Dave Gibson, Alejandra Villalobos Melendez and Sally Roche are members of a committee chaired by Jeanne Qvarnstrom to design the best way to post the course evaluations by students each semester on the SRSU website. Al Brautigam presented a demo of the web page for HB 2504 on March 6th for Faculty Assembly. Faculty are invited to view the demo at
Members of the Accreditation Committee are composing narratives to address each of the standards for the compliance review process. Faculty program coordinators and staff administrators are working on their 2016-2017 academic/administrative reports that are due on May 31st. The QEP Committee is developing a five-year plan for communication enhancement. On June 6th, Sul Ross will host Dr. John Hardt, our vice-president from SACSCOC, who will be meeting with many groups and advising us on the preparation of our Accreditation Report. We are all working together for success!

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