One of the joys of Institutional Effectiveness is when we can celebrate our strengths as an institution and learn best practices from our own faculty and staff. The Enhancement Spotlight features how Mississippi State's faculty and staff use the assessment process to improve their programs and services.
Montelleo Hobley, Jr.
Student Services Coordinator, Dean of Students Office
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Montelleo Hobley, Jr. is using assessment to understand how students recognize how their behaviors affect other students in the MSU community.
A Student Services Coordinator in the Dean of Students Office, Montelleo is using data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to inform the assessment related to Student Conduct and the Student Honor Code. This spring his efforts to get students to complete the NSSE resulted in response rates of the survey higher than the national rates.
According to Hobley, the NSSE results in particular are helpful: “we use assessment for a couple of different things. For the Honor Code Council, we look to see how students are interacting with faculty.” He says the results help his office understand how to prepare students to work with faculty on the Honor Code Council.
While Hobley says that assessment is not without its challenges, such as getting students to respond to the NSSE survey, it helps to look at new ways of assessing things.
He finds it helpful to research what other institutions are doing to assess their student conduct and honor code programs. Looking at students’ experience also helps him address problems such as the timeliness, fairness, and clarity of the student conduct process.
Hobley does have some advice for faculty and staff getting started in their own assessment: “Approach it as a learning opportunity. Assess your assessment. Be willing to improve and do it better, and understand that it’s a process.”
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