NSSE researchers will present findings on religion and spirituality, living environments and student engagement, student understanding of campus sexual assault policies, and student demands for more inclusive campuses at the Association of College Personnel Convention in Columbus, OH from Mar. 26 to 29. Look for the abstracts and session information on the convention's curriculum page. The abstracts can also be found below.
- Fosnacht, K., & Broderick, C. "The Role of Religion and Spirituality in Promoting a Positive Campus Culture."
Monday, March 27 at 11 a.m.
This study attempts to understand the student experience of campus culture for students who identify with a minority religious or spiritual belief. Building on the work of Hurtado, et. al's (1999) analytical framework for the study of racial/ethnic campus cultures, we investigate the influence of Christian privilege on campus cultures, and how students who do not identify as Christian experience these campuses using quantitative data from a multi-institutional sample.
- Mac, J., Teck, V., To, D., & BrckaLorenz, A. "Rising Up: Responding to Student Demands for More Inclusive Campuses."
Monday, March 27 at 11 a.m.
In the past year, student groups released a list of demands at over 80 institutions. This session will highlight emerging themes of systemic and structural racism from those demands, in addition to exploring the various responses from these institutions. Through the use of data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Model, participants will discuss and share strategies on intentionally supporting the needs of racially diverse students at their institutions.
- Hurtado, S., & BrckaLorenz, A. "Improving Student Understanding of Sexual Assault Policies and Procedures."
Tuesday, March 28 at 8:30 a.m.
The purpose of this session is to review findings from a multi-institutional study assessing students' level of awareness of institutional sexual assault policies and procedures and the relationship to institutional support. In addition to broad findings, this session will discuss which students are less likely to have an understanding of these policies. This session will rely on participant discussion focused on how to better inform all students of important sexual assault information as a means for promoting positive campus climates.
- Graham, P., Hurtado, S., & Gonyea, R. "Living Environments and Student Engagement: Research Findings and Implications."
Tuesday, March 28 at 4:45 p.m.
While past research points to various benefits of living on campus, student affairs professionals should consider and adapt to contemporary changes in on-campus living. This session reviews findings from a set of questions that were developed in collaboration with ACUHO-I and appended to the National Survey of Student Engagement. Findings include the relationship between living environments (facilities, programs, staff, etc.) with engagement and perceived gains in learning and development. The session encourages discussion on how these findings can inform practice.