- overworked staff or understaffed departments;
- silos that prevent crossing institutional boundaries;
- lack of research training; or
- simply being overwhelmed by the possibilities.
Addressing these obstacles, this volume presents pragmatic ideas for implementing data–informed decision making to improve student affairs practice. It first illustrates how to easily analyze quantitative data and read assessment reports?demonstrating that advanced research knowledge is not necessary to make meaning of survey findings. It then provides suggestions for utilizing findings from large data sets typically available on campus and gives practical guidance for making sense of and using quantitative data to inform practice.
Also included is how to use data to understand the experiences of non–dominant populations on campus, which is especially relevant given the diversity of today’s college students. Several chapters speak directly to using data to understand marginalized groups based on race, religion, and sexual orientation, while others focus on using data to understand campus diversity experiences.
This is the 159th volume of this Jossey–Bass higher education quarterly series. An indispensable resource for vice presidents of student affairs, deans of students, student counselors, and other student services professionals, New Directions for Student Services offers guidelines and programs for aiding students in their total development: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.
EDITORS’ NOTES 5Kathleen M. Goodman, Darnell Cole
1. You Don’t Have to Be a Research Expert to Use Data Effectively 11Kathleen M. Goodman, Buffy Stoll Turton
2. Approaching Big Survey Data One Byte at a Time 25Charles Blaich, Kathleen Wise
3. Taking Advantage of Student Engagement Results in Student Affairs 35Jillian Kinzie, Sarah S. Hurtado
4. Fostering Socially Responsible Leadership in College Students: Insights from the Multi–Institutional Study of Leadership 47Matthew R. Johnson, Gretta Mincer
5. Improving the Campus Climate for LGBTQ Students Using the Campus Pride Index 61Jason C. Garvey, Susan Rankin, Genny Beemyn, Shane Windmeyer
6. Leveraging Student Interfaith Cooperation Through Evidence–Based Change 71Rebecca E. Crandall, Benjamin P. Correia–Harker, Matthew J. Mayhew, Alyssa N. Rockenbach
7. Using Data to Support Online Student Communities 83Melora A. Sundt, Sharla Berry, Adam Ortiz
8. Using Data to Guide Diversity Work and Enhance Student Learning 93Melora A. Sundt, Darnell Cole, Marissiko Wheaton