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In the aftermath of the ongoing pandemic, keeping students connected and engaged is more important (and more difficult) than ever. In light of this, many schools have turned their focus towards the role their residence life plays in that sense of connection and engagement. Now in its fourth year, the Assessment and Impact Award for Residence Life recognizes colleges that demonstrate intentionality in using insights from data to improve their residence life programs. Skyfactor Benchworks recognized three housing programs in the previous year, including seven housing programs in 2021, three in 2020, and four housing programs in 2019.
Please join me in congratulating this year’s winners for the Skyfactor Assessment & Impact Award in Housing and Residence Life:
- Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (IL) was recognized for significant improvements in survey scores related to community environment
- University of South Alabama (AL) was recognized for significant improvements in survey scores related to dining services
- St. Catherine University (MN) was recognized for high performance on survey scores related to community environment
The 2022 winners were chosen through a careful analysis of multiple years of data from the ACUHO-I/Benchworks Resident Assessment. The Skyfactor Benchworks Analytics and Research Team first conducted a quantitative analysis and review of applications and then interviewed finalists to learn more about improvements in residence life.
Send a Kudo or drop a comment below to congratulate our 2022 Assessment & Impact Award Winners!
Benchworks assessments are the most widely used programs in higher education housing and have been available for nearly 20 years. The ACUHO-I/Benchworks Residents Assessment is used by nearly 300 institutions each year, and is one of more than 50 different assessments from Benchworks on topics important to college success, including housing, orientation, and student affairs and service. The survey includes questions about student satisfaction with facilities, programs, dining, safety, room assignment, and roommates, as well as learning related to personal interactions, diversity, sense of community, academic success, transferable skills, sustainability, and healthy habits.
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