Grant Writing 101

For graduate school I was asked to write a fake grant proposal as if I were going to apply for one. I struggled with the assignment, did anything except it, and tried to hide from the deadline. Any time any one ever mentions grant writing it is nearly always followed by “Ugh my life” so I was afraid of it as well–untill now.

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Contest Winner – Student Satisfaction Fall 2014

The USAO Office of Institutional Research and Office of Assessment asked for the student body’s thoughts on their overall satisfcation with the university. After collecting our responses and picking a random winner we presented Leerisa with a gift certificate to the USAO Book Store for $300.00!

Our winner for the Student Satisfaction Survey Contest!

Our winner for the Student Satisfaction Survey Contest!

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Liberal Arts in Today’s Workplace

Being a polymath sometimes isn’t a brag, it’s a way of life, a work life anyway when you are a librarian. In Lori Goetsch’s 2008 article ‘Reinventing Our Work: New and Emerging Roles for Academic Librarians’ she argues that work in libraries isn’t changing as much as completely being revolutionized to keep pace with civilization’s technological advances.


In short, a librarian in today’s world can’t just know their Library of Congress shelving locations–now they have to be as skilled in computers, customer service, and archives. Once long ago each of these skills was reserved for a specific member of the staff and that was their sole purpose. In the past years that has changed to where each member of the staff has to be able to wear many hats or find a new job.

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NSSE 2013 Results: Campus Environment

The final NSSE sub-scale included in the 2013 results report focuses on measuring student perceptions of their social environment. As before, this sub-scale is divided into two different dimensions.

Quality of Interactions

The first dimension reported for the campus environment sub-scale is composed of items asking respondents to provide general estimates of their satisfaction with key university groups. These groups include faculty, advisors, other students and various types of staff. Figure 17 summarizes results for first year students. Examination of the averages for each comparison group suggests that USAO first year students have a more positive evaluation of their interactions with others than their counterparts at each of the comparison groups. Indeed, this is supported statistical analysis as USAO scores in this category are significantly higher than those of every other comparison group.

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National Survey of Student Engagement at USAO

Over the next few weeks USAO students will be asked to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (commonly known as NSSE). Since we are asking student to participate, I thought it would be a good idea to speak a bit about what NSSE is, what it measures and why it is important to USAO.

What is NSSE?

As the name suggests, NSSE is a survey administered to college students all over the country. At a general level, this survey attempts to quantify the academic experience of first- and last-year students. Survey questions include items measuring difficulty of coursework, perceived grading fairness, and the amount of preparation necessary to pass courses. To a lesser extent, NSSE also measures non-academic experiences such as quality of social interactions and student services. Continue reading →