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Student Clubs and Organizations Perceptions Study

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Transcript of Student Clubs and Organizations Perceptions Study

Research Question:
What are the perceptions SDSU students have of Associated Students through SDSU’s student clubs and organizations?
Key Informant Interview #1
Freddy Sanchez
Assistant Director - Union Programs & Communication, Student Life & Leadership
Research Methods Overview

Observations
United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC)

Formative Theoretical Model
Domains:

Communication
Community
Aztec Student Union
Funding
Research Findings
Student Clubs and Organizations Perceptions Study
Julio Belmonte
Monica Gonzalez
Jennifer Gutierrez
Corrine Hensley
Daisy Panduro
Autumn Sannwald
Bobbie Jo Yarbrough

Formative Theoretical Model:


Method 1: Interviews
Method 2. Observations
Method 3. Focus Group
Method 4. Survey
1. Academic/Major related
2. Cultural
3. Honor Society
4. Leadership
5. Political
6. Recreational
7. Religious Based
8. Service and Support
9. Social Fraternity
10. Social Sorority
11. Greek Auxiliary Group

11 SDSU Club and Organization Categories:
Interested in understanding:
Use of Student Union for SDSU Clubs and Organization
How SDSU Clubs and Organizations understand and use funding
Wants to help in the success of SDSU Clubs and Organizations
Choosing from 300 Clubs/Organizations

Original strategy: Random sampling
V-DAY and Avid Alumni Association
unresponsive
New Strategy: Convenience Sampling
United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC)
Cultural Greek Organization
Association of Anthropology Students (AAS)
Academic/Major Related Club
Native American Student Alliance (NASA)
Cultural Organization
Social Work
Key Informant Interview #2
Mireya Meza
United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC) President
Main points:
Philanthropy
Possible funding opportunities
Use own fundraising efforts, not A.S. funding
Advisor- self sufficiency from A.S.
A.S. Communication issues
Meeting space in Aztec Student Union
Aztec Student Union= “home away from home”
Montezuma hall expense barrier



Aliassa Shane
Vice President Native American Student Alliance (NASA)
Main Points:
holistic approach- anyone welcome
A.S. here to help
utilize funding
Fundraisers
Aztec Student Union = "house"
Good food
Lack of meeting space within ASU
Association of Anthropology Students (AAS)

Focus Group:
3rd Interview- Cultural Organization:

Familiar with Interviewee and NASA
Clarified trends and variables in previous Interviews and Observations
Communication and Funding
1491s Event - problems in organization
Factors and Variables
USFC Council Meetings: Minutes

Trunk or Treat Event
Trick or Treat bag /Church literature

Community

Communication
Aztec Student Union
Funding

Method 4: Survey

For Triangulation
Used Factors and Variables to Create Survey
Community:
FACTOR: Benefits of Student Club/Organization Membership
VARIABLE ex: group identity, surrogate family, cultural diversity
FACTOR: Clubs/Organization relate/connect to SDSU Community
VARIABLE ex: promote diversity, student education and awareness, community outreach
Communication
FACTOR: Associated Students' involvement in student clubs and organizations
VARIABLE ex:

USFC: AS only present while campaigning

AAS: overarching organization, promote student success, promote diversity

NASA: funding, aid, communication

Aztec Student Union
FACTOR: Benefits of Aztec Student Union to SDSU Student and Clubs and Organizations
VARIABLE ex:

USFC: “Home Away From Home,” Meeting Point, Student Leisure, Social Interaction

AAS: “house,” spacious, food venues

NASA: event space



Funding
FACTOR: Purpose of A.S.
VARIABLE ex:
USFC: Governing board, provide assistance, funding

AAS: Overarching organization, aid student success, help excel in extracurricular/academic, teaches diversity

NASA: funding, event procedures, provide meeting space, guidance
FACTOR: Opinion of A.S.
VARIABLE ex:
USFC: serves greater purpose, not much communication

AAS: offer funding opportunities,
provide useful resources

NASA: helpful, strict requirements, event preparation aid

USFC: Streamline Student Venues, Accessibility, Mentorship

AAS: Inaccessible

NASA: helpful, streamline event processes, direct access
Analysis:

Larger organizations (USFC, NASA) may get better assistance from A.S., increased funding, more priority and greater advisor help than smaller clubs like AAS


Associated Students needs to initiate more communication with SDSU clubs/organizations and develop relationships






Recommendations/Conclusions
Limitations
Future Areas of Research
Club/Organization Advisor Help Varies
A.S. Brings Value to SDSU Students and Student Clubs/Organizations
USFC: Student-Community Development Through Campus Events, Advocacy, Leadership

AAS: promotes student success, help excel in extracurricular endeavor, excel in academic endeavors

NASA: funding, helps “jump through hoops,” event execution

For Community Domain:
Research Findings
For Communication Domain:
Barriers to Communication Exist with A.S.
USFC: A.S. implementation of outreach program recommended by USFC president

AAS: advisor unavailable, seek open communication with advisor

NASA: political structure/requirements hard to meet

Research Findings

For Aztec Student Union Domain
Aztec Student Union could better meet functional needs of SDSU clubs/organizations
USFC: venue accessibility issues, smaller council=smaller budget, Montezuma Hall expense, lecture-style meeting space

AAS: no Union room, do not have space priority, late registration issues, randomized room assignment, want more access, want to feel like actual club

NASA: room unavailability, registration process too rigorous, no response from spring submission
Research Findings
For Funding Domain:
A.S. Funding to Student Clubs/Organizations may be Underutilized
USFC: reject A.S. funding, dues and fundraising sponsor events, AS funding possibly sought in future

AAS: utilize A.S. funding, CAL budget, one free ASU rental, own fundraising efforts

NASA: utilize A.S. funding, own fundraising efforts
Unresponsive clubs/organizations

Own group member scheduling conflicts

Time

Large number of clubs/organizations

Room availability issues

Why funding not being utilized

Communication barriers

Recommendations/Conclusions
Assess rigorous room application and deadlines
AAS: Wants A.S. to assess Leadership/Diversity Workshop Training, and greater consideration of smaller clubs/organizations

NASA: Wants A.S. to assess rigorous room application process and deadlines
USFC: Wants A.S. to assess communication barriers and to implement USFC-like "buddy system"
Club/Organization Feedback
Analysis:
Survey Feedback
Research Group Introduction
SDSU Social Action Committee (SAC
)
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