Pack Assessment Ambassadors

Overview

The Pack Assessment Ambassadors (PAA) are undergraduate students who apply and are selected to work with the Office of Assessment on projects that help the Division of Academic and Student Affairs best support success of the whole student. Ambassadors are trained to conduct focus groups on student attitudes and experiences, learn and participate in data analysis, and develop the assessment and leadership skills that are valued in a wide variety of career paths.

Spring 2019 Ambassadors

2019 Ambassadors Justin, Jiin, Reed, Rayan, George, Anna, Jessica, and Anisha. Not pictured: Christian and Rachel.

The Pack Assessment Ambassadors’ work supports Retention Foundations Assessment, an initiative by the Office of Assessment to study the underlying variables that impact student retention at NC State. Each spring semester, Ambassadors examine a different theme that affects undergraduate retention. In spring 2019, Ambassadors focused on the topic of academic engagement, or the extent to which students are behaviorally, cognitively, and emotionally engaged in their academic lives. The Office of Assessment trains and collaborates with Ambassadors to carry out data collection and analysis that will help the Division of Academic and Student Affairs support academic success for all students. Read more about the spring 2019 Ambassadors’ work with the retention topic of academic engagement.

“PAA has been such an interesting experience, allowing me to discover a new type of research I had never been exposed to before now as well as providing me with an opportunity to help make the school that I love a better place… I encourage anyone who is looking for an opportunity to learn new skills in qualitative research and make changes to the NC State community to think about joining.”

-Anna, Junior, COS

“Collecting the qualitative testimonies of students of all disciplines, ages, backgrounds, etc. at NC State this past semester was one of the highlights of the academic year. I highly recommend the Pack Assessment Ambassadors to any student who wants to learn more about analyzing topics on our campus.”

– Sam, Junior, CHASS

“I have gained so much from my experience as a Pack Assessment Ambassador. My favorite part is that I got to see the ‘back story’ of a qualitative data analyst team. I learned how to gather, sort, and code data… I would recommend PAA to my peers because it is a great opportunity to learn and grow as a scholar, not only as a student. You will meet great staff and peers who you can learn so much from!”

– Kelly, Sophomore, CHASS

How to Apply

Applications for the Ambassador program are accepted during each fall semester and new ambassadors begin working together in the spring. Students are selected for participation based on their academics, leadership, and demonstrated interest in developing assessment or research skills. The ambassadorship is an unpaid, on-campus opportunity to gain training and hands-on experience in data collection and analysis. Applications for spring 2020 will open in the fall 2019 semester.

Please reach out to Alison Krowiak with any questions regarding PAA.