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Pack Assessment Ambassadors

The Pack Assessment Ambassadors (PAA) are undergraduate students who apply and are selected to work with DASA Assessment on projects that help the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) 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.

The Pack Assessment Ambassadors’ work has supported multiple initiatives within DASA, such as Retention Foundations Assessment. During spring semesters, Ambassadors examine topics that affect student success (e.g., on-campus employment, academic engagement, sense of belonging, first-generation student success). DASA Assessment trains and collaborates with Ambassadors to carry out data collection and analysis that will help the Division of Academic and Student Affairs support students.

Spring 2024 Ambassadors

Photograph of Pack Assessment Ambassadors standing on the stairs in front of the 1911 Building. There are three students standing on two rows. Everyone is smiling.
From top left: Erick Contreras, Sydney Russell (graduate intern), Caroline Hilliard, Rena Lustig, Mariam Mohamed, Cameron Torrey (graduate intern).

Students were selected for participation based on their academics, leadership, and demonstrated interest in developing assessment or research skills. The ambassadorship is a paid opportunity to gain training and hands-on experience in data collection and analysis. 

In spring 2024, the Pack Assessment Ambassadors are working on a special project that helps the Division of Academic and Student Affairs better understand students’ experiences with campus employment at NC State.

Project Findings

PAA Poster, Spring 2024
PAA Poster, Spring 2022
PAA Poster, Spring 2021

Ambassador Experiences

“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

“My experience as a Pack Assessment Ambassador was amazing! It equipped me with valuable skills like facilitating focus groups and coding qualitative data. The collaborative spirit within our team made every moment fulfilling as we worked toward a shared goal!”
– Caroline, 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