Assessment in Action

University of Kansas: Project Description

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Primary Outcome Examined (select one or more)

(No) Student Learning: Assignment

(No) Student Learning: Course

(No) Student Learning: Major

(No) Student Learning: Degree

(No) Student Engagement

Student Success

Academic Intimacy/Rapport

(No) Enrollment


(No) Completion

(No) Graduation

(No) Articulation

(No) Graduates' Career Success

(No) Testing (e.g., GRE, MCAT, LSAT, CAAP, CLA, MAPP)

(No) Other (please describe)

Primary Library Factor Examined (select one or more)

(No) Instruction

(No) Instruction: Games

(No) Instruction: One Shot

(No) Instruction: Course Embedded

(No) Instruction: Self-Paced Tutorials

(No) Reference

(No) Educational Role (other than reference or instruction)

Space, Physical

(No) Discovery (library resources integrated in institutional web and other information portals)

(No) Discovery (library resource guides)

(No) Discovery (from preferred user starting points)

(No) Collections (quality, depth, diversity, format or currency)

(No) Personnel (number and quality)

(No) Other (please describe)

Student Population (select one or more)


(No) Graduate

(No) Incoming

(No) Graduating

(No) Pre-College/Developmental/Basic Skills

(No) Other (please describe)

Discipline (select one or more)

(No) Arts

(No) Humanities

(No) Social Sciences

(No) Natural Sciences (i.e., space, earth, life, chemistry or physics)

(No) Formal Sciences (i.e., computer science, logic, mathematics, statistics or systems science)

(No) Professions/Applied Sciences

(No) English Composition

General Education

(No) Information Literacy Credit Course

(No) Other (please describe)

AiA Team Members (select one or more)

(No) Assessment Office

(No) Institutional Research

(No) Teaching Faculty

(No) Writing Center

Information/Academic Technology

Student Affairs

(No) Campus Administrator

(No) Library Administrator

Other Librarian

(No) Other (please describe)

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Methods and Tools (select one or more)


(No) Interviews

(No) Focus Group(s)

(No) Observation

(No) Pre/Post Test

(No) Rubric

(No) Other (please describe)

Direct Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Student Portfolio

(No) Research Paper/Project

(No) Class Assignment (other than research paper/project)

(No) Other (please describe)

Indirect Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Test Scores

(No) GPA

(No) Degree Completion Rate

(No) Retention Rate

(No) Other (please describe)

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Inquiry Question (150 words open)

What was the project's primary inquiry question?

  1. Do students select space in the Learning Studio that best suits their needs?

Executive Summary (150 words open)

  • How does the project align with your institution’s priorities and needs?
  • Why did you choose the outcome and library factor as areas to examine?
  • Why was the team composition appropriate?

  1. The University of Kansas (KU) AiA team was interested in how library spaces are tied to student success. Our project established a baseline understanding of which students use our space and services and how they use those resources. In this instance, student success was defined by the institutional priority of student retention and graduation. We chose to explore library space to help determine whether students knew what services and spaces were available to them, which could help them be academically successful. This project was only the beginning of our assessment around library space and will be continued through focus groups and further surveys. The team composition was guided by the partnerships that already exist within the Learning Studio among the Libraries, Undergraduate Studies, and Information Technology. We shared the goal of improving the way we support students in the Learning Studio.

  • What are the significant contributions of your project?
  • What was learned about assessing the library’s impact on student learning and success?
  • What was learned about creating or contributing to a culture of assessment on campus?
  • What, if any, are the significant findings of your project?

  1. The KU AiA project contributes to the small, but growing, research on how library spaces impact student learning and success. We learned that it is necessary to join the larger conversation around assessment of student success on the university level. In order to delve deeper into how library spaces can be tied to student success, we will need to be able to align our assessment needs with institutional data. The most significant findings of our project were understanding which services were most utilized and which majors visited our library.

  • What will you change as a result of what you learned (– e.g., institutional activities, library functions or practices, personal/professional practice, other)?
  • How does this project contribute to current, past, or future assessment activities on your campus?

  1. As a result of this project, we will be more intentional with our annual snapshot survey of Anschutz Library and provide other ways in which students can provide feedback on our services and spaces. We will also begin to rethink our programming and outreach to students, especially now that we have a better understanding of which students are actually visiting our libraries. This project also sparked some new questions for us to explore: Why are so few students from the Humanities using our space? How do we improve the marketing of our different spaces and services to students?

    This is the first time an assessment project of this kind has been undertaken in our Libraries. We hope to build on this assessment by expanding our understanding of how and why students come to our Libraries and make a connection to their learning and success.

Please list any articles published, presentations given, URL of project website, and team leader contact details.

  1. Team Leader Contact:
    Sofia Leung,

The University of Kansas Libraries and its partners, the Office of First Year Experience and Information Technology, surveyed over 1200 students to better understand how they use the Learning Studio. The Learning Studio is an open, undergraduate-centered, collaborative workspace focused on student success and engagement. This poster highlights findings from the survey results and future areas for exploration.
ALA_Poster_18JUN16.pdf Exploring Undergraduate Student Use of Learning Studio Space at the University of Kansas