Weekend Student Programming at Small Private Institutions

Topics: Student Experience, Student Affairs, Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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Summary

This brief examines how institutions develop and implement successful weekend student programming. Specifically, it addresses structures for program planning, strategies for effective programs, and program assessment. Student led programming efforts gain immediate student buy-in, experience high turnout rates, and remain consistent with student event demands. Planning entities heavily invest both time and money into traditional programming areas with histories of high event attendance and student satisfaction. Programming efforts with defined desired outcomes benefit from intentional planning.

  • Key observations from our research:


    1. Student-led programming efforts gain immediate student buy-in, experience high turnout rates, and remain consistent with student event demands.

    2. Planning entities heavily invest into tradtional programming areas with histories of high event attendance and student satisfaction.

    3. Programming efforts with defined desired outcomes (e.g., alcohol abuse reduction, developmental learning) benefit from intentional planning.

    4. Administrators measure program success through attendance, cost metrics, and evaluations of learning outcomes for planning staff.

    5. Programming boards design inclusive events to serve diverse campus constituencies.

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