Month: January 2019


Passive Program of the Month
Goals are Explosive Fun

School: Washington University in St. Louis Region: MACURH
Person in charge: Tyler Priest Nominator: Tyler Priest

Target Population: 14 Time Needed to Organize: 1 hour
Number of People in Attendance: 13 Date(s) of Program: January 2019
Number of People Needed to Organize: 1 Cost of Program: $0.00
On-Campus Population: 5100 Chapter Size: 29

Origin of Program:

This year has seen a new tradition occur in the RHA Office. Every month, the RHA advisor creates a new bulletin board centered around an issue the RHA students may be facing or an important development activity. Previous bulletin boards have been "Know Each Other by Name and Story", "Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help", and "Self-Care Bingo". These have been wildly successful passive programs with near universal attendance and participation from the RHA Executive Officers.

With the dawn of the new semester and the new year, many students take it upon themselves to set goals for the new year, and all too often these goals are not met. These unmet goals can come from lack of peer support and accountability to the goals themselves not being measurable. To combat this issue and help with goal setting overall, the RHA advisor created the "Goals Can Be Explosive Fun" bulletin board, which incorporated the RHA Executive Team's measurable smart goals with success markers from a winter training session and accountability cards.

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Please give a short description of the program:

This passive program developed in two parts:

Part 1: Winter Training Session on Goal Setting

During the RHA Winter Training, the RHA Advisor led a session on setting SMARTA goals with the acronym standing for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound, and Advisor-Aided. The addition of the "A" in SMARTA was a fun way to incorporate more advisor accountability and support for the students' goals.

The students were given a brief presentation on how to set SMARTA goals and then given two worksheets to help them set a goal for the month of January. The first worksheet was front and back and provided two ways of mapping out a SMARTA goal, depending on learning style and preference. The second sheet that was passed out was an advisor-made sheet with a thermometer and several blanks spaced out evenly along the thermometer. These blanks were provided for students to list out the different success points along the path to their goal, and to allow them a measure to color in their thermometer as the month progressed. The sheets also had a space for the students to list out their goals. The students were all told these sheets would be collected and hung up in the RHA Office.

Part 2: Bulletin Board in the RHA Office

All the goals from the training session were collected and prepared to be hung on a bulletin board in the office. Before hanging all the goals on the board, the RHA advisor took string and connected each goal to another goal to signify that all the students' goals were interconnected and their successes as individuals were connected to each other.

In keeping with the themometer theme from the goal setting sheets, the bulletin board "exploded" off the normal square space it typically occupied with bright yellow and orange flames signifying the heat and explosive power of goal setting. Even the boarder of the bulletin board was split and blown away.

As students completed the key metrics they assigned they were asked to fill in their thermometer to indicate to their peers their success, and allow for some accountability. Additionally to help with accountability, "Because I said I would" cards were stapled to the board for students to use.

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Goals of the program:

The goals of the program were three-fold:

1. Educate the RHA Executive Board on goal setting and how to set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound, and Advisor- Aided goals. -- This was important to the RHA advisor because all too often we forget about goals mid-year, and do not remind students of the importance of setting a SMARTA goal. This is crucial not only to ensuring the goal is met, but also creating a sustainable model to encourage more goal setting by students.

2. Encourage peer accountability and shared success -- Our RHA E- Board struggled some with peer accountabilty in the fall, and the Advisor wanted to create a small way to increase that peer-to-peer accountability by beginning with low-stakes and making it about goals. This will in turn remove some of the stigma around having accountability conversations.

3. Continue the monthly advisor bulletin board tradition - The final goal was to continue a new advisor tradition of updating the once empty, bland bulletin board described as an 'eye-sore' every month. The RHA students should know that each month information specifically related and selected for their consumption will be posted on that board.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

- Accountability among the Executive Team has increased slightly in recent weeks. This could be due to the bulletin board, increased conversations in one on ones or some combination of the two.

- At least two students have used the goal setting worksheets given to them during the winter training session in separate conversations in one on ones.

- Every student that completed a goal setting worksheet at least filled in some of their thermometer to indicate progress had been made on their goal. Not every student marked that they had completed their goal, but this may indicate they forgot about filling it in, as all of the students completed their goals (this information is based off of one on one information).

- The students were all informed about SMARTA goal setting and the importance it can play in setting and achieving goals both now and in the future.

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Short evaluation of the program:

One measure of evaluating this program could be by looking at participation in the passive element of the bulletin board, and by that measure 13/14 of the students engaged with the bulletin board in the month of January. Additionally, 13 of the 14 students filled out the goal setting worksheet prior to them being placed on the bulletin board, so the transfer rate of success from worksheet to bulletin board was 100%.

While only one student fully filled in their thermometer goal sheet on the bulletin board (indicating they completed their goal) all of the students who set a goal completed it during the month. The advisors discussed the goals in the students' respective one on ones.

The success of the program could also be seen through increase in peer to peer accountability among the Executive Board members, specifically from the top-down. The students also were heard engaging around each others goals and asked about them while in the office, indicating conversations were held.

Overall, the program was a success at accomplishing the goals listed above.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This advisor bulletin board could be easily adapted to other campuses in a variety of ways. For RHAs with their own office space with a bulletin board, advisors can just ask to use it on a monthly basis and update accordingly. Typically SMART goal worksheets and other goal setting worksheets can be found online, and the RHA Advisor that created the SMARTA goal worksheet can be emailed to request a copy of the worksheet created for this campus. Additionally the thermometer goal templates could also be requested from the WashU RHA Advisor (email listed above).

For offices without a bulletin board, butcher paper can be hung to make a make- shift bulletin board, and then updated monthly. For those RHAs without an office space or RHAs/Campuses that wish to be more sustainable, there are a variety of virtual options including a site called "Asana" which could be used set goals, assign tasks, and track progress in a way that would still allow for the showing of progress and peer accountability.

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Date of entry into database: 2019-02-04 21:37:46

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