Month: January 2019
Passive Program of the Month
Goals are Explosive Fun
||Washington University in St. Louis
|Person in charge:
|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
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
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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
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
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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
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