SRA Frequently Asked Questions
Why should we take the SRA? How is the SRA going to help our university?
What does the SRA measure?
Is the SRA a valid and reliable assessment tool?
Is this a test? Are there “right answers”?
Who should participate in the SRA?
How should we give the SRA?
How much time will this require?
Who will see our answers? What will CHR do with the information?
Will the SRA tell my university what to do?
When should we administer the SRA?
What will we get when we participate?
What do we get with the SRA report? What will the results look like?
What size university is ideal to take the SRA?
Is the SRA available in any other languages besides English?
We want our university to take the SRA: What’s our next step?
- The SRA is designed to help your university answer the question: How do we know that what we are doing is making a meaningful difference in the lives of our students?
- In terms of your students, the SRA will give you a “thumbprint” of your university, where they are spiritually, emotionally and relationally, if they are growing, and where they are growing.
- Identifies actual spiritual, emotional and relational needs within the university and not just the “felt” or “perceived” needs.
- Assesses strengths and growth areas of students and in turn, the effectiveness of initiatives focused on growing the “whole” student.
- The results can replace hunches, guesswork, and wishful thinking with objective information.
- Shows the students that the staff, faculty and administration of your university are concerned with their health and growth as people and as Christians and that you desire to “come along side them” where they actually are as you seek to help them grow in their strengths and minister to their needs.
The challenge for any assessment is how to measure what you are trying to measure. In our case, we are trying to measure what difference we are making in the lives of our students . To answer this question, we have based the SRA on the greatest commandment: Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love others as you love yourself (paraphrase of Mark 12:29 -31). Therefore, we break the SRA into three major sections based on the greatest commandment: Relationship with God, Relationship with Self and Relationship with Others. Thus, the SRA contains the following four main sections:
- Personal Demographics
- Academic Demographics
- Relationship with God
- Spiritual Formation: Beliefs and Practices
- Lifestyles and Behaviors
- Relationship with Self
- Sexual Attitudes and Practices
- Premarital Issues and beliefs
- Relationship with Others
- Relational Awareness
- Relational Management
- Family Relationship
- For the SRA to be of any value it must have reliability and validity. Reliability indicates whether the attribute measured by the test—whatever it is—is being assessed in a consistent, precise way. Whether the test is actually assessing what it was designed to measure is addressed by an analysis of the test’s validity. The SRA has good reliability (.800+ alpha) in that it provides dependable and consistent results.
- On the other hand, validity refers to a test’s accuracy—it measures what it is intended to measure. Evidence for validity comes from showing the association between a test and other variables over time. At this point, the SRA has good Face Validity (whether or not a test “looks like” it measures what it is intended to measure) and Content Validity (experts agree that test items are an adequate and representative sample of the target domain). We are currently testing the SRA for Construct Validity and Predictive Validity and should have results in the spring of 2007.
- There is no right or wrong answers. The SRA is not a test. Instead, it’s an enrichment experience. By merely taking the SRA, students are enriched as they reflect on and respond to the various questions. Reflection on these important issues may also lead to further dialogue with each other and members of the university as they think through their responses and what they mean for their lives.
- Second, you can use the information gained from this assessment to help you find ways to more effectively meet the needs of your students and to maximize their years at your university.
All undergraduate students at your university. This will consist of freshmen students in the fall semester and all undergraduate students in the spring semester.
- For all freshmen undergraduate students, it is ideal to administer the SRA to them either during an Orientation week or during the first two weeks of classes as this will give a much better picture of who they are as a class upon entering your university. By administering it to the entire freshmen class, this also gives you the ability to establish them as a cohort that can be followed throughout the course of their time at your university as you continue to administer it to all students each spring. Methods for this administration may include a specific time set aside during Orientation, the integration of the assessment into new student classes or some other way of obtaining the greatest amount of participation from the class.
- In the last few weeks of the spring semester, you will administer the SRA to the entire undergraduate student body. The methods for both the fall and spring administrations will look a little different at each university, and a couple of examples are emailing the link of the assessment to all undergraduate email addresses and integrating it into some of the core courses. Whatever method is chosen, the key is reaching the overarching goal of maximizing participation of the student body during the time period the SRA is administered. These are all issues that can be discussed and areas where the CHR can provide guidance for the maximum effectiveness of the SRA.
- The current version of the SRA is a 155-item assessment that can be taken online or by hard copy in approximately twenty-five minutes.
- The timeframe for administration will be determined by your specific plan for administering the SRA and the specific methods you choose.
Your answers are completely confidential; unless you choose to share your results with others, no one outside your university will see your students’ answers. The SRA is also confidential and anonymous for the students. The Identification Number is used so that students can request a printout of their results upon graduation and participation in the SRA over the course of their careers, and so that the CHR has the possibility to track specific assessments with the intentions of identifying trends and predicative characteristics. There is no intention of identifying a specific student based on a specific ID number. The CHR compiles all of the data obtained and then will provide summary reports of your student responses.
- The SRA is descriptive, not prescriptive.
- Your university decides action steps by matching the results with your student-focused educational, developmental and ministry initiatives.
- You also have access to a Center for Healthy Relationships consultant for guidance in applying results.
Administration of the SRA depends on your university’s schedule and the portion of your student body you wish to target for the assessment. For example:
- You might administer the SRA to the entire freshman class during the first few weeks of the fall semester.
- You might administer the SRA to the entire student body during the final few weeks of the spring semester
- If you choose to administer the SRA using the online assessment, you will receive a link to the assessment for your university a few weeks before the date you choose. If you choose the hard copy version, you will receive the requested number of assessments at least two weeks before the selected date of administration. The university is responsible for determining the date in enough time to receive all of the materials.
- The data from the assessment is compiled into a report with charts and detailed explanations. The completed report is presented to the members of your university leadership team that you choose to participate in a two-hour consultation.
The comprehensive 36 page report of your assessment results includes:
- Multi-color Graphs (e.g., pie charts & bar graphs)
- Easy to read Tables that describe graphs
- Demographic data
- Strengths and growth areas
- Spiritual health and spiritual activity data
- Emotional intelligence of your students
- Relational health of your students
- Family life satisfaction of students
The size of your university will not affect the effectiveness of the SRA. The SRA has been administered to universities of fewer than two hundred students up to several thousand students.
At this time, we can only offer the SRA in English.
Contact us if you’re interested in knowing more about the CHR Student Relationships Assessment.