Research Pillar Scholarship
Research allows us to grow as a field. Chi Sigma Alpha recognizes both the importance of research as a tool to develop new knowledge and our members who work diligently towards this achievement. We also recognize that there are many costs related to the task of doing research, which may result in underfunding and staffing of studies and, ultimately, the inability to complete said research. The Research Pillar Scholarship was designed to assist Chi Sigma Alpha members (current, alumni, faculty, and staff) currently conducting or with the desire to conduct research related to Higher Education and Student Affairs or related fields.
The recipient of this scholarship will be able to use the funds awarded towards granting the research, travel associated with the research, and/or a stipend for a research assistant or intern. Additionally, the recipient of this scholarship may also use the funds awarded towards research materials, such as academic literature, printing expenses, and computer software.
University of South Carolina
Rebecca Goldstein currently serves as the Director of Assessment and Research at Florida Atlantic University. In this role she works with 25 departments to coordinate assessment efforts, while working with leadership to develop the overall strategic plan for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. She devises, coordinates the creation of, and maintains dashboard(s) for each department in the division while training staff in their usage. She also coordinates assessment training for the division at all levels, including survey building, goal setting, and strategic planning. She also works with Academic Affairs to improve retention and graduation efforts collaboratively, helping students succeed in and out of the classroom.
She is a graduate of Indiana University (B.S. Environmental Science), the University of South Carolina (M.Ed. Higher Education and Student Affairs), and is currently a doctoral candidate in Higher Educational Leadership and Research Methodology program at FAU. Her research focuses on how directors within student affairs effectively use the results of their assessment efforts to improve offerings and services for students. She is passionate about assessment both as a subject for research and as a part of the praxis of student affairs.