Student Affairs Assessment Series

Designed for Student Affairs professionals who would like to improve their assessment knowledge and skills, this series offers an easy-to-follow format with six presentations. Participants may attend all sessions or select individual sessions by topic and date available. Sessions will run less than one hour and include reflection and application with the Party at the Union Case Study example.

The next presentation series will be held in Fall 2017.

Presentations

Module 1: Assessment Basics
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of assessment by:

  1. Explaining the value of assessment to the individual, to the program, to the department, to the institution.
  2. Communicating the language of assessment.
  3. Describing how the cycle of assessment supports the Division of Student Affairs' mission, vision and strategic plan.

Module 2: Elements of Assessment
Upon completion of this module, participants will demonstrate basic competency in developing assessment outcomes by:

  1. Accessing professional standards, institutional missions, and departmental goals that provide the foundations for assessment outcomes;
  2. Learning the categories and foci of assessment outcomes;
  3. Sharing examples of assessment outcomes; and
  4. Practicing the development of assessment outcomes.

Module 3: Data Collection
Upon completion of this module, participants will demonstrate basic competency in collecting data for assessment by:

  1. Recognizing differences between quantitative and qualitative methods.
  2. Understanding types of open-ended questions.
  3. Knowing differences between structure and unstructured questions.
  4. Comprehending differences between direct and indirect measures.
  5. Applying knowledge of questions, methods and measures through cast study.

Module 4: Quantitative Data
Upon completion of this module, participants will demonstrate a basic understanding of quantitative methods by:

  1. Understanding the benefits and challenges of collecting and utilizing quantitative data.
  2. Determining the necessary procedures for successful quantitative data collection.
  3. Identifying the significance of information, relative to stakeholders.

Module 5: Qualitative Methods
Upon completion of this module, participants will demonstrate a basic understanding of qualitative methods by:

  1. Gaining a better understanding of qualitative methods in general and in relation to Student Affairs assessment.
  2. Identifying the potential ways qualitative methods can be useful to your department.
  3. Simulating and implementing an effective qualitative method strategy for use in program evaluation.

Module 6: Communicating Results
Upon completion of this module, participants will demonstrate a basic understanding of how to share assessment results by:

  1. Understanding the importance of creating targeted messages for specific audiences in order to reach the assessment project's goals.
  2. Understanding the importance of choosing the correct format for disseminating messages.
  3. Understanding the importance of creating "call-to-action" messages.

Case Study

Party at the Union
This case study will serve as an example in small group discussion to begin brainstorming how to assess programs, events and services for students.