The purpose of the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation promotes assessment skills and knowledge to facilitate and support student learning, development, and effective student affairs practice. The current topics in the field are: Many campuses are moving beyond basic assessment skills (e.g. writing outcomes, gathering data) and getting basic buy-in for assessment efforts and instead are being challenged by these key questions:

  • How do we build capacity for data analysis and interpretation?
  • In what format(s) is data best shared on our campus?
  • How do we connect assessment data to bigger-picture efforts such as strategic plans and learning outcomes frameworks?
  • What do SSAO’s need to learn about using assessment data and communicating assessment expectations to their divisions?
  • How do we balance assessment needs with the growing issue of survey fatigue and dropping response rates?
  • How do we use qualitative methods to gather information about deep learning experiences?
  • How do we connect assessment data with resource allocation?
  • How do we balance assessing student learning and program effectiveness?
  • How do we assist department/units/divisions with limited resources to be successful with assessment?
  • Is there a need for full-time assessment position(s) on my campus? Resources offered by the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation include:
  • ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute added a division-wide assessment planning track this past summer and is refining it for the June 2013 conference. This track focuses on many of these issues
  • Convention Institute has been proposed for the 2013 Convention in Vegas focusing on building capacity in data analysis/interpretation and sharing/reporting results
  • Residential Curriculum Institute features a beginning and advanced assessment track that addresses connecting assessment efforts in residence life to curricular efforts
  • Various resources as available at our Wiki and website
  • Commission is currently gathering some data on specifically what mid-level and new professionals need in these areas to plan on-line resources and webinars
  • CAE is convening a working group on how to support full-time or close to full-time student affairs assessment professionals. Currently this group as their own independent group (SAL) but they do not have a national organization home
  • ASK Standards and new best practices monograph