The 2014 Student Affairs Assessment Institute was held June 24–27 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. More than 100 higher education professionals joined us to develop their skills related to assessment practice, systems, impact, and presentation.
The curriculum featured tracks for departments and divisions and closed with the Institute’s first ever HEd Talks where faculty presented short, fast-paced talks to create a culture of assessment.
Our keynote speaker was Katie Busby, Ph.D., the Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research at Tulane University. Busby spoke about navigating the politics of assessment in a complex environment and provided a wealth of experience as editor-elect of Research & Practice in Assessment, program chair for the Measurement and Assessment in Higher Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association, and a past member of the Directorate of our Commission on Assessment and Evaluation.
One attendee reflected,
"I attended the Institute with the hope that I would gain knowledge that will assist me as I move my department forward in assessment planning and implementation. The Institute provided exactly what I was looking for. I now feel confident that I can lead the staff in developing a plan that will be guided and have direction. We will also no longer ask questions that have no purpose or hoard data, and we now have new methods of collecting and reporting the information gained. Thank you so much for providing what I needed at a time that I needed it!"