Learn about SAAL! The Student Affairs Assessment Leaders

Commission for Assessment and Evaluation
By: Daniel Newhart Wait – there are other people that do this work in Student Affairs Assessment? Who I can ask questions of? For free? Indeed! That place and those people are those who make up SAAL – the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders . This organization was founded in 2008 by eleven people – Erin Bentrim, Katie Busby, Becki Elkins, Ted Elling, Gavin Henning, Eulena Jonsson, Sandi Osters,...

Find Time & Design Assessment

Commission for Assessment and Evaluation
By: Megan Forecki Have you ever found yourself thinking “I just don’t have time for assessment !”? As a young professional, I understood the importance that assessment and evaluation has in higher education, but the thought of actually starting an assessment project felt monumental. Questions that seemed particularly daunting included (but were not limited to) Where do I start? What do I assess?...

Reflection from the 2016 Assessment Institute: Building an Office-Wide Culture of Assessment

Commission for Assessment and Evaluation
By: Lia Kelinsky "I think you say assessment like 10 times per day" remarked one of my colleagues. "Only 10?" I thought. "More like 1,000" I responded. I make no apologies for my quick and persistent efforts to bring up assessment in my office. You have the ACPA Student Affairs Summer Assessment Institute to thank for that. Following the institute, I came away with a long-term goal: to foster a...

Mountains of data! What to do? Close the loop.

Commission for Assessment and Evaluation
By: Bethany Miller Throughout the assessment world, we hear the phrase “closing the loop” over and over again. As we think about our campuses, we must consider the fact that assessment is taking place more than ever before (for various reasons), but how much of the information is getting out to stakeholders and how often? Most folks agree that closing the loop is an important step in the...

Planning Good Assessment

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By: Lesley D'Souza Assessment has to start at the beginning and starting at the beginning means having a plan. If we carry it out as an afterthought – tacked on the end of a program, we will fail to collect information that makes it possible to make meaningful, data-informed change. Before We Start Planning… Start with a read through any strategic institutional or departmental documents you have...