Student Affairs Assessment Institute
Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 - 08:00 to Friday, 22 June, 2018 - 14:00

Thank you for a great 2018 Student Affairs Assessment Institute! Information on the 2019 Institute will be available soon!

20–22 June 2018
Chicago, Illinois

ACPA 2018 Assessment Institute in Chicago, Illinois

ACPA's Student Affairs Assessment Institute, sponsored by the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation, provides a guided, curricular experience where participants can develop essential assessment knowledge and skills for their professional toolkit. The Student Affairs Assessment Institute provides a balance of instruction and hands-on experience designed to ensure attendees leave with the assessment skills and knowledge necessary to develop and execute quality assessment plans on their campuses.  Review and download the schedule-at-a-glance.

The Student Affairs Assessment Institute is proud to offer two developmental tracks focused on meeting attendees' needs:


Program-level Assessment: Primarily designed to meet the needs of professionals who are charged with overseeing the development, implementation, and assessment of programs, services, and initiatives. Participants will walk away with a start-to-finish assessment plan designed to measure and use the results of student learning and programmatic outcomes.

Assessment Coordination: Professionals who have responsibilities that include managing a variety of large-scale assessment projects and leading assessment at a department or divisional level will be best suited within the Assessment Coordination track. Participants will walk away with new knowledge and skills for developing a comprehensive department or divisional assessment plan that will be implemented at their institution.

Keynote: Dr. Jillian Kinzie

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Twitter: @jillian_kinzie

Dr. Jillian Kinzie is Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, Indiana University School of Education. She conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality, and serves as senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). She is co-author of Assessment in Student Affairs (2016), Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015), Student Success in College (2005/2010), and One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (2008/2014). She is co-editor of New Directions in Higher Education and serves on the boards of the Washington Internship Institute, and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Kinzie earned her PhD from Indiana University in higher education with a minor in women’s studies. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of Indiana University and coordinated the master’s program in higher education and student affairs. She also worked in academic and student affairs at Miami University and Case Western Reserve University.


Pre-Institute Sessions

  • Assessment 101: Introduction to assessment in student affairs that will prepare you to actively engage in the institute.
  • Program Review: Understand key concepts and the process required to successfully conduct a program review.
  • Propensity Score Matching: A primer in using propensity score matching, a statistical matching technique, to better assess the effectiveness of program outcomes.

Whether you are brand new to assessment, taking on new responsibilities in your individual unit, or charged with developing a division-wide plan for assessment, the ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute is the answer for your professional development needs! The Institute is focused on providing developmental assessment knowledge and may not be the best professional development opportunity for more advanced practitioners. If you are unsure whether or not the Institute may be right for you or have general questions, please contact Tricia Fechter Gates.


Download the schedule [PDF]


Two scholarships covering full registration costs will be awarded for those who may have financial constraints which may prevent participation.  All registrants to the Assessment Institute are eligible and you do not need to register prior to submitting the application

Note: Travel to the institute, hotel, and meals is not included in the registration costs and will not be covered by the scholarship.  Recipients will be required to provide a reflection about their experience in the Assessment Institute which will be shared with ACPA membership.