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


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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.

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.