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

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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]


allison kanny headshotDr. Allison Kanny | she, her, hers

Dr. Allison Kanny is the Director of Enrollment Research and Special Projects at Loyola Marymount University. In this role, Allison manages data collection, analysis, and reporting on a wide variety of enrollment management issues related to undergraduate admission, financial aid, student registration and retention, and career & professional development. She is responsible for conceptualizing and executing analyses that contribute to the recruitment and enrollment of new students; retention of current students; and the assessment of alumni post-graduation outcomes. Allison has served on the ACPA Assessment and Evaluation Commission directorate board for the past three years and has been involved as a planning team and faculty member at the Assessment Institute throughout her tenure. Dr. Kanny holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Prior to this, she earned a M.A. in Urban Education with a clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University and completed her undergraduate studies at Occidental College in Diplomacy and World Affairs.


amanda thomas headshotAmanda Thomas | she, her, hers

Amanda is the Executive Director of Assessment and Planning at West Chester University and curriculum co-chair for the 2018 Assessment Institute. She coordinates assessment and strategic planning activities for the Division of Student Affairs, chairs the Student Affairs Assessment Council, and serves on the university’s assessment and strategic planning groups. Her experience includes grant evaluation, research support, academic assessment, institutional research and student affairs assessment. She is a member of the ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and is involved in the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders organization. Amanda holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel and a B.B.A in Management from Kent State University. She is certified in Continuing Research Education. Her research interests are broad, however, some constant themes include career development, diversity and inclusion, first generation students, leadership and management, mental health, mentoring and student success.


Ann LundquistAnn Lundquist | she, her, hers | @AnneElundquist

With vast experience in both the classroom and the administrative conference room, Anne Lundquist believes that institutions of higher education can, and should, continue to adapt in order to compete in the 21st-century marketplace. In her role as Assistant Vice President, Campus Adoption for Campus Labs, she draws on her nearly 30-year career as an educator to help campuses understand the value of technology and data-informed decisions. Before joining Campus Labs, Anne served as Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs at Western Michigan University, where she championed a holistic framework for student success. In addition to her varied administrative leadership roles at WMU and four liberal arts colleges, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in diverse subject matter, including educational leadership, institutional effectiveness, oral communication, writing, and literature. An expert in enterprise risk management, Anne gives conference presentations, leads webinars, and has authored or peer-reviewed numerous articles and book chapters on strategic planning. She holds both a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Higher Education, from Western Michigan University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Albion College.


Danielle Acheampong | she, her, hers | @DAcheamp

Danielle has served as an Assessment and Research Analyst for UCLA’s Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO) since 2014, working with the Registrar’s Office and other Student Affairs departments to support and guide assessment efforts. She also facilitates professional development training through SAIRO events and courses. Information can be a powerful tool for decision making and through her work Danielle seeks to empower staff to capture and use data in their work. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in History, and the University of Washington with an M.A. in Museology. During graduate school, she also completed a certificate program focusing on measuring visitor experience outcomes through assessment. As an audience researcher prior to working in universities, she conducted several studies for museum clients including the Woodland Park Zoo, The Burke Museum and Pacific Science Center. She enjoys bringing in unusual perspectives and methods to Higher Education Assessment.

Kristen McKinney | she, her, hers | @drmckinney

Dr. Kristen McKinney has served as the Director for UCLA’s Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO) since 2011. In this capacity she oversees coordination of campus-wide student survey administration and analysis, as well as assessment support, capacity building, and coordination for Student Affairs,  Kristen holds both a master’s and a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Prior to working in SAIRO, Kristen served UCLA in a variety of institutional research and assessment roles, including work in both academic and student affairs arenas.  Kristen professional service includes a term as the Chair of ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation as well as a representative to ACPA’s Assessment Task Force. This is Kristen’s seventh time serving as an Institute faculty member. She has also made numerous conference presentations in student affairs, higher education, and institutional research arenas (e.g., AIR, ACPA, NASPA, ASHE, etc.) and taught a variety of courses on education topics, particularly student development and campus climate.


Lucas Shalewski | he, him, his | @LucasSchalewski

Lucas Schalewski is the Assessment & Research Specialist in the University of Arizona’s Division of Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Academic Initiatives, and Student Success. In this role, Lucas provides consultation and professional development on assessment to over 45 units in the division to support a robust culture of evidence. Lucas is also a Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education.  He is on his fourth year serving ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation directorate board.


Matthew Venaas | he, him, his | @mattvenaas

Matthew Venaas is a Research Manager on the Analytics & Research Team at Skyfactor. In this capacity, he is responsible for building and delivering educational webinars, research notes, and reports related to analysis and findings from over 50 national benchmarking assessments and the Mapworks student success and retention system. Matt is also responsible for developing, piloting, and maintaining new survey instruments. Matt is currently a directorate board member of ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation. He recently co-authored a chapter in Making a Difference: Improving Residence Life Assessment Practices on key decision points and concerns for selecting assessment methods. He regularly presents at annual conferences for ACPA, NASPA, and ACUHO-I on topics including but not limited to data visualization, survey design, student involvement and engagement, and best practices in assessment. He as a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.


Megan Forecki | she, her, hers

Megan Forecki is the Assistant Director for Services within Student Governance and Programs at the University of Arizona. In her role, she oversees various programs and services within the student activities such as clubs and organizations, SafeRide, University of Arizona Emergency Medical Services, Campus Pantry, Students for Sustainability, and graduate student programming. She also coordinates assessment and annual reporting efforts for the Student Governance and Programs Office. Megan graduated from Illinois State University with a M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration, and is in her third year of service with the ACPA Commission on Assessment and Evaluation.


Robert W. Aaron | he, him, his | @Rob_Aaron

Dr. Robert W. Aaron is Executive Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Planning at Northwestern University. In this position he leads assessment, research, and planning support for over 25 administrative units that comprise the Division of Student Affairs. He came to Northwestern in 2016.

Rob has worked in a variety of capacities in higher education for more than twenty years: Prior to Northwestern, he served in assessment and research-related positions at The Ohio State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). In addition he worked in the division of student affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. An avid, yet frustrated, classical pianist, Rob earned his bachelor’s degree in music from University of Rochester, his master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University Bloomington. Rob’s research interests include identity development in college students, and assessment and evaluation in higher education.