Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) provides the opportunity for educators that coordinate assessment for divisions of student affairs to discuss issues to improve their work. Our members lead assessment in divisions of student affairs at a variety of institutions across the U.S. The organization seeks to create an atmosphere where leaders can share and advance conversations related to creating division assessment infrastructure, supporting assessment projects, and documenting student learning as it relates to the academic mission.
If you are responsible for leading assessment efforts within your division, we encourage you to join the conversation.
Become part of a dynamic group of assessment leaders who continuously use data to inform work in divisions of student affairs, committing to the overall success, retention rates, graduation rates, and engagement of all students. SAAL members share ideas and strategies, develop together as professionals, contribute to assessment scholarship, and meet others across the country who are engaging in similar work. See our Mission, Vision, and Values page for more information about SAAL. SAAL members engage in various ways, including: annual meetings and informal gatherings at conferences, structured learning opportunities, a members-only listserv, and through building assessment scholarship with the Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry.
“My current role (Director of Retention and Student Success) was the first position of its type at my institution, and I had relatively little resources and institutional benchmarking information available to me. A friend who works in student affairs assessment at a four-year institution suggested SAAL as a way to network with assessment leaders. I have found the listserv to be informative, and the webinars are relevant and timely.” – H. Williams
“I found out about SAAL at the ACPA Assessment Institute, which was my first exposure to assessment. Shortly after, I became the first to serve in the role of Student Affairs Assessment Coordinator. The resources and networking opportunities have been fundamental in establishing a culture of assessment/evidence at my institution. Furthermore, as an employee of a historically black college and university (HBCU) it was important for me to share these resources with colleagues within such institutions.” – K. Dixon
“One thing I appreciate most about SAAL is the horizontal structure of the membership. While there is a leadership team that helps guide the direction of the organization, the larger membership, from graduate students to vice presidents, really drives the professional development. The listserv is a warm and inviting environment where all members (and visitors!) genuinely want to help each other for the betterment of the profession.” – P. Biddix
“I joined SAAL to further my professional and academic network. I am currently in a doctoral program and a lot of my interest lie in the assessment and evaluation realm for higher education. SAAL has provided me a great opportunity to collaborate with other professionals in the field doing the same work and advancing the culture of assessment in higher education. “ – I. Ross