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3 Ways to Encourage an Assessment Cycle-Strategic Plan Love Match

In my role as an assessment expert and consultant in higher education, I have definitely experienced both professional highlights and nadirs. 

These peaks, or the part of my work that I’ve found I enjoy the most, tend to occur when my colleagues and I are having a discussion first rooted in thei…

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Defending the “Why” in Evaluation

“Begin with the end in mind” is a phrase all of us assessment professionals have heard often.  However, this phrase carries a lot of truth as a necessary and critical aspect of assessment is evaluation.  My background is in public health, and in the field of public health we utilize a specific frame…

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Vacation Guide to Assessment Definitions

The word vacation brings a sense of joy and invokes a positive reaction from most people.  As the chorus the Madonna song, Holiday goes, “if we took a holiday… took some time to celebrate… just one day out of life; it would be… it would be so nice.”  Vacation is broadly defined as a period where wor…

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KEEP PUSHING: Towards a More Inclusive Definition of Student Success

Higher Education is notorious for getting wrapped up in ideal images and relying solely on U.S. rankings to tell their story of impact and student success. Benchmarks, accreditation and how one institution compares to a sample of its peers has dominated our profession with our leadership and adminis…

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Taking a Step Back to Move Forward

For many of us, the summer is a time to look back at the previous year so that we can have perspective moving forward into a new academic year. In this blog entry, we will take a look back at the SAAL blogs posted so far this year (great chance to go back and read some you might have missed!) as wel…

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5 Steps Towards a Dream Vacation and Great Assessment

Finally…sweet summertime!  Summer is a great season to plan ahead, re-calibrate, and, for many of us, go on a much needed vacation.  

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Photo by Mohamed Ajufaan on Unsplash

What makes a vacation great?  Is it where you go, when you go, or in planning the details?   Although this can be…

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Singing in Harmony: Assessment as a Connective Tool

Choral music has been a part of my life since I was a child.  I have nostalgic, fun-speckled memories of being part of the children’s church choir, with an emphasis on volume versus quality, and can recall my excitement at being part of a comedic Gilbert and Sullivan musical as a university undergra…

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The Educational Art of Assessment

Art museums. Quiet venues designed for the imagination.  Places of inquiry that give you a glimpse into an artist’s creative mind.

Have you ever been to an exhibit and been captivated by the lines, shapes, forms, spacing, textures, colors, or value of the artwork?  When combined with a specifi…

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How to Navigate Unexpected Assessment Results

The big moment is here!  After all your planning and hard work collecting data throughout the year, the results are in and ready to be analyzed. As you begin to dive into the results, your smile turns to a frown and you begin to feel disappointed. 

These results are not what you expected or ant…

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‘El Agua es la Vida’: Going with the Flow as an Assessment Pro


Photo credit: Renee Delgado-Riley

‘El agua es la vida,’ means ‘water is the life.’ Thus, water is a critical element for sustaining life. It is our most precious resource and we cannot control it and must leave it to Mother Nature. For generations, my ancestors lived off the land in New Mexico …

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