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Higher education is very good at reinventing the wheel. Why do something that another campus has done and demonstrated success with when you can…

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Assessing the State of Shared Governance

 

I love musicals!  As part of my bike riding regiment mentioned in Integrating STEEP Analysis into Planning, the Hamilton soundtrack became my go to playlist (by the way, I…

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2020 End of Year Letter to Membership

As 2020 is coming to a close, it is time for us to reflect on the past year. It has been a year of political unrest, fighting for racial justice, a national election, natural disasters, and a pandemic. And through it all, we have been working to do what we can to improve higher education and to supp…

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A Guide to Professional Development: The Assessment Skills Framework

Two recent blog posts (click here and here) have mentioned the various forms of professional development for assessment professionals. With many forms available, professional development is most valuable when aligned with a superficial goal or reason for learning more about assessment. Two assessme…

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Forward with the PDC: A Spotlight on Professional Development Offerings

Winter is right around the corner and if you are like me, I am getting a little anxious just thinking about all of the tasks I need to do before winter break.

Since the pandemic began, I have been juggling being an at-home employee and being my teen’s right-hand teacher and tutor as we navigate r…

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Outcomes & Updates: SAAL Open Course in 2020

I’m excited to announce SAAL is gearing up for the fifth offering of our free, open course: Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs! This post will provide some results from the last course run, share changes and updates about the upcoming course, and then confirm the schedule for the c…

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To Grad Students: A List of ways to Get Assessment Experience

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Hey graduate students:

It’s job search season soon- but to get a job, you need experience, and to get experience you usually need a job. Well, when it comes to assessment, you can have your cake and eat it, too! Did you know that knowledge of and expe…

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Doing the Right Thing When It’s Harder

Planning, organizing, and implementing assessment of Student Affairs programs, events and other experiences in a purely online environment due to the shift to remote learning in Spring 2020 may have at first seemed easy and accessible. Why? No longer does the assessor have to  distribute half sheets…

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Equity Minded History: An Ode to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

I remember watching TV shows around Black culture growing up and seeing the representation of historically Black colleges and universities in the form of apparel - at the time, I didn’t know these sweatshirts were showcasing HBCUs. In my senior year of high school, I applied to one HBCU, Virginia Un…

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Integrating S.T.E.E.P. Analysis into Planning

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Change Can Be S.T.E.E.P.

Like many who are adjusting to life during a pandemic, stress-induced bad habits (binge watching TV, eating too much junk food, working long hours from home, etc.) quickly manifested in my life.  As a diabetic with a heart cond…

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