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Open Course 2022 - Initial Post-Course Reflection

As we find ourselves in the month of May, it’s officially been one month since the 2022 SAAL open course ended. At the conclusion of the course, instructors typically gather to reflect on how the course went this year, spend the early summer reviewing course data, and then strategizing for course ch…

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2022-What’s happening with SAAL?

 

Four months into 2022, if you asked me to pick SAAL’s one word for the year, it would undoubtedly be “evolution”. Student Affairs Assessment Leaders is 14  years old this year. Right now, we cautiously approach the end of this pandemic, continue to be in the midst of a racial justice pandemic,…

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2021 Open Course Results & Improvements for 2022

With our fifth year of the open course in the books, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the outcomes and results of the course. While these are summary data, you can see the full reports/analyses on our open course data page. I’ll also speak to some of the exciting changes we have pl…

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As seen on TV: Tips for creating assessment mini-series reports

 

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Due to social distancing practices and travel restrictions, I found myself at home with a wealth of free time over the past year. Some of this time was occupied by exploring vario…

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Growing in Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Competency

 

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Having spent six years working in the field of student affairs, I still find myself feeling like a “new” professional at times. There is so much to learn, and at times, I feel like I am not sure what…

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Planning to Plan

 

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For many in higher education, summer is often a time of reflection, a time to look back on the previous academic year and identify successes and areas for growth. The assessment of the previous year …

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Collaborating on a Survey Redesign

 

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So. Many. Surveys. Innovations in technology, the move to so much of our lives online, and the desire for information has led to the proliferation of surveys – not only in higher education, but in general. While I could criticize the increased…

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Self-Assessment in Blended Instruction

 

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In the Fall of 2019, during the Covid-19 pandemic, I began teaching an online course for first-year, first-generation students. Along with most universities across the country…

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Making your Annual Report a Page-Turner

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As we approach the end of another academic year, many of us will be needing to submit or create some form of annual report - a document detailing the various ways in which we meaningfully supported the mission, vision, and goals of our departments, divisions…

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Looking to the Past, Present, and Future: Supporting our First-Time Professionals during COVID-19

 

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To me, student affairs assessment has always been about asking questions. “What is the purpose of our work? How do we know we’re making a difference for our students? How are we im…

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