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Falling in Love with Academic Assessment

Academic and Student Affairs assessment professionals have many common interests and challenges, but don’t always know how to connect with one another. Imagine a “dating app” for promoting assessment collaboration.

 

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Get Students to Show Their Learning, Not Just Tell It!

Qualitative assessment often uses the same two designs: individual interviews and focus groups. Although we can spend a considerable amount of time trying to perfect the questions we ask, we spend less time thinking about the ways we can get people to share their experiences in different ways. What …

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Outcomes & Updates: SAAL’s Open Course in 2020

 

I’m excited to announce SAAL is gearing up for the fourth 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…

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Welcome to a New Year and New Members

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Welcome to a new year and to our new members on the SAAL Board. I am excited to introduce myself as the incoming chair and to announce our election winners. I am especially grateful to have Judd Harbin on as outgoing chair to continue to help guide our organization. …

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2019 Wrap-Up from SAAL Board Chair

Photo by Richard Felix on Unsplash

 

SAALutations, Members of Student Affairs Assessment Leaders!

As the second decade of the 21st Century comes to a close, SAAL is 11 years old. Thank you for volunteering to serve on committees or workgroups, to run for positions on the board, and to…

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5 Things That Make Me Grateful to be a Higher Ed Assessment Professional

I am not an American, but having lived here now for just over half of my life, there are some US holidays that, to some degree, my family and I have adopted into our lives.  One thing that I appreciate is holidays that go beyond partying and fun (as enjoyable as those can be), such as Thanksgiving. …

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Tis’ the Season to SWOT: Identifying the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats for Assessment


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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Tis the season to be jolly… right?  Depending on your vantage point and life experience, the Christmas season can be a time of immense dread or exhilarating jubilation.  Whether one observes this time…

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A Qualitative Revival: Contextualizing our Results

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” ~Carl Rogers


https://medium.com/@Jonathan.Parker93/the-road-less-traveled-a-short-story-cadf60b0a992

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5 Takeaways from the 2019 Assessment Institute

This year was the first time I’ve attended the IUPUI Assessment Institute in Indianapolis. While I’m not new to assessment, I’ve recently stepped into this assessment management role. So obviously, I was excited to attend this year’s conference to learn more about assessment through the lens of thos…

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Horrors of Assessment Made Manageable

Although the tradition of dressing in costumes and trick or treat are meant to be a fun activity for children and adults alike, the notion of celebrating things that are terrifying, menacing, or scary is the reason why I don’t particularly care for Halloween. Similarly, for those responsible for ass…

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