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When Assessments Don’t Provide the Results You’re Looking For

With the barriers many in Student Affairs face to create buy-in for the much-needed assessments, it can seem like an Olympic winning when others begin to see the importance of assessments and participate. But what happens when you are past the data collection phase and your results are not what you …

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What Motivates You to Engage in Assessment and does it Matter?

 

 


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I was recently in a meeting when the subject of faculty and staff attitudes towards assessment came up in the conversation.  The discussion evolved into a debate about whether it is important that university employees value, or embrace, assessment or is it…

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Federated Assessment

In higher education, we have a number of forums where we are able to share our ideas and best practices and discuss the day-to-day challenges we encounter.  We set up working groups and committees with our colleagues, we have professional development organizations and listservs where we share resour…

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Adding to Your Assessment Toolkit: Using Time and Variance to Your Advantage

If you are engaged in assessing programs or services, you are likely interested in change – particularly in improvement. Improvement is a central tenet of assessment within the higher education context: We use assessment results to drive organizational or programmatic change – with the ultimate …

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Gifts to our field

Hello SAAL blog readers,
 
Our next edition of the Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry is available for your review. On top of their already busy schedules, these contributors decided to share their knowledge with us, in an effort to help the field grow in new and productive directions. As the Edi…

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Should You Implement a Self-Study Process?

One of the things that I love about working in higher education is the balancing act between cultivating creativity and innovation while still reinforcing tradition and history.  Our students are every day grappling with the past in order to push into the future. As educators, we try to get our stud…

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Telling Our Story through a Departmental Blog

In the field of student affairs, we know assessment and data-based decision-making are important. A key step in the assessment cycle is reporting: sharing results and decisions with stakeholders. In the Center for Student Engagement (CSE) at George Washington University, we set out to improve how we…

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Five Ways to Prioritize Assessment in Your Work

Priority boardAt the end of the spring semester, I sent a survey to Student Affairs Staff at my institution to get information about their professional development needs in the area of assessment.  In addition to asking directly about those needs, the survey also posed some questions that were indirect indicators…

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Barriers to Intentional Assessment

Recent posts on the SAAL blog have examined the importance of intentionality in the assessment cycle. The posts hit on one of the most significant hindrances to good assessment practice in student affairs work, specifically, that assessment initiatives require intentionality to be effective. Unfortu…

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Much Ado About Dashboards

The first assessment project that I ever worked on took me down a rabbit hole.  It was a major survey project that asked our first year students about their experiences during their first semester on campus.  Not only did we wind up with a good response rate, but we also had a number of dedicated pa…

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