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6 Lessons to Sustain Assessment in Today's Climate


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As the last few months have shifted our world into this new virtual and remote environment, we are treading through ambiguity. This novel virus has abruptly brought us to a pause. In both serious and lighthearted ways, leaders h…

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4 Things I Learned at #ACPA20 About Assessment


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So far, it seems like ACPA was the last big higher education conference this year due to the coronavirus. As an attendee and presenter at my second ACPA, I added many new and exciting professionals to my network, as well as spread the …

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How Do We Build a Foundation of Competencies?

When I originally drafted this blog post, I was “stuck” in Spokane, Washington due to a flight cancellation and was fresh off the end of an on-campus interview. I never thought about the ways my last graduate school semester would change over the next few weeks. Along with many others, I’m preparing…

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How Do I Make Assumptions? Let Me Count the Ways

“How do we carry out a useful qualitative and interpersonal approach to assessment of student learning in our programs, while we know we bring our individuality to the setting?”

Recently a Student Affairs assessment leader at my university asked me this question while we were discussing metho…

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The Love Language of Assessment: S.M.A.R.T. Goals


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Love is in the Air

February… the season of love. Although officially celebrated on the 14th, the entire month is typically dedicated to stuffed animals, bouquets of flowers, chocolate covered delicacies, and romantic gestures all in an attempt …

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Program Theory and Assessment: Good Assessment Requires Solid Programs

The Scenario

As a student affairs assessment consultant, I’ve had clients walk into a meeting to expect me to be the person to reassure them that their programs are good, and that everything else is an excuse why students couldn’t reach the intended outcomes. During times like these, I will refer…

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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

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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


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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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Gauging Students’ Well-being through Assessment: A Timely Response


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Mental health is something that has become more of a foci within Student Life and on college campuses nationwide. Student well-being has comprised a lot of time and planning with higher education administrators to develop evid…

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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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