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No Longer Business as Usual: The Use of Justice-Based Paradigms to Inform Assessment Practices

 

In 2013 I took a leap of faith and moved from southern California to Tucson, Arizona to support student affairs assessment and research efforts at the University of Arizona (UA).  I had always been passionate about assessment and, as my work evolved, I found it to be a powerful tool for tellin…

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SAAL Furthering Critical and Socially Just Assessment

 

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Social Justice Assessment Project

Last year, a call went out over the SAAL listserv asking for volunteers to participate in projects related to critical approaches to assessment in Student Affairs. …

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A Decade of Discussion: Themes from the SAAL Listserv (2009 – 2018)

 

The Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) Listserv officially began with its first posted message on January 12, 2009. Since then, the Listserv has become a place for student affairs assessment professionals to learn about and to understand their role as it developed, to discuss emergent i…

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How I Disagreed My Way to a Better Understanding of AER

 

Assessment, evaluation, and research (AER).

 

Three separate concepts, right? Some people – like me – think so. I’m of the mind each of these are different concepts with specific purposes. There can certainly be instances where interests or aspects overlap, but this occurs as each exe…

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Happy SAALutations & Involvement for 2019!

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Welcoming all of you into SAAL’s 11th year, I am writing today from the occupied territory of the Nuwuvi People, the seven tribes of the Southern Paiute--and especially, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe.

With great delight and a good measure of both humility and an…

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A Renewed Invite to the Gathering Table

It’s been a year since the SAAL Blog was launched. We’ve had 33 posts in total and helped increase website traffic and unique visitors by more than 250%! The posts have spurred and responded to topics discussed on the listserv, as well as in the field at large. With a diverse range of topics covered…

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Welcoming the 2019 SAAL Board of Directors

The votes have been counted, and the results are in for the 2019 SAAL Board of Directors!

Ballots were distributed to 1,254 members of SAAL, and 220 of you responded. Results of each SAAL race are determined by a plurality of the votes cast. Thank you to Kellie Dixon and the Membership Committee …

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New and Improved - FREE Assessment MOOC

Are you looking for assessment education or resources? Or how about structured professional development?

What if you could get both of those (and more) for free?!

January 21, 2019 marks the third start of our free, MOOC on assessment. With each run, we’ve made improvements by way of edits, ad…

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Celebrating 2018

SAAL has officially been in existence since December 4, 2008, and the first message was sent to the listserv on January 12, 2009! Today, we have more than 1000 members, and since 2009, we have participated in more than 2900 conversations on our listserv. As with most organizations, the heavy lifting…

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The Value of Expressing Uncertainty

All models are wrong, but some are useful. – G.E.P. Box

Earlier this year, I caught up with a colleague at a national conference who had recently taken a new position in student affairs assessment.  Before she took the position we had discussed what to expect, but at this point she had been in …

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Logic Models & “Big” Assessment Questions

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What are we supposed to be assessing? What are we learning from our assessment efforts? How do we know if we are achieving our desired outcomes? How do we make sense of all the assessment data we do have? Whether you are assessing your own program, enhancing assessment within your unit, or coord…

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2019 SAAL Blog Team Applications are Open!

As we approach the beginning of 2019, the SAAL Professional Development Committee would like to pause to celebrate the successful first inaugural year of the SAAL Blog. Thank you to our creative and talented blogging team (Daniel Doerr, Daniel Kaczmarek, Daniel Newhart, Melinda Stoops, and Eric Wals…

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Slay Your Campus Assessment Monster

Is your assessment house the kind that gives away the full-sized candy bars or one that gets egged every year, as is tradition, by the neighborhood kids?  With a keen eye and some patience, you can turn into a regular Assessment Van Helsing, and slay your campus assessment monster.  Assessment monst…

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Transferable skills - transferred

I have worked in Student Affairs since I was an RA a long time ago, and loved every minute of it. I enjoyed working with students at both their best and their worst, sometimes within hours of each part of that continuum. I remember stories from that time early on, and still even keep in contact with…

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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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