JSAI Volume 1

Volume 1

Editor: Daniel W. Newhart  |  Year: 2015  | Issues: 1

Assessment in student affairs: How did we get here?

John H. Schuh

This article reviews the contributions of selected publications to the assessment movement. It begins by reviewing the Student Personnel Point of View (NASPA, 1989) and includes contemporary thinking about the purposes of assessment. The article concludes with conclusions about the development of assessment in student affairs and includes recommendations for practice.

The neuroscience of learning and development and its implications for inquiry

Marilee Bresciani Ludvik

We understand that providing students the ability to reflect on their learning experiences is key to development. Emerging neuroscience research illustrates that it takes at least 30 minutes of focused attention training for 8 weeks in a row to change certain portions of the structure of the brain. The portions of the brain that can change structure and therefore function include the emotional center, memory center, sensory perception areas, and the center for executive functions such as analytical reasoning, prioritizing, and decision-making, which may be critical for lasting learning and development. If we consider the space for reflection and this neuroscience research, how might we re-design our co-curricular education and evaluation systems?

Student affairs assessment: Observations of the journey, hope for the future

Larry D. Roper

Assessment is crucial to demonstrating the success and effectiveness of student affairs programs. As understanding of the importance of assessment work grows, so too will the sophistication of approaches used by practitioners and the complexity of organizational structures in which programs are housed. This article offers perspectives on the future direction of assessment programs and the role of assessment within student affairs structures.

Positioning the Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry

Daniel W. Newhart

In this piece, the editor in chief discusses the vision of the Journal, and places the Journal in the space of inquiry as a productive possibility in the development of the field of student affairs assessment.

Call for reviewers, the Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry

Daniel W. Newhart

Call for contributions for the second edition of the Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry

Student Affairs Assessment Leaders