Mission, Vision, & Values


Create a robust, active, and inclusive community committed to supporting and advancing critical conversations with resources and scholarly endeavors related to student affairs assessment.


SAAL nurtures a thriving community of individuals engaged in Student Affairs Assessment.


Curiosity: Asking questions of ourselves and the profession, fostering dialogues, engaging our community to co-create solutions to challenges related to assessment and data-informed decision making.


Community: Encouraging collaboration, engagement, outreach, and reliance upon one another in thought, care, and support for advancing Student Affairs assessment practice, knowledge, and resources.

Equity: Championing practices of assessment that leverage data to close equity gaps, foster inclusive communities, and dismantle inequitable systems and structures.

Responsibility: Fostering and leading with authenticity and accountability - among SAAL leadership, across SAAL membership, and to the student affairs field - to ensure we are working together to create measurable and effective Student Affairs assessment practices by providing professional learning.

Strategic Foci & Goals

Organizational Viability: ability to generate enough resources to meet payments, commitments, and the ability to grow, while maintaining SAAL's core functions.


  • Align organizational structure with community needs.
  • Develop infrastructure for resources management.
  • Nurture volunteer leadership capabilities.
  • Invest in organizational capacity.
  • Cultivate sponsorship relationships.


Community of Practice: foster the space to share and create new knowledge around Student Affairs assessment and encourage SAAL's membership; providing guidance to help members navigate the many resources and ways to get involved and foster networking/relationship building.

  • Enhance SAAL members' experiences
  • Engage members with clarity


Student Affairs Assessment & Research: Championing provides structure to support conversations, practices, etc. to advance the profession of assessment leaders and provides opportunities to research and evaluation SAAL's practices.

  • Advance Student Affairs assessment culture.
  • Foster collaborative partnerships and research opportunities