Online Open Course

Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs

Check back for registration/start details for the 2019-2020 school year. For now enjoy course details below.

The course is a partnership with the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL), Colorado State University (CSU) Online, and the CSU Student Affairs in Higher Education master's program. The curriculum provides self-paced materials that address several learning outcomes. This course aims to provide participants the opportunity to:

  • Review concepts that contribute to sound, sustainable assessment practice.
  • Explore the development of foundational assessment components including planning, articulating goals and outcomes, and providing feedback.
  • Identify strategies for guiding assessment efforts across multiple functional areas and teams.
  • Discover ways to translate data to a story of student success with a plan for action.

The eight-week course is completely self-paced! You can move through all of the modules to complete the course in full, or pick and choose which individual modules most interest you, and complete only those. While the course is self-paced, the instructors will move through the content one week at a time. Accordingly, students who work ahead or join modules late may not have as much active opportunity to engage with peer students or the instructors.

Participants may join the class at any time while it is open, where signing up late is better than signing up never! 

This online course is available for free.

The course is coordinated within SAAL by the Professional Development Committee. Questions about the course may be directed to the Questions about registration and technical requirements for participating in the online course (e.g., platform used) may be directed to the MOOC team at Colorado State University

Future course offerings are determined jointly by CSU and SAAL, with information posted on respective sites. 


altJoe Levy
Joe Levy, M.S., is the Executive Director of Assessment & Accreditation at National Louis University. He earned his B.A. in English from Baldwin-Wallace College and his M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University.


Ben AndrewsBenjamin Andrews
Benjamin Andrews, Ph.D., is an Academic Coach at Northcentral University. Ben has a B.A. in Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Sociology from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University.


altEmily Langdon
Emily Langdon, Ph.D., is the Coordinator of Assessment, Research and Evaluation for the Division of Student Affairs at U.C. Merced. She earned her B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Davis, her M.Ed. from Colorado State University in College Student Personnel Administration, and her Ph.D. from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change.

CSU Builders & Liaisons

Individuals coordinating build of course content in Canvas and supporting organizational collaboration.

  • Sirui Wang, Instructional Designer
  • Inger Johnson, Head of Special Projects
  • Renee Nelson, Program Manager
  • Alysha Tarantino, Director of Undergraduate Programs

SAAL Course Contributors

Individuals who contributed to original content for course, worked to bring content to life in course, or have been involved in course content updates. 

  • Ben Andrews (2016-Present)
  • Megan Bell (2018)
  • Whitney Brown (2016-2018)
  • Kristin Buscher (2015-2016)
  • Marylee Demeter (2015-2017)
  • Kellie Dixon (2016-2017)
  • Elizabeth Duszak (2018)
  • Bill Heinrich (2015-2016)
  • Ciji Heiser (2015-2017)
  • Vanessa Johnson (2015-2016)
  • Maggie Konich (2015-2016)
  • Emily Langdon (2016-Present)
  • Joe Levy (2015-Present)
  • Nicole Long (2016-2017)
  • Jillian Martin (2015-2016)
  • Vince Nix (2018)
  • Timothy Novara (2016-2017)
  • Robert Synder (2018)
  • Sophie Tuller (2015-2016)
  • Vicki Wise (2016-2017)

Reuse of Course Content

Please note, as a past course participant, any of the course content (lecture text, videos, resources, activities) are free to you to download, re-use, remix, and share. We only ask that you cite this course (or the original source for any campus examples, articles, or published texts). The button below links to a document with plenty of details on doing just that, but we went ahead and shared the most pertinent info below (and added a note on this in the Course Welcome section).

To provide attribution for the most recent course offering, the creators of this course can be listed as “Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs MOOC” with a link to Student Affairs Assessment Leaders’ website ( For electronic or paper copies of any content, please provide a citation in the following format:

Student Affairs Assessment Leaders. (2019). Title of module, video, lecture page, activity [Format description]. Retrieved from

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