Online Open Course

Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs

Register Now through March 23, 2018   

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 assessment practice and a sustainable culture of evidence.
  • Explore and engage in the development of foundational assessment components including planning, articulating goals and outcomes, and providing feedback.
  • Identify and practice strategies for guiding assessment efforts across multiple functional areas and building assessment capacity among teams.
  • Discover ways to translate data to a story of student success and a plan for action.

The eight-week course opens on February 5, 2018, and closes on April 2, 2018. Each content module will be released one week at a time, but the course is self-paced, so participants may access as many of the open modules as they wish for as long as the content is available in Canvas. Participants may join the class at any time while it is open. The later one joins, though, the less one may interact with classmates and instructors. Still, signing up late is better than signing up never! Enrollment closes on March 23, 2018, so sign up before then. 

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.

Whether the course is offered again will be determined jointly by CSU and SAAL, so don't miss this opportunity to join and gain access to the materials now. 


Joe 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.


Benjamin Andrews
Benjamin Andrews, Ph.D., is a Research Analyst at Colorado State 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.


Emily 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 Macey, Program Manager
  • Alysha Tarantino, Director of Undergraduate Programs

SAAL Course Developers

(Individuals who contributed to original content for course and worked to bring content to life in course)

  • Ben Andrews, Ph.D., Research Analyst at Colorado State University (Modules 1 and 6)
  • Whitney Brown, Assessment & Strategic Projects Director at University of Alaska Anchorage (Modules 4, 6, and 8)
  • Marylee Demeter, Professional Development Chair for SAAL (Modules 4 and 5)
  • Kellie Dixon, Assessment Coordinator at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Modules 2 and 6)
  • Ciji Heiser, Assistant Director of Assessment & Strategic Initiatives at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Modules 4, 5, and 8)
  • Joe Levy, Executive Director of Assessment & Accreditation at National Louis University (Modules 3 and 5)
  • Nicole Long, Ph.D., Director of Assessment and Engagement at University of Delaware (Modules 3 and 7)
  • Timothy Novara, Research Analyst at University of San Diego (Modules 2 and 3)
  • Vicki Wise, Ph.D., Associate Director for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at Portland State University (Modules 1 and 7)

Additional SAAL Contributors

(Individuals who contributed to original content ideas but not involved in course development)

  • Sophie Tuller, Analyst for Research & Assessment at University of Maryland (Module 1)
  • Kristin Buscher, Director of Assessment at Peru State College (Module 2)
  • Maggie Konich, Director of Data Analysis for the College of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis (Module 3)
  • Bill Heinrich, Ph.D., Director of Assessment at MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning & Technology, Michigan State University (Module 5)
  • Jillian Martin Ph.D. Candidate, Doctoral Intern for Assessment and Evaluation at University of Georgia (Module 6)
  • Vanessa Johnson, Assessment Coordinator at Oregon State University (Module 7)

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, 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. (2018). Title of module, video, lecture page, activity [Format description]. Retrieved from

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