Online Open Course

Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs

Next Course Offering: February 8, 2021 - April 5, 2021

Registration:  Opens late December 2020 - stay tuned!


Course Details

Course Overview

This FREE online course provides self-paced curriculum materials and activities that address several learning outcomes. Click here for the 2021 course syllabus. In short, 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.

The instructors typically hold an hour-long live session prior to the course start in order to provide course history, overview of content, past outcomes data, and personal perspective about the course as a resource to be leveraged (click here to view February 2020's session). A near-end of the course live session is also typically held for instructors to recap course experience and receive direct feedback from students (click here to view April 2020's session).

You can also read up on 2020 student outcomes/feedback on the course, as well as what was new in 2021 in this blog post. And if you are interested in historical data, check out this blog post from 2019 results.



Registration is not yet open - anticipated late December 2020. 

Beyond individual participation, know you can leverage this course for structured team or institutional professional development. Past institutions provided feedback which helped create this tips and tricks resource document on leading a group through the course.  

The course is offered through a partnership with National Louis University and 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 there, too. 

Future course offerings are determined annually and not necessarily in advance. Stay tuned for future offering details!




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


Ben AndrewsBenjamin Andrews
Benjamin Andrews, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education at Piedmont College. 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.

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)
  • Renee Delgado-Riley (2019)
  • 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-Present)
  • Timothy Novara (2016-2017)
  • Robert Synder (2018)
  • Sophie Tuller (2015-2016)
  • Vicki Wise (2016-2017)
  • Sally Zheng (2020)

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. (2020). Title of module, video, lecture page, activity [Format description]. Retrieved from 

We want you to share, adapt, and use this content to spread the word! We would love to hear how you use the content so feel free to share by emailing us at