Structured Conversations

Structured Conversations

In an effort to provide professional development opportunities for SAAL members, the Professional Development and Support Committee organizes Structured Conversations. The link to the recordings from previous sessions can be found below.  PowerPoint slides and handouts can also be found in the SAAL Resource Repository in the folder titled "Structured Conversations." Please copy and paste links to your browser if you are not immediately directed to these resources.


Structured Conversations Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Assessing Student Learning Through Student Engagement Whitney Brown at University of Alaska Anchorage and Kelly Cox at Texas A&M University PowerPoint Slides
Assessment Camps: Building Confidence and Competence Among Staff Dr. Darby Roberts and Dr. Martha Glass at Texas A&M University PowerPoint Slides
Assessment and the First-year Experience Course Dr. Christine Harrington at New Jersey Council of County Colleges PowerPoint Slides
What Does Neuroscience Have to Do with Assessing Student Learning and Development? Dr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik at San Diego State University PowerPoint Slides
Connecting Student Affairs Assessment, Resources, & Trends with SAAL (Campus Labs hosted this structured conversation. To request a free copy of it, simply click on the title of this structured conversation and fill out the request form.) Dr. Pamelyn Shefman at University of Houston (SAAL Chair)
Dr. Brian Bourke at Murray State University (SAAL Advancement Committee Chair)
Whitney Brown at University of Alaska Anchorage (SAAL Professional Development Committee Chair)
PowerPoint Slides


Structured Conversations Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Outcomes-based Student Affairs Assessment: Preparing for Accreditation: A Panel Discussion Dr. Gavin Henning at New England College
Dr. Jodi Fisler at State Council of Higher Education for Virgina
Dr. Karen Solomon at Higher Learning Commission
PowerPoint Slides
Behind the Scenes: Using Excel to Visualize Data Rebecca Goldstein, Associate Director for Assessment and Research in Student Affairs at Florida Atlantic University PowerPoint Slides, Practice dataset (Not real data) YouTube walkthroughs: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Launching and Building a Career in Student Affairs Assessment Dr. Michael Christakis from University at Albany
Joe Levy from University of Phoenix Ciji Heiser from UNC Chapel Hill
Whitney Brown from Univ. of Alaska Anchorage
PowerPoint Slides
Scholarship in Student Affairs Assessment: Publishing our Good Work Daniel Newhart, Ph.D from Oregon State University
Larry Roper, Ph.D. from Oregon State University
PowerPoint Slides
Using Data to Make Decisions about Student Services Larry Long, M.A. from Michigan State University Sample Codes, PowerPoint slides, Relevant Websites/Resources
Learning Analytics, Big Data and their Relationship to Student Affairs Matthew D. Pistilli, PhD. from IUPUI PowerPoint Slides, Analytics Readings: Introductory Reading List, The Learning Analytics Readiness Instrument, 7 Things you Should Know about Analytics, The Pulse of Learning Analytics, Analytics in Learning Education, UNESCO Policy on Learning Analytics, Establishing a Common Language
Building a Culture of Co-Curricular Assessment: Where to Start Joe Levy, M.S. from University of Phoenix PowerPoint Slides
Rubrics and other Direct Measures in Student Affairs Stan Dura from Western Governors University PowerPoint Slides


Structured Conversations Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Critical Assessment: Philosophy and Approach Dr. Sonia DeLuca Fernandez from New York University PowerPoint Slides
Building a Culture of Assessment: Navigating the Politics Dr. Darby Roberts from Texas A&M University
Leslie Meyerhoff from Cornell University
PowerPoint Slides
Looking ahead: Emerging Higher Education Reforms and Student Affairs Assessment Dr. Amber Garrison-Duncan from the Lumina Foundation PowerPoint Slides
Survey Sampling for the Penn State Pulse Program Dr. Adam Christensen from The Pennsylvania State University PowerPoint Slides
Sharing Data and Marketing Results in Student Affairs Dr. Michael Christakis from the University of Albany Notes
The Evolving Competencies of Student Affairs Assessment Professionals Dr. Gavin Henning Notes, ACPA-NASPA AER Competency
The Power of Data Visualization in Student Affairs Ed Cabellon from Bridgewater State University N/A


Structured Conversations Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Learning to Lead While Leading to Learn: An Advising Approach to Capturing Learning in the Co-Curricular Learning Through the Development and Use of Rubrics Katy King from Texas A&M University and Matt Starcke from North Carolina State University PowerPoint Slides Student Learning Professional Plan
Assessing Non-Traditional Students Maggie C. Konich from Purdue University, Lisa Endersby, and Jeremy Brown from Western University of Health Sciences PowerPoint Slides
Using Program Reviews as a Productive Assessment Tool Maggie C. Konich from Purdue University
Marylee Demeter from Rutgers University
PowerPoint Slides
Using Technology to Collect Evidence of Educational Outcomes Stan Dura from The University of Oregon PowerPoint Slides
Qualitative Assessment and its Potential Impact on Understanding the Student Experience Daniel Newhart, Ph.D. from Oregon State University
Jen Wells from Kennesaw State University
PowerPoint Slides


Structured Conversations Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Moving Beyond Surveys Vicki Wise Ph.D. from Portland State Universiety
Mary Ann Barham from Portland State University
PowerPoint Slides
Adapting Assessment Practices for Student Leaders Adam Peck Ph.D. from Stephen F. Austin State University
Amma Marfo from Emmanuel College
PowerPoint Slides
Mentors in Measurement Lisa Endersby from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Brian Bourke from Louisiana State University
Ann Gansemer-Topf from Iowa State University
Sarah Luczyk from the University of West Florida
PowerPoint Slides


Structured Conversations Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Building and Maintaining Campus Student Affairs Assessment Teams Jen Meyers Pickard and Angela Baldsare from the University of Arizona N/A
Metacognition Stan Dura N/A
Accreditation Jodi Fisier N/A
A Retention Study in Student Affairs Brenda "B" Woods Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology PowerPoint Slides
Program Evaluation in Higher Education Thomas Grayson N/A
SAAL on CAS Standards Laura Dean N/A


Structured Conversations Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Using Social Media for Assessment Rey Junco N/A
Strategic Planning in Student Affairs Revisited Amy Franklin and Jessica Oyler N/A


Structured Conversations Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Strategic Planning in Student Affairs Stacy Akerlind
Evette Castillo
Amy Franklin
Assessment Committees Leslie Meyerhoff
Marne Einerson
Stephanie Blaisdell
Emerging Issues in Student Affairs Assessment Marilee Bresciani N/A


Structured Conversations Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Involving Students as Partners in Assessment Kristen McKinney N/A