Structured Conversations

Structured Conversations

In an effort to provide ongoing professional development opportunities for SAAL members, the Professional Development Committee hosts Structured Conversations. Structured Conversations are monthly interactive assessment webinars. A listing of upcoming webinars and past records can be found below. Check the professional development calendar for a full listing of events. 

Upcoming Structured Conversations

The SAAL Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce that our next SAAL Structured Conversation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 12pm  to 1pm Eastern, titled “Exploring Data Analysis: A step-by-step introduction to basic descriptive data analysis using Excel" with Ligia Perez, Ph.D., Data Analyst, Student Life Studies, Texas A&M. Elizabeth Wallace, Ph.D., Director of Student Affairs Retention & Assessment at Tarleton State University, will be hosting the event. Registration is now open!



Often the idea of assessment brings the anxieties of calculating significance and discussing distribution.  Dr. Perez provides insights into ways all Student Affairs practitioners might utilize everyday data that is at our fingertips to provide insights regarding our programs and services. This data offers information to help make future decisions!

Dr. Perez will demonstrate how to download data from Qualtrics (or utilize a shared Excel file), perform basic descriptive analysis and develop data visualization.

As a result of participating in this conversation, you will:

  • Utilize real-time data to apply features in Excel
  • Develop ways your programs or services may be enhanced through better use of basic data
  • Develop ways your programs or services may be enhanced through better use of data visualization
  • Establish or enhance your understanding of features already available in Excel to enhance the rigor of your programs or services reflection/analysis


Structured Conversations are FREE and anyone can participate. Registration will remain open until Tuesday, August 13, at 10am EDT, and the link will be distributed no later than 11am EDT. If you are unable to attend live, a recording of our discussion will be available on YouTube. Don't miss this great professional development opportunity to learn more about basic analysis of data!


Past Conversations

Visit our YouTube Channel or browse it below by clicking the playlist link on the top left of the video frame. PowerPoint slides and handouts can also be found in the SAAL Resource Repository in the folder titled "Structured Conversations."

Topic Proposals

Would you like to suggest a topic for a future Structured Conversation (SC)? The SAAL PDC welcomes your suggestions! You are also invited to apply to lead a SC and share your expertise with SAAL by completing the proposal form below. We look forward to hearing from you!