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. 

Structured Conversations

The SAAL Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce our next SAAL Structured Conversation, scheduled for Monday, March 15th  from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST (12:00pm-1:00pm PST). It is titled, Institutional Effectiveness: What is it and How Does Student Affairs Engage in the Process? with Dr. Robert (Bob) Wilkinson Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Bemidji State University, Dr. Nicholas Santilli Senior Director of Learning Strategy with the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and Dr. Megan Schramm-Possinger, Assistant Professor and Director of Student Success Analytics with Winthrop University. Our structured conversation will be hosted by Dr. Vince Nix, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Lamar University. Register here.

Abstract:  All institutions have some form of strategic planning, assessment, program review and numerous other mission critical activities that focus on various aspects of institutional success.  Traditionally, many of these assessment activities have focused on the “academic side” of the institution while student affairs, the co-curricular and the administrative activities have not been fully integrated. With the development of more sophisticated performance measures coupled with the changing regional accreditation standards  -- that highly emphasize institutional effectiveness (IE)--, this session will provide users with a pragmatic definition of institutional effectiveness, several models to demonstrate its implementation, a crash course in integrated planning, followed by a discussion of how student affairs and  co-curricular units can meaningfully engage in the planning and assessment of institutional effectiveness activities.

As a result of this conversation, we anticipate that participants will: 

  • Gain a clearer, practically important understanding of what institutional effectiveness is.
  • Learn about integrative planning and how it advances institutional effectiveness.
  • Have a better understanding of the integral role student affairs plays with regard to institutional effectiveness and integrative planning.
  • Derive several actionable strategies for integrating student affairs in the planning and assessment processes that are integral to IE.

If you have topics and/or presenters of interest in the upcoming year, please complete the proposal form below.

Past Conversations

Structured Conversations are FREE and anyone can participate. If you are unable to attend a Structured Conversation live, recordings are available on the SAAL YouTube Channel. 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!