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

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

September Structured Conversation: Open Course Data: Results and Implications

Monday, September 23, at 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

Please register here if you plan to attend. 

Abstract: SAAL's open course, "Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs" has generated lots of course data to inform on student learning and to be used for future course improvement. This session features volunteers who have analyzed the course data (survey responses, quiz scores, completion information) and course instructors to share the findings of these data and discuss implications for future sections of the course. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify what course data was analyzed
  • Summarize findings from course data analysis
  • Describe at least two implications for data-informed improvement to the course

Presenters: Instructors for the course and SAAL PDC members who analyzed course data will be collaborating to share this information with you.

  • Ben Andrews, Academic Coach at Northcentral University
  • Emily Langdon, Coordinator of Assessment, Research and Evaluation for the Division of Student Affairs at U.C. Merced
  • Joe Levy, Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation, National Louis University

PDC members / analysts of data:

  • Renee Delgado-Riley, Director, Student Life Assessment & Research, Division of Student Life, University of Oregon
  • Vince Nix, Assistant Professor, Education Leadership at Lamar University
  • Joe Levy, Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation, National Louis University


October Structured Conversation: Self Care as an Assessment Pro

Wednesday, October 16, at 1:00 pm ET. Registration to come.


Our time is precious in the field of higher education assessment. With the culture of inquiry and focus on student success in higher education today, how do you strategically make time to ensure your self-care is a priority? Consider all the things that compete for your time on a daily, weekly and monthly basis… What can you get rid of?

What can you choose in order to be more focused on the assessment pro behind the pile of work?  During this structured conversation, you will hear from four (does this include you Renee? presenters who have begun creating a culture for effective individual work-life balance by prioritizing self-care. With October being Careers in Student Affairs (CSAM) we want to use this time to celebrate higher education assessment, but also focus on how we can better support our colleagues tasked with these duties and responsibilities. Join us in the conversation about how to be intentional while taking care of yourself.

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

  • List strategies for self-care as an assessment professional.
  • Discuss tips to plan the adequate types of care necessary for improved work-life balance.
  • Identify ways to create a work-life balance plan.


  • Daniel Newhart, Assistant Vice Provost for Planning at Penn State University
  • Aimee Shattuck, Assistant Dean, Student Life at Portland State University
  • Vicki Wise, Director, Assessment & Accreditation, Oregon State University
  • Host: Renée Delgado-Riley, Director, Student Life Assessment at the University of Oregon

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!