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 is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1  from 12:00pm-1:00pm PST or 3:00pm-4:00pm EST, titled "VALUE Rubrics in Student Affairs Assessment " with Britt Spears, Program Coordinator, VALUE Institute - Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment and
Dr. Kate McConnell- Assistant Vice President for Research and Assessment and Director of the VALUE Institute. This Structured Conversation will be hosted by the SAAL PDC. Registration is now open!

Abstract: The VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) institute is a campus-based assessment approach developed and led by AAC&U. VALUE rubrics provide needed tools to assess students' own authentic work, produced across students' diverse learning pathways, fields of study and institutions, to determine whether and how well students are meeting graduation level achievement in learning outcomes that both employers and faculty consider essential. This session will focus on displaying ways in which student affairs professionals can utilize the rubrics in co-curricular assessment as well as providing space for Student Affairs assessment leaders to provide the VALUE institute with feedback on how their resources can have better alignment with best practices in Student Affairs specifically. 

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

  • To be introduced or become more familiar with AAC&U's VALUE Institute
  • Identify which VALUE rubrics may be helpful in Student Affairs assessment project
  • Discuss ways that VALUE rubrics can be more inclusive to the Student Affairs field


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!