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It starts with strategy: Intentional goal setting, strategic planning, & pickleball

It starts with strategy: Intentional goal setting, strategic planning, & pickleball

Sophie Tullie, Blog Team write and Director of Assessment, Data Analytics, & Research at the University of Delaware

Hello SAAL Blog readers! Here is the next installment of our conversation series getting to kn…

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AI and Assessment in Student Affairs

AI and Assessment in Student Affairs

Natasha A. Jankowski and Gavin W. Henning

While most people in higher education have likely heard of generative AI, it is useful to start any discussion of it with a brief introduction to what it is and why it is causing such a stir. Generative AI is a …

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Recognizing Great Work in Assessment: 1st Ever SAAL Awards!

The Committee for Community Development and Engagement created the inaugural SAAL Awards. The purpose of the SAAL awards is to recognize the assessment work of members that advances the field of Student Affairs assessment and furthers the mission and values of SAAL. In total, we received 29 nominat…

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Unpacking History to Understand the Future of Student Affairs Assessment

Unpacking History to Understand the Future of Student Affairs Assessment

Sydney Kayne, Blog Team writer and Assessment & Evaluation Analyst at University of Colorado Boulder

For many student affairs divisions across the United States, co-curricular assessment is a practice that feels like it’…

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Making Moves: What's Next for Our Student Affairs Assessment Journal (JSAIII)?

This year, the Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry (JSAI) Editorial Team has engaged in an exciting process of visioning and planning. First and foremost, we have given considerable thought to the journal’s unique contribution to advancing the field of student affairs assessment. Second, we have expl…

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A Year in Review: Celebrating Our Milestones and Achievements!

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In the ever evolving landscape of higher education, organizations such as Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) play a pivotal role in shaping the student experience as well as for those engaged in assessment. This year, SAAL has taken a bold step forward …

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Five Questions to Consider to Shift from Data Collection to Outcomes Measurement

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In an age where information is abundant and storage is cheap, it's tempting to equate volume with value. This is especially true in academic institutions, where the pursuit of knowledge is relentless and often equated with progress. But there's a stark difference between collecting data for the …

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The only bad data you can have is the data you don't do anything about

Hello SAAL Blog readers! My name is Sophie Tullier and I recently joined the SAAL blog team after starting a new role as the Director of Assessment, Data Analytics, and Research at the University of Delaware. Being new to the Director role, I thought it would be a great time to reach out to others w…

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Revisions to the SAAL Bylaws and Notice for Public Comment

The SAAL Board continues to make progress on implementing our strategic plan and building connections and partnerships to enhance our community.  After large updates to the bylaws last year to align with our new organizational structure, the SAAL board has identified additional updates that will pro…

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Developing Young Assessment Professionals: A Year-long Professional Development Series for Assessment Graduate Assistants

Graduate school is a transformative journey, providing students with the opportunity to delve deeper into their chosen fields, cultivate skills, and make valuable connections. For graduate students engaging in assessment within a division of student affairs, a unique set of skills and training is of…

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Announcing an Innovative Partnership to Empower & Advance Student Affairs Assessment

In an exciting development, two prominent organizations in the higher education space, The Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) and Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) have joined together to enhance the landscape of higher education through collaboration and shared resources. This c…

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Statistical Standards vs. Student Support: The 'Good Data' Dilemma

On day one of a typical Stats 101 course, your subject’s introduction likely revolves around these foundational concepts: the pursuit of statistical significance and generalizability. We’re taught, fifteen minutes in, that good data must meet specific criteria, including:  an n > 30, p-value < 0…

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How a Light Bulb Moment Inspired Us to Create a Game-Changing Course

Have you ever had a light bulb go off in your head after a couple years of doing the same thing? That’s what happened to us, and ultimately, what led us to creating something that turned out to be a valuable experience. 

 

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Our assessment office was roughly two years old and housed fi…

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The Documents You Need to Support Assessment Continuity and Vision

In a previous blog post, I recommended assessment professionals develop four documents that can help to guide their work. The guidance was meant to focus our efforts, especially as we get pulled in a million directions. More to the point, these documents also offer a consistent source of reflection …

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Hard at Play: SAAL Leading the Charge

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The Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) has been hard at play this summer. You can keep up with all our meeting notes and minutes.  We are definitely leading the charge during a very tense time in higher education where campuses are being forced to chan…

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How to Leverage Survey Data to Target Student Support

Surveys play a pivotal role in assessment, allowing us to connect with a large number of students simultaneously to gain valuable insights into their needs, experiences, perspectives, and knowledge. When intentionally designed and utilized, surveys provide powerful data that can drive continuous imp…

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Barbecue Sauce: A Recap of the NASPA Student Success in Higher Education (SSHE) Conference

Traveling to Kansas City for the NASPA Student Success in Higher Education (SSHE) Conference in late June, I was reminded by numerous people that “Barbeque Sauce” was what I should be seeking during my stay. I wouldn’t say I’m a BBQ lover, but as a diehard Ted Lasso fan, I do enjoy the reference. …

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How to Find Your Footing in Assessment in 9 Easy Steps

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Introduction.

 

This month marks my first full year as a Student Affairs assessment professional. In reflecting back on the year, so many things I love about this work were front and center. But it’s not completely uplifting. Imposter syndrome s…

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ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute Recap

2023 Assessment Institute Faculty

(Backrow: Paul Holliday-Millard, Heather Strine-Patterson, Melissa Brown, Kristyn Muller, Sarah LaFrance, Chris Patterson, Shaun Boren, and Jerri-Ann Berry Danso. 

Frontrow: Jennifer Lowman, Amy Pilcher, Britt Spears-Rhymes, Ciji Heiser, Renee Delgado-Ril…

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Assessment or Public Relations: What's my real job here?

Allow me to paint a picture: You, an assessment leader, have been given a seemingly impossible task: to tell the story of a failing program.

 

Now, you didn’t know going into this project that the program was failing. Anecdotal evidence was positive. The program has been around for some time …

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