21st Century Student Affairs Assessment: SAAL Discusses Maturation and Strategy
This webinar provides an engaging panel discussion with members from Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL), an association that brings together educators who coordinate assessment for divisions of student affairs to discuss and improve their work. Panelists discussed strategies to support evidence-based decision-making and share their perspectives on how the profession has evolved and where it’s headed. Panelists also shared information...
Student-Led Inquiry For Better Assessment
Researchers trying to make sense of student-related issues on campus often overlook a critical source of information—students. Because they know the campus culture better than faculty or staff, student focus group leaders, for instance, may have a better idea of which questions to ask. In fact, engaging students to lead survey design, focus group conversations, and presentations of findings can...
Your Guide to Progress: The Value of Benchmarking
Benchmarking is a systematic process for evaluating programs, activities, services, and facilities with the goal of improvement. Evaluating your current state in relation to best practice examples produces results that can serve as a foundation to guide progress. Benchmarking is often used to justify programs and services, improve quality, guide strategic planning, demonstrate impact on student learning and development, and...
Making Good Use of Focus Group Data
The analysis and interpretation of focus group data requires judgment and care. Much of the skepticism surrounding the utility of focus groups stems from assumptions that the data can often be subjective and difficult to interpret. Yet, if the proper tools and approaches are used, analyses can be just as rigorous as quantitative counterparts. There is, however, no one best...
Accreditation: Purpose and Practice
Accreditation is intended to ensure quality in education, but all too often, it’s misconstrued as a process that enmeshes stakeholders in red tape. In this brief webinar, we review the history, key players, and modern structure of accreditation to better understand its purpose and value for higher education.
Insights From Outcomes: Transforming Your Learning Assessment Process
Each time you assess learning outcomes, you have the opportunity to transform a perfunctory process into a powerful practice. By using a data-informed approach, you can measure learning in a manageable and meaningful way. And by uncovering actionable insights, you can also help drive institutional progress. In this webinar, we focus on using Campus Labs® Insight to leverage individual and...
Planning Successful Focus Groups
Once you have decided that focus groups will be included in your assessment efforts, you need to develop a successful process. You can begin by addressing some key questions. Who is best suited to facilitate? How many students should participate in a session, and how should they be recruited? Should incentives be offered? And how should results be used? By...
Your Blueprint for Strategic Planning: A Checklist
A shared understanding of priorities can inspire evidence-based decisions that are also mission-centered. The key is effective strategic planning that aligns all of your action plans, outcomes achievement data, and assessments. While this might sound like a tall order, a sound planning process is definitely within reach. Our comprehensive checklist will help you craft a strategic plan that focuses on...
Improving Beyond Compliance: Reimagining Quality Enhancement on Campus
What happens when you use your data in a more proactive way? When, in addition to fulfilling the requirements of external stakeholders, you leverage the information to help your campus thrive? By operating beyond accreditation and other standards, campuses can set the stage for meaningful improvement. In fact, examining the many issues addressed in today's standards can help institutions understand...
A Standards Conversation: Preparing for Changes in SACSCOC
During the 2017 SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Dallas in December, the College Delegate Assembly will vote on the proposed revision to the Principles of Accreditation. The new standards are the culmination of a year-long process involving institutional input, and the formal voting will usher in a new era for understanding accreditation, institutional responsibilities, and federal requirements. In this webinar, Campus...
Focus Groups: An Underutilized Assessment Tool
Whether internally or externally designed, surveys have long helped institutions gain valuable insights regarding various facets of the student experience and campus life. But surveys are far better at measuring breadth as opposed to depth. Complementing survey research with more in-depth focus groups can help to triangulate student-based data on campus. In this webinar, we discuss how focus groups can...
How to Identify and Address Pain Points in Institutional Research
Providing data to myriad stakeholders in a timely manner. Staying abreast of changes in federal and accreditation reporting requirements. Eliminating the data silos scattered across campus. For today’s institutional researchers, every day poses new hurdles. Collecting, combining, formatting, and parsing data can be time-consuming. Errors are likely to occur because of a tedious, manual process. And simply having data integrated...
Reframing Your View of Student Success: A Holistic Approach Using Integrated Data and Custom Insights
Data analytics makes it possible to frame conversations around student success and retention in a new way. By connecting more data and adopting a holistic view, campuses can get a clear picture of what success should look like for every student at their institution.
Facilitating a Culture of Evidence: A Blueprint for Strategic Planning
The process and product of strategic planning together create a blueprint for shared understanding of priorities and set the stage for evidence-informed decision-making. Yet strategic planning can be time-consuming and difficult, as leaders juggle competing interests within their campus community. In this webinar, we discuss how to engage stakeholders in the strategic planning process, and explore how their engagement can...
Writing Learning Outcomes for Student Affairs
Did you know that Bloom’s Taxonomy can also reveal the depth of learning your students experience outside the academic classroom? Whether you’re focused on measuring program effectiveness or assessing individual learning, the first step is to write clear outcomes. Our worksheet will give your staff a step-by-step guide to writing intentional statements that align with Bloom’s. We’ve even included a...
From Good Intentions to Evidence-Based Success: A Better Way for Student Affairs
Student affairs practitioners can feel as if they’re on a constant crusade to justify the impact of their programs, services, and interactions. Collecting and analyzing data and sharing the findings – and any efforts to make improvements and change – goes a long way toward building credibility for programs and services. To do that consistently and effectively, student affairs practitioners...
Analyzing Student Affairs Assessment Results
You’ve collected data and now need to conduct your analysis, but where do you start and what do you need to consider when analyzing data. In this webinar, we outline how to effectively analyze, interpret, and articulate assessment results. We also review the elements of research literacy to ensure appropriate use of professional literature to support and supplement student affairs...
Selecting Methods for Student Affairs Assessment
Determining the best method for assessment can often seem like a daunting task. In this webinar, we discuss the selection of appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, methodologies, designs, and tools that fit with assessment purposes and how best to facilitate data collection using a variety of methods. It also reviews how to assure the legitimacy, trustworthiness, and/or validity of various...
Assessing Learning and Program Outcomes in Student Affairs
Enhance your understanding and develop your ability to explain the relationship between Assessment, Evaluation, and Research processes to learning outcomes and goals. In this webinar, we discuss the elements of learning and program outcomes assessment, how to write effective learning and outcomes statements, and the relationship of learning and program outcomes to other assessment practices in student affairs.
The Culture, Ethics and Politics of Student Affairs Assessment
When attempting to understand this topic three important questions come to mind. What are best practices for developing a culture of evidence? How do you identify and explain related political issues to assessment practices? What are the ethical practices necessary to conduct assessment? In this webinar, we explore the necessary elements for creating a culture of evidence, share strategies for...
Creating a Healthy Analytics Culture on Campus
In higher education, new ideas have the potential to take off quickly. With a plethora of publications, Listservs, and professional networks, good concepts can spread from institution to institution in a matter of hours. Ideas like microlearning, competency-based assessment, student-centered learning, and immersive experiences began, at some point in time, on one campus or in the mind of one individual....
Student Affairs Assessment: The Relationship with Other Institutional Processes
Demonstrating the relationship between student affairs assessment and institutional processes, starts with an understanding of the key elements for strategic planning and program review. In this webinar, we discuss the relationship of assessment to learning outcomes and goals at the department, division, and institutional level. Which includes, the role of assessment as it relates to strategic planning, program review, institutional...
Whether you’re assessing academic or co-curricular learning outcomes, evaluating a program’s effectiveness, or measuring participant satisfaction, it’s important to be intentional throughout the process. Having a clear plan can help. Our worksheet will give your faculty and staff a roadmap to plan their assessments and ensure all efforts align with goals and desired outcomes. From the method used, to stating...
Understanding Context and Terminology: Student Affairs Assessment, Evaluation and Research
Regardless of how it is done, creating context for student affairs assessment and definitions for terminology can be a complicated process for any division. In this webinar, we discuss the higher education context in which we conduct student affairs assessment, the key purposes for conducting assessment, and outline the assessment cycle. Additionally, an overview of common definitions for assessment, evaluation,...
Should Student Affairs Help Rock the Vote?
The 2016 voter turnout rate for the United States was 55%, representing one of the lowest for a developed nation, according to the Pew Research Center. With a recent presidential election, it’s useful to reflect on how student affairs professionals can impact the electoral participation of students and future alumni – or even if we should. In this webinar, we...
IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Data as a Tool for Faculty Development: Best Practices for Teaching & Learning Centers
Campuses using the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) have a unique opportunity to maximize the impact of course evaluation results to improve teaching and learning. Teaching & Learning Centers, and others on campus devoted to faculty development, may be particularly interested in using the results of IDEA faculty reports to advance their mission. In this webinar, IDEA Faculty Development...
Five Key Concepts for Leveraging the Expanded Data Layer
By tapping into the campus-wide data layer, colleges and universities can uncover new information to strengthen institutional effectiveness. Here are five key concepts to guide a new approach centered on data-informed decision making:
Changing Your Relationship with Data: New Opportunities for Institutional Effectiveness
This white paper explores the value of the expanded data layer on campus. By leveraging their data ecosystem, colleges and universities can uncover new information to strengthen their institutional effectiveness.
Free the Data: Engaging Student Affairs Staff in Moving Toward a Culture of Evidence
Strategic Planning in the division of student affairs can sometimes hit a wall. Once a division has moved beyond the development of goals, objectives and learning and program outcomes, and is collecting data in a robust and systematic way, it can sometimes be difficult to keep staff engaged in the planning and assessment process in meaningful and actionable ways. And,...
Harnessing Faculty Power with Better Outcomes Assessment
In today’s higher education environment, faculty regularly find themselves being pulled in more directions than ever. No longer debating whether they should be a sage on the stage or a guide by their students’ side, faculty now are asked to think about their roles in admissions, retention, graduation rates, and student success. Beyond the long-standing faculty triad of teaching, research,...
Connecting Student Affairs Assessment, Resources, & Trends with SAAL
Join us for an introduction to Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL), an organization that brings together educators who coordinate student affairs assessment initiatives. In this webinar, a panel of SAAL members discussed current projects, helpful resources, and professional development opportunities through SAAL. Panelists also shared their thoughts on the future of the field of student affairs assessment.
Embracing a Framework for Student Learning Outcomes
A well-articulated learning outcome statement is key to both achieving and measuring learning. If you can’t specify what your students will know or be able to do as a result of a course, program, or other intervention, then what hope do they have of actually accomplishing it? Similarly, measurement requires a precise understanding of what the outcome should look like...
Create Meaningful, Measurable, and Manageable Outcomes
When designing learning outcomes, clarity is key. Clear learning outcomes answer the ‘why’ behind your courses and programs. They confirm what your campus is all about. It’s therefore important to clarify intentions, articulate expectations for student success, and understand how your outcomes will be measured. Clear learning outcomes inspire greater contributions to the big picture and support program review, accreditation,...
Advancing Innovation of Teaching and Learning with a More Holistic Approach
In our fourth episode, JD White, PhD, talks with Ken Ryalls, PhD, about shifting the paradigm for teaching and learning. Most current approaches, for instance, emphasize using course evaluations to evaluate a faculty member instead of focusing on professional development to improve instruction methods. Ken advocates a holistic system that neither ignores nor overemphasizes student feedback, and rewards classroom engagement,...
Make Rubrics a Best Practice at Your Institution
A well-designed rubric is an indispensable tool in learning assessment. Academic and student affairs leaders are increasingly using rubrics to provide a shared language for learning and a systematic approach to capturing rich learning data. Rubrics are a scalable assessment method that can be used by anyone – instructors, advisors, programs, departments, colleges, and entire institutions – to better understand...
Closing the Assessment Loop: Making Informed Decisions
Imagine booking a trip but never getting on the plane, or buying a movie ticket but never walking into the theater. Or what if you fully planned a program, but you never executed it? Barring environmental or extraneous factors, it's hard to imagine not following through in these scenarios. Now, think about learning valuable information through an assessment project, but...
Student Affairs Program Review Made Simple
Does program review seem overwhelming? Not sure where to start? At Virginia Tech, we’ve been using the CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Standards for the last seven years to guide our student affairs program review process. Join us to learn how we’ve created a successful program review process. In 30 minutes we keep it simple:...
Developing Employable Skills: Assessing the Needs of First-Generation Students
First-generation college students are a growing, yet under-studied, population for higher education. The 2015 Project CEO benchmarking study identified 27% of respondents as first-generation students. Data from the first-generation group indicated lower skill attainment in co-curricular experiences when compared to non-first-generation responses. What does this mean for the ways we support first-generation student needs in relation to developing employable skills?...
Strategic Planning in Student Affairs: Theory and Practice
According to Bresciani (2010), the “strategic plan represents the ideal of what the institutional leadership desires to achieve” (p. 39). Traditionally, however, strategic planning has often been viewed as an intimidating and difficult process leading to a document that may sit on a shelf (or be stored on a flash drive) and not be used in organizational decision-making processes. Using...
Building a Strong Foundation for Student Learning Assessment
Assessment of student learning outcomes is essential to the co-curricular experience and student success. Still, embarking on a division-wide initiative to develop a comprehensive set of learning outcomes and a solid assessment process for student affairs can be overwhelming. Where to begin and who to involve? What resources exist, how do you build staff competencies, and what should the process...
Engage, Learn, Succeed: Collecting Data to Enhance the Student Experience
At the University at Albany, the Division of Student Affairs works with campus partners to enhance the student experience. Our mission is to prepare students to live, learn, and lead, thereby developing skills to thrive in an increasingly complex, diverse, and global society. We invite you to explore our Office of Student Learning and Assessment’s framework for data collection, which...
Engagement & Employability: From Student Leader to CEO
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has identified the 10 most desirable skills employers seek in new college graduates. From teamwork to problem solving to influence, what role can outside-the-classroom experiences play in the development of these skills? Using data from the 2015 and 2016 Project CEO benchmarking study, this webinar explores how students perceive the impact of...
Beyond Assessment Management: Shifting your focus to progress, not process
As pressure for institutions to make data-informed decisions increases, it’s no longer enough just to manage the assessment process—the stakes are too high. It’s time for assessment leaders to approach assessment through a new lens, one focused on progress and not process. Listen as Casey Iannone and JD White, PhD, urge assessment leaders to go beyond managing systems and processes...
More Is More: Multiple Measures for Better Assessment
What if in order to receive your driver’s license, all you needed to do was pass a written test? The road would be a very dangerous place. Personally, I feel much better knowing that the driver in the next lane went through multiple measures (a written test, driver education course, required minimum hours of driving experience...
Want a Manageable Outcomes Assessment Process? Keep Three Things in Mind.
Documenting student learning outcomes isn’t a simple process nor is it really approachable for many faculty and staff. It’s easy to know the student got a correct answer to a mathematical equation like 2 + 2 = 4. But, as students advance in school, the outcomes they’re exposed to also get more complex; naturally, the process to measure these outcomes...
Easy Isn’t Enough: Making the Assessment Process Meaningful
Friday is trash day at my house. Every Thursday evening, I break down the recycling, fill the cans, and roll them down to the end of my driveway. It's easy because someone gave me the cans, put wheels on them, and promised to stop by every Friday morning and take it all away. But I don't put the trash out...
The Five W’s of Benchmarking
Good data is an indispensable resource for higher education. Put campus data in context, and its value increases dramatically. In fact, a larger context, achieved through benchmarking, can help faculty and staff assess student learning and the effectiveness of their programs over time.
A New Outlook on Outcomes
In our second episode, JD White, Ph.D., talks with Shannon LaCount, Ed.D., Director of Campus Success, about the value of a thoughtfully considered assessment approach. Shannon presents the concept of learning outcomes assessment as so much more than an administrative task. When structured effectively, assessment can clearly demonstrate if, and how well, students have learned– and why this matters. Previously...
Learn from Your Outcomes
Student learning outcomes are an important data set that must be incorporated into an institution’s educational intelligence ecosystem. Simply linking outcomes to courses and departments is not enough to drive the level of progress needed to transform institutions. What’s needed is a change in how student learning outcomes are perceived, how instructive data is used, and who is given access...
The Future Is Now with Data Science
In our premiere podcast, JD White, Ph.D., V.P., Product Development and a self-proclaimed data geek, talks with Data Scientist Steve Simpson, Ph.D., about higher ed’s “data moment.” A former economics professor and a new addition to the Campus Labs team, Steve explains the role of data science in his academic research as well as its power to help transform administrative...