W9 - Raising the Bar: Developing a Culture of Assessment in Student Affairs through Effective Structures and Program Review
Today's higher education ecosystem, with its focus on the holistic development of students is greatly enhanced when student affairs units are key players in students’ educational experiences. However, many units are unsure about the effectiveness of their programs and the extent to which they impact student success in the most meaningful way possible. Student affairs units may also need to improve their collaborative efforts with academic affairs to advance student learning and development. Clearly, the co-curricular experience can best be highlighted or advocated for by strong and consistent assessment practices that lead to improved learning opportunities for students.
Your institution may be at the beginning stages of developing effective student affairs assessment practices. These may include:
- Engaging units in effective assessment practices
- Developing meaningful mission statements and goals
- Working collaboratively with academic affairs
- Stating and measuring student learning outcomes
- Initiating program review and using results to improve programs
- Disseminating findings to the campus community
In this workshop, you will learn about best practices in each of these areas. You will also actively engage with us in several activities designed to help you make assessment an integral and essential part of your student affairs programs and services. In addition, you will be provided with a student affairs assessment guidebook to assist you as you later engage with campus colleagues in this important work.
Kevin Grant is the Director of Student Affairs Assessment & Research at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. In this role, he leads and consults across the division towards strategic alignment and effective assessment practices. This role provides a critical vantage point straddling the curricular divide with one foot in Student Affairs and the other in the Academic Affairs. Kevin is a sought-after speaker, consultant and strengths-based coach with research interests in efficiency, strategic structures and civility. He serves NASPA as the Region VI representative for the Assessment, Evaluation and Research Knowledge Community and is regularly involved in the accreditation work of WSCUC. As a proud alumnus of the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy, he is honored to continue supporting and serving the assessment community.
Susan Platt is the former Executive Director of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where she worked for twenty years before retiring in 2017. At CSULB, she led a team of eight assessment facilitators who worked with student affairs units to conceptualize and implement comprehensive assessment activities that aligned with institutional learning goals. She also taught Research Methods in Education in the College of Education for more than a decade. Susan has offered numerous workshops at NASPA national conferences and the WSCUC ARC related to assessment practices and partnerships. Her most recent publication appeared in NILOA, where she co-authored a viewpoint pertaining to working with academic affairs to scaffold student learning outcomes. Susan now serves as a WSCUC peer reviewer and a guest faculty member of WSCUC’s Assessment Leadership Academy (ALA). She is a proud alumna of the ALA and earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from UCLA.