Special Interest Group: A Conversation on the Current State of Student Affairs and Where We’re Headed
Come join the conversation as we discuss the shifting landscape of Student Affairs and how to best assess the co-curricular impact on student success. We will explore themes such as Curricular vs. Co-Curricular, Student Engagement, Post-Traditional Students, Institutional Partnerships, Student Crisis Programs and Management. We will also engage in issues such as:
- What current trends are we seeing on our campuses?
- How do we effectively assess programs while continually mitigating crises?
- What will the future hold in light of these current directions?
- How can we confidently meet this future and assess for effectiveness?
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.