Assessment Support

  • Assessment Resource Guide: The Resource Guide walks you through our assessment framework and each step of the assessment cycle. It includes a glossary and several helpful resources.
  • Assessment Foundations Workshop Presentations: The series was last offered on May 16-25, 2016
    • Session 1: Assessment Foundations This session sets the foundation for the remaining sessions and provides a basic overview of assessment in higher education as well as its purpose. It also reviews the assessment cycle and identifies barriers to engaging in assessment within Student Affairs and one's individual work.
    • Session 2: Outcomes This session focuses on understanding what outcomes are as well as how to write measurable outcomes. This session will help participants articulate outcomes for their unit as well as align them with the co-curricular learning outcomes, divisional and institutional strategic goals.
    • Session 3: Strategies and Measures This session will help participants articulate the purpose of the assessment(s) they carry out as well as align the work they do with the outcomes they articulate. We will also develop measures, both direct and indirect, that will provide actionable data to help inform decisions.
    • Session 4: Gather Data - Qualitative This session will help participants understand which types of questions lead to the use of qualitative methods as the best way to measure outcomes. Participants will learn about the different qualitative methods that can be employed and when IRB approval is required for assessment activity. We will also discuss data security.
    • Session 5: Gather Data - Quantitative This session will help participants understand which types of questions lead to the use of quantitative methods as the best way to measure outcomes. Participants will learn about the different quantitative methods that can be employed and when IRB approval is required for assessment activity. We will also cover concepts such as reliability, validity, inferential statistics and common quantitative measures such as means, frequencies, and correlations. Data security and tests of significance will also be covered.
    • Session 6: Interpret Evidence and Make Decisions to Improve Often the most forgotten step in the assessment cycle, this session will focus on how to transform data to information, how to triangulate multiple data points, and how to explain the limitations of the data we collect.
    • Session 7: Survey Design (optional) Surveys are one of the most popular quantitative measures. This session will focus on strategies to develop good survey questions that will provide meaningful data as well as how to minimize the various sources of error involved in conducting surveys. We will also cover some important Qualtrics tools.

Rev. 5/26/17