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Co-Curricular Assessment in Student Affairs


Student Affairs is dedicated to ensuring a strong assessment program that contributes to operational effectiveness and supports student learning. 

An Assessment Committee within Student Affairs has worked since 2009 to advise on assessment and assist departments.  This committee is led by the Director of Budget and Administration and is comprised of staff from across the Division.  The Committee monitors assessment activities and provides training and resources for departments.  External training is also provided.  In 2016, Student Affairs held a number of sessions with Marilee Bresciani, Ph.D. (Assessing Student Learning and Development) to gain more facility in creating student learning outcomes (SLO's).  Work on SLOs is a regular part of the Student Affairs Council agenda. 

Student Affairs engages in a variety of assessment activities:

1.  Departmental Review (2010-2015): Utilizing the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS), programs conducted a baseline assessment on standards of good practice in Student Affairs.  Action plans were formulated, and these were then evaluated for completion. 

2. Student Learning Outcomes: (2012-Present): The Student Affairs team has been working on developing SLO's at the department, program and activity level utilizing the domains developed through the work of ACPA and NASPA , as articulated in Learning Reconsidered.  They cover the following seven domains:

Knowledge Acquisition, Integration, and Application


Civic Engagement

Inter/Intra Personal Competence

Practical Competence

Persistence and Academic Achievement

Cognitive Complexity

While departments may use all these domains, we have also focused selectively on some.  For example, the domains for focus in 2015-2017 are Humanitarianism, Inter/Intra Personal Competence, and Practical Competence.  These were chosen for their alignment with the core competencies selected by Academic Affairs in 2015-2016.  We also strive to identify a mix of cognitive, affective and behavioral outcomes within these domains.

3. Satisfaction and Experiential Evaluations: These assessments usually cover qualitative and quantitative factors of discrete activities, such as orientation and workshps.  They also include very large campus-wide experiences, such as post-graduation employment and needs assessments.

4. Data Analyses are also formulated to address specific research questions.  In these cases, existing data are used to gauge effectiveness of activities and program and/or to identify interventions and trends.   






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