Division of Student Affairs
Assessment has long been a focus of the Division of Student Affairs. In 2000, the Division developed a working plan outlining its assessment goals. A timeline document was developed spanning 12 years and highlighting which areas of the Division would be responsible for conducting assessment during any given year.
In 2008, the Vice President for Student Affairs created a new Student Affairs Assessment Committee to review the Division’s assessment practices and develop plans for reinvigorating foundational goals conceptualized in 2000 as well as plans for developing meaningful future assessment initiatives. The Committee led a number of workshops for professional staff on integrating learning outcomes into the Division’s efforts and how to create a culture of meaningful assessment. Subsequently, more areas within the Division have been guided by intended student learning outcomes and have implemented programmatic improvements as a result of reviewing qualitative and quantitative evidential material. All of these efforts have been in conjunction with the professional staff’s engagement with national best practices of assessment in student affairs.
In 2009-2010, members of the Committee attended the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) National Symposium, in Arlington, Virginia. The information gained at the Symposium helped the Committee develop ten recommendations that could be used as a springboard to move the Committee’s work forward. These recommendations were congruent with the suggestions of the College-wide Middle States Accreditation efforts, and the suggested recommendations formed the foundation of the Committee’s efforts for the next several semesters.
In 2010-2011, under the direction of a new Vice President for Student Affairs and a new Committee chair, the Committee set forth with the recommendations and achieved the following:
- Submitted Divisional assessment report to the Cabinet in Summer 2010.
- Conducted a survey regarding professional development preferences to all professional staff.
- Participated actively in Student Voice Webinars.
- Developed online resources now available to the Division through SharePoint.
- Drafted working Divisional mission statement and submitted to the Directors in preparation for first Student Affairs retreat in February 2011. The Directors revised and approved a mission statement for the Division at the February retreat.
- Collaborating with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), the Committee recommended a template for uniform reporting which was approved in Spring 2011.
- Established open communication with the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness regarding how the Committee can help the College-wide Middle States Accreditation efforts.
- Created a gap analysis for directors and the Vice President for Student Affairs.
- Launched a long-term assessment project for the Division with OIRA.
- Hosted presentations from each reporting unit in Student Affairs to discuss Divisional assessment tools.
- Submitted recommendations regarding Divisional assessment tools.
- Established an evolving assessment website for the Division.