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Casey Iannone

Challenging Traditional Assumptions About Assessment Management

For our most recent Data in Higher Education podcast, I had the chance to sit down with my colleague, JD White, and discuss the decade-long shift in how institutions gather and use vital information for assessment management. Constituents across higher education are hungry to make use of the growing amount of data to make more … Continue reading Challenging Traditional Assumptions About Assessment Management

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Siobhan May

From Involvement to Engagement: The Difference Is in the Outcomes

“An involved student is a successful student.” This is one of the most commonly repeated phrases in Student Affairs. However, as we learn more about the importance of engagement in higher education, we recognize that this phrase captures just a small part of the picture for student success. In their book Student Engagement in Higher … Continue reading From Involvement to Engagement: The Difference Is in the Outcomes

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Emily-Rose Barry

Seven Data-Driven Ways to Identify At-Risk Students

As students return to campus and settle in for the new semester, administrators must face the daunting task of unpacking a complex and all-important problem: retention. The stakes are high in those first few weeks, as the excitement subsides and the reality of college life sets in. Given this scenario, it’s easy to see the … Continue reading Seven Data-Driven Ways to Identify At-Risk Students

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Jill Whalen

More Is More: Multiple Measures for Better Assessment

What if in order to receive your driver’s license, all you needed to do was pass a written test? The road would be a very dangerous place. Personally, I feel much better knowing that the driver in the next lane went through multiple measures (a written test, driver education course, required minimum hours of driving … Continue reading More Is More: Multiple Measures for Better Assessment

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JD White

Eager to Measure Your Outcomes? First Assess Your Outcome Statements

As the spring term draws to a close and students walk across the stage in caps and gowns, it is time for my annual reflection on one of my biggest accomplishments to date: earning my Ph.D.  Some may call this ritual part of the healing process, but I prefer to think of it as an … Continue reading Eager to Measure Your Outcomes? First Assess Your Outcome Statements

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Adam Cebulski

Want a Manageable Outcomes Assessment Process? Keep Three Things in Mind.

Documenting student learning outcomes isn’t a simple process nor is it really approachable for many faculty and staff. It’s easy to know the student got a correct answer to a mathematical equation like 2 + 2 = 4. But, as students advance in school, the outcomes they’re exposed to also get more complex; naturally, the … Continue reading Want a Manageable Outcomes Assessment Process? Keep Three Things in Mind.

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Shannon LaCount

Easy Isn’t Enough: Making the Assessment Process Meaningful

Friday is trash day at my house. Every Thursday evening, I break down the recycling, fill the cans, and roll them down to the end of my driveway. It’s easy because someone gave me the cans, put wheels on them, and promised to stop by every Friday morning and take it all away. But I … Continue reading Easy Isn’t Enough: Making the Assessment Process Meaningful

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Jill Whalen

More Effective Professional Development: Catering to the Adults in the Room

At specific times of the year, you find yourself preparing for professional development (PD) opportunities. Perhaps you have a list sitting on your desk or have pulled together resources for all of the wonderful opportunities you’re going to make available for faculty and staff in the coming semester. Before you move any further, take a … Continue reading More Effective Professional Development: Catering to the Adults in the Room

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Maureen Halton

The Five W’s of Benchmarking

Good data is an indispensable resource for higher education. Put campus data in context, and its value increases dramatically. In fact, a larger context, achieved through benchmarking, can help faculty and staff assess student learning and the effectiveness of their programs over time. Measuring against internal or external standards can also contextualize assessment results in relation … Continue reading The Five W’s of Benchmarking

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Jessica Kitt

We’re ready for #NASPA16

“From gun violence to sexual assault to protests across the country around issues of systemic oppression and racism, higher education has been on the front page,” wrote NASPA President Kevin Kruger in his January predictions for 2016. He went on to highlight a number of challenges and opportunities for student affairs administrators in the coming … Continue reading We’re ready for #NASPA16

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