We offer a long list of live webinars throughout each semester including product tutorials to best practices as well as many that are marked with equivalencies for professional development. Our webinars require internet and phone access and group participation is welcomed.

Recordings of these live webinars will also be made available to Member Campuses. There are also recordings available from our Innovation Webinar Series.

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Upcoming Webinars in alphabetical order.
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Skill Level: Advanced

Melissa Wright

Adapted from a conference paper given at the SUNY Conference on Writing, this webinar will provide a brief overview of the concept of formative assessment as articulated in recent scholarship. This overview will help demonstrate how writing instruction lends itself to the incorporation of formative assessment and may also reveal the ways in which writing instructors already engage in a number of formative assessment practices. The co-presenters will also share tips and experiences using formative assessment in their own classrooms as instructors of college-level writing courses as well as offer options to Baseline users for engaging in formative assessment through the Student Response System.

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Skill Level: Advanced

Mary Odden

Interested in how you can take your data analysis to the next level? After a brief review of levels of measurement and descriptive statistics, the focus of this session will be on the uses of inferential statistics that are often conducted with an advanced statistical software package (e.g., SPSS). Examples include t-tests, ANOVAs, and chi squares. We will review the purpose behind each of these types of analyses and provide easy-to-understand examples for which you may consider using these more advanced statistics.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Jenna Ralicki

Caring for students’ mental health and well-being requires a clear assessment plan that includes being able to ask about and identify their current states of health, offering support and services they need, ensuring the right programs and services are in place and accessible to students who need the them, and determining service effectiveness and impact. This webinar will focus on student mental-health assessment data, trends, and opportunities.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Mary Odden

Building a culture of assessment takes time and dedication, and schools often don’t know where to start! Join Campus Labs and The Sage Colleges as we discuss how they began their journey of building a campus culture of assessment and getting staff from varying levels of assessment experience all on the same page.

Guest Presenter:

Sharron Murray is the AVP for Student Life/Director of Career and Leadership Development at The Sage Colleges.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Jenna Ralicki

During this session we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the tools and functions available in the Baseline site to review your data. Even if you haven’t collected data yet, it is helpful to know how you will use the data when you are still in the assessment planning stages. Participants will learn how to create and customize graphs; apply filters to view subsets of data; create saved views of data; export data; and set up comparison reports of data across time, between groups or programs, or before and after an intervention.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Katie Felton

Though the Student Strengths Inventory & Continuing Student Assessment are powerful instruments on their own, there is a lot more Beacon users can do to maximize their retention and student success efforts. In this webinar, we will discuss best practices for launching these instruments as well as adding custom institutional questions to capture important campus-specific data. We will also provide examples of questions across a variety of topics and populations, including financial aid, mental health, and first-year experience, all of which can be included as custom questions and Baseline triggers for ongoing assessment efforts. Though the webinar will not get into thorough technical detail, we will provide an overview of the purpose and concept of custom questions and triggers.

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Skill Level: Beginner

Allison Laske

In this session we will discuss the framework of setting up Success Networks for Students in a meaningful way so that connections are engaging, purposeful, and built around retaining our students. We will review the decision-making process of selecting people across campus to be part of the network, buy-in recommendations, as well as trainings for all members within the network.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Katie Felton

One of the most commonly asked questions of the Student Success Consultants is: “How can we increase student adoption of CollegiateLink?” Join us for this Best Practices webinar to hear how other campuses are getting their students more involved and gather some ideas for your upcoming academic year. This webinar will take you beyond just branding and marketing, covering on-going adoption and implementation on campus. We will also discuss ways to measure student involvement and engagement in your CollegiateLink site.

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Skill Level: Beginner

Emily-Rose Barry

This webinar will address both the process and content for designing and implementing survey methodology. We will discuss timeline, questionnaire construction, response formats, obtaining useable survey responses, and data collection strategies. The session is a good refresher for folks who already use survey methodology and a good introduction for those who want to get started, but don’t know where or how to begin.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Kevin Bates

Many campuses begin their CollegiateLink launch within their Student Activities offices. This webinar will help current and potential member campuses understand and recognize ways to engage offices in other areas of the campus, such as athletics, residence life, and even admissions. You will learn how the system can assist with the unique needs of your office and campus by effectively promoting, managing, and assessing student involvement.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Kate Griffin

Learn about two community colleges—Cascadia Community College and IECC—that have developed not only an institution-wide assessment process, but also a culture to support it. Presenters will describe how they gained momentum for their respective assessment initiatives, their process for defining and refining their outcomes and plans, and the mechanisms they have in place to continue to scaffold these initiatives with concrete support and professional development. Facilitators will also offer some concluding suggestions for developing a culture of assessment based on other emerging trends in the field.

Guest Presenters:

Susi Hamilton joined Cascadia Community College as its Director for Institutional Effectiveness in 2008. She has worked in higher education for almost 2 decades leading design teams for multiple campus-wide tools used to improve student learning and institutional effectiveness. She is relied on for generating and analyzing relevant information that supports college-wide, evidence-based planning, assessment, and decision-making. She has developed solutions to assist in meeting accountability standards, such as a 360-degree Program Review, electronic based learning outcomes and accreditation processes, and proven methods that provide a continuous flow of planning, assessment, feedback, reflection, and improvement.

Prior to working in the Washington state system, Susi served as Assistant Registrar at McMurry University in Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a Master’s in Education from the University of Washington Bothell with an emphasis in assessment.

Nixie Hnetkkovsky is a life science instructor at Frontier Community College in Fairfield, IL, in the Illinois Eastern Community College District. She has been the Director of Student Learning Assessment since 2009 and was a Faculty Coordinator of Assessment from 2007 - 2009. IECC participated in the Higher Learning Commission's Assessment Academy from 2007- 2014. In the Academy, IECC developed a comprehensive assessment program including General Education, Program, Course, and Co-Curricular Assessment. IECC used several methods of communication which was vital to engage all aspects of the institution in assessment. Communication, collaboration, and technology have helped a culture of assessment evolve at IECC which ensures student success.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Dan Norton

The involvement data that CollegiateLink collects can be used in many ways to help support office or divisional goals. This session focuses on the reporting features of CollegiateLink along with strategies and examples of using data from the system to answer interesting questions.

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Upcoming Compliance Assist Series Webinars in alphabetical order.
(Click on a webinar title for description and registration information.)

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Mary Odden

    Building a culture of assessment takes time and dedication, and schools often don’t know where to start! Join Campus Labs and The Sage Colleges as we discuss how they began their journey of building a campus culture of assessment and getting staff from varying levels of assessment experience all on the same page.

    Guest Presenter:

    Sharron Murray is the AVP for Student Life/Director of Career and Leadership Development at The Sage Colleges.

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    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Kate Griffin

    Learn about two community colleges—Cascadia Community College and IECC—that have developed not only an institution-wide assessment process, but also a culture to support it. Presenters will describe how they gained momentum for their respective assessment initiatives, their process for defining and refining their outcomes and plans, and the mechanisms they have in place to continue to scaffold these initiatives with concrete support and professional development. Facilitators will also offer some concluding suggestions for developing a culture of assessment based on other emerging trends in the field.

    Guest Presenters:

    Susi Hamilton joined Cascadia Community College as its Director for Institutional Effectiveness in 2008. She has worked in higher education for almost 2 decades leading design teams for multiple campus-wide tools used to improve student learning and institutional effectiveness. She is relied on for generating and analyzing relevant information that supports college-wide, evidence-based planning, assessment, and decision-making. She has developed solutions to assist in meeting accountability standards, such as a 360-degree Program Review, electronic based learning outcomes and accreditation processes, and proven methods that provide a continuous flow of planning, assessment, feedback, reflection, and improvement.

    Prior to working in the Washington state system, Susi served as Assistant Registrar at McMurry University in Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a Master’s in Education from the University of Washington Bothell with an emphasis in assessment.

    Nixie Hnetkkovsky is a life science instructor at Frontier Community College in Fairfield, IL, in the Illinois Eastern Community College District. She has been the Director of Student Learning Assessment since 2009 and was a Faculty Coordinator of Assessment from 2007 - 2009. IECC participated in the Higher Learning Commission's Assessment Academy from 2007- 2014. In the Academy, IECC developed a comprehensive assessment program including General Education, Program, Course, and Co-Curricular Assessment. IECC used several methods of communication which was vital to engage all aspects of the institution in assessment. Communication, collaboration, and technology have helped a culture of assessment evolve at IECC which ensures student success.

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    Skill Level: Advanced

    George Smiltins

    The reporting tool in the Compliance Assist Planning tool allows institutions to create custom and template reports to show planning and assessment content in a variety of formats. During this webinar, we will walk through how to create a new report, in which users can choose the types of information to show, the fields to isolate, date and field filtering, sorting order, permissions, and report format (Word, Excel or PDF). We will also review gap analysis reporting where a high-level view of what content has been entered for certain types of information or fields across a group of departments is displayed in an Excel spreadsheet.

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    Skill Level: Advanced

    Melissa Wright

    While there is clearly great value in annual assessment planning processes, focusing too closely on our program outcomes year after year can also divert our attention from other problems and questions across an institution. In this webinar, we will discuss the concept of problem-based assessment and how it can be leveraged to engage faculty and staff in the assessment process both in and outside the standard annual assessment cycle.

    Guest Presenters:

    Linda Pursley, Ph.D., is the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she also serves as a faculty member to doctoral students. In her role as Director, she works with colleagues to design and conduct research to inform strategic planning and evaluation efforts, including self-studies and program reviews; coordinates the development and implementation of short and long term plans for assessment and evaluation across the University; and supports faculty and staff in their assessment and evaluation efforts, among other duties. Prior to joining Lesley in June, 2005, Linda served as the Special Assistant to the President and Director of Research for Planning and Evaluation at Cambridge College. She holds a PhD in Program Evaluation and Planning from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Family Relations and Human Development from The Ohio State University, and a Graduate Certificate Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University. In addition to her experience in assessment, planning, and research in higher education, she has also worked abroad as a Curriculum Specialist in Awassa, Ethiopia and a Technical Adviser in Maseru, Lesotho. Linda has also published and presented on topics in assessment and evaluation and participatory approaches to research and evaluation.

    Sharron L. Ronco, Ph.D., is Marquette University's Assessment Director, assisting academic departments and co-curricular units in the assessment of student learning outcomes for program improvement.  Before joining Marquette in August, 2011, Dr. Ronco was Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis at Florida Atlantic University, overseeing the university's data collection and reporting, surveys and analysis, accreditation, and assessment for institutional effectiveness.  She also spent twenty years working in higher education in Texas; first as a Branch Chief in the Dallas regional office of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, and later as Director of Institutional Studies at the University of Texas El Paso. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Statistics from the University of North Texas.  A native of Milwaukee, Dr. Ronco's bachelor's degree from Marquette University and master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee prepared her for an earlier career in secondary school teaching and bilingual education. She is active as a presenter and program committee member in state, regional and national institutional research associations, and has publications addressing the use of statistical techniques for understanding student enrollment behaviors, and in assessment.

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    Skill Level: Beginner

    Mary Odden

    Though the Student Strengths Inventory & Continuing Student Assessment are powerful instruments on their own, there is a lot more Beacon users can do to maximize their retention and student success efforts. In this webinar, we will discuss best practices for launching these instruments as well as adding custom institutional questions to capture important campus-specific data. We will also provide examples of questions across a variety of topics and populations, including financial aid, mental health, and first-year experience, all of which can be included as custom questions and Baseline triggers for ongoing assessment efforts. Though the webinar will not get into thorough technical detail, we will provide an overview of the purpose and concept of custom questions and triggers.

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    Skill Level: Beginner

    Steve Szopinski

    This webinar is an introduction to our departmental and unit program review tool, Program Review, which helps schools design their review criteria, organize their review process, manage their reviewers’ tasks, and track and document the evidence collected. We’ll go over how best to organize and conceptualize the Program Review module and what different types of tools are available for you to use.

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    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Co-Presenter: Monica Liddle

    This presentation will expose participants to the assessment and planning cultures that exist at SUNY Delhi. Further, it will provide participants with tangible strategies on how to foster the climate, culture, and framework necessary to activate a productive culture of assessment and planning.

    Co-Presenter:

    Monica Liddle is a professor of Mathematics at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi serving as the Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. In addition to teaching courses in mathematics, she works with faculty and staff across campus in the development of assessment plans and the assessment of student learning. She also co-chairs the campus Assessment Committee.

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    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Dan Kaczmarek

    Data is only as good as the decisions made from it. “Closing the loop” helps staff and student buy-in with the assessment process and improves practices. This presentation shows strategies for “closing the loop,” including traditional and informal methods of using, reporting, and representing data.

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