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  • Mission Statement


    The mission of the Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs is to create a culture of evidence in the implementation of effective programs and services for students. The Office provides professional development workshops and research assistance to the Division of Student Affairs in developing, conducting, and maintaining high quality assessment and evaluation of its programs and services. In addition, the Office provides a coordinated appoach for data collection and uses the findings to improve programs and sevices within the Division and the College community. Our aim is to improve student educational experiences through consistent use of effective assessment strategies and to develop programs and services to advance the mission of the Divison and the College.


    Vision


    The Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs will use data to transform students into engaged, ethical decision-makers who embrace the responsibilities of global citizens. 


    To realize this vision, we will use qualitative and quantitative data to:


    • Develop more effective and efficient programs and services;
    • Foster students' intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development at the College;
    • Benchmark best practices;
    • Share information about students with the College community in order to help the College better educate its students.

    Core values that guide our work are:


    • Focus on students
    • Continuous improvement
    • Accountability
    • Collaboration
    • Evaluation
    • Inclusiveness


  •  Assessment Cycle
    Assessment Cycle
     Assessment Report Structure

    Assessment Report Structure


    Format for Report

    The self-study report should be guided by the following questions:


    • What are the programs/services supposed to accomplish?
    • What do we want students to be able to do and/or know as a result of our program/services?
    • Which conceptual framework informs your practice?
    • What is your highest aspiration for your functional area?
    • How does your functional area compare to the national standards for your area?
    • Do the programs or services meet the identified need or stated objective?
    • Are the services delivered in a timely matter?
    • What evidence exists that the stated objectives or identified needs have been met?
    • Based on the assessment of how the programs/services have met objectives, what changes will be made in the policies, programs, and services provided?

    Generic Format

    • Description of Program/Service
    • Purposes
    • Mission
    • Goals-Intended Outcomes
    • Relevance to Department and Division Mission
    • Connection to College Mission
    • Population Served: Size and Characteristics
    • Methodology
      o Resultant Data
      o Analysis
      o Suggestions for Improvement


     Guiding Principles

    The Guiding Principles of the Office of Assessment


    The guiding principles of the Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs are based on the assumption that students benefit from developing affinities for the institutions where they seek to complete degree requirements. Since there is a dynamic relationship between students and their college environment, the Assessment Office takes into account the research findings of several scholars’ Astin (1993) , Nora & Cabrera (1996), Tinto (2005), and Arbona & Nora (2007), on the impact of “institutional fit” on student educational experiences.


    These scholars’ provide the rationale for Students Affairs professionals to assess student experiences at the College, and use data to develop programs and services that enhance students’ intellectual and social development and respond to their evolving needs. The core elements of this office are to focus on students, continuous improvement, accountability, collaboration, evaluation, and inclusiveness.


    Focus on Students - The Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs works with members of the Division and the College community to use data to create personalized programs and services that meet the evolving and diverse needs of the students. Our focus is student-centered.


    Continuous Improvement - The Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs works with members of the Division and the College community to research best practices in student services across the country and establish benchmarks for performance.


    Accountability - The Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs works with members of the Division and the College community to assess the success of College services to students.


    Collaboration - The Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs works with members of the Division to encourage input and dialogue from the College community on the impact of programs and services on student educational experiences.


    Evaluation - The Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs works with members of the Division to develop metrics to evaluate the impact of programs and services on student educational experiences.


    Inclusiveness - The Office of Assessment in the Division of Student Affairs provides venues for multiple stakeholders across the College to discuss the nuances of creating appropriate tools for assessment, and using the data to improve student educational experiences.


    References


    Arbona, C., & Nora, A. (2007, spring). The influence of academic and environmental factors on Hispanic college degree attainment. The Review of Higher Education, 30 (3), pp. 247-269.
     

    Astin, A. W. (1993). What matters in college? Four critical years revisited. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass.


    Nora, A., & Cabrera, A. F. (1996, March/April). The role of the perceptions of prejudice and discriminations on the adjustment of minority students in college. Journal of Higher Education, 67 (2), pp 119-148.


    Tinto, V., (2005, December). Reflections on Student Retention and Persistence: Moving to a Theory of Institutional Action on Behalf of Student Success” Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 2.


     Key Presentation for the 2010 - 2011 Workshop Series
     Professional Development Workshop Schedule

    Professional Development Workshop Schedule


    • History, Mission of Student Affairs
    • History and Mission of Enrollment Management
    • History and Mission of Financial Aid
    • Assessment of Student Affairs
    • Connecting Student in the Age of Technology
    • Conflict Resolution and Customers Service
    • Advising and Helping Student Learning and Development
    • Working with Students from the Inside Out (Learning Reconsidered)
    • Student Affairs and ePortfolio

     Workshop Survey Summary

    Workshop Survey Summary


    Workshop Survey Summary
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