Preparing for the Fall

By | 2018-06-04T17:36:39+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Planning|

Summer is supposed to be slow, right? The more people I talk to, the more people say that summer seems to be almost as busy as the regular school year. That makes it even more important to plan and prepare for assessment when you have the opportunity before getting back into the busy-ness of the [...]

Reflecting on the Year

By | 2018-05-01T08:16:56+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Assessments|

It’s May. Time to reflect back on a (hopefully) successful academic year. When things start to quiet down, it’s a great time to reflect on your assessment before getting wrapped up in the planning for the next year. We have to set aside time for it, or else we get sucked into putting out the [...]

April Fool’s Assessment

By | 2018-03-20T16:18:29+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Assessments|

It’s April 1st. I admit, I’m not much for April Fool’s jokes, but that got me thinking about assessment failures (and potentially looking like an assessment fool). I thought it might put people at ease to hear about some of the mistakes I/we have made over the years. Fortunately, we are quick learners and only [...]

What is Your Story?

By | 2018-02-21T16:51:27+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Uncategorised|

We've been talking a lot lately in the Division of Student Affairs about "Telling Our Story." That's a good thing, because some people have said it's the best kept secret on campus. Assessment can really help you tell your story. Obviously, you should be doing assessment so you know how well you do and how [...]

Assessment is about Relationships

By | 2018-02-02T10:30:23+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Assessments|

February is known for Valentine’s Day and celebrating relationships. I hope that you will celebrate your relationship with assessment. Some of you are thinking, “I certainly don’t have a loving relationship with assessment. I’m not sending chocolate or even a greeting card.” Thinking beyond the nuts and bolts of assessment toward the end result of [...]

A New Year, A New Assessment Resolution

By | 2018-01-02T17:12:09+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Uncategorised|

It’s that time, when people create resolutions to improve something in the new year. You might find it easy to set resolutions about eating right, exercising, stopping bad habits…but be lost about what you want to accomplish with your assessment. Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one, and there are a lot of staff who [...]

Giving the Gift of Assessment

By | 2017-12-05T12:23:10+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Uncategorised|

It’s that time of year when many of us share gifts and gather together as a community in celebration. What does that look like in student affairs assessment? By doing assessment, you are giving the gift of storytelling and improvement to those you serve (and will serve in the future). You also give yourself the [...]

Improve vs. Prove?

By | 2017-11-08T11:19:04+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Assessments|

I hear a lot of staff and graduate students talk about “proving” the worth of a program or “proving” student learning took place or having to “prove” that student affairs has value on a college campus. I appreciate the effort and sentiment behind the word, but I also caution folks about making claims they cannot [...]