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Student Affairs Assessment & Evaluation Learning Community

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Join the Assessment & Evaluation Learning Community and work with other Student Affairs professionals to improve your assessment skills and share knowledge.

The Student Affairs Assessment& Evaluation Learning Community is a learning collaborative that can help you hone your assessment skills, assess the outcomes of your programs and services, and learn more about how students are growing.

Learning Community Activities & Goals

Learning Community members meet to:

  • Advance their knowledge of the value and practice of assessment and evaluation in Student Affairs
  • Brainstorm assessment and evaluation projects
  • Give and receive feedback on assessment and evaluation projects

As a member of the Assessment & Evaluation Community, you focus on answering these questions:

  • What are we trying to do and why?
  • What is my program supposed to accomplish?
  • Is my program accomplishing what it's supposed to accomplish? How do we know?
  • How do we use the information to improve or celebrate successes? If we make improvements, do they work?

Learning Community Resources

Check back soon for resources from upcoming meetings. All resource files are in PDF format.

2017 meetings

February 9:

Anthony and Cat from CSI-Community Service, provided an example of how their office used concept mapping to gain a better understanding of their program. Additionally, Karen Van Ness from the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program (CASP) presented on the use of concept mapping within focus groups to gain better insight on how students view their campus networks.

January 12:

Engaged Learning Tools Coordinator Kim Elias provided an overview of Engaged Learning Tools, including the Research Experience & Applied Learning (REAL) Portal, the Enhanced Electronic Transcript (E2T), the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), and Portfolium. She explained that these tools help students discover, capture, review and share their experiences and skills.

Meeting Resources:

2016 meetings

December 12:

Meeting attendees received a copy of the 2016 Student Affairs Assessment and Evaluation Report. Dr. Lowe provided an overview of assessment and evaluation, including formal definitions and the difference between both concepts, and the process within the Student Affairs unit.

Meeting Resources:

November 14:

Estefania Lopez from the Office of the VCSA provided a brief overview of the national and Student Affairs surveying landscape, and Dr. Armstrong from Student Research and Information (SRI) provided an overview of the campus-wide surveys. Meeting attendees expressed interest in using the UCUES, YFCY, and CIRP survey tools. In a follow-up message to the learning community, Dr. Lowe offered to facilitate data requests/ inquiries from individual units/ programs to the SRI office.

Meeting Resources:

October 10:

Dr. González shared his vision and expectations for Student Affairs assessment and evaluation, including creating a learning space, developing interesting ways of assessing and evaluating, and sharing this information within and across units. Meeting attendees expressed interest in better understanding: UCUES data; data resources/ tools available; the similarities and differences of assessment; evaluation, and metrics, qualitative methods; analysis; and other topics.

Join the coalition!

All Student Affairs staff members are invited to participate in the monthly meetings — we hope you'll join the fun!

Contact Marlene Lowe to join the Assessment & Evaluation Learning Community, and to receive e-mails notifying you of upcoming meetings and related news.

Assessment & Evaluation

Contact Us

Student Affairs Assessment & Evaluation
University Center 112
9500 Gilman Drive #0015
La Jolla, CA 92093-0088
sa-assessment@ucsd.edu