Division of Student Affairs Assessment Plan
The authors of Student Affairs Assessment: A guide for practitioners describe different types of assessment based on the level of assessment complexity (Upcraft and Schuh, 1996). Our division uses these types of assessment as a framework to guide our initiatives and engages in activities to address each of these areas. Our framework is supported and sustained by our assessment infrastructure, which provides the means for carrying these activities. Infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, equipment, software, policies and procedures, assessment plans, assessment scheduling, professional development opportunities and other assessment resources.
Membership & Charge
The Student Affairs Assessment Council is made up of members of the WCU community who are responsible for assessment activities and/or interested in learning more about co-curricular assessment. The mission of the Council is to work with staff and faculty to improve the quality of co-curricular programs and services, student learning, retention and success through the intentional use of data.
The Assessment Council will:
- Review Student Affairs' contribution to meeting the Middle States Accreditation Standards
- Contribute to the assessment plan for the Division of Student Affairs
- Create and share assessment resources and professional development opportunities
- Design a co-curricular assessment calendar and provide feedback on assessments
- Recognize and celebrate co-curricular assessment activities that align with best practices
- Encourage collaboration on assessment projects where appropriate
- Assist with the coordination of division-wide assessment projects as needed
- Meet 1-2 times per month
Adapted from the previous WCU Assessment Council mission and the University of Oregon Student Affairs Assessment Council.
|Sendy Alcidonis||Center for Women and Gender Equity|
|Kaileik Asbury||Dowdy Multicultural Center|
|Pam Frontino||Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs|
|Briana Green||Dowdy Multicultural Center|
|Tammy Hilliard-Thompson||Office of Student Conduct|
|Maggie Holroyd||Off Campus and Commuter Services|
|Brian Moore||Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs|
|Erin Obetz||Off Campus and Commuter Services|
|Adriane Reilly (Co-Chair)||Sykes Student Union|
|Sarah Ryan||Office of Student Conduct|
|Katelyn Shellaway||Twardowski Career Development Center|
|Amanda Thomas (Co-Chair)||Assessment and Planning|
|Susan Visoskas||Residence Life and Housing Services|
|Charles Warner||Student Leadership and Involvement|
|Nzingha Wright||Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs|
|Devan Zgleszewski||New Student Programs|
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