Assessment, one of the most glamorous topics in higher education today! Did I say glamorous? I think I meant grueling… Okay, so let’s agree that while assessment probably isn’t your favorite, its bad reputation is a bit unfair, too, like the state of New Jersey’s.
This month, we are dedicating a series of posts to #SAassess. You’ll be treated to a variety of knowledgeable and relatable perspectives on assessment as a state of mind, a culture, a story, and yes as an imperative.
No matter what realm of Student Affairs you practice in, assessment absolutely matters. It matters because we all need to look for ways to continuously improve our services, practices, and programs. It matters because assessment informs our institutional and functional area planning. It matters because student learning outside the classroom needs to be measured in order to demonstrate we are reaching our intended learning outcomes. And perhaps most anxiety producing of late while enrollments decline in higher education institutions of all sizes across the country, it matters because it helps us justify funding for personnel and resources, reinforcing our value as Student Affairs educators.
I’m sure many of you would agree that assessment is not solely the responsibility of offices of institutional research or personnel whose titles include “assessment.” We all share this role and should seek opportunities for cross-training in this area when possible. We all add value to the assessment process because of our diversified perspectives.
As you read through our series this month, we hope you will gain inspiring insights and take time to reflect on how you make meaning of your data collection and assessment practices. And be sure to follow the conversation and share your thoughts on twitter, #SAassess. Happy November!
> BONUS <
Podcast With Nicholas on Assessment of Student Programming