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Assessment

“Assessment is any effort to gather, analyze, and interpret evidence which describes institutional, divisional, or agency effectiveness.”
Upcraft & Schuh, p18

As part of its mission to advance the existing culture of assessment, the Office of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives helps departments across the Division of Student Life collect and analyze data to enhance knowledge, guide practice, and inform decision-making.

OASI provides training and resources to help departments successfully navigate the following:

  • Preparation of the Division Annual Report, including the regular updating and maintenance of Key Performance Indicators for each department,
  • Identification of student learning and program goals that align with the Division Tactical and University Strategic plans,
  • Organization of activity codes
  • Assessment and evaluation of program effectiveness, including survey administration using Anthology (formerly Campus Labs) Baseline
  • Preparation and facilitation of program reviews

Quote from Upcraft, M.L., & Schuh, J.H. (1996). Assessment in student affairs. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Activity Codes 
The Activity Roster Tracking System allows us to house and organize data-sets for specific co-curricular activities, initiatives, and programs.
For more information please follow this link.

 

OASI Annual Assessment Cycle

OASI has in place a yearly assessment cycle. The following timeline details the activities in our yearly rotation:

Summer Deadlines

June 30 – Annual Reporting

  • Assessment Plans (X3)
  • Executive Summary
  • Annual Data Form
  • Spring KPIs (Link shared via e-mail)
  • This reporting cycle will not include tactical plan forms.

July 1-30 Annual Planning Meetings

July 30th – Next’s year’s plans:

  • Updated copy of department strategic plan
  • List of department student learning and program outcomes
  • Assessment Plans (3) Phase 1 only
  • List of Surveys

Other: 

July 15 – Summer Activity Code uploads due to Student Activity Roster System

August 16th – Summer KPIs due to dslassessment

Fall Deadlines

November 15 – Fall Activity Code uploads due to Student Activity Roster System

January 4 – Fall KPIs due to dslassessment

Spring Deadlines

April 15 – Spring Activity Code uploads due to Student Activity Roster System

June 30 – Spring KPIs due to dslassessment