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59. Building Assessment Capacity in Student Affairs

Date/Time: Available as a Webinar Replay
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitators: Dr. Jen Meyers Pickard & Dr. Angela Yancik Baldasare
Price: $98

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As the demand for well-executed assessment increases from our institutions and external constituents, pockets of intimidation and resistance still persist within some student affairs units. In 2010, the University of Arizona’s Student Affairs Assessment & Research unit created a Basic Assessment course with the overarching goals of helping professionals to increase their assessment capacity and integrate assessment into their daily student affairs practice. This webinar will outline the practical, useable class model that was developed through cross-division collaborations. It will also discuss the eight, 3-hour course outline base on six modules including assessment basics, elements of assessment, data collection, description and analysis for quantitative data, description and analysis for qualitative data, and communicating your results. Join us to learn how your division or unit can adopt a similar approach to turn data-averse skeptics into willing and enthusiastic data aficionados and foster a culture of assessment on your campus.

  • Learn key questions to determine the appropriate reporting products (e.g., executive summaries, presentations, fact sheets, talking points, detailed reports).
  • Identify a series of appropriate reporting tools given the assessment's purpose and audience.
  • Articulate the principles and techniques associated with presenting data graphically.
  • Understand how to parse large reports into modular pieces for easier audience consumption and use.
Any student affairs professional who produces assessment reports and is interested in different options and/or streamlining their reporting processes.

Angela Yancik Baldasare is the Director of Assessment and Research at the University of Arizona. Together with her Assessment and Research unit colleagues, Angela works to assess priority issues for the Vice President of Student Affairs, and provides consultation and training on assessment, evaluation, and research efforts throughout the division. Having formerly served as the director of a large non-profit research and evaluation organization, Angela has overseen the evaluation of more than 150 programs in education and public health fields, nationally and internationally, and has designed and implemented data collection systems to measure the impact of diverse programs, policies, and practices. Angela earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Arizona in 2000 and was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Dayton from 2000-2003.

Jen Meyers Pickard is an Assessment and Research Specialist in Student Affairs Assessment and Research at the University of Arizona. In conjunction with her unit colleagues, Jen currently works to increase assessment skills and abilities of division personnel via training, consulting, and collaboration with student affairs units on the design, coordination, and implementation of assessment plans and activities. With over 12 years of higher education experience in academic advising, orientation, parent programs, assessment, and research, Jen serves in leadership roles on the ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and the NASPA Parent and Family Relations Knowledge Community and is an active member of the NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community. Jen has a B.S. in psychology from Bowling Green State University and both a M.A. and Ph.D. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland.

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