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Welcome!. A-team Session 1 Fall 2007. Overview for Today. Introductions What is assessment? Challenges & Concerns Map of A-Team Sessions & Outcomes Expectations. Overview for Today. Why assessment is important to Student Affairs A-Team Model

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Welcome

Welcome!

A-team

Session 1

Fall 2007


Overview for today

Overview for Today

  • Introductions

  • What is assessment?

  • Challenges & Concerns

  • Map of A-Team Sessions & Outcomes

  • Expectations


Overview for today1

Overview for Today

  • Why assessment is important to Student Affairs

  • A-Team Model

  • Mission Statements, Learning and Development Objectives

  • Take Home Assignments


Assessment definitions activity

Assessment Definitions Activity


Working definitions for a team

Working Definitions for A-team

Assessment: Is any effort to gather, analyze, and interpret evidence which describes institutional, departmental, divisional, or agency effectiveness (Upcraft & Schuh, 1996)

Evaluation: Any effort to use assessment evidence to improve institutional, departmental, divisional or unit effectiveness. (UGA Planning Model Specific)


Assessment

Assessment

  • “Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance”

  • ~Tom Angelo, AAHE Assessment Forum


Challenges and concerns activity

Challenges and Concerns Activity


Challenges concerns

Challenges & Concerns

  • Time

    Notion that assessment requires too much time

    • Implement, develop, plan, analyze, produce results

    • Already busy with lots of job responsibilities

      “Time to develop an assessment, collate the data, analyze, and act.”


Challenges concerns1

Challenges & Concerns

  • Just Getting Started:

    -Where to begin? What do you do?

    -General Confusion

    “For those who realize the importance of assessment, the challenge is where to begin/what to assess first.” “I think people don’t know where to begin. Sometimes we have to start small in assessment.”


Challenges concerns2

Challenges & Concerns

  • Participation:

    • Low student participation

    • Getting staff buy-in and involvement

    • Participatory support from some supervisors

      “It is usually the same group of students responding so the results are skewed to that population.”


Challenges concerns3

Challenges & Concerns

  • Data Saturation:

    -Too much data

    -Lack of ability to implement changes

    “Sometimes it feels like information is going to be collected only to sit in some report on a shelf.”


Challenges concerns4

Challenges & Concerns

  • Perceived Fears:

    -Undesired changes

    -Reveal negative things

    -That the process and results are elusive, complex process

    “I think the primary challenge is getting people past the notion that assessment is some incredibly complicated process that no one could possibly have adequate time to do.”


Rethinking assessment

Rethinking Assessment

Assessment is really about learning and improvement.

(Love & Estranek, 2004)


Welcome 3120021

Session I

Outcomes & Overview

What is Assessment

Assessment Language

Comp Model & Foundation

SALDOs

Session II

Overview of Outcome Design

Creating Outcomes

Service, Learning, & Development

Session III

Critiquing Outcomes

3 M’s

Intro: Assessment Steps

Session IV

Assessment Steps (cont)

Intro: Assessment Plans

Session V

Review of Assessment Plans

Session VI

Assessment Plan

Presentation

Session Evaluation

Foundation Session Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of “A” language & literature

Define and plan an assessment project for your department

Increase Technical Skills—

Perseus, Report Writing, Qual/Quan

Perform 1 + assessment projects

Assessment Resource for department and team


Why is assessment important

Why is assessment important??


Importance of assessment in student affairs

Importance of Assessment in Student Affairs

  • Almost 90% of those surveyed felt assessment was important to Student Affairs at UGA.

  • Efficacy, cost-effectiveness, resource allocation, demonstrating credibility, outcome and goal achievement, and future direction were mentioned as reasons for its importance.

    “How do we know that what we do is effective if we don’t assess it?”


Expectations for a team

Expectations for A-team

  • Don’t take this too seriously -Have fun 

  • Take the initiative

  • Learn from one another

  • Support one another

  • Attendance is crucial!


Expectations for facilitators

Expectations for Facilitators

  • Support you during sessions and outside of sessions

    • One-on-One option

  • To learn with you

  • Manage content and time

    • Be flexible

    • Respect your time


Step one alignment

Step One: Alignment

  • The Three Strategic Goals for the University of Georgia

  • Division of Student Affairs Mission Statement

  • Division of Student Affairs Strategic Plan

  • Professional Standards and Guidelines


Step two select paradigm thread

Learning

Development

Service

Step Two: Select Paradigm/Thread

Alignment


Step three establish objectives

Learning

Development

Service

Step Three: Establish Objectives

Establish Objectives/Goals


Step four establish outcomes and structure around outcomes

Step Four: Establish Outcomes and Structure Around Outcomes

Intentionally structure programs and services to address goals/outcomes

Establish Objectives


Step five assess

Step Five: Assess

Assess: Determine if you have achieved outcomes

Intentionally structure programs and services to address outcomes


Step six assess

Step Six: Assess

Evaluate: Use assessment information to examine programs and services and create improvement plan

Assess: Determine if you have achieved outcomes


Step six close the loop

Step Six: Close the Loop

Evaluate: Use assessment information to examine programs and services and create improvement plan

The Three Strategic Goals for the University of Georgia

Division of Student Affairs Mission Statement

Division of Student Affairs Strategic Plan

Professional Standards and Guidelines


Student affairs learning and development objectives

Student Affairs Learning and Development Objectives


Objectives

Objectives

  • Leadership

  • Intercultural Competence

  • Cognitive Development

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Self-Esteem

  • Collaboration

  • Healthy Behavior

  • Social Responsibility


How does it all fit

How Does It All Fit??

  • Mission of Division

  • Mission of Department

  • Learning and Development Objectives


One minute message

One-Minute Message


Take home assignments

Take Home Assignments

  • Read Student Affairs Learning and Development Objectives

  • Meet With Supervisor


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