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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
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 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.”

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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.”

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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)

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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

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

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
take home assignments
Take Home Assignments
  • Read Student Affairs Learning and Development Objectives
  • Meet With Supervisor
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