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Assessment Consortium
Assessment Consortium

Western New York Assessment Consortium for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

The Assessment Consortium was held on June 18th, 2012 at the RIT campus.

logoThe consortium was designed to connect regional student affairs and enrollment management professionals to share and discuss assessment practices and knowledge.

This year we focused on making assessment practical for the specific work we conduct in departments of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. This consortium offered opportunities to learn practical strategies from regional colleagues, formally showcased effective assessment practices, and engaged in informal discussions with peers from other institutions.

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Keynote Address by Dr. Andrew Wall

Andrew Wall

Andrew Wall co-authored the book Assessment Reconsidered: Institutional Effectiveness for Student Success (ICSSIA, 2008), which examines assessment practices in higher education, responding to greater expectations for institutional accountability and increasing assessment capacity to support student learning and success.

Dr. Wall is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester where he teaches courses in organization and governance of higher education, higher education policy, and evaluation in education. Wall's published research can be found in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Educational Finance, Journal of Policy Futures in Education, Community College Review, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal of Psychology Interdisciplinary and Applied, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Wall's remarkable record of accomplishments include receiving the University of Rochester's G. Graydon '58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty and being named a 2008 Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Wall, who serves as a Young Academic Fellow for the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and Lumina Foundation for Education, focuses his research and evaluation projects in the areas of college student health and learning, learning outcomes, state educational finance, and public trust in education. He also brings prior experience directing a statewide higher education evaluation project, working as a social policy researcher and in higher education student affairs.

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Morning Assessment Sessions (11:00 - 12:00)

Concurrent sessions.

Developing Operational Outcomes for Your Unit
Operational outcomes assess areas such as program effectiveness, constituent needs, culture/environment, setting targets for planning, staffing patterns and other non-learning related items. Including these types of outcomes in your assessment plan ensures that you are gathering multi-dimensional data to use to improve programs and services. This session explores how to relate your operational outcomes to strategic planning, unit/divisional goals and other efforts in order to gather measurable, useable data.

Presenter: Kimberly Yousey-Elsener - Associate Director of Assessment Programs at Campus Labs, Buffalo NY


Writing Effective Learning Outcomes for your Department/Division
Learning outcomes assist in framing program design, driving purposeful assessment, and ensuring alignment with divisional and institutional missions and goals. This session will highlight the components of successful learning outcomes, outline the process of writing these outcomes, and conclude with a practical activity where attendees will apply these skills to their own efforts.

Presenters: Venessa Walker & Celinda Miranda-LaBella - Assessment Consultants at Campus Labs, Buffalo NY


Afternoon Assessment Sessions (2:30 - 3:30)

Concurrent sessions.

CAS Across the Divisions
The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) offers institutions and departments a process for measuring quality in student programs and services through a systematic process of commonly accepted standards (CAS, 2008). While the CAS model is effective as a department or functional area review, CAS can also be used for a division wide program review assessment. This session will walk participants through an example of a division wide assessment.

Presenter: Dr. Kerry Levett - Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Finger Lakes Community College

CAS Program Review Presentation


External Reviewer Job Description

Team Member Description

Self-Study Timeline

Maps, Rubrics, And Templates – A Primer On Their Uses For Assessment In Student Affairs
Establishing an assessment regimen in a student affairs unit can be made less daunting by employing templates, maps and rubrics that have been developed by institutions of higher education and higher education professional associations. This session will present an example of a map for tracking student outcomes of student affairs programming; a rubric for assessing student learning; and a template for recording and communicating assessment results; and discuss their application as part of a comprehensive approach to assessment.

Presenter: Presenter: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio - Vice President for Student and Campus Life at SUNY Geneseo


Leading Through Assessment: Leveraging the Organizational Review for Career Services Effective leadership is key to meaningful organizational change in student affairs work. Essential to effective leadership in today's higher education environment is the ability to cultivate an organizational culture of transparency, continuous improvement, and evidence-based decision-making. Using career services organizations as an example, participants will learn more about the effective use of organizational self-studies and external reviews as specific assessment strategies in developing a more effective, responsive, and productive student affairs organization.

Presenter: Manny Contomanolis, PhD - Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Career Services at RIT

"How do we measure the outcomes of our jobs?: Are we effective at meeting our annual enrollment goals?" Each year, undergraduate and graduate admissions offices are given enrollment goals that need to be met in order to maintain institute/university enrollment and budgetary needs. With many internal and external constraints, enrollment management divisions need to employ successful strategies to meet intended outcomes throughout the admissions cycle. In this session we will discuss how admissions offices identify and measure the outcomes that are key indicators of success within your organization. It is more important than ever to become smarter about how we meet our goals given that internal budgets constraints, a struggling economy and competition has made it more difficult to recruit new students to our campuses.

Presenter: Marian Nicoletti - Director of Transfer Admissions & Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at RIT

Assessing Residential Life and the Campus Experience This session will highlight integrated assessment approaches to assessing the student experience, including learning, engagement and satisfaction with a focus on residence life and the student experience. Also, this session will provide ideas and discussion around residence life, campus life, programming and community engagement.

Presenter: Sara Kelly - Assistant Director of Residential Life/Learning Communities, The College at Brockport, State University of New York


Go to Health: Assessment and Continuous Improvement in Health, Counseling, and Prevention Services Student Health Centers, Counseling Centers, and Prevention/Wellness Programs are integral to the mission of Student Affairs programs. These areas offer a wealth of data on the experiences and behaviors of our students. This session will highlight tools to develop a foundation for the assessment of student health, how to select meaningful and relevant assessment processes, linking assessment to accreditation, and using results to continuously improve practice.

Joshua M. Fegley, M. Ed. - Assistant Director, Health Promotion and Prevention Services
Libby Caruso, MSN, ANP-BC - Director, Student Health Services
Darlene Schmitt, MSEd, LMHC, CASAC - Associate Director, Counseling Center
The College at Brockport, State University of New York

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