Before the Surveys, Spreadsheets, and numbers: Laying a Solid Assessment Foundation

This is a presentation that I gave at the GLACUHO Annual Conference on 10/21/2019.

The Abstract is: Assessment and evaluation of the work that we do is a vital portion of students affairs practice but is also often feared and ignored (at least until accreditation time). Professionals will often become lost in the “trees” of assessment (spreadsheets, numbers, survey questions, etc) and never see the forest (a robust and evolving story of the department, division, or office). This session will focus on the “bigger picture” of assessment answering questions such as: What is assessment? Why should we do assessment? Who does assessment? What are some barriers to doing good assessment? If you are wondering “where do I begin?” or how to overhaul your assessment process this is the session for you.