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Drinking The Kool-Aid: Assessment for New Professionals, by New Professionals

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A conference presentation at the NEACUHO 2013 Annual Conference on Assessment Methods for New Professionals

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Drinking The Kool-Aid: Assessment for New Professionals, by New Professionals

  1. 1. Drinking the Kool-Aid! Assessment for New Professionals, by New Professionals Ryan Greelish, Resident Director, Bridgewater State University Julie Hayes, Resident Director, Bridgewater State University P. Max Quinn, Resident Director, Bridgewater State University
  2. 2. @RyanGreelish @J_E_Hayes @PMaxQuinn #NEACUHO2013 #AssessmentKoolAid
  3. 3. Program Abstract “Don’t understand why assessment is so important? Unsure how or why we should demonstrate the value of our work? Learn how we as new professionals have taken the plunge into the world of assessment and why we would advocate that you join us in “drinking the Kool-Aid”! This peer-to-peer session will focus on ways we have used assessment to improve our work, to promote student learning, and incorporating it into job searches, building relationships, and educating students. We are excited to share our opportunities and experiences with you because assessment is here to stay, and it is up to us to embrace it. OOH-YEAH!” #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  4. 4. Goals Learn how we, as new professionals, have taken the plunge into the world of assessment and why we would advocate that you join us in “drinking the Kool-Aid”! This peer-to-peer session will focus on ways we have used assessment to improve our work, to promote student learning, and incorporating it into job searches, building relationships and educating students. #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  5. 5. Learning Outcomes Participants will be able to recognize the importance of embracing assessment. Participants will be able to identify the high value assessment provides in our work. Participants will be able to learn how to incorporate assessment into their jobs. #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  6. 6. Assessing the Kool-Aid... Who had assessment in formalized education? informal education? What experience do you have with assessment? None Some Much I’m an Expert What are your thoughts and feelings about assessment? #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  7. 7. Kool-Aid for Thought... “Every student affairs professional I know is overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated. I truly understand that the last thing you and your colleagues have time for is another responsibility... Yet, one could argue that assessment is not an added responsibility and that high-quality programming has always required an evaluation component to learn if that programming has been effective” “I don’t have time to do assessment. Just give me the form to complete or tell me which box to check. I just want to be done with it” (Bresciani, 2003, p. 14). (Upcraft and Schuh, 1996 from Bresciani, 2003, p. 15). #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  8. 8. Why Drink The Kool-Aid? What is Assessment? Why assessment is important? Accountability Improvement ACPA Ask Standards “A milestone development in the history of ACPA’s commitment to assessing student learning and development, the ASK Standards now place this work among the necessary responsibilities of student affairs professionals.” - Peggy Maki, Sept ‘06 #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  9. 9. Why Drink The Kool-Aid? Who is it important to? What are the implications if you don’t drink the Kool-Aid? #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  10. 10. Kool-Aid Basics Learning Outcomes SWBAT + Bloom Word + Condition Goals Direct vs. Indirect Quantitative vs. Qualitative #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  11. 11. Surveys Not the Only Type of Assessment! Develop in a Team Types of Questions Layout Common Mistakes/ Challenges #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  12. 12. Rubrics Important Questions Types of Rubrics Holistic vs. Analytical Considerations Review Rubric Benefits http://rubistar.4teachers.org/ #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  13. 13. Interpreting & Reporting Why Document Your Results? Considerations Interpreting Data Quantitative vs. Qualitative Reporting Trustworthy & Credibility Institutional Surveys #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  14. 14. Common Myths Complex Analysis is What Impresses People Analysis Happens at the End Quantitative Data is the Most Important Data is the Most Important Stating Limitations Weakens the Evaluation #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  15. 15. Developing a Kool-Aid Plan Identify Assessment Methods Develop a plan for collecting data Prioritize goals and set timelines Implement the Assessment Plan Use data to improve processes Communicate Results #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  16. 16. Considerations Simple Aligned with the institutional mission Focus on one or two at a time Borrow ideas from other institutions Start Backwards #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  17. 17. Tastings of the Assessment Kool-Aid #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  18. 18. Assessment is Kool... Follow the leader, not the wolf... Give IN to peer-pressure... Find Kool-mentors Sell your own brand of Kool-Aid #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  19. 19. Preparing the Kool-Aid for our Students Teach them HOW... to Write learning outcomes (LOs) Why they are important How to link LOs to Mission to Write a program evaluation Why satisfaction evaluations are important in student programming Teach them WHY... You, your department & institution drinks Kool-Aid You need information to make decisions We must measure student learning #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  20. 20. Assessment is never done, it is a cycle The cycle: Kool-Aid = 1 part water, 2 parts mix, 3 parts love - stir until mixed well, enjoy over ice, repeat until satisfied Assessment = 1 part value, 2 parts continuous improvement, 3 parts student development - mix together, celebrate with colleagues and repeat as necessary! #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  21. 21. Drink the Kool-Aid... What have you done to embrace assessment? Are you afraid of? What is scary about assessment? What does the Kool-Aid taste like? #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  22. 22. A Special Thanks To: @BethMoriarty Director of Residence Life & Housing, Bridgewater State University & @CHolbrook357 Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Bridgewater State University #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  23. 23. Kool-Resources ACPA Ask Standards http://rubistar.4teachers.org/ (Rubrics) http://www.smcm.edu/studentaffairs/assessment.html (Briefings & Executive Summaries) http://uncw.edu/studentaffairs/assessment/documents/voiceflyer.pdf (Student Campaign) http://www.bridgew.edu/StudentAffairs/Assessment/ (Divisional Overview) #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  24. 24. Kool-Resources ACPA/NASPA/ACUHO-I Professional Competencies NASPA Leadership Exchange – Fall 2003: Assessment of Student Learning and Development - MORE THAN A PLUG N’ PLAY by Marilee J. Bresciani http://www.naspa.org/membership/mem/pubs/lex/03fall.pdf Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation #NEACUHO2013 @PMaxQuinn @J_E_Hayes @RyanGreelish
  25. 25. QUESTIONS? Thank you! @RyanGreelish @J_E_Hayes @PMaxQuinn #NEACUHO13 #AssessmentKoolAid

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