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Groover, Cynthia D.; McBrayer, Juliann Sergi; Cleveland, Richard; Riggs, Amy Jo – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2019
Many institutions implement assessment teams as resources to develop faculty and staff knowledge of and confidence in programmatic assessment processes. Additional resources may include rubrics or peer review and feedback, but effectiveness of these resources is rarely evaluated. Programmatic assessment allows institutions to examine the impact of…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Administrator Surveys, Scoring Rubrics
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Rincón, Blanca; Castillo-Montoya, Milagros – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2018
This qualitative study examines how service-learning pedagogy can facilitate graduate students' learning of assessment. Interviews with 14 students enrolled in a student affairs graduate program suggest that (a) direct application of content knowledge through a service-learning course enhanced students' learning of assessment, (b) exposing…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Graduate Students, Student Personnel Services, Educational Assessment
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Priniski, Stacy J.; Winterrowd, Erin – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Academic outcomes assessment in student affairs is integral for both service improvement and demonstrating the unit's value to the university's academic mission. However, identifying the right measures is challenging. We implemented three common measures (pre-post self-reported academic functioning, retrospective perceptions of service impact, and…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, College Outcomes Assessment, Pretests Posttests, Measurement Techniques
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Fuller, Matther B.; Lane, Forrest C. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2017
Student affairs, like all arms of academe, has taken up the mantle of assessing college student learning and development in their unique programs and experiences. Yet, cultures of assessment in student affairs organizations are rarely examined empirically. This study provides results from an exploratory factor analysis of data gathered using the…
Descriptors: Models, Student Personnel Services, Factor Analysis, Program Development
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Newton, Andrew R.; Maher, Michelle A.; Smith, Douglas A. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Assessment has assumed an increasingly prominent place in academic and student affairs practice. Yet, in smaller student affairs departments with limited staffing and resources, how might a department identify the resources or time to thoroughly assess student learning outcomes? This Notes in Brief details the partnership between the University of…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Masters Programs, College Freshmen, Transfer Students
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Hoffman, Jaimie – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
The landscape of assessment in higher education in the United States is changing; stakeholders are calling for an increased level of accountability with evidence of the impact on student learning becoming a pervasive expectation. Student affairs professionals are not exempt from this responsibility; they must be prepared to assess and articulate…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services, Online Surveys, Counselor Attitudes
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Ryder, Andrew J.; Kimball, Ezekiel W. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2015
Assessment to improve student learning and program effectiveness is an essential skill for student affairs practitioners. Empirical findings from a content analysis of the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners (ACPA & NASPA, 2010) shed important light on reflexivity as a foundational aspect of assessment. Based on…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Program Effectiveness
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Bowman, Nicholas A. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Asking college students how much they have learned or grown is a common assessment practice in student affairs and elsewhere. Unfortunately, recent research suggests that these self-reported gains do a very poor job of measuring actual student learning and growth. This paper provides an overview of the psychological process of how students likely…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Development, Student Improvement, Achievement Gains
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Gerstner, Jerusha J.; Finney, Sara J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Implementation fidelity assessment provides a means of measuring the alignment between the planned program and the implemented program. Unfortunately, the implemented program can differ from the planned program, resulting in ambiguous inferences about the planned program's effectiveness (i.e., it is uncertain if poor results are due to an…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Fidelity, Student Personnel Services, Alignment (Education)
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Athas, Christina; Oaks, D'Arcy John; Kennedy-Phillips, Lance – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Employment within student affairs divisions offers environments in which students can apply the knowledge they have gained, as well as acquire new competencies, helping them to build solid foundations for their futures. Researchers used an online survey to assess the outcomes associated with part-time student employment within the student affairs…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services, Staff Development, Online Surveys