Assessment & Research

The Office of Student Affairs Assessment & Research at Iowa State University
is responsible for consulting on, leading, and
coordinating inquiry efforts across the Division of Student Affairs.

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This site is designed to be a place where visitors can access reports, resources, and general information about assessment, research, and inquiry efforts within the Division of Student Affairs at Iowa State University.
The purpose of assessment is:

  • To illustrate what it is that we do;
  • To demonstrate why we do what we do;
  • To show how well we do it (or don’t do it);
  • To ensure we are doing it well (e.g., having an effect, moving needles, improving learning);
  • To identify areas for change, improvement, or growth;
  • To determine if changes, improvements, or growth actions actually worked;
  • To inform policy and practice; and,
  • To directly articulate how the Division of Student Affairs contributes to the learning mission of Iowa State University.

Assessment is not just something we add on to our work; it’s built in. The assessment cycle we espouse actually frames the creation and delivery of programs, services, and initiatives within the overall process of understanding what is to be gained or learned as a result of participating or interacting with our work.

Learn about what assessment is and isn’t.

Have a question about Student Affairs Assessment & Research? Thinking about how to assess what students are learning through interacting with you? Stuck on where to start? Reach out!

Matthew D. Pistilli, Ph.D., Director
pistilli@iastate.edu
515-294-5162

Office of Student Affairs Assessment & Research
Friley B0039, 212 Beyer Court
Ames, IA 50012-1058