Assessment: Start with Questions

Assessment Workshops: Start with Questions


Assessment starts with questions - for example, wanting to know something more about what is going on, the effect we're having, or what attendees are learning. 

To help you begin to answer these questions, the Division of Student Affairs Assessment Committee is offering a series of workshops for division staff. Attend one or all to increase your knowledge of assessment tips and tricks. There is a session for everyone, whether you are new to assessment or ready to tackle your survey results.

These workshops will be lead by Dr. Matt Pistilli, Director of Assessment and Research, Division of Student Affairs; Dr. Denise Williams-Klotz, Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Affairs; and Dr. Liz Housholder, Senior Research Analyst, Campus Life.

RSVP for one or more of the workshops here:

Once sessions have been presented, slides and other materials will be made available here as well.

Assessment 101: The Basics
Facilitated by Matt Pistilli

What is assessment? Join us for an introductory session on defining and understanding assessment, the forms and methods of assessment, and how assessment is used in the Division of Student Affairs.

Date: October 27 | 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Location: UDCC 136

Slide deck (PDF)

Assessment in Student Affairs: Why it Matters
Facilitated by Matt Pistilli

Why do we do assessment? This session will dive into the assessment cycle and why assessment is critical in out work to serve students.

Date: November 1 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Location: MU 3512

Assessing Student Learning in Student Affairs
Facilitated by Matt Pistilli

How do we know if they’re learning? Assessing student learning is easier said than done—this session will prepare you to establish program and learning outcomes and to determine if they’re being met.

Date: November 4 | 3:30p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: UDCC 136

So we have data. Now what? 
Facilitated by Matt Pistilli

What do we do next? This session will focus on working with data once it’s collected including how to secure data, tools for analyzing data, and how to communicate outcomes to stakeholders.

Date: November 9 | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: UDCC 136

Survey Design and Strategies
Facilitated by Denise Williams-Klotz

Who doesn’t love a survey? This session will provide you with the tools to build good surveys including discussion of writing effective questions, formatting a survey with the audience in mind, and boosting your response rate.

Date: December 8 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Location: UDCC 136

Journey Mapping
Facilitated by Liz Housholder

How do students get there? Journey-mapping is a customer experience tool that can be used to better understand and create aspirational student experiences. Come to this session to learn more about what journey-mapping is, how it differs from other types of mapping (such as process mapping), and how to use it for assessment and evaluation purposes.  

Date: January 12 | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: MU 3512  

Poster design/visualization/story telling
Facilitated by Matt Pistilli

Do you like this art I made? Once you have excellent data and have analyzed it to determine important findings, the work is not done. This session will provide you with the tools to prepare a poster and otherwise provide visualization for your data so you can effectively tell your story.

Date: February 17 | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Hixson-Lied 0060