Student Affairs Assessment Workshop Series

The Student Affairs Assessment Committee holds regular professional development workshops regarding assessment and planning topics.  Workshops are designed for staff (including student employees) in Student Affairs, but open to campus partners as space allows.

Spring 2024 Events

February 15th, 2024 - Assessment in Student Money Management

University Bursar's Student Money Management Center provides financial education for students across the University of Illinois System. With limited staff and resources, assessment is an important aspect of supporting students' financial well-being. This workshop will provide a case-study example of assessment in SMMC and some existing tools for assessing financial well-being. Presented by Andrea Pellegrini, Student Money Management

Time: 3pm - 4:30pm

Location: The Hub, Room 3070 (Enter on Daniel St.)

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March 14th, 2024 - Indigenous Assessment Practices

Assessment is a cultural sensibility and practice long held by many Indigenous communities. In this session, the presenter will provide a lived experience approach and introduce a Diné form of assessment, including examples of how relationships to place, settings, and communities influence how assessment is planned, undertaken, and validated.

Presented by Dr. Charlotte Davidson, Director, Native American House

Time: 3pm - 4:30pm

Location: The Hub, Room 3070 (Enter on Daniel St.)

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April 11th, 2024 - Market Research in Higher Education

When you hear the term "market research", people often think about the surveys we get after a store visit or giving feedback about a new product. But it has so many more strategic applications, particularly in higher education. This workshop will discuss why market research is so essential in higher education, talk about use cases, and review best practices for conducting market research.

Presented by Jeffery Sylvester

Time: 3pm - 4:30pm

Location: The Hub, Room 3070 (Enter on Daniel St.)

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Past Events

September 14th, 2023: Qualtrics 101

Come learn more about Qualtrics, the campus-wide survey platform.  

October 12th, 2023: Data Identity and Assessment Planning

Where are you comfortable with data?  How can you continue to improve your skills.  This session explores the many facets of data identity and begins the process of assessment planning.  

November 9th, 2023: Using CAS Standards

Join Dr. Gayle Spencer, current President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards as she reviews the resources and self-assessment guides available to Student Affairs units via CAS.

December 14th, 2023: Sense of Belonging at Illinois

Student’s feelings of belonging on college campuses is closely tied to student success, retention, and persistence.  In this session we will explore sense of belonging measures from campus surveys and the findings from a qualitative interview project.

January 19th, 2023 The Illinois App: Assessment for Direction and Impact

Assessment is a crucial part of every good product.  Come learn how the Smart, Healthy Communities Initiative and the Rokwire team utilizes assessment to guide the development of new Illinois App features and to measure impact of the App.  Presented by Dr. Mel Fenner, Director Health Technology, Student Affairs Technology

February 16th, 2023: How to Conduct Learning Outcomes Assessment

Presented by: Dr. Julia Makela, Director of Career Development, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

March 23rd, 2023: Survey Design 101

April 20th, 2023: Introduction to Tableau Public

Tableau has revolutionized the data analysis task by allowing users to connect, visualize, and interact with data. Join us for an introductory workshop where you will learn how to make charts (scatter plots, treemaps, word clouds), apply analytics, create dashboards, and publish and share your Tableau visualizations.  Presented by Jen-chien Yu, Director of Library Assessment, University Library