Assessment, Improvement, & Research
The mission of Student Life Assessment, Improvement, & Research (AIR) is to lead outcomes-based assessment in the co-curricular setting, support evidence-based decision-making, and promote a culture focused on the continuous improvement of programs and services.
- Make assessment as accessible as possible for student affairs practitioners
- Meaningfully tell the story of the Division of Student Life
- Collaborate within and outside the Division to support student success
We all want to know if we are helping students succeed and assessment is a key tool that helps us target our efforts, learn about their impact, and make changes to best help students learn, grow, and develop during their time at The University of Iowa. The primary purpose of assessment in the Division of Student Life is the improvement of student success and institutional performance. It is our expectation that all departments in the Division are conducting regular assessment to understand strengths and areas of improvement.Learn More
"Understanding is the first step toward improvement. Until you understand what is, you cannot identify a reasonable path toward what could be. " - The Undergraduate Experience
The work of the Division of Student Life is a key driver in the university strategic plan and the success of the University of Iowa. We must innovate, bring forward new ideas, and think differently about the way we do our work in order to support the success of our students.
To demonstrate the impact of the Division of Student Life on the student experience Student Life Assessment, Improvement, and Research supports:
Strategic decision-making based on accurate, current data
Business Intelligence (BI) partnership
Communicating the impact of the co-curricular experience with the campus
The AIR supports access to current and accurate data to promote evidence-based decision making in the Division of Student Life and meet the University of Iowa’s strategic plan.
Each department within the Division of Student Life uses the data collected through assessment to create change. Data is used to make evidence-based decisions on improvement of programs and services and reported out to internal and external stakeholders.Learn More
2019 Year in Review
Each fall, the Division of Student Life has an opportunity to showcase some of the accomplishments from the previous academic year. It is something I look forward to enthusiastically. I see the work of this dedicated and loyal team every single day, so it gives me great pleasure to be able to share it with you.Learn More