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.
Each department within the Division has an assessment coordinator whose responsibility is to oversee assessment in that department. The Assessment Coordinators come together to form the Assessment Council, where they connect and share in assessment related work from their respective departments. Student Life Assessment, Improvement, & Research (AIR) also provides support in the form of Assessment Consultations, available to staff in the Division, a collection of Tools for Assessment, and guidance on the Administrative Review process.
Student Life Assessment, Improvement, & Research (AIR) provides assessment consultations to support staff in the Division. Individual and group consultations are available across all aspects of the assessment cycle:
The DSL Assessment Council guides assessment activities across the Division of Student Life. The responsibility of the members are to keep the council informed of current/upcoming assessment projects within their area and share data from their area.
Each department in the Division of Student Life has an assessment coordinator whose responsibility is to coordinate assessment in their respective departments. The responsibilities of an assessment coordinator are to:
Tools for Assessment
To ensure staff members in the Division have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to conduct assessment in their areas, building and developing talent is a priority. The Assessment Development Series will be offered on a yearly basis to support capacity building in the Division of Student Life.
When sending surveys or questionnaires to the entire student population or a sample of the student population, the survey/questionnaire must go through administrative review. The Administrative Review Panel, composed of the University-wide officers, approves any non-collegiate surveys/questionnaires.