We support student learning by measuring the student learning outcomes and effectiveness of Division of Student Life programs and services.
The Division of Student Life is committed to assessing our programs and services because doing so helps us make thoughtful decisions based on good information versus instinct. Assessment doesn’t have to be intimidating or overly complicated – mostly it’s about keeping the goal(s) in mind and gathering information that will give us reasonable ability to make decisions about whether we met our goals or not. We all want to know if we’re helping students succeed – 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.
From the Associate Director, Teri Schnelle
My goal as the Associate Director for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives within the Division is to support Division staff in integrating assessment into their work in ways that are manageable and valuable. I assist staff in designing effective assessments by providing consultation (individual and group) and support on: developing learning outcomes and assessment measures, analyzing data, and communicating assessment results. I also provide staff development workshops and develop resources on various assessment topics. Please contact me if you have any questions, would like to learn more about assessment, or would like to set up a consultation.
Assessment Coordinators & Council
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:
Departmental Program Review
The Division of Student Life fosters student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom. The departmental program review process empowers departments within the Division of Student Life to critically evaluate their work and their effect on the student experience through a lens of continuous improvement. The review process is an opportunity for departments to take a comprehensive and critical look at the unit, to clearly state and evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and to outline a plan for future action.
Tools for Assessment
The Office of the Vice President for Student Life hosts various workshops to support staff development on assessment related topics. The following presentations, worksheets, and handouts are free to use. Please contact Teri Schnelle if you have any questions.