Expectations and Support for Assessment Coordinators

As an Assessment Coordinator, you are an asset in creating a culture of assessment (“making decisions based on evidence, versus instinct or tradition”) within the Division. We have a wide variation in department structure and size within the Division – meaning that Assessment Coordinator roles may vary. These are the common expectations for you in your role.

New coordinators: Be actively engaged in at least one assessment project per year.
Experienced coordinators: Be actively engaged in multiple assessment projects per year. 

Your assessment project is largely up to you, working in concert with your colleagues. General guidelines are:

  • Choose something that your department cares about – you may want to brainstorm as a group. Some guiding principles could be:
    • Any new program should be assessed in its first year
    • Think about a program you’ve done for a while that staff might wonder about effectiveness
    • Follow your natural curiosity
  • Choose something you are in a position to change (we want you to be able to use assessment data for improvement)
Serve as a role model in using assessment in your daily work
  • Share assessment data at staff meetings (some Coordinators have added a standing item on agendas)
  • Promote a culture of the “blameless autopsy” where you model discussing positive and negative outcomes data and working to figure out how it can help you improve
  • Refer colleagues to us if they need additional training and support
  • Share resources, articles, etc. with your colleagues
Promote assessment as a way to do our work more effectively

Why wouldn’t we want to make decisions with good information vs. without it?

  • Find ways to demonstrate assessment as a part of our work cycle – not a standalone. Integrate it into the planning and implementation process. Good assessment takes time but also saves time.
  • Invite investment. If you have colleagues in assessment, invite them to join you in your work. This can include graduate or undergraduate students. If you want to form an assessment work group to guide projects in your area, feel free.
Seek support

We are here to help you with any aspects of your work. We can help with developing outcomes, assist you with your assessment plan, and help you analyze data. Our goal is also to help you develop confidence, when needed, in your own skills. Please contact Teri Schnelle to set up a consultation.