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.
Taking Aim at Student Learning
Access the Taking Aim presentation and handout to learn how to define student learning outcomes (SLOs) and describe their format and desired characteristics. See how assessment can help you in your work and learn how to write an effective student learning outcome using the SWiBAT format.
Choosing an Assessment Method
Access the Choosing an Assessment Method presentation and handout to learn how to identify opportunities for embedded assessment in your workplace. This presentation will show you how to define direct and indirect measures of learning and improve your ability to choose an appropriate method for assessment.
Beyond Surveys and Focus Groups
Access the Beyond Surveys and Focus Groups presentation to learn about other methods for gathering assessment data including: unobtrusive measures, observations, visual methods (such as photo journaling), and content analysis.
Using Assessment Results to Improve Practice
Access the Using Assessment Results to Improve Practice presentation and handout to learn about the process of analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. By the end of this presentation you will be able to explain the importance of storytelling when reporting assessment results and be able to identify strategies for using results to improve practice.
Analyzing Assessment Data
Access the Analyzing Assessment Data presentation to learn about analyzing qualitative and quantitative data.
Using Data to Make Decisions
Using assessment data to make decisions is all about moving from data to dialogue to action. Access the Using Assessment Data to Make Decisions presentation to learn about a structure you can use to think about your data and determine what action to take.
Telling Your Assessment Story
Access the Telling Your Assessment Story presentation to learn about how to best communicate your assessment results within and outside your department. This presentation covers the key points to communicating assessment results: determining your audience, targeting your communication, choosing a communication format, and creating an assessment report that will actually get noticed.
Creating an Assessment Plan
Access the Creating an Assessment Plan presentation and handout to learn about how to create mission rich learning outcomes and a manageable program or department assessment cycle. Use our assessment plan template to assist in creating a personalized assessment plan.
Embrace the Messy: Using Design Thinking to Get Moving on Assessment
Access the Embrace the Messy: Using Design Thinking to Get Moving on Assessment presentation to learn how to apply design thinking to everyday assessment activities.
Assessment as Mindful Practice
Access the Assessment as Mindful Practice presentation to reflect on the connection between mindfulness and assessment.
Developing Learning Outcomes for Living Learning Communities
Access the Developing Learning Outcomes for Living Learning Communities presentation to learn more about developing learning outcomes and determining assessment methods for Living Learning Communities.
University of Iowa Assessment Handbook
The Assessment Handbook is meant to be a condensed practical guide to support student affairs practitioners in thinking about and using assessment in their daily work.
These Information Sheets are meant to provide practical information on specific assessment topics.
Presentations for Reference
The following presentations on specific assessment topics are for your reference.
Assessment Methodology in Higher Education by John Schuh
Data Coaching Workshop by Theresa Welbourne
University of Iowa Websites
The links below highlight assessment efforts that are occurring across the University of Iowa.
Assessment in Student Affairs at Other Institutions
The links featured below highlight assessment in Student Affairs at institutions across the country.
- Texas A&M University (Department of Student Life Studies)
- North Carolina State University (Office of Institutional Research and Planning)
- Ohio State University (Center for the Study of Student Life)
- Oregon State University (Office of Student Affairs Research and Evaluation)
- University of Georgia (Department of Student Affairs Assessment)
- University of North Carolina, Charlotte (Student Affairs Research)
- University of North Carolina, Wilmington (Student Life Assessment)
- University of Rhode Island (Division of Student Affairs)
The links below highlight various professional associations that promote and support assessment efforts in higher education.
- American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
- ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation
- American Council on Education
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)
- Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
- Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
- Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
- NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community
- National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
A list of books, journals, articles, and other publications on various assessment topics.