Assess & Profess Dr. Moneta’s Charge
In a recent Assessment Alliance Meeting, Dr. Larry Moneta shared four charges to those in the Division related to assessment.
1. Proliferation of Assessment – Throughout the semester students are asked to complete a variety of assessment. When deciding to reach out to students for data, remember to keep the quality of the survey high. Also, the more students are surveyed the less willing they will be to continue to participate in assessment. When possible, work with other departments to create assessments, allowing the Division to consolidate and not bombard students with excessive amounts of surveys. 2. Use What’s Available – There are various departments within Student Affairs that have gathered data throughout the past couple of years. Before beginning a new assessment project, explore what data has already been collected and see if it can be used towards your project. 3. Distribute Your Findings – Communication of data is an essential part of assessment. Share your findings with your colleagues not only in your department, but also throughout the Division. 4. Consider National Instruments – Before creating a new assessment, look for national standards and instruments that already exist. Many professional organizations within Student Affairs have available resources.
Now On Tour… DukeGroups and Baseline
November 2012 Office of Assessment and Professional Development, Student Affairs Duke University
In This Edition Dr. Moneta’s Charge……….1 Now On Tour…………………1 Assessment Alliance Welcomes New Members……………….2 What We’re Reading………2 Congratulations……………..2 Upcoming Professional Development Events ..……3 A&PD Introduces New Assessment Process………4 Research Spotlight………..5 Meet Our New Graduate Assistants……………………..6 Contact Us…………………….8
UCAE and A&PD teamed up to offer hour long roadshows throughout the Division to share an exciting new initiative, Duke Groups and Baseline, two products now available to the Division as members of Campus Labs.
DukeGroups is the most efficient way to manage student organization directories and student involvement. In turn, this database will and can be used to assess their student involvement. In the future we would like DukeGroups to become a one stop shop servicing all student organization needs including but not limited to: creating and posting events; reserving space; recommending events and organizations for students; centralizing communication for members; producing involvement records; and serving as a portal for students to reflect and detail their leadership experiences. For additional information about DukeGroups, please contact the UCAE office or visit dukegroups.com. Baseline is the Division of Student Affairs' adopted tool for the collection of assessment data. Many of the features of Baseline are similar to other tools such as Qualtrics, however, Baseline allows us awareness of all the data that is being collected across the Division in real time. Further, as a member campus we have access to national data, benchmarking, project sharing, instrument development and rubrics. For additional information on Baseline, please contact the A&PD office.
The Assessment Alliance Welcomes New Members The Assessment Alliance is pleased to welcome its new members for the 2012-‐2013 year! Sarah Loge, Campus Life John Collison, Career Center Jenni Davidson, Housing, Dining and Residence Life Tim Bounds, Resource Administration For the remaining Assessment Alliance members , as well as to learn about the business of the Alliance, please visit online at http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/ra/assessment#node-‐ 1665
What We’re Reading Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith Author: Sharon Daloz Parks Leveraging Student Engagement for Student and Institutional Success Author: Gavin W. Henning Publication: About Campus -‐ September/October 2012
Congratulations Andrea Becker (RC on East), Jenni Davidson (PC on West), and Tyrone Jean (RC on East) presented a program entitled "Assessment on a small scale: Making data work for you" at both the North Carolina Housing Officers and North Carolina College Personnel Association Conferences recently. Their program was named "best of session" at NCCPA! We are proud of their efforts to collaborate with one another and neighboring NC institutions. Emily Baker, RC for Crowell & Wannamaker Quads has been elected as the New Professionals Representative for the North Carolina Housing Officers Association. Emily will serve in this role for two years where she will be responsible for coordinating new professional gatherings as well as writing a newsletter for NCHO. If you would like to share your accomplishments in the December edition of Assess & Profess, email Austina White at email@example.com by November 23rd.
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities & Assessments
Mid-‐Year Pulse & Parent and Family Weekend Survey – Nov. 15th
P&F Weekend Survey Ends Nov. 30th
Measuring Student Learning: Creating Direct Assessments When: December 11, 2012 (2:00pm – 3:30pm) Where: Griffith Board Room Instructor: Michael N. Christakis, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Student Success, University of Albany
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Today’s College Student: Cultural Insights for Better Integration When: December 4th, 2012 (3:00pm – 4:30pm) Where: Griffith Board Room Instructors: Peter Briggs, Director, Office of International Studies and Scholars at Michigan State University Jayme Harpring, PhD, Adjunct Instructor and Research Associate at Florida State University Yenbo Wu, Associate Vice President, International Programs, San Francisco State University
Measuring Student Learning: Co-‐Curricular Student Mapping When: November 13, 2012 (2:00pm – 3:30pm) Where: 201 Flowers Instructor: D. John Oaks, PhD (Center for the Study of Student Life, The Ohio State University)
“As Duke’s student population becomes increasingly diverse, the webinar again underscored the need for us to look at cultural experiences and campus climate issues holistically and globally. We as an institution not only need to look outward, but also inward in improving all students' experiences. “ Li-‐Chen Chin, Director of Intercultural Programs, on the October Workshops “Strategic Diversity Leadership: Inspiring Change and Transformation in Higher Education.”
A&PD Introduces A New Process
A&PD has a new process for the creation of assessment projects. The following chart provides an outline of how to go from project idea to implementation. For additional information, please contact the A&PD Office.
Project Name: Leadership Educator’s Collaborative Project Contact: Deborah Hackney
The Leadership Development and Social Action team of UCAE announces the Duke University Leadership Educator’s Collaborative. Members of this group include those who teach or facilitate leadership learning across Duke University through curricular and co-‐curricular pursuits in order to advance undergraduate student leadership development on campus and beyond. Purposes of the group include: to contribute to deeper leadership learning and practice through teaching, learning, reflection and assessment; to explore partnerships that enhance the practice of leadership on campus, including an interdisciplinary campus-‐wide comprehensive leadership program; to be teachers and learners, sharing resources and seeking connections across curricular and co-‐curricular leadership learning and experiences on campus. Burning Questions on the agenda of this group: What are best practices of leadership learning on campus? How do we know the greater impact of leadership learning on campus? What partnerships do we see among this membership? How do we reach students across experiences (marketing and messaging)? For more information about the Leadership Educator’s Collaborative Project contact Deborah Hackney at: firstname.lastname@example.org If you are interested in possibly starting a research process complete the Initial Discussion Form located on the A&PD website.
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Meet Our New Graduate Assistants
The Office of Assessment and Professional Development is pleased to welcome our new graduate assistants. Read below to learn more about each of our new additions.
Where are you from? Kiambere Village, Kenya Where are you completing your graduate program? University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-‐G) Department: Educational Research Methodology (ERM) Major: Educational Research, Measurement & Evaluation Where did you receive your undergraduate degree? Kenyatta University (KU) in Nairobi-‐Kenya Major: Geography Describe y our role/responsibilities w ith the department To provide support for assigned activities both administrative and project-‐based, to pre-‐test created measurement instruments and analyze their quality in terms of validity and reliability and to complete statistical analysis of data and help prepare reports. What do you hope to accomplish w ith this position? To gain real life experience with research and to integrate class/work experiences into solving and understanding research problems in a typical w orld situation. What is a quote that you live by? “The roots o f education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” -‐ Aristotle
Where are you from? I am from Black Mountain, N.C. Where are you completing your graduate program? I am completing my Masters of Science in Educational Psychology at North Carolina State University. Where did you receive your undergraduate degree? I did my undergraduate study in English for Secondary Education, and Experiential Education at Appalachian State University. Describe y our role/responsibilities w ith the department As the assistant to Stephanie Helms-‐Pickett and Cole Taylor, I exist to do their bidding! Otherwise, my particular role involves facilitating assessment design, coordination, and calibration within the Student Affairs office. What do you hope to accomplish w ith this position? I hope to broaden my understanding of the roles assessment can play within daily o perations and how it can be used to d evelop better, faster, stronger programming. What is a quote that you live by? “There is a universal law for the conservation of joy and pain: Shared pain is lessened, shared joy increased.” -‐ Spider Robinson What is a random/funny fact about you? I talk to myself in three languages when I’m caught up in a project.
Samantha McClellan Where are you from? As a military child I moved around a lot; however, I eventually settled in Blacksburg Virginia; a small town in Southwest Virginia and the proud home of Virginia Tech. Where are you completing your graduate program? NC State University. I am w orking on my M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education. Where did you receive your undergraduate degree? I received my undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Human Development and Professional Helping Skills. Describe y our role/responsibilities w ith the department I am working with Stephanie (Helms-‐Pickett) to input data and research information relating to the professional development needs and opportunities of the student affairs staff here at Duke. What do you hope to accomplish w ith this position? I am really hoping to learn a lot about assessment and gauging student and faculty needs. I have spent most o f the past few years working with adults and children on a one to one basis helping them to meet various needs, however, now I am interested in taking a step back and looking more at population needs and w ays to address them on a larger scale. I am excited about the countless learning opportunities that this position offers. What is a quote that you live by? “Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind-‐ even if your voice shakes.” – Maggie Kuhn What is a random/funny fact about yourself? I have a photography business so I enjoy taking pictures o f just about everything, however I can often be seen randomly taking pictures of food for no particular reason other than the fact that I think that it is pretty.
Where are you from? Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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Where are you completing your graduate program? I’m working on my Masters in Instructional Technology at NCSU. Where did you receive your undergraduate degree? I received by bachelors degree in Business and Marketing Education from ECU. Describe y our role/responsibilities w ith the department I'll be w orking on a variety of projects, mostly technology related, including creating a monthly department newsletter, developing online training modules, helping to market department events and improving office communications What do you hope to accomplish with this position? My goal is to increase the "digital" presence of the office so that the office can better communicate with and assist employees in the student affairs department. What is a quote that you live by? "Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt." – author unknown. What is a random/funny fact about you? I'm extremely addicted to Pinterest! I have over 15 boards w ith ideas for recipes, DIY projects, etc. that I like to try out d uring my free time. Sometimes my projects even come out the way they are suppose to!
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