Division of Student Affairs > About > Assessment



Congruent with the mission, vision and goals of the university, the division regularly collects and reviews multiple types of data to maximize our impact on student academic support, student engagement and student support.

Our data-driven decision-making process is coordinated by the assessment and effectiveness specialist for Student Affairs with advisement from the Student Affairs Assessment Committee. The two main goals of the process, originally implemented in fall 2004 and revised in summer 2018, are to promote continuous improvement and to understand how the division contributes to student learning.

We collect data within and across ten departments that comprise the division to examine our individual and collective impact on students. Departments demonstrate contributions through data associated with their program areas. Program areas are purposeful combinations of activities and services each department does on a day-to-day basis. Program areas are measured according to three types of data that include baseline metrics, effectiveness metrics, and both department and divisional learning outcomes. By examining all three types of data relative to pre-defined success targets through annual assessment and evaluation, we can identify areas of strength and opportunities for continual improvement.

The diagram on the right of the page illustrates​ the division’s data-driven decision-making model.​