How do you know which of your academic support services are making an impact?
While usage data is important, few campuses strategically operate student success or learning centers based on comprehensive student data, including programmatic, learning, and operational outcomes. This conference highlights how you can collect and analyze several types of data to ensure that your student success functions are performing at a high level and have the appropriate amount of budgetary support.
Join us for a practical, hands-on conference that will help you organize information about your academic support programs and convey it to the right people in the right way. You’ll return to your campus better able to determine which of your student academic support center functions are performing at a high level, and you will be able to make budgetary support decisions based on that information.
This program is appropriate for all administrators who are involved with evaluating academic support programs and who need techniques to better collect, analyze, and use data to evaluate and improve those programs. Directors of academic support programs (student success, learning, tutoring, or writing centers) and key colleagues who will be able to influence improvement in academic support services will leave with strategies for using data to improve their student success functions.
Ensuring student success is an institution-wide effort, requiring the investment and support of administrators from departments across campus. Of particular importance is the combination of resources from institutional research/assessment and student affairs. To encourage team participation, when you register two people from your institution a 3rd can attend for ½ price.
Contact Cory Phare, assistant conference director, at 720.988.1237 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this conference.
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After participating in this conference, you will be able to use an action plan to more effectively collect, analyze, communicate, and use student data to improve academic support programs on your campus.
The conference will open with a general welcome to conference attendees, an overview of the program, and an introduction to the instructors.
This session will focus on how to use your campus’ operational and learning outcomes to establish an “evaluation agenda.” This evaluation agenda will guide you through measurement of your academic support functions and help you: establish research questions, collect data, analyze results, and make informed decisions about efficacy and report results to campus. We will then begin exploring our top research questions.
In this session, you will learn how to create an effectiveness scale for your goals, measure program functions using student data, and move your data collection beyond appointment numbers and satisfaction surveys.
Take a look at your research questions; which indicators do you need to measure success?
This session answers the following three key questions: What kind of data can you and your staff collect? How do you collect it? When and how do you integrate evaluative activities into your program?
Learn about the role institutional researchers play and how they can help you with collecting student data to evaluate and assess your program. The session will conclude with a discussion of how to best communicate your data needs with your institutional researchers and how to collaborate with institutional researchers on projects.
Take another look at your research questions and review the data indicators. Are there other indicators that you can use while answering your research questions?
In this session, you will become familiar with common, practical ways to analyze data that do not rely on knowledge of statistics. You will learn how to compare and collapse indicators and how to analyze data to determine if and how well your program is meeting its primary functions.
Each table of participants will receive a case study that outlines a challenge and research question. Participants will talk through how they might analyze the data, and then they will share with the rest of the group.
This session will share 3-4 common data results that are often misinterpreted. Faculty will walk through how the results might be used.
This session will bring the conference full circle by looking at how to reflect on the results of your data collection to improve your program. The faculty will discuss how to identify strengths and weaknesses in your program, set new goals, and make recommendations for program improvement.
We’ll give participants time to work on their Evaluation Agendas, incorporating what they’ve learned throughout the day. They can also sign up with the faculty for time to review their plans and receive individual feedback.
It is critical to be able to communicate your results clearly so that you can paint an accurate picture of your program’s successes and challenges. This session will allow participants to consider various audiences and the best ways to communicate with each audience.
The conference concludes with a short discussion of the recommended timeframe and process for how and when to integrate assessment into your program. You will also be given time to finish the action plan you will take back to your campus. During this session, you will determine first steps for program assessment and consider how and when to integrate assessment into your program.
Paula S. Krist, PhD has been active in institutional research and assessment since 1994. She has presented numerous sessions and workshops on assessment topics in academic and student affairs and was a faculty member for both of the Association for Institutional Research’s Assessment Institutes. She has presented workshops on assessment topics at regional and national conferences, including the 2013 Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Academic Resource Conference, the 2013 AIR Forum and the 2013 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) conference.
Prior to coming to the University of San Diego, Paula was the director of operational excellence and assessment support at the University of Central Florida and the director of institutional research and assessment at the Florida Institute of Technology. In these roles, Paula provided leadership in all university-level institutional effectiveness efforts and worked closely with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) at UCF. Her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is in educational psychology.
Among other responsibilities, Margaret coordinates assessment and strategic planning efforts for the student affairs division, facilitates the development and implementation of living-learning communities, and supports institutional assessment and retention efforts at the University of San Diego.
Before arriving at USD, she gained experience in residential life, counseling, and other areas in student affairs from Villanova University, Arcadia University, University of the Pacific, and Dartmouth College.
Randy directs the umbrella unit (CASP) within WMU that includes serving veteran students, students without a declared major, and first-generation students, as well as providing academic services such as service learning, tutoring, and writing assistance. Randy's career spans more than fifteen years in secondary education and higher education. His time in higher education include roles in residence life, student conduct, and his current role.
Randy holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education administration. His research interests include leadership, how students connect to the university, and how masculinity shapes student success.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay1441 Quivira RdSan Diego, CA 92109
To reserve your room, please call (619) 224-1234. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.
The rate is $149 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of May 13 - 15, 2014.
Make your reservations prior to April 30, 2014. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.
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