First Steps in Residential Goal Alignment Webcast Recording



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Ensuring alignment between institutional goals, residence life programming, and student learning outcomes is critical. A practical method for doing so is the process of goal mapping. In this webcast, you will learn a quick and practical approach for mapping departmental goals to institutional goals as part of a larger assessment plan. Throughout this training, we will focus on:

  • Identifying and understanding divisional and departmental goals
  • Mapping key programs, services, and activities
  • Identifying and remediating potential learning gaps

Included with every registration is a template rubric to work from as you map your own department.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for residence life professionals interested in engaging in the first steps of the assessment process. This may include:

  • Residence hall directors
  • Residence life assistant directors
  • Directors of residence life
  • Deans of students

Learning Outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to start aligning departmental initiatives to larger institutional goals in order to lay the groundwork for future assessment efforts.


  • Two camps of assessment: Satisfaction vs. Learning
  • Benefits of mapping practice
    • Identifying gaps and clumps
    • Internal department goals and activity mapping opportunity
  • Connecting the dots of goals and assessment
    • Understanding your division’s larger goals
    • Mapping your programs, services, intentional activities (PSI)
    • Decision-making and calendaring of goal-aligned activities
  • Developing and assessing programs, services, and intentional activities into the future


Dawn Ohanessian, Director of Residence Life, Bridgewater College

Dawn Ohanessian is currently the Director of Residence Life at Bridgewater College, a small, private liberal arts college in Bridgewater, Virginia.  In July 2016, Bridgewater College live-in professional staff made the switch to non-exempt staff as specified by the FLSA, becoming one of the first colleges in the country to make this change.  This experience has led to many learning experiences, professional discussions, and an upcoming presentation on FLSA at the Virginia Student Services Conference (VSSC) in November.

Dawn has previously worked in Residence Life at Seton Hall University, LaSalle University, the University of Georgia, and Elizabethtown College.  She served on the Leadership Council of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO) from 2010 to 2013, and attended the National Housing Training Institute (NHTI) is 2009.  Dawn has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on topics ranging from Student Development Theory to Successfully Working with Parents.

Dawn received her Master’s degree in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University.  She lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with her husband and five year old daughter.


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