Hello my Student Services friends!
If you have ever tried putting together furniture, then you know having the right tools for the job is essential. Have five different hex keys, but none fit? Have standard wrenches but need metric? Completing the task becomes very difficult, if not impossible. Well, the same goes for assessment!
It is essential to choose - or create - the right tool to answer your questions. That's why alignment between your student services outcome and measurement tool is so important; you want to ensure you are truly measuring what you are most interested in. And, if you are using a survey as your measurement tool, there are a lot of ways you might not be collecting the data that you think you are. Students may interpret your questions differently or be biased to answer a certain way based on your survey structure, wording, or response options.
If you are interested in learning more about best practices for creating surveys, join us for our survey design workshops this semester on October 28th and November 4th or register for our asynchronous Survey Design Folio Course. Please see the sections below for details and registration.
IAA is also holding Student Services Charrettes in November to provide an opportunity for units to receive peer feedback and learn more about Student Services Outcomes assessment across the university. To help us prepare for these events, please use this Google form to indicate which charrette event listed below works best for you.
Wednesday, November 30th
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, December 2nd
9:30 am - 12 pm
All the best,