Structured Conversations

In an effort to provide professional development opportunities for SAAL members, the Professional Development and Support Committee organizes Structured Conversations. The link to the recordings from previous sessions can be found below.  PowerPoint slides and handouts can also be found in the SAAL Resource Repository in the folder titled "Structured Conversations." Please copy and paste links to your browser if you are not immediately directed to these resources.


Structured Conversation Presenter(s) Additional Resources
What Does Neuroscience Have to Do with Assessing Student Learning and Development? 

Dr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik at San Diego State University

PowerPoint Slides
Connecting Student Affairs Assessment, Resources, & Trends with SAAL (Campus Labs hosted this structured conversation. To request a free copy of it, simply click on the title of this structured conversation and fill out the request form.)

Dr. Pamelyn Shefman at University of Houston (SAAL Chair)

Dr. Brian Bourke at Murray State University (SAAL Advancement Committee Chair)

Whitney Brown at University of Alaska Anchorage (SAAL Professional Development Committee Chair)

PowerPoint Slides



Structured Conversation Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Outcomes-based Student Affairs Assessment: Preparing for Accreditation: A Panel Discussion 

Dr. Gavin Henning at New England College             Dr. Joann Prosser at Univeristy of Maryland           Dr. Jodi Fisler at State Council of Higher Education for Virgina                                                         Dr. Karen Solomon at Higher Learning Commission

PowerPoint Slides
Behind the Scenes: Using Excel to Visualize Data Rebecca Goldstein, Associate Director for Assessment and Research in Student Affairs at Florida Atlantic University

PowerPoint SlidesPractice dataset (Not real data)

YouTube walkthroughs:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Launching and Building a Career in Student Affairs Assessment

Dr. Michael Christakis from University at Albany Joe Levy from University of Phoenix                 Ciji Heiser from UNC Chapel Hill                     Whitney Brown from Univ. of Alaska Anchorage

PowerPoint Slides
Scholarship in Student Affairs Assessment: Publishing our Good Work Daniel Newhart, Ph.D from Oregon State University and Larry Roper, Ph.D. from Oregon State University PowerPoint Slides

Using Data to Make Decisions about Student Services 

Larry Long, M.A. from Michigan State University

Sample Codes, PowerPoint slides, Relevant Websites/Resources
Learning Analytics, Big Data and their Relationship to Student Affairs Matthew D. Pistilli, PhD. from IUPUI

PowerPoint Slides, Analytics Readings: Introductory Reading List, The Learning Analytics Readiness Instrument, 7 Things you Should Know about Analytics, The Pulse of Learning Analytics, Analytics in Learning Education, UNESCO Policy on Learning Analytics, Establishing a Common Language

Building a Culture of Co-Curricular Assessment: Where to Start Joe Levy, M.S. from University of Phoenix  PowerPoint Slides
Rubrics and other Direct Measures in Student Affairs Stan Dura from Western Governors University PowerPoint Slides



Structured Conversation Presenter(s) Additional Resources

Critical Assessment: Philosophy and Approach

Dr. Sonia DeLuca Fernandez from New York University PowerPoint Slides
Building a Culture of Assessment: Navigating the Politics Dr. Darby Roberts from Texas A&M University and Leslie Meyerhoff from Cornell University PowerPoint Slides
Looking ahead: Emerging Higher Education Reforms and Student Affairs Assessment Dr. Amber Garrison-Duncan from the Lumina Foundation PowerPoint Slides
Survey Sampling for the Penn State Pulse Program  Dr. Adam Christensen from The Pennsylvania State University PowerPoint Slides
Sharing Data and Marketing Results in Student Affairs Dr. Michael Christakis from the University of Albany Notes
The Evolving Competencies of Student Affairs Assessment Professionals Dr. Gavin Henning NotesACPA-NASPA AER Competency
The Power of Data Visualization in Student Affairs Ed Cabellon from Bridgewater State University N/A



Structured Conversation Presenter(s) Additional Resources
Learning to Lead While Leading to Learn: An Advising Approach to Capturing Learning in the Co-Curricular Learning Through the Development and Use of Rubrics Katy King from Texas A&M University and Matt Starcke from North Carolina State University

PowerPoint Slides                     Student Learning Professional Plan

 Assessing Non-Traditional Students Maggie C. Konich from Purdue University, Lisa Endersby, and Jeremy Brown from Western University of Health Sciences PowerPoint Slides
Using Program Reviews as a Productive Assessment Tool Maggie C. Konich from Purdue University and Marylee Demeter from Rutgers University PowerPoint Slides
Using Technology to Collect Evidence of Educational Outcomes Stan Dura from The University of Oregon PowerPoint Slides
Qualitative Assessment and its Potential Impact on Understanding the Student Experience Daniel Newhart, Ph.D. from Oregon State University and Jen Wells from Kennesaw State University PowerPoint Slides



Structured Conversation Presenter(s) Additional Resources

Moving Beyond Surveys

Vicki Wise Ph.D. from Portland State Universiety and Mary Ann Barham from Portland State University PowerPoint Slides
Adapting Assessment Practices for Student Leaders Adam Peck Ph.D. from Stephen F. Austin State University and Amma Marfo from Emmanuel College PowerPoint Slides
Mentors in Measurement Lisa Endersby from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Brian Bourke from Louisiana State University, Ann Gansemer-Topf from Iowa State University, and Sarah Luczyk from the University of West Florida PowerPoint Slides



Structured Conversation Presenter(s) Additional Resources

Building and Maintaining Campus Student Affairs Assessment Teams

Jen Meyers Pickard and Angela Baldsare from the University of Arizona N/A
Metacognition Stan Dura N/A
Accreditation Jodi Fisier N/A
A Retention Study in Student Affairs Brenda "B" Woods Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology PowerPoint Slides
Program Evaluation in Higher Education  Thomas Grayson N/A
SAAL on CAS Standards  Laura Dean N/A


Structured Conversation Presenter(s) Additional Resources

Using Social Media for Assessment

Rey Junco N/A
Strategic Planning in Student Affairs Revisited Amy Franklin and Jessica Oyler N/A



Structured Conversation Presenter(s) Additional Resources

Strategic Planning in Student Affairs

Stacy Akerlind, Evette Castillo, and Amy Franklin N/A
Assessment Committees Leslie Meyerhoff, Marne Einerson, and Stephanie Blaisdell N/A
Emerging Issues in Student Affairs Assessment Marilee Bresciani N/A



Structured Conversation Presenter(s) Additional Resources

Involving Students as Partners in Assessment

Kristen McKinney N/A