Links to Student Affairs and Assessment resources:

Student Affairs Assessment Leaders:

CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education):

CAS Learning & Development Outcomes:

NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education):


Assessment is vital to foster student learning and satisfaction by providing direction for the work done in the Division of Student Affairs.

At its heart, Assessment is about continuous improvement—helping our students, because we are more conscious about the way we plan, about our expectations for students, and whether our programs allow students to demonstrate their knowledge/skills. Assessment is a tool for ongoing program improvement.

The four main purposes of program assessment are:

To improve – Assessment should provide feedback to determine how the program can be improved.

To inform – Assessment should inform decision-makers of the contributions and impact of the program.

To prove – Assessment should demonstrate to students, faculty, staff and outsiders what the program is accomplishing.

To support – Assessment should provide support for campus decision-making activities such as program review and strategic planning, as well as external accountability activities such as accreditation.

For more information on Assessment, refer to the attached Assessment Orientation file.  Assessment 101