Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs: A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners

Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs: A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners

Book Title: Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs: A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners

Publisher: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

ISBN: 0931654777


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Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs: A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners

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A culture of evidence is a commitment among student affairs professionals to demonstrate with hard data that the programs they offer, the processes they implement, and the services they provide are effective and contribute significantly to an institution's ability to achieve its goals and fulfill its mission. Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs is an interactive tutorial that illustrates how to collect, analyze, and evaluate data; how to build, nurture, and use cultures of evidence; and how to demonstrate the value of student affairs by telling its story-and telling it well. Developed by experienced student affairs leaders who have successfully implemented cultures of evidence on their campuses, this tutorial offers practical advice and concrete examples of how to plan, create, and maintain effective assessment initiatives. The authors discuss culture of evidence models from a variety of institutions and provide: tools to assess a student affairs division's readiness to become involved in assessment initiatives, to identify the infrastructure already in place within the institution, and to support a culture of evidence; an overview of assessment approaches and methods to measure the effectiveness of programs and services and provide data that meet a variety of stakeholder needs; recommendations to assist senior student affairs officers to prepare their leadership teams to both lead and manage culture of evidence initiatives; tips for writing effective rubrics and using a variety of techniques to conduct and apply assessments; suggestions for using CAS standards in designing and implementing culture of evidence initiatives; examples of how colleges and universities are building cultures of evidence in student affairs; and PowerPoint presentations that explore culture of evidence topics and include activities to guide implementation.