Evolution of Assessment in Enrollment Management
The Division of Enrollment Management at William Paterson University has always sought to determine the effectiveness of its programs as well as student satisfaction. Sparked in 2006 by an assessment symposium sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), we began to focus on assessment of student learning outcomes.
At the fifth annual Student Development Retreat, in January 2007, the entire Division came together to develop a common understanding of how student learning outcomes relate to student development work. Utilizing key university documents as our guide (University Mission Statement, Division Mission Statement, University Strategic Plan ), we identified the relevant goals and values from these documents, and assisted Directors in understanding how to construct learning objectives for their departments, as well as how to identify appropriate means of assessing the actual learning outcomes of students who engage in their programs and activities. Over the course of the spring 2007, Directors wrote and revised their first Assessment Plans with the guidance and assistance of a Division-wide Assessment Team, comprised of interested and dedicated staff members from across our Division. During the fall, 2007, departments got to work on carrying out these assessment plans. Each year since has seen the evolution of our assessment efforts.
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Please direct any communication or question you might have about our divisional assessment program to Jonathan McCoy Executive Director Enrollment Management & Technology (firstname.lastname@example.org)