Assessment Team

Assessment Team Charge

The primary charge to the Division of Student Life Assessment Team is to articulate, implement, and monitor the assessment agenda for the Division. Assessment Team members represent the Division of Student Life at both the Division and unit level by promoting a culture of providing evidence of student learning and programmatic effectiveness. Team members encourage and support the integration of pro-active assessment into the fabric of the Division through departmental collaboration on, sharing of, and discussion surrounding assessment results and decision-making impact.

Guiding Principles

There are 7 guiding themes that focus the work of the Assessment Team:

  1. Build a culture of assessment in Student Life that empowers staff in each unit to conduct assessments and use empirical data in their decision-making;
  2. Use assessment to demonstrate accountability, steward resources, promote continuous improvement, benchmark with peer institutions, and articulate how Student Life contributes to the educational experience for students;
  3. Increase the visibility of assessment in Student Life, both internally and externally to the Institute;
  4. Facilitate the sharing of assessment strategies and ways to improve programs and services within Student Life;
  5. Serve as a resource to departments as staff undertake assessments;
  6. Ensure that assessment results are analyzed and used for continuous improvement in a fair, ethical, and responsible manner; and
  7. Encourage Division staff to share assessment results with students and other stakeholders to illustrate that voices are being heard and changes are being made for improvement purposes.
Purpose

The Student Life Assessment Team was established in 2015 and is responsible for the leadership and coordination of assessment efforts within the Division of Student Life. The Assessment Team collaborates with Division staff in an effort to share best practices, nurture a culture of assessment, and foster a commitment to data-driven practice. Membership on the Assessment Team consists of 10-12 full-time staff members in the Division of Student Life. The Director of Research and Assessment in the Division of Student Life serves as the chair. Individuals interested in volunteering for appointment may submit their names to the Vice President for Student Life. Positions on the Assessment Team may be filled by staff members whose position duties include assessment functions. Members serve staggered two-term years and may be reappointed. Terms begin August 1. The Assessment Team meets monthly, during the fall and spring semester. Members participate on Division projects, in meetings and may perform work in subcommittees or other ad hoc groupings between meetings as determined by the Team membership.

Membership

The Assessment Team consists of 10-12 full-time staff members in the Division of Student Life. The Director of Research and Assessment in the Division of Student Life serves as the chair. Individuals interested in volunteering for appointment may submit their names to the Vice President for Student Life. Positions on the committee may be filled by staff members whose position duties include assessment functions. Members serve staggered two-term years and may be reappointed. Terms begin August 1. The Assessment Team meets monthly, during the fall and spring semester. Members participate in committee meetings and may perform work in subcommittees or other ad hoc groupings between meetings as determined by the Team membership.

Assessment Team Members
Name Title Email End of Term
Cara Appel-Silbaugh Associate Dean of Students cara.appel-silbaugh@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
Madison Cario Director, Office of the Arts madison.cario@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
Kylie Corcoran Greek Affairs Coordinator kylie.corcoran@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
Edo Diabaka Accountant  edo.diabaka@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
Stacey Doremus Leadership Edge Coordinator stacey.doremus@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
Debbie Dorsey Director Administrative Services debbie.dorsey@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
Tiffiny HughesTroutman Psychologist tiffiny.hughes-troutman@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
Sara Warner Marketing and Communications Manager sara.warner@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
Laci Weeden Parents Program Director laci.weeden@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
Brenda Woods (Chair) Director of Research & Assessment brenda.woods@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16
John Zwirblis Computer Service Specialist john.zwirblis@vpss.gatech.edu July 31, ‘16

The Assessment Team aspires to lead the Division in conducting effective assessments to inform important decisions, especially to improve programs and services, but also regarding  planning, budgeting, and accountability. The Assessment Team considers the following as guiding principles of effective assessment:

  • Successful assessment is an ongoing, systematic process for using assessment results which lead to the improvement of programs and services in Student Life
  • Assessment must be meaningful: useful to students, faculty and staff
  • Assessment must be influential: helping the Division build a culture of accountability, learning, and improvement
  • A good assessment program leads to reflection and action by students, faculty, and staff
  • Effective outcomes assessment provides a vehicle for demonstrating accountability to stakeholders within and outside the institution