Assessment Methods for Student Affairs

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 6, 2011 - Education - 304 pages
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Editor John Schuh and his fellow contributors, all experts in the field, detail the methodological aspects of conducting assessment projects specifically for the student affairs practitioner who is ready to conduct assessment projects, but is not quite sure how to manage their technical aspects. Using a variety of case studies and concrete examples to illustrate various assessment approaches, the authors lead the reader step-by-step through each phase of the assessment process with jargon-free, hands-on guidance.
 

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Contents

Organizing and Preparing Qualitative Data
Read Through All the Data
Generating Descriptions of Participants Setting and Themes
Interpreting and Making Meaning of the Data
Responding to the Assessment Objectives or Research Questions
Assessing Academic Advisor Effectiveness at Mid South University
Preparing the Written Report
Preparing and Presenting the Oral Report

Some Illustrations of Assessment in Student Affairs
Case Study
External Data
Internal Data
Conclusion
Surveys and Questionnaires
InterviewsIndividual and Group
Individual Interviews
Focus Groups Interviews
Observations
Document Review
Conclusion
What Is Sampling and Why Is It Important?
Sampling Strategies for Focus Groups
Survey Fatigue
Conclusion
Retention at Midwest State University
Creating a Plan
What Type of Quantitative Instrument Is Best
Identifying Published Instruments
Developing Local Instruments
Determining Quality for Quantitative Instruments
Challenges to Selecting and Developing Quantitative Instruments
Qualitative Instruments
Challenges to Using Qualitative Instruments
Conclusion
The Quantitative Path
What Kinds of Things Can We Do with Student Affairs Data?
CrossTabulation Analysis for Learning Communities and Student Retention
Statistical Software
Qualitative Data Analysis
Conclusion
A Conceptual Framework for Thinking About Ethics in Assessment
Informed Consent
Other Selected Issues Related to Ethics
Conclusion
Background Information
A Quantitative Study
A Qualitative Study
Some Final Thoughts
Increased Accountability
Increased Use of Institutional Databases
Increased Use of Other Databases such as the Integrated Post Secondary Education Data System and the Revamped Carnegie System
Increased Levels of Accountability Will Require More Time for Collecting and Managing Databases
Greater Use of Data in Decision Making
More Sophisticated Studies Will Be Conducted
Upgrading Skills Will Be a Growth Industry
More Use of Technology in Collecting Data
Students Will Suffer from Survey Overload and Fatigue
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John H. Schuh is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, specializing in higher education and student affairs. He is the general editor of New Directions for Student Services and the author of two best-selling books on assessment in student affairs, and he?has conducted numerous workshops on assessment topics.

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