Spring 2021 Student Affairs Assessment Training Opportunities
Please review the below training offerings and select the date(s) you would like to attend. Once you have submitted your selections, you will receive a meeting request. All trainings will be provided via zoom this semester.
If you have any questions, contact Kim Kruchen at
This training is an introduction to the assessment cycle. It will provide an overview of the cycle, and tips for overcoming barriers. We will also provide several examples of program mapping, and opportunities for mapping a program.
Thursday, February 11 (11:00am - 12:00pm)
Conducting Effective Focus Groups
In this training, you will learn how to develop and effectively conduct focus groups with students. You will also learn skills for analysis and reporting.
Thursday, February 18 (9:00am -10:00am)
Speed Analysis: Tips and Tricks for Analyzing Data Quickly
Being able to analyze data quickly is critical skill for all SA professionals. It will cover a variety of common data collection techniques and tools that can be accessed by all division staff.
Thursday, February 25 (9:00am -10:00am)
It has become a common refrain in the Division to say 'we want to tell our story?' There are many strategies to tell a compelling story. However, data is and the meaningful interpretation of information is critical. In this training, we will focus on building a story using data points and packaging that information into a memorable way.
Thursday, March 11 (11:00am - 12:00pm)
One of the most challenging aspects of survey development is developing the scale for various questions. We will discuss a variety of examples and methods for selecting an appropriate scale.
Thursday, May 13 (9:00am - 10:00am)
Data Crossroad Discussions
The Office of Assessment and Planning will be hosting monthly informal conversations about data collected across the university and in the division. These conversations will feature data sets that bring to the forefront interesting combinations that inspire discovery and meaning making. We will rely on participants to bring their perspectives and engage in these conversations. The general topic has been selected for each discussion, but is subject to change. Participants will be notified of changes.
Wednesday, February 3 (2:00pm - 3:00pm) Student Efficacy & Willpower
Tuesday, March 23 (11:00am -12:00pm) Student Attrition at Events & Appointments
Wednesday, March 31 (11:00am - 12:00pm) Measuring Student Development
Tuesday, April 6 (11:00am - 12:00pm) Peer Influence
Microsoft Excel Series
The Office of Assessment and Planning will be hosting a handful of excel trainings to build your skills. We do recommend you attend these trainings in the sequence as they build on each other; however, you are welcome to attend those that meet your needs.
Thursday, March 18 (3:00pm - 4:00pm) Data Cleaning in Excel
Thursday, March 25 (3:00pm - 4:00pm) Introduction to Handy Formulas in Excel
Thursday, April 15 (3:00pm - 4:00pm) Introduction to Simple Macros in Excel
Thursday, April 22 (3:00pm - 4:00pm) Creating a Dashboard in Excel Using Vlookup and Simple Macros
Thursday, April 29 (3:00pm - 4:00pm) Introduction to Excel Pivot Table
Qualtrics User Group
The Office of Assessment and Planning is offering an opportunity to receive regular updates about Qualtrics, and to discuss the multiple uses of this tool. This twice a semester opportunity will be structured with updates at the beginning and use case discussions to follow. Lasting for 50 minutes, we will be fast moving and open to all folks who use Qualtrics. Feel free to join any or all meetings as the contents being shared will change.
Friday, February 19 (1:00pm - 1:50pm)
Friday, April 16 (1:00pm -1:50pm)
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