Assessment is a continuous process of gathering information about student learning and development and the factors that affect learning and development outcomes with a focus on improving them. The Student Life Office of Assessment and Research is committed to demonstrating the collective impact and outlook of the University of Oregon Division of Student Life programming. Our office is available to help your unit or program develop student learning and development outcome criteria, metrics, and assessment plans that will guide your decision-making and programming. We are here to meet with you and consult on your assessment and research projects in order to create the most effective programming possible.

Vision

Promote a culture of assessment and research in the Division of Student Life.

Mission

  • Provide information and evidence to demonstrate the Division of Student Life’s collective impact on and value to student experiences at the University of Oregon
  • Provide resources, strategies, and tools to implement successful assessment and research projects at the program, unit, and division levels of Student Life

Goals

  • Reporting: To develop a standardized structure and process for annual, division-level reporting
  • Strategic Assessment Planning: To implement protocols of strategic assessment practice
  • Research: Develop student engagement research projects and demonstrate the impact of student life on learning and development
  • Assessment: Facilitate student life assessment planning focused on outcomes
  • Professional Development: Promote educational opportunities to develop assessment strategies for Student Life professionals

CAKE

Getting started with the Office of Assessment and Research can be a piece of CAKE! Community Assessment Knowledge Experts (CAKE) are work groups that support their respective department’s development of goals, outcomes, and measures, to ensure they are aligned with Student Life and university outcomes. CAKEs meet regularly with the Student Life Office of Assessment and Research staff to build a stronger culture around evidenced-informed decision-making. This collaboration supports departments and programs in achieving their goals and outcomes and identifying strategies for how to fully integrate and utilize feedback.

Selected Office of Assessment and Research Projects

EMU Post Occupancy Study

A mixed-method study used to understand and explore how students interact with the Erb Memorial Union and why they have an affinity for particular places in the EMU.

Career Development Experiences Research

A mixed-method, multi-study project used to document the value added of career development experiences and understand the impact of student employment (and other employment-like experiences) on student success, engagement, and co-curricular outcomes.

Student Leader Satisfaction Survey

An annual survey, with annual report and recommendations, of leadership stipend recipients and other student leaders within the Division of Student Life, used to better understand student leader experiences and improve programming.

Student Wellbeing and Success Initiative

A tailored, multi-cohort, longitudinal assessment measuring various aspects of belonging and several psychosocial factors that may contribute to student success. Has the capacity to assess various institutional inputs from advisement, high-impact practices and other programmatic experiences, and prevention/intervention efforts in terms of wellbeing and success outcomes.

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