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Applying & Leading Assessment in Student Affairs (2024) is a Course

Applying & Leading Assessment in Student Affairs (2024)

Feb 5, 2024 - Apr 1, 2024


Full course description

Course Date:

February 5, 2024 - April 1, 2024


8 weeks


1-2 hours/module



Course Type:





Enrollment Open Until: March 22, 2024

If you are new to coordinating assessment, looking to build your assessment competencies, or just looking for a topical refresh, this course explores core concepts of assessment coordination, providing resources and consideration in your practice. Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs is a free, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that gives you access to assessment insights with a Student Affairs focus.


The curriculum is self-paced and provides participants the opportunity to:

  • Review concepts that contribute to sound, sustainable assessment practice.
  • Explore the development of foundational assessment components including planning, articulating goals and outcomes, and providing feedback.
  • Identify strategies for guiding assessment efforts across multiple functional areas and teams.
  • Discover ways to translate data to a story of student success with a plan for action.


The Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs free online course is divided into eight modules. The eight-week course is completely self-paced! You can move through all of the modules to complete the course in full, or pick and choose which individual modules most interest you and complete only those. While the course is self-paced, the instructors will move through the content one week at a time. Accordingly, students who work ahead or join modules late may not have as much active opportunity to engage with peer students or the instructors.

The eight modules of this course include:

Module 1: Assessment Foundations for Effective Practice
Module 2: Assessment Planning
Module 3: Coaching & Consulting
Module 4: Aligning Assessment with Institutional Priorities
Module 5: Critical Approaches & Mindsets
Module 6: Using Data to Inform Decisions
Module 7: Culture of Assessment
Module 8: Connecting Concepts to Advance Student Affairs Assessment

Students who wish to be recognized for course completion can earn a badge if they score a 75% or better on quizzes in each module AND submit assignments for module 3 and module 5 before the course closes.

Course content is developed and delivered by Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL)
This course made possible due to the generous partnership and support from Modern Campus.


Course Instructors

Joe Levy

Joe Levy

Joe Levy, Ed.D., has led academic and student affairs assessment efforts with multiple institutional types throughout his career. Currently serving as the Associate Vice Provost of Accreditation and Quality Improvement at Excelsior University, Joe earned a B.A. in English from Baldwin-Wallace College, an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from National Louis University. Joe is a member of the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) Board of Directors, an endorsed speaker for the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).  


Megan Bell

Megan Bell, Ph.D., has served in a variety of roles that included responsibility for Student Affairs assessment and on the SAAL executive board. She currently oversees assessment and evaluation for the division of Student Affairs at Cal State Northridge. Megan previously served at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs as the Interim Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs and Executive Director of Community Learning and Assessment. She also held a part-time Assistant Professor appointment in the College of Education. Megan earned her B.A. in English Literature and Women's Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, her Ed.M. in Student Affairs Administration from Washington State University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University.


Greg King

Gregory King, Ph.D., uses quantitative methods to research college and career readiness, policies impacting access and success, and the K–12 to college pipeline. He also enjoys creating data visualizations that make research relevant, understandable, and actionable. Dr. King holds an M.S. in higher education from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University.



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