Identifying Assessment Needs of Student Affairs Professionals Using a Web-Based Survey
Annual Conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators,
Student affairs personnel often need to enhance their assessment competencies to better implement assessment activities. This study identifies the assessment needs of both mid-managers and professional staff while suggesting how practitioners can utilize new technologies, such as Web-based surveying, to accomplish this task. It describes the needs of student affairs mid-managers and staff for assessment information and training; describes differences between mid-manger and staff needs; elaborates upon the feasibility of using a Web-based survey to assess those needs; and demonstrates how practitioners can employ the procedure in the field. A Web-based survey instrument was used to assess the needs of 98 full-time student affairs personnel, 26 mid-managers, and 42 professional staff. Issues of accountability and program evaluation touched all personnel in some way. The results suggest the importance of considering the assessment needs of all personnel regardless of their position. The Web-based approach allows for a quick and comprehensive assessment with minimal resources and technical assistance. (Contains 8 tables and 17 references.) (JDM)
Harms, J.Y. (2001). Identifying Assessment Needs of Student Affairs Professionals Using a Web-Based Survey. Presented at Annual Conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators 2001.