Increasingly, student affairs has a significant role in institutional data conversations on student learning outcomes and academic indicators.
On February 19, 2018, UGA Student Affairs hosted 87 colleagues from 38 instutitions across the country to explore how student affairs leaders:
Amelia Parnell, NASPA Vice President for Research and Policy, and Alexis Wesaw, NASPA Director of Data Analytics, joined us to review findings from NASPA's 2017 study, Predictive Analysis of Student Data. They also shared updates on the collaborative follow-up study being conducted by NASPA, the Association for Institutional Research, and EDUCAUSE. The full report of the follow-up study is expected to be published in late spring 2018.
The Student Affairs Data Summit was designed for any student affairs or institutional research staff interested in more fully utilizing student affairs data and understanding student affairs contributions to learning outcomes and academic success indicators. Attendees included senior student affairs officers; directors of student affairs learning, assessment, research, planning, data, and student success initiatives; institutional research staff; and representatives from NASPA.
Institutions represented at the 2018 Student Affairs Data Summit included:
Beginning in fall 2016, NASPA began studying the role of student affairs in institutional data analytics efforts. The initial findings, released in April 2017, indicate that institutions primarily utilize academic data due to “limited capacity to gather accurate student engagement and behavioral data and connect them to the student information system” (Burke, Parnell, Wesaw, & Kruger, 2017). Simultaneous to NASPA’s study, chief student affairs officers across the nation identified a need for focused conversations on the utilization of data to inform operational decisions and strategies.
An initial questionnaire was sent to chief student affairs officers in September 2017 to gauge interest in participating in a conversation about utilizing student affairs and institutional data to empirically understand student affairs’ contributions to learning outcomes and academic success indicators. Respondents to that questionnaire received a follow-up message requesting details regarding topics of interest, conversation format (conference call vs. in-person summit), and ideal dates/location.
Results indicated interest in an in-person summit located in Atlanta, GA, which was held on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the University of Georgia's Atlanta/Buckhead campus.
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Atlanta, GA 30326
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University of Georgia
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