Student Affairs Data Summit
Hosted by UGA Student Affairs

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Connect Student Affairs and Institutional Data to Benefit Students


About the Summit

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:

  • Effectively gather, analyze, and act on student affairs data
  • Integrate student affairs data with institutional data and models
  • Address legal and ethical concerns
  • Advocate for a more holistic, institution-wide approach to student learning and development and academic success
  • Advance the broader conversation on utilizing student affairs data


Event Schedule and Agenda

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.

View the agenda


Who Attended

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:

  • Albany State University
  • Atlanta Metropolitan State College
  • Auburn University
  • Augusta University
  • Clayton State University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbus State University
  • Dalton State College
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Gordon State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Middle Georgia State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • South Georgia State College
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of South Carolina
  • University System of Georgia - Board of Regents 
  • University of West Georgia
  • Valdosta State University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis



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.

UGA Atlanta / Buckhead Campus

UGA Atlanta / Buckhead Campus

Student Affairs Data Summit
Hosted by University of Georgia Student Affairs


Monday, February 19, 2018
8am - 5pm
University of Georgia – Atlanta / Buckhead Campus


Terry College of Business Executive Education Center
Live Oak Square
3475 Lenox Road NE Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30326



Kara Fresk
Director of Student Affairs Learning and Strategic Initiatives
University of Georgia or 706.542.8229