Student Affairs Assessment, Research, & Planning

What is Student Affairs Assessment, Research, and Planning?

Have you ever wondered how decision-makers make the decisions that they do? Why certain student experiences facilitate learning more than others? Why we ask students to take surveys?

The purpose of the Office of Student Affairs Assessment, Research, and Planning is to understand how the Division of Student Affairs at UNCW facilitates student learning and to provide on-going assessment support for departments within student affairs. To this end, the office is committed to assessing student learning and those institutional conditions, student experiences and psychological processes that influence its development. Included within this commitment are activities designed to provide continued support for departmental formative assessments, including trafficking, satisfaction, benchmarking, and other projects necessary for annual reporting.

Another purpose of the office is to address many of the institutional and divisional challenges facing the transition from understanding assessment as evaluative based on student opinions and attitudes (student satisfaction surveys, value of service delivery surveys, etc.) to one grounded in a richer understanding of student learning, how to position this learning using language reflecting an outcomes-based approach to assessment, and how to market this new understanding to all campus constituents.

Would you like to see a list of enhancements in Student Affairs that have come from assessments?

You may have seen some flyers around campus, ads on Channel 77, or articles in the SPLASH newsletter regarding our initiative entitled "We've Heard Your Voice". We've Heard Your Voice is an effort to communicate assessment results and changes made in our programs and services at UNCW based on these findings. These changes demonstrate that the time students spend taking surveys really makes a difference. You can view these changes by clicking on the link below:

"We've Heard Your Voice" Flyers