Stephen F. Austin State University


Student Affairs Assessment

The Office of Student Affairs is dedicated to ensuring our programs and services are of the highest quality and promote engagement and learning amongst our students. In order to verify our stated learning outcomes we have designed a comprehensive assessment plan and build our program assessments around this plan. Over the course of the assessment cycle we will post reports, information and other supporting documents in an effort to bring you the best information possible on the success of our programs. If you have any questions about our assessments or how we develop them please feel free to call Dr. Hollie Smith, Executive Director of Student Life, at (936) 468-3703 or email her at

Student Affairs Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in Student Affairs, the student will. . .

  1. Learn accountability and institutional pride to maximize their own individualized talents and skills to collaborate with others and to motivate them toward a common goal.
  2. Gain skills to help them communicate effectively and professionally, using written, oral and nonverbal expression. Students learn to listen actively and effectively, to evaluate ideas, and to form meaningful interpersonal relationships.
  3. Maintain and balance a budget to effectively manage one's time. Students learn to build strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating an event, taking into consideration University policies and risk management.
  4. Interact with others who are different from themselves. Students gain an increased appreciation for diversity and attain valuable skills for success in a pluralistic society. Beyond tolerance, students increase their understanding of the beliefs, values and world views of others.
  5. Define, refine and clarify their values. Students learn to keep congruence between these beliefs and their actions, and to ethically balance their personal interests with the interests of others and society as a whole.

Assessment Platforms

Student Affairs utilizes Qualtrics and Microsoft Office Forms to create and distribute assessment surveys to the students at Stephen F. Austin State University. Departments conduct assessment reporting into Nuventive Improve, which allows each department to record assessment information and action plans for improvement areas.

Assessment FAQ's

What is assessment?
Assessment is the evaluation or measure of what an individual knows or can do. Assessment can be conducted to assess student learning inside and outside of the classroom, as well as to review various programs and services.
Who benefits from assessment?
Everyone benefits from assessment! Students benefit when the degree programs, co-curricular activities, and student services are continuously improved. Departments and programs benefit by identifying areas for improvement and taking needed actions. The University benefits by being able to show its internal and external stakeholders that we are serious about ensuring that our students are receiving the best possible co-curricular experience.
Why should I conduct assessment?
We conduct assessment to determine what students are learning, how their co-curricular experiences may be benefiting their collegiate journey, and to establish areas of improvement.
What are the steps I need to follow when conducting assessment?

According to Loyola Marymount University's Office of Assessment, these are the steps an individual will need to follow when conducting assessment.

Step 1: Articulate the mission and goals
Step 2: Identify specific outcomes
Step 3: Determine practices used to achieve outcomes
Step 4: Conduct the assessment
Step 5: Review and interpret the results
Step 6: Recommend actions
Step 7: Carry out the recommended actions in order to close the assessment loop
Step 8: Reevaluate outcomes and assessment structure for next time

Who can I contact if I have general assessment questions?
Dr. Paul Henley, Assistant Director of Assessment for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
(936) 468.1130

Assessment Resources

Assessment Cycle

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Assessment Project Template

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Assessment Planning Worksheet

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Assessment, Evaluation and Research Context, Definitions, Processes and Frameworks

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Making Assessment Meaningful

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Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators- ACPA & NASPA

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The Role of Student Affairs in Student Learning Assessment

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Relationship of Assessment to Other Processes

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Culture, Ethics, and Politics of Assessment

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Equity and Assessment: Moving Towards Culturally Responsive Assessment

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Connecting Assessment and Strategic Planning to Advancing Equity on Campus

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Learning and Program Outcomes

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Assessment Methods and Data Collection

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Assessment Results and Research Literacy

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Sharing and Communicating Results

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CampusLabs Assessment Credential Facilitator's Guide

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