Two administrators from Pennsylvania College of Technology offered the presentation “Assessing Student Learning: The Role of Student Affairs in Institutional Assessment and Planning” at the Middle State Commission on Higher Education’s 2013 Annual Conference.
Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, and Jennifer McLean, director of counseling, college health and disability services and director of career services, offered the program at the conference, which was held Dec. 8-10 in Philadelphia.
The presentation focused on how Student Affairs can integrate a planning and assessment cycle into a collegewide plan. Strickland and McLean communicated the practical elements of engaging the institution in the value of assessment in Student Affairs and discussed the challenges of measuring student learning in Student Affairs and applying efforts to enhance data and “close the loop” with assessment activities.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, nongovernmental membership association dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through rigorous accreditation standards and enforcement.
MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. secretary of education to conduct accreditation activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.