DSA Assessment and Continuous Improvement Committee

"Good assessment and evaluation practices support the success of students, programs, and institutions through clearly communicated learning outcomes, solid methodology, and the informed use of data; assessment and evaluation’s importance to the field of student affairs continues to grow every day.” - NASPA Assessment & Evaluation

The DSA Assessment and Continuous Improvement Committee provides resources, guides, and frameworks to improve the programs and services that support the university mission and enhance the student experience. The committee is charged with developing, promoting, coordinating, and advising on assessment resources and activities in order to build a culture of assessment and continuous improvement in DSA.

In DSA, we use assessment to:

  • Understand the needs of our stakeholders, especially students and parents
  • Validate our #OnlyatGW strengths
  • Align with national best practices, professional standards, and academic program evaluation methods
  • Guide continuous improvement and strategic decision-making
  • Amplify the case for philanthropic and university financial support
  • Advocate for enhanced services and programs

What We Do:

  • Design and implement DSA-wide assessment tools, including dashboards, program review, and the assessment-strategic planning matrix;
  • Serve as a resource, promote best practices, and offer feedback on DSA departmental assessment activities;
  • Maintain a clearinghouse of assessment resources;
  • Develop and deliver assessment-related skills and training programs and workshops for DSA staff in coordination with the DSA Professional Development and Team Building Committee and other GW resources such as Academic Planning and Assessment and the University Teaching & Learning Center; and
  • Liaise with Academic Planning and Assessment on DSA involvement with university-wide assessment activities, such as surveys and accreditation.

Expectations of Committee Members:

With supervisor approval, membership is open to all DSA staff members who have an interest in promoting, learning, and/or practicing assessment across DSA and beyond.  Members must be able to attend regularly scheduled committee meetings; participate in planning, organizing, and/or leading one or more committee initiatives during the year; attend committee-developed events; act as an ambassador for the committee and its initiatives to their home departments; and use the committee as a resource for their own assessment projects.

Assessment Committee Members: