Staff Training

The staff training team has worked to develop a comprehensive workshop and resource program designed for staff members in the Division of Student Affairs. This program is meant to provide opportunities for staff to increase their knowledge and skill base around different assessment topics that will support them in their position at the university.

DSA Division-wide Forum

In November 2013, the staff training team coordinated and facilitated a division-wide forum, which focused on a divisional assessment charge, as well as provided information on next steps the committee is taking to strengthen the culture of assessment within DSA. It featured presentations from Cheryl Beil, Associate Provost for Academic Planning & Assessment, Peter Konwerski, Vice Provost & Dean of Student Affairs, as well as small break-out presentations from the DSA Assessment Committee on topics including learning outcomes, population sampling, GW data, a case study for Gelman Library and dashboards.  The Forum formally provided DSA staff an overview of assessment opportunities for the division and departments.

Assessment Web Presence

The staff training team provides resources for DSA staff members by maintaining these assessment web pages. Here you will find up-to-date information like national assessment webinars and other educational resources, DSA survey outcomes, and DSA assessment committee progress.

Assessment Workshop Calendar

The DSA staff training team hosts and facilitates monthly assessment workshop series to provide learning opportunities on a variety of assessment topics. These workshops are presented by members of the Assessment Committee as well as colleagues throughout the university who specialize in those fields. To date, the workshops have been well attended by DSA staff members who have varying knowledge of assessment. All DSA staff members are encouraged to join one of the upcoming sessions!

Upcoming Staff Training

DSA Forum: Assessment Results Showcase

Monday, March 19, 2018, 1-2:30pm
Marvin Center 407
Drop-in Office Hours
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 1-3pm 
Location TBD

Past Webinars

Assessment and the First-Year Experience Course (Link to SAAL Webinar)

April 4, 2017, hosted by Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL)

Behind the Scenes: Using Excel to Visualize Data (Link to SAAL Website with Webinar Resources)

November 8, 2016, hosted by Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL)

Visualizing Assessment Results: Infographics and more! (Youtube Link)

December 1, 2016, hosted by National Association for Campus Activities (NACA)

Past Workshops

R Rubrics 4 U (PDF)

Supplemental Handout: Rubrics Resource List (PDF)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 1pm

Presented by Robert Snyder


Beyond Surveys (pdf)

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 10-11am
Presented by


Found Data (pdf)

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2-3pm

Presented by Dan Gardner, Campus Recreation, and Robert Snyder, Planning and Outreach

DSA Assessment Results Showcase (Google Drive folder of handouts)

Monday, March 20, 2017, 2-3:30pm

  • DSA Dashboard Discussion, presented by Robert Snyder
  • Financial Literacy and Behaviors Among GW Students, presented by Jennifer Joslin Vader and Kim Dam
  • First-Year Connections Survey, presented by Oliver Street and Lindsay Peck
  • Health and Wellness Needs Assessment of GW Students Using the ACHA-NCHA Survey, presented by Leila Taweel and Alexis Janda Knott
  • Student Organization Training: A Benchmarking Assessment, presented by Kaitlyn Schmitt
  • Using Assessment to Advance GW's Student Organizations, presented by Anne Graham
  • Using Rubrics to Document Learning Outcomes, presented by Dan Gardner
  • VALOR Student Services Census Assessment, presented by Kellis Robbins

Data Visualization

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1-2pm

Presented by Dan Stevens, Center for Career Services, and Karen Dyches, GW Housing

Survey Methods Part I: Designing Quality Surveys (Prezi)

Monday, December 5, 2016, 3-4pm

Presented by Kaitlyn Schmitt, Center for Student Engagement

Survey Methods Part II: Writing Good Survey Questions (Prezi)

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 1:30-2:30pm

Presented by Kaitlyn Schmitt, Center for Student Engagement

DSA Assessment Results Showcase

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 2-3:30pm

  • First Destination Survey/Dashboard, presented by Michael McKenzie and Dan Stevens
  • Student Leadership Survey/Focus Groups, presented by Myles Surrett
  • Graduating Senior Survey, presented by Kim Dam
  • Climate Survey, presented by Helen Cannaday
  • Undergraduate Student Engagement Survey, presented by Kelly Bartz on behalf of Greg Rheault
  • Housing Survey, presented by Seth Weinshel

Focus Groups (Powerpoint Presentation)

Presented by Dr. Tracy Arwari, CARE Student Success Officer.

Program Evaluation (Powerpoint Presentation)
Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3 (pdfs)
Presented by: Emily Kane, Health Promotion and Prevention Services, and Michael McKenzie, Center for Career Services.

Benchmarking: What, Why, Who, and How? (Powerpoint Presentation)
Handout 1 (pdf)
Presented by: Robert Snyder and Courtney Luque Jacobson, DSA Committee Members

Assessment 101: Fundamentals
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Christine James, Career Exploration Coach, Center for Career Services and Robert Snyder, Executive Director of Planning and Outreach, Division of Student Affairs

Using CAS Standards to Structure Your Program and Learning Outcomes
Presented by: Dr. Laura Dean, Associate Professor of College Student Affairs Administration, University of Georgia

Intervention: Data Hoarding (NASPA 2015 Annual Conference On-Demand Webinar)
Presented by: Kate Griffin, Director Campus Success, Campus Labs and Jen Wells, Director of Assessment, Kennesaw State University.
On-Site facilitated discussion by Dr. Toby Davidow, Coordinator, Planning and Outreach

Benchmarking: What, Why, Who, and How? (pdf)
Presented by: Adam Bethke, Presidential Administrative Fellow, and Robert Snyder, Executive Director of Planning & Outreach, Division of Student Affairs

Writing Student Learning Outcomes (pdf)
Presented by: Bridgette Behling, Director, Administration & Hallmark Programs, and Anne Scammon, Managing Director, Curricular and Strategic Initiatives

Review of CSE Assessment Data (pdf)
Presented by: Colby Moss, Area Coordinator, and Greg Rheault, Director, Second Year Experience, Center for Student Engagement

GW Assessment Resources
Presented by: Kim Dam, Director, Survey Research & Analysis

Assessment Basics 101 (pdf)
Presented by: Robert Snyder, Executive Director of Planning & Outreach, Division of Student Affairs, and Colby Moss, Area Coordinator, Center for Student Engagement