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Student Development Theory:

My go to resource for all things Student Development is the textbook I used in my grad school days: Student development in college: Theory, research and practice (2nd edition). (2009). Book by Nancy J. Evans, Deanna S. Forney, Florence M. Guido, Lori D. Patton, & Kristen A. Renn. Review by Joshua L. Brittingham. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 480 pp.

Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice

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Here’s a lovely primer on Student Development from the University of North Carolina Wilmington titled¬†Working with College Students & Student Development Theory Primer,” by Dr. Michael Walker (2008, PDF), an overview of student-development theory.

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Assessment in Higher Education:

Assessment in Student Affairs

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Coordinating Student Affairs Divisional Assessment

The need for the new role of student affairs assessment coordinator has emerged in response to the increasing demand for outcomes information, the proliferation of data, and the recognition that coordinating this work within divisions is of paramount importance.

The Data-Driven Student Affairs Enterprise

Strategies and Best Practices for Instilling a Culture of Accountability Topics: Administrative Dashboards, Data Driven University, Administration and Finance, Academic Dashboards, Academic Support Programs, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Learning Outcomes, Assessment Align student affairs priorities with university goals Streamline assessment efforts across the division Build a culture of accountability in student affairs Create an effective assessment infrastructure Leverage data to drive change Student affairs leaders invest considerable resources in conducting and organizing assessment efforts within their divisions.

Wiley: Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education – George D. Kuh, Stanley O. Ikenberry, Natasha A. Jankowski, et al

Today’s circumstances demand a fresh and more strategic approach to the processes by which evidence about student learning is obtained and used to inform efforts to improve teaching, learning, and decision-making.

Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs: A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners

A culture of evidence is a commitment among student affairs professionals to demonstrate with hard data that the programs they offer, the processes they implement, and the services they provide are effective and contribute significantly to an institution’s ability to achieve its goals and fulfill its mission.

Student Affairs Assessment: Theory to Practice

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Data Storytelling: The Essential Data Science Skill Everyone Needs

Data visualization expert Stephen Few said, “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” With the influx of data and introduction of self-service analytics tools, we’re going to need more people capable of communicating insights effectively.

How to Tell a Story with Data

Five rules for doing it right.

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